France Defends Its Openly Gay Ambassador to the Vatican


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.

Posted Apr. 16,2015 at 7:30 PM EST by in Catholic Church, France, Pope Francis, Vatican | Permalink | Comments (34)

Log Cabin Republicans Barred From Western Conservative Summit


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.

AndrewsWhile 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."

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Family Research Council Warns Gay Marriage Will Destroy Religious Freedom in New Scare Video: WATCH


A new video produced by anti-gay listed hate group Family Research Council (FRC) claims that a Supreme Court ruling striking down bans on marriage equality would jeopardize religious freedom, reports Right Wing Watch.

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. 

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Posted Apr. 16,2015 at 6:30 PM EST by in Discrimination, Family Research Council, Gay Marriage, Religion, Tony Perkins, Video, YouTube | Permalink | Comments (14)

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TIM GUNN: Reviews the crazy fashion of The Tonight Show

MAD MAX: Legacy trailer

MATT BAUME: Launches a new gay-centric podcast

TITANIC: The 8-bit recreation



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McKinney, Texas Gay Man's Front Door Vandalized With Homophobic Slur, Image: VIDEO


Shown above is the front door of Eric Arthur, a McKinney, Texas, resident who — as you can see — was the victim of an anti-gay hate crime this week. 

Arthur, who's openly gay and has lived in McKinney — a conservative distant suburb of Dallas — for the last five years, says he hasn't had any problems until now.

ArthurPolice believe it was an isolated incident, and there have been no arrests. WFAA-TV reports: 

On Tuesday morning a neighbor alerted him to something on his front door.

"Open the door and immediately feel my stomach in my chest," Arthur said. ...

"[I'm] vulnerable, scared, confused… I think every emotion I could possibly feel at the time, it was happening," Arthur said.

Arthur's neighbor, who has a gay son, told WFAA: "That is just totally uncalled for… for something so idiotic to take place."

According to WFAA, the hate crime was one of several incidents of vandalism in the neighborhood of late, including "trampled garden lighting, sprinklers, and smashed potted plants in the front yard."

"If they feel it's OK to do that to your property, what's keeping them from taking it a step further?" Arthur said.  

In all likelihood this is the work of a mischievous teen. But based on the perpetrator's apparent fascination with male genitalia, we'd suggest their issues may run deeper than prejudice. 

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Posted Apr. 16,2015 at 5:30 PM EST by in Dallas, Discrimination, Gay Rights, Hate Crime, Texas | Permalink | Comments (11)

5 Things Every Guy Should Know About Their Junk: VIDEO

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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...

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