News: Mary Bono Mack, The Nones, Kirsten Gillibrand, Skyfall

RoadThe Joy of Disco!

RoadBond flirts with Javier Bardem's openly gay villain in Skyfall.

HysenRoadOut footballer Anton Hysen is working on something.

RoadJude Law's cremini mushroom gives good face.

RoadCandy Crowley's role as moderator comes under scrutiny ahead of presidential town hall: "In a rare example of political unity, both the Romney and Obama campaigns have expressed concern to the Commission on Presidential Debates about how the moderator of this Tuesday’s town hall has publicly described her role."

RoadWould Tom Cruise choose Katie Holmes over David Miscavige?

RoadKen Mehlman writes op-ed in the Minneapolis Star-Tribune on the conservative case for same-sex marriage: "As Republicans, we respect the individual and work to empower people to live as they see fit, with as little intrusion by the government as practical. This idea is grounded in an important Judeo-Christian value that we should all treat others as we would like to be treated. Put yourself in your neighbor's shoes. How would you feel if, even though you paid the same taxes, potentially served in the same military and followed the same rules as your neighbor, your government denied you the freedom to marry the person you loved in ceremony?"

L_lohanRoadBarbara Walters to interview Lindsay Lohan. "Lindsay will portray Elizabeth Taylor in a made-for-TV biopic movie titled Liz & Dick that will air on Lifetime TV next month. In order to promote the film’s release, Lindsay has agreed to sit down and chat with Barbara."

RoadScarlett Johansson goes all Cruella Deville.

Michelle_obamaRoadMichelle Obama voted early, by mail.

RoadEast Hampton teen's suicide tied to alleged bullying over the perception he was gay.

RoadThe measurement that would reveal the universe to be a computer simulation.

RoadShambala Times celebrates same-sex marriage.

RoadKirsten Gillibrand enters shortlist for presidential contenders in 2016: "She set tongues wagging about her future at last month’s Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., with an address to delegates from Iowa, an early proving ground in every presidential race."

RoadMichelangelo Signorile on the rise of the "nones" and its relation to anti-gay churches. "According to the Pew study, one in five Americans now identify as having no religious affiliation, even as many of them state they believe in God or describe themselves as spiritual. The various denominations of Protestants together accounted for two out of three Americans in the 1960s, but now only total 48 percent. And the only reason Catholics, which account for 22 percent of Americans today, haven't diminished further, is because the wave of new immigrants to the country has replaced the many Catholics who've left the church in the past five years."

RoadVIDEO: Barbra Streisand and gay son Jason Gould sing together for first time.

RoadMale model fix: Kyle Wicks.

BonomackRoadMary Bono Mack debate turns into personal slugfest: "Both candidates artfully dodged questions. Asked for the second campaign debate in a row whether she supports same-sex marriage, Bono Mack stressed that she has a strong relationship with transgendered stepson Chaz Bono, 'doesn’t have a bigoted bone in her body' and twice voted against proposed constitutional amendments to ban gay marriage — but she did not answer the question directly, saying the issue should be left up to the courts."

RoadPaul Ryan told 24 lies in 40 minutes of speaking at the debate, which seems like a lowball number.

RoadGarrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary senior leaves ordination process and United Methodist Church after being told to go back in the closet: In order for me to be ordained in the UMC, I would quintessentially have to go into a professional, vocational closet. In meetings and on paper, I would be “single,” making no reference to my sexual identity or my relationship status. I would have to leave a part of me outside of the ordination process. I’d known others going through the same thing who seemed to be okay with it all, who seemed sane and mentally/emotionally healthy, and so I pressed forward. I continued in my seminary education, served another church in the city for my second-year internship, and proceeded to have my local church declare me as a candidate for ordination.

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  1. Candidates need to act with more respect and dignity and should not make issue of someone's right to choose what they believe is best for them.

    Posted by: Lesbian Cupid | Oct 15, 2012 3:58:44 PM

  2. The villain in the new Bond movie is gay? This is the first I've heard that.

    Not to get all Jason about this, but why can't Bond himself or one of his accomplices be gay? Why we gotta be the bad guy?

    Posted by: endo | Oct 15, 2012 4:13:03 PM

  3. Endo, its because if the gay character isnt some form of extreme, there is no point to them being gay. Thats how the media want to portray us, we aren't allowed to be average and boring, let alone heroic. We have to be either Jack from 'will and grace' or Jeffrey Dahmer.

    Posted by: Rovex | Oct 15, 2012 4:22:06 PM

  4. Yawn. Easy answer, Rovex. That's what I'd expect from Jason.

    In any case, I read the wiki page for Skyfall, and it turns out one of the screenwriters is openly gay. I've always figured Bond, who uses sex as a tool, wouldn't shy away from homosexuality if it enabled him to complete his mission, so this at least sounds like a start.

    Posted by: endo | Oct 15, 2012 4:33:05 PM

  5. RIP David Hernandez. Another tragic teen suicide. Sounds like the school he went to was proactive in dealing with bullying and he went to GSA meetings, but there is only so much one can take. Long Island is a different world to NYC, conservative and not too gay friendly. Well wishes go out to his friends and family.

    Posted by: Francis | Oct 15, 2012 4:36:13 PM

  6. Why is it an easy answer? Its true. I can count 'average' gay characters on TV or in movies on 1 finger.

    Im not getting all defensive here and I know characters haver to have a catch to get then noticed, but being gay isn't enough on its own, we have to come with baggage that straight characters dont.

    Posted by: Rovex | Oct 15, 2012 4:44:06 PM

  7. @rovex. one finger? who then.

    and then list all the non-average gay characters that clearly are chapping your ass

    Posted by: gomez | Oct 15, 2012 5:00:36 PM

  8. Daniel Craig made comments within the last year about portraying Bond as bisexual, though the way it was phrased I couldn't tell if he was talking about the character actually being bisexual, attracted to men and women, or just willing and able to have sex with men in pursuit of his mission.

    There is a really good sci-fi-ish fiction novel by David Ambrose called "Coincidence" where (SPOILER) it turns out that our reality is all just a logic program running in a lab somewhere. We didn't exist before the program started running but the logic within it makes it seem as we if had, and we'll continue existing so long as they keep getting funding, but one day it we'll just be... turned off. Coincidences are just the flaws in the programming, bad code. It was all rather elegantly explained and frankly that makes as much sense as any of the various world religions. FWIW, David Ambrose is a GREAT writer of "speculative fiction." His book "Superstition" is what the movie "Red Lights" *should* have been.

    If Mary Bono Mack really didn't have a bigoted bone in her body she'd come out for marriage equality. If she refuses to say it just to get elected that's pretty craven and chicken-sh*t.

    Posted by: Caliban | Oct 15, 2012 5:02:01 PM

  9. Consider me a "none." I don't believe in fairy tales.

    Posted by: Luke | Oct 15, 2012 5:11:23 PM

  10. re Bond -- of course it has to be the villain who is Gay, as he is the most important character, other than Bond. The series is based on Bond + women, so asking for a Gay Bond is nuts. (although asking for a similar movie with a Gay lead is not). Would you rather the Gay one were the houseboy?

    Posted by: Bob | Oct 15, 2012 5:12:23 PM

  11. re Jason and Barbra -- I have known Jason slightly, talked to him a couple of times, had NO idea that he had inherited those pipes - SO GLAD TO SEE HIM STEPPING OUT WITH HIS TALENT

    Posted by: Bob | Oct 15, 2012 5:12:31 PM

  12. If you can only count 1 "average" gay character in television and movies, then you clearly stopped watching TV and movies around 1999.

    Or you can't count.

    Posted by: endo | Oct 15, 2012 5:13:26 PM

  13. Not sure if I'm with the "Nones"; I think I am.

    Christianity cannot make up its mind whether it has one or three gods......then there's all that garbage of "Three Divine persons equally distinct and equal in all things"....father Son and Holy ghost, ( Nicene Creed).....and the sophistry to persuade us that they are all just one god.

    I'm kind of with Artemis, Apollo, Dionysus least the Greeks admitted they had lots of gods; the Christians can't seem to make up their minds.
    I would have thought that was fairly fundamental.

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Oct 15, 2012 5:28:01 PM

  14. Ken Mehlman keeps taking the wrong approach, even those his points make sense "on paper" - what should Mehlman be doing? grassroots townhall-style talks with Republicans, specifically highlighting their historic anti-gay stance and how powerfully frightening it was, and IS, that it made him - a gay man - not only hide in the Closet but vote against his own best interests and throw "his own people" under the bus.

    yes, by "republican logic" LGBT couples should be allowed to marry, but you can't apply republican logic to that group as their very being hinges on ignoring logic.

    what mehlman needs to do is wake up anti-gay republicans to the reality that no matter how Christian or Republican they are, or try to be, they will not be immune from having gay family members.

    they are voting against their own family. and their gay family members are not Out, in most cases, due to the same bigotry that caused Mehlman to be a grown-adult closet case who voted against Pro_LGBT equality measures.

    the reality he needs to present to Republicans is this: Would you rather attend your child's wedding to a person of the same sex or gender, or attend your child's funeral?

    because that's the reality.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Oct 15, 2012 5:39:04 PM

  15. ever notice how closeted trolls like to pretend that gay characters on TV haven't been as wonderful as they actually HAVE been?

    Do a simple Google search for "shows with gay characters" to see all that you've apparently missed.

    openly-gay actor BD Wong played two "non-traditional/non-stereotypical" gay characters on two long running hit TV series: OZ and Law & Order SVU.

    Why do people always disregard his portrayals? What, since he's Chinese American and doesn't look like "you" then it doesn't count as being "regular"? They have to be boring and WHITE in order to count?

    What do you want, ROVEX? A TV show featuring a gay character as spineless, boring and ugly as you? I like how you pointed out "boring" as a character trait, though. Some guys think that since people don't always pick up on them being gay it must mean that they're "masculine" - which is just not true. it's because you're boring and people don't often associate gay with "boring and about as interesting as dirt"


    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Oct 15, 2012 6:31:22 PM

  16. and OMG @ barbra singing with her son! that was lovely beyond words!!!

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Oct 15, 2012 6:58:35 PM

  17. I have no problem with a Bond villain being gay. But then, this evil genius should also have the appropriate number of sex objects waiting on him hand and foot as his stand-by accomplices--in this case, all hot, young men--with at least one of them falling for 007. In the process, the smitten boy sees the error of his ways, becomes critical in the mission to foil the baddie, and (in the end) is "rewarded" by James. That would only be fair and provide balance.

    Posted by: Fox | Oct 15, 2012 7:36:41 PM

  18. Mary Bono Mack is horrific! She's gotta go. Please make sure everyone you know in Palm Springs & desert valley is supporting Raul Ruiz for Congress.

    He supports us... it's a no-brainer!

    Posted by: Pete N SFO | Oct 15, 2012 7:37:41 PM

  19. @Caliban....

    You say:

    "Daniel Craig made comments within the last year about portraying Bond as bisexual,"

    Daniel Craig has also made comments in the past about having Bond display full frontal nudity. But, that hasn't happened either. So much for what Craig has to say about the character.

    Posted by: Tim NC | Oct 15, 2012 7:55:23 PM

  20. Well, Tim NC, If I had to choose between the two...

    Oh, never mind. Craig has already done full frontal so I'll go for the Bond on man action. Wouldn't that be something, a "Bond guy" instead of the usual "Bond girl"?

    Given their past work I doubt either Daniel Craig or Sam Mendes would do anything homophobic, so wait until you see it before you start throwing spitballs.

    Posted by: Caliban | Oct 15, 2012 10:50:45 PM

  21. Barbra Streisand is still amazing.

    Posted by: Paul | Oct 16, 2012 12:36:38 AM

  22. All these hissy fits have worn me out.

    I did like Disco though.

    Posted by: jamal49 | Oct 16, 2012 11:57:11 AM

  23. That story on the universe being a computer simulation was crazy! Could you imagine? Wow.

    Posted by: JAMES | Oct 16, 2012 5:34:31 PM

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