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02/05/2014

A Humpday Late Night Snack: VIDEO

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Kitchen twerker Julian Serrano is back for another course. Not a lot of twerking here, but a lot of stirring.

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

Posted Feb. 5,2014 at 11:35 PM EST by | Permalink | Comments (24)


Mikhail Baryshnikov Shows His Pride with LGBT Activists

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At an appearance in Berkeley, California, Russian dance icon Mikhail Baryshnikov borrowed a rainbow scarf owned by activist Michael Petrelis to show his solidarity with LGBT people:

Baryshnikov is appearing at the Berkeley Rep with a fantastic touring production of "Man in a Case", based on short stories by Anton Chekhov, and after the matinee performance he graciously gave his time to the activists Michael Merrigan and his life-partner Michael Petrelis, both of whom are with the Gays Without Borders activist group, and Robbie Sweeny who operates the Facebook page Boycott4Russia.

After introductions were made, Baryshnikov directed everyone to a backstage black curtain and said it would be a terrific background for the photo. Sweeny thanked him for agreeing to participate in showing support for gay Russians. This photo-op was at the initiative of Sweeny. Petrelis asked if he wanted to don the rainbow scarf he was wearing, Baryshnikov readily said yes and soon the international symbol of LGBT liberation and pride was tied around his neck and displayed over his chest.

Baryshnikov has condemned the persecution of LGBT people. In October he made a statement to the No More Fear foundation:

"My life has been immensely enriched by gay mentors, colleagues and friends and any discrimination and persecution of gay people is unacceptable. Equal treatment of people is a basic right and it is sad that we still have to even speak about this in [the] 21st century. I salute NO MORE FEAR foundation for stepping in so quickly to provide the much necessary assistance to gay and lesbian people who are fleeing prosecution and help them lead a proud life in their new country."

Posted Feb. 5,2014 at 10:46 PM EST by in Mikhail Baryshnikov, News, Russia | Permalink | Comments (5)


B.Y.O. Bulbs and Doorknobs: Sochi Stay Starts Off as Disaster for Journalists

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BY SARAH WOLFE / GlobalPost

If this was Russian President Vladimir Putin's idea of a joke, members of the media arriving to cover the Winter Olympics in Sochi were not amused.

Journalists arrived in the resort town this week to disaster. Many of their hotels seemed to be unfinished, and those that were came without lightbulbs, shower curtains, chairs, door knobs and sometimes... hot water.

If you asked the International Olympic Committee, it would say 24,000 rooms were delivered, and "97 percent" didn't have issues.

Maybe Sochi just has a "bring your own doorknobs" policy no one bothered to read up about.

 

 

Posted Feb. 5,2014 at 6:45 PM EST by in News, Russia, Sochi Olympics | Permalink | Comments (39)


Towleroad Guide to the Tube #1512

DEER RESCUE: "Two deer which fell into a frozen river were saved by hunters in north-western Poland). According to members of the hunting circle 'Swit' in Dybowo (north-western Poland) two deer were trying to cross the frozen river of Parseta while runing away from dogs. The ice broke and the animals fell into the river. They could not get out because of ice. The rescue operation was organized by town guards of Dygowo and members of the hunting circle 'Swit'. Both deer survived and are at liberty in forests."

NBC: All visitors to Sochi Olympics immediately hacked.

MCDONALDS: McNuggets are only slightly less disgusting than you thought.

ALYSSA EDWARDS: The sizzle reel for Drag Race contestant's possible show.

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Posted Feb. 5,2014 at 5:45 PM EST by in News, Towleroad Guide to the Tube | Permalink | Comments (10)


News: DMX, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Chobani, Bruce Jenner

RoadNational Enquirer publishes completely false story that Philip Seymour Hoffman's friend David Bar Katz, who discovered the actor's body, was his gay lover.

DmxRoadRapper DMX to fight Trayvon Martin killer George Zimmerman in celebrity boxing match.

RoadKris Jenner addresses the rumor that Bruce Jenner might be transitioning.

RoadRussia blocks delivery of Chobani yogurt for U.S. Olympic team: "Right now, Schumer says, the yogurt is sitting in storage at Newark International Airport because the Russian Federation's Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance has not yet given the green light for the product to clear customs. The USDA has signed off on a 'sanitary certificate' that states the yogurt meets Russia's food-safety standards, however, and regardless, it's being consumed only by Americans."

RoadJury deadlocks on man's guilt in attacking gay man with pink poodle: "Mason is accused of striking 26-year-old David Beltier and hurling gay slurs at him March 1. The attack happened at 185th and Evergreen next to a busy strip mall.

Pope_francisRoadVatican releases predictable results of survey on contraception, sexual morality, gay unions and divorce. And "regrets" a damning UN report on the sexual abuse scandal: "The Vatican said in a statement that it remains committed to defending and protecting the rights of children but that it regrets that the committee had attempted 'to interfere with Catholic Church teaching on the dignity of human person and in the exercise of religious freedom.'"

RoadElton John to adapt Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat for the big screen: "Rocket Pictures' Steve Hamilton Shaw and David Furnish will produce the film. Webber, Rice and John will executive produce."

RoadDylan Farrow's brother Moses defends Woody Allen: “Of course Woody did not molest my sister,” Moses said. “She loved him and looked forward to seeing him when he would visit. She never hid from him until our mother succeeded in creating the atmosphere of fear and hate towards him."

RoadDavid Beckham in talks to bring MLS team to Miami.

2jp_galavisRoadTV's Bachelor Juan Pablo Galavis releases statement to People en Español: "Watching the way so many of my friends treat my daughter Camila — like family — I can see how much my gay friends want to be parents — and how good they will be at it. If Camila happens to be gay when she grows up, I will respect her, support her and love her the same as I do now."

RoadNBC: $4.8 million in Sandy relief money went to fund NJ luxury apartment tower.

RoadThe final trailer for the dystopian film Divergent has arrived.

RoadNRCC ad attacks Congressional candidate Sean Eldridge, calls him campaign finance "hypocrite": "Eldridge is the husband of Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes and as of last month had contributed at least $715,000 of his own money toward his campaign, according to the Federal Elections Commission — not quite the “close to a million” cited by the NRCC, but getting there. His personal wealth and ability to fund his own campaign has at times created an awkward juxtaposition with his vocal support for campaign finance reform."

Posted Feb. 5,2014 at 4:15 PM EST by | Permalink | Comments (20)


UK Lawmaker Who Linked Storms with Gay Marriage is Expelled from Party

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Henley-on-Thames town councillor David Silvester, who was suspended from the UK Independence Party in January for remarks linking the passage of gay marriage to recent storms and flooding, has now been expelled. Silvester has had a publicly homophobic outlook since the UK's same-sex marriage bill was on the table in 2012 when he wrote to Prime Minister David Cameron warning him "that disasters would accompany the passage" of the bill. In fact, in a delicious bit of irony, Silvester defected from the Conservative party and joined the UKIP as a protest against Cameron's pro-gay message.

BBC News reports:

Last month, Mr Silvester's house was targeted by protesters, who threw eggs at the property and attached a "rainbow banner" to the wall.

In the letter to the Henley Standard he wrote: "The scriptures make it abundantly clear that a Christian nation that abandons its faith and acts contrary to the Gospel (and in naked breach of a coronation oath) will be beset by natural disasters such as storms, disease, pestilence and war."

Silvester also claimed that Cameron ignored the will of the "Christian nation."

"But he went ahead despite a 600,000-signature petition by concerned Christians and more than half of his own parliamentary party saying that he should not do so.

"It is his fault that large swathes of the nation have been afflicted by storms and floods."

He went on to say no man, however powerful, "can mess with Almighty God with impunity and get away with it."

The Henley-on-Thames town council will soon hold a meeting discussing Silvester's comments and the controversy surrounding them. In the mean time, anyone is welcome to sign a petition expressing outrage at Silvester's comments.

Posted Feb. 5,2014 at 3:55 PM EST by in David Cameron, Gay Marriage, Gay Rights, News, United Kingdom | Permalink | Comments (10)



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