ThumbWEDDING BELLS: Lance Bass ties the knot. Elton John too!
WATCH: Michele Bachmann's craziest moments in Congress. 
LISTEN: Madonna releases new track "Living for Love"
RUPAUL: Talks tech while his girls dazzle in new documentary
TLC: My Husband's Not Gay shows gay Mormons dating women



What To Watch This Week on TV: Creepy Christmas Specials; OWN Debuts Michael Sam Doc


Check out our weekly guide to make sure you're catching the big premieres, crucial episodes and the stuff you won't admit you watch when no one's looking.

— Out TV personality and cancer-survivor Robin Roberts looks back at the year that was, tomorrow at 9 p.m. Eastern on ABC in The Year: 2014.

Find more TV to get you through the holidays, AFTER THE JUMP ...

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Posted Dec. 22,2014 at 7:00 PM EST by in Jon Hamm, Michael Sam, Television | Permalink | Comments (2)

Amnesty International 'Disappointed' In Ireland's Current Draft of Trans Bill

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Amnesty International and LGBT activists in Ireland are disappointed in the current draft of a new bill that recognizes transgender identities, but requires them to jump through several bureaucratic hoops just to do so reports Pink News. If passed, the bill will legally recognize transgender identities in dealings with the State, public bodies, civil and commercial society. AI and LGBT activists are grateful that the Irish government is attempting to validate transgender identities however, the process to do so is rather harmful.

The bill forces married transgender people to divorce in order to gain gender recognition, in accordance with the country’s ban on same-sex marriage. Additionally while the bill allows for 16 and 17-year-olds to obtain legal gender recognition, they require a court order and parental consent to do so, which campaigners warn could cause further harm. Denis Krivosheev of AI believes the bill needs heavy revision.

Said Krivosheev:

Krivosheev"This bill will require substantial changes if it is to tackle the serious issue of discrimination against transgender people. Rather than making it as easy as possible for all transgender people to obtain legal recognition of their identity, there are several groups that will be short-changed by the bill – in particular those who are married or in civil partnerships, minors, and those who do not wish to undergo medical treatment.

"The bill completely overlooks the needs of those who may wish to remain married, or who are going through divorce proceedings, while obtaining legal recognition of their gender. This is a violation of their human rights.

"Instead, the bill cruelly forces transgender people to separate from their loved one – and then spend years in limbo without either a partner or the legal recognition of their identity."

Meanwhile, the Irish government has announced that a referendum on same-sex marriage will take place next May. 

Posted Dec. 22,2014 at 5:57 PM EST by in Gay Rights, Ireland, Law - Gay, LGBT, Transgender | Permalink | Comments (7)

Towleroad Guide to the Tube #1676

DANIEL FRANZESE: Just wants to be high for the holidays.

GLENN BECK: Has a dire message from the future.

TAIWAN: Animators tackle Sony's hacking with wackiness.

LITTLE TURTLE: Relentlessly attacks Fred the cat.



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Posted Dec. 22,2014 at 4:50 PM EST by in Towleroad Guide to the Tube | Permalink | Comments (4)

News: Idris Elba, Google, Orangutans, Gilead, North Korea

ElbaRoad NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio has called for a suspension of protests in the city following the killing of two NYC police officers in Brooklyn on Saturday. 

Road Could Idris Elba be the next James Bond?

Road Washington Blade's Chris Johnson looks back on the one year of progress since a federal judge in Utah ruled in favor of the freedom to marry - a ruling that kicked off an avalanche of equality across the nation. 

Road Lady Gaga and Mariah Carey snap a selfie together for Christmas. 

Road Joe Cocker, the gravelly-voiced singer best known for his cover of the Beatles' "with a Little Help From My Friends" passed away today from an undisclosed illness. 

GoogleRoad Google has revealed it's first fully functional self-driving car prototype. 

Road Florida county clerks who choose not to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples on January 6 might find themselves on the way to the courthouse. 

Road A court in Argentina has ruled that an orangutan who spend the past 20 years in a zoo can be granted some basic rights as a "non-human person".

Road Harry Styles and Kristen Wiig show off their dance moves at the SNL afterparty. 

NorleyRoad Male model Monday: James Norley.

Road Sony is rumored to be mulling over whether to release The Interview online on Christmas Day.

Road Five moments from 2014 that were definitely a sign of the End Times for right-wing loonies. (Hint: one is gay rights victories)

Road Gilead, the pharmaceutical company that manufactures Truvada, had its shares plunge after the nation's largest manager of pharmacy benefits struck an exclusive deal with a rival drugmaker on hepatitis C medication. 

Road North Korea is experiencing massive internet outages today, meaning its citizens will have to get their propaganda from some other info source. 

Posted Dec. 22,2014 at 3:54 PM EST by in News | Permalink | Comments (11)

Cristiano Ronaldo's Erection Has Now Been Immortalized in Bronze: VIDEO


The town of Funchal, Madeira in Portugal paid tribute to hometown hero Cristiano Ronaldo over the weekend by erecting a rather well-endowed, 8 foot bronze statue in his honor. 

No word yet on whether the statue was 100% proportional in the bulge department.

Watch a video of the statue's unveiling, AFTER THE JUMP...

[h/t Outsports]

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Posted Dec. 22,2014 at 3:24 PM EST by in Cristiano Ronaldo | Permalink | Comments (9)

JibJab's Annual 'Year in Review' Tackles Putin, Ebola, Joan Rivers, Ice Buckets and More: VIDEO


Kim Kardashian's butt, ISIS, Vladimir Putin, Ferguson, ebola, the ice bucket challenge and everything else that dominated the headlines in 2014.



And be sure to check out last year's JibJab video (featuring the DOMA repeal) and 2011's (featuring the DADT repeal)

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Posted Dec. 22,2014 at 2:25 PM EST by in Vladimir Putin | Permalink | Comments (0)

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