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Queer Street Art December 1st, 2011
Queer Street Art

Having lived in the urban jungle that is New York, street art was commonplace throughout the city. Graffiti, stencils, murals, and stickers litter alleyways, streetlamp posts, and rooftops. Artists like Shepard Fairey, who made the iconic Obama "Hope" graphic in 2008, are respected for their craft. Street art originally came about as a result of political protest or unrest - so it's no surprise that there are queer street artists amongst the ranks of Banksy and Os Gemeos. One city that has gotten recent attention for its queer street artists is none other than San Francisco. With the city's queer history it is no surprise there is a potent concentration of artists within the city. The folks over at Queerty and GayCities have recently put the spotlight on various gritty artworks from San Franciscans and I suggest you head over to the sites for a look.

BLT goes OWS November 18th, 2011
BLT goes OWS

As activists in the LGBT community, it is only natural that the team members of Born Like This find themselves deeply passionate about the rights of others. As 1:00AM broke on the morning of November 15th 2011, New York City Police Officers began a surprise eviction of the Occupy Wall Street settlement in Zuccotti Park. Streets were blocked off surrounding the park and protestors were uprooted from their tents. All their belongings were systematically thrown out. This article offers no opinion about the Occupy Wall Street movement, or their goals. It merely offers the account of one of our team members, JD, who feels strongly about the right of the protestors to assemble peacefully, and exercise free speech. 1:15AM Johnny, sitting in his office at his job doing schoolwork reads a tweet stating that the OWS movement if facing a surprise eviction from Zuccotti Park. By 1:45AM he arrives at Pine Street, observing blocked off streets and upset protestors in every direction, along with police officers. Behind the barricades there are sanitation trucks filled with tents, backpacks and people’s belongings- disposed of without any chance of having them returned. 2:00AM-4:00AM There is a standoff between protestors and police officers. The standoff remains peaceful ...

Zachary Quinto Comes Out October 17th, 2011
Zachary Quinto Comes Out

As an avid twitter follower, I found it rather odd that Zachary Quinto was a trending topic. Then I found the flurry of supportive tweets from fellow gay celebrities such as Ricky Martin. A Google search later and I found out the big news, Zachary Quinto announced he was a "gay man". The actor, known for his role as Spock in the 2009 reboot of "Star Trek", came out rather non-nonchalantly in an interview with New York Magazine. The actor made the bold statement when he was discussing his role in an Off-Broadway re-staging of "Angels in America". Unfamiliar with the play? To put it lightly it's an epic centered around the AIDS outbreak within the New York City gay community in the mid 1980's and its affect on several individuals. Quinto described the role as "the most challenging thing I've ever done as an actor and the most rewarding". He went on to state "as a gay man, it still made me feel like there's still much work to be done". So the big question is what caused the actor to suddenly be open about his sexuality? Well he answered that question himself on a blog post on his ...

Living Out Loud: Eduardo Lipe October 11th, 2011
Living Out Loud: Eduardo Lipe

I wanted to make my coming out story a bit different. Instead of writing I decided to record my story for all of you to hear. Now when I began to record my story I went on for much longer than I expected. If you look below you will see a graphic which represents a timeline that corresponds with my story. If you hover over it little dots should appear, and if you hover over them you'll be able to play my story. If you want the short form I suggest you hover over the last dot ("Coming Out Finale") over to the right. If you want to listen to it in it's entirety, I would suggest you go from left to right. Coming out is hard process for all of us, in my case it was an extremely difficult and draining experience. Find out why below:

Rihanna Debuts “We Found Love” September 23rd, 2011
Rihanna Debuts “We Found Love”

Did you hear? Rihanna is releasing a new album this fall. Yes you heard me right, another album! It seems like she released her last album close to a year ago...oh wait she did. Since Rihanna grabbed the world's attention in 2007 with her breakthrough album Good Girl Gone Bad she's made sure not to let go. Her follow-up to LOUD is expected to drop November 21st this year - although if you're a fellow pop guru you know it'll be online a week or two before that. The Barbadian pop diva unleashed her new single "We Found Love" via a social media campaign where she got her over 45M Facebook fans and 7M Twitter followers to unlock the song to radio and iTunes. The single itself is a continuation of the slick euro-pop sound she introduced with "Only Girl". The song, produced by superstar DJ Calvin Harris, kicks off with a catchy 90's House piano riff as Rihanna sings about finding that special person we all hope to find one day. The euphoric dance track is sure to fill dance floors everywhere and with it's current position at #3 on the iTunes charts it's sure to be another Top ...

Fall TV Preview September 9th, 2011
Fall TV Preview

The days are getting cooler, the leaves are changing colors, and you're spending your Thursday night in the library. Yup, it's that time of the year again and although it isn't all sun, tan, and fun pop music there is something to look forward to: television! Fall bring back our favorite TV shows to the small screen and also puts new shows to the challenge of surviving the pivotal first season. Need help traversing the vast TV landscape? Don't fret, I've chosen a couple of my favorites and new shows to watch below! Modern Family Hands down my most anticipated show to return. The family comedy has had me ROTFLMAO for the past two seasons and I'm sure this season will have me on the floor again. The season begins on Sept. 21st at 9pm and it opens with the Pritchet-Dunfey clan in...Wyoming! I can just imagine the jokes and events that will take place in the wilderness with my favorite family on television. Glee Everyone's favorite musical show comes back on Sept. 20th at 8pm it will be interesting to see where the writers take the New Directions glee club. Nevertheless I'm sure we'll be in for some more fun from ...

A New Frontier for Equality September 3rd, 2011
A New Frontier for Equality

For what it's worth, Alaska is a fairly unique place. Although Alaska's population falls short of a million, geographically it is the largest State in the Union. To encourage people to live in Alaska, the State has neither a sales or income tax; in fact people get paid to live there. The Alaska Permanent Fund sets aside a certain percentage of revenues from oil companies and distributes it to the people. This benefit frequently tops $1,000. Of course, Alaska is home to the world famous Sarah Palin's Alaska, hosted by the legendary former Governor. The series was 8 episodes long, and viewers had the opportunity to "observe Mrs. Palin observing nature" as the New York Times put it. Needless to say from November 2010 to January 2011 viewership dropped 40% and the series was not renewed for a second season. Alaska has also found itself in the middle of a grassroots movement for LGBT anti discrimination laws. In August 2009, Anchorage Mayor Dan Sullivan vetoed an LGBT anti-discrimination ordinance passed by the Assembly. LGBT people were left unprotected in this rather conservative part of the country. Now the people are putting it on the ballot to decide for themselves. A local group ...