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02/21/2014

Phoenix and Tucson Stage Major Protests Against Anti-Gay Bill: VIDEO

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Major protests took place this evening in Phoenix and Tucson in opposition to the bill passed by the Arizona legislature that would allow businesses to discriminate against gays and lesbians based on religious beliefs.

CNN's AC360 led off their show live from the protests in Phoenix.

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

Governor Jan Brewer must decide whether to sign or veto the legislation early next week.

The Republic reports:

The governor, who is attending a conference of national governors in the nation’s capital, rarely comments on bills before they reach her desk.

She spoke with CNN on Friday: “Well, it’s a very controversial piece of legislation. We know that. We know that it’s failed in a lot of states across the country. ... I’ve been reading about it on the Internet and I will make my decision some time before ... by next Friday ... if I do decide to sign it. But it’s very controversial, so I’ve got to get my hands around it.”

The governor has five days to decide on the bill so it's likely she'll need to deal with it before Friday as she says.

FYI you can call Brewer now  at (602) 542-4331 or (520) 628-6580 and urge her to veto the bill.

Suggested script: Hi, my name is __________ and I live in _____________. I’m calling to urge Governor Brewer to veto SB1062. Arizonans believe in freedom for all -- and that includes our gay and lesbian neighbors. Please reject this harmful legislation.

Posted Feb. 21,2014 at 10:40 PM EST by in Arizona, News, Phoenix, Tucson | Permalink | Comments (38)


Gay Iconography: Could Queen Latifah Be A Closeted Icon?

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The phrase "gay icon" gets tossed around a lot, but why is it that some figures amass more of a gay audience? Welcome to Gay Iconography, a feature where we present a proposed iconic figure or character and then ask you to weigh in with your thoughts. 

Last October, the Equality Forum announced its list of LGBT History Month icons, and appearing on the list alongside folks like Anderson Cooper and Nathan Lane was actress, singer and producer Queen Latifah. Unlike her fellow icons (their word), Queen Latifah never officially came out.

LatifahThe Equality Forum explained their choice to Philadelphia Magazine, “based on information available to the LGBT History Month selection committee at the time of the Icon selection process, Queen Latifah was expected to officially come out when her new talk show premieres in September. Now she has made it clear that is not going to happen. In the future, living LGBT History Month nominees will not be considered eligible if they are not out.”

Not only is Queen Latifah not out, but she's been steadfast in her denial of rumors that she is a lesbian. Whether that's in connection to her alleged girlfriend Jeanette Jenkins (the two bought a home together in 2010) or refusing to comment on her personal life on her new talk show, Latifah has made it clear that she doesn't intend on sharing her personal life privately. She told the New York Times in 2008: "I don’t feel like I need to share my personal life, and I don’t care if people think I’m gay or not. Assume whatever you want. You do it anyway."

Her personal relationships aside, Queen Latifah's career has often intersected with the gay community. She famously performed at Lesbian and Gay Pride in Long Beach, calling the crowd "her people." (She would later specify that was not intended as a coming out.) She won a Golden Globe and a Screen Actors Guild Award for her role in Life Support, an HBO film about a woman who is diagnosed with HIV. Queen Latifah has also appeared in lots of gay-friendly fare, including Chicago, Hairspray, the Lifetime remake of Steel Magnolias and Joyful Noise (alongside indisputable gay icon Dolly Parton). Most recently, she officiated the weddings of 33 gay and straight couples live on the Grammys alongside Macklemore and Madonna.

Check out some of our favorite Latifah performances, and hail (or dethrone) the Queen in the comments, AFTER THE JUMP ...

 

Queen Latifah first rose to prominence as a female MC, discovered by Fab 5 Freddy. Her album Black Reign featured the Grammy Award-winning track "U.N.I.T.Y." which addressed cat-calling, derogatory language against women and domestic violence.

 

 

Latifah starred as Khadijah on Living Single from 1993-1998. She also appeared on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and Hangin' with Mr. Cooper.

 

 

Her largest mainstream success was as Matron "Mama" Morton in the 2002 Academy Award-winning Best Picture Chicago. The role earned her an Academy Award nomination, making her one of only three hip-hop artists to receive an acting nomination.

 

 

In 2007, Latifah appeared in another movie musical, Hairspray. As Motormouth Maybelle, Latifah delivered a soulful rendition of "I Know Where I've Been." (While we're on the subject, if you haven't already, you should definitely watch Glee's Alex Newell do an earth-shattering version of the song for AIDS Walk New York.)

 

 

Even when she's not singing, Queen Latifah can own a scene, like in the clip from Joyful Noise, above. Plus, who among us can resist the siren song of Last Holiday when it's on cable? Let's be real.

What do you think of Queen Latifah? If she is keeping her sexuality secret, does that make it impossible for her to be recognized as an icon?

Posted Feb. 21,2014 at 8:15 PM EST by in Gay Iconography, Queen Latifah | Permalink | Comments (34)


Mormon Grandma Freaks Out About the Gay Agenda in Disney's 'Frozen'

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Frozen, Disney's latest CGI offering for families, has been met with critical and financial success, its song "Let It Go" has over 100 million views on YouTube, and has achieved a level of penetration into the collective cultural consciousness that the house of mouse hasn't seen in quite some time. Despite most viewers generally regarding the film somewhere between "Ok" and "Amazing", one Mormon grandmother took grave exception to the film and wrote on her website Well-Behaved Mormon Woman an excessively lengthy blog post about how Frozen is promoting the gay agenda.

Yes, really.

FrozenAmong the film's evidently many pro-gay subtexts are:

Elsa has a great power that she has been taught by her parents from the time she was a child, is not publicly acceptable and that she must fear its expression, at all cost, thus hide it from people, even her own sister who could be hurt by it - even killed. Shame is at the core of Elsa's feelings about her magical powers: same-sex attraction.

Even "Let It Go" doesn't escape condemnation:

The words to "Let it Go" are clearly not Christian-values friendly, by any stretch of the imagination, when understood and heard. This is not an innocent song, with a catchy tune. It is rebellious. It mocks moral absolutes. It is careless. It is unaccountable. It is anti-obedience. It is regardless. It is selfish. And if you still disagree, then by all means, feel free to show me how I've misinterpreted the lyrics.

Never mind that most of all Disney films use some form of rebellion as the driving force behind the story. However, it's all ok, because she's totally not anti-gay:

Let me be very clear about one thing, I am not anti-gay nor am I here to judge homosexuals not worthy of their rightful and respectful place among society. However, I draw the line at the idea of redefining traditional marriage to include homosexual relationships, as equal.

Obviously the film is telling the story of the outsider, a trope that films and books have used since time immemorial with the X-Men films being one of the more recent examples, and homosexuals happen to fit nicely in to. Somehow, though, Frozen telling that story is secretly gay indoctrination, as one poor father discovered when he realized that the movie totally completely turned his son homo.

Case in point, I took Will to see Frozen about a month ago. He loved it. He started singing all the songs like “Let It Go,” at the top of his lungs. I thought it was adorable — until WBMW peeled back the onion to reveal it as a gay anthem (It’s time to see what I can do / To test the limits and break through / No right, no wrong, no rules for me / I’m free). Might as well throw a headdress on him and make him sing YMCA!

Posted Feb. 21,2014 at 7:17 PM EST by in Disney, Gay Marriage, Mormon | Permalink | Comments (39)


Pomplamoose Gets Creative with a 'Happy Get Lucky' Pharrell Mash-Up: VIDEO

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Pomplamoose Happy Get LuckyMusicians Pomplamoose, who gave us the divine Gotye/Carly Rae Jepsen mashup "Do Not Push" a little while back, have released a new music video titled "Happy Get Lucky" using samples from "Get Lucky", "Happy", and a dash of "Lose Yourself to Dance" in a really impressive video that was done in a single take and only utilized a single projector shining on white foam core...and occasionally on Nataly.

It's a toe-tapping art project that's worth seeing AFTER THE JUMP...

Posted Feb. 21,2014 at 6:23 PM EST by in Music, Music Video | Permalink | Comments (5)


Arizona State Rep. Chad Campbell Denounces Bill Allowing Discrimination Against Gays on CNN: VIDEO

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Arizona Rep. Chad Campbell (D-AZ) appeared on CNN this afternoon to denounce the bill awaiting signature from Governor Jan Brewer that would legalize discrimination against gays.

Said Campbell:

"If we were having this conversation in reagard to African-Americans or women there would be outrage across the country about this but right now htis is targeted toward the gay community and the far right views this as okay and that is simply not acceptable."

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

FYI you can call Brewer now  at (602) 542-4331 or (520) 628-6580 and urge her to veto the bill.

Suggested script: Hi, my name is __________ and I live in _____________. I’m calling to urge Governor Brewer to veto SB1062. Arizonans believe in freedom for all -- and that includes our gay and lesbian neighbors. Please reject this harmful legislation.

Posted Feb. 21,2014 at 5:40 PM EST by in Arizona, Discrimination, News | Permalink | Comments (17)


Towleroad Guide to the Tube #1524

SPORTS: Why do people obsess over them?

IF LGBT Russia: had a Facebook film.

THIS WEEK: In unnecessary censorship.

ELLEN: Chats with 12 Years a Slave star Lupita Nyong'o.

For recent Guides to the Tube, click HERE.

Posted Feb. 21,2014 at 4:40 PM EST by in News, Towleroad Guide to the Tube | Permalink | Comments (2)



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