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09/19/2014

Pennsylvania Gubernatorial Candidate Tom Wolf Weighs in on Philadelphia Gay Bashing

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Democratic gubernatorial candidate Tom Wolf, who is challenging Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett on the ballot this November, has released a statement in response to last week's brutal attack on a gay couple in Philadelphia. 

Said Wolf:

The recent vicious attack perpetrated on two men in Philadelphia is incomprehensible and those responsible should be severely punished. We, as a society and a community, cannot stand for these assaults on our individual freedoms. No one, no matter their race, gender, or sexual orientation, should ever have to live in fear of walking down the street.

AttackWilliam Penn founded Pennsylvania on the basis of fairness and tolerance and, I believe, we must continue to be a place that pays faithful tribute to those good values. I know that all people – regardless of sexual orientation – should be treated equally under the law. As governor, I will work to level the playing field by promoting legislation like House Bill 300 that makes sexual orientation and gender identity and expression a protected class and House Bill 745 that amends Title 18 of the Ethnic Intimidation Act to include sexual orientation, gender, and gender identity. And I will be a vocal advocate for the right of all Pennsylvanians to be treated with dignity and respect.

I wish a full and speedy recovery for the two victims, and I hope the people responsible will be brought to justice swiftly.

Sexual orientation is currently not included in the state's hate crimes statues. Pennsylvania Rep. Brian Sims has already pledged to bring the victims to the state legislature and try to pass a sexual orientation-inclusive hate crimes bill. Sims will also help organize a public rally next Thursday to "support the victim and call for the passage of hate crime legislation." 

Previously, "Philadelphia Archbishop Releases Statement Responding to Catholic Coach's Involvement in Gay Bashing" [tlrd]

Posted Sep. 19,2014 at 9:26 PM EST by in Hate Crime, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia | Permalink | Comments (6)


Weekend Movie: 'The Maze Runner'

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No, Dylan, the Maze is not a metaphor for navigating your sudden stardom.  

BY NATHANIEL ROGERS 

The last thing anyone will ever enjoy about THE MAZE RUNNER, should they be so lucky as to enjoy it, is a review describing the finer points of its narrative. Let if suffice to say that Stiles from Teen Wolf wakes up in a large glade surrounded by a huge stone maze. The only inhabitants of this sealed environment are a group of similarly aged boys, none of whom are frequently shirtless werewolves, dammit.

Why are they there?

Who put them there?

Can they ever escape?

What’s different about Dylan O’Brien besides the largest paycheck?

Will there be a sequel?

The movie shall answer all of these questions in 113 minutes! And many more. In fact The Maze Runner so loves to ask and answer questions, that it does so in literally every scene rivalling Inception in sheer expository percentages of dialogue uttered.

Since the movie loves to answer questions, TEN QUESTIONS AFTER THE JUMP...

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Posted Sep. 19,2014 at 8:30 PM EST by in Dylan O'Brien, Film, Nathaniel Rogers | Permalink | Comments (1)


Double Duchess and Kelly Osbourne in 'Good Girl Freak Out': VIDEO

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Kelly Osbourne plays a character inspired by Jem of Jem and the Holograms in the music video from queer electro duo Double Duchess (davO and Krylon Superstar) featuring Future People for their new "future twerk" track "Good Girl Freak Out".

The dancing in the clip, which director JB Ghuman says was inspired by strange dreams he was having, tells the tale of a couple hooking up, breaking up, and reuniting. Osborne plays their spiritual guide.

Whether or not you pick all that up from what you see, perhaps the message of Double Duchess will shine through. Says the pair in a press release: "Through our music, we ask everyone to be and tell your truth regardless of sexuality, gender, race. We don’t want any beautiful faces hidden from the world."

Check it out, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Posted Sep. 19,2014 at 7:40 PM EST by in Kelly Osbourne, Music, Music Video, News | Permalink | Comments (1)


Chelsea Manning Breaks Silence, Speaks Out On ISIS

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Army Pvt. Chelsea Manning, the U.S. intelligence analyst who made headlines in 2013 after leaking thousands of classified documents depicting abuse and torture being carried out by U.S. soldiers to WikiLeaks, recently took to The Guardian to share her thoughts on how the American military could best deal with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, colloquially known as ISIL or ISIS. They key to dismantling the jihadist group, Manning says, is to let its leaders prove how unsustainable its hypothetical caliphate would be in reality.

“Let Isis succeed in setting up a failed ‘state’ – in a contained area and over a long enough period of time to prove itself unpopular and unable to govern,” she reasons. “This might begin to discredit the leadership and ideology of Isis for good.”

Manning also points out that the U.S. isn’t doing enough to combat ISIS’s well documented and effective use of social media to spread its propagandistic messages. In addition to a physical presence within Iraq and Syria, she says the U.S. needs to “counter [ISIS’s] narrative” that the organization uses to recruit youth fighters into its ranks.

Reactions to Manning’s piece have been mixed, but generally positive. Ben Kesling, a marine Corps veteran and Wall Street Journal reporter, took issue with Manning’s logic considering her rank at the time of her dishonorable discharge.

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Posted Sep. 19,2014 at 6:40 PM EST by in Afghanistan, Chelsea Manning, Iraq, Syria | Permalink | Comments (18)


Boy George Talks The Best Songs Of 1984 - VIDEO

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Famous for his spats with other 80s pop stars, Boy George was in a good mood when he popped into Rolling Stone to chat about their list of the 100 best singles of 1984, he was surprisingly positive.

Bruce Springsteen’s Born In the U.S.A? - "It was so American and so rousing!"

U2’s Pride? - "They were just amazing, amazing."

Maybe not so much on Wham! though - "When George Michael came along I was like, 'He's called George? That's not allowed!"

Watch George on “the year of more" and the video for King of Everything from his last album This Is What I Do, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Posted Sep. 19,2014 at 6:10 PM EST by in Bruce Springsteen, George Michael, Music, Music Video, U2, YouTube | Permalink | Comments (4)


Ugandan Gay Rights Activist Recommended For Asylum In The U.S. - VIDEO

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Immigration officials are recommending that the U.S. grant asylum to John Abdallah Wambere, a prominent gay rights activist in Uganda who lives in fear of death threats and repression at home, reports The Boston Globe.

Wambere arrived from Uganda on February 21 on a temporary visa, three days before Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni signed off on his country’s new law punishing gay sex and the “promotion of homosexuality” with life imprisonment.

US Citizenship and Immigration Services issued a letter on September 11th recommending Wambere for asylum, although final approval is still pending a mandatory background check.

Wambere said he has been evicted, arrested three times, beaten unconscious and has received anonymous death threats, including in 2011, after gay rights leader David Kato was bludgeoned to death.

Although Uganda’s constitutional court in August overturned the country’s anti-gay laws on technical grounds, some lawmakers have vowed to refile the overturned bill.

According to Allison Wright, one of Wambere’s lawyers at GLAAD:

“The antigay sentiment has just been rising and rising over the years. Just because the act is gone doesn’t mean that hostility is not there. That hostility is very much still alive.”

In an interview earlier this week, Wambere hailed the decision and vowed to continue advocating for gay rights in Uganda from abroad.

“I’m so excited; I’m overwhelmed. I felt like standing on the streets and shouting out to the whole world.”

On adjusting to life in Massachusetts, he said he had been shocked at the sight of a gay couple openly holding hands on Boston Common:

“To me, it was amazing. Nobody cared about it. Even they themselves were not even freaking out.”

Watch an interview with Wambere and a report on the asylum case, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Posted Sep. 19,2014 at 5:40 PM EST by in Asylum, Gay Rights, Law - Gay, LGBT, Uganda, Video, YouTube, Yoweri Museveni | Permalink | Comments (5)


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