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Both Dustin Lance Black and Frank Ocean addressed the tragic events in Orlando in separate powerful essays shared today. Black, who is on location in Vancouver filming the ABC LGBT miniseries When We Rise, urged “It’s time to disarm hate” in his powerful letter, while Ocean covers a wide range of topics from sharia law to transgender rights and his own experiences as a child in his tumblr post.

“We must also act in more immediate ways that will protect not only LGBT people, but all citizens. My LGBT community has experienced the same kind of senseless violence that schoolchildren and their families have experienced, and that communities of color have suffered for generations. If there is one shining light in the darkness of our mourning, it is that we are not alone in this fight, and the time has come for LGBT people to join hands with others who have also suffered and demand gun control now,” Black writes for Entertainment Weekly.

read Frank’s entire post after the jump

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Approximately 10,000 dogs and cats will be slaughtered and eaten in the course of the next 10 days at southern China’s annual Yulin Dog Meat Festival. Celebrities have teamed up with the Animal Hope and Wellness Foundation to film a PSA to raise awareness for this heinous practice of torturing dogs in China and other Southeast Asian countries every year.

Matt Damon, Kate Mara, Maggie Q, Russell Simmons, Kristen Bell, Joaquin Phoenix, Sia, Alicia Silverstone and Pamela Anderson are just a few who are speaking out against the Yulin festival which has been occurring since 2010.

Having a dog myself, naturally I’m in favor of ending this festival but I can’t help but feel a little hypocritical given that I’m not a vegetarian and enjoy chicken, pork etc… What are your thoughts? Share them after watching the emotional clip below. The graphic nature might be unsettling for some viewers especially if you have a pet.

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Anderson Cooper kicked off his CNN broadcast Monday night reading the full list of victims from Orlando just one block away from Pulse, the gay nightclub where the deadliest mass shooting in American history occurred. Before he recited all the names, the openly-gay 49-year-old journalist noted the gunman’s name or photograph would not be featured in the telecast.

“There’s one name you will not hear in the broadcast, one picture of a person you won’t see. We will not say the gunman’s name or show his photograph. It has been shown far too much already. Over the next two hours, we will tell you about the investigation, all the latest, what we know about what drove the shooter to do the unthinkable. But in text two hours, we want to keep the focus where it belongs, on people whose lives were cut short.”

As he read the names, photos of the victims appeared on the screen. Naturally, at certain moments the emotion overcame Cooper, pausing frequently and at some times choking up.

Meanwhile in downtown Los Angeles, Lady Gaga showed her support for the victims by attending a vigil. She made a touching speech and read the names of the victims as well. Like Cooper, she too, had to hold back the tears. Watch both clips below.

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In the wake of the Orlando nightclub shootings, it’s been heartwarming watching how people have been rallying around the LGBTQI community. Did you see all those people waiting in line in the scorching Florida heat to donate at a local blood bank?

An official GoFundMe campaign has been set up to help the victims of this horrible tragedy. The organizers are working with a team of attorneys and experts, including the National Center for Victims of Crime, which deployed funds in both Chattanooga and Aurora, to ensure funds are distributed correctly to those families.

“We are heartbroken and angry that senseless violence has once again destroyed lives in our state and in our country.

Gay clubs hold a significant place in LGBTQ history. They were often the only safe gathering place and this horrific act strikes directly at our sense of safety. June commemorates our community standing up to anti-LGBTQ violence at the Stonewall Inn, the nightclub that has become the first LGBTQ site recognized as a national monument.” – campaign description

The original goal of $2 million has already been surpassed and will no doubt soar beyond that. To help out and donate, click here.

If you haven’t done so yet, please take the time to read about the victims of the Pulse nightclub shootings over at the Orlando Sentinel. Too many lives lost. Condolences to all those touched by this tragedy.

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Have you read the impact statement a rape victim on the Stanford University campus wrote addressing her attacker that’s gone viral. If not, you simply must. It’s one of the most powerful things I’ve read. I can’t believe her attacker only received a six month sentence despite facing a maximum of 14 years.

The cast of Girls– Lena Dunham, Allison Williams, Jemima Kirke, and Zosia Mamet- join forces to deliver an emotional PSA addressing the troubling facts of sexual assault in the United States. 1 in 5 women will be sexually assaulted, and 80% of the attacks will come from someone they know.

Watch the clip powerful below, which Dunham dedicates to the aforementioned rape case. “I dedicate this to the brave survivor in the Stanford case who has given so much to change the conversation,” she captioned the video.

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June 5, 2016 marked the 35th anniversary of a case study released by The Centers for Disease Control in 1981 which outlined the first documented cases of HIV/AIDS. Though treatment and education has come a long way since those early days, the disease once classified as the “gay cancer” continues to spread.

Bob The Drag Queen, Todrick Hall, Davey Wavey, Amber’s Closet, Catrific and Zackary Drucker teamed up for #HIVBEATS– an upbeat and engaging music video series from YouTube. Each popular personality discusses various topics regarding HIV/AIDS included PreP, ways you can’t contact the virus and other informative tidbits, but done in a humorous fashion. Watch the fun clips below.

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Previously, Nick Jonas revealed that his breakup with former Miss USA Olivia Culpo served as inspiration for his album, Last Year Was Complicated. If their relationship was anything as dramatic as shown in Jonas’ new clip, “Chainsaw,” it’s probably a good thing they broke. Probably spared them plenty of broken dishes based on the video.

“It became very clear what it was going to be about, after the breakup,” he told OUT. “I just dove in headfirst and wrote about all of it. I think it was the most meaningful relationship I’ve ever been in.”

Directed by Luke Monaghan, Nick reminisces about his ex, played by Victoria’s Secret Angel Sara Sampaio, in the visual. He walks around his adorably-furnished cabin that they shared together. When he’s done walking down memory lane, he decides to take a chainsaw to a sofa before torching down the entire place. I guess that’s one way of getting closure. Check out the clip below.

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Who isn’t a sucker for an adorable canine? Guilty as charged over here. I’m like putty in their paws. I want to adopt every single rescue pet featured in this ad campaign. On a slightly more perverted note, I wouldn’t mind taking any of these male models in as well should they find themselves homeless 😉

Top modeling agency, Soul Artist Management has teamed up with Buzzfeed for a year-long campaign called #SOULMates. The theme, “Old Dogs Can Teach You New Tricks,” highlights the benefits of adopting senior aged pets. The initiative was executed in partnership with local agency Badass Brooklyn Animal Rescue (@badassbrooklyn).

“Core to our family style, talent management approach at SOUL is giving back to our community,” reveals Jason Kanner, owner of SOUL ARTIST MANAGEMENT. “Our #SOULMates campaign, in partnership with the powerful reach of BuzzFeed, was inspired by the touching rescue adoption stories of a few of our models including Chad White and Julian Schratter. Their pets have made such a positive impact on their and our agency’s life. We were thrilled to see our guys lend their talents to finding loving homes for these special friends. We are excited to continue this impactful and fun work over the course of the year.”

Photographer Taylor Miller snapped four male models with four adoptable pets using Central Park’s breathtaking cherry blossoms as the backdrop. The May 2016 pics features fresh faces Alex Valley, Donovan Michaels, Harrison Shaul and Louis Solywoda along with dog models Vin Diesel, Colin, Jimmy Carter and Jackson. Each month will highlight different men and dogs. Check out more images below.

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