Jeffrey Tambor officially dropped from Transparent following sexual harassment claims

Amazon have officially fired Jeffrey Tambor from their hit series Transparent.

The critically-acclaimed show, which tells the story of a trans woman who comes out to her family late in life, has faced an unknown future since lead actor Tambor was accused of sexual harassment by two colleagues.

Amazon have now confirmed the decision to drop him from the show following an investigation.

Trace Lysette, one of Tambor’s co-stars on Transparent, alleged back in November that the actor had “made many sexual advances and comments” towards her and detailed one time that things got physical.

Prior to her allegations, Tambor’s former assistant Van Barnes claimed that he had propositioned her, groped her, made inappropriate comments and threatened her not to share her story.

Jill Soloway, creator of the Emmy-winning series, released a statement praising those who spoke out about their experiences.

“I have great respect and admiration for Van Barnes and Trace Lysette, whose courage in speaking out about their experience on Transparent is an example of the leadership this moment in our culture requires,” she wrote.

“We are grateful to the many trans people who have supported our vision for Transparent since its inception and remain heartbroken about the pain and mistrust their experience has generated in our community.

“We are taking definitive action to ensure our workplace respects the safety and dignity of every individual, and are taking steps to heal as a family.”

Lysette tweeted about the news, saying it offered her “some closure” and encouraged fans to keep supporting the show following Tambor’s departure.

Finally some closure I hope. This was one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to go through. Please show your support for @transparent_tv so we can make season 5 something great. Thank you all for your love and endless support ❤️

— Trace Lysette (@tracelysette) February 15, 2018

On Thursday, Tambor released a statement in response to Amazon’s decision, saying: “I am profoundly disappointed in Amazon’s handling of these false accusations against me.

“I am even more disappointed in Jill Soloway’s unfair characterization of me as someone who would ever cause harm to any of my fellow cast mates.

“In our four-year history of working together on this incredible show, these accusations have NEVER been revealed or discussed directly with me or anyone at Amazon. Therefore, I can only surmise that the investigation against me was deeply flawed and biased toward the toxic politicized atmosphere that afflicted our set.

“As I have consistently stated, I deeply regret if any action of mine was ever misinterpreted by anyone and I will continue to vehemently defend myself.

“I also deeply regret that this ground-breaking show, which changed so many lives, is now in jeopardy. That, to me, is the biggest heartbreak.”

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Trump is going to introduce a new transgender military policy

People protesting the original transgender military ban.

Donald Trump and his administration have plans to introduce a new transgender military policy on 21 February.

The date seems to refer to the memorandum Trump inititally released regarding his transgender military ban. In the memo, there was direction for the defense secretary to submit an implementation plan by 21 February.

US District Judge Marvin Garbis, who is ruling one on of the many cases challenging the initial ban, noted in the new policy in an order filed on Tuesday (6 February).

In the order, Garbis writes that Trump’s counsel will not be defending the original policy. Instead, they will defend the new policy coming out this month.

As of 1 January, trans people were allowed to join the military again.

It is unclear what the new policy will entail and how it will change matters.

Maj. David Eastburn, a Pentagon spokesperson, told BuzzFeed News they would be making ‘recommendations’ to the White House. However, a final decision on the new policy will only come from Trump and his team.

Cruel and unconstitutional

In an emailed statement to GSN, HRC National Press Secretary Sarah McBride responded to the upcoming policy.

‘There has already been extensive and thorough study of allowing transgender people to serve openly,’ she said. ‘A process which led the Pentagon two years ago to announce that the United States would join eighteen other nations that allow open trans service.

‘There are currently thousands of transgender people serving in the U.S. military,’ the statement continued. ‘Their skills and service are already proving invaluable to our national security. In their repeated attempts to implement and justify this cruel and unconstitutional policy, the Trump-Pence Administration has been the only source of disruption on this issue.’

Indeed, a study by RAND discovered trans inclusion in the military would have ‘minimal impact on readiness and health care costs’.

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Matthew Hanham’s buff beach body is a sight to behold…

The Aussie hunk has been showing off his mouth-watering body (again)…

Matthew Hanham has built up a massive following on Instagram – 290,000 to be precise – thanks to his rough-and-ready good looks and mouth-watering body. Oh, and those eyes – hunny! We could get lost in those for hours…

His Instagram feed is chock-full of speedo shots (and bulge) because Australia’s summer falls between December-February. Imagine spending the whole of Feb on the beach in 30 degree heat? How terrible!

The Aussie stud’s latest set of photos leaves very little to the imagination, with close-ups of his incredible six-pack, bulge, azz… etc.

See below…

Tiddies toasted ????…aaaaaand breathe out lol Happy Friday guys ✌????

A post shared by Matthew Hanham (@matthanham) on Feb 1, 2018 at 6:07pm PST

The pseudoephedrine pump is real! ????????#onthemend

A post shared by Matthew Hanham (@matthanham) on Jan 7, 2018 at 7:33pm PST

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Lily Allen, Mel C, MNEK and more announced for Mighty Hoopla 2018

Mighty Hoopla is gonna be big this year, huns!

After a hugely successful debut last year, the fabulously queer festival from the minds behind Sink The Pink and Guilty Pleasures comes to Brockwell Park in South London for its sophomore show on 4 June.

The first batch of performers have just been announced, and we have a feeling fans won’t be disappointed.

Pop provocateur and eternal friend-to-the-gays Lily Allen will be making Londoners smile with her back catalogue of hits, while former Spice Girl and staunch ally Mel C will be bringing some girl power to the park.

If you’re looking for classic hits, Irish girl group B*Witched will have you feeling like a kid again, while Belinda Carlisle will be proving that heaven really is a place on earth (and that place is called Mighty Hoopla, FYI).

X Factor winner Louisa Johnson, party-starters the Vengaboys, Eternal’s Louise Redknapp, electronic five-piece Nimmo, and pop hit-maker MNEK will also be performing at the summer festival.

More acts are due to be announced, including a ‘very special guest’, and given last year’s line-up that included gay favourites like Years & Years, Will Young and All Saints, we’re expecting this year to be massive.

You can see the full line-up here, which also includes appearances from party events like Bongo’s Bingo, Massaoke and Glitterbox.

Tickets are available to purchase now from the Mighty Hoopla website.

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This is the average age that gay men lose their virginity

A new online health survey has revealed the average age gay men lose their virginity.

The study – which included 500 respondents from the US and 500 from Europe – found that the average age a gay men have sex for the first time is 17.9 years old.

In comparison, the average age a straight person loses their virginity came in slightly younger at 17.6 years old.

However, despite having sex for the first time slightly later in life than heterosexual people, gay men were found to have their sexual awakening much earlier.

The researchers at DrEd found that the gay people who were asked about their sexual awakening – defined as “identifying initial feelings and urges” – on average came in at 13.8 years old.

For straight people, that result was over a year later at 15 years old.

The survey was used to find out more about “the various sexual journeys humans experience over the course of a lifetime.”

But aside for the physical act of sex, researchers also quizzed the respondents on their views of sexuality being on a spectrum.

Nearly half of millennials – the generation born between the years 1980 to 1995 – believed that sexuality does indeed exist on a spectrum.

However, that belief dramatically falls for the generations that came before.

Only 11% of Generation X – born between 1960 to 1980 – agreed with that idea, falling to 5% of Baby Boomers (1945 to 1960).

Elsewhere in the study, 38% of Millennials said they would date a bisexual person, which falls to 7% of Generation X and 3% of Baby Boomers.

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Paramore’s incredible new video pays homage to 80s morning TV

Rose-Colored Boy is the fourth single from the band’s fifth studio album, After Laughter.

American rock band Paramore have continued their trend of releasing upbeat, vibrant videos for their “sad-pop” anthems, and the latest is one of their best clips to date.

The video for Rose-Colored Boy sees the band pay homage to morning TV as they’re transported back to the 80s, with each member playing a reporter who can’t staaand the sight of each other.

Hayley Williams ends up having a breakdown, similar to the iconic “I’m as mad as hell, and I’m not going to take this anymore” speech from the 1976 Oscar-winning film Network, resulting in the band trashing the studio. We’ve all felt like this at work haven’t we?

Watch the fantastic video below.

After Laughter – the band’s fifth studio album – received widespread acclaim from critics upon release for touching upon themes such as exhaustion, depression, and anxiety.

The album has spawned three other singles so far, with Hard Times, Told You So and Fake Happy.

Rose-Colored Boy is now available on iTunes and streaming services. 

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12 Best Men’s Workout Leggings

Whether you are taking your workout routine outdoors during wintertime, or you prefer to increase your sweat rate while at the gym, workout leggings and compression pants provide both the functionality and comfort to perform your best. Personally, I just prefer the feel and elasticity they provide especially while doing leg exercises.

Regardless of your reasoning for wearing men’s gym leggings, this common activewear article offers several benefits that could increase your overall athletic performance:

  1. At a very basic level, compression pants increase overall mobility by reducing interference items you might normally keep in your pockets might cause. Since most workout leggings do not have pockets, your phone, keys, and other small items are unlikely to get snagged or uncomfortably pressed against your leg while working out.
  2. Leggings also reduce chafing while protecting the skin from irritation often caused by polyester or synthetic blends rubbing up against your body.
  3. Wearing workout compression pants lowers perceived physical exertion. This means that when you wear compression pants, your body tricks your mind into thinking you are using less energy while actually exerting the same amount of effort. This allows your muscles to workout harder and longer, thus resulting in greater physical performance.
  4. Compression tights actually increase muscle oxygenation both while exercising and resting. Our muscles perform best when they are receiving optimal amounts of oxygen, and several studies reveal that wearing compression tights improves our body’s efficiency in delivering beneficial levels of oxygen.
  5. Recent studies have also revealed that compression leggings aid in the recovery process following a strenuous workout. During levels of high physical exertion during exercise, we create little tears in our muscles that our bodies heal during recovery periods, resulting in muscle growth. Many studies reveal that wearing leggings also aids in our body’s ability to repair and grow muscles.

Compression pants also provide extra warmth and comfort that can be especially useful when working out during the winter months, which is why they are commonly used by outdoor runners. Most companies design these leggings with high breathability functionality so they also don’t get too hot while exercising. This is because they are built to absorb excess sweat while simultaneously providing insulation.

What to Look for in Workout Leggings

In addition to the overall aesthetic of the item, there are several important factors you should keep in mind when considering fitness compression leggings:

Wicking Ability – “Wicking” with regard to workout clothing refers to the ability of the article to absorb or draw sweat off the body. In order to adequately absorb sweat during a workout, clothing should contain certain blends of fabric that absorb sweat best. When selecting a pair of workout leggings, look for a polyester/Lycra blend or a similar synthetic material. If you prefer a more natural fabric, try to seek out bamboo fabric blends. Fabrics with great wicking abilities are designed to keep you cool in the summer and warm during those cold winter months.

Comfort – Your workout clothing should never get in the way of your routine. Select fitness leggings that allow high mobility and elasticity.

Functional Features – If you plan on running at night, it is generally a good idea to select workout leggings that have reflective features so cars can see you. If you plan on running in subzero temperatures, it is crucial to select leggings that are insulated enough to sustain a safe body temperature. With regard to the functionality of your leggings, keep in mind what you plan on using them for during your selection process.

Given the amazing benefits compression pants provide while working out, here are the best men’s workout leggings to help you achieve your fitness goals!

Mava Compression Long Leggings

Mava offers an 80% Nylon, 20% Spandex blend that is perfectly designed to stimulate optimal blood flow and provide support to the muscles and joints. This option is ideal for year-round everyday use, both indoors and out. As far as moisture-wicking goes, Mava offers one of the most sweat-absorbent options out there.

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Copper Compression Leggings

These workout compression leggings contain an 88% Nylon/Copper blend that is designed to support stiff and sore muscles and joints. You can comfortably wear these compression pants all day long while still retaining your full range of motion with the high elasticity these leggings offer. Rather than utilizing a copper oxide-infusion, these leggings use genuine copper ions that help these leggings retain their shape, elasticity, and effectiveness for longer.

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CompressionZ Running Leggings

Similar to Mava’s leggings listed above, CompressionZ offers a compression pant with a blend of 85% Nylon and 15% Spandex. However, this option is slightly thinner and more elastic, perfect for cycling, running, and yoga. The elasticity and tight fit still offers all the muscle and joint support you would receive with a thicker pair of compression pants, with a lightweight design that ensures the body will produce less sweat.

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Neleus 2 Pack Men’s Compression Leggings

Neleus has created an anti-microbial blend of 85% Polyester, 15% Spandex that is perfect for odor control and sweat absorption. These bad boys are definitely a great deal, offering 2 for the price of one. You can easily layer these underneath an outer layer of workout shorts or pants, or simply by themselves.

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Muscle Killer 2 Pack Compression Pants

Similar to the Neleus leggings, Muscle Killer offers a pant compression product that is also 85% Polyester and 15% Spandex, coming in a pack of 2. However, the overall sleek and textured design of these makes them truly unique. Ideal to prevent skin chafing and irritation, with an integrated moisture transport system that dies fast and efficiently.

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Hayabusa Titanium-Charged Compression Pants

Hayabusa, a well-known sports apparel retailer in the Mixed Martial Arts sector, originally designed this pair of compression pants to be compliant with the International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation. It contains advanced compression technology with Ti-22 Titanium-coated fibers to help maintain body temperature and muscle oxygen delivery. Ideal not only for gym workouts, but perfect for sparring, martial arts, wrestling, and other highly active movements. The titanium-coated fibers not only assist in maintaining a constant internal body temperature, but helps to prevent the material from breaking down as easily.

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2XU Men’s Core Compression Tights

You’ll notice that most of 2XU’s products come at a slightly higher price tag, but for good reason. Unlike most of the other products mentioned on this list, 2XU built these compression pants out of 72% Nylon and 28% Elastane, which is why they offer a 12-month guaranteed warranty on their products. The compression design supports the glutes, abductor, hamstring, and calf muscles to reduce muscle vibration during your workout. Ideal for someone who wants a great long-term investment.

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HELO-X Grappling Compression Spats

These compression tights from Anthem Athletics are also uniquely designed to hold up in grueling sparring, grappling, and wrestling settings. Designed from heavy-duty, yet lightweight material, these moisture-wicking pants can be worn in the gym, out running during the winter months, and while wrestling on rubber mats. The graphics and designs look pretty sick too.

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DRSKIN Men’s Yoga Compression Pants

DRSKIN offers an excellent compression pant with 98.8% UV-blocking technology, created from 92% Polyester and 8% Spandex. With mesh fabrication that makes for optimal skin breathability, these can even be worn during hot summer months while working to keep the skin cool and increase blood circulation. Perfect for activities that require high elasticity such as yoga, running, cycling, and more.

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Arciton Professional Compression Tights

These are just plain fun, simply put. With a blend of 86% Polyester and 14% Spandex, Arciton offers a pair of leggings that offers all the functionality and elasticity you would get with a DRSKIN, for example, but with an extremely fun and badass aesthetic. With a moisture-sensing two-way air circulation design, these are perfect for breathability and comfortable for everyday wear at the gym.

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SKINS Men’s Compression Tights

SKINS offers a premium elastic men’s compression pants with a blend of 76% Nylon and 24% Elastane. With a slightly thicker makeup compared to some of the options mentioned above, these compression tights are engineered specifically to enhance blood flow for improved performance and faster recovery. The precise fit technology works to increase muscle efficiency while simultaneously keeping you dry. Also approved for everyday use, both in and out of the gym.

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SKINS Men’s A400 Compression Long Tights

Along with their mid-range compression pants mentioned above, SKINS offers a premium compression tight that is the world’s first dynamic gradient compression wearable legging. With adaptive HEIQ technology and flat bonded hems, the beautiful design of this legging is built to protect you from chafing, rough elements, and hold up for many years of wash and use. It is made from 76% Polyamide and 24% Elastane, a hybrid blend that has been tested to last longer than most spandex and elastic fabric types.

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Texas Bullet Train Preferred Houston Station Location Named

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One of my international bucket list things I want to do is ride one of the bullet trains in either Japan, China or France     Hopefully before I leave this planet I will see that type of high speed intercity rail service operating here in the United States.Trans Griot, March 9, 2014

<div ><div  data-origin='none'></div><span  data-credit='Texas Central'>Conceptual renderings of the Texas Bullet Train, with final designs pending</span></div>

Well, looks like I may see and get to ride a bullet train in my lifetime, and right here in my home state if things keep progressing with the 240 mile (386 km) Texas Central Railway bullet train line getting closer to actually being built.. 

If built, the normally four hour drive by car between Houston and Dallas would be cut to a fast 200 mph 90 minute train ride, with departures every 30 minutes.

The preferred Dallas station location was already announced a month ago as a 60 acre site near the intersections of Interstates 30-and 35E  just southwest of downtown Dallas. 

The Brazos Valley stop in eastern Grimes County will be built in Roans Prairie, a town of 50 people halfway between College Station and Huntsville.

Texas Central Railway announced the preferred location for the  Houston station yesterday, and it’s on the site of the nearly deserted Northwest Mall near the intersection of Loop 610 and US 290.

Houston continues to grow. Growing the smart way includes providing a wider choice of transportation options that goes well beyond more private vehicles and more roads. The Texas Bullet Train project fits the transportation paradigm shift I have called for, and now with the selection of a preferred location for the Houston station, we are one big step closer to boarding for an exciting trip to the Brazos Valley and on to Dallas,” — Mayor Sylvester Turner
The Northwest Mall site was chosen because it would cause minimum disruption of the nearby neighborhoods, easy access to the railroad right of way, access to existing road networks currently under construction and access to METRO’s Northwest Transit Center

Image result for Texas Central RailwayPublic comment is happening at various sites along the length of the rail corridor, with how you feel about it split along urban an rural lines.   In Houston and Dallas there is widespread support in both cities for the project, but vehement opposition to it in the rural areas that the elevated trains will pass through on the way to  Dallas and Houston

We’ll see if the construction on this train actually gets cranked up next year.   If it does, I’m one step closer to crossing a bucket list thing I’ve wanted to do in terms of riding a bullet train off my list.
And the best part is I won’t have to leave Texas to do it.

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Pentagon Planning Military Parade at Trump’s Request

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military parade

Pentagon officials have begun planning a parade at Donald Trump’s request to show off America’s military might, according to the Washington Post:

Trump has long mused publicly and privately about wanting such a parade, but a Jan. 18 meeting between Trump and top generals in the Pentagon’s tank — a room reserved for top-secret discussions — marked a tipping point, according to two officials briefed on the planning.

Surrounded by the military’s highest-ranking officials, including Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr., Trump’s seemingly abstract desire for a parade was suddenly heard as a presidential directive, the officials said.

Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA), a member of the House Armed Services Committee, said she was “stunned” at the news and said “we have a Napoleon in the making.”

Rep. Jackie Speier on President Trump’s interest in a military parade: “I was stunned by it, to be quite honest. … We have a Napoleon in the making here.”

— CNN (@CNN) February 7, 2018

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7-year-old: ‘My mom’s are getting married and I’m so excited’

Young boy holding a rainbow flag and placard standing in front of two women also holding placards in support of marriage equality

In November last year a  7-year-old marriage equality campaigner, Nicholas B Jorgensen, wrote a letter that went viral after Australians voted ‘yes’ to marriage equality. 

Now that same-sex marriage is legal in Australia, his mom’s wedding preparations are well under way.

Nicholas can’t wait for the wedding and shared his thoughts with Gay Star News:

My moms are getting married and I’m so excited. It’s in October, which is a long time away.

I feel included because I’m part of the family. I’m giving my moms the rings and doing the music and things.

I like playing the music for everyone to dance to. I’m not going to dance because I’ll be busy doing the music.

If my moms or someone I know asked me dance, I’d dance with them. I’m not really sure about dancing with people I don’t know.

I’ve designed a cake. It’s a rainbow-spirally-with-Lego-people-on-top cake.

Nicholas 'epic' cake that he designed for his moms upcoming nuptials in Australia.

Nicholas ‘epic’ cake that he designed for his moms upcoming nuptials in Australia. | Photo: Supplied

The all-important ‘what to wear’ question

We need to choose someone to make it. Mommy and I looked on the Internet and we can’t decide because there are so many. We’ll have to just mix all the designs together.

I’m going to wear fancy clothes to the wedding. Like, not dirty or with paint on them. I want to wear shiny long pants and a golden shirt. I don’t want to wear a vest or a tie like MomMom.

MomMom should wear a tie, long pants, a silvery hat with glitter, and a shirt that is fancy looking. Yellow, maybe. Like her marriage equality shirt. Her vest is blue.

Mommy should wear a golden shirt with glitter on it with silver stars. She could wear that badge that she made for marriage equality. Shiny long pants are important and then she could wear a white shirt with stars on it.

I’m sad that the menu doesn’t have chips on it, but it does have soft drinks. I’m going to have Fanta. Then ginger beer.

Best boy’s speech

There are lots of people coming. I don’t know some of them. I’m kind of nervous, because even though Mommy and MomMom know them, I don’t know them.

I know that there has to be a celebrant. Their job is to stand up at the wedding and hold up the book and say, “Can I have the rings?” and I will give whoever is standing there the rings. She gives a speech.

When I give the celebrant the rings, Mommy and MomMom are married.

I want to give a speech, as a present to my moms. I’m nervous about doing it, because all those people will be looking at me.

I hope they have lots of happy tears in their eyes so that they really can’t see me.

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