EXPOSED: U.S. Department of Education will publish list of schools that discriminate against LGBT students: “The assistant secretary for civil rights at the Education Department, Catherine Lhamon, told the senators on Wednesday that her office is planning to post the waiver requests and the government’s reply letters ‘on our website with a basic search tool so that applicants, students, parents, and others can be better informed about which educational institutions have sought and/or received a religious exemption.'”
OUTLAWS: 11 to 15 Alabama counties still not complying with the U.S. Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage: “Between July 2015 and January 2016, the Campaign for Southern Equality has repeatedly called Probate Court offices in each of these counties to ask a simple question: do you issue marriage licenses to gay couples. But answers have been elusive, as staff say they are unable to answer the question and cannot say when an answer will be available.”
LAWSUIT PREP: Gawker Media selling minority stake to pay for Hulk Hogan lawsuit: “Mr. Denton has said for months that legal costs stemming from Mr. Hogan’s suit had triggered the need for outside investment. But he has said that many investors had opted to remain on the sidelines until the trial was resolved. The company has been in a turbulent period since last summer after posting a controversial story outing a gay executive. Amid a wave of public backlash, Mr. Denton had the story taken down, which led to the resignation of two top editors.”
TRENDS: Frozen jeans are popping up all over in Minnesota: “Tom Grotting soaks the pants in a bucket of water and then hangs them outside, sculpting them as they freeze. The whole process takes less than 30 minutes, he said. The fun begins for Grotting when he decides where to put the frozen pants. Past locations have ranged from outside the neighborhood coffee shop to next to parking meters near his company, Digital Pictures, Inc., in downtown Minneapolis.”
— Tania Suarez (@taniansuarez) January 19, 2016
CLOSINGS: NYC’s iconic Ziegfeld Theater is becoming a high-end event space: “The massive Art Deco movie theater, which opened in 1969 and is now showing, ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens,’ is expected to shut its doors in just a few weeks. The theater is expected to reopen in the fall of 2017 as the Ziegfeld Ballroom — a high-end event space for corporate events. ‘There’s a full renovation that’s going to occur,’ said Allan Kurtz, managing director of Gotham Hall, the special events company that will be moving in. ‘The timeline isn’t finalized yet.’ Kurtz, who once served as the managing director of Tavern on the Green, said he has a 20-year lease for the column-free space on W. 54th St.”
MUMBAI: City could get first radio cabs run by LGBT drivers: “Called Wings Rainbow, the initiative hopes to dispel prejudices and boost employment opportunities for members of the transgender community in particular, who often face economic difficulties due to social discrimination. The service will first launch in Mumbai sometime in 2017.”
DASH BORED: Former Clueless actress turned conservative pundit Stacey Dash says BET channel should not exist and neither should Black History Month in response to Jada Pinkett Smith’s boycott of the Oscars.
RUSSIA: LGBT activist fined under “gay propaganda” law: “The Murmansk-based LGBT rights group Maximum said on January 21 that activist Sergei Alekseyenko was fined 100,000 rubles ($1,200) for his former organization’s statement regarding a probe against a gay-rights group in another Russian city. Alekseyenko says he will appeal the ruling.”
RULING: Vladimir Putin probably approved poisoning of former gent Alexander Litvinenko, British judge rules: “In a lengthy report, Judge Robert Owen said that he is certain Litvinenko was given tea with a fatal dose of polonium-210, a radioactive isotope that is deadly if ingested even in tiny quantities, in November 2006. He said there is a ‘strong probability’ that the FSB, successor to the Soviet spy agency the KGB, directed the killing, and the operation was ‘probably approved’ by Putin.”
PREVIEWS: The Sydney Mardi Gras Film Festival has released a trailer on its Queer Agenda:
THREE HOURS: Fair and Balanced FOX News spent this much time talking about the Michael Bay film 13 Hours: “Fox News has devoted roughly three hours to promoting the release of Michael Bay’s 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi, a movie about the 2012 attacks on diplomatic facilities in Libya, praising the film, repeatedly characterizing the movie as a threat to Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign, and hyping several debunked myths about the Benghazi terror attacks. More than half of the network’s 32 segments focused on falsehoods about the State Department and Obama administration’s responses to the attacks, and nearly 60 percent of the segments linked the movie to Clinton’s 2016 bid for the White House.”
TELEVISION: Meet the cast of Survivor Koah Rong made up of brains, brawn, and beauty:
GAZE OF THE DAY: Fashion model Broderick Hunter.