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05/08/2013

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BY SAM GREISMAN

A look back at today's top stories

ENTERTAINMENT

James Franco stopped by Zach Galifianakis' Between Two Ferns in what turned out to be an excuse for a gay love themed "Lonely Island" digital short. Also Zach got in some pretty good shots at Franco. The Butler, the newest film from Oscar-nominated director Lee Daniels, has its first trailer and it features a plethora of stars that are both exciting and head scratching

Last night Anderson Cooper scored an exclusive interview with the Cleveland man who is being credited for saving three women who had been missing for 10 years. David Bowie's new video for "The Next Day" should upset some Catholics and proves that Marion Cotillard can still be sexy even with stigmata wounds. Also rapper Lil Wayne is pleased with all the support that has been shown for Jason Collins' coming out. 

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On the flip side right-wing moron "Coach Dave", who looks as dumb as he sounds, is upset that Obama phoned up that sodomite Jason Collins. A Pennsylvania lawmaker who is looking to push through an anti-gay marriage bill is finding that his supporters are leaping overboard. Anti-gay insanity continues to pour out of France where a cartoon depicts the main sponsor of the country's gay marriage bill as some kind of giant rabid gorilla. And apparently cheating on your wife and then breaking into her house isn't enough to stop South Carolinians from voting for Mark Sanford

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GAY ISSUES

Even though his Denver Nuggets have already been bounced out of the playoffs Kenneth Faried and his two moms are the focus of a pretty awesome piece by ESPN. DOMA Project has put together a clip to remind those who are against LGBT-friendly immigration reform just who they are hurting. Over ninety religious leaders in the state of New Mexico have come out in support of a marriage equality bill and it seems that Minnesota is speeding toward marriage equality with a chance that same-sex marriage could be legalized by next week

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VIDEOS OF THE DAY

If you're boating near Mexico look out for very boat-chasing killer whales. Also apparently people are excited about being able to ride in a giant gay sheep at Burning Man?

Posted May. 8,2013 at 10:30 PM EST by | Permalink | Comments (1)


Decorated Virginia College Football Star Says He's Gay: VIDEO

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Kevin Grayson is "one of the most decorated football players Central Virginia has ever seen" and he's coming out of the closet, WTVR reports:

Grayson was named all district and all-region while playing both offense and defense at L.C. Bird High School in Chesterfield. In college he helped the University of Richmond Spiders win the Football Championship Subdivision national title in 2008, and while playing professionally  in Italy last year he was named MVP of his league’s super bowl.

But his sexuality remained hidden from many of his coaches and all but a handful of trusted teammates, largely because of the culture that exists in America’s favorite sport.

Grayson has “no doubt” there are gay players in the NFL currently, and admits to knowing some active players himself. But, he explained that “it’s one of those things where you meet someone and you find out about something it’s a ‘you take it to the grave’ type thing.”

Watch Grayson's interview with WTVR, AFTER THE JUMP...

Posted May. 8,2013 at 9:02 PM EST by in Football (American), I'm Gay, News, Sports | Permalink | Comments (33)


Minnesota Equality Advocates Seek to Clarify 'Civil' Marriage, Get More Lawmakers on Board

As lawmakers in Minnesota's House prepare to consider a marriage equality bill tomorrow, advocates of the bill are proposing a change to state law that would add the word "civil" in front of marriage in a hope to get GOP lawmakers on board, the Star Tribune reports:

MNFreshman Republican Rep, David FitzSimmons, R – Albertville, has offered the change. FitzSimmons could not be reached for comment. It is not clear whether the change will prompt him to vote for the measure.

“Minnesotans United supports this amendment, and we will encourage the members of the Minnesota House of Representatives to support it as well,” said Richard Carlbom, campaign manager for Minnesotans United, the lead group pushing for same-sex marriage. “Representative FitzSimmons’ amendment affirms the fact that Minnesotans want same-sex couples to have the freedom to marry in our state while also ensuring that clergy members and religious institutions are free to practice their beliefs free from government intrusion.”

The House will vote on the measure Thursday, but so far not a single Republican House member has indicated their support for same-sex marriage.

Advocates are hopeful about the bill's chances. If it passes, it could go to the state senate as early as Saturday.

Posted May. 8,2013 at 6:22 PM EST by in Gay Marriage, Minnesota, News | Permalink | Comments (33)


Towleroad Guide to the Tube #1364

MATT KEMP: L.A. Dodger gives ball, hat, jersey, and cleats to a fan.

STAR TREK: The honest trailer.

THE INTERNET: What it's doing to our brains.

CHESTY: Anderson Cooper meets a Marine and his mascot.

For recent Guides to the Tube, click HERE.

Posted May. 8,2013 at 5:05 PM EST by | Permalink | Comments (8)


News: Harvey Milk Terminal, Zachary Quinto, Derrick Anderson

RoadNiall Ferguson doubles down on gay theory about John Maynard Keynes.

Mud_quintoRoadZachary Quinto gets muddy.

RoadVideo: Best treadmill dancing ever.

RoadJason Collins ex-fiancee Carolyn Moos is writing a book. “Carolyn will be writing a book as she reflects on her recent life events about her former fiance. She welcomes submitted questions from the public about what they would like to hear more on given topics that were discuss at the surface level in the interviews." Jason Collins is not.

RoadHarvey Milk international Airport not going to happen in SF, but Harvey Milk Terminal just might.

RoadThe fabulous life of an openly gay swimmer at USC: "I’ve been out since I stepped on the pool deck three years ago and have thoroughly enjoyed my time as a student athlete. Heading into my senior year, and last year of NCAA eligibility, I’m content with my place on the team and am able to recognize and celebrate the differences with my straight teammates."

RoadHouston Dynamo won't sanction supporters group over homophobic slur: "Someone with access to the Brickwall Firm’s official Twitter account tweeted homophobic slurs directed at Los Angeles Galaxy star and U.S. Soccer icon Landon Donovan on Sunday night."

CdcRoadCDC features lesbian couple in anti-smoking campaign ad. Video.

RoadTiki Barber and Shayne Graham sound off on Jason Collins.

RoadMore on the Zambian couple detained this week for sodomy after family members turned them in: “I broke down in tears to see the conditions and state they are in; they are in a jail which is meant for 5 people but houses 20 people. Because of the charges they are in danger from the others. Lord please get them out of there, if it was my will I would have them leave the country now, they will surely die if sentence to the maximum prison.”

RoadChris Kluwe: Gay rights advocacy more important to me than football.

RoadZac Efron, flashing his treasure trail.

RoadMadonna and Frank Ocean are BFFs.

RoadParsons dumps John Galliano: "The school said in a statement that his appearance was to include 'a candid discussion about the connection between his professional work and his actions in the world at large.' It said it canceled the workshop after the two sides couldn’t reach consensus on the conditions of the conversation."

AndersonRoadOhio state track athlete Derrick Anderson is out and proud. "Last month, Anderson publicly acknowledged he was gay at a university-sponsored event on campus, three weeks before NBA player Jason Collins became the first active male athlete in one of the four U.S. major sports to come out of the closet."

RoadProposed Indonesian bylaw would make homosexuality punishable by flogging: "The Aceh Legislative Council (DPRA) will discuss the proposed changes to bylaws in the province, including one which would criminalise homosexuality, and make it punishable with 100 public lashes."

RoadDeadly giant snail found in Houston.

RoadPolice arrest blackmailer targeting gay men in Nairobi, Kenya: "According to NGLHRC, Oleshawa has a history of luring unsuspecting gay men from online sites, abducting them and extorting money and property from their family and friends using threats and violence. He also frequently uses his victim's cell phones to demand money from contacts in their phone book such as their family and friends."

Posted May. 8,2013 at 3:37 PM EST by | Permalink | Comments (15)


Pennsylvania Lawmaker Hoping to Ban Same-Sex Marriage Finds Support for His Bill Dwindling

Pennsylvania Rep. Darryl Metcalfe yesterday reintroduced a bill that would amend the state Constitution to define marriage as between a man and a woman.

MetcalfeSaid Metcalfe in a statement:

Pennsylvania does not need to wait for the United States Supreme Court to rule on what natural law already declares as self-evident … Marriage is a sacred bond that can only be fulfilled by one man and one woman, as established by God. Final passage of my legislation will allow state lawmakers to exercise their rightful responsibility and obligation to uphold the rule of law and the will of the people.

Phily magazine reports that supporters are fleeing:

In the last session, the bill had 40 supporters, but today, according to a rep from Brian Sims’ office, there are only 27. And this is the first time it’s been introduced with zero Democratic backers. To top it off, his bill’s lackluster show of support comes on the heels of yesterday’s announcement that a record number of legislators on both sides of the fence sponsor legislation that ban discrimination against LGBT people in the workplace and housing and public accommodations.

Posted May. 8,2013 at 2:48 PM EST by in Gay Marriage, News, Pennsylvania | Permalink | Comments (22)



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