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December 02, 2006
Mattel to sue over lesbian Barbie show
Toy manufacturer Mattel is reportedly threatening to sue a Brazilian artist for portraying Barbie as a lesbian.
Karin Schwarz's exhibition features pictures of Barbie in compromising situations, reports the Jornal de Sao Paulo newspaper. Mattel has given the artist 24 hours to close down the exhibiton or they say they will take legal action. But Ms Schwarz says she will not back down: "Barbie is exploited by Mattel. She wears a bikini, she shows off her belly, has big breasts, and even has a boyfriend," she said. The exhibition, entitled Amazing Girls, is on show at a bar in the city of Curitiba. A Mattel spokesperson said: "Barbie is a very proper lady and she is not happy about being portraited as something that she isn't. "We are going to sue and we hope that this teaches people a lesson. Also, Barbie is 46 years old, she should be respected!"
November 26, 2006
October 11, 2006
Billy's Back & Ready 4 FuN! - Guerrilla Qeer Bar Party Invitation
Everybody's been asking... "where's Billy?", "have you seen Billy Trix?". Well, turns out he's been stuck in a Mexican prison ever since Billy's Puerto Vallarta vacation! But Billy's back now and thirsty for some rip roaring fun and some real vodka! with lots of time on his hands (and knees), Billy's planned a fabulous fall party for you... stay tuned, Billy's back!
The rest of Billy's party instigators are still stuck in jail, but never fear Billy has some new friends to help organize things around here. After nearly a year of constant
Enlist in Billy's army! Or at least dress up like a hot army boy (or girl). We're taking over a straight bar downtown and to make sure everyone knows who you're with, wear something with a military theme. Don't have any military clothing in your toybox? Liar. Billy knows you're into roll playing, so slide into your favorite army green or camo garb (i.e. shirt, hat or thong what?! Someone might see it !), and that'll be close enough.
But Billy, how do I know where to go?
That's still a secret. We'll give you more details as the date draws near. remember to keep checking your e-mail.
Every couple months we take over the coolest straight bar we can find, for one night only. Think Flashmob meets French Revolution meets Kylie. Trick is, we don't announce our shindig's digs until the day before - we don't wanna give them any notice. So, the only way to know where to go for the party is to sign up for our email list and watch for the details a couple days before! don't forget to invite your friends.
December 10, 2005
HIV cases pass record 40 MILLION mark
The five million cases recorded in 2005 was “the highest number of people newly infected (in a year) since the beginning of the epidemic,” Peter Piot, executive director of the UNAIDS programme, told reporters in New Delhi.
November 27, 2005
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November 23, 2005
November 21, 2005
Call in the GAYS
In its ongoing quest to diversify (e.g., get people to watch again), Bravo’s Queer Eye is looking for non-straight men to make over.
Specifically, the show wants “a gay man who’s about to come out to friends and family, “Fab Five wannabes who happen to be in their teens,” and “a lesbian who welcomes a total physical makeover, finally.” That’s according to PlanetOut, which is working with the show. Only those who live in the New York City area may apply.
The site also reports that next season will feature celebrity makeovers: “Kevin Bacon (and the Bacon brothers) and former NFL star Boomer Esiason” will all appear on the show.
“Queer Eye” casting call! [Planet Out]
Wife Swap Participant Sues ABC Because The Show Swapped His Wife With A Gay Man
A Wife Swap participant is suing ABC for $10,225,000 because producers swapped his wife with a gay man.
Jeffrey D. Bedford says he was misled because producers “misled him by not sending a female from a heterosexual family to his home,” according to the Muskogee Daily Phoenix. And he “was distraught over the misrepresentation to the point of nonparticipation.” The show started taping on Oct. 14, 2004.
He also claims that producers “repeatedly told him his wife was leaving him. He claims he became emotionally distraught over his and his family’s situation to the point of becoming physically and mentally ill,” the paper reports. He also says that producers basically held his wife hostage, as they “threatened if Bedford did not film the show that they would not tell him his wife’s location and would not pay for her to be sent home.”
Here’s how the $10.225 million in damages breaks down, according to the paper:
As a result of intentional infliction of mental distress he has incurred medical bills, public humiliation, embarrassment and undue grief. He seeks $5 million for that distress and punitive damages of $5 million.
He seeks $75,000 for breach of contract and in excess of $75,000 because of defendants’ fraud or misrepresentation, and punitive damages in excess of $75,000. He also seeks court costs and attorney fees.”
In a statement, the network said, “ABC is confident that RDF Media, the producer of ‘Wife Swap,’ treats participants professionally and with respect. The show is meant to challenge a family’s norms and moreover, the agreement between the plaintiff and RDF specifically stated that the swapped spouse could be either male or female.”
Area man sues for gay ‘Wife Swap’ [Muskogee Daily Phoenix]
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November 20, 2005
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He's not kidding. He shows us two groups, those he painted while awake, and those painted while he was asleep. Asleep. Well, he thought he was asleep, but was really awake, sort of. Yes, it is confusing, beautifully confusing. While some of us dream of painting, James Faber paints of dreaming."
Wise up. Wear it. Where's yours?
World AIDS Day - 1 December 2005
World AIDS Day - the international day of action on HIV and AIDS which takes place every year on 1 December.
This year in the UK, World AIDS Day is about wearing the Red Ribbon, as a sign of support for people living with HIV and a symbol of hope for the future. Lets make this truly a World Event individual participation is contagious and there is strength in numbers! We Need to Wise up and Wear it. If you would like to get hold of your own Red Ribbon you can find your nearest outlet here and you can also download a Virtual Red Ribbon from this site to wear on your website or in your email signature.
If you click through this sitesstories section you can tell us why you'll be wearing the Red Ribbon on World AIDS Day and read other people's stories too.
World AIDS Day is about people getting the facts about HIV and AIDS. It's a day for people to get involved and there are many ways in which you can do so. We have a listing of events where you can search to find the ones that suit you, or if you are organizing an event, you can add details of your event. If you would like to get involved in other ways, we have some great ideas for you!
No matter how you decide to mark the day, you can help create a more AIDS Aware society in which everyone takes action, so please make sure you show off your Red Ribbon on 1 December! "
The Man Who Beat HIV
Given the sensationalist treatment of this topic in the papers, not to mention the longevity of this "genetic messiah" meme, I'm not sure this is anything to get worked up about.
November 16, 2005
To begin at the beginning, Sparrow Restaurant's a psychologically defective organization. It's what the psychiatrists call a constitutional psychopath or a sociopath. I am hurt, furious, and embarrassed. Why am I hurt? Because it's easy enough to hate Sparrow Restaurant any day of the week on general principles. But now I'll tell you about some very specific things that Sparrow Restaurant is up to, things that ought to make a real Sparrow Restaurant-hater out of you.
First off, its supporters do not concern themselves much with the people around them. Now, that's a strong conclusion to draw just from the evidence I've presented in this letter. So let me corroborate it by saying that Sparrow Restaurant says that it is a bearer and agent of the Creator's purpose. What it means by this, of course, is that it wants free reign to engage in or goad others into engaging in illegal acts. Why am I furious? Because my aim is to rally good-hearted people to the side of our cause. The best example of this, culled from many, would have to be the time Sparrow Restaurant tried to bowdlerize all unfavorable descriptions of its vituperation's. And why am I embarrassed? Because Sparrow Restaurant constantly insists that the rules don't apply to it. But it contradicts itself when it says that it acts in the public interest.
In closing, we must work together to oppose our human vices wherever they may be found -- arrogance, hatred, jealousy, unfaithfulness, avarice, and so on. Together, we can make a difference. Forever and always. (parody)
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