B. Scott forced to change for BET Awards Red Carpet, support for marriage equality surges post-DOMA, John Waters asks key questions
The cast of Glee has undergone some major shakeups in the last week, but Jane Lynch thinks that’s to be expected. ” That’s the nature of portraying a realistic view of high school: Kids graduate. They move on. I like that we’re following some of the kids to New York where they’re trying to make it as actors and actresses. But the show will evolve, and when a show evolves that means you have to let some people go, and let some storylines go, so that you can pursue new ones.” But since when has Glee been about portraying a realistic view of high school?
In many ways, I find out director Roland Emmerich to be fascinating, from his testosterone fueled movies to wild pool parties. But I’d never heard much about his activism for the community. Through last night, he was matching donations for the Human Rights Campaign up to $250,000, which is pretty amazing.
The Frank Ocean Effect and Some “Bisexual” Guys I’ve Known. Don’t get mad at me for the quotes, they’re in the original. And read this one, and discuss.
A federal judge has ordered Michigan to stop enforcing a law that forbids entities like universities from providing domestic partner benefits for same sex couples, citing the recent DOMA ruling. I think that the wording on the ruling is going to see it applied more broadly than I originally expected. Maybe Justice Kennedy is more clever than I gave him credit for.
Meanwhile, another Michigan judge has ruled that a challenge to the state’s constitutional ban on marriage equality can move forward in light of the DOMA ruling based on equal protection.
If you recall, Russell Brand had a rather epic visit to Morning Joe on MSNBC where he basically destroyed the hosts. Now he reflects on than morning. “When I landed in my chair, on camera, and was introduced to the show’s hosts – a typical trident of blonde, brunette and affable chump – it became clear that, in spite of the show’s stated left-leaning inclination, the frequency they were actually broadcasting was the shrill, white noise of dumb current affairs.”
The United States has nominated out James Brewster to be the ambassador to the Dominican Republic, and the Catholic Cardinal in the island nation isn’t happy about it, freely calling Brewster a “faggot.” God’s gentle children.
John Waters has always been unafraid, and he’s asking a question I’ve been wondering as marriage equality sweeps the nation. “Now what will they call gay men like myself who choose not to be married? There’s no name for us. Will we be discriminated against in our old age? Ah, a new chapter in the gay struggle.”
A Christian polling group probably feels a bit embarrassed by the results of their new poll, which finds that atheists divorce less, have lower crime rates, fewer STDs, and lower teen pregnancy rates than Christian fundamentalists.
France is finding that some binational same-sex couples can’t marry under their new equality law due to decades old treaties with certain nations. Findings say that “nationals from 11 countries are subjected to marriage laws in their home countries because of bilateral conventions signed in the past with France. The countries affected are: Poland, Morocco, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Montenegro, Serbia, Kosovo, Slovenia, Cambodia, Laos, Tunisia and Algeria.” Doesn’t anyone ever read the laws before they pass new, related laws?
Internet personality B. Scott says that BET forced him to remove his heels and makeup before working the red carpet for the BET Awards. ” “They asked me to pull my hair back, they asked me to change my attire. Let’s be clear, I wasn’t wearing a ball gown and stiletto heels. I was wearing long pants and a long shirt.” As for BET, they say “BET Networks embraces global diversity in all its forms and seeks to maintain an inclusive workforce and a culture that values all perspectives and backgrounds. The incident with B. Scott was a singular one with a series of unfortunate miscommunications from both parties. We regret any unintentional offense to B. Scott and anyone within the LGBT community and we seek to continue embracing all gender expressions.”
The Employment Non Discrimination Act is set for committee markup and a vote by the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions committee two weeks to the day after the DOMA rulings. We’ve been down this road before, and ENDA has no chance of passing in the House, but at least the Senate seems to want to make a statement.
In a new poll taken after the DOMA and Prop 8 decisions, support for marriage equality has surged to 55%, with only 40% opposed to recognition. People seem to be evaluating what side of history they want to be on.