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'OUT' Begins Unveiling Its OUT100 Honorees


Long-time activist Peter Staley, musician Ed Droste, the amazing comic book creator Alison Bechdel, radio host and author Michelangelo Signorile (pictured above by M. Sharkey) and The White House are just five of the ten OUT100 honorees OUT magazine unveiled today.

Read all about the first ten people being celebrated at the mag's site and stay tuned for more details about the annual list in days and weeks ahead.

Posted Nov. 1,2012 at 5:00 PM EST by in News | Permalink | Comments (8)

Towleroad Guide To The Tube #1242

COLIN THE STAR: Former GOP Secretary of State Colin Powell headlines new Obama ad, "Solid."

HA HA?: Video called "Romney versus Sandy" revives candidate's climate change punchline.

"LA LA LA": New track and an adorable from Snoop Dogg Lion

REBUKE: The Leffew Family responds to Romney's anti-gay adoption policies.

For recent Guides to the Tube, click HERE.

Posted Nov. 1,2012 at 4:30 PM EST by in 2012 Election, Colin Powell, Gay Adoption, Hurricane Sandy, Mitt Romney, Music Video, News, Snoop Dogg, Towleroad Guide to the Tube | Permalink | Comments (0)

Citing Climate Change And Equality, Bloomberg Backs Obama


Though Mike Bloomberg last month said he's "more in sync" with President Obama, the politically independent New York City mayor did not endorse the commander-in-chief for reelection. But he did today, particularly because of the President's support of science showing climate change as well as Obama's support for marriage equality.

In an op-ed called " A Vote for a President to Lead on Climate Change" and published at Bloomberg View, a site managed by the company he created before entering politics, Bloomberg writes, "The devastation that Hurricane Sandy brought to New York City and much of the Northeast -- in lost lives, lost homes and lost business -- brought the stakes of Tuesday’s presidential election into sharp relief."

Our climate is changing. And while the increase in extreme weather we have experienced in New York City and around the world may or may not be the result of it, the risk that it might be -- given this week’s devastation -- should compel all elected leaders to take immediate action.

Mr. Romney, says Bloomberg, does not have political convictions enough to take the lead during such crises and though he once supported climate change science, the GOP presidential candidate's move to the right turned off the billionaire businessman. "[Romney] has reversed course, abandoning the very cap-and-trade program he once supported," writes the mayor. "This issue is too important. We need determined leadership at the national level to move the nation and the world forward."

Marriage Equality's shout-out comes toward the end of the piece, as Bloomberg lays out the presidential candidates' divergent politics:

One believes a woman’s right to choose should be protected for future generations; one does not. That difference, given the likelihood of Supreme Court vacancies, weighs heavily on my decision.

One recognizes marriage equality as consistent with America’s march of freedom; one does not. I want our president to be on the right side of history.

One sees climate change as an urgent problem that threatens our planet; one does not. I want our president to place scientific evidence and risk management above electoral politics.

Bloomberg signs off by saying he's voting for Obama because the president "can fulfill the hope he inspired four years ago and lead our country toward a better future for my children and yours".

President Obama has already released a statement thanking Bloomberg for his support. In addition to praising the mayor's business record and bipartisan approach to politics, Obama also reassured New Yorkers that he's still standing by our side: "[Bloomberg] has my continued commitment that this country will stand by New York in its time of need. And New Yorkers have my word that we will recover, we will rebuild, and we will come back stronger."

Read the entire letter AFTER THE JUMP.

I'm honored to have Mayor Bloomberg's endorsement.  I deeply respect him for his leadership in business, philanthropy and government, and appreciate the extraordinary job he's doing right now, leading New York City through these difficult days.  

While we may not agree on every issue, Mayor Bloomberg and I agree on the most important issues of our time - that the key to a strong economy is investing in the skills and education of our people, that immigration reform is essential to an open and dynamic democracy, and that climate change is a threat to our children's future, and we owe it to them to do something about it.  Just as importantly, we agree that whether we are Democrats, Republicans, or independents, there is only one way to solve these challenges and move forward as a nation - together.  

I look forward to thanking him in person - but for now, he has my continued commitment that this country will stand by New York in its time of need. And New Yorkers have my word that we will recover, we will rebuild, and we will come back stronger.

Posted Nov. 1,2012 at 3:32 PM EST by in 2012 Election, Barack Obama, Gay Marriage, Global Warming, Hurricane Sandy, Michael Bloomberg, Mitt Romney, News, Science | Permalink | Comments (19)

News: Meth Vaccine, Ohio, Eric Bodenweiser, Amtrak

1NewsIcon The National Organization for Marriage funneled $1.6 million into the Minnesota marriage equality ballot fight. "All told, Minnesota for Marriage raised more than $3.7 million so far this year, much of it from the Catholic Church, affiliated groups and the National Organization for Marriage. That's still far less than the group's opponents."

RockHulk1NewsIcon The Rock dressed up as "The People's Hulk" for Halloween, so the 1% better not make him angry.

1NewsIcon Face it, gullibility is charming.

1NewsIcon Hurricane Sandy may have permanently altered Fire Island's geography: Predicting "dramatic changes" to the island’s geography, [Fire Island National Seashore superintendent Chris Soller] mentioned several breaches on the far eastern end of the island, with one so deep that it could effectively divide Fire Island into two separate islands."

1NewsIcon Always classy, Chris Brown attended a Halloween party thrown by Rihanna, a former girlfriend he abused, while dressed as a member of the Taliban, a group that wants to keep women barefoot, pregnant and uneducated.

1NewsIcon Amtrak will hopefully have limited service between NYC and parts of New Jersey tomorrow.

1NewsIcon Eric Bodenweiser, a 53-year old member of the Delaware Family Policy Council and GOP candidate for that state's senate, was indicted this week on multiple charges stemming from allegations that he sexually abused a boy from 1987 until 1990, when the boy was 10-13.

1NewsIcon This is potentially good news: "Scientists at the Scripps Research Institute in California successfully tested the methamphetamine vaccine on rats. When given meth, the vaccinated critters showed few signs of intoxication."

1NewsIcon On gay fathers on television: "Thinking about the latest crop of gay dads on television I can’t help but recall a popular chant from the Act Up demonstrations whenever someone was arrested or harassed: 'The whole world is watching! The whole world is watching!' The irony is that, too often, the world wasn’t watching then. But now, thanks to these primetime characters, people are definitely watching. They just aren’t seeing much of the truth."

1NewsIcon Sandra Bullock and son Louis are potentially the cutest Halloween in Hollywood couple.

NPHHalloween21NewsIcon Uh-oh. Sorry, Sandy and Louie, but Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka and their twins may actually be the cutest costume winners!

1NewsIcon The Vatican loves the latest James Bond flick, Skyfall.

1NewsIcon Let sleeping bunny rabbits lie.

1NewsIcon The Kardashian clan dressed up as the Bat family for Halloween.

1NewsIcon Is Helena Bomham Carter in costume?

1NewsIcon The Seattle Times definitely does not approve of anti-gay marriage commercials that claim passing Resolution 74 and legalizing marriage equality will force homosexuality onto school curricula. "R-74 is about a legal covenant of marriage for loving couples and their families. Ignore the shameless scare tactics. Approve R-74," the editorial board wrote in an op-ed called "Anti-Referendum 74 school ad is shameless".

1NewsIcon Dan Evans, the GOP governor of Washington State from 1965 to 1977 and a U.S. Senator from 1983 until 1989, came out for Referendum 74. "[The Referendum allowing marriage equality] just seems right and reflects the fundamental value of fairness that we treasure here in Washington," he said. 

ObamaOhio1NewsIcon Washington Post's The Fix on Ohio: "After reviewing all of the available public polling data as well as talking to operatives in both parties about the private polls they are privy to, we are convinced that Ohio is a 1-3 point race in President Obama’s favor at the moment."

1NewsIcon If you're interested, you can travel to Ohio to stump for Mr. Obama.

1NewsIcon President Obama today said campaign rival Mitt Romney's "bet is on cynicism".

1NewsIcon In addition to endorsing President Obama and Elizabeth Warren, Massachusetts gay paper Bay Windows has endorsed openly gay GOP congressional hopeful Richard Tisei. Perhaps tellingl, though, Obama and Warren both got specific blurbs, Tisei's name is just part of a general list of candidates the paper prefers.

Posted Nov. 1,2012 at 2:48 PM EST by in 2012 Election, Barack Obama, Chris Brown, David Burtka, Dwayne 'the Rock' Johnson, Elizabeth Warren, Film, Film and TV, Hurricane Sandy, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Mitt Romney, Neil Patrick Harris, New Jersey, New York, News, NOM, Ohio, Religion, Richard Tisei, Rihanna, Vatican | Permalink | Comments (16)

Catholic Bishop Demands Priests Recite Letter Blasting Obama

JenkyDaniel Jenky, the Bishop of Peoria, Illinois, is ordering priests under his command to read an anti-Obama letter he wrote this Sunday, the final services before next week's presidential election.

"I require that this letter be personally read by each celebrating priest at each Weekend Mass," he writes of the letter, which claims that President Obama and his administration's healthcare laws are an "assault on our religious freedom".

In the letter, Jenky cautions parishioners that Obama and a majority of U.S. senators will not reconsider the mandate that would require employers, including religious groups, to provide free birth control coverage in their health care plans. "This assault upon our religious freedom is simply without precedent in the American political and legal system," Jenky wrote.

"Today, Catholic politicians, bureaucrats, and their electoral supporters who callously enable the destruction of innocent human life in the womb also thereby reject Jesus as their Lord," Jenky added. "They are objectively guilty of grave sin."

Earlier this year, Jenky delivered a controversial homily criticizing the contraception mandate. The bishop included Obama's policies in a list of historic challenges the Catholic Church has overcome in previous centuries, including Hitler and Stalin's campaigns.

Another Catholic leader in Illinois, Vicar General Eric Barr of the Rockford Diocese, claimed Obama is "steamrolling" his religion's values while arguing for Muslim acceptance.

"Nothing justifies this peculiar and unreal stance of the president," he said.

Posted Nov. 1,2012 at 1:51 PM EST by in 2012 Election, Barack Obama, Catholic Church, Illinois, News, Religion | Permalink | Comments (52)

Ex-Gay Leader Claims 'Homofascism' Threatens Liberty

GregQuinlanHot on the heels of the New York Times' article on "ex-gay" activists feeling discriminated against, Greg Quinlan, leader of the "ex-gay" group PFOX (Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays & Gays) has penned an op-ed at the right wing LifeSiteNews in which he warns readers of "homofascism".

He bases his claims on recent victories over religion-based "reparative therapies" that "cure" gay people, like the California law prohibiting shrinks from using the "ex-gay" procedure on minors.

From Quinlan's op-ed, via ThinkProgress:

The culture war is not slowing down; it’s just beginning to gain steam as gay organizations turn to anti-heterosexual legislation, mandatory public approval of sodomy, federal funding of gay youth activist organizations and homosexual initiatives, required government training against “homophobia,” “heterosexism,” and “transphobia,” etc., etc. This is more than a culture war; it is a war for our very own freedoms—a war for the character and future of our nation.

Homofascism will soon be, if it is not already, the greatest threat to our individual liberties in this country. So-called equality marriage is just the beginning.

He sure has a flair for the dramatic, huh?

Posted Nov. 1,2012 at 1:14 PM EST by in "Ex-Gays", Greg Quinlan, News | Permalink | Comments (16)


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