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Anti-Gay Hate Leader Tony Perkins Attends Catholic Conference On 'Traditional Marriage' - VIDEO

Tony Perkins, the president of anti-gay listed hate group Family Research Council (FRC), is to take part in a Catholic church summit on “traditional marriage” this week, reports Right Wing Watch.

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The conference comes just weeks after a meeting of Catholic bishops failed to provide clarity on the church's stance on homosexuality.

Due to start today, the "Complementarity of Man and Woman” conference - hosted by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, formerly known as the Inquisition - will include leaders from various other faiths including Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism and Sikhism.

Organizers aim to "examine and propose anew the beauty of the relationship between the man and the woman, in order to support and reinvigorate marriage and family life for the flourishing of human society.”

Although not listed as a speaker, Perkins plans to attend the conference in Rome and expects the Catholic Church to provide “clarity” to the confusion coming out of the recent synod in relation to same-sex marriage.

Ensuring that the U.S. "export of hate" continues, Southern Baptist Convention’s Russell Moore and pastor Rick Warren are also listed as conference attendees. 

Continuing the church’s Christian message of inclusiveness and love, the conference will also include Nicholas Okoh, the Anglican Archbishop of Nigeria who has strongly voiced support for the country's severe anti-gay law.

Despite claims by some that Francis is a reforming pope with a somewhat liberal agenda, he will nonetheless address the conference and preside over its first morning session today.

Watch an official trailer for the conference, which pointedly entirely fails to recognize the existence of same-sex marriage, AFTER THE JUMP...

Last June, speaking about the Colorado bakery that was repeatedly found to have discriminated against gay customers, offensive wingnut Perkins suggested that such cases are one step further down the road to the inevitable anti-Christian Holocaust.

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Kids React To 'Old' Cameras From 1998 - VIDEO

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We've seen kids reacting to old stuff including typewriters, Walkmans and classic 1980s/1990s game SkipIt.

This time watch the kids react to a camera from 1998 and work out what's missing - a battery? A plug? Photo fluid? Or maybe "a little card thing"?

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

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HBO's 'Girls' Goes To Iowa In Trailer for Season 4: VIDEO

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Hannah heads to the Iowa Writers Workshop in what looks to be a very unusual season for the previously NYC-based HBO hit Girls.

In a trailer for the show's new episodes, released today on HBO's website and YouTube, Lena Dunham facetimes with former roommate Marni, navigates long distance drama with Adam, and moshes with shirtless gay bestie Elijah who claims "Iowa is amazing!" Set to a bouncy song by Nico Vega, it all certainly looks like fun, especially with the shirtless and fit post-Hedwig Andrew Rannells. The only real plot spoiler seems to be Jessa being arrested by the NYPD, but given her previously insane behavior this looks more par for the course than anything that surprising.

Season four kicks off Sunday January 11th only on HBO...or not, per the recent announcement the cable channel will start offering an all-digital service starting sometime in 2015.

You can watch the full trailer AFTER THE JUMP...

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New Music: Stereoshock, Ibeyi, Sasha Siem, Sinead O’Connor, The Barnum Meserve, The Written Years - LISTEN

Sinead O'Connor - 8 Good Reasons

New Music, brought to you weekly by Deadly Music!, will generally avoid most mainstream music - unless it's particularly deadly - to give new, emerging and fringe artists a chance. Most tracks are available on a Soundcloud playlist, some of them on a Spotify playlist....both of which are embedded at the end of this column.

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Stereoshock: ‘The Letter’ and ‘The Messenger’

StereoshockStereoshock is New York based producer, composer and songwriter Josh Cohen.

Under the Stereoshock name, Josh has been releasing EDM for a number of years but he has taken a change of direction with his new work.

Two recent tracks ‘The Messenger’ and ‘The Letter’ are companion concept pieces.  Both are emotionally raw cinematic pop tracks, more spoken word soundtrack than actual songs. 

In Josh’s own words, “‘The Letter’ is a musical story about a protagonist, who leaves his family in order to regain a sense of direction in his life. However, throughout his travels, he realizes that time is not always the best resolution. This record represents a valuable life lesson, and provides us with a greater understanding of the power that time truly holds. Life around us will move on, whether we choose to participate in it or not.”

Tearing up Soundcloud for the past few months, Stereoshock could well blow your tiny mind.

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Ibeyi: ‘Mama Says’ and ‘River’

Ibeyi is French/Cuban twin sisters, Lisa-Kaindé and Naomi Diaz, daughters of Buena Vista Social Club percussionist Anga Díaz.

The sisters sing in English and Yoruba and play Díaz’s signature instrument, the Cajón.

Watch the video for 'River' and their stunning performance of 'Mama Says' on the BBC’s Later With Jools Holland

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70,000 Attend Taiwan Pride 2014 - VIDEO

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An estimated 70,000 people attended the LGBT Pride Parade in Taiwan on October 25th, reports Global Voices.

The number of people taking part was one of the largest since the parade was first held in 2003, making Taiwan Pride the biggest in Asia.

With this year’s theme ‘Walk in Queers’ Shoes,’ the event featured voices from marginalized LGBT groups including physically disabled people, HIV-positive people and sex workers.

A marriage equality bill was presented by the Taiwan Alliance to Promote Civil Partnership Rights in 2012. Although the proposed law passed the first reading in October 2013, the legislative process was suspended following a massive mobilization of opponents.

Gay rights activists this month began pushing legislators to resume implementation of the legislation. A public hearing for the bill was held on October 16.

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New Music: Sportsman, LemuelG, Black Coast, Beans On Toast, Half Man Half Biscuit, Cash + David - LISTEN

Sportsman - Taylor Swift - Begin Again (cover)

New Music, brought to you weekly by Deadly Music!, will generally avoid most mainstream music - unless it's particularly deadly - to give new, emerging and fringe artists a chance. Most tracks are available on a Soundcloud playlist, some of them on a Spotify playlist....both of which are embedded at the end of this column.

Enjoy!

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Sportsman: Begin Again (Taylor Swift Cover)

SportsmanI never expected to write about Taylor Swift for Towleroad but when Sportsman - aka Per Magnusson from Sweden, an already-proven maker of beautiful, often downtempo electro pop - drops such a beautiful cover of "Begin Again" you’d be a fool not to.

Magnusson calls himself a “pop melody whore.” This proves he’s not joking.

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LemuelG: Life Cap

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Just occasionally you’ll hear a track from a new artist that even on first listening is miles above the rest and suggests something seriously exciting.

This first in quite a while to reach those dizzy heights is LemuelG aka Lemuel Wilcox.  

Currently recording his debut album his debut track "Life Cap" is an obviously very personal downtempo indie pop track that comes on like a heady mix of early Radiohead and Modest Mouse with a little bit of potential Martin Grech-level misery thrown in.

A genuinely stunning debut.

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Black Coast: TRNDSTTR (featuring M Maggie)

Black Coast TRNNDSTTRStan Rappaport used to be a member of New York-based electro pop outfit Prinze George but has recently branched out into a new solo project.

His first track as Black Coast is a collaboration with New York poet and songwriter M. Maggie.  

A downtempo, tender electro pop number with a wash of warm synth sequences, this is an instant classic that’s up there with the likes of Wet, Naomi Pilgrim and (tried to get through a week without mentioning them) CHVRCHES.

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Beans On Toast: The Chicken Song

Beans-on-Toast-The-Chicken-SongBeans On Toast is an English singer doing what he calls "drunk folk" and what generally fits into the burgeoning mini-genre of anti-folk, which also includes the likes of Ha The Unclear, The Vinegar Tits and Half Man Half Biscuit (who probably invented the genre really).

Beans On Toast is something of a scene legend, having recorded with Emmy The Great, Mumford and Sons and Frank Turner among many others.

With a new album The Grand Scene Of Things out in December, he’s just dropped the lead track "The Chicken Song," a sing-along pub folk anthem about man’s enslavement and torture of chickens.

Potentially NSFW.

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