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1NewsIcon The sad state of American political engagement: shockingly engaging TLC reality show Here Comes Honey Boo Boo beat the Republican National Convention in the ratings game.

RomneyGay1NewsIcon The book Romney's Gay America: Mormon Leaders, Same-Sex Rights — Bridging the Gap is currently the number one gay and lesbian non-fiction book at Amazon. "[The book] concludes that the LDS Church should apologize for its past regarding gays, should be more open to gays, and that the whole country should be more open to Mormons," says author Michelle Beaver.

1NewsIcon This is good news: "The Federal Bureau of Prisons recently supplemented its workplace-diversity program by adding an LGBT representative at each of its 125 prisons and administrative offices nationwide."

1NewsIcon A Texas man is suing the makers of an erectile dysfunction drug after he says it "broke" his penis.

1NewsIcon An official ethics complaint has been filed against Brad Wilcox for his role in securing funding for junk scientist Mark Regnerus' "gays make bad parents" study that appeared in Social Science Research, on whose editorial board Wilcox sits.

1NewsIcon Taylor Lautner joining 50 Shades of Grey movie as younger version of titular Grey?

1NewsIcon There is a salad pricing conspiracy currently squeezing every possible penny out of lettuce-loving New Yorkers. Does it go all the way to the top, where croutons belong?

SkarsGQ1NewsIcon Alexander Skarsgard looks as attractive as always in the latest issue of Australia's GQ Style.

1NewsIcon RIP UK-based LGBT activist Allan Horsfall. "Under Allan’s presidency in the 1970s and 80s, the [Campaign for Homosexual Equality] grew to be the largest ever mass membership LGBT rights organisation in the UK. Peter Tatchell, Director of the Peter Tatchell Foundation, said: 'Allan was arguably the grandfather of the modern human rights movement in Britain… We all walk in Allan’s shadow.'"

1NewsIcon LGBT activists in Zimbabwe have a joke that homophobic President Robert Mugabe is "an ambassador for gay rights" because his anti-gay rabble-rousing helps open people's eyes to the abuse and discrimination LGBT people face.

1NewsIcon Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan claims to have run a marathon in under 3 hours. That would be really, really fast, but it's also an unproven claim and Runner's World is currently looking for documentation to verify Ryan's alleged athleticism.

1NewsIcon Randy Jackson out as an American Idol judge.

1NewsIcon The Killers are alright with Mitt Romney liking their music. Said bassist Mark Stoermer: "He's, I guess, a guy and he listens to music and happens to like us. That's fine."

1NewsIcon Did Prince Harry's instantly infamous Las Vegas adventure also include cocaine and prostitutes?

1NewsIcon How does it make you feel to hear that Luke Perry and Jennie Garth, fictional star-crossed lovers on Beverly Hills, 90210, are reportedly dating in real life? Yeah, me too.

1NewsIcon A more pressing question than Dylan and Kelly's love life: "San Diego bus drivers' dizziness linked to pot-laced brownies?"

Patisserie1NewsIcon Openly gay Top Chef: Just Desserts winner Yigit Pura wants to share behind-the-scenes shots of his forthcoming San Francisco patisserie Tout Sweet Patisserie. Go ahead, give him what he wants.

1NewsIcon In this song inspired by Clint Eastwood's RNC speech, the actor speaks to all kinds of objects, including a bucket of mackerel and a dirty, dirty mop.

1NewsIcon Taylor Swift has released the full-length video for every recently jilted lover's favorite song, "We Are Never, Ever Getting Back Together".


Phillip Phillips' 'Home' Video: WATCH

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The first single given to this year's American Idol winner has exploded in sales since becoming the theme song for NBC's Olympic gymnastics coverage. It's also a peaceful way to start your day.

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

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NEWS: Retroactive Retirement, Celeste Holm, And Heckles (VIDEO)

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Towleroad-roadicon Senior Romney advisor explains discrepancy over Romney's Bain retirement dates: He didn't leave 'til 2002, but he retired retroactively to 1999. Watch AFTER THE JUMP ...

Towleroad-roadicon Rahm to Romney: Stop whining

Towleroad-roadicon Obama's humblebrag, and the ill health of campaign discourse:

when Charlie Rose showed up at the White House asking the president what he thought his big mistake was, all that remained a mystery was how Obama would evade the question.

President Obama chose the humblebrag: "The mistake of my first term—couple of years—was thinking that this job was just about getting the policy right. And that's important. But the nature of this office is also to tell a story to the American people that gives them a sense of unity and purpose and optimism, especially during tough times." 

... The president was essentially saying that he was working so hard trying to help the American people, he forgot to tell them about it.

Towleroad-roadicon This was the gayest Comic-Con ever:

“Queer fandom is absolutely galvanized by seeing more accurate representations of ourselves,” [says Justin Hall, author of the just-released “No Straight Lines,” a retrospective of LGBT comics.] “There’s a snowball effect.”

“It’s always been going on under the surface, but now there’s a real queer presence,” adds Love Ablan, a self-described pop culture nerd who’s bisexual. “Even among non-queer fans. My super-straight guy friend is totally into this comic about queer bears.”

Towleroad-roadicon Aretha Franklin would like to be the new J-Lo.

Towleroad-roadicon Actress Celeste Holm has died. She was 95. 

Celeste-holm-02 Towleroad-roadicon Here's a very sad, very compelling story written about Ms. Holm last year, detailing the conflict between her children and young husband about the disbursement of her ravaged fortune:

To its various players, this story is about a young husband coveting his elderly wife’s fortune, or jealous sons guarding their inheritance or an independent-minded woman trying to maintain control of her finances even as her faculties decline. It is a cautionary tale for families trying to manage one of our age’s emblematic conflicts, between elderly parents who want to live autonomously and adult children who want to protect them, made more vivid by the presence of the Broadway and screen actress at its center. From all sides, it is a story of loss. 

Towleroad-roadicon Father arrested in Iran for son's contributions to Imam-mocking Facebook page:

The Facebook page, dubbed the "Campaign to Remind Shias about Imam Naqi," features a robed man, presumably Naqi, with a face like Charles Manson's, flanked by a camel wearing sunglasses and the donkey from "Shrek." It also shows a picture of a Shiite tomb that has been pooped on by a flock of pigeons.

With more than 21,000 likes, the page explains, "Our goal is to use satire to take out the superstition from religion."

... On May 23, Khameneh got a call from his father, Abbas Khameneh, in Iran.

"He said, 'some people from the intelligence service had come (to our house), and they want you to cooperate,' " Khameneh recalled. "My father said, 'they want your passwords to your Facebook, web blog and e-mail ... '"

Towleroad-roadicon Madonna sued for comparing Marine Le Pen to Hitler. 

Towleroad-roadicon Olympic shooter complains that gay couples get to cohabitate in Olympic village, while he and his wife do not. 

Towleroad-roadicon Secretary of State Hillary Clinton heckled in Egypt with cries of "Monica! Monica!"

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NEWS: A Vicious Ad, A Vacant Panel, And Viruses (VIDEO)

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Towleroad-roadicon Yikes. Have you seen Obama's newest campaign ad? Simple and brutal. Watch it AFTER THE JUMP ...

Towleroad-roadicon Michele Bachmann goes Muslim hunting:

The Minnesota Republican ... sent letters to the inspectors general of five government agencies responsible for national security to demand they investigate infiltration by the Muslim Brotherhood into the highest reaches of the federal government. In particular, Bachmann singled out Huma Abedin, the [Muslim] wife of former congressman Anthony Weiner and a top aide to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. In case Abedin hasn’t already been through enough already, Bachmann is now questioning her loyalty to the U.S. ...

Another letter targets the Department of Defense ...

A third letter went to the Department of Homeland Security, alleging the department is covering up the Muslim Brotherhood threat ...

"The Muslim Brotherhood has been found to be an unindicted co-conspirator on terrorism cases and yet it appears that there are individuals who are associated with the Muslim Brotherhood who have positions, very sensitive positions, in our Department of Justice, our Department of Homeland Security, potentially even in the National Intelligence Agency."

Towleroad-roadicon The lesbian sex scene in Black Swan generated more complaints to the British Board of Film Classification last year than any scene in any other movie. (So far, this year's winner is the Daniel Radcliffe vehicle The Woman In Black.

NinaHagenTowleroad-roadicon Mariah might take J-Lo's place on American Idol. No telling who's gonna replace Steven. (My own proposed panel -- of some combination of Lou Reed, Nina Hagen, Elvis Costello, Grace Jones, and the ghost of Klaus Nomi -- has yet to mentioned in the media as a viable possibility. What's up, Simon Fuller?) 

Towleroad-roadicon "How lesbian couples choose a birth mother."

Towleroad-roadicon Straight girl attempts lesbianism:

It was inevitable that at some point, I would attempt to dive a muff. It happened when I was 25. After a series of romantic flops, I was frustrated with boys so I decided to switch over to ladies. Because that's how sexuality works: you choose one when another becomes slightly inconvenient.

Towleroad-roadicon This probably wasn't the best week for Daniel Tosh to unveil his new show, but it seems to have gone over well

Towleroad-roadicon Elizabeth Taylor: beautiful mutant.

Towleroad-roadicon Wall Street -- kind of like Penn State

Towleroad-roadicon On the origins of disease:

If we fail to understand and take care of the natural world, it can cause a breakdown of these systems and come back to haunt us in ways we know little about. A critical example is a developing model of infectious disease that shows that most epidemics — AIDS, Ebola, West Nile, SARS, Lyme disease and hundreds more that have occurred over the last several decades — don’t just happen. They are a result of things people do to nature ...

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Singer Frenchie Davis On Dating A Woman: "I Wasn't Out Before The Relationship, But I Wasn't In'

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Most people recognize Frenchie Davis from American Idol and, more recently, NBC's The Voice, but the singer in fact got her start in drag bars first in Washington D.C. and then New York City.

"I love the gays. I love the gay boys. They have that awesome, masculine energy, but there’s also something else going on as well," Davis, who is performing at three pride events this weekend, told the St. Louis Dispatch. Davis also told the paper about her new relationship with a woman.

"I wasn’t out before the relationship, but I wasn’t in,” she says. “I dated men and women, though lesbians weren’t feeling the bisexual thing. Now I’m in love with a woman I think I can be with forever.”

Well, until forever rolls around, Davis is working on a debut album that she promises fans will include a power ballad. Girl knows what boys want.


Carrie Underwood Comes Out For Marriage Equality

In a move doomed to alienate a signiicant hunk of her fanbase, Carrie Underwood has revealed to the Independent that she is a strong believer in marriage equality:

"As a married person myself, I don't know what it's like to be told I can't marry somebody I love, and want to marry," she said. "I can't imagine how that must feel. I definitely think we should all have the right to love, and love publicly, the people that we want to love."

UnderwoodMs. Underwood was speaking to the British newspaper in preparation for her first-ever concert in the UK, which shall be held at the Royal Albert Hall later this month. (Incidentally, Underwood isn't the first American country star to visit London and make statements which might annoy her red-state fanbase. It was there that the Dixie Chicks' Natalie Maines famously voiced her unhappiness about the United States' rush to war in Iraq.)

From the Independent:

Underwood ... draws much of her fanbase from evangelical Christians, speaks frequently about her faith and has made religion the subject of several of her best-known songs, including the No 1 country hit "Jesus Take the Wheel".

She said, however, that her liberal attitude towards same-sex marriage comes because of her Christian values, rather than in spite of them. Though raised a Baptist, a church that tends to oppose homosexuality, Underwood and her husband Mike Fisher, a professional ice-hockey player, now worship in a non-denominational congregation.

"Our church is gay friendly," she said. "Above all, God wanted us to love others. It's not about setting rules, or [saying] 'everyone has to be like me'. No. We're all different. That's what makes us special. We have to love each other and get on with each other. It's not up to me to judge anybody."

Underwood, 29, swept to fame in 2005 after winning American Idol and has since drawn much of her estimated $20m (£13m) annual income from touring the US. In the interview, she condemned "people who use the Bible for hate", adding: "That's not how I would want myself as a Christian to be represented."

Underwood's new album, Blown Away, and her single, "Good Girl," currently occupy the top spots on the Billboard country charts.


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