Polls

Poll: Who Is Your Pick For Our Leading Men Ally of 2013?

Ten years of Leading Men Issues has introduced us to hundreds of amazing, smart and successful gay and bisexual men who have done great things for our community and beyond. But there are some straight guys out there doing big things on our behalf as well—and this year has certainly been no exception. 

From an equality rap duo and activist athletes to a rising political star, click here to vote in our Leading Men Ally 2013 poll and then look for our honoree in November.

What's Your Instinct: What's The Song Of Summer 2013? Vote Now!

We take our summer soundtracks very seriously, which is why we're putting the title of this year's Song of Summer in the best hands possible: yours. Democracy!

Will this year's crown go to a single that's heading into summer strong? Or will it be a sleeper hit that gains steam as the months heat up? According to Billboard, the viral infectiousness of 2012's "Call Me Maybe" placed the Song of Summer sticker on Carly Rae Jepsen's iconic single. Do any of these tracks have that meme-worthy possibility? 

So many questions, but there's only one that matters: what is the 2013 Song of Summer?!

Nikki Williams "Glowing"

 

 

Robin Thicke feat. TI, Pharrell "Blurred Lines"

 

 

Rihanna feat. David Guetta "Right Now"

 

 

Little Mix "Wings"

 

 

Cher "Woman's World"

 

 

Kylie "Skirt"

 

 

Daft Punk "Get Lucky"

 

 

Icona Pop "Girlfriend"

 

 

Selena Gomez "Slow Down"

 

 

Mariah Carey feat. Miguel "#Beautiful"

 

 

Justin Timberlake "Mirrors"

 

 

Major Lazer feat. Bruno Mars "Bubble Butt"

 

 

Macklemore "Can't Hold Us"

 

 

Miley Cyrus "We Can't Stop"

 

 

 

 

So, who will it be, Instincters??

Gentlemen, start your engines and may the best summer song win! You may vote once per 24 hour period through Friday, July 26, 2013, the last day of the poll. Head here to place your vote (at the bottom of the page).

We'll announce the winner of Instinct's Song of Summer 2013 reader survey in the end of July, so stay tuned (literally!).

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Will Airlines Finally Lift The Ban On Electronics In The Sky?

We've all been there: you're sitting on your flight furiously texting away to let everyone in vacationland know your ETA. Then the flight attendant comes by and says to power that bad boy down. But do you? Or do you just tuck it into your pocket without fully complying?

According to The Week, a recent survey suggests that 40 percent of us fail to power off our electronics before take-off and landing anyway, so what's really happening? Are the pilots' gizmos and gadgets in the cockpit really at risk if passengers don't comply?

That depends on whom you ask.

The FAA has the rule in place because pilots file dozens of reports every year that suggest they are concerned that electromagnetic waves emitted by passengers' cell phones, MP3 players, laptops and tablets, etc. may be interfering with the aircraft's controls. So, that's scary stuff, right? But, and the big but here is, the evidence is theoretical at best.

Because, let's face it, if our personal electronics were as dangerous to flights as the FAA suggests, there would be problems every time we took to the air in a plane. Because, remember, 40 percent of us don't turn off our electronics anyway. Take into consideration, too, that above 10,000 feet, a growing number of airlines are allowing passengers to use the Internet onboard with Wi-Fi. And there have been no reports of dangerous interference here. So what gives?

According to The Week

The FAA announced last year that it would conduct a thorough review of its electronic device policy—but didn't say when that review would be completed. Sen. Claire McCaskill (D–Mo.) has warned the FAA that if it doesn't soon relax its rules on e-readers and other portable electronics, she will introduce legislation forcing it to do so. "I'm big on getting rid of regulations that make no sense," she said, "and I think this is one.

But when might the ban end?

It could be within a year, but current guidelines require each airline to test every singlemake and model of each and every electronic device it wants the FAA to approve for each type of aircraft in its fleet. That's a whole lot of brands, makes and models of electronics to test!

What's your Instinct? Should electronics be allowed on flights?