Autoblow A.I.

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Scientists have created a blowjob machine, complete with 16 oral sex settings, using artificial intelligence. The so-called “Autoblow” is believed to be the first sex toy made using artificial intelligence.

The robot was developed using the results from a research paper. This paper, “Analysis of Movement in Oral Sex Performed Upon Men,” involved PhD robotics engineers and artificial intelligence scientists analysing more than 108 hours of blowjob videos.

Users if the Autoblow insert their lubricated penis into a soft sleeve, designed to feel like a mouth, which then moves up and down according to the stroke setting selected. The sleeve is designed to comfortably hold different sized penises. The Autoblow even includes a pause button to simulate “automated edging.” The sleeve can be removed to dispose of fluids after the user has finished their business.

A crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo has so far raised more than $195,000 towards the Autoblow, which is waiting on the approval of a patent. It will be sold fora pretty steep $249 and is expected to be distributed by May 2019.

“The variety of stroking actions ensure that men with short, average length, and long penises will all be able to enjoy the machine equally,” the Indiegogo page reads.

Parents who try to change their child’s sexual orientation increase suicide risk dramatically

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A new study on the practice of attempting to a forcefully change the sexual orientation of queer kids and young adults, known as “ex-gay conversion therapy,” has proven it to be highly dangerous to the youth it is being pushed upon. The study, published by the Journal of Homosexuality, showed that when a parent attempted to change their queer child’s orientation, they double the chance of attempted suicide compared to those who did not undergo the practice.

What’s more, suicide attempts triple if the therapy goes beyond just the parents and therapists or religious leaders are brought in. The same is seen when it comes to depression, with it being more than twice as likely to manifest in those whose parents attempt to convert their child, and more than tripled if the parents include an outsider in the process. These can also have effect on the socioeconomic status of young adults subjected to the treatment, as well as impacts on their self-esteem, availability of social support, and education.

“Although parents and religious leaders who try to change a child’s LGBT identity may be motivated by attempts to ‘protect’ their children, these rejecting behaviors instead undermine an LGBT child’s sense of self-worth, contribute to self-destructive behaviors that significantly increase risk and inhibit self-care which includes constricting their ability to make a living,” said lead author, Dr. Caitlin Ryan.

The study, titled “Parent-Initiated Sexual Orientation Change Efforts with LGBT Adolescents: Implications for Young Adult Mental Health and Adjustment,” shows that more than half of queer Caucasian and Latinx young adults have faced such efforts, with more than half of those having to deal with it from parents as well as therapists and religious leaders.

The Village

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Wrabel’s music video The Village follows a transgender teen struggling to find acceptance. The five-minute video doesn’t shy away from highlighting the daily struggles of many transgender teenagers, beginning with a scene in which the protagonist’s father bursts in on their attempting to conceal their breasts with tape. “In nature, a flock will attack any bird that is more colorful than the others because being different is seen as a threat,” reads the video’s opening titles.

As the story develops, we follow the protagonist through awkward family dinners and toxic high school hallways until an uplifting ending. Meanwhile, Wrabel croons lyrics about being misunderstood at a piano — “there’s nothing wrong with you / it’s true,” he belts, his cheeks streaked with a rainbow of paint.

The story behind The Village:

I grew up in church. My childhood was quite nomadic, but church was the constant. Fast forward to when I was 23 and I came out to my church in Los Angeles. It was called “Reality” (how ironic). There they had a gay guru of sorts. He was the example of what it could be like to be freed from this burden of same-sex attraction.

I was offered reparative therapy but couldn’t do it. This “all loving god” I was taught about as a kid . this savoir that loves the outcasts. He’s hanging out and washing the feet of people that no one wants anything to do with but he hates me cause I’m gay? Cause I have a beautiful and humongous capacity to truly and deeply love another man? And so i got kicked out along with my first boyfriend that I met there. And it tore him apart and it tore me apart and it tore us apart. It left  some of the deepest scars that still bleed .

Here I am, twenty eight, living in Los Angeles, writing and singing songs. I went on my first tour last year. My first time getting face-to-face time with people that have been listening to my songs and my stories. And I meet these two kids, two trans teenagers and here’s where the story really starts. Read on…

Poppy’s genderqueer Anthem

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Rising pop star Poppy released her second studio album yesterday and one of the album’s songs is a proud anthem for all genderqueer and non-binary people in the world. The album, Am I a Girl?, has a single of the same name on it.

Please don’t complicate me
I don’t understand
Sometimes I’m feminine
Sometimes I’m masculine
Don’t evaluate me as woman or man
Am I a girl?
Am I a boy?
What does that even mean?
I’m somewhere in between

It’s a catchy techno pop track and a proud song for an underrepresented part of the queer community. Identifying as genderqueer, genderfluid, or non-binary means not subscribing to conventional gender norms.

Rather than strictly identifying along the male/female binary, people who are genderqueer identify with both genders, neither, or a combination. Actors Asia Kate Dillon, Ruby Rose, and Tommy Dorfman all identify as genderfluid. Drag queens like Aja and Courtney Act also identify on the genderqueer spectrum.

In an interview with Nylon, Poppy discussed her own identity: ‘Some days I feel like a boy, some days I feel like a girl, so I haven’t figured it out yet.’

“Revelation” from Boy Erased

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Troye Sivan and Sigur Rós frontman Jónsi have released “Revelation” from the soundtrack of the gay conversion therapy drama Boy Erased. The film, adapted from the memoir by Garrard Conley, stars Lucas Hedges, Nicole Kidman, and Russell Crowe as well as Troye.

Boy Erased recounts Arkansas native Conley’s life growing up in a religious home and being sent away to gay conversion therapy, an ordeal he would survive but which would drastically affect his life.

Troye spoke to Stephen Colbert in September about learning of the experience boys who enter gay conversion “therapy” go through: “The thing that was most hurtful about it… I remember being so relieved – I’m gay by the way – when I came out to myself, because I was like ‘it’s not something I can change. It’s not something I have to fight any more. It’s just something I have to navigate and accept.’ And so that was the big moment for me, and the second that these kids or sometimes adults arrived at these camps, that was taken away from them and they were told immediately, ‘no, you weren’t born like this. this is a God-shaped hole that you’re trying to fill with these homosexual tendencies.’”

Imagining being 15 again when I was at my most vulnerable, and having that put back on me and being set up with that impossible task of trying to change this thing that ultimately is unchangeable, it’s just one of the most damaging things I can imagine. And so I really hope that the movie is going to speak to – I really want to communicate with parents as to just how much your reaction to your kid coming out can really change their lives.”

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