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Attention Vancouverites. If you don’t have any plans this Thursday and want to support a worthy cause, check out the Lest We Forget Canada event at Art Gallery (former Buschlen Mowatt Gallery) on 1445 W. Georgia Street. It takes place from 6:30 pm to 10:30 pm.

What is it all about? It’s a fundraiser to support veterans suffering from post traumatic stress disorder and depression. Their goal is to raise $162,000 for the Veterans Transition Network. A mural consisting of 162 canvases created by the community will be unveiled. It will be on display until June.

Foster Eastman, a wonderful multimedia artist, his partner and friends are developing an intense mural project expressing the grief and suffering of families torn apart by the war in Afghanistan. This mural made up of 162 panels – represents each Canadian casualty in Afghanistan – it’s goal to raise money in the name of those who we have lost and to ensure that those who have returned home stay alive.

This event is to show that we all respect these brother’s and sister’s; father’s and mother’s and close friends that have sacrificed their lives in order to protect the freedoms of many! Our donation is for those veteran’s who returning home from combat, many of which are facing a new battle of post-traumatic disorder, depression and vulnerability to suicide.

If you’re in the Vancouver area this Thursday, March 27, join them for an enlightening and informative evening of great music, food, drinks and friends. The incredible DJ/Producer Nick Bertossi is on board spinning his magic! To purchase tickets, head over to Eventbrite. If you can’t attend the event, but want to donate, check out official website.

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It’s the latest meme sweeping the Internet. Unlike Tebowing, planking or grind with me, this one is for a good cause.

Hundreds of men in the United Kingdom are taking naked selfies all in the name of cancer research. The only thing covering them up is a sock hanging for dear life on their willies. The Red Hot Chili Peppers were way ahead of their time ;)

Testicular cancer is the most common type of cancer for men under the age of 40. If detected early, treatment is highly successful. To raise awareness for regular self-examinations, Cancer Research UK’s #cockinasock campaign was born. Check out some of my favorite participants below.

check out some slightly NSFW images after the jump

Arizona Senator Comes Out

In: Donovan, Politics & Issues, Totally GAY!
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A week after Governor Jan Brewer vetoed Arizona’s controversial bill, SB 1062, Senator Steve Gallardo has publicly come out. The 44-year-old politician told the Phoenix New Times it wasn’t a secret, and he came out to his friends and devout Catholic family members 19 years ago. He was inspired to formally announce his sexuality after witnessing all the 1062 protesters.

After I stood up on the floor and argued against 1062, as I’ve done on many bills before, I sat down and said, ‘Wow. This bill affects me. It affects me directly.’”

“Seeing the people out there, protesting. I thought it’s time,” Gallardo says. “It’s time to let people know about me. And to send people a message. I’m more interested in letting people who struggle with this know that it’s okay.”

Called the “religious protections” bill, it would’ve allowed business owners with strongly held religious beliefs to deny service to gays and lesbians. It was referred to as state-sanctioned discrimination. On Wednesday February 27, the Governor Brewer vetoed the bill, saying it “could result in unintended and negative consequences.” She added, “I sincerely believe that Senate Bill 1062 could create more problems than it purports to solve.”

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Score one for marriage equality. Like Pope Francis, the Dalai Lama has taken a softened approach regarding homosexuality. During an interview with Larry King, he voiced his opinions on the LGBT community, specifically same-sex marriage. In the end, he’s fine with it and declares bullying and homophobia are the items that are truly morally wrong.

“That’s a personal matter. People who have a special tradition, you should follow according to your own tradition. … But non-believer, that’s up to them. Different form of sex? So long as it’s safe, okay! And fully agreed, okay! Bullied? Abused? That’s what is wrong. That’s a violation of human rights.”

Here’s what his Holiness said about same-sex marriage:

“That’s up to the countries’ laws. It’s okay, I think individual business. If a couple really feels that way, practical, satisfaction … if both sides fully agree, then okay!”

watch the clip after the jump

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The second the Arizona statehouse passed SB 1062 last Thursday, Governor Jan Brewer faced pressure to veto the bill. From major corporations including American Airlines, Marriott and Apple, members within her own party including Arizona Sen. John McCain and Mitt Romney, along with three state senators who initially voted for the bill but had a change of heart, all pleaded to Brewer to squash the anti-gay legislation.

Called the “religious protections” bill, it would’ve allowed business owners with strongly held religious beliefs to deny service to gays and lesbians. It was referred to as state-sanctioned discrimination. On Wednesday February 27, the Governor vetoed the bill, saying it “could result in unintended and negative consequences.” She added, “I sincerely believe that Senate Bill 1062 could create more problems than it purports to solve.”

Naturally, Jan Brewer’s decision has been hailed by numerous people within the state and out. One of the most notable is former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. During a speech at the University of Miami, she took a moment to praise the Arizona Governor’s decision. Clinton was on hand to talk women and human rights. Check out a clip below.

watch the clip after the jump

Is Racial Preference Racism?

In: Adam, Politics & Issues, Totally GAY!

For sad single years now, I’ve been cruisin’ for a bruisin’ (you know where ;) using all the available online resources.Grindr one day showed me a picture of a young black guy who had posted a smiling picture of himself with some interesting stats to accompany the profile: “Age 20, 5″10, 150 lbs… white”. Upon seeing this I burst out laughing at the sheer oddity of it.

To give it some context, your profile on the gay, hookup, iPhone app Grindr has a default of no ethnicity so one must choose to post what race they are and second, the “slipped finger” excuse doesn’t apply here as the “black” response has 5 different options between it and “white”. Realizing this choice was more than likely made on purpose I reasoned it was okay to post a screen shot of this scene to my facebook to find out what people deduced was the reasoning. Just as I was about to post it however, I wondered: “Is it racist to laugh at this?” I know me, and I know I’m not a racist person but am- like the rest of the world- sensitive to the issue and always try to think before I speak and act on issues of race, religion and ethnicity. In the end, I of course posted the pic and got a handful of fun and non-hateful comments from my friends regarding it. But, the whole situation caused me to think about race and dating on the internet.

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Take that Vladmir Putin. Google took a stand against Russia’s homophobic legislation by posting a LGBT-themed Doodle and quoting the International Olympic Committee’s anti-discrimination charter. Bravo Google.

“The practice of sport is a human right. Every individual must have the possibility of practicing sport, without discrimination of any kind and in the Olympic spirit, which requires mutual understanding with a spirit of friendship, solidarity and fair play.” – Olympic Charter

Too bad IOC president Thomas Bach didn’t have the balls to reassign the Olympics to another country to host given all the human rights violations taking place in Russia right now.

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This is not an April Fools joke. This is legit. Clay Aiken formally announced his candidacy for Congressman of North Carolina Wednesday, February 5. Fingers crossed he doesn’t become a runner-up once again. Aiken famously placed second in both American Idol and Celebrity Apprentice.

“I’m not a politician. I don’t ever want to be one, but I do want to help bring back — at least to my corner of North Carolina — the idea someone can go to Washington to represent all the people, whether they voted for you or not,” – Clay Aiken

Aiken threw his hat officially in the proverbial ring in a video he posted on YouTube. He stressed his upbringing by a single mom and his days as a special education teacher as to why he wants to serve in Congress for people who don’t have a voice. In 2006, President George W. Bush appointed Aiken to a presidential commission focused on people with intellectual disabilities. Undoubtedly, he’ll also push to lift the ban on gay marriage in North Carolina. Check out the clip below.

watch the video after the jump

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