Nick Jonas Talks Slow Burn With Sexuality On “Kingdom,” Stephen Fry Leaving “QI” At Midpoint: MEME

New Jersey Bishop denies communion for those supporting equality, Lee Daniels honored for diversity, civil unions introduced in Italy

Rand Paul
Senator Rand Paul, that presidential candidate you forgot about, says he’d oppose LGBT workplace protections. “I think really the things you do in your house we could just leave those things in your house and they wouldn’t have to be part of the workplace to tell you the truth. These are very difficult decisions on what you decide will be employer’s decisions and not. And really isn’t so much about that question as it is about—it sets up a classification, or a class of people who can now sue. See what I mean? So what happens, it sets up a whole industry for people who want to sue. If you are gay there are plenty of places that will hire you.” Yeah, try it in a small town, dude.

A reader wrote into Ask Tyler about how he can tell someone he doesn’t want to date them because they’re HIV+. Tyler drops some facts on this guy before dropping a library on him. “If, however, the reasons you don’t want to date an HIV-positive person have nothing to do with the safety of your sexual health, then by all means, avoid them. Maybe you don’t want people thinking that you are HIV-positive. Maybe you are too afraid to be with someone who has dealt with such hefty life issues. Don’t feel bad about it; you do you. It doesn’t matter, because any self-respecting person with HIV probably wouldn’t want to be with you either.”

Nick Offerman
If you wondered what was Captain Holt’s type on Brooklyn 99 before he met his husband, Nick Offerman is the man he fell for, and we’ll be seeing a reunion of the old flames later this season on the show. I wonder if Holt even giggles when the mustache touches his sensitive spots?

New Jersey Bishop John J. Meyers has issued new guidelines for communion, and if you support things like marriage equality, you’re not worthy of the Body of Christ. “Catholics must be in a marriage recognized as valid by the Church to receive Holy Communion or the other sacraments. Non-Catholics and any Catholic who publicly rejects Church teaching or discipline, either by public statements or by joining or supporting organizations which do so, are not to receive the Sacraments.” That doesn’t sound like what the Pope was saying a few weeks ago, but hey, save a few calories.

Abby Lee Miller
I’m not a reality television person, but Dance Mom star Abby Lee Miller is hard to avoid as she screams at children. So I’m delighted to find out she’s been indicted for bankruptcy fraud for hiding hundreds of thousands of dollars from the court when her studio reorganized shortly before she got her television show. She faces millions in fines and jail time if convicted.

Stephen Fry
Stephen Fry has announced that he will step down as the host of QI after thirteen seasons, and he will be replaced by Sandi Toksvig. “After passing the alphabetical halfway mark I thought it time to move on, but I will never cease to be grateful to John Lloyd for devising QI and for everyone else for making it such fun.”

While it faces an uphill battle, a civil unions bill has been introduced in Italy in the upper house. Prime Minister Matteo Renzi had promised the bill would pass by the end of the year, but with his coalition partners opposing the move, it seems like it will take longer. Italy is the only western country still giving no recognition rights to same-sex unions.

Lee Daniels
Lee Daniels will be honored at the Screen Actors Guild Foundation‘s inaugural Patron Of The Artists Awards for his diversity in storytelling and casting. Also honored will be Megan Ellison, for supporting the next generation of artists (read: not afraid to spend daddy’s money), and Rob Marshall will be honored for reviving the musical.

Nick Jonas is almost finished filming the new season of Kingdom, and from what he says, the development of his character’s sexuality is the focus this year, but the whole thing is an incredibly slow burn.

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