In January the French government nominated Laurent Stefani, an openly gay man, to serve as France’s ambassador to the Vatican. Before being considered for the position Stefani acted as chief of protocol to François Hollande. He had also previously served in a senior role within France’s Vatican embassy, though not as its official ambassador.
Stefani’s nomination was swiftly confirmed by the French cabinet on January 5th, but his official appointment has been held up by a slow to respond Vatican. Typically this confirmation process takes about a month or so to complete. In the three months since Stefani’s appointment, the Vatican has yet to acknowledge France’s decision, a move that many are interpreting as an implicit rejection of the ambassador’s credentials. It’s believed that the Vatican is stonewalling Stefani because of his sexuality.
"France has chosen its ambassador to the Vatican,” affirmed Stephane Le Foll, a governmental spokesperson. “This choice was Stefanini and that remains the French proposal."
Stefani is the second openly gay ambassador the French government has attempted to appoint as its representation to the Vatican. In 2007 the Vatican rejected Jean-Loup Kuhn-Delforge (pictured right) another gay would-be ambassador, in a similar fashion by flat out refusing to recognize his appointment. After months of radio silence the French cabinet was forced to put forth a straight alternate who was later accepted by the Vatican. The French government has not announced whether it intends to select an alternate this time around.
The Log Cabin Republicans are being shut out of this year’s Western Conservative Summit that’s set to take place in Denver this summer. Every year big names in the far-right gather for the three-day summit to hob-knob, strategize, and forge political relationships with one another. The Centennial Institute, a notable conservative think tank, is responsible for sponsoring the event. The Log Cabin intended on setting up a booth in the Summit’s usual event space where they planned to advocate for marriage equality and other queer, conservative causes.
While the Summit is willing to host the Log Cabin in a non-official capacity, its organizers are apparently unwilling to associate themselves with the group on moral grounds. "We'd love to have them attend the summit and be in the discussion,” explained John Andrews (pictured), president of the Centennial Institute. "But we have to draw the line at a formal relationship between two organizations with diametrically opposed policy beliefs."
Leadership from within the Log Cabin Republicans expressed shock at The Centennial Institute’s decision to exclude them from their gathering. That sort of behavior, insisted Colorado Log Cabin VP Alexander Hornaday, speaks to a general shortsightedness within the GOP. "What turns young people off from the right is a perception that the right is intolerant or anti-gay,” said Hornaday. “This reinforces that perception."
Highlighting cases in Oregon and Washington where businesses were sued for violating state non-discrimination laws, the video - made with Rick Santorum’s film company EchoLight Studios - warns that same-sex marriage would undermine the separation of church and state.
Narrator and FRC leader Tony Perkins argues that such cases will lead to a scary future in which the government will infringe on the rights of religious people in order to promote LGBT equality. With guest appearances by Santorum and Mike Huckabee.
As gay men, we usually pride ourselves on having a deep intimate knowledge about the male body. Being men logically holds that we’d know a thing or two about the ins and outs of our own physiology, right? The thing is, though, men are notoriously bad about dealing with basic health needs and a lot of what we assume to be true about our bodies is based on false assumptions.
Take morning wood, for example. Most guys would be quick to attribute their early morning erections to pressure from a heavy bladder. According to a number of doctors that Buzzfeed consulted for this handy video, however, the real reason we wake up a little stiffer than usual is much more complicated.
Find out the origin of morning wood and four other “Things Men Should Know About Their Bodies” AFTER THE JUMP...