News Round-Up: April 8, 2021

Hunky guy snaps a gym selfie
Hunky guy snaps a gym selfie
(image via kenneth-in-the-212)

Some news items you might have missed:

Kenneth-in-the-212: Kenneth’s weekly ‘Mask4Masc’ feature is a winner with all kinds of inspiration this week (plus more at the link).

TVLine: NBC’s streaming platform Peacock has ordered a reboot of the landmark queer TV series Queer As Folk.  Described as a “vibrant reimagining,” the new Queer as Folk will center on a diverse group of friends in New Orleans whose lives are transformed in the aftermath of a tragedy. The original QAF debuted on Britain’s Channel 4 in 1999 and ran for 10 episodes. The American version was created for Showtime and lasted five seasons (from 2000 to 2005).

Axios: A new Gallup poll shows more Americans identify as Democrats by the largest margin since 2012. Per the recent survey, 49% say they support Democrats, 40% support the Republican Party and 11% say they are Independents with no partisan leaning.

(graphic via Gallup)

Instinct Magazine: Grammy-nominated singer Kehlani shared this past weekend during an Instagram Live chat that she identifies as a lesbian. “You want to know? You want to know what’s new about me? I finally know I’m a lesbian,” said the singer.

Herald Leader: A southern state is actually making it easier to vote? Gov. Andy Beshear (D-KY) signed into law Wednesday a significant election reform bill that will make it easier for Kentuckians to vote early, bucking a national trend of more restrictive election laws in the aftermath of the 2020 election.

The Gaily Grind: The office of embattled Rep. Matt Gaetz released a statement purportedly written by female staffers defending the pro-Trump lawmaker amid his ongoing sex trafficking scandal. Despite being signed by “The Women of the Office of U.S. Congressman Matt Gaetz,” not a single woman is named in the statement.

Instagram: Just a quick reminder that baseball is back – and I ain’t mad 🙂

Baseball Players Celebrate Runs With ‘Double Grab’ Secret Handshake

Joey Gallo and Nomar Mazara share a ‘low two’ after scoring runs

During Sunday’s game against the Los Angeles Angels, Joey Gallo and Nomar Mazara of the Texas Rangers had a moment of celebration that went viral after sharing a choreographed “double-crotch grab” handshake to celebrate a home run.

It was Gallo who hit a home run that led to both him and teammate Mazara scoring runs.

After rounding the bases and getting to home plate, the duo did a quick set of ‘low fives’ capped off with a handful, reports TMZ.

TMZ points out that no one seemed to ask about the secret handshake after the game.

#LoveBaseball

Minor League Catcher Can’t Take His Eyes Off Of You

Taylor Davis of the Iowa Cubs

Ok, this is totally funny.

Minor league baseballer Taylor Davis, catcher for the Iowa Cubs, has had a decent season thus far batting .292 and has 101 hits, 59 RBI and 25 doubles.

But the 27-year-old is getting national attention for his super-power that alerts him to any random camera that might be lensing him.

Last weekend, the Iowa Cubs tweeted this video of Davis staring into the camera at random times during pre-game activities, in-game moments and post-game celebrations.

When asked about his newfound talent, the woofy Cub said, “The camera just found me and the camera loves me, what can I say?”

Hit play and laugh along 🙂

Oakland A’s Matt Joyce Suspended For 2 Games After Yelling Anti-Gay Slur At Fan

Oakland A’s Matt Joyce

Matt Joyce of the Oakland A’s has been suspended for two games after shouting an anti-gay slur at a fan during the A’s 8-6 loss to the Angels this past Friday.

BleacherReport has the details:

Oakland Athletics outfielder Matt Joyce used an anti-gay slur Friday night during a verbal exchange with a fan while the A’s were playing the Los Angeles Angels on the road.

Associated Press photographer Mark J. Terrill provided details, though he admitted to not hearing the beginning of the conversation, per ESPN.com. The Oakland right fielder said following the game he felt “regret” about the situation.

“It’s just one of those things that fans kind of get into the game. Obviously, we’re pretty frustrated on our side, and I had just hit a ball hard and had Cron [first baseman C.J. Cron] make a good play,” he said.

“I was walking back to the dugout and just had a fan yell some vulgar and obscene words. For me, it just wasn’t the right time to say some stuff like that. I fired back, and obviously as soon as you fire back, you regret saying anything, because it’s just not worth it.”

The Oakland A’s issued a statement via Twitter denouncing the slur:

The 33-year-old has previously played for the Detroit Tigers, Tampa Bay Rays, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and Pittsburgh Pirates.

Suspended for two games for the incident, Joyce has issued an apology on his Twitter:

The A’s are reportedly donating Joyce’s lost salary of nearly $54,000 to PFLAG.