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QueerView August 29: A Look Back At The Week In LGBT News Stories

James Nichols | August 29, 2014 | Gay Voices
Each week HuffPost Gay Voices and HuffPost Live will take a look back at some of the biggest queer news stories from the past week. Check back every Friday for your queer news round-up in this regular feature titled "QueerView." ESPN Apologizes For Michael Sam Shower Coverage ESPN might...

Jen's Story From The Let Love Define Family Series

James Nichols | August 29, 2014 | Gay Voices
This week’s Huffington Post Gay Voices RaiseAChild.US “Let Love Define Family™” series installment introduces a prospective foster-adoptive mom just as she is completing the certification process, allowing us to learn about her decision making process and what it feels like to anticipate becoming a parent for the first...

'Lost Boys' Photo Series Depicts A Softer, Millennial Side Of Masculinity

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | August 29, 2014 | Arts
Anyone who has ever had the privilege of knowing a living, breathing woman, or a living, breathing man, knows gender norms aren't all they're cracked up to be. The trope of the American man as some sort of macho cowboy reached its expiration date long ago, and yet the enigmatic...

Chilean Sailor Mauricio Ruiz Breaks Fresh Ground By Coming Out As Gay

AP | Curtis M. Wong | August 29, 2014 | Gay Voices
SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — A sailor with Chile's navy on Wednesday announced he is gay, an unprecedented public declaration in this socially conservative South American nation. Chile has traditionally been a tough place for homosexuals, although the country decriminalized gay sex in 1999 and attitudes toward gays are evolving. The...

Twins Come Out To Their Parents And Catch It All On Camera

The Huffington Post | Emily Thomas | August 29, 2014 | Gay Voices
Rarely do coming out stories involve twins making the big announcement together. Luke and Adam Monastero, 21-year-old fraternal twins from Canada, have known they were gay since they were about 4 years old but didn't tell each other until recently. After coming out to each other and most...

In Less Than Two Minutes, This Marine Explains The Problem With Military Rape Jokes

The Huffington Post | Alanna Vagianos | August 29, 2014 | Women
"It's hard to believe that in 2014 that I have to tell my fellow marines and my fellow veterans that they shouldn't make rape jokes about the women they serve with." That's how Marine Corps veteran Brian Jones starts his Now This Rant about the...

Harry Styles Supports Michael Sam By Wearing His St. Louis Rams Jersey In Concert (PHOTO)

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | August 28, 2014 | Gay Voices
Michael Sam has earned his share of detractors since he became the first openly gay man drafted into the NFL, but Harry Styles isn't one of them. The One Direction star, 20, donned Sam's Rams jersey during a concert in St. Louis this week. As...

Everyday Sexism In Just 9 Illustrations

The Huffington Post | Alanna Vagianos | August 29, 2014 | Women
From "leaning in" to "having it all," it can sometimes be hard to keep track of where we have and haven't made progress when it comes to gender roles. A new project however, simplifies everyday gender stereotypes, making it impossible to ignore their negative implications. A...

WATCH: Family Has Horrifying, Violent Reaction To Son's Coming Out As Gay (GRAPHIC CONTENT)

The Huffington Post | Cavan Sieczkowski | August 28, 2014 | Gay Voices
Sometimes coming-out stories are heartwarming tales of acceptance and love. Other times they are tragic accounts of abandonment and abuse. Daniel Ashley Pierce, a 20-year-old from Georgia, came out as gay last October. At the time, his father was unresponsive and his stepmother seemed supportive. However, things took a...

Judge Lets Michael Egan Drop Lawsuit Against Bryan Singer

AP | Chloe Fox | August 28, 2014 | Entertainment
HONOLULU (AP) - A former child model can dismiss his lawsuit that accused "X-Men" director Bryan Singer of sex abuse in Hawaii, but he has the option to re-file it later, a federal judge ruled Wednesday. Michael Egan III said in a previous court filing that he wanted to dismiss...

Britney Spears Reportedly Writes Gay Fan An Awesome Letter Of Support For Coming Out

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | August 28, 2014 | Gay Voices
Britney has been a bit under the radar lately, but the pop icon reportedly just made a move for one of her gay fans that has us falling in love with her all over again. Britney super-fan David LeCours recently saw his idol perform in Las Vegas at one of...

Jon Stewart Takes On ESPN's Michael Sam Shower Coverage (VIDEO)

The Huffington Post | Thomas McKenna | August 28, 2014 | Sports
Jon Stewart took ESPN to task over its awkward coverage of Rams rookie Michael Sam's shower habits on "The Daily Show." After showing a clip of ESPN's shower coverage, Stewart asked, “Why would his teammates feel uncomfortable showering with Michael Sam? Does he use Axe...

'Looking' Adds 'Mean Girls' Star Daniel Franzese For Season 2

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | August 28, 2014 | Gay Voices
Best known for his role as "almost-too-gay-to-function" Damian in 2004's "Mean Girls," actor Daniel Franzese is joining HBO's gay-themed series, "Looking," for its second season. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Franzese will play Eddie, a member of San Francisco's nonprofit community, in a...

Ottawa Opera Company Fires Singer For Homophobic Facebook Remarks

HuffPost Canada Music | Joshua Ostroff | August 28, 2014 | Canada Music
An opera singer with Ottawa's Opera Lyra is now looking for work after being fired for remarks he made on Facebook which his employer deemed to be homophobic. The Ottawa Citizen reports Valerian Ruminski posted comments on Facebook while the city's annual Capital Pride were taking place. The...

Gallup Poll Examines Most Hospitable Regions For Gays And Lesbians Around The World

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | August 28, 2014 | Gay Voices
Gay and lesbian residents in the Netherlands have a reason to celebrate, as their nation topped a new Gallup poll ranking the world's most hospitable areas for the community. When asked if their region was a good place to live, 83 percent of gay and lesbian respondents...

Risky Situations At Work Lead Women To Feel More Anxiety Than Men, Says Study

Alanna Vagianos | August 28, 2014 | Women
By: Chad Brooks, BusinessNewsDaily Senior Writer Published: 08/27/2014 08:33 AM EDT on BusinessNewsDaily Do dicey workplace situations cause people to fold under pressure? For women, the answer may be yes, new research suggests. Risky situations tend to increase anxiety for women, leading them to perform worse than they...

Anthony Rapp To Celebrate 'Grind: The Movie' Soundtrack With Special New York Concert

Curtis M. Wong | August 28, 2014 | Gay Voices
The pleasures and pitfalls of gay hookup apps are explored in "Grind: The Movie," Zachary Halley's short musical film which has been sweeping the festival circuit. The film's anthemic pop-rock score, written by Derek Gregor and Selda Sahin, is an undeniable highlight. So it's fitting that the...

Rams Coach Calls Out ESPN For Michael Sam Shower Report

Michael Klopman | August 28, 2014 | Sports
ESPN's apology for its Michael Sam shower coverage didn't calm down St. Louis Rams head coach Jeff Fisher. "I'm extremely disappointed in her piece. I think it's unethical," Fisher told the St. Louis Post-Dipatch, on Wednesday. "I think it's very, very unprofessional. Not...

The Most Legit Eiffel Tower Replicas You Didn't Know Existed

Todd Van Luling | August 28, 2014 | Travel
You don't need to go all the way to Paris just to see the Eiffel Tower these days. With all of the replicas that have popped up around the world an Eiffel Tower might be practically in your backyard. The Eiffel Tower A Few Brief Facts About The Original: Was built as the entrance to the 1889 World's Fair 1,063 ft tall (or 324 meters) The engineer's name was Gustave Eiffel Initially Mr. Eiffel had little enthusiasm for the project but obviously eventually changed his mind The Replicas: Paris, Texas / 1:16 scale (USA) Constructed in 1993, this replica has found itself in a constant height battle with a replica in Paris, Tennessee, which was also completed in 1993. At first, Texas' tower was designed to be five feet taller than Tennessee's, but then the Tennessee tower took the lead. But to finish the battle once and for all Paris, Texas added a cowboy hat to their tower, and won the height battle, clocking in at 65 feet. You DO NOT MESS with Texas. Parizh, Russia / 1:6 scale Constructed in 2005, this replica serves the area as a cellular tower. Slobozia, Romania / 1:6 scale The story behind this is especially amazing... So as the legend goes, through a series of bribes and other "indelicate means," someone was able to get enough money to build a theme park in this remote/small Romanian town that not only has a huge Eiffel Tower replica but also recreated many of the buildings from the 1970s American TV show, "Dallas." That man is now in jail. Hangzhou, China / 1:3 scale China built this huge city with replica landmarks such as Mt. Rushmore and The White House, but now it is mostly an abandoned ghost town. The Eiffel Tower in Hangzhou was only built in 2007, and at the moment farmland still exists around the tower. China is hoping people will move into the city someday as the population continues to grow. In brighter times... Las Vegas, Nevada / 1:2 scale This is the largest true replica of the Eiffel Tower (there are bigger towers that simply have a resemblance such as the Tokyo Tower). This replica is fairly popular and widely known in the United States as it is part of the Paris Las Vegas Casino on the Vegas Strip. This replica also has its own Twitter account. Filiatra, Greece / 1:18 scale This replica at the entrance to the village of Filiatra. The artist who built this also built a fairy tale castle right outside of the town around the same time. Durango, Mexico / 1:6 scale This replica was donated by the French community in Durango. Apparently vandalism of the tower is a big problem and the legs have received much damage, however they still light the tower up at night and there's a giant rope swing attached to the bottom. Shenzhen, China / 1:3 scale This replica is part of a theme park called "Window of the World." Around 130 reproductions are featured at the theme park with their Eiffel Tower being the tallest. Paris, Tennessee (USA) / 1:20 scale Tennessee lost the height fight with the Paris, Texas replica. Originally built at Christian Brothers University, the campus had to give the replica up because students kept climbing on it. The tower has had many AMAZING stories happen there... "Weddings have taken place there, a group of state park employees were led to the site during a tour of Henry County, and one time a visitor from out of town took several of her young grandchildren to get their picture made in front of it. This Kodak moment was arranged because the woman knew that some of her older grandchildren were having their picture made in front of France's Eiffel Tower that very day." The Chamber's Assistant Executive Director from 1990-98 for Paris, Tennessee was quoted as saying, "We liked to say that it was the second tallest Eiffel Tower in a Paris." That of course wasn't true due to the Eiffel Tower is Paris, Texas. She also said, "When I tell people I'm from Paris, I'm used to hearing, 'Oh the home of the world's Biggest Fish Fry. More and more, I'm hearing, 'Oh, ya'll have that Eiffel Tower." Poor Tennessee. Other, smaller replicas around the world can be found in... Mini-Europe, Belgium / 1:25 scale Atlanta, Georgia (USA) / 1:30 scale Montmatre, Canada / 1:40 scale Austin, Texas (USA) / 1:45 scale Paris, Michigan (USA) / 1:110...

Hello Kitty Is Not A Cat Because Nothing Makes Sense Anymore [UPDATE]

Stephanie Marcus | August 28, 2014 | Entertainment
You might want to sit down for this one. Sanrio has revealed Hello Kitty -- the supposedly adorable feline character that adorns everything from lunch boxes and toasters to t-shirts and lingerie -- is, in fact, not a cat. We repeat NOT A...
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