How Hetero is Your Twitter?
Stockholm Pride has just released a more than amusing application to test how hetero you are based on your Twitter account. Check it out here and just plug in your Twitter username and based on a list of key words found in your tweets it will give you your hetero percentage. Our friends at Stockholm Pride found my personal Twitter account to be 21% hetero because I’ve mentioned gay, New York, glitter, drinks, and Madonna. Now spend a few minutes plugging in your family, co-workers, and friends.
Billy Flynn’s Westchester Hideaway
Richard Gere has become the latest celebrity to dip his feet into the rough waters of the hospitality industry. It is nothing new for celebrities to buy hotel properties, everyone from Francis Ford Coppola to Jason Priestly already have staked a claim. Gere, though, has created a comfortable abode, minutes outside of New York City, that mixes both upstate charm with Hollywood sophistication. The Bedford Post Inn is an eight-room bed and breakfast, located in Bedford, New York. It began taking room reservations yesterday, but if it is too hard to book a room, show up and enjoy the two restaurants or even take a $20 yoga class in the inn’s attic. Just think, for just $20 you may catch a glimpse of Gere himself.
We wonder if Richard Gere and Kate Pierson are going to swap up-state New York inn stories?
Human Trial Begins on AIDS Vaccines
CAPE TOWN, South Africa — South Africa is launching clinical trials of the first AIDS vaccines created by a developing country, a feat by scientists who forged ahead even when some of their political leaders shocked the world with unscientific pronouncements about the disease.
Trials to test the safety in humans of the vaccines begin this month on 36 healthy volunteers, Anthony Mbewu, president of South Africa’s government-supported Medical Research Council, said in an interview Sunday. Mbewu’s respected organization shepherded the project.
A trial of 12 volunteers in the United States began earlier this year. [AP]
Olympic Pride House
The 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics are right around the corner. Organizers are currently making final preparations before millions arrive and the “the most livable city” becomes the world’s stage. Dean Nelson, an organizer from Whistler, has big plans for gay and lesbian athletes this year. A category of athletes that is often kept on the down low. Next year, though, Nelson hopes to make gay and lesbian athletes more visible, through the first ever Pride House. This will be a place for rainbow athletes – out or not – to enjoy an exclusive space specifically for them, their friends, and their families. [NYT] Now too bad this isn’t the summer Olympics and openly gay, Australian diver Matthew Mitcham won’t be there.
Lift the Ban on People Traveling to the US with HIV.
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are proposing the removal of HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) infection from the list of diseases that keep people who are not U.S. citizens from entering the United States.
They want to hear our views on this controversial topic. Take a few seconds to stop travel discrimination. [CDC]