‘Doctor Strange 2’ special poster reveals a terrifying deleted scene

Marvel did Mordo dirty. Played by Chiwetel Ejiofor, the powerful sorcerer who broke bad in the original Doctor Strange was barely a footnote in this 2022 sequel — at least for the variant we met back in 2016.

Thanks to recent interviews, we know Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness at one point included an early scene in which Mordo confronted Wanda (and lost his life), but no one has actually gotten a look at that scene. Until now.

Sort of.

Mordo and Doctor Strange 2

Chiwetel Ejiofor in Doctor Strange (2016).Marvel

While Mordo plays a prominent role in Doctor Strange, he has a much smaller part in Multiverse of Madness. We never even see the MCU’s original Mordo in the new movie. Instead, we only meet Mordo of the parallel universe Earth-838. This Mordo becomes the Sorcerer Supreme, and like his multiversal counterpart, he isn’t a fan of Strange either.

So what about Earth-616 Mordo? The movie doesn’t offer much, but we know that Doctor Strange 2 originally opened with a scene where Mordo visits Wanda, only to discover she’s become the Scarlet Witch. In this deleted scene, Wanda murders Mordo, quickly establishing both her fearsome strength and her capacity for evil.

That didn’t happen in Doctor Strange 2, which technically means Earth-616 Mordo is still alive. However, the special ScreenX poster for Multiverse of Madness offers a glimpse into this alternate reality.

Here’s the poster:

Notice anything?Marvel

Now let’s take a closer look, courtesy of Redditor u/realityavengers:

It’s hard to be sure, but if you squint this really does look like Mordo visiting Wanda’s evil lair as depicted in Multiverse of Madness. As far as we know, this scene was never filmed, so it’s unclear where this image comes from. Still, it seems to confirm that the scrapped interaction would have been one of the scariest parts of the Sam Raimi movie.

Mordo’s MCU future

While it’s disappointing to learn that an exciting scene never made the cut — especially one that would help resolve a lingering question from the original Doctor Strange — on the plus side, this means Earth-616 Mordo is still out there somewhere.

With Stephen set to return (either in Doctor Strange 3 or as part of a Secret Wars crossover event), perhaps 616 Mordo can finally get the screentime he deserves.

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A Major Health Warning as Confirmed Cages Surge • Instinct Magazine

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Instinct Magazine is one of the leading sources for gay male entertainment. We love posting about thirst traps, pop culture moments, new music, RuPaul’s Drag Race and everything in between. I literally penned an article about gay dolphins the other day. However, with such a large platform of readers, it also becomes our responsibility to educate whoever reads our website. And since a potential health concern is growing for gay and bisexual men, let’s get our dicks out of our hands for 30 seconds to learn about this major health risk. Let’s address the animal in the room: Monkeypox. 

Monkeypox is nothing new, as it was first discovered among sick primates in 1958 at a research facility in Denmark. It wasn’t until 1970 that the virus turned zoonotic – the ability for the infection to transfer from animal to human – when a child was confirmed to have Monkeypox in the Democratic Republic of Congo. While random pop-ups of Monkeypox still occur due to illegal exotic pet trade, HIV Plus Magazine reports that the virus has mostly been isolated or contained. 

That changed earlier this month when men in the UK began experiencing Monkeypox symptoms. As of this writing, the UK has 7 confirmed cases, the US has 1 confirmed case, Spain has 8 confirmed cases and Portugal has 20 confirmed cases. It is important to note that most of these cases occurred after trips to foreign countries. The man living in America recently traveled to Canada and one of the UK cases recently traveled to Nigeria. Of course, we can only assume that these countries will also start reporting confirmed virus infection in the coming days. 

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ALWAYS be careful when choosing your sex partners. As if STIs and COVID weren’t enough to worry about, now we have this? Sources like India Tribune and State News are reporting that the majority of infected persons as of this writing are men who identity as gay or bisexual. 

Dr. Susan Hopkins, the Chief Medical Adviser at the U.K. Health Security, told HIV Plus Magazine:

“The evidence suggests that there may be transmission of the Monkeypox virus in the community, spread by close contact. We are particularly urging men who are gay and bisexual to be aware of any unusual rashes or lesions and to contact a sexual health service without delay.” 

Although the West African strain of Monkeypox, the one that is currently spreading across the globe, is noted as “mild” compared to the Central African strain, Monkeypox can still be fatal in 10% of victims. Monkeypox presents itself as the flu – fever, chills, headache, fatigue and swollen lymph nodes. However, after 2-3 days, lesions will develop on the mouth, face, palms of the hands and soles of the feet. The lesions can also travel to other parts of the body and can range from five to a thousand sores. 

What should we do? Stay alert. Especially since we all know how easy it is to spread a virus after the last 2 years. It may only be a coincidence that Monkeypox is primarily being spread by the gay community right now, but that also means that we have the power to stop it in its tracks before others are infected with the virus. Speak with a healthcare official if you experience any of the symptoms mentioned above. We’re already “opening the gates of Hell with our homosexual lifestyle.” Let’s not be the reason society pegs us with the spread of Monkeypox, too.

Stay safe, y’all!

Sources: HIV Plus Magazine, India Tribune, State News, Boston News Leader 


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Taylor Hawkins’ Fellow Drummers Incensed Over Report About His Death

The sudden death of 50-year-old Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins, who was found in a Bogota, Columbia hotel room shortly before a concert in late March, shocked the rock music community. Now a Rolling Stone feature on Hawkins’ life which includes allegations that he was uncomfortable with the band’s aggressive touring schedule has sparked a backlash from the band.

There is still a great deal of uncertainty around the exact nature of Hawkins’ death, but Pearl Jam drummer Matt Cameron told the magazine that Hawkins had a “heart-to-heart” with frontman Dave Grohl about the amount of time the Foo Fighters spent on the road–the band played approximately 40 shows in 2021 and have roughly 60 slated for this year–and the toll it was taking on him. And Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith offered insight into a well-publicized incident in which Hawkins reportedly went unconscious on a plane, explaining that he was dehydrated and needed to be put on IV fluids. Following the incident, Smith said that Hawkins had told him “I can’t do it like this anymore.”

Both of the superstar drummers have since offered quick retractions: Cameron wrote on Instagram that “My quotes were taken out of context and shaped into a narrative I had never intended,” while Smith wrote that “the story they wrote was sensationalized and misleading, and had I known I never would have agreed to participate.”

Rolling Stone has not addressed Smith and Cameron’s comments yet, and their Instagram post highlighting the article is being slammed by critical fans in the comments. As Pitchfork noted, singer Sass Jordan, who spoke about similar topics related to Hawkins, shared the article on Facebook and has not publicly objected as yet.


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Joe Alwyn Celebrates Taylor Swift’s ‘Amazing’ Honorary Doctorate

Dr. Taylor Alison Swift just received an honorary doctorate in fine arts from New York University, which her partner Joe Alwyn called “an incredible honor.” He’s absolutely right—if an honorary degree weren’t an honor, it would just be a degree!

Promoting his new Hulu show Conversations With Friends, Alwyn (who might or might not be engaged to the singer) was asked to comment on Swift’s endorsement of the series and her recent honor. So his response—“an incredible honor, it’s absolutely amazing”—could also mean that having Swift as a fan is an honor (which it is) and that it’s absolutely amazing (again, yes). 

Anyway, you can watch him talk about that, and a cat who kind of looks like him, here:

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Addressing the crowd at NYU commencement, Swift didn’t talk about her relationship with Alwyn, but she did reflect on dating in the spotlight. “Having the world treat my love life like a spectator sport in which I lose every single game was not a great way to date in my teens and 20s, but it taught me to protect my private life fiercely,” she said, more or less explaining her and Alwyn’s policy of Just Not Gonna Talk About It. (You can read the entire speech here.)

And while the couple may not open up much about their romantic relationship, their creative collaborations is something Joe Alwyn will comment on. (He’s credited on a few songs from her most recent albums.) “It wasn’t like, ‘It’s five o’clock, it’s time to try and write a song together,’” he said in a recent interview. “It came about from messing around on a piano, and singing badly, then being overheard, and being, like, ‘Let’s see what happens if we get to the end of it together.’”

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Periodistas bolivianos claman un mecanismo de protección


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Seis periodistas que cubrían incidentes relacionados con la toma de tierras agrícolas en la provincia de Guarayos, Bolivia, fueron secuestrados el 28 de octubre de 2021.

Un grupo de hombres encapuchados con armas largas sometió a los periodistas, cinco hombres y una mujer entre los 30 y los 50 años y los retuvo durante siete horas en el ataque contra periodistas más violento en la memoria reciente de Bolivia.

La noticia del secuestro capturó la atención primero de las redes sociales y luego de los

(Ilustración: Pablo Pérez – Altais)

medios de comunicación y de organizaciones de periodistas, que transmitieron mensajes de denuncia y protesta, que escaló hasta la Oficina del Alto Comisionado de Naciones Unidas para Derechos Humanos y llamados para establecer en Bolivia un mecanismo de protección de periodistas.

Los periodistas bolivianos no han sido ajenos a intentos de censura o intimidación y los dos años previos al secuestro de los seis periodistas vieron una escalada de ataques, particularmente a raíz de la crisis política que provocó la caída del gobierno de Evo Morales en octubre de 2019.

Tan solo en 2021, la Asociación Nacional de Prensa (ANP) de Bolivia, que cuenta con una unidad de monitoreo de agresiones, documentó 38 ataques verbales y físicos contra periodistas.

Pero el secuestro de seis personas fue un hecho sin precedentes, que reveló el deterioro de las condiciones de seguridad para los periodistas bolivianos.

De modo que, al igual que otros países en la región, ya se realizan discusiones para establecer un mecanismo de protección para periodistas que limitaría la violencia contra profesionales de la prensa. Por ahora los proyectos son confidenciales pero la violencia contra periodistas que los pusieron en marcha están a la vista.

El secuestro

Por invitación de la Asociación Nacional de Productores de Oleaginosas (Anapo), una organización de empresarios agroindustriales, un grupo de periodistas viajó a la zona de Guarayos, en la zona central de Bolivia para verificar la ocupación de tierras promovida por sectores afines al partido en el gobierno.

La portada del diario El Deber de la ciudad de Santa Cruz de la Sierra muestra en imagen plena a los periodistas y un policía secuestrados por avasalladores de tierras en la provincia Guarayos del departamento de Santa Cruz, el 28 de octubre de 2021.

La región ya había registrado incidentes violentos relacionados con este conflicto de tierras. Por ejemplo, un día antes de la visita de los periodistas, un grupo que portaba armas de fuego invadió la propiedad denominada Las Londras y como resultado de la acción cuatro trabajadores agrícolas resultaron heridos.

Por lo mismo, la visita de los periodistas fue acompañada de un cerco de seguridad compuesto de jefes y agentes de policía, así como trabajadores agrícolas de la zona. A unos 800 metros del terreno ocupado, los policías dialogaban con representantes de los ocupantes explicando el motivo de la visita, pero fueron emboscados por encapuchados armados, según el relato del camarógrafo de la red de televisión Roger Ticona.

Los visitantes se hallaban en buses de pasajeros y los asaltantes obligaron a todos a descender.

“Nos bajaron de los microbuses. Yo estaba en el último vehículo y cuando vi lo que pasaba, salí corriendo al monte junto al conductor de la camioneta en la que me transportaba”, describió Ticona a LatAm Journalism Review (LJR). Él logró ser evacuado de la región en una avioneta proporcionada por los agricultores.

Seis compañeros no corrieron con la misma suerte y fueron retenidos por el grupo armado: el fotógrafo Jorge Gutiérrez del periódico El Deber; la reportera Silvia Gómez y el camarógrafo Sergio Martínez, de la red de televisión privada Unitel; el reportero Mauricio Egüez y el camarógrafo Nicolás García, de la red de televisión Uno; y el camarógrafo de la red ATB, Percy Suárez.

Después de su liberación, Silvia Gómez relató al periódico El Día: “Estuvimos siete horas como rehenes. Tenían armas largas que usaron para disparar contra nuestras cámaras y los vehículos que nos transportaron”.

“Nos golpearon con palos y recibimos patadas. Luego nos llevaron a un galpón donde había cerca de 80 encapuchados que nos siguieron golpeando; amenazaron con quemarnos con gasolina; nos preguntaban quién nos mandó y cuánto nos pagaron”.

Percy Suárez, camarógrafo de la red privada de televisión ATB, narró a Latam Journalism Review cómo fue obligado a tenderse de bruces sobre el piso de tierra, y uno de los atacantes destruyó la cámara de video con un disparo preciso de escopeta.

El camarógrafo de la red de televisión ATB, Percy Suárez, muestra el impacto de bala en su cámara de video que quedó inutilizada. (Crédito: Guider Arancibia – El Deber)

Pero a pesar del daño en el equipo, Suárez consiguió rescatar la memoria digital donde quedaron registradas las escenas del asalto. La imagen difundida al día siguiente por diferentes medios quedó como testimonio irrefutable de la violencia.

La noticia del secuestro se conoció inmediatamente gracias a que Roger Ticona había logrado escapar. Periodistas y ciudadanos se unieron en un reclamo al gobierno para que interviniera de forma inmediata, y ese clamor fue probablemente la causa por la que los periodistas fueran liberados apenas siete horas después.

La indignación

La indignación por el secuestro entre los periodistas bolivianos detonó una protesta que llamó la atención de la Organización de las Naciones Unidas, luego de que la Asociación de Periodistas de Santa Cruz, el departamento donde ocurrió el secuestro, exigió a la Oficina del Alto Comisionado para Derechos Humanos una investigación.

El secuestro también provocó el lanzamiento de una iniciativa para crear un mecanismo de protección de periodistas, ante la gravedad de la agresión, que no se había visto en el pasado reciente.

Dado que Bolivia había vivido una crisis política dos años antes, el país se encontraba bajo los reflectores de organismos internacionales y en noviembre de 2020 la Comisión Interamericana de Derechos Humanos (CIDH) conformó un Grupo Interdisciplinario de Expertos Independientes (GIEI) para investigar actos de violencia alrededor de las elecciones de ese año.

Debido a que esa violencia había tocado a los periodistas, el GIEI ya había recomendado la creación de una entidad no estatal “para brindar apoyo y asistencia jurídica, administrativa y psicológica a periodistas cuyos derechos están en riesgo de ser vulnerados”.

Un encapuchado apunta a la cámara de la red privada ATB durante el secuestro de periodistas, el pasado 28 de octubre de 2021, en la provincia Guarayos del departamento de Santa Cruz. (Crédito: Red ATB)

La recomendación surgió tras una investigación de ocho meses realizada por el GIEI sobre hechos de violencia registrados, antes, durante y después de las elecciones generales de octubre de 2019 que fueron anuladas por denuncias de fraude y terminaron con la renuncia del presidente Evo Morales (2006-2019).

La Unidad de Monitoreo de la ANP registró entre octubre y noviembre de 2019, un total de 89 agresiones contra periodistas y 16 medios de información que cubrieron los conflictos en capitales departamentales y poblaciones rurales.

Desde noviembre de 2019, después de las elecciones y antes de que el GIEI comenzara su trabajo, la Oficina del Alto Comisionado para Derechos Humanos envió a Bolivia una misión técnica para recabar información sobre violaciones a derechos humanos y llegó a la misma conclusión que sus contrapartes de la CIDH.

Un informe de esta misión emitido en 2020 recomendó “promover un ambiente seguro y propicio para las personas defensoras de derechos humanos, líderes sociales, periodistas y otros actores sociales, incluyendo la condena sistemática y pública de todo acto de intimidación en su contra y el establecimiento de un mecanismo de protección dotado de recursos suficientes que garantice la seguridad de aquellas personas que se encuentran en riesgo”.

Este informe dio inicio a un proceso de consulta de la Misión Técnica con periodistas, organizaciones de prensa y sindicatos, para recoger opiniones sobre los riesgos que enfrentan los periodistas y los tipos de protección que requieren durante la cobertura de conflictos.

Es un proceso que aún está en curso, por lo que sus conclusiones no se han dado a conocer, y todavía no se conoce qué forma tomaría este mecanismo o si estaría modelado en experiencias de otros países.

En este proceso participaron periodistas agredidos en los últimos años, representantes de sindicatos de trabajadores de los medios, dirigentes de asociaciones de periodistas, académicos especializados en libertad de expresión y líderes de organizaciones no gubernamentales dedicados a este tema.

Para periodistas bolivianos es un avance para frenar la ola de ataques de los últimos años, pues la mayoría han quedado en la impunidad.

Antes del secuestro

El secuestro de los periodistas en Guarayos no fue la única agresión de 2021. Durante el año, la Unidad de Monitoreo de la Asociación Nacional de Prensa reportó un total de 38 agresiones verbales y físicas a reporteros y camarógrafos, y ningún caso fue investigado por la Fiscalía, según datos de la Asociación Nacional de Prensa.

Varias de estas agresiones fueron a manos de fuerzas de seguridad durante coberturas.

De ellos otro caso preocupante es la agresión violenta de policías antimotines y la posterior detención del periodista del diario Página Siete, Carlos Quisbert, en medio de protestas protagonizadas por agricultores de hojas de coca de la región de los Yungas.

El martes 21 de septiembre, Quisbert cubría los enfrentamientos entre agricultores y policías. Mientras registraba imágenes para sus reportes, un policía lo atropelló con su motocicleta y ante ello el cronista reaccionó protestando por la agresión.

De inmediato unos ocho policías equipados con equipo antimotines embistieron al solitario periodista, lo rociaron con gas lacrimógeno y esposaron sujeto a una camioneta policial, según Quisbert.

Luego de las protestas de sus colegas, fue liberado por unos minutos, y nuevamente detenido y llevado a una oficina policial donde permaneció por varias horas.

Autoridades no respondieron a peticiones de información sobre reportes de violencia policiaca contra periodistas.

Quisbert fue consultado para este informe sobre la impunidad de las agresiones que sufrió.

“La policía, los políticos, funcionarios y muchas veces personas que participan de protestas callejeras quedan impunes luego de agredir a los periodistas por la falta de representación de los dirigentes, los propietarios de medios de comunicación e instituciones del gremio que no buscan la sanción efectiva a los agresores”, dijo a LJR.

La crisis de 2019

Las elecciones generales de octubre de 2019, cuestionadas por los partidos opositores al entonces presidente y candidato por el Movimiento al Socialismo (MAS), Evo Morales, despertaron protestas en las principales capitales de Bolivia.

El camarógrafo de televisión de la Red Uno de la ciudad de Cochabamba, Alejandro Camacho, aparece durante su recuperación tras haber sufrido el impacto de un proyectil de gas lacrimógeno mientras cubría enfrentamientos entre simpatizantes de partidos políticos, el lunes 21 de octubre de 2019.

Un paro cívico de 20 días en la ciudad de Santa Cruz de la Sierra y manifestaciones en las ciudades de Potosí, La Paz y Cochabamba derivaron en una crisis política que determinó la renuncia de Morales, el 10 de noviembre de 2019, y su apresurada salida de Bolivia y refugio en México.

Los tipos de ataques ocurridos alrededor de las elecciones y las protestas configuran un escenario de riesgo muy frecuente para los periodistas bolivianos: la cobertura de conflictos políticos o sociales cuando involucran a fuerzas de seguridad o a grupos de manifestantes.

Entre octubre y noviembre de 2019, periodistas que cubrían manifestaciones o el recuento de votos fueron blanco de agresiones verbales, de estigmatización y por su condición de representantes de medios de información. Este periodo se convierte en el de mayor hostilidad para el trabajo de reporteros y medios.

Durante el conteo de votos en las ciudades de La Paz y Cochabamba, periodistas y camarógrafos fueron golpeados por policías y simpatizantes de los partidos en carrera electoral, según los datos de la Unidad de Monitoreo de la ANP.

Dos días después de las elecciones, el 22 de octubre, el corresponsal del diario El Deber, Humberto Ayllón, fue herido en la cabeza por el impacto de una granada de gas lacrimógeno lanzada por la policía. El periodista cubría los enfrentamientos entre manifestantes que llegaron hasta las puertas del Tribunal Electoral Departamental de la ciudad de Cochabamba.

Un día antes, el camarógrafo de televisión de la red privada Red Uno de Cochabamba, Alejandro Camacho, sufrió lesiones en la cabeza y perdió el conocimiento después de recibir el impacto de un proyectil de gas lacrimógeno policial. No está claro si el proyectil fue apuntado a él directamente o cayó por accidente.

El lunes 28 de octubre, el fotoperiodista del diario La Razón, Miguel Carrasco, fue impactado por una piedra que le ocasionó una herida en la cabeza. El enviado cubría el enfrentamiento entre bloqueadores de una calle del barrio de Calacoto de La Paz, y militantes del partido oficialista.

El fotoperiodista del diario La Razón de La Paz, Miguel Carrasco, aparece con el rostro ensangrentado después de recibir una pedrada durante el conflicto postelectoral del 20 de octubre de 2019, en Bolivia. (Crédito: La Razón)

Funcionarios de policía no respondieron a preguntas sobre estas agresiones.

Las agresiones también fueron dirigidas a periodistas de medios estatales y afines al partido de gobierno. El canal de televisión BoliviaTv y la Radio Patria Nueva suspendieron emisiones, en la tarde del sábado 9 de noviembre, tras manifestaciones de grupos de personas que pidieron el cese de emisión de ambos medios.

El director de la radio de la Confederación Sindical Única de Trabajadores Campesinos, José Aramayo, fue atado a un árbol y amenazado con la explosión de dinamita por vecinos de la zona de Miraflores de la ciudad de La Paz.

Corresponsales de prensa argentina que cubrían los conflictos en La Paz, se refugiaron en su Embajada, tras sufrir hostigamiento de manifestantes durante su labor informativa.

Caso sin resolver

El secuestro de octubre de 2021 fue relevante no sólo por la naturaleza de la agresión sino porque fue de un tipo no visto antes en Bolivia. Si los ataques anteriores habían sido en el contexto de protestas y en muchos casos por parte de policías, en el caso de Guarayos el ataque fue durante una cobertura cuando los periodistas estaban protegidos por policías.

Sin embargo, en todos los casos el común denominador es que los periodistas se han vuelto blanco de la violencia, ya sea de las fuerzas de seguridad o de grupos políticos o sociales.

Mientras tanto, el caso del secuestro en Guarayos permanece entre los expedientes policiales y de la Fiscalía sin solución, así como decenas de casos de agresiones a reporteros que permanecen en la impunidad.

Hasta la fecha solo dos personas fueron detenidas y enviadas a prisión preventiva por su participación en la agresión de los corresponsales de prensa. Durante el secuestro, el grupo violento se escondió detrás de capuchas y empleó armas de cacería que en algunos casos dispararon proyectiles que dañaron cámaras de televisión.

En las últimas semanas y tras denuncias de actuaciones dolosas, la Fiscalía activó detenciones de jueces comprometidos con la liberación de personas condenadas por feminicidios, en una acción orientada a recuperar la imagen de una deteriorada justicia.

“Siento una gran decepción porque mientras la justicia boliviana da agilidad a otros casos, el del secuestro parece estar como al principio. Y no me extrañaría que en unas semanas los dos identificados de haber estado en el lugar con armas y que fueron encarcelados aparezcan libres por las calles, como si nada pasara”, comentó a LJR el fotoperiodista Jorge Gutiérrez, una de las víctimas del secuestro.

“Ojalá me equivoque, pero la sensación que tengo es que no se va a sancionar a los culpables”, comenta.

La Fiscalía no ha informado de ningún avance sobre el caso.

“Cuando yo conversé con el juez le dije que al parecer hizo falta que uno de nosotros saliera herido o muerto de la selva para que este proceso avance. Las imágenes que yo logré tomar de la gente armada y disparando son contundentes, pero ni con semejantes evidencias se actuó en consecuencia”, lamentó Percy Suárez en entrevista con Latam Journalism Review.

La organización que representa a los principales diarios bolivianos, la Asociación Nacional de la Prensa (ANP) emitió un comunicado el pasado 6 de febrero, y expresó preocupación por “la falta de avance en las investigaciones sobre el secuestro y tortura de periodistas, y señaló su protesta por los cambios de fiscales e investigadores”.

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Este artículo fue originalmente publicado por el LatAm Journalism Review y es reproducido aquí con su autorización. 

*Los autores de este artículo, Franz Chávez y Leny Alcoreza, son periodistas bolivianos y dirigen la Unidad de Monitoreo de la Asociación Nacional de Prensa. La ANP participa en las pláticas sobre el mecanismo de protección.

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27 Good Erotic Novels for 2022

Erotic fiction gets a bad reputation, and it’s frankly unfair. Just because a work of literature can be a sexual turn-on does not inherently make it less than. Even “smutty” shouldn’t have such a negative connotation. Don’t let the bad eggs like Fifty Shades of Grey (despite its rampant popularity) keep you from the sumptuous and diverse world of romance. There are plenty of *actually* good erotic novels and romance novels out there—and some of them are so good that they’ve also made their way to your screens. I mean, did you see Bridgerton??

Maybe you’re someone who’s looking to give erotic romance novels a shot. Maybe you’ve already got a collection of paperbacks proudly displayed and are looking for some new recommendations. Whatever the case, we’ve rounded up some of the best erotic novels of all time for your ~reading pleasure~, and we’ll warn you now: They’re seriously steamy. From Regency-era romances to sexy contemporary romps, here are all the sexy books you should add to your reading list (and maybe keep from reading in public). Enjoy!!

Contemporary Erotic Novels

Praise by Sara Cate

Praise is book one in the Salacious Players’ Club series and you’re going to be hooked from the very first page. Meet Charlotte and Emerson as they start to explore a relationship where one finally gets what they’ve wanted and another discovers something about themselves that they never knew before. The title alone should give you a big hint as to what to expect.

Beautiful Bastard by Christina Lauren

Beautiful Bastard by Christina Lauren

Before they became a household name under Christina Lauren, our favorite writing duo released this story as fanfiction and readers have been obsessed ever since. Not only is it another Twilight fanfic that has surprised readers, but it might also just be Christina Lauren’s hottest book yet.

Priest by Sierra Simone

If you found yourself drooling over the Hot Priest in Fleabag, then you definitely have to pick up this title. What happens when a priest breaks his vow of celibacy? You’re going to have to read to find out.

The Mindf*ck Series by S.T. Abby

The Mindf*ck Series by S.T. Abby

Not only did this series introduce us to one of the most incredible pen names to have ever existed (just repeat it a few times in your head), but it also give us a hot new story that will literally live up to its name. She’s a serial killer and he’s an FBI Agent who is trying to find her. Thankfully, all five books are now available in an anthology that you won’t be able to put down.

Games We Play by Dana Isaly

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Games We Play by Dana Isaly

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$12.99

There’s a reason why this book became a #BookTok sensation. It’s very very steamy right off the bat, and trust—you’re going to want to read some of these scenes over and over again.

Seven Days in June by Tia Williams

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Seven Days in June by Tia Williams

Grand Central Publishing
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$24.84

When a best-selling erotica writer and a reclusive, award-winning novelist cross paths at a New York City literary event, their chemistry is instantaneous…and only partially because the two had a steamy, weeklong affair 15 years earlier. Their reunion? Even hotter.

The Right Swipe by Alisha Rai

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The Right Swipe by Alisha Rai

Avon Books
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$13.79

In The Right Swipe, two rival dating app creators find themselves at odds in the boardroom but all over each other in the bedroom. If you’re looking for an edgy modern romance with razor-sharp dialogue, then look no further.

While We Were Dating by Jasmine Guillory

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While We Were Dating by Jasmine Guillory

Berkley Books
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$14.72

In While We Were Dating, an actress looking to be Hollywood’s next big star and an advertising executive with a flirty side find themselves unexpectedly falling for each other, and their romance goes waaaay beyond just physical attraction.

The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang

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The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang

Berkley Books
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$14.72

This swoon-worthy romance tells the story of Stella, an economist on the spectrum and the male escort she recruits to give her some sexual experience. Though Michael the escort attempts to keep his relationship with Stella as professional as possible, it isn’t long before these two start falling for each other.

Night Shift: A Choose-Your-Own Erotic Fantasy by Joanna Angel

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Night Shift: A Choose-Your-Own Erotic Fantasy by Joanna Angel

Simon & Schuster
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$16.95

If you want a Choose Your Own Adventure but with ~sexploration~, then this is the book for you. Adult film actress, director, and author Joanna Angel dreamed up this witty tale of college grad Taryn, a young woman working the titular shift at a sex shop in central Florida, and her night gets as wild as you would like.

Retelling Erotic Novels

Neon Gods by Katee Robert

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Neon Gods by Katee Robert

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$13.79

Let’s be honest here, Hades and Persephone are definitely having their big moment in the book world right now. And we can’t get enough of Katee Robert’s Neon Gods, which brings our favorite couple to life in a new way that will make you feel as hot as it is in the underworld.

Science Fiction Erotic Novels

Ice Planet Barbarians by Ruby Dixon

Ice Planet Barbarians by Ruby Dixon

Listen, you knew this one was going to be on here. Ruby Dixon’s 22-part series about blue aliens abducting women and taking them back to their planet has been a monster hit and taken the book world by storm. So much so, that the series has been recently republished with a special new cover so you don’t feel too embarrassed when you take it with you for a hot beach day.

Classic Erotic Novels

Emmanuelle by Emmanuelle Arsan

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Emmanuelle by Emmanuelle Arsan

Grove Press
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$13.80

Told from the perspective of a young bisexual Frenchwoman in 1967, the (many) erotic scenes in this one seem to unfold like a hazy dream. The language is literary, but the plot is minimal, not getting in the way of the many ways Emmanuelle explores her desire with women and men everywhere from her overnight flight to a squash court to an opium den.

The Thorn Birds by Colleen McCullough

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The Thorn Birds by Colleen McCullough

William Morrow & Company
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$16.55

Get this book ASAP if sweeping, soap-opera-style romance turns you on…or you’re wondering why this book—which was later adapted into one of the most highly rated TV miniseries of the ’80s—had your moms and grandmothers all aflutter.

Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D. H. Lawrence

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Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D. H. Lawrence

Signet Book
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$5.95

While now considered a masterpiece, this steamy love story—which revolves around an extramarital affair between an unhappy woman married to an aristocrat and a gamekeeper—was banned as pornography until 1960. Be sure to read it before it becomes a movie starring Emma Corrin.

Story of O by Pauline Réage

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Story of O by Pauline Réage

Ballantine Books
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$14.72

Published in 1954 by French author Anne Desclos under the pen name Pauline Réage, Story of O tells the story of a Parisian fashion photographer who wants nothing more than to bring sexual satisfaction to her lover, René, and phew, it is hot!!

A Sport and a Pastime by James Salter

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A Sport and a Pastime by James Salter

Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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$13.80

Considered one of the sexiest books of all time, James Salter’s classic takes place in provincial France in the 1960s, following the wildly carnal love affair between a carefree Yale dropout and a young French woman.

Historical Erotic Novels

An Extraordinary Union by Alyssa Cole

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An Extraordinary Union by Alyssa Cole

Kensington Publishing
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$14.67

Set against the backdrop of the Civil War, Alyssa Cole’s suspenseful (and suuuuper sexy novel) follows two undercover agents who share a common cause…as well as a whole lot of chemistry in the bedroom.

Tipping the Velvet by Sarah Waters

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Tipping the Velvet by Sarah Waters

Riverhead Books
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$15.64

Sarah Waters’ first novel takes place in late 19th-century England, telling the story of an inexperienced young oyster girl who falls for music hall phenomenon and famed male impersonator Kitty Butler, eventually following her to London. Prepare yourself for cunnilingus euphemisms aplenty.

A Night to Surrender by Tessa Dare

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A Night to Surrender by Tessa Dare

Avon Books
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$8.27

Everything Tessa Dare writes is sexy AF, but the first book in her Spindle Cove series is supremely hot, following a wounded war hero eager to prove himself and his unexpected encounter with a strong-willed spinster.

The Last Nude by Ellis Avery

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The Last Nude by Ellis Avery

Riverhead Books
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$17.00

Inspired by the life of artist Tamara de Lempicka, The Last Nude takes place in 1927 Paris, following the love affair between a young Italian-American runaway named Rafaela and a wealthy aspiring painter, who convinces Rafaela to serve as her muse.

The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory

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The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory

Washington Square Press
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$16.56

Loosely based on the life of 16th-century aristocrat Mary Boleyn, this definitely-not-historically-accurate historical novel tells the tale of how Mary fell for King Henry VIII before his ill-fated marriage to Queen Catherine…and before he fell in love with—and murdered—her sister, Anne.

Erotic Novels With Film and TV Adaptations

Normal People by Sally Rooney

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Normal People by Sally Rooney

Hogarth Press
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$15.64

If you haven’t read the book that inspired the incredibly horny Hulu series, then you really should. Normal People follows the tumultuous romance between Connell and Marianne, two Irish students who fight, fail to communicate, and have lots of sex between their final year in secondary school and their final year at Trinity College.

Call Me by Your Name by André Aciman

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Call Me by Your Name by André Aciman

Picador USA
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$15.64

You’ll love this book if you loved the movie adaptation, ofc, and want to see how Aciman originally wrote that peach scene. But also, you will love it if you were ever a teenager with a massive, confusing crush on someone who would definitely leave you at the end of the summer, making every single touch of theirs intense and explosive.

The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

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The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

Scribner Book Company
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$17.47

This romance follows the hot-and-heavy marriage between an artist and her husband, who has a gene that causes him to involuntarily time travel…which obv complicates things. If you thought the Rachel McAdams movie was hot, just wait until this one gets the HBO treatment.

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

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Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

Before it became a sexy historical time-travel series on Starz, Outlander was a bestselling book series by Diana Gabaldon, following the love story between a former World War II combat nurse and an 18th-century Scottish Highland warrior. There are eight books in the series, so these should keep you amused for a while.

The Duke and I by Julia Quinn

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The Duke and I by Julia Quinn

Avon Books
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$8.27

Just like Outlander, Julia Quinn’s erotic Regency romance novels were a book series before they were adapted into the Netflix smash hit Bridgerton, and if you haven’t read all eight book in the series yet, then what are you waiting for??

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How To Setup Your Desk For Maximum Productivity

Work can be stressful, that’s for sure. If you work from a desk that is packed with things, it will make you feel even more stressed. Sadly we don’t live in a world where you can order your work desk straight from Pinterest or TikTok to your room. But we have some easy tips on how you can set up your desk for productivity and less stress.

Get rid of things you don’t need:

No, you don’t need three pairs of scissors, four red markers, and the minion pen your sister gave you for your birthday. Try to be cruel and throw away everything you don’t need. The whole process of slowly getting rid of all the unnecessary things on your desk will make you feel more calm and more organized.

Stay minimalist:

Sometimes you can feel overwhelmed by all the things lying around on your desk. So after you threw away all the unnecessary things, try to keep your desk minimalist. Your head will be pulled in too many different directions and you will get distracted if you have too many things on your desk. Always make sure you have your Daily Planner on your desk to become even more organised.

Make it homey:

Even though I just told you that you should narrow down the things on your desk. I think having personal things at your workplace makes it really calming. Have a picture of your family or your favorite flowers on your desk. So if you ever feel too stressed out you can lean back, take a breath and remind yourself of the happy things in life and that work is only work.

Color code your desk:

Try not to have too many different colors in your desk/office that don’t get along great. I don’t mean that you should ban all the colours (that would be depressing!). But try to think about which colors match and calm you down. The color theme on your desk will make it automatically look more organized and calming.

 

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Juxtapoz Magazine – Takashi Murakami Once Again Changes Our Perceptions with “An Arrow through History”

If there was ever an artist who could flip our perceptions on contemporary art in one gigantic wave of ideas, Takashi Murakami has been at the forefront of these shape-shifting concepts for two decades. He challenged what we considered to be high art in his Superflat concepts, brought fashion and art together in new and exciting ways and has now changed the way artists use the metaverse, perhaps forever. An Arrow through History is his first exhibition since a major breakthrough into his NFT career, a move that is not only one of the biggest in art but also sees the Japanese artist experimenting with how to present these crossover elements into a physical gallery setting. 

From the gallery: Murakami’s presentation at 976 Madison Avenue consists of works based on the Clone X NFT initiative (2021), which he developed in collaboration with RTFKT Studios. Clone X is a series of NFT avatars conceived as three-dimensional figures bearing the artist’s distinctive motifs. The works at Gagosian translate the digitally modeled NFTs into meticulously detailed, hand-painted portraits and full-scale figurative sculptures—physical manifestations of art created for the metaverse. As Murakami explains: “When I work on a creative production, I make no distinction between digital and analog. I’m always working in the context of contemporary art, and that context is all about whether I can be involved in events that manage to trigger a cognitive revolution.”

This is the key, too, to where other artists contribute to and make work that fits both into the metaverse and gallery setting. How do artists use the tools from each place and create something in sync. Murakami has always been able to balance dichotomies in a way that felt natural and cerebral, and this show is just another revolution he is championing. —Evan Pricco


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Specs, timeline, what’s next for critical OFT-2 launch

Boeing will launch the second orbital test of its Starliner capsule on May 19. Orbital Flight Test 2 (OFT-2) is a much-anticipated mission, aiming to succeed where OFT-1 failed.

The aforementioned flight test was plagued by two critical navigation issues with the CST-100 Starliner spacecraft. Three years later, Boeing hopes to prove their system with a successful launch, orbit, and docking at the International Space Station (ISS). If all goes according to plan, Starliner will successfully deliver 500 pounds of cargo to the ISS and set the stage for the Starliner’s first crewed mission to the station later this year.

Boeing’s Starliner program is a vital component of its space program in the coming years. The Starliner is in stiff competition with SpaceX’s Crew Dragon to transport astronauts to the ISS — but unlike Starliner, Crew Dragon has carried five missions to the ISS, most recently Crew-4 and the Axiom-1 private tourist mission. As a prerequisite to carrying crews to orbit, Boeing must prove the safety of its launch system. This includes critical orbital missions like OFT-2 that must take place before any astronauts can launch aboard the capsule.

The Starliner in the Vertical Integration Facility. NASA/Frank Michaux

OFT-2 launch specifications

The launch vehicle consists of a Boeing CST-100 Starliner spacecraft attached to an Atlas V rocket. Starliner rests atop an Atlas-Centaur upper stage with the help of a launch vehicle adapter (LVA) and an aeroskirt, which mitigates shockwaves created during launch. This aeroskirt is the same diameter as the Starliner and hangs over the edge of the Centaur upper stage. In total, the launch vehicle stands 172 ft (52.4 meters) tall.

The Atlas V is powered by a single, powerful RD-180 engine on the booster stage, along with two Solid Rocket Boosters (SRB) attached alongside. Combined, this engine configuration will provide roughly 1.5 million pounds of thrust. Comparably, the Centaur stage can produce approximately 22,600 pounds of thrust through its dual RL10A-4-2 engines. The United Launch Alliance will soon phase out the Atlas V in favor of the Vulcan rocket due to many factors, including the RD-180’s Russian origins.

OFT-2 launch date, time, and schedule

The OFT-2 mission will launch no earlier than 6:54 p.m. Eastern time on Thursday, May 19. The Atlas rocket will lift off from NASA’s Space Launch Complex-41 in Cape Canaveral, Florida. If the launch cannot occur on the 19th, May 20 is a backup launch date. You can watch the launch through NASA’s standalone broadcast, which will start at 6 p.m. Eastern time, roughly one hour before the launch of OFT-2.

Photo of the original slated OFT-2 launch that never occurred. NASA/Getty Images News/Getty Images

OFT-2 mission timeline

Atlas V will lift off from Cape Canaveral at 6:54 p.m. As the rocket ascends into the sky, it will perform a pitch-over to align itself along the mission path. Atlas V will also vector its thrust to roll over the rocket into a “heads-up” position so that any potential astronauts would be seated upright.

  • The rocket will reach the speed of sound (Mach 1) at T+1:05.
  • At T+2:20, the SRBs will jettison to the sides of Atlas’ booster.
  • At T+4:29, Atlas’ booster stage will shut off its engine, and the Centaur second stage will continue alone with Starliner. Atlas V will burn up in the atmosphere, along with the two SRBs.
  • At T+4:41, Starliner’s Ascent Cover will Jettison itself from the capsule. This aerodynamic shield streamlines Starliner by reducing drag in the atmosphere, but is dead weight in space. Centaur’s dual engines will fire up and set the system on a suborbital trajectory shortly after. This ensures that if navigation systems fail aboard Starliner, it will naturally return to Earth off the Australian coast.
  • At T+5:05, the aeroskirt will be jettisoned
  • At roughly 12 minutes, the main engine cutoff (MECO) of Centaur’s engines will occur, preparing Starliner for separation
  • At T+14:50, the Starliner Spacecraft will finally separate from Centaur and begin its journey to the International Space Station
  • Remotely guided by NASA mission control in Houston, Starliner will dock with the Space Station at 7:10 p.m. Friday, May 20.

OFT-1 vs. OFT-2

Nearly three years ago, OFT-1 aimed to accomplish the same goals as OFT-2. Although the Atlas V rocket inserted the Starliner capsule into a perfect trajectory, the capsule’s navigational systems believed “it was in an orbital insertion burn.” Despite this failure, mission control was able to safely return Starliner to Earth. Over the coming months, inspectors found that the capsule had encountered two critical software issues.

Comprehensively inspecting and fixing the navigation system for a complex spacecraft is no easy task, which is one of the reasons why a second orbital test has been so delayed. Unrelated issues forced Boeing to scrub the intended second launch in August 2021. Now that Starliner is back and presumably better than ever, this launch will test the complex imaging system required to dock to the ISS, along with the rest of the Starliner spacecraft.

WHAT’S NEXT? — If OFT-2 is successful, Boeing can finally progress toward moving astronauts to the International Space Station. Currently, NASA’s only ride to the ISS is through SpaceX’s Crew Dragon program, which has seen four flawless Commercial Crew missions to the space station, two other crewed launches to the ISS, and one orbital all-civilian mission. Pending a successful test, Starliner could see crewed use by the end of 2022.

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Lesbian Gov Candidate Moves On, Sims Out, Cawthorn Dropped • Instinct Magazine

Cawthorn, Slack-Mayfield, Sims

Mixed news today from the Primaries across the country.

US Senate – There was so much news out of Pennsylvania, let’s start there. Current Penn Lieutenant Governor John Fetterman won the Democratic primary for the state’s open U.S. Senate seat, gaining more votes than U.S. Rep. Conor Lamb and State Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta. If Kenyatta had taken this win and the one in November, he would have shattered a couple of ceilings, being the first gay and first gay black man in the US Senate. We will still hear more from him as the seat he currently holds in the Pennsylvania House, he currently has no competition from any other democrat or republican.

But don’t fret, John Fetterman is a very strong ally to have as seen in one of our past pieces – Lt. Gov. Fights To Display Rainbow Flag At Penn Capitol.

No More Sims? Our love affair with gay State Rep. Brian Sims will go on, even though he was unable to capture the Democratic nod for Pennsylvania’s Lieutenant Governor. What will happen to his seat as a representative in Pennsylvania? It was hoped to stay rainbow, but Deja Lynn Alvarez, a Latina trans woman, and Jonathan D. Lovitz, a white gay man were unable to keep the seat for the Friends of Dorothy, but at least there is an ally in Benjamin Waxman, and it is believed any democratic candidate would have kept the seat blue in November.

Other Penn Rainbow Candidates – here are other LGBTQ+ candidates in Pennsylvania that did well in their democratic primaries and hope to succeed in November.

  • House District 49 – Izzy Smith Wade-El, bi and nonbinary
  • House District 36 – Jessica Benham, bisexual

The currently Speaker of the House in Oregon has won her bid for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination in Oregon. Tina Kotek is poised to become the first lesbian governor of any U.S. state.

Tina Kotek – Image courtesy Tina Kotek’s campaign

Kotek was the first lesbian to be speaker of ANY House of Representatives in the nation. The Governor’s House and position is becoming vacant because Oregon’s Democratic Governor Kate Brown is unable to run again because of term limits. Brown is the nation’s first out bisexual governor. If she wins in November, Kotek would join out gay Colorado Governor Jared Polis as our nation’s LGBTQ+ governors. 

Other Penn Rainbow Candidates – here are other LGBTQ+ candidates in Oregon that did well in their democratic primaries and hope to succeed in November.

  • House District 35 – Dacia Grayber, queer woman
  • House District 44 – Travis Nelson, gay
  • House District 25 – Ben Bowman, gay
  • US Congress Seat – Jamie McLeod-Skinner, lesbian, leads incumbent Kurt Schrader as of publication time.

LaWana Mayfield succeeded in the primary election for Charlotte City Council. With this victory, she is now on track to become the first out LGBTQ person ever elected citywide in Charlotte, North Carolina. There are currently just six Black out lesbians serving on city councils nationwide.

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VictoryFund.org stated that more LGBTQ people are running for Congress in 2022 than ever before.

 Related Post: States Where LGBTQ Congressional Candidates are Running (2022)

“At least 101 people ran or are running for the U.S. Senate or U.S. House – with 96 still actively running as of February 21, 2022. That marks a 16.1 percent increase in LGBTQ Congressional candidates compared to the 2020 election cycle, when 87 people ran,” the Fund’s website reads.

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For an interesting read about some LGBTQ Candidates that are not even going to make it to the primaries, head over to the Washington Blade for their article: Two gay candidates disqualified from D.C. primary ballot

A member of the Capital Stonewall Democrats, D.C.’s largest LGBTQ local political group, mounted a successful challenge before the D.C. Board of Elections earlier this month that resulted in a gay Republican and a gay Libertarian Party activist withdrawing as candidates for public office in the city’s June 21 primary.

Oh dear, what do we think about this one?

Cawthorn, who at 26 years old is currently the youngest person in Congress, conceded to state Senator Chuck Edwards on Tuesday. With 95 percent of the votes reported, Edwards leads 33.4 percent compared to Cawthorn’s 31.9, according to The Associated Press. – Newsweek

What lead to the demise of this manchild? Was it his own words?  He did call Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky a “thug”, he oddly claimed fellow lawmakers had invited him to cocaine laced orgies.  Or was it his actions where he’s been accused of illegal cryptocurrency insider trading or him trying to take guns through airport security? Or was it those images of him wearing women’s lingerie being leaked to press and a video emerging of the congressman naked in bed thrusting against another male.

The GOP Congressman Responded To The Crotch-Grabbing Video On Instagram

Cawthorn’s Naked Video Took Hump Day To A New Level

We can take your pick as to what lead to his downfall. 

A – numero uno – he ain’t going any further. We are all happy about that. I would love to think that it is because of his total stupidity on trying to be a human being, but…

B – on the crappy flip side – what I do not hope is that he was not moved forward in the primaries because he is possibly gay. Yes, many of us have said we don’t want him on our team because of the kind of person he is and then of course some get all thirsty and think he’s hot, no matter what molten crap is inside his body. And others think he isn’t gay, but just one of those frat boys that do “no homo bro shit” to be funny. We’ve all seen it, don’t lie. But if he lost because he is one of the gays, then that is somewhat of a loss for us all. 

As for the Georgia Witch, Marjorie Taylor Greene, we need to wait until May 24th for that one. 

Will we start to see more of a Rainbow Surge in politics? With the new generations whom identify as more Queer than ever gaining the vote and using their voice, will we see more and more candidates being Queer/LGBTQ+ and moving up the ranks in politics?

This is what we need.  We need people to put themselves out there to be representatives of the community as a whole and not the select few. 

We also need those of us to support them and participate. This is PROOF that it is not just about November elections. If candidates do not make it through the primaries, there is no November for them or us. We did not mention all of the LGBTQ+ candidates that did not make it, but there were many. 

Did you participate in your primaries? Will you vote in November?


Sources:  Advocate , Newsweek , VictoryFund.org


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