Mort Zuckerman rises following Harold Ford Jr. exit.
Expelled NY Senator Hiram Monserrate's Hail Mary: "Today, Monserrate announced he's being supported by a bunch of clergy who are praising him for his support on one particular issue: same-sex marriage. Specifically, his opposition to it.
The clergy members announced their support of Monserrate in response to a a pro same-sex marriage P.A.C. that is trying to oust Monserrate."
CA GOP gubernatorial candidate Tom Campbell is pro-marriage equality, against Prop 8 court challenge: “I believe the people of California should be allowed to decide this decision – make this decision. I believe people should be allowed to be married –whether they’re gay or straight but I do not believe that the courts should find this somehow when the Constitution is obviously silent on it.”
Can you tell the Oscars are being produced by a gay man? "Gerard Butler, Bradley Cooper, Tom Ford, Jake Gyllenhaal, Chris Pine, Keanu Reeves, Ryan Reynolds and Sam Worthington will present on the 82nd Academy Awards, telecast producers Bill Mechanic and Adam Shankman announced today.
This in addition to previously announced Zac Efron, Taylor Launter and Channing Tatum.
Gay nurse loses job over drag show from the 70's: "For the past 15 years, Fetcho has been an acclaimed and honored employee at Victoria Villa, an assisted living facility in Davie, recognized for his 'compassionate service to the elderly.' On March 31, 1976, Fetcho, performing as ‘Tiny Tina’ at the Copa in Dania Beach, was charged and convicted of promoting ‘lewd and lascivious’ behavior by throwing small buckets of water on boys’ briefs while hosting the irreverent ‘Wet Jockey Shorts’ contest."
Dustin Lance Black to pen biopic of J. Edgar Hoover: "The story will follow the career of Hoover from his founding of the F.B.I. in 1935 where he remained as director until his death in 1972. It's expected to be a warts-and-all look at the man from his success efforts in the gangland wars of the 30's, his paranoid concern about "subversives", his links with the Mafia and Freemasons, rumors of him being a deeply repressed gay man, and the often dirty and illegal methods he sanctioned to bring down people and organisations he considered threats.
Atlanta City Council subpoenas officers over Atlanta Eagle gay bar raid: "The Atlanta City Council will issue subpoenas to force 18 police officers to answer questions from the Citizen Review Board about a raid last September at a gay bar where patrons said they were verbally abused and forced to lie face down on the floor, some for more than an hour."
The editors of Modern Tonic present a weekly music update here on Towleroad. The rest of the week, they scan the pop culture landscape for movie, TV, book and Web recommendations in their daily email.
TODAY’S FEATURED RELEASES:
Significant days deserve observance, and September 29 is now apparently Gay Icon Album Release Day. Today, three superstars — Mariah, Madonna and Barbra — vie for the No. 1 spot with new album releases. We probably should have used a sick day to take it all in.
After being blindsided by the film Glitter, the resilient
R&B artist and actress Mariah Carey has not only re-risen as high
as her glorious voice can go, she’s gone higher. Since her comeback
album The Emancipation of Mimi in 2005, Carey’s been on a roll unmatched by any singer of comparable stature and her latest recording, Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel,
isn’t going to stop it (nor will her role in the forthcoming film Precious.) She’s always been a superlative singer, but
she’s gotten better with every release — not just technically, but in
the tangle of emotions she can evoke in a single note. Proof? Put Memoirs
on your iPod on shuffle. If forced to choose favorites, we’re voting
for the low-riding jam “More Than Just Friends” and the transcendent
Foreigner cover “I Want to Know What Love Is.”
Is there anything else that can be said about Madonna?
Kaballah blah blah blah divorce blah blah blah African child blah blah
blah. But what about her songs? If you’ve forgotten about the musician
behind the celebrity, Celebration — a two disc best-of with two
new tracks (plus a third on the iTunes version) — is here to remind us
how much we love the way she sounds. From late-disco hits “Holiday” and
“Borderline” to the slinky slut-fest of the underrated “Erotica”
through the alt-electro “Ray of Light,” 36 tracks produce an
unerring 2½ hour high. And that includes the two new cuts —
“Revolver” featuring Lil Wayne and the party-starting title track, both
new-styled Madge turns that can stand tall with her body of hits. And, there’s a bonus track on iTunes: the
slamming new disco jam “It’s So Cool” which is, well, so cool. (A Celebration DVD collectionincludes 47 MTV-tested videos.)
Like sipping a smooth cognac while the rain patters outside, Streisand’s latest studio album is pure sonic buttah. Guided by pianist/producer Diana Krall — that’s Mrs. Elvis Costello, alt-babies — Babs' jazzy Love Is the Answer takes on standards like Frank Sinatra’s “In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning,” Jacques Brel’s “If You Go Away (Ne Me Quitte Pas)” and affirming opener “Here’s To Life.” Now is it too much to ask that our favorite Funny Lady make another movie?
"I Should Be So Lucky": Kylie Minogue's long-anticipated debut U.S. tour kicks off tomorrow night in Oakland, California. Over the next couple of weeks,
the performer, who enjoys a Madonna-style level of popularity outside of
America, will also hit Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Chicago, Toronto and New
York. Towleroad and Modern Tonic are giving away three pairs of tickets
to see Kylie at The Hollywood Bowl this Sunday, October 4. To enter to win, click here. Contest entry period ends Thursday September 30 at noon EST.
Britney Spears' new single "3,"
with the controversy-courting subject of the joys of being in a
threesome, debuted on New York's Z-100 this morning. It will be featured
on her second compilation, The Singles Collection, due November 24.
MUSIC VIDEOS: Priscilla Renea: “Dollhouse” This fierce Floridian rips a page from The Veronicas' playbook with a punky tale of wrestling back control from her overbearing boyfriend. She starts like a little girl in her dollhouse until she grows too big to be contained. (From her debut album Jukebox, out December 1).
Snow Patrol: “Just Say Yes” The earnest Scots, intoning from their forthcoming import compilation Up To Now, are a vision in white on another aching love song that will echo for years.
Amerie: “Heard ‘Em All” If you want to get with this Korean-African American princess from Massachusetts, listen up. Amerie and her grimy futuristic dancers shimmy like Tina Turner herself through this tribal track from new album In Love & War(out November 3).
Ke$ha: “TiK ToK” Flo Rida’s feisty collaborator on “Right Round” steps out for a night on the town in a clip that’s every suburban mother’s nightmare. She mouthwashes with a bottle of Jack, can’t keep the boys from touching her junk and interrupts the family meal in the latest slut chic her parents’ plastic can buy.
The editors of Modern Tonic
present a weekly music update here on Towleroad. The rest of the week,
they scan the pop-culture landscape for movie, TV, book and Web
recommendations in their daily email.
NEW AND WORTH CHECKING OUT:
Toronto trio The Cliks — that’s a combo of ‘clit’ and ‘cock’ — have everything it takes to be rock’s next great band. Pounding tunes, sing-a-long choruses and transman Lucas Silveira — that’s the band’s female-to-male transgender front-person. On their third release, Dirty King, produced by Sylvia Massey (Red Hot Chili Peppers, Tool), The Cliks wrench thrilling Guitar Hero-worthy songs from gender rebellion (“Not Your Boy”) and bad relationships (“Haunted”). Silveira stutters through the slutty surf-rock title track (and first single) “Dirty King.” And the crunchy gender-f**k “Love Gun” would melt the face-paint off of all four members of Kiss.
Check out their sultry brand of rock fireworks with our FREE DOWNLOAD of album-highlight “Red and Blue.”
In the affecting new collection of essays Heavy Rotation: Twenty Writers on the Albums That Changed Their Lives (out today), various writers delve into the albums that rocked their worlds. Among them are a few LGBT authors who share their personal experiences: Clifford Chase on The B-52s’ self-titled debut, Stacey D’Erasmo on Kate Bush’s The Sensual World, Colm Toibin on Joni Mitchell’s Blue, and Peter Terzian (also the book’s editor) on Miaow’s unreleased album Priceless Innuendo.
Other writers revisit Eurythmics’ Savage (written by Daniel Handler, Lemony Snicket’s alter ego), Talking Heads’ Remain in Light, and the Hedwig and the Angry Inch soundtrack.
The South may never rise again, but it sure can be remastered and re-released. Athens, GA’s finest, R.E.M., get a Deluxe Edition release for their classic, Reckoning, including the entire CD and a bonus live set from 1984.
Having won over both the Strokes and Grey’s Anatomy, quirky Russian songstress Regina Spektror drops Far, her third major-label release.
Fresh from their U.K. debut at #1, Escala — Simon Cowell’s mini-skirted pseudo-classical quartet — release their self-titled album.
Michael Johns — the 2008 American Idol contestant unjustly voted off at #8 — is hoping for some Jennifer Hudson-like love with his new release, Hold Back My Heart.
Pick Up the Mic: The Evolution of Homohop‚ a one-of-a-kind documentary (out on DVD) recounts how a small circle of LGBT rappers carved their own niche within a market that continues to insult‚ if not ignore, them altogether.
Simian Mobile Disco: "Audacity of Huge" A cornucopia of literal images matches a litany of lyrical items — “Damian Hirst telephone,” “gold thong studded alligator leather” — in
this goofy, electro-clash jam from the U.K. dance-master’s forthcoming Temporary Pleasure.
Misstress Barbara ftrg. Sam Roberts: "I'm Running" Italian-born Canadian dance diva meets sexy, weathered Canuck rocker for abstract urban rendezvous in the mean streets of Montreal. From Misstress Barbara’s artist debut, I’m No Human (out now in Canada).
Pixie Lott: "Mama Do" Before you yawn and say “Duffy clone,” check out this hand-clapping, choreography-heavy #1 U.K. single and swear you weren’t singing along from the first chorus.
The Temper Trap: "Sweet Disposition" Bronski Beat are reborn as a space-age Aussie alt-rock quartet on this
falsetto-dripping love rave — also prominently featured in (500) Days
of Summer — from the band’s forthcoming debut, Conditions.
Annie Leibovitz pawns her life work to save finances: "Last fall, Annie Leibovitz,
the photographer, borrowed $5 million from a company called Art Capital
Group. In December, she borrowed $10.5 million more from the same firm.
As collateral, among other items, she used town houses she owns in
Greenwich Village, a country house, and something else: the rights to
all of her photographs."
USA Today on Mike Penner/Christine Daniels' transgender regret: "It's unfortunate and it's relatively uncommon but certainly not unheard
of. The simplest way to think about it is being trans is
something that never goes away. ... There's just a fairly constant
social pressure to just go back. You don't have to be a genius to
understand that society doesn't really accept this."
Obama's changing health care plan: "The budget -- and I was cautioned that the wording 'is changing hourly'
-- will direct Congress to "aim for universality." That is a bolder
goal than simple affordability, which can be achieved, at least in
theory, through subsidies. Universality means everyone has coverage,
not just the ability to access it. And that requires a mechanism to
ensure that they seek it.
San Francisco Chronicle in danger of closing: "If it can't reduce expenses dramatically within the next few weeks,
the Hearst Corp. said it will close or sell the Chronicle, northern
California's largest newspaper with a paid weekday circulation of
339,430. Hearst didn't specify a savings target nor a deadline
for wringing out the expenses. A Hearst spokesman didn't immediately
respond to messages Tuesday. But management made it clear that the cost-cutting will require a significant number of layoffs."
GOP poll on domestic partnerships in New Mexico misstates facts: "The poll, commissioned by the state GOP, found that more New
Mexicans were in favor of domestic partnerships (47 percent) than
opposed (42 percent). But that support fell when individuals were asked
a question that erroneously equated domestic partnerships with same-sex
marriage, with 52 percent opposing domestic partnerships compared to 42
percent supporting it. That latter poll question specifically misstated how same-sex
marriage became state law in two other states, judging from a handout
given to reporters."
Hugo Chavez record on gay rights lauded by gay leader despite minimal advances in 10 years: "On Feb. 12, Heisler Vaamonde, a long-time LGBT-rights activist known for his allegiance to the Chávez regime, read a prepared statement in front of reporters expressing the Bloc's strong support for the referendum as he argued that equality for gays and lesbians could only be achieved through the Chavista revolution. As he spoke, he was flanked by ten other members of the organization, who wore t-shirts with an image of Chávez and caps emblazoned with a red star."
Largest Presbyterian church in Arkansas elects gay deacon: "The largest Presbyterian Church in the state has elected a gay deacon. This
comes just a day after the Presbytery of Arkansas votes to allow gays
and lesbians to be ordained ministers, elders, and deacons. The
Presbyterian denomination nationally, changed the interpretation of the
constitution last June."
Australian Christian group says gays using children as "trophies": "The Australian Christian Lobby (ACL) told the Standing Committee of Law
and Justice's inquiry into adoption by same sex couples that children
should ideally be raised by a mother and father...The move to legalise adoption by same-sex couples was ideologically driven by gay activists, Mr Shelton said. 'Not content with having discrimination removed, (they) are now
pursuing symbolic gains and holding up children as trophies for their
own agenda,' he said."
Three men in custody following drunken air rage flight from Manchester UK to the Dominican Republic: "The trio were allegedly drunk, violent and abusive and the captain was so concerned about fighting on board that he had to divert and land in Bermuda. A 35-year-old man from Burnley, Lancashire, was arrested at Gatwick airport after being returned from Bermuda. He was arrested on suspicion of endangering an aircraft and is currently in custody at Crawley police station. The two other men are still in custody in Bermuda and are due to be flown back to the UK in the next few days. Police said the men would all be questioned about alleged homophobic public order offences, affray and smoking on board the plane."
Croatian woman sent to "ex-gay" therapy treatment center for five years: "Parents sent Rijeka-born Ana Dragicevic (21) to a mental institution in Lopac when she was 16, stating heroin addiction as the reason. Because she spent five years in hospital, she did not gradate and still has nightmares as a consequence...Ana was bound, she put on straight jackets, she was given injections, pills. The girl was in the same ward as schizophrenic patients, whom she was afraid due to their aggression."
Lesbian gang rape in Richmond highlights anti-gay violence and the need for victims to report it: "'The only way we know about (the Richmond) case is because of the bravery of the survivor coming out,' Virago said. 'Hatred and bias are a routine occurrence for many LGBT people.' That may partly be due to the psychology behind hate crimes, particularly those involving sexual orientation, said a psychology professor at St. Mary's College in Moraga. 'What you get is this kind of immature desire to display power,' said Jose Feito. 'And so they go looking for easy victims, or suitable victims.' In the Richmond case, Feito said, 'suitable' meant someone the attackers could marginalize in their minds. Sexual orientation can serve as a hate crime's 'trigger,' as he called it. But it is often that factor combined with a perception of gender nonconformity that leads to violence, he said."
Sean Penn to receive Desert Palm Achievement Award for acting at the 20th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival: "Penn is the first artist to receive back-to-back awards from the festival. He is also the first artist to receive awards in two different categories, according to Darryl Macdonald, executive director at the Palm Springs International Film Festival."
Rex Wockner: Why Stonewall 2.0 isn't fizzling. "That's because Stonewall 2.0 already happened. Stonewall itself lasted three nights in 1969, but it set the stage for much that came after it. Stonewall 2.0 lasted, at minimum, 11 days -- and, I suggest, set the stage for much that will come after it."
Obama advisor David Axelrod defends Rick Warren decision: "The important point here is you have a conservative evangelical pastor coming to take part in the inauguration of a progressive president."
Lady GaGa, Little Boots, La Roux, and Ladyhawke tipped as new electropop royalty: "Every now and then pop music undergoes a dramatic shift, and if you believe the people who influence what we listen to, we're currently on the verge of just such a phase. Out, according to record labels, are the male guitar bands who have dominated the charts and airwaves for much of the decade; in are solo electropop artists who have arrived en masse from Planet Quirky."
Filmmaker Yair Hochner opening doors for gay films in Israel: " Hochner's success has put him on the front lines of an Israeli culture war: How permissive should the country be for gays and lesbians? Same-sex marriage is illegal in Israel, and Jerusalem's annual gay pride parade has been the scene of violent clashes in years past, pitting Orthodox Jews against liberal Israelis waving flags and banners. Hochner says that, outside of Tel Aviv, many Israelis are homophobic and that 'in Jerusalem, it's dangerous to hold hands.' This is one reason Hochner wanted to ratchet up the scenes in 'Antarctica' where gays and lesbians do more than hold hands."
Chattanooga, Tennessee paper profiles "ex-gay" Chris Delaney: "The question of whether someone can choose to be gay is at the heart of all gay-rights issues, Mr. Delaney explained. By saying that a homosexual is genetically born with gay tendencies in the same way a black person is born with dark skin, gay rights advocates are trying to bolster their arguments for equal treatment of gays, he said. 'What I do flies in the face of their agenda,' said Mr. Delaney, who noted that he periodically is the target of hate messages on his Web site and threatening voice mails. But Mr. Delaney and Mr. Buchanan say they aren’t going to let resistance interfere with their work. Mr. Buchanan said he believes the ex-gay movement will not only continue but will expand."