Rihanna unwittingly helps apprehend animal poachers in Thailand, Cory Monteith’s mother defends her son’s tribute, Finland to reconsider marriage equality
Cory Monteith’s mom Ann McGregor says that her son was worthy of the special Emmy tribute. Ann tells TMZ she believes you cannot judge worthiness by a person’s age because her son was on a path of greatness — not only with his acting and singing abilities … but with the charitable work he did. Ann tells us, ‘If he had lived 30 more years he would have accomplished much more.’”
Rihanna posted a picture of herself posing with an adorable slow loris while in Thailand, which is a protected species. While she probably didn’t intend to, she helped authorities apprehend the men who were charging tourists to pose with the animals, getting the animals back under protection.
Finland is set to reconsider marriage equality after receiving a record number of signatures on a petition in support of the law. It only requires 50,000 signatures to get parliament to reconsider a bill, marriage equality received 162,000.
Hillary Clinton isn’t ruling out a run for president in 2016, but she’s not committing to anything – yet. “I’m not in any hurry. I think it’s a serious decision, not to be made lightly, but it’s also not one that has to be made soon. This election is more than three years away, and I just don’t think it’s good for the country. It’s like when you meet somebody at a party and they look over your shoulder to see who else is there, and you want to talk to them about something that’s really important. I feel like that’s our political process right now. I just don’t think it is good.”
Despite just being an iterative upgrade, Apple is probably going to set records for the iPhone 5S/5C. It’s looking like first weekend sales are going to be 6-8 million units, compared with 5 million for the iPhone 5. Additional markets and carriers are driving the boom, with the phone on sale in China from day one for the first time.
Bangladesh is refusing a UN suggestion that it decriminalize homosexuality, saying the recommendation violates “constitutional and legal provisions” or “socio-cultural values of the country”.
Rosie O’Donnell isn’t sure that the U.S. should boycott Sochi or that athletes should even try wearing rainbow pins. “I have really mixed feelings about it. Part of me feels yes, we should boycott it. And part of me feels trepidation about all those athletes, some of whom are gay, who have spent their entire lives waiting for this moment that only comes once every four years. Would it be better if America went there and everyone wore a rainbow flag on their arms? I don’t know. It’s a very tough decision. You know, when I hear those stories about what’s going on in Russia, you know, we have to remind ourselves of the amount of gay bashing that happens in our country. Although ours is not sanctioned by the president — you know, Putin seems to be very pro-gay-bashing — it still occurs in our country at a rate that is shameful.”
And right on cue, a Colorado pastor is blaming the floods on gays. And marijuana. And abortion. “Let me ask you this: is it a coincidence that this was the worst year politically in the history of Colorado, at least if you use God’s law as a means of determining human ethics, our legislators did the worst possible things this year than I have ever witnessed in the twenty years I’ve been in Colorado. Our legislators committed homosexual acts on the front page of the Denver Post, do you remember that? So here we have the very worst year in Colorado’s year in terms of let’s kill as many babies as possible, let’s make sure we encourage as much decadent homosexual activity as possible, let’s break God’s law with impudence at every single level, at every single level let’s make sure that we offend whoever wrote the Bible, so we have the worst year possible politically in the state of Colorado and it happens to be the worst year ever in terms of flood and fire damage in Colorado’s history. That is a weird coincidence; interesting to say the least.” Blame anything but climate change.
Closer to home, WV Episcopal Bishop Michie Klusmeyer says that his church will bless same-sex unions. There are some caveats that allow individual churches to opt out, and require that the newlyweds be part of the congregation, but it’s something. It’s not marriage, but it’s something.
Zachary Patton is 21, a member of Sigma Chi fraternity, and openly gay. He’s also running for homecoming king at the University of Pittsburgh. He’s running with the endorsement of his frat, women’s groups, and many other campus groups. Voting takes place Friday. I went to WVU, and old rival of Pitt (and Penn State). I used to wear a t-shirt (I was a teenager!) that said “Penn State sucks, but Pitt Swallows” on gameday, but I’m actually pretty proud of Pitt right now.
V Mag has an interview that Jake Shears conducted with Cher back around NYC Pride, and it’s worth the read because they talk like old friends. I particularly liked when Jake asked her if when all her dreams came true if it was hard to find new goals. Cher’s answer was perfect. “I don’t think that we are born with a finite number of dreams. One thing about dreams is that they can be whatever you want them to be, you don’t have to put a limit on them, you don’t even have to know them. You might have a dream that you don’t even know yet, you know? When I got a chance to direct If These Walls Could Talk, I didn’t really know that that was a dream. My sister said, ‘Tell them you want to do it, tell them you want to act in it but you don’t want to do the second one and you want to direct the third one.’ And I was like, Okay, that sounds good. I didn’t even know it was a dream, and then it was.”