Thousands of people uploaded videos of people, mostly children, receiving their dream gift on Christmas morning, but few are as delightful as watching this grown man melt over a new puppy given to him by his son, YouTube user Philip Michaels.
Check out daddy getting excited AFTER THE JUMP.
Gay radio host Michelangelo Signorile finds the Log Cabin Republicans' sudden, mysterious attacks on potential Defense Secretary nominee Chuck Hagel "laughable". From his latest piece at The Huffington Post:
Certainly, the way Hagel is being attacked by neocons and even smeared as an "anti-Semite" is ugly and reckless. It's also pathetic (and laughable) that the Log Cabin Republicans and some other gay conservatives are coming out against Hagel on the gay issue, clearly just allowing themselves to be used by the neocons. Having endorsed Mitt Romney and many other antigay Republicans, they have little credibility.
But that doesn't mean that Hagel's comments about Hormel, his voting record, and the insufficient apology are not a concern for many LGBT activists, and for many progressives. If Hagel and the White House want their support, they're going have to say and do a lot more.
President Obama told NBC News' David Gregory that he believes Hagel's apology shows a "positive change," but pointed out that he has not yet made a decision on who he will nominate to replace Leon Panetta as head of the Pentagon.
Singer Fantasia Barrino has released a personal statement, as opposed to that publicist's statement, about that Instagram post in which she suggested marriage equality proves the world has gone mad.
Is that that, as Barrino would like, or has the damage been done?
It has been brought to my attention that something I said was taken out of context. I, Fantasia Monique Barrino, don’t judge anyone because I don’t want to be judged.
The gay community is one of my largest supporters. I support the gay community as they support me. Bloggers please stop misrepresenting the facts.
Gay pro-bowler Scott Norton beat out five-time champ Jason Belmonte at the 2012 PBA Chameleon Championship in Las Vegas in November, but the event wasn't aired until yesterday on ESPN.
While there was a time when ESPN would have shied away from addressing Norton's sexuality and, even more, his marriage to Craig Woodward, Outsports reports that the Disney-owned channel was completely supportive:
Scott Norton won the event over Jason Belmonte and afterward broke down and cried in memory of a friend who had died. He was then shown kissing his husband, Craig Woodward, as they exchanged affectionate words (video below). During the telecast, ESPN’s announcers referred to Woodward as Norton’s husband or spouse.
JW, a gay bowler who runs iabowling.tv, also offered a report on the broadcast:
It was nice to see the telecasters step into the 21st century and treat Scott’s homosexuality as just a matter of fact and not a sensation. The focus was upon how well he was playing. They did mention that Scott came out after his win in 2011 during the telecast... His accomplishment is notable because this is his second win and that makes him a rising star on the PBA tour, who happens to be gay and married to a man. Just good stuff all around.
Watch video of Norton and his husband celebrating the win AFTER THE JUMP.
"2012 will go down in history as when being anti-gay puts you in the minority."
While Sims is the first person elected while out of the closet, Republican State Rep. Mike Fleck came out of the closet last month, a move Sims says will only accelerate the push for LGBT equality there.
From the Philadelphia Inquirer:
Sims said that with two gay members, the legislature would have a more difficult time ignoring gay civil rights issues such as discrimination in the workplace and in housing - the focus of legislation he has already introduced - as well as hate crimes and bullying.
Sims also plans on using his new position to fight gun violence that plagues Philadelphia and the nation. "We had more murders last year in Philadelphia than in all of Germany," Sims said. "Some people may have a deer problem. We have a murder problem."
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Goodness gracious, Kathy Griffin was in rare form when she joined pal Anderson Cooper for CNN's New Year's Eve countdown, particularly when tickled what she calls his "sack" and he what calls his "Christmas presents." She later attempted to distract the anchor by laying a lip smack down under. Maybe she was confused about hemispheres and date lines?
While that moment, included AFTER THE JUMP, was most likely the most stressful for CNN's censors, Cooper says the most bizarre moment was when Psy and MC Hammer wandered onto their stage: "He was pushed on by some Psy PR team... I don't think he knew where he was. I don't think he knew who we were. I don't think he realized he was on CNN."
Watch Cooper and potty-mouth Griffin try to be gracious hosts AFTER THE JUMP.