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02/01/2012

Washington State Senate Passes Marriage Equality Bill in 28-21 Vote

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The Washington State senate has voted 28-21 in favor of the marriage equality bill.

The bill is expected to pass in the House and Governor Chris Gregoire, who introduced it, is expected to sign it. Voting in the House could come as soon as February 8.

Slog has a liveblog of the proceedings if you want to read about how it all went down. I'll have clips and relevant updates posted as they come in tomorrow morning.

Posted Feb. 1,2012 at 10:59 PM EST by | Permalink | Comments (33)


GLSEN Anti-Hate PSAs to Be Featured at Super Bowl: VIDEO

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Back in May I posted about GLSEN's 'Think Before You Speak' campaign. Today, it was announced that the PSAs will be featured at the Super Bowl:

The videos will be strategically placed on a screen at the entrance of Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Ind.,  to be viewed by the 150,000 Super Bowl ticket holders on Feb. 5. In its newest ad, GLSEN, GLSEN,  the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network, has garnered cooperation from the NBA and Phoenix Suns star Grant Hill. The NBA is the first professional sports league to address antigay language among teens.

The campaign — Think Before You Speak – was created by Grazie Media and funded by GLSEN, whose mission it is to ensure safe schools for all students. Launched in 2009, the PSAs coincide with national concern about homophobia and school bullying and have received accolades from the Ad Council.

Check out the Grant Hill PSA, AFTER THE JUMP...

Posted Feb. 1,2012 at 7:28 PM EST by in GLSEN, News, Sports, Super Bowl | Permalink | Comments (2)


Joan Rivers Gets Stoned: VIDEO

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In an extended clip from her WE show Joan & Melissa, Joan Rivers smokes marijuana, eats cheeseburgers, and crawls in a hot tub with her clothes on.

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

Posted Feb. 1,2012 at 6:25 PM EST by in Joan Rivers, News | Permalink | Comments (16)


Towleroad Guide to the Tube #1055

MITT ROMNEY: "I'm not concerned about the very poor."

NICK PITERA: One-man Phantom of the Opera.

NINTENDO GRANNY: A centenarian gamer.

IN THE LIFE: HIV discrimination in medical care.

For recent Guides to the Tube, click HERE.

Posted Feb. 1,2012 at 5:25 PM EST by in AIDS/HIV, Mitt Romney, Music, Music Video, News, Theatre, Towleroad Guide to the Tube | Permalink | Comments (11)


News: Don Cornelius, Macy's, James Clementi, South Africa

RoadFour men sentenced to 18 years for murder of South African lesbian.

RoadAnti-gay Minnesota for Marriage raises $830,000 to ban same-sex marriage.

RupaulRoadRich Juzwiak spends a week with 'America's most famous drag queen', RuPaul. And don't miss the outtakes.

RoadREPORT: Snooki pregnant...

RoadPfizer recalls birth control pills because they may not prevent pregnancy.

RoadRufus Wainwright announces new album: "Produced by none other than Mark Ronson, this is the seventh studio album from the Canadian singer that follows 2010's quietly intimate outing 'All Days Are Nights: Songs for Lulu.' The first single to be taken of the LP is the uptempo title track that should be unveiled soon."

RoadSoul Train creator Don Cornelius dead of apparent suicide.

RoadNeil Patrick Harris unveils new M&M, Ms. Brown: “Who in their lifetime gets that kind of ask?” Harris said. “It’s like the greatest job ever, so I said yes.”

RoadCakeThe horror! Hate group AFA freaks over Macy's wedding ad featuring cake with two grooms.

RoadApple bug sends iMessages to a stranger's phone.

RoadNOM demands Chris Christie withdraw Supreme Court nomination of openly gay Republican attorney and mayor Bruce Harris.

RoadMontclair State University hit with more anti-gay bias incidents like the one last October: "On January 26th, the words, 'Die Fags,' were written in marker on the wall adjacent to room 104K in the Student Center CSI complex.  On 
January 27th, a written note with the words, 'you will die soon Faggots,' was reported to have been left under the door of room 104K.  And, on January 30th, the words, 'Fags will die on 2/7,' was written on the wall of the first floor women’s restroom near the Rathskellar."

RoadTyler Clementi's gay brother James, writes letters to his late brother: "When you were here with me, you had no idea how important you were, and it took your death to make that point. Now you are gone. How will you know how much I love you, how much we all do? It’s not like you can read your big cover story. It’s not as though you can hear me crying."

RoadBroadway flash: Taylor Swift will not be destroying Les Miserables.

BowmanRoadJosh Bowman's work-out routine: "I wake-up in the morning and brush my teeth. My toothbrush and deodorant are my only dumbbells.”

RoadMTV and LOGO to air "It Gets Better" special featuring Dan Savage, Zachary Quinto, and Adam Levine. "EW has exclusively learned that the sister cable networks are jointly prepping a special titled It Gets Better, which will chronicle the stories of three young people struggling with LGBT issues."

RoadGay Imam to wed south African lesbians under Islamic rites: "Zukayna and Sadia met 20 years ago when Sadia, a taxi operator, was driving Zukayna and a group of school friends from Manenberg to the beach. The happy couple lived together for 14 years before getting married."

RoadQueer Occupy Wall Street to protest HRC's NYC gala: "Queer/LGBTIQA2Z Occupy Wall Street, a caucus of the NYC based Occupy Wall Street movement, announced today that it will protest a Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Gala honoring Goldman Sachs on Saturday February 4, 2012 at the Waldorf Astoria. In contrast to the $650 a plate Gala, the Queer/LGBTIQA2Z Caucus will host a 'Guerrilla Potluck' on the sidewalk outside of the prestigious hotel at 50th Street & Park Avenue from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Posted Feb. 1,2012 at 3:50 PM EST by | Permalink | Comments (19)


Governor O'Malley, AG Gansler Testify in Favor of Marriage Equality Bill in Maryland: VIDEOS

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Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley and Attorney General Douglas Gansler both testified yesterday before Maryland's Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee in favor of the marriage equality bill being considered there.

Watch their testimony, AFTER THE JUMP...

O'Malley was questioned about the religious protections in the bill and the right of people to object.

Said O'Malley: "This bill balances an individual’s civil marriage rights with the important protections of religious freedoms for all. And because it protects both of these inalienable rights, it is supported by a broad coalition of Marylanders, which includes clergy, community leaders, faith-based organizations, civil rights groups and those who hold the most important title of all in our democracy, and that title is citizen."

O'Malley spoke about the bill again in his State of the State address: "It is not right and it is not just that the children of gay couples should have lesser protections than the other children in our state."

Watch O'Malley and Gansler, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Governor Martin O'Malley

Attorney General Douglas Gansler:

Posted Feb. 1,2012 at 3:13 PM EST by | Permalink | Comments (5)



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