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10/21/2013

Here's a Clip of the 'ARTPOP' Title Track from Lady Gaga: AUDIO

Artpop

This evening, Lady Gaga released a one-and-a-half-minute snippet from 'Artpop', the title track from her forthcoming album.

Come to me, in all your glamour, and cruelty
Just do that thing that you do
And I'll undress you

Give it time, sometimes the simplest move is right
The melody that you choose
Can rescue you?

A hybrid can withstand these things
My heart can beat with bricks and strings
My artpop could mean anything

We could, we could, belong together (artpop)
We could, we could, belong together (artpop)
We could, we could, belong together (artpop)
ARTPOP, ARTPOP

Listen, AFTER THE JUMP...

Posted Oct. 21,2013 at 9:54 PM EST by in Lady Gaga, Music, News | Permalink | Comments (23)


Australian Capital Territory Passes Marriage Equality Bill

ActThe Australian Capital Territory, essentially Australia's equivalent to Washington DC, has passed a bill legalizing same-sex marriage, the Canberra Times reports:

To thunderous applause from the public gallery, the single-chamber Parliament voted to approve a marriage equality law by eight votes to seven on Tuesday. Under the law, same-sex couples from across Australia will be able to marry in Australia by the end of the year.

The federal government plans to challenge the constitutionality of the bill in the High Court of Australia. Deputy Chief Minister Andrew Barr, who is gay, said the law would help transform many lives and Canberra into a “rainbow territory’’ or “city of love’’.

More from the paper here.

Posted Oct. 21,2013 at 9:40 PM EST by in Australia, Gay Marriage, News | Permalink | Comments (5)


Two Cool Dads: VIDEO

Dad

In viral video news, two funny and heartwarming clips featuring dads are making the rounds today.

If you need a smile at the end of this Monday one of these two should do the trick — the first features a (rather hot) 40-something dad lip-dubbing to his kid's tantrum, and the second is how every dad should react when his kid gets a good grade in class.

Enjoy (because if you're not a parent you've certainly had one), AFTER THE JUMP...

2_dad

Posted Oct. 21,2013 at 9:18 PM EST by in News, YouTube | Permalink | Comments (33)


LGBT Advocates Pressure Olympic Sponsor Coca-Cola to Condemn Russia's Anti-gay Crackdown

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Over the past week or so, Coca-Cola executives have been quietly meeting to decide whether or not to speak out against Russia's horrific anti-gay laws. LGBT advocates and organizations, meanwhile, have begun pressuring the company through social media blasts and an online petition in the hopes of getting the major Olympic sponsor to stand firmly on the side of equality and human rights.

This isn't the first time that Coke has had to deal with the outcry surrounding Russia's anti-gay crackdown however. Back in August, in response to a Queer Nation protest of Coke in Times Square, the company issued a statement defending its sponsorship of the 2014 Sochi Olympics and touting its own LGBT inclusively in the past. The statement also included a vague condemnation of any "human rights abuses, intolerance, or discrimination" that might be going on around the world. But so far, the company has remained silent on directly addressing Russia's anti-gay regime. That may very well change this week if supporters can show Coke how many people want the company to speak out against the oppressive laws.

Other Olympic sponsors, including McDonalds and Samsung, are waiting to hear what Coke has to say this week. Because Coke is such an influential mega-corporation, the company's decision may very well set off a domino effect that pushes other international sponsors to follow suit.

Coca-Cola has been a fantastic LGBT corporate ally in the past, having received a 100% on the Human Rights Campaign's Corporate Equality Index every year since it was first launched in 2006. It's time for the company to once again step up as a leader in the fight for LGBT freedom and equality.

To sign the petition asking Coca-Cola to condemn Russia's brutal anti-gay laws, click HERE.  

Posted Oct. 21,2013 at 8:41 PM EST by in Gay Rights, News, Olympics, Russia, Sochi Olympics | Permalink | Comments (16)


San Antonio Judge Leaves GOP in Blistering Video Denouncing Party's Anti-Gay Extremism: VIDEO

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Bexar, Texas County Criminal Court Judge Carlo Key has switched parties in a video announcing he's seeking reelection as a Democrat, Think Progress reports.

ChanKey's decision to leave the Republican party is due to the GOP's anti-LGBT hate speech and calls it a party "at war with itself."

Says Key:

I can no longer be a member of the Republican Party. For too long, the Republican Party has been at war with itself. Rational Republican beliefs have given way to ideological character assassinations. Pragmatism and principal have been overtaken by pettiness and bigotry. Make no mistake: I have not left the Republican Party. It left me. I cannot tolerate a political party that demeans Texans based on their sexual orientation, the color of their skin or their economic status. I will not be a member of a Party in which hate speech elevates candidates for higher office rather than disqualifying them. I cannot place my name on the ballot for a political party that is proud to destroy the lives of hundreds of thousands of federal workers over the vain attempt to repeal a law that would provide health care to millions of people throughout our country.

Key also cites San Antonio Councilwoman Elisa Chan who called gays "disgusting" in the run-up to the city's passage of an LGBT non-discrimination bill, and blasts Republicans for shutting down the government over health care reform.

Watch Key's powerful video, AFTER THE JUMP...

Posted Oct. 21,2013 at 6:34 PM EST by in Carlo Key, News, Republican Party, San Antonio | Permalink | Comments (38)


Towleroad Guide to the Tube #1448

YOU CAN PLAY: Portland State Campus Rec.

PLATYPUS: Loves being tickled.

DO YOU KNOW THIS MAN? The internet is looking for him.

KATACHI: Fun with stop motion.

For recent Guides to the Tube, click HERE.

Posted Oct. 21,2013 at 5:00 PM EST by in News, Towleroad Guide to the Tube | Permalink | Comments (1)



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