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

WATCH: Google marks Freddie Mercury’s b’day

Although Queen singer Freddie Mercury’s birthday was Monday, Google celebrates the late rocker today with this Google Doodle animated video of “Don’t Stop Me Now.” They held the video for today so that more people could catch it rather than possibly missing out because of the Labor Day holiday.

The famously bisexual singer would have been 65. He died in November 1991 from AIDS-related pneumonia.

The video can be found at, but since you’re already here …

—  Rich Lopez

Is Rick Perry gay? Is Mitt Romney Mormon?

The above “Web Seer” (click to enlarge) from Hint.FM allows us to view the top Google Suggest results for the search queries “Is Rick Perry” and “Is Mitt Romney.”

“Gay” is the top result for “Is Rick Perry,” and “Mormon” is the top result for “Is Mitt Romney.” Try it for yourself at if you don’t believe us.

Of course, we know the answer to the Romney question is yes. As for Perry, well, not even Google can tell us that.

h/t: TechPresident

—  John Wright

Starvoice • 05.06.11

By Jack Fertig

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Rick Santorum turns 53 on Tuesday. The former Republican senator from Pennsylvania was a vocal opponent to LGBT issues. However, sex columnist and gay advocate Dan Savage turned the tables on him by coining his last name as a sexual term — and not a good one. It ended up Google bombing the politician and tops the list when searching his name.



Mercury, Venus, Jupiter and Eris are aligned in Aries. Take care of yourself while remembering it’s not all about you. While the North Node is in Sagittarius trining this pile-up, philosophical discussions can help you get clear focus on needed lessons.


TAURUS Apr 20-May 20
Too much time alone is bad for your health. Some dark erotic adventure channels that energy toward your betterment and helps unlock self-destructive secrets so you are free of them.

GEMINI May 21-Jun 20
Host one hell of a party, but don’t set the house on fire. Map out the future with your partner. Your plans are extravagant, but your sweetheart will help you get a clear focus.

CANCER Jun 21-Jul 22
Focus more on work than your career. Quality and effectiveness speak better for you than aggressive self-promotion. Being noticed is inevitable. The question is: What will they see?

LEO Jul 23-Aug 22
The best arguments don’t depend on winning, but rather help you to understand broader perspectives. You can also learn a lot from the art, film and music of other cultures.

VIRGO Aug 23-Sep 22
Challenges at work aren’t severe as they seem. The lessons of childhood make a good starting point. Your partner, family and tribe can be more helpful than you expect.

LIBRA Sep 23-Oct 22
If there’s any doubt that your partner is on your side it is probably a problem in communications. Discuss your approaches to the tasks at hand. If it’s about love, solutions are in the bedroom.

SCORPIO Oct 23-Nov 21
Work problems build to a crisis that will make everything clearer, but there’s too much going on. It boils down to priorities. Tough choices could anger some friends; keep communications open.

Too many strategies are buzzing in your head. Rule No. 1: Be true to yourself. No. 2: Remember where you come from. Start there and you will succeed.

CAPRICORN Dec 21-Jan 19
Are you a storm tearing through or the eye of the hurricane? It’s easy to get sucked into the maelstrom thinking you can fix the problems. Find your inner peace and operate from there.

AQUARIUS Jan 20-Feb 18
Your tongue gets ahead of your brain. Reel it in, listen and think ahead before speaking. In all the babble that surrounds you, there are some brilliant ideas. Listen, discern and be inspired.

PISCES Feb 19-Mar 19
Know what you’re worth and what you can do. Both are probably a lot more than you realize. Focus and work; you will succeed! Having a plan helps, even if things never go as planned.

ARIES Mar 20-Apr 19
You’re filled with energy and charm to conquer most worlds. Even if world domination isn’t feasible, you’re clever enough to plot reasonable victories. New perspectives will help.

Jack Fertig can be reached at 415-864-8302 or

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition May 6, 2011.

—  Kevin Thomas

Body & Fitness: Gym Roundup

Below is a list of some of the larger gyms in the area that are popular within the community. Along with their contact information, we’ve included observations made while gathering our information for you. You’re welcome.

Club Dallas
Has been exclusively serving gay men for more than 30 years. They are open 24 hours.
2616 Swiss Ave.

LA Fitness
Has locations around the Metroplex. Their Oak Lawn facility is near Love Field.
4540 W. Mockingbird Lane

Diesel Fitness
Located on the third floor of the Centrum in what was once the area’s most popular gym.
3102 Oak Lawn Ave., Ste. 300

Gold’s Gym
Locations throughout the city with one location in Uptown. Not as popular as it once was since the chain’s owner made a major contribution to an anti-gay cause.
2425 McKinney Ave.

Trophy Fitness Club
Four locations in Dallas with one on Mockingbird Lane near Central Expressway and another in Uptown.
2812 Vine St., Ste. 300

They’re located on Oak Lawn but call it their Highland Park location, so we’re not sure who they’re trying to attract or distract from membership.
4023 Oak Lawn Ave.

24 Hour Fitness
When you Google the Downtown location, this quote pops up: “Beware there are lots of bisexuals and perverts that go there.” Might be a reason to try this location … or a reason to call their management to get it changed.
700 N. Harwood St.

— David Taffet

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition Feb. 18, 2011.

—  John Wright

Gay Valentine’s Day hookup hearts

If you do a Google Images search for “gay Valentine’s Day,” this is one of the top results. It was apparently created by Austin-based graphic designer Rene Flores of Jerkypants. Unfortunately we don’t know of any place that’s actually selling these hearts, but we couldn’t resist sharing.

—  John Wright

WATCH: Annise Parker on her 1st gay love

This is part of the “I’m From Driftwood” series by Nathan Manske, the gay Texas native who just completed a four-month, 50-state tour collecting stories for the project. Check out this Google map that shows you where those who’ve shared their stories are from. To submit your own story, go here.

—  John Wright

Random graph: A history of the culture wars

According to this graph based on Google Books, the culture war over gay rights reached its peak in the mid-to-late 1990s, and has been gradually waning ever since. In fact, as Beliefnet notes, all three of these wars peaked sometime during the 1990s, but while abortion and feminism have leveled off, homosexuality continues its descent.

—  John Wright