News: Graham Norton, Uruguay, Taylor Lautner, Gay Dads, Colorado

RoadUruguay legalizes marijuana.

RoadRoyksopp and Robyn announce joint 2014 Europe and American tour.

AsteroidRoadThe asteroid that wiped out the dinosaurs may have sent life to Mars and the moons of Jupiter. "Any missions to search for life on Titan or the moons of Jupiter will have to consider whether biological material is of independent origin, or another branch in Earth's family tree."

RoadTaylor Lautner steps out with a beard.

RoadMary Cheney to host Indiana fundraiser opposing ban on same-sex marriage tonight. "Opponents of placing Indiana's gay marriage ban in the state constitution are looking for a shot in the arm from the daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney."

RoadHeathers, Mean Girls, and Jawbreaker all headed to the NY stage?

RoadMartina Navratilova speaks out against the IOC and FIFA: "Navratilova, who lost lucrative endorsements when she came out back in 1981, said she doesn’t support any boycotts. But she said the IOC is 'putting its head in the sand' and criticized FIFA, the world soccer body, for awarding the 2022 World Cup to Qatar."

CRoadhris Colfer stops by Sesame Street to battle bullying.

RoadThe real gay dads of New York: "Unfortunately, I assume that, in the service of making a compelling program, not documentary television, Bunim/Murray will build the action of their show around couples bickering, montages of shopping and brunching, telephone calls conducted via speakerphone—all decorated with the occasional camera pan to baby's beautiful face. Babies just drool and poop and cry, hardly the stuff of great television. And older children… well, my elder son is a capable conversationalist, but most of our chats revolve around types of trucks. It's boring even to me. But that boringness could be quite compelling in a reality show, as it would inevitably remind viewers of the parenting they practice, or the parenting they received. Our common humanity, and all that jazz. But reality television isn't in the business of celebrating our common humanity, unfortunately."

RoadBritney Spears releases music video for "Perfume".

RoadLiev Schreiber is splashin' around in Santa Monica, fit as a fiddle.

MontezRoadOne Colorado names Dave Montez new executive director. "Montez, who grew up inColorado, brings tremendous leadership and experience to the job – having served most recently as Acting President of GLAAD, a national organization that works with media and news outlets at all levels to ensure fairness and accuracy in addition to building support for equality."

RoadHouse and Senate negotiators strike budget deal. Obama: "This agreement doesn't include everything I'd like — and I know many Republicans feel the same way. That's the nature of compromise. But it's a good sign that Democrats and Republicans in Congress were able to come together and break the cycle of shortsighted, crisis-driven decision making to get this done."

RoadChanning Tatum all bandaged up.

RoadThe rock group Toto responds to use of its song "Africa" as audio bed for CBS This Morning segment on Nelson Mandela: "CBS This Morning utilized “Africa” as the audio bed for a segment they aired this morning. As the co-writer of the song, if I had been asked for sync approval, the answer would have been a decline with a recommendation they honor the musicians of South Africa setting their sights on indigenous repertoire. This is an important day, and both I and Toto, have always held a commitment towards supporting initiatives that benefit the populace of South Africa, the continent of Africa and the entire Southern Hemisphere. We honor Nelson Mandela and will continue to support initiatives he committed his life towards."

RoadEvan Lysacek won't be going to Sochi.

NortonRoadGraham Norton reprimanded for wearing AIDS ribbon on show.

RoadDanny Dyer's new 'EastEnders' character to find out son is gay: "Mick Carter is set to be surprised to discover Johnny (Sam Strike) has been hiding his sexuality from him after his sister Shirley Carter (Linda Henry) catches the 19 year old in the act with Albert Square's bisexual resident Danny Pennant (Gary Lucy) when they drunkenly kiss."

RoadGay adoption ban lifted in Northern Ireland: "They may now apply in the same way as heterosexual couples. Health Minister Edwin Poots had tried to challenge an appeal court decision to extend adoption rights to gay couples. However, the Supreme Court said the Department of Health's argument for appeal did not meet the criteria."

RoadRachel Maddow column to debut in Washington Post: "We are delighted to announce that Rachel Maddow, host of MSNBC’s “The Rachel Maddow Show,” will be joining The Washington Post’s Opinion section as a monthly columnist. We expect that she will bring to Post readers the strong arguments, sharp wit and thoughtful analysis of political and social issues that have made her show an Emmy Award winner."

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  1. Well, Taylor used a beard in all senses of the word

    Posted by: jjose712 | Dec 11, 2013 3:35:14 PM

  2. Britney — not bad, not bad at all… you would make a KILLING as a pure pop/country star; skip the techno. Well filmed video too.

    Graham Norton — stick to your guns please, as I'm sure you will.

    Rachel Maddow — you've given me the reason to dump the NY Times and sign on with the WP. Woot-woot!

    Posted by: tinkerbelle | Dec 11, 2013 3:58:41 PM

  3. The Guardian article does not make it very clear: WHY was Norton ordered not to wear the ribbon, when all of his other guests that day were permitted? WHY were he and his production company reprimanded?

    Posted by: Gregory In Seattle | Dec 11, 2013 4:10:50 PM

  4. Graham Norton is Irish and gay.
    Colin Farrell is Irish and his brother is gay.

    Sweet Jesus !.....what fool expects them to do what the BBC tells them ?
    Doesn't the BBC understand anything ?

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Dec 11, 2013 4:14:36 PM

  5. Taylor has 2 beards even.

    Posted by: DenguyFL | Dec 11, 2013 4:35:35 PM

  6. Apparently a lot of gay guys wishfully think that Taylor Lautner is gay. Their evidence: ZERO!

    Posted by: andrew | Dec 11, 2013 5:49:11 PM

  7. Liev Screiber's swimmies are hardly "skimpy". Those ar the kind of shorts basketball players used to wear on court before some fool introduced the culottes that are now standard uniforms. The man looks good, nd he's a fairly good actor, and his voiceover work is very fine,

    Posted by: gregory brown | Dec 11, 2013 9:05:12 PM

  8. Has Evan Lysacek come out yet? I haven't been keeping up.

    Posted by: Lars | Dec 11, 2013 9:34:08 PM

  9. andrew: Oh, yes, because people need evidence when they thought Ricky Martin or Wenworth Miller were gay, even when they denied and denied and denied again.

    The fact that Taylor Lautner relationships screams PR stunts is enough to make someone with a brain suspicious.

    Unfortunately Taylor is not good enough as actor to survive a coming out, so i don't expect him to come out till his career is over or fading in the obscurity.
    At least he seems smart enough to be friend with some of the most powerful men in hollywood

    Posted by: jjose712 | Dec 12, 2013 4:47:16 AM

  10. Let's see. Uruguay has legalized marijuana, has legalized marriage equality, has a booming economy, has the highest literacy rate in the Americas, has a stable democracy, some of the nicest people around and also has a fine public health-care system. The United States continues to lurch in fits and starts towards a Republican majority at the local, state and federal level which means eventually a regression in equality whether civil, social or economic. Makes a guy think......

    Posted by: jamal49 | Dec 12, 2013 12:18:01 PM

  11. The Graham Norton story should have been a separate posting...the BBC is considering the fight against AIDS to be 'political'? We should boycott the BBC until that ruling is changed.

    Posted by: myackie | Dec 12, 2013 12:22:14 PM

  12. Why do people care about Taylor Lautner? Twilight is over, his "big breakout film" Abduction flopped hard, and he's not "dating" anyone famous like Taylor Swift anymore. Plus the dude looks like an alpaca.

    Posted by: FuryOfFirestorm | Dec 12, 2013 1:58:32 PM

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