News: Ryan Lochte, Nepal, Hugh Jackman, DOMA, Emeli Sande

RoadEvery Instagram photo being uploaded in New York City, right now.

RoadHundreds march to support gay beating victim in Edmonton, Alberta.

KazakyRoadNYT profiles Kazaky.

RoadRyan Lochte denies comments by his mother that he only has time for 'one night stands'.

RoadHundreds march for LGBT rights in Nepal: "Dressed in colorful clothes, laden with beads and other jewelry, they danced to Bollywood music played over loudspeakers as they marched for about 3 kilometres (2 miles) though the centre of Pokhara, a resort town 200 kilometres (125 miles) west of the capital, Kathmandu."

RoadAugust 7: National Starbucks Appreciation Day.

RoadNavigators USA, a Boy Scouts alternative?

RoadNYC City Council candidate Corey Johnson rolls out list of 500 supporters. "The race to replace Ms. Quinn is likely to be a tight one, with Yetta Kurland, who ran against Ms. Quinn in 2009 and grabbed 31 percent of the vote gearing up to mount another run.  Brad Hoylman, a community president and lawyer with the Partnership for New York City, recently dropped out of the race to run for the State Senate in a seat being vacated by Tom Duane."

RoadLISTEN: Mariah Carey's "Triumphant". And a better remix.

JackmanRoadNew photos of Hugh Jackman in Wolverine.

RoadThe kids of the Furnish-Johns and the Burtka-Harrises have an oceanic playdate.

RoadVIDEO: Adorable nerds cover "Call Me Maybe".

RoadNASA Scientist: Man on Mars not a far-fetched idea. "If we had the motive, if it was important enough I would say within 10 years we could be there."

RoadPetition: Give Sally Ride's partner death benefits.

RoadChick-fil-A Appreciation Day' caused a Jacksonville City Councilman to break his 35 years of vegetarianism. "It means that much to me to make a statement. Mr. Cathy is a good man. I want to honor him and his stand."

RoadGLAD attacks GOP DOMA filing with Supreme Court: "GLAD filed the brief in the Supreme Court telling the court that the House Republican leaders 'failed below to offer any legitimate argument why the federal government has any policy interest in equalizing the federal legal status of all same-sex couples irrespective of their actual marital status.' Responding to the House Republican leaders’ filing in June on behalf of the Bipartisan Legal Advisory Group (BLAG) — which Republicans control 3-2 — GLAD lawyers wrote today that 'the arguments for a grant of review in this case are strong' — but also noting that “the Court should not be swayed by the arguments on the merits that BLAG chose to present in its petition.”

RoadA beautiful cover of "Every Teardrop is a Waterfall" by Emeli Sandé.

MolaRoadFace-to-face with a Mola.

RoadLast month I wrote about a horrific attack on Michael Joel Hall and his partner, Michael Roike, a gay couple in D.C. Police have issued a call for witnesses to come forward: “Preliminary investigation has revealed that there were witnesses to the assault,” according to a police statement.

RoadThe U.S. Women's Gymnastics Team vs Mean Girls.

RoadNew Jersey man barred from partner's bedside after kissing his partner: “Everything went okay, until a nurse who knew I was [name redacted]‘s boyfriend referred to me as his ‘friend.’ He corrected her and said that I was his partner. She replied with, ‘Oh your partner in crime?’ I said, ‘No, I’m his boyfriend, thank you.’ She then sighed and said ‘Oh… .’ She rolled her eyes, and gave me a thumbs up and walked away.”

RoadIllinois activist group The Civil Rights Agenda files human rights complaint against Chick-fil-A: "Among other things, the complaints allege that Chick-fil-A’s 'intolerant corporate culture” violates Illinois law, specifically Section 5-102(B) of the Human Rights Act, which prohibits a “public accommodation” from making protected classes “unwelcome, objectionable or unacceptable.'"


  1. John says

    I don’t think the human rights complaint will end well. Although the group says it’s not a First Amendment issue, any strong defense would assert a free speech argument. Particularly because the allegation is that Chick-Fil-A’s speech encouraged others to object to LGBT people. I think the causation would be hard to prove as well. Ultimately I could imagine a challenge to the human rights law that could present a good case to invalidate the law or render it useless.

    I haven’t read the complaint but am definitely interested in how this will play out. Having worked for a governmental human rights agency that handles discrimination complaints, I’m interested in how Illinois will handle this.

    I would love to hear Ari’s perspective on this, even though it’s an administrative case.

  2. John says

    Never mind. I just read the Illinois Human Rights Act. This is nothing more than a publicity stunt. The Act only covers “written communications,” and as far as I can tell, there isn’t an allegation of any. And the next section explicitly provides that any speech or religious expression that is protected by the US Constitution is not a civil rights violation.

    While the organization claims that this isn’t about speech or religion, the allegation is that Mr. Cathy’s statement, which is protected speech, caused the media attention which made the complainants uncomfortable.

  3. says

    It’s notable on The Civil Rights Agenda story that they’ve been working with Alderman Joe Moreno and Chick-Fil-A since February and that communications stalled after Cathy gave the media the full-bigot-monty. It’s in the news now, because of the controversy, but it’s not a new story.

    Before all the media brouhaha they’d been looking at whether CFA’s corporate policies are in line with the Illinois Human Rights Act. I suspect that CFA’s non-discrimination policies may indeed be out of compliance with local law in any of the pro-lgbt-rights states they’re located in. So, however these particular complaints play out, CFA’s policies (which have nothing to do with free speech) will be subject to scrutiny, and–given the history of complaints of discrimination against them–they may not fare so well in the light of day. (Much like Mitt’s tax returns.)

  4. Ken says

    It is so annoying to go to a link on the internet and have to watch a commercial before you can see what you were directed to. In this case, Emile Sande
    s cover…

  5. Mike in the Tundra says

    Thanks for the Hugh Jackman pic. I want to lick every square centimeter of that man’s body.

  6. LauraLoonie says

    “Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day’ caused a Jacksonville City Councilman to break his 35 years of vegetarianism…”

    I guess this guy would jump of a bridge too. I can’t stand it when people can’t think or reason for themselves. It is a sign of weakness and stupidity. I hope it has not children!

  7. Marky says

    I’m liking Mariah’s “Triumphant” probably will end up loving it after hearing it a few times, I have high hopes for the album

  8. Jacob says

    John: You should read Sections 5-102 and 5-102.1 of the Illinois Human Rights Act more closely. Section 5-102(B) specifcally prohibits “direct or indirect” written communications that make a members of a protected class “unwelcome, objectionable or unacceptable.” Dan Cathy made statements of company policy to a print reporter with full knowledge and intent that those statements were going to be published and widely circulated — this is a case of indirect publication. Section 5-102.1 only provides protection for speech in the context of, “a non-sectarian nursery, day care center, elementary, secondary, undergraduate, or postgraduate school, or other place of education.” Dan Cathy’s comments on behalf of CFA violate the public accommodation provisions of Illinois Human Rights Act. The Act is specifically intended to prohibit the operator of a public acommodation from engaging in this type of latent discrimination. The operator of a restaurant that is open to the public cannot justify discrimination by hiding behind a claim of free expression. Imagine if the same comments were made about blacks, muslims or women. In Illinois, if you want to operate a restaurant, you simply cannot make a protected class “unwelcome, objectionable or unacceptable.” It is a reasonable and lawful limitation of “commercial speech.”