Teen Wolf and other hunks ReflectItBack, Orlando Bloom totally comfortable naked on set, Apple makes us cry for Christmas
In what can only be seen as a snub to Vladmir Putin, the White House has announced that neither the First Family or the Second Family will be attending the Sochi Games opening and closing ceremonies, and that both delegations will include openly gay athletes. The opening ceremony will be attended by Billy Jean King, while the closing ceremony will have out Olympic silver medalist Caitlin Cahow.
The ACLU is all about GLBT equality, but they’re also about freedom of speech. The had to choose in New Mexico, free speech seems to trump equality as the ACLU filed an amicus brief in favor of the couple who a photographer refused to photograph a same-sex wedding. The photographer claims that photography is an artistic endeavor and therefore is protected speech.
The Young and the Restless has fired Michael Muhney, who played Adam Newman. Readers might recall that Adam had a brief gay-for-revenge plotline in which he seduced lawyer Rafe offscreen and looked rather disgusted by what he’d done, but for the wrong reasons.
A federal judge has rejected Pennsylvania’s request to throw out the challenge to the marriage equality ban on the grounds that the court doesn’t have jurisdiction.
Freakonomics took on the idea that gays in Boystown tend to look, well, too rich. The guys admitted it was very difficult to get good data on “the gays” but did take a look at factors like education, lack of children, and a median income that is multiples of what I make. It’s an interesting listen.
Orlando Bloom already told us that he went completely naked for his upcoming film Zulu, and he talks about what that was like on the set. “It was quite amusing walking around set and seeing the crew avert their eyes at first. Then there were a few more people watching playback… I got so comfortable with it I could brush up behind someone and go, ‘Oh, excuse me.’” He finds nudity empowering. It is what it is. It’s flesh and bone. It’s what we all are.”
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Anti-gay Minnesota Archbishop John Nienstedt has temporarily stepped down from the public ministry after a report that he inappropriately touched the buttocks of a young boy during a confirmation ceremony photo session. He denies the charges, and the police are investigating.
Yashwant Sinha, a leader of India’s Bharatiya Janata Party has demanded that the same-sex spouses of U.S. diplomats immediate be arrested under the recently restored sodomy statute.
The industry of selling Twitter followers and YouTube views, and why it may be worth the money.
Kenneth Cole is an asshole, take 4,203,457.
A new study says that the top 32 GLBT rights groups had a total of 186 million in funds raised in 2012, one third of which was individual contributions. I’m curious – which groups do our readers give to?
Republican Michigan Governor Rick Snyder says that he’s willing to consider adding GLBT persons to the state’s nondiscrimination act, but he won’t spearhead the effort. He’s waiting for a signal from the legislature.
Should we move to a six hour workday? I find that ridiculous as I spend somewhere near 16 hours each day working between the two jobs.
Alan Cumming says that just because he’s settled down with a nice husband, he’s still bisexual. “I still define myself as a bisexual even though I have chosen to be with Grant. I’m sexually attracted to the female form even though I am with a man and I just feel that bisexuals have a bad rap.” Now if that was just a concept that more people could get through their heads. You really need to read the whole interview, with is juicy, frank, and full of sex.
Apple has put out one of the best holiday ads in history, even if copyranter hates it. Just because someone is on the sidelines of a celebration doesn’t mean that they’re not a part of the family fun. Grab the tissues, because you’re going to need them.
ReflectItBack is a new campaign by some of our readers’ favorite people, including Charlie and Max Carver, Tyler Posey, Colton Haynes, Chris Zylka, Tyler Hoechlin, Parker Young, and more. The idea was to use their assets (in this case creativity and beefcake) to do some good raising some money for Cystic Fibrosis. They put together a calendar you can buy with the proceeds going to fight the disease. This video explains how a group of (very goodlooking) friends decided to do something good.
Meredith Viera was on The Tonight Show and got asked about going to Sochi for the Olympics coverage, and she immediately expressed reservations about it in the wake of the anti-gay laws in the nation, and hoped that there would be protests, while Jay likened what’s happening in Russia to Nazi Germany.
Jesse Tyler Ferguson went on Conan and talked about his limited understanding of New Mexico customs, his Breaking Bad sightseeing trip, and his Tie the Knot Foundation. That’s a lot of ground to cover.
Google has put together their annual Zeitgeist video of the top searches on the web for 2013, and marriage equality naturally features large, along with the Royal Baby, Wimbledon, Syria, and a number of topics. These sort of things always make me stop and look at everything that happened and be amazed that a year was so long when it seemed to fly by.
Jennifer Lawrence is one of Barbara Walters’ Most Fascinating People, and she got the chance to talk about body image and the damage that the media does to young girls, and even went so far to say that it should be illegal to call someone fat on television.
CNN, ever eager to cover “both sides” of a story that doesn’t even have two sides invited hate group leader and Congressional candidate Tony Perkins on to discuss the Utah polygamy ruling, and he took great effort to bash marriage equality leading to the ruling, when the two aren’t related at all. Even with the brilliant counterpoints being offered by polygamy survivor and expert Laurie Allen, the network should be ashamed for allowing a hate group leader to connect the two topics, and I seriously question their integrity of allowing a man who is planning on running for Congress to provide commentary like this.
Over on Fox News, Bill O’Reilly also chimed in on the slippery slope argument that he’s been pushing for years, and made sure to pat himself on the back. The only thing that matches this man’s vanity is his opportunism. He alternately claims to not care and to fear marriage equality depending on which position allows him to rile up his audience more.
Oh, and he also believes that Santa Claus is white, and anyone who says differently is just attacking Fox News because they can’t win in the ratings.
Which makes me wonder what he would think about this video from ad agency Victors & Spoils, which takes great effort to show us just what Photoshop can do in the hands of a master. It makes it hard to believe what you see when looking at Santa Claus, doesn’t it? I don’t really see this video as NSFW, but I do believe I saw a glimpse of nipple, so use appropriate caution.
Elijah Wood stars in Grand Piano as a virtuoso who has had a few breakdowns, but a sniper is determined to make sure he has a flawless performance on his return to the stage, even if he has to kill his wife to make it happen. I found it oddly gripping and a nice variation on the hostage themes that have been playing out in movies lately. I also have a crush on Elijah, so I may be biased.