Central Florida student, 18, kicked out of high school after peers discover he starred in bareback sex film
The Internet is abuzz about a Central Florida 18-year-old who has been kicked out of high school for performing as "Noel" in Sean Cody porn.
Click Orlando interviewed student Robert Marucci and his mother, Melyssa Lieb, who said she knew her son starred in adult films, but that he did it to support her and their family.
Marucci was suspended from Cocoa High School after his fellow students found his bareback sex film online and began to share photos and video clips.
He says fellow students bullied him after the discovery and that he shouldn't be the one kicked out.
Cocoa High's Facebook page has been bombarded with comments criticizing the school for suspending Marucci, who claims he was of age and did nothing illegal.
Gallery | University of Miami celebrates diversity by hosting You Can Play event with President Shalala
On Sunday, University of Miami celebrated diversity with a You Can Play Project luncheon before the women's basketball game with North Carolina State University. Speakers included UM President Donna Shalala, UM Athletics Director Blake James, UM Women's Basketball Head Coach Katie Meier, YES Institute Executive Director Rachel Sottile Logvin and Miami Herald gay issues reporter Steve Rothaus.
The luncheon also featured a public screening of UM Athletics' new You Can Play video, featuring Shalala, university players and coaches. Watch the video below.
Click here for more pictures from the You Can Play luncheon at BankUnited Center. Photos by Jonathan Kendall.
BY LYNN ELBER
AP TELEVISION WRITER
LOS ANGELES -- The star of ABC's "The Bachelor" made anti-gay comments that drew a swift rebuke from the network and an apology from the bachelor himself on Saturday.
Juan Pablo Galavis told website The TV Page that he didn't think a gay or bisexual bachelor would set a good example for kids. Galavis also told the site Friday that gays were more "pervert, in a sense," adding that he could be mistaken.
On Saturday, Galavis posted an apology on his Facebook page, saying he respects gay people, has gay friends, including one "who's like a brother," and regrets using the word "pervert." Galavis, who is Latino, blamed that latter word choice on the fact that English is his second language, after Spanish.
"What I meant to say was that gay people are more affectionate and intense and for a segment of the TV audience this would be too racy to accept. The show is very racy as it is and I don't let my 5 year old daughter watch it," the single dad from Miami wrote online.
University of Miami Athletics has joined You Can Play Project, a national group with the slogan, "Gay athletes. Straight allies. Teaming up for respect."
You Can Play Project was co-founded by Patrick Burke, the NHL's director of player safety, whose younger brother Brendan made headlines when he came out of the closet in Nov. 2009, three months before he died at 21 in a car crash.
UM has just posted a You Can Play video that features players, coaches and university President Donna Shalala.
The university also will host a "Celebration of Diversity" before the women's basketball game on Jan. 19.
Here's what UM posted on YouTube, along with the video:
Hurricane Athletics embraces, celebrates and respects all members of the U family.
If you can play, you can play.
Support the continuation of the You Can Play movement at the women's basketball game vs. NC State on Sunday, January 19 at 2 p.m.
BY BRIAN SKOLOFF, MICHELLE PRICE AND PAUL FOY
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
SALT LAKE CITY -- Utah has long been known as a bastion of red-state conservatism with deep roots in the Mormon faith. It's the kind of place that has historically been unwelcoming to gay marriage.
The state is the world headquarters of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which championed California's gay marriage ban that was eventually tossed out in court. The church looms over almost every aspect of life in Utah, where an estimated two-thirds of residents are Mormon.
But, like the rest of America, how gays are received depends on where they live. Some gay couples describe feeling hostility in conservative, heavily Mormon cities such as Provo. The suburban areas that surround Salt Lake City are a mish-mash of family-friendly communities across the political spectrum.
And Salt Lake City is more open to gays than many people outside the state realize.
The city is home to gay bars and coffee shops and a pride parade that attracts 25,000 people. There's even a bus that takes gay men and women to Nevada to party. Salt Lake is also the city where hundreds of gay couples rushed to the county clerk's office to obtain marriage licenses and get married in the lobby of a government building, after a judge overturned the state's voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage.
The Robertsons, the family whose duck hunting products have made them a fortune, are breakout stars featured in A&E’s Duck Dynasty. GQ Magazine’s profile of Phil Robertson included some of the vilest and most extreme statements uttered against LGBT people in a mainstream publication. His quote was littered with outdated stereotypes and blatant misinformation.
“It seems like, to me, a vagina—as a man—would be more desirable than a man’s anus. That’s just me. I’m just thinking: There’s more there! She’s got more to offer. I mean, come on, dudes! You know what I’m saying? But hey, sin: It’s not logical, my man. It’s just not logical."
And later in the article:
"Start with homosexual behavior and just morph out from there. Bestiality, sleeping around with this woman and that woman and that woman and those men,” he says. Then he paraphrases Corinthians: “Don’t be deceived. Neither the adulterers, the idolaters, the male prostitutes, the homosexual offenders, the greedy, the drunkards, the slanderers, the swindlers—they won’t inherit the kingdom of God. Don’t deceive yourself. It’s not right.”
The statement is far outside of the mainstream understanding of LGBT people. In Louisiana, which passed a constitutional amendment banning marriage equality, 56% of the population support some sort of legal recognition, marriage or civil unions, for gay and lesbian couples according to Public Policy Polling released in August 2013.
"Phil and his family claim to be Christian, but Phil's lies about an entire community fly in the face of what true Christians believe," said GLAAD spokesperson Wilson Cruz. "He clearly knows nothing about gay people or the majority of Louisianans – and Americans - who support legal recognition for loving and committed gay and lesbian couples. Phil's decision to push vile and extreme stereotypes is a stain on A&E and his sponsors who now need to reexamine their ties to someone with such public disdain for LGBT people and families."
GLAAD reached out to A&E to speak about if the network stands behind Robertson's comments.
From It Gets Better Project:
LOS ANGELES, Dec. 5, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The It Gets Better Project (IGB) was founded in October 2010 by Dan Savage andTerry Miller with a YouTube video that ignited a global movement. The video's message was simple: life does get better for LGBT youth. Three years later, IGB has launched a new video campaign in response to Russia's discriminatory anti-LGBT laws. Led by Ted Farley, IGB's first executive director, the Russia-focused initiative will bring messages of hope and support, in both Russian and English, to many of the estimated 2.5 million LGBT youth in Russia.
With the Olympics approaching, Russia will be the site of one of the most celebrated international gatherings in the world. At the same time, the former Soviet country will also be ground zero for an evolving human rights crisis, often resulting in violent discrimination. With a network of It Gets Better Project affiliates throughout the world, IGB has gathered international support for at-risk youth in Russia, and is committed to sending encouraging messages to a population that is in desperate need of hope for a brighter future. To accomplish this, IGB has partnered with LGBT advocates affiliated with Children 404, which is usingEurope's largest social network, Vkontakte, to connect Russian LGBT youth to the international community. Supporters are encouraged to visit IGB's website and craft their own messages, which are then translated into Russian.
"The It Gets Better Project hopes to reach the millions of LGBT youth in Russia to show they have international support against the outright discrimination happening across their country," said Farley. "We want every gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender individual to know they are beautiful, valued and important, and that their friends and allies in the international community are keeping a close eye on their situation while working to end such injustice."
It said Wednesday that three men carrying handguns and machetes raided the office of the Haitian rights organization Kouraj last week. Amnesty says the intruders said the center shouldn't be allowed to operate and aimed anti-gay remarks at the two activists who were tied and beaten.
The attackers also stole equipment, which included two laptops and files that contained sensitive information about the group's members.
Haiti's small gay and lesbian community has long remained largely underground because of a strong social stigma that sparks fears of physical violence and loss of employment.
Those negative sentiments spilled into the streets this summer when thousands joined in an anti-gay demonstration.
BY STEVE ROTHAUS, srothaus@MiamiHerald.com
Lisa Vanderpump, one of the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, says she’s made practically every kind of video, except the X-rated kind.
“The porn video, I haven’t released that yet — they haven’t found it,” jokes Vanderpump, who made her film debut in 1973 as Glenda Jackson’s daughter in A Touch of Class. She’s also done Dancing With the Stars and Vanderpump Rules. Her latest video appearance is much more serious, however.
London-born Vanderpump appears (along with Elton John, Jamie Foxx and other celebrities) in a 6½-minute YouTube drama titled Any Given Tuesday, which supports the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center’s homeless youth project. (Watch the video below.)
A staunch straight ally, Vanderpump will be in Miami Saturday night for an appearance at the annual White Party HIV/AIDS fundraiser, this year at Soho Studios in Miami’s Wynwood district. White Party Week benefits Care Resource, South Florida’s largest HIV/AIDS service agency.
“A lot of people are untreated,” Vanderpump says. “Obviously, we don’t have a cure. At least through Care Resource they can get medication and help with day-to-day care.”
An understatement, according to Joseph DePiro, Care Resource’s public relations and marketing manager.
“The infection rates have not started to go down yet. In fact, we’re seeing record-breaking numbers here at Care Resource itself in the number of new clients,” DePiro says. “Care Resource is experiencing a period of rapid expansion to combat this rapid expansion in HIV infection rates.”
This year’s White Party is themed “In Full Bloom.”
“It’s very appropriate for Care Resource because this agency in the last 12 months has grown from an $8 million HIV/AIDS organization to a $17 million federally qualified health center providing HIV/AIDS services, along with new expanded services such as dental, pediatrics, mental health services and drug-abuse counseling,” DePiro says.
White Party Week raises about $500,000 for Care Resource and the agency spends 86 cents of every dollar raised on patient care, he says.
For more than a quarter-century, White Party was an early-evening soiree at Vizcaya Museum and Gardens popular with middle-age gay men. Now it’s an all-night club party for the demographic hardest hit in South Florida by new HIV infections: men under 26 who have sex with other men.
“HIV infection among MSMs is intense in virtually every Florida county and racial group,” DePiro says. “Issues related to stigma, homophobia, discrimination and denial continue to contribute to HIV/AIDS racial disparities fueling the epidemic in Miami.”
“It’s got a party atmosphere and is a fun weekend,” says Vanderpump, a Beverly Hills and West Hollywood restaurateur who on Saturday night will introduce LVP Sangria brand.
Vanderpump, who has long worked with LGBT people, says she respects the rights of some people to stay in the closet.
“I don’t like the idea of forcing people to come out. It’s a personal choice,” she says. “I have empathy and compassion when people have a struggle with it.”
She also supports anyone who wants to come out. Vanderpump, 53, is highly critical of parents who don’t accept their LGBT sons and daughters, which is why she made the homeless-youth video.
“They should be embraced. Support them, accept them. And being kind to one another,” she says. “I have two children. I can’t imagine if one of my children came to me and said ... Throwing them out on the street because they tell me they’re gay? The video, it was so poignant. Accept your children for who they are. That’s what we’re obliged to do as parents.”
IF YOU GO
This year’s White Party Week to benefit Care Resource runs Nov. 27 to Dec. 2.
About a dozen events will be held throughout Miami and Miami Beach, including the 29th annual White Party from 10 p.m. Saturday to 5 a.m. Sunday at Soho Studios, 2136 NW First Ave., Miami; Cirque Blanc for women 10 p.m. Saturday to 4 a.m. Sunday at Trade Nightclub, 1437 Washington Ave., Miami Beach; and Muscle Beach Party 1 to 9 p.m. Sunday at 12th Street Beach.
Ticket prices vary. Details at whiteparty.org/shop.
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