03/03/2015

'The Fosters' Features Same-Sex Kiss Between Two 13-Year-Olds, Possibly Youngest In US TV History: VIDEO

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Last night's episode of ABC Family's The Fosters saw a same-sex kiss between thirteen-year-old boys Jude and Connor, which may be the youngest same-sex kiss ever to be seen on US television. Executive Producer and show creator Peter Paige (whom you may recall from Queer As Folk) tweeted about the kiss, the history it made and how the moment shared between Jude and Connor (or #Jonnor as their social media fans know them) captures the "exquisite torture" of falling for someone in Jr. High and not being sure if that love is unrequited or not:

#Jonnor fans were not shy in sharing their elation over the kiss. 

The tension between Jude and Connor had been building for sometime on the show, as BuzzFeed notes. Jude is one of five children that live with a lesbian couple that have built a family composed of five biological, adopted and foster children. Jude and Connor first grew close when Connor wore nail polish to school to show solidarity with Jude who had been bullied for painting his nails. 

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Things got a little more intense when the two went on a camping trip, sharing a tent and doing something that was vaguely referred to by Jude as "something that was wrong...I guess." Then, the pair upped the cuteness factor by interlocking pinkies whilst watching a movie (flanked by girls, sadly).

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But all of this became too much for poor love-stricken Jude who finally confronted Connor about what happened that night in the tent in the woods and everything that had been building since:

“You kissed me! Remember? In the tent? And then at the movie theatre you held my hand. And now all day you’ve been…I just… I don’t get this. I don’t get you.”

And then, Connor took matters into his own hands and the kiss happened. Watch for yourself, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Posted Mar. 3,2015 at 10:05 AM EST by in Kiss, News, Peter Paige, Television | Permalink | Comments (31)


Russell Tovey Apologizes for Saying He's Glad He Never Became 'Really Effeminate' or a 'Tapdancing Freak'

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Looking actor Russell Tovey apologized earlier today on Twitter for heavily-criticized remarks he made in an interview with The Guardian earlier this week.

Tovey talked about growing up on stage and the role his father played in his coming out process:

"I was so envious of everyone who went to Sylvia Young Theatre School. I wanted to go but my dad flat-out refused. He thought I’d become some tapdancing freak without qualifications. And he was right in a way. I’m glad I didn’t go. That might have changed…I feel like I could have been really effeminate, if I hadn’t gone to the school I went to. Where I felt like I had to toughen up. If I’d have been able to relax, prance around, sing in the street, I might be a different person now. I thank my dad for that, for not allowing me to go down that path. Because it’s probably given me the unique quality that people think I have.”

Tovey's remarks set off a firestorm on social media by people who saw them as 'femmephobic'.

Tovey took to Twitter overnight and apologized, saying his remarks were misunderstood:

"I surrender. You got me. I'm sat baffled and saddened that a mis- fired inarticulate quote of mine, has branded me worst gay ever...If you feel I have personally let you down, I'm sorry, that was never my intention...I'm proud to be who I am and proud for others We're in this together, I want you to know whatever you think I meant, I didn't...I'm gonna ride this out, and one day we will all look back on this moment with a half smile of fascination and amusement...Until that day I'm gonna carry on being me #lowersflag x"

Posted Mar. 3,2015 at 9:39 AM EST by in Looking, News, Russell Tovey | Permalink | Comments (92)


Watch Jon Stewart Cripple WWE Wrestler Seth Rollins With a Kick to the Groin: VIDEO

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A war of words between WWE wrestler Seth Rollins and Daily Show host Jon Stewart has been building over recent weeks and finally came to blows on WWE'S Monday Night Raw last night.

Follow taunts earlier in February from Rollins...

“I am the most talented performer in the entire world. I can do whatever I want, whenever I want and there’s nobody or nothing that can stop me. Hell, if I wanted, I could become president. I’m not even old enough to run for office. Or you know, I could take over as host of “The Daily Show” for Jon Stewart and make that thing actually watchable.”

And a response from Stewart followed by Rollins' crashing of the Daily Show, the two finally met in the arena last night and Stewart showed Rollins who was the bigger man.

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Posted Mar. 3,2015 at 9:19 AM EST by in Jon Stewart, Seth Rollins, Wrestling | Permalink | Comments (15)


Hillary Clinton Under Fire For Exclusively Using Personal E-Mail Address While Secretary of State

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According to the State Department Hillary Clinton handled the majority of her digital communications using her own personal e-mail address while serving as Secretary of State. The discovery was made after the Clinton team shared thousands of her governmental correspondences with the State Department in accordance with the Federal Records Act. Though it doesn’t appear as if Clinton’s e-mail was ever compromised, there is no way of knowing the steps that the former Secretary of State took to protect the account other than using a password.

“Personal emails are not secure,” National Security Archive director Thomas Blanton explained to The New York Times. “Senior officials should not be using them.”

Federal law dictates that all officials of Clinton’s ranking are required to use their government-issued e-mail addresses that, in addition to being highly protected, are collected and maintained as a matter of record keeping.

“I can recall no instance in my time at the National Archives when a high-ranking official at an executive branch agency solely used a personal email account for the transaction of government business,” said Jason Baron, the National Archives and Records Administration’s former director of litigation.

Baron went on to lambast Clinton's use of her personal email during her tenure at State:

“It is very difficult to conceive of a scenario — short of nuclear winter — where an agency would be justified in allowing its cabinet-level head officer to solely use a private email communications channel for the conduct of government business.” 

Though Clinton’s use of a personal e-mail account comes across as a somewhat unorthodox (and perhaps unwise) she isn’t the first high-level official to maintain a person account. Her decision to forego officially sanctioned channels of communication entirely, however, is unprecedented. What penalties, if any, Clinton will face are unclear.

Posted Mar. 3,2015 at 8:51 AM EST by in Hillary Clinton, News | Permalink | Comments (24)


Tops and Bottoms: Power Ranking 'RuPaul's Drag Race' 07x01 — RECAP

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Welcome back, hunties! Tighten your seatbelts, Drag Racers, because we've got 14 new queens and a new judging panel, including former Queer Eye style guru Carson Kressley and TV personality Ross Mathews. And if that's not gay enough, Kathy Griffin is tonight's guest judge!

Tonight's episode was a little bit fashion week and a little bit flashin' week. So, if you're ready to show a little skinsuit, unclasp those pearls, and click on to see how the queens are sizing up based on their fashions, performance and my own personal bias, AFTER THE JUMP ...

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Posted Mar. 3,2015 at 8:19 AM EST by in Carson Kressley, Drag Queens, Ross Mathews, RuPaul, Television | Permalink | Comments (12)


Charlotte, NC City Council Rejects LGBT Non-Discrimination Ordinance in 6-5 Vote: VIDEO

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After hours of contentious debate, much of it centered around the use of bathrooms by transgender citizens, the Charlotte, North Carolina City Council voted down several LGBT non-discrimination ordinances, the Charlotte Observer reports:

Before the final vote, council members had removed the section of the ordinance that would have allowed transgender people to use the bathroom of the gender they identify with. That issue drew the most vigorous opposition from dozens of speakers.

“All over the world, there are restrooms for men and restrooms for women,” said Driggs, a Republican. “It does not place an unreasonable burden on them and it does not stigmatize them.”

But even with the bathroom portion removed, council remained divided. Several council members had said they were opposed to removing that part, which would also have applied to locker rooms and showers, because it weakened the ordinance.

Q Notes adds:

The 6-5 vote is the second time in two decades that Charlotte has rejected LGBT-inclusive protections. LGBT advocates are condemning the vote.

...If passed, Charlotte would have become the first city in North Carolina to pass LGBT-inclusive public accommodations and other protections. Other ordinances proposed for amending — adding marital status, familial status, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression — included commercial contracting, passenger vehicles for hire and regulations for the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Community Relations Committee.

Watch a report from WSOCTV, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Posted Mar. 3,2015 at 8:04 AM EST by in Charlotte, Discrimination, News, North Carolina | Permalink | Comments (18)


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