Sunday, December 21, 2014

Lance Bass Marries Longtime Boyfriend Michael Turchin

Former boy bander Lance Bass married his boyfriend of 3 years, Michael Turchin, at the Park Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles yesterday.

The guest list included Pussycat Dolls co-founder Robin Antin, Christina Appelgate, Carmen Electra, The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Lisa Vanderpump and husband Ken Todd, Backstreet Boys singer AJ McLean and Gabourey Sidibe.

The festivities were filmed for a 90-minute special "Lance Loves Michael: The Lance Bass Wedding" set to air on Thursday, Feb. 5 on E!

"The whole wedding itself is very classy, you know. We wanted to plan something that could last for 100 years," Bass told E! "When we show our grandchildren this amazing tape of our wedding, the best wedding video ever, I want them to be able to look at this and be like, 'Wow, that stood the test of time.' So we're using a lot of elements in the wedding that are classy, and one of those is definitely our first dance. The song we chose is a song that lasts forever, something that is very special to us."

Ellen's Gardener "Nick" Plays A Nearly Naked Santa

Billy Reilich (aka Nick the Gardener) as naked Santa

Via Facebook page of Billy Reilich (aka "Nick the Gardener").

Photo by Lydia Brock.

Darlene Love's Final LATE SHOW Performance of "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)"

For the 28th (and sadly final) Christmas, Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Darlene Love visited David Letterman and The Late Show to perform her iconic holiday hit "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)."

What began in 1986 with just a four piece band evolved to this final epic performance which includes nearly a dozen backup singers and a horn section. Best of all, she plants herself atop the piano for the final triumphant chorus sounding just as powerful as she did when she recorded the song in 1963.

Love says she will not perform the song on TV ever again.

Elton John and David Furnish Get Married

After exactly nine years of civil partnership, Elton John married David Furnish today at their Windsor estate.

A photo posted by Elton John (@eltonjohn) on

12 Days Of Christmas Music: Josh Groban "LIttle Drummer Boy"


Josh Groban sings one of my favorite versions of "Little Drummer Boy" from his album NOEL.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

What Success Looks Like

This is what a successful presidency looks like:

• Our dependence on foreign oil is at a 20-year low -- and declining
• Emissions have fallen to their lowest levels in 20 years
• Domestic auto production is at a 12-year high
• Health insurance costs are increasing at the slowest rate since the 1960s

Does anyone have a problem with any of that?

I didn't think so...

Dogs Rule

I needed to see some dog love today.

Pat Robertson: Gays Will 'Die Out Because They Don't Reproduce'

A viewer asks televangelist nut-job Pat Robertson whether she should stay in a church whose members weren't allowed to date.

Robertson responds saying she should leave since that church is going to die out, just like those queers.

"You know, those who are homosexual will die out because they don't reproduce. You know, you have to have heterosexual sex to reproduce. Same thing with that church: it's doomed, it's going to die out because it's the most nonsensical thing I've heard in a long time."

It's laughable that Robertson doesn't make note of the fact that the world isn't full of gay folks because WE reproduce. Luckily, we all have our heterosexual parents to thank for being here.

That being said, tons of LGBT folks like my husband and I will keep on
trying to "conceive." You know the old saying, "If at first you don't succeed...."

Things That Make You Go "Hmm..."

12 Days Of Christmas Music: Faith Hill "Where Are You Christmas?"

One of my favorite contemporary holiday songs.

From the soundtrack of the film How The Grinch Stole Christmas - Faith Hill sings "Where Are You Christmas?"

New TLC Special: "My Husband's Not Gay"

This January TLC Network will debut a new special that follows four men who are attracted to men but look to marry women:

The show focuses on three married couples: Jeff and Tanya, Pret and Megan, and Curtis and Tera. Joining the cast is 35-year-old Tom, the bachelor of the group who enjoys fishing and baseball andserved as a missionary in Long Beach.

All cast members are devout Mormons belonging to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The special will follow the cast as they navigate life while explaining to outsiders their unique marriages.

“I get a little defensive when somebody calls my husband gay,” one wife says in the debut trailer.

Maybe I'm old-fashioned, but I think we used to call this being bisexual, which is completely fine as long as the men and their wives are in the know.

“My Husband’s Not Gay” airs at 10 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 11.

Advice Of The Day

Madonna Brings Early Christmas Gift For Fans - Drops Six New Tracks From Upcoming Album

In light of recent leaks from Madonna's upcoming album Rebel Heart, Madge decided to officially drop six tracks as an early Christmas present to fans.

The songs released today are: “Living for Love”, “Devil Pray”, “Ghosttown”, “Unapologetic Bitch”, “Illuminati” and “Bitch I'm Madonna” (feat. Nicki Minaj).

In a statement, the Queen of Pop shared, "I was hoping to release my new single 'Living for Love' on Valentine's Day with the rest of the album coming in the spring. I would prefer my fans to hear completed versions of some of the songs instead of the incomplete tracks that are circulating. Please consider these six songs as an early Christmas gift."

The six are available on iTunes.

I've posted "Living For Love" below as it's the only track on her official YouTube.

Friday, December 19, 2014

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi Admits Defeat On Same-Sex Marriage

Via press release, virulently anti-gay Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi issued this statement on the US Supreme Court's denial of request to keep same-sex marriage from beginning in Florida January 6th:

"Tonight, the United States Supreme Court denied the State’s request for a stay in the case before the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals. Regardless of the ruling it has always been our goal to have uniformity throughout Florida until the final resolution of the numerous challenges to the voter-approved constitutional amendment on marriage. Nonetheless, the Supreme Court has now spoken, and the stay will end on Jan. 5."

Bite me, Pam Bondi. You lost.

You stood against equal rights for all, and you lost.

SCOTUS Denies Florida Request For Extension Of Same-Sex Marriage Ruling Stay

Florida's Republican Attorney General Pam Bondi has spent months fighting rulings in favor of overturning her state's ban on same-sex marriage.

In fact, she recently asked the US Supreme Court to extend the current stay on one of those rulings as the case awaits it's turn at the 11th Circuit Court.

Color me shocked, but that request was just denied.

Although Justice Clarence Thomas (who oversees such requests for the 11th Circuit) referred the matter to the full court - which decided against extending the stay - both he and Justice Scalia noted that they would have granted the extension.

Here's the background on the case via Chris Johnson at the Washington Blade:

In August, U.S. District Court Judge Robert Hinkle ruled against the state’s ban on same-sex marriage, known as Amendment 2, but placed a stay on his order until 91 days passed after the appeals process was completed in the Utah, Oklahoma and Virginia marriage cases. When the U.S. Supreme Court refused to review these cases, it set for date for same-sex couples to be able to marry in Florida starting Jan. 5.

Bondi tried to extend the stay on the same-sex marriages as she continued to defend the law in court, but her requests were by denied by the district court as well as the U.S. Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, which ordered the stay to be lifted “at the end of the day” on Jan. 5.

Nadine Smith, CEO of Equality Florida, issued this statement: "We are thrilled the U.S. Supreme Court has denied the State's request to delay marriages in Florida. Every day of delay is another day of harm experienced by thousands of loving and committed same-sex couples in Florida. It's time to break out the wedding bells! We look forward to January 6th being a special day -- Florida is ready for the freedom to marry."

I reported yesterday that Osceola County Clerk of the Courts Armando Ramirez has stated that if the stay was lifted, his courthouse would open at 12:01 a.m. on Jan. 6 to issue marriage licenses and possibly perform services.

I mentioned I'm shocked as this is the first time that SCOTUS has denied such a request before a federal appeals court had ruled on the issue. That said, I think it's a clear indication of the thinking of the high court in terms of marriage equality :)

Happy Dance Time!

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