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11/13/2012

Towleroad Guide to the Tube #1247

OPEN LETTER TO PRESIDENT OBAMA: On physics education.

MISS GUY: "Take It Off".

TURKEY: Thanksgiving is coming. Allow Moses, the gay Pilgrim, to show you how to cook the perfect bird.

HOMECOMING: A Navy sailor who had been away for three months surprises his kid by crashing his birthday party in a Darth Vader outfit.

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Posted Nov. 13,2012 at 5:00 PM EST by in News, Towleroad Guide to the Tube | Permalink | Comments (1)


News: Mormons, Andrew Garfield, Satanic Toaster, Hobbit Hole

RoadStraight Up Thanks: A Tumblr saying thank you to straight allies on marriage equality.

FrancoRoadNew images from Oz the Great and Powerful.

RoadVIDEO: Satanic toaster.

RoadMartin O'Malley speaks with David Mixner about Maryland's marriage equality win: "I get choked up just thinking about that evening. I looked out over and saw my friends with their children, households headed by LGBT parents and all these people who had come together for a greater good. It was so real to me and so moving."

RoadPolice explore bias motive in attack on gay Phoenix performer Austin Head.

RoadFred Karger on the absence of the Mormon Church in recent marriage equality battles: "So this raises the question, what will the Mormon Church do now? Will they do the right thing and leave the anti-gay campaigning to others like the Catholic Church and its political arm the Knights of Columbus? Will they pass the baton to the likes of Tony Perkins, Ralph Reed and the American Family Association? Or will they come riding back in on their White Horse and use all their money and political acumen to try and turn the tide in future gay marriage political and legal battles? I for one certainly hope not."

RoadVIDEO: Andrew Garfield moves and shakes for Ellen.

TondarRoadTondar: Iran unveils missile and drone-launching hovercraft.

RoadPaul Ryan to split with GOP leadership upon return to Congress: "Fresh off his vice presidential bid, the Wisconsin Republican will go up against House Republican leadership and offer public support for Georgia Rep. Tom Price in his race to be the next House Republican Conference chairman, sources tell POLITICO. Leadership hasn’t publicly chosen sides, but it’s the Capitol’s worst kept secret that top Republicans prefer Washington State Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers for the spot."

RoadChanning Tatum, Ben Affleck cover GQ's Men of the Year issue.

RoadGuess who's hosting SNL this weekend?

BieberRoadJustin Bieber puts himself out there.

RoadKylie Minogue speaks to Noah Michelson about the two best pieces of advice she's received: "One is it's OK to say no. The other is trust the opinions of the people you respect. And I don't know that I've adhered to those wise pieces of advice always, but that's how you learn, isn't?"

RoadLos Angeles voters pass mandatory condom law for porn.

RoadTeen lesbian soccer player murdered in South Africa: "The attack occurred on the 9 November at Cosovo an informal settlement in Phillipi, a township of Cape Town. According to an eye witness interviewed by Funda, Skotshi along with two of her women friends left a tavern where they were drinking to pick up more money at home of one of the girls. Upon arriving five or more men confronted and started cursing them saying: ‘Ayo ndawo yenu le, yindawo yamaVura’ (this is not your place, it is amavura’s place) (Amavura is the gang that is known and feared in the area). The men attacked them, and pulled out a mini spear stabbing Skotshi in the chest."

RoadLiza Minnelli to guest star, sing on NBC's Smash.

HobbitholeRoadMan creates Hobbit hole from 2,600 balloons.

RoadGay former principal of one of Australia's largest Jewish schools sues over dismissal.

RoadSignorile: 5 reasons why the Christian right is warning of a revolution. "It's outrageous that [Tony] Perkins would even remotely suggest violence ("I hate to use the words," he said, "but I mean a revolt, a revolution"), particularly given that FRC was itself targeted by a gunman and Perkins was the first to claim that rhetoric against his group is what caused that violence. It betrays the fear and desperation now gripping the leaders of the decades-old political movement known as the Christian right, which is faced with some vexing realities:"

Posted Nov. 13,2012 at 3:30 PM EST by | Permalink | Comments (11)


SCOTUS Postpones Conference of Prop 8, DOMA Cases

We'll have to wait ten days longer to hear wihether or not the Supreme Court will take up any cases related to DOMA or Proposition 8, AFER reports:

SupremesAFER just received word from the U.S. Supreme Court that it will discuss whether to hear AFER’s federal constitutional challenge to California’s Proposition 8 at its private Conference on Friday, November 30.

The Court will also consider on that date whether it will hear one or more challenges to the so-called Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). Both the Prop. 8 case and the DOMA cases had previously been distributed for discussion at the Justices’ November 20 Conference.

The updated timeline suggests that we will likely find out if our case will be heard by the nation’s highest court, or if marriages can resume in California, by Monday, December 3. However, there is no deadline by which the Court must act, and the Justices could hold the case for consideration at a future Conference.

Posted Nov. 13,2012 at 2:40 PM EST by in DOMA, Gay Marriage, News, Proposition 8 | Permalink | Comments (13)


Jon Stewart Tries to Break Down Mike Huckabee's Opposition to Gays Marrying: VIDEO

Huckabee

Jon Stewart hosted Mike Huckabee on The Daily Show last night and had it out with him over same-sex marriage and a campaign ad he produced which suggested a vote for Democrats would damn you to hell.

Said Huckabee: "Your vote can't be separated from your faith."

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

Posted Nov. 13,2012 at 2:25 PM EST by in Gay Marriage, Jon Stewart, Mike Huckabee, News | Permalink | Comments (49)


Out Olympic Gold Medal-Winning Soccer Player Megan Rapinoe Honored by L.A. Gay and Lesbian Center: VIDEO

Rapinoe

Olympic gold medalist Megan Rapinoe, one of the few out athletes in any sport, accepted the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center's Board of Directors Award on Saturday at their 41st annual dinner, Outsports reports:

“The longer I’ve been out, the more stories I’ve been able to hear from people,” Rapinoe told me Saturday. “People come up to me and say, ‘you’re the reason I came out, you’re the reason I realized I was gay.’ ” Asked how much her profile has grown, she added: “Look at me, I’m the honoree for such a great organization.”

Watch her accept the award and talk about her decision to come out, AFTER THE JUMP...

The event raised $700,000 for the Center.

Posted Nov. 13,2012 at 1:47 PM EST by in Megan Rapinoe, News, Olympics, Sports | Permalink | Comments (7)


Madonna Visits Devastated NYC Rockaway Neighborhood, Speaks About it in Concert: VIDEO

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(Masako Takagi)

Madonna visited the hurricane-devastated Rockaway neighborhood of NYC on Saturday, Gothamist reports:

Museum of Modern Art curator Klaus Biesenbach, who has a home there, has been rallying people (including celebrities) to help with relief and volunteer efforts at Aid for Rockaway. He only returned to the Rockaways last week—"my first night in rockaway post sandy.....very dark out here...."— and excitedly noted that stores were re-opening yesterday. He was with Madonna yesterday and later Tweeted, "thanks to madonna for volunteering and keeping the hopes up in the rockaways today!"

Over a week ago, Madonna included her name on a letter from New York artists to Mayor Bloomberg, which notes, "Demographically, it is very diverse and not a privileged area. In recent years, the Rockaways became an incredible inspiration and haven for the artists and creative community of New York. As the Rockaways are, at their best, a melting pot between the local community and the creative energies of the city, it is a location where New York is anticipating and creating the images and dreams we all live on."

She spoke about her visit in concert at Madison Square Garden, AFTER THE JUMP...

Gothamist notes that other celebs spotted volunteering in the Rockaways include Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel, and Knicks star Amare Stoudemire.

Information on how to help the Rockaways can be found here.

In Cleveland:

Posted Nov. 13,2012 at 1:32 PM EST by in Hurricane Sandy, Madonna, New York, News | Permalink | Comments (11)



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