Catholic Church out marketed on marriage equality, Brandi Glanville tried being a lesbian, David Beckham’s hazing masturbation
Ethan Hawke has been a favorite of mine for a long time and only seems to get more handsome with age. And it seems he’s not above spreading that handsome around. “My relationship with my present wife is thrilling to me and I’m committed to it. But neither she nor I know what shape the future will come in. Sexual fidelity can’t be the whole thing you hang your relationship on. If you really love somebody you want them to grow, but you don’t get to define how that happens. They do. People have such a childish view of monogamy and fidelity. ‘He’s cheated so he’s bad, she’s cheated so she’s bad,’ as opposed to a recognition that our species is not monogamous. To act all indignant, that your world has been rocked because your lover wasn’t faithful to you, is a little bit like acting rocked that your hair went grey. Human beings are sexual beings.”
A new study by the Michigan School of Public Health shows that anti-gay laws are harmful to the self worth of GLBT people, particularly teens. Surveyed 18-24 year old gay men show “had higher levels of depression and lower levels of self-esteem in states with LGB restrictive policies than men with the same aspirations in states without the bans. Furthermore, in policy-restrictive states, the more a participant valued his fatherhood aspirations, the more symptoms of psychological distress he reported.”
Stephen Moyer says there’s one scene on True Blood that he never got to shoot. “Alex (Skarsgard) and I have been pushing for an Eric-Bill love scene for a long time, but they always said no.” I wonder if Eric’s charisma would be enough to make Bill interesting?
A rundown on the surprising number of peen stories over the last week.
Cardinal Dolan says that the reason the Church has been losing on marriage equality is that they’ve been out-marketed. “We’ve been caricatured as being anti-gay. And as much as we’d say, ’Wait a minute, we’re pro marriage, we’re pro traditional marriage, we’re not anti anybody,’ I don’t know. When you have forces like Hollywood, when you have forces like politicians, when you have forces like some opinion-molders that are behind it, it’s a tough battle. I think I’d be a Pollyanna to say that there doesn’t seem to be kind of a stampede to do this. I regret that. I wish that were not the case for the states.” It could just be that the church has no credibility on sexual issues and tries to live in the 16th century.
In the UK, the Methodist Church has begun a consultation on same-sex marriage, with an eye on deciding if they’ll perform the ceremonies. The listening period runs through February.
Brandi Glanville of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills says that a kiss between her and Carlton Gebbia was just an in the moment thing, but that she’s considered ladies before. “I love beautiful women, and Carlton is one of them. However neither one of us are lesbians. I have actually tried to be, but it just didn’t work out for me.”
Scientists have designed new synthetic molecules in a computer simulation that stop HIV from spreading RNA to other cells, preventing it from replicating. Eventually the HIV would just die off. And the kicker is that it worked when tested in the lab. For now, they still have to make the molecules pharmaceutically friendly before clinical trials can be run.
It turns out that in worms and flies, pheromones from the opposite sex speeds up the aging process. Which must be why gay men tend to hold on to their youth so much past our peers. That or a lot of moisturizer.
President Obama continued the use of his favorite phrase to slip in GLBT rights into his Thanksgiving message. “”Thanksgiving offers each of us the chance to count our many blessings — the freedoms we enjoy, the time we spend with loved ones, the brave men and women who defend our Nation at home and abroad. This tradition reminds us that no matter what our background or beliefs, no matter who we are or who we love, at our core we are first and foremost Americans.”
David Beckham has revealed that as part of a hazing ritual when he was a rising 16 year old soccer star, he was forced by his teammates to masturbate while staring at a photo of Clayton Blackmore. It makes you wonder how many young soccer players are hazed by being forced to masturbate to a photo of David Beckham today.
Hawaii Rep. Bob McDermott, having already lost one court challenge to marriage equality in the state has filed another lawsuit in a futile attempt to halt the march of history.
Sherlock found a creative, if morbid way to announce that it was returning to the air 01/01/2014 in the UK.
A while back, we featured the teaser for The Boxtrolls, which highlighted that some families have a mom and a dad, some have two dads, and some two moms. It’s from the same studio that brought us ParaNorman, with a gay football player. This teaser is a bit more focused on the movie, with shots of how they make the stop motion and an introduction to some of the characters, but I feel some loyalty to the film for that initial announcement.
Just last year, Alan Gendreau was trying to make the transition from openly gay college football star to openly gay NFL player. That didn’t work out, but he seems to have a fallback in music, and frankly, if he wanted, modeling. He needs to work on his lipsynching skills, RuPaul would never approve.
Speaking of singing, the Chicago Gay Hockey Association put out this fun, if off key version of “All I Want for Christmas.” While none of them are going to be challenging Mimi for the vocal crown, I seriously doubt she can pull off this choreography.
Lava is a fascinating substance, creeping across the land and cooling. But of course it’s also incredibly destructive while it’s creating new land mass. That’s put to a simple but mesmerizing visualization here as it overtakes a Chef Boyardee can.
I’m not entirely thrilled with Lady Gaga and The Muppets Holiday Spectacular. It had too much of the Gaga performances, and I was left wondering why they didn’t just do a concert and leave the Muppets out of it. Still, it was the gayest holiday special in history, with Sir Elton John, RuPaul, and Lady Gaga herself (and I’ve always wondered about Scooter). Here’s the performance of “Fashion” with RuPaul that probably left Middle America a bit confused, considering they freaked out over Kinky Boots in the Macy’s parade.
This rescued sea otter is really into eating his clams. It’s also probably a lot what I looked like when Thanksgiving dinner was served.
The Doritios Crash the Super Bowl contest continues, this time with an entry called “Finger Cleaner.” It’s downright creepy, and I can’t imagine a network being brave enough to air it, what with the implications.
Wally Brewster is headed to the Dominican Republic as ambassador, and he’s taking his new husband Bob. The island nation has been experiencing a bit of a fit about an openly gay ambassador, and his sexuality has been dominating the headlines there. Still, I don’t see why, he’s just like anyone else, rich, committed, and a sports fan.