5 LGBT things you need to know today, Feb. 7

1. Today is National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. Terri L. Smith, the director of HIV prevention services for ALPA Health in Los Angeles, writes about how taking care of oneself could be seen as a political ac...
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Cheerios vs. haters — with a lesbian twist

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So, we all know racist idiots had a field day when Cheerios aired a commercial depicting an interracial husband and wife. So much so that Cheerios had to disable the comments on the YouTube link to the video.

Now check out this parody of the ad and smile again.

And eat it, haters.

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[Video] New Amazon Paperwhite commercial features surprise gay twist

Amazon commercial features gay couple

Amazon, the world's largest online retailer, is a friend of equality. Besides signing on to a court brief supporting same-sex marriages ahead of the upcoming Supreme Court hearing on the Defense of Marriage Act, Amazon was at the forefront of last year's equality push in Washington state (where the company is based) and its founder has donated a ton of money to help the movement.

Amazon also has a Corporate Equality Index score of 90 issued by the Human Rights Campaign in its annual report of LGBT-friendly businesses.

So it's no surprise that Amazon has jumped on the gay bandwagon in terms of advertising. A recent commercial promoting the company's Paperwrite e-reader released last month features a gay-friendly twist.

Check out the video below:

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Lesbian sex gets the K-Y treatment

Well, well, well.

We've all been seeing those cute K-Y Brand Intense commercials with a man and a woman together sitting on a bed proclaiming how the lubricant makes the Big O so much more, ah, intense.

Now K-Y is going after a demographic that will definitely enjoy the attention.

A new ad featured on Shewired.com shows two women — actual lesbians, or actors portraying lesbians — talking about what makes their relationship work.

Communication, says one.

And this new K-Y Intense, the other says.

Absolutely.

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Google highlights ‘It Gets Better’ project in Chrome commercial

Google Chrome logoDuring last night's Fleetwood Mac-themed episode of “Glee,” Google ran a moving commercial highlighting the “It Gets Better” project to promote its Chrome internet browser.

Advertising space during one of television's most watched shows is quite valuable, and Google spared no expense with its one and a half minute spot.

The commercial featured videos from Lady Gaga, Adam Lambert, Anne Hathaway and others while showing off how Google's browser integrates the modern social web (and Google's family of products).

The Mountain View, California-based company has been on the cutting edge of workplace equality and has consistently maintained a perfect score from the Human Rights Campaign in its annual Corporate Equality Index.

Check it out below:

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Is this new HIV prevention video too graphic?

I came across this new public service announcement from New York's Gay Men's Health Crisis via a headline on the Drudge Report: "New Graphic PSA Causes Uproar in NYC."

I didn't think it was that bad, minus one truly horrific shot of anal cancer (see video below).

The PSA's message is a sound word of warning to those who think HIV is purely a manageable disease. While treatments have vastly improved since HIV was considered an ultimately fatal diagnosis, there are a slew of other health issues HIV-positive people may encounter.

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GOP gubernatorial candidate Nathan Deal beats a dead (gay) horse

Nathan Deal released another commercial today citing Karen Handel’s alleged past support of gay issues. Deal, a former congressman, and Handel, former Secretary of State, face off Aug. 10 in the runoff to see who will be the Republican nominee for Georgia governor.

The commercial, a 30-second spot entitled “Straw,” hit YouTube this morning. Its release coincides with the announcement that former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin will speak at a Handel campaign rally on Aug. 9 – one day before the runoff.