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Irish Prime Minister Visits Gay Bar For LGBT Christmas Party

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Irish Taoiseach (Prime Minister) Enda Kenny attended an event last night in a gay bar in Dublin, reports the Irish Independent.

6a00d8341c730253ef01b7c70e8bfa970b-800wiKenny showed up at Pantibar - which is owned by LGBT activist Panti Bliss - for Christmas drinks for his party’s LGBT group.

Kenny is leader of conservatives Fine Gael and has in the past been reluctant to state his position on the issue of same-sex marriage. However, he told Gay and Lesbian Equality Network director Brian Sheehan that he would be campaigning for a referendum on the issue to be passed. The referendum is expected to take place in early 2015.

The chairman of Fine Gael LGBT said the Taoiseach dropped in to show his support for the LGBT group and recognize its work on the gender recognition bill, the family relationship legislation and the same-sex marriage referendum. Panti Bliss herself tweeted out the above picture of Kenny with the caption: "So there's An Taoiseach (for the foreigners, that's the Prime Minister of Ireland) in Pantibar."


New Madonna Song 'Rebel Heart' Leaks: LISTEN

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A demo of a new song from Madonna's follow-up album to MDNA leaked this week reports BillboardMadonna nor her publicist have yet to issue a statement about the leak however, Madonna's manager Guy Oseary asked fans on Twitter to provide information regarding the leak of the icon's new song. 

Screen Shot 2014-11-28 at 4.55.02 PMOriginally only 40 seconds of the "acoustic-meets-dance" track leaked with lyrics referring to media criticism of the singer that go, "I've spent some time as a narcissist, hearing the others say 'look at you, look at you.' Trying to be so provocative, I said, 'Oh yeah, that was me. All the things I did just to be seen.'" 

The title of the song is still unconfirmed though many believe the title of the track is "Rebel Heart," after Madonna tweeted the hashtag #Rebelheart for months on her Instagram. It's also believed the song is a collaboration with Avicii, the Swedish EDM DJ and record producer, when Madonna posted a picture of the two on her Instagram with the "Rebel Heart," hashtag nine months ago. 

You can listen to the demo AFTER THE JUMP...

The expected release date of the full album is sometime in 2015, where the icon is expected to dominate the music scene for the year.

Madonna is currently visiting Malawi with her daughter, Mercy, and posted photos of herself meeting with President Bingu wa Mutharika of Malawi. The singer also visited Kondanani Orphanage, surgical trainees at Queen Elizabeth Hospital and spent time playing with her daughter over Thanksgiving.

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Chris Pratt, Lena Dunham, Lisa Kudrow and Other Celebs Read Mean Tweets About Themselves: VIDEO

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Jimmy Kimmel presented the eighth in his series of videos of celebrities reading mean tweets about themselves featuring Gwyneth Paltrow, Lena Dunham, Gerard Butler, Ty Burrell, Bob Newhart, Britney Spears, Geena Davis, Chris Pratt, Chloe Grace Moretz, Scott Foley, Michael Chiklis, Ted Danson, John Stamos, Lisa Kudrow and Adam Sandler.

See the stars respond to the trash talk, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Paul Bettany Schools Anti-Gay Twitter Troll, Wins The Internet

PaulBritish actor Paul Bettany took some time last week to educate a Twitter troll who went on an anti-gay rant attacking him, as Big Gay Picture Show reports. The troll in question messaged Bettany, "Your a faggot pussy I would beat your f--king ass if i ever see you in real life. Faggot." Bettany responded as a true English gentleman would, by pointing out the troll's glaring grammatical offenses as well as questioning whether there was something underlying his troll's homophobia ("Me thinks the lady doth protest too much"), all the while "completely ignoring the idea that being called a ‘faggot’ is meant to be an insult" and "showing just what sort of insecure morons many trolls are." Wrote Bettany:

Dear Travis, Thank you so much for your message. I have a few thoughts – I think you mean you’re as in you are a faggot pussy not ‘‘your’’, which seems to suggest I have a faggot pussy. Also a comma after “pussy” would really help the clarity of the sentence. Lastly, you are mixing up your tenses “would and see” – I think you mean that you would beat my f--king ass if you ever saw me in real life or you will beat my f--king ass (why so much focus on my ass? Something you’d like to get off your chest?) if you ever see me in real life. Sorry for all the notes but I was a little confused. Hugs and kisses, Paul Bettany.

Game, set, match. 


Latvia's New Foreign Minister Comes Out Via Tweet: 'I Am Gay'

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The recently confirmed foreign minister of Latvia surprised the international community with a tweet this week in which he came out as a gay man. Edgar Rinkevics, 41, tweeted out the following a day after becoming the diplomatic representative for the small, democratic Baltic state which happens to share strong ties and a border with Russia. 

Rinkevic's tweet went out Thursday afternoon, was confirmed in a TV interview he gave that evening, and by Friday, had caused a stir in the formerly Soviet republic, with controversial pro-Russian activist Vladimir Linderman calling his statement "a political trend" and accusing him of "propagandizing a certain ideology." Rinkevics said he was inspired to be open about his sexuality as Latvia considers recognition of same sex partnerships.  What's also notable about the timing of his coming out is that Latvia is about to assume a six-month rotating leadership of the European Union, which will greatly raise the profile of the country as well as Rinkevic, who aims to campaign for legal status of same-sex partnerships.

While coming out via Twitter has become popular for some American celebrities, this seems to be the first time a major foreign official has used the social media service to do so. Rinkevic's announcement makes him the only out official in the Latvian government. 

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LGBT Rights Activists 'Troll' Southern Baptist Conference On Gay Marriage

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The Christian Post is reporting that there has been plenty of healthy and outspoken debate on the issue of “the homosexual lifestyle” at a conference hosted by the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) of the Southern Baptist Commission in Nashville. Much of the debate has taken place on Twitter (#ERLC2014).  

The conference is live streaming.

Russell MooreEarlier today we reported that Russell Moore, who serves as president of the ERLC, said at the conference that “ex-gay” therapy has been “severely counterproductive.”

The conference is addressing “how Christians should react to the ongoing battle between those framing the homosexual lifestyle debate as a civil rights issue and those supporting what they believe to be biblical moral values, including traditional marriage.”

Zack Ford, editor of LGBT issues on Think Progress, attended the event and was not shy in offering his opinions on Twitter.

“Doubt-filled believer,” author and blogger Rachel Evans also weighed in on the conference, questioning the decision of the conference organizers to not give a voice to LGBT people.

However, Dr. Richard Land, former president of ERLC, said:

“The gay community is never going to find the Evangelical response satisfactory because we're not going to accept their behavior. All sexual behavior that is outside of heterosexual marriage is a manifestation of the fall, and the fact that we are fallen creatures and this is the way fallen creatures behave.

"We are not singling out same-sex attraction. It was very clear in the conference on the first day, that this is one of the manifestations of the fall along with adultery, living together without matrimony, pornography, etc., etc., all of it."


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