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Shit Gays Should Know

The recent crackdown on LGBTQ rights and uptick in violence against gay people in Russia has received a lot of attention, especially in the months leading up to the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. But did you know that during Soviet times Sochi was one of the most gay-friendly parts of Russia? While still a refuge, Russia’s overall growing conservatism has pushed more young gay Russians abroad.  

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Five Things You Shouldn’t Have Missed (And One You Should’ve)

If you spent the whole weekend googling “Last minute easy Halloween costumes,” we understand. Somehow Hallow’s Eve got turned into Halloweek, and apparently it’s a faux pas to wear the same costume twice. Here’s what happened while you were cutting up old t-shirts and cardboard boxes:

  • Britney Spears loves her gay fans so much that she wrote “Work Bitch” for them. Meanwhile, the Merchant Navy of the United Kingdom is using her music to scare off Somali pirates.

  • Bugs are gay! Or at least very enthusiastic. And not particularly attentive to the sex of their partners.

  • Bisexual characters on television: still few in number, but now more realistic?

  • Ylvis (of “The Fox” fame) releases a new video… about Massachusetts. Will it be the Bay State’s next tourism jingle?

  • Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter announces his intention to make Philly the one of, if not the most, LGBT-friendly cities in the world and a leader on equality issues,” as he signs broad LGBTQ-inclusive legislation.

And everyone is posting this, which is frankly just sad.

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Shit Gays Should Know

It’s been ten years since Queer Eye for the Straight Guy debuted in July 2003. (Do you feel old yet?) While the show, which later changed its name to Queer Eye, traded heavily in gay stereotypes, it also doubled the number of prominent gay characters on television. It became such a success that even then-President Bush talked about it in what was probably his first mention of the word “queer.” The cast members also report that the show was instrumental in the coming out processes of many in the mid-2000s.

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Shit Gays Should Know

The Out-Fit Challenge is billing itself as the first LGBTQ mud run, and it could be coming to Boston. Or Philadelphia. Or Dallas. It’s really up to you. If you like mud, running, obstacle courses, and afterparties, vote here to bring Out-Fit to your city. And then you can ask them why their name sounds like part of Project Runway.

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Five Things You Shouldn’t Have Missed

Over 450 TWCers took Patron’s by storm for FTC on Saturday and cheered the Sox to a win while everyone else was at home staring at the television. Here’s everything you need to know this week:

  • Just a year after finishing last in their division, the Boston Red Sox beat the Detroit Tigers in the American League championship game, securing their spot in the World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals. Yes, we’re actually talking about baseball.

  • At least one athlete is ready to go to jail in Russia to support gay rights there during the Olympics.

  • Is the Cooking Channel the new Logo? Its new show Drag My Dinner features three drag queens right off RuPaul helping clueless straights make their dinner parties a little more fabulous.

  • If musicals weren’t gay enough already, Stephen Sondheim is working on a revised version of Company in which Bobby, the central character, is gay.

  • Now that there’s wine for cats, you’ll always have company. (For the record, it’s actually just Cabernet grape juice with catnip. And, disappointingly, it’s only available in Japan.)

And everyone is posting this multilingual video. Is she the new Rebecca Black? We hope not.

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Shit Gays Should Know

The shutdown is over. The debt ceiling is lifted. Government employees return to work. National parks reopen. But, as Avenue Q says, all this is only for now. Congress has authorizes a rise in the debt ceiling only through February 7, with current spending levels continuing through January 15, so in a few months we could be right back in the same place again. We hope not!

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The Weekly Pineapple

The third weekend of every month is always a big deal for TWC, since it’s the time for FTC. This weekend is an even bigger deal, though, because we’re also taking the Gardner by storm. Oh, and there’s that boat thing happening, too. Here’s what’s up:

  • Thursday: It’s finally here: we’re taking the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. Again. Four floors of art. Hundreds of gays. Craft projects. And multiple bars. Plus, we’ll keep the artful chatter going at an afterparty at Sweet Caroline’s (1260 Boylston St., Boston). Get your takeover tickets here. 5-9pm, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, 280 Fenway, Boston, $11.

  • Friday: The Boston Book Festival kicks off with its keynote address by Salman Rushdie. If you can’t manage to get tickets (advance tickets are already sold out), but there are events all day Saturday in and around Back Bay and downtown Boston.

  • Saturday: Lesbians from across the country are coming to Boston for the Head of the Charles races, but we know they’re really here for Flannel Takeover Company. To make sure they don’t get too lost, we’ll be welcoming them at a bar in Cambridge. As always, we’ll announce the venue, to you and to them, on Friday. 9pm, venue announced Friday.

  • Sunday: We’re pretty sure that the Head of the Charles is a convention devoted to multi-colored spandex that happens to have some boats involved. Whether or not you giggle every time you hear the word “coxswain,” you’ll be sure to enjoy the festive atmosphere, camaraderie, and free food that takes over both sides of the Charles this weekend. Races Saturday and Sunday from 8am, Charles River, free.

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Shit Gays Should Know

Like reading? Each year the American Library Association comes up with a list of the most frequently censored books in schools and libraries across the country. As the ACLU points out, unfortunately many of those books are targeted for censorship because of their portrayal of LGBTQ people (and penguins). One of the most frequent targets is And Tango Makes Three, a book about two male penguins who find an egg and decide to raise it together. Check out the rest of the books and add them to your reading list, because you might not see them in your schools.

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Five Things You Shouldn’t Have Missed (And One You Should’ve)

You might’ve spent this weekend distracted by the changing leaves, cooling air, or that guy you met at speed dating last Friday. Not to worry, here’s everything you need to know:

  • The U.S. government is still shut down, but now we have an official photo to express how pretty much all of us are feeling.

  • Seeing “P6” posted everywhere? Here’s what’s going on.

  • Four and a half years after the campaign began, Harvey Milk becomes the first elected LGBTQ official to be recognized with a stamp.

  • Sean Lew transfixes the world with this dance to Lady Gaga’s “Applause.” Oh, and he’s 11.

  • If you’re one of the few people who is still hidden in Facebook search, soon you won’t be.

And everyone is playing this game, but we barely got more than half right. Time to go shopping!

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