BettyBowers.com puts its spin on the video posted by Dick Cheney earlier today.
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On the one hand, the latest ad campaign for Schick razors is pretty brilliant. They collected men with prodigious, enviable beards and had stylists and/or Photoshop artists trim, weave, and shape the whiskers into remarkably lifelike small mammals curled around the models' chins. On the other hand, they're comparing having a full pelt of face-fur to having a rodent dangling from your nose and have accompanied the ads with the tag #FreeYourSkin.
Maybe my interpretation is off, but it seems like associating a beard with an adorable fluffy animal would actually encourage men to grow them out rather than shave them off. Whatever the intent, the beards are epic and the models aren't half bad either.
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This is a whole new level of regressive behavior, and it's just jaw-dropping in its cruelty.
Texas has made it quite clear that it refuses to recognize legally-wed same-sex couples for the time being, despite judge after judge ruling the ban unconstitutional. However, despite the abuse and discrimination that gay parents are often subject to socially in the Lone Star State, the government hasn't stepped in to discriminate on the basis of biological parenthood...until now.
Jason Hanna and Joe Riggs are the biological fathers of twin sons Lucas and Ethan - one father per son - who were carried to term by surrogate mother CharLynn, who bears no biological connection to the boys, reports SiriusXM host and Gay Voices editor Michelangelo Signorile.
However, because Texas doesn't recognize legally-wed gay couples it opens up judges to use their own discretion on cases such as Hanna and Riggs', and in this case a presiding judge determined that neither father is represented on either child's birth certificate as a father...but CharLynn is on both as their mother.
To repeat: the boys' biological fathers are not on their birth certificates as parents, but their non-biological surrogate mother is and is listed as their mother.
All of this despite precedence for their case existing within Texas and even providing DNA results to the court. Adding salt to the wound, the judge also ruled that neither could be an adoptive parent of the other's son. This is especially worrisome, as Hanna points out:
Without [co-adoption], if something happened to either me or Joe we don’t have any legal recourse to keep the other’s biological child. The state could come in and separate these two brothers…We want to reiterate how important it is for a state to recognize each family, whether it's same-sex or opposite-sex, and really to ensure everyone has equal protection from the state.
SiriusXM radio host Michelangelo Signorile interviewed the couple:
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RNC unveils 'HRC squirrel' mascot to go after Hillary Clinton.
ABC News fires trans employee Dawn Ennis after "complicated saga".
The world is about to get 250 new emojis.
Blind item: "This former NBC A lister from a hit show that is no longer on the air was considered a ladies man on the show. This month he is finally planning on coming out. Good for him."
Obama plans world's largest ocean preserve: "Using presidential authority that does not require action from Congress, the president proposed to expand the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument, which George Bush designated to protect unique species and rare geological formations. The waters are all considered US territory because they surround an array of remote, mostly uninhabited islands that the US controls between Hawaii and American Samoa."
Gay village planned for The Netherlands.
Sydney's long-running gay bar Midnight Shift will stay open, and stay gay: "Midnight Shift had been listed as up for offers since April, but its board of directors has 'rejected all current offers for sale' and have decided instead to continue and expand the current operation, including reopening the bar level on Wednesdays, and hiring new staff."
Neil Patrick Harris, David Burtka, and Zachary Quinto hit the red carpet at TrevorLIVE.
Prince Harry puts on his top hat.
Spanish department store faces calls for boycott for carrying book by NARTH co-founder Joseph Nicolosi: "Despite more than year of protests by LGBT groups in Spain, El Corte Inglés has continued to carry the titles I Want to Stop Being Gay, How to Prevent Homosexuality and Gender Confusion in Childhood. After several failed attempts to talk to the retailer, the political party Izquierda Unida (United Left) is calling on Spaniards to boycott the chain's stores, said Mariano Vilar, who coordinates LGBT issues for the party in Parla, a town in Madrid's metropolitan area."
200 evacuated from Trans Pride L.A. event after bomb threat. "This was the second of two bomb threats made against the festival that day, organizers said in a statement."
Gay St Louis club WeHo shuts down after two months: "The Grove neighborhood is brimming with gay and gay-friendly establishments including Siam (formerly Novak’s), Just John, Meyer’s Grove, Erney’s 32°, Rehab and Attitudes. So what happens when a gay nightclub attempts to open downtown, outside of the Grove? For the folks behind the new and already departed WeHo, what they learned is that no one is going to show up."
Joe Manganiello and Ryan Kwanten clean up for True Blood premiere.
Bill Donohue would like to congratulate Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone. "Kudos to Archbishop Cordileone for standing on principle. Let’s also give a shout-out to his courageous spokeswoman, Christine A. Mugridge, for exclaiming, 'We don’t hate-monger, we don’t pander to bigots.' We are not accustomed to such straight talk coming from those in her position."
Tom Ford introduces 'magic' skinny jeans for men: “They’re really to give you a straight slim leg, but for different body types,” he explained. “If you’ve got a slightly bigger butt, or bigger thighs, there’s a cut that will make you look the same way as the guy who’s super skinny.”
This looks safe.
Lesbian California Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins speaks out about sexuality: "The San Diego Democrat, a native of Appalachia, told attendees at the She Shares women's leadership conference in the state capital that the 'most profound' way of advancing equality is coming out and taking small actions that validate being gay. As an example, she noted the kiss with her spouse, Jennifer LeSar, when she was sworn in as speaker of the 80-member chamber last month. A photo of the kiss ran online and in newspapers across the country, including in the newspaper of her childhood hometown, The Roanoke Times."
Governor Jan Brewer, who four months ago was at the center of a contentious debate in her state surrounding a bill (SB1062) that would have allowed religion-based discrimination against gays (she vetoed it), told Capitol Media Services on Tuesday that she would consider expanding the state's civil rights laws to cover gay people if a bill were presented to her:
On Tuesday, Brewer said the question of whether Arizona should expand its anti-discrimination laws comes down to looking at the issue from the opposite perspective of SB1062: Is there a real problem with discrimination that drives a need for such a change?
“That’s something we don’t see a lot of anymore, because of people’s changing patterns of discrimination,” she said.
The governor suggested that state lawmakers might want to hold hearings on the issue.
“If it needs to be addressed, it needs to be debated in the Legislature,” Brewer said.
“Testimony needs to be presented,” she continued. “Let the representatives of the people who have been elected by the populace of the state of Arizona determine and get it up to the governor.”
And what would she do with it?
“I don’t know what would be in that bill or how they would write it,” Brewer said. “But I certainly would evaluate it and do what I thought was the right thing to do for the state.”