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Towleroad Talking Points: Tragedy in Michigan


A look back at today's top stories


Tragic news out of Michigan where a gay teen has committed suicide and it seems anti-gay bullying is to blame. So very sad. 

A New Jersey teen is tired of the gender-specific marketing of Easy Bake Ovens and wants Hasbro to do something about it. GQ Magazine has named NFL players Chris Kluwe and Brendon Ayanbadejo Honorary Gays of the Year for all the work they have done in advocating for marriage equality. 

Someone invited Donald Trump to a gay wedding and he thought it was "beautiful". What's more surprising is that he revealed this during a lunch with George Takei. Also Desmond Tutu is calling on Uganda to drop the so-called "Kill the Gays" bill



One Life to Live Actor Scott Evans, who is the younger and gayer brother of Chris Evans, was arrested last night after trying to purchase drugs from an undercover cop. Oops! Republican Golden Boy Marco Rubio recently sat down with Politico and said that he believes homosexuality is a sin but he is not going to "go around pointing fingers"


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I am very tempted to put this under "wingnuttery" but, John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John released a video for their song "I Think You Might Like It" and sat down with Ellen to discuss it. Travolta's hair in that video is a revelation. Cheyenne Jackson has released a preview of the video for "Don't Wanna Know". It contains a lot of thrusting.

Wanna relive the year in pop music? Watch this supercut! Also Jimmy Fallon and Mariah Carey team up for an excellent rendition of "All I Want for Christmas"



Jon Stewart weighed in last night on the stupidity that is leading us to the "Fiscal Cliff". And check out this illustrated tale of one young boy's desire to grow up and be gay

Posted Dec. 5,2012 at 10:42 PM EST by | Permalink | Comments (4)

Australian PM Julia Gillard Admits the World is Ending: VIDEO


And no, it's not because marriage equality may eventually come to Australia. It's because the Mayan calendar was right.


Actually, it's a promo video for an Australian breakfast show.

Posted Dec. 5,2012 at 7:59 PM EST by in Australia, Julia Gillard, News | Permalink | Comments (17)

Hate Group Leader Tony Perkins Made 56 Appearances on Cable News During GOP Primary


Equality Matters has an excellent and alarming report on cable news appearances by Tony Perkins, President of the rabidly anti-gay Family Research Council, whose group has been designated a "hate group" by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

PerkinsDespite this designation, Perkins was invited to appear on cable networks a total of 56 times as a credible spokesperson for social conservatives and evangelicals during the GOP primary. Not once did any of the networks mention that Perkins is the leader of a designated hate group.

Equality Matters adds:

"These numbers don’t include appearances that weren't related to the presidential election, like a CNN segment discussing what Jesus Christ would have thought about Occupy Wall Street. The results also don’t include the number of times the networks referenced or discussed Perkins’ election commentary without actually hosting him on air. CNN alone did this 31 times during the primary."

The bulk of Perkins' appearances occurred on MSNBC.

Despite the fact that the FRC has ties to white supremacist groups like the KKK, Perkins was touted, even praised, Equality Matters adds:

After the Iowa caucus, Fox’s Mike Huckabee called FRC “one of the most respected family organizations in America” and lauded Perkins for his “clear understanding, not only of Iowa, but of the process nationally.” Fox host Megyn Kelly called him one of the country’s “top family values conservatives.”

Perkins received similar treatment on MSNBC, where host Chris Matthews praised him for being an “honest conservative,” and stated “I find him fascinating because I do trust him.”

As the networks continue to cover the FRC’s annual Values Voter Summit without noting its association with extreme anti-gay hate groups, it is clear that Perkins has become a major player within the GOP.

Posted Dec. 5,2012 at 7:12 PM EST by in Family Research Council, News, Tony Perkins | Permalink | Comments (43)

Mexican Supreme Court Strikes Down Ban on Same-Sex Marriage

A landmark ruling in Mexico has come down from the country's highest court, After Marriage, a blog written by former Politico reporter J. Lester Feder, is reporting:

OaxacaThe actual ruling won’t be published for a little while, but the gay rights advocates who brought the case are proclaiming that today’s ruling “opens the door to equal marriage in the whole country.”

The court ruled on behalf of three same-sex couple seeking to marry in the southern state of Oaxaca. The court had already ruled in 2010 that gay marriages performed under a Mexico City ordinance had to be recognized nationwide. With this precedent, the remaining bans on gay marriage in most Mexican states could quickly fall.

This ruling does not immediately eliminate marriage statutes limiting unions to a man and a woman—the Mexican Supreme Court doesn’t have the power to strike down state laws like that en mass as the United States Supreme Court does. But the lawyer who brought the case, Alex Alí Méndez Díaz, said before the ruling that victory would mean the beginning of the end for bans on same-sex marriage.

The ruling was unanimous, according to Feder.

More here, en Español.

Posted Dec. 5,2012 at 6:20 PM EST by in Gay Marriage, Mexico, News | Permalink | Comments (14)

Towleroad Guide to the Tube #1261

HOMELESS FOR THE HOLIDAYS: Rigo. Donate to the Ali Forney Center here.

AMAZING INSECTS: Hand-made hexapoda.

JURASSIC PRANK: Like the scary snowman, only more prehistoric.

MARRIAGE NEWS WATCH: AFER's Matt Baume on the Supreme Court's continuing suspense on marriage cases.

For previous Guides to the Tube, click HERE.

Posted Dec. 5,2012 at 5:35 PM EST by in News, Towleroad Guide to the Tube | Permalink | Comments (0)

News: Frank Ocean, Puerto Rico, Gypsy, NOM, Kate Middleton

RoadBGSQD: Queer bookstore opens in NYC.

RoadIsraeli court grants gay divorce even though gays can't marry there.

RoadMaryland Tour company drops weddings rather than cater to same-sex couples.

NomRoadNOM calls same-sex marriage and feminism part of a Socialist plot to destroy capitalism in new pamphlet.

RoadAUDIO: UK radio hosts try to prank hospital into talking to Kate Middleton by posing as Prince Charles and the Queen.

RoadFrance's First Girlfriend to witness one of the first same-sex marriages.

RoadPolitico: Paul Ryan and Marco Rubio plot the path of the GOP. "Neither man disguised his ambition to seek the presidency in 2016, and both previewed key themes of the jockeying they plan to do in 2013."

RoadSpin calls Frank Ocean's channel ORANGE the album of the year.

RoadWhite House clarifies stance on Puerto Rico: "To clarify, the results were clear, the people of Puerto Rico want the issue of status resolved, and a majority chose statehood in the second question," White House spokesman Luis Miranda said. "Now it is time for Congress to act and the administration will work with them on that effort, so that the people of Puerto Rico can determine their own future."

RoadFirst footage of Game of Thrones Season 3 hits the web.

RoadChace Crawford in a tank and tux.

GagaRoadBarbra Streisand wants Lady Gaga to co-star with her in Gypsy remake.

RoadNevada marriage equality case appealed to 9th Circuit: "The Ninth Circuit panel could potentially be a far more favorable set of judges than the district court judge proved to be for the plaintiffs. He canceled oral arguments after seeming skeptical at the case’s initial hearing that arguments and evidence-gathering would be helpful to him."

RoadNevada case could complicate SCOTUS decisions.

RoadComcast SportsNet’s ‘The Last Barrier’ takes an in-depth look at gay athletes and pro sports: "The one-hour documentary...airing Sat, Dec. 8, at 3pm PT (on NBC Bay Area), features lengthy interviews with various key figures in the pro sports world including openly gay Golden State Warriors president Rick Welts, Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe, and You Can Play co-founder Patrick Burke."

RoadGay man charged with murder in North Carolina.

RoadJohnny Depp bought a $17.5 million home in Nashville, Tennessee.

VietnamRoadThe loving gays of Vietnam.

RoadEntire football team suspended for homophobic abuse in Sweden: "A Stockholm football team that directed homophobic insults at opponents has been suspended by its own club, news agency TT reports. During a game in the seventh division, Sörskogens IF shouted abuse at Stockholm Snipers, a team that encourages LGBT players to join it. 'We had no choice but to suspend the entire team. The choice of words are not suitable in football or anywhere else. We are an association with 90 percent youth members and have to be clear about our values,' the club's chairman, Ketil Torp, tells news agency TT."

RoadNeil Patrick Harris makes a one-time return to Assassins: "The actor attended and performed in a one night only production of the 1990  Stephen Sondheim musical based on history’s most famous assassins of the past, present and future, aptly titled Assassins. Harris had previously been cast in the 2004 Broadway revival, for which it won the Tony Award for “ Best Musical Revival,” so many of that revival cast, such as Michael Cerveris and Dennis O’Hare, were also present to perform in the benefit for the Roundabout Theater Company."

Posted Dec. 5,2012 at 4:05 PM EST by | Permalink | Comments (14)


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