HEIL TRUMP. Republicans give control of state-run radio to Donald Trump: “A radical change to that system is now coming — and it looks like one that Vladimir Putin and Qatar’s emir might well admire. An amendment quietly inserted into the annual National Defense Authorization Act by Republican House leaders would abolish the broadcasting board and place VOA, RFE/RL and other international news and information operations under the direct control of a chief executive appointed by the president. The new executive would hire and fire senior media personnel and manage their budgets.”
GHOST SHIP. Three trans women are among 36 dead in Oakland fire: “The trans women identified as being among the victims of the fire were Cash Askew, 22, an Oakland guitar player in a goth-pop duo named Them Are Us Too; Feral Pines, 29, a musician active in the Oakland and the San Francisco Bay area’s artist scene; and Em Bohlka, 33, a poet with a master’s degree in literature who, among other things, had worked as a barista while writing poetry and practicing photography.”
ALEX JONES. Conspiracy theorist says plan to kill Trump is on Obama’s desk: “The CIA, according to Jones, plans to use the pretext of Russian interference in the election to justify an assassination attempt against Trump, a plan that Jones said is currently on the desk of President Obama and waiting for his approval.”
MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL. New hazing policy bans players dressing like women: “The Associated Press reports that the policy forbids teams from ‘requiring, coercing or encouraging’ players to undergo certain hazing rituals which include ‘dressing up as women or wearing costumes that may be offensive to individuals based on their race, sex, nationality, age, sexual orientation, gender identify or other characteristic.'”
MANCHESTER. Napoleons, the city’s oldest gay nightclub, is up for sale: “The popular city centre hotspot, on Bloom Street, is on the market for £800,000. Current owners, Anne and Melvin Taylor, have run the club for almost 30 years, after buying it from Frank Foo Foo Lammar in December 1972, while working there.”
OSCAR WILDE. Portrait to go on display for first time in 100 years. “A full-length portrait of a young, dapper and confident Oscar Wilde, painted as a wedding present for his doomed marriage to Constance, is to be exhibited in the UK for the first time. Tate Britain announced that the painting, which has been in Los Angeles since the 1920s, is to be a star of its 2017 show, Queer British Art 1861-1967.”
— Tate (@Tate) December 13, 2016
WE ARE FAMILY. Ricky Martin and Jwan Yosef and the kids went to see Star Wars.
GAY HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE. From Carmack.
BRUNO MARS. His Carpool Karaoke teaser.
TOO HOT FOR TUESDAY. Victor.