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Danell Leyva of Homestead won a a bronze medal last week at the 2012 Olympic Games, along with gymnastics fans the world over.
Google Leyva's name, click "images" and you'll find lots of photos of him training, performing -- and posing for his iPhone -- usually shirtless, sometimes dressed in even less.
Deadspin has posted a gallery of Leyva pics, warning some are "kinda NSFW."
Here's the schedule through Labor Day:
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MOVA | Mondays...August 6, 13, 20 & 27th @10:30pm | 1625 Michigan Ave. Miami Beach, Off Lincoln Road
PALACE | Sunday, Sept 2nd @7pm | 1200 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach
BY ISAAC GARRIDO, ASSOCIATED PRESS
MEXICO CITY -- Chavela Vargas, who defied gender stereotypes to become one of the most legendary singers in Mexico, died Sunday at age 93.
Her friend and biographer Maria Cortina said Vargas died at a hospital in the city of Cuernavaca, where she had been admitted for heart and respiratory problems.
Vargas rose to fame flouting the Roman Catholic country's preconceptions of what it meant to be a female singer: singing lusty "ranchera" songs while wearing men's clothes, carrying a pistol, drinking heavily and smoking cigars.
Though she refused to change the pronouns in love songs about women as some audiences expected, many of her versions of passionate Mexican folk songs are considered definitive.
A few messages emailed to me and posted on Facebook regarding the Chick-fil-A gay controversy, specifically Equality Florida's assertion that the company "has donated at least $5 million dollars to organizations whose primary focus is to dehumanize LGBT people and to pass laws that treat us as second-class citizens."
From David Kaul of Fair Oaks, Calif., via email:
Can you quote me something from "Exodus International" that is dangerous to the gay community?
Are people forced to join or contact "Exodus Internation"?
Is "Exodus International" trying to help people who are troubled by they gender identity? D
From Christopher Lima of Miami, via email:
He has done nothing to gay's and lesbians to deserve such extreme action from organizations like yours. He has not spoken out in hate but only answered to a questioned the way he believes in. He has the right to his opinion without having groups and organizations like your take up aggression against him and his restaurant chain. If you want equal rights you aren't acting like it. In reality the true hate your groups speak of in fact comes from you. You should be ashamed of such extreme and uncalled for actions.
From Mark Giovanni Sandore of Miami, via Facebook:
This guy Rothaus is a shameless liar, and I sincerely hope that Chick fil A President / CEO Cathy makes an example of him by suing Rothaus for slander. Imagine, accusing Cathy of donating money to organizations that dehumanize Lesbians, Gays, Bi-Sexual and Transgendered. Dehumanizing means what, not agreeing with a politically charged radical left wing position on what constitutes marriage. By simply holding to an alternative viewpoint the intolerant left levels hate allegations, and vile, slanderous, and presumptive invectives at good and decent Americans that simply hold to a different viewpoint. The Miami Herald has no absolutely no representative voice for any other viewpoints other then Counter Cultural, Anti-Christian, Anti-conservative, New Age and Radical Left Wing, rabble rousing slanderous nuts like Rothaus. When I say "nut", just read some of his articles from the past, replete with drama-queen assertions, spewing undercover hatred while trying to pretend there is a LGBT hater around every corner. Instead of picking on real haters he picks on good, productive citizens that simply hold to a different viewpoint then he. A shameful and reprehensible human being.
Equality Forum based in Philadelphia has announced the 31 Icons for its 2012 annual LGBT History Month in October. Here's the news release:
“The 217 Icons, including the 31 Icons for 2012, demonstrate the impressive and diverse international impact of the LGBT community,” stated Malcolm Lazin, founder of LGBT History Month and Executive Director of Equality Forum.
Icons are selected for their accomplishments in their field of endeavor, their status as a national hero or their significant contributions to LGBT equality.
LGBT History Month 2012 Icons
Roberta Achtenberg – Government
Gloria Anzaldua – Author
Ann Bannon – Author
Katherine Lee Bates – “America the Beautiful” Songwriter
Mary Bonauto – Lawyer
Glenn Burke – Athlete
Paul Cadmus – Artist
Truman Capote – Novelist
Chris Colfer – Actor
Kate Clinton – Comedian
Ramon Cortines – Educator
Marlene Dietrich – Actor
Jodie Foster – Actor/Director
Jean Paul Gaultier – Designer
Henry Gerber – Activist
Billy Haines – Actor
Mary Kay Henry – Labor Activist
Chris Hughes – Facebook Co-founder
Christine Jorgensen – Transgender Pioneer
Arthur Laurents – Playwright/Director
Don Lemon – News Anchor
Federico Garcia Lorca – Poet
Irshad Manji – Muslim Reformist
Katherine Miller – Activist
Holly Near – Singer
Rupaul – Entertainer
Pierre Seel – Holocaust Hero
Billy Strayhorn – Composer
Jon Stryker – Philanthropist
Tom Waddell – Gay Games Founder
Rev. Robert Wood – Gay Pioneer
Each day in October, an Icon is featured with a video, biography, bibliography, downloadable images and other educational resources. These resources will be available without charge to the media, educational institutions, organizations and the public at www.lgbtHistoryMonth.com.
Icons are nominated by organizations and the public and are selected by the LGBT History Month Co-chairs and approved by the Equality Forum Board of Directors. The LGBT History Month 2012 Co-chairs are Professor George Chauncey, Chair, History & American Studies Department, Yale University, and Professor Sue Rankin, Education and LGBT Studies, Penn State University.
The LGBT community is the only community not taught its history at home, in public schools or religious institutions. LGBT History Month enhances self-esteem, provides role models and makes a civil rights statement of the LGBT community’s impressive national and international contributions.
Secretary Arne Duncan launched LGBT History Month 2010 at the U.S. Department of Education. Nancy Pelosi issued a proclamation for LGBT History Month 2011.
Equality Forum (www.equalityforum.com), a national and international LGBT civil rights organization with an educational focus, coordinates LGBT History Month worldwide, produces documentary films, undertakes high-impact initiatives and presents annually the largest national and international LGBT civil rights summit.
BY SEAN YOONG, ASSOCIATED PRESS
Malaysian-born Ngeo Boon Lin and African-American husband Phineas Newborn III, quietly held the closed reception Saturday - complete with public kisses and karaoke ballad performances - with about 200 guests, including a handful of Chinese-language journalists who were asked not to report on the event until afterward.
The couple risked the ire of a government that has banned a gay arts festival, prosecuted a politician for sodomy and declared that homosexuality has no place in Malaysian society.