Saturday, June 18, 2016

Prince Harry Pens Note to Orlando Mayor After Massacre


Prince Harry has sent a heart felt letter of support to Orlando's mayor Buddy Dyer.
 

Friday, June 17, 2016

Man Of The Day - Nick Jonas

Matt Baume : Why Do We Have Pride?



Given what just happened in Florida, it's an important time to ask: why do we have Pride? Well, just as there was 40 years ago when Pride began, there's violence today that pushes people into the closet to protect themselves; there are still laws that erase us; and there are still people who would chase us into our safe places and try to do us harm. But people have tried to terrorize us in our refuges before. We defied them then, and we'll defy them now.

RuPaul on Orlando Shooting: "This Is a Huge Wake-Up Call"


RuPaul says he feels "so numb" in the wake of the massacre at a gay nightclub.


On Wednesday's Access Hollywood Live, RuPaul spoke out about the Orlando shooting at Pulse nightclub.

"I am so numb from the whole thing and everyone has something to say about it; I don’t have any words yet," said RuPaul. "I don’t want to minimize it into some celebrity sound bite, and I know this is a benchmark for the American people. This is a huge wake-up call for us on so many levels, there needs to be a shift in our collective consciousness."

He continued, "It’s not just about gun control, it’s not just about gay people, it’s about our identity as Americans. And that’s the challenge for us moving forward."

Two of the contestants from RuPaul's Drag Race were at Pulse the night of the shooting, but RuPaul said he hasn't spoken to either of them yet.

When asked to talk about how many gay men are banned from donating blood, RuPaul responded that the U.S. still has a "very primitive culture," and said that unfortunately, tragic events like this could be used to "push us forward."

He said, "Every American who believes in what this country stands for is shaken to the core." He commented on the assault weapon used in the shooting and said "Really? In 2016? The American people have some real soul-searching to do not just on this but across the board."

Nick Zano Joins 'Legends of Tomorrow' as Series Regular

DC’s Legends of Tomorrow is about to get even more legendary.

Nick Zano is set to join the cast in the series regular role of Dr. Nate Haywood, EW can confirm. Haywood is a historian who happens to be the grandson of Henry Haywood, a.k.a Commander Steel, a member of Justice Society of America. It’s not known if the younger Haywood will follow in his grandfather’s footsteps, but in the comics he becomes known as Citizen Steel.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

'Essential Homme' Cover : Nick Jonas

Richard Simmons Denies False Rumors and Rallies Behind LGBT Community

'Attitude' Cover : Prince William

 
The Duke of Cambridge has become the first member of the Royal Family to appear on the cover of a gay magazine.

He spoke to Attitude about the issue of homophobic bullying, saying: "No-one should be bullied for their sexuality or any other reason."

The duke invited the magazine to bring members of the LGBT community to Kensington Palace to discuss bullying and its mental health repercussions.

Kensington Palace said William had been "moved" by the stories he heard. 

The nine people who attended the meeting last month spoke of low self-esteem, suicide attempts, drug addiction and depression.

William said that "no-one should have to put up with the kind of hate that these young people have endured in their lives".

The duke told the magazine: "The young gay, lesbian and transgender individuals I met through Attitude are truly brave to speak out and to give hope to people who are going through terrible bullying right now.

"Their sense of strength and optimism should give us all encouragement to stand up to bullying wherever we see it.

"What I would say to any young person reading this who's being bullied for their sexuality: don't put up with it - speak to a trusted adult, a friend, a teacher, Childline, Diana Award or some other service and get the help you need.

"You should be proud of the person you are and you have nothing to be ashamed of."

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

The Day Joshua McGill Became A Hero



This is Joshua McGill, and he managed to escape the Pulse nightclub shooting by taking cover behind a car. He noticed a stranger, shot and bleeding not far from him.

He managed to tend to the stranger, now known as Rodney, by making a tourniquet from his shirt and applying pressure to his wounds. Joshua was able to sneak this stranger to a nearby officer, who was able to get him to the ER.

Turns out the man he helped was shot several times in both arms and back - and thanks to the kindness of Joshua, is now in stable condition.

YES, there are terrible people in the world doing terrible things, but they don't deserve to overshadow the positive that happens right in front of us, everyday. #LoveForOrlando 
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Pulse Nightclub Vigil In Orlando : June 13, 2016

Thousands gather in downtown Orlando for vigil in honor of victims and survivors of Pulse nightclub attack.

'Vanity Fair' Cover : Alexander Skarsgård

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Orlando Vigil At New York City’s Stonewall Inn - May 13, 2106

#prayfororlando

Juan & Drew : Soul Mates - A Love Story


Juan and Drew.
Murdered on June 12, 2016 in Orlando, Florida at the Pulse Nightclub.

The families of the two young men, who both fell victim to the horrific shooting at Pulse Nightclub, announced plans yesterday afternoon to hold a joint funeral service for the “soul mates.”

Juan Ramon Guerrero, 22, and his 32-year-old boyfriend, Christopher “Drew” Leinonen had been dating for nearly two years when they met their untimely end this past weekend. Guerrero’s father, also named Juan Ramon, told Time that though arrangements still need to be made, the two families want to lay their children to rest side-by-side.

“I think my son wanted to do that. That’s why,” the elder Guerrero, 61, said. “I don’t care what the people think. I don’t care.”(keep reading)

Anderson Cooper's Emotional Tribute to the Victims


On Monday evening, less than 48 hours after the deadliest terror attack on American soil since 9/11, Anderson Cooper began his prime time program with a tribute to the 49 lives lost in the Orlando, Florida, nightclub shooting.

Noting that his broadcast would neither display photos nor mention the name of the dead gunman, the CNN anchor emotionally listed the names of those killed in the attack at Pulse nightclub as their names scrolled on the ticker at the bottom of the screen.

"In the next two hours we want to try to keep the focus where we think it belongs, on the people whose lives were cut short," Cooper said.

"They are more than a list of names. They are people who loved and who were loved," Cooper said.

[Via: www.cnn.com]

John Oliver’s Amazing Response To The Orlando Mass Shooting


Sunday, June 12, 2016

Pope Francis Condemns Orlando Shooting

Pope Francis Joins Instagram 

Statement through the Vatican Press  

The terrible massacre that has taken place in Orlando, with its dreadfully high number of innocent victims, has caused in Pope Francis, and in all of us, the deepest feelings of horror and condemnation, of pain and turmoil before this new manifestation of homicidal folly and senseless hatred. Pope Francis joins the families of the victims and all of the injured in prayer and in compassion. Sharing in their indescribable suffering he entrusts them to the Lord so they may find comfort. We all hope that ways may be found, as soon as possible, to effectively identify and contrast the causes of such terrible and absurd violence which so deeply upsets the desire for peace of the American people and of the whole of humanity.

We Stand With Orlando

What We Know About Suspected Orlando Gay Nightclub Shooter Omar Mateen



Officials have identified the suspected gunman in the Orlando gay nightclub mass shooting that left at least 50 dead and more than 50 others wounded as Omar Mateen, a 29-year-old from Port Saint Lucie, Florida.

Mateen's parents are from Afghanistan, and according to ABC News he was "on the radar" of U.S. officials but was never under specific investigation. Law enforcement sources told NBC News that Mateen called 911 moments before and pledged allegiance to the leader of ISIS.

Mir Seddique, Mateen's father, told NBC News, "this has nothing to do with religion," claiming his son was angered after seeing two men kissing in Miami recently.

St. Lucie Sheriff Deputy William Minogue, 31, told AOL.com that Mateen "tried to get hired with Fort Pierce Police Department," before accepting a job as a security guard.

According to Minogue, who also attended Mariposa Elementary school with the gunman, Mateen "worked at St. Lucie county courthouse screening people for weapons."



An Orlando woman, who requested anonymity, remembers attending middle school with Mateen and tells AOL.com that he was a "trouble maker in school," and alleges Mateen once "punched a teacher and was supposed to be expelled but wasn't."

Authorities are reportedly investigating the shooting as an act of terrorism. Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings has stated the incident "could definitely be classified as domestic terrorism."

FBI assistant agent in charge Ron Hopper said this morning "we do have suggestions that that individual may have leanings towards that, that particular ideology [Islamic extremism]. But right now we can't say definitively, so we're still running everything around."

Mateen was killed in a gunfight with those officers early this morning, officials said.

Nick Jonas - 'Bacon' Music Video

 

Sunday Comics - 06-12-2016

50 Are Shot Dead At Gay Nightclub In Florida - The Worst Mass Shooting In U.S. History


A lone man holds a vigil outside the Orlando Regional Medical Center in the aftermath of a mass shooting in Orlando, Florida, on June 12, 2016. 50 people died and another 53 were injured when a gunman opened fire and seized hostages at the Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, police said June 12, making it the worst mass shooting in US history. / AFP / Gregg Newton