Nov 23, 2016

BOYCOTT REGIONS BANK


Following a racist facebook rant by one of it's Executive Level employees in charge of Loan Operations, Regions Bank has released a statement made public on their facebook page today:
We would like to thank everyone who has reached out to Regions to share concerns about offensive social media comments that were made through an associate’s personal Facebook account. We want you to know that we share your concerns. Those comments do not reflect our values as a company or the way we do business, and the associate has no role in approving or denying loans. We are conducting a thorough review and will take all appropriate actions to address this matter.
The social media comments in question can be seen below:

 

I voted him in. I like him. He has a beautiful wife unlike the ugly and embarrassing woman, (for lack of a better word), in the White House now. Ms. Trump's foot would make Michele O'Bama a Sunday face. I'm certainly glad he has a lot of money because she he won't be bought out like Barrack, socialist Muslim O'Bama or his wife and all the host of relatives they have in the whitehouse for US to support. They have sponged the US of money flying to every single location in which they could vacation, taking the Grandmother with them. I'm surprised they didn't move the uncles and aunts in with them. Maybe they did and we didn't hear about it. Oh yes, and let us NOT forget they flew the family dog on a SEPARATE plane. If any idiot out there thinks that behavior is justified, you deserved him as a president. I prefer a man who can buy Michele and Barrack and sell them several times over. He will NOT be taking a salary, except $1. I think we can afford security for his son, IF he decides to use it. People who sponge from free government giveaways won't care much for this, but get over it. Hopefully being accountable will make a comeback. Nothing is free, someone pays for it. I for one am SICK of paying for lazy, non-working, takers.
 Regions Bank, based in Birmingham, Alabama, is a major banking center for the Southern United States, so it is no surprise that they house employees with thoughts similar to the ones posted above. What is shocking is that the employee that went on this rant is at the Executive Level with a job title of Senior Vice President of Loan Operations. This employee, June Pridmore, has held the position for 8 years.

There is always a possibility that this post is fake, however, Pridmore has since deleted her facebook page as well as her LinkedIn page, and Regions is "investigating the matter."

REGIONS - You owe it to your customers who have banked with you, their friends and families, to deal with THIS matter with crystal clear transparency. If Pridmore is, in fact guilty, of the posting the heinously racist rant pointed toward not only the First Lady of the United States, The President of the United States, their family, and People of Color (with the mass generalizations) then she should be IMMEDIATELY fired. An investigation must also be done into what kind of effect her insidious influence has had on those POC who applied for loans in the past 8 years. Redlining is a serious issue that many people are paying attention to in this era, and this is a PRIME example of the racists who run institutions in oppressive manners from behind the scenes.

IF Pridmore is found guilty and not FIRED from her position, we will call upon a COMPLETE BOYCOTT against Regions Bank. People from the South who are on the right side of history will be asked to close accounts with Regions and use other banking options. They will also be asked to influence their friends and family to close accounts with Regions.

The petition is here:
https://www.change.org/p/edugaytion-com-boycott-regions-bank

Sep 27, 2016

Mary J. Blige Claps Back



Shortly after the first Presidential Debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, Apple Music released a trailer for an upcoming interview between Clinton and singer Mary J. Blige, and social media took off. 


I first saw the video on facebook the morning of the 27th, the day after the debates, and I instinctively checked the comments. There, I confirmed my own initial feelings:





After non stop clowning all day, Mary J. Blige finally clapped back.


Within seconds, she deleted the tweet, but it was too late thanks to +LeeBruhGreene . Mary, girl, are you big mad or little mad? 


Aug 26, 2016

Logo's Finding Prince Charming, aka The Gay Bachelor


Apparently this has been in the works for a while now. In doing my research for this post I found videos and articles from at least one month ago talking about the creation of this god awful mess. Look, it's not because this is a "Gay version of the Bachelor" that I call it a god awful mess. Let's get some basics out of the way: The Bachelor on ABC and the idea behind the show, the very concept, is trash. Absolute garbage. How can any self respecting woman (or man, "Bachelorette" on ABC) live in a house with 10-12 other people all vying for the same person? Like, people actually watch this garbage? 

Well congratulations gays! You, too, now have equality in this regard. Thanks to Logo TV you can also find representation in one of the most horrible forms of "reality" TV this country has to offer. In 2010 I was totally here for "The A List: New York", also by Logo, but

Aug 25, 2016

Did Grindr Just Make it Easier to Discriminate?


In an era of openness, willingness, acceptance, and equality, most out gay men find themselves, whether willing or otherwise, representing the greater LGBTQ+ community in one form or another. Some go all out, become activists, engage in dialogue, debate, and conversation surrounding a multiple array of topics, while others are more laid back, and the rest fall somewhere in between. At Edugaytion, we have held multiple conversations about a variety of topics and discussions. One such discussion surrounded gay dating apps and the "Preference vs Racism" argument, and the discussion is nothing new. It has raged on for years now; the debate over whether or not broadcasting that you only want to date one type of man, filtered out by a number of line items (size, ethnicity, age, etc) is any form of "-ist" or just one's personal preference. 

Many of the discussions that I have had that surround these -isms have concluded with the same compromise: You can have your problematic view of the world and dating, but you shouldn't put it out there for others to see. It is more damaging for one to say "No blacks, no femme, no Asian, DDF" than to simply not respond to those people when they approach you. Ideally, if the world were as equal and progressive as we all like to pretend, everyone would have a chance with everyone, or at very least we wouldn't have material for Douchebags of Grindr. 


So imagine my surprise when after a recent update to the app, I was scrolling through Grindr and saw a new addition to the user interface, the "edit my type" button. "Oh lord", I said to myself, "what is this all about...?" I reluctantly clicked

Man Gets 40 Years for Pouring Scalding Water on Gay Couple


A judge sentenced a Georgia man to 40 years in prison Wednesday for throwing scalding water on a gay couple sleeping in an apartment, leaving them with severe burns that required surgery.
Jurors deliberated for about 90 minutes before finding Martin Blackwell, 48, guilty of eight counts of aggravated battery and two counts of aggravated assault in the February attack on Anthony Gooden and Marquez Tolbert.
Fulton County Superior Court Judge Henry Newkirk said the evidence was overwhelming and that Blackwell had behaved in a soulless and malicious way. He noted that it "takes a long time" for a pot of water to boil.
"You had so many outs where the voice of reason could have taken over," the judge told Blackwell, who had faced up to 80 years in prison.
Prosecutors said

Aug 21, 2016

Flamecon 2: Day One



Last year, when I heard of Flamecon, as it was described to me: Comicon for the gays (lesbians, bisexuals, transgender, and queer), I was super upset to know that it was a one day event happening just down the street from where I would be singing an engagement at the Brooklyn Museum for the Tyler Clementi foundation. It was a very important concert that focused on the seriousness of cyber bullying performed by none other than the New York City Gay Men's Chorus, with whom I am a member. The chorus geeks and gaymers, as we call ourselves, all tried to think of ways in which we could finish the concert and then make it out to Flamecon. It was no use. The call time was too late, the show was an hour and a half, then we would have to change out of our clothes, go somewhere to prepare any cosplay, because you know we would do it, and then find our way to the venue where Flamecon was, buy tickets, get in, and enjoy. It was just too much.

So that October, one of our chorus DMs, Dennis, posted, in a secret group, that Flamecon 2 tickets were available and that we should all cash in on the great deal they were having: just 35 dollars for a weekend pass, including the party. We all purchased our tickets and laughed: "It's so far off... Summer 2016? Ok, gurl..."

Fast forward to the end of July. The 2015-16 season has just wrapped up, and we're all on choral vacation! We had just returned

May 16, 2016

Game of Thrones: Book of the Stranger #DemThrones

Game of Thrones is no stranger to the black community. For years black twitter has used the hashtag #DemThrones to add commentary to a special intersection of the hit show's fan base. Last night's episode's ending, in all of its fierceness proved to be the perfect subject material for my brothers and sisters around the globe. Here, now, are my favorite #DemThrones tweets from 5.15.16






Apr 28, 2016

Of Race Relations, Doctor Who And Cosplay


Editor's Note: This is a reposting of a past article previously featured on the now defunct 2D-X.com, featured on Kotaku Cosplay.

My first big outing with the 2D-X crew was 2013′s New York Comic Con. Our, then, Editor in Chief, Jeff, participated in a panel called “Geeks of Color Assemble! : Minorities in Fandom.” That day, I learned a lot about the perception that many people in our nerd culture have with regard to “accurate cosplay.” There were definitely some eye opening moments.

For one, I learned that a lot of people in our gaming/comic/anime etc “nerd” culture are severely prejudiced and misinformed. The story that sticks to me most was told by one of the panelists about her portrayal of Nubia. In as few words as possible

It's Still Really Rad Being A Female in the Games Industry - PAX East 2016


This past weekend was PAX East 2016 in Boston, and our own Johnathan had the honor and privilege of hosting and moderating the panel It's Still Rad Being Female in the Games Industry.

"It's important work that we're doing and I'm glad to be a part of it as an ally as we work toward making the gaming community more equitable and inclusive" Gibbs said when we caught up with him after his weekend long "work trip." The Penny Arcade Expo, or PAX, is one of the premiere video game conventions in the world. PAX East is held in Boston MA every spring.



Check out the original post here

Apr 26, 2016

Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles - Moving Hearts and Minds through the Power of Music


I woke up this morning to find this beautiful piece of work on my facebook feed. One of our sister choruses, the Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles, teamed up with a symphonic orchestra in Macedonia to create this wonderful piece of art whose message rings true for many LGBTQIA+ people who become involved with choruses like the GALA organization's choruses around the world. It tells the story of a mother as she has a child, raises him, loves him, and then finds out he's gay. Check out the whole video and have your tissues ready.