PHOTO OF THE DAY: Ryan Gosling shows of his back art in a behind-the-scenes clip from "Place Beyond the Pines".
BY SAM GREISMAN
A look back at today's top stories
Boy, when Anthony Weiner attempts a comeback he does it in a really public way. Two years after the former Congressman stepped down over a sexting scandal, he has announced his intention to run for Mayor of New York City. Voters think he shouldn't be running at a rate of nearly two-to-one. Former Defense Secretary and overall cretin Donald Rumsfeld was recently asked what he thought about gay marriage and he replied that he worries it will lead to polygamy.
Wolf Blitzer embarrassed himself in front of a tornado survivor as he discovered that she is an atheist after asking her if she thanked the Lord. The Vatican is denying that the Pope performed an exorcism recently after a video emerged of him laying hands on a wheelchair bound person. And NOM's Brian Brown has condemned the recent anti-gay violence in New York City, though no word on if he also condemns the hate speech that can often lead to such violence.
An arrest has been made in one of the several attacks during this recent rash of anti-gay assaults in New York City. The gay former Boy Scout who took his case against the Scouts' anti-gay policies all the way to the Supreme Court in 2000 recently spoke out about the efforts to end the ban on gays. Also voters in Tennessee are not entirely as anti-gay as one might assume.
VIDEOS OF THE DAY
Check out a man performing a dance-duet with his younger self set to the Dixie Chicks' cover of "Landslide". Oh he's in his underwear by the way. Buzzfeed gives us a video of unbelievably real facts and Jon Stewart is a huge fan of Toronto's wonderful crack-smoking Mayor!
Orion Griffiths Crowned 'Broadway Beauty Pageant' Winner After Sexy Contortionist Strip Tease: VIDEO
The annual Broadway Beauty Pageant took place on Monday night in New York, and raised more than $50,000 for the Ali Forney Center, the city's largest LGBT homeless youth shelter.
The evening featured Callan Bergmann (Silence! The Musical), Julius C. Carter (SPIDER-MAN Turn Off The Dark), Yurel Echezarreta (Matilda), Matthew Goodrich (The Nance), Orion Griffiths (Pippin), and Paul HeeSang Miller (Mamma Mia!). Nathan Lee Graham (Priscilla Queen of the Desert) also performed. The judges were Andrea Martin (Pippin), Billy Porter (Kinky Boots), and Michael Urie (Buyer and Cellar), and the evening was hosted by four-time Tony nominated and Drama Desk Award-winning actress Tovah Feldshuh.
The winner of the pageant, selected by the audience, was Pippin's Orion Griffiths. Matthew Rettenmund of Boy Culture shot a video of Griffiths' unique performance. That screenshot above is Griffiths before his clothes started coming off. And most of them did.
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SPOKANE'S LILAC FESTIVAL: In tilt-shift.
DANCING QUEEN: The Philadelphia Gay Men's Chorus, from its 'Extrabbaganza7'.
INTO THE HOLE: A man crashes into several cars at an intersection before ending up in a very large hole.
COVERGIRL: Every look RuPaul has worked from every season on Drag Race.
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Abercrombie execs troubled by involvement of CEO Mike Jeffries' partner Matthew Smith.
China to build world's tallest building in seven months.
Lars von Trier is using body doubles for all his Nymphomaniac actors so he can show them having real sex.
Gay candidates win in L.A.: "Ron Galperin has become the first openly gay candidate to win a citywide race in Los Angeles, the second largest city in America. Galperin defeated Dennis Zine in the race for city controller, an office currently held by Wendy Greuel, who lost a bid to become L.A.’s mayor to City Councilman Eric Garcetti. Galperin is an attorney, business owner, community leader – and a recognized expert on L.A. municipal government and finance. Replacing Garcetti on the Council will be openly gay candidate Mitch O’Farrell."
Baltimore Mayor to preside over mass gay wedding at this year's Pride on June 16.
France's first gay marriage: "Vincent and Bruno will be the first gay couple to be legally married in France since President François Hollande signed the 'marriage for all' act into law earlier this month. Helene Mandroux will be the country’s first elected mayor to officiate at a same-sex marriage, while Montpellier will be openly recognized as one of France’s most gay-friendly cities."
Clay Aiken, Jennifer Hudson, Kelly Clarkson to judge next season's American Idol?
NOM Communications Director tweets alert to Disney lawyers.
Venomous jellyfish kill two adults in front of their children: "The two were spotted unmoving off the beach and fellow campers were able to haul Ricketson's body ashore and attempt to resuscitate her as the shocked children looked on, WAtoday.com reported. Shugg's body slipped under water and was not recovered after a five-day search."
Ewan McGregor grows pornstache disguise.
Anonymous senior Republican aide on party's obsession with Benghazi: "Some of the accusations, I mean you wouldn't believe some of this stuff. It's just—I mean, you've got to be on Mars to come up with some of this stuff."
GIF creator honored.
Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi buy palatial Montecito estate: "The deal went through last week, and words can't do justice to how insane this house is -- it's 10,522 square feet ... located in Montecito, which has some of the most beautiful vistas in Cali. It's got 6 bedrooms and 6 bathrooms ... and it sits on 13 ACRES. Oh yeah, it's also got NINE fireplaces ... and even the pool's got an ocean view."
Jennifer Aniston reunites with Matthew Perry and Courtney Cox.
Hugh Jackman is one of those people who rides a foot scooter around NYC.
Canada updates gay blood donation guidelines: "The new policy, which Canadian Blood Services hopes to have in place by mid-summer, will allow men to donate blood if they haven't had sex with another man for five years before the donation."
Exxon Mobil accused of anti-gay bias: "The complaint was filed Wednesday with the Illinois Department of Human Rights by Freedom to Work, one of several groups which accuse Exxon of flawed workplace policies for gays. The complaint says Exxon was sent two nearly identical resumes for a job opening in Illinois. The only major differences: one applicant made clear she was a gay-rights activist, and had higher grades than the other applicant."
Biden says Jewish leaders in Hollywood drove changing attitudes on gay marriage: "Biden says culture and arts change people's attitudes. He cites social media and the old NBC TV series "Will and Grace" as examples of what helped changed attitudes on gay marriage. Biden says, quote, 'Think — behind of all that, I bet you 85 per cent of those changes, whether it's in Hollywood or social media, are a consequence of Jewish leaders in the industry.'"
Writes Marcum: "I turn 30 in a week and couldn't think of a better homage to my twenties than a sensible mashup."
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