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PHOTO OF THE DAY: Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta are releasing a Christmas album


A look back at today's top stories


On a somber note, former RuPaul's Drag Race contestant Sahara Davenport has died.



With the first Presidential debate just a day away Jon Stewart takes a look at both sides' attempt to lower expectations

Great news for those fighting voter disenfranchisement in Pennsylvania where a judge has halted a potential voter ID requirement in the state. 



Pitch Perfect breakout star Rebel Wilson was on The Tonight Show last night and she channeled Lady Gaga in demonstrating how she earned her part in the film. Speaking of choral groups, this week's episode of Glee will apparently feature a bunch of break ups. Check the preview here



Yesterday Baltimore Raven Matt Birk expressed his anti-marriage equality sentiment. Well now he has released an anti-gay ad for the Catholic Church. TMZ caught up with Birk's teammate Brenden Ayanbadejo who has been an outspoken proponent of marriage equality. Ayanbadejo says that Birk's kids will disagree with him one day



Are you sick and tired of heterosexuals throwing their immoral way of life in your face? Well a student from Mt. Allison University has made a video speaking out against these straight demonsConsidering it's a rainy day in New York City, this previously unpublished Barbara Streisand song from 1970 is very appropriate. Speaking of days when you just cannot get out of bed, this dog is having one of them.

Posted Oct. 2,2012 at 9:30 PM EST by | Permalink | Comments (12)

Towleroad Guide to the Tube #1221

DRAKE JENSEN: The out gay country singer's latest, "Pancho and Lefty".

GANGNAM STYLE: Pentatonix turns in an a cappella masterwork.

DAN SAVAGE: "Tony Perkins sits on a pile of dead gay kids every day.'

LANCE BASS: Tells Ricki Lake that nobody knew he was gay when he was in N'Sync.

For recent Guides to the Tube, click HERE.

Posted Oct. 2,2012 at 8:51 PM EST by in Dan Savage, Drake Jensen, Gangnam Style, Lance Bass, Music, Music Video, News, Towleroad Guide to the Tube | Permalink | Comments (4)

Macklemore and Ryan Lewis Drop Epic Video in Support of Marriage Equality and Gay Rights: WATCH


Macklemore & Ryan Lewis today released this amazing video in support of Referendum 74 in Washington to their track "Same Love" featuring Mary Lambert. "Same Love" is featured on the debut album from Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, The Heist, released on October 9.

Do not miss this one, AFTER THE JUMP...

More info at Music for Marriage Equality.


Posted Oct. 2,2012 at 5:47 PM EST by in Gay Marriage, Macklemore, Music, Music Video, News, Ryan Lewis | Permalink | Comments (39)

News: Gagatella, Jack Mackenroth, Sony Rainbow, Meningitis

RoadSame-sex marriage motion defeated in Northern Ireland.

RoadBaltimore Sun Poll: Marylanders favor marriage equality 49 to 39 percent.

GagatellaRoadGagatella hits Versace. More here.

RoadVideo: Liam Neeson loses most of his clothing for Ellen and breast cancer.

RoadThe Price is Right's male model search is coming down to the wire with three contestants left.

RoadNYC Health Department says no current plans for meningitis vaccines: "Two North American cities that experienced outbreaks of invasive meningococcal disease (IMD) among gay and bisexual men immediately launched campaigns that gave thousands of men a meningitis vaccine, but New York City’s health department has known of a meningitis outbreak here for at least a year and is saying it has no plans to act against the bacteria that has killed four of the 12 gay men who caught it."

RoadGreat Barrier Reef loses more than half its coral cover: "At present rates of decline, the coral cover will halve again within a decade, though scientists said the reef could recover if the crown-of-thorns starfish can be brought under control and, longer term, global carbon dioxide emissions are reduced."

RoadOrca sustains gruesome injury at Sea World. PETA blasts park: "A whistleblower reportedly told the organization that the orca actually suffered the wound, which went through flesh and blubber, when he was attacked by two other whales. PETA has filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, accusing SeaWorld of housing the incompatible mammals in the same space — a violation of the Animal Welfare Act."

RainbowRoadSony Pictures Entertainment has unveiled a towering $1.6-million rainbow art installation at its Culver City studios meant to pay homage to The Wizard of Oz.

RoadGoon 2 in the works.

RoadVideo stills from Ke$ha's "Die Young".

RoadGay Republican Richard Tisei leads Massachusetts congressional race: "A new Boston Globe poll shows Tisei, a former state senator, leading Tierney 37 percent to 31 percent among likely voters. Fully 30 percent of likely voters are undecided, suggesting room for either candidate to seize the advantage in this contest down the stretch. The poll’s margin of error is +/- 5.1 percentage points. "

RoadPolice investigating death of gay man in Sydney: "The 27-year-old Egyptian man was found dying inside a burning Potts Point unit on Saturday after being stabbed multiple times in his upper body and beaten around the head with a blunt object. Police believe Mr Ghoniem's attacker lit the fire in the apartment in Greenknowe Ave to cover the attack, before fleeing, leaving his victim for dead."

RoadOregon farmer eaten by his own pigs.

RoadWill Jerry O’Connell and Portia de Rossi play Herman and Lily Munster? Doesn't look like it.

MackenrothRoadProject Runway's Jack Mackenroth launches Volttage, a dating site for HIV-positive men. " It’s different from all of the other sites because we are specifically targeting HIV-positive men who have sex with men. However, we are unique because we don’t ask members to check a box declaring their HIV status. Our belief is that you should always assume that your partner is HIV-positive and proceed accordingly—this applies to life in general."

RoadMeeting The President.

RoadGOP Super PAC to hit big: "American Crossroads and its affiliate Crossroads GPS are going up today with their biggest paid media push so far in the 2012 cycle, with a $16 million one-week buy on TV and radio in eight presidential battlegrounds and four Senate contests."

RoadJ Lo, her daughter, and Casper Smart crowd the front row of the Chanel fashion show.

RoadTeens indicted for writing anti-gay slurs in Arlington, Texas neighborhood: "Grand jurors returned the indictments of graffiti causing $1,500 to $20,000 against John Austin Cartwright, 17, of Arlington; Daniel Damian Sibley, 18, of Fort Worth; Seth Stephen Hatcher, 18, of Arlington; and Morgen Rae Aubuchon, 18, of Arlington. The charge is a state jail felony. Trials are now pending for the four teens, according to Tarrant County criminal court records."

Posted Oct. 2,2012 at 4:15 PM EST by | Permalink | Comments (22)

Following California Passage, More States Look at Ban on 'Ex-Gay' Therapy for Minors

Following passage of a law banning harmful "ex-gay" therapy for minors in California, more states are looking to enact similar laws, the AP reports:

ExgayTwo New Jersey lawmakers already are drafting similar legislation, while groups that helped get the California law passed are sharing research, witnesses and talking points with counterparts in other gay-friendly states, said Geoff Kors, senior legislative and policy strategist for the San Francisco-based National Center for Lesbian Rights.

"There are lots of folks today who are looking at this, now that the governor has signed it," Kors said. "We'll be reaching out to all the state (gay rights) groups, especially in states that have had success passing LGBT rights legislation."

As I noted yesterday, conservative lawyers The Liberty Counsel, on behalf of "ex-gay" group NARTH are challenging the law in court.

The National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) Executive Director Kate Kendell, Esq released this statement today:

“This lawsuit is a desperate, last ditch effort to defend the indefensible. The plain fact is that every mainstream medical and mental health association in the country has warned that these practices are ineffective and dangerous. The state has a clear duty to protect minors from harm, and that is exactly what this law does. NCLR is committed to doing all we can to defend this law while, at the same time, we work to pass similar laws in other states. We will not rest until this "quackery," as Governor Brown has called this practice, is illegal throughout our nation.”

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CNN's Brooke Baldwin Grills 'Ex-Gay' Quack Over California's Ban on Reparative Therapy for Minors: VIDEO [tlrd]

Posted Oct. 2,2012 at 3:25 PM EST by in "Ex-Gays", California, News | Permalink | Comments (13)

The Slo-Mo Guys Have a Cocktail: VIDEO


Last seen here examining the wonder of exploding watermelons and the dangers of fire tennis, the Slo-Mo guys returned to their pyromaniacal ways by taking a look at what a molotov cocktail looks like hitting the side of a wall (in super slo-mo, of course). The results are surprisingly stunning (if not foolish).

As always, don't try this at your home, or any home.


Posted Oct. 2,2012 at 3:00 PM EST by in News, YouTube | Permalink | Comments (3)


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