As we reported earlier, the US Postal Service is releasing a Harvey Milk stamp later this year, and Steven Colbert for one is outraged.
Commemoration on stamps, he fumes, is “a prestigious honor traditionally reserved for our greatest presidents and regional songbirds.” But now the gays are rubbing everyone’s nose in their history — unacceptable! And “nose-rubbing,” he adds, “is very big in the gay Eskimo community.”
“If I want to mail something I have to lick this guy’s backside?” Colbert demands. “If it’s self-adhesive, now I’m licking his front? Make no mistake, if it’s mail, I’m licking something.”
Oddly enough, one of Queerty’s commentators appears to have half-written Colbert’s joke for him a few weeks ago. On our previous Harvey Milk stamp post, DonW wrote, “Oh goodie, I always wanted to lick Harvey Milk’s backside! (Yeah, I know, stamps are self-adhesive now… such a shame…)”
So, okay, that’s a weird coincidence.
Anyway, the stamp debuts on May 22, Harvey Milk Day. There’s been a push for a little ceremony in San Francisco to observe the occasion, so keep your eye on Harvey Milk’s old shop if you’re in the neighborhood.
Underwear retailer Andrew Christian is in search of a beautiful new model to fill out his signature briefs in an upcoming video advertisement — presumably the kind of raunchy and borderline pornographic clips we’ve come to expect (and love).
The underwear maven himself was in San Francisco last month to kick of a series of monthly parties in the search for the newest “AC Trophy Boy,” but has now opened the search up to anyone capable of taking a selfie and posting online.
If you think you meet the criteria for becoming an Andrew Christian model and HAVE NO PUBES, you can take a selfie and potentially win $1,000 cash and a chance to be featured in an Andrew Christian video and photo shoot. Exciting!
We’re guessing the “no pubes” rule does not mean “no hair” at all, so we’re encouraging someone with a beautiful, hairy chest and “no pubes” to enter and win so we can finally have a hairy AC boy. You know, because hairy chests are better than smooth ones.
Then, get completely naked and send your nudes to Andrew Christian’s tumblr (NSFW). The internet will thank you.
Madelynn Taylor says it best: “I don’t see where the ashes of a couple old lesbians is going to hurt anyone.”
The 74-year-old US Navy veteran is fighting for the right to have her ashes buried with those of her late wife Jean Mixner in an Idaho state military cemetery, but since the state constitution bans same-sex marriage, she’s being told no.
That California marriage license the couple got in 2008? Makes no difference in Idaho.
Taylor is taking her story public to try and persuade lawmakers to address the injustice, since anyone willing to listen would surely agree that the issue stinks to high heaven.
But she also isn’t expecting much momentum – a reality she’s learned through decades of discrimination.
After six years of service in the US Navy, Taylor was dishonorably discharged after her superiors learned of her sexuality. She appealed once the ban on gay servicemen/women was lifted, and her status was revised to honorable.
“I’ve been discriminated against for 70 years, and they might as well discriminate against me in death as well as life,” she said.
Though she could opt for a national military cemetery instead, she wants to stay close to home, not to mention wanting recognition on mere principle.
It’s appalling to think that there’s nothing to be done but pressure the state legislature, but perhaps stories like this can stoke the fire of change.
And though it might not happen in Taylor’s lifetime – she herself admits, “I’m a stroke waiting to happen” – she’ll leave instructions with a friend to hang on to the lovers’ ashes until the ban on same-sex marriage is lifted in the state.
h/t: Gay Star News
Blonds, brunets and redheads are all on my Instagram.
Blond and brunet from the streets of NYC...
“I'm becoming, like, Jared Leto-manorexic,” Harris has acknowledged.
Neil Patrick Harris is knockin' 'em dead in Hedwig and the Angry Inch on Broadway (see it!), a role which has led him to lose a lot of weight in an effort to appear more like the character. But don't let that stop you from commenting on this AP interview video with Harris (h/t Joe.My.God.—read it!); the comments are about how he must be on drugs or even have AIDS.
There's also, further down the thread, an actor attacking Harris for being another actor in need of having his ego stroked. (Why, for promoting his show?)
People are gross.
Video after the jump...
Jodie Foster married Alexandra Hedison.
Matt Bomer married Simon Halls! (Years ago.)
Another big marriage equality win in Texas.
AYER's “Black Diamond” is brill.
James Franco cuddling up to a dude in bed.
The 1958 film Madchen in Uniform is streaming.
Stone Cold Steve Austin is pro-marriage equality.
Iggy Azalea likes crowd-surfing, not digital rape.
Brother to Camilla Parker Bowles dies in a trip-and-fall.
Gay Prop 8 judge Vaughn Walker once tried to be gay-cured.
Outlets trying to gin up a Madonna scandal over “gay.”
Beyoncé is very influential, so I guess that makes Jay-Z very, very?
Some beautiful and not-so-beautiful images in this little vignette about a perfect-looking boy's desire to find the man of his dreams...
Jack'd is throwing down, Pepsi-vs.-Coke-style, with Grindr on Twitter.
Do you use either/or? Or another app?
Yesterday, federal judge Michael McShane heard arguments from plaintiffs challenging Oregon's ban on gay marriage, the Statesman Journal reports:r
The judge’s questions and comments were divided into two categories. The first were legal questions about how he could decide the case in the plaintiffs’ favor, and the second group of inquires raised issues brought up in other cases by opponents of same-sex unions.r
McShane asked whether he should allow Oregon voters to decide the issue through a proposed ballot initiative in November, saying his decision could tell voters who approved defining marriage as being between one man and one woman in 2004 that “the entire ballot initiative they went through was a hollow exercise.”r
Sheila Potter, who works for the Oregon Attorney General’s Office asked McShane to “take a stand” and say that constitutional rights are not something voters get to give or take away.r
“That’s the purpose of a right,” Potter said. “You don’t get to vote on other people’s rights.”r
Watch KOIN's report on the hearing, and interview with the plaintiffs and NOM's John Eastman, AFTER THE JUMP...r
The first day the judge could rule in the case is May 14.r
More on the details of the questioning here.r
HBO organized a webchat this week with Maisie Williams, the 17-year-old who plays Arya Stark on Game of Thrones, and the young actress shows she is on board with the majority of her generation when it comes to equality:r
If i could have three wishes I'd wish for happiness for me, my family and everyone I care about, I'd solve world hunger and make gay marriage legal everywhere.r
Williams was also asked what her character would be like if she were living in modern times:r
I'm going to put it in "Mean Girl" terms. So you know there's always that girl who looks perfect and has perfect hair and makeup stays on all day and wears a perfect handbag and has her nails done and they would never chip...Arya would not be that girl. She'd be the polar opposite and love it. she would be the ruler of the underdogs. She wouldn't be popular and people would hate her but she wouldn't care. That's what I like about her, she wouldn't care. "Do what you want and what you stand for," that's 2014 Arya.r
Read the full interview here.
Skydivers Vince Reffet and Fred Fugen set a new Guinness World Record this week when the two adrenaline junkies jumped off the Burj Khalifa in Dubai – the tallest building in the world.r
The building stands 2,700 feet tall, nearly twice as tall as the Empire State Building. My blood pressure went up a bit just watching this video. Absolutely stunning.r
Check it out, AFTER THE (BASE) JUMP…r
Art Gardner, one of seven Republicans running for retiring Senator Saxby Chambliss's U.S. Senate seat in Georgia, announced his support for Lambda Legal's suit to overturn Georgia's ban on gay marriage, ComDig News reports:r
“I support marriage equality and I call on liberty-minded Republicans to join me in supporting this suit,” Gardner wrote in a press release. “I also call on Attorney General Sam Olens, a fellow Republican, to not fight the suit, but to allow the plaintiffs to obtain a favorable judgment directly.”
So far, Olens seems to be ignoring such calls. His spokeswoman stated on Tuesday: “The Attorney General will fulfill his constitutional obligation to defend Georgia law.” Olens will defend the ban in federal court in his capacity as the state’s chief law enforcement officer.
Gardner’s robust support of marriage equality stretches back over twenty years, when he implemented policies in a local classic car club to allow gays to join freely.
The three congressmen vying for retiring Sen. Saxby Chambliss’ seat—Reps. Jack Kingston, Phil Gingrey, and Paul Broun—business titan David Perdue, and former Georgia Secretary of State Karen Handel have each professed their support for traditional family values in the marriage arena, playing on the strong Christian dynamic at work in the state electorate.r
More on Lambda's case here.
Flume (below), an up-and-coming producer for Australia, has given a crowning glow to Lorde's track "Tennis Court". Flume is also one half of the duo What So Not from the Skrillex record label OWSLA and a sometime collaborator with Ghostface Killah.r
Listen, AFTER THE JUMP...r
On another note, Thursday's OXD Mirror music column will be coming tomorrow.r
If there’s one thing Houston
diva rapper Fly Young Red will be remembered for, it will be his dedication to shoving the term “boy pussy” so far down your throat it you’ll be able to “throw it” out the other side.
To celebrate the release of his exclusive “boy pussy” clothing line, Red announced last night that he’ll be holding a contest on Instagram to determine who can “throw” their “boy pussy” best. The winner will receive a “boy pussy” t-shirt.
Here are some of the finest entrants:
Ladies When ya nigga acting like a bitch… Tell him Throw That Boy Pussy!!! If he don't slap the shit out of you he gay…. Lol
— Fly_Young_Red (@Red_hustla) April 23, 2014