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03/08/2013

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PHOTO OF THE DAY: Awww! Lil' Biebs fell down and got hurt! 

BY SAM GREISMAN

A look back at today's top stories

DOMA

As President in 1996, Bill Clinton signed the Defense of Marriage Act into law. Yesterday he announced that he has had a change of heart and called on the Supreme Court to strike the law down. Better late than never. Richard Socarides, who was Clinton's aide in '96, attempts to explain why the former President signed the bill in the first place. And activist David Mixner sat down with MSNBC to discuss what the reversal means and if Clinton is attempting to rewrite history. 

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ENTERTAINMENT

It seems Cyndi Lauper clearly did not enjoy her time with "The Donald" on Celebrity Apprentice. She recently told Next magazine that Trump is a homophobe, a racist and owns ugly buildings. No argument here. 

On his show last night, Jon Stewart took some time to analyze some possible choices for the next Pope and came to the conclusion that Bill O'Reilly is the only sensible option. Also check out Howard Bragman's one-on-one with drag impresario RuPaul

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WINGNUTTERY

There was a time when Zimbabwean Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai vowed to protect gays; times have clearly changed. And it seems that a school principal in Oregon may have been fired because he is gay. Shame!

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VIDEOS OF THE DAY

If your gaydar is on the fritz, here is a nifty little video that may help you identify some like-minded individuals. Speaking of gays, here is what we talk about during our private time. And forget about gay marriage, the real debate of our time is shaved vs. au natural!

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Towleroad Guide to the Tube #1323

DIRTY GIRLS: "Shot in 1996 and edited in 2000, this is a short documentary about a group of 13-year-old riot grrrls who were socially ostracized at school by their peers and upperclassmen. Everyone in the schoolyard held strong opinions about these so-called 'dirty girls,' and meanwhile the 'dirty girls' themselves aimed to get their message across by distributing their zine across campus."

PHOENIX: "Entertainment".

MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING: Joss Whedon's take on Shakespeare's classic.

BONNIE TYLER: The UK's entry for this year's Eurovision song contest.

For recent Guides to the Tube, click HERE.

Posted Mar. 8,2013 at 5:48 PM EST by in Bullying, Joss Whedon, News, Shakespeare, Towleroad Guide to the Tube | Permalink | Comments (2)


News: Sydney, One Direction, Newt Gingrich, Pope, Rachel Maddow

RoadCardinals to begin choosing new Pope on Tuesday.

OnedirectionRoadWhich two members of One Direction are most likely in a gay relationship, based on photographic evidence.

RoadFlorida man collects 2,000 Barbies!

RoadBoy Scouts of Canada welcome gays and Carly Rae Jepsen: "In the wake of Carly Rae Jepsen's cancellation of her Boy Scouts of America performance due to the group's exclusion of gays, Scouts Canada is reaffirming its stance on inclusiveness — and says Jepsen is welcome at their jamboree."

RoadSenate panel advances two gay judicial nominees: "Michael McShane, nominated for a seat on the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon, and Nitza Quinones Alejandro, nominated for a seat U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania."

RoadMore good news for marriage equality: "Freedom to Marry released a new report today summarizing a meta-analysis of national polling data and trends on the freedom to marry by Joel Benenson, a leading Democratic pollster, and Dr. Jan van Lohuizen, a top Republican pollster. Analyzing recent polling and exit polls from the 2012 election, the report shows that the well-documented majority support for the freedom to marry is broadening and diversifying while opposition continues to diminish and is isolated to a few narrow demographic groups."

RoadIs Justin Bieber about to have his Britney umbrella moment?

Road2016: Clinton vs Christie?

WarsRoadGeorge Lucas confirms original Star Wars trio will be back.

RoadVin Diesel displays his ripped bod for Prestige.

RoadSounds like Newt Gingrich is gunning for a spot on The Apprentice: "I've known the Donald, we've done fundraisers together," Gingrich told conservative radio host Laura Ingraham. "I think Republicans would be so much better off to relax and go on shows like that and be interesting."

RoadCanada funding opponents of Uganda's "kill the gays" bill: "Since November, when the Ugandan Parliament renewed its effort to pass the legislation, which Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird has called 'abhorrent,' Canada has spent $200,000 to kick-start several gay rights initiatives in the region. The source confirmed that the Canadian involvement was specifically focused on fighting the Ugandan bill."

RoadShemar Moore flexes in Miami.

Hatemarch_sydneyRoadSydney marchers protest police brutality: “We all have cameras on our phones.This kind of stuff can’t be hidden anymore. The world is watching.

RoadNYC Health Department issues meningitis vaccination recommendation for sexually active gay men who meet their partners online.

RoadRachel Maddow asked people to ask her anything on Reddit today.

RoadReligious Freedom bill passes Kentucky Senate: "The Senate passed House Bill 279, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, without an amendment for civil rights protections, despite warnings of the potential consequences."

RoadMarc Jacobs coats revealed to contain Chinese dog fur: "Even if the labels say otherwise, the 'faux fur' garments sold by the retailer are made with the fur of cuddly Chinese raccoon dogs, a breed that’s often skinned alive for its soft coat. Tests arranged as part of an undercover probe by the Humane Society and state Assembly member Linda Rosenthal (D-Manhattan) identified various items hawked by Century 21 as containing real canine fur, disgusted shoppers found out Thursday."

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David Mixner Talks to MSNBC's Thomas Roberts About Bill Clinton's DOMA Reversal: VIDEO

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Political strategist and longtime activist David Mixner joined Thomas Roberts on MSNBC today to talk about former President Bill Clinton's op-ed urging the Supreme Court to overturn DOMA, which he signed into law in 1996.

Mixner said that while he welcomes Clinton's decision to do so, it's important to not rewrite history and sweep his original actions under the rug. Mixner also talks about the upcoming SCOTUS decisions.

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Posted Mar. 8,2013 at 2:36 PM EST by in Bill clinton, David Mixner, DOMA, News, Thomas Roberts | Permalink | Comments (25)


How to Identify a Gay Person: VIDEO

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YouTuber John from Liverpool notes that while there may be a few signs, simple assumptions should not lead to snap judgments - we are all unique.

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Posted Mar. 8,2013 at 1:55 PM EST by in JohnBirdMedia, News, YouTube | Permalink | Comments (24)


Zimbabwean Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai Denounces Homosexuality

Zimbabwe's Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai, who said in October 2011 that he wanted gays protected in a new constitution, is apparently not feeling that way anymore:

TsvangiraiPrime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai made a sudden U-turn and denounced homosexuality during a meeting in Harare last night. Addressing MDC-T supporters at Glen View New Hall, Prime Minister Tsvangirai denounced homosexuality and said marriages should be between a man and a woman.

“In the draft Constitution, we said marriage is between a man and a woman and those who want to marry another from the same sex, then they have a problem. Why do you want to sleep with another man?”

Here's what Tsvangirai said in 2011:

"It's a very controversial subject in my part of the world. My attitude is that I hope the constitution will come out with freedom of sexual orientation, for as long as it does not interfere with anybody."

Tsvanfirai received backlash for his remarks, but later stood his ground, saying he refused to throw stones:

“I want to put finality and closure to an issue that has been misinterpreted, the issue of the so-called gay rights. My beliefs on this issue are a matter of public record. My beliefs manifest themselves in my practice. I am a Christian associated with the Methodist church. I am a father. I am a grandfather. I am a family man. I am a Zimbabwean and I know the strong feelings of Zimbabweans about this issue. I have those strong feelings too but in the end, Zimbabweans are making their own Constitution and it is that Constitution which will bind every Zimbabwean. What I refuse to do as a loyal son of God and as a social democrat is to persecute, to judge, to condemn and to vilify people for their own opinions because judgment is a preserve of God the Almighty. The Book of Luke Chapter 6 verse 37: “Do not judge and you will not be judged, do not condemn and you will not be condemned. The Book of John Chapter 8 verse 7: “If any one of you is without sin, let him be the first to throw a stone… So while I may differ with them, as a Christian and as a social democrat, I refuse to throw a stone at them."

Posted Mar. 8,2013 at 1:25 PM EST by in News, Zimbabwe | Permalink | Comments (31)



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