The star shares a few other tidbits while filming in Louisiana
Episode 656 – Being Bi-Mobile
Happy Songkran, Weekend Updates, What’s On Our Radar? New Borderlands not on XBOX One, 12″ MacBook Air? Passbook on Windows Phone, Alpine to release an aftermarket CarPlay head unit, Hi-Def music from iTunes, iTunes gripes, iPhone 6 and the big screen dilemma, Amazon buys ComiXology, the Amazon Dash and the Tom of Finland Stamp.
Hosts: Chuti, Peter and Pinoyboy
Recorded: 04/14/2014 via Google Hangouts/Übercaster
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Head over to Butlerway.com to read my recap of Mad Men's season seven premiere "Time Zones," which finds our fedora-wearing anti-hero at the precipice of another crisis, not that that's a surprise. Don's always got drama, but chile Peggy's not fairing much better personally or professionally.
"[New boss Lou Avery is] nice, and funny (in a Dad sort of way), and patient and agreeable. You’d think Peggy would be happy, but nope; she can’t stand what she feels is the mediocre work he and the rest of the creative team are churning out, pushing Stan to create an ad for her/Freddy’s Acutron pitch even after Lou signed off on another idea. As much she may have resented, or outright hated Don at various points, she fed off of and was inspired by his fire and restlessness. It was the high that sustained her through the many lows—the scapegoating, the berating, the tossing of dollar bills in her face—of their complicated partnership. She may or may not miss the man himself, but she definitely misses the energy he brought to the office.
Of course, Peggy may not be so unhappy at work if she was fulfilled in her personal life. But we know Ms. Olsen has never been able to keep that glass half full. Ted has fled for California—though judging from his lack of a tan and Pete’s comments about his sour attitude, Cali’s not the cure-all he’d hoped it be—though she can’t be completely free of him, as he keeps popping up in the New York office to check in on things, rubbing salt in a still-fresh wound. Her home life consists of little more than fighting with a tenant and her kid over repairs; she practically begs her sister Anita’s husband Jerry to stay the night so he can fix a broken toilet. Her boss is immune to her creative charms, and her ex-lover/boss is immune (or acts like he is) to her feminine ones. Is it any wonder she breaks down in tears when Jerry leaves?"
Read the rest HERE.
The Louisiana House voted 66-27 to reject a bill that would have repealed the state's unconstitutional law criminalizing sodomy, the Times-Picayune reports:r
A House Committee passed the legislation onto the body's floor by a vote of 9-6 last week. But one of the state's most powerful lobbying groups, the conservative Christian Louisiana Family Forum, opposes striking the sodomy ban.
The law remaining on the books came under national scrutiny last summer when East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriffs' Deputies used the statute to arrest men who agreed to have sex with undercover male law enforcement officers. The District Attorney declined to prosecute the men, and the sheriff, Sid Gautreaux, under intense criticism, later apologized for the arrests.
Rep. Patricia Haynes Smith, a Democrat who represents Baton Rouge, said she brought the bill, in part, because of those arrests, which drew negative national attention to her community.
The Supreme Court invalidated all anti-sodomy laws with its Lawrence v. Texas decision in 2003 but 17 states have still not formally repealed or revised their laws.
Krumping. The Rumba. East Coast Swing. They're all types of dance that get us excited and moving. Now thanks to Diesel Jeans (and a cast of very talented dancers), you can see 26 dance moves from A to Z that'll make you wanna hit the dance floor.r
You may also recognize the video's music as gay rapper Le1f's song "Wut" — it's the song he accused Macklemore of ripping off.r
Watch the video AFTER THE JUMP...r
A - Arabesque, Morgan Quinn
B - B-girl, Bgirl Terra
C - Chicken Noodle Soup, Terence Dickson
D - Death Drop, Nick Lanzisera
E - East Coast Swing, Yani Marin, Nathan Kim
F - Finger Tut, John P-Nut Hunt
G - Grand Jeté, Julia Cinquemani
H - Harlem Shake, Amanda Meade-Tatum
I - Indian Bhangra, Reshma Gajjar
J - Jump Style, Hřps
K - Krump, Jigsaw
L - Liquid Dance, Phillip 'Pacman' Chbeeb
M - Memphis Jookin, Lil Buck
N - Northern Soul, Levanna McLean
O - OMG, Anthony 'Lil' Bob' Cabaero
P - Pole, Nicole 'The Pole' Williams
Q - Questionable, Reid Shapiro
R - Rumba, Junior and Emily Alabi
S - Step, Soul Steps: Dionne Norton, Heather DeLeon, Maxine Lyle
T - Twerk, Twerk Team: Lady Luscious, Mizz Twerksum
U - Ultimate, Shofu Tha Beatdown
V - Vogue Hands, Javier Madrid of Legendary House of Ninja
W - Whine, Colleen Craig
X - X-press Yourself, Ryan Heffington
Y - YMCA, Allison Chu at Next Models LA
Z - TurF FeinZ
Eastsiders, the popular web series that focuses on the aftermath of infidelity on a gay couple living in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Silver Lake (what some might term LA’s answer to Brooklyn), is back for a second season. Season 1 was picked up by LOGO Online but now the show’s creators are turning to Kickstarter for help getting things off the ground for the show's next chapter.r
From creator and star Kit Williamson:r
“I'm so excited to take the show back where it started: in the fans' hands, on Kickstarter. This is a very unique moment in time where audiences have the power to say what kind of stories they want to see told. We've been so lucky to have found an amazing community of viewers that have been with us from day one, and continues to grow every day. I hope they want to see more from us, because I am so excited to continue telling this story.”r
Season 1 raked in the accolades, winning Best Web Drama at the 2013 LA Weekly Awards, Best Ensemble at the Indie Series Awards and a Satellite Award nomination. The show stars Van Hansis, who memorably played Luke of Luke and Noah (a.k.a. ‘Nuke’) on the daytime drama As The World Turns, and creator Williamson, who has appeared on Mad Men and on the New York stage in Talk Radio with Liev Schreiber.r
Season 2 will see the return of memorable cast members such as John Halbach, Traci Lords, Sean Maher, Matthew McKelligon and Constance Wu along with the addition of new players such as Willam Belli, whom you will recall from Nip/Tuck, his RuPaul's Drag Race days and his role as one third of Detox.r
Check out the Kickstarter video, AFTER THE JUMP…r
You can also visit the Kickstarter page and donate HERE.r
For once, there’s a happy ending to a story about ignorant parents attacking a transgender teacher: the school board of Lumberton, Texas has decided to stand by Laura Jane Klug, and returned her to her duties in the school system.
A couple of parents had complained about her presence, and administrators pulled her out of classes while they tried to figure out what to do. Delightfully, they reached the correct conclusion: do nothing, allow a successful teacher to do her job and let everyone move on with their lives.
Klug had to sit through a school board meeting last Thursday while they debated her future. It was standing room only, with thirteen individuals speaking up — which is a ton, considering it’s a small-town municipal meeting. Part of that meeting included public comment, and you can probably guess the kind of things that ignorant members of the public wanted to bring up. No surprise, someone mentioned bathrooms. Ugh.
Another speaker suggested that she be barred from teaching younger grades. Because discrimination is OK if you only do it a little bit.
At the end of the night, the board hadn’t made a decision, but after a closed-door conference Klug is back in the classroom, as she should be. She’s said that she won’t discuss her gender identity in the classroom, which is probably a good idea for now since it would just cause a lot of agitation. But cis teachers probably refer to their genders all the time without repercussions, so it would be nice if a day could come when Klug doesn’t feel the need to self-censor.
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A judge in Lancaster, Ohio has sentenced 38-year-old Lawrence L. Featheroff to 30 months in prison for beating, terrorizing, and threatening to slice off the genitals of his developmentally disabled brother after he reveaeld that he might be gay last year.
Featheroff plead guilty to attempted complicity to commit felonious assault and abduction, claiming that he “wanted to toughen [his brother] up to push the gay out of him and make him a normal person.”
Featheroff’s 26-year-old brother, Jason A. Meyers began living with his brother, his brother’s girlfriend and an aunt and uncle after he had been abused in a group home. According to detectives, Meyers “is developmentally disabled but reasonably high functioning,” and was placed in the sole custody of his brother. The extended family lived about 30 miles from Columbus, one of the most gay-friendly cities in the Midwest.
Meyers told investigators a number of horrific stories, including times that Featheroff had “hit him repeatedly,” “allowed him to eat only once a day,” “made him run up and down a hill carrying a heavy railroad tie,” and “held a butcher knife under his genitals and threatened to cut them off.” When police visited the family’s home in January, they discovered Meyers with a concussion, a sprained ankle and bruises on his face and around his eye.
Featheroff reportedly inflicted the physical and emotional trauma after Meyers told him last year that he “had sexual thoughts about men and boys.”
Since the trial began, Meyers has been living in adult foster care.
Into the Streets
Director: Logan Mucha
Cast: Paul Barton, Callum McInerney, Craig Walker
Australia | 2013 | 6 min
ENG - In a time when the gay community was in fear of public persecution, partygoers took to the streets to declare they had no reason to hide. It was 1978 in Sydney and Craig was a naďve teenager who became swept up in the birth of a movement. Through a fragmented recollection, he revisits the chaotic events of the first Sydney Gay Mardi Gras.
Lawmakers have been unwilling to strike down the measure for over ten years, despite it being declared unconstitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court in 2003.
The outdated law came under national scrutiny last summer when deputies of the East Baton Rouge Parish used it to arrest men who agreed to have sex with undercover male police officers. The District Attorney ultimately declined to prosecute the men because he had no legal standing to do so. Sid Gautreaux, the sheriff who ordered the arrests, later offered a half-hearted apology.
The initiative to keep the law on the books was spearheaded by the Louisiana Family Forum, one of the largest conservative lobbying firms in the state, which characterizes itself as a “voice for traditional families.”
“Louisiana’s anti-sodomy statute is consistent with the values of Louisiana residents who consider this behavior to be dangerous, unhealthy, and immoral,” the forum said in a letter.
“This has been on the Louisiana law books for nearly 200 years,” State Rep. Valarie Hodges, R-Denham Springs, said. “Just because we decriminalize something doesn’t make it right. … We’re not here to rubber stamp the Supreme Court. … We’re here to uphold the law of what’s right and wrong.”
Keeping an outdated, unconstitutional, unenforceable law on the books for symbolic purposes… How’s that for small government?
Organizers of this year’s GaymerX, the gaming convention described as a “safe place” for LGBT gamers, announced on Twitter this week that their sophomore event will be their last. Without the help of large corporate sponsors, the event “became too much of a burden,” they said.
Founded in 2013 as a Kickstarter project that aimed to celebrate the diverse LGBT culture in the gaming world, GaymerX launched a second Kickstarter campaign to fund this year’s meeting at the InterContinental Hotel in San Francisco. The campaign raised over $24,000 — $14,000 above their initial goal — but the event couldn’t be sustained without the help of corporate sponsors.
“We decided that we could no longer continue as a convention as the price of running a yearly convention downtown in San Francisco was just too high — we weren’t able to get the corporate sponsorship that we needed to make it something sustainable, and we were racking up huge amounts of debt to put this years con on,” organizer Matt Conn told Polygon. “That being said, we’re going to make the very best convention we can and we’re super eager to see a rise in more alt-cons in the future, making gaming accessible to everyone.”
But it’s not the end of the line for GaymerX. Conn also says that “anything could happen” and he’s “not against it coming back in some other, more sustainable form.” Until then, gaymers will have to endure the rampant transphobic mockery at events like the Eurogamer Expo.
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