Kelly Osbourne plays a character inspired by Jem of Jem and the Holograms in the music video from queer electro duo Double Duchess (davO and Krylon Superstar) featuring Future People for their new "future twerk" track "Good Girl Freak Out".
The dancing in the clip, which director JB Ghuman says was inspired by strange dreams he was having, tells the tale of a couple hooking up, breaking up, and reuniting. Osborne plays their spiritual guide.
Whether or not you pick all that up from what you see, perhaps the message of Double Duchess will shine through. Says the pair in a press release: "Through our music, we ask everyone to be and tell your truth regardless of sexuality, gender, race. We don’t want any beautiful faces hidden from the world."
Army Pvt. Chelsea Manning, the U.S. intelligence analyst who made headlines in 2013 after leaking thousands of classified documents depicting abuse and torture being carried out by U.S. soldiers to WikiLeaks, recently took to The Guardian to share her thoughts on how the American military could best deal with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, colloquially known as ISIL or ISIS. They key to dismantling the jihadist group, Manning says, is to let its leaders prove how unsustainable its hypothetical caliphate would be in reality.
“Let Isis succeed in setting up a failed ‘state’ – in a contained area and over a long enough period of time to prove itself unpopular and unable to govern,” she reasons. “This might begin to discredit the leadership and ideology of Isis for good.”
Manning also points out that the U.S. isn’t doing enough to combat ISIS’s well documented and effective use of social media to spread its propagandistic messages. In addition to a physical presence within Iraq and Syria, she says the U.S. needs to “counter [ISIS’s] narrative” that the organization uses to recruit youth fighters into its ranks.
Reactions to Manning’s piece have been mixed, but generally positive. Ben Kesling, a marine Corps veteran and Wall Street Journal reporter, took issue with Manning’s logic considering her rank at the time of her dishonorable discharge.
Excerpt from Mary Cheney's keynote address at the Log Cabin Republicans 2014 Spirit of Lincoln Event: "I want to be very clear here. I am not a Republican with reservations, comfortable with some core convictions but not with others. I am not a conflicted conservative, struggling to reconcile personal views with settled principles. Sometimes you hear people speak as if freedom and equality for gay Americans requires some sort of radical departure from the ideals of the party of Lincoln. And this never fails to amaze me — because I always thought freedom and equality were the ideals of the party of Lincoln."
Following the "No" victory in the Scottish independence referendum, Scotland's political leader Alex Salmond has announced his plans to resign.
Bent-Con, one of the largest conventions celebrating LGBT geekdom and pop-culture, has kicked off its Kickstarter funding for the upcoming convention this November.
The latest New York Times poll puts support for marriage equality at 56%.
One writer's take on the HRC's "new frontier" campaign targeting the South. "Welcome to the South, but this is not a new frontier. Take some time to get to know the local communities who have been building bridges, winning and losing campaigns, and making a difference for generations. Enter these communities with humility and a beginner's mind. And please, please don't erase the rich history and culture of the queer South just because you finally started paying attention."