Saturday, October 22, 2016

News Round-Up: October 22, 2016

Some news stories you may have missed:

This Is Us star (formerly of Smallville) Justin Hartley gets wet and wild for a good cause on ELLEN.

• Log Cabin Republicans vote to withhold endorsing Donald Trump for president. What a bold decision two weeks before the election.

• Utah activists sue the state over laws which ban any positive discussion of LGBTs in public schools.

• Donald Trump says he plans to sue all the women who have accused him of sexual assault after the election.

• In case you're wondering, here's Nate Silver's latest numbers crunching of the presidential election.

Olympian Gus Kenworthy Looks Back On Coming Out

I am gay. Those three words are how I began the caption on this same photo one-year-ago, today. I remember waking up that day, with the most overwhelming sense of emotions. I was excited for a future where I no longer had to mask myself with heteronormative posturing. But then, of course, I felt apprehensive because I didn't know how people were going to react. I'd already told my immediate family and a few close friends and they all offered nothing but love and support and I decided that even if the rest of the world abandoned me, their support would be enough. However when the day finally came, I was terrified of losing friends, fans and sponsors. What I didn't anticipate though, was all that I was about to gain. I've gained so much over the past year and I am so tremendously thankful for all of it. I've started to love myself, a big step for someone who spent their adolescence in self-contempt. I've made lifelong friends, fallen in love and felt truer and happier than I ever imagined. I've witnessed myself swell with pride while holding my guy's hand walking down the street; no longer dictated by fear to walk with my hands in my pockets acting like the person I loved was merely a friend, an acquaintance. I got to ski completely unencumbered and ended up having my best competitive season ever because of it. And while competing I got to, finally, acknowledge my boyfriend standing at the bottom of the half-pipe cheering me on; something I regrettably failed to do in my previous 5-year-long closeted relationship. Ultimately, for the first time in my life, I got to feel free - something everybody should feel every day! I can't thank you all enough for the support you've given me over the last year, it truly means the world to me. I get messages every day from guys saying my story has helped them come to terms with themselves or given them the confidence to tell their friends or family that they're gay. And that, I have to say, has been the highlight of my past year. Of course there will always be nay-sayers but if I've helped even one person feel better about themselves then this process, for me, has all been worth it. I love you guys. ❤️💛💚💙💜
A photo posted by gus kenworthy (@guskenworthy) on

Las Vegas: PRIDE Weekend Kicks Off With Pride Parade

You've got to love that Las Vegas Pride kicked off PRIDE Weekend with our night-time Pride Parade last night under a delectable October sky.

If you missed the parade (and why would you?), you can watch on CoxCable96 starting on October 31st. How cool is that? We get our Pride Parade televised? Awesome!

Make sure you share your pics from Pride in Las Vegas today and tomorrow by tagging @VegasPride on Twitter.

Lots of social media happening with snaps from all along the parade route. Check out just a sample below.

Early Voting Starts In Nevada

And..., DONE!

Now you KNOW I'm gonna get my vote on the very first day, the very first hour of early voting here in Las Vegas.

Long lines showing up all over the city (you can even vote at your grocery store!), but my polling place was moving along quite smoothly.

No shenanigans, no ugliness - just good, clean electoral processes happening on a gorgeous Nevada day.

Early voting accounts for nearly 50% of the vote in Nevada in presidential election years. And in those cycles with the presidency on the ballot, around 80% of registered voters show up to make their voices heard - 81% in 2012, 80% in 2008 and 79.9% in 2004.

If you need info about where to vote in Las Vegas, click here.

Now go vote, and if you've already voted come see me today at Las Vegas PRIDE in Sunset Park. I'll be hosting the mainstage from 5-7PM!

Looks like a long line but it moved quickly

Reuters Predicts 326 Electoral Votes For Hillary Clinton

Reuter's "State of the Nation" project is predicting Democrat Hillary Clinton to win in a landslide with 326 electoral votes.

In the last week, there has been little movement. Clinton leads Donald Trump in most of the states that Trump would need should he have a chance to win the minimum 270 votes needed to win. According to the project, she has a better than 95 percent chance of winning, if the election was held this week. The mostly likely outcome would be 326 votes for Clinton to 212 for Trump.

Trump came off his best debate performance of the campaign Wednesday evening but the polling consensus still showed Clinton winning the third and final face-off on prime-time TV. Trump disputes those findings.

And some national polls had the race tightening a wee bit this week though others had Clinton maintaining her solid lead. But the project illustrates that the broader picture remains bleak for Trump with 17 days to go until the Nov. 8 election.

Reuters notes that Trump has lost ground in Arizona and Utah. Conservative Independent Utah native Evan McMullin is currently leading in polls there. Some pundits believe it possible for the independent to win the state's 6 electoral votes.


In reviewing the new movie Moonlight, The Advocate editor Yezmin Villarreal dubs the coming of age flick by director Barry Jenkins "the year's best film." Villarreal describes the film thusly:

"Moonlight — in theaters Friday — is a coming-of-age film about a gay black youth, Chiron, growing up in the Liberty City neighborhood of Miami, which was affected by the rise of crack cocaine and the AIDS epidemic in the 1980s. Chiron is not only struggling with the boys at school who incessantly bully him but is also dealing with a drug-addicted mother and coming to terms with his attraction to men."

The New York Times writes of Moonlight:

To describe “Moonlight,” Barry Jenkins’s second feature, as a movie about growing up poor, black and gay would be accurate enough. It would also not be wrong to call it a movie about drug abuse, mass incarceration and school violence. But those classifications are also inadequate, so much as to be downright misleading. It would be truer to the mood and spirit of this breathtaking film to say that it’s about teaching a child to swim, about cooking a meal for an old friend, about the feeling of sand on skin and the sound of waves on a darkened beach, about first kisses and lingering regrets. Based on the play “In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue” by Tarell Alvin McCraney, “Moonlight” is both a disarmingly, at times almost unbearably personal film and an urgent social document, a hard look at American reality and a poem written in light, music and vivid human faces.

Towleroad's Nathaniel Rogers is already calling for Oscar nominations:

Critics are saying it’s a rich original film about growing up gay and black. That’s true. The film will provoke many identity politics discussions, but it’s so much more than that. The director Barry Jenkins’ artistry is so strong that the film is universally relatable to the gay experience.

And the LA Times is jubilant:

Moonlight is magic. So intimate you feel like you're trespassing on its characters’ souls, so transcendent it's made visual and emotional poetry out of intensely painful experience, it's a film that manages to be both achingly familiar and unlike anything we've seen before.

In other words, go see this movie.

More info about the film on Facebook.

Friday, October 21, 2016

Las Vegas: Time To Get Your Pride On This Weekend

Hey Las Vegas! Time to get your PRIDE on!

Tonight's PRIDE Parade starts pre-show at 7PM and then kicks off in full at 8PM. As in past years, Cox  Cable will broadcast tonight's PRIDE Parade on Cox Channel 96

This year's PRIDE Festival will be held over October 22-23 at Sunset Park (at the corner of Sunset Rd. and Eastern Ave.).

The festival location will feature two outdoor stages surrounded by comfy grass to chill in, plus a food court and convenient drink stations, more than 100 exhibitors on site, AND tons of featured performers, as well as great local talent.

Yours truly will be hosting the Caesars Mainstage from 5PM-7PM on Saturday with Shannel, star of 53X on the Las Vegas Strip. So come on down and say "hi!"

This year's entertainers include Kristine W (Sunday headliner) and Alec Mapa (Saturday headliner), as well as Ricky Rebel, Ronnie “CHICO” Di Cicco, and many, many more.

Plus, this year continues the Family Activity Zone filled with fun activities for parents and children 12 and under.

Out Music: Tyler Glenn EXCOMMUNICATION

Tyler Glenn

Tyler Glenn, lead vocalist for Neon Trees, drops his debut solo album EXCOMMUNICATION today.

Via press release:
Known for such multi-platinum hits as “Animal” and “Everybody Talks,” the band has released three albums including 2014’s Pop Psychology (Island Records), which debuted at No. 6 on The Billboard 200, at No. 1 on the iTunes Alternative Album Chart and within the Top 5 of the Overall iTunes Album Chart.

The New York Times, which welcomed Glenn for this recent Popcast, noted that the “fiery solo album questions almost everything Tyler Glenn used to believe in.”

Raised as a Mormon, Glenn came out as gay in a 2014 interview with Rolling Stone and remained steadfast in his faith until last fall, when the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) announced a new policy identifying those in a same-sex marriage as apostates and prohibiting their children from being blessed or baptized. The announcement threw Glenn – and many others – into a tailspin.

“I don’t think there’s ever been an album like this,” marveled Billboard. Rage observed, “It’s like listening to the seven stages of the grieving process: Shock/disbelief, denial, bargaining, guilt, anger, depression and acceptance/hope. It’s all there, inviting us to take what we need from it and move forward, just as he did.” The Salt Lake City Tribune said, “Glenn doesn't just want to throw spiritual struggles in your face — he wants you to dance, too, and the soul-baring lyrics are matched with plenty of stomping '80s-retro synths and beats that Neon Trees fans will find familiar. Ultimately, the dance floor is the church Glenn thinks everyone should belong to.”

Billboard praised the video for lead single “Shameless” as “provocative.” The clip, which, can be viewed HERE, was directed by Mike Harris, who also helmed the controversial video for “Trash.” Rolling Stone premiered the “Trash” video, observing, “his solo debut is as political as it is personal” and praising Glenn’s performance in the video as “incendiary.”

Speaking at length to The Advocate, Glenn described the cathartic experience of writing and creating the new album. “I feel like I’m unwiring so much guilt and shame. I think back on my 20s, and I was always feeling bad for who I was. So being shameless is important for me. I feel like the God that I came to know through religion was a loving creator that wanted me to come back to him. And now I don’t even know if it’s a 'him.' I don’t know what it is. And I don’t want to feel bad for existing any more.”

Check out the music video for lead single "Shameless" below.

EXCOMMUNICATION is available on all digital download sites including iTunes.

Hillary Clinton Trolls Trump On Debate "Polls"

Check out Hillary Clinton's sly Twitter trolling of Donald Trump today which comes after Trump's heavily panned speech (he was literally booed) last night at the Alfred E. Smith charity dinner

As many folks know, Clinton won every scientific poll conducted after the 3rd presidential debate this week.

Trump loves cooing over the results ofnon-scientific "widget" polls conducted on websites which commonly have a few thousand of his followers hitting "vote, refresh, vote, refresh" thousands of times.

You might even say the widgets were hacked ;)

And just to show balance, even conservatives like Bill Kristol laughed at the Trump tweet.

Former Aide Testifies Gov. Christie Knew About Bridge Closings In Advance

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie
Bridget Kelly, a former top aide to New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, testified in court today that the governor knew about planned bridge closings in August of 2013 a month before they occurred.


Kelly is on trial for federal charges that range from conspiracy to wire fraud. She's the author of the infamous email about the September 2013 lane closures on the George Washington Bridge, and her message in that email — "Time for some traffic problems in Fort Lee" — has been seen as proof that the closures of crucial roads leading into New York City weren't just a mishap of planning, but an attempt to punish Fort Lee's mayor for not endorsing Christie during his re-election campaign.

Kelly, who was fired as Christie's deputy chief of staff in the fallout from the scandal, testified on her own behalf Friday, saying Christie had consented to the Port Authority's plan to shut down the roads for four days — a plan that not only ruined commuters' trips but also frustrated ambulances' attempts to transport patients.

Today, Kelly gave new details about the scandal, and about Christie's behavior. Via Twitter, Andrea Bernstein of member station WNYC reports that under questioning by her defense attorney, Kelly testified:

• That she told Christie about the closings one month before they occurred, and that they were expected to cause "tremendous" problems;

• That Christie's main response was to ask "What's our relationship with Mayor Sokolich?" — referring to Mayor Mark Sokolich of Fort Lee;

• That Kelly also talked with Christie about Mayor Sokolich's public safety complaints over the closures while traffic was still snarled;

•That during a meeting in Seaside Heights, Christie flew into a rage over being asked by Kelly to introduce people, and asked her, "What do you think I am, a ****ing game show host?" Kelly was in tears as she said Christie then threw a water bottle at her that struck her in the arm.

Gov. Christie has maintained he knew nothing about the bridge closings.

Christie, a high-level Donald Trump advisor,  has been noticeably absent from the presidential campaign for some time now.

Donald Trump Booed At Charity Dinner

As ABC News is reporting, Republican Donald Trump didn't quite grasp the lighthearted tone of last night's annual Alfred E. Smith Dinner taking several of his jokes aimed at opponent Hillary Clinton to an uncomfortable level, including revisiting his"nasty woman" quip from the final presidential debate.

The crowd actually booed Trump for his off-color remarks.

The dinner in New York, to benefit charity, is supposed to be a light-hearted roast where the presidential candidates take jabs at themselves and each other, but the event came just a day after the particularly nasty third presidential debate. During the debate, the candidates didn’t shake hands or acknowledge each other before or after the forum.

Trump, who spoke first, tried at first to keep things light-hearted, but quickly turned to harsh criticism about Clinton, who he described as “corrupt.” His remarks drew boos from the crowd, unprecedented for the event in the memories of observers.

“Hillary believes it’s vital to deceive the people by having one public policy. And a totally different policy in private. That’s okay,” he said, to boos from the crowd. “I don’t know who they’re angry at, Hillary, you or I? For example, here she is tonight in public, pretending the not to hate Catholics.”

“Now, if some of you haven’t noticed, Hillary isn’t laughing as much as the rest of us. That’s because she knows the jokes and all of the jokes were given to her in advance of the dinner by Donna Brazile,” he added.

Trump makes history as the only presidential candidate ever to be booed at the event.

Former RNC Chief Michael Steele Adds His Name To Growing List Of Republicans Who Won't Vote Trump

Former Republican National Committee chairman Michael Steele is the latest in a line of former GOP party heads to announce he will not be voting for his party's nominee, Donald Trump.

From The Week:

Former Republican National Committee chairman Michael Steele just can't stomach voting for either major-party presidential candidate. "I was damn near puking during the debates," Steele said Thursday at a dinner in San Francisco in honor of the 40th anniversary of Mother Jones.

Steele, who led the RNC from 2009 to 2011 as the first black GOP chairman, said he won't be casting a ballot for his party's nominee Donald Trump, and he won't vote for Democrat Hillary Clinton either. He cannot support Trump because he has "captured that racist underbelly, that frustration, that angry underbelly of American life and gave voice to that," Steele said. He also argued that Trump only represents about 30 percent of the Republican Party.

In addition to Steele, four other former RNC chairmen have declared they cannot support Donald Trump: Marc Racicot, Mel Martinez, Bill Brock, and Ken Mehlman.

New Campaign Spot Highlights Hillary's Support For LGBT Equality

New campaign spot from the Human Rights Campaign highlights Democrat Hillary Clinton's support for LGBTQ equality.

“Time and again Hillary Clinton has demonstrated through her words and actions that she is committed to fighting for full LGBTQ equality,” said HRC President Chad Griffin. “All of the progress we’ve achieved is at stake in this election. While Donald Trump continues his hate-filled campaign and threatens to drag us backwards, Hillary Clinton will fight to break down the walls of discrimination that still hold us back. It’s crucially important that pro-equality Americans turn out and vote for Hillary Clinton as the next President of the United States.”

Text from the spot:

“We need to build an America where no one has to worry that they can get married on Saturday and be fired on Monday; where kids aren’t bullied just because of who they are; and where every American has the chance to live up to his or her God-given potential, no matter who they are or who they love.”

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Spirit Day 2016

Spirit Day began in 2010 as a way to show support for LGBTQ youth and take a stand against bullying. Following a string of high-profile suicide deaths of gay teens in 2010, GLAAD worked to involve millions of teachers, workplaces, celebrities, media outlets and students in going purple on social media or wearing purple, a color that symbolizes spirit on the rainbow flag.

Spirit Day now occurs every year on the third Thursday in October, during National Bullying Prevention Month, and has become the most visible day of support for LGBTQ youth.

This year GLAAD will celebrate Spirit Day on October 20 where we will all stand together; communities, corporations, celebrities, landmarks, faith groups, sports leagues, schools and so much more, to send a message of solidarity and acceptance to LGBTQ youth.

An amazing teenager, Brittany McMillan, wanted to remember those young people who lost their lives to suicide and to take a stand against bullying.

Students, schools, organizations, corporations, media professionals, celebrities, parents and many more. Everyone from Oprah to Cher to Facebook and MTV have gone purple for Spirit Day. Even the White House has joined the cause!

So, click over to GLAAD, change your pic to purple and get your grape on today remembering how we need to stand up to bullying.

The Two Moments From The 3rd Presidential Debate Everyone Is Talking About

Instead of recapping the entire third presidential debate last night, I'll just get to the two moments that grabbed everyone's attention.

The first was Donald Trump's attempt to treat the debate like the finale of a reality TV show when he announced he would decide at a later date whether or not he would accept the results of the election.

From CBS News:

On the University of Nevada debate stage in Las Vegas, Trump was asked point-blank whether he would “absolutely accept” the result of this election.

His response: “I will look at it at the time. I’m not looking at anything now. I’ll look at it at the time.”

The statement came just hours after his own vice presidential nominee, Gov. Mike Pence of Indiana, told CNN in a pre-debate interview: “I’ve said before that we’ll certainly accept the outcome of this election.”

Debate moderator Chris Wallace, of Fox News, pressed Trump on the “tradition in this country” of the election loser conceding, allowing for a “peaceful transition of power.”

“Are you saying you’re not prepared now to commit to that principle?” Wallace asked.

“What I’m saying is that I will tell you at the time,” Trump replied. “I’ll keep you in suspense. OK?”

The second moment came near the very end when Trump interrupted Hillary Clinton to say she was "such a nasty woman."

Here's how folks in the political world scored the two candidates:

“She devastated him. He melted down. His refusal to accept the results of this election disqualifies him automatically from any office in the United States. There were several areas where he was utterly incoherent, grasping at ‘facts,’ without any understanding of policy. His personal foulness emerged.” - Andrew Sullivan for New York Magazine

“He should have said he would accept the results of the election. There is no other option unless we’re in a recount again.” - conservative pundit Laura Ingraham

“This was the Democratic nominee’s best debate performance. She finally figured out the right calibration of ignoring and engaging Trump.” - Chris Cillizza of the Washington Post

“Clinton really is doing well tonight. Again and again, she’s taken Trump apart.” - James Astill of The Economist
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