Watch: LGBTQ couples to keep holding hands, even when it’s uncomfortable

Public displays of affection aren’t an easy thing for the LGBTQ community, even down to the simplest things such as holding hands.

That’s the subject of a heartfelt ad by an Australian bank ANZ, which consists of various couples “letting go” when encountering the looks of other people in public.

Encouraging them to keep holding hands even when it feels uncomfortable to do so, the ad has an accompanying hashtag, #HoldTight.

And yes, while it might be just an ad, the campaign has inspired some people to do just that.

“This highlights the daily pressures that the LGBTIQ community faces,” Terese Casu, Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras CEO, said in a statement.

“It’s a simple and loving gesture to hold your partner’s hand, however for fear of discrimination, and experiences in violence and abuse the reality is that many in the community still don’t feel safe. We love the awareness that ANZ is raising about this issue for the community.”

The bank has long shown its support for the LGBTQ community, with its rebranded GAYTM automatic teller machines and glammed-up branches during Sydney’s Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras.

But the bank’s also been accused of pinkwashing in previous years, with some community members saying they “cash in” on the rising support for marriage equality and LGBTQ rights.

Read more: http://mashable.com/2017/02/15/anz-ad-hold-hands-mardi-gras/

Putin cuddling a pregnant Trump isn’t the Valentine’s Day image we need but it’s the one we deserve

A weird, wacky Valentine's Day image
Image: Hater

While there are infinite ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day, Hater, the dating app that connects you with people who hate the same things, took an unusual route in celebrating love this year: by projecting a drawing of Vladimir Putin cuddling a pregnant Donald Trump.

That’s not a typo; that’s really the image it projected in several locations around New York City on Tuesday night.

The projection at 14th & 8th

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The image was projected at three locations throughout NYC: N 6th and Wythe, 14th and 8th, and 15th and 9th. The projections also included Hater’s logo, the upside-down heart, and its slogan, “#LoveThroughHate.”

As for why the app decided to take this approach, Brendan Alper, CEO and Founder of Hater said it was all for the lulz: “Theres a lot of animosity out there, regardless of which side youre on. Were just trying to make people laugh. Through humor, hate can turn into love.”

It’s not the first time a disturbing romantic image of the pair has piqued our interest.

Artists in Lithuania painted a mural of Putin and Trump engaging in a passionate kiss while a billboard featuring Trump locking lips with Ted Cruz went up on a Cleveland billboard ahead of the 2016 GOP convention.

Sweet dreams.

Read more: http://mashable.com/2017/02/15/hater-app-putin-trump-photo/

Migos-themed Valentine’s Day cards are exactly what your significant other needs

Hip Hop group Migos on the green carpet for the BET Hip Hop Awards in Atlanta.
Image: Tami Chappell/AP/REX/Shutterstock

Sure, you can celebrate your love of Migos any day you’d like, but thanks to a creative project from Spotify, celebrating Valentine’s Day with the Atlanta trio and someone you love just got more exciting.

The streaming service created a website for the holiday that lets you plug a name into the Migos card generator and voila! You’ve got a custom “raindrop, drop top” messagea phrase repeated from the group’s smash hit “Bad and Boujee.”

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If you’re unfamiliar with Migos, the Atlanta group rose to prominence with the help of a remix from Drake in 2013. They, however, soared in popularity when they landed their first song atop the Billboard charts with “Bad and Boujee” which Donald Glover famously shouted out while onstage at the Golden Globes.

Image: spotify

The catchy refrain of “raindrop, droptop” spawned countless memes, with people taking their own spin on the verse.

Image: spotify

Now you too can make your meme, fit to send your significant other on Valentine’s Day. Swipe “dat way” on their site to see all of the hilarious cards and share them across the internet.

Read more: http://mashable.com/2017/02/14/migos-valentines-day/

‘Boyfriends of Instagram’ Facebook page shows how far guys will go to make their girls look perfect

For girls, taking the perfect Instagram picture is both insanely important and difficult.

It takes a ton of posing and reposing to look flawlessly breezy, candid and carefree. And posing to look like you’re not posing is truly an art form.

Behind every great Instagram photo is a great photographer we don’t usually think about. The “Boyfriends of Instagram” Facebook page features the men behind the social media beauties and the ridiculous lengths they go to to capture a pic that will get ALL the “likes”.

The beach shot is the most delicate of the Instagram photos, so doing the absolute most is necessary:

If you don’t take a picture of her doing yoga on the beach, how else will she let everyone she knows that she does yoga?

The classic “follow me” pose will make all of her friends jealous, so you better get it right:

The “Haha oh my God, I didn’t see you there” shot is especially hard to master, but these guys got it:

Don’t be fooled: The “I work out!” pic is always planned.

Without these guys taking seasonal Instagram pictures for their girls, we just wouldn’t understand the passing of time:

The real MVP:

Next time you see a girl with an amazing Instagram picture, don’t forget to appreciate the man behind the camera.

Read more: http://mashable.com/2017/02/14/boyfriends-of-instagram-facebook-page/

‘Please tell me that’s not your penis’ is surely the finest TV cliffhanger ever

New Zealand’s “Shortland Street” takes the cake for the most incredible ending to an episode ever.
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Look, we’re not accustomed to New Zealand’s TV scene, but the cliffhanger ending to an episode of the country’s biggest (and possibly only) soap opera Shortland Street makes us wish we were.

Let’s set the scene: Two teenagers enter a home, hoping to do what teens do when there’s an empty house. The only problem is the boy’s dad is there, and he knows all about what’s about to go down.

We’d explain the rest, but it’s better if you just watch it.

With the crescendo of drums at the ending, New Zealanders (and now the world) have been gripped by this epic cliffhanger on Friday.

Is it the boy’s penis on the tablet? What if it is? If not his, whose? So many questions. But one thing’s for sure, New Zealand television has reached incredible new highs.

Breaking Bad, eat your heart out.

Read more: http://mashable.com/2017/02/13/shortland-street-penis-ending/