The Carrie Diaries‘ Brendan Dooling has had a whirlwind first season, going from girlfriend to coming out, and it’s just going to get more intense. Still, Brendan doesn’t know where his story might go in season two, if it happens. “I mean, in the books, he lives in a tent in his backyard because his dad doesn’t want him in the house. I’m not sure where Amy Harris and the writers are going to take his story. You know, I don’t know how much of — godwilling, Season 2 — I don’t know how much of that would be Carrie and Walt in the city, as opposed to Walt in Castlebury. But there’s certainly a lot more adversity coming his way. He’s had support in the closet, and now I don’t know what his support system is like outside of it.” And Entertainment Weekly has a very spoilery photo you probably want to see.
Florida Senator Bill Nelson has become the 51st Senator to support marriage equality. Now that we have a slim majority, would it be too much to ask for a symbolic vote from the Senate on the Respect For Marriage Act?
Cindy McCain has been on record as supporting marriage equality, unlike her husband, Senator John McCain. But she also requested to be removed from a commercial in support of equality. So color me surprised that she’s scheduled to appear in a Phoenix production of Dustin Lance Black’s 8 the Play.
Jeff Lewis has landed another show on Bravo, Property Envy. It’s essentially like Fashion Police for homes, with Jeff sitting on a panel critiquing homes, including some celebrity homes.
The Abbey is being sued by two women who claimed busboys at the iconic bar slipped them date rape drugs and raped them outside the bar. They’re each seeking $10 million from the bar.
Newt Gingrich is addicted to Downton Abbey. But I don’t really understand his characterization of the show. “You’re never bored. It’s sort of MTV designed into longform.”
The Texas A&M Student Senate passed a bill that will allow students to opt out of allowing their fees to be used to support the GLBT Resource Center. At the last minute, the bill title was changed from GLBT Funding Opt Out Bill to The Religious Funding Exemption Bill, which seems to be a new naming trend that needs to stop. Nobody is stepping on your religious freedom with marriage, counseling, or a safe place to meet on campus. If you want to be honest, just call it the Freedom To Discriminate Bill and move on.
Ronald Reagan’s son Michael attempted to justify his anti-gay comments on Piers Morgan, but failed miserably, even claiming he didn’t compare being gay to murder, at least not in the version of the comments he approved. So there were worse comments you didn’t approve? Meanwhile, his sister Patti Davis says that her father, conservative icon Ronald Reagan, would have supported marriage equality. “I grew up in this era where your parents’ friends were all called aunt and uncle. And then I had an aunt and an aunt. We saw them on holidays and other times.” She says her father even talked to her about Rock Hudson and how he preferred to kiss men.
The ACLU is fighting a Nevada law that makes consensual sex between minors of the same gender under the age of 18 a crime, but not if the minors are male and female. The law makes sex between persons of the same gender “infamous crimes against nature” and has been used to prosecute a same-sex underage couple last year.
Salt Lake City isn’t really known for tolerance of GLBT folks (though I’ve had some wild times there at the gay clubs). But the Salt Lake Tribune seems to think it’s time the state embraced equality, because it’s family values. “We must start asking ourselves, how much longer will we continue to hurt our families? A rally last week against marriage equality was hosted at the Utah State Capitol by the Osmond family, and featured high-profile speakers, including Gov. Gary Herbert. The organizers sought desperately to keep the tone civil, with multiple speakers claiming they were not speaking out of hatred, but out of love for all. But what kind of love is it to tell your fellow human beings, ‘I love you, I just don’t want the best for you?’”