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02/07/2013

I Want Tony Danza: VIDEO

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Sherry Vine with the best "Private Dancer" parody that will remind you of all the hunkiest 70's TV stars you'll hear all night.

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

Posted Feb. 7,2013 at 8:59 PM EST by in News, Sherry Vine, Tony Danza | Permalink | Comments (18)


LAPD Ex-Cop Christopher Dorner Targets Lesbian Officers in Manifesto; Praises Ellen DeGeneres, Mailed Box to Anderson Cooper,

Ex-LAPD officer Christopher Dorner, wanted for the murder of three people in L.A., left a lengthy rage-filled manifesto that has been posted online several places. You can read it HERE.

CBS News:Dorner

Thousands of police officers in California are searching for Christopher Dorner, 33, who allegedly murdered a young basketball coach and her fiancé over the weekend, then opened fire on police officers, killing one early Thursday.

"Unfortunately, this is a necessary evil that I do not enjoy but must partake and complete for substantial change to occur within the LAPD and reclaim my name," reads Dorner's statement.

Dorner was reportedly fired from the LAPD in 2008 for making false statements.

Among those targeted by Dorner were lesbian police officers. He writes:

Those lesbian officers in supervising positions who go to work, day in day out, with the sole intent of attempting to prove your misandrist authority (not feminism) to degrade male officers. You are a high value target.

TMZ reports that Dorner also left messages for several celebrities, including Ellen DeGeneres. The message to Ellen read:

Ellen Degeneres, continue your excellent contribution to entertaining America and bringing the human factor to entertainment. You changed the perception of your gay community and how we as Americans view the LGBT community. I congratulate you on your success and opening my eyes as a young adult, and my generation to the fact that you are know different from us other than who you choose to love. Oh, and you Prop 8 supporters, why the f*ck do you care who your neighbor marries. Hypocritical pieces of sh*t.

Dorner's message for Cardinal Mahoney:

Cardinal Mahoney, you are in essence a predator yourself as you enabled your subordinates to molest multiple children in the church over many decades. May you die a long and slow painful death.

And the Westboro Baptist Church:

Westboro Baptist Church, may you all burn slowly in a fire, not from smoke inhalation, but from the flames and only the flames.

Read all his messages to celebrities here.

Finally, Anderson Cooper tweeted this evening that he had received a parcel from Dorner:

"Learned today suspect Christopher Dorner sent me a parcel at CNN. Inside was a note, DVD, and a coin shot thru with bullet holes."

Posted Feb. 7,2013 at 6:25 PM EST by in Christopher Dorner, Law Enforcement, Los Angeles, News | Permalink | Comments (44)


Towleroad Guide to the Tube #1302

THE DOMA PROJECT: Becky and Sanne are fighting to keep their family together.

IMPROV EVERYWHERE: A surprise light show in honor of Grand Central Station's 100th birthday.

BAT ORPHANS: It's dinnertime!

UK MARRIAGE EQUALITY: Andrea Williams, the UK's answer to Maggie Gallagher, sounds off about the "threats" it presents to "traditional marriage".

For recent Guides to the Tube, click HERE.

Posted Feb. 7,2013 at 4:30 PM EST by in News, Towleroad Guide to the Tube | Permalink | Comments (8)


News: Gay Sailor, Grammys, Curt Schilling, Walmart, Chicago

RoadHudson Yards set to transform Manhattan skyline.

RoadChicago Gay Pride parade and festival to be held on separate weekends due to crowds.

CrosbyRoadMyles Crosby, the 11th ranked male model in the world, will quit his modeling career to play football for SMU.

RoadGrammys producers send out warning memo: "Please avoid sheer see-through clothing that could possibly expose female breast nipples. Please be sure the genital region is adequately covered so that there is no visible 'puffy”' bare skin exposure."

RoadDid Walmart make a deal with hate group leader Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council, to stop funding gay organizations?

RoadCNN allows itself to be hijacked by right-wing conservatives peddling the "gays are pedophiles" myth.

RoadUgandan parliament resumes, with the Anti-Homosexuality Bill waiting in the wings: "And so once again, the Anti-Homosexuality Bill placement on the agenda follows a fairly well-established pattern, and is consistent with my earlier speculation that the Anti-Homosexuality Bill’s true role in Parliament is to remain close at hand as a potent distraction (if needed) or as a unifying rallying point after a controversial vote (again, if needed)."

RoadHan Solo and Boba Fett to get standalone Star Wars films.

RoadVIDEO: Justin Bieber french kisses a mannequin.

BeebeRoadA gay sailor's love story, in 17 photos.

RoadJustin Timberlake has revealed the tracklist and cover to his forthcoming album, the 20/20 Experience.

RoadMiami-Dade judge approves private adoption allowing three people - a gay man and a married lesbian couple - to be legal parents of a girl: “We’re creating entirely new concepts of families. If you have two women seeking to be listed as Parent One and Parent Two, that does not exclude listing a man as father."

RoadTrans woman runs for office in Ecuador.

RoadFormer Major League Baseball pitcher Curt Schilling defends gay players: "I've never understood this 'issue' with gay players? Who cares? I know I played with some, their sexual orientation never had much to do with how they hit with RISP, or pitched in late and close situations, why the hell would what they do in the bedroom ever matter?"

RoadThe Hill: President "all in" for gay rights.

RoadAdam Levine launched a fragrance.

M106RoadThis image of the spiral galaxy M106 was created from archive images from the Hubble Space Telescope by an amateur astronomer. It's 20 million light years away. The Kepler Space telescope team reported this week that billions of Earth-like planets are closer than imagined, within 13 light years of Earth.

RoadWhat allergic reaction to hair dye looks like.

RoadThe Jennifer Lopez-produced two mom family drama The Fosters is set to begin airing this summer.

RoadLake County School Board in Florida plans to ban all extra-curricular school slubs to block formation of a Gay-Straight Alliance: “Lots of my friends have been bullied at Carver,” said Bayli Silberstein, the 8th grader who is leading the effort to establish the GSA. “It had gotten really out of hand, and so we have been trying to do something about it.”

Posted Feb. 7,2013 at 3:00 PM EST by | Permalink | Comments (25)


New Poll Shows Majority in Pennsylvania Support Marriage Equality

Pennsylvania

A new poll out from Franklin & Marshall College shows that a majority of Pennsylvanians — 52 percent — support marriage equality, while 41 percent oppose it.

Think Progress reports that similar favorability, though not by as wide a margin, was seen in a Quinnipiac poll released two weeks ago. They add:

Though Pennsylvania does not have a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage, such unions are still not recognized under state law. Support will likely continue to increase in the Keystone state not only because of national trends, but because of the neighboring influence of New York, New Jersey, Delaware, and Maryland, which all have either marriage equality or civil unions that could become marriage equality quite soon.

Posted Feb. 7,2013 at 2:12 PM EST by in Gay Marriage, News, Pennsylvania | Permalink | Comments (4)


Obama Nominates Todd Hughes for U.S. Appellate Court, Would Be First Out Gay Appeals Court Judge

President Obama today nominated Todd M. Hughes, Deputy Director of the Commercial Litigation Branch of the Civil Division at the United States Department of Justice, for a seat on the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. If confirmed, Hughes would make history.

AppealsSaid Chuck Wolfe, president and CEO of the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund and Institute: "If confirmed, Todd Hughes would become the first openly gay federal appeals court judge in U.S. history.  His nomination is a testament to the expanding opportunities for openly LGBT Americans who want to serve their country, and to the president's respect for the depth of talent and experience within the LGBT community.  We look forward to his confirmation by the U.S. Senate."

Here is Hughes' bio from the White House brief:

Todd M. Hughes is Deputy Director of the Commercial Litigation Branch of the Civil Division at the United States Department of Justice, a position he has held since 2007.  He also has served as an adjunct lecturer in law with the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law and as an instructor for Duke University’s writing program.

Hughes received his A.B. from Harvard College in 1989 and completed a joint degree program with Duke University, earning both his J.D. with honors and his M.A. in English in 1992.  After graduating from law school, Hughes clerked for the Honorable Robert B. Krupansky of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.  In 1994, he joined the Commercial Litigation Branch as a trial attorney.  Five years later, he was appointed to be Assistant Director for Commercial Litigation, a role he held until assuming the title of Deputy Director in 2007.  Throughout his career with the Department of Justice, Hughes’s practice has been devoted to matters of federal personnel law, veterans’ benefits, international trade, government contracts, and jurisdictional issues regarding the United States Court of Federal Claims.  He has extensive experience before the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, the United States Court of International Trade, and the United States Court of Federal Claims, and he has garnered a number of special commendations from the Department of Justice and a special contribution award from the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Edward DuMont, another gay man nominated by Obama to the federal appellate court, withdrew his nomination in November 2011, after his nomination was stalled for nearly two years.

Posted Feb. 7,2013 at 1:38 PM EST by | Permalink | Comments (2)



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