Ugandan rapper Keko criticizes government over anti-gay bill: “If Sevo signs the anti-homosexuality bill, we are always going to be third world. Development is tolerance”.
Miley Cyrus and Jared Leto are an item?
Researchers find partial genetic link to homosexuality: "A region of the X chromosome called Xq28 had some impact on men's sexual behaviour – though scientists have no idea which of the many genes in the region are involved, nor how many lie elsewhere in the genome. "
FOX News scrapes the bottom of the Clinton conspiracy barrel: "Fox News will host discredited smear merchant Kathleen Willey tonight to attack Hillary Clinton. Willey is not credible -- she has repeatedly been caught contradicting her own sworn testimony and has pushed absurd conspiracies that the Clintons killed her husband and former White House aide Vince Foster."
Nicole Richie was Britney Spears' Vegas slave.
Anti-gay researcher Mark Regnerus: Same-sex marriage will grant straight men "permission to stray", have anal sex.
Appeal of gay marriage ruling sought in Kentucky. "Rep. Stan Lee, of Lexington, said in a letter to Beshear and Conway that Kentucky voters in 2004 overwhelmingly passed an amendment to the Kentucky Constitution that defined marriage as between one man and one woman."
Rainbow fence pops up around SF construction site: "The colorful fence may be symbolic of the 110 apartments reserved for LGBT seniors that the 55 Laguna project will include once it is complete."
The National Review is to the right of the Kansas GOP: "NRO’s Ryan Anderson insists the Kansas law permitting government officials and any individual person to discriminate against gay couples in civil marriages (which are banned in Kansas) is just a defense against oppression (which doesn’t yet exist)."
Eric Dane ups his DILF cred.
New York radio hosts Steve Harper and Leeana Karlson suspended over homophobic parent hoax: "The suspension is 'until further notice,' David Widmer, general manager of Connoisseur Media Long Island, the station's owner, told Newsday. 'We're still meeting with various community organizations and hearing feedback from listeners and the business community.'"
HBO renews Getting On.
Apple to bring iTunes Festival to SXSW: "Taking place at ACL Live at the Moody Theater, home of Austin City Limits, the iTunes Festival at SXSW will feature iTunes chart toppers including Coldplay, Imagine Dragons, Pitbull, Keith Urban, ZEDD and more to come."
Arkansas Republicans may take health insurance away from 100,000 people: "Republicans in Arkansas are actively considering a plan to take away health coverage from tens of thousands of low-income people who just obtained insurance thanks to Obamacare. Conservative Republicans in the state legislature have gotten reticent about approving a funding bill extending a program that has already signed almost 100,000 up for insurance coverage and expects to eventually help as many as 250,000 in total. It’s now unclear if the program will actually move forward, and if it does, it will not do so unscathed."
Whiling away the afternoon and care to spend it with a few of your favorite musicians?
The BRIT Awards are happening now and Katy Perry, Bruno Mars, Lorde with Disclosure, Bastille, Rudimental, Ellie Goulding, and Beyoncé are scheduled to perform starting at 3 pm ET.
Also reported to appear are One Direction and Kylie Minogue. James Corden is hosting.
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As you may have read in our earlier reports, trans activist and former Italian MP Vladimir Luxuria was detained twice in Sochi over the weekend. Michelangelo Signorile interviewed Luxuria about her ordeal on his SiriusXM radio show yesterday.
The first time she was detained she was brought to a police station for several hours after trying to visit the gay nightclub Mayak in Sochi. She was carrying a rainbow banner at the time.
The second time she was with her colleagues and they were detained outside the hockey arena after purchasing a ticket to a women's hockey game. She was wearing a rainbow outfit at the time because they had told her she couldn't carry a banner of any kind. She describes being dumped in a rural area.
“At a certain moment I was really afraid, asking, ‘What you going to do with me?'" she recounted, noting that the men were making and receiving phone calls. “I was afraid, [thinking], 'Maybe they’re going to beat us. Maybe they’re going to arrest me.' They let us out, in the middle of nowhere, in the countryside, in the dark. It was a Fellini atmosphere. Me dressed as a fairy queen in the Russian country. I’m not ashamed to say that I cried. I was very nervous. Now I know that the Italian consulate was in touch with the Russian chief of police. And the order was to arrest me and keep me in prison but thanks to the intervention of the Italian consulate, I was released.”
Luxuria said that what authorities seemed to really be afraid of was that she would shout something as a political protest near an Olympic venue and that it would appear on TV.
Listen to two segments of the interview, AFTER THE JUMP...
Pat Robertson won't repeat what the Duck Dynasty guy said because it "got graphic and a little disgusting" but, he told his viewers on Tuesday, "when you see what [gay people] do, it's not very pretty."
Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...
(via right wing watch)
Members of the punk group Pussy Riot were attacked on Wednesday in a public plaza in Sochi while preparing to make a video of a new protest song called "Putin will teach you how to love your Motherland."
Just after beginning the performance, a group of Russian Cossacks branding whips and pepper spray began attacking the group members, the WaPo reports:
Alyokhina tweeted a photo Wednesday of a young man who had joined the five women for the performance — usually they perform as a feminist collective. He had a bloodied face, an injury Alyokhina said was suffered in the attack. She posted another photo of a woman with red marks on her chest.
Tolokonnikova, who was knocked to the ground and hit with a whip, tweeted that her husband, Pyotr Verzilov, had been taken to the hospital, unable to see because of the pepper spray. And David Khakim, a Sochi environmental activist, tweeted that police detained one man for questioning but let the others go.
“We were attacked by 10 Cossacks and men in civilian clothes,” he tweeted.
The Cossacks, descended from czarist-era horsemen who patrolled the borders of the Russian empire, are remembered historically for leading pogroms against Jews. Today they are socially conservative and ardent supporters of the Russian Orthodox Church. Recently, they have been revived as a sort of volunteer citizen patrol, and about 800 of them have supplemented the police providing security for the Winter Games here.
The attacks on Pussy Riot come a day after they were arrested and held for hours without being charged.
Watch video of the attacks, AFTER THE JUMP...
The Guardian recently reported that actor Patrick Stewart (seen above with his Broadway castmate Ian McKellen outside the Stonewall Inn in October) is gay, resulting in a correction from the newspaper.
Stewart took it in humor and stride, tweeting: "Well, @guardian it makes for a nice change...at least I didn't wake up to the internet telling me I was dead again."
Well, @guardian it makes for a nice change...at least I didn't wake up to the internet telling me I was dead again.— Patrick Stewart (@SirPatStew) February 18, 2014
He later added: