09/19/2014

Double Duchess and Kelly Osbourne in 'Good Girl Freak Out': VIDEO

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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."

Check it out, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Posted Sep. 19,2014 at 7:40 PM EST by in Kelly Osbourne, Music, Music Video, News | Permalink | Comments (2)


Chelsea Manning Breaks Silence, Speaks Out On ISIS

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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.

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Posted Sep. 19,2014 at 6:40 PM EST by in Afghanistan, Chelsea Manning, Iraq, Syria | Permalink | Comments (32)


Boy George Talks The Best Songs Of 1984 - VIDEO

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Famous for his spats with other 80s pop stars, Boy George was in a good mood when he popped into Rolling Stone to chat about their list of the 100 best singles of 1984, he was surprisingly positive.

Bruce Springsteen’s Born In the U.S.A? - "It was so American and so rousing!"

U2’s Pride? - "They were just amazing, amazing."

Maybe not so much on Wham! though - "When George Michael came along I was like, 'He's called George? That's not allowed!"

Watch George on “the year of more" and the video for King of Everything from his last album This Is What I Do, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Posted Sep. 19,2014 at 6:10 PM EST by in Bruce Springsteen, George Michael, Music, Music Video, U2, YouTube | Permalink | Comments (7)


Ugandan Gay Rights Activist Recommended For Asylum In The U.S. - VIDEO

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Immigration officials are recommending that the U.S. grant asylum to John Abdallah Wambere, a prominent gay rights activist in Uganda who lives in fear of death threats and repression at home, reports The Boston Globe.

Wambere arrived from Uganda on February 21 on a temporary visa, three days before Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni signed off on his country’s new law punishing gay sex and the “promotion of homosexuality” with life imprisonment.

US Citizenship and Immigration Services issued a letter on September 11th recommending Wambere for asylum, although final approval is still pending a mandatory background check.

Wambere said he has been evicted, arrested three times, beaten unconscious and has received anonymous death threats, including in 2011, after gay rights leader David Kato was bludgeoned to death.

Although Uganda’s constitutional court in August overturned the country’s anti-gay laws on technical grounds, some lawmakers have vowed to refile the overturned bill.

According to Allison Wright, one of Wambere’s lawyers at GLAAD:

“The antigay sentiment has just been rising and rising over the years. Just because the act is gone doesn’t mean that hostility is not there. That hostility is very much still alive.”

In an interview earlier this week, Wambere hailed the decision and vowed to continue advocating for gay rights in Uganda from abroad.

“I’m so excited; I’m overwhelmed. I felt like standing on the streets and shouting out to the whole world.”

On adjusting to life in Massachusetts, he said he had been shocked at the sight of a gay couple openly holding hands on Boston Common:

“To me, it was amazing. Nobody cared about it. Even they themselves were not even freaking out.”

Watch an interview with Wambere and a report on the asylum case, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Posted Sep. 19,2014 at 5:40 PM EST by in Asylum, Gay Rights, Law - Gay, LGBT, Uganda, Video, YouTube, Yoweri Museveni | Permalink | Comments (7)


Towleroad Guide to the Tube #1621

UNNECESSARY CENSORSHIP: Jimmy Kimmel's weekly tribute to the FCC.

BILLY CRYSTAL: Pays tribute to his dear friend Robin Williams.

WHITE COLLAR: The fifth and final season of Matt Bomer as former con-man Neal Caffrey.

SHEEP VS TABLE: The sheep wins.

  

   

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Posted Sep. 19,2014 at 4:40 PM EST by in Towleroad Guide to the Tube | Permalink | Comments (0)


News: Beyoncé, Bent-Con, Home Depot, Fox News, ISIS, Chick-fil-A

Road Beyoncé apparently has Baby No. 2 on the way

CheneyRoad 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."

Road Following the "No" victory in the Scottish independence referendum, Scotland's political leader Alex Salmond has announced his plans to resign

Road 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. 

Road The latest New York Times poll puts support for marriage equality at 56%.

Road 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." 

ChileRoad Chilean clothing company accused of removing a same-sex kiss from its ad. 

Road Michael Sam is making progress on the Dallas Cowboys practice squad, according to defensive line coach Rod Marinelli.

Road Philadelphia residents sound off on the city's anti-gay attack last Saturday. 

Road Home Depot's card breach has but some 56 million credit and debit cards at risk for cybertheft - much worse than Target's 40 million compromised cards last year. 

Road Unreleased duet between Freddie Mercury and Michael Jackson to be included in Queen's upcoming album due out in November. 

Road A man has been arrested in connection with the massive wildfire burning thousands of acres across California. 

Road Walter Woon, the former Attorney General of Singapore, says he is in favor of repealing the country's anti-homosexuality law. 

Yoweni-Museveni-244x300Road Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni is finding it difficult to secure lodging in Texas for an upcoming business meeting with oil and gas executives. 

Road Fox News is upset Bill Maher called the network out for polarizing the nation. 

Road Report: The Mormon Church may have abused its tax-exempt status with its anti-gay campaigns in 2000 and 2008. 

Road Sam Smith isn't interested in limiting his audience. "I want to reach everyone, gay people, lesbians, transsexuals, straight people, Catholics, anyone.”

Road Joan Rivers has returned from the grave to endorse the new iPhone 6. 

Road Congress has given final approval to President Obama's plan for training and arming Syrian rebels to battle ISIS. 

Road A West Texas man paid $1,000 to pick up the tab for 88 diners at a Chick-fil-A this week. 

 

Posted Sep. 19,2014 at 3:40 PM EST by in News | Permalink | Comments (19)


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