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ABC Picks Up Sitcom Based On Dan Savage's Life

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On Monday ABC announced the latest additions to its list of pilots that it’s picked up for 2015. Along with a new show from Shonda Rhimes and a TV adaptation of National Lampoon’s Vacation, the network has greenlit a single-camera comedy based on Dan Savage’s young life.

The as-of-yet untitled sitcom will center around a "picture-perfect family" dealing with its youngest son’s coming out, The Hollywood Reporter notes: "What seems like the end of their idyllic life turns out to be the beginning of a bright new chapter when everyone stops pretending to be perfect and actually starts being real." Savage himself is on-board to produce. 

ABC’s pilot will mark Savage’s first venture into network television following a limited run on MTV with two It Gets Better specials and a season of Savage U.


Dan Savage: Prosecute Transgender Teen Leelah Alcorn's Parents for Abuse

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Yesterday we reported on the tragic suicide of Leelah Alcorn, a transgender teen who took her own life by walking in front of a truck near her home in Cincinnati on Sunday (full story here).

Alcorn's death, suggested to be an accident by her mother Carla Wood Alcorn on Facebook, was revealed to be a suicide after a note Leelah wrote appeared on a Tumblr account. The note also detailed the issues she faced due to her parents' intolerance.

Alcorn's parents, who had taken her to a Christian therapist because she sought to begin transitioning when she turned 16, removed her from high school and confiscated her laptop after she then came out to them as gay, cutting off her contact from the rest of the world.

The story is now getting national attention and friends are speaking out about Alcorn.

DavisChris Davis, a childhood friend of Alcorn's, discusses the teen's struggles with WCPO (referring to her with a male pronoun):

“One day he finally posted on Facebook, ‘Hey, I’m coming out. This is me. This is who I am. Everybody was like, 'Yeah man, this is great.' He came to school and everyone gave him massive support. Occasionally he’d tell me, ‘Oh, I feel like I’m something else or I’m someone else,’ and wouldn’t go too far with it. I feel like it was something that was really personal to him that maybe he didn’t tell anybody about because he was nervous about it.”

Watch the interview, AFTER THE JUMP...

Others are speaking out as well. Activist and anti-bullying advocate Dan Savage is calling for Alcorn's parents to be prosecuted for abuse:

Marriage Equality Ohio is holding a vigil for Alcorn on January 3 at Kings High School in Cincinnati.

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Dan Savage: Marcus Bachmann Is A 'Tormented Closet Case' - VIDEO

In an interview with Playboy, Dan Savage has attacked “tormented closet case” Marcus Bachmann for promoting “ex-gay” therapy.

BachmannBachmann, the husband of Republican supreme wingnut Michele Bachmann, is probably Minnesota’s best-known practitioner of the harmful practice. An attempt earlier this year to ban conversion therapy in the state failed. In one of her viler outbursts of the year, Mrs Bachmann said that gay people want laws changed "so that adults will be able to freely prey on little children sexually."

In the interview, Savage says “anybody who has gaydar—anybody who has eyes” looks at Bachmann and “sees a tormented closet case who has externalized his internal conflict and is abusing other people, doing his reparative-therapy bullshit.”

He continues:

“It’s so sad and pathetic. A lot of the self-destructive behaviors gay people are prone to drifting into are directed inward, and then you have these shitbags like Marcus Bachmann for whom it’s all directed outward.

"Marcus Bachmann is the photo negative of the guy on the last bar stool in the gay bar, drinking and smoking himself to death, except instead of destroying himself, he’s destroying other vulnerable queer people in an effort to destroy the queer inside himself.”

Savage also opens up about coming out to his mother when he was 18 and the It Gets Better project.

On the issue of bullying faced by LGBT youth, Savage says:

“It hasn’t quite sunk into the thick skulls of high school administrators and teachers that they can’t abuse queer kids with impunity anymore, because the families are likely to be on the kids’ side. We’ve got lawyers now and we will come after you. We’re winning and we’re not going to sit idly by anymore. You can’t just beat up a queer kid at a high school in Mississippi and have it be a local story. We will jump down your fucking throat.”

Read Savage's full interview with Playboy here

There is some hope for Marucs - last month John Smid, a former "ex-gay"activist and Exodus International board member, married his same-sex partner.

Watch a video in support "the gay husband of ghastly gay-bashing anti-american religio-psychotic kook and incompetent Michele Bachmann, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Guy Candy: 20 Famous Men Who Got Shirtless and Sexy on Instagram This Week — PHOTOS

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Out L.A. Galaxy player Robbie Rogers showed off his new backpack on Instagram in the best way possible this week.

Also, in this week's guy candy:

Russell Tovey, Ricky Martin, Alex Minsky, Brad Goreski, Scott Eastwood, Tom Daley, Flume and Chet Faker, Derrick Gordon, Harry Shum Jr., Tony Goldwyn, Dan Savage, Terry Miller, Darryl Stephens, Rory McIlroy, Jake Shears, Gilles Marini, Dan Osborne (below), Blake Skjellerup, and the Flaunt flavor of the week, Nick Jonas.

Enjoy, AFTER THE JUMP...

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WorldNetDaily's Molotov Mitchell: Dan Savage Should Be Shipped To Iraq with Westboro Baptist Church: VIDEO

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The love of Jesus is strong with World Net Daily's wannabe tough guy poseur and self-described "Christian Supremacist" Jason 'Molotov' Mitchell, a man so unhinged that even others on the far right will speak up against him. Now Mitchell is making hateful waves again by piggybacking on comedian Adam Hills' joke that members of Westboro Baptist Church should be sent to Iraq by adding Dan Savage to the flight list. He claims that Savage has done worse things than Westboro, like arguing for gay people being allowed to marry and bragging about trying to infect conservatives with diseases.

Mitchell tops off his little Christian display the Second Commandment by noting that while Dan is arguing for the right to marry, in many countries he and other gay men "don't have the right to breathe." Mitchell, of course, doesn't realize that this is why theocracies are a bad thing. 

Watch the rant, AFTER THE JUMP...

[via Good As You]

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News: David Beckham, Indiana, 'Hot Felon,' Wyoming

RoadService members celebrate Pride Month in Afghanistan: "U.K. Chaplain Squadron Leader Alex Hopson led the community in prayer stating, “You have broken down barriers. You have made rainbows dance in our eyes. You have offered us dreams that reach for the galaxies. You have awakened the long craving for love.”

Little RoadRuPaul’s Drag Race fan favorite Jujubee made the dreams of one of his biggest--and tiniest--fans come true at Rhode Island Pride: "That’s my baby Jeffrey. Thank you all for making his day brighter yesterday. He’s never met anyone else like himself and has been bullied for years. I am so proud of him for meeting such a cruel world with the biggest smile everyday. And juju he says he’s never washing that skirt and shirt because you held him in it. you have no idea what a difference you have made in his life!! Luv ya."

RoadDan Savage appears in the NYT Crossword Puzzle.

RoadDavid Beckham jumps into his skivvies again for H&M.

RoadSneak peak of Christian Bale as Moses in Ridley Scott's Exodus: Gods and Kings

RoadFormer French President Nicolas Sarkozy faces corruption charges: "Sarkozy is accused of tapping political allies to gain intelligence on a flurry of probes linked to campaign finance. He has vigorously denied wrongdoing and planned to address the latest allegations on television Wednesday."

RoadOpinion: Did the Human Rights Campaign Sell Us Out on ENDA and Outsource LGBT Rights?

RoadChicago Pride saw 1 million turn out this past weekend in the first year since IL legalized marriage equality.

RoadThe Cambridges watch Wimbledon, look normal and adorable doing so

RoadIndiana Attorney General tells county clerks not to issue any more gay marriage licenses

RoadThe first same-sex marriages to happen in Boulder, Colorado actually took place almost 40 years ago.

RoadSo-called 'hot felon' Jeremy Meeks signs with a modeling agent while still behind bars. 

RoadSherlock returning for a 4th season.

RoadRumors swirl that Beyonce hinted that Jay Z cheated on her.

RoadHarry Styles shows off his ink while hanging out in Lake Como. 

Road11 major obstacles to full equality still faced by LGBT Americans

Joe RoadPeople names Joe Manganiello hottest bachelor. No one complains. 

RoadChallengers to Wyoming's same-sex marriage ban ask state to declare the ban unconstitutional, citing tidal wave of court cases in favor of marriage equality: "The couples’ papers note that since last June, every state and federal court to consider the issue has ruled in favor of the freedom to marry for same-sex couples.  On June 26, 2013, the United States Supreme Court ruled that the federal government’s discrimination against married same-sex couples violates the federal constitutional requirements of equal protection and due process. Since then, courts in 17 states have struck down state laws prohibiting marriage for same-sex couples or refusing to respect the existing marriages of same-sex couples."

RoadNew music from Imogen Heap coming in August.

RoadRapper who cut off his penis while high on PCP plans to do porn. When asked by TMZ if everything, er, works properly after doctors re-attached his severed penis, the Wu-Tang affiliated rapper said, "Does it work?!? Can Chris Brown dance? Can Kanye West rant? Can Jay Z fight off a trick?" 

RoadApparently, Shia LaBeouf did not enter rehab but is sobering up. 


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