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Ellen needs a new gardener.
Ted Cruz had decided Jeb Bush is too liberal.
Alan Cumming dishes on his memoir to Larry King.
Hotel magnate Ian Reisner has a reputation for collecting pretty boys and hosting them at his multi-million-dollar apartment, often in groups after nights of partying. That image won't help him a bit as the parents of Sean Verdi, a young man who died after a drug-fueled evening with Reisner, and authorities mull what to do next. Verdi, who was found sprawled unconscious in Reisner's tub after an unsuccessful attempt to revive him, was pronounced dead shortly after arriving at the hospital.
The media has, predictably, played up Reisner's reputation—and age (46).
It's been a terrible, no-good, horrible year for Reisner, who was arrested after a traffic accident earlier this year and whose brother was recently murdered.
It's a sad situation, and is one I would be surprised to see end without a large settlement of some kind. I imagine it will be hard to implicate him in the ingestion of drugs, as anyone on the scene would be likely to just say Verdi took drugs on his own (they've already told the papers he was on coke and molly). Reisner's weakness will be in the realm of wrongful death, hinging on how long he waited to call 911, and if the attempt to revive Verdi in the tub wasted valuable time.
I have my vices and this is in no way an effort to judge, more to express my inability to understand, but it's hard for me, personally, to relate to the allure of taking hard drugs or the glamour of the club scene, both of which I find to be so aggressively dehumanizing and unfriendly and empty. I don't see the attraction to either, and both have intimidated and repelled me always. It's such a shame, such a senseless loss; I feel for Verdi's family.
Nan Hayworth, a right-winger with a largely anti-gay record (she was on board with ENDA), is employing her son in her battle to regain her House seat in New York from Sean Maloney (D), who defeated her in 2012.
Hayworth's son says she's always been there for him and will always be there for us in a cloying ad that has some pretty laughable mugging as Hayworth hugs him.
Look, dude, your mother gets NO points for loving her child. Dick Cheney loved his gay kid, too, but that didn't stop him from being a part of the most virulently anti-gay administration imaginable.
In fact, it makes me all the angrier that this woman has a gay child and yet is a member of a political party whose platform has discrimination codified into it—just read it and weep. That's who your mother is. It's great that she cuddles with you, but intelligent gay people who aren't looking for her approval demand respect from and a commitment to equality from their elected officials.
Hoping to put its recent string of embarrassing set-backs squarely in the rear-view mirror, the National Organization for Marriage has begun targeting Sen. Mark Pryor with the hopes of ousting the two-term Democrat from Arkansas.r
Highlighting Pryor's somewhat ambiguous position on LGBT equality, NOM released a new SuperPac ad and press release this week, with Brian Brown urging "Arkansas voters who believe in marriage as the union of one man and one woman cast their votes for Tom Cotton."r
Watch the 30-second spot, AFTER THE JUMP...r
Politico rates the Arkansas Senate race as a "Likely Republican"r
At first we were having trouble telling if this was an actual for-real Starbucks-sanctioned ad, but all signs seem to indicate that yes, it’s legit! Here’s a super-cute video featuring Adore Delano and Bianca Del Rio that is, amazingly, a real and totally fantastic commercial for Starbucks.
Our natural skepticism got the better of us at first, because it looks a lot like the cute little videos that drag queens make all the time, and not always with permission. After all, the coffee chain has never actually made a commercial targeted specifically to queers.
“Maybe Starbucks has no idea this video was made,” we thought to ourselves, because we are bitter and cynical and do not believe in a world full of magic.
But of course, if RuPaul teaches those girls anything, its to use their fame for lucrative endorsements. So yes, as it turns out, Starbucks is indeed on-board with this video. (Even though as of this writing, they don’t seem to have tweeted about it. Yet.)
The point is, it’s a funny video, the girls are great, and we want to see lots more videos like this one.
HALLOWEEN: 26 not-so-spooky facts about the holidayr
PAT ROBERTSON: God may punish Houston for defending 'militant homosexuals'r
REALITY TV: The sordid history of our favorite guilty pleasurer
INTERNET COMMENTS: Tyler Oakley and other Youtubers sound off.r
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Netflix is expanding its empire of online content with its first historical drama Marco Polo. Set in the 13th century, the series will follow Polo, played by Lorenzo Richelmy, during his explorations of the European content while in the employ of Kublai Khan, the fifth Great Khan of the Mongol Empire.r
Netflix released an official trailer for the show that reflects the company’s continued push into the kinds of content that HBO, Showtime, and Cinemax have dominated for years. Marco Polo looks to be a mature, adult-oriented show featuring the kind drugs, sex, and deception-fueled plotlines that would make the royal families of Westeros blush.r
Watch the first trailer AFTER THE JUMP...r
Marco Polo will be available to stream via Netflix on December 12.r
2015 is 'bearing' down on us in a big way now that the Nashville Grizzlies gay rugby calendar has arrived!r
One of the team's members, Thomas H., writes us:r
"The Nashville Grizzlies RFC is a USA Rugby Division III club. We are a socially and ethnically diverse group of guys ages 19-53 learning a great sport, getting some good exercise and giving back to our community. Established in 2006, the Grizzlies have had the opportunity to play teams all over the nation and abroad. Every two years we travel to the Bingham Cup, named in honor of Mark Bingham who died on United Airlines Flight 93 during the September 11, 2001 attacks. We played in the 2014 Bingham Cup in Sydney, Australia, where we won the Hoagland Vase, named in honor of Mark’s mother. We are currently in the process of bidding for the 2016 Bingham Cup and are excited about the chance to bring an international gay rugby tournament to the South.r
This year, we are raising to money to ensure that gay rugby is as affordable as possible to all of our players, regardless of their means. Part of our efforts include our annual calendar fundraiser. This year, local photographer Chris Malone lent his talents for us to have a very artistic and creative calendar.r
Daniel Pierce, the 20-year-old Georgian whose video of his family's verbally and physically abusive "pray the gay away" intervention back in August went viral, has been named to the Board of Directors of Lost-n-Found Youth, GLAAD reports:r
Lost-n-Found Youth is a non-profit organization providing temporary housing, job search assistance, counseling, and other services to homeless LGBT youth. Pierce is the first former client of Lost-n-Found Youth to join the organization's Board of Directors. His appointment is part of a larger effort to bring broad perspectives and skills to the organization's leadership.r
GLAAD adds Pierce is using a portion of the nearly $100,000 he raised in the wake of the video's release to help Lost-n-Found build a new shelter for LGBT homeless youth that will reportedly triple the capacity of the organization's current shelter.r
"Lost-n-Found was there for support from the earliest moments and they stepped in before I ever got to the first critical 48 hours of homelessness," said Pierce. "Their quick response is proof that there is a safe place in Atlanta for youth like me to turn to for support. Even though my personal story was extreme, I hope my experiences can continue the dialogue about GLBTQ youth homelessness and get people off the street by engaging the community."r
More info on Lost-n-Found can be found here.
I moved to New York in 1979 just before my18th birthday. Of my close friends at NYU, more than half of them had died from AIDS by 1990. I remember the fear of the early 1980s. I remember the feeling of having dinner with a friend and running into someone I hadn’t seen and the light would rack across their face and my heart just sank—you knew. They looked fine but there was something. There was something in their eyes. There was something about the look on their faces that told you that the next time you saw them they wouldn’t look as well. … Today’s generation of young adults have never known the ravages of AIDS as some of us have and for that reason, in some cases, they have let down their guard. We cannot let down our guard.”