Thursday, December 13, 2018

News Round-Up: December 13, 2018

• Austin Wolf celebrates getting his Instagram account back online (above). #HappyDanceTime
Austin Wolf

Some news items you might have missed:

• Austin Wolf celebrates getting his Instagram account back online (above). #HappyDanceTime

• The New York City subway attacker who sucker punched a woman he believed to be lesbian has been arrested. His victim suffered a fractured spine due to his attack.

• Janet Jackson is headed to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame along with Stevie Nicks, The Cure, Radiohead, Def Leppard, Roxy Music, and the Zombies. Nicks becomes the first woman to be inducted twice having been honored previously as part of Fleetwood Mac.

• Fox News host & Donald Trump superfan, Sean Hannity, was caught deleting past tweets that showed his connections to the president’s former lawyer, Michael Cohen, just hours before Cohen was sentenced to three years in prison Wednesday.

• CBS News reports that Donald Trump is considering his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, to be his third Chief of Staff.

• Tony Award winner and current Golden Globe nominee Billy Porter dropped a few holiday tracks on Soundcloud just in time for Christmas. The collection - "A Billy Porter Christmas" - can be found here.

Check out his smooth, soulful "Christmas Time Is Here" below.

File Under "I Love The Holidays"

My friend Ian Parks, of Where The Bears Are fame, shared this on Facebook and I think it's quite charming.

Hit the play button and smile.

Judge Resigns After Telling Attorney To Blow Viggo Mortensen

Actor Viggo Mortensen (image via Josh Jensen/Flickr - CC license)
A judge in upstate New York has resigned after allegedly telling a lawyer he should get a hotel room with a certain movie star and “suck each other’s d**ks.”

The story begins back in January when Judge John W. Hallett was speaking to a lawyer who was involved in the promotion of a film festival honoring actor Viggo Mortensen.

According to a complaint filed against Hallet, who has served as a town court justice in Jefferson County since 2003, he allegedly told the attorney that the film festival was “about the gayest thing I have ever heard.”

He then - allegedly - added, "You and Viggo Mortensen should get a hotel room and suck each other's d**ks."

But wait - there’s more!

Five months later, while speaking to the same lawyer, he apparently made a gesture simulating oral sex and then patted the attorney on the cheek and said, “There, there little boy.”

It would seem that the judge has a strong fixation on blow jobs, no?

According to TMZ, the New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct opened an investigation into Hallet’s odd and homophobic behavior.

While the commission hasn’t handed down an opinion on the complaint, Hallett - whose current term was scheduled to end in 2019 - has offered his resignation.

"Homophobic remarks and anti-LGBTQ sentiments have no place in the lexicon of the courts or the vocabulary of a judge," Robert H Tembeckjian, the commission's administrator, said in a statement to The Times Union in Albany.

"Such statements undermine public confidence in the integrity and impartiality of the judiciary, which demands that a judge be and appear fair-minded and unprejudiced toward all who have business in the courts," he added.

In light of Hallet’s resignation, and his promise to never serve in any judicial capacity again, the commission dropped its investigation.

His resignation will take effect at the end of this year.

Daily Dance: Who Knew Robert Mueller Could Move So Well?

My buddy Larry at TheOUTfront points up this little terpsichorean tweet for today's 'Daily Dance.'

Hit the play button. I laughed out loud... :)

Aussie Wrestler's Donation Raised Via OnlyFans Returned By Charity

Aussie wrestler Dave Marshall (image via Instagram)

Earlier this month, I reported that openly gay wrestler Dave Marshall had set up an OnlyFans account to raise money for charity.

The 29-year-old, who works for the Southern Hemisphere Wrestling Alliance based in Perth, Australia, launched the account with the goal of donating funds to suicide prevention organization Beyond Blue.

The choice of charity was personal for Marshall as his father took his own life last year.

But after raising more than AU$5,000 for the charity, Gay Star News reports that Beyond Blue has refused Marshall’s donation.

After becoming aware of the press coverage regarding Marshall, Beyond Blue reached out to him saying they could not accept the funds as they were raised from activities like “gambling, alcohol and pornography.”

According to emails Marshall shared with Gay Star News, the organization’s position was that he had used their name to promote his products sold in “the field of pornography.”

Additionally, the suicide prevention group informed him that all fundraising activities must be registered with the organization.

Marshall was surprised by the reaction. “To me, money is money,” said the hunky wrestler. “It came from the heart.” The 6’3” Aussie added that the public reaction to his story had been “99.9% positive.”

Beyond Blue eventually told Marshall if he would stop using their name in his activities, they could accept the funds as a personal donation; if not, they would issue him a full refund.

Marshall decided to take his money elsewhere saying, “At the end of the day, it was a personal donation of my money, but I don’t want to be quiet about what I’m doing.”

The wrestler turned to Black Dog Institute, a mental health charity which he felt was still in line with his original intention inspired by his dad’s suicide.

Black Dog Institute was more than willing to accept the funds. Marshall was so happy with his decision he decided to double the donation for a total of AU$10,000 to the new charity of choice.

“It’s a cause that I am proud the help,” Marshall told Gay Star News. “Now more than ever, I’m even more proud of the organisation for accepting me and my donations.”

(h/t Gay Star News)

Israel: High Court Rules Same-Sex Parents Can Have Both Names On Child's Birth Certificate

(photo: - CC license)

In a huge win for gay/lesbian parents, Israel’s High Court of Justice has ruled that the government cannot refuse to list both same-sex parents on a child’s birth certificate.

The decision, issued on December 12, comes as the result of a lawsuit filed by a gay couple who had adopted a son.

According to The Times of Israel, when the two men tried to obtain a birth certificate with both of their names listed as the parents, officials at the Interior Ministry refused.

The court case was filed in conjunction with The Aguda, Israel’s LGBT Task Force, which advocates for gay rights.

The unanimous ruling, by a panel of three judges, noted the decision wasn’t just about the parents’ rights but the child’s right to be recognized as the couple’s son.

“The principle of ‘the good of the child’ argues for the recording of his entire family unit,” wrote Judge Neal Hendel, “and doesn’t permit us to limit ourselves to only one of his parents in the birth certificate."

"The contrast with the treatment of a child adopted by a heterosexual couple, who has the right to have both adopted parents written in a birth certificate, is a contrast that applies both to the child and to the parents," Hendel added. “It is unreasonable for the couple to be [legally] recognized as parents but for the certificate not to give expression to that fact.”

The high court decision orders the Interior Ministry to issue a birth certificate with both fathers’ names.

The Times of Israel notes that the ruling could affect two more LGBT parenting cases soon to arrive in the High Court of Justice.

One regards a lesbian couple suing to have both of their names on their child’s birth certificate even though only one woman has a biological link to the child, and the other concerns a transgender man who wishes to have his standing on his child’s birth certificate changed from ‘mother’ to ‘father.’

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

News Round-Up: December 12, 2018

Laverne Cox (via Instagram)
Some news items you might have missed:

• Congrats to Laverne Cox (above), who I believe became the first transgender person to announce the nominations of a major entertainment award this morning at the Screen Actors Guild Award ceremonies.

• Netflix is very tight-lipped about its numbers, but the streaming service just did a once-a-year announcement of its most binge-watched shows.

• And in related news, Google has released lists of the most searched/trended actors/subjects/movies/news/musicians of the year. Click here for the info.

• Not happy that a club owner called Stormy Daniels' assistant a "faggot," but I do love she cancelled her appearance because of it :)

• A new New York Times story alleges Ellen DeGeneres may not be all "that" nice, and she may be considering ending her run as THE daytime talk diva.

• That time when Batwoman flirted with Supergirl.

• Check out this a cappella mash-up of hit songs by The Voice judges, Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Kelly Clarkson, and Jennifer Hudson, backed up by The Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon and the Roots.

Maroon 5's Levine leads off with “She Will Be Loved” with a segue into “This Love,” which crosses over to Hudson’s “Spotlight;” Clarkson chimes in with her hit, “Stronger," and Shelton joins in with his “I’ll Name the Dogs” (with an assist by Fallon) all while the Roots groove along.

Web Series: "A Bad Boy Christmas"

Artie O'Daly in "A Bad Boy Christmas"

Just like many hit television series have holiday-themed episodes, it makes total sense that our favorite web series’s would follow suit.

And so, with the holiday season now in full swing, let’s sit back and enjoy the latest from Artie O’Daly’s “Bad Boy” series.

As we’ve shared in the past, “Scott” (played by O’Daly) and “Mack” (the ‘bad boy’ played by Tony Harth) have spent episodes getting to know each other - to varying degrees of clarity.

Mack first appeared at Scott’s door when he came to pick up Scott’s daughter for a date.

Since then, the rather ambiguous relationship has seen revealing confessions by Mack ranging from a coming out moment to explaining why Scott needed to pretend to be Mack’s dad for a probation officer to Mack’s favorite TV series.

Braden Davis in "A Bad Boy Christmas"

In the new holiday episode, Scott is invited to share Christmas dinner with Mack’s family.

It is soon clear that the apple doesn’t fall very far from the family tree as Mack’s mom, “Whitney” (Theresa Ryan), and brother “BJ” (Braden Davis), demonstrate similar idiosyncratic behavior keeping Scott off-balance for most of the holiday supper.

Check out how it all goes down below.

And you can see my previous coverage of the “Bad Boy” series here.