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Out Magazine has compile their 4th Annual “Power 50″ list – this one for 2010. What does “Power” mean in this list you ask? Well as they put it: “The richest, most influential, most feared gays and lesbians in the country [United States].” A little vague, but these are the criteria they look at:

  • Power to influence cultural & social attitudes for the better
  • Political clout
  • Individual wealth
  • Media profile
  • There are some new additions to the list (Adam Lambert) and some people subtracted (Rosie O’Donnell). Of the fifty, the top ten are listed below (along with what the magazine wrote about each, justifying their position on the list).

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Are YOU going to participate? With the 2010 Olympic & Paralympic Games over in Vancouver, the next thing to look forward to is the 2011 North American Outgames to take place from July 25th to July 31st 2011 here in Vancouver! The Outgames are organized by GLISA (Gay & Lesbian International Sports Association). Next year, 2011 also marks the 125th milestone anniversary of the founding of the City of Vancouver! It seems to be one big year after the next here in Vancouver!

This continental event will include 18 sport elements supported by the International Gay and Lesbian Sports Association and Team Vancouver. A key component to the games is the Human Rights Conference with workshops on diversity and an awards ceremony recognizing individuals and corporations that have influenced LGBT rights. Additional elements include a Job Fair, Miss GLISA Pageant, Cultural Activities, Closing Gala and the March of Athletes in the 2011 Pride Parade.

The North America Outgames will provide a women’s zone, queer and family friendly spaces and Pride week activities for all ages and abilities. Join us at the games as we join the City of Vancouver in celebrating its of its founding.

Go to the 2010 Vancouver Outgames Website to register your email so that your receive updates about the event and when registration for the sporting events, volunteering, and when other important dates are.

Clever Little Bag

In: Gadgets & Tech, Patrick
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New PUMA Fuseproject Packaging! PUMA & Yves Béhar over the course of 21 months, have developed a more sustainable packaging & distribution system in keeping with PUMA’s ongoing commitment to sustainability. Of course! Get rid of the freaking shoe box! They account for millions of tons of waste each year.

It makes perfect sense. Think of how much is wasted with these shoe boxes – especially for those with shoe obsession (ahem – SEVERAL of you in the cast!). That’s a lot of waste! This new innovation will:

  • Reduce their cardboard waste by 65%
  • Save 8500 tons of paper
  • Save 20 million megajoules of electricity
  • Save 1 million litres of water
  • Reduce CO2 emissions by 10,000 tons

Way to set an example for the other companies! Check out their promo video on their new innovation!

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With Desperate Housewives star Nicolette Sheridan’s lawsuit against Marc Cherry for assault (which by the way the other Housewives seem to be “Cherry” picking and siding with Cherry over Sheridan), and now the same deal with Heidi Montag vs. Adam Divello, it seems there is just as much drama & controversy outside these shows as there is in.

Heidi Montag is accusing The Hills and The City creator and executive producer, Adam Divello for making unwelcome sexual advances to her, ever since her and her giant boobies have been back to filming the show (post plastic surgeries). He apparently has repeatedly touched her ass & lower back. In my opinion, with this being The Hills last season on the air, this is Heidi’s (and Spencer’s) last chance at a cash grab before they become irrelevant. Sorry Heidi, you lost all credibility with me a long time ago. Remember when you accused NBC of torturing you? Seriously?

Statements & a relevant video after the jump

Britney Unbrushed

In: Celeb Gossip & News, Patrick
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Britney makes a bold move and agrees to release the un-airbrushed photos for a Candies campaign alongside the retouched versions, “to highlight the pressure exerted on women to look perfect,” according to the Daily Mail. The truth of the matter is, 29 year old Britney looks great without being retouched, and I think it’s commendable for her to put herself out there and show that she’s not perfect.

In the photos, you can see that her thighs & butt are made slimmer, her tattoo is edited out, faint bruises on her leg are removed, her waist is slimmed down, and minor cellulite is removed. With Jessica Simpson’s “The Price of Beauty” reality television show and her using untouched photos herself lately, perhaps the industry may be making a shift. Good for you, ladies!

Check out the photos after the jump…

pink-shirt-day-2010

Don’t forget to wear your Pink Shirt tomorrow! Tomorrow is Pink Shirt Anti-Bullying Day. Wear something pink to symbolize that we as a society will not tolerate bullying anywhere. This day usually takes place the last Wednesday in February, but with the Olympics, it was decided that the day would get more attention on it’s own at a later date.

So where does this idea come from? Two teenage Nova Scotia boys (David Shepherd and Travis Price) along with their friends organized a protest, wearing pink, to stick up for a grade 9 boy that was being bullied. Essentially, they gave pink shirts to every boy in the school. They had gone to a discount store and purchased fifty tank tops, then sent a message out to all of the schoolmates about what was going on and what the purpose of the pink shirts would be.

As the bullied boy walked into school that day and saw everyone being given pink shirts, “It looked like a huge weight was lifted off his shoulders,” Price told the Globe and Mail. That was the end of his bullying.

Bombshell Apologizes To Bullock

In: Celeb Gossip & News, Patrick, Videos
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In her first TV interview since this scandal broke, Michelle “Bombshell” McGee apologizes to Sandra Bullock on Australian TV. She said she feels bad for what Bullock’s been going through and her embarrassment, and also makes reference to Bullock’s speech at the Oscars, where she said Jesse James has always had her back, when really he was actually behind her back – cheating on her.

She does seems remorseful in her apology, but it’s really hard to take her seriously: a porn star, tattooed from head to toe, that has participated in a Nazi photo shoot. I know you can’t judge a book by it’s cover, but I feel in this case, we already know the content of the book.

I’m torn. What do you think? Apology sincere, or simply for trying to improve her image? Watch the video and let me know what you think.

Interview after the jump…

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Wow. In an attempt to distract from the argument that the recent cases of molestation by Catholic priests (and cover ups) involving mostly young boys is linked to their celibacy, the church insists pedophilia is a result of the disease that is homosexuality. Excuowwwsse me!?

Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone (aka the Deputy Pope), the secretary of state of the Vatican, had this to say:

“Many psychologists and psychiatrists have shown that there is no link between celibacy and pedophilia but many others have shown, I have recently been told, that there is a relationship between homosexuality and pedophilia.”

I grew up Catholic myself. Ever since I came to terms with my own sexuality, I have had a difficult time even considering going back to church. I did go back for midnight mass this past Christmas, and I must say I realized that I missed the community of it and the sense of peace & clarity that it brings to the end/beginning of your week. I think spirituality is important & healthy. That being said, because the Catholic church is against who I am as a person and who I can love, I know in my heart they are wrong and I therefore simply cannot be a part of that.

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