I missed the passing of out comedian Scott Kennedy last week. Scott was out when it wasn’t easy to be out, and traveled to Iraq and Afghanistan more than 50 times to perform for the troops, despite it not being the most welcoming environment. Dave Holmes has a great tribute to the man, and we’re left in a world with fewer laughs because of his passing.
Friend of the site Jane Espenson is reportedly writing a spinoff to Once Upon a Time, to take place in Wonderland, structured as a series of complete arcs like American Horror Story. The only problem is that Jane has tweeted that there are several inaccuracies in the reports, but she’s not saying which ones.
In things nobody saw coming, Ain’t Them Bodies Saints director David Lowery has been hired by Disney to develop an updated Pete’s Dragon for Disney. The new movie wouldn’t be a musical. I have fond memories of Pete’s Dragon from childhood, but haven’t seen it since to really remember why I have them.
Democrats in Nevada have begun the long process to repeal the constitutional amendment banning marriage equality in the state. The bill has to pass the legislature this year, again in 2015, and be put to voters in 2016, at which point they could pass equality in 2017.
More than 17,000 men were hospitalized for zipper related injuries between 2002 and 2010. If you’re going to go commando, tuck before you zip.
Erik Estrada, most famous for CHiPs in the 1970s, is set to star in Uncommon, a religious liberty musical by the anti-gay Liberty Counsel. The movie will seek to highlight the need for prayer in public schools, largely banned because, well, you shouldn’t force kids to pray, or feel uncomfortable because they’re not praying with their peers.
Many marches and vigils are scheduled next week as the Supreme Court hears oral arguments in the Prop 8 and DOMA trials. Find your nearest one here. Sadly, the closest one to me is about 80 minutes away on a work day, and I won’t be able to make it.
The latest allegations against former Elmo puppeteer Kevin Clash include a crystal meth sex party with one of the alleged victims. D is for Don’t Do Drugs.
New Mexico is a bit of a unicorn, because the marriage statute doesn’t really say if same-sex couples can get married. The mayor and city attorney of Sante Fe said they believe it’s perfectly legal, and urged marriage license to be issued, but that’s the function of the county clerks, not the city, and county clerks are holding to their last guidance from a previous Attorney General. The current Attorney General, Gary King, says he hasn’t been asked to issue guidance on the subject, but expects it will happen soon.
The American Decency Association, which I’ve never heard of, really doesn’t like Glee, and not just because the writing is so inconsistent. “Each week Glee producer Ryan Murphy stirs together a gruel of illicit sexuality, secular humanist ideology, and the promotion of homosexuality and deviant behavior – and then spoon feeds it to millions of youth across the nation.” You say that like it’s a bad thing.
A new bill before Congress would require cell phone providers to back up your text messages indefinitely for the government to be able to search, sometimes without a warrant. Yes, that includes those pictures of your junk you sent to the guy on Manhunt who doesn’t have a paid account.
Malala Yousafzai, the girl shot in the face by the Taliban for writing about her joy of attending school, has returned to school, in the UK.
After Finland dropped a marriage equality bill, the populace quickly pulled together 50,000 signatures on petitions, which forces parliament to revisit the issue. It now takes 100,000 signatures in the U.S. to get the White House to respond to a petition to build a Death Star, so you may not want to try this route here.
Lesbian singer Janis Ian has delivered a broadside to Michelle Shocked, who screamed “God Hates Fags” at her San Francisco concert. “”It is sad when a talented person chooses to use that talent in the service of their own misplaced rage, and their disappointment in their own life. I often wonder if people like this die and meet God, who will smack them upside the head and say ‘Did I really LOOK like I needed your help?!”
Carly Fiorina, head of HP and failed Senate candidate doesn’t think anyone but the people should decide about marriage equality, not “a bunch of self-important, self-appointed judges.” You can appoint yourself a judge?
Senator Rand Paul, a presidential hopeful, has come out in favor of carefully worded immigration reform, but his reasoning isn’t because everyone deserves a shot. “Defense of the unborn and defense of traditional marriage are Republican issues that should resonate with Latinos but have been obscured by the misperception that Republicans are hostile to immigrants.”