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04/18/2013

Towleroad Talking Points: Jeremy Irons is at it Again

Array500PHOTO OF THE DAY: The FBI has released photos of two men who are wanted for questioning about the Boston bombings and are asking for the public's help in tracking them down 

BY SAM GREISMAN

A look back at today's top stories

WINGNUTTERY

Actor and prominent anti-incest activist Jeremy Irons continues to talk about his problems with gay marriage as he recently told the BBC that marriage is mainly about procreation. One Million Moms is all hot and bothered again, this time about a Kmart commercial in which a customer ships his pants. Anti-gay violence carries on in France where the employees of a gay bar in the town of Lille were attacked

Homophobic Iowa lawmaker (and creepy mustache owner) Dennis Guth recently told the state Senate that being gay is just as dangerous for your health as smoking. And a Catholic School in Ohio has fired one of its teachers after her mother's obituary outed her as a lesbian

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GAY ISSUES

Brittney Griner, the top pick in Monday's WNBA draft, has added her name to the list of openly gay professional women's basketball players. If you enjoyed Brad Paisley's "Accidental Racist" then you will absolutely love Stephen Colbert and Alan Cumming's "Oopsie-daisy Homophobe". Also check out the Brett Ratner directed GLAAD PSA in which straight allies come out of the closet for equality

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VIDEOS OF THE DAY

Just try and not be moved as the crowd at the first sporting event in Boston since the bombings sings an emotionally charged National Anthem. And Jon Stewart lays into the embarrassment that was CNN's coverage of the situation in Boston yesterday

Posted Apr. 18,2013 at 10:30 PM EST by | Permalink | Comments (3)


Obama Gives Stirring Speech at Interfaith Service in Boston: VIDEO

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"We finish the race," President Obama told a crowd of survivors, runners, families, and local leaders at an interfaith service in Boston today:

And that’s what the perpetrators of such senseless violence — these small, stunted individuals who would destroy instead of build, and think somehow that makes them important — that’s what they don’t understand. Our faith in each other, our love for each other, our love for country, our common creed that cuts across whatever superficial differences there may be — that is our power. That’s our strength.

That’s why a bomb can’t beat us. That’s why we don’t hunker down. That’s why we don’t cower in fear. We carry on. We race. We strive. We build, and we work, and we love — and we raise our kids to do the same. And we come together to celebrate life, and to walk our cities, and to cheer for our teams. When the Sox and Celtics and Patriots or Bruins are champions again — to the chagrin of New York and Chicago fans  — the crowds will gather and watch a parade go down Boylston Street.

And this time next year, on the third Monday in April, the world will return to this great American city to run harder than ever, and to cheer even louder, for the 118th Boston Marathon. Bet on it.

Watch his full remarks, AFTER THE JUMP...

Posted Apr. 18,2013 at 7:29 PM EST by in Barack Obama, Boston, Boston Marathon Bombing, News | Permalink | Comments (17)


FBI Releases Images of Boston Bombing Suspects: VIDEO

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The FBI has released images and video of the suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing.

Said Special Agent Rick DesLauriers, the head of the FBI's Boston office, at a news conference late this afternoon: "No one should approach them. No one should attempt to apprehend them except law enforcement."

Anyone with information should call the bureau's toll-free number, 800-CALL-FBI (800-225-5324), he added.

Image gallery here.
Press conference video, AFTER THE JUMP...

Full briefing:

Posted Apr. 18,2013 at 6:57 PM EST by in Boston Marathon Bombing, News | Permalink | Comments (19)


Towleroad Guide to the Tube #1350

TEGAN AND SARA: "I Was a Fool".

REAL DOVE BEAUTY SKETCHES: Body image issues exposed in revealing ad. Can gay men relate?

YOU CAN PLAY: UCLA athletes and football coach fight homophobia.

SHARON GLESS: Rosie O'Donnell presents her with the PFLAG Ally Award.

For recent Guides to the Tube, click HERE.

Posted Apr. 18,2013 at 5:24 PM EST by in News, Towleroad Guide to the Tube | Permalink | Comments (6)


News: Montana, John Paulk, New Mexico, John Berry, Peru

RoadMinnesota marriage equality advocates rallying at Capitol today.

RoadMontana Governor Steve Bullock to sign law decriminalizing gay sex.

PaulkRoad"Ex-gay" poster boy John Paulk: “I no longer support the ex-gay movement or efforts to attempt to change individuals — especially teens who already feel insecure and alienated. I feel great sorrow over the pain that has been caused when my words were misconstrued."

RoadCat and sloth make sweet love.

RoadWhite House Press Secretary Jay Carney won't say if Obama will push for inclusion of gay couples in comprehensive immigration reform bill. "As the president said, this bill is clearly a compromise, and no one will get everything they want from it, including the president."

RoadAnalysis: "Yes, there is enough support for LGBT inclusion in family reunification in the Senate. Will the inclusion of LGBT families as part of comprehensive immigration reform kill the chances of getting a bill passed in the Senate? This analysis suggests, no. However, the House is the sticking point."

RoadVIDEO: Garbage and Screaming Females team up for cover of Patti Smith's "Because the Night".

PeruRoadPeruvian man douses son with gasoline, sets him on fire after learning he is gay and HIV-positive: "According to the Peruvian daily newspaper La Región, Hitler Baneo Núñez, 49, allegedly tried to burn the victim (identified in reports only by his initials R.B.P.) alive after becoming tired of neighbor's jokes about his son's sexuality. Though neighbors helped save R.B.P., the young man ended up with his face, arms and parts of his legs burnt, according to the report. Not only is R.B.P. HIV positive, he also reportedly has tuberculosis."

RoadChris Evert supports marriage equality.

RoadThe NY Post loses again.

RoadNate Berkus and Jeremiah Brent, doing what engaged lovebirds do.

RoadTwo lesbian couples denied marriage licenses in New Mexico are suing: "The women, among 64 same-sex couples allowed to wed in Sandoval County before commissioners sued to halt the practice, have been in limbo ever since. New Mexico, whose voters backed a Republican governor in 2010 and President Barack Obama, a Democrat, in the past two presidential elections, is the only U.S. state that has no law related to same-sex marriage or civil unions."

Road25 Matt Bomer GIFs.

MillerRoadDan Savage's husband Terry Miller is now an underwear model.

RoadAn interview with out former NBA star John Amaechi: "I've not been approached by any athletes who have already come out or plan to come out soon, but I have been approached by younger athletes who may do so and a few veterans who probably won't."

RoadGay former OPM Director John Berry on shortlist for Australian ambassador: "Berry had been seen as a possible pick for Interior secretary in 2008 and again in this cycle — but that nomination went most recently to Sally Jewell."

RoadHong Kong trans woman in court battle to wed her boyfriend: "The woman, who was born as a man, is known only as 'W' under anonymity rules and now in her 30s. She is seeking to overturn earlier rulings that said marriage is only allowed between couples who were of the opposite sex at birth. She has argued that she has undergone government-subsidized sex change surgery and had her gender altered on her identity card since she launched the legal battle, the first such case in Hong Kong, in 2010."

Posted Apr. 18,2013 at 3:51 PM EST by | Permalink | Comments (31)


In New GLAAD PSA Campaign Created by Brett Ratner, Allies Come Out of the Closet for Equality: VIDEO

Back in February, GLAAD announced that Brett Ratner, who was ousted as Oscar producer last November after his Tower Heist Q&A in which he made anti-gay remarks, would be producing and directing a campaign in collaboration with the group.

RatnerRatner called working with GLAAD "a positive and enlightening experience" in the wake of his remarks, and his PSAs have just been released. They feature a number of well-known celebs and allies "coming out of the closet" for equality.

Jackie Chan, Tamala Jones, Giada De Laurentiis, DeRay Davis, Hudson Taylor, Jaime King, Jason Alexander, Kristen Johnston, Sarah Shahi, and Pauley Perrette are featured in the first set. I've posted four of them above.

According to GLAAD, "Comcast and NBCUniversal will serve as a leading media partner for the PSA campaign, contributing $1.5 million in national airtime on its Xfinity TV cable systems and bringing this important message to more than 20 million homes over the next year."

Posted Apr. 18,2013 at 2:40 PM EST by in Brett Ratner, GLAAD, News | Permalink | Comments (10)



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