Meme: “Looking” Casting New Characters, Richard Nixon Hated Gays But Thought We were Born This Way, Robin Thicke’s New Album Bombs

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Wisconsin appeals marriage equality ruling, Consumer Reports rates fast food, Pride gets U.S. release date

Jim ParsonsJim Parsons picked up Emmy nominations for both Big Bang Theory and The Normal Heart, and in the latter he fell in love with the character. “I always say, I’m better off trying not making judgmental statements about a character I’m playing while I’m playing it, but now that this one’s finished with, I will say, I loved him. I just loved his look on life, I loved the way he deals with people. He was such a good bridge between warring factions within his own community, he just knew how to diffuse the tension in a room. Just some traits that I really admire and it was such a joy to pretend to walk in those shoes for a while.”

After a lot of public scrutiny, police in Manassas, Virginia say they won’t be serving their warrant to take pictures of the erect penis of a 17 year old in a sexting case. The attorney for the boy says they’re still worried because the warrant exists, even if police say they don’t intend to serve it. The judge that issued it should be ashamed.

The Toronto City Council voted 37-1 to study ways to help homeless LGBT youth in the city, with the lone dissenting vote being troubled mayor Rob Ford, who tried Rob Fordto derail the program by refusing to consent to passing it without a vote. The crack smoking mayor has a history of anti-gay votes.

Consumer Reports can be great for picking out a car or a lawnmower, but fast food? The magazine has put out rankings based on taste for burgers, sandwiches, burritos and chicken. The best burgers belong to The Habit Burger Grill, which I’ve never heard of, but second and third go to In-And-Out and Five Guys, so I can respect that. McDonald’s has the worst burger, and Chipoltle has the best burrito. We shall not speak of who they say has the best chicken.

If you hadn’t heard, Robin Thicke’s new album, a Hail Mary to win back his estranged wife, bombed, big time, selling 24,000 copies in the U.S., and a mindboggling 530 copies in the UK. He didn’t fare much better in his native Canada, moving 550 copies, but the true knife to the heart was Australia, where it sold a mere 54 copies.Robin Thicke

A little over a year ago there was a report of an infant girl being started on HIV treatments at 30 hours, and being effectively cured of the disease. Sadly, that’s not the case. At age four, having been out of treatment and away from monitoring, she’s now developed the disease, and hopes that early treatment could be a cure are dashed.

A plea for men to stop shaving their chests. It’s a little simplistic, since not every man who shaves his chest looks good with hair. I don’t, there’s just not enough of it. I look like I’ve got a weird Prince William thing going on. But if you’ve got it good and furry, by all means, keep it. You don’t want to be like those douchebags calling themselves Spornosexuals we discussed yesterday.

New York City has an all-gay boxing club called the Velvet Gloves Gentleman’s Boxing. The guys are hot, but honestly, based on the interview, there are some serious daddy issues being worked out in the ring. From ex-cons to the dancers that populate Manhattan, it’s an odd mix of guys that hit each other, but not in the face.

LookingAs expected, the Wisconsin Attorney General has filed an appeal of the state’s marriage equality ruling with the Seventh Circuit.

Looking is casting up some new characters for the second season. “Malik, an African-American staffer in the mayor’s office; Sammie, a female-to-male transgender who lives at the shelter where Agustín gets a job; and Brady, Richie’s new redheaded, slightly punk beau.”

CBS Films picked up the U.S. rights for Pride, the true story of LGBT groups that decided to raise money for striking miners in 1984 in the UK, only to be rebuffed initially before striking out to make their donation in person to a small community. The film will hit the big screen September 19.

For all the President Richard Nixon hated gay people, newly released tapes showed that he did believe that we were born that way. Sort of. “before we get off the gay thing. I don’t want my views misunderstood. I am the most tolerant person on that of anybody in this shop. They have a problem. They’re born that way. You know that. That’s all. I think they are. Anyway, my point is, though, when I say they’re born that way, the tendency is there. [But] my point is that Richard NixonBoy Scout leaders, YMCA leaders, and others bring them in that direction, and teachers. And if you look over the history of societies, you will find, of course, that some of the highly intelligent people . . . Oscar Wilde, Aristotle, et cetera, et cetera, et cetera, were all homosexuals. Nero, of course, was, in a public way, in with a boy in Rome. By God, I am not going to have a situation where we pass along a law indicating, ‘Well, now, kids, just go out and be gay.’ They can do it. Just leave them alone. That’s a lifestyle I don’t want to touch. . . .”

A Colorado state judge has declined immediate relief to stop a Boulder clerk from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. “Clerk Hall argues that the equities are in her favor since a stay would deprive same-sex couples of their fundamental right to marry. As discussed … above, every post-Windsor case that has addressed this issue has found in favor of same-sex litigants, including the only Colorado case. Also, while the people of Colorado deserve compliance with the rule of law, they have ‘a more profound long- term interest in upholding an individual’s constitutional rights.’ As such, the Court cannot find that the balance of the equities favors granting the State’s request for expedited relief.”

We’ve been hearing a lot about the broad religious exemption in ENDA causing many groups to abandon the current law, and worries that in light of Hobby Lobby, the executive order banning workplace discriminaGareth Thomastion in federal contractors would have an overly broad exemption. But what does that mean exactly? Here, it’s all explained in one handy chart.

Many of you think The Simpsons is getting a little long in the tooth, but I still find it watchable, and a few episodes each season are positively enlightened. So it comes as a shock that the show was just denied an Emmy nomination in the Animated category for the first time every (excluding the two years it tried to compete in the regular comedy category).

These are the things that stock photos think are gay.

Tom Daley and Gareth Thomas are among this years’ nominees for the U.S. National Gay and Lesbian Sports Hall of Fame. Which is odd, because they’re not U.S. athletes, nor have they played in U.S. leagues, and it’s kind of in the title of the organization. But good for them, and the rest of the nominees.

Brace yourselves, because the Gremlins and Goonies sequels are happening, and you can blame Chris Columbus for that.

 

Mental Floss brings in some help to clear up some myths about sex. News flash: 7″ isn’t average. Not by a long shot. You’re lying more on your Grindr profile than you thought you were. Some of this is obviously NSFW



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