18-year-old Ryan Andresen, the Boy Scout who completed the requirements to earning an Eagle Scout award (including a "tolerance wall" for victims of bullying) and was then denied the award because he is gay, appeared on Ellen this afternoon. He told his story, introduced his amazing mom, and received a nice check to put toward his college education.
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Earlier today news broke that a Beverly Massachusetts Cub Scout pack has publicly rejected the BSA policy that bans gay scouts and scout leaders:
“We have been and will always be open and affirming, and will never turn our backs on a child or adult that seeks to embrace the core values found at the heart of Scouting,” Pack 4 Cubmaster Tony Gangi said. The pack’s committee, which has 11 members, voted unanimously to reject the policy last month. This week, the committee issued its own “statement of inclusion,” saying the benefits of Scouting “should be available to all children and their families, regardless of their sexual orientation.”
More than 350,000 people have signed a change.org petition started by Ryan's mom to allow her son to achieve the rank he worked so hard for. Those signatures join the more than 330,000 asking the BSA to reinstate Ohio mom Jennifer Tyrrell, who was kicked out as den leader of her son's scout troop because she is gay.
Chris Kluwe "sparklepony" and "lustful cockmonster" t-shirts for sale.
Hugh Jackman is looking very serious in a new poster for Les Mis.
The (work-unfriendly) Mickey Mouse club?
China's Mo Yan wins Nobel Literature Prize: "Through a mixture of fantasy and reality, historical and social perspectives, Mo Yan has created a world reminiscent in its complexity of those in the writings of William Faulkner and Gabriel García Márquez, at the same time finding a departure point in old Chinese literature and in oral tradition."
Anderson Live surges among key viewers.
NYC gay rights landmark 186 Spring Street prompts heated debate.
How did NYC's 'Gay Street' get its name? "In fact, while the exact origin of the name of Gay Street does not appear to be conclusively established, most authorities on the matter believe that it was likely a family name, since most (but not all) streets in the area were named for local families, and according to Moscow, newspapers from the late 18th century do show at least one man with the surname Gay who lived not far away on the Bowery."
Josh Brolin, shirtless on the set of Oldboy.
Madonna taped a full episode of the Ellen show.
26 members of Congress join NOH8 campaign on National Coming Out Day.
Big Bird was created by a gay couple: "As Love now undertook what was to be his most famous work, he enlisted his partner, Lyall, who had worked as a dress cutter in a garment factory before he left his native New Zealand to pursue a career as a dancer. Lyall had originally met Love while rehearsing for a show in London. The two had subsequently gotten together when Lyall visited America."
Morrissey does Radio City: "What other show could inspire a bunch of 45-year-old men to rush the stage, hoping for a hug from pop’s most aloof wretch?"
Boris Johnson writes in support of marriage equality for The Independent: "The key thing about faith – at least in this country – is that you can choose whether to believe or not, and you can pretty much choose how to observe your faith. But you can’t (really) choose where you are born, or the laws under which you grow up whether you are gay or straight. And marriage is an ancient human institution that is far older than any of the religions that are practised today. It may well be beloved by God, but no religion has ever had a monopoly on marriage."
Another unjust DOMA immigration story.
The Situation likes pussy for PETA.
Michelle Obama as Wonder Woman.
Hunter O'Hanian named director of Leslie Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art in NYC.
Target is still haunted by its anti-gay donation to Super PAC MN Forward: "Since that highly-publicized July 2010 donation, which resulted in calls for a national boycott, Target’s consumer recommendation levels have remained below pre-crisis numbers and have eroded steadily since September 2011. At the same time, online retail giant Amazon’s consumer recommendation scores have been heading the opposite way, creating a growing customer loyalty gap between the two brands."
Nordstrom comes out for marriage equality in Washington state: "We gave this thoughtful consideration and felt the time was right to come out in support of this civil rights issue. It is our belief that our gay and lesbian employees are entitled to the same rights and protections marriage provides under the law as our other employees. We also believe supporting freedom to marry will help us create a more attractive and inclusive workplace for our current and prospective employees. Again – this decision is consistent with our long-time philosophy of inclusivity and equality for our customers and employees."
Said Spikes in the tweet:
I’m homophobic just like I’m arachnophobic.I have nothing against homosexuals or spiders but I’d still scream if I found one in my bathtub !
Spikes then received a slew of criticism from those who said his comments were insensitive and served as a bad example for children who look up to him.
"Gay jokes, how clever...remember you are a rode model for kids around the world. October is also anti-bullying month," tweeted one user. "Your homophobic jokes make me as a New England Patriots fan for most of my life ashamed. I hope the Patriots suspend you," responded another. "Gotta hand it to @BrandonSpikes55 for crafting a tweet that makes him sound simultaneously like a tough guy homophobe AND a complete weenie," wrote another.
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Latissimus65 apologizes in advance: "This is one of my first times trying one armed push ups so forgive me if the form is off, lol."
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Kylie Minogue is releasing the Abbey Road Sessions, orchestrally reworked and re-recorded versions of her biggest records, next month, but dropped this sampler on YouTube yesterday.
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Maine Senator Susan Collins, a leader in DADT repeal, and an ENDA and UAFA sponsor who also voted against the federal marriage amendment twice, remains undecided on Maine's marriage equality ballot initiative:
Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) said she remains undecided on the initiative in an email provided Thursday morning to the Washington Blade as she recalled her previous opposition to the Federal Marriage Amendment.
“Historically, laws regulating family and domestic affairs have been almost exclusively regulated by the states which is why I have voted against federal constitutional amendments defining marriage,” Collins said. “Next month, the voters in Maine will be asked to decide if they will allow the state to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Like voters in my state, I am considering this issue very carefully.”
In related news, Collins married her husband, political consultant Thomas Daffron, on August 11 in Caribou, Maine.