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Towleroad Talking Points: Bee, Brand and Chipotle


A look back at today's top stories

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The Daily Show's Samantha Bee sat down with some of the poor beleaguered anti-gay Christian souls who have had to suffer the pain of being bullied and totally puts them in their place. Intolerant religious right-wingers are also all upset that Chipotle is super into sodomy. In Idaho a very wise GOP official is rightfully concerned that if gays aren't legally discriminated against, then they will show up to work in "tutus"

The Russian Parliament continues to demonstrate it's hatred of the LGBT community as it has now banned same-sex foreign couples from adopting Russian children. A Councilwoman in Dallas is outraged that an HIV prevention billboard would present gays as "acceptable" and one of the Duggar children is going to make bigotry his new profession



Ari Ezra Waldman looks at gay rights after the SCOTUS decision, specifically what happens with civil unions and domestic partnerships.




Russell Brand stopped by the zoo that is MSNBC's Morning Joe and brilliantly cut the hapless talking heads down to size. None other than gay super icon Cher is slated to perform at New York's Pride Dance on the Pier event. After a lifetime of practicing, Zachary Quinto was finally able to charm Barbara Walters

Steve Carell and Kristin Wiig's new shoe line is set to be the newest trend in fashion. With So You Think You Can Dance revealing its Top 20 dancers tonight, we take a look at 10 classic SYTYCD performances. Also the "prancercise" lady's 15 minutes aren't up yet



How many of these amazing moments do you wish you could have seen in person?

Posted Jun. 18,2013 at 11:08 PM EST by | Permalink | Comments (0)

'Guess What?' The New Single From Cazwell (With Luciana): VIDEO

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The ever-shirtless Cazwell (of 'Ice Cream Truck' fame) and Luciana released their latest single 'Guess What?' today.


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Andy Warhol's Summer Portraits Up for Auction at Christie's: PHOTOS


Lot 70
ANDY WARHOL (1928-1987) 
Fire Island Party 
dated 'Aug 02 1982' (on the reverse) 
unique gelatin silver print 
10 x 8 in. (25.4 x 20.3 cm.) 

Executed in 1982.
Estimate:  $2,000 – 3,000
© The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc.

Coinciding with the celebration of Pride this month, Christie's has announced an online-only auction of 200 photographs, prints and drawings by Andy Warhol that focus on the male nude. The pieces are available to bid on now through June 27 online (warning: link work-unfriendly). 

From Christie's:

"Throughout his career, Warhol depicted male nudes through photography or drawing, often using gay underground culture as his backdrop. His visual explorations of the complexity of sexuality and desire chronicle the momentous changes within the gay community in the late 20th century,when many young men were flocking to urban centers such as New York, San Francisco, and New Orleans from their suburban and rural hometowns. With the anonymity of the city came the opportunity for a subculture that was both self sustaining and self defining. Warhol himself moved from Pittsburgh to New York in the summer of 1949, and witnessed first hand both the blossoming of the gay community in the 1970s and the beginnings of the AIDS epidemic that battered the community in the 1980s."

Check out a few more images of works (a preview exclusive to Towleroad) that are up for auction AFTER THE JUMP...

"It's hard work to look like the complete opposite of what nature made you and then to be an imitation...of what was only a the first place."
— Andy Warhol


Lot 71
ANDY WARHOL (1928-1987) 
Man at Pool Party 
dated 'Aug 02 1982' (on the reverse) 
unique gelatin silver print 
10 x 8 in. (25.4 x 20.3 cm.) 
Executed in 1982.
Estimate:  2,000 – 3,000
© The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc.



Lot 186
ANDY WARHOL (1928-1987) 
Jon Gould and Keith Haring on Beach 
unique gelatin silver print 
10 x 8 in. (25.4 x 20.3 cm.) 
Executed in 1984.
Estimate:  $3,000 – 5,000
© The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc.



Lot 179
ANDY WARHOL (1928-1987) 
Fire Island Party 
dated 'Aug 02 1982' (on the reverse) 
two unique gelatin silver prints 

each: 8 x 10 in. (20.3 x 25.4 cm.) 
Executed in 1982.
Estimate:  $3,000 – 5,000
© The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc.

Posted Jun. 18,2013 at 9:15 PM EST by in Andy Warhol, Art and Design, Fire Island, Gay Pride, Keith Haring, News | Permalink | Comments (12)

New Documentary 'Before You Know It' Takes A Look At The Senior Gay Community: VIDEO


Before You Know It, opening this weekend in New York City, peeks in on the everyday interactions of three individuals who are enjoying the third trimester of their lives. It just so happens that these men are gay, and leading fabulous lives of their own. Love, marriage, drag, dancing, music, and community color shapes these men's lives.  

Joe.My.God. has the full synopsis:

The subjects of BEFORE YOU KNOW IT are no ordinary senior citizens. They are go-go booted bar-hoppers, love struck activists, troublemaking baton twirlers, late night Internet cruisers, seasoned renegades and bold adventurers. They are also among the estimated 2.4 million lesbian, gay and bisexual Americans over the age of 55 in the United States, many of whom face heightened levels of discrimination, neglect and exclusion. But BEFORE is not a film about cold statistics and gloomy realities, it’s a film about generational trailblazers who have surmounted prejudice and defied expectation to form communities of strength, renewal and camaraderie – whether these communities be affable senior living facilities, lively activist enclaves or wacky queer bars brimming with glittered trinkets and colorful drag queens.

Enjoy the trailer (and catch the doc in a theater near you) AFTER THE JUMP...

Posted Jun. 18,2013 at 8:40 PM EST by in Film, Film and TV, Gay Seniors, Senior LGBT, Video | Permalink | Comments (27)

Canada's Foreign Same-Sex Spouses Trapped In Wedlock


Foreign same-sex couples who married in Canada might just have to wait "until death do us part" to end their marriage.

Reports Maclean's:

Canada has not yet legalized same-sex divorce for non-residents. And since these couples’ home countries don’t recognize their marriages to begin with, they’re more or less locked into matrimony.

There’s a bill before Parliament to fix this problem. It’s called the Civil Marriage of Non-residents Act, and would have been more aptly named the Quickie Divorce Act. Complicated issues like division of assets, spousal support and custody of dependents? Don’t worry, that all falls to the courts in your home country. Sign here and here, and congrats, you’re single.

That bill, though, is not likely to make it past the second reading before parliament is out for the summer, meaning many more months until the bill has cleared all of its hurdles. And there's also a risk that Prime Minister Stephen Harper could prorogue parliament, which would effectively put the bill back to the starting line, meaning potentially many more years until these couples can put their big fat Canadian wedding behind them.

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Killer Of NYC Gay Man Pleads Not Guilty

Elliot Morales, charged with murder as a hate crime in the brutal killing of a NYC gay man, Mark Carson (pictured), pleaded not guilty today in a Manhattan court room, the New York Daily News reports:

6a00d8341c730253ef0192aa1e8347970d-800wi"The disturbed suspect shook his head as the charges of second degree murder as a hate crime, menacing a police officer and criminal possession of a weapon were read out in Manhattan criminal court."

As reported earlier, Carson was shot in the face at point-blank range and killed in Greenwich Village on May 18. Morales' lawyer, Kevin Michael Canfield, recently attributed his client's actions to being sexually abused as a child. Additional details were also revealed today about the horrific circumstances surrounding the murder:

"[Morales] boasted of the murder moments after pulling the trigger, court documents claim.

'He thought he was tough, and I shot him. It's the last thing he'll remember,' Elliot Morales, 33, told cops according to court documents released at his arraignment Tuesday.

'Guy thought he was tough in front of his b---- so I shot him. Diagnosis is dead, doctor.'"

Morales also allegedly threatened police during the course of his interrogation:

"'I keep bringing you deeper and deeper into my hell,' Morales allegedly said. 'Just wait till I get these cuffs off, the first b---- cop I see I'm gonna take out.'"

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance used the occasion to call attention to the prejudice that LGBT people face every day, even in places such as New York City.  Via CBS New York:

“'This young man’s tragic death serves as a reminder of the discrimination that many of our family members, coworkers, and friends still face,' said Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance. 'This defendant is charged with targeting and gunning down Mark Carson on the streets of Greenwich Village because of his sexual orientation. Mr. Carson was murdered as he walked through a neighborhood that has long been a center of the gay rights movement and home to many LGBT New Yorkers, as well as a destination for LGBT visitors from around the globe...Bias-related crimes have no place in New York City. By instilling fear, hate crimes tear at the very fabric of our communities.'”

Posted Jun. 18,2013 at 7:35 PM EST by in Crime, Gay Rights, Gay Slurs, Mark Carson, New York, News | Permalink | Comments (10)


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