On the second edition of FORD NATION, the online talk show of City Councillor Doug Ford and his brother, crack-smoking Toronto Mayor Rob Ford, the mayor discusses the recent controversy in which he tried to have the Gay Pride flag taken down from City Hall.
The flag was raised next to the Canadian flag in support of LGBT Russians during the Sochi games, as it was at many offices across Canada.
Ford takes offense to a letter from a woman accusing him of being anti-gay:
"I am not homophobic. I'll go to anyone's house, anyone's place to help them out. I take offense when people say that to me. This is Canada. Our Canadian flag should be up there, not the Pride flag."
Doug Ford adds:
"You know how many gay friends we have? People that have worked on our campaign? You may want to try to bully us into things...I think it's good for tourism. But don't try to put a gun to anyone's head that disagrees with you. It doesn't mean that they hate gays....It's just a bunch of bullying, a bunch of bullies coming after you. The gay community feels like they've been bullied and rightfully so because a lot of times they have, Rob. But don't come back and try to bully the people that don't show up and call them homophobic."
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SHE4ME: A beautiful new marriage equality PSA. "SHE4ME is set against a song called 'She' by Jen Foster who makes a cameo appearance as 'The Wedding Singer'. The song has been a favorite within the lesbian community for over a decade and is often used in commitment ceremonies. She has been reworked specifically for this project, by renowned music producer Eve Nelson. SHE4ME was directed by Nicole Conn, who was officially crowned the #1 LGBT Feature film Writer/Director of all time by Wolfe Video in January 2014."
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Antonin Scalia has seen the future, and its name is marriage equality.
Original Devo member Bob Casale dies at 61 from heart failure.
Miley Cyrus nibbles on fan's thong.
Duck Dynasty's Willie Robertson tries to impress with $5,000 tip after dining at restaurant with Sean Hannity, Ted Cruz, and Newt and Callista Gingrich.
Nigerian hotel restaurant serving human meat: "A Pastor who was among the people who tipped off the police on Thursday said: 'I went to the hotel early this year, after eating, I was told that a lump of meat was being sold at N700, I was surprised. So I did not know it was human meat that I ate at such expensive price.'"
Barbara Walters named her vibrator "Selfie".
Back to the Future: Nike designer promises self-lacing shoes.
John Stamos Twitter-lickin' good.
Tom Hardy brought his beard to the BAFTAs.
Jennifer Nettles talks to PrideSource: "Within the gay community, the courage it takes to be one's authentic self - even if you're viewed as different - is inspiring. Consequently there is definitely a connection in that degree of authenticity - and doing it because you gotta be who you are - that connects my music with the gay community."
GOP Congressman Jim Bridenstine stands by while Tea Party supporter calls for Obama's assassination.
Russia, post-Sochi: "Konstantin Yablotskiy, president of the Russian LGBT Sport Federation in Moscow, had hoped activists would be able to sponsor a “pride house” in Sochi, where gay visitors would find a welcome. The Vancouver Winter Olympics had one. “Registration was denied here,” he said. 'No, nothing has changed because of the Olympics,' he said. 'What will happen after the Olympics, we’ll see. People are very frightened. Many LGBT people think the situation will be worse after the Olympics. There is a panic in the community, especially among those who are partly or almost out, those who are active.' Their fate, he said, now lies with the larger world. 'Don’t stop paying attention to us after the Olympics,” he said. “What happens depends on you.”
How a 'scientific statement' convinced Uganda's president to sign the anti-homosexuality bill.
NOM endorses Pastor Mark Harris for U.S. Senate.
17-year-old Pat Cordova-Goff, a senior at Azusa high school in California, shows what being an honor student is all about: "She is a member of the cheer squad and is Azusa High School's student body president with a 4.0 grade average. Pat is also the founder of Azusa's Gay Straight Alliance. She is now on her way to be the state's first transgender student to play high school softball on a girl's team."
Candy Crush Saga maker King files for IPO: "King’s filing reveals the Candy Crush effect in stark detail: in 2012 the company’s revenues were $164.4m and its net profit $7.8m, but in 2013 those figures rose to $1.88bn and $567.6m respectively."
Tyler Curry believes gay rights and trans rights should be separated: "Although the discrimination against trans people by the gay community is unintentional, it is the reason the "T" should be removed from the LGBT. Gay men often use the slur because they believe it's a part of their collective community vocabulary. Just as we take liberties by using our own gay slurs as we chose, we mistakenly use the slurs aimed at trans people and whose objections are brushed off as political sensitivity."
Last June we reported on Alex Minsky, an Afghanistan War veteran who lost his leg after an IED explosion in 2009 only to become an underwear model several years later.
It was an inspiring story, and Minsky's recovery, both from the explosion and the alcoholism he developed after, was miraculous. The story did not end there, however, as Minsky has now become the face of Jack Adams brand underwear and active wear.
Check out his endearing (and hot) promo shoot, AFTER THE JUMP...
This Sunday on Meet the Press, Bill Nye "The Science Guy" and Republican Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn (TN) sat down with David Gregory to discuss the science of climate change and whether a correlation can be discerned between America's recent bouts of extreme weather and human created climate change. However, the conversation was stunted by Congresswoman Blackburn's apparent refusal to concede that climate change is real, man-made or possibly influencing weather events such as the Polar Vortex or the drought in California, as Time points out:
“Neither [Bill Nye] nor I are a climate scientist. He is an engineer and actor, I am a member of Congress. And what we have to do is look at the information that we get from climate scientists,” said Blackburn. “There is not agreement around the fact of exactly what is causing this.”
Nye was less than receptive to the congresswoman's introduction of "doubt" into the equation:
“We have overwhelming evidence that the climate is changing. That you cannot tie any one event to that is not the same as doubt about the whole thing,” said Nye. “There is no debate in the scientific community. I encourage the Congresswoman to really look at the facts. You are our leader. We need you to change things, not deny what’s happening...For me, as a guy who grew up in the U.S., I want the U.S. to lead the world in this,” he said. “These are huge opportunities, and the more we mess around with this denial, the less we’re going to get done.”
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Colorado's House of Representatives today passed a measure previously approved by the state's Senate that would allow Coloradans in same-sex marriages to file joint tax returns. The bill will now head to Governor John Hickenlooper's desk for his approval or veto. According to the AP:
The Colorado House passed the measure Monday on a largely party-line vote with Democrats in favor...
The measure requires gay couples in a civil union to file their Colorado taxes using the same filing status on their federal tax return if they are married in another state.
While Republican lawmakers complain that the measure would violate the state's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage, Democrats insist they are merely complying with federal law. Back in August the Federal Government announced it would recognize same-sex marriages for the purpose of filing joint tax returns regardless of where the marriage took place and irrespective of whether the state in which a couple currently resides recognizes same-sex marriage. According to the Treasury Department:
Any same-sex marriage legally entered into in one of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, a U.S. territory, or a foreign country will be covered by the ruling. However, the ruling does not apply to registered domestic partnerships, civil unions, or similar formal relationships recognized under state law.
Colorado currently does not allow same-sex marriage but codified civil unions in March of last year.
Check out a news report on Colorado's newest legislation concerning same-sex couples, AFTER THE JUMP...