News Round-Up: July 21, 2021

Some news items you might have missed:

Instinct Magazine: The Department of Labor and the Department of Treasury have released new guidance that mandates almost all insurance companies within the U.S. must make PrEP, the HIV prevention pill otherwise known as pre-exposure prophylaxis, free with no cost-sharing.

The Advocate: A federal judge in West Virginia issued an injunction Wednesday against the state’s law barring transgender athletes from competing on school sports teams for their gender identity. “At this point, I have been provided with scant evidence that this law addresses any problem at all, let alone an important problem,” the judge wrote.

YouTube: Texas real estate agent Kelci Cashman and her children were removed from a plane in Orlando heading to Dallas when she went on a homophobic rant and refused to wear her mask. The crowd cheered when she finally left the plane.

Reuters: Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orban stepped up a culture war with the European Union today by announcing a referendum on legislation that bans the use of materials seen as promoting homosexuality and gender change at schools.

PBS: COVID-19 cases tripled in the U.S. over two weeks amid an onslaught of vaccine misinformation that is straining hospitals, exhausting doctors and pushing clergy into the fray. The seven-day rolling average for daily new COVID-19 cases rose over the past two weeks to more than 37,000 on Tuesday, up from less than 13,700 on July 6.

NPR: A couple whose gender reveal ceremony sparked a Southern California wildfire that killed a firefighter last year were charged with involuntary manslaughter on Monday. The charges included one felony count of involuntary manslaughter, along with other felony and misdemeanor counts related to the fire.

Funny: What If We Call Them ‘Genital Release’ Parties Instead?

L-R Arisce Wanzer, Clayton Froning (screen captures)

Funny guy Michael Henry’s latest quick bite of ‘things that make you go hmm’ dives into the right or wrong of so-called “gender reveal parties.”

The clip opens with Henry and Arisce Wanzer out in the park getting their vitamin D (apparently the only “D” Henry is getting these days) and discussing whether or not glory holes actually constitute social distancing.

But Clayton stops to chat as he’s heading to his sister’s Zoom ‘Gender Reveal’ party.

Cue the turned-up noses and disdainful string of “honeys” from Wanzer and Henry.

“Queer people don’t love those,” shares Henry as Wanzer adds, “The trans community especially.”

So, what’s wrong with gender reveal parties? 

First, our sun-worshippers explain that gender and sex aren’t the same things.

“Gender is the way you perceive yourself or the way you want other people to perceive you – boy, girl, or somewhere in the mix,” says Henry.

“Sex refers to the biological and chromosomal difference between males and females,” adds Wanzer.

Michael Henry (screen capture)

Next, the dynamic duo notes that gender reveal party themes – like “wheels or heels,” “ruffles or rifles” – reinforce outdated gender roles for kids and how those social constructs can lead to negative labels on the way to adulthood.

Scratching his head, Clayton says, “Wow, that’s a LOT to take in.”

Wanzer agrees, “God I miss saying that.”

Folks in the comments section of the YouTube page wonder if “genital release party” would be a better term for the events.

Although that sounds like what gay men do on a date already, so there’s that…

Hit play and see if you think Team Henry is overthinking the issue or putting it all in perspective.

News Round-Up: October 29, 2019

My hubby, Michael Caprio, posing with just SOME of Olivia Newton-John’s gold albums

Some news items you might have missed:

Olivia Newton-John: My hubby, publicist Michael Caprio, is in Los Angeles this week with his client Olivia Newton-John, who will be auctioning off much of her memorabilia this weekend at Julien’s Auctions with proceeds going to the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Wellness & Research Center. Above are just some of her gold and platinum records that will be available. And yes, the famous leather jacket and pants from the finale of GREASE are up on the block as well. #GotAMillion?

People: Queer Eye’s Karamo Brown, who was booted this week from Dancing with the Stars, says he’s “proud” of former White House press secretary Sean Spicer (who’s still in the hunt for the trophy) and feels like he’s connected with Spicer about LGBTQ issues.

Back To Stonewall: Self-loathing gays plan to lobby Congress AGAINST passage of The Equality Act. #smh

KIT212: If you happen to be appreciative of rugby butt, Kenneth has just the thing for you (below). More at the link.

James Tadasco (via kenneth-in-the-212)

AP Fact Check: Donald Trump told reporters that he tried to warn people about Osama bin Laden in a book he ‘wrote’ in 2000 before the terrorist directed the attack on the World Trade Center on 9/11. Trouble is the Donald barely mentioned bin Laden and there was no “warning.” #WeCanReadDonald

Journal Express: What is up with these ‘gender reveal’ events getting violent? A woman in Iowa was killed by flying debris due to an explosion that came as part of a gender reveal celebration Saturday.

Jimmy Kimmel Live: When Barack Obama went on TV to announce they killed Bin Laden, he spoke for nine and a half minutes. Trump yesterday, when he announced they killed Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, did for 48 minutes. So, for further comparison, we thought it might be fun to mash-up Trump’s speech about al-Baghdadi with Obama’s on Bin Laden.