Chaz Bono is headed to Secret Life of the American Teenager, but he wasn’t picked for the role as a transgender man. “One of the characters [George] is questioning the validity of his child [Robie] being his because the kid doesn’t share his hair color. The producers were looking for someone like me who doesn’t have the same hair color as their parents. It’s a funny scene.”
Warehouse 13 has announced their return to the air on April 29, and they celebrated with a trailer for the second half of the season. The main scene with our man Jinks has the agent getting splattered in the face with something wet and sticky.
If you were online yesterday, you were aware that The Onion made a disturbing tweet about nine-year-old Oscar nominee Quvenzhane Wallis, for which the CEO apologized and promised action. But many former staffers for the humor site are not happy – about the apology. “’It shows they don’t have faith in the writers, or in their public. It looks worse that they took [the tweet] down,’ one former Onion editor, Joe Garden, told BuzzFeed.” Forget the stuff about editorial freedom, you get that when you show you can exercise it. You make that joke about an adult, be it Sandra Bullock or Hugh Jackman, fine, it’s in bad taste. You make it about a child, you’re a horrible human being. Grow up. Humor isn’t a license to attack a child.
Former Surgeon General C. Everett Coop has passed away at the age of 96. Coop was an evangelical Christian, but used his position to advocate for HIV education, prevention, and inclusive sex education, breaking new ground.
FYI, the new Six Strikes policy is in effect for those using P2P technology to download copyrighted material. A series of escalating steps will first warn you, then make you acknowledge the warning before throttling your speeds and eventually cutting you off. Appealing an accusation will cost you $35, and you will be presumed guilty unless you appeal.
Pastor Jeffress, who runs the anti-gay, anti-Jew, anti-Islam megachurch in Dallas that Tim Tebow canceled his speaking engagement at is saying that Tebow was guilty of “wimping out.” He also says his church hates no one. “You know, it is an amazing thing to me that a church is called anti-semitic simply because we preach that everyone — Jew, Baptist, Catholic, Hindu, atheist, everyone — must trust in Christ in order to go to heaven. It’s amazing to me that we’re called anti-gay, simply because we say sex ought to be between a man and a woman in marriage. Somehow that’s construed to be anti-gay. It doesn’t matter if you’re a Jew, a Baptist, a Catholic, a Muslim, a Hindu, a homosexual, an adulterer a thief, or a cheat — it doesn’t matter what you’ve done — you can be forgiven of your sins if you trust in Jesus Christ as your savior. That’s not a message of hate, it’s a message of hope.”
Texas Republicans have filed bills to cut off funding for school districts that have pro-gay policies like domestic partner benefits or nondiscrimination policies for clubs.
Jesse Tyler Ferguson talks to Buzzfeed about the spring collection of their Tie the Knot collection of bow ties, designed this time by Isaac Mizrahi. Plus, they just wrote a check from the profits on the first collection for $50,000 to the Human Rights Campaign.
NFL pundit Mike Florio has been covering the NFL Combine this weekend, and says that all the professional teams are dying to know if Manti Te’o is gay or not, but none of them are brave enough to ask him. “It’s just that they want to know what they’re getting. They want to know what issues they may be dealing with down the road. We just assumed that at some point there would be an openly gay player in an NFL locker room and the team would have to work with the realities and make sure that everything’s fine. Now you have a situation where you have a guy who was in a relationship with a fake girl who ended up being a real man, and the man has said to Dr. Phil that he was romantically in love with Manti Te’o, it just raises a lot of questions that the NFL at some point is going to have to deal with.”
The Bipartisan Legal Advisory Group says that if DOMA is struck down, it will cause “direct injury on the House.” Well, only because you blew so much money defending a law that you knew was indefensible.
You know what marriage equality means? Divorce equality.
The National Organization for Marriage has pledged $500,000 to defeat any Republican in Minnesota who votes for marriage equality. They really didn’t have a good track record with that tactic the last dozen times they announced it.
You should meet Kevin, a gay llama farmer from Kentucky. He lost his job because he was gay, and sued. The judge agreed that his employer had treated him wrong, but since there’s no law against that, nothing could be done. Now he’s having trouble feeding his 300 animals on his sanctuary. I have two ideas (beyond the crowdsourced funding that’s started). First, Chris Colfer loves llamas, they should meet and let Chris promote the farm in exchange for quality llama time. And second, everyone tweet Ellen DeGeneres to have him on her show. Maybe she can send him some of her organic feed while bringing some attention to the matter.
The producer of Oscar winning animated short The Paperman was briefly kicked out of the ceremony for tossing a few paper airplanes from the balcony when the piece won. Thankfully, after some pleading and an apology, she was allowed back in. Kind of puts a damper on a happy night, doesn’t it?
Cardinal Keith O’Brien, the most senior Catholic in the UK (and loudly anti-gay), has been forced to resign after allegations of sexual misconduct with four male priests surfaced. He will not be traveling to Rome to choose the next pope.
One of the highlights of my trip to Philadelphia for the 2013 Convening of LGBT Journalists was the chance to meet one of the heroes of the gay rights movement, and one of my personal heroes, David Mixner. David has been fighting for our rights for 53 years, and I was lucky enough to be able to sit down with him and just talk, along with some fun commentary from Cleve Jones as well. It’s important to know our history, and this man is a walking encyclopedia of progressive politics. Which is probably why Nigel Barker is making a movie about his life. “The film will cover his childhood, who he was as a young man, where he comes from in New Jersey — which seems like it was akin to the Deep South at the time. Then you see his sensibilities grow, his fights for human rights for everybody and anybody he came across — he dedicated himself to Martin Luther King, the Vietnam War, and Peace. The AIDS epidemic hits and is really the change point where many of his friends start to die and be blamed at the same time.”
David and myself. He gives great hugs
On a different note, here’s Jake Shears being photobombed by Kim Kardashian’s butt
Speaking of butts, it looks like Sue will get her way and we’ll being seeing Darren Criss’ butt in a Cheerios uniform
This is what everyone should do when they have car trouble
The highlight of Chris Colfer’s Oscar night was meeting Lucy Lawless
Because I was flying, I only got to see part of the Oscars, in a sports bar at the airport. I sat down and ordered a beer and sandwich just as Daniel Radcliffe and Joseph Gordon-Levitt started dancing, but I had no sound, so I had no idea what was going on, but it looks like they were excited about it.
These are truly a pair of my favorite celebrities in Hollywood
I always say monkeys make everything better, but maybe not if you’re a dog
Matthew Mitcham is the new spokesman for FIA in Australia, but he’s also a student, because he’s going to be a PT
Nolan Funk of Awkward is giving his best Ralph Lauren ad look
This is one sassy giraffe
In the latest edition of Ask the SexPERT, Conner Habib sits down with a nurse to talk about the dangers of contracting HIV from oral sex. The good news is that the risk is extraordinarily low, and what risk there is can be mitigated a bit. Warning: since we’re talking sex, this one is NSFW.
I think I better cancel my order for crocodiles in a moat to defend my home from the cat assassins. I wonder how sharks feel about cats?
On the other end of the cute animal scale, these are baby pandas learning to walk. Well, I don’t know that they’re putting a great deal of effort into anything to be honest, much like me after all the time I spent traveling this weekend.
MSNBC host Chris Hayes has turned down an invitation to provide his progressive voice to CPAC because the conservative convention has banned gay group GOProud. Now Chris isn’t that fond of GOProud, either, but he does like to stand on principle, which is something far too few people do.
After the Oscars, Jimmy Kimmel premiered his Movie: The Movie V2, which basically mocked the trends in cinema over the last year, like sexy vampires, bumping it up a notch by adding sexy zombies. There are abs everywhere, and the bit with Selma Hayek begs the question of whether it’s a lesbian scene since she’s both women, or is it masturbation?
On the same show, Jamie Foxx professed his fondness for Channing Tatum, whose power crotch saved the day from the zombies. He mostly likes Channing’s name, and thinks that “I Wanna Channing All Over Your Tatum” would make a great pickup line. Personally, I think that’s the line that comes near the end of an encounter.
We’ve seen balloons pop on high speed film, but The Slo-Mo Guys set out to film soap bubbles exploding at 18,000 fps. To me, the actual popping wasn’t that interesting, but the wobbling the bubbles did before popping was mesmerizing.
This young man said he could catch any food in his mouth, so his friends chose a cupcake. What’s fascinating is that no only does he catch it, he appears to swallow it whole. I know a few websites that might like to talk to him.