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05/16/2013

Towleroad Talking Points: Uma, MJ and Texas

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PHOTO OF THE DAY: Hugh Jackman shows off his Wolverine abs 

BY SAM GREISMAN

A look back at today's top stories

ENTERTAINMENT

A biopic about actress turned anti-gay activist Anita Bryant is in the works and it seems that Uma Thurman is the producer's choice to play the lead. The ACLU is urging the producers of ABC's hit Modern Family to write in a marriage for its two gay characters (Mitch and Cam) so that marriage equality will remain in the minds of the American population. Check out the trailer for a new film that chronicles a gay romance in the early days of the AIDS epidemic and Diddy is the newest resident of Downton Abbey

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WINGNUTTERY

It is not a good time for sanity in the state of Texas: the bigoted loser of a recent city council election in Dallas went from leaving a homophobic rant on a reporter's voicemail to distributing anti-gay leaflets at last night's meeting. The Texas House also just passed a ridiculous amendment that would allow the state's universities to openly discriminate against gays. 

Michael Jackson may have died over three years ago but that won't stop the sexual abuse allegations from coming out; this time from choreographer Wade Robson, who twice testified in defense of the pop star. Also it should come as no surprise that Fox News doesn't care about all the recent marriage equality news

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GAY NEWS

Openly gay NBA center Jason Collins and his twin brother Jarron sat down with Jimmy Kimmel last night to discuss Jason's coming out and how often Jarron has been mistaken for his gay twin. The LGBT Student Union at San Diego State University has decided to change their name to the Queer Student Union and some are confused about it. After being cut by the Minnesota Vikings, gay rights activist Chris Kluwe has found a home with the Oakland Raiders. Is the proximity to San Francisco a coincidence? And gay ally Ben Cohen is the new master of cuddling

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VIDEOS OF THE DAY

Chelsea based and gay-owned clothing company Nasty Pig has released its latest video lookbook. Also if you plan on wearing the new Google Glass then you might want to learn how to avoid looking like a complete douche

Posted May. 16,2013 at 10:32 PM EST by | Permalink | Comments (0)


Tabatha Coffey Tells Joy Behar About Her Difficult Coming Out: VIDEO

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Tabatha Coffey spoke with Joy Behar last night about growing up in Australia, where her mother owned transgender strip clubs and had an attitude that forced her back into the closet after she came out. She also explains why she'll never have children or wear white.

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

Posted May. 16,2013 at 9:02 PM EST by in Joy Behar, News, Tabatha Coffey | Permalink | Comments (12)


Ellen Tries to Make Chris Pine Cry: VIDEO

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Ellen welcomed Chris Pine to her show today and tried to reveal what a sensitive guy he is, but ended up talking about his nuts.

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

Posted May. 16,2013 at 8:50 PM EST by in Chris Pine, Ellen DeGeneres, News | Permalink | Comments (19)


Schumer, Senate Democrats Under Pressure on Gay-Inclusive Immigration Reform

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Senate Democrats are increasingly nervous about the prospects of gay-inclusive amendments filed last week by Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) killing the comprehensive immigration reform bill, Politico reports:

After strategically keeping the White House at a distance, some key Democrats are privately advocating for the president himself to ask Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), chief proponent of the measure, to hold off on offering the amendment until the floor debate, where it’s unlikely to pass.

“He is working behind the scenes,” Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), a Gang of Eight member, told POLITICO when asked whether Democrats wanted Obama to get involved, although declined to get into details. “Obviously it is Sen. Leahy’s call.”

Leahy said he spoke with Obama on Wednesday, but the issue didn’t come up. Even if it did, Leahy said, a presidential intervention wouldn’t necessarily sway him.

“I am the most senior member of the Senate, I’m an experienced chairman. He’s happy I’m handling immigration,” Leahy said. “He hasn’t suggested whether I should or shouldn’t do it because he knows I’ll make up my own mind.”

It's also still unclear whether Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) would vote for the amendments, they add:

After the Gang of Eight didn’t include the protections in the underlying bill, Schumer assured advocates that the issue would get a vote in the Democratic-controlled Judiciary Committee, the most favorable venue for passing the amendment because the threshold is a simple majority, rather than the filibuster-proof majority on the Senate floor.

But now [LGBT advocates] are worried that might not even happen.

2_schumerEarlier, today, Schumer received, via hand delivery from the advocacy group GetEQUAL in coordination with the pro-immigrant organizations Presente.org, DRM Action and Uniting We Dream, 6,500 petitions urging him to include gay binational couples as part of the legislation.

Reports Chris Johnson at the Washington Blade:

Felipe Sousa-Rodriguez, co-director of GetEQUAL, personally handed the names to Schumer’s staff on Thursday as part of a group of about a half-dozen activists.

“It’s interesting because he’s making a political mistake,” Sousa-Rodriguez told the Blade. “The whole reason why this is even happening is because of Latinos, and Latinos hold the key to the White House. But 64 percent of voters support the inclusion of same-sex couples in immigration reform and 59 percent of Latino voters support same-sex marriage. Latinos have turned a page, the country has turned a page, but D.C. keeps being stuck in the ’90s.”

A Brazilian native who’s married to a U.S. citizen, Sousa-Rodriguez is an undocumented immigrant who came to the United States at a young age and would be able to gain citizenship through a marriage-based green card application if the immigration reform included the provision for bi-national couples.

More at the Blade...

Posted May. 16,2013 at 8:17 PM EST by in Barack Obama, Charles Schumer, Immigration, News, Patrick Leahy | Permalink | Comments (13)


'Kai the Hatchet-Wielding Hitchhiker' Wanted in Beating Death of NJ Lawyer: VIDEO

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Caleb Lawrence McGillvary, a 34-year-old man who became internet famous after a video of his life-saving efforts against a man who thought he was Jesus Christ went viral on YouTube, is now wanted in the beating death of a NJ lawyer.

ABC News reports:

He was last seen at a light rail station in the Haddonfield, New Jersey area, said Union County Prosecutor Theodore J. Romankow. McGillvary is considered to be armed and dangerous. The Camden County Prosecutor's Office said that McGillvary is likely no longer in New Jersey and there is "no immediate danger in Haddonfield."

McGillvary is homeless but considers himself "homefree" and relies on the generosity of strangers for food, lodging and transportation.

The AP adds:

Joseph Galfy, Jr., was found dead in his home Monday, two days after authorities said he met McGillvary in New York City. He was found wearing only his underwear and socks by police who went to his home to check on his well-being, the prosecutor said.

Statements posted on McGillvary's Facebook page following the homicide indicated the encounter was sexual in nature, Romankow said, though he declined to go into specific detail.

On his Facebook page, McGillvary's last post, dated Tuesday, asks "what would you do?" if you awoke in a stranger's house and found you'd been drugged and sexually assaulted. One commenter suggests hitting him with a hatchet — and McGillvary's final comment on the post says, "I like your idea."

Watch ABC7's news report, AFTER THE JUMP...

After McGillvary's video went viral, he appeared on Jimmy Kimmel, and has since "traded on that celebrity to meet fans across the country," the AP adds.

UPDATE: McGillvary has been arrested at a Philly bus station.

Posted May. 16,2013 at 6:43 PM EST by in Crime, New Jersey, News | Permalink | Comments (13)


Towleroad Guide to the Tube #1369

LIGHTNING: In slow motion. "Incredible footage of a lightning strike slowed down. One strike of lightning (1 second) turns into 3 minutes of footage. See what few people ever see!"

DOWNTON ABBEY: Enhanced by flatulence.

GIORGIO MORODER: A new track from the disco legend, "Racer", created on commission for a new Google Chrome game. Check out the demo of the game here.

GLENN BECK: Reenacts The Untouchables in attack on Obama.

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Posted May. 16,2013 at 4:45 PM EST by in Downton Abbey, Glenn Beck, Music, News, Towleroad Guide to the Tube | Permalink | Comments (2)



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