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Her Royal HIGHness: Meghan Markle Served Marijuana Joints at Her First Wedding

Meghan Markle, who has professed her undying support of the LGBTQ community in the past, is apparently also a supporter of marijuana as it was reported that she served the illegal substance to her guests at her first wedding in Jamaica back in September 2011.

The Sun reported on Friday morning that leaked emails revealed plans to put pot in party bags during her nuptials to ex-husband Trevor Engelson. They divorced 18 months later.

A pal urged HRH to order a certain type of bag, to which she replied "Already ordered ’em. And teeny ones for the pot that say ‘shh’.” She even gifted the substance inside glitzy gift bags for their guests.

Meghan's estranged father Thomas, who has been very vocal about his daughter since she wed Prince Harry in May, also claimed that guests at her first wedding received marijuana as a gift.

Sources also alleged that Meghan had a hand in rolling the joints and inserting the filter chip. Not sure this is something that Queen Elizabeth II would've approved nor wanted during her nuptials to Harry.

Then again, Harry hasn't exactly been a G-rated guy his entire life. Remember when he got naked in Las Vegas a couple of years back? Many of us do. 

 

 

Watch Prince Harry Encourage People to Get Tested for HIV in New PSA

In July 2016, Prince Harry made history as the first public figure to ever get an HIV test live on the internet. Then five months later, he got another HIV test with Rihanna in observance of World AIDS Day.

Today, he’s encouraging everyone everywhere to get tested. This is National HIV Testing Week in the United Kingdom.

The 34-year-old royal (and soon-to-be-father)’s mother Princess Diana was an advocate for AIDS and HIV awareness. Harry has continued her legacy.

The most recent statistics released by the Joint United Nations Program UNAIDS say 36.9 million people globally are living with HIV and 25 percent of those infected are unaware of their status.

On the bright side, new diagnoses are declining in the U.K., with a 28% drop in the past two years.

In the new PSA, Harry says stigma is to blame for many people not getting a “simple, quick and easy test.”

"Just as much as you protect yourself at this time of year from illnesses and viruses like cold and flu, you can also protect your health by taking an HIV test," Harry says.

"Taking an HIV test is something to be proud of—not something to be ashamed or embarrassed about.”

"You don't even have to go to a clinic to find out your status,” he continues. “During National HIV Testing Week, charities like Terrence Higgins Trust will be out and about in your local communities in places like churches, shopping centers and football matches—or you can test yourself in the privacy of your own home.”

"And if you do get a positive result, you can get the treatment to live a healthy, happy life, and to ensure that you don't pass on the virus. It's simple. By getting tested, you are helping stop the HIV epidemic in its tracks. You are helping to save lives. This is such a pivotal time in the fight against HIV. If we can continue to make HIV testing the norm and empower young people to take control of their sexual health, we can be the generation to finally bring an end to HIV."

Watch the PSA below. 

 

 

h/t: Harper’s Bazaar

Shantay You Stay! Bianca Del Rio 'Marries' Prince Harry

The biggest wedding of the year occurred on Saturday, when Prince Harry married Meghan Markle at St. George's Chapel inside Windsor Castle... or did it?

RuPaul's Drag Race winner Bianca Del Rio, who is busying promoting her movie Hurricane Bianca: From Russia With Hate, decided to have a little fun and do what millions of us wish we were doing yesterday instead of watching the wedding from afar: actually marry Prince Harry.

 

 

THANK YOU, FOR ALL OF THE WELL WISHES! thank you @danimaypalmer for the photography!

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"THANK YOU, FOR ALL OF THE WELL WISHES! she captioned. 

Too bad, so sad Bianca... we all wish we were in that silver & blue Jaguar last night. 

 

 

American Bishop Michael Curry To Give A Sermon At Prince Harrry And Meghan Markle's Wedding

This weekend’s royal wedding will get a sermon from an American priest who’s pro-marriage equality!

Everyone’s gearing up for the upcoming royal wedding between Prince Harry and actress Meghan Markle.

With the wedding less than a week away (on May 19), the official list of events and participants is coming out. One particular participant is especially interesting after knowing the royal couple and the mission they’ve announced for after they're married.

Last month, we shared with you the fact that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle promised support of LGBTQ issues after they’d tied the knot.

“Miss Markle said, and these were her exact words, ‘This is a basic human rights issue, not one about sexuality,’ ” said Australian LGBTQ rights advocate Jacob Thomas after speaking to the royal couple at the Commonwealth Youth Forum in England.

In order to properly express their good will towards LGBTQ people and rights, they’ve chosen for an pro-gay marriage priest to speak at their wedding.

It’s recently been announced by the Kensington Palace that Bishop Michael Curry, the first Afircan-American man to preside over the Episcopal Church, will be delivering a sermon at the royal wedding.

Curry is a socially progressive priest who’s sermons are often riddled with commentary on political and social justice issues. Perhaps he got this perspective from his father, the late Rev. Kenneth Curry, who was an civil rights activist that fought to end segregated schools in Buffalo, New York.

But what’s particularly of interest is that Curry often speaks on marriage equality. The North Carolinian bishop was the first to bring same-sex marriages to churches in that area.

Sadly, it seems that Curry’s, and the Episcopal Church’s, support of same-sex marriage has created strains with the Anglican Communion.

As the Washington Post reports, the archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, opposed the idea of gay marriage and in 2015 said that supporting marriage equality “will cause distress for some and have ramifications for the Anglican Communion as a whole, as well as for its ecumenical and interfaith resolutions.”

In addition, the Anglican Communion decided to suspend the Episcopal Church from key voting positions in January of 2016 for three years due to its position on marriage equality.

Curry’s response to this announcement was:

“I stand before you as a descendant of African slaves, stolen from their native land, enslaved in a bitter bondage, and then even after emancipation, segregated and excluded in church and society, and this conjures that up again, and brings pain.”

Despite these disputes, both Curry and Welby will be at the royal wedding this weekend. While Curry will be giving a sermon, Welby will be officiating.

That said, Welby had nothing but nice words to say about Curry when the announcement of his inclusion was made. On Twitter Welby said, “He is a brilliant pastor, stunning preacher and someone with a great gift for sharing the good news of Jesus Christ.”

h/t: the Washington Post

Pop Artist Mike Bliss Elaborates On Art And Inspiration

 

As I look to move into a new home, the thought has crossed my mind to find the new feel for the art that will be in this space, on my walls, there for all to see.  I'm a big boy now and live 1500 miles from the parents, the nieces and nephews, the siblings. I have a chance to be creative, no holds barred, and not worry about anyone else besides me accepting what I place on my walls. Time to stretch out and exhale and I feel art in a home helps create a great atmosphere to breathe in, to live in, to love in. 

Medium.com just recently shared an inspirational interview. Gareth Johnson poked the creativity of Mike Bliss and elaborated on the author's love, creativity, and next projects. I wanted to know more about the art and the artist as it was something that I could see finding a place in my home.  Here are some of the questions and answers from the interview.

What are the subjects that most appeal to you?

I’m so lucky to be able to get excited by a whole wide range of subjects. The themes that are more frequent in my work are love, lust, religion, fame, sex, kinky sex, fetish wear, obsession, hate, and broken hearts. That’s the work I do for me — commissions are very different. I love that, it stretches me. Commissions make me a better artist.

 

 

Okay, this is kinda hot.

 

 

 

Is your target audience primarily gay men?

They are my audience and they are so amazing to me. The support I get from my gay buyers is outstanding! It wasn’t targeted though. My artwork is always informed by my life, so the gay community can relate easily to it. I’m sure the glitter and naked men can’t hurt. I have buyers in America that commission art regularly, but it’s not the gay themed work. They love my style, which easily translates to other subjects.

 

And everyone is fair game in pop culture and pop art.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Your image of Prince Harry has always attracted a lot of attention, are you planning a special wedding day version?

I’m always amazed about the reach of that artwork. It continues to introduce my work to a wider audience. There are two new Harry artworks that I’ve done to celebrate his big day. One is pretty dirty, it’s an idea I’ve had for months so I needed to get it out of my head. I’ll decide what to do with it later.

Well now we cannot wait to see more of his work.

For more on the interview and Mike's answers to the questions pasted below, head over to Medium.com

 

When did you start to explore your passion for art?

What are some of the things that you’re currently getting excited about?

What are some of the things that are currently making you angry?

What are some of your priorities for 2018?

 

And for a way to own some of Mike Bliss, well his art, go to https://www.redbubble.com/people/mikesbliss/shop

 

h/t:  Medium.com

https://twitter.com/mikesbliss

 

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Reaffirms Their Commitment for LGBTQ Issues

Could we love Meghan Markle and Prince Harry anymore than we do right now?

The biggest couple of the year, who will be getting married in less than a month, just reaffirmed a big commitment on their support for the LGBTQ community and the issues that surround it earlier this week.

This past Wednesday, the couple spoke about the issues with delegates at the Commonwealth Youth Forum in England.  The bride-to-be expressed her support while speaking to Australian Jacob Thomas, who won a Queen’s Young Leaders award for helping to reduce the suicide rate within the LBGTQ community in Australia.

“Miss Markle said, and these were her exact words, ‘This is a basic human rights issue, not one about sexuality,’ ” he told reporters.

Harry, who has been spending the past couple of months with Meghan at several events since the two got engaged late last year, echoed her sentiments when it comes to supporting LGBTQ issues.

“Prince Harry said that what was so amazing was that 10 or so years ago, we wouldn’t have been having this conversation and how incredible it was that we now were,” Jacob added.

Harry and Meghan both told Jacob that they planned to prioritize working with the LGBTQ community following their wedding (taking place on May 18th), as they begin to really dive into various charitable pursuits.

“Both Prince Harry and Miss Markle said they would put LGBT issues at the front of their work,” Jonah Chinga, an LGBTQ activist from Kenya, said to reporters.

Thanks for the support you two and congrats on your upcoming wedding!