News: Gary Oldman, MH370, Burger Joints, James Franco
Wife says MH370 pilot, not co-pilot, spoke final words from cockpit.
Gay men and the presidents who loved them.
Gary Oldman defends Mel Gibson and Alec Baldwin for anti-Semitic, anti-gay slurs: "Alec calling someone an F-A-G in the street while he’s pissed off coming out of his building because they won’t leave him alone. I don’t blame him. So they persecute."
Moravian church allows gay ordination: "By a vote of 181-62, synod delegates approved the proposal, which also includes provisions to revise the Book of Order of the Moravian Church Northern Province to reflect this change, and a call to create a rite for solemnizing covenanted relationships for use in the Northern Province."
Clinton: The Musical coming to NYC: "The show description: 'It’s hard enough being president by yourself. Bill Clinton’s problem is that there are two of him. Literally. Clinton follows two Bill Clintons and Hillary on their quest to save their presidency, change America and prove that ‘politics is show business for ugly people.’'"
Steven Thrasher: Why do enlightened white people get the HBO special on gay rights?
HBO releases trailer for new limited series Beyoncé: X10.
MAP: Burger joint geography.
Pediatrics group to recomment reading aloud to children from birth: "With the increased recognition that an important part of brain development occurs within the first three years of a child’s life, and that reading to children enhances vocabulary and other important communication skills, the group, which represents 62,000 pediatricians across the country, is asking its members to become powerful advocates for reading aloud, every time a baby visits the doctor."
Calls for more action after DOMA ruling review.
Michelle Obama to Robin Roberts: "[A woman president] should happen as soon as possible. I think this country is ready. This country is ready for anyone who can do the job…we have some options, don’t we?”
Venus Williams and Tomas Berdych strip down for ESPN The Magazine's The Body Issue.
James Franco shows off his rump for Broadway Bares.
Rufus Wainwright speaks to ChicagoPride.
Prince Harry spreads his ginger joy at the World Cup.
Kele Okereke: Black British musical identity is being erased by cultureless dance music. "I know it's not fashionable to talk about black music in terms of race nowadays, and there will be many people that think, with our shared multi-racial heritage, that the idea of a separate Black British musical identity itself is an antiquated idea. But every time I turn on MTV, every white pop star I see seems to be somehow indebted to black culture—from Justin Bieber to Iggy Azalea and even Disclosure. The MOBO awards, created so that Black British music would have an institution to rival the Brits, now seems to only honour white artists like Jessie J and John Newman. It seems obvious that in this present climate the people who are reaping the greatest rewards from black music are not black. If the Black British community remains silent in the erasing of the roots of our culture, then how is a defined Black British musical identity ever going to be allowed to flourish?"