News Round-Up: October 12, 2020

Rob Gronkowski of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers joins fellow NFL players in letting closeted players "When you're ready, so are we."

Rob Gronkowski of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers joins fellow NFL players in letting closeted players "When you're ready, so are we."

Some news items you might have missed:

Pink News: The pharmacy chain Superdrug has launched the UK’s first-ever PrEP service and it will be fully remote (utilizing online doctors) in an effort to make it accessible to as many people as possible. Superdrug will, however, require that people accessing PrEP through its new service adhere to blood monitoring tests to ensure that they can safely take the HIV-preventing drug.

Back2Stonewall: It has been confirmed that the new HBO Max reboot series of the Green Lantern will feature the first Green Lantern character, Alan Scott – and, like in the Earth-2 comics, the character will be openly gay.

Instinct Magazine: Current and former pro football players (Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ Rob Gronkowski above) took part in this terrific PSA for National Coming Out Day. “Today, on National Coming Out Day, we come together with one clear message,” say the athletes direct to camera. “To all current players who are thinking of coming out, when you are ready, so are we. It takes all of us and you deserve to be all of you.”

Politico: South Carolina Democrat Jaime Harrison raised a staggering $57 million in the third quarter of this year, shattering the previous record for a Senate candidate as he seeks to unseat GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham. Graham, who has not released his third-quarter fundraising totals, raised $8.4 million in the second quarter and had $15 million in the bank as of June 30.

AP News: Here’s a bit of a warning sign for Donald Trump who won the 65+ vote by 9 points in 2016. The Villages, the nation’s largest retirement community located in battleground state Florida, recently held a 300+ golf cart parade in support of Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden.

The Hill: Donald Trump’s son Eric told ABC News’s Jon Karl on Sunday his father’s treatment for COVID-19 a “vaccine” that he further claimed the president helped create from “day one.”

Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Eager Georgia voters swarmed to polling places Monday morning for the start of three weeks of early voting before Election Day. Voters filled parking lots and waited in lines to lock in their choices in advance of November 3. As the tweet below notes, 410,000 absentee ballots have already been returned versus a total of just over 200K in 2016.

News Round-Up: May 26, 2017

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Some news items you might have missed:

• Memorial Day weekend means we head into the dog days of summer. I’m not complaining 😉

• During a House Appropriations subcommittee hearing, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos told lawmakers she had no problem with private schools receiving publicly-funded vouchers denying admission to students from LGBTQ families.

• United Airlines wrongly accused a gay dad of having his hand “too close” to his son’s genitals during a flight. United has since apologized but asked the man to “keep it low key” due to the airline’s recent bad press.

• In high school, Wyatt Pertuset was homecoming king, prom king, student body president and an out football player. Check out his terrific coming out story over at OutSports.

• Speaking of out athletes, the former CEO of the Cleveland Browns thinks Michael Sam’s short foray into the NFL could prevent other closeted football players from coming out.

• The White House may have a team of lawyers vet President Trump’s tweets before the Donald sends them out into the interwebs.

• Check out hottie Rob Gronkowski get soaking wet washing his car, serve sushi from his bare bod and literally flip out in a pillow fight in the new “On My Mind” video from dance music DJ/producer 3LAU. I like the song, btw.

New England Patriots Rob Gronkowski dances on “Whose Line Is It Anyway?”

Rob Gronkowski on “Whose Line Is It Anyway?”

The New England Patriot’s Rob Gronkowsi gets his “gronkiest” as a guest on the long running “Whose Line Is It Anyway?”

After sharing his “secret” that he likes to dance with Wayne Brady and Jonathan Mangum, they improvise a stadium rock song as Gronk showcases his moves.

Later in the episode Gronkowski got in on the comedy with a few jokes NOT about chicken breasts.

I am a fan of the Gronk.

Patriots Rob Gronkowski: An openly gay player would be “another teammate and another friend”

New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski appeared on ESPN Radio New York recently saying that he’s fine with a gay player on the team:

“I got this question before, about a year ago, and I basically will say the same answer that I did a year ago. You’ve got to accept the player. Everyone has their own ways to live their life and as long as he’s respecting me, keeping distance, respecting myself, I’ll respect him back. If he’s being a great teammate and he’s a guy on the field doing a great job, well then you’ve got nothing to complain about. He’s another teammate and another friend.”

“If someone is on my team and they are a great teammate and a great player on the field, helping the team win — that’s all you’ve got to ask for.”

No active NFL player has publicly come out as gay, although a report from CBSSports.com this week states that a current NFL player is “strongly considering” doing so.

(via ESPN)

Rob Gronkowski shirtless in New Orleans

After last year’s loss to the New York Giants, Rob Gronkowski was photographed dancing at the Patriots’ postgame party, and he’s at it again this year in New Orleans.

The Patriots may not have made it to the Super Bowl this year, but Gronkowski’s party antics did. He was photographed shirtless at Bogie’s Bar in Baton Rouge drinking a beer and loving life.

The good news for Patriots fans is that while he may have been missing his shirt, he was wearing his cast on his left arm. Perhaps this is all part of his healing process and if it is, party on, Gronk.

Rob Gronkowski on the cover of ESPN Magazine

Love Rob Gronkowski.  Been following him for years – for his athletic achievements of course.

From Boston.com: Call it The Full Gronkowski.

The extremely scantily-clad Patriots tight end, wearing only Hulk
hands and a grimace, made the cover of ESPN The Magazine’s “body issue”
that will hit newsstands on Friday.

The fourth annual special issue is billed by ESPN as a “celebration
of the athletic form” and will feature 27 world-class athletes. In
addition to Rob Gronkowski, the issue also includes Blue Jays home run
hitter Jose Bautista, US women’s national soccer team forward Abby
Wambach, and New York Knicks center Tyson Chandler.