Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp all went down Monday morning sending social media users to Twitter to grouse about the outage. Continue reading “Facebook, Instagram Simultaneously Experience Widespread Outages”
TikTok’s NYCGayDad (aka José Rolón) is utterly charming in this short video wherein he chats with his 18 year-old self about where life will lead him. Continue reading “Viral Video: Talking To Your 18 Year Old Self”
Law & Order: Organized Crime star Chris Meloni clearly believes the old saying, “When you got a Porsche, you don’t keep it in the garage.” Continue reading “Happy Hump Day: Chris Meloni Is ‘Fire Island Ready’”
Channing Tatum’s naked selfie posted in his Instagram stories totally wins Hump Day.
Tatum snapped the totally Hump Day-worthy pic before heading out to the set of his upcoming film, The Lost City of D, co-starring Sandra Bullock and Daniel Radcliffe.
No, we don’t know what the ‘D’ stands for…yet.
The selfie was accompanied with the message, “You know when you in the make-up trailer as*hole naked holding a towel over your junk you about to do some shit on set that you gonna have to prepare ya mama for before she see the movie.”
In a side note, the actor added, “And yes I’m flexing so hard I got a cramp.”
In a May 6 appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Tatum admitted the pandemic had led his famously-fit physique astray a bit as he gained what he described as his “college ten.”
“For the first week or two weeks,” he said, “I definitely was just drinking beers and riding dirt bikes and I was like, ‘I can’t do this for two months – this is bad.’”
But then he shook it off and got back to daily training with a buddy sharing, “It was great – I came out a completely new person.”
Not only did Tatum come roaring back physically, but creatively as well.
The 41-year-old recently hit #1 on the New York Times Best Sellers list for the children’s book he wrote for his daughter, Evie, titled “The One and Only Sparkella.”
“Say what?!?! #1 on the #NewYorkTimes #Bestseller list!! I’m literally speechless right now!!! Ten year old me would never believe this.”
Here’s his celebratory post about hitting the top of the chart, plus a few more posts from his Instagram proving he knows how to make the ‘magic’ last.
Channing Tatum’s naked selfie makes my Hump Day all the better.
Some news items you might have missed:
• Yahoo News: A Miami businessman, David T. Hines (above), was sentenced to more than six years in prison Wednesday after pleading guilty to fleecing $3.4 million from a federal COVID-19 relief program. The 29-year-old reported spent the money on luxury items including a $318,000 Lamborghini Huracán Evo.
• New York Post: Randall Menges, convicted of consensual gay sex as a teen in the ’90s under so-called ‘sodomy laws,’ will not have to register as a sex offender in Montana, a federal judge ruled on Tuesday. Menges did seven years in prison for the crime. In 2003, the Supreme Court struck down sodomy laws often used against gay men.
• The Daily Beast: Multiple women paid by Rep. Matt Gaetz’s wingman and close associate Joel Greenberg claim they felt pressured to do drugs and have sex with him.
The women share their stories.
The Daily Beast talked to 12 women wrapped up in this sex ring that Joel Greenberg says he and Matt Gaetz were involved in. Some women say they felt pressured to have sex and take drugs. They all were paid.https://t.co/DPjCIwjPZk
— Matt Fuller (@MEPFuller) May 11, 2021
• Edge Media: The year 2021 has already set the record for the most anti-LGBTQ laws to be passed – and it’s only May.
• Buzzfeed: Instagram now allows users to include their pronouns as part of their profile.
• Morning Consult: Fifty-seven percent of unvaccinated adults said a big cash payment, such as a $1,000 savings bond, would sway them, while 43 percent said they’d probably or definitely get vaccinated if they were offered a smaller reward, such as a $50 bond.
— Morning Consult (@MorningConsult) May 13, 2021
GLAAD, the world’s largest LGBTQ media advocacy organization, has announced the findings of its inaugural Social Media Safety Index (SMSI), a 50-page report on LGBTQ user safety across five major social media platforms: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, and TikTok.
The overall takeaway is that all five platforms are “categorically unsafe” for LGBTQ people.
GLAAD had planned to give each of the sites a grade as part of its inaugural social media index, but opted not to give individual grades this year after determining all the leading sites would receive a failing grade.
“They are categorically unsafe, across the board,” GLAAD president and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis said. The findings follow a several month effort by GLAAD and a team of outside experts who looked at each of the sites, their policies and track record of enforcing those policies.
Ellis said that all of the sites hold themselves out as LGBTQ-friendly and nonetheless allow for LGBTQ people to be harassed on a daily basis as well as allowing harmful misinformation to spread unchecked.
Each of the social media platforms defended their efforts to protect LGBTQ people.
Facebook/Instagram CMO Alex Schultz declared their deep belief in “the representation of and visibility for the LGBTQ+ community that GLAAD champions.”
“Finding the right balance between giving voice and taking action on harmful content is hard,” added Schultz. “This is why we partner with experts, non-profits and other stakeholders – like GLAAD – to try to get it right.”
YouTube issued a statement noting its ‘significant progress’ in removing “hateful and harassing content against the LGBTQ+ community that violates our policies, prominently surface content in search results and recommendations from authoritative sources and limit the spread of extreme content by our recommendations.”
Twitter says it welcomes GLAAD’s initiative and the chance to “better understand the experiences and needs of the LGBTQ+ communities on our service.”
And TikTok promised it is “committed to supporting and uplifting LGBTQ+ voices on and off the platform and we care deeply about fostering a welcoming and supportive experience for everyone.”
Instagram is upping its IG Live function today by allowing users to invite up to three people to join a Live broadcast.
Called Live Rooms, the feature ups the number of accounts that can join an IG Live from two to four. So it’s kind of like Zoom, but publicly viewable and restricted to four participants.
“We hope that doubling up on Live will open up more creative opportunities — start a talk show, host a jam session or co-create with other artists, host more engaging Q&As or tutorials with your following, or just hang out with more of your friends,” said Instagram in their blog post.
Starting a Live Room is much the same as starting a Live — simply swipe left, add a title, then tap the Rooms icons to add other users.
Live Rooms has entered that chat 👀
— Instagram (@instagram) March 1, 2021
Happy Monday! A blond-bearded Ricky Martin to start the week 🙂
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Some news items you might have missed:
• Life: In an attempt to escape Brody’s over-the-top puppy energy last night, this (above) was where Scarlett decided she wanted to sleep. #doglife You can check out more photos of the pups first Christmas with us here.
• Gr8erDays: The Santa and Rudolph puppets used in the 1964 stop-motion classic Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (the only known survivors), were appraised and sold in 2006 for $10,000. Last month, the pair sold at auction for $368,000, and are now on loan to the Center for Puppetry Arts in Atlanta.
• Deadline: I was excited for, but somewhat disappointed by, the recently released Wonder Woman 1984. Most of the smart folks I follow on social media felt the same way. And yet, the film did well enough ($85 million worldwide so far) that Wonder Woman 3 has been fast-tracked.
• Mediaite: During an appearance on Fox News Sunday, Assistant Secretary for Health Admiral Brett Giroir said Sunday he’s encouraged by the timeline of the vaccine rollout and expects that “any American who wants a vaccine can be vaccinated by June.”
• LA Blade: After months of developing an Instagram following that revolved around their married life together, husbands Matthew Olshefski & Paul Castle woke up on December 20 to find their account had been pulled down. A short message informed them the account was disabled “for pretending to be someone else.” In a post on his own account, Olshefski wrote:
“On December 20, hundreds of LGBTQ+ creators were targeted by trolls. Instagram is ignoring the bug that allows trolls to get an account taken down and is not responding to requests to have accounts reinstalled. Our couple’s account was disabled for ‘pretending to be someone else’ — this is a tactic used by hate groups to disable and erase the presence of LGBTQ+ creators on Instagram.”
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Some news items you might have missed:
• Boy Culture: Matt Rettenmund’s venerable LGBTQ blog turns 15! Matt reflects on how ‘blogging’ has changed over the years, what it’s like to be a trailblazer plus his 100 Favorite Posts over the years. Congrats and thanks to Boy Culture!
• The Guardian: New diagnoses of HIV among gay and bisexual men in the UK have dropped to their lowest level in 20 years. A PHE report reveals that overall, across all genders and sexualities, the number of people with a new HIV diagnosis dropped by 10% from 4,580 cases in 2018 to 4,139 in 2019.
• American Independent: I’ve been receiving money begs from the Trump campaign practically every hour since Joe Biden was projected to be the winner of the 2020 election. The emails say they are looking for help with Trump’s legal defense fund, but the fine print indicates that less than half of each donation will go toward the campaign’s “recount account,” while 60% will go to pay off the Trump campaign’s debt.
• Washington Post: More than 107,607 new cases of the coronavirus were reported in the U.S. on Sunday. The country’s seven-day new case average was more than 100,000 and for five of the past seven days, more than 1,000 deaths were recorded. More than half of states reported a new high for their seven-day average of cases
• Newsweek: Meanwhile, just a day after hearing the news that he had lost the 2020 election while on a golf course in Virginia, Donald Trump returned for what is believed to be his 300th round of golf since he was inaugurated.
• The Advocate: Exit polling of over 15,000+ for the presidential election show LGBTQ support for Donald Trump doubled since 2016 from 14 percent to 28 percent of self-identified LGBTQ people. The so-called #GaysForTrump are not taking it well.
— Christopher (@chraxl) November 7, 2020
— Jon (@BodyworkByJon) November 7, 2020
The woke gay left are just the absolute worst bunch of miserable narcissistic imbeciles. Glad to never associate with them and the last few days have proved it. #MAGAGays #GaysForTrump #ConservativeGays.
— Marcus Foo (@FooeyFromPerth) November 6, 2020