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Omarosa: ‘There’s Somebody in the White House Who’s Sleeping Around with Everybody’ – WATCH

Omarosa: ‘There’s Somebody in the White House Who’s Sleeping Around with Everybody’ – WATCH
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On Celebrity Big Brother, Beverly Hills housewife Brandi Glanville asked former White House aide Omarosa whether or not she slept with Donald Trump.

“Brandi!”, squealed Ross Mathews. “You cannot ask that question! … But I’d really like to know the answer.”

“Hell no,” replied Omarosa. “Now there is somebody in the White House who is sleeping around with everybody, but she is not me.”

Glanville went on to say that she had heard Apprentice contestants had slept with Donald Trump, but said that she had “never” heard Omarosa’s name.

“God no,” replied Omarosa. “I’m just ratings gold, that’s why…God that is disgusting.”

Omarosa has been unloading about her time in the White House since starting the show.

After a brief discussion about Trump’s immigration policies last week, Omarosa warned: “The crackdowns are happening and they’re aggressive, so they’re intentional, and they’re going to get worse. But don’t get me wrong. Obama administration was aggressive about deportation too. Nobody talks about it.”

She added: “We’re not okay. I’ve seen the plan. The round-up plan is getting more and more aggressive. He’s a numbers guy. He wants to outdo his predecessors.

“Can I just say this. As bad as y’all think Trump is, you would be worried about Pence. Everybody that’s wishing for impeachment might just want to reconsider their life. We would be begging for days of Trump back if Pence became president, that’s all I’m saying. He’s extreme. I’m Christian. I love Jesus, but he thinks Jesus tells him to say things. And I’m like, ‘Jesus ain’t say that.’ He’s scary.”

Last week, Omarosa told Ross Mathews about her time in the White House after he told her that he “never got” why she went there.

Omarosa told him that she felt it was a “call to duty” to her country, not Trump.

She said she was “haunted” by the president’s tweets “every single day” and “tried to be that person” to tell him to stop tweeting but that every time she tried “all of the people around him attacked me.”

“It was like, ‘keep her away from him, don’t get her access, don’t let her talk to him,’” she explained. “And Ivanka’s there, Jared’s there.”

Asked Mathews: “Who has that power to say ‘what’s going on?’”

“I don’t know. I’m not there,” replied Omarosa. “It’s not my circus, not my monkeys, I’d like to say not my problem but I can’t say that because — it’s bad.”

“Should we be worried?”, Mathews asked, to which Omarosa nods.

“It’s going to not be okay, it’s not. It’s so bad.”

Omarosa joined Shannon Elizabeth, Sugar Ray’s Mark McGrath, Keshia Knight Pulliam, Real Housewife Brandi Glanville, former NBA star Metta World Peace, UFC light heavyweight champ Chuck Liddell, actors James Maslow and Marissa Winokur, TV personality Ross Matthews and Miss Colombia Ariadna Gutierrez on the show, which is set to run for 13 nights.

RECENTLY: Omarosa Lawyering Up, May Have Secretly Taped Confidential WH Conversations

In December, Omarosa said that reports she was fired and escorted from the White House after tripping alarms and trying to gain access to the Trump residence were “100 percent false.”

“I resigned and I didn’t do that in the residence, as is being reported. John Kelly and I sat down in the Situation Room, which is a very secure, very quiet room in the White house and we had a very candid conversation…I like to hear all these interesting tales but I have to tell you that they are 100 percent false. Where are the pictures or videos? If I had confronted John Kelly, who is a very formidable person, it would garner enough attention for anyone in the room to at least take a picture or a video or something.”

Omarosa also denied she tried to gain access to the residence or was escorted off:

“The White House is the most secure place in the world. It is ridiculous to assert that anyone would be able to violate the security parameters that is outlined in the most secure building in the world. Not only it is ridiculous but it is also absurd…I wouldn’t want anyone nonetheless myself, to be able to run around or cause a disruption because it is secure for that reason.”

When asked about the deactivation of her pass by the Secret Service, she claimed that her access was changed and restricted after she said she was resigning.

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Omarosa: ‘There’s Somebody in the White House Who’s Sleeping Around with Everybody’ – WATCH

Maddow Gets Emotional Over Mueller’s Indictments: ‘Finally Someone Is Defending Us’

Maddow Gets Emotional Over Mueller’s Indictments: ‘Finally Someone Is Defending Us’

The out journalist sees huge significance in Friday’s indictment of over a dozen Russians, accused of working to wrest the presidency from Clinton and hand it to Trump.

Advertisers Dump UK’s ‘Daily Mail’ Over Homophobic Column Blasting Dad-To-Be Tom Daley

Advertisers Dump UK’s ‘Daily Mail’ Over Homophobic Column Blasting Dad-To-Be Tom Daley
Tom Daley Dustin Lance Black baby

Tom Daley Dustin Lance Black baby

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A growing list of companies are pulling ads from Britain’s Daily Mail following a homophobic column by Richard Littlejohn blasting Tom Daley and Dustin Lance Black for sharing an ultrasound photo of their baby on Valentine’s Day and having the gall to raise a child.

Said Littlejohn in the article: “I supported civil partnerships long before it was fashionable and I’d rather children were fostered by loving gay couples than condemned to rot in state-run institutions, where they face a better-than-average chance of being abused.That said, and despite the fact that countless single parents do a fantastic job, I still cling to the belief that children benefit most from being brought up by a man and a woman. Please don’t pretend two dads is the new normal”

He added: “What I also find slightly disconcerting is that this story was reported virtually everywhere without so much as a raised eyebrow, as if it would be impolite even to ask any questions about the parentage. For instance, is Daley or his husband the father? Was it Bill, or was it Ben? Or neither of them? More pertinently, never mind Who’s The Daddy? Who’s The Mummy?”

Today’s Daily Mail advertisers include @southbankcentre @SuzukiCarsUK @Honda @coopuk @Plusnet @BootsUK @Carpetright @IcelandFoods @DFS @Morrisons #thecoopway #startspreadinglove #stopfundinghate

— Stop Funding Hate (@StopFundingHate) February 16, 2018

Among the companies that have taken action after being called out for advertising with the Daily Mail on Twitter: Natwest, Centre Parcs, Southbank Centre, and EA (Electronic Arts).

We monitor the environment in which our advertising appears, to ensure the values of a publication are compatible with our own. We have no future plans to advertise within the Daily Mail. 2/2

— Southbank Centre (@southbankcentre) February 16, 2018

1/2 We take where we advertise very seriously and have a number of steps to prevent our advertising from appearing alongside inappropriate content. We felt this placement was completely unacceptable and therefore ceased advertising with the Daily Mail with immediate effect.

— Center Parcs UK (@CenterParcsUK) February 16, 2018

Hey Sarah – We wanted to reach out and thank you for bringing this to our attention earlier this morning. We’ve worked with our teams throughout the day to ensure that the placement of any advertisement is not done parallel to messages that go against our values.

— EA UK (@electronicarts) February 16, 2018

At NatWest we have a proud tradition of supporting our LGBT customers and colleagues. We take these issues very seriously and have multiple measures in place to try and ensure our material doesn’t appear next to content which is 1/2

— NatWest (@NatWest_Help) February 17, 2018

obscene, illegal or is at odds with our values. We don’t support the content in this article, and are investigating how our advertising has appeared here. Meanwhile we have stopped our TV ad from featuring on this page. 2/2 DR

— NatWest (@NatWest_Help) February 17, 2018

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Advertisers Dump UK’s ‘Daily Mail’ Over Homophobic Column Blasting Dad-To-Be Tom Daley

GLAAD joins call for advertisers to pull ads from the Daily Mail following anti-gay attack on parents-to-be Tom Daley and Dustin Lance Black

GLAAD joins call for advertisers to pull ads from the Daily Mail following anti-gay attack on parents-to-be Tom Daley and Dustin Lance Black

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GLAAD, the world’s largest LGBTQ media advocacy organization, today called on corporations to join other advertisers in pulling their advertising from the Daily Mail following a hateful OpEd by Richard Littlejohn titled “Please don’t pretend two dads is the new normal” in which he attacks Tom Daley and Dustin Lance Black for announcing that they are expectant fathers.

London arts hub Southbank Centre, and vacation destination Center Parcs, have already removed their ads, but many companies, including Suzuki Cars UK, DFS, Iceland Foods, Plusnet, Honda UK, Boots and Carpetright UK are yet to pull their advertising or speak out against the anti-LGBTQ hate.

In the column, Littlejohn attacks the couple’s joyous announcement as a “publicity stunt,” while admitting he clings to the belief that “children benefit most from being brought up by a man and a woman.” He also goes on to attack a 30-year-old transgender woman for breastfeeding her child, attacking her identity and her fitness as a parent.

“This hateful discourse should never be normalized or sanctioned by businesses who expect LGBTQ people and our allies to use their products and services,” said Zeke Stokes, Vice President of Programs at GLAAD. “We call on these companies to take a stand against the outdated arguments and vile homophobia and transphobia expressed in this column, and put their money where their mouths are by pulling their ads, and supporting LGBTQ people.”

Do you agree that hate is not normal? Join us and demand that advertisers put money where their mouth is and pull advertisements from @DailyMailUK to send a message that hate won’t be tolerated.

— GLAAD (@glaad) February 16, 2018

February 16, 2018

Give Workers £10k To Survive Automation, Top Think Tank Suggests

Give Workers £10k To Survive Automation, Top Think Tank Suggests
Britons should be able to bid for £10,000 to help them prosper amid huge changes to their working lives, a leading think tank suggests today.

The Royal Society for the Arts (RSA) has released research proposing a radical new sovereign wealth fund, which would be invested to make a profit like similar public funds in Norway.

The returns from the fund would be used to build a pot of money, to which working-age adults under-55 would apply to receive a grant in the coming decade.

People would have to set out how they intend to put the five-figure payouts to good use, for example, by using the cash to undergo re-training, to start a new business, or to combine work with the care of elderly or sick relatives.

It would be funded like the student grant system and wealthier individuals could be required to pay back more in tax as their earnings increase.

Ultimately, the RSA paper suggests, the wealth fund would finance a Universal Basic Income (UBI) as the world of modern work is turned upside down by increased automation, new technology and an ageing population.

The UBI would, the charity says, be best used to reward “good work” rather than simply replace existing benefits.

This proposal is not quite an unconditional model – which replaces all state benefits – currently being tested in Finland.

‘Households vulnerable to shock’

Anthony Painter, Director of the RSA’s Action and Research Centre, said: “Economic insecurity risks becoming the new normal unless we take action: around a third of the workforce today are economically insecure, and many more out of work can seem permanently excluded.

“The simple fact is that too many households are highly vulnerable to a shock in a decade of disruption, with stormclouds on the horizon if automation, Brexit and an ageing population are mismanaged.

“Without a real change in our thinking, neither tweaks to the welfare state nor getting people into work alone, when the link between hard work and fair pay has broken, will help working people meet the challenges ahead.

“Equally though those who advocate a Universal Basic Income must show how it is pro-work rather than post-work, and develop specific ideas to fund it. Our report is an attempt to do exactly that.”

AACAP Adopts New Policy Statement on “Conversion Therapy”

AACAP Adopts New Policy Statement on “Conversion Therapy”

Earlier this month, the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) approved a policy statement stating that “‘conversion therapies’ should not be part of any behavioral health treatment of children and adolescents.” Previously, practice parameters on “Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Youth” had been published in the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, stating, “clinicians should be aware that there is no evidence that sexual orientation can be altered through therapy, and that attempts to do so may be harmful… Given that there is no evidence that efforts to alter sexual orientation are effective, beneficial or necessary, and the possibility that they carry the risk of significant harm, such interventions are contraindicated.”

The new AACAP policy expands on this: “The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry finds no evidence to support the application of any ‘therapeutic intervention’ operating under the premise that a specific sexual orientation, gender identity, and/or gender expression is pathological. Furthermore, based on the scientific evidence, the AACAP asserts that such ‘conversion therapies’ (or other interventions imposed with the intent of promoting a particular sexual orientation and/or gender as a preferred outcome) lack scientific credibility and clinical utility. Additionally, there is evidence that such interventions are harmful.”

Conversion therapy has been universally criticized by the American Psychiatric Association, American Psychological Association, American Medical Association and every other mainstream medical and mental health organization. Increasingly, more states are taking action to protect LGBTQ youth from the harmful practice. California, Connecticut, Illinois, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont and the District of Columbia have enacted laws or regulations to protect minors from being subjected to so-called “conversion therapy” by state-licensed mental health providers. In several states, these bills were signed into law by Republican governors, illustrating the bipartisan support for curbing the harmful practice.

And these bipartisan efforts are making a difference.

A Williams Institute study found that 6,000 LGBTQ youth who live in states that protect against the practice would have been subjected to conversion therapy by a licensed healthcare professional if these protections had not been put in place.

However, more work needs to be done. The same Williams Institute report found that approximately 20,000 LGBTQ minors will be subjected to conversion therapy by a licensed healthcare professional in states without laws protecting them from the practice.

That is why HRC is working with organizations such as the National Center for Lesbian Rights to expand the number of states that protect minors from conversion therapy, and with municipalities around the country to pass local legislation when states are slow to act. In the past month, the Washington State Senate and New Hampshire House of Representatives voted to advance legislation that would protect LGBTQ youth from conversion therapy. In addition, last week, Maryland lawmakers introduced bills in both state legislative chambers to safeguard LGBTQ minors from this dangerous and discredited practice.  

At the federal level, HRC is working to pass the Therapeutic Fraud Prevention Act, which would expressly classify the selling and advertising of so-called “conversion therapy” as prohibited consumer fraud. Last year, dozens of AACAP members joined HRC for a Children’s Mental Health Providers LGBTQ Youth Policy Lobby Day, where attendees lobbied on the Therapeutic Fraud Prevention Act and other legislation that would impact LGBTQ youth.

HRC commends AACAP for this new policy statement and is committed to ensuring that in every state, LGBTQ youth are protected from this destructive and detrimental practice.

If a Flawless Gay Vacation of Beach, Boys, Bars, and Brunch is Your Wish, Here’s the Perfect Destination

If a Flawless Gay Vacation of Beach, Boys, Bars, and Brunch is Your Wish, Here’s the Perfect Destination

Island House.

For those wondering how to spend their hard-earned gay dollars this year, clear your calendars for a trip to the Conch Republic of Key West. The southernmost city in the continental United States has a rich gay history that still attracts flocks of LGBT travelers each year.

The island’s welcoming attitude (summed up nicely in local parlance, “Close to perfect, far from normal”) make it an ideal spot for gay visitors. With its unique blend of fun in the sun and vibrant LGBT hotspots, it’s easy to pack a long weekend (or indulge in an extended stay) on the island, but if you’re curious where to start, we’ve rounded up our TOP FOUR reasons to drop everything and book your trip to Key West right now.

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The Bars

No matter what kind of watering hole you prefer to wet your whistle, you’re sure to find the perfect place in Key West. There’s a variety of gay bars to choose from, running the gamut from mild to wild. Make your reservations to catch one of the nightly drag shows at 801 Bourbon Bar, home to the 801 Girls and their leader, the legendary drag queen Sushi. You can also catch the Aquanettes nightly performing at Aqua.

On the other end of the spectrum, if you’d rather see folks performing masculinity, check out the leather and Levi’s scene at 1 Saloon, where rough and tumble patrons compete for Best Chest, Best Butt and much more (like, a lot more) Fridays at midnight.

If you’re looking for a little something more laid back, Bobby’s Monkey Bar is the perfect spot to mix it up with the locals. The clientele is mixed gay and gay-friendly, so swing by for a low-key nightcap or casual cocktail.

Photo by Andy Newman/Florida Keys News Bureau

The Beach

You certainly didn’t come to Key West to stay inside all day, so soak in the sun at Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park. Although it’s a picturesque park, beachgoers be warned: It can get a bit rocky, so pack your swim shoes. The titular fort is also an interesting attraction to learn more about its role in the Civil War and Spanish-American War.

There’s also Dry Tortugas, which is a boat ride away, but worth it for the crystal clear waters, coral reefs and marine life. While there you can also check out Fort Jefferson, one of the largest 19th century forts in the United States.

Leave landlubbers behind for some adventures on the water. Hop aboard a jet ski or take to the sky parasailing with Fury. If that’s a touch too extreme, chill-y out with with your willy out aboard the Blu Q, Key West’s longest-running, all-gay charter. Check out the availability of their clothing-optional, all-male daytime sails and sunset cruises for gay men and women.

The Boys

While Key West makes a great romantic getaway for couples, single travelers will certainly have their, um, hands full with friendly locals and fellow travelers. Take full advantage of Key West’s welcoming clothing-optional culture with a stay at gay guesthouses like the iconic Island House, where the bumping poolside scene and video room will feed your wild side while luxurious rooms and a world-class café help you unwind, or Equator Resort, which includes 11 complimentary adult channels beamed right into your bedroom.

For a whole other kind of sightseeing, take a night to visit Bourbon St. Pub. Proudly hosting the Men of Bourbon, ogle sexy, shirtless go-go boys while sipping your vodka-soda. After you’ve had enough liquid courage, head upstairs to the clothing-optional New Orleans House to lose your inhibitions (and pants).

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The Brunch

You certainly won’t go hungry during your stay in Key West. The island boasts a bustling culinary scene featuring mouth-watering meals from delicious fried conch fritters to high-end cuisine. Of course, the most important meal for any gay traveler is brunch. Take advantage of Key West’s fresh seafood options with Florida lobster benedict at Banana Café or a local yellowtail snapper benedict at Azur.

Don’t worry if you oversleep. You can always grab an Instagram-worthy donut at Glazed Donuts before hitting up the Sunday pool party at Island House or the traditional Sunday tea dance at La Te Da in the afternoon.

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If a Flawless Gay Vacation of Beach, Boys, Bars, and Brunch is Your Wish, Here’s the Perfect Destination