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03/04/2014

Emotional Kentucky AG Jack Conway Chokes Up Announcing He Won't Defend State's Gay Marriage Ban: VIDEO

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Earlier today, Towleroad reported that Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway announced that he won't defend the state's gay marriage ban in an appeal of a federal court ruling handed down late last week. Governor Steve Beshear announced that he would hire outside counsel to appeal the ruling, which recognizes gay marriages performed out of state.

Conway became so emotional and choked up during the announcement he had to pause to collect himself.

Watch it, AFTER THE JUMP...

Posted Mar. 4,2014 at 8:35 PM EST by in Jack Conway, Kentucky, News, Steve Beshear | Permalink | Comments (33)


John Travolta Releases Statement on 'Adele Dazeem' Incident

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John Travolta has released a statement on the 'Adele Dazeem' Oscars incident:

"I've been beating myself up all day. Then I thought ... what would Idina Menzel say, She'd say, Let it go, let it go! Idina is incredibly talented and I am so happy Frozen took home two Oscars Sunday night!"

Posted Mar. 4,2014 at 7:55 PM EST by in Idina Menzel, John Travolta, News | Permalink | Comments (42)


Artist Chris Burden Created Metropolis II, An Amazing, Functioning Cityscape: VIDEO

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It may have been created several years ago, but Chris Burden's Metropolis II, a large-scale city model complete with bustling traffic, trams, and trains still impresses. It is a sight to behold, and even more fun to watch.

Check out a great video and interview with the artist, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Posted Mar. 4,2014 at 7:25 PM EST by in Art and Design, Los Angeles, News, Video | Permalink | Comments (9)


LGBT Rights Activists Arrested For Blocking Entrances To Idaho Governor's Office: VIDEO

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Over twenty LGBT rights activists sporting "Add the Words Idaho" t-shirts and covering their mouths with their hands were arrested for blocking all four entrances to Idaho governor C.L. "Butch" Otter's office today. The protestors, who have held demonstrations at the statehouse several times in the past month, want officials to add the terms "gender identity" and "sexual orientation" to Idaho's human rights act.

KTVB.com reports:

Police arrested 18 protesters for unlawful assembly, four protesers for trespassing, and one protester for resisting and obstructing, according to Idaho State Police.

That includes former Idaho State Senator Nicole LeFavour (above), who was led from the building in handcuffs. LeFavour was encouraging protesters not to move from the various entrances to the governor's office...

Idaho Republicans have blocked passage of the "Add the Words" proposal for eight years, and they have declined to give such a plan a hearing this year.

Watch news coverage of the protest, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Posted Mar. 4,2014 at 6:30 PM EST by in Gay Rights, Idaho, News | Permalink | Comments (8)


British Man Attacked in Anti-Gay Hate Crime, Posts Story On Facebook

Richard Scott Kennedy, a British student at University of Central Lancaster, was reportedly attacked in an anti-gay hate crime last week. He posted a photo and his story on Facebook:

RichardkennedyHere is my face after a homophobic attack, 4 of my teeth are gone, not fallen out but deep inside my gums and cheek, one is sitting under my cheek inside my gum on the right side bottom of my nose. My face is swollen and it was worse yesterday, both my knees are badly injured and I struggle to walk and my hole face is constantly throbbing and i'm now on 4 tablets a day for pain and infection and may require surgery to sort the damage.

All of this and what was their motive? because of my f--king sexuality. something that doesn't concern ANYONE else minus me and the person I fall for, either man or woman. A sex life is private and has nothing to do with no one, needless to say it's absolutely disgraceful to violently attack someone because of who they are. My confidence has gone, im utterly embarrassed to be seen in public, the only reason I am putting this picture up is because I want you to see me as an example. An example why homophobia is wrong and it's disgusting that it's still around in 2014. Society needs to get a grip, people are who they are, people are different, people are gay, straight, bi, transexual, black, white, asian, fat, skinny, small and tall but regardless of who they are and what they look like they are still human. There is more to people than their sexual preference and what they look like. 

This is just another homophobic attack that happens every day, but it needs to stop, this is wrong, this is disgusting and using sexual preference as a motive to be violent and abusive is utter inhumane.

Richard's post has been shared more than 176,000 times since he posted it on February 26.

Posted Mar. 4,2014 at 6:00 PM EST by in Facebook, Gay Stories, Gay Youth, Hate Crime, News | Permalink | Comments (14)


Towleroad Guide to the Tube #1531

VLADIMIR PUTIN: His first remarks since instigating the crisis in Ukraine.

TITAN AEROSPACE: The drone company Facebook just bought for $60 million to take the internet to the air.

PHILADELPHIA: News anchor Steve Keeley almost killed by a snow plow.

THE MAKING OF FROZEN: Jonathan Groff, Kristen Bell, and Josh Gad on how it was done.

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Posted Mar. 4,2014 at 5:00 PM EST by in News, Towleroad Guide to the Tube | Permalink | Comments (6)



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