If you're a photography fan, my friend and fellow Hoosier, Scott Barnes, has a must-read "photography related" blog [NSFW]. Most of his posts feature his own shots, but occasionally he puts up other interesting tidbits like a recent post with several photos of cute Navy Seals. While these are always nice snacks, it's his photography that will keep you coming back. He's worked with GLAAD for a few benefits, is one of the few activist-minded gay Hoosiers, and I can see his calendar hanging on our wall from where I'm sitting; I don't know how I can give him much more of an endorsement. His site is occasionally not safe for work since he shoots nudes too, but if you're not in the office you should check it out.
So what does the Navy want you to know today? Nothing. But here's the stuff I think you need to know:
- Anti-gay One Million Moms group has given up on their campaign to get Ellen Degeneres fired as the JC Penny spokesperson. The group is a division of the American Family Association - an official hate group according to the Southern Poverty Law Center.
- According to the Associated Press, the next priority for the LGBT community should be homeless youth. I've never understood the laundry list mentality. "Next?" How about "currently?"
- Ellen Degeneres has signed on to the campaign to urge the Motion Picture Association of America to lower their rating of the new documentary Bully. The flick got an R rating which means it won't be shown in classrooms or school trips to the theater. The MPAA says kids in the documentary throw down the f-bomb too often for a lower rating.
- Obama's transgender former nanny has been overwhelmed by her sudden spate of media attention. I can only imagine what it must be like to suddenly be a worldwide story as a trans woman in Indonesia. She's using her newfound celebrity status to advocate for trans rights, so now we know where Obama got his sense of moral justice.
- Has someone been filming a gay porn series on Miami public buses?
- Speaking of Florida, the state legislature just passed a bill that would ban using handcuffs or shackles on a pregnant woman while she gives birth. Unless, of course, she's "a security risk." Well, obviously you have to make an exception for pregnant ninjas or terrorists in labor, right?