News: Jean Paul Gaultier, Azealia Banks, Harvey Milk, Apple

RoadIs NOM venturing into libelous woods?

RoadNYT blasts Obama LGBT non-discrimination snub: "His hesitation to ban gay bias by government contractors, like his continued failure to actually endorse the freedom to marry, feels like a cynical hedge. It’s hard to see the political sense in it, and it is certainly unhelpful to the cause of full gay equality under the law."

PittRoadBrad Pitt, high school Reject.

RoadWikileaks founder Julian Assange's talk show to start: "WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has finished shooting 12 episodes of his TV talk show, which will be called The World Tomorrow and is set to debut next week on Russia's RT news network, formerly known as Russia Today, and online, the organization said Friday."

RoadAzealia Banks: “’212’ is arrogant, and fashion is arrogant. Selling beauty means convincing people that you have something they want.”

RoadBreath a sigh of relief, our solar system is normal: "The suggestion that other solar systems have similar numbers of planets to our own fits with growing evidence that ours is not as freakish as earlier evidence suggested."

RoadA street in San Diego's hillcrest neighborhood may soon be named after Harvey Milk, making it the first street in the country to be named for the gay civil rights hero: "'Not only does the street run into the LBGT center, this is where the pride parade begins, where the community gathers, where there's a new pride pole project being proposed,' San Diego Pride Executive Director Dwayne Crenshaw said. If the street name changes, the 17 properties on the street will have to change mailing addresses and local maps will have to be edited for visitors."

RoadIn light of this year's cinematic Snow White fever, Nathaniel Rogers looks back at the original.

RoadJean Paul Gaultier designs costumes for Madonna's MDNA world tour.

GaultierRoadAnd, Gaultier drags up Diet Coke...

RoadPhillipe Starck says he's working on  “revolutionary” new product that will be unveiled in the next 8 month for Apple. Apple says it isn't working with him.

RoadMillions against Monsanto. "This November, in a food fight that will largely determine the future of what we eat and what we grow, Monsanto will face its greatest challenge to date: a statewide citizens’ ballot initiative that will give Californians the opportunity to vote for their right to know whether the food they buy is contaminated with GMOs."

RoadAtlanta Falcons wide receiver Roddy White tweets that he doesn't want to be gay and isn't really sorry for tweeting about it.

RoadGay adults rejected by their parents have worse health: "For example, gay and bisexual men who felt rejected by their parents had a six to seven times increased risk of binge drinking and serious depression, while lesbian and bisexual women whose parents did not support them had a fivefold increased risk of serious depression and an 11-fold increased risk of illicit drug use."

RoadJohn Mellencamp orders Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker to stop using his music.

RoadFrancis Bean Cobain: "Twitter should ban my mother."

MasonRoadJames Duke Mason's Trailblazer campaign one year later.

RoadSeattle archdiocese pushes Catholics to help overturn marriage equality: “This is an issue campaign. It is not a candidate campaign so we are allowed to participate in issue campaigns, especially when they have a strong moral dimension like this one does. In our opinion, the redefinition of marriage is a far-reaching decision and it should be placed on the ballot for the voters to decide."

RoadAFA's Bryan Fischer: "Liiberals in America are killing America's women before they are ever born."

RoadAn oral history of gay punk.

RoadPro-LGBT religious voices underrepresented in national media, says GLAAD: "The research, a three year study of 316 news stories about LGBT issues, using 1,387 different religious sources on national television and print news media, shows a disproportionate reliance on anti-LGBT religious voices commenting on LGBT people and issues. Three out of four religious messages came from people whose religions have formal policies opposing LGBT equality, despite the fact that acceptance of LGBT people is growing across faith traditions."

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  1. Perhaps it isn't official, but part of 17th St NW in DC is named after Frank Kameny.

    Posted by: DCguy | Apr 13, 2012 4:38:10 PM

  2. Roddy White, of course, already apologized for his tweet. Another twitter idiot heard from. I think we get one a day now.

    Posted by: sara | Apr 13, 2012 5:16:11 PM

  3. He didn't *really* apologize, Sara. Especially since he tweeted an hour ago that he "doesn't respect all people". He also gave a shout out to all his "loyal fans who sticks by me". So clearly, he feels he did nothing wrong. He's homophobic, product of his environment. What's funny is he got 21 retweets in support of him, whereas I counted about 80 tweets criticizing him.

    I really couldn't care less about the bigot. It's up to the Atlanta Falcons to decide if this is how they want to be represented. Now it's time to email the organization about these words and see what they have to say about it.

    Posted by: Francis | Apr 13, 2012 6:00:32 PM

  4. Thumbs up to our solar system, Harvey Milk Street, and James Duke Mason.
    Thumbs down to NOM, Obama, and Monsanto.
    Yawn to the MDNA tour. Madonna's done better.

    Posted by: Max | Apr 13, 2012 7:36:44 PM

  5. @Max how is the MDNA Tour "yawn"? It hasn't even started yet. You must be just trolling

    Posted by: Tom | Apr 13, 2012 11:27:00 PM

  6. Here is the email I sent to the Atlanta Falcons: Dear Falcons Management,

    I am writing to you to express my concern about comments made in the past 48 hours via Twitter by Roddy White. While all of these remarks contain the sort of homophobia which should no longer be acceptable in sports or society, I am particularly troubled by Mr. White's decision to share with the world that he "does not respect all people." It is this very sentiment that leads young people who discover themselves to be GLBT or otherwise different from the mainstream to take their own lives. It is also the sentiment that perpetuates a culture of violence in which individuals and nations find it acceptable to use violence as a means to cope difference.

    I happen not to share Mr. White's position. I do respect him and his right to free speech. However, I also believe that with freedom come responsibility. And while no government should ever limit the speech of its citizens, private organizations and individuals should distance themselves from those who hold and express sentiments that are detrimental to our common humanity. In this situation, I would encourage the Atlanta Falcons, both as an organization and as individuals, to do exactly that.

    Mr. White and others who hold his archaic views must learn that society has moved past them. Such bigotry should no longer be welcome in our midst. The Atlanta Falcons have the opportunity now to do exactly that.

    Thank you for your time. I trust that you will handle this manner in an appropriate way.

    With best regards,

    Posted by: Katie B. | Apr 14, 2012 9:05:09 AM

  7. Do these right winger assholes who appropriate songs such as John Mellencamp's actually LISTEN to the lyrics? John Mellencamp is a progressive with progressive values. As is Bruce Springsteen, who has also been the victim of this crap. Memo to the Scott Walkers out there...your playlist basically involves Ted Nugent.

    Posted by: Terry | Apr 14, 2012 10:50:16 AM

  8. Oh look...another black person in the public eye (Roddy White) belittling gays.

    But DON'T address black homophobia (even though the overwhelming number of people in the public eye who belittle gays are black stars)

    Posted by: IonMovies | Apr 14, 2012 1:09:14 PM

  9. Roddy White's tweets were pretty offensive, ugly and ignorant and they were not highlighted in the article. It's his most recent tweets that have been the worst, going off on gays and saying the word 'gay' as a pejorative. Hope everyone tweets Roddy White a piece of your mind.

    Posted by: Steve-ATL | Apr 14, 2012 1:10:33 PM

  10. Why doesn't GLAAD go after this NFL athelet, Roddy White, in the same manner they passionately go after other celebs. Is it because he's black? I notice gay groups rarely actually hold black folks who display outward homophobia. Do they not hold them accountable because it's not PC? Fear? Rather paint all Conservative Southern whites as homophobes not tackling the big elephant in the room (hhomophobia with African American community)?
    Maybe all those things at once.

    Meanwhile, that complacency has resulted in more black men going off on gays in the media and social media than we can even keep up with.

    Posted by: USC Trojan Fan | Apr 14, 2012 1:13:12 PM

  11. I'm going to stick my neck out and say that tweets like Roddy Whites do far more harm, far more damage and promote far more homophobia than a comment or even bill passed by a politician. The politicians have adverse effects on our lives, but these celebrities, athletes and stars have FAR more effect on the mind of youth, and the masses. For them to use their voice in such destructive ways for us does so much harm for our community. I sincerely don't think enough energy is invested in educating and CORRECTING these public figures who go off on us. They give a tool and green light to alllllllllllll their fans to do the same.

    They should all be held accountable, and seeing how Roddy White is STILL goig on about making jokes regarding being gay, and the word 'gay'....I'm assuming nothing has been challenged or taught here.

    Posted by: Lyle | Apr 14, 2012 1:16:51 PM

  12. I think this Roddy White character is getting off too easy as well. Two people got fired for a Jeremy Lin comment from two different media outlets. People can't say anything about race, or a black person, and yet we have this athlete, a minority athlete, saying some ignorant comments about gays and being gay and not only is he getting very little backlash, sounds like he's actually attaining support.

    Where are our groups? or are they ALL busy sitting in courtrooms hoping for wins there?

    Yes, winning legislations is important, but so is the battle won in the real world. Very few LGBT groups are focused on confronting bigots outside Washington, and in the real world (i.e Roddy White of The New Orleans NFL team)

    Posted by: Aaron Landry | Apr 14, 2012 1:20:53 PM

  13. You should note that the pastors of three churches - St. James, St. Mary's, and St. Joseph's - have all refused to follow the diocese, and so are not allowing the petition in their churches.

    Posted by: darkmoonman | Apr 14, 2012 2:01:31 PM

  14. Everyone should give Roddy White a piece of our collective gay minds on twitter. He thinks he can mouth off on gays with no consequences....he clearly hasn't met many gays. USE YOUR VOICE. And speak it on twitter on his twitter page.He responds to his tweets

    Posted by: b.t | Apr 14, 2012 2:03:28 PM

  15. Regarding Roddy White,

    "All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others."

    - Orwell

    Of course black homophobia gets a free pass.

    Posted by: Max | Apr 14, 2012 5:36:15 PM

  16. The only way Bigots pay any attention to complaints is when it hits their pocketbook. Therefore, complaining does no good, but not watching their "Games" either in person or on TV, plus notifying the TV sponsors that you have stopped buying their products so long as they sponsor the programs, is the only effective way anything positive will happen.

    Come on,guys, we can all live without watching bigots play games.

    Posted by: Jerry6 | Apr 14, 2012 5:47:11 PM

  17. Ever notice how Gay Conservative say that "black homophobes get a pass" when they allow they give their own white conservative anti-gay bigoted communities a pass?

    You focus on "black homophobia" because it's the only way you can ignore the Republican homophobia that's keeping you all whipped.

    Posted by: Jay | Apr 15, 2012 8:17:48 PM

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