PHOTO OF THE DAY: Gay cuteness overload courtesy of Reddit.
BY SAM GREISMAN
A look back at today's top stories
There was a horrifying report out of Somalia today of a gay teen allegedly stoned to death while the whole village watched. The report remains unconfirmed. Michelle Bachmann made some outlandish claims about the spending in President Obama's administration at CPAC but when pressed by CNN, she wouldn't stand behind them. Apparently the Westboro Baptist Church members are thankful that a "Sodomite Rainbow House" opened up across the street? Michelle Shocked has perfectly demonstrated how to totally ruin one's career as 10 of her 11 tour venues have cancelled on her for anti-gay remarks that she tried to explain today, but was foiled when actual audio of the rant emerged.
Family Research Council President Tony Perkins is not pleased with rumors that the GOP may abandon the anti-gay marriage platform for 2016 and says that Evangelicals may have to create their own party. That doesn't sound like a fun party. A popular Colombian model says that eating too much chicken makes boys gay. Thanks for all that chicken mom! And students in Vancouver are upset with a local law school's attempt to join the Federation of Law Societies despite their staunch anti-gay policies.
Apparently the prevalence of Jon Hamm's giant ham is causing some wardrobe issues on the set of the upcoming season of Mad Men. Justin Timberlake's new video is all about his grandparents. Awww! And keep the Star Wars/Schoolhouse Rock mash-ups keep coming!
The New York Times reports that we will be able to hear arguments in the Prop 8 and DOMA SCOTUS cases shortly after they happen as the court will release same-day audio from the proceedings. Also was Pope Francis' rumored support of civil unions an act of enlightenment or politics?
VIDEOS OF THE DAY
My introduction to gay history - highlighting images I've collected over the last twenty five years, and how it felt to find them.
Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...
110 House Lawmakers Call for Obama Executive Order on ENDA; All Republicans, Some Notable Dems Absent
Led by Reps. Frank Pallone (D-NJ, pictured) and Jared Polis (D-CO), 110 House lawmakers have signed a letter calling on President Obama to sign an executive order protecting LGBT workers from discrimination, the Washington Blade reports:
In a letter dated March 20, the lawmakers called on Obama to sign a much sought-after executive order requiring federal contractors to have non-discrimination protections for their LGBT workers.
“We believe that a fully inclusive America benefits us all and that sexual orientation and gender identity should never be used to discriminate in employment practices,” the letter states. “For that reason, we request that you make signing an executive order that would prohibit federal contractors from discriminating in the workplace based on an individual’s sexual orientation or gender identity an initial priority of your second term.”
No Republicans signed the letter. Some notable Democrats were absent. Nancy Pelosi said she supports the substance of the letter but does not sign group letters because she is House minority leader.
The absence of some other Democrats, however, was unexplained, the Blade adds:
Other members of Democratic leadership that are absent from the letter are House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.), whose daughter came out as a lesbian in an interview with the Blade, as well as Assistant Democratic Leader Jim Clyburn (D-S.C.). Their offices didn’t respond to a request for comment either.
Another absent name is Democratic National Committee Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.).
It starts at 4:37.
"So it’s not too late. You can jump into this Jesus gang anytime you want. But, um, I was in a prayer meeting yesterday, and you’ve gotta appreciate how scared, how scared folks on that side of the equation are. I mean, from their vantage point — and I really shouldn’t say ‘their,’ because it’s mine, too — we are nearly at the end of time. And from our vantage point, we’re gonna be, uhhh, I think maybe Chinese water torture is gonna be the means, the method — once Prop 8 gets, uh, instated, and once, um, preachers are held at gunpoint and forced to marry the homosexuals, I’m pretty sure that that will be the signal for Jesus to come on back...You said you wanted reality....If someone would be so gracious as to please tweet out, ‘Michelle Shocked just said from stage, God hates faggots.’ Would you do it now?"
Shocked says she was misinterpreted. What do you think?
(via john becker)
Michelle Shocked Backpedals on Anti-Gay Remarks in Statement, Says She Was 'Misinterpreted': READ IT
Singer Michelle Shocked has issued a lengthy apology (in two parts), backpedaling on her anti-gay remarks at a Sunday night concert, which caused 10 of 11 venues on her current tour to cancel her show.
"When they stop Prop 8 and force priests at gunpoint to marry gays, it will be the downfall of civilization, and Jesus will come back...You can go on Twitter and say, 'Michelle Shocked says God hates fags.'"
UPDATE: AUDIO has emerged of her remarks.
Here's her explanation, in two parts (via brooklyn vegan):
I do not, nor have I ever, said or believed that God hates homosexuals (or anyone else). I said that some of His followers believe that. I believe intolerance comes from fear, and these folks are genuinely scared. When I said "Twitter that Michelle Shocked says "God hates faggots," I was predicting the absurd way my description of, my apology for, the intolerant would no doubt be misinterpreted. The show was all music, and the audience tweets said they enjoyed it. The commentary came about ten minutes later, in the encore.
And to those fans who are disappointed by what they've heard or think I said, I'm very sorry: I don't always express myself as clearly as I should. But don't believe everything you read on facebook or twitter. My view of homosexualty has changed not one iota. I judge not. And my statement equating repeal of Prop 8 with the coming of the End Times was neither literal nor ironic: it was a description of how some folks - not me - feel about gay marriage.
The show, and the rant, was spontaneous. As for those applauding my so-called stance that "God Hates Faggots," I say they should be met with mercy, not hate. And I hope that what remains of my audience will meet that intolerance with understanding, even of those who might hate them.
Folks wonder about my sexuality, but denying being gay is like saying I never beat my husband. My sexuality is not at issue. What is being questioned is my support for the LGBT community, and that has never wavered. Music and activism have always been part of my work and my journey, which I hope and intend to continue. I'd like to say this was a publicity stunt, but I'm really not that clever, and I'm definitely not that cynical.
But I am damn sorry. If I could repeat the evening, I would make a clearer distinction between a set of beliefs I abhor, and my human sympathy for the folks who hold them. I say this not because I want to look better. I have no wish to hide my faults, and - clearly - I couldn't if I tried.
Read Part Two, AFTER THE JUMP...
I believe in a God who loves everyone, and my faith tells me to do my best to also love everyone. Everyone: gay or straight, stridently gay, self-righteously faithful; left or right, far left, far right; good, bad, or indifferent. That's the law: everyone.
I may disagree with someone's most fervently held belief, but I will not hate them. And in this controversy, that means speaking for Christians with opinions I in no way share about homosexuality. Will I endorse them? Never. Will I disavow them? Never.
I stand accused of forsaking the LGBT community for a Christianity which is - hear me now - anathema to my understanding of faith. I will no doubt take future flack for saying so. I'm accused of believing that "God hates fags" and that the repeal of Prop 8 will usher in the End Times. Well, if I caused such an absurdity, I am damn sorry. To be clear: I am not now, nor have I ever been, a member of any so-called faith preaching intolerance of anyone. Again, anyone: straight or gay, believers or not: that's the law.
That means upholding my punk rock values in the most evangelical enclaves and, in this case, speaking up for the most fearful of fundamentalists in, well, a San Francisco music hall full of Michelle Shocked fans. As an artist in this time of unbearable culture wars, I understand: this means trouble, and this is neither the first nor last time trouble has come my way. And that's fine by me.
I know the fear many in the evangelical community feel about homosexual marriage, as I understand the fear many in the gay community feel toward the self-appointed faithful. I have and will continue speaking to both. Everything else - facebook, twitter, whatever - is commentary.
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IF FAMOUS WEBSITES WERE PEOPLE: The most annoying party ever.
LITTLE BOOTS: "Broken Record".
DOOMSDAY ASTEROID: CNN explains how to stop one from hitting the Earth.
GAFFE OR LAUGH? Steve Doocy isn't sure if they should be mocking Obama or not.
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