UK Commercial Draws Fire For Including 2 Gay Dads In Ad Spot

A commercial spot for UK based McCain frozen potatoes has conservatives up in arms for including a momentary shot of two dads with their real-life 19-month-old son.

Seriously.

From the ad text:

“Or maybe it’s dad who tucks you up? Dad? Daddy? Two daddies?… Families come in all shapes and sizes, but it’s meal times that make a family.”

Sounds warm and fuzzy, no?

But angry comments were directed at the gay dads from the spot, Lee and Mat Samuels-Camozzi. The men were called pedophiles and accused of denying their child a mother.

Sharing that they’ve received dozens of hateful comments, Lee says, “We are shocked this kind of attitude exists in the 21st century. We’re proud of our little family and we have nothing to be ashamed of.”

Lee and Mat aren’t the only ones being attacked, though. There are apparently equal opportunity haters on the job here. The spot drew additional ire for including mixed-race families.

Watch the lovely and very inclusive ad below.

(tipped by TRR reader Chad)

UK Eases Rules On Blood Donations By Gay & Bisexual Men

(image via Flickr)

Restrictions on blood donations by gay men in the United Kingdom have been eased again.

In 1981, the government placed an outright ban on all blood donations by gay men as a response to the AIDS epidemic.

That policy was relaxed to allow gay men to donate blood IF they practiced sexual abstinence for 12 months.

Now, gay and bisexual men will be able to donate if they refrain from having sex for three months.

The changes in policy are directly related to the improved testing which detects HIV, syphilis or hepatitis.

Here in the U.S., gay and bisexual men have been able to donate blood since 2015 if they abstain from sex for a year. Prior to 2015, there was an outright ban in place since 1992.

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UK Prime Minister Theresa May Celebrates London Pride

UK Prime Minister Theresa May issued a video message supporting London for sending out a “proud and positive message to the world” as London Pride takes place this weekend.

May underscored the UK’s pledge to support LGBT rights in other countries, and to take a stand against hate crime at home.

“Around the world, cruel and discriminatory laws still exist – some of them directly based on the very laws which were repealed in this country 50 years ago. So, the UK has a responsibility to stand up for our values and to promote the rights of LGBT Plus people internationally.”

“We must stamp out homophobic bullying in schools, and and drive down homophobic and transphobic hate crimes.”

“So as London once again sends a proud and positive message to the world, I wish everyone a fantastic Pride.”

Now that’s leadership.

Additionally, Parliament was lit up with rainbow lights in honor of London Pride last night.

You’ll recall that President Trump broke an 8 year tradition of the White House issuing a proclamation acknowledging June as Pride Month in the U.S.

Trump Postpones UK Visit In Fear Of Large-Scale Protests

President Trump has postponed his state visit to Britain telling Prime Minister Theresa May in a phone call he is choosing to wait until the British public supports such a visit.

Via The Guardian:

The US president said he did not want to come if there were large-scale protests and his remarks in effect put the visit on hold for some time.

The call was made in recent weeks, according to a Downing Street adviser who was in the room. The statement surprised May, according to those present.

The conversation in part explains why there has been little public discussion about a visit.

May invited Trump to Britain seven days after his inauguration when she became the first foreign leader to visit him in the White House. She told a joint press conference she had extended an invitation from the Queen to Trump and his wife Melania to make a state visit later in the year and was “delighted that the president has accepted that invitation”.

UK Citizens Petitions Parliament To Bar Donald Trump From Country

Over 200,000 UK citizens have petitioned Parliament asking MPs to debate barring Republican White House hopeful Donald Trump from entering their country over his proposed policy of barring Muslims from the United States:

A petition calling for Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump to be barred from entering UK has gathered more than 200,000 names, so MPs will have to consider debating the issue.

The petition went on Parliament’s e-petition website on Tuesday. It was posted in response to Mr Trump’s call for a temporary halt on Muslims entering the United States.

Chancellor George Osborne criticised Mr Trump’s comments but rejected calls for him to be banned from the UK. Any petition with more than 100,000 signatures is automatically considered for debate in Parliament.

But remember – if he’s elected president (oh my sides…) we’ll be “respected” around the world.

Riiiiiight.

UK Man Trolls Anti-Gay Trolls At Chester Pride Festival

In a video posted to Vimeo Sunday, Dean Paton from Chester-based ‘heritage and education’ company Big Heritage decided on his own plan to handle anti-gay trolls who held signs protesting the Pride Festival in Chester, England.

He calmly took his place next to the haters holding sign with hate speech, then unrolled his own sign which read: “Homophobes are statistically more likely to be gay.”

Bravo, Dean!

(h/t Attitude)

Iconic UK Recording Artist & TV Personality Cilla Black Passes Away at 72

Legendary UK recording star and TV host Cilla Black passed away in her home in Spain at the age of 72.

With a singing career that launched in 1964, Black’s early hits – “Anyone Who Had A Heart” and “You’re My World” – both reached number one.

She went on to have 11 Top Ten hits in the UK.

After conquering the music industry, Black hosted several long-running TV shows such as Cilla, Surprise Surprise, and Blind Date.