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News: JCPenney, Convention Snubs, Hunter Parrish, 'Brave' Lesbian?

CO_Fire 1NewsIcon The wildfire in Colorado doubled in size overnight. It is only about 5% contained at the moment.

1NewsIcon JCPenney stocks plummeted after the axing of PresidentMichael Francis, the executive who helped rebrand the retailer and launched the controversial pro-gay adverts.

1NewsIcon Producers of the truly hilarious and gay-friendly ABC comedy Happy Endings will screen an unaired episode at this year's Outfest in Los Angeles.

1NewsIcon Maryland's Montgomery County School District has decided to ban all off-campus groups from distributing fliers after the group Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays and Gays tried to woo students.

AlexP1NewsIcon Magic Mike star Alex Pettyfer did his research by visiting a male strip club all by his lonesome. "I went on my own," he tells Jimmy Kimmel. "I think it was one of the funniest experiences I’ve ever had. It was more of a comical show to me.”

1NewsIcon Rep. Steve Israel, currently the head of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, is advising his party peers to skip this year's convention: "If they want to win an election, they need to be in their districts... Spending five days away from voters who can vote for you and donors who can give to you may not be the right decision 75 days out from Election Day."

1NewsIcon Hunter Parrish, best known for playing hunky Silas on Weeds, is releasing a "pop-folk" EP next week. "A lot of the music is about love," he said. "Some of it is just love for my momma, and there are some ex-girlfriends I’ve been writing about."

1NewsIcon Police in California are offering a $25,000 reward for any information leading to the arrest of two suspects in a potentially anti-gay stabbing that went down in Echo Park last month.

1NewsIcon Seven gay candidates, all endorsed by the Victory Fund, advanced in the Colorado primaries, meaning they'll be on the ballot come November.

1NewsIcon Meryl Streep remembers friend Nora Ephron: "You could call on her for anything: doctors, restaurants, recipes, speeches, or just a few jokes, and we all did it, constantly. Nora just looked at every situation and cocked her head and thought, 'Hmmmm, how can I make this more fun?'"

1NewsIcon Is the heroine in Pixar's Brave an independent woman or a lesbian?

1NewsIcon Sure, NBC is totally kicking Ann Curry off of Today, but at least the journalist got a lap dance of sorts from Joe Manganiello before her final send off.

1NewsIcon Gay pride in Sofia, Bulgaria, has been marred by violence in the past. Unfortunately, this year may be no different, because a local priest from the Orthodox Church is calling on all "Christians" to stone people participating in the June 30th event. "Our whole society must in every possible way oppose the gay parade that is being planned. For this reason today, I appeal to all those who consider themselves Christians and Bulgarians-throwing stones at gays is an appropriate way," he said. Human rights activists are now calling on Bulgaria's Justice Minister to denounce the priest, Father Evgeni Yanakiev.

VictoryHirshman1NewsIcon Linda Hirshman on why people should read her new book, Victory: The Triumphant Gay Revolution: "...This is a great American story. This is one of the three great social movements of the 20th and 21st centuries and it has too long been sort of the stepchild of social movement literature. I am hoping that people will - straight and gay - will read this book to learn how you build a successful social movement."

1NewsIcon Never, ever forget 80s-era candy Bonkers. It was so fruity!

1NewsIcon Terry Richardson has Lindsay Lohan pose with a gun. This man's work really needs to evolve.

1NewsIcon The guest list for Prince Azim of Brunei's 30th birthday party sounds like a gay man's dream: Faye Dunaway, Raquel Welch, Chace Crawford Marisa Tomei, Jerry Hall, Dionne Warwick and Mariah Carey were all in attendance.


Meryl Streep Considers Sex Tips from a Gay Man: VIDEO

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And fellating bananas is one of them, according to the trailer for the forthcoming film Hope Springs, which looks as though it will pleasure every Streep devotee.

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News: Eating Elephant, More Fluke Insults, Budget, Thinking

TopGun 6a00d8341c730253ef01676542c07b970b-800wi Erich Bishop, the openly gay son of a former KKK member, is running for state house in Kansas.

6a00d8341c730253ef01676542c07b970b-800wi "To a man?" That's how Fox News anchor Monica Crowley reacted to news that Sandra Fluke, the Georgetown student Rush Limbaugh called a "slut" for wanting access to contraceptives, is engaged. Adam Peck writes, "Crowley’s fake surprise that Fluke is not, in fact, a lesbian is especially ironic given the attacks that her network leveled against Fluke in February."

6a00d8341c730253ef01676542c07b970b-800wi Rupert Murdoch admitted that News Corp. executives tried to "cover up" a culture of hacking.

6a00d8341c730253ef01676542c07b970b-800wi Jen Tyrrell, the mother booted from her son's Boy Scouts troop for being a lesbian, appeared on MSNBC today and had this to say about the incident: "We were like a family, so in essence … we lost our scouting family, but they also lost two members of their scouting family."

6a00d8341c730253ef01676542c07b970b-800wi The thankfully short life of the "I Kill Gays for Fun" Facebook page.

6a00d8341c730253ef01676542c07b970b-800wi The Victory Fund says that for the first time ever all 50 states have an LGBT elected official. From the Washington Blade: "[VF] has listed the names of openly LGBT officials in 49, saying that it has also identified a local official in Alaska whose name will be made public soon."

TheThinker6a00d8341c730253ef01676542c07b970b-800wi In related news, 2012 is turning out to be quite the year for LGBT candidates: "[Victory Fund] has already backed more than 100 national, state and local LGBT candidates, and expects that number to double before November."

6a00d8341c730253ef01676542c07b970b-800wi John Paulk, an "ex-gay" activist photographed in a gay bar in 2000, now lists himself as "interested in men and women" on Facebook. Has another charlatan seen the light?

6a00d8341c730253ef01676542c07b970b-800wi Perhaps hoping that he hasn't completely eradicated his political career, failed presidential candidate now claims he can be an influential surrogate for Mitt Romney: "I'm going to look at how I can be helpful, because I suspect people will still show up to hear me."

6a00d8341c730253ef01676542c07b970b-800wi Oakland A's pitcher Brandon McCarthy won't stand for homophobic business on the kiss cam. "They put two guys on the 'Kiss Cam' tonight. What hilarity!! (by hilarity I mean offensive homophobia). Enough with this stupid trend," he tweeted.

6a00d8341c730253ef01676542c07b970b-800wi Reality star and White House party crasher Tareq Salahi is claims young people will help his campaign for governor in Virginia: "The social media, those people that have associated me with television or reality TV, opens up a whole new audience, and frankly the younger audience is going to be very important in winning this governor's race."

6a00d8341c730253ef01676542c07b970b-800wi Racism among the contestants on RuPaul's Drag Race.

6a00d8341c730253ef01676542c07b970b-800wi Top Gun sequel?

6a00d8341c730253ef01676542c07b970b-800wi Progressive Catholics are coming out against Rep. Paul Ryan's budget plan. "We would be remiss in our duty to you and our students if we did not challenge your continuing misuse of Catholic teaching to defend a budget plan that decimates food programs for struggling families, radically weakens protections for the elderly and sick, and gives more tax breaks to the wealthiest few," wrote dozens of faculty and students at Georgetown, where Ryan spoke today.

BrandonMcCarthy6a00d8341c730253ef01676542c07b970b-800wi Lindsay Lohan smoked a stoge while hanging around the set of Glee.

6a00d8341c730253ef01676542c07b970b-800wi Not sure if you heard or not, but Ricky Martin will be hosting an LGBT Obama fundraiser.

6a00d8341c730253ef01676542c07b970b-800wi Lambda Legal is fighting to overturn the 2010 aggravated assault conviction for a man who was accused of using a "dangerous instrument" when he bit someone because the judge claimed his HIV-positive status turned his saliva into a weapon, even though HIV is not transmitted through saliva. 

6a00d8341c730253ef01676542c07b970b-800wi Singer Kris Allen strikes striking poses during a photo shoot for his forthcoming album, Thank You Camellia.

6a00d8341c730253ef01676542c07b970b-800wi A little taste of elephant.

6a00d8341c730253ef01676542c07b970b-800wi Chew on this: "Thinking analytically dims supernatural beliefs [such as religion], apparently by opposing the intuitive thought processes that underpin them."

6a00d8341c730253ef01676542c07b970b-800wi The Senate renewed the Violence Against Women Act, which now includes LGBT people. The House now has to pass its own version.

6a00d8341c730253ef01676542c07b970b-800wi Meryl Streep tries to get her groove back in the Hope Springs trailer.


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.

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Michele Bachmann Ad Capitalizes On 'Iron Lady' Interest

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Margaret Thatcher has been all over the news as of late, thanks to the upcoming, Meryl Streep-starring biopic about the former British Prime Minister, The Iron Lady.

Hoping to capitalize on this renewed interest, Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann has taken describing herself as America's "Iron Lady."

In addition to making the comparison between herself and fellow conservative Thatcher while on the campaign trail, the congresswoman has now released an ad in Iowa that places even greater emphasis on her Thatcher-esque qualities.

Here's the commercial's text, via CNN:

Born and raised in Iowa, only one candidate has been a consistent conservative fighter who fought 'Obamacare,' who fought increasing our debt ceiling – even as other Republicans were cutting deals with Obama. An expert in tax law who will fight for deep cuts in spending to reduce America's debt, restore our economy and create real jobs – and she'll never back down.

But while Margaret Thatcher was able to get her way overseas, the Des Moines Register recently noted that Bachmann, for all her popular support and high-profile crusades, has been ineffective at passing actual laws.

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WATCH: Meryl Streep And Phyllida Lloyd Talk About 'Iron Lady'

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Apparently, the new Thatcher biopic, Iron Lady, is long on Margaret-Thatcher-The-Woman and short on Margaret-Thatcher-The-World-Historic-Personage. Some critics have grumbled about the artists' insistence on humanizing the old boogylady, while acknowledging how affecting it is to see Meryl Streep, Thatcher's onscreen avatar, done up as a doddering old post-retirement Maggie in the grips of burgeoning dementia. Listening to Streep and her director, the fantastic Phyllida Lloyd (who's a lesbian, incidentally), dish on the film with The Hollywood Reporter, it becomes clear that it's all intentional -- the artists believed Maggie's politics were among the least interesting things about her. Towards the end, Streep gets off one of the coolest and most surprising answers I've heard an actor give in an interview:

Hollywood Reporter: What would you each like people to, in a perfect world, take away from this film? Would you like them to think differently in some way about Margaret Thatcher or what she represented, or the era that she came from? Is there something you'd be very pleased to know people left here thinking?

Meryl Streep: I would like to think that everybody that got on a subway and saw some old lady sitting across from them, that they would imagine that a whole huge life lay behind all those wrinkles, and that seemingly nondescript, forgettable [face]. I mean, there is almost nothing less interesting in our consumerist society than an old lady. Um ... dismissed. We don’t make movies for her. We don’t give a damn. You can’t sell her anything, she doesn’t buy anything. But just the idea that everything -- the whole panoply of human experience, births, deaths, struggles, joy -- everything’s in there. And just to imagine that. That’s what I would hope.

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