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Catholic League's Bill Donohue: Anti-Gay Christians Are Kinda-Sorta Being Persecuted Like ISIS Victims - VIDEO

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Possibly sensing they are a dying breed gasping their last breath of hate, anti-gay religious right wingnuts are increasingly comparing their embattled selves to victims of ISIS.

Latest to the game is Bill Donohue of the Catholic League who earlier this week unveiled a Christmas billboard in Los Angeles that draws a comparison between the experiences of American “Christians” - the ones who spend their lives spreading anti-Christian messages - and Christians facing persecution in ISIS-controlled territories.

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Full of Christmas spirit, Donohue also makes it clear that gay people who refuse to take abuse from the religious right in silence are in fact the intolerant ones.

According to Right Wing Watch, in a statement, Donohue said that the billboard is aimed at Hollywood:

“No, the Hollywood moguls who disrespect Christians are not the same as radical Muslims who behead us, but both are full of hate. Moreover, both need to be challenged. Christians are fed up with the barbarians abroad and the bigots at home. It’s time all these bullies learned to practice the virtue of tolerance and the meaning of diversity.”

Happy Christmas to you too, Bill.

Donahue has also excused himself from next year's New York St. Patrick's Day Parade following the decision to allow one corporate LGBT group to participate.

Watch the perennial moaner whine about St. Patrick's Day, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Gay New Yorkers Talk About Condoms, Lube, Fear, Size, HIV, and Sex: VIDEO

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Impulse Group NYC, an organization formed to mobilize gay men for social advocacy, HIV/AIDS health-centered education and community engagement, utilizing volunteer efforts of local community members to create campaigns, events and online content to gay men impacted by HIV, has debuted the first in a series of short videos intended to stir dialogue about safer sex. New videos are being released each week throughout December.

The series features five NYC-based gay men sharing their views on sex, protection, health, stigma, and status.

In the first video, they're asked:

What's your favorite thing about sex?

Whose responsibility it is to bring condoms and lube?

What does sex without fear mean to you?

Have you or would you...have sex with someone who is HIV+?

Does size matter?

Check it out, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Harlem Hate Pastor Doubles Down on Claims About Gay Semen In Starbucks' Lattes: VIDEO

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Hate Pastor James David Manning of the ATLAH church in Harlem is back and this time he's doubling down on his previous allegation that Starbucks puts gay men's semen in its lattes. According to Manning, Starbucks is doing this because gays who frequent the popular coffee retailer believe semen "'flavors up' the coffee 'and it makes you think that you're having a good time drinking that cup of latte with the semen in it.'" 

While Starbucks is likely none too pleased with this, it appears a prankster has had a little fun at Manning's expense, sending Manning a "lawsuit" (alledgedly sent on Starbucks' behalf) claiming defmaion and other actionable injuries. Manning is not taken in. If anything, he insists this prank underscores the potency of his assertions about Starbucks and their gay semen lattes:

They do put semen in their lattes. They do you know. Most of it is synthetic. It has a synthetic quality to it but they do. They haves tested out. And like any entrepreneur looking for an edge like Coca-Cola during the years of its early marketing of Coca-Cola put cocaine in its drinks and people loved that...Starbucks is on the ropes...I am floating like a butterfly and stinging like a bee. And I'm not going to let this story go. I'm not gonna let it go. 

As for the "lawyers" who issued the "lawsuit" to Manning? "Go to hell. Or Let's go to court. I've got Starbucks by the keisters."

Manning closed his rant with a warning to women--don't drink starbucks or you might get pregnant:

If you're drinking Starbucks, watch out if you're a woman. You might just get pregnant by drinking Starbucks. Because they've got some pretty potent semen in their drinks. And you will go home and tell your husband that you're pregnant and he'll say, 'But we haven't had sexual intercourse in years! Where did you get pregnant? Is it an immaculate conception?' NO! It was one of Starbucks' lattes that impregnated you! Me? I'm James David Manning, everybody. I'm the lord's servant."

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Theatre News: Sting Joins ‘The Last Ship,’ Morrison and Grammer Return to Broadway, ‘Rock of Ages’ Closing

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> Producers announced that Sting will step into a role in The Last Ship, the new musical for which he wrote music and lyrics, beginning next week on December 9 through January 10. The move is an effort to boost lackluster ticket sales for the show, which opened to mixed reviews in October at the Neil Simon Theatre. Sting, who last appeared on Broadway in 3 Penny Opera in 1989, will take over for actor Jimmy Nail as the foreman of a struggling shipyard on the British coast. The big question is whether (and for how long) the music icon can stave off his own Broadway shipwreck; however successful his month-long stint, Sting goes back on tour at the end of January.

Matthew_morrison_photo9> Matthew Morrison, Kelsey Grammer and Laura Michelle Kelly have been confirmed to star in the Broadway production of Finding Neverland arriving at the Lunt Fontanne Theatre in March. Directed by Diane Paulus (Hair, Pippin), the new musical with music by Gary Barlow and Elliot Kennedy and book by James Graham is based on both the 2004 Oscar-winning film starring Johnny Depp and Kate Winslet, and on the play The Man Who Was Peter Pan by Allan Knee. The show traces how J.M. Barrie conceived of the classic story that made him a legend.

> Jessie Mueller, who took home a Tony Award this year for her breakout performance in Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, will next take on the leading role in a stage adaptation of the 2007 film Waitress, according to the New York Times. Diane Paulus is attached to direct the musical, with music and lyrics by Sara Bareilles (Brave). Though still in development, the show is tentatively set for American Repertory Theatre’s 2015-16 season, with producers Barry and Fran Weissler attached for a likely Broadway transfer (the team’s Tony-winning production of Pippin followed the same path). Keri Russell starred in the film.  

Rock-of-ages-poster> Producer David Mirvish will bring the The Heart of Robin Hood to Broadway’s Marquis Theatre in March for a limited run through August 23. Originally produced by the Royal Shakespeare Company, the play by David Farr is billed as an imaginative and acrobatic retelling of the classic Robin Hood story with original music performed by Parsonsfield. Director Gísli Örn Gardarsson’s production was previously staged at the American Repertory Theatre last season.

> Rock of Ages, the hair-band musical medley featuring music by Poison, Bon Jovi and Journey among others, has announced a closing date of January 18 at the Helen Hayes Theatre after nearly six years of wig-banging on Broadway. Directed by Kristin Hanggi with a book by Chris D'Arienzo, the show originated Off Broadway before transferring to Broadway in the same season and earning five Tony Award nominations. A film adaptation starring Tom Cruise and Alec Baldwin was released in 2012.


Bruce Springsteen, Chris Martin Step in for Bono at U2 'World AIDS Day' Concert in Times Square: FULL VIDEO

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U2 played a surprise World AIDS Day concert for (RED) last night in Times Square but had some last minute substitutions.

Because Bono is still recovering from a November 16 bicycle accident in Central Park, the band announced via its Facebook page at 3 pm yesterday that Adam Clayton, The Edge and Larry Mullen Jr. would be joined by Chris Martin and Bruce Springsteen, who donated their time and talents.

Martin wore a t-shirt that read 'SUBSTITU2'.

Carrie Underwood and Kanye West performed as well. Former President Bill Clinton introduced the band.

Watch the full concert, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Shelly Oria’s ‘New York 1, Tel Aviv 0’: Book Review

BY GARTH GREENWELL

Disorientation afflicts nearly all of the characters in Shelly Oria’s nimble and disarmingly moving debut collection of stories. Many of them are (like Oria herself) Israeli immigrants in New York City, navigating multiple cultures and languages; others find themselves in worlds where the usual rules (of weather, say, or time) break down; all of them are bewildered by desire.

Newyork1telaviv0_bThe narrator of the title story has come to the United States after finishing her military service, because “staying in Tel Aviv meant starting my life,” and “It’s a scary thing, starting your life.” As is true throughout the collection, Oria is excellent in detailing how the texture of daily life differs in the two countries: “When I first moved to New York, I kept opening my purse every time I entered a building, before realizing that there was no security guard. And every time I felt relieved, and every time I felt orphaned, and every time I felt surprised at both.”

The book’s title comes from her attempt to keep score of the advantages and disadvantages of her two cities. She never gets very far: “I forget to keep track, and I have to start counting all over again every time.” She meditates on the strangeness of Central Park, “the idea of having a designated area for greenery”: “Tel Aviv isn’t carefully planned like that—trees often choose their own location, and most streets stretch in unpredictable directions, creating a pattern of impulse.”

What’s true of the streets of Tel Aviv is also true of the magnetic men and (more often) women that Oria’s protagonists can’t fully know or possess, and many of the stories are haunted by infidelity. In “This Way I Don’t Have to Be,” a woman is addicted to sleeping with married men. She watches them during sex for the moment they imagine the possibilities they’ve left unlived, when “their entire lives turn to air,” an unsettled state of longing we sense the narrator craves for herself.

In “None the Wiser,” a sly, acid, wonderful story about jealousy and age and grief, a woman’s own desires gradually become clear as she gossips about her neighbors. And in one of the collection’s standout stories, “The Disneyland of Albany,” Avner, an Israeli artist who has left his family behind to seek his career in America, discovers his wife’s infidelity from stray remarks his young daughter makes during a visit.

In the collection’s final story, which might also be its finest, “Phonetic Masterpieces of Absurdity,” the book’s preoccupation with erotic disappointment combines powerfully with one of Oria’s other major themes, the tragedies and absurdities of ongoing conflict in the Middle East—a conflict that her characters can never fully escape, at home or abroad.

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