KENYAN TV: Should Africa decriminalize homosexuality?
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TOURING GAME OF THRONES: A visit to Northern Ireland, where the show is filmed.
MUMFORD & SONS: "Babel".
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NYC man electrocuted, killed after peeing on subway track.
Kanye West returning to fashion design with APC collaboration.
Deadly shooting following Egypt coup: "Mohamed Mohamed Ibrahim El-Beltagy, a Brotherhood MP, described the incident during dawn prayers after police had stormed the site, as a 'massacre'.
About 500 people were also reportedly injured."
The Lone Ranger really tanked at the box office.
HRC's Chad Griffin pays visit to his native Arkansas, beginning series of events in the South to push LGBT equality.
3 things to watch during the ENDA mark-up on Wednesday.
Chris Christie's gay marriage dilemma: "If the governor truly has presidential aspirations, as we seem to assume, his adamant opposition to gay marriage issue could help boost or break him. His out-of-the-mainstream stance may well please the evangelical voters who traditionally dominate the early Republican contests (in 2012, they were 56 percent of the Iowa caucus-goers, and 64 percent of the South Carolina primary voters) - but if the issue is still alive in 2016, his stance could turn off general-election swing voters, who already view marriage equality as a given."
VIDEO: Ellie Goulding's "Burn".
Male model fix: Nikola Bugarin.
Marlena's, a Hayes Valley, SF gay bar remembered. "What was once a depressed, sometimes dangerous part of San Francisco became a burgeoning center of commerce, with the renamed Marlena’s Bar as an unofficial community center."
Counting grizzly bears: "The Interior Department’s Fish and Wildlife Service says there are about 700 grizzlies in the greater Yellowstone ecosystem, more than the 500 it deems essential for a healthy population. But a new study in the journal Conservation Letters calls those numbers into question."
Snowden: NSA works with Germany, other countries on 'no questions asked' basis. "Other agencies don't ask us where we got the information from and we don't ask them. That way they can protect their top politicians from the backlash in case it emerges how massively people's privacy is abused worldwide."
Here's how they're talking about us at Houston's First Baptist Church.
Bidder pays big bucks for Matthew Mitcham's 'funky trunks'.
Preliminary inquiry underway in murder of gay Canadian activist Raymond Taavel: "Andre Noel Denny is charged with second-degree murder in the death of 49-year-old Raymond Taavel on April 17, 2012. Hours before Taavel’s death, Denny had been released by the East Coast Forensic Hospital on an unsupervised one-hour pass, but he failed to return."
Sculpture of gorilla dressed like Freddie Mercury removed from Norwich, UK town center due to copyright claims.
Mat Staver: Strikedown of DOMA will lead to civil war.
Liz Cheney's potential run for Congressional seat in Wyoming has Republicans pissed: "But Ms. Cheney’s move threatens to start a civil war within the state’s Republican establishment, despite the reverence many hold for her family. Mr. Enzi, 69, says he is not ready to retire, and many Republicans say he has done nothing to deserve being turned out. It would bring about 'the destruction of the Republican Party of Wyoming if she decides to run and he runs, too,' Alan K. Simpson, a former Republican senator from the state, said in an interview last week. 'It’s a disaster — a divisive, ugly situation — and all it does is open the door for the Democrats for 20 years.'"
As previously reported by Towleroad, Alec Baldwin came under fire last month after using homophobic language to threaten a reporter from the Daily Mail on Twitter. Baldwin subsequently deleted his Twitter account, explained himself in a Gothamist interview, as well as released an open apology statement to GLAAD.
Some conservative activists remain less than satisfied, and are now calling for Capital One to drop Baldwin as their spokesperson. The call comes in the wake of controversy surrounding celebrity chef Paula Deen, and the subsequent termination of her partnerships with several prominent companies. Many wonder why Baldwin was not met with similar punishment, and some note that his liberal activism may have played a role. Even CNN's Anderson Cooper was quick to point out on Twitter: "Why does #AlecBaldwin get a pass when he uses gay slurs? If a conservative talked of beating up a 'queen' they would be vilified."
John Hawkins of RightWingNews.com had this to say to Breitbart.com:
“It's still a free country and Alec Baldwin can do as much gay bashing as he likes on Twitter, but it's hard to understand why Capital One would choose to publicly condone his homophobia by keeping Baldwin on as its spokesman... If Capital One is not going to do the right thing, then Capital One doesn’t deserve our business.”
GOProud co-founder Jimmy LaSalvia added:
“We urge all Americans to ask themselves, ‘What’s in your wallet?’ We hope they will reject Alec Baldwin’s homophobia by cutting up those Capital One cards in their wallets.”
Neither Capital One nor Baldwin have issued a response to these statements.
Author Orson Scott Card has already caused a stir earlier this year at DC Comics, thanks to his well-publicized homophobic views and his involvement with the anti-gay National Organization for Marriage.
Card's anti-gay activism has become the center for controversy once again, months ahead of the release Ender's Game, the sci-fi film based on his 1985 bestselling book. The queer-geek group Geeks OUT has launched an online protest entitled "Skip Ender's Game", which encourages all members and allies of the LGBT community to boycott the film on all of its various platforms.
"Do NOT see this movie! Do not buy a ticket at the theater, do not purchase the DVD, do not watch it on-demand. Ignore all merchandise and toys. However much you may have admired his books, keep your money out of Orson Scott Card’s pockets."
The group has launched the site SkipEndersGame.com, where supporters can sign a pledge to boycott the movie, as well as keep track of relevant news updates. The Huffington Post also reports that the group is currently organizing events to coincide with the film's release in major cities such as Chicago, Dallas, New York, Orlando, Seattle, and Toronto.
Texas governor Rick Perry says he won't seek reelection, the AP reports:
A staunch Christian conservative, proven job-creator and fierce defender of states' rights, Perry has been in office nearly 13 years, making him the nation's longest-sitting current governor.
The 63-year-old ruled out another try for the White House in 2016, but Perry's decision not to run again for his current post likely clears the way for longtime Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott to make a serious run at the Republican gubernatorial nomination in the March primary.
Perry is the longest-serving governor of the Lone Star State.
Said Perry: "I remain excited about the future and the challenges ahead, but the time has come to pass on the mantle of leadership. Today I am announcing I will not seek re-election as governor of Texas. I will spend the next 18 months working to create more jobs, opportunity and innovation. I will actively lead this great state."
Undefeated Chris Weidman knocked out UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva in a face-off on Saturday night but their weigh-in on Friday may be of a bit more interest to some of you.
Video of the moment, AFTER THE JUMP...