Dax Shepard insists ‘CHiPS’ film is homophobic in ‘fun and challenging’ way

By : Mariah Cooper of the Washington Blade, courtesy of the National Gay Media Association
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“CHiPS,” the film remake of the ’77-’83 buddy cop comedy series, has plenty of gay jokes but Dax Shepard says the film is homophobic in a “fun and challenging way.”

Shepard stars as Jon Baker opposite Michael Peña as Frank “Ponch” Poncherello. Ponch is shown being disgusted by two men hugging in their underwear and refusing to hug Jon in his underwear. Another scene shows Ponch panicking after he accidently brushes his face against Jon’s crotch while carrying him.

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Pope begs forgiveness for scandals hitting Rome, the Vatican

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VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis asked forgiveness Oct. 14 for recent scandals that have hit Rome and the Vatican, showing again he doesn’t much care about making waves if it’s for the sake of reassuring his flock.

Francis didn’t cite examples in his off-the-cuff request for pardon at the start of his general audience. It was met with subdued applause afterward. However, the past week has seen its fair share of headline-making news that has involved the church in one way or another.

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Netflix renews “Orange is the New Black” for fourth season

By : Jeremy Williams
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Netflix’s Orange is the New Black has been renewed for a fourth season even before season three has launched.

The popular women’s prison show, based on the memoir of Piper Kerman, made the announcement via the show’s official Twitter page on April 15.

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Gay journalist’s ‘personal view’ new in homophobic Serbia

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BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Nenad Mihailovic flouts Serbian taboo. He’s openly gay in a country notorious for strident homophobia. He uses a wheelchair in a society that shows little sympathy for the disabled. And he’s a voice of liberal thinking in a nation where strong leaders have a tendency to quash dissent.

So it’s perhaps surprising that Mihailovic has attracted tens of thousands of viewers to his independent talk show — in which he grills politicians, actors, pop stars and activists on such hot-button themes as gay adoption, same-sex marriages, government corruption and relations with Russia.

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Fox’s ‘Empire’ plans to ‘blow lid off homophobia’

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PASADENA, Calif. (AP) – The creator of Fox’s prime-time soap “Empire” said he wants to “blow the lid off homophobia” in the African-American community with a depiction of the show’s lead character’s hostile relationship with his gay son.

Lee Daniels, who was also behind the movies “Lee Daniels’ The Butler” and “Precious,” said that his own father’s hostility toward gays frightened him and he knows the same attitudes are being passed on from one generation to another in households around the world.

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MLB plans major pro-LGBT announcement at All-Star Game

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Major League Baseball will make a big announcement about about fighting homophobia before the All-Star Game in Minneapolis on July 15.

The announcement will “dramatically shift [the MLB’s] ability to combat homophobia and help gay players, coaches and staff in the League,” OutSports.com reported.

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Kluwe says homophobia played a part in his dismissal from the Vikings

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In a column on Deadspin.com, former Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe on Jan. 2 admits that he doesn’t know if his activism for marriage equality was the reason the team’s ownership and coaches dismissed him.

“However, I’m pretty confident it was,” he said.

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Florida sees a bump in hate crimes

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Tallahassee – Hate crimes are on the rise in the Sunshine State.

According to a report released by the Florida Attorney General, hate crimes increased 22.3% in 2012, totalling 170 for the year. More than half of the crimes were motivated by race, but anti-gay attacks are the second most common type of hate crime, accounting for 28.8 percent.

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Online slurs still common, but becoming less acceptable

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Washington (AP) – Most young people say they aren’t very offended about the slurs and mean-spirited videos mocking overweight people or gays or blacks that they encounter on social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter.

“You can’t let those things get to you,” says 15-year-old Vito Calli, an immigrant from Argentina whose online friends tease him with jokes about Hispanics.

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Alleged rape victim opts out of investigation

By : Jamie Hyman
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Orlando police are still investigating the rape of a woman walking home from Revolution Nightclub as a possible hate crime, but the alleged victim has opted out of the investigation.

“The alleged victim in this case has indicated to detectives that she no longer wishes to pursue this matter or be involved in the investigation,” said Sergeant Jim Young. “However, based upon the initial allegations, detectives are keeping this case open pending any future information that may assist in the investigation.”

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Russian president Putin denies gay discrimination

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Valdia, Russia (AP) – President Vladimir Putin has denied gays face discrimination in Russia, saying that a new law that has drawn protests worldwide does not infringe on their rights.

Putin on Thursday insisted the law bans only “propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations among minors.” He argues that it is “no infringement on the rights of sexual minorities.”

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