Homo Erectus: The Evolution of Us – Hey Starbucks: Unconscious Bias Training Doesn’t Work!

By : STEVE YACOVELLI
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Earlier this year, two African-American men were arrested at a Starbucks in Philadelphia—for reportedly doing nothing but waiting for a business colleague to arrive.

This incident—and how horribly it was handled—ignited demonstrations, shouts for boycotts and a whole heap of apologies from Kevin Johnson (Starbucks’ CEO) and other leaders within the coffee empire. In a video message, Johnson said, “What happened in the way that incident escalated, and the outcome, was nothing but reprehensible. I will fix this.”

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Starbucks holiday cup sparks social media buzz over lesbian hands theory

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Starbucks’ annual holiday cups are causing controversy once again, but this time the scandal involves two people holding hands.

The rest of the pair’s bodies aren’t shown on the cup, which features other holiday doodles like a Christmas tree and presents, leading some people to speculate they are the hands of a lesbian couple.

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Starbucks’ holiday campaign includes lesbian couple

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Starbucks is getting into the holiday spirit with an inclusive holiday campaign featuring a lesbian couple.

In the ad “Giving Good Starts with You,” a hand starts to illustrate doodles as the video reads “the holidays mean something different to everyone.”

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The Fitness Marshall looks to take over the world one cardio-filled dance video at a time

By : Jeremy Williams
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Caleb Marshall is your typical Mid-Western, gay millennial. He loves his boyfriend Cameron, he loves his Starbucks coffee and he loves him some Britney Spears. Marshall stands out in his sometimes overly criticized generation as the fun-loving, energetic and infectious online persona known as The Fitness Marshall.

Dressed in his is trademark camo pants and black tank top, Marshall uses his part Richard Simmons/part Energizer Bunny character of The Fitness Marshall to motivate his millions (that’s right, millions!) of online viewers to dance, have fun and get in shape.

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Malaysia, Indonesia Muslim groups call for Starbucks boycott

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JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) – Muslim groups in Malaysia and Indonesia have called for a boycott of Starbucks because of the coffee chain’s support for LGBT rights.

Malaysian group Perkasa, which supports a hard-line form of Islam and nationalism, this week called on its more than 500,000 members to stay away from Starbucks coffee shops. This week and last, leaders of Indonesia’s second largest mainstream Muslim group, Muhammadiyah, with an estimated 29 million members, denounced the chain.

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Lady Gaga releases rainbow drink line with Starbucks for charity

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL GAY MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Lady Gaga has teamed up with Starbucks to release a line of rainbow drinks that will raise funds for the singer’s Born This Way Foundation from June 13-19.

The “Cups of Kindness” campaign will donate 25 cents from each colorful drink sold at participating stores.

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Leslie Jordan to bring ‘Straight Outta Chattanooga’ to TIGLFF

By : Jeremy Williams
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Leslie Jordan is the small-in-size, grand-in-stature comedic actor whom you have seen in nearly everything on television since the ‘90s. From American Horror Story to his Emmy Award winning turn in Will & Grace, he’s the big mouth full of Southern charm.

Now on the road with his new one-man show Straight Outta Chattanooga, Jordan’s star is burning brighter than ever, and the belle of the ball is bringing that show to the Tampa Theatre for the Tampa Bay International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival Oct. 5.

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Words to Live by: Aging gracefully

By : Rick Claggett
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By the time this article publishes, I will be 41. I’ve never been the type to dwell on age, well, not my own age. “I won’t fight aging,” I told myself. I will age gracefully. No plastic surgery, no covering up gray hair. Of course I made these promises when I had no wrinkles and my hair was a solid dark brown. Now I stare in anguish at the wrinkles near my ear and do my best to hide the variety of “Just for Men” products in my bathroom.

But aging gracefully isn’t just about your appearance; It’s about your way of life.

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Starbucks raises gay flag above headquarters to honor Pride month

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Starbucks raised the gay flag above their Seattle headquarters in honor of National LGBT Pride month.

The flag will remain through the weekend as the city celebrates Seattle Pride.

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Transgender activist new face of Clean & Clear

By : Jeremy Williams
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Jazz Jennings, a 14-year-old transgender activist, has been named one of the faces of the “See The Real Me” campaign for Clean & Clear skincare products.

Clean & Clear, which is owned by Johnson & Johnson, said on their YouTube channel, “Although middle school was hard for Jazz, her experiences haven’t stopped her from wanting to show the world her true self.”

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Target publicly endorses same-sex marriage

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Target Corp. is adding its name to a legal defense of gay marriage, joining other large companies that have taken a stand on same-sex unions.

Target says it signed a court brief backing marriage equality in a pending case. Starbucks, Intel and Apple have publicly backed gay marriage advocates in court cases or ballot issues.

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Starbucks raises grande-sized flag over headquarters for Seattle Pride

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In honor of the 40th anniversary of Seattle Pride, Starbucks raised an 800-foot Rainbow flag over their headquarters in Seattle.

Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz attended the June 23 raising of the flag. Officials from Seattle Pride were overjoyed to see the declaration of support.

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