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Portuguese Parliament Blocks Bill Allowing Gays To Adopt

PortugalDespite widespread support the left-leaning Socialist party, a bill that would have allowed gay couples to adopt children has been defeated in Portugal’s Parliament. Versions of the law were submitted by the Green, Left Block, and Socialist parties, but the bill that was up for debate this past week was narrowly ousted by a slim 30 votes.

The entire Parliamentary body is composed of 220 representatives. Provisions preventing gay people from adopting children were written into a 2010 law that finally allowed gay couples to marry. 

Two Loggerhead Turtles Released After 30 Years in Captivity: VIDEO


Touché and Daisy, two Loggerhead sea turtles who spent more than 30 years in captivity, two of them in rehabilitation at the Lisbon Oceanarium, were released back into the sea this week.

Loggerheads are an endangered species, protected by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature.

Touché, a 40-year-old turtle, was 90 pounds when brought to the Oceanarium and today is 142, while Daisy was 75 pounds and today is 91. They had been living in a restaurant aquarium after being separately caught in fishing line off the Portuguese and Moroccan coasts, respectively. The Oceanarium's rehabilitation process included weaning them off both a hand-feeding routine to which they had become accustomed and also the constant presence of people.

The turtles, which are the world's largest hard-shelled turtle, have a life expectancy of 80 years. Bravo!


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Epic Advertisement For Gay Portuguese Film Festival Glams Up 'Braveheart': VIDEO


Mel Gibson and his warriors may have worn a lot of makeup in "Braveheart," but you've never seen a bunch of Scots glammed up quite like this! 

The Queer Lisboa Film Festival, running from September 20-28th, has produced a loud and proud advertisement, titled "Pride Heart," that parodies Gibson's famous pre-battle speech. But this time, there are a lot more feathers. 

Buzzfeed reports:

Every September, Lisbon hosts Queer Lisboa, “the sole Portuguese Film Festival dedicated exclusively to screening gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and transsexual themed films.”

And every year, for several years now, Queer Lisboa comes out with an epic promo video ad.

Last year, it was “The Death of the Gay Cliche.” In 2010, it was “Mister Pink,” a brilliant redo of the famous scene from Reservoir Dogs.

Now this year, William Wallace gradually gets more flamboyant (as do his charges) as he gets into his pride speech.

Watch the funny, moving, and seriously epic ad, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Gay Action Like You've Never Seen, and Never Will: VIDEO


A new promo for Portugal's cliche-killing Queer Lisboa Film Festival (featuring lesbian DDR athletes with hairy armpits), AFTER THE JUMP...

(via the daily what)

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The Village: VIDEO


A bit of tilt-shift loveliness shot just outside of Lisbon, Portugal.


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News: Bullfighting, Russell Brand, NASCAR, Cape Town, CBS

Road  Same-sex marriage off to slow start in Portugal: 20 couples have married.

Bullfight RoadSpanish region of Catalonia bans bullfighting: "The ban — the first in mainland Spain — was hailed as a major victory by animal welfare groups that have long crusaded against what they consider to be a barbaric and outdated practice."

RoadRussell Brand wears his undies to church — for remake of Arthur.

RoadNathaniel Rogers hits the Mad Men premiere in Times Square.

RoadOld Spice's recent YouTube viral campaign was a huge success. Sales of its Body Wash are up 106%.

RoadGreat White Shark tagged off Cape Cod.

RoadCincinnati Episcopal priest resigns over gay issues within the church: "The Anglican Communion has been in a state of crisis for several years over the choice of the American Episcopal Church to ordain bishops living in openly homosexual relationships and to pronounce liturgical blessings on people living in same sex relationships."

RoadJoan Rivers spotted shooting her reality TV show.

RoadSorry, not yet. Probably never.

Askars RoadAlexander Skarsgard is the new face of Hickey Freeman.

RoadThe NYT looks at how marriage equality has affected Cape Town, South Africa: "More than 3,000 same-sex couples have been married in South Africa, with about half of those couples including at least one foreigner, the government says. The law permitting same-sex marriage has begun to pave the way for greater tolerance of homosexuality, advocates contend, and the weddings have provided a shot in the arm to companies catering to those tying the knot. 'Apartheid suppressed tolerance, but once that was out of the way our society has moved so fast and most people just go with the flow,' said Mr. Brits, a nondenominational minister."

RoadTexas Alcoholic Beverage Commission TABC has only made 81 arrests in 2010 for public intoxication as opposed to 761 in 2009. Did the Rainbow Lounge Raid in Fort Worth have something to do with the decrease?

RoadJames Franco's request to teach "special class" at Yale denied.

Hercules RoadA Q&A with Hercules and Love Affair's Andy Butler.

RoadFederal judge upholds dismissal of Michigan counseling student who refused to treat gay clients because of her religious beliefs: "In an order granting summary judgment to the university on Monday, Judge George Caram Steeh of the U.S. District Court in Detroit held that the university's requirement that the student be willing to serve people who are homosexual was reasonable, and did not amount to an infringement of the Christian student's constitutional rights to free speech and free expression of religion."

RoadCBS President Nina Tassler and CBS "not happy with ourselves" over failing grade from GLAAD on LGBT representation.

RoadNJ library removes Queer Anthology, cites child pornography?

RoadPhoenix International Raceway reaches out to gay NASCAR fans: "PIR recognizes that they have a very diverse fan base and they want to reach out to all of them. While covering the Subway Fresh Fit 500 in April, Queer4Gears.com founder, Michael Myers began conversations with Phoenix International Raceway officials. To his knowledge, Myers said that this will be the first time that any NASCAR sanctioned facility has reached out to fans in the L.G.B.T. community. 'Just a small push like including the L.G.B.T. community on the official web site of Phoenix International Raceway is a step in the right direction for uniting the different stereotypes that surround the racetracks on a weekly basis' said Queer4Gears.com founder Michael Myers."


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