Chaz Bono is headed to Secret Life of the American Teenager, but he wasn’t picked for the role as a transgender man. “One of the characters [George] is questioning the validity of his child [Robie] being his because the kid doesn’t share his hair color. The producers were looking for someone like me who doesn’t have the same hair color as their parents. It’s a funny scene.”
Warehouse 13 has announced their return to the air on April 29, and they celebrated with a trailer for the second half of the season. The main scene with our man Jinks has the agent getting splattered in the face with something wet and sticky.
If you were online yesterday, you were aware that The Onion made a disturbing tweet about nine-year-old Oscar nominee Quvenzhane Wallis, for which the CEO apologized and promised action. But many former staffers for the humor site are not happy – about the apology. “’It shows they don’t have faith in the writers, or in their public. It looks worse that they took [the tweet] down,’ one former Onion editor, Joe Garden, told BuzzFeed.” Forget the stuff about editorial freedom, you get that when you show you can exercise it. You make that joke about an adult, be it Sandra Bullock or Hugh Jackman, fine, it’s in bad taste. You make it about a child, you’re a horrible human being. Grow up. Humor isn’t a license to attack a child.
Former Surgeon General C. Everett Coop has passed away at the age of 96. Coop was an evangelical Christian, but used his position to advocate for HIV education, prevention, and inclusive sex education, breaking new ground.
FYI, the new Six Strikes policy is in effect for those using P2P technology to download copyrighted material. A series of escalating steps will first warn you, then make you acknowledge the warning before throttling your speeds and eventually cutting you off. Appealing an accusation will cost you $35, and you will be presumed guilty unless you appeal.
Pastor Jeffress, who runs the anti-gay, anti-Jew, anti-Islam megachurch in Dallas that Tim Tebow canceled his speaking engagement at is saying that Tebow was guilty of “wimping out.” He also says his church hates no one. “You know, it is an amazing thing to me that a church is called anti-semitic simply because we preach that everyone — Jew, Baptist, Catholic, Hindu, atheist, everyone — must trust in Christ in order to go to heaven. It’s amazing to me that we’re called anti-gay, simply because we say sex ought to be between a man and a woman in marriage. Somehow that’s construed to be anti-gay. It doesn’t matter if you’re a Jew, a Baptist, a Catholic, a Muslim, a Hindu, a homosexual, an adulterer a thief, or a cheat — it doesn’t matter what you’ve done — you can be forgiven of your sins if you trust in Jesus Christ as your savior. That’s not a message of hate, it’s a message of hope.”
Texas Republicans have filed bills to cut off funding for school districts that have pro-gay policies like domestic partner benefits or nondiscrimination policies for clubs.
Jesse Tyler Ferguson talks to Buzzfeed about the spring collection of their Tie the Knot collection of bow ties, designed this time by Isaac Mizrahi. Plus, they just wrote a check from the profits on the first collection for $50,000 to the Human Rights Campaign.
NFL pundit Mike Florio has been covering the NFL Combine this weekend, and says that all the professional teams are dying to know if Manti Te’o is gay or not, but none of them are brave enough to ask him. “It’s just that they want to know what they’re getting. They want to know what issues they may be dealing with down the road. We just assumed that at some point there would be an openly gay player in an NFL locker room and the team would have to work with the realities and make sure that everything’s fine. Now you have a situation where you have a guy who was in a relationship with a fake girl who ended up being a real man, and the man has said to Dr. Phil that he was romantically in love with Manti Te’o, it just raises a lot of questions that the NFL at some point is going to have to deal with.”
The Bipartisan Legal Advisory Group says that if DOMA is struck down, it will cause “direct injury on the House.” Well, only because you blew so much money defending a law that you knew was indefensible.
You know what marriage equality means? Divorce equality.
The National Organization for Marriage has pledged $500,000 to defeat any Republican in Minnesota who votes for marriage equality. They really didn’t have a good track record with that tactic the last dozen times they announced it.
You should meet Kevin, a gay llama farmer from Kentucky. He lost his job because he was gay, and sued. The judge agreed that his employer had treated him wrong, but since there’s no law against that, nothing could be done. Now he’s having trouble feeding his 300 animals on his sanctuary. I have two ideas (beyond the crowdsourced funding that’s started). First, Chris Colfer loves llamas, they should meet and let Chris promote the farm in exchange for quality llama time. And second, everyone tweet Ellen DeGeneres to have him on her show. Maybe she can send him some of her organic feed while bringing some attention to the matter.
The producer of Oscar winning animated short The Paperman was briefly kicked out of the ceremony for tossing a few paper airplanes from the balcony when the piece won. Thankfully, after some pleading and an apology, she was allowed back in. Kind of puts a damper on a happy night, doesn’t it?
Cardinal Keith O’Brien, the most senior Catholic in the UK (and loudly anti-gay), has been forced to resign after allegations of sexual misconduct with four male priests surfaced. He will not be traveling to Rome to choose the next pope.