10/19/2014

Lance Bass and Michael Turchin Set Wedding Date

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Lance Bass and boyfriend Michael Turchin are set to tie the knot on December 20, Bass's rep tells People

Last month, the former NSYNC-er celebrated the one year anniversary of his proposal to Turchin by popping the question a second time with a new engagement ring.

Bass also told the magazine that although there will be a NSYNC reunion at the ceremony, he won't be singing, saying "I think it's a little cheesy if I sing at all at my wedding."

Posted Oct. 19,2014 at 11:15 AM EST by in Gay Wedding, Lance Bass | Permalink | Comments (12)


'Black Magic' Kentucky Sunday School Teacher Accused of Molesting Gay Teen In Attempt to 'Cure' Victim

MurphyRex Allen Murphy, a 30-year old Sunday School teacher from Kentucky has come forward and admitted to sexually abusing a teenage male student. According to Eubank Police Chief Colin Hatfield, Murphy is being charged with  sodomy, sexual assault, and use of a minor in a sexual performance.

Over the course of six months, Murphy allegedly coerced the student into compromising, sexual situations, threatening the boy with “black magic” were he to resist or attempt to tell anyone of the abuse.

"What the suspect told the victim is that if he touched his skin or shook his hand, he could tell the victim's sins from the past," Hatfield explained to the Daily News. "If the victim ever told anybody like his parents what was going on between the two, he would notify his parents of his past sins."

Leaders of the Poly Ann Church, where Murphy is said to have molested his victim on more than one occasion, have insisted that Murphy was never an actual youth pastor during his time with the church. The church is also investigating the incidents independently of the police.

Watch a WKYT news report on the developing story, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Posted Oct. 19,2014 at 10:15 AM EST by in Kentucky | Permalink | Comments (8)


Excited Dog Would Rather Play Than Hear This Weatherman's Forecast: VIDEO

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Edmonton, Alberta weatherman Mike Sobel was on double duty during a recent morning broadcast - having to simultaneously provide the weather report while also attempting to wrangle "Ripple," a 18-month-old mastiff mix on visit from a local animal shelter. 

As the video shows, Ripple was much more interested in playing tug-of-war on camera than hearing the weather forcast and, as a result, will hopefully have little trouble finding a new owner to play with now. 

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP... 

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Posted Oct. 19,2014 at 9:10 AM EST by | Permalink | Comments (6)


Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback Rallies Against Gay Marriage: VIDEO

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Kansas Governor Sam Brownback joined some 100 rally-goers in Wichita on Saturday in opposition to gay marriage and in support of the state's voter-approved anti-gay constitutional amendment. 

Back in 2005, a referendum stating marriage "shall be constituted by one man and one woman only" was approved by 70% of state voters.

The Wichita Eagle reports:

“The state of Kansas has voted on this, the people of Kansas have voted on this,” he said. “We need to keep pushing those issues and keep surging … surge forward into the election cycle.”

Brownback also used the rally — billed by the FRC as a “Standing for the American Family and Traditional Marriage” event — to marshal conservative voters for the November election.

“We need to push forward our candidates that stand for this country, that stand for faith, that stand for family, that stand for freedom,” he said. “This faith, family, freedom, that’s the name of the bus,” Brownback said, motioning toward a bus the FRC had decorated as part of its whistle-stop tour. “It’s also the name of the basic American philosophy, guys. The motto of the nation remains, ‘In God we trust.’”

HuelskampIn addition to Brownback, there were brief speeches by a number of other people, including Josh Duggar of TLC’s “19 Kids & Counting” reality TV show and 1st District U.S. Rep. Tim Huelskamp, R-Fowler, who described judicial intervention in the same-sex marriage issue as a battle, and “the battle is on,” he said.

Earlier this month, Huelskamp [pictured right] was rated one of the 19 "most anti-equality" members of Congress by the HRC.  

Watch a KSN news report on the rally and the dozen or so counter-protesters who showed up to voice support for LGBT rights, AFTER THE JUMP...

Kansas falls under the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals, which has already ruled Utah's same sex marriage ban unconstitutional. One same-sex marriage licenses has already been issued, but additional marriages have been placed on temporary hold by the state Supreme Court while it considers whether the state's gay marriage ban is unconstitutional. A hearing in the case is set for November 6. 

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Posted Oct. 19,2014 at 8:33 AM EST by in Gay Marriage, Kansas, News, Sam Brownback, Tim Huelskamp | Permalink | Comments (23)


U.S. Marine Identified, Charged in Murder of Filipina Transwoman

PembertonJoseph Scott Pemberton [pictured right] has been identified as the U.S. Marine connected to the murder of Jennifer Laude Sueselbeck, a 26 year-old transgender Filipina woman [pictured below]. Pemberton, 19, is a private first class from New Bedford, Massachusetts and a recent high school graduate. While Filipino authorities have filed murder charges against Pemberton, Marine officials have said that he will remain within U.S. custody.

"Under the Visiting Forces Agreement, the custody of the erring soldier stays with the Americans," said General Gregorio Catapang, head of the Armed Forces of the Philippines. “[This incident will] not affect our relationship with the United States.”

Though the Marines have expressed that they will coordinate with Filipino authorities, LGBT rights groups have called for a temporary suspension of the Visiting Forces Agreement to ensure that Pemberton will be held accountable.

"We call for the immediate junking of the Visiting Forces Agreement,” the Bayan Queer Caucus intoned in a written statement. “[It has] been proven to not protect the rights of the Filipino people but are in favor of protecting the U.S. troops and its imperialist power."

The Associated Press adds:

LaudePolice suspect Pemberton may have been angered when he discovered in the motel room that Laude was a transgender individual or because of an argument sparked by other reasons.

Activists have held almost daily protests demanding that the U.S. hand over Pemberton to Philippine authorities and calling for the abolition of the Visiting Forces Agreement. The agreement allows U.S. forces to join large-scale combat exercises with Filipino troops and permits the U.S. to take custody of its soldiers who run afoul of Philippine laws.

Posted Oct. 19,2014 at 8:00 AM EST by in Hate Crime, Transgender | Permalink | Comments (30)


10/18/2014

Weekend Movie: The Miraculous 'Birdman'

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Washed Up Actor vs. Difficult Thespian Round 1 in the hilarious, awesome "Birdman"  

BY NATHANIEL ROGERS 

A card in the bottom right hand of the star's mirror reads:

"A thing is a thing, not what is said of that thing."
-Susan Sontag

Which immediately complicates or maybe simplifies celebrity and art, two major themes (among a handful) of Mexican director Alejandro González Iñárritu's one of a kind new film experience. It's destined for major Oscar nominations and you should see it immediately. The movie has the simple and then complicated title of BIRDMAN, Or (THE UNEXPECTED VIRTUE OF IGNORANCE) which fits its two-faced nature perfectly. This quote is never addressed in the film but it's always stubbornly lodged there in that mirror, defying or playfully encouraging conversation about what this movie actually is. And what are reviews or after-movie conversation other than attempts to interpret and define?

Critics are often treated with petulant hostility in movies about show business, as if the filmmakers have an axe to grind and need to do that with grindstone in hand while their critical avatar/puppet hangs there limply, waiting to be struck with the sharpened blade. Birdman is no exception, immediately insulting its formidable theater critic Tabitha (Lindsay Duncan) as having a face that 'looks like she just licked a homeless man's ass,' before she's even spoken a line. But Tabitha is a slippery mark, portrayed as a voice of integrity in one scene and then a vicious unprofessional monster in another. This calls into question the reality of her scenes altogether.

Is each scene in the movie meant to be taken at face value or are plenty of them partially or fully projections of the actors, warped by their egos and neurosis. Birdman is filled with these kind of mindf*** questions while also being completely hilarious and emotionally compelling. The story revolves around a has-been movie star named Riggan Thomson who used to be very famous for playing a superhero. In the movies all-around genius casting he is played by has-been movie star Michael Keaton who used to be very famous for playing a superhero.

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Posted Oct. 18,2014 at 6:00 PM EST by in Film, Nathaniel Rogers, News, Superheroes | Permalink | Comments (12)


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