Category Archives: Gay News

I Love Being Gay

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Just in time for Pride, professional gay YOUTUBER  Davey Wavey has shared a new video in which he talks to other YouTubers about why they love being gay.

“Being gay is being us, being true to who we are,” said OliviaHas2MomsLateef Thynative added, “I love the fact that we have our own culture.” These YouTube stars cover a lot of territory, from having our own language, to being celebrated for who you are, to having the freedom to express yourself and dress however you want, and much more. RyannMinajj said of the impact being gay has had on him,”Not being accepted by everyone has made me accepting of everyone.”

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Converse Sneakers Gay Pride 2016

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Converse has just debuted its new 2016 Pride Collection in honor of LGBT pride, – the  2nd annual!

Your favorite Chuck Taylor All Star sneakers are getting a colorful makeover thanks to Converse’s new Pride Collection. The brand debuted three new rainbow-inspired sneakers today to celebrate the LGBT pride events happening around the world.

This year’s collection includes a pair of rainbow Chuck Taylor All Star hi-tops in Converse’s premium woven design and another pair of hi-tops in black canvas that have been “splattered” in multicolored paint. There’s also a pair of the classic low-tops in white canvas with a similar paint splatter design. –  from  RACKED.

Nick Jonas and Gay Baiting

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I PERSONALLY, think it’s GREAT when celebrities go out of their way to tackle  gay projects  and  include  their gay fans. It’s  NOT  gay baiting.

In his profile of Jonas, Chadwick Moore writes, 

As an album of R&B and pop, Nick Jonas received mostly positive reviews from critics, one of whom declared it as filling “the hole currently vacated by Justin Timberlake and Robin Thicke.” However, that same reviewer, echoing the sentiments of many, accused Jonas of taking “a page out of the James Franco playbook, courting the LGBT community, aggressively working both the gay press and New York City’s club circuit.”

The accusations of gay baiting and opportunism have left Jonas a bit wounded. “It’s not the majority, but a large handful have a negative opinion for whatever reason,” he says, “and I think it’s really quite sad.” Still, regardless of whether he’s playing footsie with the LGBT community, his work is starting to speak for itself.

Jonas has perhaps gone out of his way to be LGBT-friendly, playing gay roles on the shows Kingdom and Scream Queens (well, let’s just say his character’s sexuality on Scream Queens is complicated). And Jonas says he has enjoyed playing those characters. Of the closeted MMA fighter he plays on Kingdom, Jonas says.

“It’s been a great character to play,” says Jonas, “one that I try to be respectful of and take myself out of. He’s on his own path.”

To prepare for the part, he spoke to some of his closest friends, some of whom were raised in conservative families, about their coming-out experiences. “It was a good way to research,” says Jonas, “to kind of build the character with some elements of real life.”

You can read the full interview with Jonas here.

Jonas told L’Uomo Vogue,

“It’s an honor, but I don’t think of myself as a  GAY  icon. There should be a lot more straight artists who don’t have a problem with having gay fans. I’m really proud to play gay characters and I’ll continue to do so. I think it’s among the challenges of maturing as an actor”

Jonas has been accused of queer-baiting in the past, though he says it’s not intentional. Jonas also recently refused to say whether or not he had sexually experimented with men: “I can’t say if I have or haven’t…”   HMMMMMMM

SHARE this Transgender Video

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I was born in the 60’s.

Being GAY  was a struggle. And I never thought I would see gay marriage in my lifetime. But something happened in the last 10 years….gays  were accepted  more  and more.  Equality. Marriage. What slowly started  in  2001,  snowballed  by  2015!

TRANS  had always been  around,  but  in 2013, 2014 and 2015  IT  SNOWBALLED,  faster than the speed of light.  TRANS  was out of the closet  and everywhere!

This is a GREAT  video – please share it! Moms are calling on all who dare to use the transgender community for dishonest and divisive politics: Meet my child.

Colton Haynes is Officially GAY

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It’s finally official!  HE’S   GAY!

JANUARY,  actor Colton Haynes came out as gay in a coy post on Tumblr in response to a fan’s question about his “secret gay past.”

The Tumblr post that caught Haynes attention reads, “when I found out colton haynes had a secret gay past i got so excited even though i know it makes absolutely no difference in my life.” Haynes replied by writing, “Was it a secret? Let’s all just enjoy life & have no regrets :).”

HOT  GIFS  OF  COLTON HERE!

At 27, Colton Haynes is ready to live his own life on his own terms.

“People want you to be that GQ image that you put out, but people don’t realize what it’s like to act 24 hours a day. I’d go home and I was still acting,” the “Arrow” star shared of his sexuality with Entertainment Weekly. “People who are so judgmental about those who are gay or different don’t realize that acting 24 hours a day is the most exhausting thing in the world.”

Haynes, who had come out as gay to family, friends and co-workers early on, wasn’t prepared to face the masses in January after he responded to a Tumblr post about his “secret” gay past.

“I should have made a comment or a statement, but I just wasn’t ready. I didn’t feel like I owed anyone anything. I think in due time, everyone has to make those decisions when they’re ready, and I wasn’t ready yet,” he said.” But I felt like I was letting people down by not coming forward with the rest of what I should have said.”

“I asked to step away because I cared more about my mental and physical health than my career at the time,” Haynes explained. “I’ve had terminal anxiety my entire lie. Physically ill, fainting. I’m 27-years-old, and I have and ulcer. I had to step back.”

Finally in a place of ease, Haynes admitted that he has never felt better.

“It took me so long to get to this point, but I’m doing so good,” he noted. “I’m happier than I’ve ever been, and healthier than I’ve ever been, and that’s what I care about.”

Follow him  on TUMBLR.

 

Cuddling is Good for the Soul

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STRAIGHT OR GAY – Everyone can benefit from Cuddling!

When H. Melinda Krakowski, a customer service representative in New York City, was married, she couldn’t shake the feeling that she was alone, even when her husband was in the room with her. That’s because they almost never touched, and she felt starved for physical affection.

After Krakowski and her husband separated, she sought out group activities to curb her loneliness. That’s when she discovered cuddle parties: gatherings for people to engage in consensual, nonsexual touch. One facilitator of these events, entrepreneur Adam Lippin, was in the process of creating a professional cuddling agency.

Lippin had gotten into yoga and meditation and wanted to start a new business venture that promoted wellness. His co-founder, Madelon Guinazzo, also a cuddle party facilitator, had already been seeing clients who paid her for private cuddle sessions. So late last year, the two scouted out cuddle party attendees who might be interested in working with them. Read more at WASHINGTON POST. Contact CUDDLIST for more information.

North Carolina and Mississippi Boycott Continues

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It is truly amazing that SO MANY companies  have stood up  to North Carolina and Mississippi in recent weeks!

The rights holders of the musicals West Side Story and Footloose have quietly withdrawn permission for their musicals to be done in the states of North Carolina and Mississippi, apparently in reaction to laws passed in those states that discriminate against LGBT individuals.

Wicked ’s Stephen Schwartz Hopes Banning Shows from North Carolina Will Turn Anger Into Activism

Similarly, the Rodgers and Hammerstein Organization announced that the rights holders of the musical Footloose had also withdrawn permission for their show, described as one of the most popular in the R&H catalogue, to be done in the two states. They issued this statement:
To the residents of North Carolina and Mississippi:

In light of the recent passage in your states of heinous and discriminatory laws that severely curtails the rights of many minorities, the creators of “Footloose” are suspending the issuance of any license to present or produce their work until such time as the legislature and governor reverse their decision.

Among arts groups, Cirque du Soleil canceled engagements in North Carolina after the state passed HB2, a “religious freedom” bill that allows individuals and businesses to deny services to LGBT individuals based on personal religious beliefs.

Upcoming performances of Ovo in Greensboro (April 20-24) and Charlotte (July 6-10), as well as Toruk – Avatar in Raleigh (June 22-26), have all been canceled in the wake of the legislation.  “Cirque du Soleil strongly believes in diversity and equality for every individual and is opposed to discrimination in any form. The new HB2 legislation passed in North Carolina is an important regression to ensuring human rights for all. We therefore choose to cancel our scheduled performances.”

 

Gay Colors and Gay Clothes

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DOUCHEBAG INDIANA GOVERNOR

MIKE PENCE is at it again!

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence signed an executive order Wednesday that bans what he called “gay colors” to be worn by boys in public elementary and secondary schools in the state.

Pence referred to pink, chartreuse, teal and magenta, in particular, as “gateway colors” for young boys who might have an inclination toward homosexuality.

“Governor Pence believes that if boys wear clothes with colors traditionally worn by young girls, this can cause gender confusion for the boy,” said Hugh Strait, a spokesman for the governor.

Pence’s announcement comes as the state prepares for Tuesday’s presidential primary.

The executive order comes as other states have passed laws that critics say discriminate against gays and LGBTs.

read  more  at  Huffington  Post!

Andy Cohen and Clifton Dassuncao

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Things  seem  to be getting  serious   for  47 year  old  Andy  Cohen  and  28 year  old Harvard PHD Student  Clifton Dassuncao!!  Andy  likes  em  young!

 

WHAT  WE KNOW –

  • Andy Cohen has been away twice in the past three months with Harvard PhD student Clifton Dassuncao
  • Cohen, 47, and Dassuncao, 28, spent both trips in the Caribbean on Barry Diller’s $150million yacht Eos
  • The pair were on the yacht at the end of December and again last week with a group of couples including Diller and Diane von Furtstenberg 
  • The first photograph of the two was posted on Dassuncao’s Instagram page in July of last year at a Watch What Happens Live taping 
  • Dassuncao grew up in Queens, attended private school in Manhattan, then went to MIT for undergrad and Harvard for a Masters and PhD  
  • He set his Instagram account to private on Thursday afternoon after requests for comment from Cohen’s reps
 In addition to all that, Kenneth in the 212 writes, “I’m not sure how serious they are about each other, but I can add to the speculation that I saw Dassuncao literally hanging off of Cohen at Elmo a couple months ago — in between make-out sessions — and they seemed to be enjoying each other’s company very much.”

Crystal Meth, Gays and Addiction

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Meth can be in crystalized form or powder, and varying in color from clear to chalky white, or yellowish brown to different shades of blue. All forms of meth can be snorted through the nose, smoked out of glass pipes, injected with syringes, or ingested orally.

The words addiction, drug addiction, alcoholism, and chemical dependency are common terms for abuse of alcohol or drugs. Addiction is a condition that results when a person ingests a substance (e.g., alcohol, cocaine, nicotine) or engages in an activity (e.g., gambling, sex, shopping) that can be pleasurable but the continued use/act of which becomes compulsive and interferes with ordinary life responsibilities, such as work, etc.

ANYTHING  CAN  BE ADDICTIVE!  Especially when it feels  good!

 

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In a new  article  for  POZ,  writer Mathew Rodriguez  examines Meth use  in the gay community.  READ IT HERE.

Dopamine produces a positive reaction to everyday occurrences that keep us alive. When we eat or drink, our body gives us dopamine. In fact, studies show that eating food releases about 150 units of dopamine. Sex (without drugs) releases 200 units, nicotine results in 250, and cocaine clocks in at 350. In comparison, crystal meth unleashes a whopping 1,100 units of dopamine.

 

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Meth offers cheap and quick dopamine to those in need of a feel-good fix—and the American Psychological Association says that the LGBT community experiences much higher rates of general depression and anxiety than the rest of the population.

But there is good news. “One aspect of the meth mystique that needs to be challenged is that there is no hope,” Fawcett writes. “This is simply not true. While recovery from meth is difficult, it is absolutely possible.”

Meth use  in the gay community.  READ IT HERE.

Steve Grand and Eli Lieb – Duet

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IF  THEY GOT MARRIED – THEY COULD BE A POWER COUPLE!  Steve  Grand +  Eli Lieb!

They are NOT getting  married – but have written performed  a  duet together.

LOOK  AWAY

LYRICS:
I’ll never touch your body again
We gave it our all, but this is the end
So we say that we tried
Watching you fade, I know it’s goodbye

But I can’t look away from you
I can’t look away
I’m trying to face the truth
from the mess that we made
So we say that we tried
But I can’t look away from you
I can’t look away

I miss watching you sleep
You scent on my sheets
Such a bitter-sweet, beautiful mind
haunting my dreams
So I know you’ll be fine, say “it’s alright”
Watching you fade, cause this is goodbye

But I can’t look away from you
I can’t look away
I’m trying to face the truth
from the mess that we made
So we say that we tried
But I can’t look away from you
I can’t look away

I’ll be okay, are you okay?
Thinkin’ about the way that we left this
Will I grow to regret it
Watching you fade
I know it’s goodbye

But I can’t look away from you
I can’t look away
I’m trying to face the truth
from the mess that we made
So we say that we tried
But I can’t look away from you
I can’t look away

*Written by Eli Lieb and Steve Grand

 

WATCH  VIDEO  HERE

Follow ELI LIEB:
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https://www.facebook.com/eliliebmusic
https://twitter.com/elilieb
Snapchat @elilieb
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Joey Suarez – Triple threat, Model, Actor and Singer

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Meet Joey Suarez, the Hispanic Miami born, San Antonio bred, New Yorker.

Triple threat, Model, Actor and Singer.
One of 12 children, he is currently a practice manager, managing tax law and accounting at an NYC firm, but spends his free time exploring multiple artistic mediums.

“I don’t have a definite dream job. Instead I have my own silly idea of a balanced schedule. To me having this corporate job provides an opportunity to balance not only my financial sanity but comfortably explore my artistic needs as a singer/composer who ‘models’.”

“I tend to invest a lot of my ‘free’ time into art. Using the daylight for photo-shoot’s whether that is directing, modeling or make-up and at night to composing on the piano in a recording studio with friends. So to me, art is my free time.”

“I don’t believe I started creating real art until I took that stress of making money off my art and let fall on my exterior jobs. The catch being, balance? Well, you earn it. Use that art to alleviate the stress of working and work your ass off to the point no one can deny where that drive comes from. Eventually that balance will weigh on the side of things you’ve always truly wanted, and before you know it: your dream comes true.”

He wrote a moving song called  “Memories”  about his grandmother, which you can hear on his site.

He recently  covered Bruno Mars  “Natalie”  and you can see/hear that on YouTube.

JoeySuarez.com 

Instagram – @joeywsuarez

Facebook –  @joeywsuarez
Twitter –  @joeywsuarez

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EuroPride 2016 Deals and Packages

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EuroPride 2016

 

Europride is a pan-European international event dedicated to LGBT pride, hosted by a different European city each year. The host city is usually one with an established gay pride event or a significant LGBT community.

For up to a fortnight, numerous sporting and artistic events are staged throughout the host city. Europride usually culminates during a weekend with a traditional Mardi Gras-style pride parade, live music, special club nights, and an AIDS memorial vigil.

 

I will once again be hosting a group for one of the largest Pride celebrations in Europe when Amsterdam welcomes EuroPride August 3-8

Don’t miss this year’s incredible “Canal Parade”, the only Pride celebrated on water, and the parties, concerts, and celebrations.

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Our package includes 5 nights hotel stay, buffet breakfast, Red Light District Tour, Canal cruise and my assistance services on location.

*Prices subject to change and depend on availability at time of booking. Central hotels sell out fast so make your reservations now!

**Price is land only

***Airfare is not included. Air quotes upon request.

Call Dave 1-800-942-1280

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James Franco Gay News

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He’s working on a dozen movies, teaching film, writing a novel – and still has time to paint hummingbirds at night!

James Franco – in ROLLING STONE this week!

Last spring, he clarified things somewhat, writing in a magazine article, “I’m gay in my art and straight in my life,” adding coyly, “I’m also gay in my life up to the point of intercourse.” But the line separating art from life can grow porous, as on Franco’s Instagram, where he’s posted numerous homoerotic shots of himself – bare-chested in an exercise room, his arm slung around an oiled-up actor in bikini briefs, or looking buff while getting his nipples shaved in a hotel room. Franco tells me he’s approached Instagram, at times, as “a way of finding out what boundaries are and pressing buttons.”

ROLLING STONE

 

Pet Shop Boys HAPPINESS

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Pet Shop Boys – ‘Happiness’ (Official Audio)

no big on Lyrics – but a good  beat…..

LISTEN

 

CUDDLE, love, touch, acceptance and connection

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We all want love, acceptance and connection with other people. We’re social beings, and this connection with others is part of our emotional, physical and spiritual DNA.

Touch plays an important role in building these connections, increasing scientific evidence clearly shows a connection that lack of touch can lead to depression, anxiety and a myriad of heath issues, and an inability to connect with others. We will be exploring the healing power of Non Sexual, Consensual Touch in detail in upcoming posts.

Most of us don’t get enough touch in our lives.

We’re touch-deprived, and most of us don’t even know it consciously. All we know is that there’s loneliness and stress and a deep sense of missing out. We feel this because there’s a biochemical yearning for something that is missing in our lives. And there is something missing: touch and the connection with others that it fosters.

“That’s why we started Cuddlist,”  says  Adam Lippin, Co-founder and  CEO  of  CUDDLIST. Safe, non-sexual, consensual touch fills a need that’s badly neglected in our society. Cuddling relaxes us and reduces stress at the very least, and on the deeper level it nourishes our soul and helps us get in touch with our higher self. Much like yoga and meditation, non-sexual touch is healing and transformative.”

Cuddlist brings together those who need touch (and that would be just about all of us!) with Certified, professional cuddlers who are experienced, safe, well-versed in cuddling techniques and follow a code of conduct that set the conditions for a great session.

While any two people can cuddle, of course, what sets Cuddlist apart is that we are  creating the marketplace for transformative cuddling, and we bring the professionalism and best practices that make it work; Cuddlist training is overseen by my co-founder, Madelon Guinazzo, and she both has years of experience as a full-time Cuddlist and knowledge of what works in practice.

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While Cuddlist is something special, and fills an important gap in our world, I also want to share what it means to me personally.

I’ve been a yoga and meditation practitioner for more than 20 years. Yoga has been an animating principle in my life that has seen me through college, drug addiction, the corporate world in New York, loss and death, and the birth of my son and my relationship with my amazing  spouse. I’m also a touchy-feely “hugger,” and when I go to shake someone’s hand I’m keenly aware how restricted touch is in our society.

Most would agree that touch is therapeutic, and the rush of oxytocin we produce when we cuddle is great, but in my experience cuddling also can be something deeper.

American Buddhist Jack Kornfield, in his book, After the Ecstasy, the Laundry: How the Heart Grows Wise on the Spiritual Path, talks about how the simple act of being present can be a deeply spiritual practice. I think cuddling, if non-sexual and approached without expected outcomes in mind, can help us be present and raise our spiritual awareness.

So while I’m a “hugger,” and I immediately see the value that cuddling can play as a corrective in our society, I also think it contains a deeply spiritual component.

Indian civil rights leader Mohandas Gandhi said we must be the change we want to see in the world, and I want to play my part by encouraging non-sexual touch and the emergence of what might be called cuddle yoga.

“Touch is important, and we don’t get enough of it. I want to change that, and that’s why I, along with my Co-Founder, started Cuddlist.  Will you join us?”

Find out more at CUDDLIST. Learn more;   FIND  a  CUDDLIST  and/or  become a CUDDLIST!

HATE CRIME – Gay Couple Badly Burned

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Marquez Tolbert and his boyfriend Anthony Gooden are recovering from second and third-degree burns after Gooden’s mother’s boyfriend threw boiling water on them in bed while they were sleeping after a long day of work.

He did it — because they are gay.

WSB-TV reports:

The 21-year-old and his boyfriend, Anthony Gooden, were severely burned last month when the men say Gooden’s mother’s boyfriend walked in on them sleeping in Gooden’s College Park apartment and poured scalding water all over them.

“I can barely think straight because the burning, the stinging is everywhere,” Tolbert said.Tolbert spent 10 days at Grady Memorial Hospital undergoing surgery that took skin from his thigh to replace skin on his back.

Tolbert left the hospital on Friday. Martin Blackwell is in custody.

Said Tolbert: “Martin pulled me up and said, ‘Get out of my house with all that gay. I couldn’t stop screaming.”

Blackwell reportedly told police he was disgusted by the fact they are gay and said:

“They’ll be all right. It was just a little hot water on them.”

HOPEFULLY – Blackwell may face federal hate crime charges.

There is a GoFundMe for their hospital bills.

PrEP Works…usually

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Poz’s Trenton Straube has published the first interview with the 44-year-old Canadian gay man known as “Joe,” who is the first recorded person to contract HIV while using PrEP with evidence of strict adherence.

His  doctor  said, “Because we’ve always suspected that this potentially could happen, and now we’ve shown that it can happen, people need this information to make decisions about their sexual health that feel right for them,” Dr. David Knox told me by phone yesterday. “The more information, the better. And that’s the bottom line.”

Thanks to the blood tests he was given that were able to point to the relative time of HIV transmission, Joe says that he knows the guy he contracted it from:

He’s in a relationship and “discreet.” We met on bbrt [a bareback community], and he says he’s negative. I prefer to be with people who are positive and know it and are on meds—I’m on PrEP, you’re undetectable, the chances of transmission are like negative 10 percent—but I broke my rule with this guy. So it was with him, I think—it was a bit of a busy period. I reached out to him and he says, “Well, I’m not worried, I’m OK. But I’ll go see a doctor.” And I checked in with him again: “Have you gone? What are the results?” “Oh I’m really busy and haven’t had a chance.” I checked in again. “Oh, I’m out of town on work.” Checked again, and he stopped replying to me. To be honest, I gave up. I don’t need to be vindicated or have him say I’m sorry or whatever. I just wanted to let him know. It’s being socially responsible.

 

Unicorns and Poop with Squatty Potty

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This promo  has NOT been  paid  for –  we just thought it was so fabulous, IT HAD TO SHARED.

It is done in the same comical vain  as the people behind  POO POURRI.  (Plus actor  WES TOLMAN  is  WAYYY HOT!)

Pooping will never be the same. This Unicorn shows the effects of improper toilet posture and how it can affect your health. The Squatty Potty toilet stool has been featured on Shark Tank and Dr OZ show and has thousands of happy customers.  WATCH
The story of how, Bobby, Judy, and Bill (Squatty Potty founders) ignored their investors and followed their gut—taking a BIG risk on a pooping unicorn that made millions. The viral video campaign created more sales than anything Squatty Potty had done previously.

 

see also  BEHIND THE SCENES

Model Ronnie Kroell in Reality Show

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Friend Movement In Collaboration with Vertex Media Announces Development of “The Ronnie and Eddie Show” and The Launch of Crowd-Funding Campaign on Indiegogo.

 

Friend Movement and Vertex Media are proud to announce the development of “The Ronnie and Eddie Show,” a comedic reality show that follows the lives of actor and entrepreneur duo, Ronnie Kroell and “Laughing Eddie” Lobo.

 

The Ronnie and Eddie Show follows the lives of BRAVO’s, “Make Me A Super Model” fan favorite, Ronnie Kroell, (pictured left) and Hollywood Funny Man, “Laughing Eddie” Lobo on a roller coaster journey of dreams, drama, and helping others. Each (30) minute episode brings the viewer an intimate look behind the smoke and mirrors of Hollywood, the challenges of operating a business, and the joy of making the dreams of others come true. The show promises to bring the humor of Laverne and Shirley, the drama of Vanderpump Rules, and the heart of Extreme Home Makeover.

 

Enjoy celebrity cameos from the likes of BRUCE VILANCH, KARAMO BROWN, AYLIN BAYRAMOGLU, FRENCHIE DAVIS, and more to be announced.

 

By supporting “THE RONNIE AND EDDIE SHOW” on Indiegogo, supporters have a part in creating a new Hollywood – a more inclusive, supportive, and talent driven place to dream.  To learn more on how you can help fund this project before March 4, 2016,   GO    HERE.

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Model Max Emerson Nude and Naked

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Max Emerson Nude and Naked?  Well……sort of!

Max Emerson in Hashtag Living with Baker Machado @Maxisms

Hashtag Living, with Baker Machado,  is  on World of Wonder’s WOW Presents Network.

WATCH

see also  MAXISM does DRAGcon

 

 

Flying with a Therapy Dog

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A therapy dog is trained to provide comfort and affection to people. Therapy dogs are widely used at hospitals, retirement and nursing homes, hospices, schools and even disaster areas. People who have learning disabilities also use therapy dogs as a means of building their self confidence for learning.

Research has found that therapy dogs help make people feel better. Interacting with therapy dogs is said to ‘temporarily affect the release of some of the brain’s neurotransmitters, including dopamine and oxytocin, while cortisol levels decrease.’

Therapy dogs are either therapeutic visitation dogs, animal-assisted therapy dogs and facility therapy dogs. However, they also work alongside people who need a companion beside them at all times.

Therapy dogs are typically well tempered dog breeds and don’t shed excessively, which allows most people to interact with the dog. They’re also well socialized with various environments and people. That lets the dog feel comfortable with traveling around and being exposed to different people and environments. In this article, we’re going to examine what people should know when flying with therapy dogs.

Flying with therapy dogs in the United States

People are allowed to go flying with therapy dogs in the United States. There are, however, rules and regulations they must follow before boarding a plane with their companion.

In order to fly with a therapy dog in the United States, the dog’s owner must have appropriate documentation.

This documentation needs to be reported at least 48 hours before the person’s scheduled flight departure time. Regulations concerning that matter require that requests to go flying with a therapy dog are reported during that time frame, allowing the airline to verify the documentation with the owner’s doctor. In other words, the airline won’t allow therapy dog owners who haven’t previously contacted the airline in advance to board their flight with their dog in tow.

The therapy dog documentation letter needs to be drafted from the dog owner’s mental health doctor and possess a professional letterhead. It also must not be more than a year old. The dog owner also needs to have a mental health disability, meaning their mental illness must physically and mentally impair them from regularly living their life. Other documentation to bring includes the dog’s certification records, health certificates and vaccine records.

People who want to go flying with therapy dogs must take care of getting their pet cleared for flight before even boarding the plane. This allows both owner and pet to be prepared for the flight well in advance.