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RoadFlordia Governor Rick Scott talks out of both sides of his mouth: "Asked about gay marriage in questioning from reporters afterward, Scott refused to support an overturn to the state's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage. He says 'people have differing views and 'what's important to me is that we don't discriminate against anybody.'"

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RoadPrince Harry busts a move while in Chile.

RoadDolly Parton performed "Jolene" at The Glastonbury Music Festival.

RoadTensions continue to escalate in Iraq as Isis declares caliphate straddling the borders of Iraq and Syria: "'We will break other borders,' a jihadist from the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (Isis) warned in the video called End of Sykes-Picot."

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RoadBefore Shia LaBeouf decided to cause a ruckus at Cabaret, he apparently got into a fight in front of a strip club

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RoadDiplo wrote a song with Maddonna called, "B-tch, I'm Madonna."

RoadStar Trek 3 director Roberto Orci open to a gay character in the next installment of the franchise: "I would like to see that...It can be part of a character and not be the whole shebang…It doesn’t’ have to be like South Park, like ‘what have we learned today.’ It can be so normalized that it just exists. I agree it can’t be shoe-horned in. And it is not necessary for it to be the whole point of the thing. It is an ensemble and there are lots of people to represent so no one point of view should hog it.”

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RoadCam Gigandet made sure to ditch the shirt on the premiere of new show Reckless last night.

RoadTilda Swinton did a Reddit AMA, proves more intriguing than ever. 

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RoadActor Meshach Taylor, perhaps most popular for his role on Designing Womenhas passed away at 67.


‘Romeo and Juliet’ Starring Orlando Bloom and Condola Rashad Opens On Broadway: REVIEW

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BY NAVEEN KUMAR

Stylish pyrotechnics, cinematic scoring, and heavy make-out sessions don’t much compensate for the lack of passion (and often, sense) in director David Leveaux’s uneven production of Romeo and Juliet, which opened on Broadway last week at the Richard Rodgers Theatre.

RJ 1Starring film heartthrob Orlando Bloom as a not-so-young Romeo and two-time Tony nominee Condola Rashad as Juliet, Leveaux’s production separates the Montague and Capulet families along racial lines.  But, aside from familial differences already evident in Shakespeare’s text—the young (in this case, black) Capulet men have hotter tempers, while their (white) Montague rivals are more into homosocial antics—the production has nothing particularly interesting to say about race or racial politics.

The show’s biggest marquis draw also happens to be its greatest weakness. From the moment he rides on stage on a motorcycle and removes his helmet to star applause (as clumsy an entrance as it is derivative of Baz Luhrman’s ubiquitous 90s film), Bloom struggles with Shakespeare’s language such that it often falls flat. Though he brings with him a certain star quality (without making sense of the play’s poetry), building a character and forming chemistry with others proves difficult.

Ms. Rashad’s wide-eyed Juliet has an emotional transparency that is by contrast refreshing and endearing, particularly in a wonderfully played balcony scene. It’s a quality that sometimes works against her when the action turns to matters of life or death, though the production rarely succeeds in raising the stakes quite that high.

RJ 3As for that heavy make out session—it dominates the lovers’ first meeting, eating up more stage time than their rushed poetic exchange and setting the tone for a relationship that feels more like an ill-advised one-night stand than a tale of star-crossed love. Stage combat that seems more like dance than the result of blind rage likewise keeps the emotional stakes simmering on low.   

With the surprising exception of Brent Carver, whose innocuous Friar Laurence makes it tempting to let fate off the hook and pin the blame on him, the rest of the company is mostly quite strong. Highlights include Roslyn Ruff’s visceral performance as an equally icy and emotional Lady Capulet, and Jayne Houdyshell’s delightful and down-to-earth turn as Juliet’s Nurse. Christian Camargo’s Mick Jagger Mercutio fits well with the production’s vaguely rock-n-roll aesthetic, though at times he seems to be rushing through some of his best material. 

RJ 4Perhaps because the rival families are distinguished by their skin color, costumes in drab, muted colors by Fabio Toblini are worn by all, in various 90s silhouettes. A larger than life pre-Renaissance Italian style fresco occupies the wall of Jesse Poleshuck’s otherwise simple set, which is at times unfortunately the most compelling thing to look at on stage.  

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Follow Naveen Kumar on Twitter: @Mr_NaveenKumar (photos:carol rosegg, richard termine)

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StarbucksThanks 6a00d8341c730253ef0168e9a58ce4970c-800wi Starbucks staffers came out today to accept a giant "Thank You" card from 640,000 supporters of SumOfUs.org, MoveOn.org and Washington United For Marriage for the coffee company's unwavering support of equality. "We are long-standing supporters of a culture of diversity, and inclusion and equality for everybody, and I'll share this with our fellow leaders....Thank you very much," said Starbucks' VP of global communications James Olsen. See more pictures here.

6a00d8341c730253ef0168e9a58ce4970c-800wi Joseph Amodeo, a member of the executive committee for the Junior Board of Catholic Charities resigned over New York Archbishop Timothy Dolan's anti-gay politics, particularly those that involve the LGBT-inclusive Ali Forney Center. "The comments that His Eminence has made regarding same-sex couples, the LGBT community in general, and his recent in-action in response to the Ali Forney Center's plea for pastoral assistance, has left me with no other choice but to resign," he wrote.

6a00d8341c730253ef0168e9a58ce4970c-800wi Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney promised supporters today that he will win the Pennsylvania primary.

BloomBiking6a00d8341c730253ef0168e9a58ce4970c-800wi A majority of Latino voters support gay folk: "On the issue of whether homosexuality should be accepted by society, a majority — 59 percent — say that it should. Just 30 percent told pollsters it should be discouraged. Those numbers line up with the general U.S. public, with 58 percent saying homosexuality should be accepted, and 33 percent saying it should be discouraged."

6a00d8341c730253ef0168e9a58ce4970c-800wi HRC's response: "So much for NOM’s plan to rally Latinos against marriage equality."

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6a00d8341c730253ef0168e9a58ce4970c-800wi Is SNL about to lose three-out-of-four of its best actors?

6a00d8341c730253ef0168e9a58ce4970c-800wi New York police are looking for two men after discovering that French scholar Richard Descoings was cruising gay sex sites before dying in a hotel room. From the always reliable NY Post: "Descoings, 53, director of the prestigious Paris Institute of Political Studies — and a friend of French President Nicolas Sarkozy — was 'really into men,' his widow told cops, according to the sources."

6a00d8341c730253ef0168e9a58ce4970c-800wi A glance at the racial and partisan reactions to Trayvon Martin's shooting death.

6a00d8341c730253ef0168e9a58ce4970c-800wi Brian Johnson, the evangelical who consistently tries to distribute Bibles at the Twin Cities' gay pride parade, is filing a lawsuit against the city for religious discrimination. "'Johnson believes that the Bible is God's word and sets out a plan of salvation for all people,' his attorney wrote in a 26-page complaint filed in U.S. District Court of Minnesota. 'Johnson believes the Bible teaches that all people are sinners and therefore deserve God's wrath, but anyone can receive salvation by believing and trusting in Jesus Christ.'"

NerdObama6a00d8341c730253ef0168e9a58ce4970c-800wi After admitting that Mitt Romney has the GOP's 2012 nomination locked up, anti-gay activist Bryan Fischer starts looking at Rick Santorum Perry in 2016: "If Obama wins on November 6, it might behoove pro-family leaders to meet with Rick Perry on November 7 and start strategizing for 2016."

6a00d8341c730253ef0168e9a58ce4970c-800wi Just in case you've been living under a rock, Barack Obama is a big nerd.

6a00d8341c730253ef0168e9a58ce4970c-800wi I hate myself for saying this, but there's something really attractive about Joe Jonas.

6a00d8341c730253ef0168e9a58ce4970c-800wi Proof that conservatives have their priorities all kinds of twisted: they're protesting living saint Desmond Tutu's forthcoming appearance at Gonzaga University.

6a00d8341c730253ef0168e9a58ce4970c-800wi Prince Harry goes shopping.

6a00d8341c730253ef0168e9a58ce4970c-800wi Horror: "A growing number of Afghan children are being coerced into a life of sexual abuse. The practice of wealthy or prominent Afghans exploiting underage boys as sexual partners who are often dressed up as women to dance at gatherings is on the rise in post-Taliban Afghanistan, according to Afghan human rights researchers, Western officials and men who participate in the abuse."

NYerMurder6a00d8341c730253ef0168e9a58ce4970c-800wi Kanye and Kim are hitting the proverbial "that."

6a00d8341c730253ef0168e9a58ce4970c-800wi If you haven't read the Ellie-nominated New Yorker article "A Murder Foretold," you should. Here's the first paragraph: "Rodrigo Rosenberg knew that he was about to die. It wasn’t because he was approaching old age—he was only forty-eight. Nor had he been diagnosed with a fatal illness; an avid bike rider, he was in perfect health. Rather, Rosenberg, a highly respected corporate attorney in Guatemala, was certain that he was going to be assassinated." It's an astonishing mystery and will soon be made into a movie.

6a00d8341c730253ef0168e9a58ce4970c-800wi Green tea and Olympic doping: "Olympic doping officials are considering whether to tweak their tests after a recent British study showed green tea might hide testosterone from the standard test used to spot it."

6a00d8341c730253ef0168e9a58ce4970c-800wi Joe Abell, the school administrator who shamed a California high school student for supporting marriage equality, apologized over loud speaker this morning.

6a00d8341c730253ef0168e9a58ce4970c-800wi North Carolina businessman Bob Page urges equality advocates to donate even more money to defeating that state's anti-gay Amendment One. "If you want to win this, understand that we have a lot more educating to do, that we need to do that on TV and radio, and that it’s going to take a lot more money.  We need everybody to dig deep and give until it hurts," he tells Pam Spaulding.


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 roadMetropolitan Museum of Art "de-gays" blockbuster Model as Muse exhibit: "Room after room is shoulder to shoulder with over seven decades of queer genius, showcasing the extraordinary visions of gay men whose simultaneous status as sidelined outsiders and ultimate insiders, dressing the planet's most visible women while their sexuality was illegal, spurred them to perpetually reinvent not only what we wear but how we live in the world. That's where art comes from and that's what the museum ignores."


News: Tori Spelling: Lambda Literary Awards, Fred Hochberg, PSB

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Lambda Literary Awards handed out in New York.

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Quincy, Massachusetts Church of the Presidents has its rainbow flag stolen for the fourth time in nine months: "The flag was stolen last August, and again last September. Two months later it was burned, and this week it was stolen yet again. It’s a symbol of the congregation’s support for equal rights for [GLBT] persons."

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Candy Spelling: Tori Spelling killed my husband.

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Mixner: On becoming a civil rights movement.

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Get a new free Pet Shop Boys song here.

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St. Petersburg, Florida vetoes unmessaged rainbow flag: "They say the flag does not meet St. Petersburg's street banner policy, which states all banners must carry a written message."

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Orlando Bloom celebrates Burberry Day!

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New Yorkers plan weekend rally to pressure state senator George Onorato, who continues to refuse to meet with his constitutents on same-sex marriage.

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T.R. Knight done with Grey's Anatomy? Looks that way.

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Mom saves the day.

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British soap EastEnders to feature gay Muslim storyline.

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Gay Times: Cristiano Ronaldo is the sexiest man alive.

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Pennsylvania court rules in favor of an accountant whose license was revoked following a hate crime conviction: "The panel, in a 2-1 ruling, ordered the board to impose a lessor punishment on Kevin Allen Ake, who was convicted of a felony in Chicago for leaving messages on the answering machine of a lesbian he believed had him kicked out of the YMCA for trying to start a Bible program."

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Fred Hochberg sworn in as 23rd president of the Export-Import Bank of the United States.

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Porn actors Damien Crosse and Francesco D'Macho get married.

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Senator David Vitter does not support the Uniting American Families Act.

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Once Upon a Time: A significant Keith Haring mural turned 20 this week.

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7 unanswered questions in the Angie Zapata murder case.

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Harrah's Casino hopes you don't boycott Nevada because of its Domestic Partner bill-vetoing governor.

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Schwarzenegger parole board appointee rejected for anti-gay comments: "Douglas Drummond, a former Long Beach City Council member, had been censured by the council for voicing support of Fidel Castro's sequestering of gays in Cuba, applauding the fact that same-sex couples don't reproduce and saying about gay political activity: 'How do we deal with it short of killing them?'"


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 roadMaryland General Assembly approves tax breaks for domestic partners: "The bill adds same-sex domestic partners to the list of family members who can inherit homes without paying taxes on that property."

 roadJohn Barrowman wants to be a dad: "We really would like to be parents. I'm extremely broody and emotional right now. I think this year will be the year Scott and I look into making something happen. We're trying to work out whether to take the adoption route or something else. he other night I went to see Jason Donovan in Priscilla Queen Of The Desert and I was in floods of tears watching the scenes between him and his son."

 roadTrue Blood is on its way back to Bon Temps.

Devera  roadTrans drag performer murdered in Fayetteville, North Carolina.

 roadNew Archbishop of England and Wales Vincent Nichols on gay relationships: ""I will always be happy as a guide to stick with Pope Benedict..Homosexuality - is it a sin? Homosexuality is not a sin. A person who is of a homosexual orientation is as worthy and as dignified as anybody else and one of the things I regret about our society is that it tends to identify people by their sexual orientation and that is a diminishing of a person. "Nobody should be put in a box because of their sexuality."

 roadDemocracy Now: Somali piracy originally began because of illegal fishing and toxic dumping by Western ships off the coast.

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 roadIsaac Mizrahi is a slob: "It takes a lot of effort for me to look this put together. If I had my way, I would sit on the couch all day and eat ice cream and go to pieces with my dogs because that is the ultimate luxury to sit and watch TV with one's dogs. I don't get time enough to do that. My boyfriend thinks I'm a little nuts because that's all I want to do on my time off and he's bored with that. He wants to go to India or something, but I'm not doing that, it's too late for India.""


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