Meme: Zayn Malik Bites Harry Styles’ Thong, Wounded Soldier Alex Minsky Takes Fitness World By Storm, Alan Chambers Apologizes

 Jimmy Kimmel says (I Wanna) Channing All Over Your Tatum, Senator Lisa Murkowski comes out for marriage, while Senator Jay Rockefeller comes out for ENDA

Jack MarkellDelaware Governor Jack Markell has signed a transgender rights bill that adds gender identity to the state’s hate crime laws and makes it a protected class. The bill only just passed the House today, and the Senate quickly took up the amended bill to send to the governor’s desk.

Here’s Zayn Malik taking a bite of a candy thong that Harry Styles is wearing. Like normal straight boys do. Seriously, I’m actually convinced they’re all straight, but I’m damned if I understand them.

Secretary of State John Kerry believes that the United States has a moral obligation to lobby for equality around the world. “When we see the abuse of those values, that are directed at the LGBT community, we have a moral obligation to stand in pride with LGBT individuals and advocates. We John Kerryhave a moral obligation to decry the marginalization and persecution of LGBT persons. And we have a moral obligation to promote societies that are more just, more fair and tolerant.”

After a huge public outcry, Microsoft is dropping the DRM from used games and the online checking requirement for the new XBoxONE.

Alan Chambers of Exodus International is offering one of the most complete apologies I’ve ever seen from an anti-gay activist. It’s not really enough for someone who launched the ex-gay movement, but it’s more than I ever expected. “I cannot apologize for my deeply held biblical beliefs about the boundaries I see in scripture surrounding sex, but I will exercise my beliefs with great care and respect for those who do not share them. I cannot apologize for my beliefs about marriage. But I do not have any desire to fight you on your beliefs or the rights that you seek. My beliefs about these things will never again interfere with God’s command to love my neighbor as I love myself. You have never been my enemy. I am very sorry that I have been yours.”

How rude!Snooki

I’m sure that Snooki’s heart was in the right place at TrevorLive! But I’m not really able to get behind this statement. “I’m so grateful for The Trevor Project to support the LGBT youth so they have someone there for them because I’m praying I have a gay little boy one day.” She makes a gay boy sound like an accessory.

Sam Taylor-Johnson has been selected as the director for Fifty Shades of Grey. The best part of this is that casting will soon get underway, meaning we’ll be able to stop asking every hot actor in Hollywood if he’s doing the movie. Of course, it does bring up the idea that her husband, Aaron Johnson, could star, which wouldn’t break my heart.

Dolce & GabannaDolce & Gabanna have each been sentenced to 20 months in prison for tax evasion. From what I’ve learned of the Italian justice system, I doubt they’ll ever actually set foot in jail for the 200 million euros.

Senator Lisa Murkowski has become the third Republican senator to come out in favor of marriage equality. In a touching op-ed, she says she came around on the issue after spending time with a family headed by two lesbians. “Yet despite signing up and volunteering to give themselves fully to these four adorable children, our government does not meet this family halfway and allow them to be legally recognized as spouses. After their years of sleepless nights, after-school pickups and birthday cakes, if one of them gets sick or injured and needs critical care, the other would not be allowed to visit them in the emergency room – and the children could possibly be taken away from the healthy partner.  They do not get considered for household health care benefit coverage like spouses nationwide.  This first-class Alaskan family still lives a second-class existence.”Jurassic Bark

I’m a bit concerned that Seth MacFarlane is set to voice Seymour,  Fry’s dog on Futurama. “Jurassic Bark” is an episode that never fails to make me tear up, and I’m not sure how I feel about Seymour having a voice, much less one from Seth.

My own Senator Jay Rockefeller has signed on to become the 52nd sponsor of ENDA. Rockefeller has announced his retirement at the end of his current term. This is also as good a place as any to say “Happy Birthday” to my home state of West Virginia, which turns 150 years old today.

As the United States moves to outlaw reparative therapy of minors, Brazil’s human rights committee has passed a bill that would legalize it for adults. While the bill stands little chance of becoming law, it’s a step in the wrong direction.

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Sesame Street has never shied away from the realities of the world. Be it Hurricane Katrina, or tackling the AIDS epidemic in Africa with an HIV+ puppet, they live in a reality based world with a mission to try and help children cope with the world around them. Their latest effort is a puppet whose father is in prison, and making sure he understands that his friends still care about him and it’s not his fault.

Zachary Quinto is the executive producer for Breakup At a Wedding, which is about a wedding gone spectacularly wrong after the couple decides they don’t want to get married and doesn’t have the heart to not go through with the wedding. Shown from the perspective of the videographer, things get wild.

I Am Bradley Manning has stars such as Russell Brand and Maggie Gyllenhaal supporting the soldier on trial for aiding the enemy after he leaked classified documents to WikiLeaks. I’ve said before that I’m torn about Manning – he exposed things that needed sunlight, but my ex-military side has issues with his methods, even if they were likely the only methods available to him.

Alex Minsky was terribly injured by an IED, and spiraled downward with alcohol during his recovery. But during a workout, a photographer approached him and asked if he’d ever modeled. That photographer was the legendary Tom Cullis, and now Minsky, with his prosthetic leg, is taking the fitness model world by storm. It’s both an uplifting story, and insanely hot.

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Before You Know It attempts to document the varied lives of GLBT seniors, from finding friends and seeking a home that’s accepting, to taking in senior drag queens and folks that insist that aging doesn’t mean the party is over.

Jimmy Kimmel produced what has to be one the weirdest videos ever on his show, with Jamie Foxx and Channing Tatum performing “(I Wanna) Channing All Over Your Tatum” which nobody is quite sure what it’s about, but it certainly sounds x-rated.

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