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|Was Nintendo Gay Couple Video Game a 'Bug'?||While I was excited to hear that Nintendo's new life simulation game allowed men to marry other men, it was a temporary glitch according to officials.
News circulated online after players discovered that Nintendo's popular new game Tomodachi Collection: New Life allowed men to date, marry and have children with other male players. The female characters, however, could not do the same. When the question was raised to Nintendo customer support, they were told it was a bug and would be fixed.
"One claims to have contacted Nintendo's customer support, which supposedly said this is a bug and that the game needs to be patched," NPR reports Brian Ashcraft of gaming blog Kotaku as writing.
Tomodachi Collection is a Japan-only release for Nintendo 3DS that is already a best-seller a month after release. An update was released on Monday that included several fixes that are said to include patching the same-sex couple option.
|Get Ready for a New Gay HBO Drama||Premium network HBO has given the green light to a new gay comedy drama, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
The series is unnamed as of now, but is the project of Lorimer executive producer Andrew Haigh. Bored to Death's Sarah Condon and Brothers and Sisters' David Marshall Grant will join Haigh in the credits.
Although the title isn't known, details have leaked that the show will be about three friends (Jonathan Groff, Frankie J. Alvarez and Murray Bartlett) in San Francisco determined to explore every inch of the queer capital. The comedy is set for an initial 8 episode run to premiere in 2014.
|Gay E-Zine, A First for Singapore||Homosexuality remains unwelcome in Singapore and most of South East Asia, but a new online magazine for gay men is testing the boundaries of a changing culture.
Today, sex between two men could cost each two years jail time in Singapore. The ban on homosexuality extends to media. Special licensing requirements must be met before approved media can be distributed. Knowing of its likelihood to fail as a print version, the publishers of a new magazine targeting gay men have launched apps for iPhone and Android. The digital distribution allows the team to circumvent existing restrictions.
The bi-monthly e-zine, Element, covers culture, fashion, entertainment, and fitness. Co-founder Noel Ng, 31, says he hopes Element will "restore the dignity and worth of every gay man" taken away by the poor treatment of gay Singaporeans.
Element will cost you $1.99 per issue or $9.99 for six issues. According to The Atlantic, 6,500 subscriptions have been sold since launch.
|Minnesota Gives Equal Access To Marriage||Minnesota became the 12th state, and the 3rd this month, to grant equal rights of marriage to gay and lesbian couples.
Gov. Mark Dayton signed the bill into law Monday soon after the majority Democrat Senate approved the measure 37-30. The law was approved by the House last week.
The gay rights victory comes less than a week after Delaware approved same sex marriage. Coupes there can marry as soon as July 1, but Minnesota hopefuls will have to wait an additional month to August.
Approved same sex marriage in Minnesota is a clear message that equality is the way of the future. Six months ago, state voters thwarted a proposed ban on gay marriage. "Voters in Minnesota brought anti-equality efforts to a screeching halt on Election Day, and today state leaders in St. Paul made it clear that all Minnesota families are equal in the eyes of the law," says Human Rights Campaign (HRC) president Chad Griffin.
|Charles Barkley: Everyone in the NBA has Played With a Gay Player||If you've played in the NBA, former player and commentator Charles Barkley says, you've played with a gay player. The comment may sound obvious to us gay folks, but the perception of professional sports is widely heterocentric.
In an interview on The Dan Patrick Show, former NBA great Barkley talked about his experiences with gay players in the locker room and Jason Collins's coming out. Dan Patrick broke the story about Collins on April 29th, making history for Collins and changing the face of professional sports.
Collins is the first active player to come out in professional sports. The response has been overwhelmingly positive inside and out of the pro sport community.
|Relatives Turn on Zambian Lovers, Couple Rearrested||Blood may be thicker than water, but homophobia is thicker than both. A Zambian couple is rearrested after relatives turn them into the police for being gay.
Two men from Kapiri Mposhi were detained for "having sex against the order of nature" after one of their relatives tipped off police. James Mwape, 20, and 21-year-old Philip Mubiana had been living together. Standwell Lungu, police chief in Zambia's central province, stated that it was a family member who had informed police.
The men were arrested and denied bail after being "caught in the act". Because of this police say more counts have been added to their charge. They are due in court today.
According to polls, majority of Zambia's population, 98 percent, oppose homosexuality. Zambia's president has expressed public opposition to gay rights and open displays of homosexuality. Zambia's youth and sports minister Chishimba Kambwili says the already stringent laws against homosexuality will be made more strict as time passes.
Zambia is one of 37 African nations that prohibit homosexuality.
|France Reveals Racist Underbelly in Fight Against Gay Marriage||Celebrations following France's legalization of gay marriage were quickly overrun by violent and anti-gay demonstrations that have this week expanded into messaging that uncovers racist sentiment in the nation.
An anti-gay poster has gone viral not only for its homophobic message, but a racist jab at France's Minister of Justice Christiane Taubira, who is black. The poster, designed by an anti-gay activist, depicts Taubira as a raging ape or King Kong figure towering over the people of France. The slogan read "manif monstre" which can mean 'giant demo'.
Euronews reports that 'defenders of the poster said it was supposed to be humoristic and ironic and that the monster refers to a 'monument of American cinema, the devastating [King Kong]' and the 'destruction' the bill will bring to the families." However, pro gay activists say the poster has propelled anti-gay protestors from "presumed homophobes to proven racists."
The owner of the original Twitter account where the picture was posted says it was a misunderstanding and that it had no racist intentions. The owner's apology did not extend to the homophobia.
On April 23 France became the 14th country in the world and ninth in Europe to legalize gay marriage.
|Delaware Couples Prepare To Marry As Soon As July||Following Gov. Jack Markell's signing of a gay marriage bill into law, Delaware same-sex couples prepare to tie the knot as early as July 1.
Markell signed the bill into law within minutes of its passing in the Senate Tuesday. "I do not intend to make any of you wait one moment longer," Markell told supporters as they rejoiced the Senates 12- 9 vote. The bill passed the Democratic-led House 23-18 two weeks earlier.
Gay and lesbian couples were already protected under Delaware's civil union laws with the same benefits and rights of marriage. The new bill is a symbolic measure that gives same-sex couples what Time reporter Randall Chase calls equal dignity and respect.
As of July 1, couples will be allowed to legally marry and all existing civil unions will be converted to marriage.
|Jason Collins Breaks The Habit, Comes Out||For Jason Collins, the last 33 years were ones of habit but great achievement as a celebrated professional athlete. This year, however, Collins has taken a new turn toward what he calls a more "genuine and authentic and truthful" life. Collins opened up this week and revealed his sexuality in an article for Sports Illustrated. He's the first active player in professional sports to publicly come out. Read more...|
|Is This The End of HIV?||Danish researchers say that lab tests have given 'promising' results that a cure for HIV is around the corner. Scientists at Aarhus University Hospital have begun human trials on what could be a major breakthrough in HIV research. If successful, people already infected could be cured but prevention will still remain a challenge. Read more...|