I’m writing this a little early due to the big eggball game, because I’m headed to a party tonight where people will actually be watching the game and not just the commercials. It’s been a quiet day, but here’s what’s happening.
Ben Affleck picked up the Director’s Guild Award for Argo, cementing his lead for Best Picture in the Oscars, despite not having been nominated for Best Director for the same film.
Meanwhile, Wreck-it Ralph dominated the Annie Awards, picking up Best Animated Feature, Best Director, plus screenplay, voice acting (go, Jane Lynch!) and music awards. Gay-inclusive ParaNorman picked up awards for character design.
Warm Bodies owned the box office with $20 million, destroying the other major new entry, Sylvester Stallone‘s Bullet To the Head, which only managed $4.5 million for the retro explosion fest.
Rutgers is preparing to open the Tyler Clementi Center, which will hold conferences and sponsor research on students transitioning from home to college, as well as bullying and GLBT issues.
Former MLB baseball pitcher Curt Schilling, who had a career that spanned 20 seasons, doesn’t think a player being gay should matter in professional sports, and that he had played alongside gay players during his career. “I’ve never understood this ‘issue’ with gay players? Who cares? I know I played with some, their sexual orientation never had much to …To do with how they hit with RISP, or pitched in late and close situations, why the hell would what they do in the bedroom ever matter?”
A new study that says couples who divide household chores along gender lines have more sex. They are obviously unaware of just how much sex gay men who have no gender lines to divide along are having.
Lady Gaga’s former personal assistant, who is suing for unpaid overtime has another thing coming if she thinks Gaga is just going to roll over and pay out. During a deposition on the case, Gaga didn’t hold back her opinions, or on her salty language. “You don’t get a schedule that is like you punch in and you can play f**king Tetris at your desk for four hours and then you punch out at the end of the day. This is — when I need you, you’re available. Not that people who do that don’t deserve their hourly pay, but I’m just pointing out that I deserve everything I’ve worked for. I deserve every dollar of it. And she deserves every dollar of her $75,000 that we agreed to. But she does not deserve a penny more. When your best friend looks you in the eye and says ‘Why can’t I have that seat on your private plane, I’m your friend,’ the first thing I thought was ‘You’re not my f**king friend,’”
James Franco continues to make unique choices for his career, announcing a new documentary of the house of Gucci, specifically focusing on Gucci’s creative director, Frida Giannini.
New Mexico has made the first step in legalizing marriage equality, with a bill passing committee to place the issue on the ballot for voters in 2014. While I don’t support letting the majority vote on the rights of a minority, any progress is welcome.
Blowhard Catholic League head Bill Donohue is upset that Elton the Dog received a quick adoption because his owner had perceived him as gay. “The moral of the story is: Being gay is not only a bonus for humans these days, it is a definite plus for dogs as well. As for straights, the lonely and the disabled, that’s another story altogether.”
With Platypus Day coming up on the Disney Channel (to celebrate Perry the Platypus on my favorite cartoon, Phineas & Ferb), the anchors of Good Morning America helped celebrate it with a music video for “O.W.C.A.,” a play on the “YMCA” for the Organization Without a Cool Acronym. George Stephanopoulos died just a little inside doing this.
The Electronic Freedom Foundation is backing the r/gaymers subreddit, who received a cease and desist order from gaymers.org, who registered “gaymers” as a trademark in 2008. The term predates his registration by at least a decade, and now r/gaymers will move to invalidate the trademark as generic.
The National Organization for Marriage has long said (indeed, Maggie Gallagher said it to my face) that they aren’t anti-gay rights, they’re just all about “protecting marriage.” But now NOM is speaking out against GLBT inclusive immigration reform being proposed by President Obama. “Our nation has a lot of serious issues to resolve concerning immigration policy, but providing a safe haven for gays and lesbians from foreign countries in violation of American law is not one of them. Responsible immigration reform includes protecting America’s borders, providing access to needed workers, keeping terrorists out of our country and determining what to do with the millions of people already here illegally. This proposal from President Obama concerning homosexual immigration is not serious immigration reform.”