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07/31/2014

News: Justin Bieber, St. Louis, Chris Pratt, Arkansas, Edmund White

RoadThere is a new Janet Jackson album in the works.

RoadGay former United Methodist minister takes helm of Human Rights Campaign in Mississippi.

BloomRoadJustin Bieber taunts Orlando Bloom on Instagram.

RoadNew petition calls for 'National Orlando Bloom Day'.

RoadPolice investigate stabbing of trans teen on DC Metro train: "Authorities told BuzzFeed they believe a 24-year-old man assaulted the transgender teenager around 4:30 p.m., stabbing her in the back with a 3.5-inch folding knife. The victim was transported to a hospital for what police described as a 'non life-threatening puncture wound' to her upper left back."

RoadFiveThirtyEight: Democrats more obsessed with impeachment than Republicans: "Consider, for example, the Sunlight Foundation’s Capitol Words database, which tracks words spoken in the House and Senate. So far in July, there have been 10 mentions of the term “impeachment” in Congress and four others of the term “impeach.” Eleven of the 14 mentions have been made by Democratic rather than Republican members of Congress, however."

RoadMan threatens to "exterminate" editor of gay publication in St. Louis: "Darryl L. Jackson, 40, was caught last Friday as he wrote a similar email on a computer at the Forest Park campus of St. Louis Community College. He is charged with harassment motivated by discrimination to frighten or disturb another person, which is a felony."

RoadChris Pratt refers to his biceps as 'arm titties'.

RoadActivists stage Capitol Hill sit-in demanding LGBT inclusion in immigration reform.

PineRoadFirst look at a handful of images from Into the Woods.

RoadArkansas asks judge to retain gay marriage ban: "Attorney General Dustin McDaniel's office asked U.S. District Judge Kristine Baker to reject the motion for summary judgment filed by two same-sex couples challenging the ban. The couples earlier this month asked Baker to rule immediately and find a 2004 constitutional amendment and any related laws barring gay marriage unconstitutional. The couples sued the state over the ban last year."

RoadGay Kansas dad charged with murder after leaving baby in hot car: "Prosecutors have charged a Wichita man whose 10-month-old foster daughter died after she was left in a hot car outside her home with one count of first-degree felony murder."

RoadEdmund White reviews the recent crop of books by and about the Proposition 8 legal team: "On the last page of Redeeming the Dream, we are told that Americans are accepting 'gays and lesbians…as normal, loving, decent members of our lives and our communities.' I shouldn’t quibble, but as a gay man in his seventies I don’t quite recognize in that description most of the flamboyant, creative, edgy, promiscuous, deeply urban gays I have known."

RoadTurkish women react appropriately to Deputy Prime Minister after he says that they should not laugh in public.

RoadFootballer Lionel Messi is strutting his fit bod in Ponza.

RoadPrince Harry and his desert boots.

CostaRoadHere's what the Costa Concordia rescue looked like from space.

RoadLulu's bar in Greenpoint, Brooklyn is closing. "In April of this year Lulu’s owner John McGillion took out a lawsuit against his landlord for not allowing him to turn the establishment into a gay bar."

RoadAl Jazeera covers a case challenging gay conversion therapy in China: "The plaintiff, who is gay and has given his name only as Xiao Zhen, says the Xinyu Piaoxiang clinic in Chongqing traumatised him when he was electro-shocked after being told to have sexual thoughts involving men."

RoadLarry King confused by Anna Paquin's "non-practicing" bisexuality.

RoadRussell Brand blasts Sean Hannity on Israel-Palestine conflict, says he looks like a Ken Doll. Hannity responds that Brand is "kind of dumb and ignorant."

Road90-year-old recalls the time her son came out: "When you called and came out, it was quite a shock. I had no inkling--none whatsoever. You tell me you're gay, and I said, 'Listen. Give me a half hour to come to myself, and I'll call you back.' ... I think straight parents should be involved with their gay children. I told everybody and anybody who would listen to me, that I had a gay son and that I was very proud of my gay son."

 

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Rick Santorum Claims Liberal Americans Have 'Devalued' Marriage: LISTEN

Former presidential candidate and anti-gay speaker Rick Santorum appeared on "Eagle Forum Live," a radio program hosted by Phyllis Schlafly's daughter Anne Cori, and spoke up about the ways in which marriage has become "devalued" by the American public.

RickSantorumSantorum focused mostly on diction around marriage becoming associated purely with "romantic relationships" rather than reproductive purposes.

Right Wing Watch reports:

Rick Santorum said that conservatives need to “reclaim” marriage from the left and “the folks who are trying to change the marriage laws to allow same-sex couples...."

He also warned of polygamy: “If marriage is simply a romantic relationship between two people, and by the way, that’s what it’s devolved to the minds of a lot of Americans, if that’s all that marriage is well then it’s hard to make the argument that any two people or any three or four people shouldn’t be able to get married.”

Rants like his remind us just how tired and flaccid anti-marriage equality arguments have become. Perhaps the worst moment, though, came from Anne Cori, a woman who apparently detests the "celebration of single mothers." Bravo, Ms. Cori on this new low.

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Posted Jul. 31,2014 at 3:30 PM EST by in Gay Marriage, Gay Media, Gay Quotes, News, Rick Santorum | Permalink | Comments (7)


The First Teaser Trailer for 'Into the Woods' Has Arrived: VIDEO

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Disney's next holiday must-see Into the Woods has just released its first trailer to get audiences excited about the cinematic adaptation of the Broadway musical - though there is no singing here.

Following the dark-but-not-really fantasy tone set by MaleficentInto The Woods gets into a fairytale mashup with interwoven stories of Jack and the Beanstalk, Rapunzel, Cinderella, and Little Red Riding Hood, all centered around the wishes of a humble baker's family and the Meryl Streep (above) who cursed them.

Also starring Emily Blunt, James Corden, Anna Kendrick, Chris Pine, and Johnny Depp - who is no Bigby Wolf, but he'll do - Into The Woods will open on December 25th.

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Posted Jul. 31,2014 at 3:03 PM EST by in Film, Trailer, Video | Permalink | Comments (6)


Jenny McCarthy Apologizes For Calling Hillary Clinton A Lesbian: VIDEO

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Jenny McCarthy has apologized for suggesting on The View that Hillary Clinton might be a lesbian, reports Huffington Post.

As McCarthy and her co-hosts discussed Ronald Kessler's new book, The First Family Detail: Secret Service Agents Reveal the Hidden Lives of Presidents, she suggested Hillary Clinton might be a lesbian and said the Clintons could have some sort of marital "arrangement."

However, in a later blog post, McCarthy claimed she uses jokes while on The View because she is out of her comfort zone:

“[Following the Clinton segment], we talked about a female CEO not helping other women in her workplace and my spiritual side felt excited to get out my personal mission statement about “girl code.” I stated that we women need to look out for one another. That we need to stop ripping on each other and empower one another. This is something that is very important to me and I hold so close to my heart.

"That night, as I lay in bed and reflected on my day, I realized I was a hypocrite. How could I make a joke like that and then five minutes later preach about female empowerment? It makes me sad when I see women ripping on other women, and there I was making a joke about our possible first female president!

"I hope you will be patient with me as I continue to figure myself out and grow to be the example of female empowerment I always intend to be."

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Posted Jul. 31,2014 at 2:40 PM EST by in Bill clinton, Books, Hillary Clinton, Jenny McCarthy, Presidents, The View, Video | Permalink | Comments (8)


Kat Deabill, Jeopardy!'s 'Shade' Contestant, and Gay Slang: VIDEO

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Almost as if it had been plucked directly from the somewhat popular @GayJeopardy Twitter account, a not so subtle nod to gay slang won one contestant $800 in a late round of Jeopardy! last week. “One term for talking trash about someone is ‘throwing’ this,” Alex Trebek hinted. “Like a big elm tree might do.”

‘What is shade?’, the answer, was obvious to contestant Kat Deabill, a 16 year-old high school student from New Boston, New Hampshire. The queerer corners of the internet hailed Jeopardy!’s incorporation of the term as another sign that gay subcultures a being increasingly accepted by the mainstream, but others felt as if the move deserved a bit of questioning.

Rafi D’Angelo, a contributor to Slate’s Outward blog, listed shade among “basic” and “kiki” as yet another term in danger of imminent appropriation, which prompted Slate’s J. Bryan Lowder to question “Is Gay Culture Over?”:

Another way to look at shade’s appearance on Jeopardy! is as a moment of critical elevation. Yes, the category in which it appeared was goofily titled “It’s Slang-tastic,” but as shade aficionados will know, the word—as a communicative practice, a mode of comportment, a means of negotiating power relationships, even a way of being—is far more than just a slang term.

Lowder posits an interesting situation in which Jeopardy! viewers unfamiliar with shade further investigate the term and, theoretically, glean a deeper understanding and appreciation for queer culture in the process.

Deabill, who has been inundated with internet attention since her Jeopardy! appearance, took to Reddit earlier today to share her understanding of the complicated conversations surrounding the ownership of terms like shade.

“I really like that it's getting visibility because the LGBT POC community has been so ignored throughout history, but I'm afraid of misappropriation of the term.” Deabill responded in the AMA. “I don't feel like I can comment more on that, as I don't identify as a POC (since I'm about as white as Macklemore in the Arctic), so I'm going to defer to the majority opinion of those to whom the term belongs.”

When commenters expressed their surprise at Deabill’s nuanced response, she stressed the necessity of being thoughtful about the origins of cultural symbols:

“It's something that's always been important to me. The one thing that bothers me more than anything is when people try to downplay others' struggles by laughing at or misusing a term that was created by that group to cope with and rise above their oppression.”

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Posted Jul. 31,2014 at 1:50 PM EST by in Television | Permalink | Comments (16)


The OXD Mirror: New Music by Jad & The Ladyboy, Basement Jaxx, Maceo Plex and more

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BY OCCUPY THE DISCO / TAD HAES

Australian producers have become popular with their established synth-pop aesthetic, where acts like Cut Copy, The Presets and Pnau stand out as some of the most prolific and world-famous. So it comes as a refreshing surprise to hear the work of Jad & The Ladyboy, whose soulful influences can be clearly noted on his newest release 'Hey Sisters,' which follow the success of 'Step In My Direction.'

Jad & The Ladyboy: 'Hey Sisters'

The new record maintains a warm jazzy feel, and the addition of a strong gospel vocal creates an uplifting dancefloor experience. Download your free copy of the song here.

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