PHOTO OF THE DAY: Honey Boo-Boo made of trash.
BY SAM GREISMAN
A look back at today's top stories
A horrifying report from a homeless man who was beaten unconscious in a homophobic assault at the camp in which he lives. Disgusting. Equally sickening is news out of Uganda where the Speaker of the Parliament wants to pass the "kill the gays" bill by Tuesday. Also, London's top court has ruled in favor of a man who was punished for anti-gay comments he posted to his Facebook.
Olympic diver and all around super cutie Matthew Mitcham is releasing an autobiography and in it he drops the bombshell that he was at one point addicted to crystal meth.
Ellen took some time on her show Wednesday to figure out what exactly "gaydar" is and why we need it. I take a certain level of pride in mine. In case you missed it, Ty Burrell and Matthew Broderick did some serious male bonding on this week's Modern Family.
After Tony Kushner offered his thoughts on whether or not Lincoln was in fact gay, he and most of the Lincoln cast took the film to the White House last night for a screening with the President. Mr. Kushner told reporters that Obama seemed moved by the film. I was lucky enough to accompany my mother Sally Field, who is one of the film's stars, to the screening and can certainly attest to its success with the President. Though I might be biased, I really recommend everyone goes out and sees it when they get a chance.
VIDEOS OF THE DAY
Jon Stewart laid into Bill O'Reilly about his whining about the end of "traditional America" and the world sitcoms in the 1950's promised it would be.
Also check out this shocking footage of water surging into a PATH station during Superstorm Sandy.
The Human Rights Campaign reports that the National Organization for Marriage saw its fundraising decline by a third in 2011 (from $6.2 million from the $9.1 million in 2010). More interesting to note is the fact that the bulk of the money it raised was from two individual donors, who each put up $2.4 million.
“The National Organization for Marriage continues to push the notion that there is some sort of grassroots support for their discriminatory anti-gay agenda,” said HRC Vice President of Communications Fred Sainz. “Last week, that notion was soundly rejected by voters in Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, and Washington State. Now, NOM’s own financial records are serving as the latest proof that support for LGBT equality is common-sense and mainstream. NOM is nothing more than a conduit channeling the anti-gay agenda of a few secretive, wealthy donors.”
The sharp drop in funding is notable also because NOM experienced significant financial growth each year since its founding in 2007, when it was formed to demonize LGBT people in California as part of efforts to pass Proposition 8. 2011 marks the first year in which the anti-gay group’s funding declined.
More at HRC.
CAMEROON ELEPHANT SLAUGHTER: "In early 2012, a heavily-armed band of foreign poachers slaughtered over 300 elephants for their ivory in Bouba N'Djida National Park. Since the incident Cameroon has increased protection at its park and announced plans to hire 2,500 new rangers to be deployed across the country."
WRONG WAY: A drunk businessman descends the 'UP' escalator in the London Tube.
HOW TO TIE A BOW TIE: With Jesse Tyler Ferguson. Encouraging you to tie the knot.
IAN MCKELLEN: His anti-bullying PSA for LGBT rights group Stonewall.
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James Dobson: National Day of Prayer Task Force prayed for Obama defeat.
Farthest known galaxy in the universe discovered: "The new record holder is the galaxy MACS0647-JD, which is about 13.3 billion light-years away. The universe itself is only 13.7 billion years old, so this galaxy’s light has been traveling toward us for almost the whole history of space and time. Astronomers spotted the object using NASA’s Hubble and Spitzer space telescopes, with the aid of a naturally occurring cosmic zoom lens as well."
Jared Leto looking luscious in drag on the set of The Dallas Buyers Club.
Tyler Clementi Foundation launches in NYC.
Male burlesque having its moment: “Audiences go crazy for glittered nipples,” he told them. “The hipsters can’t handle it.”
Actors and the producer of Terrence McNally's Corpus Christi about a gay Jesus Christ and apostles have been charged with blasphemy: "Charges of "insulting religion" and "malicious blasphemy" have been filed after Bishop Seraphim of Piraeus lodged a lawsuit against those involved in the play, the officials said. The play's director told Reuters he was stunned that prosecutors had chosen to go after him rather than pursue tax evaders and others blamed for driving Greece to near-bankruptcy."
Montreal boys pose for Movember.
Can James Bond win an Oscar?
Ke$ha has a new Ke$ha-esque song out. It's called "C'mon".
And James Franco has directed Lindsay Lohan in a video for R.E.M.'s "Blue".
Flipping Out's Jeff Lewis sues assistant Jenni Pulos over tell-all memoir: "The suit, filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court, states that 'In her employment with Jeff for these many years, Jenni has become privy to both trade secrets and other confidential information relating to the operation of the plaintiff businesses as well as highly confidential personal and private information relating to Jeff’s personal life and business dealings,'"
LGBT students in Arizona feel protected at Q High: "'In a perfect world, we wouldn't need a separate school, but until we can get rid of homophobia, I think we are still going to need special environments,' said Stephen Russell, a professor at the University of Arizona who studies health and development of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youths. Q High, short for Queer High, is technically not a school. One-n-Ten, a local non-profit that provides gay youths with mentoring and other services to promote self-acceptance, healthy choices and work preparation, partnered with the online public-charter school Arizona Virtual Academy to create the hybrid program. It's the first in Arizona and one of only a handful nationally."
Gay couples can begin marrying in Washington state beginning on December 9 and Dan Savage offers up the news that Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn is helping The Stranger turn City Hall's lobby into a giant wedding chapel:
Same-sex couples can start applying for marriage licenses in Washington state starting on December 6, and—because there's a three-day waiting period to get married here—same-sex couples will start getting legally married in Washington on Sunday, December 9. (Eli Sanders runs you through the logistical details here.)
Mayor Mike McGinn is opening Seattle City Hall's gorgeous lobby to all couples who want to marry on December 9. Judges have volunteered to perform weddings for free and the Stranger is working with Jennifer Zeyl and Alicia Berger and other local scenic artists to create four tasteful pop-up wedding chapels in the lobby of City Hall. The doors at City Hall will open at 11 AM on December 9 and any couple who comes with their paperwork will be able to get married at City Hall between noon and 5 PM.
The Stranger is kicking in $2000 to help pay for materials and Stranger staff members—many of whom worked phone banks for R-74—are volunteering their time to help organize the event.
A bombshell revelation from his new autobiography Twists and Turns is that gay Olympic diver Matthew Mitcham was battling an addiction to crystal meth in the years leading up to the London Olympics, at which he failed to medal:
The Sydney Morning Herald reports that following his Olympic win in 2008 after still failing to be ranked as World #1, he descended into depression:
Self-doubt came crashing back, fuelled by injury. Secretly smoking crystal meth to boost his moods, he was soon in the grip of addiction.
He knew the drug's dangers. But ''taking it was something I did … to take my mind off things that were upsetting me - to make me feel better about myself.''
The openly gay Mitcham has climbed back from last year's depths with the aid of Narcotics Anonymous, a drug rehabilitation clinic, hypnotherapy and the support of his inner circle. He's chased the demons away and is training for the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
In therapy still, he believes he is happier and healthier. As for fully understanding himself, he writes: ''The answers continue to elude me. I may work it out one day.''
Said Mitcham to Australia's Nine News program 60 Minutes: "I certainly was addicted to crystal meth...I just felt like such a massive sham."
Here's the preview to his 60 Minutes interview.