Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) stands alone in her party on both DOMA and marriage equality, coming out for the latter this week, the Washington Blade's Chris Johnson reports:
Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, the only Republican co-sponsor of legislation to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act, confirmed on Tuesday she supports same-sex marriage after remarks she delivered at the launch of Young Conservatives for the Freedom to Marry at the Capitol Hill Club in D.C.
Asked by the Washington Blade whether she’s a supporter of same-sex marriage in addition to backing DOMA repeal, Ros-Lehtinen initially expressed confusion about why the question was being asked, saying, “I don’t know why you’re asking that. It’s such a weird way.” But she later affirmed she’s a supporter of marriage equality.
“Oh, yeah, I am,” Ros-Lehtinen said. “I thought you were trying to get some tricky thing here. No I am.”
Read Johnson's full article here.
The OXD Mirror is a weekly music column brought to you by the boys of OCCUPY THE DISCO (OXD), a New York City based movement created by three music lovers, Ru Bhatt, Josh Appelbaum, and Tadeu Magalhães, who want to share their love for disco, house and dance music with the world.
Nneka - 'Shining Star (Joe Goddard Remix)'
Joe Goddard is one of those prolific artists who just can't stay still. Besides being a member of Hot Chip and one half of The 2 Bears, he is also consistently churning out some of the best remixes on the production side of the music industry. Goddard's most recent rework for Nigerian-German singer-songwriter Nneka's 'Shining Star' is a stunning reinterpretation for this beautiful soul song. Interestingly, one can clearly point out familiar elements of Hot Chip's production in this fantastic track.
Scuola Furano - 'On Fire (feat. Fiorious)'
Italian producer Scuola Furano just released his second album, 108, which features three songs with guest vocals by out Italian-American, NYC-based artist Fiorious. One of these is 'On Fire,' an upbeat 90s house tune that marvelously complements Fiorious' soulful voice. Our hope is that this track will easily become a dance hit—specially after being featured on The Magician's Magic Tape 22.
Paradis - 'Hémisphère'
Bastille Day is right upon us and this (and the next) pick couldn't be more appropriate. Parisian duo Paradis have recently released a two-song EP on Brooklyn based label Beats In Space. The first track, 'Hémisphère,' is a sweet electro-pop tune with a strong bassline and hypnotic melody that is suitable for either spacing out or late-night dancing.
MORE TRACKS, AFTER THE JUMP...
Cadillac - 'Too Long (Daft Punk Cover)'
The result of a series of collaborations between Australian label Future Classic and French sports equipment brand Le Coq Sportif, this Cadillac cover of Daft Punk's 'Too Long' is a feast to the ears. Cadillac stepped into the music scene with their excellent self-titled EP last year, and now, with this balearic disco version of a French house classic, they have us hooked. This track is available as a free download so make sure to grab a copy.
Yuksek - 'The Edge (Aeroplane Remix)'
A native of Reims, France, Yuksek is a former pianist who since 2006 has been working under his current moniker and remixing popular artists such as Chromeo, Gorillaz, Katy Perry, Phoenix and many others. 'The Edge' is the latest single off of his 2011 sophomore album, Living on the Edge of Time. With the release of the single came a few remixes, including a beautiful version by Aeroplane, which relies on the Belgian producer's signature uplifting keyboard melodies and turns the original track into a song perfect for the dancefloor.
Peter & The Magician - 'Memory'
While on the subject of Yuksek, his side project with The Magician has proven to be very successful with another brand new release out this week on French music/fashion label Kitsuné. Peter (Yuksek) & The Magician's 'Memory' builds over a looping steeldrum-like melody that could easily keep one dancing all night long.
As we mentioned last week, Kitsuné is throwing a big party to celebrate Bastille Day in NYC this Sunday, the 15th. Moon Boots and Punks Jump Up will be taking over the decks and, for that reason, we are encouraging everyone who is in NY to join us for an overly fun night. More info on OXD's website.
OCCUPY THE DISCO (OXD) curates and recommends music events to the gay community in NYC—in an effort to move the focus of the nightlife scene beyond the promoter and venue and to the music itself. OXD's goal is to educate, entertain, engage and empower the gay audience to reclaim their ability to question and experience the unknown. The OXD Mirror will serve to showcase tunes that are definitely off-the-beaten-path but rightfully deserve the attention of the gay ear. It's music that will make you dance, dream, and most importantly, love.
This week's post was written and curated by Tadeu Magalhães.
There's a special called Can You Survive a Horror Movie? premiering tonight on the Chiller network in which "classic horror scenarios are turned into daring physical experiments" such as placing the two shirtless hosts into tubs of icy water, chaining their wrists together, and making them try to get out.
If you're into that sort of thing, consider this a tip. Otherwise, you can watch the "hot hosts" try to sell you on it, AFTER THE JUMP...
JASON BIGGS: The unreleased Magic Mike audition tape.
I'M BATMAN: The supercut.
DAVID MUIR: A tour of ABC News headquarters.
WORLDPRIDE 2012: Canada's Xtra! goes to London.
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Past year is warmest on record.
"Sacred" white bison born on Connecticut farm.
Lindsay Lohan, Lady Gaga and Lana Del Rey have slumber party at the Chateau Marmont in Los Angeles.
An eyewitness to the Trayvon Martin killing? "The woman said she was lying in bed, reading a book when she heard a commotion outside. Turning off the bedroom light, she grabbed her phone to call the police and peered into the darkness where she saw two men struggling on the ground."
Televangelist and former Gingrich faith coalition co-chair Michael Youssef says the Episcopal Church is not Christian but Satanic because of its acceptance of gays: "There are only two ways -- God's and Satan's. There are only two kingdom's -- God's and Satan's. And there are only two churches -- God's and Satan's. For any faithful worshipper of Jesus Christ, there can be no doubt as to which camp the Episcopal Church now belongs."
Ryan Gosling is odds on favorite to play Christian Grey in 50 Shades of Grey adaptation.
Woman reports being raped at Swinging Richards gay strip club in Atlanta: "The victim told officers she was raped at the club by two strippers around midnight on June 9. She told officers she had seven shots before heading to the club that night. She admitted to being intoxicated at the club during the incident, according to Atlanta police reports. The woman claimed to have bought a lap dance from one of the strippers sometime before midnight."
Stephen Dorff shows off his tight bod in Ibiza.
RuPaul demands a 'Rupology' from DirecTV for dumping LOGO, other Viacom channels.
Anderson Cooper sells NYC midtown penthouse: "But change, as they say, is good, and Mr. Cooper has done well, netting slightly more than the $3.75 million ask for the place, listed with Prudential Douglas Elliman broker to the stars Raphael De Niro."
Atlantic: Biden never apologized to Obama for getting out ahead on gay marriage. "What did happen is that Obama White House staff and campaign advisers went nuts and angrily denounced Biden for triggering what they thought would be a gay marriage political nightmare after comments on a Sunday morning talk show. Jay Carney, spokesman for the president and former spokesman for Biden, was widely acknowledged to be an exception to the tension and was working hard to bridge the mutually angry camps."
David Mixner reviews Alan Cumming's new production of Macbeth.
Body found in gay sauna in London: "The body of a man was found at the gay sauna Chariots in east London yesterday. The man was found in the Chariot Roman Spa in Fairchild Street, at about 7.20am and is yet to be identified."
Gay cannibal killer Luka Magnotta attracts groupies.
Activist calls on Advocate to retract article based around Islamophobic hoax. "This claim reported by The Advocate is pure nonsense. It is a hoax purveyed by someone affiliated with the David Horowitz Freedom Center, an extreme right-wing organization whose founder and namesake is well-known for uncivil and racist attacks on liberal, progressive and leftist political groups."
George Michael released the trailer for the upcoming music video for his new track "White Light" this afternoon, which features Kate Moss, a roomful of partying beauties, a flipped coin, and a cop with a gun.
Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...