Russell T. Davies, the creator of the UK series Queer as Folk, is coming back to TV with his new series Cucumber, Banana and Tofu; an interconnected trilogy series about love, sex and relationships spread across three different television channels. The trilogy premieres in January on Channel 4 (Cucumber), E4 (Banana) and 4oD (Tofu). Cucumber and Banana is also airing in the states on LOGO next year. The trailer is slightly work-unfriendly with light nudity; watch the trailer, AFTER THE JUMP...
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Russia's persecution of LGBT citizens is spreading from the streets to cyberspace as the Russian government starts cracking down on LGBT affiliated websites reports Buzzfeed. The government has its eyes set on Children 404, a group page hosted on Facebook doppelgänger Vkontakte where LGBT Russian teens can discuss their sexuality with others and without fear of retaliation.
Russia's Federal Service for Supervision of Communications, Information Technology and Mass Media, commonly known by it's alternate name Roskomnadzor, is pressing charges against Children 404 founder and journalist Elena Klimova. A local branch of the agency is revealing the full charges levied against Klimova on Tuesday. Under the existing law Klimova's group can incur a fine of one million rubles ($21,000), and find itself forcibly shut down for 90 days.
Modeled after America's "It Gets Better" campaign, the group came to fruition shortly before Russia passed its anti-gay laws last year. Users, which are mostly teenagers, share their stories on the site and have the opportunity to interact with up to 15 volunteer psychologists that offer professional counseling services. The name "Children 404” is a reference to the “Page Not Found,” error which is a commonly encountered server error.
Roskomnadzor only specified that they pursued the group after receiving 150 online complaints about the group. Klimova expressed her frustration with the agency's profiling of her and the website.
“Roskomnadzor says that it’s found homosexual propaganda, but instead of showing where I have forbidden materials, they’re writing that I just don’t have the special knowledge to publish them. It’s absurd!”
Anti-gay activists have targeted the group before including disrupting the filming of a documentary centered on the group with protests. Moscow prosecutors even went so far as to summon the directors of the film for questioning. A screening of the film in Vladivostok sparked controversy in September when minors managed to attend the film--the movie carries a rating of +18.
A single-engine plane crashed at 7:40am on Tuesday just after taking off at Boulder Municipal Airport. The lone casualty was Steven Moore, executive director of the National Gay Pilots Association. The organization's board chair confirmed it was in fact Moore in a Facebook post.
The Daily Camera reports:
"It is with greatest sadness that we must announce the loss of a treasured member of our NGPA family," board chair Scott Shatzer wrote on the post. "Our executive director, and valiant crusader for the NGPA cause, Steven Moore, passed away this morning while flying his beloved Mooney in Colorado. Steven, we love you, we will miss you, and we will be forever indebted to you for all of the passion you put into your work with NGPA."
There were no eye witnesses, though officials stated that the plane hit the road where it crashed propeller first and then caught fire. One man, Jeff Slater, reportedly heard the plane as it took off:
He told the Daily Camera that the plane "didn't sound right" when it took off.
"It was choking and sputtering pretty bad," he said. "It sounded horrible."
Our heart goes out to Moore's family and the members of the NGPA. The organization plans to honor Moore with a photo and short story collage in the winter edition of their publication.
Watch Slater's report from the scene, AFTER THE JUMP...
Anti-Gay Wingnut James Dobson Fears Same-Sex Marriage Will Cause U.S. To Slide Into 'Sodom And Gomorrah' Territory
James Dobson, Focus on the Family founder and generally unpleasant individual (see that time he linked gay marriage to the Sandy Hook school shooting), has taken to the pages of his October newsletter to warn Americans that they are sliding toward irreversible damnation. Dobson attacks various judicial leaders along the way, including Towleroad favorite Richard Posner, claiming that they "are leading us toward perdition." He makes his real point, though, by comparing the United States to the biblical cities of sin, Sodom and Gomorrah.
Right Wing Watch reports on the newsletter:
Modernists, libertarians and atheists today recognize no condemnation of sexual perversion in the Bible. However, this historical account illustrates how God views it. The outrageous behavior of the wicked men of Sodom and Gomorrah sealed their doom. Fire and brimstone fell from the sky on both cities and utterly destroyed them. Henceforth, men who commit homosexual acts have been called “Sodomites,” although that term has become politically offensive since the U.S. Supreme Court legalized and protected sexual perversion...
One thing is certain. God is the holy Sovereign Lord of all heaven and earth, and He will not be mocked. His justice will prevail when unrestrained lust, violence, perversion, and other forms of grievous sin have run their course...
Today, I have a continuing, unrelenting burden for today’s children and young adults who are being warped and twisted by those who would “fundamentally change” the world in which they are growing up. Everything we have known and valued is being swept away.
Sorry, James. It seems the slippery slope toward Sodom that you so fear may only get slicker.
Comedian Spanky Hayes (below right) appeared on TMZ recently spouting some rumors about Tyrese Gibson (above) and how he beat Spanky out for a role in 2001's Baby Boy. Suffice to say that male-on-male sexual contact was involved. Though it is Hayes' profession to make people laugh, probably utilizing outlandish claims to achieve those ends, Gibson was highly unamused and fired back in a big way.
Spanky, known for his appearance on the Nick Cannon show Wild 'N Out, claims he was beaten out of the role by Tyrese after auditioning for John [Singleton], who allegedly told them: "I f***ing love both of you guys, but which one of you guys are gonna suck my c***?'"
It is not yet known if he said it in jest, but he added: "I bust out laughing because nobody has talked to me like that. But the other dude, who I won't say his name, wasn't laughing. To keep it real, he got the lead role in Baby Boy."
Gibson recorded his own video, saying that Hayes' statement is akin to committing "a career suicide." Then he does some truth telling about the role:
"Let me tell you something you don't know. First of all, the role for Baby Boy was written, directed and produced by John Singleton. It was written for Tupac. That's a factual fact.
"When Tupac was killed, he only had one person in mind to play Baby Boy, it wasn't them, it wasn't you ... f**k, it was me."
He goes on to claim he's "never had those sorts of rumors" launched at him, all the while smoking a cigar, wearing a fur coat, and laughing at Spanky's relative lack of success. Seems like an overreaction, no? If nothing else it indicates that Gibson may lack any sense of humor.
Check out Tyrese's response, AFTER THE JUMP...
Maybe it was a joke, or maybe Taylor Swift's success simply has no bounds. Whatever the case may be, Tumblr user 'ughstory' posted a screenshot (above) of his Grindr conversation-turned-album promotion for the young pop singer (with caption: "Honestly why am I single..."), and Taylor took notice.
Take 40 reports:
Once Taylor saw this, she reblogged the image and wrote "CANT (sic) STOP LAUGHING. I Will be applauding you for decades to come for this."
This story comes one day after Taylor went to #1 on iTunes in Canada after releasing 8 seconds of white noise.
Is this just the beginning of a new form of advertisement? Will Grindr be overrun with T-Swift fans? Only time will tell...