Awesome teachers across the country are still losing their jobs because they’re queer. It’s a particular issue at religious schools, so the Human Rights Campaign has cooked up a little scheme to try and fix it — they’re sending a letter to Pope Francis to ask him to stop firing all his good teachers.
Technically, the letter goes to the Holy See, which is the governing body in the Vatican. The Holy See will then communicate HRC’s message to Pope Francis, who will (hopefully) take a second to consider it.
Schools across the country (most recently Cincinnati and Oakland) have dismissed great teachers for their involvement with the “homosexual lifestyle” (ugh). The problem is so bad, some have even been straight — Molly Shumate, a Catholic school teacher whose son is gay, resigned in protest over the policy requiring that she reject her own kid.
Here’s an excerpt from the HRC’s letter to the Holy See:
We have devoted years, some olif us even decades, to serving our communities as teachers, leaders and role models. We have made a conscious choice to work within the Catholic Church because we strongly believe that a Catholic education prepares our young people to be responsible citizens, men and women for others. For each and every one of us, our employment was far more than just a job – it was a reflection of core Catholic values.
It goes on:
After each termination, school and Church officials have told us we violate Catholic Church teachings on homosexuality. Yet, such directives have not only caused great harm to our families, but also contradict your pastoral priority for the Church to reflect the beauty of God in ways that attract and entice rather than alienate.
That’s hitting the Church where it’s vulnerable: that “entice rather than alienate” certainly calls to mind that the Church is shedding young people at an incredible rate. Church officials know that their attitudes on topics like LGBT equality are partially to blame for dwindling membership.
We ask for a Papal audience with our families, so that you may hear our personal stories firsthand and see the impact the Church’s actions have had on us all.
Does this actually have a chance of working? Eh, maybe, who knows. Pope Francis certainly has been open to meeting with unexpected people. But even if this letter is ignored by the Pope, it’ll certainly make the rounds in American religious circles.
And that’s where lines like “entice rather than alienate” might have the most impact. Sure is a nice religion you got there, would be a shame if everyone kept leaving it.
With two big movies coming out in 2014, a broadway hit, and that cover of Rolling Stone, Neil Patrick Harris is definitely on a roll this year, but even the mighty have to eat a bit of humble pie every once in a while.
In an interview with Michael Musto, Harris shared an anecdote from the set of one of those big movies, the forthcoming A Million Ways To Die In The West. After Musto mentioned how funny he thought Harris is in the flick, his reaction was far from assured:
“Am I? I was chastised for not being funny. I won’t tell you by whom.”
Of course NPH can’t name names, but our money’s on director/star Seth MacFarlane. Musto then commented incredulously about having to assure a “world class star” that he’s funny in his latest film, and is shocked by NPH’s “vulnerability.”
Stars, they really are as needy, neurotic, and “vulnerable” as the rest of us.
You can judge whether or not NPH truly brings the funny when A Million Ways To Die In The West opens on May 30th.
Splash! contestant Dan Osborne’s leopard-print trunks proved to be quite a distraction for the reality competition show’s host and Tom Daley.
Daley spent several precious seconds taking in Mr. Osborne’s beautiful speedo and pronounced bulge.
Even the show’s host got in a few quick glances throughout the show:
Well, everyone thought Chelsea Handler was complaining about E! and saying she was ending her talk show soon as a contract-negotiation ploy. Wrong. The network announced that "Chelsea Lately" will officially end Tuesday, Aug. 26. Chelsea had this to say about her experience on the network that brought us the Kardashians:
I myself am more surprised than anyone that I was able to hold down a job for seven years, and it was a fantastic seven years. I will always look back at my time on E! as most people look back at their time in college. I'm glad I went.I'm sure we haven't heard the last of her, but I fear her funniest days are behind her.
A drunk homophobic man received the beatdown of his life after verbally assaulting a trans woman on a Houston public transit bus.
“You think I’m gay?,” the unidentified man asks the woman. “Try it, bitch.”
We never condone violence, but we certainly think the man received exactly what he asked for.
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Travel back in time in this 2008 short film Caught: Set in 1948, Caught is a tuneful memory film of a shy teenager who is tempted by an alluring new student. Shot in Super 8, Caught has played in festivals around the world. Cinematography by Kris White and Music by Kevin McLardy.
‘We found a few more tracks with Freddie singing and all of us playing and they are quite beautiful,’ May said. ‘So people will be hearing this work towards the end of the year.’
May says the album will ‘probably’ be called Queen Forever.
‘It’s a compilation but it will have this new material on which nobody in the world has ever heard,’ he said. ‘I think people will really enjoy it.’
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Hot on the heels of the premiere of HBO's The Normal Heart comes the news that the subscription network has picked up a new series about gay life in New York City's West Village in the 1960s to be directed by Adam Shankman:
Open City is about the gay rights movement and cultural revolution of the 1960s. Set in New York City, the show will explore the relationship between the gay community and the Mafia as it opens a West Village nightclub.
The show will be written by David Kajganich, who penned the upcoming James Franco film, True Story, and directed by Shankman, whose last feature was the film adaptation of Rock of Ages. The series has also recruited Ronnie Lorenzo, one of the original owners of Stonewall Inn, to serve as a consulting producer.