A Couple of Guys: Sweet

A Couple of Guys


A Couple of Guys is a weekly comic strip that follows the adventures of Eric Parker, an actor and waiter; his husband Joey Romelli, a police officer; and plenty of offbeat relatives, friends, bar acquaintances and pets.

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Cheers to Summer: 10 Must-Have Drink Recipes to Sip in the Sun


Cheers to Summer: 10 Must-Have Drink Recipes to Sip in the Sun by Mikey Rox

1. Cherry POM

While Southern Comfort-loving frat boys are slinging back Soco and Limes like their paddles depend on it – because heterosexuality is only 55 proof in a house with wall-to-wall dudes – you can take a more sophisticated approach to the New Orleans-born spirit by serving up these come-to-papa Cherry POMs poolside this summer.

1 1/4 oz Southern Comfort Bold Black Cherry
2 oz lemonade
1 oz pomegranate juice
Lemon twist garnish

Combine liquids in cocktail shaker with ice. Shake to blend. Strain into
large rocks glass over fresh ice. Garnish with lemon twist.

2. Green Iced Tea

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At Prunella’s Car Wash

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At Prunella’s Car Wash by Angela Geno-Stumme

Soaps, suds, and nearly naked men and women will be washing your car for a cause this Sunday, July 27th at Prunella’s Annual Car Wash. This year the car wash is being hosted by The Garden Nightclub with proceeds going to PITCH (Positive Iowans Taking Charge), a non-profit HIV+ group, starting at 1 p.m. in Des Moines, Iowa. Prunella DeVille (Jim Baldridge Garst) reactivated the Annual Car Wash 4 years ago, and this year for a donation of $10 a car; you will also be able to have a hot dog or burger, with chips, cookies, bottled water…and of course all the soapy water action you desire from the squidgy volunteers!

The car wash had been an irregular event, starting sometime in 2000s, prior to Jim’s revival of it. His motivation to revive the event stemmed from his work with the AIDS Project of Central Iowa. Jim felt it would be a great fundraiser for The Project and stated, “I thought with my connections as a drag performer it was a no-brainer to get some young men in the community to help me out.”

Prunella Car Wash 2010

This year the organization that will be benefiting from the car wash is PITCH. Jim thought long and hard about which organization to choose, remembering the fact that the car wash has always benefitted HIV/AIDS causes, and he wanted to keep it that way.

“I have been an activist in the HIV/AIDS arena since the late 80s,” said Jim. “In central Iowa there isn’t much choice—and The Project is a great cause of course—but PITCH is so small, yet so important. I went with them, and am tickled to do so!”


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Support LGBT Workplace Equality is Good For Business

White House, LGBT Flag

America is built on the fundamental promise that if you work hard, and play by the rules, you can get ahead. But today, millions of Americans in most states in the country go to work every day fearing that they could lose their jobs simply because of who they are or who they love. No current federal law adequately protects lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) workers from employment discrimination. This is completely contrary to our values as Americans – and it’s also bad for business.

President Obama declared 2014 a year of action – working with Congress where they’re willing, but acting where he can when they refuse to take action...

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The Book of Tyler Glenn


The Book of Tyler Glenn by Chris Azzopardi

Neon Trees frontman talks reconciling gay Mormonism, atheist bashing and bear lust

Neon Trees frontman Tyler Glenn is still figuring out what it means to be a gay Mormon. Not just how both modifiers can exist simultaneously, but if it’s even possible that they do.

ZAEH_NEONTREES_SHOT02-49The alt musician spoke candidly on the heels of the band’s latest album, Pop Psychology, revealing how he’s not letting other people – even the Mormon Church – define his relationship with God, the gay atheists who lambasted him for standing by his beliefs and one of the reasons he recently came out: to find love.

What does being a gay Mormon mean to you? How are you able to be both without feeling like a contradiction?

Yeah, it’s interesting. Because there were things about the church they didn’t agree with, or they decided they wanted to live a different lifestyle regardless of sexuality, I had seen so many of my friends fall away from the church, even if they didn’t necessarily want to. They just felt like they had to pick one or the other.

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Low HIV High School Testing


Progress on decreasing sexual risk behaviors differs by race and gender

Only 22 percent of sexually experienced U.S. high school students have ever been tested for HIV, even though young people account for a disproportionate share of new infections, researchers for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will report at the 2014 International AIDS Conference.

Female and black students were more likely to be tested than male students and other racial/ethnic groups, but HIV high school testing among all groups of adolescents remains low, the CDC analysis found.

“This analysis offers a mixed progress report on sexual risk among U.S. high school students – we’ve seen substantial progress in some areas, but risk persists in others,” said Jonathan Mermin, M.D., director of CDC’s National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and Tuberculosis Prevention. “It is clear that HIV testing is not reaching everyone who needs it.”

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Is Swimming Better Exercise Than Running?

Davey Wavey-color

Is Swimming Better Exercise Than Running? by Davey Wavey

Dear Davey,
I used to run a lot, but I’ve recently taken up swimming which I really enjoy. However, I’m wondering which is a better workout? Swimming? Or running?
Hey Lucas,
When comparing swimming to running, there are a few big differences.
The first is convenience. For one, swimming requires a pool – and often a pool membership. If you’re traveling or on vacation, you might not have access to a lap pool. Second, swimming requires more preparation. In addition to showering before entering the pool, you’ll need to pack a bathing suit, towel, goggles, etc. Running, on the other hand, is much more convenient and accessible. You can do it on any street and only need a pair of sneakers.

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Coming Out Together: Krystal & Jen, Part 1

Luke Gordon

Coming Out Together: Krystal & Jen, Part 1 by Luke Gordon

Often times the coming out process is a solo gig: one person coming out to family, friends, co-workers, and others. What’s unique about Krystal and Jen’s story is that they figured out their sexuality together through their relationship, came out at the same time, and were each other’s primary support.

Little did Jen know that a gift she would receive on her 18th birthday was an introduction to her future wife Krystal who was 16 at the time. They met through a mutual friend, became friends a couple of months later, and then developed a very close friendship. They would remain best friends throughout the next five years. Krystal dated some guys in college but the relationships didn’t go anywhere.

“There was no physical connection,” she recalls.


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Suzanna de Baca New President of Planned Parenthood of the Heartland

Suzanna de Baca

On behalf of the search committee and the board of directors, I am delighted to announce that longtime Planned Parenthood donor and supporter Suzanna M. de Baca has accepted the position of president and chief executive officer of Planned Parenthood of the Heartland, effective September 2, 2014.

The national search for a new president/CEO for our organization was thorough, thoughtful and competitive. The Search Committee is confident that Suzanna will excel in her new role, combining her passion for our mission with her expertise in finance and demonstrated leadership skills.

Suzanna brings more than 20 years of executive leadership at public, privately held and not-for-profit organizations, most recently as vice president of wealth strategies at Ameriprise Financial, Inc.

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Florida Keys gay couples can marry, but not before Tuesday

Same-Sex Marriage Ruling

Monroe County Circuit Judge Luis Garcia overturned Florida’s 2008 constitutional gay-marriage ban on Thursday, and ordered that two Key West bartenders and other gay couples seeking to wed be allowed to marry.

The judge ordered the Monroe County Clerk’s Office to begin issuing marriage licenses to gay couples Tuesday morning.

“The court is aware that the majority of voters oppose same-sex marriage, but it is our country’s proud history to protect the rights of the individual, the rights of the unpopular and rights of the powerless, even at the cost of offending the majority,” Garcia wrote in his opinion, released about 1 p.m. Thursday.

The judge gave the clerk’s office several days to prepare “in consideration of… anticipated rise in activity.”…

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