PHOTO OF THE DAY: Bisexual boybander Duncan James gives us a locker room selfie.
BY SAM GREISMAN
A look back at the top stories from today
A gay man turned the tables on a bigot in his neighborhood who called him a faggot. Watch as the man lets this fool hang himself with his own words. The Boy Scouts have decided to poll their pack leaders about their thoughts on gay-specific hypothetical situations and Towleroad has obtained some of the polling questions.
Proving that they continue to a bastion of enlightenment, Kentucky has passed a bill that would protect a bigot's right to discriminate against gays. Louis Farrakhan was recently in Belize and took some time to let the country know that he is not pleased with their weakness on properly persecuting gays. And wingnuts are pissed at a Massachusetts school for planning to mount a performance of "Adam & Steve".
While in Austin to promote Spring Breakers, James Franco told the assembled media that his support of and appearance in gay-themed films has harmed his image with advertisers. The gay dads, whose touching story about how they miraculously found and adopted their son was recently featured in the New York Times, sat down to share that story with Anderson Cooper.
A quarter of ABBA is back with a new single and video. It seems that despite reports over the weekend that Elizabeth Hasselbeck would be leaving The View, the conservative talking head will be staying put. But there is good news in the form of four more years of Ellen!
VIDEOS OF THE DAY
I must admit I have never heard of Ukrainian Synth Pop but after watching Kazaky's video for their song "Crazy Law" maybe I should educate myself. This video will make you big truck owners think twice about dinging a Porsche. Also some kind of crazy swiss weasel wrecked havoc at a soccer game over the weekend.
Have a look at "Discovery", AFTER THE JUMP...
Gay adult film actor Wilfried Knight has died, his friends in the business Matthew Rush and Chris Yosef confirmed this evening. Knight began his career as part of Lucas Entertainment and appeared in dozens of films.
Knight wrote about Enriquez's death in a lengthy, emotional blog post dated March 3:
And i was in love, and so was my partner. He let me be who i wanted to be. He did not agree with everything i was but he let me be. He gave me the best 8, almost 9 years of my life. And this amazing guy committed suicide by hanging last week, after fighting for so long for us to stay together.
UPDATE: Falcon and Raging Stallion studios released a statement:
"Born in 1977 and growing up in Champagne, France, the 35-year-old actor appeared in over 10 Raging Stallion productions in the last four years. Originally an exclusive for Lucas Entertainment, Wilfried became the first-ever joint Lucas/ Raging Stallion exclusive. He was a consummate performer and a joy to have on set, which was why he was chosen to appear in the studio's major releases. He contributed to the success of the biggest industry hits from Raging Stallion, including Cowboys, Giants, Tales of the Arabian Nights and Focus/Refocus.
"His skills and talent didn't go unrecognized; he won the 2010 GayVN Award for Performer of the Year, and he took home the 2011 Grabby for Best Versatile Performer. A man of stature, standing 6'2" and weighing in at nearly 200 pounds, Knight had a huge presence, a gracious air, and a caring disposition. His charm and humor did not go unnoticed. All of these traits are what made him a superstar of the industry.
"While the details of his death are not yet know, Knight recently lost his partner of nine years to suicide.
"Chris Ward, Falcon/Raging Stallion Studios President offered these sentiments about his friend: 'Wilfried's death is a blow to our studio and to our industry. There was no nicer man. We have all lost someone very special. I can only say that personally I am devastated. Wilfried was a friend and I shall miss him. All of us at Falcon and Raging Stallion Studios hope he is at peace, and our thoughts are with his family and friends. I know that his good friend and director, Tony Dimarco, is also greatly saddened by this tragic loss.'"
The studio also issued this collective expression of loss:
"We grieve deeply at the passing of Wilfried Knight. We offer our most genuine thoughts of sympathy and warm wishes to Wilfried's family, friends and loved ones. He was an extraordinary talent and a special man who brought joy to our hearts. Wilfried, we celebrate your life and your accomplishments, and hope that you rest in peace. You will be missed greatly."
Darren Stein, who directed Jawbreaker, is putting finishing touches (and crowd-funding them) on a new teen high school comedy with a gay protagonist, called G.B.F., which finished shooting last October and is set to screen at the Tribeca Film Festival next month.
G.B.F. tells the story of two closeted best friends, Tanner (Michael J. Willett, United States of Tara) and Brent (Paul Iacono, The Hard Times of R.J. Berger). Brent longs for the spotlight and has a plan that will make him the most popular kid in school. He believes that coming out will make him instantly popular, as the newest must-have teen girl “accessory”: The G.B.F. (Gay Best Friend). Tanner on the other hand, would rather fly under the radar and graduate from high school without ever being noticed.
When things don’t go according to plan and Tanner is outed instead of Brent, the two boys go from B.F.F.s to instant frenemies and the three most popular girls in school -- queen-of-mean bombshell Fawcett (Sasha Pieterse, Pretty Little Liars), drama club diva Caprice (Xosha Roquemore, Precious) and sweet, Mormon good-girl ‘Shley (Andrea Bowen, Desperate Housewives) launch an all-out social war to win Tanner’s status-enhancing friendship.
Also in the film: Natasha Lyonne, Megan Mullally, Rebecca Gayheart, Jonathan Silverman, and Horatio Sanz.
Check out a preview, AFTER THE JUMP...
Andre Leon Talley sits down with Tom Ford to talk about his latest collection, and fatherhood.
Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...
The Illinois House could vote on the Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act as early as this week, the Windy City Times reports:
Next week is also possible, although LGBT leaders said they want to see a vote as soon as possible. The constituents of undecided lawmakers have been inundated with calls in recent days, and prominent supporters for the bill have been turning up pressure. If the bill passes in the House, it is expected to become law. Gov. Pat Quinn strongly supports the measure and has vowed to sign it into law. He drove home that message in a statement released to supporters March 11.
The bill's sponsor Greg Harris describes the atmosphere as "very heated":
Harris urged supporters not to assume their lawmakers will support the bill, and to call them and ask them to vote yes, even if they feel confident in where their lawmaker stands.
Asked if sponsors were close to securing the 60 "yes" votes needed to pass the bill, Harris simply said, "very."
Illinois residents can find out how to call lawmakers HERE.