What's New

Extra, Extra: CNN Very Concerned About KKK’s Brand

Extra, Extra: CNN Very Concerned About KKK's Brand Because 4/20 Easter is delicious, check out today’s end-of-day links: Stuy kids outrage adults with Uranus jokes, CNN on the KKK’s marketing strategies, funny cities, using spam bots to make friends and followers, and doggy’s bizarre bark. Don’t forget to follow Gothamist on Twitter and like us on Facebook. You can also get the top stories mailed to you—sign up here. [ more › ]



What's The Funny!

Neil Patrick Harris ‘Hedwig And The Angry Inch’ Curse Shocking? Why Broadway Star Yelled At Interrupting Fan During Musical

The story of Neil Patrick Harris cursing out a fan who yelled “I love you, Neil” in the middle of Hedwig and the Angry Inch quickly went viral. But while initial reports claimed the actor was angry about the interruption, in reality he was just joking around in character.

Alia Janine for On Milwaukee

Scatterbrains podcast: Chauntelle Tibbals, Ph.D.

For the second episode of the Scatterbrains Podcast, besides promising to stop talking in the third person (seriously, no clue) I bring to you, the people, Chauntelle Tibbals, Ph.D. Or, as everyone else knows her, “Dr. Chauntelle.” Besides being a kickass brunch companion, her sociological research on the adult entertainment industry is significant to our ever-changing culture. Yet is highly underrated, degraded, and unfunded.

LGBT

It’s discrimination, cry transgenders as police target CBD sex workers

More than 40 transgenders have migrated to neighbouring states as the city police are acting tough on them. Police commissioner Auradkar denies any bias

20140419 134422 It’s discrimination, cry transgenders as police target CBD sex workers

The city police have launched a drive to make MG Road and surrounding areas a ‘prostitution free’ zone. The move is seen as discriminatory by transgenders, since it is mostly members from their community operating in these Central Business District (CBD) roads. The community, which has got a shot in the arm recently with the Supreme Court according recognition to them as the third gender, is becoming agitated and vocal about the city police’s alleged attitude towards them.

Police commissioner Raghavendra Auradkar, who was on city rounds, had recently witnessed street-walkers on MG Road and Cubbon Road and gave orders that they should not be seen on these two roads and near Hebbal on Bellary Road, again a favourite spot for transgender sex workers.

Auradkar called deputy commissioner of police (Central) B R Ravikanthe Gowda and DCP (East) P S Harsha and a few others and instructed them to take action to end street prostitution. Auradkar told Bangalore Mirror, “We will not tolerate street prostitution. Hence the directions were given to the jurisdictional police to take measures.” Soon the cops swung into action and took measures allegedly to make the road free from transgenders.

What the transgender community is stressing that these areas are being ‘targeted’, and not Majestic and Janatha Bazaar areas where street prostitution is rampant but are not traditionally transgenders’ areas of operation. Sympathy from the general public is not that forthcoming either since there is a social bias against transgenders, and also a threat because of what is perceived as ‘aggressive’ behaviour at signals and at places like near Mayo Hall where they move in groups at nights.

Transgender activist, Akkai Padmashali, said, “Booking us under false cases is not new. When I used to stand on roads in 2000, I ended up paying Rs 30 to them (the cops) regularly. Whenever we failed to pay they booked us under robbery, extortion and theft cases.”

However, Padamshali thinks police should definitely take action against genuine criminals. “But if officers are giving any directives to target only transgenders, that person should immediately be dismissed. The government should take this issue seriously,” the activist added.

The Ulsoor police recently arrested three transgenders — Saloni, Parveen and Shruti (all names changed to protect their identities) — and sent them to the jail. At present Saloni and Parveen are out on bail while Shruti is still behind the bars.

“I was in a pub when I got call from my friends Parveen and Shruti. When I went to their help the cops arrested me also,” Shalini told Bangalore Mirror.

The police, however, said that the arrests are due to complaints of robbery. “A few transgenders are allegedly involved in robbing people. Most of such cases go unreported as the victims usually do not file complaints,” a senior police official said.

But Saloni accused police of discrimination against their community. “The police book false cases and send us to jail. They don’t take action against the women prostitutes. There were no raids at Majestic or Janatha Bazaar where only women prostitutes stand. They target us. That is the reason they have booked a robbery case on me,” Saloni said.

According to the community, the transgenders have started to migrate to the neighbouring states. Around 40-50 persons have migrated to Chennai, Hyderabad, Tirupati and other places already, a source stated.

But there was a time when Bangalore used to be a safe hub for transgenders. “There are around 30,000 transgenders in the state. People from other states used to come to Bangalore,” Padamshali recalled.

Even police were humane, she claimed. “When Ajay Kumar Singh and Neelam Achuta Rao were the police commissioners of
Bangalore they used to treat us with humanity. We had brought our problems to the government’s notice quite a few times. They never booked us under false cases,” the activist added.

The top cop, however, dismissed the theory of discrimination. “Police are not against any specific gender. We treat them equally. We have not asked anyone to leave the city. We are biased against the people involved in the flesh trade on the streets. It may be men, women or transgenders, we will take action against all of them,” Auradkar said.

Meanwhile, Padmashali thinks discrimination against transgenders is a social problem. “We all are sexual minorities, if we are coming on the road it means that we are neglected by our family, government and the society. Provide us with proper facilities like education and work, and we will not end up on the roads for prostitution,” Padamshali said.

The state vice-president of All India Democratic Women’s Association, K S Vimala, agrees. “Transgenders or the women who come on the street for prostitution have real problems. Instead of tagging them as criminals we should treat them with humaneness. Most of them are trafficked and in a few places police are hand-in-glove. They should find alternative ways to solve the problem. The police and public representatives have to sit together and find solutions. Let them live as they are also human beings,” she said.

Source

This Post It’s discrimination, cry transgenders as police target CBD sex workers appeared first on TRPWL.

And Now For A Completely Different Kind of Asshole!

A storm is coming for all fans of adult films and it’s time to put a stop to it! Michael Weinstein, President of the AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF),  has been on a crazed one-man mission to force the adult industry in California to submit to a mandatory condom-only policy. On the surface this sounds perfectly rational, especially to a gay studio like Hot House, which has been a condom-only studio since our inception 20 years ago. However, further examination of Weinstein’s demands reveals that he’s also calling for the use of condoms for oral sex, dental dams for rimming, and  protective eyewear for cast and crew, just to name a few. In the end a day on the set cold look less like a porn shoot and more like an ebola containment mission.

unnamed14 450x450 And Now For A Completely Different Kind of Asshole!

Earlier this week Weinstein further enraged the gay community when he attacked men who choose to take Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) medications by referring to   Truvada as a party drug, basically slut-shaming gay men for being sexually active and taking a responsible role in their own healthcare. As if Weinstein’s actions and statements weren’t despicable enough, what’s even more shocking is that he’s using the AHF’s public funding and private donations to promote his own cause, blowing millions of dollars on billboards and media coverage that could be actually saving lives.

Take action!   Mr. Los Angeles Leather 2014 Eric Paul Leue has created a  Change.org petition calling for the removal of Weinstein from AHF.   Sign it here and spread the word on social media with the hashtag #removeWeinstein to help raise awareness for this petition.

Hot Flash Blog

This Post And Now For A Completely Different Kind of Asshole! appeared first on TRPWL.

Op-ed: Burning Books, One Word at a Time

A new movement cracks down on 50 years of LGBT culture, writes Calpernia Addams in a provocative Op-Ed for The Advocate

Screen Shot 2014 04 18 at 9.54.21 AM 450x303 Op ed: Burning Books, One Word at a Time

Calpernia Addams: “I stand against censorship. I stand against the new thought police. I stand for art and self-determination.”

To be ignorant of the past is to be forever a child. —Cicero

Some time in the early 2000s, I saw a profoundly troubling trend being born in the newly popular Live-Journal-type blogs. It later spread through Tumblr and Twitter, across our small, bright quilt of communities: an online thought police. The officers of the thought police felt deeply entitled and were intent on unraveling a half-century of LGBT community-building to insulate themselves from what has become the unendurable offense of much of today’s activism: feeling offended.

The Internet is a world of words, whether typed, superimposed on cat pictures, or spoken in videos, and decades of boundary-shattering LGBT culture have delivered up dictionaries full of scandalous language that make children — particularly those who’ve been windburned by a lifetime of hovering helicopter parents — very uncomfortable.

Right now, the endless flap over the gender community’s language is a hot topic, with RuPaul’s televised shemale and tranny games highlighting the question of who gets to say what in our balkanized communities. The language cops, in this case conservative trans women who object to their use under any circumstance, want tranny and other such words completely banned. I understand the arguments against the insult, but I don’t think these torch-wielders realize that transsexual women do not own the experience of gender crossing or the language created around it. Both the experience and the language have a long and hard-fought history across many groups; our history books are full of these stories. In seeking to blot out our internal language of historical words like tranny, the thought police are essentially burning books, one word at a time.

Read more…

This Post Op-ed: Burning Books, One Word at a Time appeared first on TRPWL.

New York

Extra, Extra: CNN Very Concerned About KKK’s Brand

Extra, Extra: CNN Very Concerned About KKK's Brand Because 4/20 Easter is delicious, check out today’s end-of-day links: Stuy kids outrage adults with Uranus jokes, CNN on the KKK’s marketing strategies, funny cities, using spam bots to make friends and followers, and doggy’s bizarre bark. Don’t forget to follow Gothamist on Twitter and like us on Facebook. You can also get the top stories mailed to you—sign up here. [ more › ]



Los Angeles