Monday in Chicago the temperature was -13 degrees Fahrenheit—cold enough to make a bottle of water freeze before your very eyes, as Sharon Samuelson in South Elgin, Illinois discovered.
Stay warm and well hydrated, kids. The polar vortex is coming for your H2O.
See the video AFTER THE JUMP…
Jamaican reggae artist Sizzla Kalonji may have figured he was playing for a sympathetic crowd during STING 30, Jamaica's annual reggae show, when he included in his performance multiple songs about his hatred for the gays as he sashayed across the stage, despite being warned beforehand to not include them. However, Isaiah Laing of Supreme Promotions, the largest promotor on the island and parent company of STING, took exception to the performance and has banned Sizzla from performing at STING ever again.
Sizzla is unrepentant and claims that the ban does not bother him in the slightest.
Sizzla's performance, if you can stand it, is AFTER THE JUMP...
2014 will see a new city council president in Pittsburgh, PA in the form of openly gay Councilman Bruce Kraus. Kraus has served on the council since 2008, when he became the first openly LGBTQ member to be elected. He was re-elected in 2012 after several strong years of service, including municipal reforms for Pittsburgh's LGBTQ citizens like the Domestic Partner Registry and the requirement of domestic partner benefits for city contractors. Kraus's achievements extend beyond one specific community, however, and his emphasis has been making Pittsburgh the best city it can be.
Pittsburgh Lesbian Correspondents reports:
Kraus’ achievements are perhaps most notable in his fight against blight, litter, and related conditions that plague the neighborhoods, especially those with sizable hospitality businesses. He’s often cleaning abandoned lots with his staff and volunteers, literally “redding up” as well as tackling the issues on a systemic level in Council. Kraus has worked on anti-violence initiatives that generated a safe-schools partnership between Persad and GLSEN. He also notably opened two satellite offices staffed by volunteers, one in the South Side slopes and the other in South Oakland. Kraus currently serves as chair of Committee on Public Works...
While he prefers to focus on the issues on the table, Kraus does acknowledge the unique significance of being the first openly gay man to serve and to assume the role of Council President. He understands that it does matter and it will send a positive message about the diversity he so values. He’s often said “I look forward to the day when it won’t matter, but I understand and respect that it does right now.”
That Kraus's sexual orientation matters is especially evident given the disrespect LGBTQ citizens receive at the hands of another council member, Reverend Ricky Burgess. Kraus reportedly challenges Councilman Burgess's remarks on a regular basis, indicating that his status as the first openly gay city council president could bring a great deal more respect for Pittsburgh's LGBTQ community and their rights.
Congratulations to Bruce Kraus, and best of luck in your new role!
Neil Patrick Harris went south of the border for the holidays and decided to wrap up the trip by allowing us to join him on Instagram in a celebration of the country's signature cocktail.
Writes Harris : "Last day of our Mexico adventure. Let's see just how many margaritas I can drink. Cheers!"
Continued, AFTER THE JUMP...
Margarita #4: "Feeling great. Can't find my book..."
Margarita #7: "Yummy yum yum! Man, what's in these things?!?"
Margarita #12: "I's the life of the party!! Everybodyone is LOVING me!!"
Margarita #17: "Maaaybeee shud take break I shud maybeee. #ifoundahat"
Margarita #19: "......hic!......"
Margarita #W: "I swinnin laps"
Magachita #3, 4 mebbe? : "Bruuuglah dret scruh nuu rezzlooshun! Nigh nigh nowh. #annndblackout"
Check out our weekly guide to make sure you're catching the big premieres, crucial episodes and the stuff you won't admit you watch when no one's looking.
— The boys of Teen Wolf are back tonight at 10 p.m. on MTV. Fan-favorite character Stiles (Dylan O'Brien) copes with the whole being briefly dead thing, and the rest of gang likely tear their shirts and growl at each other. So, you know, count us in.
More picks and clips, including Stevie Nicks' Horror Story debut and the return of Cougar Town's drinking buddies, AFTER THE JUMP...
— Pound grape with the Cul-de-Sac Crew in the season five premiere of Cougar Town. What's going to happen now that Jules (Courteney Cox)'s B.F.F. Laurie (Busy Philipps) is dating her son (Dan Byrd)? Get caught up (and a little wine drunk) Tuesday at 10 p.m. Eastern on TBS.
— Not only are the baddest witches on television back Wednesday at 10 p.m. Eastern on FX, but the legendary Stevie Nicks will be there as well. She's playing herself in a guest role on American Horror Story: Coven, no doubt connected to the Nicks-worshipping witch, Misty Day (Lily Rabe). There was quite a body count before the winter break, and with an alliance between the ladies of Miss Robichaux's and the local Voodoo queen, these last few episodes are sure to be action-packed. (Make sure you're not missing a moment with our weekly recaps!)
— Three brothers serving in the same military unit are at the center of Fox's new workplace comedy Enlisted. You may recognize one of Hill brothers (Chris Lowell) as Veronica Mars' season-three love interest, Piz, or the hunky midwife, Dell, from Private Practice. It's a doube dose of eye-candy as Parker Young (the ripped, but dumb neighbor from Suburgatory) also stars. They report for duty Friday at 9:30 p.m. Eastern.
— Out comedian Wanda Sykes brings the yucks to OWN Saturday at 10 p.m. Eastern with a second hour of Herlarious. Guest stars include Kristin Chenoweth, Jeff Probst and Adele.
As a show of solidarity with Russia’s LGBT community, both the Australian Men’s and Women’s bobsled teams have announced partnership with Principle 6, the protest campaign that uses the International Olympic Committee’s own charter language to push for LGBT non-discrimination. Buzzfeed reports:
“We’re against discrimination in sport, full stop,” said Heath Spence, captain of the Australian Men’s bobsled team. “That means we also oppose discrimination against gay and lesbian athletes.” […]
Starting this week, the Principle 6 Campaign becomes an official sponsor for the men’s team with its logo appearing on its bobsled at the World Cup event in Lake Placid, New York.
“We don’t just believe that on principle – some of our most loyal supporters have been gay,” Heath said. “They’ve supported us, so it would be hypocritical of us not to support them. All of us bobsledders are the biggest, the strongest, the fastest athletes in the Winter Olympics. And there’s two or four of us jammed into a sled. If we can support gay rights, why can’t everybody else? We’re proud to have the Principle 6 badge on our sleds.”
The campaign already has the backing of over 40 Olympic athletes, including out snowboarder Belle Brockhoff, runner Nick Symmonds and tennis star Andy Roddick.
[photo via Principle 6 Campaign]