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Press Release: New App Brings Revolutionary Social Networking Tool  To New Platform

(Los Angeles, CA, March 25, 2010) On the occasion of its one-year anniversary, Grindr, the largest all-male mobile location-based networking service, is sharing a very special gift with the mobile community. Today, the groundbreaking service proudly announces the new Grindr app for BlackBerry which will bring the innovative social networking application that has signed up over half a million iPhone and iPod touch users over the course of the past year to BlackBerry users around the world.

Initially, only 5,000 downloads of the new Grindr BlackBerry app will be made available for beta testing to BlackBerry users. So for those BlackBerry fans out there who have been anxious to get in on the craze that has been creating major buzz from Tokyo and Australia to every major city in the United States and Europe, now’s your chance to join the Grindr revolution.

Just as with the Grindr iPhone app, Grindr for BlackBerry uses GPS and cellular technologies to deliver the profiles, photos, and information of users just feet away within seconds which makes connecting with gay, bi and curious guys a snap, no matter where in the world you happen to find yourself.

To sign up to beta test Grindr BlackBerry, go to http://www.GrindrBerry.com and become one of the first exclusive Grindr BlackBerry users.

Supported devices for the Grindr BlackBerry app include: Bold 9000 and 9700, Curve 8300, Curve 8310, Curve 8320, Curve 8330, Curve 8350, Curve 8350i, Curve 8520, Curve 8530, Curve 8900 and the Tour 9630.

Call To Action

Wednesday, February 3 and

Thursday, February 4, 2010

  • Protest Uganda’s Pending Anti-Homosexuality Bill

(and the American religious right encouraging it)

  • Demand the Entire Ugandan Delegation be Dropped from

The Family’s National Prayer Breakfast

  • Quell Uganda’s “Kill The Gays” Movement By

Limiting U.S. Government Financial Aid

  • Require U.S. Asylum for LGBTQ Ugandans

  • Challenge The Family and National Prayer Breakfast Participants To Live Up To The Christian Ideals
    They Espouse

A Call To Action

A Call To Action

Join Full Equality Now DC on February 3-4, 2010, to protest the American-encouraged Anti-Homosexuality Bill currently being crafted in the Ugandan Parliament that calls for death sentences for AIDS victims as well as gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender citizens.

This repressive bill is the culmination of the work of a secretive “christianist” cult known as “The Family” that oversees questionable and unsanctioned political and business dealings with the highest echelons of foreign governments.

Uganda’s proposed legislation would intensify and legalize the existing brutality and persecution of its LGBTQ citizens, including life sentences for the “aggravated homosexuality” of being HIV-positive. All Ugandan citizens would be required to report homosexuals to the police or face three years imprisonment. Any “promotion of homosexuality” would carry a seven-year prison sentence. Only recent international outcries have tamped down, at least for now, provisions for the death penalty for three-time “offenders” and people suffering from AIDS.

The Family’s February 4 National Prayer Breakfast is this organizations only public U.S. event each year. It brings together American elected officials and businessmen, many of whom support the sentiments of legislation’s authors, and their international counterparts. “Homosexuals must forget about human rights!” recently exclaimed Uganda’s Minister of Ethics and Integrity, James Nsaba Buturo, a co-author of the bill and member of The Family.

The night before the National Prayer Breakfast, February 3, participate in Full Equality Now DC’s Protest and Rally starting at 5:30 p.m., at one of The Family’s tax-exempt centers at 133 C Street SE in Washington. Stand against the pending anti-LGBTQ legislation in Uganda and in particular The Family’s actions supporting it. While expressing its religious hypocrisy and promulgating repression of homosexuals worldwide, The Family enjoys U.S. tax protections for its numerous properties, including C Street’s low-cost dormitory for Family members such as sex-scandal plagued Nevada Senator John Ensign and South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford.

What: Protest and Rally at The Family’s DC location

When: Wednesday, February 3, 2010, 5:30 p.m.

Where: The “C Street House,” 133 C Street SE, Washington, D.C.

Organized and Sponsored by: Full Equality Now DC

The next morning, February 4, concurrent with The Family’s National Prayer Breakfast and as an alternative to it, engage in the District’s American Prayer Hour, part of a decentralized series of powerful and inspirational events across the country that morning, including Dallas, Chicago, Boston, and Berkley, California.

What: American Prayer Hour/DC

With: D.C. Faith leaders and renowned gospel singer Ray Boltz

When: Thursday, February 4, 10 a.m.

Where: Calvary Baptist Church, 755 8th Street NW

Organized by: Truth Wins Out

Co-Sponsored by: Full Equality Now DC

Most important, stay alert and continue to work to scuttle this legislation in the weeks to come, and stand in solidarity with LGBTQ communities throughout the world, especially Uganda.

Members of The Family include current and past conservative members of the U.S. Congress, and anti-gay lightening rods such as Pastor Rick Warren. Family members and anti-gay extremists in Uganda are working together to craft this life-threatening legislation. The new bill’s chief authors are Family members Minister Buturo and Member of Parliament David Bahati, both of whom have proceeded with the encouragement of Ugandan President and Family member Yoweri Kaguta Museveni.

Only in response to mounting international pressure, The Family recently “disinvited” David Bahati to the February 4 breakfast, and this pressure must not cease.

Ugandan Martin Ssempa, Family member and vocal fundamentalist pastor, is championing the Anti-Homosexuality Bill, and has forced LGBTQ citizens and activists into hiding by publishing their names and addresses. Most recently, Ssemba has been organizing a “Kill The Gays” million man march demanding life imprisonment or death for every gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender Ugandan.

The Family is based in the U.S. but operates more than 10,000 cells worldwide to promulgate its anti-homosexual agenda, especially in African countries where a fertile bed of homophobia has existed for decades. Although The Family has recently made rather specious statements saying that they are the secret allies of the LGBTQ community, its adherents were instrumental in setting the stage last year for so-called anti-gay experts to travel Uganda to help officials justify the extreme vileness expressed in the Anti-Homosexuality Bill.

If The Family wants anyone to actually believe that they are advocates for human rights, we must challenge them to now publicly affirm their organization’s support for worldwide LGBTQ equality, less their recent statements again prove that they are the hypocrites and anti-Christian bigots they so obviously appear to be.

President Barack Obama has already condemned the bill but he must do more. President Obama must certainly boycott the Breakfast because of The Family’s support for the Ugandan bill. He should not be seen anywhere near the Ugandan delegation, much less share the dais with any one of them. In the days leading up to February 4, we call on President Obama and each elected U.S. official to come forward publicly to disassociate themselves from The Family and the National Prayer Breakfast and the scheduled Ugandan state delegation.

The Ugandan government has long misspent and wasted millions of dollars of U.S. funding intended for HIV/AIDS prevention and wellness services, and American elected officials have done nothing to make sure our tax dollars aren’t wasted or used to persecute LGBTQ citizens in Uganda or anywhere else.

Should this draconian measure pass, we will join together to call on the U.S. government to explicitly condemn it and to offer asylum to LGBTQ Ugandans, all of who personify the definition of refugees with a “well-founded fear of persecution.”

In the latest issue of The Public Eye, Kapya Kaoma, an Anglican Priest from Zambia nails it, saying, “Ironically enough, although American conservatives repeatedly accuse progressives of being imperialist, it is their dealings with Africa that are extremely imperialistic. Their flow of funds creates a form of clientism, with the expectation that the recipients toe an ideological line.” This sums up the explicit modus operandi characterizing all of The Family’s work.

Washington has one of the highest rate of HIV infection and has seen a meteoric rise in local hate crimes against our LGBTQ citizens, so we, especially, must redouble our efforts, protesting The Family’s actions, squashing Uganda’s pending hateful legislation, and fighting against the repression of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people everywhere. It is surely a matter of life and death.

Full Equality Now DC is a grassroots organization dedicated to local and national actions in support of full federal equality for all Americans regardless of sexual orientation or gender identification. It was founded by the original DC Host Committee that helped bring a quarter of million people to the October 2009 National Equality March in Washington, DC.

F U L L    E Q U A L I T Y    N O W    D C


More equality activists have expanded membership through weekly meetings where actions are decided through democratic means. Recently these have included a public protest of WMATA bus advertisements that singled out LGBTQ citizens for discrimination, and a series of actions to interfere with the Ugandan politicians forwarding repressive laws that would jail its homosexual citizens.

For more information, go to www.fullequalitynowdc.org.

What is Gained through Gossip.

This morning, just this very second I typed in “Celebrity Gossip” into Google’s search engine. When I limited the search to changes made within the past 24 hours can you imagine how many results were returned? An astonishing 36,400,000! It can easily be said that it is human nature to discuss the human nature of every other human in nature! However being that these are celebrities they put themselves in the public spotlight knowing every tiny action they make will be greedily sought after to make the headlines. Just ask Tiger, Lindsay, Charlie, and the list goes on.

Celebrities are the unwitting parents of bastard children in the form of Perez Hilton, Ted Casablanca, and any other Celeb Gossip columnist, blogger, twitterati, you can imagine. I myself quite enjoy a healthy slice of celebrity gossip but the question has to be asked…why? How would I feel were I in their shoes? Is my glass house so solid it can withstand the same stones? I think not!

This all dawned on me earlier this morning when I was a part of a local Twitter conversation where the statement was made regarding how quickly information gets around in D.C.; when “one knows, they all know” but this really is nothing new no matter where you live. There are persons who thrive on either end of the gossip spectrum…either they love to be the one WITH the information and happy to share it or they simply love to be the topic of conversation, good, bad, or indifferent just as long as they are the topic.

I am by no means stating that I’m innocent, nor were someone to tell me they have never participated in any form of gossip would I believe them. Either by relaying or simply passively listening you play a part. Now please don’t think I’m judging anyone because this has simply become part of our culture. The ability to access, transfer, and look up information has become so immediately gratifying that it’s no surprise every person out there is in the position to become a point of conversation.

Being a gay man, it’s written in the bylaws that I love and commit to memory every line of “Steel Magnolias”.

Steel Magnolias: Poster design by B.D. Fox Independent

Steel Magnolias: Poster design by B.D. Fox Independent

Specifically when Clairee Belcher (portrayed amazingly by Olympia Dukakis) states “If you can’t say something nice about someone, come sit by me”. We all love a good story, furthermore we all love a good story when we aren’t the topic! Showing my gay card again with my love of musical theater I’m reminded of the song “Schadenfreude” sung by Gary and Nicky in the riotous “Avenue Q”. Schadenfreude (German in origin) is the malicious enjoyment derived from observing someone else’s misfortune. This essentially is the root of why most people enjoy gossip, since generally it is less than flattering in nature, it raises you up to a different level.

Gossip is one of the oldest and most common means of sharing (unproven) facts and views. The functionality of gossip are varied, author Frank T. McAndrew gave several examples in “The Science of Gossip: Why we can’t stop ourselves“. Scientific American:

* normalize and reinforce moral boundaries in a speech-community
* foster and build a sense of community with shared interests and information
* build structures of social accountability
* further mutual social grooming (like many other uses of language, only more so)
* provide a mating tool that allows (for example) women to mutually identify socially desirable men and compare notes on which men are better than others.
* be used as a form of passive aggression, as a tool to isolate and harm others
* provide a peer-to-peer mechanism for disseminating information in organizations

Knowing that generally the “dirt” that is spread can be harmful to others why is it done, especially considering the backlash that can transpire to the individual(s) spreading the “dirt” in the first place. It could be an adult onset of the bully syndrome. It’s not socially acceptable to push someone down physically but you can certainly tear apart a persons reputation thus lowering their social status in the eyes of their peers.

Knowing it or not each of us is reaching for a higher status on the social food chain. This “Achieved Status” is important sociologically because it comes with a set of rights, obligations, behaviors, and duties that one is expected to adhere to. Moving up, or perhaps down, the social stratification is due (in part) to the flow of information. Who knows who, and who knows what…but this is a fine line that is not easily navigated.

The crux of gossip is this…for an indeterminate amount of time you may be the one with such salacious information that you indiscriminately share it at your leisure, UNTIL those listening determine your trustworthiness is lacking then you become the topic and drop straight to the bottom of the social ladder you clawed so hard for to reach to the top.

In the end what is really gained through gossip? A good story? Usually yes. A laugh? Almost always. Be careful how you use information though because it will most certainly turn on you in the end.

Per WCP City Desk Blog:

What happens when you get 140 characters from the D.C. area in a room together? Help us find out!

Our @wcp twitter account is about to hit 2,500 followers. To celebrate this little milestone, we’re organizing a D.C. tweetup next week on Thursday, Dec. 10th, 2009. Come out and hang with us and your fellow D.C. tweeps at The Big Hunt in Dupont Circle.

@TheSexist, @MikeRiggs, @wamitchell, @nikkididit, and a bunch of our staff will be there. The date coincides with one night of the “12 Bars of Christmas” promotion from our illustrious sales team, and that means $6 Clipper City Heavy Seas. The event starts at 6 p.m. at The Big Hunt, 1345 Connecticut Ave. NW.

Spread the word! Let @wcp know if you can make it!

Special Double Bonus: We have free stuff to give away! The first 20 people to give @MikeRiggs a hug at the tweetup will be given 2 free passes to Landmark Theaters. Bonanza!

Lambda Rising Bookstore is pleased to announce a special appearance of Author and Porn Star, Aiden Shaw, Thursday December 3rd at 7:30pm.  Aiden will be here to answer questions, sign books, and take pictures with adoring fans.

Time: Thursday, December 3, 2009 7:30 p.m.
Location: Lambda Rising Bookstore

1625 Connecticut Ave, NW

Washington, DC 20009
Phone: 202-462-6969
About the Book:

Sordid Truths chronicles Aiden Shaw’s asent from being just another broke and very horny college boy, who dabbled with the idea that he chould sell his young body for hard cash, to becoming the internationally renowned adult film idol.

After finishing just one year of his BA degree Shaw was twenty-one and easily lured away from study by the lusty mix of sex and money in London. Within a short time on the scene, he gained infamy and was something of a celebrity wihtin his field. Peddling his flesh took him to the steamy underbelly of the U.K.’s decadent capital city in the late 80’s. Here he rubbed shoulders and other body parts with wealthy, weird, and wonderful eccentrics, famous- and famously closteded-Euro trash personalities and the celebrated elite.

However, working as a prostitute turned minor league once gay porn sensation Chi Chi La Rue took polariods of Shaw naked and aroused and launched his career. His rise to stardom has been documented by the adult industry’s leading studios in more than fifty films that have won him numerous awards and even more notoriety as the complex and multi-talented character that he’s become known by many.

About the Author:

Aiden Shaw is the author of the bestselling memoir My Undoing: Love in the Thick of Sex, Drugs, Pornogrpahy, and Prostitution, which follows chronologically the events of Sordid TruthsShaw is also the author of three novels, BrutalWasted, and Boundaries, as well as a volume of poetry, If Language at the Same Time Shapes and Distorts Our Ideas and Emotions, How Do We Communicate Love?

These non-ticketed events are free and open to the public. Please contact Linsey Pecikonis at 202-462-6969 for any more information or links to the Author Page, advertisements, images, or Facebook Event information.  For more upcoming events, please visit Lambda Rising’s website.

Where to find the DC Agenda

Imagine if you were able to obtain a piece of LGBTQ history when the Washington Blade hit presses 40 years ago…Now is your opportunity with the first issue of the DC Agenda out in circulation!

You’ll find the DC Agenda at the following locations:

Mr Henry’s, Results Gym (G St)
SMYAL, Banana Cafe
Phase One
Freddie’s Beach Bar
MLK Library
Annie’s, Apex
Dupont Italian Kitchen
HRC HQ and HRC Store
Lambda Rising
Leather Rack
Results Gym (U St)
Barrel House Liquor
Crew Club
Whitman-Walker HQ
Green Lantern
Universal Gear
DC Eagle

You can also find the DC Agenda in street boxes at:

Cafe Berlin, Eastern Market Metro, Capitol South Metro, Union Station, Columbia Heights Metro, Crystal City Metro, King St Metro, Courthouse Metro, Rosslyn Metro, Pentagon City Metro, McPherson Square Metro, Metro Center (13 & F), Wilson Building, Dupont Metro (Conn & Q, Conn & 19), CVS (17 & P), SoHo (22 & P), Farragut North Metro, Carribou Coffee (14 & Rhode Island), Whole Foods (14 & P)

After all this, the staff of the DC Agenda will be handing out all remaining first issues at 4:30pm est at the Dupont Circle Fountain!

Events at a Glance

Today 6:30pm @ The Atlas Theatre – 1333 H Street NE
Today 7:00pm @ EFN Lounge
Today 8:00pm @ Town Danceboutique
Today 9:00pm @ Motley Bar
Today 9:00pm @ Napoleon Bistro & Lounge (downstairs)
Today 9:00pm @ FUR
Today 10:35pm @ GODFREY’S
Care Bears Friday 5:00pm @ Motley Bar
Friday 6:00pm @ Nellie’s Sports Bar
Friday 9:00pm @ Halo Lounge Floor 2
Friday 9:00pm @ The Green Lantern
Saturday 9:00pm @ The EFN Lounge
Saturday 9:00pm @ Halo
Saturday 9:00pm @ Town Danceboutique
Saturday 10:00pm @ The Rock & Roll Hotel (MAIN FLOOR)
Saturday 10:00pm @ Cobalt/30 Degrees
Saturday 10:00pm @ The DC Eagle
Saturday 11:30pm @ The 930 Club