While main character Drew has only just come out, he already finds himself embroiled in a love triangle. Love geometry can be so challenging. The latest episode of the soapy web series that follows a group of privileged Southern California teens opens with Drew meeting bad boy Oliver in an underground parking garage for what turns out to be a dangerous assignation. Though Drew claims to be committed to boyfriend Tommy, all is not what it seems.
Watch as Drew’s resolve is tested, AFTER THE JUMP…
You can watch more episodes of Youthful Daze HERE.
Dungeons & Dragons enthusiasts have always been encouraged to use their imaginations to make the fantasy game’s mythical worlds that much more real. Generally speaking the game’s capacity for creativity has been limited only by what players could dream up, but the team behind Dungeons & Dragons are pushing fans to consider worlds in which their characters might be queer.
“You don't need to be confined to binary notions,” The latest edition of the Dungeons & Dragons rulebook reads. “Think about how your character does or does not conform to the broader culture's expectations of sex, gender, and sexual behaviour.”
Fantasy games like D&D have long since been a part of queer gaming culture, but the rulebook’s acknowledgement of people who might want to “play a female character who presents herself as a man” or “a bearded female dwarf who hates being mistaken for a male” marks the first time the franchise has reached out to the LGBT community. The update to D&D’s canon comes just weeks after BioWare, the studio behind Dragon Age, introduced its first canonical gay male character and Nintendo apologized for excluding queer relationships in its new 3DS title Tomadatchi Life.
Dig into the new Dungeons and Dragons rulebook right here AFTER THE JUMP...
Colorado Attorney General: Clerks Issuing Same-Sex Marriage Licenses Are Doing 'Irreparable Harm' to State
In a filing this past Sunday Colorado Attorney General John Suthers called for the Colorado Supreme Court to put a stop to Boulder County Clerk Hillary Hall’s issuing of marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
USA Today reports:
In an unusual motion filed late Sunday evening, Suthers acknowledged that a federal judge last week declared unconstitutional the state's ban on same-sex marriage, but said the U.S. Supreme Court ultimately needs to decide. The federal judge who struck down that ban last week also said his order wouldn't go into effect for a month, giving higher courts time to review it.
From the Attorney General’s office:
"Each day that one clerk continues to issue same-sex marriage licenses — and publicly declare those licenses' validity, despite the state marriage laws and the attorney general's statements to the contrary — greater social and legal chaos ensues because the public is left confused and uncertain about the legal validity of such marriages and the role of clerks versus the role of the courts or other government officials in determining whether to enforce state law."
Hall has stated that she will continue to issue licenses due to a Boulder County-specific exception has allowed her office to do so despite the state’s Supreme Court orders for the Denver County clerk to desist. Hall has yet to provide a comment on Suthers’s latest attempt to stand in the way of marriage equality.
Watch the Clerk’s Office’s official video announcing their support for same sex marriage AFTER THE JUMP...
The trailer for the next entry in Peter Jackson's Hobbit films has now hit the internet, and while there is precious little in the way of dragon-slaying there are plenty of tantalizing scenes hinting at the greater war to come in The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies.
You can get your dwarf on in the trailer AFTER THE JUMP...
South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson has said that he will continue to fight a lawsuit aiming to overturn the state’s ban on same-sex marriage despite a ruling by a federal appeals court, reports The Daily Journal.
Unlike Wilson, yesterday North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper announced he would no longer defend the state's ban in court. There are four lawsuits currently challenging it in North Carolina.
South Carolina passed a law banning same-sex marriage in 1996. Voters approved a similar constitutional amendment in 2006.
Yesterday, the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that Virginia's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional. The ruling has jurisdiction over South Carolina which is in the circuit, along with North Carolina and West Virginia.
The lawsuit against South Carolina was filed by a Katherine Bradacs and Tracie Goodwin who were legally married in Washington, D.C., and are now living in South Carolina. The case has been on hold while the appeals court considered the Virginia case.
Mark Powell, a spokesman for Wilson, said he sees no need to change course because the U.S. Supreme Court will likely make the final decision.
"Ultimately, this will be a decision for the U.S. Supreme Court. People should not rush to act or react until that time, when a decision is made by the highest court in the land.”
However, according to Ryan Wilson, executive director of South Carolina Equality, the ruling brings the state one step closer to same-sex marriage and “confirms that gay and lesbian couples are no different from straight couples.”
Last October, Linda Oliver, the mayor of West Union, South Carolina, came under fire for saying that she didn't want "queer" marriages "rammed down her throat."
This is unexpected. The Fort Worth Police Department made national news five years ago when they engaged in a Stonewall-style raid on the gay bar The Rainbow Lounge. The Fort Worth PD is now attempting to repair its relationship with the gay community by reaching out with a recruitment video featuring out gay officer Chris Gorrie to display the increased diversity and sensitivity now present in the police department.
While it's nice that the Ft. Worth PD is trying to improve its image and relations with the public, there's still some work to be done. Gorrie himself even makes excuses for discrimination in his video with implications that an officer should prove himself before coming out and engages in a little victim-blaming:
If you establish yourself as a good cop, one that works and not one that's lazy, among your comrades prior to them learning that you're gay, there's less of a stigma or they have less of an issue with it. That's not to say there haven't been issues. I knew of a guy who came into the Academy and who was gay - openly so - and he blamed his failures on what he perceived to be discrimination. I don't think he was actually discriminated against, I just think he used that as an excuse.
Still, it's a step in the right direction and is better than outright brutality. You can watch the CBS news report as well as the recruitment video AFTER THE JUMP...