Country music station refuses to air interview with Pete Buttigieg

Country music station refuses to air interview with Pete Buttigieg

Mayor Pete Buttigieg had sat down for an interview with the country music station (Paras Griffin/Getty) A Nashville country music host has revealed he was banned from airing an interview with gay Presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg.

Nash FM country host Blair Garner, whose show is syndicated to more than 150 Cumulus Media stations across the US, had interviewed Buttigieg after the gay Democrat directly reached out and offered to speak.

However, in a tweet on Friday, Garner said his employer had taken the decision to block it from airing. Pete Buttigieg interview blocked by country music station owner

Sharing a link to a recording, he said: “My interview with @PeteButtigieg. The only candidate who asked to be on my show. My employer decided I couldn’t air it – but I did get permission to post it on my personal Soundcloud.”

Speaking to Huffington Post , Garner said: “It is not, in any way shape or form, my intention for our show to become political, but because someone clearly saw the value of our listeners, I felt secure in affording him this opportunity.”

“I was very proud that a presidential candidate of any party valued our show to the degree that they would ask to be a guest.” Democratic presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg speaks during the AARP 2020 Presidential Candidate Forum in Council Bluffs. (Jeremy Hogan/Getty) He added: “Just to be clear, I would have also enthusiastically welcomed the opportunity to have any candidate, including President Trump, as a guest.

“It was simply that Mayor Pete showed up, and made the ask.”

Buttigieg’s team told the outlet it was “disappointed that Blair’s listeners won’t have the opportunity to hear” the interview, adding: “We’ve made it a point on this campaign to go outside the traditional political media bubble ― that’s why we reached out to Blair about an interview.” Cumulus Media blames ‘equal time’ rule

In a statement, Cumulus Media blamed the Federal Communications Commission’s equal time rule, which prohibits bias in favour of one candidate.

The company said: “Cumulus Nashville’s programming managers made the decision not to air Blair Garner’s pre-recorded interview with Mayor Pete Buttigieg because of the large number of political candidates currently in the race.”

The rule stipulates that candidates for office must be given “equivalent opportunity” for coverage, but many radio stations regularly broadcast interviews with candidates.

Ironically, in the interview uploaded online by Garner, Buttigieg speaks about why he wanted to reach out to the conservative country station’s audience. He said: “I think there are a lot of voters who just feel like maybe they haven’t heard much from my side of the aisle in a while.

“You know, I live in Indiana; it’s very similar. A lot of places where our message can resonate with folks of different political persuasions.

“A lot of people don’t really think in terms of party anyway, anymore. They’re more looking for the right kind of leadership and open to different types of ideas. But you’ve got to show up.”

Gay “Old Town Road” singer Lil Nas X previously spoke out about anti-LGBT stigma in country music, explaining: “Within the country and hip-hop communities, it’s not really accepting in either.”

US ‘death to gays’ preacher Steven Anderson banned from Australia

US ‘death to gays’ preacher Steven Anderson banned from Australia

Faithful Word Baptist Church pastor Steven Anderson US-based ‘death to gays’ preacher Steven Anderson has been banned from Australia, marking the 33rd country he is barred from entering.

The leader of Arizona’s fringe Faithful Word Baptist Church, who has called for the execution of gay people by stoning and openly celebrated the massacre at Orlando’s Pulse gay club, suffered another setback on his quest for a global expansion.

Anderson had planned on visiting Australia in November for a missionary trip to local baptist churches, but his visit was blocked by the country’s government.

In a YouTube video, he complained: “Basically, I’m banned from Australia. My ETA [visa] was denied by Australia. I’m not going to be permitted to enter the country.” Steven Anderson plans New Zealand trip after Australia ban

However, the preacher says he now intends to visit New Zealand instead, adding: “I’m planning on flying out to New Zealand this November, basically the same dates… so I’m just gonna shift it over to New Zealand.”

He added: “I’d love to do a soul-winning and preaching event in Christchurch and Auckland, New Zealand.

“I’m hoping that many of the people that would have heard me in Australia will just hop over the water and participate [there instead].” Controversial US pastor Steven Anderson reacts as he leaves the Botswana Department of immigration after being issued a deportation order by Botswana authorities, on September 20, 2016. (STR/AFP/Getty)

New Zealand has moved to clamp down on extremist hate speech in the wake of the suspected far-right terror attack in Christchurch, meaning the tally of countries Anderson is banned from may soon climb to 34. Anti-LGBT preacher banned from 33 countries

The preacher has previously been banned from entering Canada, Botswana , Jamaica , South Africa , Ireland and the United Kingdom .

At the request of The Netherlands, he was also handed an exclusion from the Schengen area, the common European travel area consisting of 26 countries.

Anderson has more than 100,000 subscribers on YouTube, where he evangelises his anti-LGBT beliefs to a diehard following.

In June, Anderson attended a ‘Make America Straight Again’ conference in Orlando, Florida, on the anniversary of the Pulse massacre.

Confronting protesters outside the event, he shouted: “I wish that every homo would die,” and “Get AIDS and die.”

Speaking at the conference, Anderson said: “This should be obvious to every rational person, it doesn’t matter what angle we look at this from, homos are paedophiles.”

Bella Thorne reveals she’s ‘actually pansexual’

Bella Thorne reveals she’s ‘actually pansexual’

Bella Thorne has come out as pansexual (Photo by Jim Spellman/Getty Images) Bella Thorne has come out as pansexual.

Opening about her sexuality during an appearance on Good Morning America , the former Disney Channel singer-actor – who previously described herself as bisexual – said that she discovered she’s “actually a pansexual” after someone explained to her “really thoroughly what that is.”

“I didn’t know that,” Thorne noted. “You like beings. You like what you like.

“Doesn’t have to be a girl or a guy, or a he or she, or they or this or that. It’s literally you like personality. You just like a being.” “[It] doesn’t really matter what’s going on,” the 21-year-old added. “If I just like it, I like it!”

Bisexuality and pansexuality are often used interchangeably within the LGBT+ community but typically, it’s assumed the latter is slightly more inclusive as those who identify with it tend to adopt a “hearts not parts” mentality. In its most basic terms, being bisexual means that someone is attracted to more than one gender. Bella Thorne says coming out negatively affected her acting career

Thorne initially came out as bisexual in August 2016, when a fan asked her whether she identified that way on Twitter after photographs of her kissing Bella Pendergast emerged online.

“Yes,” the 21-year-old candidly replied, quote-tweeting the question to appear on her profile.

In January 2019, she told Gay Times magazine that coming out took a toll on her acting career, revealing that she’d lost roles since being open about who she is.

There were a few places on the acting side that were very negative about it,” said the Famous in Love star . “There was someone who, right after I came out, cancelled my audition. Bella Thorne opened up about the challenges she faced for being bisexual (Gay Times) “It’s not like anybody comes up to you and says, ‘Well, you’re gay so I’m not going to hire you.’ I haven’t had that. But you can just tell by the way that people act differently around you, the way they treat you differently, the way that they look at you or the way that they tiptoe around certain subjects because they’re walking on eggshells.

“In this business, that behaviour makes it all very obvious.”

Thorne is currently dating Italian pop star Benjamin Mascolo, having ended an open relationship with YouTuber Tana Mongeau and rapper Mod Sun earlier this year.

Thorne was on Good Morning America to promote hew new book The Life of a Wannabe Mogul: Mental Disarray .

LGBT activist Yelena Grigoryeva ‘murdered in St Petersburg’

LGBT activist Yelena Grigoryeva ‘murdered in St Petersburg’

Yelena Grigoryeva was a well-known LGBT activist. (Dinar idrisovis/Facebook) LGBT+ campaigners in Russia have said that a woman found murdered in St Petersburg was well-known activist Yelena Grigoryeva.

Authorities said a 41-year-old woman was found dead with multiple stab wounds in the city on Sunday, but did not name her.

Now campaigners and local media have named the victim, saying she had received numerous death threats for vocalising her support for LGBT+ rights in Russia and for demanding the release of political prisoners in Ukraine.

“An activist of democratic, anti-war and LGBT movements Yelena Grigoryeva was brutally murdered near her house,” opposition campaigner Dinar Idrisov wrote on Facebook.

According to Idrisov and the Russian LGBT Network , Grigoryeva had received multiple death threats both on and offline but authorities displayed “no noticeable reaction” to her reports.

St Petersburg news site Fontanka said a suspect was arrested after Grigoryeva was found with stab wounds to her back and face. The report also said she appeared to have been strangled.

The Guardian reports that acquaintances of Grigoryeva said her name was on a list of LGBT+ activists published by a Russian website that called on people to take vigilante action against them. The Russian website encouraged users to hunt and torture gay people in a “game” based on the Saw movies.

Russia’s internet watchdog banned the website last week .

The site was designed to help users to hunt and torture Russian gay people and was taken down by authorities after more than a year online.

The “game” was based on the Saw horror movie franchise , and encouraged users to upload the details of LGBT+ people, including photos and addresses, for others to find and attack.

The name of the operation was “Chechnya’s comeback,” a reference to the gay “purge” in Chechnya which saw at least 200 gay people held in secret prisons throughout the region in the summer of 2017 and at least 26 killed.

The website charged fees for users to get access to the information to “play the game,” and extorted those whose details were online, charging them fees to have their information removed.

According to the Russian LGBT Network : “A homophobic group began to operate in Russia, organising the hunt for homosexual, bisexual and transgender people, in the spring of 2018.”

Although the website has now been taken down, its creators have not been identified.

Texas governor Greg Abbott signs bill banning discrimination against homophobes

Texas governor Greg Abbott signs bill banning discrimination against homophobes

Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed the ‘Save Chick-fil-A’ bill (Spencer Platt/Getty) The Governor of Texas Greg Abbott has signed a bill to ban discrimination against businesses with anti-LGBT views, after Chick-fil-A faced boycotts over donations to anti-LGBT causes.

Abbott staged a public signing ceremony on Thursday (July 18) for the so-called Save Chick-fil-A bill, which bars the government entities from taking “any adverse action” that is based “wholly or partly on a person’s belief or action in accordance with the person’s sincerely held religious belief or moral conviction, including beliefs or convictions regarding marriage.” Texas governor Greg Abbott claims discrimination is ‘not tolerated’ in Texas

Speaking at the signing ceremony, the Republican governor said: “Discrimination is not tolerated in Texas.

“No business should be discriminated against simply because its owners donate to a church, the Salvation Army, or other religious organisation,

“No business should lose a government contract because of their religious beliefs. The save Chick-fil-A legislation that I’m about to sign is a victory for religious freedom in Texas.” Texas Governor Greg Abbott at the state capital on May 24, 2018 in Austin, Texas. (Drew Anthony Smith/Getty) Despite Abbott’s claim that “discrimination is not tolerated in Texas,” Republicans in the state have repeatedly blocked efforts to pass basic laws outlawing discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

By contrast, the Save Chick-fil-A bill was rushed through the Republican-controlled Texas legislature just months after a Chick-fil-A restaurant was blocked from opening at San Antonio International Airport over the chain’s links to anti-LGBT groups.

The broadly-written law seeks to strip state and local government powers to “withhold, reduce, exclude, terminate, or otherwise deny any grant, contract, license, registration, accreditation [or] employment” and to “withhold, reduce, exclude, terminate, or otherwise deny access to a property, educational institution, speech forum, or charitable fund-raising campaign” over religious anti-LGBT views. Chick-fil-A’s anti-LGBT history

In 2012, it emerged that Chick-fil-A had donated millions of dollars to anti-gay groups, including the Family Research Council, ‘gay cure’ group Exodus International and Focus on the Family.

CEO Dan Cathy later confirmed the company was opposed to marriage equality and “guilty as charged” for backing “the biblical definition of a family.”

Cathy told Baptist Press at the time: “We are very much supportive of the family – the biblical definition of the family unit. We are a family-owned business, a family-led business, and we are married to our first wives. We give God thanks for that.”

The company later claimed it would “leave the policy debate over same-sex marriage to the government and political arena,” however its donations to anti-LGBT causes have persisted.

LGBT+ activists have sustained a years-long boycott of the company .

In May, the Trump administration ordered a federal probe into decisions to bar Chick-fil-A from opening at two airports, in an apparent concession to the evangelical lobby.

3 Mumpreneurs On The Reality Of Starting A Business With Kids: ‘Tiredness Is My Norm’

3 Mumpreneurs On The Reality Of Starting A Business With Kids: 'Tiredness Is My Norm'

Mykyta Dolmatov via Getty Images What do you think when you hear the word ‘mumpreneur’? A successful, ambitious, career-driven woman who enviously combines raising kids with running her own business – and takes it all in her stride?

On paper, these women seem to have it all. “I made one million pounds on maternity leave by starting my own business!” the headlines promise, profiling a woman who can transform from being Suzy the homemaker to Suzy the CEO in seconds. But is this a true reflection of a mumpreneur – or an unrealistic goal that’s increasingly hard to aspire to?

We wanted to find out, so HuffPost UK spoke to three mothers who candidly explained why they decided to leave the security of a paid job and start their own business, all while juggling a young family .

These decisions changed their lives in ways they didn’t expect. Shaheen Mahtabuddin, 38, from East London is mum to Chase, seven, Jonah-Tate, four, and Grey, 15 months. She is the owner of French Tip , a nail salon in Loughton, Essex, which opened six months ago. I’d always dreamed of starting my own business, and when I became a mum I decided to go for it – I was a nail technician and the dream was to have my own salon. I saw it as a way to give my kids financial security in the future.

Two years before I took the leap, I was saving and working full-time. While pregnant with my third daughter, Grey, I took redundancy so had money from that, too. At that time it felt like it was the best option for me. Childcare was getting increasingly expensive – and I reasoned that putting a third child in daycare would’ve been too much of a struggle financially. Supplied I knew it was a massive risk giving up my corporate job, but I figured if it didn’t work out, I’d cut my losses and go back to a 9-5. I chose an area that would be easily accessible for me to do the school run, and also where it was common knowledge that women take their beauty treatments seriously. And I went for it.

Since taking the plunge, my daily routine has changed drastically. We drop my oldest off to school and my other two kids come with me to the salon. My clients are understanding and used to seeing the kids in the shop, which I’ve made child-friendly. I’m there full-time, six to seven days a week, sometimes not leaving until after 7pm.

The evenings are when family life kicks in: I cook dinner, settle the kids, and do prep for school the next day. I often don’t get into bed until after midnight. “The biggest change I’ve noticed is I have virtually no time for myself.” The biggest change I’ve noticed is I have virtually no time for myself. I don’t have time to go to the gym; I’m either in salon owner or mum mode. And strangely, even though I made the decision to do this to spend more time with the children, I often get serious mum guilt. Yes, my youngest two are with me daily, but I spend very little quality time with them because I’m there, but I’m not present. I remind myself this difficulty is short-term and once the business is established, it’ll get a lot easier.

My oldest son remembers when I used to work 9-5 and asked me why I left my work to do this as “I’m always busy”. It’s heartbreaking, because he’s too young to understand that I’m doing this for their future. I’m doing this all for my babies. I’m the main bread winner in my family so I’m determined to make this work.

To be honest, because my business is so new I’m seeing little rewards on a financial level. But it’s great I don’t have to send my children to nursery full-time and I do love being my own boss. I know the rewards will come in time. ‘I Have To Be Focused And Use My Time Wisely.’

Kristina Bordas, 39, from Kent is mum to Ariana, three, and Emerson, six months. She is the co-founder of Swave , a personal finance app, two years ago. Before my kids came along, I had my own business and absolutely loved it. After a few years I chose to return to work – working in investment management in banks. But I promised myself that I’d return to starting another business if the opportunity every came up again. Thankfully it did and I jumped at the chance.

With my first business, I had a tight support network because we were living in London – I could continue to work and attend appointments while someone looked after my daughter. But we moved to Kent, so things were slightly different the second time round. Supplied Before my son, Emerson, arrived, we built up our business – Swave – really slowly –I was doing most of the work myself. Now with two small children, that extra time is simply not there. Before there were no opportunity costs; if I had an idea, I could mock it up and, in theory, “waste” a whole week on brainstorming, on an idea that could potentially go nowhere.

I don’t have that luxury now. I have to be more focused and use my time wisely, otherwise it will start to encroach on both the business and the family.

It’s tricky, navigating work and family life. What I’ve noticed now is that I only really work when the baby is napping. I have very little time for anything else. But the business is new, and I know this is going to be the hardest time in terms of juggling a family and business. It should get easier once the children get bigger.

I know Ariana, my daughter, enjoys seeing me around and being there to pick her up from nursery, as well as coming to her dance classes with her.

Sometimes I miss the structure of a 9-5. I miss how your work life and family life are two separate entities. When you work from home it tends to a merge and the two worlds inter lap. You never actually switch off from being a boss or a mum.

But there are the positives. Having my own business has given me more financial security and over the course of the working week more time to spend with my family. ‘When My Kids Come In From School, The Laptop Goes Off.’

Kiera Walcott, 22, from Letchworth, Hertfordshire, is mum to Brayden, five, and Elianna, three. She is the founder of Kandor Cosmetics , whic she launched two years ago. At school, I had severe acne and developed virtiligo. It affected my self-confidence and I ended up leaving school at 15 with no qualifications. I fell pregnant at 16, then moved to Brighton to live with my boyfriend.

During that time I was experimenting with makeup to cover my acne and virtiligo, and started posting before and after pictures on Facebook. I was doing it for myself, but there was a lot of interest in the images. It sparked a business idea to create my own cosmetics range: vegan and cruelty-free makeup that would cover vitiligo and other facial conditions. Supplied I did some research into starting your own business and applied for a Prince’s Trust Business course. After four weeks, I pitched to the trust for a £4,000 loan to help start my own business – and I was successful.

By this time I was 18 with a child under two and, just as I was about to launch, I find out I was pregnant again. I took a six-month break, had my daughter and continued with my business plan shortly after, launching my brand in 2017. I was 19 and a mum of two children under five. “When it launched, two years ago, I really didn’t know where it was going to go.” When the business launched, two years ago, I really didn’t know where it was going to go. It was a scary time juggling it with motherhood – and still can be now. The biggest downside? I don’t have a lot of “me time” – I have long days, my stress levels are high and tiredness has become my norm.

But I see it like this: if I was working a 9-5 for an employer and I wanted time off to spend time with my kids, I would have to ask for it. Now, I plan my work around term times to make sure I’m with them. I love being my own boss and the freedom that working from home gives me.

My extended family have been very supportive – especially if I need to go somewhere work-related. When my kids come in from school or nursery, the laptop goes off and I get to spend a lot of time with them.

I started a business with a small family because I felt I had nothing to lose. And, for a business that has only been running for two years, I can proudly say I’m getting positive results at a steady pace. It’s a great feeling providing for my family doing something I really enjoy – and also helping other people.

My Blind Date Took Me To A Sex Club. Here’s What Happened.

My Blind Date Took Me To A Sex Club. Here's What Happened.

The hypnotic techno music surrounded me with the acoustic thump of a porno flick. Naked from the waist up, I looked at my date ― clad in a towel from the waist down. Then, flush with anticipation and a little fear, I put my hand in his, and together we stepped into an exclusive sex club for couples in New York City.

I was a 31-year-old perks-rich, cash-poor woman’s magazine editor, who penned a column as the “Dating Diva.”

None of my readers would have believed what I was doing. My motto had always been safety first — I avoided travel to exotic locales, worried about drowning while jumping in the ocean waves, avoided eating raw fish and got nauseous on roller-coaster rides.

While I was cautious physically, I was reckless in relationships. Like a dog whistle, I attracted emotionally unavailable guys ― the man with bipolar disorder who collected antique nunchucks and had a parrot with an anger problem, the ex-Hollywood producer who wanted me to transform my physical appearance to his blond-haired, blue-eyed ideal, or the karaoke-loving, starving musician who lived in Colorado (and briefly in his car in Mexico).

It gave me an almost physical rush to fix or support these men to make them my perfect partner. Despite my best efforts, these relationships never worked out, leaving me broken-hearted.

So, when Lana, a woman I worked with, suggested I go out with Jim, a respected cardiologist who lived in a New York City penthouse, I started fantasizing that soon our hearts would beat as one.

Physically he was my type: tall, lean, nerdy, with glasses, although he was a bit too quiet for my taste. Over butternut squash soup and lobster tails during a double date with Lana and her boyfriend, Jim revealed that he was close with his mother and was amused that I taught courses on “Power Dating.” The wine flowed, our eye contact was strong and by the time the men paid the bill, I wanted to know him on a more intimate level.

I was thinking wine nightcap or dance club.

He had other plans.

I agreed to join Jim, Lana and her boyfriend, Ryan, at an after-hours club for more drinks and found ourselves in a cab heading downtown.

The taxi stopped at a tall, gray, office-like building, and we took an elevator straight to the penthouse. The guys paid cash to the bouncer at the door, and we were in.

I saw two signs. One said “Men only allowed with women” and another said “No touching without permission.”

“Um, what kind of club is this?” I asked.

“Don’t worry, you don’t have to do anything you don’t want to do,” Jim said gamely as if he were a chivalrous knight of yore.

I felt blindsided by my blind date, who was apparently motivated by his groin more than his heart. I worried about what we’d do ― what he’d want me to do. But his smile glowed brighter than the neon lights of the room, and it was a public place. I figured I’d make a quick exit if anything went wrong. As I got psychologically ready for an adventurous evening I’d never counted on, I decided to also check my caution at the door.

Everyone got a locker to store their clothes in.

“Wait, I have to take off my clothes, too?” I asked Lana.

“It’s OK. We can leave our underwear on,” she said. “It’s like going to a topless beach. You’ve done that, I assume?”

In the face of her cool, I could only play along.

“Of course,” I said, pulling my dress over my shoulders.

Lana took off her dress and bra, leaving her thong on, and I followed suit. It’s just like going to a topless beach , I repeated to myself.

Then Jim entered the room. He had stripped off all his clothes, and I saw his toned legs, tanned chest and muscular arms. He had slung a small white towel around his pelvis.

As he took in my half-nude body, still in high heels, I noted with pleasure the admiration ― and lust ― reflected in his gaze.

He held out his hand and, taking a deep, shaky breath, I gave him mine. It was an adventure , I kept repeating to myself. It’s good to expand your boundaries. He smiled at me, and appeared so comfortable that I wondered how often he’d been there before, and with whom?

Lana took Ryan, her boyfriend, into another room and I was left alone with my date.

“Whatever happens, don’t let go of my hand,” I cautioned him.

“Don’t worry, you’re with me,” he said.

Holding on to his hand tightly, we walked into a lounge area stocked with free condoms. Most of the people milling around were in fairly good shape, though I didn’t notice any bodybuilders. I also saw a deserted buffet table, laid with fruit, veggies and slices of ham. I wasn’t hungry for sex-club crudité, and apparently nobody else was either.

Pausing at the entrance to one of the private rooms, Jim took my face in his hands and kissed me deeply, his tongue exploring my mouth with a fierce passion.

I closed my eyes, as the sounds of sweaty flesh slapping into flesh on the huge water bed nearby and the participant’s orgasmic groans laid the soundtrack to our make-out session. I tried to stay in the moment as we kissed. As he tried to maneuver me to a settee, my wine buzz started to dissipate, and I was petrified I would sit or lie down on someone else’s bodily fluids.

“Do you want to stand and watch people fucking?” he asked in a conversational tone, like he was asking me if I wanted to watch TV. I nodded, mesmerized by the scenarios surrounding us.

We watched six couples cavorting on a huge water bed in one room, while neon lighting illuminated patches of the graphic action. In another room, a strangely silent group was playing a party trick game of naked Twister. Jim let go of my hands and his fingers probed me while we watched.

Though the action was explicitly sexual, I didn’t find it sexy. It seemed so mechanical and impersonal, like a male porn fantasy. I personally prefer my sex with dialogue, eye contact and a bit of teasing. This just felt surreal.

I startled, as a large, hairy hand cupped my butt. I felt a man’s heavy breath near my ear. “No,” I yelled, throwing my body toward Jim at the crude intrusion. “Stop. I don’t want to be touched.”

“Dude, didn’t you read the sign. Back off, she’s with me,” Jim said, casually slapping the guy’s hand away.

Shocked out of my reverie, I’d had enough.

“Jim, I’m ready to go,” I said.

“Sure, let’s get out of here. We can go back to my place.”

In the cab, I was dying to talk about my experience. “That jerk should have been kicked out for breaking the rules.”

I tried again.

“The people having sex seemed so detached.”

Though he was a man of too-few words, we jumped each other when we got back to his place, both of us fueled by fantasies.

The next morning, over breakfast, I was proud of myself for stretching my limits ― but I didn’t find Jim particularly interesting or exciting away from the steamy incubator of the sex club.

Eventually, I realized that I had got it all wrong: While I had taken the safe road physically and had led a somewhat pedestrian life, I’d been finding adventure in the roller-coaster ride of putting energy into men who couldn’t possibly fulfill me.

I vowed to build more adventure into my life, not my love life, and to learn my own value, apart from being with a man.

So I focused on accruing sensory experiences. Over the next few years, I took belly dancing lessons, smoked “flavored tobacco” in a hookah bar in Amsterdam, was hoisted up on a float and threw beads to the crowds during Mardi Gras in New Orleans, and learned how to do healing energy bodywork from a Tibetan monk. I tried my hand at whitewater rafting and found I loved the feeling of being in control of the boat, as I rode the waves, the taste of river water on my lips, the wind lashing at my hair.I learned how to meditate and found a good therapist. As I became more confident, I started attracting men who weren’t afraid of intimacy.When I met my husband, a South African export with spiky blond-streaked hair and a shark tooth necklace, for the first time, someone joined me in my experimentation. He helped get me over my fear of eating raw fish and challenged me to do things like go on safari in Africa, go Jet-Skiing in the ocean and ride on an ostrich.He was as much a communicator as a co-conspirator. When I told him I had gone to a sex club on a blind date, he was curious but didn’t judge me. When I told him I was the “Dating Diva,” he asked to see my column. And when I admitted that I had always struggled with boundaries and intimacy with men, he had the perfect response.We’ve dealt with infertility, medical scares, family upheavals, lots of arguments (which we always resolve) and raising a very active 9-year-old daughter during our 13 years of marriage. I don’t have to change myself, or him, to prove our love.And although no sex club visits are on our horizon, maybe when our daughter is in sleep-away camp this summer, we’ll go to a bar and pretend not to know each other. Or maybe we’ll just stay at home, have a quiet dinner and surf through Netflix. Have a compelling personal story you want to tell? Find out what we’re looking for here , and pitch us on ukpersonal@huffpost.com I’m Trans, Autistic, And More Common Than You’d Think I Lost My Sight At 23. This Is What It Did To My Mental Health.

Gay & Lesbian Outrageous Ridiculous & Ignorant Comments Awards seeks nominations

Gay & Lesbian Outrageous Ridiculous & Ignorant Comments Awards seeks nominations

Margaret Court was awarded the top GLORIAs prize last year (Photo: Twitter) Australia’s Gay & Lesbian Outrageous, Ridiculous and Ignorant Comments Awards (GLORIAs) is seeking nominations for this years prize.

The GLORIAs highlight outrageous, ignorant and ridiculous comments made about LGBTI citizens.

Organizers are seeking nominations in the categories media, religion, anonymous idiots, politics and sport.

There’s also an award for the silliest comment by a member of the LGBTI community. And, a Good GLORIA for a comment that benefited the community.

The awards, founded by New South Wales politician Penny Sharpe, are now celebrating their 10th year. The ceremony raises funds for charity.

Nominations are open here . Who won awards last year?

Last year, GLORIA awarded tennis player Margaret Court the top prize.

Court described homosexuality as a ‘lust for the flesh’ and said ‘LGBT tendencies in young people’ were ‘all the devil’.

She also said: ‘That’s what Hitler did. That’s what communism did – get in the minds of the children… They’re after our young ones, that’s what they’re after’.

Court clashed with the most important person in the global fashion industry, Anna Wintour over her homophobic comments earlier this year.

‘Intolerance has no place in tennis,’ Wintour said, in reference to calls to rename the Margaret Court Arena in Melbourne.

Court, with 24 Grand Slam titles to her name, said in response: ‘The saddest thing is someone coming from America and telling us in this nation what to do.’

Homophobic blogger Marijke Rancie who runs ‘ Political Posting Mumma’, also won one of the awards last year.

In June, Rancie apologized to an LGBT youth leader. Youth leader Adele Moleta, also known as Delsi Cat, sued her for defamation over a Facebook post.

In December 2017, Rancie wrote ,Moleta ‘is a sick and twisted person who organises events for high school-aged children at which she engages in and condones sexually suggestive conduct while nude or semi-nude’.

Oliver Stone calls Russia’s anti-gay propaganda law ‘sensible’

Oliver Stone calls Russia's anti-gay propaganda law 'sensible'

Oliver Stone and Vladimir Putin | Photos: Wiki Oliver Stone has asked Russian president Vladimir Putin to be his daughter’s godfather and expressed support for Russia’s anti-gay propaganda law in a newly-released interview.

The Hollywood heavyweight made the comment in a sit-down interview with Putin in Moscow conducted last month.

A transcript of the conversation was released on the Kremlin website this week. It took place on 19 June.

Stone, who is also known for directing the movie Alexander, told Putin: ‘[So] much of the argument, so much of the thinking, so much of the newspaper, television commentaries about gender, people identify themselves, and social media, this and that, I’m male, I’m female, I’m transgender, I’m cisgender…’ ‘It seems like maybe that’s a sensible law’

The pair then go on to discuss the Russian law in question.

Oliver Stone: ‘ Years ago when we were talking about homosexuality, you said that in Russia we don’t propagate it.’

Vladimir Putin: ‘ Not exactly. We have a law banning propaganda among minors.’

Oliver Stone: ‘ Yes, that’s the one I’m talking about. It seems like maybe that’s a sensible law.’

Vladimir Putin: ‘ It is aimed at allowing people to reach maturity and then decide who they are and how they want to live. There are no restrictions at all after this.’

Russia’s anti-gay propaganda law, which criminalizes ‘propaganda of non-traditional relationships to minors’, was put into place in 2013. ‘How many children are you godfather to?’

Conversation then turned to Stone’s daughter.

Oliver Stone: Well, how many children are you godfather to?

Vladimir Putin: I will not give a number but several people.

Oliver Stone: Wow. Is it like a hundred or three hundred?

Vladimir Putin: No, no, are you serious? Certainly not. Just a few.

Oliver Stone: Otherwise I would ask you to be the godfather for my daughter.

Vladimir Putin: Does she want to become an Orthodox Christian?

Oliver Stone: Ok, we’ll make her that.

Stone’s other movies include Platoon, JFK, Wall Street and Blue Steel. He co-wrote the screenplay for the hit musical Evita, from 1996, which starred Madonna.

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Public university provides exclusive housing for women, black, LGBT students

Public university provides exclusive housing for women, black, LGBT students

Study-heavy floor also available

A public university in Las Vegas provides eight specialized housing halls, specifically tailoring them to fit the needs of students with numerous backgrounds or lifestyles, including nutritious students, study-intensive students and LGBT students. One floor is intended for black students.

The University of Nevada, Las Vegas’s various specialized residence centers have been around for a number of years. The housing options are reportedly popular among students.

Howell Town

Howell Town is the residence floor intended for black students. The hall is named for John Howell, who was the first African-American in Clark County to own land.

According to the university’s news center, Howell Town developed as the university hosted two retreats for black students in Nov. 2017 and March 2018.

“It became clear that there was both a desire and a need for dedicated spaces to explore identity in meaningful ways,” Orlando White, the campus’s assistant director of residential life, told the university news center.

“Howell Town offers strength through celebrating and exploring diversity rather than just having diversity or the presence of difference. These resources and the connection between them are critical components to student success.”

The university said that in its first semester, “Howell Town attracted 30 residents, mostly upper class and transfer students.”

Stonewall Suites

Stonewall Suites is the university residence hall that houses LGBT students.

“Stonewall gets its name from the 1969 Stonewall riots following a police raid on the Stonewall Inn in Greenwich Village, one of the few bars in New York that welcomed the gay community. The riots were a flashpoint in the fight for LGBTQ rights,” according to the university.

Unlike other dorms, Stonewall permits both men and women to live together on the floor. In a traditional residence hall at the school, students would need to sign a formal agreement for “gender-inclusive” living.

The hall developed after resident assistant Sawyer Spackman heard other universities had LGBT floors and pitched the idea to the residential life coordinator. The proposal was met with enthusiasm from the university and approved in six weeks.

The 35 housing slots for Stonewall filled up quickly, with students needing to be added to a waiting list.

“It means the university cares about [LGBTQ students]. We claim rightfully we’re the second-most diverse school in the nation, but what are we doing about that? We’re not just daring, diverse, and different because we want to be,” Andrew Lignelli, the residential life coordinator.

“We’re reaching out to students who are underrepresented, giving them opportunities to feel included in the on-campus environment.”

The College Fix reached out to the university’s residential housing department and to Tom Sedgwick, assistant director of residential life, to ask about plans for future specialized housing, special residential activities for students, and if students can live on specialized floors without identifying with the theme of those floors. The Fix also asked if the school offers male-only options, given that it offers a female-only floor to students.

Both the residential housing department and Sedgwick forwarded The Fix’s inquiries to media relations. That department did not respond to The Fix’s questions.

All-Women

The school also provides female-only housing “available to any student who chooses to live in a women-only living environment.”

The female-only housing is located in the Tonopah housing community , whose amenities include premium cable television, wireless internet and a game area.

It is unclear if those living quarters permit “transgender women” to live on the floor. The school says with regard to transgender students that it will “make room assignments based on how the student identifies his/her gender at the time of application.”

Healthy Living

Though the school was unwilling to discuss its specialized housing, the university’s website offers some information about the additional housing options.

The Healthy Living floor “is a community of students from freshmen to seniors who share a common interest in nutrition and overall health and wellness.”

Healthy Living Hall partners with Campus Recreational Services to provide students on this floor with different wellness activities to support a healthy lifestyle. Social groups, events and leadership programs are also hosted for students in this hall.

Study Intensive

Study Intensive Hall is for students who are truly at college to learn.

“Although study-intensive floors remain lively and fun places to live, residents who select these floors generally place a greater focus on their academics,” according to the university website .

Students living in this hall have more quiet hours than the average dorm. These facilities also observe a 24-hour “courtesy hour” rule; during “courtesy hours,” dorm residents are “expected to maintain a level of quiet such that they are not disrupting others,” according to university policy.”

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