Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Broadway's Billy Porter sings "The World Goes 'Round" on The Today Show

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Billy Porter, the star of Broadway’s “Kinky Boots,” performs “And the World Goes Round" from his new album “Back On Broadway.”

Puerto Vallarta 2014 - Breakfast/Lunch

Craig hits his first Tequila Sunrise of the day

My way to "beach it"

I'm loving the pool at the beach

View from the pool (at the beach)

Michael getting a "tattoo" (psst,... It's not real)

Gordon and Michael on the beach

Anti-gay bigot Peter Labarbera humiliated as audience walks out

Before walkout

After walkout
Sinclair Community College students and professors found their own way to protest anti-LGBT Peter LaBarbera coming to speak at their Dayton, Ohio, campus.

They showed up, and then they just got up and walked out as he began to speak:

Mr. LaBarbera approached the podium and apologized affably for keeping us waiting. He talked about the importance of dialogue and respect. And then he said there was no scientific evidence that homosexuality is not a choice. He reminded us that the hypocritical left, in silencing voices like his, is really the party guilty of intolerance.

And that was our cue to leave.

We stood, without a word, and walked out. I heard a woman shouting, “Shame! Shame on you!” There were gasps and a few loud grumbles of disapproval, LaBarbera’s aforementioned “Are you effing kidding me” among them. We walked out of the venue and into the Student Activities Center, where we hugged and laughed and ate Honey Maid graham crackers. Photographs of the venue after we walked out show that about 12 people remained behind, at least two of whom I recognize as allies who likely stayed to see what he would say. It was a beautiful, beautiful thing.

How perfectly appropriate.

Bravo to the Sinclair community.

"Magic Mike 2" gets 2015 release date


Warner Bros has set a release date of July 3, 2015 for "Magic Mike 2."

This will be a sequel to the original film, directed by Steven Soderbergh and loosely based on Channing Tatum‘s early days as a male stripper, which landed as a surprise hit of 2012.

Financed and produced by Soderbergh and Tatum, the movie was a major score (starring Tatum, Matthew McConaughey, Alex Pettyfer, Matt Bomer and Joe Manganiello) banking $113.7M at the domestic box office — one of Soderbergh’s most lucrative movies ever.

A Broadway version of the film is now in development as well.


(via Deadline)

"X-Men: Days of Future Past" final trailer


The final trailer for the upcoming "X-Men: Days of Future Past" doesn't disappoint.

From the clip description: The ultimate X-Men ensemble fights a war for the survival of the species across two time periods in X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST. The beloved characters from the original "X-Men" film trilogy join forces with their younger selves from "X-Men: First Class," in an epic battle that must change the past -- to save our future.

Opens May 23.

Squee!!!

Louisiana votes to keep unconstitutional sodomy ban


From Yahoo News:

The Louisiana House of Representatives voted not to remove the state's sodomy ban today, even though it was declared unconstitutional by the U.S Supreme Court in 2003 and cannot be used to arrest people. The 66-27 vote was overwhelmingly against getting rid of the ban.

The New Orleans Times-Picayune explains that a conservative religious lobbying group led the charge to keep the "crime against nature" law -- which, again, isn't even a real law anymore -- on the books, sending letters to all members of the House saying the unenforceable law is somehow protecting young people from sexual predators and public health risks.

"Louisiana's anti-sodomy statute is consistent with the values of Louisiana residents who consider this behavior to be dangerous, unhealthy and immoral," the letter said, apparently not mentioning that the statute is not consistent with the Constitution and that the East Baton Rogue sheriff's department was forced to apologize for trying to use it to arrest gay men last year.

It is currently legal in Louisiana to have intercourse with a corpse.

However, receive a blowjob from a consenting adult? Technically a felony and punishable by five years in prison.

LGBT author/activist Dan Savage thinks there are some questions to be posed...


Tuesday, April 15, 2014

New York Times urges President Obama to issue executive order on employment discrimination


In an op-ed today, the New York Times urged President Obama to issue an executive order regarding LGBT employment discrimination as an opportunity to "lead by example:"

Mr. Obama said in November that workplace discrimination “needs to stop, because, in the United States of America, who you are and who you love should never be a fireable offense.” An executive order barring discrimination by federal contractors would extend badly needed job protections to more than 11 million employees who work in states that lack such protections and whose companies fail to provide them voluntarily, according to the Williams Institute at the U.C.L.A. School of Law.

What Mr. Obama needs to do is act on his principles and issue such an order, without the religious exemption that was put into the Senate bill to lure Republican votes. Challenged last week to explain the mystifying delay on this issue, Mr. Obama’s spokesman said that the president supported broader legislation and that its enactment by Congress would make an executive order “redundant.”

[snip]

The best way for Mr. Obama to advance the issue and prod the House to do the right thing is to lead by example, not by waiting.

The "Shoe Truthers" - I told you this was coming...


Just yesterday I warned of the coming of the "Shoe Truthers" - right wingnuts who are trying to feed a story that the "shoe thrower" from last week's Hillary appearance in Las Vegas was a fake incident planned by the Clinton camp.

Today failed GOP presidential hopeful Herman Cain fed into the fake frenzy.

Lord...

And I have a bridge to sell you right over here...

Puerto Vallarta 2014



Posting from Mexico this week as my BFF Gordon celebrates his birthday this week.  

But don't worry, intrepid readers, I'm still on the job :)

Tequila!


"Christian" radio host Kevin Swanson equates axe murder with homosexuality

From God's "gentle children" comes this message of gays and axe murderers from Christian radio host Kevin Swanson, speaking about Honey Maid's pro-gay ad campaign:

"When you come down to things like axe murder or homosexuality and you say, ‘we’re really going to promote it and we’re going to encourage everybody in America to engage in this or at least support this thing,’ there will be people on the other side who will take an adamantly opposed position to your support of axe murdering or homosexuality. They will be intolerant, they will be very intolerant of that which is evil, like axe murdering.

"Didn’t God define love? See the problem with this ‘love’ thing is you can define it anyway you want. Homosexuals love their friends and cannibals love their victims, they taste good."

(via JMG)

Tenth Circuit Court to hear oral arguments for Oklahoma marriage equality


On Thursday, April 17 at 10am MT, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit will hear oral arguments in Bishop v. Smith, the landmark case that seeks the freedom to marry for same-sex couples in Oklahoma. 

In January 2014, a federal judge struck down Oklahoma’s ban on marriage for same-sex couples, and the state has appealed the ruling to the 10th Circuit. 

This case, which had been waiting for its day in court for nearly a decade, is historic — and it could very well be what brings the freedom to marry not just to Oklahoma but to every state in the 10th Circuit (including Colorado, Kansas, Utah and Wyoming) and possibly the nation, should it face consideration by the U.S. Supreme Court.

Michael likes early flights


Up and out for our flight to Puerto Vallarta this morning.  Michael loves getting on the first flight of the day.

Me? Not so much.... (Yawn)....

Monday, April 14, 2014

Quote of the day: Robin Roberts


Good Morning America host Robin Roberts in an interview with Good Housekeeping on coming out:

"Shortly after I posted about my relationship with Amber on Facebook last year, I showed a picture of us with my niece — who'd gotten married in Baton Rouge, LA — on GMA. It was like a beautiful family picture. I was so moved that people got it and said, 'You're happy.' Others, though, were asking, 'Why didn't you say something about her before? Why are you only recognizing her now?'

"News flash: Some people like their anonymity. This is what's right for me. Love is love, and I'm grateful to have that.

"Sometimes there's a stigma attached to how people view you if you're living a certain way. But I don't care — you gotta live your life. You gotta find what happiness is and what it means for you, and you can't get caught up in what someone is saying about you on Twitter. You don't go through a year like I did to not be happy and not make your own choices."

Birth of the "Shoe Truthers"


After a shoe was thrown at Hillary Clinton last week in Las Vegas, far right wing pundits have started pumping a theory - we'll call them "shoe truthers" - that the attacker was a fake and the entire episode was staged.

Gee, that didn't take too long.

From Talking Points Memo:

A blog post published Monday at the website of Fox News commentator Bernard Goldberg speculated that Clinton probably "calculated it beforehand," as is "almost always true" with things that happen to her.

"So it would not be stretching logic to suppose that Hillary arranged to have the shoe thrown at her," wrote Arthur Louis at Goldberg's site. "Remembering the Bush incident [when an Iraqi journalist threw two shoes at President George W. Bush], she may have calculated that this would make her seem presidential. This would explain why Ms. Ernst was not pounded to a pulp by Hillary's bodyguards, and why she seems on the verge of getting off scot free. Don’t be too surprised, the next time you visit Phoenix, if you see her sitting at a table in a downtown Hillary for President store front, stuffing and sealing envelopes."

On Monday, Rush Limbaugh entertained the same idea, telling radio listeners he "can totally relate" to those who believe that "everything the Clintons do is staged or choreographed." Asked about it by a listener, he emphasized that he hadn't studied the incident and isn't too concerned about it, but said people have told him Clinton's reaction "wasn't natural."

"I'm sorry, I'm ill-equipped to comment," Limbaugh said, adding: "Maybe it's because, in my subconscious, I think it was staged, or set up, or whatever. ... I don't know why anybody would be throwing a shoe at Hillary unless -- maybe it's an attempt to make the Benghazi people look like nuts and lunatics and wackos."

Debby Boone: "I have really good friends and family members who have changed my mind" on gay rights


Singer Debby Boone (of 70's hit "You Light Up My Life" fame) spoke to Traipsing Thru Films at this weekend's GLAAD awards saying that she has "come into the future" in evolving from the "old way of thinking to a new one" in regard to respecting LGBT folks and their rights.

Boone's father, Pat Boone, is famously anti-gay having compared gay rights activists to terrorists back in 2008.

Said Boone:

“I'm really happy to be here in support of GLAAD, because I am one of the people that has made the transition from an old way of thinking to a new one. And I think that's really the crux of what GLAAD is all about...I have really good friends and family members that have changed my mind. And the couple that we're with tonight is a lesbian couple who attended the church where my husband was associate rector.”



(via Towleroad)
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