RAMSEY CLARK: Attorney general under LBJ discusses support of marriage equality.r
WHAT TO EXPECT: When you tell someone you're lesbian.r
JON HAMM: Getting 'emotional' on Sesame Street.r
SON OF A BISCUIT: No speaking of muffins on the tennis court!r
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When Rome’s Galleria L'Opera tried to artist Gonzalo Orquin’s photographs of gay, lesbian and straight couples kissing in Rome’s Catholic churches, the Vatican threatened legal action and had the showing stopped (the opera cited “security reasons”).r
But it looks like those photos will still get a showing in Manhattan’s Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art on April 30.r
The New York Daily News reports:r
The photos were taken without permission from the churches involved. A Vatican spokesman claimed the photos could “harm the religious sentiment of the faithful.”r
Another exhibition from Orquin — this time showing a woman dressed like a priest — was later vandalized.r
But in New York, Orquin’s work is receiving a warm welcome. It will be featured in the SoHo-based museum’s window gallery and will be visible to passersby on the street.r
Leslie-Lohman Museum Director Hunter O’Hanian said of Orquin’s church photos, “These were very beautiful, simple portraits of same-sex couples in a space that they held sacred and important to them. I hope visitors [who see them] leave with a wonderful feeling of compassion and humanity.”
Anti-gay activist Peter LaBarbera left Canada a day after being released from jail following his arrest at the University of Regina. Apparently LaBarbera and fellow anti-gay hatemonger anti-abortion activist Bill Whatcott were planning to hit the University of Saskatchewan with their homophobic nonsense, but decided not to get arrested again.r
LaBarbera, 51, was questioned by Canadian border officials Tuesday morning following his arrest on the University of Regina campus a day earlier. LaBarbera and fellow activist Bill Whatcott were escorted off university property and charged with mischief Monday afternoon.r
The university learned the men were on the property around 12:30 p.m., and they were asked to leave the campus several times. LaBarbera and Whatcott were displaying materials the university described as "graphic" and against the institution’s policy.r
LaBarbera planned to hit up a right-wing talk show this afternoon to "discuss the Gay Thought Police in Canada and their American defenders."
A quick search of my blog reveals that I have written about club kid and convicted murderer Michael Alig far more times than you would think. (When a friend visited him; when INTERVIEW interviewed him;when he was the answer to a Joan Rivers trivia question; when a leg was found in the East River; when he was looking for a post-prison roommate on Twitter; and so on.)
Now add this post to the tally, as Back2Stonewall is reporting that Alig will finally be released from the big house May 5, after serving a 17-year sentence for the murder of Andre “Angel” Melendez. Watch your wings, boys!
Read all about it HERE.
UK talk show host Alan Carr is speaking out after an ad he did for PETA caused some Twitter users to attack him for perpetuating stereotypes and accommodating slurs directed at gay men.r
Tweeted Carr in response:r
"The 'fairy' in the @Peta campaign refers to my 'Tooth Fairy' DVD that's all. Take my advice if you act like a victim you get treated like 1...Don't worry twitter they'll be another bandwagon you can jump on in a minute zzzzzzzzzzzzzz...Hey and before all you oh so worthy gays get back on your high horse the most homophobia I get is from gays. #selfloathing"r
PETA released a statement in response to the controversy:r
“PETA, like Marmite, welcomes vigorous discussion about our ads because getting people talking is the first step in raising awareness of important animal issues. Alan Carr’s ad humorously conveys the very serious homeless-animal crisis that has caused hundreds of thousands of animals to languish in shelters across the country and means thousands of healthy, highly adoptable animals are being euthanized, simply for lack of homes. The only solution to this growing problem is for people to sterilize their animal companions, and we’re very grateful to Alan for lending his support to the campaign.”
Virulently anti-gay umbrella organization World Congress of Families isn’t too happy the film Noah chose to blame the cinematic biblical flood on climate change instead of on the deviant lifestyle of homosexuals.r
Writes spokesman Don Feder:r
Scripture is a bit vague on the reasons for the flood. The Bible explains: "Now the earth was corrupt before God. And the earth became full of robbery. And God saw the earth, and behold it had become corrupted." (Genesis 6:11-12).r
Corrupt in what way? Would God destroy the world over larceny? Later in Genesis, the Canaanite cities of Sodom and Gomorrah are blotted out, this time by fire, over sexual deviancy. The term "sodomite" doesn't refer to someone who knocks-over convenience stores.
Try to imagine Hollywood making a movie that inveighs against sexual immorality, when the entertainment industry goes Lady Gaga over gayness and presents cohabitation, adultery and abortion as lifestyle choices.
Instead, Feder says, the film chose to embrace the “cult of global warming”:r
Although adherents won't admit it, warmingism is also based on faith – a belief in the depravity of industrial society and the evil of progress. Unfortunately for its proponents, warmingism is demonstrably false and is increasingly refuted by reality. The earth isn't getting warmer. The ice caps aren't shrinking. The rise in sea-levels is insignificant and ecological doom is nowhere on the horizon.r
You may recall World Congress of Families being the same organization that was barred last November from Senate meeting rooms by Sen. Mark Kirk (R-IL) because of the group's discriminatory policy positions. House Speaker John Boehner later secured a congressional meeting room for the group.r
USA Today: 'Essentially they have found' Flight 370.r
The Human Ken Doll is not anatomically correct (for a Ken doll).r
Michael Bloomberg plans $50 million challenge to the NRA: “He’s got the money to waste,” Mr. Pratt said. “So I guess he’s free to do so. But frankly, I think he’s going to find out why his side keeps losing.”r
It's almost time for the Family Building Expo at the NYC Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center.r
Google wants to create contact lenses with cameras inside: "The possibility of embedding camera sensors seamlessly into contact lenses is sure to generate even more controversy surrounding wearable tech. Several bars in San Francisco have already banned patrons from wearing Google Glass due to privacy concerns. Implementing camera sensors directly into contact lenses would make it even easier to discreetly snap photos without anyone noticing."r
Magic Mike sequel is gonna make everyone's 4th of July weekend in 2015 very beefcake-y.r
Stephen Colbert to join David Letterman as a guest next week.r
UFC star Jon Jones says his account was hacked after kid claims he makes homophobic comments on his photos.r
Kathleen Sebelius eyeing Senate run? "In her darkest hour last fall, Kathleen Sebelius suffered one of the deepest cuts from an old family friend who accused her of “gross incompetence” over the rollout of the Affordable Care Act and demanded that she resign as secretary of health and human services. Now she is weighing revenge."r
UMass students and area church leaders decide to ignore Westboro Baptist Church and hold demonstration on campus instead of public intersection: "Miske said student leaders decided a campus location would better accommodate the crowd, expected to be nearly 2,000. They also decided to take the focus off of [Derrick] Gordon, who has not communicated to students leaders his support for a rally held on his behalf, she said. As a result, the name of the event has been changed to simply #UMassUnited."r
Will Charlize Theron marry Sean Penn?r
Male model fix: Max Emerson.r
It's a Tom of Finland cross-stitch kit.r
Tilda Swinton doesn't consider herself an actor: "I don't know what it would take for me to feel like one. I understand it's a strange thing to say because I do keep saying, 'Yes, I'll dress up and be in your film.' But when I hear proper actors talking about their lives and how they approach their work, I feel like I'm up another tree."r
David Catania's run for DC mayor putting gay Dems in a bind?r
Belgian conservationist who protects mountain gorillas shot in DR Congo: "A colleague said he was attacked after filing a report into the actions of a British oil company, SOCO International, which had sought to prospect in an area overlapping the park."
His first clip, which made it to the front of Vine’s “featured” page in less than a day, cemented his viral fame in the same way “Leave Britney Alone” did for Chris Crocker.
“That FuFu Lame Shit I Aint With It. I’ll Send Some Shots At Your Fitted,” he says, in what will undeniably become his legacy mantra:
The clip has been “liked” over 33,000 times and re-Vined over 40,000 times. World Star Hip Hop has a video message to his haters that has clocked nearly one million views:
Realizing his fame potential, the “Cuban Swag Papi” quickly established a Facebook fan page and launched a fitness website. Judging by his Facebook page, he sounds like a pretty likable and down-to-Earth guy:
“When I Walk Into A Room, Introduce Myself To Someone I Love Lookin Dominant, In Charge, & In Control. I Love Walkin Past & Havin People Point & Talk About Me. I Love The Fact That When I Go Somewhere With Thousands Of People, Almost All Of Them Will Remember Who Iam When It Is Over. & I Didnt Even Have To Say A Word. (This Was The Case Before People Knew Who I Was.)
Oh yeah, his Facebook page is also pushing his adult work (he’s into “Muscle Worship, Strength Feats, J\o XXX Shows Along With Slave Talk Downs. The Master Is Here. Bow, Kneel And Start Serving,” FYI) because fans may also know him as “Max Payne” or “Monster 4 A Cock,” a gay porn model who has worked with Helix Studios, Next Door Studios (NSFW), and Corbin Fisher.
And there you have it. When a friend inevitably leans over and says “have you seen this guy?” this weekend, you’ll have reason to visit a gay porn site with your friend.
You can also tell them that Bryan Silva may not be “with that fufu lame shit,” but he’s all for the D. Play on, homie. Don’t let those haters get you down. #swag
ONE JOOD TURN DESERVES ANOTHER: Help fund a B-Boy Blues play.
Mayor "kind of agreed" with shooter Frazier Glenn Miller.
Nearly naked Cheyenne Jackson leather pic drops.
Boston Marathon hoax bomber in deep shit.
Paul Walker's brothers will become his stand-ins.
Yet another Leprechaun movie!
McDonald's fries will be toast if everyone watches this.
Brecik sings it like it is: "You Will Never Be Her."
Are you following the Johnny Weir marriage saga? We’d say that it’s like a reality show, but it’s all getting so weird it’s more like an alternate-reality show.
The latest scoop: despite reports to the contrary, the figure skater and his husband are not reconciling, and the divorce is moving ahead as planned. That’s a real shame, because Johnny and his husband Victor hinted that in happier times, they wanted to fly into space and have weird sex. Really.
But apparently, it is not to be. In an interview with Access Hollywood, Johnny said, “I had hope and Victor and I were talking about reconciliation, but it was for not.” It’s spelled “naught,” Access Hollywood, but let’s not allow that to distract us from what’s important here: celebrity gossip.
Johnny filed for divorce back in February, citing irreconcilable differences and his ongoing sadness. He later suggested that there was domestic violence and he was frightened, but according to Victor, Johnny’s the one who got violent. Johnny says that Victor tried to drunkenly rape him (which he describes as “asked me to lay with him in the biblical sense”), so he bit Victor, and Victor called police to show off the bite mark.
On another occasion, Johnny wrote Victor an email suggesting that Victor had written “fuck you” on one of Johnny’s designer men’s carry-alls. “I know you don’t care about how I’ll survive if you divorce me, but please leave my Birkin bags, Celine bags and Chanel bags alone,” Johnny wrote. They both seem like such nice people.
Johnny also said that Victor demanded $25,000 or else he’d start spreading secrets in tabloids, and Victor denied that. Victor claims that the publicity around the divorce is ruining his career. He says he left his job as a lawyer because Johnny wanted him to be a house husband. Of course, they’re fighting over who pays the legal fees, which just means the legal fees will keep going up and up and up. Must be a nice time to a gay divorce attorney!
And of course there are more crazy details: they’re sharing custody of their tiny dog, but because they have a restraining order against each other, they have to hire a dog-transporter to regularly move the dog from one house to the other. Good grief.
Anyway, now you’re more or less up to date on the situation, so now you can go do something productive with your life.
Michael Alig, the quintessential party boy who reigned supreme over New York City’s gay party scene throughout the early ’90s, is due to be released from jail on May 5, according to a personal friend reporting for BlackBook.
Alig is credited with fueling the early days of the “club kid” scene and throwing some of the greatest and most historical gay events in a pre-Giuliani New York City. His life and conviction inspired the Fenton Bailey-directed movie Party Monster, which detailed the events leading up to March 17, 1996 — the day Alig murdered and dismembered the body of his drug dealer Angel Melendez in the apartment they shared.
Alig’s arrest was largely credited to Michael Musto’s unrelenting reporting for the Village Voice at the time. The investigation also led to the arrest of Peter Gatien, a legendary New York club owner who is now banned from entering the United States.
Alig has been up for parole several times since 2006, but was allegedly denied after his parole officers obtained and watched a copy of Party Monster. (FYI, for those interested, a more informational documentary about Alig’s life was released in 1998, called Party Monster: The Shocukmentary. It’s available to stream on YouTube.)
According to BlackBook writer Steve Lewis, Alig has been recruited for creative jobs and will stay with a friend once released from prison. “There is no chance that he will return to clubs as a way of life,” he says, “but he will paint and write, and as always, try to impact the way we think.” Alig has reportedly “never used a computer or cell phone, but has remained keenly aware of the world we live in.”
Furthermore, after several visits in the past few years, Lewis believes Alig has been rehabilitated:
I was for many years Michael’s friend. Like so many others, I left him behind when drugs and power created a “Party Monster.” We reconnected in recent years, and during my visits to him in prison I observed the Michael Alig that I loved—the Alig prior the downfall. I believe he is ready to enter the world, and that reentering will be a good thing. No one, no act, no time, no hatred will bring back Angel, but Michael has served a great deal of his adult life in a bad place. I believe he has been rehabilitated. I believe he is forever remorseful and I look forward to his redux. To those who say nay, I respect that, but hope chances are given, and that we can move on. It is a time to remember Angel and reflect on the meaning of life. For me, forgiveness is part of it.
Below, watch a trailer for Party Monster, the 2003 film inspired by Michael Alig’s life.
Judge Timothy Black has stayed his ruling ordering Ohio to recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states, except in the case of the four couples who sued. He says Ohio must recognize their marriages immediately, the AP reports.r
Black said the stay does not apply to the four couples who filed the February lawsuit that led to the court case and ordered Ohio to immediately list both spouses in each relationship as parents on their children's birth certificates.
In explaining the stay, Black said that although he doesn't think the state's appeal will succeed, there is still a chance the 6th Circuit could overturn his decision.
"The court recognizes that recognition of same-sex marriages is a hotly contested issue in the contemporary legal landscape, and, if (the) appeal is ultimately successful, the absence of a stay ... is likely to lead to confusion, potential inequity and high costs," Black said. "Premature celebration and confusion do not serve anyone's best interests."
The case will be appealed to the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.