LGBTs and Higher Economic Barriers; The Death Of Gay Sex Clubs; Donald Trump Parody In "Gay Voice"

LGBTs and Higher Economic Barriers

Here’s an article that talks about a study/report done that suggests LGBT people face higher economic barriers than straight people.

According to the report released by the Center for American Progress, up to 28 percent of lesbian, gay, and bisexual Americans have been fired, not hired, or passed over for a promotion as a result of their sexual orientation.

Alarmingly, transgender discrimination in the workplace is as high as 47 percent.

The report states, ‘Congress has yet to pass a federal law that would explicitly protect all LGBT communities in the United States from discrimination in employment, housing, access to credit, and access to health care.’

You can read the rest here. I don’t question the accuracy of this report as it relates to “openly” gay( or LGBT) people. However, I do wonder about the accuracy with regard to all of the LGBT people who are not out of the closet at work, for obvious reasons, who do very well financially. And I really am just wondering, not speculating.


The Death of Gay Sex Clubs

This story mostly talks about the reality of all kinds of gay venues closing…everywhere. 

I’ve never been to a sex club, so I was curious about it.

‘It’s not been an easy transition for some people,’ he concedes. ‘Saying to a lot of customers, “We’ve changed now and you can’t have sex here” … That’s quite a big change to make.

‘They say “I came to eagle and the darkroom’s gone – I used to enjoy it!”; “You can’t call yourself an Eagle now!’, “There was women in the venue – how can you do this!?”

‘The misogyny is quite shocking. Well, if you came before, maybe we wouldn’t have changed, but you weren’t coming in great numbers often enough to sustain it!

‘And that’s before all the other caveats of running a sex entertainment venue, which is such a risky business nowadays.

There’s more here. It’s really one of the most accurate pieces I’ve read, about how difficult it seems to be to keep an all gay venue open these days.  

 
Donald Trump Parody In “Gay Voice”

This next article has a video where Donald Trump is stumping at some kind of rally, and he’s doing it in “gay voice.” Keep in mind that neither Trump nor his campaign had anything to do with this. It’s the work of some comedian I’ve never heard of named Peter Serafinowicz.

The latest, titled “Captain Trump,” sees him lisping his way through economic “agenda,” before going off on a tangent about the enemy surrounding “our beautiful big destroyers, and our great men…sitting there watching and saying, ‘Oh, would I like to give it to them.’”

You can watch the video here. There are a few interesting comments with the article.I can’t say that I learned anything from them this time, but they’re interesting.

Uncertainty

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Emma Watson Nude Photo Hoax; Big Brother 15 David Girton Full Frontal Nudity; SF Gay Sex Clubs Going Extinct

Emma Watson Nude Photo Hoax

In a more complicated story about the nude celebrity photo leaks recently, this one about Emma Watson is really a lot more serious than I think most people realize. It combines feminist discrimination, privacy issues, and censorship…plus a few more. In short, Emma Watson delivered a speech on feminism and a group called 4chan didn’t like it. In response, 4chan allegedly planned to release nude photos of Watson. There was a special Watson web site launched, with a countdown to the release of the nude photos. Somehow a group called Rantic got involved and they made things even more complicated. I’m still unsure about whether or not the photos were released.

Rantic wrote an open letter to the President:

 “We have been hired by celebrity publicists to bring this disgusting issue to attention. The recent 4chan celebrity nude leaks in past 2 months have been an invasion of privacy and is also clear indication that the internet NEEDS to be censored. Every Facebook like, share & Twitter mention will count as a social signature — and will be one step closer to shutting down http://www.4chan.org. “

You can read the entire piece here. The thing that worries me the most is the part about censorship.

Big Brother 15 David Girton Full Frontal Nudity

Well over a year ago I did a few posts about racism and gaycism on Big Brother 15, issues that really turned a lot of people off on the show. It got great ratings, but at what future expense? I haven’t felt the same about BB since then. Which is a shame, because I think the game itself is fascinating. This season has been tame in comparison to BB 15 and it was pleasantly reminiscent of the game when it first aired over a decade ago. I think all BB fans hope this continues.

In any event, here’s a link to an article about David Girton who happened to be a BB houseguest during season 15…the racist season. I don’t even remember him because he was one of the first voted off…if not the first. He’s recently gained attention from his unusual tweets and the personal full frontal nude shots he’s been posting on twitter. He has over 22K followers and he’s only following 228 people. They aren’t following him because of his clever, witty tweets.

We can’t say he was on our radar for long (or at all), but here he is now, posting fully nude dick pics, wearing women’s panties, cruising for a dick to suck and seeking weed on Twitter. Consider him back on our radar.
 
There’s really no explanation for what caused Girton to turn his profile into a XXX paradise, but some things are best left unexplained, right?
 
Of course there’s an explanation. He wants attention and this is the only way he’ll ever get it. Why gloss over it? Frankly, I’ve seen authors do far worse in my time. At least Girton’s up front and honest about it.
 
 
 

SF Gay Sex Clubs Going Extinct

Here’s an article about San Francisco gay sex clubs becoming extinct, which if history repeats itself shouldn’t surprise anyone. A great deal of gay culture is changing and the gay bar is nothing at all like it used to be unless you go to select places in the US where there is a small concentration of gay men holding on to what they’ve always known. At one time, not more than fifteen years ago, we had three gay bars in New Hope and all were destinations for gay men coming from as far away as Connecticut and Washington, D.C. on weekends. We have one bar left, and it’s mostly a mixed crowd now. Interestingly, we have probably more gay men…couples…living in the area than ever before. Tony and I have neighbors that back up to our property on the west side who are gay and we’ve never actually met them.

This article says there are five reasons why these sex clubs are going extinct. Here’s one:

Hookup apps
Apps like Grindr, Jack’d and SCRUFF have revolutionized how we go about finding Mr. Right Now. Once upon a time, gay men relied on bathhouses and sex clubs to meet one another. These days we’re all about efficiency and location, location, location. With just the swipe of a finger, your next paramour can be in your bedroom in five minutes flat. No more driving across town and paying a $20 entrance fee.

I think that’s the biggest and most important reason…the Internet.

You can read the rest here. I wonder how I’ll be posting about this topic five years from now.

 
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by Ryan Field