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10/31/2013

Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka Post Monster Family Portrait for Halloween: PHOTO

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Neil Patrick Harris, David Burtka, and their kids Gideon and Harper pose for a family Halloween photo posted to Twitter via NPH this afternoon.

"Have a spooktacular night!" he writes.

Happy Halloween everyone.

Posted Oct. 31,2013 at 8:45 PM EST by | Permalink | Comments (32)


Pelosi Sees 'Violence Against Women Act' Reauthorization as Possible Model for ENDA Passage

Noting that "the community’s activism, outside mobilization, and just family awareness and respect for people to end discrimination" contribute to a different public attitude than the last time ENDA was introduced, Nancy Pelosi told reporters that she envisions a path to passage of ENDA similar to that of the Violence Against Women Act:

Pelosi“We made it too hot to handle in the public,” Pelosi said. “It had to come to the floor. Even so, a majority of the Republicans voted against the Violence Against Women Act. But nonetheless, it came to the floor. I hope we could have a similar situation with this.”

Asked to clarify whether VAWA reauthorization could be a model for House passage of ENDA, Pelosi called for expedited movement of the legislation in her chamber.

“Well, I would think it would be “once burned, twice learned,” and that they would, shall we say, save some time by taking it right to our committee and to the floor,” Pelosi said. “It’s really important. Our country – ending discrimination is what we are all about as Americans, and we should not have discrimination in the workplace because of gender identity.”

Read Chris Johnson's full report at the Blade here.

Posted Oct. 31,2013 at 7:58 PM EST by in ENDA, Nancy Pelosi, News | Permalink | Comments (1)


You May Be Participating in a Lot More Religiously-Oriented Practices Than You Know: VIDEO

Blackcat

...if you are superstitious.

Mental floss looks at the origins of Friday the 13th, black cats, and 30 other superstitions.

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

Posted Oct. 31,2013 at 7:10 PM EST by in News | Permalink | Comments (8)


Virginia Lt. Governor Candidate EW Jackson Confronted with Past Anti-Gay Remarks: VIDEO

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Virginia Lt. Governor candidate EW Jackson is confronted by a WJLA anchor on his past comments about gays, specifically that gay people are "perverted" and "frankly very sick."

Jackson told the reporter that he could "absolutely" reconcile the "notion of respect" for all constituents with his past statements and that frankly, he's offended by the notion that he can't teach the Bible and serve the state in elected office.

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

Posted Oct. 31,2013 at 6:35 PM EST by in E.W. Jackson, News, Virginia | Permalink | Comments (23)


Towleroad Guide to the Tube #1456

MATT ALBER: "Tightrope".

CRISTIANO RONALDO: Posing by a colossal version of himself in underwear.

DATE TRIP: The web series takes a trip to Area 51 in Nevada.

THE CUTTLEFISH: Ze Frank takes on this marine dweller.

For recent Guides to the Tube, click HERE.

Posted Oct. 31,2013 at 5:30 PM EST by in Cristiano Ronaldo, Matt Alber, News, Towleroad Guide to the Tube | Permalink | Comments (3)


News: Rob Ford, Germany, Invader, Jake Gyllenhaal, Taiwan

RoadDeep-fried Twinkie burger makes debut at Philadelphia restaurant.

RoadForbes: Vladimir Putin unseats Barack Obama as world's most powerful person.

InvaderRoadAs Banksy departs, Invader arrives.

RoadPHOTO: Matt Lauer dressed as Pamela Anderson from Baywatch for Halloween.

RoadGermany becomes the second country, after Australia, to allow parents to leave gender blank on a child's birth certificate: "The European Union cited so-called intersex people in June for the first time in its antidiscrimination guidelines. A month later, Australia adopted guidelines saying people filling out any official forms should be able to choose male, female or 'X.'"

RoadGod Made You Beautiful, according to Beyoncé.

RoadA plane crashed at the Nashville Airport and nobody noticed for hours. "The single-engine Cessna registered to the Windsor Flying Club in Ontario, Canada, evidently crashed sometime after 3 a.m. local time, according to the National Transportation Safety Board. But it wasn't noticed until well after sunrise when another plane taxiing for take-off saw an engine cover on the edge of runway 2C -- the middle of three parallel runways."

RoadAdam Lambert performs "Marry the Night" on Glee.

JudgmentRoadAccording to Charisma magazine, Judgment Day is approaching because Sandra Day O'Connor married a gay couple at the Supreme Court.

RoadJake Gyllenhaal on his worst audition: “I remember auditioning for The Lord of the Rings [the role of Frodo] and going in and not being told that I needed a British accent. I really do remember Peter Jackson saying to me, ‘You know that you have to do this in a British accent?’ We heard back it was literally one of the worst auditions.”

RoadMarriage equality bill introduced in Taiwan: " On October 25, Taiwan's 112-member legislature referred a 'marriage equality' bill of revisions to the Civil Code introduced by 23 lawmakers of the main opposition Democratic Progressive Party to the Judicial Affairs Committee for review and possible first reading. "

RoadThere's still magic happening in the last gay bar in Pasadena.

FordRoadThe Rob Ford crack tape is real and the police have it.

RoadVirginia Lt. Governor candidate EW Jackson blatantly lies when questioned about anti-gay rhetoric: "During an interview with WUSA, he denied ever having said that gay people are 'sick' or that God will stop blessing the military over gay rights. He said that such direct quotes are 'absolutely, categorically not true.'"

TRoadom DeLay: "God created this nation and God created the Constitution."

RoadLambda Legal wins rehearing for gay Jamaican immigrant: "We are pleased that our brief helped the BIA overturn the Immigration Judge's ruling, which relied on stereotyped assumptions about the process of coming out and was unjust," Lambda Legal Senior Staff Attorney Thomas W. Ude, Jr. said. "Given the well-documented and high level of violence that LGB people face in Jamaica, a decision that fails to acknowledge this complexity virtually guarantees that LGB immigrants will be sent to very dangerous conditions. With this decision, Anthony can now go back before the Immigration Judge, to whom he has already submitted voluminous evidence that in Jamaica he would face torture for being gay. He is one step closer - a big step - to getting the protection that he needs."

Posted Oct. 31,2013 at 4:00 PM EST by | Permalink | Comments (14)



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