Tag Archives: Youtube

I Said Yes: The Video

2 Jan

It’s been a little more than 36 hours since my boyfriend got down on one knee and asked me to marry him.

Since then, more than a thousand people have commented, liked, called, texted or sent smoke signals congratulating us. We couldn’t be more happy at the outpouring of love and support.

I’m still in so much shock every time I look at my finger. I just keep jumping back to when I was a kid thinking this wasn’t something that would ever happen for me because I was gay. Even when I was older and I’d become more comfortable with myself, I would rent gay movies like Maurice or Beautiful Thing,  and while it was certainly encouraging to see our stories being told on film, there was rarely a “happily ever after.”

Our friend, Tom captured the moment on his iPhone and just posted it to youtube this morning and we wanted to share it. To be honest, I don’t recall it being that loud or 3/4 of the things that were said, but it certainly is nice to have this record of it. Please watch and share if you like.

Maybe some kid out there will watch this and realize that their prince or princess is out there looking for their fairytale ending too.

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Always on My Mind: Transphobic Tampon Ad NOT the Work of P&G

10 Aug

Procter & Gamble, which consistently earns praise with a 100 rating in the  Human Rights Campaign Equality Index, is being blamed for a trans and intersex-phobic Youtube commercial for their Always feminine pads. But according to an Always representative, P & G has nothing to do with it.

The commercial features several drag artists looking overly distraught and crying to the standard, “Cry Me a River.” The text reads:

“There are some people who’d just love to have a period. Let alone a happy one. Have a happy period. Always.”

Firstly, the “commercial” seems to have confused drag performers with Male-to-Female (MTF) transgender people. Trans women are not men in dresses.

Secondly, mocking the infertility of trans women should not be used as a marketing gimmick by one of the world’s largest corporations.

I spoke with Velvet Gogol Bennet who is the Feminine Care External Relations representative and she was quite adamant that P & G had absolutely nothing to do with this ad. She does not know where it came from, but insists that Always and Procter & Gamble were no part of it.

“This video was made without our knowledge, consent, or permission. Always is a brand that believes in and stands for women.  It is against Always’ deepest principles to denigrate anyone and we would not endorse this kind of advertising”