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Anderson has been UW-Madison's official carillonneur for almost 30 years, and YouTube commenters are enjoying his striking resemblance to the Commander of the Night's Watch.
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Secretary of State Hillary Clinton today defended Ambassador Rice from GOP-led attacks and again pushed aside speculation that she'll run for the White House in 2016. "I'm frankly looking forward to returning to living a life that enjoys a lot of simple pleasures and gives me time for family and friends and other pursuits," she said.
Tim Cook, Apple's gay CEO, told NBC News' Brian Williams that the tech giant will start manufacturing a few of his products here in the States. "We’ve been working for years on doing more and more in the United States," he said. But don't expect a deluge of jobs, because Cook tells Businessweek the work done in the USA will be minimal: "Next year we’re going to bring some production to the U.S... This doesn’t mean that Apple will do it ourselves, but we’ll be working with people and we’ll be investing our money.”
Janee Harteau has been sworn in as the first female and first openly gay police chief of Minneapolis. "Thank you to my life-partner and better half, Holly. And for those of you who know us both, she's truly the better half," she said at the swearing in ceremony.
Lindsay Lohan is everywhere The Wanted want to be - and she takes the bus there.
Congratulations to Steve Elmendorf: the political strategist has just been voted in as chair of the Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund.
Judd Apatow guest edited the latest edition of Vanity Fair. Yes, there is a Freaks and Geeks reunion, of sorts.
Rejoice! Morning sickness-stricken Duchess Kate has been released from the hospital.
Glee actor Matthew Morrison likes his pants tight.
Here's Terry Miller's shot of him and Dan Savage getting their marriage license.
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Nick Gruber, famous for being designer Calvin Klein's former boyfriend, sat down for an interview with the New York Post's Page Six magazine and claims to be straight, that he presented a military sergeant with a bisexual porn he did to get out of service and that Klein hooked him up to a lie detector test to see if he was cheating.
The U.S. Senate today advanced the nomination of lesbian Judge Pamela Ki Mai Chen, a nominee for the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York. If she wins the seat, Judge Chen will be the first out Asian-American on the federal bench.
Ellen DeGeneres and Rachel Maddow have both been nominated for Best Spoken Word Grammy Awards, DeGeneres for her book Seriously… I’m Kidding and Maddow for Drift: The Unmooring Of American Military Power.
Like Washington State, Maryland has started distributing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. "I started tearing up when I saw the marriage license; all of a sudden, it's right there in front of you," 34-year old Alli Harper, who plans to marry girlfriend Jennifer Monti, told the Herald Mail.
279 marriage licenses were given to same-sex couples during the first six hours of legality today.
The Coalition for the Protection of Marriage in Nevada is asking the Supreme Court to hear their case against equality, thereby bypassing an appeals court and perhaps intentionally delaying SCOTUS' consideration of same-sex nuptials. "In the past this year, it has appeared that the court held off on considering any of the petitions until all of them were fully briefed. And, with the court scheduled to discuss the 10 petitions at its conference on Friday, this petition could be a last-ditch effort to hold off a decision on which of those to hear," writes Chris Geidner.
A clue for the Doctor Who Christmas special?
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"Superman: Forged By Bullies!"
Complicated memories of a father murdered mid-transition:
“I was talking with Jean tonight about Dad,” [said my sister Bridgette]. Jean was one of her transgender customers. “And Jean said, ‘Maybe you were never meant to celebrate Father’s Day, because your dad was always meant to be a woman.’” She looked at me as though this might be a consolation, but I was having none of it.
“That’s absurd!” I said, because I believe our dad was a man through and through. He was 6-foot-7. He was lanky, deep-voiced. I often described his personality as somewhere between Anthony Bourdain and Howard Stern. What was most damning, in my mind, was how physically abusive he was to my mother and me. Bridgette missed much of this. She was 5 when I went into foster care at 15. The court made my dad take anger management classes after that. “He was always talking about how he hated women,” I said. “If that’s the case, how could he have really been one?”
Russell Pearce, author of Arizona's "papers please!" law, can't find a place to hold fundraiser; accuses Arizonans of trying to "stifle" his candidacy:
The fundraising event was originally planned to be held at Macayo’s restaurant in Phoenix, but the plan was scuttled by activist Dee Dee Garcia Blase of Arizona’s Tequila Party, a conservative Latino group formed in reaction to the deportation-happy Tea Party. Garcia Blase organized a protest to be held outside the restaurant during the event and contacted Macayo’s corporate offices, which led the restaurant to cancel the event on Thursday morning.
By midday Thursday, Pearce’s campaign had emailed supporters announcing a second location, Oaxaca Restorante Y Cantina in downtown Phoenix. However, when Garcia Blase contacted Oaxaca’s management, the event was canceled within hours.
Oaxaca manager Joseph Aguayo told the Capital Times that Pearce’s campaign had booked the event under a false name. When Garcia Blase told him who the event was for, Aguayo barred the group from the restaurant. “We don’t need that,” he said, “We want to keep the support of our Latino community.”
Finally, Pearce attempted to gain access to the library of Phoenix’s Central High School, a request that was denied 30 minutes before Pearce’s guests and supporters were due to arrive. Phoenix Union High School District Superintendent Kent Scribner said that the event, with the added concerns of protesters and security, posed a logistical nightmare for school officials.
“Given the late notice of this request and the anticipated turnout, we are unable to host it,” Scribner said.
Game of Thrones creators apologize for beheading President Bush.
A report from Syracuse gay pride.
Some evidence suggesting tiny particles sometimes slip the bounds of the universe to go ... somewhere.
You are carrying around six pounds of microbes.
Belief in gods continues to plummet amongst millenials.
Dr. Albert Schatz -- vindicated!
Anti-gay crusader Bryan Fischer is angry with the New Yorker and journalist Jane Mayer for their pay-walled profile on him. Philistine.
The Department of Defense finally has some gay pride. "Now that we've repealed 'don't ask, don't tell,' [Defense Secretary Leon Panetta] feels it's important to find a way this month to recognize the service and professionalism of gay and lesbian troops," said a spokesman.
Matt Bomer held his own at NYC’s Most Stylish Dads Dinner last night.
Meanwhile, Bomer had this to say about manscaping down under for male stripper flick Magic Mike: "I’m not going to say it was fun, and personally I will never do it again, but for that project it was necessary. We were all in the boat together."
Some are wondering if President Obama will legalize marijuana to woo young voters. "Past attempts to bong the vote have been disappointing, in part because stoners aren't the group anyone would most count on to bother filling out a ballot... [But] several have argued that this could be the year for pro-marijuana turnout."
A Tennessee pastor claims that gay marriage-supporting singer Carrie Underwood does not understand the Bible. "What she said...has increasingly become a pretty broken understanding of what the Bible is saying. You want to listen to the Scripture in terms of what it says about everything, including marriage, including sexuality," claimed Scotty Smith, who says he has worked with the writer of Underwood's track "Jesus Take The Wheel."
HBO has apologized after it was revealed that Games of Thrones included a scene featuring George W. Bush's head on a spike.
The Georgian government has made efforts to align with international allies' pro-equality politics, but that may just further incense far-right activists in the former Soviet state. From the NY Times: "The LGBT community has found itself the subject of heated political attacks, and subsequent social reactions... New homophobic and anti-gay Georgian-language Facebook groups have also emerged, including one in which its members debate the best way to kill gay people."
Famed cyclist Lance Armstrong is again being accused of using performance enhancing drugs and says he is "considering all options" to combat the latest charges.
Chris Brown and Drake got into a bar fight over who loves Rihanna most...
President Obama speaking in Ohio today: "What's holding us back is a stalemate in Washington between two fundamentally different views of which direction America should take. And this election is your chance to break that stalemate. At stake is not simply a choice between two candidates or two political parties, but between two paths for our country.”
Mitt Romney was also in Ohio today, and claimed the commander-in-chief's policies are driving the nation "forward over a cliff."
Is this what Lindsay Lohan will look like in 50 years?
Did Melissa Etheridge play Pittsburgh Pride simply for the pink dollar?
Is Minka Kelly hiding her face after hooking up with Jake Gyllenhaal? Most of us would be telling the world.
Billionaire casino magnate Sheldon Adelson is willing to give almost any amount of money to make sure Mitt Romney wins the White House.
NASA's image of the day looks like two galaxies colliding. Don't worry about potential inhabitants, though: the star systems are in fact tens of millions light years away from one another. Phew!