12/21/2014

Lance Bass and Michael Turchin Tie the Knot!

Bass
(instagram)

After three years together, Lance Bass and Michael Turchin officially exchanged vows last night at the Park Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles. 

People reports:

Wedding planner Sharon Sacks – who did Kim Kardashian and Kanye West's nuptials – produced a unique ceremony with a wedding party that included supermodel flower girls and the couple's three dogs, but also incorporated classic traditions from Bass's southern Baptist upbringing and Turchin's Jewish heritage. 

Bass says the approximately 300 guests – including Lisa Vanderpump and Bass's former 'NSYNC bandmates JC Chasez,Joey Fatone and Chris Kirkpatrick – were asked to come dressed as though they were attending "a royal wedding but at the Met Ball." 

Justin Timberlake is currently on tour and was unable to attend.

E! will be ariing a 90-minute special on the ceremony, Lance Loves Michael: The Lance Bass Wedding, on February 5. 

Congrats gents!

Posted Dec. 21,2014 at 8:00 AM EST by in Gay Wedding, Lance Bass | Permalink | Comments (18)


12/20/2014

Anti-Gay Pastors Launch Effort To Repeal LGBT Non-discrimination Ordinance In Plano, Texas

Plano

Last week we reported that a Houston-based anti-LGBT group planned a petition drive to repeal the non-discrimination ordinance passed by the Plano City Council earlier this month. 

Now, opponents of the ordinance have launched a website, PlanoEqualRights.com, dedicated to gathering signatures to place the ordinance on the ballot.

A group of 80 pastors opposed to the ordinance reportedly held an emergency meeting this week at Plano's Prestonwood Baptist Church, an evangelical megachurch that's also known as "Six Flags Over Jesus." 

The Houston-based Texas Pastor Council, led by anti-gay bigot Dave Welch (pictured below), reports

WelchDr. Jack Graham, Senior Pastor of Prestonwood opened the meeting with full support of the effort, calling the city’s rapid vote (same night as the first hearing) “doing business in darkness”.  He expressed appreciation for TXPC Executive Director Dave Welch taking the initiative to organize the pastor meeting as well as the stand of the Houston pastors.

Jeff Mateer of Liberty Institute gave a legal analysis of why the Plano ordinance and others like it are a direct offense against First Amendments of religious belief, expression and “free exercise”. Dave Welch then closed the meeting with the “how to” of the referendum petition process.  He explained that since Plano and Houston City Charter requirements for qualifying a referendum are nearly identical, the critical steps of signature gathering and having notarized are likewise the same so they could benefit from our experience.

Of course, the group's petition in Houston was rejected by the city due to invalid signatures, resulting in a lawsuit. According to the Texas Pastor Council, the Plano petition will need 3,822 signatures by Jan. 20 to qualify for the ballot. 

The repeal website, under the banner "Plano Citizens United: Equal Rights For All/Special Rights For None," hilariously contains a typo in the First Amendment (above) and states:

Under Plano's new "Equal Rights Ordinance" (ERO) anything any business owner or employee says or does to another person regarding the person's gender, sexuality, or "identity" may be a CRIME.  Plano now CRIMINALIZES Christians', Jews', Muslims', and others' beliefs about men and women.  City bureaucrats will determine whether citizens' statements and actions are "unjust".  This policy subjects citizens to CRIMINAL SANCTIONS for our beliefs on topics affecting much of human interaction and is a direct threat to our freedoms of both speech and religion!

Meanwhile, the Plano ordinance continues to draw heavy criticism from transgender advocates, due to exemptions for nonprofit organizations as well as for restrooms and similar facilities.

The Transgender Education Network of Texas said in a press release this week:

We, the staff and board of Transgender Education Network of Texas are of mixed reaction in regard to news in Plano, Texas about the passage of a NonDiscrimination ordinance. On the one hand, taking steps towards treating all city employees in a fair and just manner based on merits rather than preconceived ideas and prejudice is an act worthy of respect. On the other hand, implementing provisions into that same ordinance allowing nonprofits to continue practicing bigotry in providing services severely undercuts any advance possibly made. ...

We are left wondering, what is the real intent of Plano's NonDiscrimination ordinance? To look good on paper, but really do nothing or to just disguise better the injustice already being done?  

UPDATE: Check out this hateful flier that opponents of the ordinance have been posting on residents' doors: 

Flier

Posted Dec. 20,2014 at 4:30 PM EST by in Dallas, Discrimination, Gay Rights, Texas, Transgender | Permalink | Comments (24)


Last Night's 'Home for the Holidays' CBS Special Featured a Gay Family for the First Time: VIDEO

Valenza-gee

Last night's Home for the Holidays was notable not only because it helped shine a light on some of the more than 400,000 children in our nation's foster care system, but also because it was the first time the long-running CBS special featured an adoption story involving a gay couple. 

Rich Valenza's life was forever changed after he met 5-year-old Zack and his 4-year-old sister, Emmary. Later, Rich met his life partner Jared Gee and the four are now a loving family. 

Check out the heartwarming segment on the Valenza-Gee family, AFTER THE JUMP...

And for more information on how you can help a child in need this holiday season, visit the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption website here

Continue reading "Last Night's 'Home for the Holidays' CBS Special Featured a Gay Family for the First Time: VIDEO"

Posted Dec. 20,2014 at 3:30 PM EST by in Gay Adoption | Permalink | Comments (7)


Gay Iconography: Pee-Wee's Big Holiday Adventure

Peeweechristmas

If there’s a case to be made for nurture versus nature, I’d have to cop to Pee-Wee’s Playhouse Christmas Special playing at least a small role in my personal little gay development. The primetime special, initially aired December 1988, is some of the greatest — and gayest — holiday TV of all time. Now, as of this week, the special (along with the rest of the Pee-Wee’s Playhouse series) is available on Netflix to delight a whole new generation.

For a children’s program, it was an incredibly unique world, blending retrofuturist glitz with absurdist humor, a richly diverse cast, and a touch of morality. “I’m just trying to illustrate that it's okay to be different — not that it's good, not that it's bad, but that it's all right,” Reubens told Rolling Stone about the series. “I’m trying to tell kids to have a good time and to encourage them to be creative and to question things.”

Pee-Wee’s Playhouse Christmas Special, written by Paul Reubens and John Paragon, follows Pee-Wee (Reubens) as he preps the playhouse for the holidays. The special doesn’t find Pee-Wee visited by ghosts of Christmas past, present or future, but it does feature more gay icons than the last three New Now Next Awards combined. There are appearances from Annette Funicello, Grace Jones, k.d. lang, Dinah Shore, Oprah, Whoopi Goldberg, Cher, and many more alongside playhouse regulars like Laurence Fishburne (Cowboy Curtis) and S. Epatha Merkerson as Reba.

Don your gay apparel and relax with some of our favorite clips, AFTER THE JUMP

Continue reading "Gay Iconography: Pee-Wee's Big Holiday Adventure"

Posted Dec. 20,2014 at 2:30 PM EST by in Cher, Gay Iconography, Grace Jones, kd lang, Paul Reubens, Television | Permalink | Comments (13)


The Girls of 'RuPaul's Drag Race' Dish on What it Means to Be a Drag Queen in New Documentary - VIDEO

Drag

This is Drag is an upcoming behind-the-scenes documentary on the lives of drag queens. Written, produced, and directed by Mark Kenneth Woods, the film looks at "performance, glamor, fame, family, love and sacrifice as some of the world’s most renowned drag queens come together for World Pride in Toronto."

Starring Bianca Del Rio, Adore Delano, Courtney Act, Darienne Lake, Alyssa Edwards, and Shangela.

Check out the new trailer, AFTER THE JUMP...

Drag2

Continue reading "The Girls of 'RuPaul's Drag Race' Dish on What it Means to Be a Drag Queen in New Documentary - VIDEO"

Posted Dec. 20,2014 at 1:34 PM EST by in Drag Queens, Film | Permalink | Comments (6)


A Look Back At the Craziest Michele Bachmann Moments in Congress - VIDEO

Michelle bachmann

With the 113th U.S. Congress adjourned, Michele Bachmann is finally stepping down from her role as conductor of the congressional crazy train. She's leaving behind some big heels to fill, but Marcus will probably be more than happy to go shoe shopping with her once she's settled back down in Minnesota. And besides, we still have Louie Gohmert in Congress - the guy who thinks gay rights advocates are Nazis and is wayyy too familiar with the sex lives of caribou.

But this is Michele's moment, so lets take a look back at some of the biggest flubs, lies, and nuttiness that Crazy Eyes sprinkled throughout Washington over the past nine years.

Watch the compilation clips, AFTER THE JUMP.... 

Marcus

Continue reading "A Look Back At the Craziest Michele Bachmann Moments in Congress - VIDEO"

Posted Dec. 20,2014 at 12:47 PM EST by in Michelle Bachmann | Permalink | Comments (15)


Enjoy Towleroad? Great!

Follow us on your favorite networks, and consider sharing or "liking" a post a week. It's helpful and appreciated.




Trending