Matthew Mitcham raises funds for Twists & Turns cabaret, the Justice League has an awkward Thanksgiving, is Grindr good for your health?
Billy Porter and Cyndi Lauper are among the stars in this year’s GAP Christmas campaign entitled “Make Love.” This isn’t the first time that GAP has featured openly gay stars and allies in their Christmas campaigns.
The Church of England is taking steps to formalize church blessings on same-sex marriages and civil unions. They won’t be able to solemnize marriages without changes to the law, but recognize the importance to some GLBT folks of having the church bless their love.
Catching Fire is expected to dominate the five day weekend period in the states, bringing in another $100 million, with Disney’s Frozen taking second place with $85 million, and Thor: The Dark World holding on to third with $16 million.
In this time of plenty, it’s important to remember those that don’t have anything, which includes hundreds of thousands of GLBT youth. Maybe it’s time to put the Ali Forney Center on your Christmas list?
Robbie Williams may be trying to be fun and inclusive, but his talk about his sexuality is starting to sound stereotypical and offensive. “I would really like to have a crack at it. I love musical theatre and a lot of the other things that are often associated with gays. I am 49% homosexual and sometimes as far as 50%. However, that would imply that I enjoy having a particular sort of fun which I don’t.” I really thought 49% homosexual meant that you had a really fun summer at band camp as a teenager.
Thanks to the help of a federal judge, terminally ill Vernita Gray was able to marry her partner Patricia Ewert in Illinois. The judge said that the two should not be denied the bonds of marriage based on an arbitrary start date. Perhaps nobody should?
To commemorate World AIDS Day the Obama Administration renewed their commitment to the fight against HIV/AIDS and the stigma attached to the disease. “My Administration remains committed to reducing the stigma and disparities that fuel this epidemic. Beginning in 2014, the Affordable Care Act will require health insurance plans to cover HIV testing without any additional out-of-pocket costs. It will also prohibit discrimination based on HIV status and eliminate annual benefit caps. Under this law, we have already expanded Medicaid for working class Americans and banned lifetime limits on insurance coverage.”
Evan Rachel Woods is not happy that the MPAA required her sex scene in Charlie Countryman to be censored. The scene in question involved Shia LeBeouf’s character performing oral sex on her. “This is a symptom of a society that wants to shame women and put them down for enjoying sex, especially when (gasp) the man isn’t getting off as well! Its hard for me to believe that had the roles been reversed it still would have been cut OR had the female character been raped it would have been cut. Its time for people to GROW UP. Accept that woman are sexual beings Accept that some men like pleasuring woman. Accept that woman don’t have to just be f**ked and say thank you. We are allowed and entitled to enjoy ourselves. Its time we put our foot down. Thanks for listening.” I guess she married the right man.
Another case of school firewalls blocking anything that has to do with GLBT content, and how it hurts equality. Seriously, same-sex marriage is blocked?
The Texas National Guard has come to an agreement with the Pentagon about processing same-sex benefits for married personnel. Under the agreement, federal employees on the state owned bases will process the benefits on federal computer systems. Which is always what was going to happen, but saying it this way makes it look better to Texas.
Jim Simkhai, the CEO of Grindr, thinks his app is good for the health and image of gay guys. “I’m very proud if Grindr has forced us to up up our game. To brush our teeth. Comb our hair. Eat right. Go to the gym. Be a healthy person. Cut back on the smoking. Cut back on the bad things and look your best. We’re men. We visualize. We see before we hear, before we think, before we do anything else. That’s how we are. I haven’t changed that. That’s what our evolution has taught us to do. I certainly go to the gym more because of Grindr. I’m competing with the guy a space away from me on that grid.” But are we not sure that it doesn’t impose unrealistic images on us and result in shaming of those who don’t measure up?
James Franco will be making his Broadway debut in in Of Mice and Men opposite Chris O’Dowd.