Jonathan Groff has signed on to Ryan Murphy’s The Normal Heart to play Craig, meaning he’s playing Taylor Kitsch’s boyfriend. I’ll let you process that while I note that Joe Mantello has also signed on to play Mickey Marcus.
Under pressure from the state of New York, the NFL has modified their collective bargaining agreement to protect newly recruited players from being asked questions aimed at determining their sexuality. The league has also agreed to additional training and posters in the locker rooms directing players to call the Players Association if they suspect discrimination.
The Voice has been taking over in the ratings from American Idol. One major reason is the chemistry of the coaches, including Adam Levine and Blake Shelton, who plan on staying on the show together or not at all according to Blake. “Adam and I have talked about it, and I’ve said, ‘Listen, if you’re ever out of here, let me know, because I’m out of here, too.’ That might be 20 years or a year from now — who knows. But I don’t wanna do it unless he’s there.”
Out WNBA recruit Brittney Griner has been signed to a deal with Nike. “It’s big time. Let’s just say that.” Now we just need to wait for her male equivalent.
It turns out that to women, facial hair determines both attractiveness in men, and how good they feel a man will be at child rearing. A beard is good, but just some scruff is bad.
Zachary Quinto is headed to Broadway this fall in the Tennessee Williams classic The Glass Menagerie opposite Cherry Jones.
Those pictures of the penis on the surface of Mars aren’t new. They’re from the 2004, and were made by Spirit rover, not Curiosity. But NASA still won’t say why they drew a penis on the surface of another planet.
The Mormon Church says that while it hasn’t lobbied one way or the other with the Boy Scouts, it’s happy with the proposed new policy to allow open scouting at the youth level. “(We) are satisfied that BSA has made a thoughtful, good-faith effort to address issues that, as they have said, remain ‘among the most complex and challenging issues facing the BSA and society today.’” The Mormon Church has more chartered Scouting organizations than any other sponsor. So much for the proposal being the destruction of scouting because of the churches.
The Supreme Court in Belize is set to take arguments on overturning the ban on gay sex in the nation. I’ve gotten so many offers for gay vacations to Belize I was shocked to learn that gay sex carries penalty of ten years in prison.
Chick-Fil-A is sponsoring a mother-son medieval dinner date night at their restaurants. Io9 notes that it’s ironic they choose a medieval theme. “Specifically, why the medieval theme when one of the most popular shows in America is Game of Thrones, which is not only full of enough violence, sex and nudity to make Chick-Fil-A CEO S. Truett Cathy’s head explode with its sheer depravity, but stars the main royal mother-son pairing, Cersei and Joffrey, in which Joffrey is already a product of incest?”
San Francisco Pride has canceled Bradley Manning as a Grand Marshall in their parade this year, and is apologizing to veterans groups for their mistake. “His nomination was a mistake and should never have been allowed to happen. A staff person at SF Pride, acting under his own initiative, prematurely contacted Bradley Manning based on internal conversations within the SF Pride organization. That was an error and that person has been disciplined. He does not now, nor did he at that time, speak for SF Pride.”
Two and a Half Men will be back with an eleventh season, but without that half man, as Angus T. Jones got his wish and won’t be back on the show except as a guest star. He notably told the world not to watch the show while sitting alongside a noted anti-gay Christian minister.
Washington state senator Mike Hewitt is a sponsor of a new bill to allow businesses to discriminate against people due to a “sincerely held religious belief,” which was introduced in response to lawsuits against a florist who refused a same sex couple. A constituent called his office and asked what a gay citizen in a rural area would do if the only gas station or grocery store in the area refused to sell them groceries. The staffer’s response? “Well, gay people can just grow their own food.”
Iceland’s Prime Minister Johanna Sigurdardottir stepped down this weekend as the only out lesbian prime minster in the world as general elections were held in the nation.