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News: Gabourey Sidibe, Otters, Earmarks, Trey Songz, PETA

 road  Mixner on Obama and LGBT rights: Situation bad, very bad.

 roadVatican slams NYT, defends Pope's handling of clergy sexual abuse cases.

Dew roadBedazzled bugs.

 roadMeanest April Fool's prank of the day.

 roadCongresswoman institutes transparency in earmarks: "This year, I am unveiling a new, transparent and open approach to how I receive, review and submit these federal funding requests: every requesting organization has been asked to make a short presentation, which has been recorded and posted online."

 roadIn the UK, gay weddings get the regimental blessing.

 roadNew blog: The Healthy Boy.

 roadGabourey Sidibe to host SNL.

 roadLeonardo DiCaprio to play J Edgar Hoover in Dustin Lance Black biopic: "The flick would follow Hoover from founding of the FBI in 1935 to his long tenure as director of the crime-fighting organization. He was reportedly a cross-dresser and a homosexual. It will be very interesting to see how Black writes that (if at all) into the script."

 road  Jennifer Hudson signs on as Weight Watchers spokesperson.

 roadA longish but strangely vague review of the new Scissor Sisters album.

Songz road  Trey Songz perspires for the April issue of Vibe.

 roadPETA head Dan Mathews grilled by the meat police: "There's just one reason I ever invite a group of men whose names I don't know into my hotel room. And I don't think you're here for that reason - or are you?"

 roadKim Zolciak and Tracy Young are no longer a couple.

 roadLevi Johnston ready to defy Palin with reality show: "Johnston, father of Bristol Palin's son, Tripp, tells eonline that his show is going to be about him and his 'closest guys' shooting the breeze in Alaska. He said it will also show him trying to get a new girlfriend. 'I haven't dated since Bristol so that is going to be in the show,' Johnston, 19, said."

 roadCher goes surfing! Ok, paddleboarding.

 roadRafael Nadal lets balls fly at his nose.

 road  Geeks: Pink Floyd's "Dark Side of the Moon" as an 8-bit masterpiece.

Ellencomic road Ellen DeGeneres comic book in stores now.

 roadNational Organization for Marriage pushing to make gay marriage a wedge issue in gubernatorial election: "The Republican contest to determine who will challenge California Sen. Barbara Boxer in the fall has focused so far on the bread-and-butter issues of the day — jobs, the economy and federal spending. That's changing as the June primary draws closer. A national group opposed to gay marriage is trying to shift the focus to that lightning rod issue in the coming weeks, putting pressure on the candidate seen as the most moderate of the three GOP challengers."

 roadThe most heartbreaking otter story of the day.

 roadLady Gaga to sing the next James Bond theme?

 roadWillacoochee: Gay couple seeks to close book on unsolved 1993 hate crime against them.

 roadD.C. marriage applications skyrocket: "Marriage applications have skyrocketed since the District started issuing licenses for same-sex couples this month, with droves of gay partners expected to relocate to the city from states where they can't tie the knot. About 1,100 marriage applications have been filed in the District since March 3, according to courthouse spokeswoman Leah Gurowitz, nearly six times the average monthly count."


News: Sarah Palin, Dave Navarro, Swedish Bus Drivers

 road Sarah Palin and Adam Lambert were both on the Tonight Show last night but the two didn't get within arm's reach of one another. According to an anonymous source, "Both camps have made it clear they have no interest in meeting backstage or on stage."

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 road Johnny Weir is still strutting his stuff on the streets of NYC.

 road Weir on being "too gay:" "There are so many kids like me, coming after me, whose parents might repress them just because they saw what they said about me, that their kids are going to turn out like me. And I think me is pretty fabulous."

 road Two men have been charged with felony hate crimes for an anti-gay attack outside of a community center in Seattle this past January. "The victim is so fearful he has stopped attending his mosque, required by his faith."

 road Cam Gigandet is even more attractive holding his baby.

 road A Catholic church in the Netherlands will give communion to gays. If they want it.

 road Dave Navarro strips for PETA.

 road A bus driver in Sweden kicked a man off of his bus not because he as offended by his exposed underwear but apparently because he was afraid he "could get turned on."

 road Argentina gets its second gay marriage.

 road Is Governor Paterson just as kinky as Eliot Spitzer?

 road Neil Patrick Harris will star in the live action big screen adaptation of The Smurfs. It's probably a much better idea than it initially sounds. 


Watch: Kellan Lutz Loves his Adopted Doggie

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Twilight star Kellan Lutz talks about his dog Kola and urges folks to adopt dogs rather than buy them, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Pressured Johnny Weir Switches to Faux Fur for Olympics

Figure skater Johnny Weir says he'll wear faux fur at the Olympics after threats of disruption from animal rights groups angry that he is defiant about its use in some of his costumes.

Said Weir: Weir "I would like to announce that due to pressures and threats from a certain animal rights group, I will be changing the genuine fox fur on my free program costume that I will use in the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver, B.C., to white faux fur. I made this decision after several threats were sent to me about disrupting my performance in the Olympic Games and my costume designer, Stephanie Handler, was repeatedly sent messages of hate and disgust. I do not want something as silly as my costume disrupting my second Olympic experience and my chance at a medal, a dream I have had since I was a kid. I hope these activists can understand that my decision to change my costume is in no way a victory for them, but a draw. I am not changing in order to appease them, but to protect my integrity and the integrity of the Olympic Games as well as my fellow competitors. Just weeks away from hitting my starting position on the ice in Vancouver, I have technique and training to worry about and that trumps any costume and any threat I may receive."

Weir angered the groups last week by defending his use of it:

"I totally get the dirtiness of the fur industry and how terrible it is to animals. But it's not something that's the No. 1 priority in my life. There are humans dying everyday. There are thousands if not millions of homeless people in New York City. Look at what just happened in Haiti. I tend to focus my energy, if there is a cause, on humans. While that may be callous and bad of me, it's my choice."


Groundhog Day: PETA Wants Punxsutawney Phil Replaced with Robot

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PETA wants Punxsutawney Phil, the internationally famous groundhog looked to for predictions of springtime, replaced by a robot:

"Gemma Vaughan, PETA's animals in entertainment specialist, fired off a letter to groundhog club president William Deeley this week, asking for his promise that the group will forgo the use of real rodents in future Groundhog Day celebrations. Little Phil, Vaughan wrote, is a pretty unhappy fellow, 'forced to be on display year round at the local library and is denied the ability to prepare for and enter yearly hibernation.' Groundhogs are typically shy creatures, Vaughan goes on to explain, and they can become easily upset when confronted by throngs of people, loud noises and camera flashes."

They want him replaced by a robot: "According to PETA executive vice president Tracy Reiman, an animatronic Phil 'would attract new and curious tourists' to Punxsutawney's annual event."

Watch Brian Williams' report on the request, AFTER THE JUMP...

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News: Kellan Lutz, PETA, Iowa, Susan Boyle, Top Gear, Jesus Luz

 roadGay bashing brawl under investigation in Clear Lake, Iowa. "A man was reportedly dancing when he was slammed to the ground and beaten by another patron who made rude references to the man’s sexual orientation. A friend of the victim then reportedly tried to pull the attacker off of him and that resulted in other patrons getting involved. Peterson described the scene as 'mayhem.'"

Churchcouple  roadBlack gay couple walk out of Mount Calvary Holy Church during anti-gay sermon: "Mack and Garrett, 32, contacted DC Agenda about their decision to walk out on Owens’ sermon and are believed to be the first gays to publicly disclose their departure from a church that activists say has a large number of closeted gay members, mostly black."

 roadSusan Boyle has new airport meltdown: "The source went on to explain that while SuBo was waiting to board a flight to Chicago, she suddenly grabbed a cleaning product out of a janitor's cart and used it as a fake microphone..."

 roadJesus Luz shows some bush.

 roadDrug resistant HIV poised for surge, self-sustaining epidemics: "When the team used the model to look into the future, it predicted a rapid upsurge in the spread of resistant strains. The model suggested that 60 per cent of the resistant strains currently circulating in San Francisco could cause "self-sustaining epidemics", says Blower, in which each infected individual spreads the resistant strain to more than one new recipient."

 road700 Club issues non-apology for Pat Robertson comments.

 roadKelis tells PETA off: "I would eat pterodactyl if you found some and you told me it was meaty and delicious."

Reed  roadDetails: High school quarterback turns lesbian filmmaker.

 roadD.C. sees second slaying of gay man in two weeks: “There is no indication at this time that this homicide occurred as a result of a hate crime."

 roadMaryland delegate introduces anti-gay bill: "Del. Emmett C. Burns Jr.'s measure would also declare that marriages between individuals of the same sex are against the public policy of the state of Maryland. The House of Delegates Judiciary Committee has rejected similar measures introduced before, which prevented the bill from going to the House floor for debate. In neighboring Washington, D.C., gay couples will likely be able to apply soon for marriage licenses. The district's City Council passed a bill last month legalizing same-sex marriage."

 roadGlee's Matthew Morrison to release debut album.


 roadDocumentary about killing of gay Liverpool teen Michael Causer to be screened at Istanbul International Film Festival: "We are all really excited that such an important film is being shown in Turkey. The international struggle for LGBT equality and acceptance is one which is the central message of this film. What happened to Michael Causer was a travesty of justice and was plainly ignored by many in the national media."

Kellan  roadKellan the Barbarian?

 roadPope defends invitation of Anglicans disaffected by gay policies to convert: "Benedict told members of the Vatican's Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith that the invitation wasn't an attack on the church's reunification efforts with other Christians but designed to help them by bringing about 'full and visible communion.'"

 roadBruce Weber's All American.

 roadBritish auto show Top Gear slammed for not allowing gay couples in studio audience: "It’s very odd, but what do you expect from pigs that grunt? Regrettably, with Jeremy Clarkson involved, it’s not surprising. The show itself is full of stereotyping of both men and women – but it’s funded by gay and lesbian licence fee cash as well as everyone else’s. Arguably, this is a breach of the Sexual Orientation Regulations 2005."


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