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07/19/2013

News: Glee, Miley Cyrus, Channing Tatum, Stephen Amell, The Royal Baby

Road Miley Cyrus doesn't get why you think calling her a lesbian should or would offend her. Responding to criticism about her newly cropped coiffure: "Everyone said I was a lesbian but I’m like, ‘Being a lesbian isn’t a bad thing.' So if you think I look like I’m a lesbian, I’m not offended. You can call me much worse. I’ve been called much worse. Being a lesbian is a compliment more than what else they call me.”

Crazy Road What exactly is wrong with Amanda Bynes? 

 Road Justin Timberlake likes to keep it smooth.

 Road Benedict Cumberbatch has a man-crush on Matt Damon.

 Road Glee delays production and premiere of season 5 following Cory Monteith's tragic death.

 Road Teen Wolf star and nipple tattoo aficionado Tyler Posey is engaged.

 Road Stephen Amell's testicles don't like yoga.

 Road The Disney Channel brings back the beach movie.

 Road Kristin Chenoweth had a completely proportional response to the glory that is Grease as a kid.  

 Road Gruesome images of 'The Real Boston Bomber.'

Road Tina Turner said "I do" to longtime boyfriend Erwin Bach. Wishing them simply the best. 

Road Project Runway is back with, as is to be expected, an interesting cast of characters.

Road We're still waiting for a little Princess or Prince of Cambridge. Bucklebury baby fever ensues as the Duke and Duchess decamp with the Middleton clan. 

Road Rumors fly about alleged liaisons between George Clooney and MaxEva Longoria.

Road Torben King does Parke & Ronen all kinds of right.

Road The week in celebrity twit pics.

Road Channing Tatum: blond and bearded for Jupiter Ascending.

Road Starlets, beware. Bradley Cooper has the ability to blind you with his eyes. 

Road John Barrowman grabs some junk at Comic-Con.


 

Posted Jul. 19,2013 at 10:34 PM EST by | Permalink | Comments (3)


'Ender's Game' Sparks Same-Sex Marriage Debates At Comic-Con

Comic-Con Panel

Yesterday in Hall H at San Diego Comic-Con, the Q&A session for Ender's Game got right to the point about the controversy surrounding the film. The very first fan to the mic asked, "There’s actually been a lot of controversy about the author of the book. How involved was he in making the film?” 

The film's producer, Roberto Orci, responded,

"Obviously, we were first concerned with anyone who might be hurt by anything we were associated with. But we’ve decided to use the attention to … completely and unequivocally support Lionsgate and Summit’s statement in defense of LGBT rights.”

The room broke out in applause.

Not to sound ungrateful for explicit support, but answering the question of "How involved was he?" with "We support our studio's statement of defense for gays," doesn't actually answer her question. Like, at all. Additionally, and I freely admit that this is a nit-pick, saying "We support our studio's statement" rather than making one of your own feels a bit half-assed in terms of support.

Wired has a pretty thorough analysis of the event and the boycott. It includes Milk writer Dustin Lance Black's puzzling declaration that the boycott "is a waste of our collective energy,” and director Gavin Hood questioning the disconnect between the themes of compassion and empathy in the book and Card's real-world views of hateful intolerance. 

Over at Huffington Post, they have Harrison Ford commenting on the controversy with, 

"I don't think that issue rears its head in the work. No part of the story concerns Mr. Card's theories about society in terms of gay issues or homosexual issues."

Which is a complete misdirection. As I pointed out the other day, the boycott is protesting Card himself, not the content of the film.

It's uncertain if the positive reaction at Comic-Con will translate into support for the boycott, but to have an entire hall of con attendees applaud in support of LGBT rights is an encouraging sign that cretins like Card are on their way out.

Posted Jul. 19,2013 at 6:25 PM EST by in Harrison Ford, Orson Scott Card, San Diego | Permalink | Comments (59)


Are Marriage Equality Victories Making 'Life Worse' For Gay People In Developing Countries?

Screen Shot 2013-07-19 at 4.21.39 PMWhile the notion of expanding LGBT rights leading to potentially negative side effects seems like something pulled exclusively from right wing talking points, a global equal rights campaign group has warned that marriage equality advances in countries like the US, UK, and France have inadvertently led to a 'perverse' worsening of LGBT freedoms in developing countries.

Alistair Stewart, the assistant director of the Kaleidoscope Trust (a UK based charity run by House of Commons Speaker John Bercow) says that working to uphold LGBT rights internationally has grown more difficult as 'our opponents are increasingly moving their resources (and their rhetoric and their hate) to more fertile grounds in developing countries.'

Says Stewart:

The achievement of equal marriage, parenting and adoption rights and full legal protection can actually impede the struggles in other parts of the world where the battles for LGBT people are about the most fundamental of human rights. 76 countries continue to criminalize 'homosexual conduct', punishable with prison sentences and hard labour. In five countries the death penalty still applies.

Because they are losing ground in the West, our opponents are increasingly moving their resources (and their rhetoric and their hate) to more fertile grounds in developing countries. American Evangelical Churches are abandoning the fight against equality at home, in favour of supporting homophobic laws abroad. Why fight a losing battle against social liberalism in America or Europe, where you are increasingly ignored and ridiculed, when in Uganda, Belize or Nigeria you are welcomed with open arms. In this perverse way the successes of the LGBT movement in the North, and in particular in the United States, have acted to worsen conditions in the South.

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As the champagne corks are popped in London and Paris, and we notch up yet more victories for LGBT people in the West, countless setbacks, reversals and outrages occur elsewhere. The Ugandan parliament continues to flirt with introducing the death penalty and imprisoning parents for not turning in their own gay children to the authorities. This week in Cameroon a prominent gay activist was tortured and beaten to death.

And in Russia, President Putin signed a law that bans the so-called 'propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations,' with Ukraine, Lithuania, Belarus and Hungary attempting to implement similar restrictions.

Stewart goes on to say that LGBT persons and allies should remember that "in many places, there is far more at stake than embossed invitations or a gift register."

Indeed, as we celebrate the successes at home, we should never forget that the struggle for equality and basic human rights continues elsewhere.

Complacency, like silence, equals death. 

Posted Jul. 19,2013 at 4:59 PM EST by in Cameroon, France, Gay Marriage, Gay Rights, News, Russia, Uganda, United Kingdom | Permalink | Comments (27)


Steve Grand's Slow Rendition of "All-American Boy" Will Melt Your Heart: VIDEO

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Gay country music heartthrob Steve Grand stopped by Windy City Live in his hometown of Chicago to discuss his sudden career success, the inspiration behind his hit song, and debut his first ever television performance: a poignant keyboard rendition of "All-American Boy." I don't know about you, but I certainly enjoy watching this smouldering star's rise to fame. 

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

 

Posted Jul. 19,2013 at 4:49 PM EST by in Chicago, Music, Music Video, News, Steve Grand | Permalink | Comments (41)


Michelangelo Signorile Gets Hitched At NY City Hall

Signorile

Sirius XM radio host and Huffington Post Gay Voices Editor-at-Large Michelangelo Signorile (above right) married his partner, film historian and professor David Gerstner, this morning at New York City Hall. Signorile, a long time advocate, activist and journalist, tweeted out, "Just married!" and shared the above picture. A big mazel to the happy couple!

(Photo by Noah Michelson via Twitter)

Posted Jul. 19,2013 at 4:29 PM EST by in Gay Marriage, Gay Wedding, Michelangelo Signorile, News | Permalink | Comments (7)


Pres. Obama: "Trayvon Martin Could Have Been Me 35 Years Ago": VIDEO

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In a broad-ranging statement given to reporters on Friday, President Obama spoke about Trayvon Martin and reactions to George Zimmerman's acquittal for the first time since the jury in the high-profile case reached its verdict last weekend, The Washington Post reports. Recalling his own reaction to first hearing of Trayvon's death, the President remarked:

"When Trayvon Martin was first shot I said that this could have been my son. Another way of saying that is that Trayvon Martin could have been me 35 years ago. When you think about in the African-American community, there’s a lot of pain around this. It’s important to recognize that the African-American community is looking at this issue through a set of experiences and a history that doesn’t go away. And I don’t want to exaggerate this, but those sets of experiences inform how the African-American community interprets what happened one night in Florida. And it’s inescapable for people to bring those experiences to bear.”

Drawing further comparison between himself and Travyon, the President stated, ”There are very few African-African men who haven’t had the experience of being followed in a department store. That includes me.”

Throughout his remarks, the President remained focused on "where do we take this." He mentioned that Eric Holder was reviewing the case but brought the attention back to potential policy initiatives and called for an examination of local and state laws such as the "stand your ground" laws:

“And for those who resist that idea that we should think about something like the stand your ground laws I just ask people to consider if Trayvon Martin was of age and armed could he have stood his ground on that sidewalk? And do we actually think that he would have been justified in shooting Mr. Zimmerman who had followed him in a car because he felt threatened?  And if the answer to that question is at least ambiguous it seems to me that we might want to examine those kinds of laws.”

The President also mentioned that he and First Lady Michelle Obama have spent a lot of time, "thinking about how to bolster and reinforce African-American kids. There are a lot of kids out there that need help, that are getting a lot of negative reinforcement.”

Hitting a hopeful note the President reflected on his belief that race relations in this country continue to improve with each generation:

"Looking at his daughters Sasha and Malia with their friends, Obama remarked, 'They’re better than we are, they’re better than we were, on these issues. And that’s true at every community I’ve visited across this country.'

'We should also have confidence that kids these days I think have more sense than we did back then, and certainly more than our parents did or our grandparents did. And along this long journey, we’re becoming a more perfect union, not a perfect union, but a more perfect union.'"

Watch two clips of the President's remarks, from CNN and ABC respectively, AFTER THE JUMP...

Posted Jul. 19,2013 at 3:18 PM EST by in Barack Obama, Eric Holder, News, News Clips, Trayvon Martin | Permalink | Comments (86)



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