Ronan Farrow, future MSNBC host and son of Mia Farrow and either Woody Allen or Frank Sinatra, apparently likes both guys and gals.
Gossip guy Richard Johnson over at Page Six is reporting that the Rhodes Scholar, writer, and Yale Law grad has “come under pressure” by some gays to come out of the closet in advance of his MSNBC debut.
MSNBC had been in development talks with Farrow for months, and though he’s short on on-camera experience, he’s served as an advisor in multiple capacities in the Obama administration, has written for The Wall Street Journal and will publish his first book Pandora’s Box: How American Military Aid Creates America’s Enemies via Penguin Press in 2015.
Since coming to prominence early last year, Farrow has been linked with everyone from fashion designer Tory Burch to Selena Gomez, but a friend of his told Johnson that his interests go beyond women. “He’s not in the closet,” the friend says. “He’s been with guys, but he’s also been with girls. He’s open about both.” Farrow is reportedly close to Jon Lovett, the out former speech writer for President Obama.
MSNBC is, of course, home to prominent gays Rachel Maddow, Thomas Roberts, and Steve Kornacki, and Farrow would seem to be a good fit for their brand of wonky political journalism shows. Though another friend maintained that Farrow “doesn’t want to be labeled as gay or straight or bisexual,” an openly bi male media personality would certainly be something different on the airwaves, even on MSNBC.
Perhaps Ronan’s show won’t be the only thing coming out in January.
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The gay community is overjoyed after Donald Trump announced his views on same-sex marriage are “evolving.”
“This is incredible,” one gay person said. “Just incredible. All I’ve ever wanted was Donald Trump’s approval of my marriage.”
“Words can’t describe how pleased I am to hear this,” another gay person added. “I think I’m going to wear a Donald Trump signature silk tie to my wedding now.”
During an interview with gay MSNBC anchor Thomas Roberts before Saturday’s Miss Universe pageant in Moscow, Trump said he was inspired by President Obama’s change of heart.
“I think I’m evolving,” he explained, “and I think I’m a very fair person, but I have been for traditional marriage.”
Then he added: “I am for a marriage between a man and a woman.”
Trump himself has been married three times.
During the interview, he also expressed regret for holding the pageant in Russia given the country’s extreme antigay laws.
“Perhaps we should have known and we didn’t,” he said, “and after we signed it became quite clear.”
He continued: “We have a lot of gay people who work at Miss Universe, and we said, ‘What do you think?’ And they said, ‘We want to go. We want to show our stuff.’”
Even Rosie O’Donnell, Trump’s longtime lesbian enemy, is said to be over the moon with his announcement. In the past, Trump has called Rosie “disgusting,” “a fat pig,” and a “failure.”
A source close to the comedian said: “Obviously, Rosie is ecstatic over Trump’s evolution. She’s thinking of writing a poem about it for her blog. Of course, she can’t help but wonder what part she played in his change of heart. This is very good news.”
Very good news, indeed. It makes us want to break out a bottle of Trump “Super Premium” Vodka and celebrate.
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That’s my amazing boyfriend on the right. We met in a funny way. We were in the same tennis league for four years in high school but we never talked until our final districts tournament senior year. We talked for maybe fifteen minutes about anything but then I had to leave early to go to prom (later he told me that he chickened out of giving me his number). Fast forward a year later and I get a text from a high school friend asking me if I knew a Jordan. Turns out my friend from high school is best friends with his cousin and it just so happened that he was visiting his cousin at the time for spring break. One thing lead to another and we started texting. We talked for months but nothing really came of it until one, four hour long phone date and ever since then we’ve been together. I love him with all my heart and I can’t imagine a life without him
rOver the weekend, Rev. Frank Schaefer joined with his supporters at Coleman Chapel in Lebanon, Pennsylvania for a candlelight vigil. No one had died: the vigil was for Schaefer himself, who is facing a church trial for officiating his gay son's wedding in Massachusetts in 2007. The Lebanon Daily News reports:r
Schaefer is pastor of Zion United Methodist Church of Iona in South Lebanon Township.r
"We know of a lot of churches that are doing it," said Schaefer, "but we're hoping that a lot of churches that we don't know of are doing it."r
Schaeffer said the prayer vigil were not just for him but for the gay community.r
"People are called upon to pray for me as I prepare for trial, for my family, but also for the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) community at large, because this is for a cause. This is not just for an individual."r
Schaefer could lose his ministry if he is convicted of violating church rules. The United Methodist Church allows its members to be gay, but does not recognize marriage equality or allow LGBT people to join the clergy.r
According to the Daily News, a group of over 30 United Methodist pastors in Pennsylvnia who support Schaefer say they will officiate a joint same-sex wedding.r
Schaefer hopes that his church will reconsider its position on homosexuality, and credits his son with changing his own views:r
"Everything changed for me when I learned that my oldest son was gay," he said. "I think we need to look at this issue again. This is not just an issue of theology. This is an issue of life and death for our young people."r
Schaefer said that as a teenager, his son considered suicide because of his struggle with his sexual identity.r
"We, as parents and as Christians, rallied around him and affirmed him, and it brought him through some very rough times," he said.r
Schaefer's trial will begin on November 18th.r
An anti-LGBT coalition says it has collected enough signatures for a ballot measure that would repeal a new California law protecting transgender students, the AP reports:r
rA coalition of conservative groups called Privacy for all Students submitted 620,000 signatures to get the initiative on the November 2014 ballot, said Frank Schubert (pictured), the political strategist handling the signature gathering effort.rr
rTo qualify, at least 505,000 valid signatures must be submitted. To verify the signatures, each of California's 58 counties will first check that the overall count is correct, then conduct a random sampling to make sure they are legitimate. After that, it is likely the state would order a full review.r
Said Gina Gleason of the group Faith and Public Policy: "Many people said we had no chance to collect over half a million signatures in just 90 days, but we have proven them wrong by gathering over 115,000 more signatures than the minimum needed."r
Governor Jerry Brown signed the protections into law in August 2012. They require public schools to allow those students access to whichever restroom and locker room they want.r
California Republicans approved a resolution supporting the law's repeal in October 2012.
Who's next for marriage equality? After Illinois and Hawaii, it may be a while. But believe it or not, New Mexico, Kentucky, Arkansas, South Carolina, and Montana all made some progress this week.r
Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...rr
Earlier we updated you on anti-gay Russian activist Maxim Martsinkevich and his group "Occupy Pedophilia," which lures gay men with the promise of sex only to publicly shame them. Though Martsinkevich has fled Russia, fearing he will face charges of "extremism," he is not the only member of the neo-Nazi group that uses social media to hunt down and humiliate gay men. As The International Business Times reports, another video has surfaced showing other members of "Occupy Pedophilia" harassing and assaulting a 20-year old South African, David Smith, a student at Shukhov State Technological University:r
In the 33-minute video, Smith has his hair shaved down the middle andr painted green, insulted by a member of the Occupy Paedophilia gang, rforced to kiss a watermelon and then has his head smashed with it.r
The South African student is also forced to simulate oral sex ron a beer bottle by the activists and made to perform the 'bent thumb' rgesture - a mock version of the Facebook "like" sign which is an ridentification symbol among Occupy Paedophilia members.r
rAccording to the anti-LGBT group, Smith was later expelled from his university.r
Pretoria lawyers have written a letter to Russia authorities demanding an investigation into the latest homophobic incident.r
"We demand an investigation as these perpetrators can easily be ridentified, as well as an explanation by the Russian authorities to the rSouth African people," the letter stated, according to South African newspaper The Star.r
"This thing of paedophilia, that comes from the thugs and that is ther excuse they use to justify their actions. They're neo-Nazi skinheads, rthe paedophile thing is just a ruse. It's a thinly veiled smokescreen rfor homophobic attacks," said Pretoria lawyer Coenraad Kukkuk.r
The letter also demands a travel warning to all South Africans of rtravel to the Russian Federation and the boycott of the 2014 Sochi rOlympics.r
You can watch the video posted by "Occupy Pedophilia" AFTER THE JUMP... WARNING: The video contains disturbing and graphic images.rr
BY NAVEEN KUMAR
A vibrant and seductive new musical revue featuring thermusic of Duke Ellington among others, AfterrMidnight transforms the Brooks Atkinson theatre, where it opened November 3rd,rinto a Harlem nightclub teeming with all the energy and explosive talent of therJazz Age. Directed and choreographed by Warren Carlyle , the show comes torBroadway after two popular engagements at New York City Center Encores, whererit was conceived by producer Jack Viertel.r
rFeaturing seventeen on-stage musicians hand-picked by WyntonrMarsalis from Jazz at Lincoln Center, AfterrMidnight barrels tirelessly through a string of jazz standards performed byra cast of show-stopping dancers and singers. Aside from occasional excerpts ofrpoetry by Langston Hughes recited by the evening’s host and co-star DulérHill (Psyche), the numbers flow seamlessly into each other over ninety minutes.r
While the show doesn’t tell a straightforward story, it focusesron a singular subject from many angles—love (after midnight, what else is there?). Each song tells a story of its own, whetherrin lyrics or through dance, and the all-star performers seem to play consistentrcharacters through different numbers. From the hopeless romantic (Hill) to thersoulful, wisecracking skeptic (Tony winner Adriane Lenox), without names orrdialogue, the characters that come alive in each song are unmistakable.r
rMuch credit is due in this respect to Mr. Carlyle, whoserextraordinary choreography not only showcases the awe-inspiring talent of hisrdancers, but brings narrative energy to a show that might otherwise feelrdisjointed—more nightclub act than Broadway musical. From multiple fiery-footedrtap numbers to the more subtle grace of one number involving single strands ofrred balloons, Carlyle’s broad range is truly impressive.r
Unlike other time capsule musicals already up this seasonr(including Billie Holiday musical LadyrDay and A Night with Janis Joplin),rAfter Midnight finds more effectiverways of engaging its audience than the sort of slipshod books that make therothers seem more contrived. Even its on-stage band contributes to the show’s purelyrmusical dialogue, with horns assuming the voices of men in conversation with femalersingers, or the band assuming center stage while actors look on in wonder.r
After Midnight isruniquely conceived to accommodate a rotating roster of special guest stars (American Idol winner Fantasia is therfirst, K.D. Lang and Toni Braxton are both set to follow), a design meant torkeep audience interest fresh as the show continues its run. While Ms. Barrino’srpop vocals make a fine addition to the line-up, the core company hardly needsrmarquis star power to add to its many merits.r
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If there is any modern trend we could not be more in favor of, it is this thing where sports teams raise money for a good cause by taking sexy photos. Please, athletes, go right ahead with this. Do not let us stop you.
The latest contributors to this very fine cause are Panteres Grogues, whose 2014 calendar features various speedo-clad swimmers looking sultry. How European.
Sales of the calendar support the HIV charity BCN Checkpoint, and also the charity case that is our libido.
If the images feel a little familiar, it’s because the photographer is Juan Pablo Santamaria, a delightful gay photographer whose created similar fap-ready images for Manhunt. His cartoony, hyperreal style is aggressively sexual and a little unnerving, like all the best intimate encounters.
Check out their making-of video, which explains, “this is the treasure of a group of young people who want to reach out to all those who haven’t yet built up the courage to come and swim with us.” Adorable! They are like a modern day Ferdinand the Bull.
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Naturally, we are fans of any organized activity in which muscular young men wear next to nothing. But we are particularly delighted when one of those men decides to be openly gay and all of his colleagues support him. Bonus points when it happens in a conservative state.
Such is the case at the University of Texas. SB Nation delivers the latest account of heartwarming allies who will give you all the feels: “Junior Matt Korman didn’t want to hide this side of himself any longer — and he wanted to date openly,” writes Cyd Zeigler.
Korman sent his team an email explaining that he’d been doing a lot of soul-searching. Over the last year, depression had been affecting his health and causing him to consider quitting the sport he loved. He blamed the closet for his malaise, and was making the decision to come out to everyone.
It’s a story that most of us have been through ourselves, one way or another: “ I was growing tired of all the lying, dishonesty, and pretending,” he told his team. “I want you to know me for who I am.”
And now for the amazing twist: his team was totally supportive, including the guys from “the middle of nowhere conservative Texas.” He adds, “I’ve gotten zero negative feedback.”
So, apparently this is the planet we live on now: one in which a Texas sports team loves their gay teammate. Not bad.