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04/05/2013

Towleroad Talking Points: More Talk of Gays in the NFL

Irons_colbertBY SAM GREISMAN

A look back at today's top stories

GAY ISSUES

Despite being cut by the Super Bowl Champion Baltimore Ravens, Brenden Ayanbadejo is still heavily involved in the potential coming out of a few NFL players. He recently told the Baltimore Sun that he is working to lay the groundwork for up to four players to come out in the near future. Stephen Colbert pointed out that since gay marriage is already legal in England there really isn't anything stopping Jeremy Irons from marrying his son. At least if we use the actor's logic. And good news in Texas where a high school has reversed its decision and will allow a transgender student to wear a dress to prom

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WINGNUTTERY

There was a bit of a return to sanity on the campus of Texas A&M where the student body president has vetoed that measure that would allow discrimination against LGBT groups on campus. Louisiana Senator Mary Landrieu is one of just four Democrats in the Senate who have not come out publicly in support of marriage equality and don't expect that to change anytime soon because she doesn't want to upset anyone in her home state.

Someone at the University of Houston-Downtown is using a student's HIV status to smear him and his "homosexual agenda" in a student election. Also there was an anti-gay attack at NYC's Waverly Diner of all places

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ENTERTAINMENT

Sad news for Adam Lambert, he and his boyfriend have called it quits. And Jon Stewart totally tears apart Jeff Zucker's new version of CNN

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VIDEO OF THE DAY

"I'm Not Gay" is the latest in the incredibly straight "homobros" rap genre

Posted Apr. 5,2013 at 10:20 PM EST by | Permalink | Comments (3)


Senator Mark Pryor (D-AR) on Marriage Equality: 'Put Me Down in the Undecided Category'

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Senator Mark Pryor (D-AR), one of three senate Democrats who have not made their positions clear on marriage equality told Arkansas station KFSM 5News reporter Larry Henry today:

“I would put me down in the undecided category."

The statement was tweeted by Henry as part of an interview Pryor did with the network today.

Two other senate Dems, Tim Johnson (D-SD), and Joe Manchin (D-WV) are the last remaining to take a position.

Posted Apr. 5,2013 at 7:03 PM EST by in Arkansas, Gay Marriage, Mark Pryor, News | Permalink | Comments (20)


Brendon Ayanbadejo Talks About Leaving the Ravens and Reports of Gay NFL Players Coming Out: VIDEO

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Brendon Ayanbadejo, who was cut from the Baltimore Ravens yesterday, sat down with MSNBC's Thomas Roberts today to talk about reports that it was because of his marriage equality advocacy. He also expands on statements he made to the Baltimore Sun that up to four gay NFL players may be planning to come out at the same time.

And, Towleroad gets a nice shout-out.

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Posted Apr. 5,2013 at 6:38 PM EST by in Brendon Ayanbadejo, Football (American), News, Thomas Roberts | Permalink | Comments (13)


Towleroad Guide to the Tube #1341

CAT POWER: "Manhattan".

DANIELLE FISHEL: Lance Bass was my prom date.

THE WEEK IN UNNECESSARY CENSORSHIP: This week's tribute to the FCC.

WHY GAYS SHOULDN'T GET MARRIED: A bold parody of the red equal sign.

For recent Guides to the Tube, click HERE.

Posted Apr. 5,2013 at 5:20 PM EST by in News, Towleroad Guide to the Tube | Permalink | Comments (1)


News: Gay Military Wedding, France, Ryan Gosling, Ken Cuccinelli

RoadGOP should be afraid of Clinton run in 2016.

RoadHRC releases demands for core principles to be included in LGBT-inclusive immigration reform.

Dwayne_jonathanRoadFreedom to Marry follows up on its photo essay featuring military couple Jonathan and Dwayne.

RoadTom Cruise travels with assistant and portable heater.

RoadFrance's Senate begins debate on marriage equality bill: "The senate debate is scheduled to last until April 13. Last month the National Assembly approved the measure, putting France on track to join about a dozen mostly European nations that allow gay marriage. Both houses are dominated by President Francois Hollande's Socialist Party and its allies." And narrowly rejects motion for national marriage equality referendum.

RoadRutgers Athletics Director out after Mike Rice firing.

RoadGay sitcom is unlikely hit in Vietnam: "The first episode of 'My Best Gay Friends' has now attracted over one million views on YouTube. The show's success has come as a surprise in Vietnam, where gay and lesbian people face routine discrimination in universities and workplaces and are frequently ridiculed in popular media."

RoadJurassic Park IV to introduce new dinosaur.

RoadTRAILER: Ryan Gosling in Nicolas Winding Refn's Only God Forgives.

CoppolaRoadGay Catholic man stripped of his roles and responsibilities at Long Island parish for getting married. "I was in shock. I had just come home from my honeymoon. I went to mass on Martin Luther King Day, where we heard a great sermon about justice and equality," said Mr. Coppola, recalling the meeting. "After mass, I was summoned into the pastor's office and told that I could no longer be active in my own parish."

RoadFlorida LGBT students to convene at Florida International University.

RoadDoes Illinois' marriage equality bill hinge on Black lawmakers?

RoadLove Free or Die, featuring gay Episcopal Bishop Gene Robinson, denied "family friendly" status: "The Dove Foundation, an organization whose mission is to encourage and promote the creation, production, distribution and consumption of wholesome family entertainment, has denied Director Macky Alston’s critically-acclaimed documentary LOVE FREE OR DIE its 'Family Approved' seal."

RoadJada Pinkett Smith asked if she has an open marriage.

RoadZac Efron and Dave Franco are looking cleaned up and dapper.

Ken_cuccinelliRoadVirginia AG Ken Cuccinelli won't say if he's committed any crimes against nature.

RoadSenator Rob Portman sorting out aftermath of coming out for equality: "I thought he was talking father to father with me,” said Mr. Burress, who supports discredited therapies aimed at changing sexual orientation. “I spent four and a half years on the board of an organization that helped people walk away from homosexuality. It is not innate; you’re not born that way. That devastated me, that he embraced his son’s behavior.”

RoadTransgender gamers share their stories, joys, and fears.

RoadMichelangelo Signorile on Congressman Matt Salmon: "My head is going to explode if I hear someone say one more time that a parent can unconditionally "love" his or her child while still not 'accepting' the fact that the child is gay, and can even oppose rights for the child. Yesterday several callers to my radio program accused me of being unreasonable, and even hateful, for saying that we are now well past the time when such thinking is acceptable. If you're working against rights for your own children in the name of your religious faith, even while claiming that you love those children, then you are selfish and pathetic, actually loving yourself and your beliefs more than you love your own kids."

Posted Apr. 5,2013 at 3:50 PM EST by | Permalink | Comments (20)


Senator Mary Landrieu Personally Believes in Marriage Equality But Won't Back It Because of Louisiana's Anti-Gay Laws

Senator Mary Landrieu (D-LA), one of the four senate Democrats yet to back marriage equality, told CNN that she personally believes in it but won't take an official position because Louisiana has laws against gay unions:

LandrieuLandrieu told CNN National Political Correspondent Jim Acosta in an interview Friday that she personally believes "people should love who they love and marry who they want to marry," but that her obligation rests with the people of Louisiana who elected her.

"My state has a very strong constitutional amendment not only against gay marriage but against gay partnerships. So I'm looking at the people of Louisiana trying to represent their interests," she said.

The other Democrats besides Landrieu who have yet to evolve are Tim Johnson (D-SD),  Joe Manchin (D-WV), and Mark Pryor, (D-AR).

Posted Apr. 5,2013 at 3:21 PM EST by in Gay Marriage, Louisiana, Mary Landrieu, News | Permalink | Comments (55)



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