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News: David Davies, Seattle Hate Crime, A Graduate, 'Scary Movie 5'

1NewsIcon British tabloids are salivating over word that Kieran Hayler, boyfriend of celebrity Katie Price, had online sex with another man. "He got his kicks and I got mine," said a 23-year old student who claims to have been on the receiving end of stripper Hayler's virtual love.

EndIsNigh1NewsIcon Here's an article on what happens to doomsayers after the world doesn't end: "Doomsday believers tend to pick up and get on with their lives more successfully if they have strong networks of family and friends, [University of Alabama sociologist Stephen Kent said. The grassroots nature of the Mayan apocalypse predictions is therefore troubling, he said. 'The isolated individuals who encounter these predictions on the Internet may be terribly alone,' he said."

1NewsIcon For your consideration, the biggest box office bombs of 2012.

1NewsIcon This is what Lindsay Lohan has been reduced to: Scary Movie 5.

1NewsIcon David Davies, the conservative MP who said that fellow conservatives' plans for marriage equality in England were "barking mad," now says he's sorry. "I haven't done years of diversity training, so sometimes I say things which are probably tactless, and I don't mean to, to be honest, I don't mean to do that," the former farmer and truck driver said. He added, "This law is going to happen, and the best thing to do is just shut up and accept it, really, which is probably why I shouldn't have accepted this interview. Too late now."

1NewsIcon Congratulations to Boy Meets World actress Danielle Fisher on graduating from college! "After my 27th birthday, I made the decision to stop letting fear be a factor in fulfilling my dreams and living the life I wanted, so with a little encouragement from friends and family, I enrolled," she said of achieving her dream.

Moss1NewsIcon Kate Moss, goddess with nearly naked male models at her beck and call.

1NewsIcon Seattle prosecutors are pursuing hate crime charges against a man who used anti-gay slurs while threatening a gay man. "Oh, I forgot. I am in Washington state. We need to protect the (anti-gay slur)," the man, a recent transplant to the city, reportedly said during his arrest in August."

1NewsIcon Eli Roth's latest cinematic endeavor, Aftershock, provides a new premise for a gruesome exploration of human nature. Emphasis on gruesome.

1NewsIcon Check out this video of the Fire Island Pavilion circa 1999, before the original 1980 structure was torn down, reconstructed and then destroyed in Hurricane Sandy. Why does 1999 look so long ago?

1NewsIcon Via CNN, some gendered spending habits: "The Clarus Research Group poll found the average married man will spend $493 on gifts for his wife this year, while wives will spend less than half of that on their husbands. The average married woman said she would spend $210."

VictorianLadies1NewsIcon Victorian gay marriage: "During the 19th century, women in what some Victorians referred to as 'female marriages' lived together, owned property in common, called each other 'hubby' or 'wedded wife' and were recognized as a couple, including by the traditionalists among their neighbors and friends."

1NewsIcon Will House Speaker John Boehner eat worms for Christmas?

1NewsIcon From Cincinnati, Ohio: "Singer Jonathan Zeng says that being discriminated against because he is gay was a blessing rather than a curse."


Posted Dec. 22,2012 at 5:14 PM EST by in Discrimination, Film, Film and TV, Fire Island, Gay Marriage, Great Britain, Hurricane Sandy, John Boehner, Kate Moss, Lindsay Lohan, News, Ohio, Seattle | Permalink | Comments (14)

Sam Champion And Rubem Robierb Marry In New York


Sam Champion and Rubem Robierb made it official yesterday in the Big Apple.

People magazine reports that the Good Morning America weatherman and his photographer beau kept it short and sweet: a ten-minute ceremony with friends and family at their apartment. The men will also have a ceremony on New Year's Eve in Miami, where they met.

"That's going to be the big party," [Champion] said. "This is the legal moment that we wanted to celebrate with friends and family and loved ones."

The couple couldn't be more excited to make it official. "Rubem said it best. It's the societal affirmation of our relationship. We feel like it's the most important relationship in our lives, and so to be able to share that with the people we love and have it legitimized in that way is really profound. It's not something we take lightly at all."

"It's a shame we can't officially have a legal ceremony in Florida," added Champion. "We're not separating them, because we'd like to do it twice. New York it will be legal. Miami will be the spiritual side to celebrate with the people who have been with us and supporting us and been a part of our lives since we met. We want to celebrate with them."

Long out in New York City, Champion came out publicly when he announced his engagement in October.

Posted Dec. 22,2012 at 4:35 PM EST by in Florida, Gay Marriage, New York, News, Sam Champion | Permalink | Comments (11)

Betty Bowers Offers Shirley Phelps-Roper Some Advice: VIDEO


America's Best Christian Betty Bowers wants Westboro Baptist Church to understand that they're amateurs who need to up their game if they want the world to accept "God Hates Fags" message. Tip #1: Stop saying "God hates fags."

Watch Bowers do her thing AFTER THE JUMP.

[Via Joe.My.God]

Posted Dec. 22,2012 at 3:54 PM EST by in Betty Bowers, Religion, Shirley Phelps-Roper, Westboro Baptist Church | Permalink | Comments (9)

Belgian Newspaper Publishers Prove Power Of Print: VIDEO


How many ways can we say that newspapers are on the decline? Not too many more. But as a coalition of Belgian newspaper publishers called Newspaperwork proves, there are still clever ways to show the public (and advertisers) how gripping the shrinking broadsheet can be.

The description from their YouTube video, "6 Things You Can Miss While Reading a Newspaper:"

On behalf of Newspaperswork, the marketing platform for all Belgian newspaper publishers, we gave three top advertisers a free ride in a chauffeur-driven car. So that, for once, they could read their newspaper in peace and quiet. And they kept on reading. Despite the fact that we provided more than enough to distract them...

While their point is clear, the execution may be off: for example, some readers may be interested in seeing a chauffeur remove his trousers. Take a peek for yourself AFTER THE JUMP.

Posted Dec. 22,2012 at 1:53 PM EST by in Belgium, News, Print Media | Permalink | Comments (10)

Dutch Foreign Affairs Minister Blasts Pope's Anti-Gay Politics

PopebenfingerFrans Timmermans is not amused by Pope Benedict's repeated attacks on gay people.

Speaking with RTL News, the Dutch Foreign Affairs Minister wondered how the Pope and his pals at the Vatican claim to respect everyone's uniqueness while simultaneously trying to squash sexual diversity.

"If every person is unique... then why should that unique person not have the right to stand up for their own sexual orientation?" said Timmermans. "Why can Romeo marry Julia but not Julius? Marriage between two people of the same sex is having respect for the uniqueness of the individual."

Of course, in the Vatican's eyes, sex is not so much about the individuals (married male and females, naturally) involved as it is about the individual is could - and they say should - create.

Posted Dec. 22,2012 at 12:53 PM EST by in Catholic Church, News, Pope Benedict, Religion, The Netherlands | Permalink | Comments (24)

Even The 'New York Post' Outraged Over NRA 'More Guns' Statement: PHOTO


This is how Rupert Murdoch's aggressively conservative New York Post covered NRA head Wayne LaPierre's astounding assertion that schools need more guns today. An appropriate response from a paper known to celebrate gun rights.

Could LaPierre's remarks - and the following outrage - be the beginning of the end of the NRA, once a reliable right wing ally?

AFTER THE JUMP, the equally incensed reaction from the more centrist New York Daily News.

[Via TPM]


Posted Dec. 22,2012 at 11:47 AM EST by in Connecticut, News, Rupert Murdoch | Permalink | Comments (27)


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