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Pro Wrestler Bully Ray Apologizes After Calling Fan 'Faggot' and 'Frickin Queer' on Camera: VIDEO


Pro wrestler and TNA world heavyweight champion Bully Ray apologized yesterday for spewing homophobic slurs at a fan after a match in Chicago earlier this week. Bully Ray, aka Mark LoMonaco, is featured on Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA) which airs on Spike TV.

Said the wrestler on Twitter:

"Had a very positive talk with the man I got into a verbal altercation with in Chicago. I personally apologized for my careless choice of words and my ignorance with regard to certain slurs I used. I take full responsibility and once again I apologize to all.

Here's what he said:

"Sit down, faggot. Yeah… [inaudible for a second]. What are you gonna do? You ain't gonna do a damn thing. You got punked in your own frickin' town. I'm punkin' you out in front of [Bully leans to the side, looks at who's sitting next to the fan, and says], I'm gonna say your daughter. You got punked! You invented fags, you fag. You should've did something already, you should've did something already, but you ain't doing nothing'. I'm punking you in front of your hometown. You frickin' queer. You shave your frickin' chest."

A TNA official said "this will not be tolerated" but there is no word of what kind of discipline might be meted out.

Watch it on video, AFTER THE JUMP...

Posted Mar. 22,2013 at 3:18 PM EST by in Bully Ray, News, Sports, Wrestling | Permalink | Comments (26)

People Are Already Waiting in Line at Supreme Court to Hear Arguments on Prop 8. and DOMA: PHOTO

(image patrick terpstra twitter)

A line has already begun forming at the Supreme Court to hear arguments on Proposition 8 and DOMA which are next week on Tuesday and Wednesday. The line apparently began forming yesterday.

Posted Mar. 22,2013 at 1:44 PM EST by in DOMA, Gay Marriage, News, Proposition 8, Supreme Court | Permalink | Comments (23)

SCOTUSblog Founder Explains What to Watch for From The Supreme Court Next Week on Prop 8. and DOMA: VIDEO


SCOTUSblog founder Tom Goldstein, partner at Goldstein & Russell, PC, offers an engaging preview of next week's marriage arguments before the Supreme Court with Bloomberg Law's Lee Pacchia, explaining which justices are the ones to watch:

Goldstein says he's particularly interested in watching Justice Kagan and Chief Justice Roberts during arguments as they both could play pivotal roles in deciding these cases.

Goldstein is also asked how he thinks the justices might come down.


Posted Mar. 22,2013 at 1:22 PM EST by in DOMA, Gay Marriage, News, Proposition 8, Supreme Court | Permalink | Comments (20)

Deposed Scottish Cardinal Keith O'Brien Had Long-term Gay Relationship with Priest Who Forced His Exit

Former Scottish Cardinal Keith O'Brien, the anti-gay crusader who stepped down after being accused of "inappropriate acts" with other priests, had a long-term relationship with one of the priests whose accusations led to him getting sacked, the Guardian reports:

ObrienOfficials in the Scottish Catholic church claim that the priest, who is alleged to be the first man to complain to the Vatican about O'Brien, left the priesthood in the mid-2000s but has since returned to the church.

These officials have told the Herald they believe that the man complained to the Vatican last winter in revenge for O'Brien's outspoken attacks on homosexuality and gay marriage, just as his career was coming to an end. He described homosexuality as a "moral degradation" and gay marriage as "harmful".

Immediately after the priest, who had known O'Brien for decades, submitted his accusations to the Vatican in late 2012, the cardinal was summoned to Rome and in effect sacked. Then Archbishop of St Andrews and Edinburgh and seen as the de facto leader of Scotland's 750,000 Catholics, O'Brien was told privately by Vatican officials that he would be expected to retire on his 75th birthday, which fell on 17 March.

The Herald adds:

One senior church figure said that while some fundamentalist Catholic groups had previously linked the priest with Cardinal O'Brien "there were many questions that others were asking about the relationship".

Another source said: "These guys, we now know, were part of an inner circle. In the 30 years since these allegations took place there's been ample time to complain. The Cardinal has had a huge profile for the past decade. But the door wasn't just shut on them, it was bolted in the past 18 months. I believe they wanted to silence O'Brien - as he's about to do another conclave, and make a huge deal of it. As he's retiring, a decision's been taken to go public and take him down."

Another said: "If you're asking me to describe what this is about in one word, it's revenge. I've no doubt the allegations did take place in the 1980s but they've come out to - destroy O'Brien."

Posted Mar. 22,2013 at 1:15 PM EST by in Catholic Church, Keith O'Brien, News, Religion | Permalink | Comments (22)

The OXD Mirror: New Music For 3.22.13



The OXD Mirror is a weekly music column brought to you by the boys of OCCUPY THE DISCO (OXD), a New York City based movement created by three music lovers, Ru Bhatt, Josh Appelbaum, and Tadeu Magalhães, who want to share their love for disco, house and dance music with the world.

We are now on Spotify!  Subscribe to our 'As Featured on Towleroad' Playlist to listen to tracks posted from past weeks.


Mickey feat. Jeremy Glenn: 'Heartstrings (Extended)'

Mickey and Jeremy Glenn are no strangers to our columns, nor are their collaborations. Last summer, we showcased Glenn's remix to Mickey's single 'Love For Sale,' a song that also featured another one of our favorites, Monarchy. The two producers are now back together with the release of 'Heartstrings,' a lovely piano-driven uplifting house track that begs to be played by the pool on a sunny day. Glenn's soulful vocals are becoming a familiar sound in the house music scene, with features for other artists like Mario Basanov and MANIK.


Nick Monaco: 'Party Therapy'

Young producer Nick Monaco, hailing from San Francisco, is a child of the 90's with a passion for hip hop and house and an ear for great music. His productions recently caught up the attention of the Soul Clap and Wolf + Lamb collective, who have helped translate his creations into the dance world through their labels. Monaco's first official release, the EP Naked Is My Nature, is a statement of his originality and innocence. In his own words: "I started singing, collecting sounds, beatboxing, walking, grunting, whatever I could to get a piece of me and my environment inside this music." This particular track, 'Party Therapy,' is a captivating song with minimal yet strong elements from jazz and hip hop that are beautifully combined in this debut work.


The Juan Maclean: 'You Are My Destiny'

DFA Records’ John MacLean, also known as Juan MacLean, has been producing, singing and DJing for the label since 2002. His impressive repertoire of remixes includes songs by artists like The Presets, Chromeo, Chicken Lips, and many others. After nearly 3 years with no new original material, the New York-based producer has shared the soon to be released 'You Are My Destiny.' The track's mix of strong grooves and spacial synths are really delightful and I foresee this becoming a huge hit throughout the year.














Patrick Baker: 'This Love (Higher)'

Patrick Baker, a newcomer producer/vocalist from Nashville, has an impressive grasp of pop and house music, the latter being clearly noticeable on his new track, 'This Love (Higher).' This particular release caught my attention upon first listen with its soulful, R&B-infused style and reminds me of Michael Jackson's classic 90's hit, 'Remember The Time'.  You can almost chant the lyrics of MJ's song to the beats of Baker's new track as they match seamlessly.


The XX: 'Sunset (Kim Ann Foxman Remix)'

The XX needs no introduction – and the same applies to Kim Ann Foxman. In trend with her current musical explorations, the talented New York DJ and producer (and ex-Hercules and Love Affair member) has re-worked 'Sunset' into an introspective, hypnotic acid-house track that will surely suit the more intimate moments on the dance floor.


This week's post was written and curated by Tadeu Magalhães.

For more information on OXD, check out our website and accompanying blog at, like us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter: @OccupyTheDisco.

Posted Mar. 22,2013 at 12:15 PM EST by in Music, Music Recommendations, News, Occupy the Disco, Tad Haes | Permalink | Comments (3)

12-Year-Old with Two Moms Gives Amazing Testimony at Rhode Island Marriage Equality Hearing: VIDEO


Sixth-grader Matthew Lannon testified at yesterday's marriage equality hearing in Rhode Island (which lasted until 5 am), telling the panel:

"If there's one thing you don't mess with in life, it's love. My parents and all the other gay and lesbian people here want to be happy, just like you. All they want is to be treated fairly. But unlike most of you, they have to come again here year after year and explain over and over why their love is equal to yours. This year, you have the opportunity to change that. I say, choose love.”


And here's a line-up of bigots telling Lannon his mothers aren't worthy of marriage:


(h/t david badash)

Posted Mar. 22,2013 at 11:20 AM EST by in Gay Marriage, News, Rhode Island | Permalink | Comments (32)


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