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01/18/2013

Towleroad Talking Points: Armstrong Comes Clean

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 PHOTO OF THE DAY: Ryan Gosling treats his body like a pet

BY SAM GREISMAN

A look back at today's top stories

GAY ISSUES

Check out this hilarious new pro-gay marriage ad that pokes fun at the sanctimonious attitude taken by anti-gay nutjobs. Also worth a watch is this clip featuring prominent Jamaicans speaking out against the homophobia in their culture

Jim "I am a gay American" McGreevey sits down with The Daily Beast to talk about everything from New Jersey politics to why he has given up hope of becoming a priest. Radical nutjob Brian Brown, head of NOM, seems to have found a haven among gay haters in France. Also, shockingly, Tony Perkins does not believe that things "get better"

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LANCE ARMSTRONG

Although this happened late last night, today everyone seems to be talking about Lance Armstrong's pseudo confession to Oprah. Appearing less than contrite and basically ill-prepared Armstrong admitted to years and years of cheating. He wasn't the only Lance to come clean last night though

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VIDEO OF THE DAY

Hands down the feel good story of this season of American Idol is the adorable bow-tied stuttering contestant who blew the judges away!

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Thomas Roberts, Don Lemon, and Charles Perez Chat with Howard Bragman About Being Out in the Newsroom: VIDEO

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Newsmen Thomas Roberts, Don Lemon, and Charles Perez joined PR practitioner Howard Bragman on his online talk show Gwissues. Up for discussion was how the three prominent reporters dealt with coming out, and being out in their respective work environments.

It was followed up by a discussion about Jodie Foster's recent Golden Globes speech.

Check it out, AFTER THE JUMP...

Posted Jan. 18,2013 at 6:57 PM EST by in Charles Perez, Don Lemon, Howard Bragman, News, Thomas Roberts | Permalink | Comments (20)


Vikings Punter Chris Kluwe Talks About His Marriage Equality Advocacy on Ellen: VIDEO

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Vikings punter and marriage equality advocate Chris Kluwe stopped by to see Ellen DeGeneres today to talk about his letter in defense of Brendon Ayanbadejo, and why there aren't any out players in the NFL.

Ellen then put him in the Hall of Fame and took him outside to put his punting skills to the test.

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Posted Jan. 18,2013 at 6:06 PM EST by in Chris Kluwe, Ellen DeGeneres, Football (American), News, Sports | Permalink | Comments (19)


Towleroad Guide to the Tube #1288

POWER WALKING: Eliot Glazer and Kate McKinnon show you how it's done.

GERMANY: A zoo sees the birth of some rare white lion cubs.

THE POWER OF THOUGHT: You mean we can just think about working out?

THE HEIST: Robbers tunneled into a bank safe deposit room in Berlin.

For recent Guides to the Tube, click HERE.

Posted Jan. 18,2013 at 4:50 PM EST by in Germany, News, Towleroad Guide to the Tube | Permalink | Comments (4)


News: Zac Efron, Mars, Mark Glaze, Mumbai, James Franco

RoadHomoerotic baseball scouting reports.

RoadRich Juzwiak: The 2013 guidelines for coming out.

RoadMilitary spouses group offers lesbian wife a "guest membership".

River_marsRoadPlanetary scientists discover ancient riverbed on Mars.

RoadZac Efron freaks out after paparazzo snaps him in a sex shop.

RoadToronto lawyer charged in death of his ex-husband seeking the dead man's $2 million life insurance proceeds: "The unusual civil case stems from the death of Lanteigne, 49, a University of Toronto accounting clerk found at his Ossington Ave. home on March 3, 2011, after having suffered an apparent beating. Police arrested Papasotiriou last November and charged him in the slaying. Last week, a business associate of his, Mladen 'Michael’' Ivezic, 52, of Mississauga was also charged with murder."

RoadMatt Bomer launching clothing line based on White Collar.

RoadMark Glaze, the man behind the largest gun violence prevention group in the country: "In an interview with the Washington Blade, Glaze, who’s gay, said the country is 'at a tipping point' in the wake of shootings like the one last month at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., where 20 children and six school officials were killed, and is ready to embrace the kinds of protections that 'we get the chance to pass once in a generation.'"

RoadMachete Kills, starring Lady Gaga, gets a release date.

Feel free to call police horses "gay" in the UK.

MumbaiRoadInside the world of Mumbai's exploited male masseurs.

RoadWhy is James Franco so interested in gay culture? "Just take a look at Franco’s C.V.: In addition to his most high-profile gay role, playing Sean Penn’s lover in Milk, the 34-year-old has also directed the full-frontal-filled short The Feast of Stephen, filmed a movie about gay Rebel Without a Cause actor Sal Mineo, and played gay poets Allen Ginsberg in Howl and Hart Crane in The Broken Tower, the latter of which Franco directed himself..."

RoadStudy: Almost half of gay men bareback.

RoadIs Viagra also a magic weight loss pill?

RoadWhite House petition to include questions about sexual orientation and gender identity in the proposed school climate survey.

RoadTransgender man has "degrading" experience at Chicago area spa: "Levi Pine, a Chicago transgender man, has filed an Illinois Dept. of Human Rights (IDHR) complaint against King Spa & Sauna in Niles, after a manager told him he would have to use a private shower or leave."

RoadJeremy Renner hits The Late Show.

RoadVIDEO: A live-action Toy Story.

WallinRoadCross-dressing Connecticut priest busted for dealing meth, also enjoyed having sex in the rectory. "Now dubbed 'Msgr. Meth' by some, Wallin seemed to live a life that easily could have been ripped from the script of 'Breaking Bad,' the popular AMC series about a high school chemistry teacher turned crystal methamphetamine producer. At one point, Wallin was selling upwards of $9,000 of meth a week, according to his indictment."

RoadVilnius, Lithuania officials refuse to allow Gay Pride march down central avenue in the city.

RoadLeon Panetta doesn't know why the hell people have to have assault weapons.

RoadSignorile: If Manti Te's is gay. "If the Notre Dame linebacker at the center of the 'girlfriend hoax' story indeed constructed an elaborate cover story for his gay closet, as so many gay men do in worlds that demand they be heterosexual, the emotional jolt of humiliation and embarrassment at being exposed will be overwhelming. We've seen too many young people, particularly with backgrounds like Te'o's, growing up in the conservative, anti-gay Mormon church, pushed against the wall by homophobia and going to extreme lengths in denying their homosexuality, sometimes even harming themselves."

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NOM's Brian Brown Revels in Anti-Gay French Camaraderie: VIDEO

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Last weekend's anti-gay marriage march in Paris, which was attended by hundreds of thousands of mostly Catholics was also attended by NOM's Brian Brown, who recorded a giddy video for his supporters.

Check it out, AFTER THE JUMP...

Yesterday, the Human Rights Campaign hailed the end of NOM, calling it a paper tiger:

A new opposition research report out from HRC today finds that NOM was largely a paper-tiger movement this past year. In New York specifically, NOM promised that it would spend $2 million to defeat the four Republican State Senators in New York who backed the legislature’s same-sex marriage bill in 2011. NOM then backpedalled, saying it would spend $250,000 in the primary fights. According to NOM PAC NY’s campaign finance reports, it only raised $45,000 and only spent $40,000 in 2012 – nowhere near what it claimed it would spend.

The momentum for marriage equality is indisputable. Four state legislatures passed same-sex marriage legislation during 2011-12, and voters in four states for the first time in history approved marriage equality on the ballot last November. This string of legislative and electoral victories would not have been possible without Republican support. National and statewide polling consistently shows majorities – including African Americans, Latinos, millennials, Democrats, and Independents - back gay and lesbian couples receiving marriage licenses. And marriage equality supporters have more intensity than opponents, according to a recent post-election poll conducted by Greenberg Quinlan Rosner.

Opponents’ financing is also drying up. They were outspent almost three to one last year, $12 million to $34 million in the ballot campaigns. More broadly, tax documents obtained by HRC last fall show that NOM’s funding declined by one-third for 2011 – and that a whopping 75 percent of the anti-gay organization’s funding came from just two donors. It’s not surprising then that NOM is unable to follow through on the threats the group makes to Republicans supportive of marriage equality.

Read HRC's report HERE.

Watch Brian Brown, AFTER THE JUMP...

Posted Jan. 18,2013 at 1:37 PM EST by in Brian Brown, France, Gay Marriage, News, NOM, Paris | Permalink | Comments (28)



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