Actors Jonathan Groff and Zachary Quinto have split up, according to Gossip Cop:
On Wednesday, a Perez Hilton “source” reported that things did “not end well” between Quinto and Groff, and that their split was “far from amiable.”
That characterization is not true, Gossip Cop can report. A source close to the situation assures us that “they remain friends,” and there is “nothing salacious” to the story.
The new music video from Autoheart's debut album, 'Punch,' tells an idyllic gay love story, depicted in the video as a relationship between two Russian officials. The band must have had political commentary in mind when creating the psychedelic, flowery video, and the description on their YouTube page makes their point clear:
Moscow is a song about the daft optimism of being in love, when you just want to run away with that person, dream about being together forever, the house, the dog, and nothing else matters.
We are lucky in Britain to have laws that mean whether we are gay, straight, bisexual or anything in between, our relationships are recognised and our rights protected by law. But in Russia there is an anti-gay crisis happening right now: their government does not want to afford their people those same rights and are trying to criminalise even the discussion of gay equality.
In our video, two gay Russian soldiers kiss in front of the Kremlin -- yet just last month same a group of same-sex couples in Moscow were violently attacked and then arrested for doing just this.
The band also has hopes you'll sign a petition aimed at stopping "the crackdown against lesbian, gay, bi and trans people that is fuelling anti-gay violence." Their artistic contribution to the fight for equality on a global scale is exciting, and they pose a question that sums it all up:
Wouldn't it be amazing if one day everyone all consenting adults could be free to love who they want to without fear of persecution?
Autoheart's debut album is available on their website and on iTunes.
Watch (and listen) to the upbeat song, AFTER THE JUMP...
Rolling Stone released a statement preceding its cover story on Boston bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev after thousands called for a boycott of the magazine and stores pulled it from shelves.
Wrote the magazine's editors:
"Our hearts go out to the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing, and our thoughts are always with them and their families. The cover story we are publishing this week falls within the traditions of journalism and Rolling Stone’s long-standing commitment to serious and thoughtful coverage of the most important political and cultural issues of our day. The fact that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is young, and in the same age group as many of our readers, makes it all the more important for us to examine the complexities of this issue and gain a more complete understanding of how a tragedy like this happens."
Boston Mayor Thomas Menino, who published a letter to Jann Wenner, felt differently:
“Your August 3 cover rewards a terrorist with celebrity treatment. It is ill-conceived, at best, and re-affirms a terrible message that destruction gains fame for killers and their 'causes'."
Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick also commented:
"I haven't read it, but I understand the substance of the article is not objectionable, it's apparently pretty good reporting. But the cover is out of taste, I think."
Facebook support for a boycott of the magazine more than doubled in the past few hours, as more than 101,000 have weighed in.
A cute 9 minute short film on the emotional perils of falling in love with someone who can't love you back.
Check it out, AFTER THE JUMP...
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In response to Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane announcing she will not defend the state's ban on same-sex marriage on the grounds that it is unconstitutional and discriminatory, The Pennsylvania Pastor's Network held a press conference today calling upon Kane to reconsider her decision. You'll recall this is not Kane's first run-in with anti-gay clergy since she made her announcement not to defend the ban. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports on some of the remarks made at the state Capitol:
"In what universe do you think destroying the family can bless our nation?" said Pastor Dale Armstrong.
Speaking yesterday to an online Christian talk-show about what he views as Kane's "dereliction of duty," Rohrer added:
"By saying that she couldn't ethically defend the law means, very clearly, in our opinion, that it is a direct attack on the integrity of the family because marriage between a man and a woman is basically the essence of what constitutes a family.”
The lawsuit to overturn the 1996 ban, brought by the ACLU, comes in the wake of the recent SCOTUS decisions effectively overturning Prop. 8 and the majority of DOMA.
Kane has said Governor Tom Corbett can defend the law if he chooses. Corbett has yet to indicate whether he will take up the mantle of the ban's defense, though some speculate he will have to defend the ban to keep his conservative base should he decide to run for reelection in 2014.
Watch a clip of Rohrer discussing Kane's refusal to defend the law (starting at about the 2:20 mark) AFTER THE JUMP...
Austin police have released surveillance images of the suspect in the death of gay resident David Villarreal. Villarreal, 36, was found dead in his downtown condo on Monday with signs of trauma to his body after meeting the suspect at a local gay club over the weekend.
Police believe the victim and suspect met Friday night at the nearby downtown club Oilcan Harry's and made their way back to the tower early Saturday. The suspect was then seen leaving the towers about an hour later.
"I have a strong feeling we'll catch this guy," said Sgt. Brian Miller.
Investigators believe Villarreal may have been dead two days before a friend called police expressing concern.
Police declined to elaborate on Villarreal's cause of death, or other details in the case.
Watch a news report on the developing case, AFTER THE JUMP...