Saturday, January 31, 2015

Quote Of The Day: Gays Rights Are NOT Human Rights

"I am a strong believer in traditional marriage, and I do not construe homosexual rights as human rights." - New Jersey Congressman Chris Smith (R) at a congressional hearing for Nigeria

Whitney Houston's Daughter Bobbie Kristina Brown Found 'Unresponsive' in Bathtub

Bobbi Kristina Brown, daughter of Bobby Brown and the late Whitney Houston, was found unresponsive in her Atlanta home on Saturday.

The Roswell Police, along with Roswell Fire and Rescue, responded to a 911 call reporting 21-year-old Brown unresponsive at 10:25 AM, according to a police press release.

Brown's husband, Nick Gordon, and a friend found Brown unresponsive in a bathtub and began CPR, according to police.

Police took over life-saving measures until rescue personnel arrived.

Brown was then transported to Atlanta's North Fulton Hospital.

According to TMZ, doctors have stabilized Brown's breathing and she is in the I.C.U.

(from Yahoo News)

Happy Birthday Carol Channing!

Happiest birthday wishes to my dear, wonderful Carol Channing, who turns 94 today!

As I did for over two and a half years to her personally, today I sing "You're still going, you're still growing, you're still going strong."

What a gift to make my Broadway debut with a legend of her irresistible charm and talent. You can read my journey with Carol in this blog post.

I was uber-fortunate to share a Broadway stage with Carol again a few years ago when Broadway Cares honored her at the 2010 "Gypsy Of The Year" event.

Check out me, Carol and a big chorus of men singing her praises below:

RuPaul Has Teachable Moment With Mary Cheney - "Drag Herstory"

Mary Cheney, daughter of Dick Cheney, recently commented after seeing a promo for RuPaul's Drag Race that drag seemed to be another form of "black face."

Cheney asked on her Facebook page, "Why is it socially acceptable -- as a form of entertainment -- for men to put on dresses, make up and high heels and act out every offensive stereotype of women (bitchy, catty, dumb, slutty, etc.) -- but it is not socially acceptable -- as a form of entertainment -- for a white person to put on blackface and act out offensive stereotypes of African Americans?"

RuPaul saw a teachable moment.

Check out this "Drag Herstory" lesson.

As Ru says at the end of the clip, "And the most important thing of all, drag never - ever - takes itself too seriously."

Quote Of The Day: Jonathan Capehart On Mitt Romney Not Running In 2016

"Mitt Romney, the former Massachusetts governor and 2012 Republican presidential nominee, made the right decision to not seek his party’s nomination for a third run.

"By bowing out today, Romney becomes a statesman of his party rather than a punch line for comedians. Besides, Sarah Palin has the latter role on lockdown." - Jonathan Capehart writing for the Washington Post

Kristin Chenoweth "I Will Always Love You"

From her Coming Home PBS special, Kristin Chenoweth sings the Dolly Parton classic "I Will Always Love You."

Data: Strong, Common-Sense Gun Laws Save Lives

According to data made available from 2013, the states with the highest gun death rates allow Open Carry without a permit.

The states with the lowest gun death rates have strong gun violence protection laws.

I believe in the right to gun ownership.  But I don't see anything wrong with background checks.

You read from activists and politicians on a range of issues that the country should follow the will of the people. Poll after poll shows support in the 70-80% range across the US for background checks.

With support THAT high, why are our elected officials not passing these common sense protections?


Serena Williams Wins Australian Open, 19th Grand Slam Victory

Serena Williams passes fellow Americans Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova on the all-time majors list by defeating Maria Sharapova in the Australian Open 6-3, 7-6.

The victory marks Serena's 19th major Grand Slam win. She trails only Steffi Graf now, who notched 22 Grand Slams during her career.

Friday, January 30, 2015

Coca-Cola Teams Up With Michael Sam For Positive Message For Internet

Today, if you put yourself out there in the big, wide world, it's very possible you're going to encounter some trolls and haters. Folks who, because they feel safe in their parents basement behind a computer screen, think they have a right to comment, crucify and bring you down.

Michael Sam has experienced firsthand how the Internet has grown increasingly negative.

Watch as Sam teams up with Coca-Cola to channel negativity into positivity and provides great advice for how to #MakeItHappy.

Tune in to the 2015 Big Game to watch Coca-Cola’s commercial. More positive messages from Coke partners here.

NFL Addresses Domestic Violence In Chilling Super Bowl PSA

Whoa. Powerful.

The NFL and the No More campaign (which works to combat domestic violence and sexual assault) teamed up for this PSA to run during the Super Bowl.

The premise comes from a story shared on Reddit last year by a former police dispatcher who once took a call from a domestic abuse victim who pretended to order a pizza in order to get police to her home without tipping off her abuser.


Mittens Will Not Run In 2016

On a conference call this morning, Mitt Romney told donors he will NOT run for the 2016 GOP nomination.


Romney has spoken to supporters on a conference call, reading a statement explaining his decision. “It is best to give other leaders in the party the opportunity to become our next nominee,” he said. “I believe that one of our next generation of Republican leaders, one who may not be as well known as I am today, one who has not yet taken their message across the country, one who is just getting started, may well emerge as being better able to defeat the Democrat nominee. In fact, I expect and hope that to be the case.”

It seems in exploring the landscape Mittens found many of his major donors had moved on to Jeb Bush.

Twitter responds:

Official Portrait For NASA Astronaut Leland Melvin

The official portrait for NASA astronaut Leland Melvin.

How awesome is that?

Dogs Rule.

Two and A Half Minutes Of West Side Story Awesomeness

I'm in the middle of working with a terrific cast and creative team of West Side Story in San Diego. Great talent, and of course, amazing material.

I found this today, and it captures how I feel about the creative journey here in SD.

If this doesn't make you smile, nothing will.

Happy Friday!

Super Bowl Commercials: First TV Spot For "Avengers: Age Of Ultron"

Directed by Joss Whedon, the sequel to 2012's Marvel's The Avengers, Age of Ultron stars Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth and Robert Downey Jr.

The movie hits theaters May 1st.

ExxonMobile Ends 17 Year Drought On LGBT Protections

After seventeen years of failed attempts, ExxonMobile's board of directors has finally approved adding "sexual orientation" and "gender identity" to ExxonMobile's list of protected classes.

Trust and believe, however, that the change doesn't come from a sincere change of heart.

President Obama's July 2014 announcement that federal contractors would have to make such additions and changes to corporate policies in order to do business with the federal government.

However, we get there, though, is still a win.

Expect several anti-gay pundits to moan and whine about this later today.

(via JMG)
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