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BY SAM GREISMAN
A look back at today's top stories
With news coming late last week that Uganda's so-called "kill the gays" bill has cleared a key committee, Jim Burroway at Box Turtle Bulletin gives us a rundown of all of the inhumane decrees in it. Both Tony Perkins and American evangelical Scott Lively are rejoicing in the potential hate legislation.
Two more examples of anti-gay sentiment abroad. Check out this very moving video about the hardships that members of the LGBT community face in the United Arab Emirates. Also a militia in Libya has reportedly captured twelve men that they have boasted about torturing and killing because they are gay. Horrible.
On the home front a woman in Alabama is recovering from an anti-gay motivated attack by her girlfriend's brother. The pictures are truly nightmarish.
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Neil Patrick Harris has come forward with shocking details about his affliction that causes his dreams to be in puppet form. Also straight men and lesbians are responding to that "gay men will marry your girlfriends" video.
Lastly, in the UK dudes are milking themselves.
The Associated Press put out a number of changes to its Style Book today, with this notation:
An irrational, uncontrollable fear, often a form of mental illness. Examples: acrophobia, a fear of heights, and claustrophobia, a fear of being in small, enclosed spaces. Do not use in political or social contexts: homophobia, Islamophobia.
Politico spoke with the AP:
"Ethnic cleansing is a euphemism for pretty violent activities, a phobia is a psychiatric or medical term for a severe mental disorder. Those terms have been used quite a bit in the past, and we don't feel that's quite accurate," AP Deputy Standards Editor Dave Minthorn told POLITICO.
"When you break down 'ethnic cleansing,' it's a cover for terrible violent activities. It's a term we certainly don't want to propgate," Minthorn continued. "Homophobia especially -- it's just off the mark. It's ascribing a mental disability to someone, and suggests a knowledge that we don't have. It seems inaccurate. Instead, we would use something more neutral: anti-gay, or some such, if we had reason to believe that was the case."
Singer-songwriter Chrissi Poland just finished touring with the Scissor Sisters and drops this snappy new clip for her track "Possible". The video was directed by Dylan Steinberg and choreographed by Brad Landers (choreographer for Scissor Sisters' "Let's Have a Kiki"). Landers and Felix Hess appear in the video.
Check it out, AFTER THE JUMP...
The U.S. State Department has its eye on Uganda with regard to movement of the so-called "kill the gays" bill and a U.S. envoy met with Ugandan leaders over the weekend to express concern, the Washington Blade reports:
Victoria Nuland, a State Department spokesperson, said during a daily briefing Monday that Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Johnnie Carson met with high-profile leaders in Uganda “over the weekend” and raised concerns about the bill, which among other things would punish homosexual acts with life in prison. The questioning was initiated by the Washington Blade.
“As we have regularly said, we call on the parliament of Uganda to look very carefully at this because Uganda’s own Human Rights Council has made clear that if this were to pass, it would put the country out of compliance with its own international human rights obligations,” Nuland said. “And so, Assistant Secretary Carson had a chance to make that point again and our strong opposition to this, to the president, to the parliament and to key decision makers in Uganda.”
The bill could be headed for a vote as soon as this week.
Uganda's 'Kiill the Gays' Bill, Explained [tlrd]
FOX News Guest Shuffled Off After Accusing Network of Hyping Benghazi, Operating as a Wing of the GOP: VIDEO
Pultizer Prize-winning journalist and author Tom Ricks delivered a delicious smackdown to FOX News today for hyping the Benghazi attack and operating "as a wing of the Republican Party"...
...after which the interview ended abruptly.
Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...
In related news, UN Ambassador Susan Rice is to meet with Senate Republicans:
Ms. Rice, the president’s ambassador to the United Nations and a front-runner to be the next secretary of state, will meet with Senator John McCain of Arizona and two other Republican senators who have excoriated her, saying she provided a misleading account of the attack on the diplomatic outpost in Benghazi, Libya...Also attending the meeting will be Senators Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire, officials said. Ms. Rice will be accompanied by Michael J. Morell, the acting C.I.A. director.
How time flies:
GUESS released two photos of little Dannielynn from the Spring 2013 campaign, which was shot in Malibu by Elliston Lutz and directed by the brand's Creative Director, Paul Marciano.
"Dannielynn has the same playful spirit that her mother had on a set," says Marciano. "She is a second-generation GUESS girl, which makes this campaign a first for us."