News Round-Up: January 9, 2020

Some news items you might have missed:

• LGBTQ Nation: A priest was removed from ministry after he was caught taking ‘disturbing’ photos of high school wrestlers. A bystander saw the priest taking zoomed-in photos of the young men in their wrestling tights and contacted authorities.

The Advocate: Culture Club frontman Boy George, who was once a pioneer in unconventional gender expression, was called out for  being transphobic after hateful comments regarding respecting people’s pronouns.

NY Daily News: A wacko customer at a Manhattan gay bar mailed a powder-filled envelope with a message reading “It’s called anthrax. Enjoy,” to an employee after he was threatened with a ban from the watering hole, prosecutors charged Monday. Unhinged patron Ameen Keshavjee has allegedly menaced the male employee at Nowhere Bar in the East Village since February. He now faces up to ten years in prison.

Allure Magazine: Emmy Award winner Billy Porter is the first-ever male to grace the cover of Allure Magazine as he stars in their Art of Beauty issue.

• LA Times: Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, who flirted with the idea of running for president but skipped the 2020 campaign, endorsed former Vice President Joe Biden for the Democratic nomination on Thursday.

Arizona Capital Times: Arizona state Senator Sylvia Allen (R) has proposed legislation to remove the word “homosexuality” from all public school teaching materials and to prevent any student below the age of 12 from receiving sex education.

Daily Dog: This beautiful little mama gave birth today to six puppies. How precious is this video?

Wrestling Referee Says He Told GOP Lawmaker About Doctor’s Sexual Misconduct

Ohio State University wrestler during a match

In a lawsuit filed Thursday in federal court in Ohio, a wrestling referee said deceased doctor Richard Strauss masturbated in front of him while showering after a 1994 match at Ohio State University, and he reported it to then-assistant coach Jim Jordan.

Jordan is now a powerful congressman and has denied knowing anything about the numerous reports of inappropriate sexual behavior by Strauss during his tenure as a physician for the university athletes from 1986 to 1994.

Strauss passed away in 2005.

The lawsuit was filed by 43 individuals who say they were victims of Strauss’ abuse. The filing cites episodes of Strauss “drugging and raping athletes,” including underage boys who took part in athletic events at the university.

The referee, identified as John Doe 42, says both Jordan and then-head coach Russ Hellickson didn’t seem surprised when he told them about the encounter in the showers with the doctor.

“Yeah, that’s Strauss,” Jordan and then-head coach Russ Hellickson told Doe, reports NBC News. “Yeah, yeah, we know.”

Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH)

“It was common knowledge what Strauss was doing, so the attitude was it is what it is,” John Doe 42 told NBC News. “I wish Jim, and Russ, too, would stand up and do the right thing and admit they knew what Strauss was doing because everybody knew what he was doing to the wrestlers.” 

“What was a shock to me is that Strauss tried to do that to me,” added the referee. “He was breaking new ground by going after a ref.”

Another of the victims, identified at John Doe 49, said Strauss told him to take off his pants when he went to see the doctor about an ingrown toenail during a wrestling camp. John Doe 49 says he was 14 or 15 years old at the time, and the physician threatened him with a scalpel before sexually abusing him.

Earlier this year in May, a team of investigators hired by Ohio State University found the doctor had sexually abused “at least 177 male student-patients.”

“We find that University personnel had knowledge of Strauss’ sexually abusive treatment of male student-patients as early as 1979, but the complaints about Strauss’ conduct were not elevated beyond the Athletics Department of Student Health until 1996,” read the report according to NBC News.

The referee is the second person to say they approached Jordan about the physician’s behavior.

Dunyasha Yetts, a former wrestler for Ohio State, has previously shared that the doctor attempted to pull down his pants when he saw Strauss about a thumb injury.

Responding to John Doe 42’s testimony, Yetts told NBC News, “It’s good that people are starting to come forward and say the truth, which is that Jordan and the other coaches knew what was going on and they blew it off.”

Several former Ohio State athletes have shared that Strauss’ behavior was basically an ‘open secret’ among athletes but the coaching staff didn’t seem inclined to take action regarding the allegations.

The story became national news in 2018 when former university wrestler Mike DiSabato came forward to not only accuse Strauss but share that the coaches, including Jordan, turned a blind eye to the behavior.

At the time, DiSabato said, “They knew, they all knew, and they did nothing.”

For his part, Jordan says he didn’t know anything about the alleged behavior.

“I never knew about any type of abuse,” Jordan told Politico last year. “If I did, I would have done something about it. And look, if there are people who are abused, then that’s terrible and we want justice to happen.” 

(source: NBC News – lead photo: Mark Lundy/FlickrCC License

News Round-Up: August 1, 2018

Franco Noriega

Some news items you might have missed:

• Peruvian chef, recording artist and InstaHunk Franco Noriega asks if we’re “Hungry for more…?” #sillyquestion

• No surprise – the anti-LGBT hate group Alliance Defending Freedom is behind the Justice Department’s new “Religious Liberty Task Force” announced by Attorney General Jeff Sessions this week.

• Total props to kenneth-in-the-212 for finding this enthralling minute and a half of video for his Wrestling Wednesday’s feature today.

Think of this the way some folks use that Calm app…

• Illinois GOP state Rep. Nick Sauer has been accused by an ex-girlfriend of creating a fake Instagram account using nude photos of her in order to “catfish” men into having “graphic conversations.”

• The Red Cross continues to turn away gay men from donating blood even though there is a critical shortage.

•The founder of the largest Christian music festival in the U.S. has been sentenced to 18 years in prison for having sex with multiple pre-teen girls. #ButWeAreThePerverts?

•Virulently anti-LGBTQ Republican Hardy Billington, currently running for the Missouri legislature, says “homosexuality, whether male or female, can take anywhere from 10, 20 or 30 years off of someone’s lifespan.” #seriously

• Grindr says “It’s time to play nice” and put a stop to sexual racism. Get ready for a ‘Kindr’ Grindr.

A post shared by Grindr (@grindr) on Jul 27, 2018 at 11:42am PDT

Wrestling Superstar Finn Bálor Makes His Wrestlemania Debut With Huge Show Of LGBTQ Support

Irish WWE wrestler Finn Bálor made a huge rainbow splash this weekend as he competed in his very first Wrestlemania in New Orleans.

Bálor entered the Mercedes-Benz SuperDome stadium surrounded by members of the New Orleans LBGQT community spreading a huge message of inclusion. His entourage was decked out in “For Everyone” t-shirts with a rainbow design.

Profits from Bálor’s entrance t-shirt – black with a rainbow design – will be donated to LGBT advocacy group GLAAD, whose motto is “To promote understanding, increase acceptance, and advance equality.”

News Round-Up: November 8, 2017

Out Olympic skier Gus Kenworthy is having Aruba moments

Some news items you might have missed:

• Out Olympic skier Gus Kenworthy (above) is having an Aruba moment. #jealous

• I usually think of Wednesday as “Hump Day” (“Hunk Day” works, too). But kenneth-in-the-212 celebrates “Wrestling Wednesdays.” Hit the link for lots of wrestlers in their singlets.

• Disney Channel has pulled TV series Andi Mack in Africa due to a featured coming-out story.

• Sir Ian McKellen would rather be remembered for his LGBT activism than his acting. I’m betting it will be for both.

• Sixteen-year-old Jordan Marin-Doan set fire to his adoptive gay dads’ house hoping to land a prison cell next to his biological dad. One of his adoptive dads died helping the rest of his family escape the fire.

• Anti-gay marriage county clerk Kim Davis is running for reelection in Kentucky after costing her state over $200,000 in legal fees for not issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

• And how about one more from gorgeous Gus Kenworthy? This is from a photo shoot for Gio Magazine.

News Round-Up: August 21, 2017

(via Instagram)

Some news items you may have missed:

• After Russian President Vladimir Putin shared a shirtless pic during his recent vacay in Siberia, a Russian social media entrepreneur challenged men to take the #PutinShirtlessChallenge (above).

• The president of Chile is set to formally introduce legislation to allow same-sex couples to marry. Chile would become the 25th country on the planet to make marriage equality the law of the land.

• After this year’s Kennedy Center Honor recipients were announced this week, dancer/choreographer Carmen de Lavallade and television writer and producer Norman Lear told the press they would not be attending the annual White House reception before the event. In response, Donald Trump and Melania Trump issued a statement saying they would skip the Honors event this year.

• Producers of the upcoming Will & Grace reboot have snagged a big guest star: Former First Lady Michelle Obama.

• There’s currently a GoFundMe campaign that aims to raise $1 billion to buy a controlling interest in Twitter, and then delete Donald Trump’s account.

• The USA Men’s Wrestling team (below) closed the books on “Champ Camp” and are heading to the World Championships.

Wrestler Underestimates The Power Of His Opponent’s Penis

Wrestler Joey Ryan wins his wrestling match through sheer penis power

If you’ve ever been fascinated by the acting skills of pro wrestlers, check this out.

Wrestler Joey Ryan wins his match merely by flexing his penis.

From the NY Daily News:

The competition to find a finishing move better than Joey Ryan’s is gonna be stiff.

The wrestler won his match with Danshoku Dino in Osaka, Japan, by using penis power. Dino grabbed Ryan’s crotch and the mustached mauler disapprovingly shook his head — “No, no, no,” he said — before flexing his penis and dropping Dino in pain.

Why didn’t he just let go? It’s pro wrestling, that’s why. And if he let go, we wouldn’t have this clip.

(h/t JMG)