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06/04/2013

Towleroad Talking Points: Marriage Equality Advances in the UK

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PHOTO OF THE DAY: The "cutest couple" who took the internet by storm are super cute prom dates too 

BY SAM GREISMAN

A look back at today's top stories

WINGNUTTERY

Testifying at today's Ways and Means hearing on the "scandal" at the IRS, John Eastman of NOM lost his cool and babbled on and on about would-be anti-gay marriage donors being victimized. A couple of hatemongers decided to have a protest out in front of the Human Rights Campaign headquarters and the turn-out is pretty shameful

The NYPD has released new images of the men wanted in an anti-gay attack that occurred following a Knicks game back in May. NFL superstar Adrian Peterson says he would treat a gay player like a teammate but would be pretty nervous in the showers. And Facebook has thankfully removed that new game in which players get to attack gay activists. 

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GAY ISSUES

Great news from Britain where a marriage equality bill continues to progress through the government, this time with an overwhelming margin for equality in the House of Lords! It is only day two of what is expected to be a very lengthy trial for Bradley Manning and his sexuality has already become a topic. Also a former elite Navy Seal has penned a book about his transition from male to female

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ENTERTAINMENT

This Sunday Neil Patrick Harris will be hosting the Tonys for the third time and last night on Late Night with David Letterman he gave us all a preview of his opening number. Speaking of Broadway's big night, Naveen Kumar gives us a preview of who the winners might be. I don't watch Game of Thrones but apparently some major sh*t went down this past Sunday and the internet reacted like this.  

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VIDEO OF THE DAY

Your next pizza may arrive at your door via unmanned drone

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Tony Nominees Billy Porter and Stark Sands Perform 'Kinky Boots' on Location at a Shoe Maker: VIDEO

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Billy Porter and Stark Sands sing "Not My Father's Son" from Kinky Boots in a new series from the New York Times in which Tony nominees perform scenes on location in NYC. Cyndi Lauper wrote the music and lyrics to the musical.

This performance was shot at the shoemaker T.O. Dey.

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

Our theatre critic Naveen Kumar predicts a win for Lauper this Sunday. See his other predictions HERE.

Posted Jun. 4,2013 at 8:00 PM EST by in Cyndi Lauper, Music, Music Video, News, Theatre | Permalink | Comments (12)


Russell Brand, Phil Donahue, Oliver Stone Declare They are Bradley Manning in New Video: WATCH

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Phil Donahue, Oliver Stone, Russell Brand, Peter Sarsgaard, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Wallace Shawn, Tom Morello and Moby are among the celebrities appearing in a new video in support of Wikileaks soldier Bradley Manning, whose trial began this week.

"When you join the military, are you asked to keep any war crimes you might see secret?", the video asks, before each of the actors says, "I am Bradley Manning."

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

Posted Jun. 4,2013 at 6:42 PM EST by in Bradley Manning, News | Permalink | Comments (57)


Dan Savage Talks to Thomas Roberts About Monogamy, Marriage, and Rick Santorum: VIDEO

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Dan Savage joined Thomas Roberts on MSNBC for a chat about his new book American Savage, his thoughts on monogamy and marriage, and Rick Santorum's upcoming 2016 presidential run, which Savage thinks is a sure bet and great news for a Democratic opponent.

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

Visit NBCNews.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy

Posted Jun. 4,2013 at 6:21 PM EST by in 2016 Election, Dan Savage, News, Rick Santorum, Thomas Roberts | Permalink | Comments (45)


Towleroad Guide to the Tube #1381

SOCIAL MOVEMENT PROJECT: Casting trans actors.

UNDER THE SEA: There are some weird creatures.

HOT CHIP: The new single "Dark and Stormy".

ANCHOR AND METEOROLOGIST: Can't stand each other.

For recent Guides to the Tube, click HERE.

Posted Jun. 4,2013 at 5:20 PM EST by in News, Towleroad Guide to the Tube | Permalink | Comments (1)


News: Surrogacy, Colombia, Wizard of Oz, Lambda Literary Awards

RoadGlenn Beck tells his audience it will be them who saves the nation.

Adams_cavillRoadAmy Adams (Lois Lane) and Henry Cavill (Superman) looking gorgeous on the cover of Interview magazine.

RoadVideo: Florida police tase runaway llama after it spits in their faces.

Road30 Colombian LGBT activists attend Gay and Lesbian Victory Institute attend political training forum: "The program, which was coordinated by the Gay and Lesbian Victory Institute and the Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice, was the first to take place as part of the USAID-backed LGBT Global Development Partnership that will contribute $11 million over the next four years to advocacy groups in neighboring Ecuador and other developing countries."

RoadThe Wizard of Oz is getting a 3-D re-release this year. "Nearly 75 years after its dazzling Technicolor debut, The Wizard of Oz will be converted to 3-D and IMAX for a one-week theatrical run in September, Warner Bros. and IMAX officials will announce Tuesday. The restoration marks the film industry's highest-profile conversion yet of a 2-D classic. Already, studios have remastered films including Titanic, Jurassic Park and Raiders of the Lost Ark."

RoadCelebs bring their fashion game to the CFDA Awards.

RoadJennifer Lawrence: even mutants need to eat.

KentuckyRoadBenjamin Alire Saenz's Everything Begins and Ends at the Kentucky Club wins Gay General Fiction award at the Lambda Literary Awards. Garth Greenwell reviewed it for Towleroad here. See all the winners here.

RoadWhat to expect when you're expecting...and gay: "So you’re going to be a gay parent? Congratulations! No doubt you’ve been through a lot to get to this point, whether you’ve traveled the path of adoption, IVF, artificial insemination, surrogacy, fostering or whatever. Now, you have a lot to do to get ready."

RoadBradley Cooper got a fresh cut.

RoadLouisiana House gives final approval to surrogate parenting bill: "Unmarried and gay couples in Louisiana will be blocked from becoming surrogate parents if Gov. Bobby Jindal signs a bill approved by the House on Sunday. The bill would set up surrogacy contract rules in the state as well as define who is eligible to enter into such contracts."

RoadListen: Selena Gomez's new song "Slow Down".

RoadFRC's Tony Perkins says "investors flock" to ExxonMobil because the company isn't "fueling the homosexual agenda."

DogRoadPolice dog says good-bye to his officer.

RoadRestaurant ice machines contain more bacteria than toilet water: "The Daily Mail collected ice from ten fast-food franchises — McDonald's, Burger King, and Starbucks among them — and determined that in six out of ten locations, those innocuous-seeming cubes contained higher levels of bacteria than the water samples taken from toilet bowls at the same establishments."

RoadKarl Lagerfeld thinks he shamed Adele into losing weight.

RoadLiberal mayor Bob Filner takes on the San Diego establishment.

RoadCould the Uniting American Families Act pass as a floor amendment to immigration reform? “I can tell you if the immigration bill is moving toward a vote before we have a Supreme Court DOMA ruling — or after we have a bad Supreme Court ruling — a floor option is something we very much want to look at,” Ralls said. “We’re kind of in two competing timelines here; it’s not entirely clear how quickly the immigration bill will move forward for a vote, and we don’t know exactly when we’re going to have a Supreme Court ruling.”

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