News: Maine’s Word Choice, Gay Vibe, Spartans, The Jacksons

1NewsIcon Ten staffers at a Sacramento-based Boy Scout camp quit in protest after officials there fired an Eagle Scout, allegedly for being gay.

TargetAD1NewsIcon Target would like same-sex couples to know they can register their wedding at any of the retailer's many locations.

1NewsIcon Maine Secretary of State Charlie Summer today released the official, final language for the marriage equality referendum on November's ballot. It's simple and to the point: "Do you want to allow the State of Maine to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples?"

1NewsIcon Some say that giving the thumbs up is lame, but clearly those critics have never seen Jon Hamm tossing it up.

1NewsIcon Straight men run Spartan Race while dressed as ambiguously gay duo.

1NewsIcon David Beckham and UNICEF join forces to end child hunger.

1NewsIcon Massachusetts' Supreme Judicial Court ruled today that civil unions must be treated just that same as marriages.

1NewsIcon No, out actor Matt Bomer will not star in the film version of straight "mommy porn." But he is shirtless in these pictures!

1NewsIcon Can Twitter predict when you will catch the flu?

SallyRide1NewsIcon Astronaut Sally Ride's relationship with a woman has become a hot political topic now that she's died. The AP notes that Ride's passing has launched a "post-humous debate about coming out," while to Amy Davidson at The New Yorker, Ride's death raises questions about essentially about "how old is too old to stay in the closet: "[We may] have reached a moment where being a “private person” is no longer a satisfying answer to the dilemma of the closet. Ride was sixty-one, and so there is talk of the mores of a certain generation'… But at some point the line between quiet, and silent, and withholding becomes unclear."

1NewsIcon Sally Ride's sister has also spoken about the late astronaut's relationship with Tam O'Shaughnessy.

1NewsIcon Here's some shameless self-promotion: a look at how Frank Capra's 1941 movie Meet John Doe mirrors the modern Tea Party movement, and a lot of other political movements, too.

1NewsIcon "Can AIDS activism battle the Tea Party?" wonders Michael Stabile.

DCComicsVibe1NewsIcon Will DC Comics cast oft-forgotten 80s-era character Vibe as Bunker's boyfriend in Teen Titans? It's worth nothing that Vibe, whose powers are music-generated, has long been rumored to be light in the loafers.

1NewsIcon Change of heart: "Archbishop Philip Tartaglia has agreed to meet with the homosexual lover of a deceased Scottish politician. The newly appointed Archbishop of Glasgow has been heavily criticized for implying that the politician, David Cairns, died suddenly because of his homosexual lifestyle."

1NewsIcon Prince Michael Jackson's text messages with Auntie Janet Jackson give us a glimpse into the famous clan's dysfunction.


  1. Bingo says

    You missed the point of the wording of the Maine initiative. Advocates went out of their way to add protections for religious types, but without that on the ballot, the lying religious types will be able to claim that the gays are trying to oppress them.


    WHAT IS THE DEAL WITH THESE BRITISH BISHOPS? FIRST, Dean of St. Albans (Dr. Jeffrey John) – NOW, Archbishop of Glasgow (Philip Tartaglia). WHAT IS GREAT BRITAIN TRYING TO SAY?


  3. Amy Cirngeneck says

    Vibe’s powers are not music based; rather, he has the ability to emit powerful vibratory shock waves.

  4. Anthony says

    Amy is correct. And in my 40 years as a DC comic fan, I’ve never seen any hint or rumor that the character was supposed to be gay other than jokes about his outfit being so flamboyant. Which in reality was designed in the 80s to service an awful stereotype about Latinos, not gay folks…

  5. Gordon says

    In a world where out & open STILL does not exist, when will the community accept that only RECENTLY – in my generation, has being openly gay been illegal in so-called democratised societies?? Even in the 80’s, before broadband. Since, we’ve seen suicide, trolling, sex or judgement at the press of a button & no beneficial politics. Please stop bitching, the body glorious (with chicken legs) & donate your time & money to something a little beneficial to life.

  6. MarkUs says

    Why wouldn’t Prince Michael Jackson be dysfunctional. Since birth he’s been raised in nothing but FantasyLand. Imagine those 3 kids inheriting everything and living with people specifically cut out. Now they’re old enough to figure “gee, maybe we need food tasters”.

  7. Dback says

    The Jacksons are the most dysfunctional family this side of the Corleones. Every single thing they do is about and for money and power; Joe Jackson taught them all too well. And the media keeps swallowing their snake oil, right on down to never commenting on the fact that Michael Jackson’s kids look NOTHING like the rest of the family, nor the relentless ego and idiocy of his naming the boys Prince Michael and Prince Michael II (and yes, the media is STILL calling the younger one “Blanket”). Are all outlets still required to use the moniker “the King of Pop” whenever referencing Michael, as he so demanded when he as alive?

    The only other family this screwed up in show business is probably the Brown-Houston clan, but that tell-all is probably being written as we speak. Makes the simple avarice of the Kardashians look almost normal, comparatively speaking.

  8. my2cents says

    not a fan of the news ‘dump’…
    there are items here i’m interested in bit won’t be labored by the ‘clicks’.
    less is more.

  9. Michael says

    Why on earth have you linked to that horrible Catholic Culture website regarding the Scottish bishop’s remarks instead of one of the MANY British newspapers who covered this story without using obvious barbs like “homosexual lover”. Come on, Towleroad.

  10. The Milkman says

    Oh, awesome. Target now accepts gay and lesbian wedding registries. So that way, we can have our families and friends spend money at Target for wedding gifts, and then the douchebags at the top of that company can take those funds and funnel them to bigoted politicians. Awesome. I can’t wait.

  11. Kettle kid says

    Matt Bomer is flawless and I hope he stays away from 50 Shades, his carrer will be fine with the Normal Heart and You Don’t Love Me Yet plus another yet to be announced. He’s above the 50 role. Give it to Ian S. who needs the work and is so desperate for it.