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07/30/2014

Henry And George, Together Over 50 Years, Featured In New Ohio Marriage Equality Ad: VIDEO

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Henry Hawley and George Vassos were married in New York City last October, on their 50th anniversary. Their commitment to each other is not recognized in their home state of Ohio, though, and they are looking to create change. The adorable couple is featured in a new advertisement from Why Marriage Matters Ohio, and if their easy chemistry and clear adoration of one another does not convince you of love's universality, perhaps nothing will.

Check out Henry and George's testimony, AFTER THE JUMP...

And head over to the Why Marriage Matters Ohio website to make a contribution to the cause.

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Posted Jul. 30,2014 at 7:15 PM EST by in Advertising, Gay Marriage, Gay Media, News, Ohio, Video | Permalink | Comments (0)


Why Did Singapore's Anti-Gay Censors Ban Archie's Gay Wedding And Not Northstar's

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Earlier this month, state media censors in Singapore banned a 2012 Life With Archie comic book for “promoting alternative lifestyles or deviant sexual practices” through the same-sex marriage of its gay character Kevin Keller.

But surprisingly, the same censors have not banned an Astonishing X-Men issue which features the same-sex marriage of the gay superhero Northstar.

Why not? Channel News Asia quotes a spokesperson from the Singapore Media Development Board:

“The MDA takes a holistic view in assessing content and considers all factors, including the context, presentation and language. While themes may seem similar on the surface, depictions and context often vary across different works…

“The issue featured characters who objected to the wedding and this offered a balanced treatment on the issue of gay marriage.”

The Board goes onto say that the censorship even though they did not outright ban the X-Men comic, they have advised that it be "shrink-wrapped and labelled with the consumer advice 'Unsuitable for the Young.'"

Posted Jul. 30,2014 at 6:45 PM EST by in Censorship, Comic Books, Kevin Keller, Singapore, X-Men | Permalink | Comments (0)


GOP Urged by Strategists to Drop Opposition to Gay Marriage

As the 2014 mid-term elections approach (ahead of the almighty 2016 presidential elections), more and more stories have emerged about Republican attempts to change their party’s stance against gay marriage.

The most recent one from The Hill notes that despite the national platform’s support of “‘traditional marriage’ between a man and a woman” and the “majority of Republicans in Congress [who] remain opposed to same-sex marriage,” there are “now eight Republicans in Congress who support same-sex marriage, split evenly between the House and Senate.”

LehmanThe article also mentions Kathryn Lehman (pictured), “a top GOP lobbyist and partner at Holland & Knight” who helped draft the so-called “Defense of Marriage Act” that once served as a major impediment to nationwide marriage equality. Now working with the group Freedom to Marry, she regularly visits the offices of 40 to 50 congressional Republicans in an attempt to change their views on marriage equality.

Carl Thorsen — another GOP strategist working the Human Rights Campaign (pictured below) — encourages Republicans who might want to publicly announce their support for marriage equality by offering advice on how others have done it.

“These are human beings who view these issues on a deeply personal level,” Thorsen told The Hill, “but at the same time, they’re elected officials, and articulating those views may be — understandably — complicated by their political situation.”

CarlthorsenThe political situation includes the fact that most of  Republican party state platforms still oppose same-sex marriage and only 30 percent of Republican voters support same-sex marriage.

The article continues:

Organizations like Log Cabin Republicans and Project Right Side are also pushing Republicans by providing data about changes in public opinion and, like lobbyists, offering lawmakers and their offices a “safe space” to talk about the challenges facing LGBT individuals.

With an increasing number of national polls and court victories in favor of marriage equality, even Gregory Angelo — the executive director of the Log Cabin Republicans — has said that many of “the most rock-ribbed social conservatives in Washington… see the writing on the wall, they see the direction the country is headed,” and the political peril that will accompany an entrenched opposition to marriage rights.

Ken Mehlman — the infamous Republican National Committee chairperson turned pro-marriage supporter who orchestrated George W. Bush’s intensely homophobic 2004 re-election campaign — said, “As conservatives, we don’t have to ignore… a strong conservative argument for safe schools, for civil marriage, merit-based decisions at work.”

Nevertheless, a majority of Republicans continue to oppose employment non-discrimination legislations unless they allow religious exemptions allowing Christianist companies to continue firing LGBT people.

Posted Jul. 30,2014 at 6:15 PM EST by in Gay Marriage, Log Cabin Republicans, News, Republican Party | Permalink | Comments (3)


Towleroad Guide to the Tube #1597

COCONUT WATER: What's in it?

COMMONWEALTH GAMES: Amazing 41-shot table tennis rally.

DOUBLE RAINBOW: With lightning!

BATKID BEGINS: The trailer.

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Posted Jul. 30,2014 at 5:15 PM EST by in News, Towleroad Guide to the Tube | Permalink | Comments (3)


News: Orlando Bloom, NSYNC, Enola Gay, Jared Leto, McDonalds

Road Orlando Bloom takes a swing at Justin Bieber, misses. The Biebs gets payback by posting photo of Bloom’s ex Miranda Kerr, who may or may not be sleeping with the pop star. 

Road Unknown to members of *NSYNC, the band will be releasing a two disc compilation album this week. 

DogsRoad Toni Atkins' first responsibility today as California's first openly gay governor? Walking her dogs. 

Road EDM producer Diplo does a Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything), says he's "a lil gay" just like everyone else. 

Road Actress Blake Lively is jumping into the Martha Stewart-esque lifestyle brand with her new website Preserve, which Ms. Stewart thinks is a “stupid” idea. 

Road Apparently Russia is still furious that bearded drag queen Conchita Wurst won Eurovision earlier this year because a Soviet alternative competition is in the works. LGBTQ need not apply. 

Road A Wyoming judge has declined to suspend a lawsuit challenging the state’s gay marriage ban.

Road The Washington Blade looks at whether a comprehensive LGBT non-discrimination bill could be in the works for Congress to take up.   

Road “Pills cost pennies; greed costs lives!” – demonstrators at this year’s 20th International AIDS Conference protesting Big Pharma’s control of HIV and hepatitis C medication.

Enola gayRoad The last surviving member of the Enola Gay crew that dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima in 1945 has died at the age of 93. 

Road Poll shows opposition to gay marriage is eroding in Kentucky. “50 percent of registered voters in Kentucky oppose same-sex marriage, while 37 percent favor it and 12 percent remain unsure. That's a drop from the 55 percent who said they opposed gay marriage in February and a sharp decline from the 72 percent that voted in favor of a ban in 2004"

Road Madonna teases collaboration with Miley Cyrus. 

Road Girls’ star Allison Williams has landed the role of Peter Pan in NBC’s upcoming version of ‘Peter Pan Live’

Screen Shot 2014-07-30 at 2.49.44 PMRoad Jared Leto and his brother are really enjoying their European vacation. And we can all enjoy it too, especially with Jared Leto going shirtless.

Road White House petition calls on Health and Human Services and FDA to end ban on blood donations from gay and bisexual men. 

Road Slate’s June Thomas asks: Do we still need gay resorts like Provincetown and Fire Island in an era of marriage equality and assimilation?

Road National Labor Relations Board rules that McDonald’s could be held liable for its longstanding, egregious labor and wage violations – possibly opening the door to nationwide unionization of fast food industry. 

Road HRC Alabama releases results from their largest state survey ever with 45% of LGBT respondents saying they are "people of faith"

Road Skater Tony Hawk sounds off on marriage equality in new HRC video. 

Road Ricky Martin offers some tips on how to be a better parent. "As parents we sometimes think teaching our children is all about making rules and setting limits. In reality, kids can be OUR greatest teachers. They are ever present, and we forget that sometimes."

Posted Jul. 30,2014 at 3:45 PM EST by in News | Permalink | Comments (5)


Hercules & Love Affair's 'My Offence' Probes The C-Word: VIDEO

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Hercules & Love Affair’s new video for “My Offence” dives face-first into the c-word in a documentary-music video hybrid that will offend, challenge and intrigue viewers.

The video’s YouTube page explains:

[The video] explores Andy Butler’s relationship to taboo words and the use of “c*nt" amongst NYC's gay community to relay flattery, empowerment and strength - in short a fierce display of femininity. After 13 years of living as a “Queen that lived in New York” Butler saw his own usage of the word engrained into his vocabulary. A move to German speaking Vienna prompted him to reflect on how subversive it really was, and sparked an exploration of it in a song…

Part music video, part documentary, prominent voices from New York’s art, music, literary and nightlife scenes including Kalup Linzy, Honey Dijon, Juliana Huxtable and Contessa Stuto discuss their relationship to the word over the dark, cathartic undertones of Butler’s bold electronic production…

Director Matt Lambert said, “I spoke to some of the people who appear in the video for over an hour. Each of them had a different answer and different relationship to the word ‘c*nt' as well as the appropriation and reclamation of profane language as a means of pushing culture forward. Language, especially when dealing with issues surrounding identity, defines people's realities whether they choose to embrace or ignore language.”

The video also has some incredibly fishy drag, some killer ballroom Voguing and some sweaty ladies strutting and working in true C U Next Tuesday style.

Naturally, attempts to reclaim the c-word (especially after The Onion applied it to nine-year-old, black, Oscar-winning actress Quvenzhané Wallis) have been met with mixed feelings. A powerful word, indeed.

Watch the video (warning: language) AFTER THE JUMP…

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Posted Jul. 30,2014 at 3:20 PM EST by in Hercules and Love Affair, Music, Music Video | Permalink | Comments (3)


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