News: Starbucks, Romney’s Pennsylvania Promise, Kanye & Kim

StarbucksThanks 6a00d8341c730253ef0168e9a58ce4970c-800wi Starbucks staffers came out today to accept a giant "Thank You" card from 640,000 supporters of, and Washington United For Marriage for the coffee company's unwavering support of equality. "We are long-standing supporters of a culture of diversity, and inclusion and equality for everybody, and I'll share this with our fellow leaders….Thank you very much," said Starbucks' VP of global communications James Olsen. See more pictures here.

6a00d8341c730253ef0168e9a58ce4970c-800wi Joseph Amodeo, a member of the executive committee for the Junior Board of Catholic Charities resigned over New York Archbishop Timothy Dolan's anti-gay politics, particularly those that involve the LGBT-inclusive Ali Forney Center. "The comments that His Eminence has made regarding same-sex couples, the LGBT community in general, and his recent in-action in response to the Ali Forney Center's plea for pastoral assistance, has left me with no other choice but to resign," he wrote.

6a00d8341c730253ef0168e9a58ce4970c-800wi Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney promised supporters today that he will win the Pennsylvania primary.

BloomBiking6a00d8341c730253ef0168e9a58ce4970c-800wi A majority of Latino voters support gay folk: "On the issue of whether homosexuality should be accepted by society, a majority — 59 percent — say that it should. Just 30 percent told pollsters it should be discouraged. Those numbers line up with the general U.S. public, with 58 percent saying homosexuality should be accepted, and 33 percent saying it should be discouraged."

6a00d8341c730253ef0168e9a58ce4970c-800wi HRC's response: "So much for NOM’s plan to rally Latinos against marriage equality."

6a00d8341c730253ef0168e9a58ce4970c-800wi Orlando Bloom in bike shorts, because why not?

6a00d8341c730253ef0168e9a58ce4970c-800wi Fox News hiring Jesse Jackson's daughter?

6a00d8341c730253ef0168e9a58ce4970c-800wi Mary J. Blige is sorry for participating in a controversial Burger King ad.

6a00d8341c730253ef0168e9a58ce4970c-800wi Is SNL about to lose three-out-of-four of its best actors?

6a00d8341c730253ef0168e9a58ce4970c-800wi New York police are looking for two men after discovering that French scholar Richard Descoings was cruising gay sex sites before dying in a hotel room. From the always reliable NY Post: "Descoings, 53, director of the prestigious Paris Institute of Political Studies — and a friend of French President Nicolas Sarkozy — was 'really into men,' his widow told cops, according to the sources."

6a00d8341c730253ef0168e9a58ce4970c-800wi A glance at the racial and partisan reactions to Trayvon Martin's shooting death.

6a00d8341c730253ef0168e9a58ce4970c-800wi Brian Johnson, the evangelical who consistently tries to distribute Bibles at the Twin Cities' gay pride parade, is filing a lawsuit against the city for religious discrimination. "'Johnson believes that the Bible is God's word and sets out a plan of salvation for all people,' his attorney wrote in a 26-page complaint filed in U.S. District Court of Minnesota. 'Johnson believes the Bible teaches that all people are sinners and therefore deserve God's wrath, but anyone can receive salvation by believing and trusting in Jesus Christ.'"

NerdObama6a00d8341c730253ef0168e9a58ce4970c-800wi After admitting that Mitt Romney has the GOP's 2012 nomination locked up, anti-gay activist Bryan Fischer starts looking at Rick Santorum Perry in 2016: "If Obama wins on November 6, it might behoove pro-family leaders to meet with Rick Perry on November 7 and start strategizing for 2016."

6a00d8341c730253ef0168e9a58ce4970c-800wi Just in case you've been living under a rock, Barack Obama is a big nerd.

6a00d8341c730253ef0168e9a58ce4970c-800wi I hate myself for saying this, but there's something really attractive about Joe Jonas.

6a00d8341c730253ef0168e9a58ce4970c-800wi Proof that conservatives have their priorities all kinds of twisted: they're protesting living saint Desmond Tutu's forthcoming appearance at Gonzaga University.

6a00d8341c730253ef0168e9a58ce4970c-800wi Prince Harry goes shopping.

6a00d8341c730253ef0168e9a58ce4970c-800wi Horror: "A growing number of Afghan children are being coerced into a life of sexual abuse. The practice of wealthy or prominent Afghans exploiting underage boys as sexual partners who are often dressed up as women to dance at gatherings is on the rise in post-Taliban Afghanistan, according to Afghan human rights researchers, Western officials and men who participate in the abuse."

NYerMurder6a00d8341c730253ef0168e9a58ce4970c-800wi Kanye and Kim are hitting the proverbial "that."

6a00d8341c730253ef0168e9a58ce4970c-800wi If you haven't read the Ellie-nominated New Yorker article "A Murder Foretold," you should. Here's the first paragraph: "Rodrigo Rosenberg knew that he was about to die. It wasn’t because he was approaching old age—he was only forty-eight. Nor had he been diagnosed with a fatal illness; an avid bike rider, he was in perfect health. Rather, Rosenberg, a highly respected corporate attorney in Guatemala, was certain that he was going to be assassinated." It's an astonishing mystery and will soon be made into a movie.

6a00d8341c730253ef0168e9a58ce4970c-800wi Green tea and Olympic doping: "Olympic doping officials are considering whether to tweak their tests after a recent British study showed green tea might hide testosterone from the standard test used to spot it."

6a00d8341c730253ef0168e9a58ce4970c-800wi Joe Abell, the school administrator who shamed a California high school student for supporting marriage equality, apologized over loud speaker this morning.

6a00d8341c730253ef0168e9a58ce4970c-800wi North Carolina businessman Bob Page urges equality advocates to donate even more money to defeating that state's anti-gay Amendment One. "If you want to win this, understand that we have a lot more educating to do, that we need to do that on TV and radio, and that it’s going to take a lot more money.  We need everybody to dig deep and give until it hurts," he tells Pam Spaulding.


  1. Fahd says

    the item about Bryan Fisher seems to be either a misunderstanding or a typo.
    Rick Santorum isn’t mentioned in the story.

    So many details so little time.

  2. Dave in NYC says

    It’s because you still think of Joe Jonas as an annoying 14 year old boy. Now that he’s, what, 19 or so, you’re struggling to reconcile Hot Youth with the “wait, he’s a kid”.

  3. says

    What SAY WHAT said.

    Also, the folks in the Sum of Us/Starbucks photo are (left to right):
    Lennon Bronsema (also in the Washington United for Marriage campaign); Emma Pullman; and out (Martin Luther) King County Councilman Joe McDermott. Yay!

  4. Rick says

    a) In their global poll on homosexuality a few years back, Pew found that several Latin American countries, including Mexico, actually had slightly more positive attitudes than the US did….and there was only a 4% difference between Hispanics on the one hand and whites and Asians on the other in the Prop 8 vote, so the hurdles that exist with blacks don’t really exist with Latinos….and the Far Right has been miscalculating on this for quite some time now, perhaps because of their own stereotypcial notions about Latinos and how their religiosity translates into social conservatism.

    b) When I read the story about Descoings the other day, right after he was discovered–and the circumstances were described, my gaydar went up immediately…..and now, sure enough…..

  5. alex says

    Joe Jonas is 22-years-old. Both Joe and his younger brother Nick have publically supported gay rights. I probably wouldn’t go out of my way to see a movie or TV show starring a Jones; but, I do wish them well in their future careers because they are our allies.

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