Paris Barclay elected president of DGA, Florence Welch covers Icona Pop, National Organization for Marriage vows revenge on Senator Murkowski
Out director Paris Barclay has been elected president of the Director’s Guild of America. Barclay is one of the most prolific directors of television, with credits including Glee, Smash, House, The Good Wife, and more. It’s great to see an out man of color rise to lead one of the guilds.
Allyson Robinson has been ousted as the head of OutServe-SLDN, the leading advocate group of GLBT military personnel. The board voted for her removal, leading to resignations from several board members and senior staffers. No one is saying what happened, but it’s a shame that the only transgender person to head a major non-transgender GLBT organization was ousted after only nine months in the position. I heard Robinson speak in February, and she had a great vision of what needed to be done for our military families.
Monsters University took the weekend box office with $82 million, while World War Z raked in $66 million, well above expectations. A sequel has reportedly already been ordered of the Brad Pitt starrer.
As massive protests of government spending on the Olympics and the World Cup continue to rock Brazil, groups opposing the proposed legalizing of reparative therapy are making their voices heard in protests of the government’s recent actions.
In a speech tiptoeing around current cases on marriage equality, Justice Antonin Scalia said that unelected judges shouldn’t be deciding “moral issues.” He doesn’t feel that judges should be called upon to decide cases for which there is no “scientifically demonstrable right answer.” Justices are generally forbidden from discussing cases before the court, but sometimes come right up to the edge like this.
After the Constitutional Convention voted 79% in favor of marriage equality, Ireland has committed to a 2014 referendum on equality.
What’s it like inside a casting call for an exclusive Calvin Klein model? Honestly, it’s less sexy than one would think.
Rugby hunk James Haskell is showing off his body on the cover of Attitude this month, and he loves his gay following on Twitter. He also doesn’t understand why more athletes aren’t out. “I’m surprised that across all sports more people haven’t come out because going by sheer statistics there have to be lots of gay sportsmen, right? I hate the idea of people feeling they can’t just be themselves and personally I wouldn’t give a s**t if any of my team-mates were gay.”
President Obama seems to be on a roll nominating gay men to be ambassadors. Now John Berry, the former head of the Office of Personnel Management at the White House is up for the top post in Australia, assuming he can be confirmed by the Senate.
GLSEN informs us that for the first time, the Department of Education will be collecting nationwide data on bullying of GLBT students.
Meanwhile, the League of United Latin American Citizens, the oldest Latin American civil rights group has come out at their national convention for greater support for GLBT youth.
Meanwhile, the National Organization for Marriage is vowing to take out Alaskan Senator Murkowski for coming out in support of marriage equality. “It is clear Senator Murkowski has fallen for the lies of same-sex ’marriage’ activists. Religious freedom is deeply threatened wherever marriage is redefined, with the majority of states that have redefined marriage offering little more than fig leaf religious freedom protections to institutions and individuals who believe in marriage as the unique union of one man and one woman. NOM will be active in educating Alaskan voters about Senator Murkowski’s choice to betray marriage and disrespect the convictions of a majority of her constituents.”
Try to contain your laughter, but PFOX wants a presidential proclamation for July to be Ex-Gay Pride Month. Good luck with that.
Most of us are familiar with the varying social cliques within the gay community – twinks, bears, otters, gym bunnies, bulls, wolves, and even “average.” Noodles and Beef put together a little calculator where you can enter some basic physical stats and it will classify you. Somehow, I came out a Gym Rat. While I do spend a lot of time in the gym these days, I was thought of as a twink until I was in my mid-30s and my basic stats haven’t changed that much. If I shift my body grooming, I become a Daddy, and I’ll be honest, I’m just not ready for that. Where do you fall on the scale?
Baroness Farrington gave an amazing speech about equality in support of the marriage bill in the UK, remembering back to the Section 28 days when a teacher approached her. “She asked the children to draw a picture of their Christmas Day morning. She said to me, ’Josie, one little girl drew a picture of herself in bed with two women’. She said to the little girl, ’Who are they?’, and the little girl said, ’My two mummies. I don’t have a daddy, I have two mummies.’ The head teacher said to me that her professional job, given all her views and her devout Christian belief, was to support the family in which this child lived and ensure the child was never in any way victimised for the circumstances of her family life. So she had to explain to other children, “Some people live like this”. I explained that story to Lord Joseph. He understood it because he knew that children grow up in families with very different views and very different circumstances. To the noble Lord, Lord Dear, I say that it is not a question of endorsing but of recognising. Children are growing up in a diversity of families.” You really should read the whole speech.
The American Medical Association has voted to oppose the current lifetime ban the FDA maintains on blood donations from men who have sex with men. “The lifetime ban on blood donation for men who have sex with men is discriminatory and not based on sound science. This new policy urges a federal policy change to ensure blood donation bans or deferrals are applied to donors according to their individual level of risk and are not based on sexual orientation alone.”
Jim Carrey is slamming Kick Ass 2. “I did Kickass a month b4 Sandy Hook and now in all good conscience I cannot support that level of violence. My apologies to others involve with the film. I am not ashamed of it but recent events have caused a change in my heart.” It’s unknown if this means Carrey will refuse to promote the film later this summer.
I don’t know about you, but in my mind, Superman always had a smooth chest. I’m not a comics reader, so I didn’t have anything to back that up beyond the cartoons, but evidently some incarnations of Superman in the comics had hairy chests (which might have been too expensive to animate), and that’s what inspired Henry Cavill to go with the furry look in Man of Steel.
Sportsbet.au painted this massive, record breaking ad directly in the flight path for planes landing in Melbourne. Obviously, the airport isn’t happy about it, and some question the idea of rooting for the home team by having a Wallaby raping a lion, but you have to give it to them for the bold statement.
Families are Forever is from the Family Acceptance Project, which I’ve had the good fortune to meet with in the past, and they do astonishing work in bringing families together on the idea of homosexuality. This documents what happens with a Mormon family that was a major supporter of Prop 8, only to find out that their son is gay, which is a message that a lot of anti-gay activists really should think about.
This mostly forgettable bit with Jason Statham arm wrestling Jimmy Fallon while announcing what they intend to do when they win could have passed unnoticed, except for what Statham says he’s going to change his name to when he wins. Can we hope for truth in advertising?
For the Human Rights Campaign, Florence Welch and Dev Hynes did a cover of the most annoying song of the season, Icona Pop’s “I Love It.” But when Welch gets her voice around a song, it becomes something else entirely. Something that you don’t want to get out of your head instead of something you can’t get out of your head.
As you probably know by now, Food Network has fired Paula Deen for her racist comments that were revealed by a lawsuit, and QVC is considering doing the same. Deen took to YouTube to try and make apologies for her words, saying that she loves and respects everyone, even gays. Which is something I hadn’t really considered – is there something nasty about us in her past that just hasn’t come to light yet?
Honestly, I have no idea what’s going on in Letterkenny Problems, but it’s completely shaken my media-imposed impression of how Canadians act towards other people.
I honestly can’t think of a worse thing you could do to Game of Thrones than cast Zooey Deschanel, Michael Cera, and Aubrey Plaza, although with Cera playing Geoffrey, there’s always the opportunity to slap him, which might brighten ones’ day.
Anti-gay radio host Linda Harvey says that allowing gay marriage will not only destroy the family, but also a generation of children, who will take this social anarchy and turn into a generation of barbarians. I hope not. I can’t imagine teenagers running around in animal skin loincloths smell that good.