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A look back today's top stories


As the violence continues in Israel today, Rachel Maddow took a look at the GOP's lack of leadership when it comes to foreign policy and really lets them have it. In Florida anti-gay GOP Rep. Allen West has finally acknowledged what the rest of the world already knew; that he lost

Our Ari Waldman discusses a recent Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling on Michigan's ban on affirmative action and how it relates to our battle for marriage equality. Speaking of that, a man in Arizona has signed paperwork with the intent of getting marriage equality on the ballot in that state. 



Russell Brand had two members of the Westboro Baptist Church on his show last night and in the shock of all shocks, couldn't really get through to them. Speaking of hatemongers, AFA's Bryan Fischer is still standing by the notion that exorcisms can cure homosexuality.

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Anderson Cooper had Hoda and Kathie Lee on his show today and they helped fill his crack. Paul Rudd tells David Letterman and all of us what it was like to have someone barf all over everyone during his show. Also Eric Stonestreet clarifies the myth that he was drunk at the AMAs

With a second accuser now coming forward Kevin Clash, the voice of Elmo, has resigned from Sesame Street. And an Italian handball player used a kiss to really get under his opponent's skin.



Wondering what to do with your big pile of autumn leaves? Check this out!

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The Episode 6 Finale of 'The Outs' is Here, Plus a Brief Talk with Creator Adam Goldman: VIDEO


"Significant Others", the final episode in The Outs, Adam Goldman's web series about gay life in NYC, has hit the web.

If you haven't been following this six-episode, Kickstarter-funded serial, here are Episode 1, Episode 2Episode 3, Episode 4, and Episode 5 which you may want to watch first.

Watch Episode 6, AFTER THE JUMP...

GoldmanI spoke with Goldman today and asked him a few questions, which he kindly answered.

What's next for the series?

"We'll be shooting The Outs Chanukah Special over the next few months, which will be sort of a capstone on the series. It'll let us check in on the characters a little ways down the line, revisit some things and tie up a few loose ends. We also have an event at the Brooklyn Museum on the horizon for early next year and we'll be talking more about that in the near future."

I also asked if he had entertained any offers for the series from television networks, what's next on his plate, and what, if any, surprises he encountered filming his first web series:

I think one thing I've learned in making the show - and you can file this under biggest surprise, too - is that people really want something like this, and they're not getting it anywhere else. When we started, we didn't know if we'd be able to make more than just our first episode, both for financial reasons and because we weren't sure if anyone would be interested in the story we wanted to tell.

I think it's about time that something like The Outs found its way onto television. If it's not us, it'll be someone else, and since we're already in this space and doing something that people are responding to, we would obviously be happy (and honored) to be the people telling this story to a television audience.

There are other projects that we (myself and the Outs creative team) are discussing at the moment. I'm writing a pilot (for TV) and there are a couple of web-based projects in the works that we'd like to develop. Staying online allows a lot of versatility in terms of content/format that you don't get in other mediums and that's very appealing, even if nobody has figured out how to make a living staying online just yet.

Watch Episode 6, AFTER THE JUMP...

The Outs: Significant Others from The Outs on Vimeo.


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Towleroad Guide to the Tube #1252

NYC: Greenhouse gas emissions (enlarge to read the print).

TWEETER THEATER: Andy Cohen and Wendy Williams act out Donald Trump's Twitter feuds.

CAKE: Lady Gaga destroys one for Terry Richardson.

KELVIN DOE: Self-taught African teen wows M.I.T.

For previous Guides to the Tube, click HERE.

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News: David Beckham, Twin Peaks, Mars, Daniel Craig, Hobbit

RoadScientists excited, cautious about possible "big news" from Mars.

RoadFilm floats theory that serial killer, not OJ, killed Nicole Brown, Ron Goldman.

All Rise for David BeckhamRoadDavid Beckham is leaving the L.A. Galaxy. Image via Pretty on the Outside.

RoadCan you tell? Austin, Texas woman has drunk moment immortalized on the news.

RoadLSU coach Les Miles to fans: "Spectacular group of men. You go find them, you throw your arms around them and you give them a big kiss on the mouth… if you're a girl."

RoadAnderson Cooper puts a vanilla flan-making Twitter user in her place.

RoadWill Pennsylvania get marriage equality any time soon? Not likely.

RoadHillary Clinton, Obama wax nostalgic: "On the flight back from Rangoon to Cambodia, they spent basically the entire flight alone in his personal office on Air Force One just reminiscing about the last four years, but as the president said, it wasn't just the last four years, they've been through a lot together over the last five or six years and, in fact, unqiue among people they've been at this working as hard as they can for five or six years now." Clinton to Middle East...

RoadMassive explosion in Indiana which leveled neighborhood now a homicide investigation.

TwinpeaksSF Castro landmark RoadTwin Peaks Tavern to get historical designation?

RoadCalifornia men charged in plot to join al-Qaeda, carry out attacks: "In one online conversation, Santana told an FBI undercover agent he wanted to commit jihad and expressed interest in a jihadist training camp in Jalalabad, Afghanistan. The complaint alleged the men went to a shooting range several times, including a trip on 10 September 2012 when Deleon told a confidential FBI source he wanted to be on the frontlines overseas and use the explosive C-4 in an attack."

RoadTruth Wins Out: Shocking cult murder puts spotlight on International House of Prayer.

RoadColin Farrell works a new haircut on the Winter's Tale set.

RoadGay athlete who attempted suicide speaks out: “I had no confidence to go back on once I got to college and realized once and for all I was gay,” James said. “I had a lot of self-hatred. It’s hard to have a lot of swagger when you hate yourself.”

RoadDaniel Craig visits troops in Afghanistan.

RoadDarren Criss and Chris Colfer film Bryant Park ice skating scene for Glee.

EaglescoutRoadHow to gay hack your Eagle Scout Award.

RoadHobbit filmmakers deny PETA charges about animal deaths: "The producers completely reject the accusations that twenty seven animals died due to mistreatment during the making of the films. Extraordinary measures were taken to make sure that animals were not used during action sequences or any other sequence that might create undue stress for the animals involved."

RoadVIDEO: Ellie Goulding's "Figure 8".

RoadScientists discover planet 13 times the size of Jupiter: "The planet orbits a star called Kappa Andromedae that is 2.5 times the mass of the sun and is located 170 light-years away from Earth. As a gas giant larger than Jupiter, it's classified as a 'super-Jupiter.' The object is an interesting test case for theories of planet formation, scientists say. Based on observations of this system, the super Jupiter appears to have formed in the same way ordinary, lower-mass exoplanets do, by coalescing from a 'protoplanetary disk' of material orbiting a nascent star."

Posted Nov. 20,2012 at 3:40 PM EST by | Permalink | Comments (15)

Paperwork Filed in Arizona for Marriage Equality Campaign

An Arizona man has filed paperwork with the intention of putting marriage equality on the state's ballot, the Daily Sun reports:

AzTanner Pritts has formed Arizona Advocates for Marriage Equality. But he also has filed the necessary paperwork with the Secretary of State's Office to allow him to start raising money for a 2014 campaign.

Pritts conceded to Capitol Media Services he is a political novice at ballot measures. In fact, the Scottsdale resident said he is just 22.

The initiative drive, if successful, would put the issue back on the ballot just six years after Arizonans voted by a 56-44 margin to define marriage in the state constitution as solely between one man and one woman. But Pritts said he is heartened by the results of elections elsewhere.

Pritt says he understands the challenges that lie ahead for him:

At this point, Pritts said he is just reaching out to other gay rights organizations in Arizona in hopes of raising some money to put the issue on the 2014 ballot. He would need more than a quarter million valid signatures by July of that year just to qualify. And no measure has made the ballot in years without the use of paid circulators.

Posted Nov. 20,2012 at 2:44 PM EST by in Arizona, Gay Marriage, News | Permalink | Comments (29)

AFA's Bryan Fischer Says Exorcism Can Cure Homosexuality: VIDEO


Radio host David Pakman interviews AFA spokeshater Bryan Fischer about the recent marriage equality. Fischer says they'll never give up fighting against it.

Fischer also says he disagrees with the Westboro Baptist Church, and continues to compare homosexual behavior to drug use. Fischer also believes that exorcism can be effective in treating homosexuality. And, he continues to prop up the debunked Regnerus study that says gays can't be good parents.

Watch Pakman's interview, AFTER THE JUMP...

In related news, Jeremy Hooper has posted some photos from Fischer at Fresno High School in 1969, including this smashing shot below. More here.


Posted Nov. 20,2012 at 2:06 PM EST by in Bryan Fischer, News | Permalink | Comments (29)


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