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Towleroad Talking Points: Silence from SCOTUS

 PHOTO OF THE DAY: There is water ice on Mercury


A look back at today's top stories


The Supreme Court did not release a decision today regarding DOMA and Prop 8 cases as was hoped. We still may hear from them Monday morning though. Staying on the marriage equality front, there was very troubling news out of Nevada late yesterday where a federal judge (a Bush appointee) upheld the state's law limiting marriage to between a man and a woman. Also Stephen Colbert takes a look at the repercussions of Boeing denying equal pensions to gay couples

In recognition of tomorrow's World AIDS Day, gay hook-up site Manhunt will be promoting a drug which is said to reduce the risk of HIV infection. J Crew recognized marriage equality for the first time on its website, featuring a gay couple in its "Wedding Album".


Mallory Owens, the Alabama woman who was attacked on Thanksgiving by her girlfriend's brother, has released a statement in which she says she fears for her life. And the NFL has decided not to discipline Tank Carder for his series of homophobic tweets


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Last night Glee went all "Scissor Sisters" on everyone with a little Sarah Jessica Parker thrown in. That is a whole lotta gayness in one room. And Andy Cohen recently headed out for open waters to try to hook a big one

Also Girls is back!



Jon Stewart gives his take on the awkwardness of the Romney/Obama White House lunch date. While the President was lunching, the First Dog was making sure Christmas decorations were perfect

Posted Nov. 30,2012 at 10:30 PM EST by | Permalink | Comments (4)

Towleroad Guide to the Tube #1258

STEVE HUFFMAN AND ALEXIS OHANIAN: Reddit founders on how the website was born.

MAIL-ORDER FART: Send your enemies a malodorous message.


PETER THE ELEPHANT: Discovers the piano.

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Posted Nov. 30,2012 at 5:55 PM EST by in News, Towleroad Guide to the Tube | Permalink | Comments (1)

Arizona Principal Punishes Two High School Boys by Forcing Them to Hold Hands: VIDEO


Tim Richard, a high school principal in Arizona, punished two boys for fighting this week by forcing them to hold hands, ABC News reports:

Earlier this week, the two students at Westwood High School in Mesa, Ariz., who have not been named, were faced with the prospect of either suspension from school, or sitting in chairs in the high school’s courtyard and holding hands for 15 minutes during a lunch period. They opted for the latter.

“Kids were laughing at them and calling them names, asking, ‘Are you gay?’” student Brittney Smyers told ABC affiliate KNXV.

Teens at the high school inevitably posted photos of the two, who spent the time shielding their faces with their heads in their hands, to social media sites.

On the Facebook posting, users commented that the public punishment is not appropriate, as it positions the teens as targets for taunting and name-calling. Others suggested the punishment was anti-gay, as it implies two males holding hands is embarrassing.

The school district has denounced the principal's punishment.

Watch the ABC News report, AFTER THE JUMP...

Posted Nov. 30,2012 at 4:57 PM EST by in Arizona, Education, News | Permalink | Comments (64)

News: Books, Sound of Music, Uganda, Rhinos, Jan Brewer

RoadDOMA repeal enjoys RECORD SUPPORT at end of 112th Congress.

RoadArizona Governor Jan Brewer compares undocumented immigrants to drunks, children.

WintersonRoadAuthors select their 'Best LGBT books of 2012'.

RoadGuess who's taking Julie Andrews' role as Maria von Trapp in Neil Meron and Craig Zadan's NBC remake of The Sound of Music?

RoadRyan Andresen, the gay Boy Scout denied an Eagle Scout badge, will be honored by the California Assembly: "On Monday, Ryan will be recognized by openly gay California Assembly Speaker John Perez, and will attend meetings with public supporters of the campaign, including Assemblywoman Karen Skinner, State Senator Leland Yee, and Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom."

RoadAmerican Horror Story's modern day Bloody Face killer has been revealed.

RoadBradley Manning takes the stand.

RoadAlmost 600 rhinos killed so far this year in South Africa: In just the first two weeks of 2012, poachers in South Africa had slaughtered nearly as many rhinos that had been killed in all of 2007, putting it on track to being one of the deadliest years from the endangered species in recent memory. Sadly, as 2012 enters its final month, the grim predictions have been confirmed with 588 rhinos killed as of this writing, expected to reach 600 by year's end.

RoadTom Welling buzzed off all that beautiful hair.

FunRoadFashion and equality advocacy from the band fun.

RoadGay youngest mayor in Massachusetts Alex Morse accused of flip-flopping on casinos: "This morning, Morse held a press conference to announce that … he’s now supporting the development of a casino in Holyoke. That’s right: Less than a year in office, and the idealistic Morse has already bowed to the pressures of politics and the lure of gambling money."

RoadJimmy Kimmel again points out what gullible fools people really are with a sidewalk Starbucks coffee test.

RoadAntarctica, Greenland ice melt speeding up, say scientists: "And while a half-inch rise in sea levels over 20 years doesn't sound like much, many experts fear further warming will accelerate the polar melt. The ice sheets would raise sea levels by more than 200 feet if they completely melted over centuries — not likely, but even a tenth of that would have catastrophic impacts on coastal areas."

RoadManager: Rudy Ray Moore aka 'Dolemite' was gay.

BassRoadFrom the private collection of Lance Bass.

RoadFamily Research Council's Tony Perkins lies blatantly about supporting Uganda's 'kill the gays' bill: "Despite allegations to the contrary, FRC has never supported that policy–or any policy that imposes the death penalty on homosexuals. What we do oppose is the suggestion that gay and lesbian acts are universal human rights."

RoadDiabetes linked to high-fructose corn syrup...

RoadIt's good to see Lee Pace again.

RoadGerald Bareebe and Brett House on Uganda's anti-homosexuality bill: "This bill is really a virtual combo of bread and circuses to dampen domestic Ugandan opposition to President Yoweri Museveni’s increasingly autocratic rule. And it’s a smokescreen to divert international attention from Uganda’s craven role in the ongoing war in Congo. Both instances in which this bill has been brought forward have been timed to distract from Museveni’s excesses at home and abroad."

Posted Nov. 30,2012 at 3:55 PM EST by | Permalink | Comments (11)

No Action Today from Supreme Court on DOMA, Prop 8 Cases


The Supreme Court did not release a decision today following its conference on DOMA and Proposition 8 cases.

Writes Lyle Denniston at SCOTUSblog:

The Supreme Court, after taking most of the day to prepare new orders, took no action Friday on the ten same-sex marriage cases now on the docket.  It did agree to rule on whether taking a human gene out of the body is a process that can be patented.  It also agreed to rule on legal protection for makers of generic drugs.

The next opportunity for the Court to issue orders will be at 9:30 a.m. Monday.  Nothing has ruled out the possibility that some actions on same-sex marriage could be announced at that time, although there is no indication that that will occur.  It may be that the Court needs more time to decide what it wants to do next on any of the cases.

And this analysis comes from Lambda Legal's Jon Davidson, via journalist Rex Wockner, on what's next:

1.  The Court may announce on Monday that there are additional cases that it has decided to review. There are a number of reasons that the Court may not have felt ready to announce what it is doing today. It could be that the justices needed additional time to craft the language of the order or orders in one or more cases they have decided to hear. (For example, the Court can rewrite the questions they want the parties to address in the case or cases in which they have granted review from the way the parties phrased them in their petitions seeking review.)

2. The Court may announce on Monday some cases it has decided not to review. That might include one or more of the DOMA cases, Perry, or Diaz. Alternatively, the Court could wait to announce anything about any of these cases until the justices are ready to announce what action they have decided to take regarding all of them.

3. The Court may have decided that it needed to discuss the cases further before they can reach their decisions about which cases to hear. The Court's next scheduled conference is next Friday, December 7th. So, it may be that we will all be repeatedly hitting refresh again then (and keeping the dog waiting to be walked) to see if there are orders issued regarding these cases that day.

Posted Nov. 30,2012 at 3:22 PM EST by | Permalink | Comments (42)

Glee Mashes Up 'Turkey Lurkey' and 'Let's Have a Kiki': VIDEO


I think there was something in that cranberry sauce.


Posted Nov. 30,2012 at 2:50 PM EST by in Glee, News, Scissor Sisters | Permalink | Comments (35)


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