Colorado’s marriage ban struck down, Naya Rivera got married, John Barrowman kisses male dancer at Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremonies
Ariana and Frankie Grande‘s grandfather passed away, but Frankie doesn’t know it yet according to Ariana, because that was Grandpa’s wish. “Asked grandps last week if he wanted us to pull frankie off bb & he said ‘no way! he’s gotta play the game even tho i don’t understand it.”
Senator Marco Rubio, once the great hope of the Republican Party, gave a speech at Catholic University and spoke of the intolerance of the gay rights movement. “I promise you even before this speech is over I’ll be attacked as a hater or a bigot or someone who is anti-gay. This intolerance in the name of tolerance is hypocrisy. Support for the definition of marriage as one man and one woman is not anti-gay, it is pro-traditional marriage.” Honestly, Senator Rubio, I don’t feel the need to attack you at all.I think all I need to do is let you keep talking and make sure people actually listen to you.
Buzzfeed would like men to stop shaving their pubes. I understand the plea – there’s no need to go totally bald below the waist, frankly it’s a bit creepy. But some serious grooming? Absolutely. Who wants to fight their way through tangled spaghetti to get to the meatballs?
After Michael Sam‘s elegant response to Tony Dungy’s remarks that he would not have drafted Sam, Dungy continued talking, and stuck his foot in his mouth again. “I would want to wish him the best and let him know I have no bitterness or animosity toward him. Even though I don’t agree with his lifestyle, I love him. And I wish him the best, and I’d love to say that to him.” Being gay is not a lifestyle. Being talented, fabulous and graceful is a lifestyle. One that you’re not living.
With Dragon Age coming out soon, and all the talk about Atari’s Pridefest, gay directed video games are all the rage. So Much Drama Studios is working on Dragopolis 2.0 based around RuPaul’s Drag Race, and they’re not pandering, nor are they pulling any punches on how gay it is. “We never pulled back on anything. It was always more glitter, more sparkle, more beads. We put it all in there to really create something that’s celebratory of the LGBT community and the drag community as well.”
Judge Raymond P. Moore has struck down Colorado’s ban on marriage equality. He’s not going to stay his ruling, because he says that since both the governor and the Attorney General supported striking down the ban, they didn’t meet the burden for a stay. He did issue a temporary stay until August 25 to allow them to request a stay from the 10th Circuit. I don’t really understand why they want to wait for the issue to be decided by the Supreme Court if they both oppose the ban – they could just drop the appeal like Pennsylvania did and be done with it.
I want to take a moment to congratulate my friend Chris Geidner of Buzzfeed, who was just named NLGJA Journalist of the Year. Whenever there’s a legal ruling, I always turn to him for straightforward analysis. Plus, and I’ve always turned to Chris privately for professional questions and he’s always been there for me. He’s the gold standard.
I can’t imagine renting from Airbnb after some of the horror stories I’ve read, but sometimes they amuse me. Like this letter customer service wrote to Daniel Nardiccio about his Fire Island cabana rental posting, which had two go-go boys (not included) in his listing. That’s a fun, hilarious way to request some censorship.
The CW has pulled Backpackers, which started out on its digital Seed platform after only two airings, where it received .1 rating. Perhaps they should have gone with Husbands instead?
The FCC has poked Verizon and Comcast about disclosing full information about their broadband speeds and about customers getting what they pay for. I can sympathize. I’m currently paying for a 30Mbps service from Suddenlink and getting around 1.5, which means I can’t even watch YouTube videos for Meme in the evening.
Saudi Arabia has sentenced a man to three years in prison and 450 lashes for attempting to meet gay men over Twitter. Being gay is illegal in all the GCC nations, as many of you remind us when we speak out about Brunei and their new Sharia Laws. All these nations need to feel international pressure to stop torturing GLBT people.
Federal Judge Martin Feldman, who surprised everyone by stating he would rule on not only Lousiana’s ban on state recognition of out of state same-sex marriages but also the ban on marriages says he’s heard enough on the issue and won’t be accepting any more briefs. I can’t wait for Governor Bobby Jindal‘s meltdown when he strikes down the ban.
You really need to read this extensive CNN profile on Matthew Mitcham.
ExxonMobile has issued a statement saying they’ll comply with the executive order banning LGBT discrimination by federal contractors, which it receives $80 million/year on. But they refuse to say if they’ll write it into the corporate discrimination policy, only that they have a blanket rule against discrimination.
The Flash will feature two gay characters in the first season. David Singh will be a part of the series, and is out in the DC Universe. They haven’t dealt with the gay aspect yet in the scripts they’ve written so far, but the character is recurring and played by Patrick Sabongui. Greg Berlanti also says they’ll be introducing a second gay male character who already exists in the DC Universe in the first twelve episodes, but they’ve declined to name him. There can’t be that many out DC characters, so who could he be?
Congratulations to Georgia for selecting anti-gay nut Jody Hice as a Republican nominee for a Congressional seat. “Hice says that gay people have a secret plot to seduce and sodomize America’s sons, thinks same-sex marriage is akin to bestiality and incest, and compares abortion to the genocide waged by Adolph Hitler.”
Naya Rivera got married to actor Ryan Dorsey over the weekend. The two have been friends for four years but only recently became romantically involved. She’s already added the Dorsey name to her social media accounts, so you know it’s love.
After making $75 million last year when he didn’t even have a Marvel movie out, Robert Downey Jr. is backing away from talk that he might be stepping down as Tony Stark. “It’s down to Kevin [Feige, Marvel Studios president] and Ike [Perlmutter, CEO of Marvel Entertainment] and Disney to come to us with what the proposal is, and that’s on us to agree or disagree,. When things are going great, there’s a lot of agreement. It’s that thing of: why give up the belt when it feels like you can barely get jabbed?” he says — then adds a caveat. “Most people are saying that right when they get knocked out.” So if they keep backing up Brinks trucks to his house, he’ll remain a billionaire playboy philanthropist on screen. And at the rate he’s earning money– in real life as well.
Congratulations to Weird Al Yankovic, whose new album Mandatory Fun gave him his first #1 of his career with sales of 104,700 in the first week, probably driven by his eight music videos, none of which were backed by his record label, and some of which he earned no money from, foregoing it to his digital partners that financed the videos.
Katy Perry is a Global Ambassador for UNICEF, and lent her song “Unconditionally” to a campaign that brought together HIV- and HIV+ people for interactions that will warm your cold, dark hearts.
Our old friends Concerned Women for America are asking people around the country to pray for victims of religious persecution, real and imagined. From young girls jailed overseas or kidnapped because of their religion to bakers in America being persecuted for discrimination. Because those are the same thing. And when you hold your very public prayer vigil, be sure to call the media so they know you’re doing it, because the only way God is going to hear you is if it’s on broadcast news.
At the opening ceremonies for the Commonwealth Games there had been a call for a demonstration for equality to those nations that still criminalize same-sex relationships, and John Barrowman is always up for a quick kiss for equality.
George Takei was informed during an interview about Archie dying to save Kevin Keller. It might have been useful to tell him it was in Life With Archie, but Takei has a soft spot for the citizens of Riverdale, having traveled there himself to mentor Kevin. He sees the significance of representation in all media.
Big Brother continues their showmances with muscle contests and three men in a bed, but also with Cody and Frankie discussing their man crush and Zac Efron. Cody seems as turned on by Zac as Frankie does.