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01/09/2013

Towleroad Talking Points: Silver, Limbaugh and Willow Smith

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 PHOTO OF THE DAY: Rosie O'Donnell and her wife welcome a baby girl!

BY SAM GREISMAN

A look back at today's top stories

GAY ISSUES

Finally doing some clear good for gay people, or at least attempting to, the Log Cabin Republicans took out a full-page ad in today's The Hill urging the GOP to support marriage equality and oppose DOMA. Electoral wizard Nate Silver recently did an "Ask Me Anything" on Reddit and one user had an interesting question about how Silver's sexuality affects his ability to be "unbiased". With his second Inauguration less than two weeks away, President Obama has selected openly gay Latino poet Richard Blanco to read an original work at the ceremony

Obama may have gotten a gay poet to recite a poem at his Inauguration but the Pastor who will be doing the actual swearing in is a decided anti-gay bigot.

Gay rights advocate and Vikings punter Chris Kluwe sat down with Stephen Colbert last night to talk about a variety of topics including "lustful cockmonsters" and the gayness of football. Also Crate & Barrel features a gay couple in their latest catalog!

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WINGNUTTERY

Showing his unending talent for intelligent political discourse, Rush Limbaugh spent a large portion of his show on Monday ruminating on a fabricated link between pedophilia and gay marriage. Along the same line of crazy, Pastor John Hagee recently likened gay marriage to "two disturbed people playing house"

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ENTERTAINMENT

This just in: Anderson Cooper knows how to keep the fruits in line. Willow Smith shows her grown-up side by covering a Radiohead song and Matt Bomer does what we love best and takes his shirt off

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VIDEO OF THE DAY

If this video of giant squid doesn't freak you out then you are much tougher than I am

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Pod of Killer Whales Trapped in Sea Ice in Northern Quebec: VIDEO

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A pod of approximately a dozen killer whales has become trapped under sea ice with a breathing hole only several dozen feet across near the nothern Quebec village of Inukjuak. The situation appears dire.

The mayor of Inukjuak is calling for an icebreaker for help but it's unclear if it can help them in time.

Mayor Peter Inukpuk urged the Canadian government Wednesday to send an icebreaker as soon as possible to crack open the ice and help them find open water. The Department of Fisheries and Oceans said it is sending officials to assess the situation.

"Fisheries and Oceans Canada is assessing the situation and are exploring every possible option, but will only be in a position to determine what - if anything - can be done once our specialists arrive on site," spokesman Frank Stanek said in a statement

A hunter first spotted the pod of about a dozen trapped whales Tuesday at the hole, which is on the eastern shore of the Hudson Bay. Inukjuak is about 1,500 kilometers (900 miles) north of Montreal.

I hope someone helps these beautiful animals. They are obviously desperate for any break they can get.

Watch the incredible video, AFTER THE JUMP...

Posted Jan. 9,2013 at 10:03 PM EST by in Nature, News | Permalink | Comments (21)


Celebrities Read Mean Tweets About Themselves for Jimmy Kimmel: VIDEO

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Twitter is an unforgiving place. Anderson Cooper, Selena Gomez, Larry King, David Arquette and Jack Black know what I'm talking about.

But Jessica Biel just won the day.

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

Posted Jan. 9,2013 at 6:42 PM EST by in Jimmy Kimmel, News, Twitter | Permalink | Comments (9)


Memo from Bill Cunningham: Casual Fridays for Men are Over - VIDEO

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The NYT fashion 'Man on the Street' icon Bill Cunningham says he's noticing something out there in men's fashion he hasn't seen since the early 1950's.

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

Posted Jan. 9,2013 at 6:13 PM EST by in Bill Cunningham, Fashion Men, New York, News | Permalink | Comments (36)


GLAAD Slams Boy Scouts for Killing Local Board's Approval of Gay Scout's Eagle Award

GLAAD is blasting the Boy Scouts for rejecting a gay scout's application for Eagle scout one day after it was reported that a local board had unanimously approved the honor and forwarded it on to the national organization in defiance of the BSA's ban.

AndresenCNN reports:

John Fenoglio, Scout executive for the Mount Diablo-Silverado Boy Scout Council, said the Eagle rank application from Ryan Andresen of Moraga, California, wasn't approved because of "membership standards," specifically "duty to God, avowed homosexuality, and the fact that he is now over 18 years of age."

Contrary to some media accounts, Andresen's application wasn't approved by the local council in Contra Costa County, nor was it submitted to the Boy Scouts' national office, Fenoglio told CNN.

GLAAD is now saying that the national BSA came down hard on the local group, strong-arming it to reject Andresen's request, despite the fact that he has earned it:

According to Eagle Scout and Scouts for Equality founder Zach Wahls, the volunteer Eagle Board of Review traditionally has authority over Eagle applications, and, if approved, a Scout leaves that meeting with an understanding that he is an Eagle Scout. In Ryan's case, the board chair took an additional step, and received verbal confirmation from Scout Executive, John Fenoglio, that he would approve Ryan's application.

But Ryan's victory was short-lived, as Fenoglio, a paid employee of the BSA, reversed course and rejected the board's unanimously approved application -- an unprecedented action. Local Scout volunteers speculate that Fenoglio's decision was heavily influenced by BSA national.

"It's an unprecedented move," says Wahls. "It's clear that Fenoglio's reversal was forced by BSA national. He's a paid employee, and unfortunately, National exerts a lot of influence over their staff. His reversal, however, is most disappointing."

Adds GLAAD:

The Andresen family is devastated, but what hurts them more is that BSA national would rather soil the official Eagle application process and pit local paid staff against volunteer leaders, than allow a gay Boy Scout to be awarded an honor he's earned.

This marks the second time Ryan has been rejected by Scouting leaders he looks up to -- just because he's gay. To make matters worse, BSA Executives – the unelected, paid brass helming an organization that touts the principles of honesty and integrity -- continue to malign Ryan in the national media.

Posted Jan. 9,2013 at 5:59 PM EST by in Boy Scouts, GLAAD, News, Ryan Andresen | Permalink | Comments (27)


Towleroad Guide to the Tube #1281

DOLPHIN: Stampede caught on film.

SH*T GIRLS SAY TO GAY GUYS: The sequel.

BRYAN FISCHER: Natural disasters are God's spankings.

KANGAROO IN THE CAR PARK: The roo at the Melbourne airport was tranquilized and will be kept in captivity and observed by a vet until it is ready to be released into the wild.

For previous Guides to the Tube, click HERE.

Posted Jan. 9,2013 at 5:38 PM EST by in Australia, Bryan Fischer, Nature, News, Towleroad Guide to the Tube | Permalink | Comments (3)



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