10/23/2014

Gay Men's Chorus Poster Vandalized In Capitol Hill Office Building

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A Gay Men's Chorus of Washington poster was vandalized this week in the Longworth House Office Building Cafeteria on Capitol Hill - the first incident of its kind in recent memory according to Executive Director Chase Maggiano.

The poster, which advertises the group's upcoming Holiday Concert, was vandalized with the word "Fag's" in marker. Someone attempted to cross it out, but the slur is still visible. 

In an email to Towleroad, GMCW Director of Marketing Craig Cipollini wrote:

"We’re not sure, but it looks like it happened Tuesday evening or late Tuesday afternoon. A friend of a chorus member saw it Wednesday morning when he got to work and notified us then. The poster is still up, and we will be getting a replacement poster over there later this week. Police were not contacted, but a Chorus member who works on the Hill notified the CAO [Chief Administrative Office]"

Said Maggiano:

"Sometimes we hear stories of bullying and vandalism at the area high schools we visit, but it's pretty surprising to see this happen on Capitol Hill. This tells us that we still have equality work to do right in our own backyard."

Previously, "HRC Compiles 'Hall of Shame' List, Outs 19 Least LGBT-Friendly Members of Congress" [tlrd]

Posted Oct. 23,2014 at 1:32 PM EST by in Washington DC | Permalink | Comments (22)


The OXD Mirror: New Music by Jacques Renault & The Emperor Machine, PJU & Robert Owens, Deejay Deer, and more

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BY OCCUPY THE DISCO / TAD HAES

A few weeks ago, when I first stumbled upon the names of local favorite Jacques Renault and British producer The Emperor Machine together, I could tell something great was on the way. Luckily for us, the wait is over and their work together is out. Hear the snippet of their new track below, and head to XLR8R for a free stream of the full EP.

Jacques Renault feat. The Emperor Machine: ‘I Like It’

The collaborative track, 'I Like It,'  is the opener of Jacques Renault’s brand new EP, Out of Sync, which releases next week. It combines the house grooves from Jacques’ production with the outstanding analog synth work of Andy Meecham, the man behind The Emperor Machine and member of Chicken Lips. The result is a powerhouse track for late night moments on the dancefloor.

More hot new tracks, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Posted Oct. 23,2014 at 1:07 PM EST by in Music Recommendations, Occupy the Disco, Tad Haes | Permalink | Comments (3)


Taylor Swift Applauds Gay Fan's Grindr Promotion of New Album '1989'

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Maybe it was a joke, or maybe Taylor Swift's success simply has no bounds. Whatever the case may be, Tumblr user 'ughstory' posted a screenshot (above) of his Grindr conversation-turned-album promotion for the young pop singer (with caption: "Honestly why am I single..."), and Taylor took notice. 

Take 40 reports:

Once Taylor saw this, she reblogged the image and wrote "CANT (sic) STOP LAUGHING. I Will be applauding you for decades to come for this."

This story comes one day after Taylor went to #1 on iTunes in Canada after releasing 8 seconds of white noise.

Is this just the beginning of a new form of advertisement? Will Grindr be overrun with T-Swift fans? Only time will tell...

Posted Oct. 23,2014 at 12:37 PM EST by in Gay Media, Gay Stories, Grindr, Music, News, Taylor Swift | Permalink | Comments (4)


Arkansas Supreme Court Sets November 20 Hearing Date For Challenge to State's Gay Marriage Ban

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The Arkansas Supreme Court has set November 20th as the date it will hear arguments concerning a challenge to the state's gay marriage ban, Buzzfeed's Chris Geidner reports:

The scheduling coincides with a separate case challenging Arkansas' gay marriage ban that be heard by a federal judge that day. 

A hearing for summary judgement in Montana's gay marriage battle is also scheduled for November 20th. 

Posted Oct. 23,2014 at 12:12 PM EST by in Arkansas, Gay Marriage, News | Permalink | Comments (3)


Lisa Kudrow Thinks Gay Men Are 'Superior Beings,' Praises Their Appreciation Of 'The Comeback'

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Lisa Kudrow aka Phoebe Buffay aka Valerie Cherish recently spoke with PrideSource about the renewed second season of her cult classic comedy The Comeback. It seems that Ms. Kudrow holds the belief that homosexuals may be the most mentally and physically exceptional humans on earth. Maybe that's why they are so drawn to Valerie's exceptionally uncomfortable and humorous shenanigans...

Frontiers LA reports:

“The people I work with are gay. I don't know who I'm going to offend by leaving them out, but I need to say that I think gay men are superior beings in my mind. I do believe that.

It's all so tricky. I studied biology and the brains are anatomically different. They just are. There's a stronger connection with the corpus callosum (in gay men). The two sides of the brain communicate better than a straight man's, and I think that has to be really important. They're not women - they're still men - and women also have thicker corpus callosums, so I think it's the combination of those qualities that makes them like a superhuman to me.”

Kudrow offered an explanation for The Comeback's gay fanbase, too, citing the constant difficulties they face as a hot button minority in today's society.

“I was watching Will & Grace once and there was this hilarious episode where Karen's at a theater and she throws her flask and it hits someone in the head, and there's this joke that gay men wouldn't care ‘cause, ‘Eh, all in a day.’ (Laughs) Getting, like, smacked with something is ‘all in a day.’ So I wonder if that's what it is - because Valerie gets, you know, humiliated - or humiliates herself - all the time. And it's like, ‘Yeah, well, that's the world.’” 

Leave it to Kudrow (or is it Cherish?) to make light of the embarassing and upsetting moments in life. But hey, maybe getting through all of that is what makes the LGBTQ community "superhuman," huh? Kudrow (in character as Cherish) may get a chance to bring that insight to RuPaul's Drag Race, too; she's been offered a guest judge position for next season:

“You know, I've been asked to, but I don't know how Valerie works on a talk show or as a judge. I don't know. I'm thinking about it. I'm trying to figure out how it works. I don't wanna say no!

(Laughs) But she could say all kinds of - I don't know what we're allowed to [say on Drag Race]. I mean, she's indelicate and gets things wrong and, you know, I don't know how offensive she's gonna be.”

Check out the full interview here

Get ready for The Comeback season two, beginning November 9th.

Posted Oct. 23,2014 at 11:47 AM EST by in Gay Media, Gay Stories, Lisa Kudrow, News | Permalink | Comments (21)


Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Meredith Vieira Play 'Slime the Mime' - VIDEO

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Jesse Tyler Ferguson stopped by Meredith Vieira's show yesterday to take part in the "Slime the Mime" challenge to see who could best guess a set of clues acted out by a mime. Per the rules, the loser of the competition would then get "slimed" with a bucket of green goop.

For the sit-down portion of the segment, Ferguson shared how his marriage to Justin Mikita has impacted his life while Meredith surprised him with a sexy gift.

See who gets slimed and watch the interview, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Posted Oct. 23,2014 at 11:22 AM EST by in Jesse Tyler Ferguson | Permalink | Comments (0)


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