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Documentary Tackles Love, Equality, NC's Amendment One: VIDEO


An upcoming documentary (now in post-production) looks at North Carolina's Amendment One.

Writes director Becca Roth:

I dreamed of one day making a documentary that approached the issue of gay rights from a different perspective: one of compassion, empathy, and relating as human beings.

Then, in the fall of 2011, when I heard about the proposed constitutional amendment in North Carolina, a place that is very politically divided and often considered a swing state,  I knew I had my film. I launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund the project, and it was so heartening to find out how many other people, friends and strangers alike, wanted to see this film get made and see these conversations happen. Soon I found myself in the breathtaking mountains of North Carolina, reaching out to as many different people as I could, trying to get to know them as people and  find out where they’re coming from.

The original title of the film was Hear Our Stories, but after spending months talking people from all walks of life, who on the surface appear as though they could not be more different from one another, I realized something. Something that I was hoping to find all along: People are people. And we are all one.

Watch the trailer, AFTER THE JUMP...

Posted Jan. 4,2013 at 2:21 PM EST by in Gay Marriage, News, North Carolina | Permalink | Comments (1)

What It's Like When a Polar Bear Sees You as Lunch: VIDEO


BBC wildlife cameraman Gordon Buchanan spent a harrowing 40 minutes inside a safety box in Svalbard in arctic Norway as a hungry bear he was shooting tried to pry the box he was in apart with its teeth and claws. The segment is airing on BBC as part of the series The Polar Bear Family & Me.


Posted Jan. 4,2013 at 2:01 PM EST by in Nature, News, Norway, Polar Bears | Permalink | Comments (18)

Illinois Catholic Priest Calls 911 After Getting Stuck in Handcuffs: AUDIO

The Illinois Times reports on a recent emergency at the Catholic church:

DonovanThe pastor of St. Aloysius church on Springfield’s north end has been granted a leave of absence after he called 911 from the rectory and told a dispatcher that he needed help getting out of handcuffs.

“I’m going to need help getting out before this becomes a medical emergency,” Father Tom Donovan told a dispatcher who sounds a bit incredulous during the Nov. 28 call.

“You’re stuck in a pair of handcuffs?” the dispatcher asks.

“(I was) playing with them and I need help getting out,” Donovan responds.

Donovan told the dispatcher that he was alone in the rectory. It’s not clear exactly how he ended up in handcuffs or why he feared a medical emergency. His voice sounds garbled or muffled on the tape, and sources say that police discovered some sort of gag on the priest when they arrived.


Here's the hilarious 911 call:

Posted Jan. 4,2013 at 1:25 PM EST by in Catholic Church, Illinois, News | Permalink | Comments (73)

The OXD Mirror: Josh's Essential Tracks of 2012



The OXD Mirror is a weekly music column brought to you by the boys of OCCUPY THE DISCO (OXD), a New York City based movement created by three music lovers, Ru Bhatt, Josh Appelbaum, and Tadeu Magalhães, who want to share their love for disco, house and dance music with the world. 

Over the past 2 weeks Tadeu and Ru have shared their top 10 tracks.  Since we are now well into the new year and I am sure everyone is sick of top 10 lists at this point, I'll share just  some tracks in no particular order that were personal highlights for me in 2012 and are "must buys" in case you missed them. Make sure to also check Ru's top 10 tracks  as well as Tadeu's Top Picks.  New music to follow in next week's column!


Tensnake featuring Syron: 'Mainline'

German producer Tensnake has been a favorite of mine since his 2010 track 'Coma Cat' hit the airwaves. He subsequently he put out great remixes for artists like Azari & III, Hercules and Love Affair and Friendly Fires.  'Mainline', Tensnake's original track released in October of this past year, is an in-your-face 90's house inspired track featuring hearty vocals from Syron.  The intense drum machines, organs and vocal looping will bring you back to a musical movement that's making a huge comeback.


Plastics Plates feat. Simon Lord: 'Things I Didn't Know I Loved'

The golden boy of Kitsune's record label, Plastic Plates, is a producer whose work you can consistently find on our column here on Towleroad.  I've been a fan of almost every single remix he's put out for artists like Adele, Sia, Katy Perry and Sam Sparro.  It was finally his turn to focus his efforts on some original music and he teamed up with ex-Simian singer Simon Lord to create this brilliant track that has high crossover appeal.


Little Boots: 'Shake'

It's hard to resist the charm of Little Boots' brand of sweet, fun, danceable music.  After being absent for a couple of years from the music scene, she snuck her way back in with this awesome club track.  It's follow up single 'Headphones' is equally as catchy, and both are hopefully an indicator of her very upbeat dance-oriented direction for her upcoming 2013 album.

More tracks, AFTER THE JUMP...












Niki and the Dove: 'Somebody'

After Swedish duo Niki and the Dove finally debuted their freshman album Instinct in the U.S., this track immediately caught my attention.  It pulls in 80's feel good beats and a great hook to make this a perfect song to listen to while trying to convince your friends (or lover) to meet you out.


Flight Facilities: 'Foreign Language'

I'm including this lovely song as a technicality since it actually made its debut in 2011 along with the incredible video that accompanies it.  2012 was the year that various remixes as well as inclusion of this song on compliations by Future Disco and Defected Records have appeared heavily, causing the to song really catch on this past summer.  It's truly the definition of a "modern classic" and I can never get enough of it!


This week's post was written and curated by Josh Appelbaum.

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Posted Jan. 4,2013 at 12:33 PM EST by in Josh Appelbaum, Music, Music Recommendations, Occupy the Disco | Permalink | Comments (4)

Madonna, Grace Jones, Boy George, and David Bowie Channeled in New Jean Paul Gaultier Campaign



Sebastian Kim shot this Spring/Summer 2013 Jean Paul Gaultier ad starring models Ginta Lapina, Hannelore Knuts, Jeneil Williams, Maria Kashleva as Madonna, Grace Jones, Boy George, and David Bowie.

Posted Jan. 4,2013 at 12:09 PM EST by in Fashion Men, Jean Paul Gaultier | Permalink | Comments (10)

Paul Ryan Says His Position is 'Very Clear' on ENDA, Chats with HRC's Chad Griffin at Baldwin Reception: VIDEO


Think Progress caught up with Rep. Paul Ryan on Capitol Hill on Thursday and asked him about LGBT non-discrimination legislation.

Says Ryan: "My position is very clear on ENDA."


Think Progress notes that Ryan's position, unfortunately, is not so clear.

When he was tapped as Mitt Romney’s running mate, the Log Cabin Republicans lauded his 2007 vote for the bill, his only pro-LGBT vote ever. However, Ryan personally lobbied its sponsor, Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA), to strip transgender protections from that version of the bill, a move that divided the LGBT community. Since then, every version of ENDA proposed by Democrats has included both sexual orientation and gender identity. Ryan refused to clarify his position during the campaign — most likely because of Romney’s opposition — and his position on a trans-inclusive bill remains muddled.


Griffin_ryanIn related news, HRC President Chad Griffin was snapped by the Washington Blade's Chris Johnson chatting with Ryan, who attended fellow Wisconsinite Tammy Baldwin's swearing-in reception:

Later, Griffin told the Blade he wanted to speak with him because LGBT advocates can’t only talk with their allies.

“Look, it’s just as important that we talk to our friends as it is that we talk to those who are often against us,” Griffin said. “And so, I introduced myself and thanked him for being here at Tammy’s event and told them I hope we can find some things together to work together on.”

Asked for specifics on what they could find in common, Griffin replied, “It was a private conversation. So, I’ll leave it at that. But it was general conversation about my desire to find some common ground on things.”

Posted Jan. 4,2013 at 11:23 AM EST by in Chad Griffin, Discrimination, ENDA, News, Paul Ryan | Permalink | Comments (22)


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