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Curtis M. Wong is the Senior Editor of Queer Voices at The Huffington Post. He has written for The Prague Post, Passport Magazine, The Hartford Courant, Business Insurance Weekly, Abu Dhabi's The National and Ohio's Akron Jewish News, among other publications.

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We're Still Holding Out Hope For An LGBT Superhero On The Big Screen

(0) Comments | Posted May 29, 2016 | 10:54 PM

Twitter was abuzz May 24 when a hashtag asking Marvel Comics to give Captain America a boyfriend began trending. 

On the heels of that viral effort, a new campaign calling for more lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) representation in superhero blockbusters has launched. (Don't miss the trailer above) 

Created by Shape History, a London-based advocacy group focused on social change, the #LGBTSuperheroes effort wants to inspire Hollywood to portray Iceman, Catwoman and Mystique, who have all been depicted as LGBT at varying points since their inception, as queer when their stories hit the big screen. 

The group released a brand-new trailer, showing a male superhero with a few secrets of his own, at MCM Comic Con in London on May 27. Officials hope that the new clip will convince movie producers that there's a strong and clear demand for an LGBT superhero, as evidenced by young adult novels, comic books and even weddings

"We hope that we can demonstrate to the studios that there is a huge audience for accurate LGBT portrayal on the big screen," Shape History's Mike Buonaiuto, who directed the trailer, told The Huffington Post in an email, "and it won’t deter cinema­ goers to buy tickets.”

Buonaiuto also helmed "Credence," a 2015 feature-length film which put a gay twist on the science fiction genre, as well as "Homecoming” and "Invisible Parents," two short films which highlighted LGBT inequality.  

Let's make this happen, Hollywood! Read more about the #LGBTSuperheroes effort

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Indie Folk Band Responds To NC's Anti-Queer Law In An Amazing Way

(0) Comments | Posted May 28, 2016 | 11:00 PM

After North Carolina's controversial House Bill 2 took effect in March, a number of A-list musical acts, including Bruce Springsteen and Pearl Jam, responded by canceling their scheduled performances in the Tar Heel State in protest. 

Others, such as Beyoncé and Jimmy Buffett, opted to move forward with their shows while denouncing the anti-LGBT legislation, which prohibits transgender people from using the restroom that corresponds with their gender identity and restricts cities from passing non-discrimination laws.  

Now, indie folk band Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros have gone a step further by inviting a gay couple onstage during a sold-out May 27 concert at the North Carolina Museum of Art's Theater in the Park in Raleigh to renew their marriage vows. (Check out video of the proceedings above) 

The two men, PETA Senior Vice President Dan Mathews, and his husband, production designer Jack Ryan, have long been opposed to anti-LGBT legislation in North Carolina. In 2012, they spoke out against the state's Amendment One, which banned same-sex marriages and civil unions under the state constitution. 

Alex Ebert, who is the frontman of Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, offered a cheeky introduction to the couple, whom he called "Jack and Daniel." After he asked the couple to exchange vows to “express your love freely, whenever and wherever,” Ebert proclaimed, “I now pronounce you Jack Daniels!” 

In an email statement, Ebert told The Huffington Post that he and his bandmates considered canceling the show, but opted to "rally the crowd instead by renewing the vows of our good friends onstage." 

“HB2 was passed by an immoral minority—North Carolina has many thriving, creative, modern communities,” he said. 

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Dad Yanks Children Out Of School Over Transgender Bathroom Policy

(0) Comments | Posted May 27, 2016 | 1:08 PM

A Michigan father says he's yanked his three sons out of a public elementary school over the district's decision to allow transgender students to use the bathroom...

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Deborah Cox Brings A 'Fearless, Timeless' Legend To Life In 'Josephine'

(0) Comments | Posted May 27, 2016 | 11:11 AM


Deborah Cox says her ultimate goal as an artist is to "challenge stereotypes and labels," and over the past several years, she's been focused on thinking outside the world of pop, R&B and dance music in which she made her name. 


In 2012, the 41-year-old...

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Police Called After Transphobic Preacher Trolls Teens Outside High School

(0) Comments | Posted May 26, 2016 | 1:10 PM

A purportedly Christian woman who stormed through a Target store May 15, raving about the company's pro-transgender bathroom policy took her right-wing cause to the streets.

The woman, identified by Raw Story as Angela Cummings, touched down on the campus of Scotia-Glenville High School in Scotia, New York, on Monday and berated students and staff members about sex and drug use, among other things. She also captured the moment for posterity on video, which can be viewed above. 

"The Bible says the fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge. Many of you don’t have knowledge," she yelled in the video. "You watch too much MTV, gangster music, and you live for the devil. Some of you even smoke pot! It’s time to repent!"

It wasn't long, however, before Cummings's diatribe circled back to transgender bathroom use. "Next year, Obama is going to let you men, you young men, use the girls’ bathroom,” she told passersby. “It’s time for you to start homeschooling!" 

As seen in the video, Assistant Principal Thomas Fyvie tried his best to hush Cummings to no avail, according to the Albany Times-Union. Eventually, local police officers intervened and warned Cummings that she would be arrested for disorderly conduct. She then left the premises without incident. 

It's the latest in a series of disturbing videos that have made the Internet rounds in the wake of the ongoing controversy over transgender bathroom use. Many of them were filmed in the aisles of Target stores around the country following the Minneapolis-based retail group's pledge to allow transgender patrons and staff to use the bathroom that aligns with their gender identity. 

On May 20, Faith2Action, a group which describes itself as a “pro-active launching pad for the pro-family movement,” announced plans to organize a “Don’t Target Our Daughters Day” protest on June 4. 

Organizers said they wanted the protest to be a “moment to stand together” and warn shoppers about Target’s policy allowing “predators and sex offenders” into women’s restrooms and fitting rooms by protesting outside stores. 

We're not sure what any of this has to do with students at Scotia-Glenville High School, but then, it doesn't sound like there's much use trying to reason with...

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Get Set To Get Schooled On The 'Gay Agenda' By This Queer Comedian

(0) Comments | Posted May 26, 2016 | 12:42 PM


Writer-performer Justin Sayre is gearing up to release his first comedy album, "The Gay Agenda," and The Huffington Post has an exclusive first listen. (WARNING: contains graphic language





The album, which hits iTunes on May 27, is a compilation of Sayre's live performances, recorded at New York nightspots Feinstein's/54 Below and Joe's Pub at the Public Theater


One of New York’s sassiest funnymen, Sayre has made a name for himself with his monthly variety show, "The Meeting," in which he and the “International Order of Sodomites" (I.O.S.) pay tribute to gay icons like Cher, Liza Minnelli and Julie Andrews, among others. 


Sayre told The Huffington Post that he was "super proud and excited" to have so many of his hilarious performances preserved on an album for posterity. His show, he said, was "really about celebrating our community."


"We sought to showcase some of the most outrageous comedy – on topics like gay marriages and obsession with straight guys – as well as the pressing issues to the LGBT community," he said. "We started the show to talk about the ideas and politics of gay life in a fun and cross-generational way. And with topics ranging for the divas of the day like Miley [Cyrus] and [Lady] Gaga, to bringing back the 'hanky code,' we’ve been able to do that."


The next installment of "The Meeting" will take place at Oasis in San Francisco on May 28.


Sayre will return to New York for "Night of a Thousand Judys” on June 6 at the Merkin Concert Hall at the Kaufman Center in New York. Now in its sixth year, the show will celebrate the musical legacy of Judy Garland with performances by artists from Broadway, TV, film and downtown cabaret. Annie Golden, Lillias White, Nathan Lee Graham and Gabrielle Stravelli are among the stars currently slated to perform at the event. 


Meanwhile, the latest episode of "Sparkle & Circulate with Justin Sayre," the official I.O.S. podcast, has just been released, featuring an interview with "RuPaul's Drag Race" veteran Alaska 5000. 


You can also view some previous performances from “The Meeting” on Sayre’s official YouTube page. For more Sayre, head to Facebook and Twitter.


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Trump Goes Into Robot Mode Answering Question About Trans Rights

(0) Comments | Posted May 26, 2016 | 10:00 AM

Jimmy Kimmel took Donald Trump to task over the ongoing controversy over transgender bathroom use this week. Suffice it to say, Kimmel didn't get very far.

Previously, Trump pledged to allow transgender people to use the restroom that best corresponds with their gender identity. The statement was enough to prompt Caitlyn Jenner to drop by the Trump Tower to use the ladies' room during a recent visit to New York, and capture the experience on video. But Trump quickly changed his tune — or at the very least clarified it — claiming that states should be the ones to decide if and how they want to implement trans rights.

On Wednesday's installment of "Jimmy Kimmel Live!," however, the Republican presidential hopeful appeared to have no real understanding of his own position on the issue. When Kimmel noted that his previously stated views conflicted with most of the GOP, Trump once again re-iterated many of the same vague and unspecific thoughts he offered in a May 16 Washington Post interview, but somehow came across as even more unsure of anything related to the issue -- including his own feelings. 

"What really I'm saying is — and I think it's pretty simple — let the states decide," Trump said. "And, you know, we have to protect everybody. It's a very, very small group. Right now, it's a very small group. Perhaps it's getting larger."

After Trump noted that most of the Republican party "generally believes that whatever you're born, that's the bathroom you use," Kimmel pressed him yet again in regard to his personal views on the issue. 

"Me? I say let the states decide," Trump said.

"Do you personally support it?" Kimmel asked, adding, "I think you do."

"What I support is let the states decide and I think the states will do, hopefully, the right thing," Trump offered.

When Kimmel asked what he thought the "right thing" would be for the states to do, Trump said, "Honestly, I don't know."

And this, folks, is the man millions of people are rallying around to lead our nation.

Editor’s note: Donald Trump regularly incites political violence and is a serial liarrampant xenophoberacistmisogynist and birther who has repeatedly pledged to ban all Muslims — 1.6 billion members of an entire religion — from entering the...

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New Study Reveals What Queer Singles Are Really Looking For

(0) Comments | Posted May 25, 2016 | 1:00 PM


The Supreme Court's 2015 ruling on same-sex marriage changed the course of history, but according to a new survey, it didn't have much impact on how single LGBTQ people view marriage.  


Match.com found that 61 percent of LGBTQ singles said that last year's SCOTUS decision has...

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This TV Reporter Had The Best Response To A Homophobic Viewer

(0) Comments | Posted May 24, 2016 | 1:43 PM


After an award-winning Arkansas television reporter received a mean-spirited email from a viewer blasting him for his "gayness," he decided to respond in a thoughtful, but impassioned, way on Twitter.  


Mitchell McCoy, who works for KARK-TV in Little Rock, shared a screenshot...

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Gay Couple Stands Up To Neo-Nazi, Homophobic Mob With A Kiss

(0) Comments | Posted May 24, 2016 | 11:46 AM

A pair of gay Spaniards stood up to a homophobic mob... with a kiss.

David Fernández and Gregor Eistert were strolling around the Plaza del Dos de Mayo in Madrid's Malasaña neighborhood on May 21, while on a date when they encountered Hogar Social Madrid, a right-wing, neo-Nazi...

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This Groom Has A Secret (And So Does His Brother-In-Law)

(0) Comments | Posted May 24, 2016 | 11:10 AM

It's a Chinese wedding custom for bridesmaids to playfully impede the progress of the groom before the big moment. 

In the short Chinese language film, "Sisters," however, things take a bit of an unexpected (and humorous) turn. 

You can catch a sneak peek at "Sisters" above, then head to Viddsee, an Asian company that curates and shares powerful short films, to watch the full-length...

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Video Shows Transphobic Man Preaching In Target Getting Shut Down By Customer

(0) Comments | Posted May 23, 2016 | 4:17 PM

Video footage of a Christian protester's heated confrontation with a purportedly transgender customer at an unidentified Target store is making the Internet rounds. 

In the four-minute clip, which can be viewed above, the protester shouts, "Do not come to Target! They let transgender people in the bathroom!" 

As the protester storms the aisles, a customer retorts, "There’s a transgender person right here, so you can just keep on walking!" 

It doesn't stop there. "That's OK -- you're going to go to hell," the protester tells the customer, who then replies, “And you’re going to be an a**hole for the rest of your life!” 

Eventually, the protester is escorted by Target staff to the store's exit -- all the while ranting about what he (falsely and without any evidence) claims is happening in Target bathrooms. 

The clip is the latest in what's becoming a series of disturbing videos which show purportedly Christian customers in the aisles of Target stores decrying the Minnesota-based retail giant's transgender-friendly bathroom policy

The threats against Target range from a proposed boycott by the American Family Association, which has been signed by more than 1.2 million people, to more troubling incidents, such as when police in Bradley, Illinois were reportedly called about an active shooter situation inside a Target store. (Officers arrested Michael L. Merichko for disorderly conduct, but said they found no firearm) 

However, Target CEO Brian Cornell said the retailer has no plans to bow to protesters, and will "continue to embrace our belief of diversity and inclusion and just how important that is to our company.” 

When contacted about this story, a rep from Target told The Huffington Post in an email, "I refer you back to the comments that Brian Cornell made to several members of the media in advance of our earnings reports last week."

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Watch Dave Franco's Gay Character Get Engaged In 'Neighbors 2'

(0) Comments | Posted May 23, 2016 | 2:43 PM

Dave Franco set tongues wagging when it was revealed that his "Neighbors" character, Pete Regazolli, would be openly gay in the hotly-anticipated sequel to the smash film.

Turns out, that's not the only surprise in store for gay audiences in "Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising." In this scene from the film, Pete is left speechless when his boyfriend (played by John Early) pops the question.  

As Teddy, co-star Zac Efron gets in on the fun, too, crooning an earnest version of the Jason Mraz ballad, "I'm Yours," with his frat brothers.

The scene got a very enthusiastic thumbs up from Slate's Jeffrey Bloom, who called it "beautifully engineered to catch audiences off guard and then disarm them with genuine sweetness and giddy emotion."

"The sequence feels like a stinging rebuke to years of skittish comedies about male bonds, up to and including the original 'Neighbors'an unforced triumph in a movie that could have been much safer," he wrote.   

We couldn't have said it better ourselves!

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‘Family’ Group Vows ‘Next Level’ Target Protest With Outrageous Anti-Trans Video

(0) Comments | Posted May 23, 2016 | 11:12 AM

The ongoing right-wing backlash over Target's pledge to allow transgender patrons and staff members to use the restrooms which correspond with their gender identity isn't dying down anytime soon. 

Faith2Action, a group which calls itself a "pro-active launching pad for the pro-family movement," now hopes to go a step further by organizing a "Don't Target Our Daughters Day" protest just four days before the retail giant's shareholders meeting on June 8.

Organizers want to designate Saturday, June 4 to be a "moment to stand together" and warn shoppers about Target's policy allowing "predators and sex offenders" into women's restrooms and fitting rooms by protesting outside stores. 

In a Barbwire post, Janet Porter, Faith2Action's president and founder, said it was "time to take action" against Target for its pro-transgender vow.

Acknowledging the American Family Association's boycott pledge, which has reportedly been signed by more than 1.2 million people, Porter said she felt it was "time to take it to another level." 

"It’s time to tell Target to stop 'Targeting our Daughters'—from the sidewalk outside their stores," she wrote. 

To promote "Don't Target Our Daughters Day," the group has produced a bizarre music video that compiles news reports of the Target controversy and, in one scene, depicts a young girl being attacked in a bathroom stall. 

"No matter how loud it's shouted, sin is not a civil right," a singer in the video, which can be viewed above, warbles. "Calling evil good will never make it right." 

It's the latest in a series of conservative moves against the Minneapolis-based retail group that apparently were aimed at its transgender policy. Last week, video footage of an unidentified women storming through a Target store warning of "devil rape" went viral after being posted on YouTube. 

Earlier this month, police were reportedly called about an active shooter situation after a 39-year-old man created a disturbance inside a Target store in Bradley, Illinois. Responding officers arrested Michael L. Merichko for disorderly conduct, but said they found no firearm. 

Meanwhile, Target CEO Brian Cornell has mostly shrugged off the threats, and said his company would not back down on its policy. 

We took a stance, and were going to continue to embrace our belief of diversity and inclusion and just how important that is to our company,” he said in a May 11 interview in CNBC’s “Squawk Box.”

In lieu of specifically commenting on Faith2Action's planned protest or video, a rep from Target told The Huffington Post in an email, "I refer you back to the comments that Brian Cornell made to several members of the media in advance of our earnings reports last...

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How This Gay Man Learned To Stop Running Away From An Ex...And Himself

(0) Comments | Posted May 20, 2016 | 6:03 PM

A young Filipino man learns to stop running away from his ex -- and himself -- in "Basaan," an award-winning short film. 

Directed by Gino Jose, the 2014 film made the festival rounds and nabbed the Coup de Coeur du Jury prize at Tahiti's Courts des Iles Festival last year. 

Get a sneak peek at "Basaan" above, then head to Viddsee, an Asian company that curates and shares powerful short films, to view...

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Kim Davis: Gay Couples Tried To 'Make Me Eat' SCOTUS Ruling For Dinner

(0) Comments | Posted May 20, 2016 | 2:23 PM

She's baaaaaack. 

Nearly a year after Kim Davis became a right-wing symbol by refusing to issue same-sex marriage licenses in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court's historic marriage equality ruling, the Kentucky county clerk hasn't given up her fight. 

In a "Truths That Transform" interview with the D. James Kennedy Ministries on Friday, Davis insisted she was "obeying my law" when she turned away same-sex couples who were seeking marriage licenses from her office in Kentucky's Rowan County last year, and dismissed the Supreme Court decision as "a ruling" and not a law. 

In the clip above of the interview, provided by Right Wing Watch, Davis said she referenced the Bible before she rejected requests for marriage licenses, but same-sex couples refused to hear her out. 

"You asked why I couldn't issue you a marriage license, and I'm explaining to you, I'm showing you why I cannot," she recalled. "They didn't want to hear that, though." 

She then added, "They wanted to shove that paper down my throat and make me eat it for my dinner."

Davis has kept a low profile for most of 2016. In February, U.S. District Court Judge David Bunning ruled that Davis, who spent five days in jail last year for contempt of court because of her refusal to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, had not interfered with her deputies' issuing the licenses in her stead since then. 

Unfortunately, for Davis, her views on marriage equality are becoming increasingly obsolete at the national level.  

Sorry not sorry, Kim. 

H/T Right Wing...

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A Sexy, Salty And Sad Look At One Of Fire Island's Most Legendary Events

(0) Comments | Posted May 20, 2016 | 11:44 AM


Photographer Susan Kravitz has captured one of Fire Island's best-known annual events for posterity in a dazzling coffee table book. 


Mascara, Mirth & Mayhem is billed as a "provocative, introspective, sad and funny" look at the Invasion of the Pines, a...

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Most Older Americans Now Say They Support Same-Sex Marriage

(0) Comments | Posted May 20, 2016 | 11:26 AM


Nearly a year after the Supreme Court's historical ruling on marriage equality, support for same-sex marriage among Americans age 65 and older is at all-time high. 


A 2016 Gallup poll found that 53 percent of Americans 65 and older say they believe same-sex marriages...

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게이 '키스' 광고가 남아프리카공화국을 흔들다(동영상)

(0) Comments | Posted May 20, 2016 | 12:54 AM


HIV/에이즈 방지를 위한 TV 광고가 남아프리카공화국의 몇몇 사람들을 화나게 만들었다.

'키스'라는 제목의 이 광고는 엘튼 존 에이즈 파운데이션아보나 헬스 인스티튜트의 합작으로 만들어진 것이다. 광고에서는 동성 커플이 (아마도 둘 중 하나의 아빠가 분명한) 노인과 함께 앉은 테이블에서 열정적인 키스를 나눈다. 노인은 깜짝 놀란 표정이고, 그 순간 카메라는 콘돔 포장지를 벗기는 장면을 보여준다.

그리고 캡션이 등장한다. "우리는 커밍아웃할 정도로 용감합니다. 그러니 우리는 콘돔을 사용할 정도로 용감합니다."


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이 광고는 지난 여름에 제작되어 올 2월부터 남아프리카공화국 TV에서 방영되기 시작했다. 그러나 이 광고에 대한 반발은 최근에야 하나씩 보도되기 시작했다. 채널24뉴스에 따르면 남아프리카공화국에서 역사상 처음으로 동성간의 키스를 담은 이 광고는 이미 남아프리카공화국의 광고 위원회로부터 경고를 받았고, 몇몇 시청자들이 "역겹다" "부적절하다"는 등의 반응을 내놓았다.

이런 반응은 좀 놀랄만하다. 왜냐면 남아프리카공화국은 LGBT에 상당히 우호적이고 진보적인 국가로 알려져 있기 때문이다. 아노바 헬스 인스티튜트의 마케팅 팀장인 니나 모리스-리는 성명서를 통해 이 광고가 에이즈 예방을 위해 "사람들에게 충격을 주기 위한 것이 아니라 이 광고와 자신을 동일시할 수 있는 사람들에게 효과를 주고 싶었던 것"이라고 했다.

"남아프리카 공화국 인구의 10%인 4백9십만 명이 동성애자로 집계된다. 그래서 이 광고는 즉각적인 공공의 이익을 위한 것이다. 우리는 (에이즈 이슈 앞에서) 조심조심해야 할 만큼 시간이 많지 않다."

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Watch The Gay 'Kiss' Commercial That Has Homophobes Up In Arms

(0) Comments | Posted May 19, 2016 | 11:38 AM

A new television commercial promoting an HIV/AIDS prevention initiative has a number of South Africans in a tizzy. 

Simply titled "Kiss," the commercial was produced for We The Brave, a local gay men's sexual health campaign and a collaborative effort by the Anova Health Institute and the Elton John AIDS Foundation. The clip shows a same-sex couple sharing a passionate kiss at a dinner table while an older man, who is presumably one of the men's father, looks on in astonishment. The camera then cuts to a close-up of a sealed condom being unwrapped.  

"We're brave enough to come out," a caption reads. "So we're definitely brave enough to cover up." 

The "Kiss" commercial was produced last summer and began airing on South African television in February, but apparently, the backlash against it has only made headlines recently. According to Channel 24 News, the clip, which is believed to be the country's first to show a same-sex kiss, was generated an onslaught of complaints to South Africa's Advertising Standards Authority (or ASA), with some calling it "offensive," "disgusting" and "inappropriate," among other criticisms. 

The response to the ad is a bit surprising given South Africa's attitude toward the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community, which is generally considered progressive. Meanwhile, Nina Morris-Lee, who is the head of marketing at the Anova Health Institute, said in a statement that the aim for the aid was "not to shock," but rather to "attract our market through creating scenarios to which they relate."

"With 4.9 million South Africans – 10 percent of the population – identifying as homosexual, this is a matter of public interest and urgency," Morris-Lee said in the statement, which appeared on Mamba Online. "We do not have the luxury of tiptoeing around the issues." 

The Huffington Post has reached out to a spokesperson for the Anova Health Institute and is awaiting comment. 

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