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04/24/2014

Bryan Singer Issues Statement Denouncing Sex Abuse Allegations as 'Twisted Shake Down'

X-Men director Bryan Singer issued a statement today regarding allegations by Michael Egan that singer had drugged and raped him when he was 17 as part of a 'sex ring' preying on underage teens.

SingerSaid Singer in the statement, in which he said he was dropping out of the press tour for X-Men:

“The allegations against me are outrageous, vicious and completely false. I do not want these fictitious claims to divert ANY attention from ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past.’ This fantastic film is a labor of love and one of the greatest experiences of my career. So, out of respect to all of the extraordinary contributions from the incredibly talented actors and crew involved, I’ve decided not to participate in the upcoming media events for the film. However, I promise when this situation is over, the facts will show this to be the sick twisted shake down it is. I want to thank fans, friends and family for all their amazing and overwhelming support.”

Posted Apr. 24,2014 at 8:00 PM EST by in Bryan Singer, Michael Egan, News, X-Men | Permalink | Comments (0)


Chelsea Manning Receives Approval For Legal Name Change

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Chelsea Manning may have been sentenced to 35 years for her involvement in the Wikileaks scandal, but at least she is one step closer to officially serving her time as the woman she identifies as. As part of the longer game to receive hormone therapy for a full transition, Chelsea petitioned to have her name legally changed. On Wednesday a Kansas judge approved the appeal for "Bradley Manning" to be changed to "Chelsea Elizabeth Manning". In a statement on her name change, Chelsea said:

It’s worth noting that in both mail and in-person, I’ve often been asked, “Why are you changing your name?” The answer couldn’t be simpler: because it’s a far better, richer, and more honest reflection of who I am and always have been –a woman named Chelsea.

It should be noted that this change will not compel the military to begin treating Chelsea as a woman and she presently remains as an inmate at the male-only U.S. Disciplinary Barracks.

Portrait of Chelsea Manning by Alicia Neal via the Chelsea Manning Support Network.

Posted Apr. 24,2014 at 7:30 PM EST by in Chelsea Manning, Transgender, Wikileaks | Permalink | Comments (0)


Ellen DeGeneres Makes A Guest Appearance On 'Game Of Thrones' - VIDEO

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Comedienne Ellen Degeneres wasn't supposed to tell you this, but she got a special appearance in a recent episode of Game of Thrones. It was during the Purple Wedding of evil King Joffrey, and we all know how that turned out — she totally killed!

Lucky for you she's got a clip of it. If you're a fan of the show, you'll wonder how you missed her.

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Posted Apr. 24,2014 at 7:00 PM EST by in Ellen DeGeneres, Game of Thrones, Video | Permalink | Comments (0)


Gay Nets Player Jason Collins Appointed to the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition: VIDEO

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Today, President Obama appointed the nation's first active gay pro NBA player Jason Collins to the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition, the White House announced in a press release:

Today, President Barack Obama announced his intent to appoint the following individuals to key Administration posts: Jason Collins is a professional basketball player with the Brooklyn Nets, where he has played since 2014. Previously, he played for the Washington Wizards, the Boston Celtics, the Atlanta Hawks, the Minnesota Timberwolves, the Memphis Grizzlies, and the New Jersey Nets. He joined the National Basketball Association in 2001 after playing for Stanford University, where he was a National Association of Basketball Coaches third team All-American and a member of the All-PAC-10 first team. Mr. Collins is a partner with the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network (GLSEN), a national education organization focused on ensuring safe schools for all students. Mr. Collins received a B.A. from Stanford University.

Also named to the Council are Misty Copeland, the first African American female soloist in more than two decades at American Ballet Theatre; Alonzo H. Mourning, Jr.; Rachael Ray; and Robert Thomas Shepardson.

Said Obama: “I am grateful that these impressive individuals have chosen to dedicate their talents to serving the American people at this important time for our country. I look forward to working with them in the months and years ahead.”

Collins also made the cover of TIME magazine for its '100 Most Influential People in the World' issue.

In a special interview, Collins talks about his biggest influence. Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Posted Apr. 24,2014 at 6:30 PM EST by in Barack Obama, Basketball, Jason Collins, NBA, News, Sports | Permalink | Comments (1)


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Massachusetts Governor Signs Anti-Bullying Bill Into Law Strengthening Protections for LGBT Students

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Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick today signed an anti-bullying bill into law strengthening protections for LGBT students and students with disabilities, the Boston Herald reports.

GLSEN applauded the law:

“As the 17th state to pass inclusive anti-bullying legislation, Massachusetts is sending an impactful message to its LGBT youth,” said Dr. Eliza Byard, GLSEN’s Executive Director. “LGBT students in Massachusetts can feel confident their educators are committed to providing them with the safe and inclusive school environments they deserve. GLSEN looks forward to the day when every student in every school in the country can feel just as supported.”

H. 3909, “An Act Relative to Bullying in Schools,” will update existing anti-bullying legislation by requiring every district to include specific protections in their bullying prevention plan recognizing frequently targeted groups, including LGBT youth.

The legislation will also implement two key methods of tracking incidences of bullying: a student survey to be conducted every four years gathering information about school safety and climate, and a data collection and reporting mechanism allowing officials to better measure and evaluate the impact of anti-bullying efforts.

The Massachusetts House and Senate approved the bill in February and March, respectively. Gov. Patrick, a longtime supporter of bullying prevention initiatives such as a limited 2010 law designed to help educators report, prevent and address bullying, signed the bill in a ceremony today.

(image via twitter senator sonia chang-diaz)

Posted Apr. 24,2014 at 5:13 PM EST by in Bullying, Deval Patrick, Massachusetts, News | Permalink | Comments (2)



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