Anti-gay rant by Vine star: Only gay men have HIV

This is…bad.  Nash Grier, a 16-year old Vine star with 8.7 million followers released this video in April but the video has come under the spotlight.  He’s showing a commercial for an HIV home-testing kit  where they say “Testing for HIV, it’s not a gay thing”.  Grier then says “Yes it is! Fag!”
The F word makes me cringe in agony each time I hear it.  Hearing an obnoxious teenage boy screaming it makes it worse somehow.  Grier has released an apology statement saying he is sorry and that he “was young and in a bad place”.   I think it’s safe to say the countless people that have been bullied for their sexual orientation or HIV status are the ones that were in a bad place. 


This type of language is nothing short of a hate-crime.  Virtual in nature but very much real.  We all know HIV is not a “gay thing”.

Here are some facts from the CDC.  Read the full report here.

Transmission Category: From 2008 through 2011, among adult and adolescent males, the annual number of diagnosed HIV infections attributed to male-to-male sexual contact increased. The numbers of infections attributed to injection drug use, to male-to-male sexual contact and injection drug use, and to heterosexual contact decreased. Among adult and adolescent females, the numbers of infections attributed to injection drug use and to heterosexual contact decreased. In 2011, diagnosed infections attributed to male-to-male sexual contact (65%, including male-to-male sexual contact and injection drug use) and those attributed to heterosexual contact (27%) accounted for approximately 92% of diagnosed HIV infections in the United States.

Hope this kids learns his lesson and uses his fame for good.

Great organization to donate your clothes/furniture to


I am in the process of re-furnishing my apartment and have some items that I could easily sell for a profit but let’s be real…ain’t nobody got time for that.  So, I take the route I always take and donate.  I live in downtown Manhattan so lugging around clothes or other bulky items is not an option.  We have a donation pick-up at my building which is great.  Or so I thought.

I just found out that my building uses the Salvation Army who is a fairly anti-gay organization.  And by fairly I mean THEY ARE ANTI-GAY.  Housing Works is a great organization that helps people who have AIDS or HIV.   Here is their mission statement:

OUR MISSION Housing Works is a healing community of people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS. Our mission is to end the dual crises of homelessness and AIDS through relentless advocacy, the provision of lifesaving services, and entrepreneurial businesses that sustain our efforts.

They are NYC based and offer furniture pick-up in the area.   Check out their website here.

Click here for some other great places to donate your items to.  This list is from Apartment and they have everything covered from text books to art.

Click here to see why we don’t like the Salvation Army.

A bit of a random post but the moral of the story is that we should all make informed decisions when conducting any sort of business.  The more we support pro-equality businesses, the better.