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09/30/2014

Nick Jonas Flaunts His Six-Pack on 'Flaunt': PHOTO

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Nick Jonas, who has been training to play a boxer in the upcoming DirecTV series Kingdom, displays the results of his training on the cover of the upcoming issue of Flaunt.

Jonas, who is pushing a new album, recently appeared at a gay NYC nightclub, and soon after told HuffPost Live that he is thrilled at the attention he receives from his gay fans:

"I love it; I'm thrilled by that. I always had a pretty strong gay fan base, having been a theater kid...That's a community that I love and have embraced, and [they've] embraced me. I love them. They're so supportive."

Allow Nick (and his abs) to give back, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Posted Sep. 30,2014 at 9:53 PM EST by in Magazines, News, Nick Jonas | Permalink | Comments (13)


St. Louis Circuit Judge Hears Challenge To Missouri Same-Sex Marriage Ban

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St. Louis Circuit Judge Rex Burlison heard arguments Monday on a challenge to Missouri's gay marriage ban brought by four gay couples who were married in St. Louis by city officials in June.

The couples are Tod Martin and David Gray, Bruce Yampolsky and Terry Garrett, John Durnell and Richard Eaton, and Miranda Duschack and Karen Davis. All but Duschack and Davis attended Monday's hearings, as The St. Louis Post Dispatch reports. Then Recorder of Deeds Sharon Carpenter performed the ceremonies in Mayor Slay's office with his consent. Attorney General Chris Koster filed an injunction to stop the marriages. Though he says he supports same-sex marriage, he also commented that he felt bound to uphold Missouri law (the state has a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage passed in 2004).

Koster did not defend the state's ban in court on Monday. Instead, that duty fell to Assistant Attorney General Jeremiah Morgan. The couples were represented by St. Louis City Counselor Winston Calvert.

The AP reports:

Overturning Missouri's constitutional ban "would at least open doors for the next generation not to have the trials and tribulations that we had," Garrett [a plaintiff in the case] said after the hearing. "We should be able to decide who we love."

But Assistant Attorney General Jeremiah Morgan told [Judge] Burlison that Missouri law limits marriage to between a man and a woman. He argued that 71 percent of Missourians voted for that definition of marriage in a 2004 referendum, and the U.S. Supreme Court has time and again allowed states to define marriage.

"It is the state's, and the people's, responsibility to make that decision," Morgan said.

Calvert noted that an increasing number of states are allowing same-sex marriage, including most of the states surrounding Missouri.

"The laws forbid some people from choosing who they marry," Calvert said. "It's only gay and lesbian couples that are treated as second-class citizens by the state."

The AP also points out that this hearing comes just a week after a federal judge "in Kansas City [heard arguments] on a suit filed by 10 couples over the state's failure to recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states."

The ACLU has a pending lawsuit challenging Missouri's gay marriage ban as well.

Regardless of the outcome in any of these cases, it is almost certain that each will be appealed.

Posted Sep. 30,2014 at 6:28 PM EST by in ACLU, Gay Marriage, Law - Gay, LGBT, Missouri, News | Permalink | Comments (2)


South Dakota Police Identify Two Wanted For Questioning In Assault Case Tied To Anti-Gay Slur

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Police in Sioux Falls, South Dakota have identified two people wanted for questioning in connection to the assault of local resident, 27-year-old Drew Bartscher, KELO reports.

Bartscher, who is straight, was brutally attacked after he told a woman who called him and his friends "faggots" that she should not use that word. "It's rude," he said. Bartscher was then attacked by the woman's boyfriend:

"Then I hear this guy yell at me, 'What the F did you say to my girlfriend?!?!'  I turned just a little bit and then the next thing I know, my friends are picking me up off the sidewalk, (because) I had gotten punched pretty good," Bartscher said.

Just hours after releasing photos to the media of two individuals wanted for questioning, police were able to identify both. However, it is not known "if the man or woman in the photos had anything to do with the assault or if they just saw what happened."

KELO also points out that the incident has not gone unnoticed by local elected officials: "Mayor Mike Huether mentioned the attack in a recent news conference calling on the city to do more to fight domestic violence, bullying and prejudice."

Posted Sep. 30,2014 at 5:40 PM EST by in Crime, News, South Dakota | Permalink | Comments (5)


Jesse Tyler Ferguson Came Out At 14 After Being Caught Stealing

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Funny man Jesse Tyler Ferguson is an established, out gay presence in Hollywood. He plays one half of recently married duo Cam and Mitch on Modern Family and married his own hubby, Justin Mikita, last July. Ferguson was not always so out and proud, though, and he recently shared his coming out experience with fellow comedian Aisha Tyler on her podcast "Girl on Guy." 

HuffPost reports:

"Well, I was caught stealing gay porn when I was 14," Ferguson, who was raised in New Mexico, admitted. "So, I always considered that my coming-out. ... It was so humiliating. I had been stealing porn for a while. I had quite a little collection. And I would bring it into the house, and then I'd get nervous, so I'd hide it under the mattress, or I'd hide it behind a shed in the backyard. And then it would get rained on, and I'd have to go get the barbecue tongs to [get it out]."

Ferguson said that one of his stolen goods set off an alarm. The woman behind the check out counter then took him to a back room...and called his father. 

"When I stole the porn it was like, 'OK, are you gay?' And I was, like, 14. I didn't really know. I didn't know what I was going through. But then in my later teen years I did come out to him, and it was like he needed to be told three times. ... [When I was 21] he asked me if I had a girlfriend at the time, and I was like, 'Dad! You know I'm gay, right?'"

Ferguson's father apparently had difficulty accepting his son's sexual orientation, but that did not stop him from giving an emotional speech the night before Ferguson and Mikita's wedding. 

"It was a process for him as well. It was sort of a coming-out process, and he had to figure out how to deal with having a son that wasn't the ideal son that he had," [Ferguson] told Oprah Winfrey last year.

Posted Sep. 30,2014 at 5:20 PM EST by in Gay Marriage, Gay Quotes, Gay Stories, Gay Youth, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, News | Permalink | Comments (15)


NEWS: White House Fence Jumper, Channing Tatum, SCOTUS, Oscar Wilde

Wh2 RoadWhite House fence-jumper made it further into 1600 Pennsylvania than was previously known. The Washington Post: "Secret Service officials had earlier said he was quickly detained at the main entry. Agency spokesman Edwin Donovan said the office is not commenting during the ongoing investigation of the incident. Breaches of the White House fence have become more common, but most jumpers are tackled by Secret Service officers guarding the complex before they get even a third of the way across the lawn. Gonzalez is the first person known to have jumped the fence and made it inside the executive mansion."

RoadNetflix will release sequel to Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon same day as in theaters.

RoadMicorsoft skips Windows 9, goes straight to Windows 10 instead.

RoadMichael Phelps has received his second DUI. The previous arrest came in 2004.

RoadThe UK has launched its own airstrikes against ISIS.

RoadTwo school shootings in one day: one in Louisville, KY and one in Albemarle, NC

Gilles-marini-shirtless-09292014-14-435x580 RoadIn case you're already starting to miss summer, here's Gilles Marini at the beach.

RoadNo news from SCOTUS today on its consideration of same-sex marriage cases

RoadMeet the cat that loves getting vacuumed

RoadThe trailer for Paul Thomas Anderson's new film, Inherent Vice, is here

RoadNew consent law in California seeks to crackdown on sexual assault on the state's campuses: "Under the California law, signed by Gov. Jerry Brown on Sunday night, colleges must require “affirmative, conscious and voluntary agreement to engage in sexual activity,” which can be verbal or communicated through actions. Consent to one kind of contact cannot be taken to mean consent to another. So an encounter that progresses from kissing to intercourse would require not one go-ahead but several."

RoadChanning Tatum is hard at work on Magic Mike XXL. But makes sure to take some time to hit the beach with the family.

Aral-sea2 RoadNASA satellite imagery shows how in the last 14 years "one of the world's largest inland bodies of water, the Aral Sea in Central Asia, has almost completely dried up and disappeared."

RoadViagra ads to target women for the first time. 

RoadPhotograph of a young Oscar Wilde to go up for auction. 

RoadSteamship wreck from 1926 discovered in Lake Ontario. 

RoadTony Blair says it's almost impossible to discuss gay rights with anti-gay leaders from around the globe: “It’s just a huge gulf at the moment”, Mr Blair said of places like Liberia, where he has advised President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, who last year defended banning “voluntary sodomy”. “I think it will in time diminish. But it’s a debate that in some parts of the world is literally impossible to have. Now I can do what I can whenever I can. There was a moment in time when it looked as if Rwanda was going to pass legislation in their Parliament – and fortunately the President actually intervened, and myself and others gave the case very strongly as to why this legislation was a bad idea. You can do what you can, but I’m sure in time this will change. But at the moment it’s very difficult.”

Posted Sep. 30,2014 at 4:48 PM EST by in News | Permalink | Comments (7)


Röyksopp Delivers Stunning 'Monument' Remix (with Robyn), New Track 'Skulls': VIDEO

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Röyksopp and Robyn's austere, haunting collaboration "Monument", delivered earlier this year, is given a remix called "The Inevitable End Version" by the duo, who say their upcoming album (with the same name as the remix) will be their last.

The video for the remix features the Norwegian pair performing in concert with Robyn.

Said the duo: "We feel like this is a goodbye to the traditional album format. In our consecutive run of albums, we have been able to say what we want to say and do what we want to do with the LP. We're not going to stop making music, but the album format as such, this is the last thing from us... "

This remixed version of the track will be a part of it, as will "Skulls", a new track which they previewed yesterday as well.

Check it all out, AFTER THE JUMP...

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