Porn Star Max Konnor Alleges Racist Treatment At NYC Leather Shop

Adult performer and GayVN Award nominee Max Konnor has accused New York City leather store, The Leather Man, of discriminatory behavior while he was in the store.

Konnor took to his Twitter account on Saturday, December 8, writing: "Guys, I just experienced racism full force. The owner of @LeatherManNYC  just kicked me out after coming in trying to get an outfit made for the @GayVN awards.  Please let them know that this behavior will not stand.  Do not support this company.  Send them a message.”


Konnor is nominated for three awards at the 2019 GayVN’s including ‘Performer of the Year.’

After being told the design he’d hoped to have made for the awards ceremony wouldn’t be possible, Konnor and his designer, Maxfield Haynes, continued to browse the store and pulled out their phones to call for a car.

At that point, Konnor says the owner approached him saying, “We really don’t have time to watch people that aren’t going to buy anything.”

Konnor says he told the shop keeper he didn’t need to be “watched.” The owner then allegedly raised his voice telling the men to “Get out of my store.”

The duo exited the store and the front door was apparently locked after their departure. Haynes says there were still 10 other people in the store.

Store employee Scott Jordan told OUT that the issue was the owner, Chuck Mueller, doesn’t like phones used in the store.

“When they came upstairs he asked them not to use their phones because people come in and take photos and stuff and never buy anything,” said Jordan. “They said something to him and that just set him off.”

“It wasn’t a matter of race,” Jordan added. “If they were white, he would have done the same thing; it’s his age.” 

Haynes and Konnor say no one asked them to put their phones away during their visit to the store.

Since Konnor went public with his allegations The Leather Man has issued a statement denying any racism via Instagram.

The statement denounces “rumors and misinformation” about the alleged incident.

“The Leather Man has a long history of employing women, people of color, and transgendered individuals in both sales and management positions,” according to the statement. “Throughout the worst of the AIDS epidemic, many HIV positive individuals found both employment and a safe home at The Leather Man when confronted by fear and discrimination elsewhere.”

“We are deeply saddened that the specific interaction in question was, in any fashion, construed to have any racial overtones,” the post continues.

Here’s the full statement:



A number of rumors and misinformation about a supposedly racist incident taking place in our shop have been making the rounds on social media. They are, of course, untrue. The Leather Man was founded in 1965, a period in American history where the Civil Rights Movement was just gaining traction and the Gay Rights Movement was barely in its infancy. In this pre-Stonewall era, being gay, let alone being a Leather Man could result in arrest, persecution, and discrimination. Civil liberties and the right to openly be who you are have been principles The Leather Man has upheld throughout the decades. The Leather Man has a long history of employing women, people of color, and transgendered individuals in both sales and management positions. Throughout the worst of the AIDS epidemic, many HIV positive individuals found both employment and a safe home at The Leather Man when confronted by fear and discrimination elsewhere. As an institution, we take our role in the wider community very seriously. We are deeply saddened that the specific interaction in question was, in any fashion, construed to have any racial overtones. This was a matter of implementing a shop policy with regard to custom work and alterations, and the disagreement was in no way based on the individuals being men of color. We do utilize a buzzer system during busy times to allow our sales staff to adequately serve our customers individual needs, and it was not the case that any specific customers were ever locked out of the premises. We regret that any customer would leave the store with such feelings but we hope that our five decades of commitment to progressive social values represents The Leather Man’s commitment to being a welcoming place for all. #leathercommunity #gayfetish #bdsm #kinkcommunity #brotherhood #love #saynotracism #everyonewelcome

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However, one fan chimed in on Konnor’s Twitter account saying they saw the alleged behavior:

And another adult performer added this:

(h/t OUT)

Annual Hate Crimes Report Shows 3rd Consecutive Increase In Bias Crimes

Just weeks after a lone gunman entered a Pittsburgh synagogue killing 11 people and wounding 6 more, the Federal Bureau of Investigations has released its annual report on hate crimes in America.

And the news isn’t good.

A hate crime is defined by the FBI as a “criminal offense against a person or property motivated in whole or in part by an offender’s bias against a race, religion, disability, sexual orientation, ethnicity, gender, or gender identity.”

The FBI says hate crime incidents surged in 2017 by 17 percent. That is the largest increase since 2001 when the 9/11 attacks gave way to a big jump in violence aimed at Arab Americans and Muslim Americans.

There were 7,175 hate crimes reported in 2017, up from 6,121 in 2016.

The year was the third consecutive annual increase.

Now, let me think, what happened about three years ago that would fuel ethnic/religious rage?

It was in 2015 that Donald Trump announced his presidential campaign with a speech trashing Mexican immigrants. He has publicly sided with white nationalists and neo-nazis who rallied in Virginia; railed about African American football players for kneeling during the national anthem; and demonized the Central American migrant caravan of asylum seekers as an “invasion.”

While 1,303 of the reported incidents in 2017 were driven by bias regarding sexual orientation, the vast majority - 4,832 incidents - involved animus due to race or ethnicity.

Almost half of those reports involved African Americans, and anti-Latino bias was found in 11% of hate crimes in 2017.

Religious bias was responsible for the second largest segment of hate crimes with 1,679 reports of religion-motivated incidents.

Anti-Muslim hate crimes saw a small decline (273 in 2017 versus 314 in 2016), but historically speaking that’s still very high.

The annual report shows there were 131 hate crimes related to gender identity, barely edging out incidents regarding bias based on disability.

The category with the fewest occurrences were hate crimes motivated by gender (53).

(h/t Voice of America)

The MAGABomber Told His Former Manager That She Would Burn in Hell Because She is a Lesbian

Debra Gureghian, the manager of New River Pizza and Fresh Kitchen where the MAGA Bomber worked as a delivery driver recounts her encounters with Cesar Sayoc, who, in addition to being a domestic terrorist, was also a racist homophobe, according to a CNN interview that was posted on Raw Story

In the interview, Gureghian that she was surprised that he was the one sending the bombs, but she did note that she knew that he had issues and "beat to the beat to his own drum," saying that he was "anti-gay, anti-black, anti-Jewish" and that everyone who wasn't a white supremacist "didn't belong in the world." She also said that he was a good employee, as he was always on time and was always cordial to people, the customers liked him, and he got along with the other employees, but his political views scared him. 

Although he was a nice person to everyone, he did make it a point to tell Debra, an out-and-proud lesbian, that "God made a mistake" with her and that she will "burn in hell" along "with all the blacks, and Jews, and Hispanics, and everybody else." Gureghian also commented that he drove this van

to work every day, which made her decide to schedule him for night time deliveries, as the van was "freaky scary."

One of the more frightening aspects about all of this is that he appeared to be a normal American citizen (well, aside from the van) and that he dressed normally and was generally a nice person, but created over a dozen bombs to commit an attempted nationwide mass murder of prominent Democrats and people who spoke out against Donald Trump. Hopefully, there won't be a copycat criminal anytime soon. 



h/t: Raw Story

Anti-Gay Banner Found Hanging in Northern Ireland

I'm saddened but not surprised. This hateful banner was found hanging over an overpass on an expressway in Northern Ireland, according to Attitude. How annoying that people are still like this.

Both the Irish and LGBTQ people have historically been subjected to unfair persecution. Seriously, go read "A Modest Proposal" by Jonathan Swift and... pretty much anything I've written on here. It's mostly negative. The banner was discovered on October 19th by Amanda Ferguson. She posted a picture of the banner on Twitter with the caption "Oh dear. Hate mongers at their work again. This anti-Irish, homophobic banner has appeared on the M1 between junction 10 (Oxford Island) and junction 9 (International Airport). I can’t see this taking off tbh. Just not as catchy as: No woman, no cry!"

The banner has since been taken down and Declan Kearney, a Sinn Féin (a left-wing political party in Ireland) called the banner "reprehensible" and said that this hate message is not indicative of the views of the majority of Irish people, as Ireland has recently thrown one of "the most vibrant, most colourful Pride parades" which sent an LGBTQ-affirming message to the people of Ireland.

As a gay man and an Irish (well, partially at least) person, this banner really bothered me. What I don't understand is how being Irish and/or gay has any impact on anyone. It doesn't make sense to me.

h/t: Attitude

Mexican Gay Men's Chorus Detained by Homeland Security in Texas

We've all most likely heard men's choruses, with their beautiful basses and baritones and terrific tenors singing magnificent music. Gay men's choruses are a more recent invention, with them being started after the assassination of Harvey Milk's in the late 70s and the beginning of the AIDS crisis in the 80s. The first gay men's chorus was the Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles, whose 40th anniversary concert will be held on October 13th. They will be joined by Mexico's Coro Gay Ciudad de México to bridge the gap between the United States and Mexico during this trying time of international tension. However, the event was almost ruined due to the CGCDM being stopped by Homeland Security in Texas, reports Los Angeles Blade.

On the morning of Sunday, October 7th, the CGCDM arrived at William P. Hobby Airport in Houston, Texas. A university professor, Jorge Gutierrez, was stopped by security to verify that he was not the Jorge Gutierrez that was wanted for stealing a truck. As he waited, members of the Mexican chorus chatted with him about the upcoming concert in Los Angeles which aroused suspicion from security that the members were visiting the US as paid performers instead of tourists, contrary to what their visas indicated. The CGCDM is not getting paid for the event so they would not need a visa to reflect that. 

A Homeland Security officer detained the group after finding sheet music in their luggage, as they believed that the chorus was not being honest about the reason for their visit to the US, despite having their visit sponsored bybthe Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles. The security officer was thinking of deporting the CGCDM back to Mexico. Luckily, another Homeland Security officer informed airport security that the group will not be paid and explained the details of the concert. After a short conversation, airport security decided to let the chorus proceed to LA.

While I am glad that this debacle has been settled, I'm saddened that it occurred in the first place. Airport security had the necessary information to know that the chorus was not visiting the US for nefarious purposes but instead they suspected them of lying about the reason for their visit and almost deported them. Why? Possibly because they are Mexican. It's no secret that international relations between the United States and Mexico have been very tense after Donald Trump's comments about the people of Mexico and also his comments directed toward Mexican president Enrique Peña Nieto. By suspecting the chorus of lying on their visas solely based on the fact that they're Mexican will only further divide the two countries, which is the exact opposite of what the Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles' 40th anniversary concert is trying to achieve.

h/t: Los Angeles Blade 

These Kids Should Be More Focused on School Than Perpetuating Hate Speech

Students from the Senior class at Escondido High School in California are under fire for posing for photos that spelled out homophobic and racist messages. Students wore shirts with monograms on them to pose for pictures that displayed pre-approved messages during their annual senior barbecue. However, after the fact, some of the students thought it would be hilarious to rearrange themselves and snap some pics that showed the world just how big of assholes they are.

Along with the popular homophobic moniker ‘FAGS’, another group of students formed the ‘N’ word.

Whitney, do you still believe the children are our future? Sounds like learned behavior to me!

The school’s principal, Dr. Adriana Lepe-Ramirez shared in a statement with 10News:

We are a campus that prides itself on inclusion and embraces diversity. We will not tolerate actions that send messages of racism and promote divisiveness. We will work with students, as well as staff, to ensure a respectful and safe environment is maintained throughout our campus. We all need to understand the power of our words and actions, and we must take responsibility for the decisions we make each and every day. At Escondido High School we will continue to work every day to build a culture of family and unity across our community.

The principal also made an important announcement to the entire school which included:

I understand that the messages that were posted on social media incited anger and frustration, but I want to encourage you all to remember that the only thing that combats hate is love, the only thing that combats divisiveness is unity.

The incident is currently under investigation.

h/t: 10News

Joel Kim Booster And Other LGBTQ Celebs Share Their Thoughts On Being Kindr On Grindr

Grindr’s “Kindr” campaign has officially begun and they’ve enlisted the help of queer people of color to help be the faces of this new movement.

During this summer, Grindr announced an upcoming campaign and shift to it’s program. This “kindr” Grindr would prohibit users from using terms like “No Asians” on their profiles.

Many have applauded and condemned this announcement, and some say it's entirely moot since the problem is more societally based.

Now, it seems the campaign side of the program shift has begun.

Recently, Grindr released the below statement about the “kindr” campaign:

“At Grindr, we’re into diversity, inclusion, and users who treat each other with respect. We’re not into racism, bullying, or other forms of toxic behavior. These are our preferences, and we’ve updated our Community Guidelines to better reflect them. Same app. New rules. Everyone is entitled to their opinion. Their type. Their tastes. But nobody is entitled to tear someone else down because of their race, size, gender, HIV status, age, or – quite simply – being who they are. Join us in building a kinder Grindr. Express yourself, but not at the expense of someone else. Report discrimination when you see it. Use your voice and share your story to call out prejudice and spark change. Together, we can amplify the conversation and take steps towards a kinder, more respectful community.”

In addition, Grindr released the below video which included people like Joel Kim Booster, Rakeem Cunningham, Jai Rodriguez, The Vixen, Emilio Amador, and Jasmine.

Each person in this group shared personal thoughts on the age-old conversation of racism/preference on the app and in gay dating as a whole.

“If you don’t put ‘no Asians’ in your profile, it doesn’t mean you have to f**k Asians now,” said rising comedian Joel Kim Booster. “It just means I don’t have to see it….For you to say ‘I know what every Asian guy looks like and I know for a fact that I would not be attracted to any of them?’ That comes from a racist place. Because you don’t know what we all look like. That’s ugly.”

You can hear all the other opinions and perspectives from Grindr and its associates down below.



Roseanne Won't Criticize Spinoff Sitcom: "I Got To Stay In The Middle Or I'll Go Dark"

During a conversation with Rabbi Shmuley Boteach for the conservative “Promised Land” podcast, Roseanne Barr revealed she’s planning to leave the United States for Israel before the premiere of the ABC spinoff sitcom, The Connors.

Shmuley didn’t shy away from the upcoming premiere set for October 16 on ABC.

The New York Daily News reports the Rabbi asked point-blank if she planned to watch the “revised version” of her now departed sitcom.

“I have an opportunity to go to Israel for a few months and study with my favorite teachers over there,” Barr told Shmuley, a longtime friend. “And that’s where I'm going to go and probably move somewhere there and study with my favorite teachers.”

“You know, I have saved a few pennies and I'm so lucky that I can go,” she added. “It's my great, great joy and privilege to be a Jewish woman.”

The comedy star also shared that staying in the U.S. for the premiere and seeing the media’s response could “tempt” her to make a controversial comment about the spinoff, especially if she “has too many drinks.”



Barr did offer this comment regarding The Connors: “I’m not going to curse it or bless it. I’m staying neutral. That’s what I do. I’m staying away from it. (I’m not) wishing bad on anyone, and I don’t wish good for my enemies, you know. I don’t. I can’t. I just stay neutral.”

Barr also admitted to “some mental health issues of depression and stuff,” during the chat. Alluding to personal demons, she explained, “I got to stay in the middle or I’ll go dark, and I don’t want to go dark again.”

The reboot of Barr’s hit sitcom, Roseanne, was summarily cancelled after one season in the aftermath of racist tweets by the 65-year-old comedienne about former White House advisor Valerie Jarrett. In the tweets, which Roseanne later blamed on “Ambien-tweeting,” she compared Jarrett to an ape.

She denied any racist overtones claiming, “I thought the b—h was white.”

Barr also made disparaging comments about former First Daughter Chelsea Clinton and Democratic supporter, George Soros.

ABC decided to revamp the reboot one more time, this time without Barr. In order for the project to move forward, however, Barr was required to sign away any rights to future royalties of the new show.

In an interview last week, actor John Goodman shared that Barr's character will be dead in the new spinoff.

(h/t The New York Daily News)

Peaceful Counterprotestors Helped Make The Sequel to Charlottesville A Complete, Utter, Total, Absolute, Embarrassing, Pathetic Failure

Last year, the first Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville horrified us. The terrorizing display of racism resulted in the death of 32-year-old counterprotestor Heather Heyer, who was fatally struck by a car driven by a Neo-Nazi sympathizer. The aftermath of the rally was made worse by our president, who blamed both sides for the violence.

This year, far-right organizers publicly predicted a turnout of at least several hundred people in Washington, D.C. for “Unite the Right 2.”

About two dozen white nationalists showed up, reports CNN. And they were vastly outnumbered by peaceful counterprotestors.

The violence and hate in Charlottesville last year wasn’t just race-related. A viral video showed protestors chanting “F**k you faggots.”

LGBTQ+ activists took a stand at Unite the Right 2 today, and we’re kind of in love with a group called “ResisDance.”

From their Facebook page:

“While nazis and white supremacists spread an ideology of racism and genocide, we are here to fiercely and unapologetically celebrate our communities and our existence - and of course drown them out with bumpin’ beats and lots of rainbow biodegradable confetti!”

“As these individuals descend on our city, now is the time to show up and let them know that their legacy of violence is over. We're trans. We're queer. We're fabulous. We're sick of your Nazi sh*t. Don't f*ck with us.”

Thanks in part to ResisDance and other inspiring counterprotestors, Unite the Right 2 was, in no uncertain terms, a disaster. Pathetic. This thing bombed harder than Solo: A Star Wars Story or A Wrinkle in Time. (yikes!)

Here’s all of what happened: about 20 bigots showed up and were so overwhelmed by resisters that they “marched” early and were finished by 5:30 p.m.; that’s when the marching was originally scheduled to begin.

Back to Heather Heyer. Her last Facebook post before she was killed read: “If you’re not outraged, you’re not paying attention.”

Heyer was a waitress, bartender and paralegal known to her friends as an outspoken supporter of human rights and equality. At her funeral, her mother told hundreds of mourners to turn anger into righteous action.”

Spike Lee’s latest film, critically acclaimed BlacKkKlansman, is dedicated to Heather Heyer’s memory.


h/t: CNN, PinkNews

Check out ResisDance on Facebook here.

Porn Star Bruno Bernal Uses The 'N' Word on Social Media

Gay porn star Bruno Bernal is under attack for his blatant usage of the "N" word on social media.

This all started a couple of days ago where he used the defamatory word on an Instagram story. Str8UpGayPorn has the receipts from it, where he said "Worse thing in life! Barbers that don't f**k shut up talking with this n***a accent."

It didn't take too long for some of his followers to call him out on the usage of said word, where one blatantly DM'd him and said "Youre a f***ing ignorant racist c**t." His response? "ENOUGH! If you don't have balls to show your face and your opinions like I do then bye."

It didn't stop there as people kept coming at him for using the word. "911. Report to the police then. If you don't know the context of it f**k off! I didn't ask your opinion," he also said. "Unfollow + block."

It got worse from there on his next Instagram story where he tried to explain himself.

"My first boy friend (SP) was black, after that I had another black ex boyfriend, then I had sex with few black guys and my current boyfriend is black. If I was racist I don't think it would be happening so frequently. I like black culture and I don't discriminate anyone by their race but if you are f***ing ghetto and don't even use properly a normal vocabulary because you think is cool talk like a black ghetto person that just came out of prison what you want me to say? WHATEVER don't like! Unfollow + block." 

Str8UpGayPorn also included video of Bruno in the barber chair where it all went down at the bottom of the page.

It didn't stop there. He seemed to double down on his usage of the word on his Twitter account Tuesday morning, where he shared an alleged message from one of his black fans who assured him that he's not "racist at all." The fan in question justified his usage of the word and stated that he used at is well to "describe ignorant black people."

Here's the tweet that Bernal posted about all of this.