MARRIAGE NEWS WATCH: The failure to vote in Illinois, a new survey, and hope for Michigan.
ELLIE GOULDING: "Tessellate".
BRYAN FISCHER: End sexual assault in the military by banning women and gays.
BUTT WIPES FOR MEN: The Dollar Shave Club guy's new project.
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Man attempts suicide outside the Today show.
Transcripts from Bradley Manning's trial are being posted online.
David Mixner says he supports Christine Quinn for NYC mayor and blasts "hysteria" of her dissenters: "For those of you supporting others, I respect that but not the shrill, angry and offensive rhetoric that has surfaced against Quinn. It is unbecoming, inaccurate and not only harms the LGBT community but the entire city."
'Anatomical' carafe mimics body's blood supply networks and airways, holds entire bottle, is nightmare to clean.
Former SF Supervisor Bevan Dufty drops out of San Francisco Pride: "Asked whether his decision to step down had anything to do with the San Francisco LGBT Pride Celebration Committee's handling of the Bradley Manning grand marshal brouhaha, Dufty declined to answer directly. 'I'm going to let my actions speak for me in this situation,' he wrote in an email."
Salon editor in chief Kerry Lauerman to exit: "Lauerman's start-up, a 'content and commerce' site, is expected to launch this fall and will be housed under the LV incubator Soho Tech Labs. LV CEO and founder Ken Lerer was a co-founder of Huffington Post and currently serves as Chairman of BuzzFeed and Betaworks."
Good reads: Dan Savage's favorite LGBT relationship books.
New Mexico Attorney general to address same-sex marriage dispute: "King has scheduled a news conference Thursday in Albuquerque about a request for a nonbinding opinion by his office on whether same-sex couples can be legally married in the state. A state court challenge is pending over the gay marriage issue. Two same-sex couples filed a lawsuit in Albuquerque in March after being denied marriage licenses."
Jesse Metcalfe shows off his abs after a workout.
Istanbul's sunglasses motorcycle dog.
National minority AIDS Council issues new report, RISE Proud: Combatting HIV Among Black Gay and Bisexual Men. “Black gay and bisexual men are incredibly resilient,” said NMAC Director of Legislative and Public Policy Kali Lindsey. "Our hope is that RISE Proud will begin the critical, and long over due conversation about the intrinsic value of Black gay and bisexual men, and the need to demonstrate this through immediate and constructive action to mitigate the impact of HIV on all of us.”
Columbus couple bringing mass gay wedding to D.C.: "On June 21, 2013, 25 gay and lesbian couples from Ohio, Illinois, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, South Carolina and West Virginia will leave Columbus on a bus headed for the nation’s capital, where they will wed in front of the Supreme Court building. The trip is dubbed 'C-Bus of Love,' and it is the brainchild of Josh and Steve as part of their mission to bring about legalized gay marriage."
Armie Hammer's Lone Ranger tower stunt was not filmed in front of a green screen.
Carey Mulligan the frontrunner to play Hillary Clinton in upcoming biopic.
Police link three disappearances in Toronto's gay village.
NSA spying on millions of Americans: "Today, the Guardian newspaper confirmed what EFF (and many others) have long claimed: the NSA is conducting widespread, untargeted, domestic surveillance on millions of Americans. This revelation should end, once and for all, the government's long-discredited secrecy claims about its dragnet domestic surveillance programs."
Vast number of anti-gay hate crimes never reported. ‘Going to the cops will only make it worse'.
Gay man robbed by hustler at D.C. hotel: "The man, who spoke only on condition that he not be identified, said he responded to an ad placed by the man claiming to be the escort on the site Rentboy.com. He said he called a phone number listed in the ad and the person answering the phone arranged for him to meet the escort at a room at the Capital Hilton. When he arrived, the man said, the person who let him in the room was not the same person whose photograph appeared in the ad. He said he immediately told the person he wanted to cancel the arrangement."
BY BOBBY HANKINSON
With the traditional television season drawing to a close, now’s the perfect time to catch up on all those shows your friends can’t stop talking about. Before season premieres kick off this fall, indulge in some lighter fare with these recent TV highlights.
The following five shows are perfect for breezy summer viewing. These series just finished their first seasons (so it’s not an insurmountable amount of content to consume), and they’ve all been renewed for a second season. Episodes can be found on iTunes or Amazon Instant Video.
More, AFTER THE JUMP
The Mindy Project (Fox)
Starring: Mindy Kaling (The Office), Chris Messina (Julie & Julia)
The Pitch: In this sitcom, "having it all" also includes having a brain.
Why It’s Worth It: Kaling does “quirky” without letting her protagonist devolve into an Etsy caricature.
Arrow (The CW)
The Pitch: Imagine Christopher Nolan’s Batman films starring Abercrombie models.
Why It’s Worth It: Beyond the super sexy hero, the show generally sticks to gritty realism instead of hokey spandex tropes.
Starring: Connie Britton (American Horror Story, Friday Night Lights) and Hayden Panettiere (Heroes)
The Pitch: It's a twangy musical about two dueling divas.
Why It’s Worth It: Britton's and Panettiere's layered performances really sell the emotional highs and lows on this evening soap.
Starring: Jonny Lee Miller (Trainspotting), Lucy Liu (Charlie's Angels)
The Pitch: Law & Order meets House.
Why It’s Worth It: This contemporary take on Sherlock Holmes scratches that procedural itch while providing an effective character study.
The Carrie Diaries (The CW)
Starring: AnnaSophia Robb (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory), Freema Agyeman (Dr. Who)
The Pitch: Travel back in time with Carrie Bradshaw.
Why It’s Worth It: It transcends ‘80s pastiche and Sex and the City reverence by eschewing winking irony for a sweet (if sometimes overly earnest) coming-of-age story.
What will you be watching this summer?
Bobby Hankinson is a Brooklyn-based writer and digital strategist. His days are spent thinking about digital engagement for non-profits, while his nights are spent shimmying to Spotify, reading comic books and watching the best (and, let's be honest, worst) TV has to offer. His work has appeared in the Boston Globe and Houston Chronicle.
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has appointed his longtime aide and the state's attorney general, Jeffrey Chiesa, to fill the Senate seat held by the late Frank Lautenberg until a special election can be held in October, the Star-Ledger reports:
Christie's announcement at a hastily arranged news conference ended days of intense speculation over whom the Republican governor would appoint to serve nearly five months before voters elect a replacement for the 89-year-old Lautenberg, who died Monday.
New Jersey voters haven't sent a Republican to the Senate in four decades.
On Tuesday, Christie made the controversial decision to hold two special elections — an Aug. 13 primary and an Oct. 16 election — to fill the Senate seat at a cost of almost $25 million.
Some Republicans have criticized the approach as a political move on Christie's part, aimed at keeping Newark Mayor Cory Booker — who has expressed interest in the Senate seat — off the November ballot. Booker could attract more Democrats to come out to vote and possibly erode Christie's margin of victory over his Democratic opponent, state Sen. Barbara Buono.
The NYT adds: "Mr. Chiesa served as chief counsel to Mr. Christie from January 2010 through December 2011, when he was nominated to be New Jersey attorney general. Before that, he headed Mr. Christie’s transition team after his election."
This morning we reported on the horrific attack on 18-year-old French progressive activist who is brain dead after an attack by a group of three neo-Nazi skinheads in Paris last night.
Video has emerged of Meric marchiing in an April demonstration in Paris, carrying a banner reading "homophobia kills".
At least one prominent French activist Pierre Bergé implicated the anti-gay marriage movement known as "Manif Pour Tous" for the attack on Meric.
Watch the video, AFTER THE JUMP...
Harvey Fierstein stopped by MSNBC to talk about his Tony-nominated musical Kinky Boots with Thomas Roberts, blasting anti-gay religious bigots and celebrating his birthday as well.
"Can you imagine if I was on a school board and I came in and I said, 'you know, I don't want any Jews or Christians teaching my kids, because they believe in people living inside whales, and they believe in slavery, and stoning women who have had an affair, so I just don't want any of those Christians or Jews'. Can you imagine? But they feel just absolutely free to say that about gay people."
Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...