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06/13/2013

Towleroad Talking Points: Rubio, Bachmann and Other Nuts

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BY SAM GREISMAN

A look back at today's top stories

WINGNUTTERY

Marco Rubio is not at all pleased with the notion that the immigration bill could contain protection for LGBT couples, so much so that he says he is "done" if gay couples are involved. And he thinks it should be legal to fire people for being gay. Michele Bachmann believes that if it passes there will never be another Republican president. Promise? In Michigan, the House Speaker has admitted that he is "struggling" with the idea of adding gays to the state's non-discrimination laws

UFC fighter Josh Thomson is just a very confused individual, as he thinks that gay marriage leads to pedophilia and polygamy. A radio host in Australia has been suspended for asking the country's Prime Minister if her boyfriend is gay and implying that their relationship is a sham. And a lawmaker from Wassau, Wisconsin is all hot and bothered over the town's decision to hold its first gay pride parade

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ENTERTAINMENT

Ricky Martin (and some Australian collaborators) have a new dance single out just in time for summer. Jimmy Fallon and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie slow jam the state's special Senate election and there are lots of bare chested men in the first trailer for the sequel to 300. 

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VIDEOS OF THE DAY

Last night Glenn Greenwald of The Guardian sat down with Anderson Cooper to discuss how right wing wackjob Peter King wants to have him arrested for doing his job and reporting the NSA story. 

Learn all the science behind getting super buff. Also who else REALLY wants to go to Barcelona after seeing this video?

Posted Jun. 13,2013 at 10:15 PM EST by | Permalink | Comments (1)


Marco Rubio: It Should Be Legal to Fire Someone for Being Gay: VIDEO

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Think Progress caught up with Senator Marco Rubio today in an elevator at the opening luncheon of the annual Faith and Freedom Forum and asked him about the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA).

Said Rubio:

"I haven’t read the legislation. By and large I think all Americans should be protected but I’m not for any special protections based on orientation."

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

It was the second fail on LGBT civil rights for Rubio in 24 hours.

Earlier, he said he's finished with the immigration bill if it includes gay couples:

"If this bill has something in it that gives gay couples immigration rights and so forth, it kills the bill. I'm done," Rubio said Thursday during an interview on the Andrea Tantaros Show. "I'm off it, and I've said that repeatedly. I don't think that's going to happen and it shouldn't happen. This is already a difficult enough issue as it is."

Posted Jun. 13,2013 at 9:09 PM EST by in ENDA, Florida, Marco Rubio, News | Permalink | Comments (58)


Towleroad Guide to the Tube #1388

SHRED OF HOPE: A fundraiser for the Ali Forney Center.

BRYAN FISCHER: The AFA was so confident that the Boy Scouts would uphold its anti-gay policy it didn't even prepare a press release.

DADS: The Human Rights Campaign celebrates father's day by praising Magic Johnson, Artie Goldstein, Rob Portman, David Burtka and Neil Patrick Harris, and Daniel Martinez-Leffew and Bryan Leffew.

GET LUCKY: The evolution.

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Posted Jun. 13,2013 at 5:03 PM EST by in News, Towleroad Guide to the Tube | Permalink | Comments (3)


News: Powerball, Edward Snowden, Nova Scotia, the Mac Pro

RoadFlorida's $590 million Powerball winner is moving in with gay son and his boyfriend.

Model_snowdenRoadBefore he was an NSA whistleblower, Edward Snowden aspired to be a male model.

RoadJustin Timberlake's nose is a breast.

RoadColumbus, Ohio responds to anti-gay attacks with Pink Party, safety workshops, and benefits.

RoadNova Scotia to fund gender reassignment surgery: "Transgender Nova Scotians will soon have gender reassignment surgery funded by the province. Government committed today, June 12, that the surgery will be covered by MSI. Health and Wellness Minister David Wilson said he came to the decision after reviewing the medical evidence and the policies of other provinces that fund this procedure."

RoadBase jumping on Baffin Island.

RoadSan Domino: A gay island created by Italy's Fascists.

RoadJewish gay activist Chaim Levin awarded $3.5 million after suing his cousin for alleged molestation starting from the age of 6.

RoadEddie Redmayne to play physicist Stephen Hawking.

SmithRoadWill Smith and his son Jaden are "very affectionate".

RoadAn interview with Demetre Daskalakis, who administers free meningitis vaccines at gay bars in New York City. "Larry Kramer has inspired me most. Aside from being brilliant and controversial, he is a force for positive change and takes no prisoners. He recently told me he admired my work and I almost fainted."

RoadWill President Obama push for Russian LGBT equality at the G-8 summit?

RoadJon Snow in a snow white t-shirt.

RoadMaryland Delegate Heather Mizeur puts sexuality front and center in gubernatorial bid ad: “Heather is the best person to lead Maryland,” the e-mail said. “And if elected, she would also be the first openly LGBT Governor elected in the country — a big step forward. As we celebrate Gay Pride month, we ask our friends and allies to PROUDLY stand with Heather.”

MacproRoadViral marketing for the Mac Pro in the NYC subway.

RoadJazz composer Terence Blanchard's new opera "Champion" is based on the life of gay boxer Emile Griffith.

RoadTLC's 'Honey Do' guys, shirtless.

RoadMother of murdered gay Liverpool teen Michael Causer wants to open a gay shelter in her son's name: "Marie, 52, from Whiston, whose son was brutally killed five years ago, was touched by the plight of youngsters who said they had run away, rather than tell their parents they were gay, or had been kicked out of the family home because of their sexuality. Her goal is to fund a hostel that can provide temporary emergency care for gay and lesbian youngsters at risk of being on the street."

RoadJohn Galliano speaks to Charlie Rose: "I was in a blackout ... I've since discovered that one is a blackout drinker, what happens is that it can release paranoia of such a stage that it can trigger frustrations from childhood. And due to that, it can trigger a self-defense mechanism. Now, having had quite a tough time in school, and being subjected, persecuted, bullied, called all sorts of names, as children do, and living a lie, really, because I was gay but I couldn't admit that at home, honestly I couldn't escape."

Posted Jun. 13,2013 at 3:33 PM EST by | Permalink | Comments (18)


Orca Pays Surprise Visit to Alaskan Fishermen: VIDEO

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A group of Alaskan fishermen get the reminder that nature is much bigger than they are.

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

Related...
The Documentary Sea World Doesn't Want You to See [tlrd]
Pod of Orcas Eyes a Small Fishing Boat Near Denmark: VIDEO [tlrd]
Orcas Chasing a Speedboat [tlrd]

Posted Jun. 13,2013 at 2:51 PM EST by in Alaska, News, Whales | Permalink | Comments (16)


MN United PAC Announces First Round of Pro-Equality Lawmakers to Get Reelection Support: VIDEO

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Leaders of the fight for marriage equality in Minnesota appear in a new video for Twin Cities PRIDE as the state celebrates its first LGBT Pride since passage of the new law.

Watch it, AFTER THE JUMP...

In related news, MN United PAC, the political fund formed by gay marriage advocacy group Minnesotans United for All Families, announced its “Minnesota 15″ initiative to assist the pro-equality lawmakers running for reelection in the fall. The group named the first lawmakers to receive their support, Politics Minnesota reports:

Topping that list is DFL Rep. Joe Radinovich, a freshman lawmaker from Crosby who won in GOP-friendly House District 10B by only 323 votes last fall. Radinovich was the subject of a brief recall effort organized by Crow County Republicans over his gay marriage vote. The recall pursuit was recently shot down by the state Supreme Court, but Republicans in the area have vowed to continue their push to oust the first-term lawmaker from office next fall.

DFL Reps. Shannon Savick, Wells, John Persell, Bemidji, Roger Erickson, Baudette, and Tim Faust, Hinckley, round out the first list released by the group.

Posted Jun. 13,2013 at 2:05 PM EST by in Gay Marriage, Minnesota, News | Permalink | Comments (2)



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