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LA Galaxy Player Robbie Rogers and 'Arrow' Creator Greg Berlanti Split

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In an interview with Michelangelo Signorile, LA Galaxy player Robbie Rogers confirmed he's no longer in a relationship with Greg Berlanti, creator of Arrow and producer of Brothers & Sisters, Everwood, and Dawson's Creek, among others.

The news had orignially been reported by gossip blogger Perez Hilton earlier this week. 

Said Rogers:

"When Perez posted that, I don’t think I even cared. I don’t think a lot of people do care. I understand that my personal life is going to be more and more in the spotlight. And it’s not going to stop me from dating people or being public about it. I just want to live a normal life. It doesn’t bother me, to be honest...We dated for a year and half. And we split up. Stuff happens. But again, we’re still friends. And we’re very supportive of each other.”

Rogers also chatted in the interview about why he decided to come out, rather than leave soccer for good.

Listen, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Michele Bachmann Clarifies Gay Marriage 'Is Boring, Not an Issue' Comment, Reminds People She's Still A Bigot - VIDEO

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Republican and anti-gay activist Michele Bachmann has clarified comments made at last week’s right-wing Values Voter Summit conference that same-sex marriage is “not an issue” and is “in fact...boring,” reports WND.

Activist Michelangelo Signorile reported that Bachmann made the comments in an interview he conducted with her on Sirius XM Progress.

However, in a follow-up interview, Bachmann backtracked, claiming she meant that same-sex marriage “won’t be the issue that drives the 2014 election”:

“I told the reporter it’s getting boring having them only press this issue with Republicans while ignoring Democrats. The media loves to divide us on this issue. They look for something all the time. I said nothing different. I’m the woman who carried the traditional marriage amendment in Minnesota, and I stand firm in my belief that marriage should be between one man and one woman.”

The American Family Association’s resident wingnut Bryan Fischer - loves Burger King, hates gay sex - said that the issue of marriage equality is “far from settled”:

“Unfortunately, there are people in the conservative movement who have sort of given up. There are even evangelical leaders sending signals that the battle is over, that the battle is lost. ‘We’ll never be able to capture the millennials. They’re gone.’ I think it’s way premature for that. You know, when the homosexual lobby was [lost at the ballot in 31 states on marriage, they] didn’t quit. They didn’t give up. They didn’t do it. They didn’t give up, and neither are we.”

Always to be relied on for inflammatory hate speech that shows an absolute lack of any human compassion, in July, Bachmann claimed that gay people want to "abolish age of consent laws...so that adults will be able to freely prey on little children sexually."

Listen to Bachmann's July remarks, AFTER THE JUMP...

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FDR's Anti-Gay Navy Scandal, Any Mention of 'Lesbians' Avoided in 'The Roosevelts'

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Over at the HuffPost, Michelangelo Signorile enjoyed but takes issue with Ken Burns' negligence regarding key moments of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt's lives in his epic, 14-hour PBS documentary series The Roosevelts:

How could we not hear about the scandalous anti-gay witch hunt beginning in 1919 in Newport overseen by then assistant secretary of the Navy, Franklin Delano Roosevelt? As detailed in historian John Loughery's 1998 book The Other Side of Silence, Navy sailors were recruited to entrap other men to have sex with them, with the undercover "operatives" engaging in sex to orgasmic completion -- oral, and yes, some anal -- with the men they entrapped, and logging all of this in their own reports.

And what about the bisexuality of his right-hand man, Under Secretary of State Sumner Welles?

He was FDR's school chum -- and page boy at Eleanor and FDR's wedding -- and he was also bisexual and quite sexually active, something about which FDR apparently looked the other way. Eventually, though, Roosevelt reluctantly accepted his resignation in 1937 after one of Welles's rivals in the state department seized upon information that Welles had sex with two black men, Pullman porters on the same train that carried the president from the House Speaker's funeral in Alabama, and threatened to provide the details to a GOP Senate enemy unless Roosevelt dumped him.

And, speaking of bisexuality, Signorile sees a double standard in the treatment of the rumored relationship between Eleanor and her best friend Lorena Hickock, seen by some scholars as definitively passionate, physical, and romantic, but dismissed by Burns as too "tabloid" during a recent discussion of the topic in Chicago:

But the way Burns treats all of this is to discuss Eleanor and Hickok as close and intimate "friends" -- he has Doris Kearns Goodwin telling us Hickok was "in love" with Eleanor, almost as if it was one-sided -- but never using the "L" word, or even raising the possibility of sex, seeming to view that as sleazy...

...First off, why is it "tabloid" rather than "intimate" to speak of the possibility of a sexual relationship between two women? Burns, after all, had no problem discussing, quite extensively, FDR's sexual affair with Eleanor's secretary Lucy Mercer.

What did you think of The Roosevelts?


ENDA Discharge Petition So Far Has Support from 75 Dems, No Republicans

A discharge petition for the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) being pushed by Rep. Jared Polis has the support of 75 of 218 lawmakers it needs to succeed, the Washington Blade reports.

PolisThe petition has no Republican support so far, even from GOP lawmakers who went so far as to co-sponsor the original bill:

Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.), an original co-sponsor of ENDA, has already vowed not to sign a discharge petition, saying through a spokesperson it’s a “partisan political tool.”

But Polis took Republican supporters of ENDA to task, saying it’s time “to throw down the gauntlet” because co-sponsoring the legislation isn’t enough.

Still, the bill, which has a narrowed religious exemption, faces challenges even if passed by the House, the Blade adds:

Even if the House were to succeed in passing ENDA with a narrower discharge petition, the chances of passing a version of the bill in the Senate with that language would be complicated. Still, Polis expressed confidence the upper chamber of Congress would pass the bill if the discharge petition were successful.

“The previous incarnation of ENDA was in the pre-Hobby Lobby era,” Polis said. “I’m confident that if this is brought to the House floor and passes, the Senate will be able to expeditiously act on this bill and sent it to the president’s desk.”

The Blade reports that Dems are "bullish" on its prospects. At least one pundit is skeptical:


Michelangelo Signorile: Burger King's 'Proud Burger' Is A Tax Evasion Cover-Up

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Writing on The Huffington Post, Michelangelo Signorile argues that companies, political donors and other entities are courting LGBT people in order to cover up criticism of unethical and questionable actions.

Signorile points out that corporate support for LGBT rights is easier for companies than it has been in the past and that many of these organizations need the support of LGBT people.

Arguing that Burger King’s recent actions hurt the economy and workers, he says that the Proud Whopper is an attempt to allow the company to remove attention from the fact that it is “fleeing to Canada, buying up Tim Hortons, following other American companies engaged in so-called tax inversions, all to avoid paying U.S. taxes."

SignorileSignorile continues that although Republican megadonor Paul Singer has given money to LGBT groups and GOP politicians who already support LGBT rights, the hedge fund billionaire is also giving millions to anti-gay candidates via right-wing groups and super PACs.

He goes on to points out that Democrats are as much to blame as Republicans, noting that although Governor Andrew Cuomo supported marriage equality in New York, his recent actions, including budget cuts, have diminished the rights of all workers, be they gay or straight.

Getting straight to the point, Signorile concludes:

“The fact that Burger King so publicly supports LGBT rights shouldn't matter. We should be past the point of being giddy over a nice wrapper. Corporations that dodge paying U.S. taxes while making billions from American consumers are wreaking havoc. We should all be sending a message to the fast-food giant that it is hurting America -- gay America, straight America, all of America.”


Michelangelo Signorile Questions Ted Olson About His Work On Gay Marriage, Prop. 8: AUDIO

 In a SiriusXM Progress interview last week, Michelangelo Signorile asked solicitor Ted Olson about his work on the issue of same-sex marriage.

TED OLSON AND DAVID BOIESThe interview follows the publication of a new book Redeeming the Dream: The Case for Marriage Equality, in which Olson and David Boies discuss how they had California's Proposition 8 ruled unconstitutional and related issues.

In the interview, among other topics Signorile and Olson discuss how the issue of gay marriage can move forward given that the Republican religious base is still opposed, Olson’s criticism of the incrementalist approach to the issue of gay marriage, the importance of the Defense of Marriage Act, and how working on the cause has affected Olson personally.

Listen to a few key clips, AFTER THE JUMP...

And read Signorile's full transcript here.

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