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Monday May 30th 2016



RuPaul Drag Race star proposes to boyfriend onstage

Phi_Phi_OHara-100x100Joe Morgan posts on

RuPaul’s Drag Race star Phi Phi O’Hara is engaged after proposing to his boyfriend in front of fans live on stage.

Phi Phi, whose real name is Jaremi Carey, got down on one knee in front of his boyfriend Michael in New York City during the RuPaul’s Drag Race: Battle of the Seasons Tour.

In front of other drag queens and judge Michelle Visage, the star of season four got down on one knee dressed as a boy.

“I’ve spent four and a half years knowing everyday your kisses, your smile, your touch was everything I needed to complete me,” he said.


Congresswoman to anti-trans witness: You’re a bigot

Zoe Lofgren

Zoe Lofgren

Trudy Ring posts on

U.S. Rep. Zoe Lofgren showed zero tolerance for transphobia or trans erasure when confronting a witness at a House Judiciary Committee hearing Tuesday.

The witness, University of San Diego law professor Gail Heriot, appeared at a hearing on alleged government overreach, particularly concerning the Obama administration’s guidance on how schools should treat transgender students. She had also submitted written testimony essentially denying the existence of transgender people, and California Democrat Lofgren read from it:

“If I believe that I am a Russian princess, that doesn’t make me a Russian princess, even if my friends and acquaintances are willing to indulge my fantasy. Nor am I a Great Horned Owl just because — as I have been told — I happen to share some personality traits with those feathered creatures.”

Then Lofgren commented, “I’ve got to say, I found this rather offensive. And it says to me that the witness really doesn’t know anything and probably has never met a transgender child who is going through, in almost every case, a very difficult experience finding themselves.”

When Heriot tried to defend her testimony and criticized the administration’s guidance, Lofgren put in, “I think you’re a bigot, lady. I think you are an ignorant bigot.” …

Read the full story and watch the video on The Advocate

Media charge homophobic Monsignor with gay sex acts

busted-660x330Joe Jervis posts on

Religion News Service reports:

For years, seminaries and monasteries around France sent students and novices to Monsignor Tony Anatrella, a prominent French priest and therapist who has written disparagingly of gays, if their superiors decided the young men were struggling with homosexuality.

Now Anatrella, who argues that gay men cannot be ordained as priests, is facing mounting allegations that he himself had sex with male clients under his care, a scandal that could have repercussions all the way to the Vatican, where the priest is still regularly consulted on matters of sexuality.

So far, European media have relayed accusations from as many as four men – only one of whom agreed to be identified by his real name – who say that Anatrella engaged in various sex acts with them during counseling sessions in his Paris office, with the activity allegedly occurring up until a few years ago.

“You’re not gay, you just think that you are,” Anatrella reportedly told Daniel Lamarca, who was a 23-year-old seminarian when he first went to Anatrella in 1987.

According to Dutch Catholic journalist Hendro Munsterman, who first reported Lamarca’s story in Nederlands Dagblad, Anatrella told Lamarca he could rid him of his “pseudo-homosexuality” and sought to do so by performing sex acts on Lamarca.


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