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1NewsIcon At least 7 Cincinnati City Council members pulled out of city's St. Patrick's Day parade because of the parade's decision to ban the gay education group GLSEN.

South1NewsIcon South, a 1959 ITV teleplay about a Polish soldier sent to the American south during the Civil War and starring tv star Peter Wyngarde, may be the first television program to feature an open discussion of gay attraction. "[Does he love] the plantation owner's angry niece, Miss Regina, or the tall, blond, rugged officer who arrives suddenly – a handsome man called Eric MacClure."

1NewsIcon Awesome: "A church in Winston-Salem has announced it will stop performing all marriages until United Methodist pastors are allowed to officiate at marriages for same-sex couples."

1NewsIcon The Odawa Indian tribe in Michigan legalized same-sex marriage and celebrated by uniting two men, Tim LaCroix and Gene Barfield, in marital bliss. The federal government, of course, will not recognize this lovely union or its historic significance.

1NewsIcon "At CPAC, gay marriage on back burner"

Kittyoven1NewsIcon Kitty knows how to keep warm.

1NewsIcon "Faux fur" jackets Marc Jacobs' label sells at Century 21 are actually made of dog fur.

1NewsIcon Kathy Bates joins the cast of American Horror Story season 3, which concerns witches and will officially be called American Horror Story: Coven. Expect to see plenty of scenes featuring Bates and Jessica Lange "going at it," says creator Ryan Murphy.

1NewsIcon Justin Bieber will do whatever it takes to be butch.

1NewsIcon New Games of Thrones season 3 international trailer features some new footage for those of you who need a fresh fix.

1NewsIcon A run down of some of the politicians and other notable public figures who have reversed course and come out in favor of marriage equality.

1NewsIcon The Boston Phoenix, an alt-weekly paper that has published since 1966, announced that it will close its doors. Susan Orlean, the New Yorker writer who got her start at the Boston Phoenix, told the Boston Globe, "It's like finding out your college has gone bankrupt and is gone. I am a child of the alt-weekly world and I feel like it has played such an important role in journalism as we know it today."

1NewsIcon Here's a Facebook page encouraging you to change your Facebook profile picture to show you support marriage equality.

Amber1NewsIcon Research into how revive extinct creatures continues. So what will happen to the phrase "go the way of the dodo?"

1NewsIcon Is fact action the key to slowing HIV's devastation? "Treating people with HIV rapidly after they have become infected with the virus that causes Aids may be enough to achieve a 'functional cure' in a small proportion of patients diagnosed early, according to research."

Posted Mar. 16,2013 at 4:26 PM EST by in CPAC, Gay Marriage, Justin Bieber, Michigan, News, Ohio, Ryan Murphy, Science, Television, United Kingdom | Permalink | Comments (14)

Boxer Orlando Cruz Wins 2nd Match Since Coming Out While Wearing Rainbow Kilt as Sign of Gay Pride


Professional boxer Orlando Cruz, who came out of the closet last October, last night won his second match since coming out against Aaron "The Bomber" Martinez in a 6th round TKO, and did so in a rainbow kilt, Blabbeando reports:

He dedicated the fight to a number of people including his trainers and he almost couldn't contain his emotions as he thanked his grandmother who passed away last year. He also thanked the LGBT community for their support. 

During the fight he wore a multicolor boxing kilt with Puerto Rican flags on both sides. One of the flags was red, white and blue, the other flag's stripes reflected the color of the rainbow as a sign of gay pride.

More at Blabbeando...

Posted Mar. 16,2013 at 3:43 PM EST by in Boxing, Gay Pride, News, Orlando Cruz, Sports | Permalink | Comments (23)

Sarah Palin And Wayne LaPierre's CPAC One-Liners: VIDEO


Here, (largely) without comment, are remarks from two different though ideologically related people, Wayne LaPierre, the leader of the NRA who wants armed guards in America's schools, and Sarah Palin, the failed vice-presidential candidate and former Fox News lackey who likes shooting unarmed wolves from helicopters. The remarks were made one day apart at CPAC, the conservative conference wrapping up its final sessions this afternoon.

First, LaPierre's one-liner from his appearance yesterday: "The one thing a violent rapist deserves to face is a good woman with a gun." Counter violence with more violence, he says.

And from Palin, a bawdy, tacky comment about her and her husband, "He's got the rifle, I've got the rack." She then sucked on a Big Gulp because "Bloomberg isn't around."

Watch video of Palin's "rack" comment and footage of LaPierre's entire speech AFTER THE JUMP.

Posted Mar. 16,2013 at 2:44 PM EST by in Guns, News, NRA, Sarah Palin | Permalink | Comments (30)

John Boehner 'Cannot Imagine Supporting Marriage Equality Even if His Son Was Gay: VIDEO


In an interview airing on tomorrow's edition of ABC's This Week, John Boehner, the allegedly fiscally conservative House Republican speaker who's willing to spend $3 million to fight marriage equality, tells reporter Martha Raddatz that he respects fellow Ohio Republican Sen. Rob Portman's decision to support his gay son, but says that he himself cannot imagine ever changing his mind on marriage equality, even if one of his own children were gay.

Watch the exchange AFTER THE JUMP.

Posted Mar. 16,2013 at 1:52 PM EST by in DOMA, Gay Marriage, John Boehner, News, Rob Portman | Permalink | Comments (28)

CPAC Attendees Blast Sen. Portman For Loving His Gay Son: VIDEO


While we're on the subject of CPAC and closed minds, ThinkProgress made the rounds at the conservative con-fab yesterday to gauge attendees' reaction to news that GOP Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio supports marriage equality because he wants his gay son to have the same rights as heterosexual couples.

So, what was the reaction? Not good. One man, a pastor, even said the Senator should "quit being so selfish as to only think about his son." Because, you know, restricting an entire population's rights because of personal religious beliefs is so selfless. And grown men dressed like 18th Century colonists make great moral guides.

Watch the clip AFTER THE JUMP.

Posted Mar. 16,2013 at 12:44 PM EST by in CPAC, Discrimination, Gay Marriage, News, Rob Portman | Permalink | Comments (97)

Racist CPAC Attendee Claims White People 'Systematically Disenfranchised:' VIDEO


Conservative activist Scott Terry says he fell in love with his white culture while studying literature at an unnamed university. Also, he believes that the federal government is trying to "systematically disenfranchise" white people. These comments came at a CPAC panel called "Trump the Race Card: Are You Sick and Tired of Being Called a Racist and You Know You're Not One?", which was dedicated to expanding the Republican Party's reach within minority communities.

As if that's not bad enough, Terry went on to say that black slaves should have been grateful for the food and shelter their white captors provided and admonished a woman for questioning his Tea Party credentials. "I didn’t know the legacy of the Republican Party included women correcting men in public," he reportedly said.

ThinkProgress offers more details:

The exchange occurred after an audience member from North Carolina, 30-year-old Scott Terry, asked whether Republicans could endorse races remaining separate but equal. After the presenter, K. Carl Smith of Frederick Douglass Republicans, answered by referencing a letter by Frederick Douglass forgiving his former master, the audience member said "For what? For feeding him and housing him?" Several people in the audience cheered and applauded Terry’s outburst.

After the exchange, Terry muttered under his breath, "why can't we just have segregation?" noting the Constitution’s protections for freedom of association.

ThinkProgress spoke with Terry, who sported a Rick Santorum sticker and attended CPAC with a friend who wore a Confederate Flag-emblazoned t-shirt, about his views after the panel. Terry maintained that white people have been "systematically disenfranchised" by federal legislation.

When asked by ThinkProgress if he'd accept a society where African-Americans were permanently subservient to whites, he said "I'd be fine with that." He also claimed that African-Americans "should be allowed to vote in Africa," and that "all the Tea Parties" were concerned with the same racial problems that he was.
At one point, a woman challenged him on the Republican Party's roots, to which Terry responded, "I didn't know the legacy of the Republican Party included women correcting men in public."

Again, just as a reminder: Terry claims to base his outlandishly, shockingly racist politics on his literature degree, a degree given from an unnamed school for the study of unspecified letters. So Terry either attended KKK U, has a severe case of temporal dyslexia or is just a terrible racist, the type against whom the odds are thankfully stacked.

Watch video of Terry's outburst AFTER THE JUMP

Posted Mar. 16,2013 at 11:42 AM EST by in CPAC, News | Permalink | Comments (73)


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