Dec 20, 2013

Catholic Students Protest the Firing of Gay Principal


Many of the students at East Side High School in Sammamish, Washington are continuing the protest both in their local area as well as on the internet. Hundreds of students have participated in a sit in protest in the schools cafeteria after their vice principal, Mark Zmuda was forced to resign for marrying a man.

Zmuda's marriage is in clear violation of the Catholic Church's stance on gay marriage, and that's why the students at East Side feel that the Catholic Church needs to change. A petition on Change.org has been started, and has gained over two thousand signatures already. Many have taken to Twitter, using the hashtag #KeepMrZ2013 to stand against this antiquated injustice.

Mr. Zmuda has released the following statement,

Dec 18, 2013

Duck Dynasty's Phil Robertson Reveals Himself to be a Religious Quack with Anti Gay Remarks


In a recent interview with GQ Magazine, Phil Robertson (which will be released in the January issue) made some pretty not-so-stunning revelations about how he chooses to believe with regards to homosexuals:

"everything is blurred on what's right and what's wrong ... sin becomes fine... Start with homosexual behavior and just morph out from there — bestiality, sleeping around with this woman and that woman and that woman and those men."

Robertson continues:

 "Don't be deceived. Neither the adulterers, the idolaters, the male prostitutes, the homosexual offenders, the greedy, the drunkards, the slanderers, the swindlers — they won’t inherit the kingdom of God. Don't deceive yourself. It's not right."

...and continues...

"It seems to me, a vagina — as a man — would be more desirable than a man's anus," he explained. "That's just me. I'm just thinking, 'There's more there! She's got more to offer.' I mean, come on, dudes! You know what I’m saying? But hey, sin: It's not logical, my man. It's just not logical."

Very shortly after, GLAAD spokesman William Cruz responded:

Dec 13, 2013

Say What? You Made a D on Your Final but have All of Beyonce's New Album MEMORIZED?


On Friday, the 13th of December, 2013, the iconic Beyonce Knowles dropped her album Beyonce via iTunes. A full album, in the middle of the night, unannounced, and not a single leak. She literally took the world by surprise. Only Queen Bey. This is sure to be one of those moments that we will all reflect on, years down the road. It will be one of those events that we will be able to recall effortlessly.

The day Beyonce released her album, I was in a web conference with the guys of Edugaytion planning for the next two episodes of the Bottom Line podcast. Ian was sitting in the McDonald's drive thru when he suddenly casually said "Well, apparently Beyonce just released a new album." There was no response. I'm not sure what the others were doing, but it took me a good ten to fifteen seconds to see, digest, internalize, and process what the hugest Beyonce stan I have ever known had just calmly communicated.

"WHAT?" I exclaimed. The thread was silent. I knew, then, what the guys were doing. We were all checking various social media. Google hadn't even caught wind of the story yet, it was literally at midnight. At that point, "Beyonce" on a Google News search only yielded articles about her upcoming tour. It was twitter that confirmed what I had believed was surely a misfire.

I watched the internet world react as the goddess of music snatched the collective wigs of the entire industry without even speaking a word. I was surprised that iTunes held up under what surely must have been the enormous pressure of the Beyhive's Black Friday-Like rush to the iTunes store. Within minutes

Dec 11, 2013

Let Them Eat Cake! Judge Rules Baker Must Serve Homosexuals.


A Colorado judge is ruling that a baker must provide cakes to gays despite the baker's religious beliefs. WorldDuh.com reports:

The order from administrative law judge Robert N. Spencer said Masterpiece Cakeshop in suburban Denver discriminated against a couple “because of their sexual orientation by refusing to sell them a wedding cake for their same-sex marriage.”

The order says the cake-maker must “cease and desist from discriminating” against gay couples. Although the judge did not impose fines in this case, the business will face penalties if it continues to turn away gay couples who want to buy cakes.


But this entire situation just raises a lot of questions in my head. For one, isn't this a violation of some sort of right to ignorance? I mean, it's not that  much of a stretch to imagine that there are still people in the world,

Dec 10, 2013

EA: Great Place to Work for LGBT, but Still Worst Company in America



We have a lot of readers who classify as "Gaymers", so we thought it'd be fun to share this little article from PCGMedia.com. Chi Villafuerte reports:
Electronic Arts, the company voted “Worst Company In America” by the Consumerist twice in a row, has been named to “Best Places to Work 2014” in terms of LGBT (Lesbian Gay Bi-Sexual Transgender) equality.
The company scored a 100% on the Human Rights Campaign “Best Places to Work 2014” Corporate Equality Index which criteria include the prohibition of discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity and expression as well as supporting the LGBT community and providing certain health benefits. It is one of the several

Nov 20, 2013

Response to A Self Proclaimed Cock Sucking Fag


If you haven't read it, click here and read.

In response to the Alec Baldwin's offensive and homophobic, Huffington Post's Gay Voices writer Noah Michelson wrote the article "A Few Words From a Real, Live Cocksucking Fag."

He also did an interview with Huffington Post Live in which he reiterated his feelings about Baldwin's use of the offensive language and his handling of the situation. Near the end of the video, Michelson says

"just like I'd never use the N word as a white person. If you're a black person and you want to use that, that's your word, but if it doesn't belong to

Oct 25, 2013

Tyler Perry's Homosexuality



Episode 34! We have special guest Walter Lee Hampton II from ATL with us. Some good conversation and a little bit of spilled tea...

Walter's Youtube http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCOlOvv282qPM6XdEiiXxSvA

Oct 24, 2013

Art Student to Lose Virginity In Front of Class



What is really going on here?

By now you've probably seen this story. In it we are told that second year college art student Clayton Pettet will be losing his virginity in front of classmates and faculty at an art school in London. It is reported that the young man had spoken with the UK branch of the Huffington Post, but on his website, Pettet says the following:

The Huffington post just wrote about my piece, and as much as I am pleased people are talking and debating the idea behind Art School. Some speak without understanding.

Firstly I have never communicated with The Huffington and I do not expect rave reviews (I never said that) I never said anything to them.


He goes on to say:

Virginity to me is conceptual and losing it as a performance piece is the way I have chosen to do that. But for a reason I haven’t said the layout of the piece, the location of the piece. Or what is actually going to happen. So for people comparing it to a live sex show, I can assure it will be nothing like that. Please for more real information go to

Critics have said that Pettet's concept cheapens sex and promotes homosexuals in a negative light. However, it would seem that these speculators are going to be the ones that are let down if what is being reported does not come to pass. Based on the horse's mouth, however, it appears we will have to wait a little while longer before knowing exactly what is going to happen.

Oct 23, 2013

How do I tell my Children that I am Gay?



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I was reading around the LGBT subreddit today when I came across this post which read:

I was married to a woman for 15 years, and we are now in the midst of a divorce. In the last few years, I realized I was gay. I have come out to my family but not to either my ex, nor my son. How do I tell him and make him understand that I am the same person that I was before the separation and that I love him the same? Also, do I tell the ex or let her figure it out on her own?

And while the comment responses contained some good advice on how this father should go about coming out to his son, one of the comments, from a child of a gay man, explained what realizing such a thing can be like from the receiving end. It was very touching:

I don't think I really can offer any advice on what you should do, but I was involved in a situation similar to yours and can at least give my perspective. In my case, I was the kid with the gay dad and unsuspecting mother.

My parents were married for about four years before they divorced. They fought all the time, and the marriage was just miserable toward the end. My mother got full custody over me, and my father had visitation rights. He wasn't ever around much during my childhood, but I'd spend some weekends and a couple weeks here and there with him over the course of each of the following years.

When I was about 10 or so, I stayed with my father for a week at his apartment. Now, prior to this,

Oct 6, 2013

Oct 1, 2013

Sideline Hoes, Gay Daddies, and Facebook



Episode 32! we talk about Sideline hoes, the importance of the gay daddy role model, and some social situations when it comes to facebook and real life.

Sep 11, 2013

Podcast Number 30



Podcast number 30! It has been a long time coming, and almost didn't happen, but it's here... it is here.

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Sep 2, 2013

Bottom Line: Why are Gays so Catty?



In light of recent events dealing with a couple of our group members and even one of our group leaders, the discussion was brought up. In this episode, a few of the guys discuss why they think so many within the gay community are "catty", why some feel the need to read any and everything, and why some people are just plain mean for no reason.


Aug 11, 2013

10 Things Every Gay Man Needs to Learn



Episode 28 - Dakota and Johnathan pour over Thought Catalog's "10 things every young gay man needs to learn."

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Donnie McClurkin's Response Video

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Looky here; I've never been, nor will I ever be here for Donnisha McClurkin. I remember the day I saw the youtube video of the AIM conference that he denounced homosexuality. Apparently he had done it long before then, even.

I'm not here for the multitudes of gay black men who were reared in the church, and afraid of being who they are for fear of losing their "loved" ones.

I'm not here for family members who are so brainwashed by the church that they would disown their own sons and daughters if they were ever "found out" to be gay."

I'm don't like to be here for confused church boys who will come out to me, but not their families, and then randomly hit me up on facebook asking inappropriate questions and making inappropriate remarks about my attractive male friends. But I know it's not their fault.

It's the fault of church leadership and people like Donetella McClurkin who are destroying our young black gay men and women and I'm not here for them.

Earlier today, Doniella McClurikin released a video via social cam (side note: what is with the COGIC and people affiliated with the COGIC trying to make it happen for Social Cam? Like really? They must have some sort of sponsorship deal) outlining why he was "uninvited" to a civil rights memorial event in Washington D.C. In it, Dolly McClurkin says something to the effect (because I can't be bothered to listen again for the actual quote) "Can you believe it? It's 2013 and a black man has been uninvited to a civil rights memorial."

Girl please! Dorinda McClurkin, you were uninvited because members of the LGBT community, nor the Mayor of the District of Columbia, agree with your foolish claims that you were "delivered from the curse of homosexuality."

It's sickening, to me, that this man runs a church in the greater NYC area. A coworker of mine attends. She has tried, on two occasions, to invite me to the church. Both times she mentions "Pastor McClurkin" and I almost lose whatever meal I previously had. Donna McClurkin, saddown somewhere.

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Aug 7, 2013

I Want a Relationship, but I'm Picky



In this episode of "Bottom Line" the guys go over non-negotiable items, and people who say they want to be in a relationship but can't seem to find someone because of their impossible requirement check lists.

Aug 2, 2013

The Edugaytion "Disaster"

This is the problem with our community:

On August 2, 2013 I logged on Edugaytion’s Facebook account to find a disturbing comment. It turns out that a recently published article was, in fact, the work of someone else, only slightly modified (contrary to what some on Twitter were saying about the article being ‘directly’ lifted with ‘no changes’). When I saw the comment (made by the original creator), I immediately understood that he was not happy with the fact that his work was being used without credit. I quickly responded to him, and then found his contact information to let him know that the article had been edited to include the overdue citation. After a short back and forth on Twitter, the decision was made to delete the post from Edugaytion.com, and the matter was resolved. Or so I thought.

The problem with our community is that we are too quick to lash out without having a full understanding of what exactly happened in the first place. Was it my fault that the article was published without being researched first? That someone else’s work was put on my website, and plagiarism had occurred? Was it my fault for someone feeling slighted this morning? Yes, and I apologized to the appropriate person for it.

What bothers me about this, is the fact that said person, a member of “the community” then went on to tweet more malicious content, as if the “understanding” that we had reached completely did not exist, and the mob action mentality that our people follow without knowing all of the facts. I made a stupid mistake and I owned it, but I’ll be damned before the entire black and gay twitter community nails me to the cross and the original content creator continues to go in on me after an agreement has been made.
In a string of tweets another blogger advised:

“Aww you have a lot to learn my friend. When someone steals content from me, I don't let the "thief" define how I handle it. Although it would be "nice" of me to email the offender and say "Hey, that's my work, take it down," it's not a requirement. I look at it like...you didn't "politely" email me to use my shit, so why should I "politely" ask you to take it down? Just like when people steal my pics on IG for their weight loss bullshit, I put them on blast. Tried that polite email shit… what happened? Those niggas told me to fuck off. So I said "let’s see what my followers say about that." Now… I'm no writer. I just post a lil blurb and go about my business. But even still, I put "time" into that business. So if someone were to steal from me, I would absolutely go off b/c you're making money off MY shit and I have the right to say whatever the hell I want in any tone I want b/c you "stole" from me. No huge thing tho; you've officially been taught.”

And while this blogger is right, I do have a lot to learn about this blogging business, you won’t get me for “stealing” when that’s not what happened. The “community” is reacting as if the story was intentionally lifted. They are hurling accusations as if this was malicious theft, when the fact of the matter is, it was posted to our Facebook group, and the poster in the group was asked if it could be used on the site, no further investigation was done, and it was published.

I can’t help but think of a recent story similar to this one in which a map creator found his work being used in Naughty Dog’s “The Last of Us”, a game that sold 3.4 million copies in 3 weeks. A twitter follower alerted the map maker of the game maker’s use the map maker’s work. The map maker simply contacted Naught Dog, the game publisher and then later wrote on his website:

"I've just spoken with Naughty Dog over the phone in a very constructive conversation. Can't say more at the moment, but it seems as if matters will be resolved to everyone's satisfaction shortly."

How easy was that!? And despite how you may feel about me typing this lecture, being the person that made the plagiaristic mistake, you can’t argue that some issues can be resolved easily and behind closed doors.

You see, when you pull dramatic stunts like the one that was done today, you’re only trying to bring more attention to yourself. That’s why I’m not mentioning the now deleted article by name or the author, because what is done is done, including the unnecessary fallout. One can apologize for a simple mistake, one that only a newcomer to the blog scene would make. But then, the one that has been “doing this for 10 years” goes back on Twitter, after the “cheers” have been given, and proceeds to go in about how “niggas need lessons in humility”?


Chile… 

Jul 2, 2013

NYC LGBT Hate Crime ON the Day of Pride

Now this doesn't make any KIND of sense...



If you have any info leading to the identification of the two men on the train, call 311 and file a police report.

Jul 1, 2013

BET vs. B. Scott's Love Muffins



If you're reading this post, then you already know what happened with our beloved B. Scott, but just in case you don't, read his open letter to BET here

Now, what can we, B. Scott's army of Love Muffins do to help not only B. Scott, but make BET see the error of their ways? How can we tell Black Entertainment Television that it is NOT okay to discriminate against individuals who do not conform to one gender representation? That it is NOT okay to be an effemiphobic cable network in 2013?

Write to the executives at BET and LET THEM KNOW that it is not okay. If we do nothing, then BET will get away with not even being slapped on the wrist. I honestly want to punch them in the face right now... 

And for the record, I understand that most of the people present were "cool" with what and who B. Scott is, but some hater somewhere with enough power made a phone call or said something because they didn't like what they saw, and that is not cool.

Here are the two people listed on the BET website that seem best for communication on this issue:

Robert Avery Public Relations Coordinator robert.avery@bet.net 212-205-3159

Zabrina Horton; Senior Manager Los Angeles zabrina.horton@bet.net (310) 481-3737 Specials: BET Awards, BET L.A.

UPDATE:

In addition to the mentioned contacts, HERE is a list of all Press Contact information at BET


Jun 5, 2013

15 Things Gay Men Need to Stop Doing



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May 20, 2013

Bottom Line Podcast on iTunes New & Noteworthy


While it may not be that huge of a feat, as I am discovering that basically anything that is new is put on the front page regardless of popularity or number of episodes, I am extremely excited to announce that the Bottom Line podcast is featured on iTunes's "New & Noteworthy" feature section.

When I began making Youtube videos back in early 2008, I always had an idea to have a black and gay version of ABC's The View. Unfortunately, I didn't know enough people. So, instead, I started doing one person comedy bits. And while I did gain a small bit of popularity and showed promise just like my youtuber counterparts, I knew that comedy wasn't exactly for me. This became evidently clear when I was taken to court for defamation of character by another youtuber...

Fast forward to late 2012. I had been on my "Youtube hiatus" for nearly 2 and a half years. And while I would make pop up videos every now and then, without a specific and clear direction, I wasn't able to remain consistent. At this critical point, I knew what I wanted to do and how I wanted to do it, but I needed the people. I asked a few of my old youtube buddies as well as some of my real world friends.

What resulted was something that I think is good and has the potential to be great! The Bottom Line podcast covers a range of issues including, but not limited to, the LGBT struggle. We are currently recording episodes on a weekly basis, and hope to grow such an audience that more live viewers can interact with all of us as we do our thing.

I want to give a shout out to the guys who help make this possible. Danny, Dakota, Ian, and Garrett. Without you guys neither Edugaytion, nor the Bottom Line would not exist. It has only been four months, but we've already covered so much. Let's continue to grow!

If you're interested in the Bottom Line podcast, see any of the links below:

Youtube Video Podcast Collection - The Bottom Line Episodes along with extra snippets of the best parts.
Bottom Line Podcast on iTunes - Audio version of the podcast, requires iTunes.

May 12, 2013

NYC Gay Nightlife



Planning on visiting New York City and need some tips on where to go for gay nightlife? This video should serve as a good jumping off point. Here are the mentioned hot spots:

Ritz - http://ritzbarandlounge.com/
Splash - http://www.splashbar.com/
G Lounge - http://glounge.com/
HK Lounge - http://www.yelp.com/biz/hk-lounge-new...
Continental - http://www.continentalnyc.com/
Duplex - http://www.yelp.com/biz/the-duplex-ne...
Time Out - http://www.yelp.com/biz/time-out-new-...
Boxers - http://boxersnyc.com/

Apr 29, 2013

Mike Wallace tweets about gay athlete Jason Collins



Wide receiver Mike Wallace, whom the Miami Dolphins signed as a free agent for his speed, won a race of dubious value: making the first lightning-rod quote or social-media statement after still-active NBA center Jason Collins announced his homosexuality in a Sports Illustrated story.

Wallace tweeted: “All these beautiful women in the world and guys want to mess with other guys...smh [shaking my head].” Five minutes later, he tweeted: “I’m not bashing anybody don’t have anything against anyone. I just don’t understand it.”

Both tweets got deleted within 20 minutes. The ensuing electronic arguments among those castigating Wallace, agreeing with Wallace or at least defending his right to an opinion and expression of that opinion prompted Wallace to later post to Twitter:

Apr 11, 2013

First Traditional African Gay Wedding



The small South African town of KwaDukuza had its ‘First Traditional African Gay Wedding’ over the weekend when a young Zulu couple tied the knot.

According to IOL News, Tshepo Modisane and Thoba Sithole, both 27, walked down the aisle in front of 200 guests at the Stanger Siva Sungam community hall.

Thoba, an IT specialist, and Tshepo, an audit manager, have dated on and off for years. They will adopt each other’s names in the hybrid Sithole-Modisane, as will their future kids; the couple is reportedly planning to have children through a surrogate.

“Family is important to us and that is the number one reason why we want to have children,” said Thoba. “We also want our children to grow up in an environment where they are loved greatly by both parents who appreciate them.”

Apr 4, 2013

Oprah and Tyler Perry Commercial



Is it me, or has Oprah being saying "I have money, I have no obligations, I'm getting older.... I can do whatever I WANT!"? First she read a guy on Twitter, then she did a sex scene with Terrence Howard, and now she's doing a promo for OWN using an old Color Purple role in tandem with Tyler Perry's Madea. How is this relevant to Edugaytion? Read in between the lines...

Magic Johnson's Interview about Gay Son



Go ahead and support your son Magic! What a great example of how all parents should behave when dealing with an LGBT child.

Mar 29, 2013

Gay Bros. Movement? We Call that "Trade"


From the Huffington Post Article

This really grinds my gears. As long as this kind of thinking persists, the world will forever define the "gay man" with it's skewed and stereotyped view. This is an enforcer of self hatred, and fuel for the community ignorant of what it really means to be a part of the LGBT community. 

recent article on Slate.com about a Reddit subgroup known as "Gaybros" inspired the above conversation on HuffPost Live.

Urban Dictionary defines a Gaybro as:
"A gay man who acts masculine and is interested in guy stuff like sports, video games, military issues, grilling, knives, gear, working out, gadgets, tech, etc…"
but also:

Mar 27, 2013

Jenna Wolfe Comes Out

Jenna Wolfe as a mermaid... 


Via the Washington Post: Coming out: Jenna Wolfe, 39, weekend anchor of NBC’s “Today,” and foreign correspondent Stephanie Gosk, 40, who on Wednesday became the latest national news personalities to announce that they are gay –

Mar 22, 2013

The Man with the Rainbow House



By Diana Reese [Original Post at Washington Post.com; source info below]

TOPEKA, Kan. — Location, location, location. It’s what often sells a house or determines the success of a business, and it’s the case for the house that was painted in rainbow colors this week on S.W. Orleans Street in Topeka.
Dubbed the “Equality House,” it’s right across the street from the home of the cult-like homophobic Westboro Baptist Church, the group notorious for picketing the funerals of U.S. soldiers and for its signs proclaiming, “God hates fags.”

Mar 18, 2013

Hillary Clinton: ‘I Support Marriage For Lesbian And Gay Couples’


"For America to continue in the world, there is work we must do at home." Ms. Clinton said in a video posted by HRC media. Clinton says that LGBT Americans are our colleagues, friends, soldiers and family members, and that she supports equality rights for ALL. A positive notion and a step in the right direction for a lady who may or may not be considering a presidential run for 2016...