Sunday, May 24, 2015

Iconic Actress Anne Meara Passes Away at 85

Anne Meara with husband Jerry (L) and son Ben (R)
Anne Meara, iconic actress and comedian, has passed away at 85.

She and husband Jerry Stiller were a prominent 1960s comedy team, appearing as Stiller and Meara, and are the parents of actor and comedian Ben and actress Amy Stiller.

In 1975 she starred in her own series Kate McShane on CBS, which she was nominated for an Emmy Award.

Meara costarred with Carroll O'Connor and Martin Balsam in the early 1980s hit sitcom Archie Bunker's Place, which was a continuation of the influential 1970s sitcom All in the Family. She played the role of Veronica Rooney, the bar's cook, for the show's first three seasons (1979–1982).

She also worked in the movie Fame, in which she played English teacher, Elizabeth Sherwood.

She was a cast member of the long running daytime drama All My Children from 1992-1999.

More recently, she has had recurring roles on the television shows Sex and the City (as Mary Brady) and The King of Queens (as Veronica).

She was also an accomplished Broadway actress appearing in several plays including A Month In The Country, Eastern Standard and Anna Christie among others.

The Stiller family released a statement to The Associated Press on Sunday describing Jerry Stiller as Meara's "husband and partner in life."

George W. Bush Offered To Officiate A Same-Sex Wedding In 2013

According to the Washington Blade, former President George W. Bush offered to officiate a 2013 same-sex wedding in Kennebunkport, Maine, for lesbian couple Bonnie Clement and Helen Thorgalsen, according to a new article published in the Boston Globe.

As was widely reported before, the Boston Globe notes that former President George H.W. Bush made headlines when he attended their wedding in 2013.

According to reports at the time, George H.W. Bush served as a witness at the wedding.

But the article also reports something that has previously been undisclosed in the media: former President George W. Bush “offered to perform the ceremony but had a scheduling conflict.”

Some mornings, Bush drops into H.B. Provisions, a cozy general store owned by Bonnie Clement and her wife, Helen Thorgalsen (George H.W. Bush made international headlines when he attended their wedding in 2013; George W. Bush offered to perform the ceremony but had a scheduling conflict).

This would certainly be a big pivot for George W. considering during his presidency he supported a Federal Marriage Amendment to the US Constitution that would have outlawed same-sex marriage.

The Washington Blade reports reaching out to H.B. Provisions in Kennebunkport regarding the Boston Globe's assertion. Apparently, the person who answered the phone said, “There’s no story there. There’s nothing to tell. Please just leave me alone.”

I'll be curious to see if more confirmation comes along in the next few days.

Las Vegas: Chippendales At Cowabunga Bay Water Park Official 2015 Opening

Hubby Michael in front with (from left) Sami, Mikey, Matt, Nathan and Johnny of The Chippendales

I'm still nursing my VERY painful tooth ache thing going on - not enough drugs in the world I'm guessing. More wine!

But hot hubby Michael is with The Chippendales at a public event taking place at Las Vegas' Cowabunga Bay Water Park today.

Let me repeat that - the hunky men of Chippendales getting wet at a water park.

I've asked for lots and lots of photos from the day :)

Happy Memorial Day Weekend!

Curtis, Mikey and Johnny get ready for a ride.
Talk about "wet and wild"... :)

The men of Chippendales celebrate Cowabunga Bay Water Park's official 2015 opening

From L to R: Sami, Johnny, Matt, Mikey, Curtis and Nathan
I mean, seriously...

I don't think the water park is used to guys this big... LOL

Nathan and Sami take a second to chill out

Sunday Pooltime

Via Adopt A Greyhound Atlanta

"Dude, I will give you all of my treats for a week if you go get us drinks." ‪#‎TheStruggleIsReal‬

Sweden’s Måns Zelmerlöw Wins Eurovision 2015

Måns Zelmerlöw of Sweden has won Eurovision 2015 with his performance of "Heroes."

But the winner of the grand, over-the-top annual song competition ran into a bit of trouble with the LGBT community last year when he said LGBT couples should not be parents while appearing on a TV cooking show.

The 28-year-old claimed it “isn’t equally natural for men to want to sleep with one another” and branded homosexuality an “avvikelse” (abnormality), according to WiWiBloggs, before quickly adding that “there isn’t anything wrong with it at all”.

Zelmerlow later clarified his remarks in a statement, apologising to “all who take offence”. “I believe and hope that the vast majority know that I respect differences and all forms of love,” he said.

Supporters blamed the food and drink on the TV show that caused him to "misspeak."

Zelmerlöw seemed to show support for the LGBT community as he accepted his award last night:

'I have so much to say... I’m so extremely happy,' he said as he accepted the award, according to the BBC.

'We are all heroes, no matter who we love, who we are or what we believe in.'

Tweet Of The Day: Matthew Rettenmund

Ireland: Panti Bliss Is Drunk On Yes

Irish drag celeb and LGBT activist "Panti Bliss" (aka Rory O'Neill) writes for the Independent:

"Yes. It's such a little word but today it feels so big. YES. Has one simple syllable ever meant so much before? Not to me anyway. I've never asked anyone to marry me, but today it feels like I asked a whole country to marry me and they said Yes. And I'm delighted. Ecstatic.

"I'm over the gay moon and drunk on Yes, and like any happy groom on his wedding morning, I'm truly, deeply, madly in love. I am in love with the whole country.

"On Friday, Ireland agreed with that simple proposition. Forty years after those first brave men and women stood up and said, "no more", the people of Ireland said Yes, and what must have seemed impossible all those years ago has been achieved: Ireland's LGBTI citizens are full and equal citizens under the law."

(h/t JMG)

BBC Reports On The Big Celebrations In Ireland Over Marriage Equality

Watch all the shiny, happy people celebrate in Ireland - from the BBC:

The Republic of Ireland has voted overwhelmingly to legalise same-sex marriage in a historic referendum. More than 62% voted in favour of amending the country's constitution to allow gay and lesbian couples to marry.

It is the first country in the world to legalise same-sex marriage through a popular vote.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Dan Savage Calls The Duggars Out For "Demonizing" Gays While Covering Up For Their Son

Appearing on MSNBC's All In with Chris Hayes last night, Dan Savage called out the Duggars of 19 Kids & Counting fame for demonizing LGBTs while covering up for their son, Josh Duggar, who has admitted that he molested young girls when he was 14 years old.

Savage reminded viewers that Michelle Duggar publicly campaigned against a recent LGBT nondiscrimination law in Arkansas saying that this law "presented a danger to little girls, particularly, because it would allow trans women to use restrooms, and it was in the best interest of children to repeal this LGBT civil rights law."

"Just the hypocrisy of Michelle Duggar out there demagoguing and demonizing LGBT people while at the same time having covered up and protected her son who had actually molested at least five little girls that we know of is just staggering. It's galling."

Watch the segment below.

Official Results Of Ireland's Marriage Equality Referendum

With 60.5% of voters making their way to the polls (higher than any other Irish referendums), the official numbers for Ireland's nationwide vote on same-sex marriage were 62.1% voting Yes and only 37.9% No.

Human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell said: 'This vote will give hope to millions of same-sex couples around the world who want to marry the person they love.'

Polls showed strong support for the Yes to Equality vote, with the last survey revealing 74% of Irish people were in favor.


Panti Bliss of Ireland: "We Are Full And Equal Citizens!"

1970s Variety Special: Mary Tyler Moore with David Letterman, Michael Keaton & Swoosie Kurtz

Mary Tyler Moore sings and dances with David Letterman, Michael Keaton and Swoosie Kurtz in a number from Mary's 1978 variety special.

I love 70s song and dance specials, but this is really pretty awful. David Letterman looks like he's just trying to survive the segment.

And the choreography! They go from box steps to just plain jogging. Bless their hearts.

The funny thing is Mary is a talented singer and dancer herself. It's just a shame this is a huge mess. But she sure does give it her all. I'll say that much.

The first clip is Michael Keaton watching & remembering the experience with Dave, and the second clip is the number in it's entirety.

Louisiana: State Senator Karen Carter Peterson Rips Gov. Jindal A New One

After Gov. Bobby Jindal's "top legislative agenda" failed to make it out of committee (another "Religious Freedom" law), the governor decided to issue an executive order “that will accomplish the intent of HB 707 to prevent the state from discriminating against persons or entities with deeply held religious beliefs that marriage is between one man and one woman.”

This did not go over well in Louisiana. The governor's negative job rating has dropped all the way down to 64.7%.

But the best part of the story is this blistering speech from the floor of the state Senate by Sen. Karen Carter Peterson.

Ms. Peterson does NOT hold back in her opinion. I like this woman. Watch below:

Same-Sex Marriage Heading Towards Landslide Win In Ireland

From the Associated Press:

Leaders on both sides of Ireland's gay marriage campaign say advocates of legalization have won a resounding victory with the ballot count still underway.

Senior figures from the "no" campaign, who sought to prevent Ireland's constitution from being amended to permit gay marriage, say the only question Saturday is how large the "yes" side's margin of victory will be from Friday's vote.

An Irish Cabinet minister, Leo Varadkar, who came out as gay at the start of the government's campaign, says Dublin looks to have voted about 70 percent in favor of gay marriage, while most districts outside the capital also were reporting strong "yes" leads. Official results come later Saturday.

Varadkar said: "We're the first country in the world to enshrine marriage equality in our constitution and do so by popular mandate. That makes us a beacon, a light to the rest of the world of liberty and equality. It's a very proud day to be Irish."

There's whole lot of happy dancing going on here at The Randy Report - half-Irish here don't you know :)

Ireland becomes the 21st country in which same-sex couples can marry, and the first to do so via nation-wide referendum.

Friday, May 22, 2015

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