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Towleroad Guide to the Tube #1342

DANNEL MALLOY: Connecticut governor rips NRA Executive VP Wayne LaPierre.

TV'S BEST FAKE WEBSITES: A supercut of non-places on the WWW.

WHOSE AIR DO WE SHARE? It's Ok to Be Smart's Joe Hanson on the size of Earth's atmosphere.

MARGARET THATCHER: The NYT rounds up her memorable speeches.

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Posted Apr. 8,2013 at 5:00 PM EST by in News, Towleroad Guide to the Tube | Permalink | Comments (0)

News: Cyndi Lauper, Zambia, Annette Funicello, Grindr, Jamaica

RoadMouseketeer Annette Funicello dead.

RoadBravo cancels Kathy Griffin's talk show after two seasons.

LauperRoadCyndi Lauper talks Kinky Boots: "Sometimes a man doesn't dress up like a woman because he wants to be a woman," says Lauper of the fetishistic footwear. "He dresses like a woman to make him feel more like a man."

RoadVIDEO: One Direction's Harry Styles pantsed by bandmate.

RoadNew discovery explains why red meat increases risk of heart disease: "Stanley Hazen at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner Research Institute in Ohio and colleagues fed mice a diet high in carnitine, a nutrient found in large amounts in red meat and also added to energy drinks. The team found that this increased the incidence of atherosclerosis, a thickening of the artery walls."

RoadGay clash reported in Jamaica...

RoadStories & Queer, a traveling reading series that aims to provide a space for local and national readers and listeners to connect. "Even though the LGBTQ community is on the brink of historic advancements in equal rights, bullying and anti-LGBTQ speech is still pervasive. The Stories & Queer reading series steps in to embrace queer and queer-friendly poets and writers who express themselves, the issues/ideas most important to them."

RoadJames Franco is also obsessed with Ryan Gosling.

RoadHere's a promo clip for the final season of Dexter.

GrindrillustratedRoadGrindr illustrated.

RoadNJ state senator Barbara Buono turns campaign's focus to gay rights: "I’ve always been a progressive and this is in keeping with my philosophy. So it’s not a strategic move on my part."

RoadZambia arrests human rights activist Paul Kasonkomona after TV appearand urging recognition of gay rights: "Police said they were following orders from top officials in the police force."

RoadBiden was a looker.

RoadRev. Bill Keller challenges Bill O'Reilly to $10,000 debate over his Bible thumper remarks. “O’Reilly says that those who support God’s plan for marriage lose the argument because all they can do is ‘thump the Bible.’ Let him put his money where his mouth is. We will each put up $10,000 to the charity of our choice, he can make his case for gay marriage, and I will ONLY use the Bible to make the case for traditional marriage,” Keller said.

RoadA round-up of Hillary 2016 hype.

RoadMarc Jacobs and Harry Louis hit the beach in Rio.

SantucciRoadMale model fix: Jeremy Santucci.

RoadAnti-gay Blue Dog Democrat Stephanie Herseth Sandlin lusting for a D.C. comeback.

RoadPHOTOS: A gay wedding on the Brooklyn Bridge.

RoadChelsea Clinton leaves open the possibility of political office: "Right now I'm grateful to live in a city, in a state and a country where I strongly support my mayor, my governor, my president, my senators and my representative...If at some point that weren't true and I thought I could make a meaningful and measurably greater impact, I'd have to ask and answer that question."

RoadAn open letter to LGBTQ high school students considering Texas A&M: "As you decide where you will attend college, please don’t make an assumption about Texas A&M based on a misguided minority. I promise, it is not representative of the education or values that we are taught to uphold. I’d hate for you to miss out on the opportunity to be a part of this family, based on the primitive views of very few."

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Senator Orrin Hatch Defends DOMA, Thinks Civil Unions Will Keep Everybody Happy

Senator Orrin Hatch believes civil unions will solve the country's inequality issues while saving the word "marriage" for heterosexuals, the Salt Lake Tribune reports:

HatchThe senator made the comment Wednesday at the end of a wide-ranging interview on Logan station KVNU, where he also said he doesn’t believe people choose to be gay, but "I draw the line on traditional marriage."

...Hatch, R-Utah, defended the federal Defense of Marriage Act, which prohibits the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriages, and hopes the court will allow each state to handle this controversial issue on its own.

"I’ll say this, I do believe this could be solved greatly by a civil-union law that would give gay people the same rights as married people," said Hatch, who mentioned hospital visitations and tax benefits. "I think we can solve this problem without undermining the very basis of marital law in our country."

Posted Apr. 8,2013 at 2:27 PM EST by in Gay Marriage, News, Orrin Hatch, Utah | Permalink | Comments (70)

Senator Tim Johnson (D-SD) Comes Out for Marriage Equality

Tim_johnsonSenator Tim Johnson has come out for marriage equality in a statement to the Argus Leader:

"After lengthy consideration, my views have evolved sufficiently to support marriage equality legislation. This position doesn't require any religious denomination to alter any of its tenets; it simply forbids government from discrimination regarding who can marry whom."

Johnson had previous opposed same-sex marriage.

His endorsement followed that of two colleagues on Friday: Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., and Sen. Joe Donnelly, D-Ind. Fifty-four U.S. senators now endorse same-sex marriage. Only three Democratic senators do not: Mary Landrieu of Louisiana, Mark Pryor of Arkansas and Joe Manchin of West Virginia.

Manchin (D-WV) is the only one to have not made a recent statement since the groundswell of support began for marriage equality late last month.

Landrieu said last week that she personally supports it but won't back it publicly since her voters don't, and Pryor said over the weekend that he was "undecided".

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Gay Former Swedish MP Attacked on Greek Vacation

Tasso Stafilidis, the first openly gay person elected to the Swedish parliament in 1998, was attacked while on vacation in Greece, eNet reports:

StafilidisStafilidis, who was accompanied by a friend, initially thought that the three masked men following them were going to rob them.

However, the black-clothed men started yelling homophobic insults at Stafilidis and his friend, calling them “dirty faggots”, and started punching and kicking them on the head and body. They then fled the scene without stealing anything from their victims.

The number of violent attacks on homosexuals has risen in Greece since the debt-crisis started three years ago.

In an article published in the Huffington Post a few months ago, gay-rights activists said that over the last year there is a clear increase in homophobic violence, stressing that the attacks follow the same patterns of Golden Dawn members' attacks against migrants. The neo-nazi party,  which won 18  seats in last June's parliamentary elections, is openly anti-gay.

Born to Greek parents, Stafilidis, who hadn't visited Greece in seven years, said he had already noticed a shift in attitudes before being attacked. “These things go hand-in-hand when a country's prosperity collapses. The crisis makes people susceptible to this kind of rhetoric and sentiment.”

Posted Apr. 8,2013 at 1:16 PM EST by in Crime, Greece, News, Sweden | Permalink | Comments (22)

Chelsea Footballers Get Covered in Blue Paint: VIDEO


Adidas advertises its new uniforms for the Premier League team by covering nine of its players in blue paint.


There's also a nifty behind-the-scenes clip:

Posted Apr. 8,2013 at 1:11 PM EST by in Advertising, Football, News, Sports | Permalink | Comments (6)


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