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The homophobic and anti-gay tweets of a couple prominent professional athletes surfaced this week. The catch? The tweets were from several years ago. So when Eagles draftee Wendell Smallwood had to face sudden questions about tweets from his high school days he deleted his account and dismissed the tweets as thoughts from his youth. Trail Blazers player Al-Farouq Aminu has seemingly gotten away with his tweets of six years ago by simply deleting them without comment.
What is the statute of limitations on anti-gay comments and tweets?
The battle over North Carolina continues, as the state's governor seems unwilling to shift to pressure about his anti-LGBT law that has caused concerts to be canceled and many sports figures have spoken out. Now college baseball is taking center stage with various postseason tournaments scheduled in the Tar Heel state in the next few weeks.
On this episode of The Period Party, Nat & Nicole talk with Kim & Amy Sedgwick, Co-Founders of Red Tent Sisters, a business that has been providing holistic fertility, sexuality and contraceptive solutions since 2007.
Here are the hot topics that we cover during this episode:
environmental concerns related to various birth control methods
natural alternatives (FAM)
environmental and health concerns associated with the sex toy industry
environmental concerns related to menstrual products
best menstrual health products for the environment and your health
Amy is trained as a Holistic Reproductive Health Practitioner who specializes in helping women ditch the pill and adopt natural, effective birth control. Kim runs their “sister” business, ecosex.ca (Canada’s first eco-friendly sexuality store) and coaches women who are ready to begin claiming and communicating their erotic desires. Together, they provide support to women worldwide through their online courses, YouTube videos, and social media channels, and are known for their professional yet candid “sisterly” advice.
While North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory thought a toothless executive order would "fix" the controversy around North Carolina's anti-LGBT law HB2, all it did was infuriate LGBT people and their supporters. Now the calls on the NBA and others to move events out of the state are broadening, and people in sports are being asked to speak up.
One of the people who decided to weigh in was golfer Webb Simpson, who offered a pretty uninformed perspective on transgender people using bathrooms and locker rooms.
Also, we announced our latest Outsports Reunion, and the first one in a dozen years. This one will focus on bringing LGBT people currently or recently in the sports world together to connect. We will also have various opportunities for Outsports readers and others to be part of the fun. We give a preview of the event in Chicago this June 23-26.
When the Governor of North Carolina signed HB2 last week, he not only legalized discrimination against LGBT in the state, but he prevented any city or county from protecting LGBT people locallly. This was in response to efforts in the city of Charlotte to create protections for gays, lesbians and transgender people.
Now there is a media-relations firestorm surrounding the state, and the sports world is thrust into the middle of it. While the NCAA and pro sports leagues have talked tough about these kinds of laws, they have never taken action on them, even when presented the opportunity in Houston.
Are they all talk and no action in North Carolina? We discuss.
Former Minor League baseball player Tyler Dunnington opened up to Outsports about the last couple years of his life, which have included leaving baseball and coming out as a gay man. Those couple years also included hearing some pretty bad anti-gay comments from teammates in the St. Louis Cardinals organization and a coach in college. The story renewed a national conversation about appropriate language for the locker room.
It also created a firestorm in St. Louis, pitting anti-gay people tired of hearing about homophobia against those who don't want discrimination of any kind in sports. In the middle have been the Cardinals, who say they are taking the report seriously. They've talked with Billy Bean of MLB on determining a best path forward.
We are joined by St. Louis Post-Dispatch columnist Benjamin Hochman, who wrote at length about the conversations that have erupted in the city's sports circles and beyond.
When professional wrestler Matt 'The Money' Cage came out publicly almost a year ago in June of 2015, he thought he might be a little blip in the national conversation about gay athletes in sports. Instead, he became a beacon for so many LGBT people - in sports and outside of sports - struggling with their sexual orientation.
We talk to Matt about his coming out experience, but more importantly his being out experience. Has it affected his professional relationships in any way? Have other wrestlers gravitated to or distanced themselves from him? And have any other gay pro wrestlers contacted him for advice?
Plus we talk about the effects of people's constant drumbeat about sports and the black community being deeply homophobic. Is that true? And did the rhetoric of homophobia from LGBT people delay his coming out?
It's been quite a week for Manny Pacquiao. The boxer started it off by saying gay people are worse than animals because they have sex with people of the same gender. Then when Nike dropped its endorsement deal with him, he posted a Bible verse on Instragram saying gay people should be put to death. He deleted the post, but not before 18,000 people liked it and a media outlet picked up on it. The damage was done.
We analyze the steps that led to this place for Pacquiao, and whether there's any way out of it for him (if that's even something he wants). We also talk about the delicate balance some Christian athletes are encouraged to find in today's culture.
Plus, a couple of great coming-out stories this week including track athlete Jack Strickland who won an award at a Christian college, and Pac-12 football referee Steve Strimling.
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Tune in tonight w / @Eboogie835 and @DjEarpeace835 will be giving you that heat from the indie music world. If you support indie music then tune in and listen to CYD MUSIC put it down. If you sint here you sint shit lol. Also come meet Owie Lander the bullshitin hood nigga #TrueDaLyph
Why was it so cool that NFL wide receiver Brandon Marshall had his fingernails painted by Stephen Colbert? Football players aren't supposed to do things like this. Yet more and more we see barriers breaking down in big-time football, including the NFL.
This week we had a former running back at Montana State come out on Outsports. Brandon Davis talked about being afraid to be his true self at Louisiana Tech and finding a home with the rugby team at Montana State after leaving football. The Buffalo Bills today announced the hiring of the NFL's first full-time female coach.
We discuss all of this, plus some thoughts on this weekend's games.
When New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. was taunted on the field several weeks ago with gay slurs, it left many wondering about the root of homophobia in the NFL and why Beckham retaliated with dangerous, potentially life-threatening hits.
On MSNBC's Melissa Harris Perry show last week, Jamil Smith of the New Republic said the root of homophobia is a hatred of women. Jamil joins us as we explore the connections between homophobia and sexism and how far we can go when connecting those two with the word "hate."
We'll also invariably touch on the NFL playoffs, Billy Bean's new promotion and what lies ahead for Outsports in the new year.
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Max's Kansas City is one of those unique places that defined an era. “It was the exact spot where Pop Art and Pop Life came together in the 60's, Everybody who was Anybody, from Warhol and his Superstars to William Burroughs, Patti Smith, Robert Mapplethorpe, Debbie Harry, Mick Jagger, Edie Sedgwick, Lou Reed, Abbie Hoffman, Truman Capote, Betsey Johnson and Robert Rauschenberg to name a few, and the launching site for emerging bands like the Velvet Underground.To commemorate Max's 50th Anniversary, The Max's Kansas City Project, established in 2001 by Yvonne R. Sewall, will recreate some of the magic with two special events in January and February, a tribute concert to the iconic Velvet Underground and Lou Reed on January 14, and a Meet & Greet the artists and photographers 50th Anniversary reunion party/exhibition/auction on February 11. The Max's Project embraces Mickey Ruskin's the creator of Max's Kansas City philosophy of helping artists in need by providing emergency relief and resources for individuals in the arts in crisis, and has in development FEARLESS YOUTH, a teen empowerment through the arts program featuring and interactive virtual club dedicated to supporting teens in developing their uniqueness through the creative arts with a focus on substance abuse and suicide prevention.The Velvet Underground/Lou Reed Tribute Concert will be a night to remember with an amazing line-up of talent with a Max's All Star Band featuring musicians from Lou Reed's various bands: Mike Rathke , Ellard-James "Moose" Boles , and drummer to be announced. Other special talent includes Garland Jeffreys, Marshall Crenshaw, Lenny Kaye, Jenni Muldaur, Bebe Buell, Conner Kennedy, Donna Destri, Monica Behan, Richard Barone, Kimberly Hill , poet Anne Waldman and the "Cadillacs," . Perennial Max's 'master of ceremonies' Jimi LaLumia will emcee the show.