If you weren't aware, Frank Ocean's Blond was just ranked the number one album of the decade by Pitchfork—a well-deserved accolade.

Blond is a transcendent masterpiece, a work that is musically and lyrically innovative while also packing the kind of emotional punch that always leaves me seeing stars.

Tonight, somewhere in New York City, Frank Ocean will be hosting his first club night. If you haven't already received the event invite, you won't, as this is a super-exclusive kind of thing. I'm still waiting for my invitation, but that's probably for the best, because I think if I were in the same room as Frank Ocean, I'd pass out or dissolve into a pool of glitter and tears. I know he says, "I'm just a guy, not a god" in "Futura Free," but I'm not sure. I think if God wrote a song, it would probably sound something like that track.

Entitled PrEP+, the club will be 80s-themed. It's named after the pre-exposure prophylaxis drug used by people at risk of contracting HIV. According to the press release, the club will be a "homage to what could have been if the drug PrEP... had been invented" during the 1980s club scene. PrEP was first adapted in 2012 and is available only by prescription.

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By the 1980s, HIV and AIDS had reached epidemic levels in America, and people with these illnesses were often dehumanized and refused treatment. Associated with queerness and poverty, HIV/AIDS was largely ignored and heavily stigmatized. In order for the government to allocate the funds needed to search for a cure, mass protests had to occur.

Though treatments are available today, people with HIV still face discrimination and stigma, and many don't realize that even people who have HIV have the option to become "undetectable" with treatment. That's why an event like Ocean's is so important—it emphasizes that there are ways to prevent and cure HIV, and it reminds us that no one should have to live in fear of it or of their preferences for how to love and experience joy.

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Club life was a vital part of queer and alternative culture in the 1980s. Queer clubs were rare places where gay people and others who didn't fit into mainstream society could go to let loose and be themselves. Though many queer nightclubs have become heavily corporatized (or infiltrated by straight, often wealthy, and white people) beginning with Rudy Giuliani's moral craze around nightclubs in the 1980s, it seems that Ocean's club will be dedicated to pulling from the radical spirit of 1980s club culture while putting a futuristic and idealistic spin on the problems and struggles that plagued those years.

Among its rules, Ocean's club reads that "consent is mandatory" and says there will be "zero tolerance for racism, homophobia, transphobia, sexism, ableism or any form or discrimination." Sadly, no photography will be permitted. Okay, maybe I really do want to be there. But as I listen to Nights for the thousandth time on the train home tonight, I'm going to be happy just knowing that somewhere in this city, Frank Ocean is dancing.

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Other Ways to Piss Off Pence By Making the World a Better Place

'Tis the season to do good deeds while sticking it to the man.

As of now, over 50,000 donations in support of women's health and reproductive freedom have been made to Planned Parenthood in "honor" of VP-elect Mike Pence, in response to Pence's history of legislatively attacking women's rights and health. With PP under threat from the incoming administration, it's fantastic that activists are working to counteract Pence's total ignorance by financially supporting the organization. If you haven't made a donation to PP yet and are able to, do it! Make your donation "in honor of" Mike Pence and you can have a certificate sent to his office. If you've already donated to PP and you're looking for other ways you can stand up to Pence's bigoted threats, here are some other worthy organizations who can really use your support right now.

The Trevor Project

Pence has advocated for conversion therapy for LGBTQ teens, the method of which is generally to make already vulnerable youth hate themselves for their gender identity or sexuality. As a result, the rates of depression and suicidal ideation are 5.9 and 8.9 times higher, respectively, among people who have gone through conversion programs than the general population. The Trevor Project is a 24-hour hotline for LGBTQ youth in crisis, particularly with the goal of reducing suicide among queer youth who have internalized hateful cultural messaging either from conversion therapy or the world at large. Put your money towards helping an organization that wants to help those whom Pence is putting at risk.

ACT UP and other HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment organizations

Through policy choices as governor of Indiana, Pence caused the greatest HIV outbreak in the state's history by defunding clinics (including Planned Parenthood outlets) that made it difficult if not impossible for people to get tested, and then by waiting months into the outbreak to allow needle exchange programs. Donate to Act Up, which has a long history of offering clean syringes to IV drug users even when it was illegal to do so in New York. Better yet, if you live in a more rural area, seek out local programs organizing needle exchanges and donate your time or money.

ACLU

In the name of "religious freedom," Pence signed legislation in Indiana that made it legal to discriminate against LGBTQ employees in the workplace. The American Civil Liberties Union has committed themselves to fighting this kind of discrimination, and has actively sworn to challenge any action from the executive office that defies constitutional values of equality. Supporting the ACLU means supporting future cases they may need to raise in the face of GOP challenges to LGBTQ, immigrant, Muslim, and women's rights to safety in the US.

These are only a few—in essence, supporting any charity or activist group that defends women, people of color, Muslims, LGBTQ people, and other vulnerable groups is a definitive and effective way of working against the bigotry and retrogression that the Trump/Pence administration has sworn to introduce. The Transgender Law Center, for example, is going to be another instrumental force in affecting policy, and here are some more LGBTQ-focused nonprofits.

For everyone, but especially for those living outside of NYC or any metropolitan area, look for local organizations you can support, or start your own initiatives. Does your community have a large population of IV drug users but nowhere for drug users to get clean needles? Work with a community health group to start one. Ask your local public schools, if they don't already, to improve sex ed curriculums and make condoms available at school health centers. Look for areas that need attention in your community or nationally and send your time and dollars there. Then, if you have another moment, write Mike Pence a nice note letting him know that his actions inspired yours. His address, until January 20th, is: 4600 N Meridian St, Indianapolis, IN 46208.

Whatever you do, do NOT suggest the iconic stars of Sesame Street, Bert and Ernie have STDs because you will be shut down immediately!

A new advert for Mately, a New York City based company who offer discreet testing for STDs and HIV, has used the puppet pals in their latest campaign, and Bert and Ernie's owners are not happy about it at all because they didn't get permission to use the characters.

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The cheeky ad shows Bert and Ernie looking over their test results with Bert saying "See Ernie, you've got nothing to worry about everything is positive!"

A spokesperson for Sesame Workshop has told TMZ that;

"The Mately ad is an unauthorized, unlicensed use of our characters.  We will be contacting Mately and the appropriate parties with a cease and desist letter instructing them to take this down."

The image has now disappeared from the website, but the startup company must be over the moon with the attention their latest marketing campaign has attracted—mission accomplished!

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Mately is a subscription service offering users the ability to send in samples they've taken at home for analysis. The results are accessed online and can be shared with prospective partners on online dating services like Tinder and Grindr. They were hoping to raise $500,000 through a crowdfunding campaign, and with their profile raised as a result of illegally using Bert and Ernie's images, they should be well on the way to their goal.

Poor old Bert and Ernie's sexuality has been under scrutiny for years.  The private lives of the puppets have their own Wikia page and they have appeared on at least one gay wedding cake. The pair were also featured on the cover of the New Yorker in 2013 after the defeat of the Defense of Marriage Act in California.

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The makers of Sesame Street have tried to play down the speculation saying;

"They are not gay, they are not straight, they are puppets. They don't exist below the waist."

 

 

 

 

 

Charlie Sheen Doctor Claims He Has Cured HIV With Goats Milk

Charlie Sheen came off his HIV meds in order to be treated by a doctor who claims to have cured whole countries of HIV by using a goat's milk treatment.

The quack doctor, Dr Samir Chachoua, is not licensed to practice medicine in the US, yet somehow managed to persuade the 50 year old actor to come off his legitimate HIV medication that had taken the detection of HIV in his blood right down to undetectable

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During an interview Friday night with Bill Maher, Dr Chachoua claims that Sheen was "dying" (mainly as a result of his meds) when he met him and that not only has he "cured" Sheen but also the whole country of Comoros (an island off the East coast of Africa) of HIV in 2006 by using the goat's milk vaccines he has developed.

Sheen had complained about the numerous side effects (including migraines and 'poo-poo' pants) of the traditional meds and Chachoua claims that all those side effects disappeared the minute he started the goat's milk therapy—and that his liver went to normal levels. He says that the CAEV virus in the milk of arthritic goats "destroys HIV and protects people who drink it for life" and that Sheen was "the first adult in history to go HIV negative."

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The controversial doctor who practices in Mexico, appeared on the HBO show Real Time and didn't get much of a grilling at all from a clearly admiring Maher—in actual fact the interviewer was impressed by a contentious transfusion stunt that Chachoua had pulled.  In a shocking episode of The Dr Oz show aired in January, Sheen spoke  about how he had abandoned his traditional medication in favor of the unlicensed doctor's program.  On that show, Chachoua claimed that he was so confident of the effectiveness of his alternative treatment, he actually injected himself with Sheen's blood.

Maher said;

"Dr Oz said that is very inappropriate.  What I though was that's confidence."

Sheen had spoken to Dr Oz about the treatment saying;

"I've been off my meds about a week now.  I feel great.  Am I risking my life? So what? I was born dead.  That part of it doesn't phase me at all.

I didn't see it as Russian roulette.  I didn't see it as a complete dismissal of the conventional course we've been on.  I'm not recommending that anyone—I'm presenting myself as a type of guinea pig."

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However he then admitted to Dr Oz;

"I had been non-detectable, non-detectable and checking the blood every week and then found out the numbers are back up."

So the real question that Maher needed to grill Chachoua on in-depth, was the fact that Sheen left Mexico as soon as his numbers started rising, and that he restarted his conventional meds literally on the plane home.

Funnily enough, Chachoua side-stepped that question, and infuriatingly, Maher allowed him to.

Charlie Sheen Doctor Claims He Has Cured HIV With Goats Milk

Charlie Sheen Doctor Claims He Has Cured HIV With Goats Milk

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Burt Reynolds appeared on Loose Women today, which is the British equivalent of The View, and had a whole heap to say about his fellow Hollywood actors.

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The 79 year old certainly didn't hold back when talking about Charlie Sheen and his recent revelation that he is HIV positive.  Interviewer Ruth Langsford had mentioned the rumors that were running rife in the 1980s about Reynolds' frail appearance and health, and asked if the Boogie Nights actor felt sympathy for what Sheen is going through now.  It's fair to say that she and the live studio audience were fairly stunned by his response.

"He deserves it.  He misbehaved badly.  Very badly.  But you know when you're that age, it's tough.  All those things are coming at you and it's difficult."

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Reynolds was at great pains to stress what a decent guy Martin Sheen, Charlie's father is, and what good friends they are—but he certainly did not reserve any sympathy for Charlie.

"He's getting what he deserves.  If you're going to misbehave like that, they're going to get you."

Wow!  To be honest, generally he is just voicing a fair proportion of the public's viewpoint—that Charlie played with fire and got burned, but it sounded pretty heartless the way Burt said it.  There's also a slight element of that old adage, "people in glass houses....".  Is Reynolds as unsympathetic and brutally frank about his own spiral into addiction, bad investments, debts, wife-beating, divorce and bankruptcy?

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It was a pretty awkward moment to say the least, but Burt was on a roll. He then went on to discuss his good friend Jon Voight's relationship with his daughter Angelina Jolie and said that Jon doesn't deserve the way Jolie has treated him.

Bearing in mind how notoriously private 40 year old Jolie is about her relationship with her father, she must have been thrilled to hear Reynolds repeat an anecdote about when she was just ten years old. Apparently she said and did something in front of Reynolds that was so shocking, he warned Voight that "you're in big trouble, she is going to be wild".

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He seems to completely overlook the years of humanitarian work and the philanthropy of the more mature Jolie. Co-host Coleen Nolan pointed out that she thought father and daughter had reconciled now, but indiscreet Burt said "she still has moments".

It was certainly a weird, stilted, awkward interview that never recovered from the Sheen statements.  As one audience member told The Sun;

"The insensitivity of the man was unbelievable, and several people in the audience were sure his remarks would be edited out."

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Well they weren't, so I guess that's two less Christmas cards Burt will be getting this year.

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Burt Reynolds Charlie Sheen Angelina Jolie

The Many Ex's Of Charlie Sheen

Unless you have been living under a rock for the past couple of weeks, the cat's out of the bag as to who the mysterious Hollywood guy was that had HIV.

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The shit is hitting the fan with him saying he disclosed his health status to all his  partners since he was diagnosed and some of his porn star conquests coming forward to say he most definitely did not disclose to them.

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But just how many people did Charlie Sheen sleep with? We'd say it's too much to count on both hands, so a gallery will have to do! Let's have a look at the many ex's of Charlie Sheen.

The Many Ex's Of Charlie Sheen

The Many Ex's Of Charlie Sheen