On Sunday, Britain’s Channel 4 profiled American evangelical hatemonger Scott Lively and his role in helping Uganda pass its brutal anti-gay law last month.
Lively, who is currently running for governor of Massachusetts, is shown in the video linking gays to pedophilia, the Holocaust and Rwandan Genocide and calling President Obama a "homosexualist" who "may well be a homosexual himself."
But Lively maintains throughout the interview that his views and activism haven't contributed to any anti-gay hysteria in Uganda...
Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...
Gay YouTube celebrity Davey Wavey and his friends made a funny, light-hearted video about the things mom say to their newly out gay sons. Y’know things like, “You sure it’s not just a phase?” and “So DaeKwon, your best friend… is he gay too?” It also ends on a sweet note.r
Watch the video AFTER THE JUMP…r
Today it was announced that Ellen Page will be presenting GLAAD's highest honor award to 'Orange is the New Black' star Laverne Cox at the 25th Annual GLAAD Media Awards in LA on April 12.r
Cox will receive GLAAD's Stephen F. Kolzak Award, which is presented to an openly lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender media professional who has made a significant difference in promoting equality. The award is named after a successful casting director, who devoted the last part of his life to raising awareness in the entertainment industry about the discrimination faced by LGBT and HIV-positive people. Previous Stephen F. Kolzak honorees include Wanda Sykes, Rufus Wainwright, Melissa Etheridge, Bill Condon, Todd Haynes, Alan Ball, Ellen DeGeneres, and Sir Ian McKellen. […]r
"Laverne Cox has reshaped the way Americans see transgender people and raised the bar in diverse representations of the LGBT community in entertainment," said GLAAD President & CEO Sarah Kate Ellis. "She is not only a talented actress, but a truly transformational leader in the LGBT equality movement. Through her tireless commitment to building understanding and acceptance through education and advocacy, Laverne is moving equality forward both on and off the screen."r
Page named Cox as one of her inspirations when she came out as gay at an HRC conference last month.
During the Oscars and the Sochi Olympics, Cadillac aired an ad in which actor Neal McDonough strolled around an expensive house praising Americans for tirelessly working, buying stuff and creating their own luck. He then drives away in a 2014 Cadillac ELR range-extended electric luxury coupe.r
The ad annoyed some viewers who see it “as ugly American chest-thumping and an apologia for the 1 percent.”r
However, Ford just released an ad for its Ford C-Max Energi plug-in hybrid car mimicking Cadillac’s to great effect. Business Insider describes its differences:r
“[It features] Pasho Murray, a real woman who founded Detroit Dirt, a company that turns waste into compost and sells it to people who want to create urban gardens. Murray looks out at a landfill and wonders why Americans aren’t more like other countries who buy locally grown food. She gives her speech while walking through a local restaurant where she collects food scraps for compost. She says Americans are starting to get more food from local markets because they’re “crazy entrepreneurs trying to make the world better.”r
Although both ads reek of self-righteousness, Ford’s delightfully skewers the upper-class pretensions of the Cadillac ad while suggesting that community is a better virtue than conspicuous consumption.r
Compare the videos AFTER THE JUMP…rr
First, here’s Cadillac’s ad.rr
And below is Ford’s ad:r
The Tony Award-winning actress knows not everyone was a fan of NBC's live adaptation of the famous musical
What could possibly be worse than the heartbreaking antigay laws in place in Nigeria?
Gay Nigerians turning each other in to authorities.
A gay man from Lagos has reportedly turned in five other men after they refused to be blackmailed.
He had joined some local gay men in Ekurede Urhobo for a sex party, and afterwards told them to pay up or else be reported.
They didn’t pay, and he kept his word and went straight to the authorities. The men were apprehended, publicly stripped naked and beaten after being paraded through town by an angry mob. After they were unable to pay a fine to police, they were arrested.
Desperation will lead people to extremes, and since Nigeria also made it a crime not to report on known gays in January of this year, the potential for blackmail has sky rocketed. And this isn’t an isolated incident - there has been a notable increase in bribes and arrests.
But news of extortion within the gay community is especially upsetting given the harsh punishments built into the laws.
H/t: GayStar News
The owner of a chain of Mexican restaurants in New York has been ordered to pay a lesbian chef $1.6 million in damages after repeatedly saying “gay people” were “going to go to hell” during mandatory staff prayer meetings. The Raw Story reports:
David Cameron has hailed the first same-sex marriages in England and Wales as sending a "powerful message" about equality in Britain. The law changed at midnight, with a number of gay couples vying to claim the title of being the first to be married in Britain by trying to time it perfectly so their vows were said just seconds after the clock struck midnight. The Prime Minister said the reform was necessary because "when people's love is divided by law, it is that law that needs to change". Writing in Pink News he said "this weekend is an important moment for our country" because "we will at last have equal marriage in our country". Mr Cameron, who has faced opposition from some in the Conservative Party about his backing for the change, said: "This is something that has been very important to me. "I have been so lucky to find the most incredible lifelong partner in Sam and our marriage has been a very special part of the commitment we have made to each other. "That is not something that the state should ever deny someone on the basis of their sexuality. When people's love is divided by law, it is the law that needs to change." The Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act came into force in July last year but it was not until March 13 this year when couples were able to register their intention to marry under the Act for the first time. Report by Sophie Foster.
Via press release:
Epic Records, in conjunction with the Estate of Michael Jackson, will release XSCAPE, an album of new music by Michael Jackson on May 13th.
XSCAPE is executive produced by Epic Records Chairman and CEO L.A. Reid. After mining by the Estate of Jackson’s archives, Reid was granted unlimited access to the treasures spanning four decades of material on which Jackson had completed his vocals. Reid then teamed up top producers to “contemporize” the songs while retaining Jackson’s essence and integrity, creating the best music you’ve never heard.
The list of producers includes Timbaland, Rodney Jerkins, Stargate and John McClain.
The new album will feature eight brand new recordings. A Deluxe Edition of XSCAPE will include a selection of the recordings in their original form. Both the standard and Deluxe Edition’s are available April 1st for pre-order on iTunes and elsewhere.
John Branca and John McClain, co-executors of the Estate of Michael Jackson said, “Michael was always on the cutting edge and was constantly reaching out to new producers, looking for new sounds. He was always relevant and current. These tracks, in many ways, capture that spirit. We thank L.A. Reid for his vision.”
The couple will have their sons Elijah and Zachary with them for the UK ceremony
Everyone’s a bit of a fixer upper, and nowhere is that truer than the hectic bustle of a big city. Kieran Turner’s web series Wallflowers dives into the bubbling soup of dysfunction that is dating, because if we can’t laugh at our collectively debilitating romantic neuroticism, what’s the point?
Set in the cruelly comedic dating world of NYC, Wallflowers details the ensemble exploits of a tight knit group of sassy, creative Gen-X stragglers coping with the ecstasy and the agony of single life — as members of a support group for the hopelessly single.
Sounds about right.
The series features lots of fantastically talented NYC stage actors, and in the age of digital media you’d be foolish to overlook some of the creative gold cropping up on the web.
We’re looking forward to the season 2 premier on April 3rd, which promises new gay love interests and more of the same awkward hilarity. Patch Darragh (Hope Springs, Mercy, Boardwalk Empire) and John Halbach (LOGO’s Eastsiders) are set to join the cast of oddballs and hopefully make us all feel a little better about our bumbling dating lives.
In the meantime you can check out a preview of the new season here.