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Known for slaying the scene with her androgynous make up and fearless runway presentation, the always amazing Nina Flowers sashayed away with …ugh … Tammie Brown this week on RuPaul’s All Stars Drag Race. In a statement posted to her Facebook today (Oct. 30), Nina says she doesn’t care how you haters feel because she has not nann regret hunty!
Unfortunately this time I left the competition early. Friends are sad, fans are disappointed and haters are happy. The truth is I’m ok with it. I went to the competition with no expectations, knowing this was a new experience with a fresh start. Everyone in the cast is super talented.
With that said, there’s no shame in loosing to a great opponent. I hold my head up high and keep moving forward.I thank Ru Paul,World of Wonder,and all the producers for giving me the opportunity of been an All Star. It has been a privilege to be a part of your show.
Love me some Nina!
Props to Fuck Yeah Drag Race! for the GIF!
I’ve always wondered how we can decrease exposure to the HIV virus in our community. Well, not just people with this specific virus but for all people with incurable diseases. After reading an article on Huffington Post it turns out as much of a shame it is to have one of these STD’s, the people carrying them don’t know when it’s appropriate to share the information with potential partners.
What exactly happens when you don’t reveal your status?
A recent survey of over 2,000 people with HIV in the U.S. conducted by the Sero Project, reveals these consequences. Nearly a quarter of respondents knew at least one person who was afraid to take an HIV test for fear of prosecution if they tested positive. Nearly half believe that such fears are reasonable.
The survey paints a dismal picture of a disabling legal environment for people with HIV in the U.S. Over 60 percent of people with HIV don’t know whether or not their state has an HIV-specific disclosure statute; nearly half don’t know what behaviors put them in legal jeopardy, and 38 percent personally fear being falsely accused of not disclosing their HIV status. If facing charges, nearly 80 percent are uncertain they would get a fair hearing in court.
These criminal statutes were intended to reduce HIV transmission by making people afraid to not disclose their status. Our findings suggest the opposite effect: many people at risk may prefer to not get tested for HIV, rather than risk being accused of non-disclosure if they tested positive.
These statutes heighten the already-pervasive stigma around HIV, while doing nothing to facilitate disclosure. In fact, when we asked 200 people with HIV what motivates them to disclose their HIV status to a sex partner, most cited basic moral or ethical reasons like honesty or a desire to protect their partner. Less than 1 percent cited the law as a primary motivation for disclosure.
In order to help people with HIV protect themselves legally, the SERO Project distributes an HIV Disclosure Acknowledgement Statement for partners to sign. The language reads, in part: “I, ____, acknowledge that my partner, ____, has been diagnosed positive for HIV and that he or she has informed me of their HIV status… I waive any and all claims against my partner for failing to tell me about their HIV status.”
Humiliating, obviously. But far too often, having documented proof that disclosure was made is the only way people with HIV can avoid facing charges.
Read More: Think Having HIV Is Not a Crime? Think Again
What do you think about this issue?
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Is he the first gay in daytime television? Welp. That glory is short lived like a mothaf-cka because his show is cancelled.
“I am very proud of the work that our terrific staff has put into launching and sustaining our show for two seasons, I am grateful to Telepictures for giving me the opportunity, and I am indebted to the audience, who have responded so positively,” Anderson Cooper said in a statement. “I look forward to doing more great shows this season, and I’m sorry we won’t be continuing, but I have truly enjoyed it.”
The president, for some reason, is playing the okie doke when it comes to flat out granting same sex couples the right to be married. In a recent interview with MTV news President Barack Obama says the Defense of Marriage Act will soon enough be ruled unconstitutional by the Supreme Court. But … umm … yeah, there won’t be any federal legislation for same sex marriage anywhere in the near future:
Referencing drugs in her music, suffering a heart attack on stage and being broke after selling millions of records around the world – tonight’s slaying of Vh1’s ‘Behind The Music’ will feature the oh-so-fabulous Toni Braxton! *twirls* I can’t contain my excitement! Preview the episode in the two videos below!
First 10-Minutes of the Show
The Making of ‘You’re Making Me High’
We’re gearing up for the re-release of ‘Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded’ and every girl’s favorite fairytale… well, accept the one that actually features a black princess … gets a remake by Nicki Minaj in this one.
Hype Williams, known for his cheap creations, steps in as director. Will this be good enough to want to listen to Minaj’s pop sound? Let’s find out. View Full Post
Moments ago ‘RuPaul’s All Stars Drag Race’ contestant Manila Luzon released a video speaking to Boy Culture about the loss of her boo and fellow ‘Drag Race’ alum Sahara Davenport. The entertainer whose real name was Antoine Ashley died earlier this month from heart failure.
Watch the video of Manila speaking below and the information for the upcoming show where Sahara’s legacy will be remembered. View Full Post
After demanding The Queen come forth and announce he wrote “Irreplaceable” over and over again (as if she hadn’t already given him praise for it), now Ne-Yo says this?!
“Working with Beyonce is some of the most useless I’ve ever felt,” the Master Splinter impersonator said in a recent interview with Fuse. I wonder why would he say something like this though! Please Ne-Yo … do tell us!
“She doesn’t need any help! She doesn’t need anybody there! She’s that good! I think I might have stepped out of the room to get some tea, came back, and the song was done. [I] was like ‘…Alright…well, Imma go home … it was nice to meet you.”
*wipes brow* I sure would have had to get up from this desk and find out where he lives for talking wreckless about Queen Bey. But, Ne-Yo had to word it that way because his new album ‘R.E.D.’ is flopping right now. You can always count on The Queen to get the kids some press.
Forward to the 2:00 mark to hear Beyonce come up in the conversation.
Michael Jackson called – yes, from the grave – he wants his swag back. Ciara is trying it like hell by releasing this Spring/Summer song in the Fall. But, here goes…
Check out CiCi’s second single from her upcoming album ‘One Woman Army’ due December 4th. View Full Post