Monday, August 21, 2017

Gay Couple Shamed For Attempting To Share Dessert

(image via flickr)

Upscale restaurant The Prime Rib in Washington D.C. prides itself as one of the top-five romantic restaurants in America.

But when Ron Gage, 55, and his partner, Henry McKinnon, 58, ordered one sundae with two spoons to close out their evening, the romantic atmosphere quickly died as their waiter told them two men eating from the same dish "doesn't go with the ambiance of the restaurant."

From the Washington Post:

“When it came time for dessert, we asked for one sundae with two spoons,” Gage said. Their server “said he would bring it in two separate dishes. He said ‘It wouldn’t look right with two gentlemen eating out of the same sundae. It doesn’t go with the ambiance of the restaurant.’ ”

The pair didn’t know how to react.

“We were speechless, we nodded,” Gage said. “We weren’t expecting it.”

Stunned, they kept their conversation with the server to a minimum for the rest of the meal, and tipped him 15 percent — they usually tip 20 — and left the restaurant without addressing it with a manager.

“I’m kind of embarrassed to say we didn’t say anything,” McKinnon said. “It just took us back to such a shameful place, in a way.”

But after they had slept on it, they were angry about the encounter and posted about it on Facebook and Yelp.

When contacted by The Washington Post, the Prime Rib’s general manager, James MacLeod, said he was still trying to piece together the situation and hadn’t had a chance to speak to the server in depth yet.

“The waiter in question is Bulgarian, and he does speak four different languages,” said MacLeod, noting that English is not the server’s first language. “I am not sure if he got confused as to what he was saying, or how he was saying it.”

While the manager says he plans to reach out to the couple, Gage and McKinnon say they doubt they'll return to the restaurant. “It was unbelievable how it made us feel,” McKinnon said.

Song Of The Day: Bonnie Tyler "Total Eclipse Of The Heart"

Happy Eclipse Day!

ABC News is reporting that Bonnie Tyler will perform her 80s mega-hit "Total Eclipse of the Heart" during the actual eclipse today alongside Joe Jonas' band DNCE as part Royal Caribbean's special "Total Eclipse Cruise."

Sales of her 1983 hit have soared 503% in the week leading up to today's eclipse.

News Round-Up: August 21, 2017

(via Instagram)

Some news items you may have missed:

• After Russian President Vladimir Putin shared a shirtless pic during his recent vacay in Siberia, a Russian social media entrepreneur challenged men to take the #PutinShirtlessChallenge (above).

• The president of Chile is set to formally introduce legislation to allow same-sex couples to marry. Chile would become the 25th country on the planet to make marriage equality the law of the land.

• After this year's Kennedy Center Honor recipients were announced this week, dancer/choreographer Carmen de Lavallade and television writer and producer Norman Lear told the press they would not be attending the annual White House reception before the event. In response, Donald Trump and Melania Trump issued a statement saying they would skip the Honors event this year.

• Producers of the upcoming Will & Grace reboot have snagged a big guest star: Former First Lady Michelle Obama.

• There's currently a GoFundMe campaign that aims to raise $1 billion to buy a controlling interest in Twitter, and then delete Donald Trump's account.

• The USA Men's Wrestling team (below) closed the books on "Champ Camp" and are heading to the World Championships.

University Of Texas Moves Confederate Statues From Main Campus To History Center

The University of Texas at Austin is moving all statues of Confederate leaders from campus grounds to the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History where they belong.

Via HuffPost:

The monuments “have become symbols of modern white supremacy and neo-Nazism,” the university’s president said.

The University of Texas at Austin joins the growing list of institutions and cities across the country removing statues that honor leaders of the Confederacy.

University president Gregory Fenves announced Sunday night that the school was taking down statues of Confederate Gens. Robert E. Lee and Albert Sidney Johnston, as well as Confederate Postmaster General John Reagan.

“Last week, the horrific displays of hatred at the University of Virginia and in Charlottesville shocked and saddened the nation. These events make it clear, now more than ever, that Confederate monuments have become symbols of modern white supremacy and neo-Nazism,” Fenves wrote in a letter to the UT community.

Fenves, in his letter, noted that the statues were “erected during the period of Jim Crow laws and segregation.” The statues “represent the subjugation of African Americans,” he said. “That remains true today for white supremacists who use them to symbolize hatred and bigotry.”

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Podcast: Texas "Bathroom Bill" Dies In Special Session; Kesha Dedicates "Rainbow" to LGBTs

In this week’s podcast:

• The special session of the Texas legislature closed this week without passing a proposed anti-transgender bathroom bill

• A Missouri lawmaker thinks there’s a difference between human beings and the gays

• Kesha penned an open letter to LGBTs explaining the title track to her new album, Rainbow

Those stories and more on this episode of The Randy Report

LGBT Teen Suicide Front & Center In Logic's Evocative Music Video "1-800-273-8255"

Dark societal pressures come down heavy on a gay teenager in the new video from Logic titled, "1-800-273-8255."

The title is the actual phone number of the National Suicide Prevention Hotline, where those in crisis can find confidential support.

The haunting short film tells the story of a gay teen (played by Coy Stewart) who is slowly coming to terms with his sexuality and his burgeoning relationship with another boy (Modern Family's Nolan Gould).

But the two boy's fathers (played by Don Cheadle and Matthew Modine) are not down with the gay thing, and life begins to spiral out of control.

Throughout the song, Alessia Cara and Khalid are featured offering positive counterpoint to the teen's turmoil.

The track appears on Logic's new album, Everybody, which debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top 200.

Watch the evocative video below.

Submitted Without Comment

A Terrifying Secret From The Life Of A Meth Addict

(photo via Mark King)

Award-winning health and HIV/AIDS journalist, Mark King shares a decade old secret from his days of meth addiction.

He is sitting across from me and we are naked. Seconds earlier, we had both injected ourselves with meth. The pounding rush of the drug is in full force and the possibilities feel endless. I’m looking forward to the sexual promises we had made to one another when we chatted online. Desperately. Now.

But even in my delirium, I have the feeling that something is off. I am blinking through watery eyes and have begun to focus on him. He is staring at me, his gaze fixed with an intense and completely unexpected contempt.

And there is a gun in his hand. A gun a gun a gun a gun.

“You’re not who you say you are,” he says, softly and suspiciously. He trembles from the impact of the meth. As he speaks, the gun the gun the gun is moving this way and that, pointed mostly in my direction.

I have no response. I don’t know what he is capable of, or if the gun is loaded, if he will pull the trigger, if this is a sadistic sex game. I met the man maybe an hour ago. I wonder if you can die of fright.

Read the full personal essay over at Queerty.

Mark is a recovering addict and is the author of the blog My Fabulous Disease. I highly recommend checking out more of his inspiring and powerful writing.

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