Jonathan Adler Hub

News: Joe Manchin, Kyoto, Traveling Weave, Design

1NewsIcon Celebrate some totally radical 90s holiday movies.

Mandela1NewsIcon Anti-apartheid leader and former South African President Nelson Mandela, 94, has been hospitalized. "Former President Mandela will receive medical attention from time to time which is consistent with his age," read a statement from current President Jacob Zuma's office.

1NewsIcon HRC leaders past and present discuss SCOTUS' decision to hear two gay marriage cases.

1NewsIcon The Supreme Court's decision to hear two gay marriage cases puts more pressure on President Obama to spell out his own opinion on the matter: should this be a federal matter or, as he said before, simply left to the states? From Josh Gerstein: "When Obama announced in May that he favored same-sex marriage ... his nuanced language stopped well short of endorsing the idea that the U.S. Constitution guarantees a right to marry for same-sex couples. He said the issue was best left to the states to decide in the near term."

1NewsIcon The New York Times' editorial board on SCOTUS: "Fifty-eight years after it banned discrimination in public education, the Supreme Court has set the stage for the defining civil rights decision of this era — agreeing to hear two cases challenging laws that define marriage to exclude couples of the same sex. To us, and a growing number of Americans, the right course seems clear: that the justices continue the march toward real equality."

Buckwild1NewsIcon Democratic West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin is appalled by MTV's new reality show, Buckwild. The show, which he calls a "travesty," "plays to ugly, inaccurate stereotypes about the people of West Virginia."

1NewsIcon Lindsay Lohan gets what she wants.

1NewsIcon Rihanna loses her undies.

1NewsIcon If this weave could talk.

1NewsIcon Dustin Hoffman play-kissed One Direction member Niall Horan last night.

1NewsIcon Officials at the University of Saskatchewan sent a campus-wide note this week giving students and staff a heads up about an anti-gay pamphleteer wandering around town. "U of S officials sent out the advisory to the campus community Thursday morning after receiving complaints that day about a man distributing a leaflet titled Say No to the Homosexual Agenda. The advisory encouraged staff and students to contact the U of S discrimination and harassment prevention services if they were concerned about the material."

1NewsIcon Almost 200 UN member countries voted today on an extension of the Kyoto Accord to combat global warming. "The extension was adopted by a U.N. climate conference after hard-fought sessions and despite objections from Russia. The package of decisions also included vague promises of financing to help poor countries cope with climate change, and an affirmation of a previous decision to adopt a new global climate pact by 2015." The United States never signed onto the Accord.

Silvio-berlusconi1NewsIcon Despite the fact that scandal-plagued, tax-evading Silvio Berlusconi resigned as Italy's premier last year, he's still going to make another run for the office.

1NewsIcon Jonathan Adler draws inspiration from his mother and the coffee cup chandelier she made and hung in their home when he was a kid.

1NewsIcon Congratulations to Liz Carmouche, the UFC's first openly gay fighter.

1NewsIcon Liberal lawmakers in Trinidad and Tobago are hoping to extend anti-discrimination laws to gays and lesbians.

Towleroad Guide to the Tube #1042

BUCK ANGEL: A shout-out to the Girl Scouts.

JONATHAN ADLER: It gets better.

CROW: Goes snow tubing.

MERYL STREEP: Donated entire $1 million Iron Lady salary to Women's History Museum.

For recent Guides to the Tube, click HERE.

Jonathan Adler and Simon Doonan to Marry


Barney's New York creative director Simon Doonan and designer Jonathan Adler will be tying the knot in California in mid-September according to New York magazine's The Cut.

Said Doonan: "I always thought we were married, so I don’t feel like celebrating the fact that the government’s allowing me to think I’m married. It’s more like paying a parking ticket. We’ll have a nice romantic dinner, him and me. [Adler’s mom Cynthia and sister Amy] have been incredibly supportive and kept an eye out on what was going on, and they said, ‘Oh, you guys should get married in California.’ So it was them that sort of prompted us...But no gifts. We have enough tchotchkes at home for one lifetime."

News: Top Design, David Cicilline, Yale Tennis, Federline

road.jpg Captain of Yale tennis team apologizes to gay group for inappropriate initiation ritual: "During dinner on Nov. 10, team members wearing women’s underwear and fishnet stockings had posed as members of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity and entered several residential college dining halls, where they sang and danced on tabletops, students who saw the incident said. The witnesses said the team’s initiates had signs on their backs that read, 'I’m a faggot. Insert Here.'"

Cicillineroad.jpg Openly gay Providence mayor David Cicilline lauded for city improvements despite a ne'er-do-well family: "Last year, news broke that the mayor's brother, John M. Cicilline, had racked up $5,880 in parking tickets and fines, making him one of the city's biggest scofflaws. The older brother eventually paid $2,300 in August to settle the matter. Then, earlier this month, the older brother and a now-disbarred lawyer were indicted on federal corruption charges. Prosecutors said the two men requested more than $100,000 from a couple facing drug charges. According to the indictment, the two lawyers said they would use the money to set up a drug deal so their clients could expose it to authorities in the hopes of winning a lighter prison sentence." Folks are speculating Cicilline may make a run for Rhode Island governor. Says the mayor: ''I think people judge you on who you are and what you stand for.''

road.jpg A meditation on top chefs and E-Z Bake Ovens: does cooking make you gay?

Franco_1road.jpg Overexposed: 18 actors you won't be able to avoid in 2007.

road.jpg Would you like fries with that Federline?

road.jpg New Jersey schoolteacher Daniel Curcio settles with school district for $270,000 in lawsuit over discrimination claims: "In the lawsuit Curcio filed in October 2004, the Spanish teacher said he was reprimanded for telling his students in March 2002 he was gay. Curio also said his colleagues called him a 'troublemaker' and made jokes about his sexuality and the school district erased his Web page because it mentioned he is gay. In November 2002, Curio said he began experiencing stress-related panic attacks and in January 2003, he took a paid leave of absence from his job. 'That's all because of the fact that the harassment got so bad that I couldn't take it anymore,' he added."

road.jpg Air America bought by New York realtor Stephen Green.

Newyork_2road.jpg New York magazine criticized for refusing to extend health benefits to the domestic partners of its employees. "[Spokeswoman] Torrey did not explain why New York has been so uniquely hobbled by government red tape. But another staff member wryly notes that even though long-time partners of gay and single staffers don't qualify for health care, the magazine does offer its employees 'bereavement leave' for the death of 'significant others.' In other words, if your partner drops dead because he or she couldn't afford to see a doctor, you won't be docked for taking the day off to attend the funeral. Now that's progressive!"

road.jpg Bravo's Top Design off to "shaky start"? "...the show faces a dramatic challenge. Shows such as American Idol and Project Runway have a built-in theatricality that is difficult to replicate in a show like Top Design. The Project Runway model strutting her designer's stuff down a catwalk serves as a dramatic climax to each episode, and Top Design's before-and-after shots of the design space just don't have the same emotional kick."


Towleroad - Blogged