“Game Of Thrones” Actor Kit Harington Goin’ To A Gay Bar,Tony Parker Sorry For Slur: Today In Gay

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Kit Harington of Game of Thronessays he and his castmates like to blow off steam by hitting the gay bars in Northern Ireland, where the series is filmed.  Talking to Vanity Fair about photos of castmates Peter Dinklage and Lena Headley hula-hooping that went viral, Harington said, “That sounds like Peter and Lena! That doesn’t happen often, but there’s a great gay club in Belfast that we go to sometimes called the Kremlin, which is a fun night out.”

That’s the Kremlin on Donegall Street between Union Street and Royal Avenue. Not that we’re stalking Jon Snow or anything.

The San Antonio Spurs’ Tony Parker is sorry he used an anti-gay slur this weekend at the Eurobasket 2013 semi-finals. Playing for France, the former Mr. Eva Longotia said his team was playing like tapettes—which is Gallic slang for “fags”in a game against Spain. (“I feel we were afraid,” he reportedly said en francais. “We were playing like fags.”)

Parker later said he regretted his words: “I’d like to apologize to the gay community. I did not want to offend them. If I have, I apologize. It was not my intention at all. It is not right to say what I said [and] I’m sorry.”

victoria porkchop parker.jpgVictoria “Porkchop” Parker was the first queen ever sent home on RuPaul’s Drag Race, but she got her crown this Saturday, when she was named Miss’d America 2013 in Atlantic City.

The long-running contest began in 1991 as an event thrown by queer staff of the Miss America pageant, held in AC the week prior.

“I’ve always loved Miss America,” said Parker, who was a runner-up in 2012. “I knew if I won I could come and try to blend the two communities together.”

Drag queens at Miss America? We’d actually watch that!

costa-rica-flagThe  government of Costa Rica has closed a legal loophole that seemed to allow same-sex couples the right to marry in the Central American country. In July, an amendment to the Young Person Law stated that common-law marriages would be granted  without “discrimination contrary to human dignity”—leading some to think that included same-sex marriages.

But the Family Court of San Jose has ruled against Alberto Gonzalez and Lorenzo Serrano, who were petitioning to have their rights as a married couple enforced.  The  Court ruled said the law only applies to marriages between one man and one woman.

Marriage-equality advocates have already appealed the ruling.

rosie o'donnell Guess who’s coming out of semi-retirement? Rosie O’Donnell, that’s who. The actress-emcee will appear in a multiple-episode arc of ABC Family’s The Fosters, about a lesbian couple raising children: ““I’ve been watching nearly all the shows on [ABC Family],” O’Donnell said in an interview with SiriusXM Progress. “I’ve been watching nearly all the shows on [ABC Family]. But once I saw that one, I was really touched by it and I realized that Peter Paige, who I know from when I did Queer as Folk, is executive producer. So I tweeted about it and texted him congratulations. And, the lovely, lovely guy that he is, he said, ‘Would you be willing to do a recurring arc on the show?’ And I said, ‘Totally.’ So, I’m very excited.”

The always-opinionated O’Donnell also weighed in on Hollywood’s current wild child, Miley Cyrus:   “I think she’s very young, and she’s got a ways to go, and she wants to deny that whole Disney thing. But you know, there are ways to be sexy and provocative [which] are less crude and more artistic and hopefully as she grows as a woman and as an artist, she’ll be able to understand that.”

Fingers crossed, Ro.

Sean EldridgeSean Eldridge, hubby of Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes, has officially tossed his hat in the ring to run for Congress.
Eldridge, the former political director at Freedom to Marry, filed his intent to run in New York’s 19th district back February but has just unveiled a new political ad and website.

Republicans are painting Eldrige, who moved with multimillionaire Hughes recently to upstate New York, as a carpetbagger. But Dems are coming to his defense:

“While a lot of people talk about the needs to create jobs, Sean Eldridge has actually been doing it, investing in small businesses throughout the Hudson Valley and helping them to expand and create jobs,” said the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee’s Emily Bittner. “While some folks work tirelessly to protect tax breaks for billionaires and corporate special interests, Sean has been working to grow small businesses and fight for middle class families.”

Okay, but who’s gonna play him in The Social Network 2?

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Dan Avery is a writer-editor who focuses on culture, breaking news and LGBT rights. His work has appeared in Newsweek, The New York Times, Time Out New York, The Advocate and elsewhere.