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We're all f**ked.
True Blood premiere breaks social media record.
Here's the donkey semen drinking stunt that never made it to Fear Factor. "If you watch this video with your eyes closed, it's like hearing sounds from the Scientology Center's massage room."
Gay bashing reported at NYC 'Yotel'.
Ryan Gosling wanted for 50 Shades of Grey adaptation.
Australian MPs backing marriage equality get hate mail: "Several MPs from all sides of politics, including senior ministers Penny Wong and Anthony Albanese, Labor MP Stephen Jones, Greens senator Sarah Hanson-Young and New South Wales Liberal MP Catherine Cusack, have received angry responses to their support for same-sex marriage. Deputy leader of the Greens Adam Bandt described some of his correspondence as ''vitriolic'. 'It is unfortunate that supporters of equal love are the target of abuse, and I hope it doesn't become an inevitable part of the path to equality,' he said."
Adam Lambert 'trespasses' at G-A-Y nightclub in London.
Lindsay Lohan totals Porsche in accident.
Taylor Lautner drops an underwear shot for his Twitter followers.
Conservative British MP Liam Fox calls same-sex marriage "social engineering": "This is a contentious issue but I have to say that I am much more in favour of social mobility than social engineering. I think that the vast majority of the public have a completely different set of priorities from what I would call the metropolitan elite and I think they will be looking for economic and social issues to be dealt with first."
"Straight" is not a compliment.
Ke$ha performs commitment ceremony for lesbian friends.
Maine Democrats come out for marriage equality fundraiser: "Sunday’s 5th annual Maine Dems Have Pride celebration at Restaurant Grace in downtown Portland attracted well more than 100 people who paid at least $35 each for the brunch event. Maine Democratic Party Chairman Ben Grant said the proceeds would support the party’s operations, including advocacy for the upcoming same-sex marriage referendum."
Male model fix: Justin Clynes.
Mormon-owned Marriott launches Pride campaign. "We are proud of this campaign and of our long-standing reputation for our commitment to diversity and inclusion," says Joanna Todd, vice president, segment strategy. "Our core strength lies in our ability to embrace differences and make everyone feel respected and valued when they visit and stay in our hotels. Later this year, we will also launch new campaigns to reach African American and Latino audiences."
Humanist group charges North Carolina violated the first amendment by allowing voting in churches that advocated anti-gay political stances.
Azealia banks quits Twitter, hip-hop.
Scientists find key piece of puzzle in mystery of why certain people are able to fight the HIV virus better: "Only about one person in 300 has the ability to control the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) without drugs, using a strain of "killer" cells called cytotoxic T lymphocyte (CTL) cells, previous research has found. Taking that discovery further, scientists from the United States, Canada, Japan and Germany reported that the strain has molecules called receptors that are better able to identify HIV-infected white blood cells for attack. Until now, it was well known that people with HIV 'have tonnes of these killer cells,' Bruce Walker, an infectious diseases expert at the Ragon Institute in Massachusetts, told AFP."
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Stephen Hill and his husband Josh Snyder are featured in a new video from SLDN for their Freedom to Serve, Freedom to Marry campaign, the organization reports:
Hill - who drew national support when he was booed during a Republican presidential debate after asking a question via video regarding repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" (DADT) - recently returned from a deployment to the Middle East.
"Steve's deployment brought home to us the stark realities that gay and lesbian families face because of the Defense of Marriage Act. If something happened to me, Steve would not have been able to take emergency leave, because the military cannot recognize our relationship. If something terrible happened to him, I would not be considered the next-of-kin. Service members and their families making the kind of sacrifices that are required to serve this country shouldn't be treated as second-class citizens and their marriages shouldn’t be treated as second-class marriages,” said Snyder.
Hill and Snyder are also plaintiffs in landmark litigation filed in October 2011 by SLDN on behalf of eight married gay and lesbian service members and veterans challenging DOMA and other federal statutes that are being used to prevent the military from providing the same protections and support to all families. For more information on the case, click here.
"This lawsuit is about one thing, plain and simple. It's about equal recognition, respect, and support for all service members and their families who put their lives on the line to protect our freedoms," said Army veteran and SLDN Executive Director Aubrey Sarvis.
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Paul Canning points us to this article in Uganda's Daily Monitor which notes that Ugandan religious leaders are eager to get the "kill the gays" bill in play again:
Speaking after their recent annual conference organised by the Uganda Joint Christian Council (UJCC), an ecumenical body which brings together the Anglican, Catholic and Orthodox churches, the bishops resolved that the parliamentary committee on Gender should be tasked to engage the House on the Bill which is now at committee level.
“We also ask the Education committee to engage the Ministry of Education on the issue of incorporating a topic on human sexuality in the curricula of our schools and institutions of learning,” the resolutions signed by archbishops Henry Luke Orombi, Cyprian Kizito Lwanga and Metropolitan Jonah Lwanga, indicated.
The clerics also appealed to all the churches in the country “to remain steadfast in opposing the phenomena of homosexuality, lesbianism and same-sex union”.
The Vatican came out strongly and publicly against the bill and, Wikileaks revealed, even lobbied against it. Uganda watchers say that the change by the Ugandan Catholic church is “very serious” and that the UJCC resolution was pushed by an Anglican Bishop.
Another concern is that, according to the East African, Ugandan President Yowari Museveni is backing his wife, Janet, to take over from him in 2016. She has close ties to American evangelical dominionist Christian groups and is widely believed to be a force behind the “Kill the Gays” bill.