Hate Crime Suspect Arrested & Charged In Conjunction With Subway Attack

Earlier this week, Instinct reported on the violent homophobic attack on a New York subway train that left a young woman with a fractured spine.

According to The New York Daily News, the alleged assailant has been apprehended and charged with aggravated harassment and assault as a hate crime. 

Allah Allasheed, 54, faces up to 15 years in prison if convicted.

The assault occurred on November 20 aboard an E train in Queens.

The victim, a 20-year-old college student, tells the Daily News her friend “gave me a kiss on the cheek while she was making a Snapchat.”

That somehow triggered Allasheed, who flew into a rage, as he started screaming at the two young women.

“Don’t do that gay s--- in front of me!,” he yelled as he threatened the victims. “Do that one more time and watch what happens!”

The two students say they stood up to put some distance between themselves and the man, and that’s when he jumped up and ran towards them.

“I knew he was going to hit me,” the victim told The Daily News. “He punched me in the back. I turned around and before I could even defend myself …. he threw me back. My head hit the pole and my back hit the ground."

Allasheed apparently managed to escape when the train stopped at the next stop.

Hospitalized with a C7 vertebrae fracture near the base of her neck, the victim also suffered torn elbow ligaments trying to catch herself as she fell.

Treated at Elmhurst Hospital, she returned to school for end of semester exams. Nearly a month after the violent assault, she still wears a neck brace.

Allasheed was captured by the New York Police Department Hate Crime Task Force. According to reports, he confessed to the attack and the use of hate speech.

“I stood up and told her kiss her again you d--e (expletive) and watch what happens,” he allegedly told authorities, according to the Daily News. “I pushed the girl, she turned around and then she fell.”

The victim told the Daily News she is, of course, relieved the assailant has been arrested and charged. She also doesn’t want the incident to change her.

“Bad things happen, but good things happen all the time,” she said. “Hopefully I can move on from it.”

(h/t The NY Daily News)

Was Full House Hiding A Gay Character All Along?

Was Full House Hiding A Gay Character All Along?

Why Derek Boyd Is The Child-LGBTQ Representation Of The 90s

Okay, weird confession incoming: I’m constantly binge-watching Full House on Hulu. Yes, before the reboot of Fuller House, the original was a terribly corny, very Caucasian, series set in late 1980s San Francisco surrounding Danny Tanner (Bob Saget) raising his three daughters after the death of his wife. While we may get distracted by the gag worthy storylines, oogling daddy-and-a-half Uncle Jesse Katsopolis (John Stamos), and severely underestimating Uncle Joey Gladstone (Dave Coulier) as the true hottie of the series, we all may forget these characters are living in San Francisco. Yet, there isn’t once a mention of the LGBTQ community through the series…especially since they are in arguably the gayest city in the United States. After some examination, perhaps we had one hidden under our noses this entire time!

Throughout my rewatch, it’s totally obvious that youngest sibling Michelle Tanner’s (Mary Kate & Ashley Olsen) best friend, Derek S. Boyd (Blake McIver) is gay! Hear me out!

By the time Full House ended I was four-years-old, so I would only catch episodes when they would air occasionally during my youth. Of course, like any flamboyant little kid, I’m trying to empathize with someone who would typically end up being the young, cute girl. In this case, that’s how I always felt with Michelle. Now, I am confused why I wasn’t identifying more with Derek! He was a sassy, tap dancing, yankee-doodle-dandy singing, over the top gay kid who was born to be a drag queen, or simply performing for an audience. If you squint, it’s completely obvious Derek was meant to be a little wink to the gay community through the eyes of an innocent child. I'm sure the mere thought drives anti-LGBTQ pundit Candace Cameron Bure, who played the eldest Tanner daughter, absolutely bonkers! 



It’s somewhat hard to separate a character from the individual portraying them. Which has led me to actor McIver’s Instagram. We’ve spoke about him in recent years as he is now a comedian and go-go dancer in West Hollywood. So, yes, little Derek grew up to be a mega hottie who loves letting it all hang out on social media, donning some drag, and showcasing his cute boyfriend. The cheekbones and booty on this boy, Amen! I wonder if McIver believes his character was gay all along. What do you think?!




Happy #nationalcomingoutday Oh, yeah, I’m queer. Get into it.

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Sexy Out Artist NIKO Drops Sensual, Modern Synth-Pop Take On "Light My Fire"

Out singer/songwriter NIKO shares his latest single, an intriguing take on the iconic 60s track, “Light My Fire.”

Originally released by The Doors in 1967, José Feliciano found his own groove with the song in 1968.

“‘Light My Fire‘ is one of my all-time favorite songs,” says NIKO about the classic tune. “I wanted to reinterpret it in a modern way, but still be true to the romantic essence of the song, that talks about a deep connection between two people.”

Melding a synth-pop landscape with rich acoustic elements, NIKO brings his considerable vocal powers to bear as the track builds to climax.

Billboard Pride contributor Jon ALi  raves about the track comparing NIKO’s vocals to a young George Michael with “a romantic and sensual vocal delivery.”

Instinct last featured the Milan-born artist back in October when he released “The One,” which also explored the intensity and exhilaration of sexual attraction.

Fusing a European sensibility with a contemporary sound, NIKO brings a sensual touch to pop music as he delves into both universal and personal themes.

Based in New York City, he is prepping for the release of his debut EP in 2019.

Hit play below. You can check NIKO out on Spotify here.


GOP Sen. Orrin Hatch Calls For "Common Ground" Between Conservatives & LGBTQ Community

The Republican Party has never been a great friend to the LGBTQ community.

Too many conservative, Evangelical votes to court made us less than a priority in their eyes.

But as Congress prepares to recess for the holiday, Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch, in his farewell address on the floor of the Senate, surprised many by telling his colleagues they should “protect LGBTQ individuals from invidious discrimination.”

Here’s just part of what the conservative Christian and Mormon said on Wednesday via the Washington Post:

“Nowhere is the pluralist approach more needed than in the fraught relationship between religious liberty and LGBTQ rights. . . . Religious liberty is a fundamental freedom. It deserve the very highest protection our country can provide. At the same time, it’s also important to account of other interests as well — especially those of our LGBTQ brothers and sisters. Pluralism shows us a better way. It shows us that protecting religious liberty and preserving the rights of LGBTQ individuals are not mutually exclusive. I believe we can find substantial common ground on these issues that will enable us to both safeguard the ability of religious individuals to live their faith and protect LGBTQ individuals from invidious discrimination.”

Referencing the passage of the “Utah Compromise,” an anti-discrimination law that passed with bipartisan support in Utah in 2015, the 81-year-old shared how the legislation strengthened religious freedom and protected LGBT Americans from discrimination. 

Hatch said that passing similar legislation on a federal level could be a unifying piece of legislation that honors the diversity of Americans.

While it’s nice that Sen. Hatch raises his voice in support for LGBTQ inclusion as he walks out the door, pardon me if I find it a bit of “too little, too late.”

As The Washington Post points out, no group is less supportive of same-sex marriage and the advancement of LGBT rights than white evangelicals.

And the GOP has been home to white evangelicals since the election of President Ronald Reagan. 

And, it was white evangelicals, white Catholics and white Protestant Christians who flocked to Donald Trump in 2016. The same Donald Trump who hasn't taken a breath in attacking our community.

And then there's Hatch's own record on LGBTQ rights:

• Voted YES on constitutional ban of same-sex marriage

• Voted YES on prohibiting same-sex marriage

• Voted NO on adding sexual orientation to definition of hate crimes

• Voted NO on prohibiting job discrimination by sexual orientation

So, while I appreciate the sentiment, Mr. Hatch, thanks for not a lot.



The opinions expressed here represent those of the author and not of Instinct Magazine or its other contributors.

(h/t Washington Post)

Upstate NY Justice Resigns Amid Accusation He Told Attorney To Give Movie Star A BJ

A judge in upstate New York has resigned after allegedly telling a lawyer he should get a hotel room with a specific movie star and “suck each other’s d**ks.”

The story begins back in January when Judge John W. Hallett was speaking to a lawyer who was involved in the promotion of a film festival honoring actor Viggo Mortensen (The Lord of the Rings, Eastern Promises, A Dangerous Method).

According to a complaint filed against Hallet, who has served as a town court justice in Jefferson County since 2003, he allegedly told the attorney that the film festival was “about the gayest thing I have ever heard.”

He then - allegedly - added, "You and Viggo Mortensen should get a hotel room and suck each other's d**ks."

But wait - there’s more!

Five months later, while speaking to the same lawyer, he apparently made a gesture simulating oral sex and then patted the attorney on the cheek and said, “There, there little boy.”

It would seem that the judge has a strong fixation on blow jobs, no?

According to TMZ, the New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct opened an investigation into Hallet’s odd and homophobic behavior.

While the commission hasn’t handed down an opinion on the complaint, Hallett - whose current term was scheduled to end in 2019 - has offered his resignation.

"Homophobic remarks and anti-LGBTQ sentiments have no place in the lexicon of the courts or the vocabulary of a judge," Robert H Tembeckjian, the commission's administrator, said in a statement to The Times Union in Albany. "Such statements undermine public confidence in the integrity and impartiality of the judiciary, which demands that a judge be and appear fair-minded and unprejudiced toward all who have business in the courts."

In light of Hallet’s resignation, and his promise to never serve in any judicial capacity again, the commission dropped its investigation. His resignation will take effect at the end of this year.


(h/t TMZ, TimesUnion - Photo: Ivan Gonzalez from Badalona, España [CC BY 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons)

This Couple Made A Set Of Their Own, But Asked Mattel If They Knew They Had Customers If They Wanted Them

Gay Couple Calls For Barbie Same-Sex Wedding Set!

Mattel Responds To Their Wish!

I’m the first to admit I was such a flamboyant little fairy growing up during my childhood. I yearned to play with my cousin’s Barbie dolls rather than the mostly-female action figures I had. Then, oh man, the Spice Girls came about and Lord, all I ever wanted was a Ginger Spice Doll! I cried in the middle of KB Toys when my mother refused to purchase one for me. Still waiting on that gift, mom – Christmas is right around the corner! But, that brings me to Matt Jacobi and his fiancé who have reached out to Mattel, the Creator of Barbie, requesting Barbie gets revamped.

According to Arizona Family, Jacobi and his fiancé, Nick Caprio, were saddened to discover Barbie has wedding sets, but none for same-sex couples. Instead of being able to purchase Barbie’s forever love, the Ken Doll, as a same-sex wedding set for the couple’s upcoming flower girls, the two got creative and made their own. Check out Jacobi’s Instagram post with his creation below:



Cute as hell, right?! I would’ve died for one of these in my youth! They even included the two little flower girls. Seriously, it’s absolutely adorable. But, making their own same-sex Barbie, er-Ken, wedding set has started them on a mission. Jacobi shared his disappointment for Mattel’s lack of inclusion on his social media. It got Mattel’s attention and now the couple have a meeting with the toy company’s design team to possibly have same-sex wedding sets on the market. Check out Jacobi’s announcement below:



Awesome! Will Mattel make same-sex wedding sets now? We will have to wait and see.

I think we can guarantee that someone will design a same-sex wedding set and will be on store shelves soon. Kudos to the couple for making a dent in the toy industry.

Pro Wrestler Surprised His Donation To Suicide Prevention Organization Was Returned

Earlier this month, Instinct reported that openly gay wrestler Dave Marshall had set up an OnlyFans account to raise money for charity.

The 29-year-old, who works for the Southern Hemisphere Wrestling Alliance based in Perth, Australia, launched the account with the goal of donating funds to suicide prevention organization Beyond Blue.

The choice of charity was personal for Marshall as his father took his own life last year.

But after raising more than AU$5,000 for the charity, Gay Star News reports that Beyond Blue has refused Marshall’s donation.

After becoming aware of the press coverage regarding Marshall, Beyond Blue reached out to him saying they could not accept the funds as they were raised from activities like “gambling, alcohol and pornography.”

According to emails Marshall shared with Gay Star News, the organization’s position was that he had used their name to promote his products sold in “the field of pornography.” 

Additionally, the suicide prevention group informed him that all fundraising activities must be registered with the organization.

Marshall was surprised by the reaction. “To me, money is money,” said the hunky wrestler. “It came from the heart.” The 6’3” Aussie added that the public reaction to his story had been “99.9% positive.”

Beyond Blue eventually told Marshall if he would stop using their name in his activities, they could accept the funds as a personal donation; if not, they would issue him a full refund.

Marshall decided to take his money elsewhere saying, “At the end of the day, it was a personal donation of my money, but I don’t want to be quiet about what I’m doing.”




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The wrestler turned to Black Dog Institute, a mental health charity which he felt was still in line with his original intention inspired by his dad’s suicide.

Black Dog Institute was more than willing to accept the funds. Marshall was so happy with his decision he decided to double the donation for a total of AU$10,000 to the new charity of choice.

“It’s a cause that I am proud the help,” Marshall told Gay Star News. “Now more than ever, I’m even more proud of the organisation for accepting me and my donations.”




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(h/t Gay Star News)

Don't Let Anxiety Be the Only Thing You Receive During the Holidays

It’s the holidays and while for many it means spreading cheer and joy, for others it could be a time of loneliness and depression that just perpetuates the struggles we face as members of the LGBTQ+ community. It seems that during these times our relationships become more complicated which fills our stockings with a bunch of unwanted anxiety. For LGBTQ+ youth, this could be an especially daunting experience since they are just learning to navigate through the plight of the queer existence.

That is why during this time of year it is particularly important to practice self-care so that we may stay grounded and focus on the positive aspects of our lives.

The Trevor Project has put together a list of holiday self-care tips for LGBTQ+ youth (but that can be used by everyone!).

They remind us:

Self-care plans can look very different from one another — they’re just as diverse and unique as the people who use them! Before creating one, it is important to remember that whatever you are feeling is completely valid. You are not wrong for having your feelings, and you deserve to feel supported and loved for all that you are. Sometimes, though, we don’t get that love and support from the people who are supposed to love and support us. Self-care can be a way to love and support ourselves when we need it most.

The reality is that some LGBTQ young people will spend the holidays with family; and for others, the holidays are a reminder of the loss of and the rejection from their families. Homelessness, violence, and suicidal thoughts affect LGBTQ youth uniquely and profoundly, and the holidays can be particularly difficult while alone.

As you enter a holiday gathering, it is important to remember that our identities are not contingent upon our family’s ability to understand or validate them.

Practicing self-care can help calm you down and allows you to reclaim control during moments when you feel there is none.

Here are some tips:

  • Find a friend or other supportive person with whom you can talk about your feelings. If there is an opportunity, be a part of your own gathering with this chosen family. This can be before, instead of, or after family gatherings.
  • Know you are not alone. Find that support system and plan with them if you will be attending a holiday gathering where you feel alone. This could be in person or even someone who can text/call you throughout the event to make sure you’re okay.
  • Create an affirmation to repeat in your head if/when you are feeling anxious or upset.
  • Dress as yourself. Use this opportunity to be creative. Wear clothing or accessories that you feel the most comfortable in as a reaffirming testament to who you are. It helps you to know that you have dressed for yourself and during uncomfortable situations knowing you have on that necklace, cool pair of socks, undergarment, or your favorite cute t-shirt can help remind you that you are present and important.
  • If holiday gatherings are not your thing, it’s great to do something you love. Watch your favorite TV shows or movies, create art, write, read, take a relaxing bath, cook, exercise, or do something that makes you feel comforted. Indulge yourself! Celebrate yourself!

We all want to be safe and wish the best for everyone in the LGBTQ+ community. Don’t let the holidays be a roadblock on your path toward happiness. Self-care is essential, for everyone, and it is a powerful way to show ourselves the love we deserve.

The Trevor Project is available for you 24/7 if you need additional support at 1-866-488-7386. You can reach out to their caring and compassionate counselors through Lifeline, Chat, and Text programs where you can talk about anything you are going through.

Stay happy during the holidays!

h/t: The Trevor Project

Israel's High Court Of Justice: Both Gay Parents' Names Must Be On Child's Birth Certificate

In a huge win for gay/lesbian parents, Israel’s High Court of Justice has ruled that the government cannot refuse to list both same-sex parents on a child’s birth certificate.

The decision, issued on December 12, comes as the result of a lawsuit filed by a gay couple who had adopted a son. 

According to The Times of Israel, when the two men tried to obtain a birth certificate with both of their names listed as the parents, officials at the Interior Ministry refused.

The court case was filed in conjunction with The Aguda, Israel’s LGBT Task Force, which advocates for gay rights.

The unanimous ruling, by a panel of three judges, noted the decision wasn’t just about the parents’ rights but the child’s right to be recognized as the couple’s son.

“The principle of ‘the good of the child’ argues for the recording of his entire family unit,” wrote Judge Neal Hendel, “and doesn’t permit us to limit ourselves to only one of his parents in the birth certificate."

"The contrast with the treatment of a child adopted by a heterosexual couple, who has the right to have both adopted parents written in a birth certificate, is a contrast that applies both to the child and to the parents," Hendel added. “It is unreasonable for the couple to be [legally] recognized as parents but for the certificate not to give expression to that fact.”

The high court decision orders the Interior Ministry to issue a birth certificate with both fathers’ names.

The Times of Israel notes that the ruling could affect two more LGBT parenting cases soon to arrive in the High Court of Justice.

One regards a lesbian couple suing to have both of their names on their child’s birth certificate even though only one woman has a biological link to the child, and the other concerns a transgender man who wishes to have his standing on his child’s birth certificate changed from ‘mother’ to ‘father.’

(h/t The Times of Israel - photo credit: Ted Eytan/Flickr - CC License)

Porn Star Max Konnor Alleges Racist Treatment At NYC Leather Shop

Adult performer and GayVN Award nominee Max Konnor has accused New York City leather store, The Leather Man, of discriminatory behavior while he was in the store.

Konnor took to his Twitter account on Saturday, December 8, writing: "Guys, I just experienced racism full force. The owner of @LeatherManNYC  just kicked me out after coming in trying to get an outfit made for the @GayVN awards.  Please let them know that this behavior will not stand.  Do not support this company.  Send them a message.”


Konnor is nominated for three awards at the 2019 GayVN’s including ‘Performer of the Year.’

After being told the design he’d hoped to have made for the awards ceremony wouldn’t be possible, Konnor and his designer, Maxfield Haynes, continued to browse the store and pulled out their phones to call for a car.

At that point, Konnor says the owner approached him saying, “We really don’t have time to watch people that aren’t going to buy anything.”

Konnor says he told the shop keeper he didn’t need to be “watched.” The owner then allegedly raised his voice telling the men to “Get out of my store.”

The duo exited the store and the front door was apparently locked after their departure. Haynes says there were still 10 other people in the store.

Store employee Scott Jordan told OUT that the issue was the owner, Chuck Mueller, doesn’t like phones used in the store.

“When they came upstairs he asked them not to use their phones because people come in and take photos and stuff and never buy anything,” said Jordan. “They said something to him and that just set him off.”

“It wasn’t a matter of race,” Jordan added. “If they were white, he would have done the same thing; it’s his age.” 

Haynes and Konnor say no one asked them to put their phones away during their visit to the store.

Since Konnor went public with his allegations The Leather Man has issued a statement denying any racism via Instagram.

The statement denounces “rumors and misinformation” about the alleged incident.

“The Leather Man has a long history of employing women, people of color, and transgendered individuals in both sales and management positions,” according to the statement. “Throughout the worst of the AIDS epidemic, many HIV positive individuals found both employment and a safe home at The Leather Man when confronted by fear and discrimination elsewhere.”

“We are deeply saddened that the specific interaction in question was, in any fashion, construed to have any racial overtones,” the post continues.

Here’s the full statement:



A number of rumors and misinformation about a supposedly racist incident taking place in our shop have been making the rounds on social media. They are, of course, untrue. The Leather Man was founded in 1965, a period in American history where the Civil Rights Movement was just gaining traction and the Gay Rights Movement was barely in its infancy. In this pre-Stonewall era, being gay, let alone being a Leather Man could result in arrest, persecution, and discrimination. Civil liberties and the right to openly be who you are have been principles The Leather Man has upheld throughout the decades. The Leather Man has a long history of employing women, people of color, and transgendered individuals in both sales and management positions. Throughout the worst of the AIDS epidemic, many HIV positive individuals found both employment and a safe home at The Leather Man when confronted by fear and discrimination elsewhere. As an institution, we take our role in the wider community very seriously. We are deeply saddened that the specific interaction in question was, in any fashion, construed to have any racial overtones. This was a matter of implementing a shop policy with regard to custom work and alterations, and the disagreement was in no way based on the individuals being men of color. We do utilize a buzzer system during busy times to allow our sales staff to adequately serve our customers individual needs, and it was not the case that any specific customers were ever locked out of the premises. We regret that any customer would leave the store with such feelings but we hope that our five decades of commitment to progressive social values represents The Leather Man’s commitment to being a welcoming place for all. #leathercommunity #gayfetish #bdsm #kinkcommunity #brotherhood #love #saynotracism #everyonewelcome

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However, one fan chimed in on Konnor’s Twitter account saying they saw the alleged behavior:

And another adult performer added this:

(h/t OUT)