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Towleroad Guide to the Tube #1597

COCONUT WATER: What's in it?

COMMONWEALTH GAMES: Amazing 41-shot table tennis rally.

DOUBLE RAINBOW: With lightning!

BATKID BEGINS: The trailer.

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News: Orlando Bloom, NSYNC, Enola Gay, Jared Leto, McDonalds

Road Orlando Bloom takes a swing at Justin Bieber, misses. The Biebs gets payback by posting photo of Bloom’s ex Miranda Kerr, who may or may not be sleeping with the pop star. 

Road Unknown to members of *NSYNC, the band will be releasing a two disc compilation album this week. 

DogsRoad Toni Atkins' first responsibility today as California's first openly gay governor? Walking her dogs. 

Road EDM producer Diplo does a Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything), says he's "a lil gay" just like everyone else. 

Road Actress Blake Lively is jumping into the Martha Stewart-esque lifestyle brand with her new website Preserve, which Ms. Stewart thinks is a “stupid” idea. 

Road Apparently Russia is still furious that bearded drag queen Conchita Wurst won Eurovision earlier this year because a Soviet alternative competition is in the works. LGBTQ need not apply. 

Road A Wyoming judge has declined to suspend a lawsuit challenging the state’s gay marriage ban.

Road The Washington Blade looks at whether a comprehensive LGBT non-discrimination bill could be in the works for Congress to take up.   

Road “Pills cost pennies; greed costs lives!” – demonstrators at this year’s 20th International AIDS Conference protesting Big Pharma’s control of HIV and hepatitis C medication.

Enola gayRoad The last surviving member of the Enola Gay crew that dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima in 1945 has died at the age of 93. 

Road Poll shows opposition to gay marriage is eroding in Kentucky. “50 percent of registered voters in Kentucky oppose same-sex marriage, while 37 percent favor it and 12 percent remain unsure. That's a drop from the 55 percent who said they opposed gay marriage in February and a sharp decline from the 72 percent that voted in favor of a ban in 2004"

Road Madonna teases collaboration with Miley Cyrus. 

Road Girls’ star Allison Williams has landed the role of Peter Pan in NBC’s upcoming version of ‘Peter Pan Live’

Screen Shot 2014-07-30 at 2.49.44 PMRoad Jared Leto and his brother are really enjoying their European vacation. And we can all enjoy it too, especially with Jared Leto going shirtless.

Road White House petition calls on Health and Human Services and FDA to end ban on blood donations from gay and bisexual men. 

Road Slate’s June Thomas asks: Do we still need gay resorts like Provincetown and Fire Island in an era of marriage equality and assimilation?

Road National Labor Relations Board rules that McDonald’s could be held liable for its longstanding, egregious labor and wage violations – possibly opening the door to nationwide unionization of fast food industry. 

Road HRC Alabama releases results from their largest state survey ever with 45% of LGBT respondents saying they are "people of faith"

Road Skater Tony Hawk sounds off on marriage equality in new HRC video. 

Road Ricky Martin offers some tips on how to be a better parent. "As parents we sometimes think teaching our children is all about making rules and setting limits. In reality, kids can be OUR greatest teachers. They are ever present, and we forget that sometimes."

Uganda Court Hears Challenge to Anti-gay Law, Could Rule As Early As Tomorrow


The Constitutional Court of Uganda opened arguments today on a challenge to the country’s Anti-Homosexuality Act that was passed by the country’s parliament late last year and signed by President  Yoweri Museveni in February.

Speaking again with Towleroad, Richard Lusimbo with Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMUG) said the arguments made against the law today centered on the controversial way the country’s parliament passed the bill without quorum – a constitutional requirement for any legislation to become law. After hearing the arguments, the court adjourned the case until tomorrow – with a possible ruling once the case resumes.

MuseveniTowleroad readers may recall that Ugandan President Museveni, who has a long history of spouting anti-LGBT comments, initially refused to sign the bill and accused parliament of lawlessly forcing it through after he recommended the law be shelved until the government could study it more clearly.

Buzzfeed adds:

If the court rules against the government, it would not be the first time that the Ugandan Constitutional Court has ruled in favor of LGBT rights. Trans activist Victor Mukasa successfully sued Uganda’s attorney general in 2006 for raiding his house while he was head of Sexual Minorities Uganda. Inspired by Mukasa’s victory, activist David Kato sued the now-defunct Ugandan tabloid Rolling Stone over a series of articles outing LGBT people. Weeks after winning the case in 2011, Kato was bludgeoned to death.

The case comes as LGBT advocates renew pressure on President Obama to address LGBT rights in Africa. 

Kiesza Brings 'Hideaway' and 'Giant in My Heart' to Jimmy Kimmel: VIDEO


Canadian singer-songwriter Kiesza brought her 90's throwback "Hideaway" to Hollywood Boulevard (complete with arrival in a Delorean and a Chewbacca dance routine) before strutting into Jimmy Kimmel, where she also performed her new single "Giant in My Heart".

Check it out along with a new remix of "Giant in My Heart" from Belgian House duo Arches, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Anti-Gay MN Archbishop John Nienstedt, Accused Of Sex Abuse Cover-Up, Called On To Resign: VIDEO

John nienstedt

A Minnesota newspaper has called for St. Paul and Minneapolis archbishop John Nienstedt to resign following confirmation that he has been subject to an investigation of sexual misconduct, ignored evidence of pedophilia, and concealed the names of priests involved in the abuse.

Last December, Nienstedt, who launched a mass mailing campaign of 400,000 anti-gay DVDs, told the mother of a gay son that she must reject him or risk burning in hell and said Satan is behind gay marriage, was accused of inappropriately touching a minor.

In an editorial last Saturday, the Star Tribune said that for the sake of the Catholic church, “one of this state’s most valued institutions,” Nienstedt’s service at the archdiocese should end now.

The editorial continued:

“Nienstedt has become the face of a coverup that has put children in harm’s way. His credibility is in tatters. The archdiocese needs a different leader — a reformer — to have a reasonable chance of restoring its damaged reputation and sustaining its service to the community.

“The damage that brand name is suffering in Minnesota has become severe enough to put public support — and, crucially, donor support — of all things Catholic at risk. The abuse scandal has become more than an internal problem.”

In conclusion, the paper suggested that Nienstedt should follow Pope Benedict’s example of church leadership:

“Eighteen months ago, Benedict concluded that he was not up to the task of meeting the church’s leadership needs, and broke with 600 years of tradition to resign from office. His decision was not a display of weakness, but of love for his church. Nienstedt’s resignation would show the same.”

Watch a report on last December's revelations, AFTER THE JUMP...

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'Do It Again' with the Dave Aude Remix of Röyksopp and Robyn's Dance Hit: LISTEN


Been looking for a more amped-up remix of Röyksopp and Robyn's dance collaboration "Do It Again"? Dave Aude dropped a remix this week which just might fit the bill.

Get your Robyn on, AFTER THE JUMP...

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