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Towleroad Talking Points: Meet The New Pope



A look back at today's top stories


Hark! The white smoke has been seen and the new Pope has been chosen. It will be Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio from Argentina who will go by Pope Francis I. However just because there is a new man in the giant gold chair and that bulletproof glass car doesn't mean things in the Vatican will be changing for gays. It seems that Bergoglio's view of homosexuality is quite similar to his predecessor; he called gay marriage "the destructive attempt to end God's plan." It seems that even people setting themselves on fire has little effect on the Vatican




There are a couple of gay related stories that will help replace the bad taste the new Pope may have left in your mouth. In a clip from an interview that will air on tonight's Nightline, President Obama tells George Stephanopoulos that he believes there will be good news from the Supreme Court on the marriage equality front. A JetBlue flight attendant helped make a gay couple's wedding day extra special! And check out this powerful and emotional testimony from a gay man and his parents at yesterday's marriage equality hearing in Minnesota



If your life hasn't been complete since Veronica Mars went off television then this massive Kickstarter campaign for a movie version might be the answer to your prayers. Also check out Justin Timberlake's barbershop quarter version of "Sexyback"



This interview (the first in a series) proves that underwear models are more than just sex objects, they have thoughts too! Not that I know what they are considering - I was just looking at his abs. And meet the man behind the infamous "47 percent" video who may have helped bring Mitt Romney down

Posted Mar. 13,2013 at 10:44 PM EST by | Permalink | Comments (6)

Illinois Lawmaker Says Gays are 'Disordered' and 'Trying to 'Weasel Way Into Acceptability' - AUDIO


Illinois Rep. Jeanne Ives (R) spoke with the Catholic Conference of Illinois in a radio interview and laid out the reasons why she's not going to vote for marriage equality.

Because gays have "disordered relationships" and "they’re trying to weasel their way into acceptability" so they can influence children in schools.

Said Ives:

"They're trying to redefine marriage. It's a completely disordered relationship and when you have a disordered relationship, you don’t ever get order out of that. So I’m more than happy to take a 'no' vote on the issue of homosexual marriage."

She added:

"I'm more than happy to stand up and take a courageous vote here on this issue because it's the right thing to do. Essentially what they’re trying to do is not just redefine marriage, they’re trying to redefine society. They’re trying to weasel their way into acceptability so that they can then start to push their agenda down into the schools, because this gives them some sort of legitimacy. And we can’t allow that to happen. The rights to marriage, it's really a natural right.  It’s the natural right of the child to be with both parents, either in an adoptive nature or in a biological nature. To not have a mother and a father is really a disordered state for a child to grow up in and it really makes that child an object of desire rather than the result of a matrimony."

Meanwhile, Capitol Fax is reporting that marriage equality is still 12 votes shy of having the votes to pass. And a vote could come any day now.

While we're not sure you're going to convince a wingnut like Ives you can still call your lawmakers, Illinoisans. And find out how to do so HERE.

Posted Mar. 13,2013 at 7:25 PM EST by in Catholic Church, Gay Marriage, Illinois, News | Permalink | Comments (64)

Towleroad Guide to the Tube #1326

3-D PRINTING: The first record?

COMING OUT IN THE 1960's: Activists interview LGBT elders.

SHOWGIRLS: The musical.

AFER: The case for marriage equality.

For recent Guides to the Tube, click HERE.

Posted Mar. 13,2013 at 6:05 PM EST by in News, Towleroad Guide to the Tube | Permalink | Comments (0)

News: Kentucky, Debbie Harry, Our Little Grape, Curtis Woodhouse

RoadBritish boxer Curtis Woodhouse tracks down Twitter troll.

Jacobs_louisRoadMarc Jacobs and his boyfriend Harry Louis celebrate Jacobs' new role as creative director for Diet Coke.

RoadDebbie Harry knocking 'em out.

RoadWH Press Secretary Jay Carney won't comment on the possibility of an LGBT cabinet member: “I certainly am not confirming any speculation in the press about possible announcements the president might make. I would refer you, again, to what I said and what the president has said about the value he places on diversity, and encourage you to assess the diversity of his appointments once they’ve all been made.”

RoadNorway calls on world to ban nuclear weapons.

RoadPoll: British Muslims have zero tolerance of homosexuality. "It shows that British Muslims hold more conservative opinions towards homosexual acts, abortion, viewing pornography, suicide and sex outside marriage than European Muslims, polling markedly lower when asked if they believed these things were morally acceptable. The most dramatic contrast was found in attitudes towards homosexuality. None of the 500 British Muslims interviewed believed that homosexual acts were morally acceptable. 1,001 non-Muslim Britons were interviewed."

RoadThe newest member of the royal family has a nickname: Our Little Grape.

RoadTwinkies may be returning to store shelves this summer.

BeshearRoadKentucky Equality Federation pleads with Governor Beshear to veto house Bill 279, the Forced Religion Imposition Act', which would protect the right to discriminate against gays based on religious beliefs.

RoadMeanwhile, Kentucky activists are split on tactics for gay rights in that state: "One (faction) seeks to overturn discrimination through a legislative path, admitting it faces long odds. The other wants to break down barriers to gay marriage with demonstrations and civil disobedience."

RoadA look back at "Freaks".

RoadChambersburg, Pennsylvania student petitions school for Gay-Straight Alliance.

RoadGoal of flawed, misleading conservative gay parenting study by Mark Regnerus was to influence SCOTUS decisions on DOMA, Prop 8: "The documents, recently obtained through public-records requests by The American Independent and published in collaboration with The Huffington Post, show that the Witherspoon Institute recruited a professor from a major university to carry out a study that was designed to manipulate public policy. In communicating with donors about the research project, Witherspoon’s president clearly expected results unfavorable to the gay-marriage movement. The think tank’s efforts paid off. The New Family Structures Study came out just in time for opponents of gay marriage to cite it in multiple federal cases involving marriage equality – including two cases soon to be decided by the U.S. Supreme Court."

RoadMark-Paul Gosselaar and Breckin Meyer get shirtless and studly on the beach in Malibu.

TafoyaRoadMan driven to murderous road rage after seeing another woman lick his girlfriend. "Tafoya stormed out of the restaurant, drove his Chevy pickup erratically, got stopped by an Orange County Sheriff's Department deputy, disobeyed orders to turn the engine off, instead sped away at 90 mph driving on the wrong side of the road and ultimately killed two innocent folks in another car after a head-on crash."

RoadRussia's first gay-friendly children's book? "'(Un)usual Families around Me' tells of a little girl living with a single father. Since almost all the other children she knows live in completely different families, the child thinks about how it happened. She learns about all sorts of 'family', including single-parents, adoptive, parents with disabilities, as well as 'non-traditional', that is two moms or two pops. The narrative is accompanied by images and art assignments for the child."

RoadSarah Palin writing Christmas book: "The former GOP vice presidential candidate is writing A Happy Holiday IS a Merry Christmas, in which she'll focus on Christian values and criticize the 'over-commercialism' and 'homogenization' that have come to define the day. The Associated Press says the book will come out in November."

Posted Mar. 13,2013 at 4:35 PM EST by | Permalink | Comments (25)

Argentinian Cardinal Bergoglio Named the New Pope


Argentinian Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio has been chosen as the new pope.

He will be called Francis.

USA Today:

Couldn't prevent Argentina from becoming the first Latin American country to legalize same-sex marriage or stop its president, Cristina Fernandez, from promoting free contraception and artificial insemination. When Bergoglio argued that gay adoptions discriminate against children, Fernandez compared his tone to "medieval times and the Inquisition."

Bergoglio called gay marriage "the destructive attempt to end God's plan."

Bergoglio began “I write these lines to each of you who are in the four monasteries of Buenos Aires. The people of Argentina will face in the coming weeks, a situation whose outcome may seriously injure the family. This is the bill on marriage for same sex. “

Then he added, “At stake are the lives of many children who are discriminated against in advance by depriving them of human growth that God wanted to given with a father and a mother. At stake is a total rejection of the law of God, engraved in our hearts as well”.

The Archbishop stated flatly “we are not naive: it is not just a political struggle is a destructive attempt to God’s plan. It is not just a bill (this is only the instrument) but a ‘move’ from the Father of Lies that seeks to confuse and deceive the children of God.”

GLAAD President Herndon Graddick on election of New Pope:

"For decades the Catholic hierarchy has been in need of desperate reform. In his life, Jesus condemned gays zero times. In Pope Benedict's short time in the papacy, he made a priority of condemning gay people routinely. This, in spite of the fact, that the Catholic hierarchy had been in collusion to cover up the widespread abuse of children within its care. We hope this Pope will trade in his red shoes for a pair of sandals and spend a lot less time condemning and a lot more time foot-washing."


Posted Mar. 13,2013 at 3:16 PM EST by in Catholic Church, News, Vatican | Permalink | Comments (91)

When a Gay Man Set Himself on Fire at the Vatican: VIDEO


A new Kickstarter-funded documentary looks at Alfredo Ormando's 1998 action against the Catholic Church in which teh gay Italian writer set himself on fire in Saint Peter's Square to protest the church's anti-gay policies. He died eleven days later.

Check out the Kickstarter trailer, AFTER THE JUMP...

Posted Mar. 13,2013 at 3:11 PM EST by in Catholic Church, Film, News, Vatican | Permalink | Comments (13)


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