Robert George’s Manhattan Declaration App Banned (Again) From iPhone

Despite NOM's best efforts to shame Apple, the tech giant has once again moved to block the Manhattan Declaration iPhone app, which was approved and then yanked last month. So the app's makers — led by the "country’s most influential conservative Christian thinker" Robert George, who launched the 4,700-word Christianity pledge last year to the squeals of James Dobson and Maggie Gallagher — re-submitted it. And were just shot down. Which means an entire class of technophiles will miss out on being told the correct answer to the question "Do you support same sex relationships?" So is this thing available on Android yet?

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Westboro Baptist Discovers Cool iPhone Camera Effects Just In Time For Elizabeth Edwards’ Funeral

OH SNAP — Having been granted a permit to protest outside Elizabeth Edwards' funeral today in Raleigh, the Westboro Baptist Church did just that. We spotted this TwitPic uploaded by Megan Phelps. Isn't it nice to see strong women supporting each other?

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2011 Dallas Voice Yellow Pages hits the streets

DV promotions manager Terry Thompson sent this over:

Who loves ya, baby? Here’s the list of DFW businesses that want your business. The 2011 edition of Dallas Voice Yellow Pages is fresh off the presses and at our newsstands now. Pick up a copy to see who wants to do business with you. Not only does it list GLBT-friendly businesses, it also features a Visitor’s Guide (great for when you have out-of-town guests), a Relocation Guide, Community Resources and a Calendar. It’s a great reference for everything from Plumbers to Gayborhood Guides to seating charts to show you where your seats are for venues throughout the Metroplex. It’s a great reference to have at home. Pick up your copy with this week’s Dallas Voice, at our newsstands. We’re in 50 different zip codes in 11 cities.

New this year: There’s an App for that! Load us up on your iPhone at http://itunes.apple.com/app/gayyellow/id366273341?mt=8

—  John Wright

Hate gay people? There’s an app for that

Pink News, Europe’s largest gay news service, reports that Apple has approved an anti-gay iPhone app:

The app is based on the Manhattan Declaration, a manifesto released in 2009 by Christian and Catholic leaders which rails against the “erosion” of marriage.

Apple has given the app a 4+ rating, meaning that it contains “no objectionable content.”

The app asks users whether they agree with four statements on abortion and same-sex marriage and those who answer that they are pro-choice and pro-gay marriage are told that they are incorrect.

It also has links to read and sign up to the full declaration, which says that gay relationships are “immoral” and that same-sex marriages are equivalent to sanctioning incest.

Change.org has launched a petition calling on Apple to remove the app from the iTunes store. To sign the petition, go here. View more screenshots of the app at Good As You.


—  John Wright

Lt. Dan Choi talks about Grindr, responds to criticism that his speaking fee is way too high

As you can see above, The Village Voice’s cover story this week is about Lt. Dan Choi. It’s a really interesting piece, and not just because it talks in detail about Choi’s use of the Grindr iPhone application. The story deserves a read in its entirety, but we wanted to point you to one particular section in which Choi responds to recent criticism on DallasVoice.com from Texas Tech activist Nonnie Ouch. We’ve put in a message to Ouch to get her response to Choi’s response, but we haven’t heard back, so for now here’s the excerpt from the VV story:

Others have criticized Choi for supposedly charging too much for speaking engagements.

“I’ve lost all respect for you as a gay- and human-rights activist,” Nonnie Ouch, president of the Gay-Straight Alliance at Texas Tech University, wrote in an open letter to Choi in August. Ouch, bemoaning “the exorbitant amount of $10,000 to get you out here,” wrote that “after nine months of dealing with your agent, I received an e-mail directly from you. In short, you basically said that the only way I could get you to speak is if I raised enough money to bring you to Tech. No deals, no compromises, end of story.”

Ouch had first seen Choi at the National Equality March in October 2009, where she was inspired by his “Love Is Worth It!” speech. It broke her heart, she wrote, to tell him, “You, sir, have lost sight in one of those many $10,000 checks written to you, of why you came out and became an activist in the first place.”

Asked about it, Choi calls it “a strange situation” but is dismissive of Ouch’s description of Texas Tech students who wanted to hear him as “poor college kids in an extremely conservative city.” The poorest kids, Choi argues, “are not going to college.” He says he’s proud of the fact that he’s been taking care of himself “since I left high school,” by getting appointed to West Point and serving in the military. And he says that he donates a great deal of his fees to homeless LGBT youth of color, “who are really the poorest and the most marginalized.”

Besides, students can get funds, he maintains, through their student activity boards and other sources to pay his appearance fees. He says he thinks the dispute “wasn’t about money.” He has a rider in his speaking contract that stipulates he won’t come to a school unless all campus groups are invited—gay, military, Christian—and that “they must invite the most homophobic group, four times, in writing.”

When the Texas Tech kids wouldn’t play ball by his rules, he says, “I didn’t have time for it.”

Money is a touchy subject for Choi, who says that, regardless of the amount he charges, “there are those who even question, ‘Who are you to charge anything?’ ” It’s no one’s business, he says, but “those plane tickets don’t buy themselves.” Over the past couple of years, he has gone from earning $62,000 a year down to about $700 a month (from a monthly disability check for his Iraq service, which has left him 50 percent disabled with a lung condition that, he says, won’t prevent him from re-enlisting).

—  John Wright

News: Mexico, Glenn Beck, Modern Family, iPhone Users

 road The governor of Mexico's Jalisco state, Emilio Gonzalez, on marriage equality: It "grosses me out."

Jared  road Jared Padalecki's character on Supernatural has been to hell and back and  returned with this body.

 road Mariah Carey's track list for her upcoming album "Merry Christmas II You" is her early Xmas gift to her fans.

 road The first thing that one should ask themselves when looking at this new picture of Aaron Carter is:"That's what 22 looks like?"

 road This is why Mark Zuckerberg should like The Social Network.

 road Astronaut Scott Kelly, who is currently the next commander at the International Space Station, will be joined by his identical brother Mark next year making them the first blood relatives in space.

 road The poor showing for Eliot Spitzer's new show on CNN might be good news for Katie Couric who is rumored to consider moving from CBS to the cable news station.

 road Glenn Beck will take time off from his televison and radio gigs for some medical tests in a hospital "out west."

Modern  road GLSEN honored Modern Family at the Respect Awards last night. Jesse Tyler Ferguson took the time to talk about the recent spate pf suicides: "I think an event like this echoes the sentiment that we need to change. This cannot continue happening."

 road Wal-Mart is selling a children's book wriiten by an ex-gay that teach kids how to fight off their homosexuality. Doesn't sound very effective.

 road Josh Duhamel is "pissed" about the poster for his new movie in which he's pictured in his skivvies.

 road Apparently if you own an iPhone you're more likely to support Sarah Palin and the Tea Party. Sounds pretty bogus to me.

 road Hungary's sludge spill may not be over just yet.

The University of Southern California gets the world's largest collection of gay and lesbian historical documents form ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives.


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—  John Wright

WATCH: Vampire Weekend last night at the Palladium Ballroom

After my conversation with Vampire Weekend’s Rostam Batmanglij, I looked forward to reviewing the concert since they get consistent high praise for an outstanding live show. Review tix never happened which kinda stung, but whatevs. I hear it was great.

I did find this video of the song “M79″ which, for what was likely an iPhone or Flip, was pretty great. Props to YouTube poster Mccaslint for keeping a steady hand and great quality. Only made me wish I was there. But I’ve moved on.

Take a look.

—  Rich Lopez

Tired of all those Grindr twinks? Now you can hunt gay bears on your iPhone with Scruff

We recently published a story on gay apps and rated their services (or lack thereof). Today on Bearotic (yeah, I know), Net Bear posted this nifty piece about the iPhone app Scruff. For those who prefer their men a little, um, scruffier, Scruff suits all your needs. This “gay bear finder” was designed by Johnny Scruff  and Eric Silverberg and is described as “a social application for gay bears, musclebears, cubs, otters, leather men, and their admirers. Scruff enables users to create and view profiles based on geo-location, send messages and private images, and check in to neighborhood venues.” You can also like the app for whatever reason on Facebook.

We asked resident bear Greg to download the free app for a test run. “Oh my God! My whole world has just opened up,” was his first reaction. Its similarities to Grindr make it easy to use and some of the features come in pretty handy — you know, for social networking and all that.

Greg and I could do a general browse regardless of where the hirsutes are, but then we had the option to choose “Near” for bears in closer proximity. Like FourSquare, you can check in but neither our office nor immediate businesses around us were coming up. We’re at Fitzhugh and Travis and the closest to us for check-in were all the businesses in Knox-Henderson. Once you’re logged in, you can send someone a “Woof” (which I never understood because bears actually growl) and also click under the “Would you meet this person” with options of “Not My Type” (ouch), “Maybe” and “Definitely.” We clicked the latter for one guy who clocked in at nine blocks away.

Hi, Justin!

—  Rich Lopez

Pursuit of appiness

As iPhones become ubiquitous and indispensible, we ask: Has Steve Jobs become the Internet’s gay pimp?

STEVEN LINDSEY  | Contributing Writer stevencraiglindsey@me.com

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Hook ‘em Horney | Gay networking programs for the iPhone — including Grindr, PPX To-Go, Fabulis, DList, iDate Gay and Looking4LGBT —have made the hook-up almost too easy. What about buying me a drink first?

When I was first asked to write a story on gay applications for the Apple iPhone, I had no idea I’d turn into such a slut. Who knew what a disproportionate number of gay dating and social networking apps are available, compared to other LGBT program categories (or the same for straight people).

Still, although I’m happily married, I signed up for every gay dating/networking/hook-up site I could find. (Even the apps recommended to me when I contacted Apple fell into this category, so it’s obviously popular.)

With Steve Jobs as my virtual pimp, I’ve experienced plenty of highs, lows, rejected advances and a too-frequent-for-comfort request to wait naked in my pool while somebody sneaks in the back gate to “surprise” me.

Sorry, fellas, my dedication to journalistic research has its limits.

What follows is a catalogue of gay hook-up apps with the advantages and disadvantages discovered during my time as a cyber-whore and ranked on a scale of one to five “hooks.” (Because I’m being paid for this story, I think I’ve been downgraded from mere slut.) But the upside, I met a lot of nice people (guys and girls, when I was pretending to be a lesbian) and these apps do make connecting with people fun, easy … and shockingly time-consuming.

If you’re looking to connect with someone for just coffee or the chance at a delicious morning-after breakfast, download these apps. Best of all, they’re all free. And to MusclMusclMuscl214, if you’re reading this, my answer is “yes.”

Grindr

Grindr is the Kleenex of gay social networking apps — the one everyone knows about and nearly every gay with an iPhone uses, whether he admits it or not. The app loads 100 profiles (200 if you pay a $3 monthly fee) based on a guy’s relative distance to you.

Advantages: Tons of guys to choose from wherever you may roam (it’s the largest all-male location-based network in the world), easy-to-use interface.

Disadvantages: Few options to narrow search. Loading a few guys at a time can be a pain.

Rating: 4 out of 5 hooks

PURPLL

Though more people familiar with Grindr, Purpll was the first gay dating app for the iPhone. Includes local business listings, as well as a gay newsfeed similar to Facebook where you can spy on who became friends with whom … though why anyone would care is unclear. It may be the first, but far from the best.

Advantages: Ability to narrow down photos that are shown; lesbian profiles.

Disadvantages: A “Hot or Not” feature subjects people to being rated as good-looking or not resulting in an overall hotness rating. Beyond useless unless you only want to date guys or gals who are at least 86 percent hot.

Rating: 2 out of 5 hooks

QRUSHR/QRUSHR GIRLS

Everything I love about Grindr is amped up with Qrushr, plus they’ve got a version just for lesbians.

Advantages: Streaming radio (listen to dance music while you prowl!), magazine articles, multiple images per profile, very detailed profile information, fantastic search function.

Disadvantages: Group chat rooms are just plain annoying.

Rating: 5 out of 5 hooks

PPX TO-GO

Wow. If you’re looking for anything related to sex, this is your app. From hookups to paid entertainers, adult shops, peepshows and legal brothers, they’ve left no mattress unturned and no stripper pole unoccupied.

Advantages: Something for everyone. I’m surprised there isn’t a donkey-show-specific search function.

Disadvantages: You have to click on icons from a map, rather than an easier-to-use list or grid of available matches. Also, not too many people signed up yet, especially in Dallas. But give it time, this one could be huge.

Rating: 3 out of 5 hooks

DLIST

The popular DList.com website for gay men and their friends goes mobile.

Advantages: Integrates with the website so all your chatting doesn’t have to be done solely on your phone.

Disadvantages: No search functions at all — it just loads all profiles closest to you.

Rating: 3 out of 5 hooks

LOOKING4LGBT

If there’s such a thing as a homemade app, this one sure looks like it. Ugly interface, terrible logo and, from my tests, only four people in Dallas are on the app. The search options are by age, zodiac sign (what is this, 1972?) and body type.

Advantages: This is the only app I found that actually gave the option to identify as or search for M2F and F2M transsexuals, so it’s refreshingly progressive in that respect. Also appears to be more long-term-relationship oriented because one of the main questions asks whether or not you want children.

Disadvantages: Plenty. It’s rudimentary, clunky and there are very few active users.

Rating: 1 out of 5 hooks

SKOUT/BOY AHOY

These “sister” apps are both free, but to enjoy all the extra services (like sending “gifts” or “wink bombing” multiple people at once to maximize your chances of a response) you’ve gotta have points. And points cost money.

Advantages: Great search function. Narcissists and those truly desperate can be what I call “Featured Meat” (they call it “Look at Me”). Here you bid on prime position to get all the flirts you can handle. Private photos that you unlock for specific people. You know, so you can have naughty pics.

Disadvantages: Unexpected fees everywhere. This is an anything-goes dating app. Gay, straight, bi — they’re all here (unless you download the men-only Boy Ahoy, which features all the same functionality). Not sure that anyone would want their straight co-workers to easily view the sexual proclivities and innermost desires you’ve chosen to list on your profile. And Virtual Gifts are just plain stupid. What ever happened to buying someone a real drink, not an animated one?

Rating: 2 out of 5 hooks

iDATE GAY

The extremely user-friendly interface for both gays and lesbians makes this one a surprise hit. Fantastic search functions and plenty of information available — if only people fill out their profiles extensively.

Advantages: Multiple photos per profile, robust search options, quick-loading of hundreds of profiles.

Disadvantages: Crashes often. More of those stupid gifts that require a point purchase.

Rating: 4 out of 5 hooks

FABULIS

This isn’t a hook-up site in the traditional sense, but that does go on here, too. It’s worth inclusion, though, just because it’s so much fun. It ties in with your Facebook account (required) and allows you to interact with all your Facebook friends who are on Fabulis. You earn points by doing stuff (not paying) and you can use points to increase the worldwide Fabulis ranking of your friends.

Advantages: Area events are listed and friends can see which ones you plan to attend. The popularity contest aspect here is actually fun. How Fabulis are you compared to the rest of the world? Evidently, I’m the 3,012th most Fabulis gay in the village. Let’s get those votes in!

Disadvantages: Not specifically designed for hooking up, so advances could be quickly rejected. (But believe me, even here people are looking for action).
Rating: 5 out of 5 hooks

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition August 13, 2010.

—  Kevin Thomas

News: Dan Savage, iPhone 4, Stephen Fry, Spain, Linda Lingle

Road Anita Bryant returns to the stage in Oklahoma.

RoadLegislation banning gay adoption introduced in Brazil.

Postcard_equality RoadSend Hawaii governor Linda Lingle a postcard (and Lambda Legal a donation).

RoadScientology puts hit out on Anderson Cooper.

RoadPaul Rudd rocks the Jesus look.

RoadBoo! Tom Colicchio will not ride on L.A. Pride Bear float.

RoadMaryland candidate Dana Beyer hopes to be the first transgendered American elected to statewide office: "By running for election to the state legislature, Beyer essentially outed herself to the 60,000 potential voters in the traditionally liberal district (where the race is generally decided during the Democratic primary). Her male-to-female transition had occurred only three years earlier, but she knew she had to tell her story in full."

RoadiPhone 4: silent recall?

RoadA first look at the new season of Project Runway.

RoadFinale of The Hills leaves viewers wondering, 'was it real?' Note: it wasn't.

Untitled-15RoadStephen Fry separates from partner of 14 years for younger actor: "According to pals, Fry has made no secret of the collapse of their romance and has, I gather, been spending a lot of time with aspiring young actor Steven Webb, 26, who appeared in Alan Bennett’s acclaimed play The History Boys at the National Theatre."

RoadSignorile: On false prophet and apologizer to gays, Andrew Marin.

RoadNYT on GMHC's new home: "In order to get that approval, the organization agreed to a number of restrictions, some of which have aroused the ire of AIDS activists, including Larry Kramer, a co-founder of Gay Men’s Health Crisis. In a series of e-mail messages and meetings, Mr. Kramer went so far as to call on Dr. Hill to resign for, in his view, putting the interests of the landlord ahead of those of the organization’s clients."

RoadJeremy Renner is in better shape than Channing Tatum.

RoadSPAIN: Man held in brutal murder of gay couple is freed after only four years in jail.

Savage RoadDan Savage launches iPhone app featuring archive of Savage Love questions and a way for you to ask them directly. (iTunes link)

RoadNow that the campaign is over, the "teacher" in Stand for Marriage's anti-gay Maine ad comes out of the closet, as a Concerned Woman for America.

RoadChrissie Hynde has a new band.

 road House where Marilyn died is for sale.

RoadCollege instructor charged with sex assault on student tells court he thought the student was awake when he performed the sex act on him: "Smith, 48, said he believed the student was consenting because he widened his legs and became aroused as the accused caressed his inner thigh."

RoadMeow Meow: The dangerous new plant food party drug.

RoadTed Haggard moves his new church to large venue after it outgrows the barn: "Attendance Sunday was about 245, a 44 percent increase since the first service. Congregants, some of whom came from Denver and Cañon City to attend, stood three deep at the barns’ entrance when space inside filled, several sources say.

Haggard said Monday he will being holding services at the Pikes Peak Center on July 25, in part because St. James has outgrown his barn, but also because the insurer that holds the policy on his home won’t cover the church’s meetings."


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—  John Wright