Google supports gays in Sochi … subtly

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For the non-LGBT-friendly, the opening page of Google today probably looks like a way to mark the opening of the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia: skiers, skaters, snowboarders in colorful boxes over the search engine’s name. But pay closer attention: There are six letters in Google, six boxes, and six colors — red, orange, yellow, green, blue purple. Those are the six colors in the gay rainbow (there are seven colors in the true spectrum, purple being divided into indigo and violet). What’s the significance of Google placing its Olympians amid the gay flag? It’s pretty obvious. Corporate America has finally caught on, with Anheuser-Busch pulling its people out of Russia as well.

Here’s hoping at least one ice skater does a routine set to Pussy Riot — heck, we’d even take Clay Aiken.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

Will Corbin Fisher’s Gay Porn Piracy Crackdown Inevitably Out Gay Teens?

Like movie studios and record companies before them, it's hard to fault companies like Lucas Entertainment and Corbin Fisher for trying to fight online piracy. Both companies have launched legal battles against Internet users trading their porn flicks on BitTorrent without paying for them. (Corbin Fisher went so far as to offer a two-week amnesty period where users could come forward and pay a one-time $ 1,000 fee and lose any risk of a lawsuit.) But with lawyers preparing to go fishing for the names belonging to tens of thousands of IP addresses, are these gay smut companies also about to out gay teens? And adults?

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—  David Taffet

The Dallas Police Department makes national news for its crackdown on a gay bathhouse

The Dallas Police Department has officially made national news for its raid 10 days ago of The Club Dallas, the gay bathhouse in Deep Ellum, which resulted in 11 arrests on charges including public lewdness and indecent exposure.

Towleroad, Queerty and Joe.My.God., which could easily be called “the big three” of national gay news blogs, have all posted items about the raid. Their posts are for the most part straightforward, but Joe Jervis at Joe.My.God. raises a good question: “Interesting that this took place weeks before an election, eh?”

Instant Tea has long heard that these types of vice operations tend to occur shortly before elections, but we’re still not quite sure why. Presumably the incumbents want to show that they’re tough on crime and extra-tough on sex-related offenses. But city elections aren’t until May. Do you mean to tell us that this raid was designed to help Gov. Rick Perry?

Here’s another good question to ask now that the story has made national news: Does publicity about the raid help or hurt Dallas? Discuss.

UPDATE: Not sure why it didn’t occur to us before, but of course the Dallas County district attorney is up for re-election in November. Is it at all possible that Craig Watkins was behind this raid?

—  John Wright