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Britney Spears Will Return To Las Vegas With New 50 Show Residency in 2019

Las Vegas loves Britney, and Britney loves Sin City right back.

Last night, on the Las Vegas Strip, Britney Spears took part in an elaborate announcement event to share the news she’s returning to ‘the Entertainment Capital of the World’ with a new residency, titled Britney: Domination.

The new concerts will take place at the Park MGM’s Park Theater beginning in February, and will run through August. Britney will share the space in rotation with Lady Gaga, Cher and Aerosmith.

Tickets for Britney: Domination go on sale on October 26th. For info, head over to ParkTheaterLV.com.

The announcement, live-streamed via Ellen DeGeneres’ YouTube channel, featured a huge build-up with video screens on trucks driving up and down the Strip, a massive light show and Britney music videos being projected on the side of the Park MGM resort.

Watch the live-stream below.

 

 

“I am so happy to be returning to my second home – Las Vegas!” said Britney via press release. “I’m working on a brand-new show and I’m so excited for my fans to see it! It’s going to be so much fun being back on stage and I can’t wait to perform at Park Theater.”

Brit’s first Vegas run, Piece of Me, launched in 2013 at Planet Hollywood with an initial announcement of 50 performances over two years. That eventually stretched into almost 250 shows before closing in 2017.

According to Billboard, Piece of Me grossed more than $137 million during it’s four year run. Expect Brit to surpass those numbers with Britney: Domination.

Britney: Domination 2019 Dates -

February – 13, 14, 16, 17, 20, 22, 23, 27

March – 1, 2 May – 8, 10, 11, 15, 17, 18, 22, 24, 25, 26

July – 24, 26, 27, 31 August – 2, 3, 7, 9, 10, 14, 16, 17

(h/t Billboard)

Get Your Purple On For Spirit Day 2018 - Stand Up Against LGBTQ Bullying

Spirit Day is a means of speaking out against LGBTQ bullying and standing with LGBTQ youth, who disproportionately face bullying and harassment because of their identities.

Pledging to "go purple" on Spirit Day is a way for everyone — forward-thinking companies, global leaders, respected celebrities, neighbors, parents, classmates, and friends — to visibly show solidarity with LGBTQ youth and to take part in the largest, most visible anti-bullying campaign in the world.

The first observance took place on Wednesday, October 20, 2010. Later observances were held on Thursday, October 20, 2011 and Friday, October 19, 2012 before the tradition of the third Thursday of October was established in 2013.

The name "Spirit Day" comes from the purple stripe of the Rainbow flag, whose creator Gilbert Baker defined it as "representing 'spirit'".

As anti-LGBTQ policies, hate crimes, and harassment are on the rise, it is now especially important to let all marginalized youth know they are supported.

This year, Spirit Day is on October 18, 2018. Take the Spirit Day pledge to show LGBTQ youth you've got their backs at glaad.org/spiritday.

Follow @GLAAD on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram to keep up to date with #SpiritDay news.

 

 

 

New Survey: Trump Voters Believe Straight Men Deal With Most Discrimination

If you ever needed more evidence how reality skews for folks on opposite sides of the political spectrum, look no further.

A new poll by You.gov/The Economist shows among Trump voters believe straight men face more discrimination than any other demographic in the U.S. today.

Participants were asked “How much discrimination do the following people face in America today?”

They were then given a list of demographics and a choice of responses: “none at all,” “not much,” “a fair amount,” and “a great deal.”

A combined 49% of Trump voters said men face significant discrimination (18% “a great deal,” 31% “a fair amount”).

When asked about LGBTQ folks, 41% of Trump voters feel the gays face discrimination (9% “a great deal,” 32% “a fair amount”).

A combined 42% said Mexican-Americans face “a great deal” (9%) or “a fair amount” (33%) of discrimination.

 A combined 38% said African-Americans face “a great deal” (8%) or “a fair amount” (30%) of discrimination.

 A combined 27% said Asian-Americans face “a great deal” (6%) or “a fair amount” (21%) of discrimination.

Not surprisingly, only 30% of Trump voters feel women face “a great deal” (7%) or “a fair amount” (23%) of discrimination.

This all seems to correlate with recent public statements by Republicans, including Donald Trump, who during the recent hearings to confirm Justice Brett Kavanaugh told the press it’s a “very scary” time for men in America.

Back in August, a poll by Public Religion Research Institute found Republicans believe discrimination has lessened substantially over the past few years for LGBTQ people, women, Jewish people and Muslim people.

(h/t Newsweek)

Delta Airlines Employee Grounded For Mile-High Club Romp With Austin Wolf

The Daily Mail is reporting that a recent application for the ‘mile high club’ may end up grounding a randy flight attendant permanently.

Woofy adult performer Austin Wolf was on a Delta Airlines flight recently where he apparently met up with an off-duty (but in uniform) flight attendant.

According to reports, not only was there oral sex involved in a small onboard bathroom, but Mr. Wolf, who’s known for recording his adventures for his OnlyFans followers, apparently recorded the tryst.

 

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Shoulders day. Italy, Bologna here I come!!!

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Two 4-minute videos ended up on Twitter, albeit briefly, but were taken down.

However, the videos went viral among Delta employees and the flight attendant has reportedly been placed on suspension for breaching the company’s code of conduct.

Remember, the employee in question was in uniform while doing the deed in the videos.

According to The Daily Mail, the 20-something flight attendant claims he didn’t know Wolf was recording the encounter.

“If the two guys had gone into the stall, done their thing and discreetly left it at that, maybe he would have gotten away with it,” one Delta insider told The Mail.

“But when the clips were posted online it spread around the airline like wildfire,” the source continued. “It was such a stupid thing to do - and then to have it posted online, the poor guy must be mortified.”

A spokesman for Delta issued a statement which read: “This video does not reflect the standards of professionalism expected of our employees while representing the Delta brand or traveling as passengers on Delta aircraft. We have suspended the employee and are conducting a full investigation.”

In text messages to The Daily Mail, the young man said, “I just want to be left alone please.”

“I’m just trying to get my life back on track,” he added.

The Daily Mail reports they have reached out to the 6’4” adult performer for comment, but no word from Wolf yet.

 

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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(h/t The Daily Mail)

Founder Of Racist Group 'Proud Boys' Defends Use Of The Word "F*gg*t"

A group of Proud Boys, a homophobic, white nationalist group, took to the streets of Manhattan last Friday after attending a speech by the group’s founder, Gavin McInnes, at the Metropolitan Republican Club.

Several members of the group were captured on video after the event beating and kicking three protesters.

During the attack, one of the assailants can be heard yelling, “You’re not so brave now, faggot.”

Another member of the group calls one of the victims “a f**king foreigner.”

 

 

In the aftermath, the New York Police Department, which had already arrested three of the protesters, has said it believes it can bring charges against nine Proud Boys who took part in the attack.

McInnes, though, took to his podcast on Sunday to defend the use of the word “faggot” by his followers.

As reported by Media Matters, McInnes says the incident began when a protester attempted to steal one of the Proud Boys’ MAGA hats.

“You know, someone jumps you, steals your hat and then gets beaten so bad that the kid, the antifa kid they beat up was in tears. He was crying. Now, while this person is crying, I’m sorry, but faggot is a handy term. It’s very rarely used against gays. In fact, Louis C.K. has this whole bit about how I would never call a gay a faggot because you don’t call homosexuals faggots, you call faggots faggots. It means someone -- it means a man who is crying, basically. In fact, most gays I know are a lot tougher and more alpha than most straights.”

 

 

In an appearance on the conservative media outlet Newsmax, McInnes tried to say the word “faggot” is just a term used when hyped up in fist fight.

“When someone’s adrenaline is pumping, he’s going to say, ‘Are you brave now, f-word?'” McInnes said. “He didn’t mean it like it was some sort of homosexual attack.”

He also put the blame on the protesters, known as Antifa, for getting the Proud Boys so wound up that they had to use the word “faggot.”

Watch below.

 

 

The Southern Poverty Law Center identifies the Proud Boys as a hate group.

(h/t Media Matters, ThinkProgress)

'The Connors' Debut Draws TV Audience Of Over 10 Million Viewers

Last night saw the highly-anticipated premiere of the Roseanne spin-off, The Connors, on ABC.

The reboot of Roseanne Barr’s self-titled sitcom was cancelled earlier this year after the comedian tweeted racist messages about former Obama administration adviser Valerie Jarrett.

Barr eventually agreed to step away from the show and characters she helped create so dozens of jobs associated with the sitcom could continue.

And so, we have The Connors.

(Warning - Spoiler alert)

As previously reported, Roseanne’s character was killed off in the debut episode via an opioid overdose. Longtime fans of Roseanne have seen the show tackle several controversial issues, like the current opioid epidemic, over the years.

The issue was treated with the seriousness and gravity that it deserves.

The episode opens three weeks after the passing of Roseanne’s character and the family members are still pretty much in shock. Especially husband, Dan, played by John Goodman.

When the cause of death (previously believed to be a heart attack) is revealed, Dan remains in denial saying he knew he had flushed Roseanne’s prescription pain killers.

But a pill bottle belonging to a neighbor (played by Mary Steenburgen) is soon found hidden in a coat pocket. It seems the uninsured neighbors traded prescriptions occasionally to help each other out.

Dan initially blames and shames her for giving the pills to Roseanne, but soon even more hidden stashes of pills are found.

"She was going to do what she was going to do," admits Dan in a line that easily could have been directly about Roseanne Barr herself. "She never listened to a damn person in her life."

This being network sitcom-land, the family comes to a landing of sorts by the end of the half-hour, but not before the always dependable Laurie Metcalf delivers the “moment” of episode. Her affecting, layered performance is definitely worth the watching.

Along the way, there's also an adorable second storyline regarding Mark, Darlene's gender non-conforming son.

After his new friends Joey and Enrique leave, Mark approaches Dan for advice. It seems he has crushes on both boys, but doesn’t know who to sit next to on the bus during an upcoming field trip.

Although initially uncomfortable, Dan ultimately helps Mark by sitting down with his grandson to make a pros and cons list for each boy. #Sweet

For her part, Barr, who earlier had told the world she would move to Israel rather than stay in the U.S. for the premiere, tweeted in classic Roseanne fashion, “I AIN’T DEAD, BITCHES!!!!”

 

 

Later in the evening, in a lengthy statement issued through her longtime friend Rabbi Shmuley Boteach on Facebook, Barr called the decision to kill off her character with opioids in the debut episode "grim and morbid."

“While we wish the very best for the cast and production crew of The Conners, all of whom are deeply dedicated to their craft and were Roseanne’s cherished colleagues, we regret that ABC chose to cancel Roseanne by killing off the Roseanne Conner character," the statement read in part. "That it was done through an opioid overdose lent an unnecessary grim and morbid dimension to an otherwise happy family show."

According to CNN, the premiere of The Connors drew about 10.5 million viewers, which is on par with the finale of Roseanne last season.

Writing for Vanity Fair, television critic Sonia Saraiya praised the evolution of the show and its characters.

The Conners felt richer, after one episode, than the revived Roseanne season did after nine. Barr’s personality took up a lot of space on the Roseanne set. Without her, the cast and the characters have a chance to breathe. And the result is an unlikely, appealing family sitcom with a motley crew of characters all held together by the same loss.

In advance of the premiere, the producers of The Connors released this featurette yesterday.

 

What do you think, readers? Do you plan on watching The Connors?

(h/t CNN, Vanity Fair)

Comedian Michael Henry Isn't Convinced There Are Disadvantages To 'Pretty Privilege'

Back in August, Instinct covered psychotherapist Matthew Dempsey’s YouTube video breaking down the concept of “pretty privilege.”

In other words, what he calls ‘unearned advantages’ some folks are born with like being white, straight, male, cisgender, and yes, attractive.

When it comes to the ‘attractive’ component, Dempsey lists traits like being tall, having good hair, symmetrical features that he calls “hitting the genetic lottery.”

Funny man Michael Henry has decided to take a crack at understanding “pretty privilege” by chatting with a ‘privileged gay man’ (played in the video by Eduardo Sanchez-Ubanell).

According to Eduardo, the term is “a scientific term used by doctors.”

“It’s what happens when you have a really great face, a full head of hair, sexy eyebrows, tight ass, quarter-sized nipples, eight inch penis…” explains Eduardo in rapid fashion. “All the traits that gay men unanimously like, and I happen to have all of them.”

The thing about “pretty privilege,” it seems, is you have to be “born into it” according to Eduardo.

But even for those lucky enough to find themselves born to “noblesse oblige,” it’s not all sunshine and rainbows.

Oh no, the list of ‘disadvantages’ to pretty privilege can be long, as Eduardo explains:

“I’m always invited to sex parties I don’t have time for, people just offer me drinks, drugs, jobs, I always have to update my Amazon wish list because it keeps getting fulfilled, money just gets Venmoed to me randomly, people always ask me for my Only Fans page and I don’t have one - yet!”

And the drain and strain of pretty privilege doesn’t end there.

It seems our privileged hero “once tried stand-up, and everybody just started jerking off.”

But Michael Henry isn’t so convinced about the “disadvantages to the privileges and advantages” that Eduardo says  he receives thanks to his looks.

“Honestly, I think you sound like a moron,” declares Henry. “I don’t feel bad for you, I don’t think that you’re privileged and I don’t think you should be whining about your perceived advantages to which you think is better looking than other people.”

Hooray! Michael Henry, our hero!

Check out the funny (but pointed) exchange below.

And you can find more from comedian Michael Henry at his YouTube channel here.

 

 

 

High School Buddy Comes Forward As NFLer Aaron Hernandez' Secret Gay Lover

 

In April of 2017, former NFL player Aaron Hernandez committed suicide while incarcerated at Souza Baranowski Correctional Center in Massachusetts.

The 27-year-old was serving time after having been found guilty of the murder of Odin Lloyd in 2013.

In the aftermath of his death, scores of news stories explored possible reasons why the former New England Patriots player would take his own life.

In march of this year, a documentary titled Aaron Hernandez Uncovered on Oxygen featured his former lawyer saying, “This man was clearly gay.”

Now, Hernandez’s boyhood friend, Dennis SanSoucie, has come forward claiming to be Hernandez’s on-again/off-again gay lover.

Speaking to the Boston Globe, SanSoucie says the relationship began in middle school and continued through high school.

During their time in high school, the two became a power duo on the football field with SanSoucie as quarterback and Hernandez as receiver. In their junior year of high school, SanSoucie connected with Hernandez for 67 passes for a total of 1,807 yards, a Connecticut high school record.

But SanSoucie tells the Globe that there was a completely different, secret life the two led outside of football.

SanSoucie shares that they would get high on marijuana often - before school, before football practice and before games.

It was during this time the two began a physical relationship as well, keeping the secret between themselves.

“Me and him were very much into trying to hide what we were doing,” SanSoucie tells the Globe. “We didn’t want people to know,”

SanSoucie says that growing up in the traditional, conservative community of Bristol, the idea of being openly gay would not have played well. SanSoucie was heading into the military after graduation and Hernandez was bound for football glory.

The Globe report also indicates that anything ‘gay’ would have been extremely difficult in the Hernandez home. Hernandez’s brother Jonathan shares that their dad had been “deeply homophobic.”

One day, when young Aaron came home and announced he wanted to become a cheerleader, his father put a quick stop to that.

‘Faggot’ was used all the time in our house,” says Jonathan. “All the time. Standing. Talking. Acting. Looking. It was the furthest thing my father wanted you to even look like in our household. This was not acceptable to him.”

The Globe also reports that both Jonathan Hernandez and George Leontire (Aaron Hernandez’s former lawyer) say that Aaron had hinted at having been the victim of sexual abuse as a child. But neither identify who that person would have been.

Now out and living in Las Vegas, SanSoucie says he believes Aaron would be proud of him for coming forward now.

“I really truly feel in my heart I got the thumbs-up from him,” he said.

(h/t Boston Globe)

(image via Wikimedia Commons - Jeffrey Beall/CC license)

Gay Olympian Tom Bosworth Scares the Homophobes Away with a Simple Kiss

For National Coming Out Day, gay British Olympian Tom Bosworth posted a heartfelt photo with a beautiful message on Instagram. In the image, he is kissing his fiancé Harry Dineley.

The image immediately got tons of support, but then Bosworth saw the over 50 followers unfollowed his account. This baffled the Olympic race walker since he has been openly gay for years. In fact, at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio, Bosworth announced his engagement to Dineley:

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Could this week get any better? He said yes by the way! #Olympics #MarryMe #Love

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A confused Bosworth took to Twitter to share what had happened with fans and received more outpour of support from fans:

 

Sure, 50 followers is a drop in the bucket for someone with almost 6K followers. And if a kiss between a gay couple makes them go running for the hills maybe you don’t want them following you. Live your truth, Tom--and let the haters UNfollow!

Neil Patrick Harris Reveals Which Celebrity 'Promised' To Have Sex With Him Years Ago

Guess which celebrity promised Neil Patrick Harris they would have sex with him?

Neil Patrick Harris stopped by The View earlier this week to chat on his kids upcoming birthdays, National Coming Out Day, and more.

The segment began with Harris sharing pics of his kids and hubby David celebrating Halloween for years with a family-theme when it comes to costume play.

The chat turned to his twins, Harper and Gideon, becoming more and more independent in what they want when it comes to their upcoming 8th birthdays, like separate parties.

From the end of the table, host Whoopi Goldberg smiled saying, “I remember you at that age.”

At this point, Harris reminded folks that he made his feature film debut at the age of 15 with Goldberg in a movie titled, Clara’s Heart.

According to Harris, Goldberg promised him on the last day of shooting the movie that she would have sex with him when he reached 25-years-old.

Awkward pause…

"I might've!" admitted Goldberg.

“He had many questions as a kid,” the Oscar winner explained. “So I told him, ‘Wait 10 years - I’ll take you through it.’”

“See, in those days, you could actually have some fun like that,” said Goldberg in reference to the Time’s Up movement. “You can’t do that now.”

Taking the edge off of what could have been an awkward moment, Harris quipped,”Hey, I was not offended - I’m looking forward to it.”

The moment comes at the 2:40 mark below..

 

 

When asked about advice regarding this week's National Coming Out Day, Harris emphasized, “It’s such an individual thing.”

“I guess I applaud the fact that there’s a day people can use as a conversation starter, if they’re not sure how to broach the conversation,” the 45-year-old actor continued. “But, I wouldn’t want to put any undue pressure on someone for needing to choose a specific day to come out.”

A jack of all trades, Harris also proudly shared that the second installment in his Magic Misfits children’s book series is currently number one on the New York Times Best-Sellers List.

(h/t Gay Star News)

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