So I got to steal away for some more vacation time and I hopped to Phoenix, Arizona for the weekend. Before we were wheels up at SFO I had already determined in my heart that I would return to my Gay Sports MECCA while I was there. As usual, Roscoes on 7th didn’t disappoint.
Well here’s a thing I never even knew was in the works. Gaming giant Atari is getting ready to launch a specific LGBT themed mobile game! It’s called PRIDEFEST, a city-building game much like that of Roller Coaster Tycoon, but with LGBT peoples.
The Engadget article I found this fantastic news in, puts a lot of stress on the buying power of the LGBT community ($830 billion in the US) and strongly pushes the idea PRIDEFEST is just pandering to the community.
We have a small update since the last time we spoke of Kluwe and the Vikings. Vikings Special Teams Coach Mike Priefer, (the one who spoke of putting all gay people on an island and “nuking it until it glows.”) has been suspended for three games, and made to donate $100,000 to LGBT organizations by the Vikings organization.
Priefer also released a statement apologizing for what he said:
I owe an apology to many people – the Wilf family, the Minnesota Vikings organization and fans, my family, the LGBT community, Chris Kluwe and anyone else that I offended with my insensitive remark. I regret what has occurred and what I said. I am extremely sorry but I will learn from this situation and will work on educating others to create more tolerance and respect.
Earlier this Monday, Obama called upon the US Congress to ban job discrimination against LGBT people. He set the example by signing an executive order of non discrimination for workers of federal contractors.
Hardly a day goes by anymore, that a positive LBGT story, article or report doesn’t get presented by some form of the media, and to think, it hasn’t been that long ago, when all I seemed to hear or read was either negative or heartbreaking. That said, I’m not saying they no longer exist, I’m just saying, I get a mental uplift more often than I used to, as is the case for the recently held 2014 San Francisco Pride Event, where Silicon Valley connects with Pride…
So I just got done with the second season of Hemlock Grove. I can’t give it an A+ but it was definitely worthy of a standard A for Excellent! In leadership training at FedEx Office we used to teach the P.O.P. model of feedback. Always start with a positive, then transition into an “opportunity” for improvement, then finish with another positive. Some also call this the “sandwich” method. Click the link below and read my official analysis of HG2. Warning: Spoilers ahead!
Since the news first came out that Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe was fired, it was immediately thought to be because of his outspoken LGBT stance. The Minnesota Vikings then hired Minnesota Supreme Court Chief Justice Eric Magnuson and former U.S. Justice Department attorney Chris Madel to do an independent investigation to see if there was credibility to that claim. Now, six months after the start of the investigation, the report is finished and in the hands of the Vikings.