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08/25/2014

Larry Kramer Joins Ryan Murphy and 'The Normal Heart' Cast for Outstanding TV Movie Emmy Win: WATCH

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The Normal Heart took home the award for Outstanding Television Movie at the 66th Primetime Emmys tonight. 

Director Ryan Murphy accepted the award - joined on stage by Mark Ruffalo, Matt Bomer, Jim Parsons, Julia Roberts, and Larry Kramer (wearing his ACT UP hat no less!)

Said Murphy:

...We're going to use the rest of our time to ask young people watching to become Larry Kramers. To find a cause  you believe, that you will fight for, that you will die for. Go online and look up amfAR look up the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation. This is for all of the hundreds of thousands of artists who have passed from HIV/AIDS since 1981. Your memory and your passion burns on in us. And this is for them. Thank you. 

Watch the full acceptance speech AFTER THE JUMP...

 

Posted Aug. 25,2014 at 10:24 PM EST by in Ryan Murphy, The Normal Heart | Permalink | Comments (30)


What To Watch This Week on TV: Meyers Helms Emmy Awards, Handler Says Goodbye - VIDEO

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Check out our weekly guide to make sure you're catching the big premieres, crucial episodes and the stuff you won't admit you watch when no one's looking.

— Joan Rivers and company set their lasers to stunning as they pick their favorite Emmy Awards ensembles on Fashion Police, Tuesday at 8 p.m. Eastern on E!. Then they’ll sharpen their knives and cut the red carpet misses to shreds (which we all know is much more fun).

Chelsea's last show on E! and Amy Poehler's visit to SwedenAFTER THE JUMP ...

 

— The host of Late Night, Seth Meyers, follows in the footsteps of Jimmy Fallon, Jane Lynch and those five reality-TV hosts when he presides over tonight’s 66th Primetime Emmy Awards. It’s our last chance to dole out Emmy trophies to Breaking Bad tonight at 8 p.m. Eastern on NBC.

 

— Chelsea Handler bids the E! Network farewell Tuesday at 11 p.m. Eastern. The last episode of Chelsea Lately will include appearances by Jennifer Aniston and Sandra Bullock. Handler fans need not fear, her stand-up special will premiere on Netflix on October 10.

 

— Amy Poehler guests on her brother Greg’s show, Welcome to Sweden, Thursday at 9 p.m. Eastern on NBC. She’s joined by her Parks and Rec co-star Aubrey Plaza on the season finale of this charming summer comedy about a guy who moves to Sweden to follow his girlfriend. Get a taste of the series in the clip above.

 

— For all the fuss made over how deftly Please Like Me presents its protagonist’s sexuality, the show’s handling of mental illness is equally interesting. Debra Lawrance is thrilling to watch as she portrays Mum bouncing around the frame, whirring with manic energy. Catch the next episode of season two Friday at 10:30 p.m. Eastern on Pivot.

What are you watching this week?

Posted Aug. 25,2014 at 6:46 PM EST by in Chelsea Handler, Joan Rivers, Television | Permalink | Comments (8)


Lithuanian Broadcasters Cite 'Family Values' Law in Refusal to Air Pro-LGBT Television Ad: VIDEO

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An advertisement produced by LGBT rights organization LGL and featuring gay, lesbian, and allied couples will not be aired on Lithuanian television according to broadcasters. The ad depicts several couples living their day-to-day existence, seemingly happy; at the end, though, statistics paint a different picture of the LGBT experience in Lithuania. "61% LGBT persons in Lithuania feel discriminated against," it states, and still citizens are barred from viewing the video. The broadcasters, for their part, claim there is good reason behind the refusal to air LGL's ad.

Human Rights Campaign reports:

LithuaniaWhile the video itself does not contain anything provocative, commercial broadcasters fear that it may be in violation of the Law on the Protection of Minors Against the Detrimental Effect of Public Information. This law forbids information “which expresses contempt for family values, encourages the concept of entry into a marriage and creation of a family other than stipulated in the Constitution of the Republic of Lithuania and the Civil Code of the Republic of Lithuania.”

In an interview with Delfi, television representatives said the video raised some red flags because it spoke about various family models that differ from what is traditionally accepted. The video will now be reviewed by the Inspector of Journalist Ethics, though that could be a lengthy process.

The legislation in question sounds eerily similar to Russia's own anti-gay propaganda laws; we can only hope that the advertisement passes its review and that Lithuanians of all ages can see the positive message is represents. The likeliehood of approval is slim, however. Just last year an ad for Baltic Pride depicting a man whose shirt said, "For Family Diversity," was slapped with a mature rating and aired only after 11pm. 

Check out the sweet ad, AFTER THE JUMP...

Posted Aug. 25,2014 at 5:54 PM EST by in Gay Pride, Gay Rights, Lithuania, News, Television, Video | Permalink | Comments (11)


Towleroad Guide to the Tube #1611

FERGUSON: The PSA that aired during MTV's Video Music Awards on Sunday

TINA FEY:  Shrinks down for her Ice Bucket Challenge

JOHN OLIVER: Literally destroys a piñata to appease the internet headlines. 

ELEPHANTS: Dance and sway to a violin.

  

  

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Posted Aug. 25,2014 at 4:54 PM EST by in Towleroad Guide to the Tube | Permalink | Comments (3)


News: George Takei, Nicki Minaj, Rick Perry, Doctor Who

Road Nicki Minaj had a wardrobe malfunction at Sunday's VMAs. 

SchockRoad Rep. Aaron Schock makes talking to constituents about commercial barging look 'dam' sexy

Road Geroge Takei apologizes for posting photo of woman standing up in a wheelchair with the caption, 'There has been a miracle in the alcohol isle" - "I learn from each of the responses that we get from the memes that we post," said Takei. "Particularly on this one. I was enlightened on the various degrees of disability of people who use wheelchairs. I learn something every day. And life should be a continuing learning experience"

Road Doctor Who features first lesbian kiss during its Season 8 premiere and some fans were apparently unhappy.

Road "At Dollywood, the place on a Venn diagram where gay camp and Southern camp overlap, cinnamon rolls might be the great equalizer." 

PerryRoad Rick Perry is taking his indictment in strides - with his super PAC selling t-shirts with his mugshot on them.

Road If you think your monthly cellphone bill seems high, it's probably because American cellphone service is among the most costly in the world

Road Politico takes a shot at context news site Vox - "For all the talk about reinventing the wheel, they say, Vox has yet to live up to the lofty expectations that were set by its proprietor. Some argue that, far from a radical reinvention of journalism, it's closer to a redeployment of the old models: three parts Wonkblog — the blog he had at The Post, which explained current events and policy debates through charts and data — and one part Wikipedia, with “explainers” on big issues like ISIS and the Ebola outbreak.

Road Petition to reinstate fired Catholic music director has gathered over 20,000 signatures.

Road Why we need more gay sex on television.

Road Nicki Minaj's 'Anaconda' video breaks Vevo's record for the most views in 24 hours, racking up 19.6 million clicks. 

SadochRoad Male model Monday: Dominik Sadoch

Cleveland LGBT advocates are going after hypocritical Cuyahoga County executive candidate Jack Schron for seeking support from gay voters at this month's Gay Games despite having voted against LGBT domestic partner benefits in 2012.

Road Gay CNN anchor Richard Quest says work is much better since his coming out went "public" a few months back. "I believe you leave opinions and views with your hat and coat at the door," Quest told the gathering on Thursday. "But I also know that in this new [media] environment, you can no longer say, 'That's private, that's not for discussion.'

Road Family Circle magazine will soon start featuring gay families as part of their effort to better reflect the real families of today.

Road Zachary Quinto and boyfriend Miles McMillan take their dogs out for a stroll in Tribeca. 

Road Matt Damon does the Ice Bucket Challenge using toilet water. 

Road Michael Sam saves fan who made crazy Twitter bet over Johnny Manziel sack

Posted Aug. 25,2014 at 3:54 PM EST by | Permalink | Comments (7)


Bryan Fischer's Latest Rant: 'God Will Use The Pagan Armies Of Allah To Discipline The U.S. For Our Debauchery' - WATCH

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The American Family Association's reigning king of nonsense Bryan Fischer took to the airwaves with a new batch of offensive vitriol last week. Citing Sodom and Gommorah, "pagan armies," Israelites, and other Old Testament buzz words, Fischer worked to convince listeners that the United States would meet horrific ends at the hands of radical Islamic groups should our tolerance of "debauchery" continue. With the recent outburst of violence from ISIS, it seems that Fischer spotted a winning opportunity for religious and moral generalization.

Right Wing Watch reports:

Asserting that the people of Sodom and Gomorrah are "just like the Gay Gestapo is today" and that America is celebrating behavior that God calls an abomination while persecuting those who stand for God's values, Fischer warned that "God eventually is going to run out of patience with the United States."

And when that day comes, he said, God "will use pagan armies to discipline his people if they turn from him in rebellion and disobedience and descend into debauchery," pointing to the rise of ISIS to raise the possibility that "God will use the pagan armies of Allah to discipline the United States for our debauchery."

Watch as the hate spilleth over, AFTER THE JUMP...

Posted Aug. 25,2014 at 3:24 PM EST by in Bryan Fischer, Gay Quotes, Gay Rights, Gay Stories, News, Video | Permalink | Comments (33)



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