Meme: JK Rowling’s Sneaky New Book, Spider-Man Rocks Out, Geeks OUT Responds to Lionsgate

George Zimmerman not guilty, Eli Lieb’s “Young Love,” and Coffee Town thinks being straight is really gay

Cory MonteithWhile I’m avoiding most of the more unseemly articles I’ve seen about the sad death of Cory Monteith that are everywhere, there is the question of what happens to Glee without him. The show was scheduled to start shooting a week from today, so undoubtedly most of the season was written, and Finn was a core character to the show and the dynamic of the ensemble.

The Arkansas Attorney General has rejected the language for the ballot proposal to repeal the constitutional ban on marriage equality in the state. “Specifically, rather than simply describing Amendment 83 to the Arkansas Constitution (the amendment proposed to be repealed), your proposed ballot title asserts an abridgment of undefined ‘rights’ and seems to presume Amendment 83’s illegality in terms of federal law and the laws of other states.”

The White House is unaware of calls to boycott the Sochi Olympics due to the recent swath of anti-gay laws Russia has passed. Maybe they should just ask the NSA about it? They seem to know everything.

Dustin ZitoReal World and Couples Therapy (and adult star) Dustin Zito has been arrested for sexual battery and resisting arrest in Louisiana.  I caught part of Zito on Couples Therapy, and they play him as a very detached young man with a dark past.

What’s different about Spider-Man’s suit in The Amazing Spider-Man 2? Well, for one thing, his web shooters come with an MP3 player, because you need a soundtrack to swing between buildings.

In one of those stories you need a tissue for, John Arthur and Jim Obergefell, who have been together for 20 years, flew to Baltimore to get married. But what makes their story unique is that Arthur suffers from ALS, making travel nearly impossible. With donations, a private jet was arranged with nurses, and once the plane touched down in Maryland, the two were wed on the tarmac before flying back to Ohio, where their union isn’t recognized.

I’d been meaning to include this story for a week. Ernst & Young, the venerable accounting firm that often manages the ballots Sharknadofor awards shows, decided to rebrand as EY. The problem is that EY is best known as a gay men’s underwear magazine (formerly Electric Youth). So now all their web searches are turning up decidedly different things than their wizardry with numbers.

Yes, people actually took the time to explain why Sharknado is impossible, in scientific terms. Because we were all worried about it.

The box office was dominated by Minions again, with Despicable Me 2 raking in $44.7 Despicable Me 2million domestically, taking it over the $200 million mark, with a total of $475 million globally. Grown Ups 2 came in a respectable second with $42.5 million, with the $37 million for Pacific Rim, that several of you insist I should watch (no chance in hell) being disappointing.

Has the gay rights movement started cruising on auto? According to a new book by Urvashi Vaid, “The LGBT movement has been coopted by the very institutions it once sought to transform. Heterosexuality, the nuclear family, the monogamous couple-form are our new normal. In place of activism and mobilization, with a handful of notable exceptions, LGBT organizations have become a passive society of spectators, following the lead of donors and pollsters rather than advocating on behalf of sectors of the community that are less economically powerful and less politically popular.”

Trayvon MartinGeorge Zimmerman has been found not guilty in the murder of Trayvon Martin, which many people are pointing out is not the same as innocent. I can’t say I’m happy, but I’m not surprised.

Finally, somebody besides me said it!

JK Rowling quietly published a crime novel back in April under the name Robert Galbraith called The Cucoo’s Calling. It got positive reviews, but until now no one knew it was Rowling. Obviously now, sales are off the chart.

Ender's GameGeeks Out isn’t buying what Lionsgate is selling about Ender’s Game. “As proud members of the LGBT community, champions of creative freedom and honest self-expression, and a group at whom the film Ender’s Game is directly marketed, we appreciate Lionsgate’s record of doing good things and its admirable, strongly worded rejection of Ender’s Game author Orson Scott Card’s and the National Organization for Marriage’s anti-gay activism. The simple fact is that Skip Ender’s Game has never been about the content of the novel or the film Ender’s Game. It’s about money. It’s about the money the company has already paid to Card and the potential millions he and the National Organization for Marriage stand to make off of the success of the film—our money. A benefit premiere, indeed any outreach to the LGBT community by Lionsgate, ought to be much appreciated. What’s clear is that whether or not they support his views, Lionsgate is standing by their man and their would-be blockbuster. They made the common, perhaps cynical, calculation that audiences wouldn’t connect Ender’s Game with Card’s very public homophobia—or wouldn’t care. Geeks OUT appreciates that most American families work for every dollar and care deeply about where that money goes and what it supports.” My, that language at the end sounds delightfully familiar!

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Coffee Town is the first full length movie from Funny Or Die, and is available on iTunes. I’m not entirely sure that it’s actually funny based on the weird idea they posit about being gay in the NSFW trailer.

Eli Lieb released the video for “Young Love” last week and I forgot to run it. Undoubtedly, people will draw comparisons to Steve Grand, but I don’t see why. I think Lieb’s voice is stunning, and the video runs through what it’s like to be young and in love (or so I hear, I don’t really do the “love” thing).

Another out crooner is Brett Gleason, who is running a Kickstarter to produce his first studio album. Some of the prizes are pretty fun, including a gymnastics lesson from Gleason, who is a former NY State Champion.

In honor of the 50th anniversary of the WWF, ants, who have a society nearly as complex as humans, have taken up laser cut leaves with protest slogans to try and protect the environment. It’s a cute concept.

The Jetsons may have been a favorite of mine, but they lied! I don’t care about my flying car, but I want my Rosie!

In honor of the 25th anniversary of the Vancouver Queer Film Festival, they’ve put together a short history of the festival in a popup book style, showcasing many of the films we all know and love that got their start there.

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