Dmitry Chernyshenko (pictured), the organizing chief of the Sochi Games, begged the International Olympic Commitee to do something about all the building outrage over Russia's anti-gay laws, concerned about the fallout possible demonstrations would cause, the AP reports:
“It’s very important to have your support to stop this campaign and this speculation regarding this issue," Chernyshenko said at an assembly of members of the IOC.
Marketing commission chairman Gerhard Heiberg added: "Especially the American sponsors are afraid what could happen. This could ruin a lot for all of us."
Reuters adds that Chernyshenko claimed that the law banning "gay propaganda" does not affect gays. And because Putin recently gave an award to a gay person, Russia respects homosexuals.
"The constitution of the Russian Federation guarantees equality of rights for everybody in the country. It explicitly prohibits any form of discrimination," he told the IOC session...
"We make this clear. This law recently passed does not prohibit homosexuality directly or indirectly. It does not contradict elements of the Olympic Charter. It will not stop 2014 proudly upholding the Olympic values," Chernyshenko said.
"The law will have no impact for any guest visitor. Whether athletes or just fans or members of Olympic family, everybody is welcome to enjoy the fantastic Games."
Chernyshenko said Putin had awarded "the highest Russian order" to a homosexual recently. "This is a greatest example of diversity of our country. It's important to have your (IOC) support in this campaign."
Wentworth Miller spoke at a Human Rights Campaign dinner in Seattle Saturday night, revealing that he tried to commit suicide multiple times because he could not handle being in the closet.
"Growing up I was a target. Speaking the right way, standing the right way, holding your wrist the right way. Every day was a test and there was a thousand ways to fail...A thousand ways to portray yourself to not live up to someone else's standards of what was accepted....The first time I tried to kill myself I was 15. I waited until my family went away for the family and I was alone in the house and I swallowed a bottle of pills. I don't remember what happened over the next couple of days but I'm pretty sure come Monday morning I was on the bus back to school pretending everything was fine."
Miller said the suicide attempted was not a cry for help because "you only cry for help if there is help to cry for."
Of being gay in Hollywood, Miller confessed:
"I had multiple opportunities to speak my truth, which is that I was gay, but I chose not to. I was out privately to family and friends. Publicly, I was not. I chose to lie. When I thought about the possibility of coming out, how that might impact me and the career I worked so hard for, I was filled with fear."
He also spoke about whe he finally chose to come out via a letter declining an invitation to the St. Petersburg Film Festival, after a voice in his head told him that if it gave hope to even one person out there then it would be worth it.
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Boy George is set to release a new album, This is What I Do, on October 28, but dropped a video and new single on Friday called "King of Everything". The video takes a look back at his various incarnations, arriving at the recent photo above, and a message from Freddie Mercury.
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Celine Dion made an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live on Friday night for an interview in which she discussed her new album, a bloody brawl at her Vegas show, and her Jupiter Island, Florida compound complete with kiddie water park which is for sale for $72 million, and then performed her new single "Loved Me Back To Life".
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Interview Part One:
On August 21, Doña Ana made the historic step in becoming the first county in New Mexico to begin issuing marriage licenses to gay couples. Since then, seven other counties have followed suit and well over half of all New Mexicans now live in marriage equality counties. However, on Friday the New Mexico Supreme Court agreed to decide once and for all on the legality of same-sex marriage in the state.
With over $10,000 in legal fees accrued already, and more expenses looming on the horizon as the case heads to the Supreme Court, an online donation service has been created to help Doña Ana County cover the legal costs of defending their pro-equality decision.
From their website:
"[Doña Ana County Clerk Lynn] Evans (pictured) is mindful that not all of his constituents agree with the principal or the ideology behind his decision, and he has stated his intention not to spend taxpayer funds defending his decision to issue licenses. Legal action has now been filed and legal costs will begin to climb rapidly
We're asking you to support Mr. Ellins and his daring leadership by making a donation to help cover legal costs already incurred, as well as legal costs that may be lurking in the near future. In the event that we receive more contributions than we need to cover the actual costs, we'll donate the excess to an organization that will continue to fight for equal rights for all New Mexicans in every sense of the word."
$17,000 of the $40,000 goal has already been donated. You can help make sure equality is well defended in New Mexico by heading over to their website HERE and making a donation.
The National Organization for Marriage, in another bid to whip up financial support from their base and desperately attempt to remain relevant, sent out an email this past week slamming Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg for her support of marriage equality and officiating a ceremony. In addition to calling her clueless about the true purpose of marriage – which is makin' babies, not "[O]ne more statement that people who love each other and want to live together should be able to enjoy the blessings and the strife in the marriage relationship." – Brian Brown tried the tactic of invoking idolatry and metaphorical child-sacrifice:
How many generations of children will be sacrificed to the gods of the gay lobby who demand the redefinition of marriage as an idol to their political movement?
What follows is the usual dross of falsehoods and deliberate misinterpretations of what marriage equality supporters actually believe: men and women aren't unique, children don't need a mom and a dad, it will lead to polyamory, etc., etc., ad nauseum. And, of course, the tired refrains of "Won't someone PLEASE think of the children?" As Alvin McEwen points out, however, concern for children is just the thin façade NOM hides behind:
Other than attempting to keep gays from getting married, what has NOM done for the issue of foster care and adoption? NOM seems to be more interested in keeping children away from good gay homes than making sure children are placed in homes period.