Matthew Mitcham Hub
NEWS: A Pansexual Legislator In Texas, A Tormented Androgyne In London, And The Sanctity Of Marriage In Nevada
After his London disappointment, gay Aussie diver Matthew Mitcham ponders the future:
Mitcham ... has had enough of the incessant pounding and had gone to London pretty much convinced that he and his body couldn't take much more. But then he felt his love of the Olympic Games reignited, so much so that he never wants to miss another one of them. That means either joining the dread ranks of those reporting on his sport, or continuing in it, almost certainly in the shape-shifting role of a springboard diver.
"I've always been a platform specialist who's done springboard either to fill spots or because I was semi-OK at it," Mitcham said. "So I have been in discussion with Chava (Sobrino), my coach, about the possibility of becoming solely a springboard diver. It's certainly a possibility and I'm not really going to take a holiday when I get home. I'm actually going to start working on the strength to become a springboard diver right away because it's going to take a long time to get my thighs as big as (China's) He Chong's."
Now that she's running unopposed, Texas pol Mary Gonzalez has come out. Not as a lesbian -- she already did that -- but as pansexual:
“During the campaign if I had identified as pansexual, I would have overwhelmed everyone,” she said this week, adding that people don’t know what being pan means. “Now that I’m out of the campaign, I’m completely much more able to define it.”
Although her election focused on helping El Paso’s District 75 citizens gain access to clean drinking water and better educational opportunities, her sexuality was front and center, and something she had to repeatedly address. Mainstream media called her the Latina lesbian lawmaker. The coverage led to negative comments about her dating men in the past and accusations that she was not a “true lesbian,” Gonzalez said.
In Nevada, US District Chief Judge Robert Jones has set a date to hear arguments on marriage equality. He'll accept lawyers' arguments only -- no testimonies:
Jones ... said he planned to rely on oral and written arguments from attorneys, not courtroom testimony from people who might be offered as experts on the history of discrimination against homosexuals.
"Testimony would be not only useless but an absurd inquiry.
Yesterday, the lovely androgyne Caster Semanya, a world-champion runner and now an Olympic silver-medalist, looked a little like a woman throwing a race.
-- and who would blame her? This three-year-old, marvelously written story from the New Yorker details the terrible torment endured by the then 18-year-old athlete when her dominance in the 800-meters led to a protracted investigation of her gender.
Steve and Roger have been together 19 years, and their family is very large.
More on Paul Ryan's homophobia.
How Olympic skepticism gave way to delight.
Reykjavik mayor Jon Gnar, at Iceland's iconic pride parade, supports imprisoned Russian punk band Pussy Riot.
(They're in prison for behaving badly in a church, and could be imprisoned for up to seven years. They'll learn their fates on Friday.)
Tonight, watch the Perseids.
Matthew Mitcham, who last week entertained the YouTube world with a rendition of Beyonce's "Single Ladies", is up for another round. With fewer clothes this time!
Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...
(via ed kennedy at afterelton)
Sen. Lindsey Graham urges government contractors to lay people off just before the election:
I’m urging every defense industry that could be affected by sequestration to put your employees on notice before November ... The more it becomes real to us as to what comes the nation’s way, the more likely we are to solve the problem.
Stop The Deportations responds to the big DHS announcement:
After a two-year campaign urging the Obama administration to stop the deportations of spouses of gay and lesbian Americans, we welcome the announcement by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) that it will formally recognize same-sex marriages as part of its year-old ‘prosecutorial discretion’ deportation policy and other related enforcement matters.
... This move is significant beyond the immigration context, as it constitutes the first time any agency of the federal government has created a policy explicitly recognizing same-sex marriages.
At least six dead in shooting at Sikh temple:
The shootings occurred about 10:30 a.m. at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin in the town of Oak Creek, just south of Milwaukee, officials said ...
The New York Post didn't think much of Friday's Chick-fil-A kiss-in, but did at least offer this hilarious description of a homophobe:
... Nearby, an older gent who refused to give his name was freaking out.
“Why don’t they go to Sbarro and do that? Why don’t they go to Subway?”
There is such a thing as a "Chick-on-chick" sandwich, and you can get it in Houston.
A BuzzFeed contributor builds a treacly but compelling case for Matthew Mitcham's adorableness.
Vietnam's first Pride Parade:
... it was a scene that was unimaginable a few years ago, when Vietnam still labeled homosexuality a "social evil" alongside drug addiction and prostitution. The country's gay community was once so underground that few groups or meeting places existed, and it was taboo to even talk about the issue.
Sheldon Adelson's Las Vegas Sands Corporation is under investigation for money laundering.
Mass death at the beginning of the last millenium linked to a super volcano:
Scientific evidence – including radiocarbon dating of the bones and geological data from across the globe – shows for the first time that mass fatalities in the 13th century were caused by one of the largest volcanic eruptions of the past 10,000 years.
Such was the size of the eruption that its sulphurous gases would have released a stratospheric aerosol veil or dry fog that blocked out sunlight, altered atmospheric circulation patterns and cooled the Earth’s surface ...
Dick Cavett: Gore Vidal hates being dead ...
... unless of course we die and go somewhere where you can write, drink, have sex, appear on TV and, above all else, talk.
... he was -- I feel safe in saying -- the best talker since Oscar Wilde ... You felt you had just had a lovely bath in the elegant and witty use of our sadly declining English language. Gore's talk, if transcribed, could be printed without editing. If there seemed to be some preening in his prepared remarks on television -- and he knew a good line was worth repeating -- it was outweighed by the quality of the verbal prose.
When not jumping from great heights into a pool below, Olympic diver Matthew enjoys playing Beyonce's "Single Ladies" on his ukulele, as he did in a recent YouTube video.
"Someone on Twitter asked me to upload a video of me playing the ukulele," the Australian national explained. "I profess to be neither a great instrumentalist nor singer, I'm just an Olympic diver who likes to strum away in his spare time."
Watch openly gay Mitcham strum away AFTER THE JUMP...