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Before you pass this gem by, assuming this is gonna be some B-Movie: “Octopus Monster vs. Zombie Shark” piece, let me just say that this ain’t no low-budget, cookie cutter shoot em’ up.

Taking place in current day America, “Red State” happens in just that: Anywhere Hick-Ridden USA. It opens to a boy’s funeral being protested by a flock of asshole, devout cultists Christians informing us that his homosexuality earned him a ticket straight to Hell. Without giving too much away, this modern work is written in riveting chapters as it opens, following three relatively typical boys as they find themselves at the heart of a dangerous showdown with the god-lovers. A true liberal to the end, Kevin Smith of “Chasing Amy” and “Dogma” writing and directing fame, offers us this great flick to shudder and mostly revel in the “just desserts” the gay-hatters receive.

Click through to see the trailer and the rest of my review!

Thank you for Dan for sending this to me – totally made my day! For those of you that don’t know, PFLAG is a national non-profit organization devoted to GLBT, their families and communities. They have just launched a national campaign that uses social media to document people’s experiences in coming out – both everyday people (including kids) and well known personalities, including So You Think You Can Dance Canada‘s guest judge Rex Harrington (who is also the artist In residence of the Canadian National Ballet) as well as HGTV personality Terry Edward Briceland.

“Stories are the mechanism through which we support each other and inspire people to carry forward,” said Cherie MacLeod, national executive director for PFLAG in Moncton, NB. “We’ve always believed that the more connected we are, the more we can help create a safer world. This is definitely a reflection of the work that we do and how we want to inspire Canadians.”

There are also image / print ads that tease the videos with pictures of those that shared their story with a QR code on them. Those interested have to scan the code to reveal more info. PFLAG Canada wanted to show that they are embracing new technologies to get its message out. I’m really glad that PFLAG has done this. It’s so important.

Listen to a few of the stories after the jump…

Vancouver’s Gays: Are We Really The Worst?

In: Adam, Totally GAY!

Vancouver’s reputation as the laid back utopia of the North West definitely took a huge hit a couple months ago due to the post Stanley Cup riots which led people to wonder if they really know what Vancouverites are actually like. Admittedly, the suburbs and the straights were the bigger variable in this little disaster equation, but, it begs the question: what is Vancouver really like… specifically, the Vancouver gays.

Today, I’m considering something I know all my friends have been told at some point that: “Vancouver gays are just the worst to meet!” At first, this statement seems laughable. Canada has some of the nicest citizens and Vancouver is full of happy smiling, pretty people… right? I’ve heard you can stop most anybody if you’re from out of town and for the most part have a great experience as you attempt to find out how to get the beach. BUT, take a walk down Davie Street (our tiny version of San Fran’s Castro) and apparently this generosity and welcoming nature is thrown out the window…

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Loving Myself… For Being Pretty Damn Fabulous

In: Reader Submissions

I’ve always known I was gay. From a very young age. It was something inexplicable, but always there. People ask me all the time, “so when did you become gay?” “Errrr, when I popped out of my Momma,” is what I reply, because honey, I was born this way (gay)!

Being gay is the easy bit. Accepting it and loving yourself is the harder bit.

I wrote the following many years ago, about feeling different, and coming out. Having rediscovered it, I wanted to share it with you. Its deeply personal, and only a very select few ever got to read the original at time of creation.

To anyone out there who reads this who may be a young question gay, lesbian, transgender or bisexual person. I can say that it does Get Better, and that it got so much better for me :)

Read my article after the jump…

So, you have your junk hoarders, cat hoarders, animal hoarders…what else could there be? Well, in this new Funny or Die video, we take a closer look at the “Untold sTori” behind the closed doors of Tori Spelling and Dean McDermott‘s home. Tori Spelling hoards gays. LMFAO. It’s been a problem for quite some time, as the gays have been an important part of her life, but it’s just getting out of control. They’re everywhere (even in the walls) and Dean had to call the experts from A&E’s Hoarders to help address the situation. As they’re getting rid of all the gays, I laughed so hard when Dean says to one of them, “Can you please let go of my cock?”

After the help of friends and family, 237 gays are rescued. Since Tori did such a great job, the Hoarder expert lets her choose one gay to keep and she does just that. Wondering who it is? Hint: He’s famous. Watch the hilarious video below to find out who it is. I love Tori & Dean.

Video after the jump…

A very interested poll done by Gallup.com asked Americans to use their very best guess to estimate what percentage of Americans they think are gay or lesbian. The findings suggest that on average American adults estimate that 25% of Americans are gay or lesbian. Whoa, that’s an interesting stat, but I doubt it’s even close to accurate. More specifically, 52% estimated that at least 1 in 5 Americans are gay or lesbian, with 35% believing that it’s actually more like 1 in 4 Americans. Thirty percent believe that gays & lesbians account for less that 15%.

Despite this opinion poll, there isn’t much evidence to figure out how many people are actually gay or lesbian in the United States because there are too few representative surveys that ask people about their sexual orientation, or simply that people may not even wish to be open about it. That said…

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Recently I’ve encountered the exact same conversation over and over again when meeting new people.

NEW FRIEND: “You’re gay, right?”
ME: “Yes I am, why?”
NEW FRIEND: “I just figured, because you dance.”

I’ve come to wonder why people automatically assume that because I dance I must be gay. Why jump to that conclusion? I’ve been dancing since I was 9, but even before that I did karate as well as hockey and baseball. Why does dancing become a dead giveaway as opposed to the other sports in people’s minds? Is it cuz I’m surrounded by half naked woman as opposed to men a majority of the time? It seems much more homoerotic to be surrounded by hot, sweaty, grunting men…don’t you think? I’m confused as to what the contributing factor to the label on dance and male sexuality is. I’m not offended by the statement, just curious as to why it is that DANCE got the gay wrap.

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MOGO Wear: Win One Of These Super Soft Tees

In: Charge It, Fashion, Tyrell

They’ve only been around for a short while but already, MOGO Wear is starting to make a big name for themselves in the gay fashion market. If you’re looking for an eco-friendly, fun and flirty t-shirt that makes you look and feel good, then you should definitely be wearing one of MOGO’s designs. MOGO which is an acronym for “Men Of Gay Origin“, want you to love being who you are when you are wearing one of their pieces. Whether you are outgoing or a little shy, preppy or plain nerdy, flamboyant or just all rough and tough, they want you to feel good wearing a MOGO design and are able to express yourself through the simplistic, but eye catching prints.

Some of their most popular products include their line of Nutrition Facts which pick a gay stereotype such as JOCK, PRINCESS, GAYSIAN or BEAR and dissect their content through witty and playful descriptions of the ingredients that make up the specific character. These t-shirts are available in both black and white. What is also great about these shirts is that are made of a unique eco-friendly and antibacterial cotton, bamboo and spandex blend which make them super soft and really durable.

With the launch of their Spring/Summer line for 2011 about to be released through an event this Thursday at J Lounge in Vancouver, BC and the release of their new Gay Advocate Super Hero MOGOMaxx, MOGO Wear is sure to become a gay household name soon and we’d like to help. Want to win of these fabulous shirts?

CLICK HERE TO ENTER TO WIN A MOGO WEAR T-SHIRT.

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