Rory O’Malley (The Book of Mormon), who is currently starring in the off-Broadway run of William Finn and James Lapine’s Little Miss Sunshine musical (buy discount tickets here), is not your typical Catholic schoolboy. Sure, he knew he wanted to be an actor after playing St. Joseph in his second-grade Christmas pageant. But since then, O’Malley’s career has been anything but orthodox.
Following his Tony-nominated role as Elder McKinley in The Book of Mormon — in which he sang the closet-case anthem “Turn It Off” — O’Malley, 32, has carved a niche for himself as musical theater’s go-to supporting gay. In Sunshine, he plays the Steve Carrell role from the movie, a morose Proust scholar who tries to kill himself after his boyfriend leaves him for an academic rival.
“I definitely don’t get leery about being typecast,” O’Malley told Queerty in a phone interview. “I just love being cast… I love playing gay characters. I think it’s fantastic that there have been these rich gay characters for me to do… They’re fully-formed people, with points of view, and something different to bring to the story.”
O’Malley stayed with Mormon for two years on Broadway. He’s only seen the show once since he left, when he went to cheer on his friend Gavin Creel at the opening of Mormon in London this past March. In addition to being industry buddies, Creel and O’Malley — along with Jenny Kanelos — founded the marriage equality non-profit Broadway Impact together in 2009.
Broadway Impact was born after Election Night 2008. O’Malley and Kanelos had been volunteering for the Obama campaign in O’Malley’s hometown of Cleveland, Ohio. Their excitement over the new president was quickly deflated, however, when they heard about the passing of Proposition 8 in California.
“The outrage that was felt all across the country was felt very strongly in the Broadway community,” O’Malley said. “We went to the protest at City Hall [in New York]… and Gavin was there. And Jenny and I started talking to Gavin and saying, ‘You know, we should see what the organizations that are out there want the Broadway community to do.’”
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You heard that right: Gillian Anderson wearing an eel scarf.r
Nancy Sutley leaving White House post: "A lesbian adviser to President Obama on environmental policy has announced she’ll depart the White House in February, ending the tenure of one the longest-serving openly LGBT members of the Obama administration.r
Joe Jonas is owning a moustache right now.r
Extremist Rep. Duncan Hunter has a plan for Iran: Nuke em. "I think if you have to hit Iran, you don’t put boots on the ground, you do it with tactical nuclear devices and you set them back a decade or two or three. I think that’s the way to do it with a massive aerial bombardment campaign."r
Guardian staff could face terrorism charges over NSA leaks: "British police are examining whether Guardian newspaper staff should be investigated for terrorism offences over their handling of data leaked by Edward Snowden, Britain's senior counter-terrorism officer said on Tuesday. The disclosure came after Guardian editor Alan Rusbridger, summoned to give evidence at a parliamentary inquiry, was accused by lawmakers of helping terrorists by making top secret information public and sharing it with other news organisations."r
Vin Diesel and Michelle Rodriguez pay tribute to Paul Walker.r
It will be hard for Stephen Moyer to walk away from True Blood. "It’s just a group of people that I absolutely love and it’s certainly the happiest and warmest set I’ve ever been on..."r
The first White House briefing on AIDS in 1992 was a disgusting display of homophobia.r
NYC's David Barton Gym to move into the old Limelight nightclub: "The property has had a rocky past since the infamous Limelight fell victim to predictable internal disarray and Rudy Giuliani‘s war against nightlife in 1997. It briefly housed the forgettable Avalon dance club and, in 2010, went retail with the ill-fated Limelight Marketplace, a collection of shops and food vendors."r
Parents cut ties with anti-gay church to honor their gay son.r
Rosetta spacecraft on track to land on comet in 2014: "At precisely 10am GMT on 20 January next year, a tiny electronic chip inside Europe's Rosetta spacecraft will flicker into life. The robot probe will then be several hundred million miles from Earth, an orbit that will be bringing it closer and closer to Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, a massive ball of ice, dust and organic materials that orbits the Sun every six and a half years."r
Town Hall believes liberalism is on the wrong side of history.r
30 pilot whales stranded off coast of Florida: "Dozens of pilot whales are stranded in the shallow waters of remote area in Everglades National Park. Floridian marine life experts are on a mission Wednesday to return these majestic mammals back to the Gulf of Mexico before their luck dries up."r
George Clooney: "If you're famous and on Twitter, you're a moron."r
Australan Rugby Union places Bingham Cup on display.r
Research group mines data from 600,000 "your call may be monitored" conversations and finds out which state swears the most: "People in Ohio cursed the most as compared to every other state in the Union: They swore in one out of about every 150 phone conversations. Ohio was followed, respectively, by Maryland, New Jersey, Louisiana, and Illinois.r
Freedom to Marry's Evan Wolfson talks to Variety about the role of Hollywood in gaining gay equality: “No one is better at telling stories and sparking conversation than Hollywood. So that climate, that air cover of storytelling and engaging people to think anew, is what enables the ground game of the personal conversations and the legal and political work to succeed.”
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Apparently the Virginia Department of Taxation thinks that they understand taxes better than the IRS. They just came out with a bunch of new tax codes, and guess who bears some extra-stiff penalties? Why, yes, it’s LGBT couples. How ever did you guess?
For married gays, it’s a familiar situation: you have to file extra tax returns, because one government entity recognizes your relationship while another considers you strangers. But there’s a twist: while it used to be that states (like Iowa and Vermont) recognized the marriage and the federal government did not, this time it’s the other way around.
Since US Supreme Court overturned DOMA, the IRS has been steadily working on updating its policies to recognize LGBT couples. Hooray for that. But Virginia has decided to be less accommodating: even if you’re legally married (in Maryland or Connecticut, for example), Virginia won’t accept your join tax return. You’ll need to file as married for the feds, then whip up a fake “single” federal return, and then file a “single” state return for VA. This is great news for tax prep companies, but not for anyone else.
It doesn’t have to be this way, of course. Missouri has a marriage ban, but they allow couples with out-of-state licenses to file as married. Yes, Virginia’s sunk so low as to make Missouri seem sophisticated and progressive. The state known for the racist anti-miscegenation laws that gave us Loving v. Virginia is at it again.
The good news is that incoming Governor Terry McAuliffe (pictured) is a staunch ally, so he could be our best hope for reversing the rotten policy. Bolstering our case is the anticipated burden to businesses that the discriminatory policy is expected to impose.
But fiddling with tax laws is no easy task, particularly when you have an equality ban as strident as Virginia’s. The state constitution doesn’t just ban marriage, it also prohibits civil unions. McAuliffe’s hands may be tied, and not in a fun way.
Fortunately, there’s one more chance of a resolution before tax day: AFER’s lawsuit. After overturning Prop 8, AFER filed a federal suit against Virginia. If they can wipe out the anti-gay law before taxes are due, maybe (and this is a big maybe) Virginia will have time to reform its tax policies for this year.
The always lovable Linda Harvey, founder of the ultra conservative antigay organization Mission: America and the unofficial “Face of Hate,” is running her mouth again. This time she’s making outrageous claims about President Obama and gay people.
The Christian conservative radio host called President Obama the “most racist president in U.S. history” because he supports abortion and LGBT rights. She also accused his policies of producing “more youth homosexual behavior.” Harvey also called Oprah his “cheerleader.”
Harvey was responding to remarks made recently by Miss Winfrey, who said she believes “there is a level of disrespect for the office [of the president] that occurs” because of his race.
Right Wing Watch posted the audio file of Harvey’s radio show, in which she said:
“I could not disagree more with Oprah Winfrey. Is Oprah unaware that she defends a black president who was re-elected to a second term? It’s not skin color that people object to with Obama, it’s his ungodly values that endanger Americans of all races and backgrounds.”
Thanks for clarifying, Linda.
“The slaughter of unborn African American babies, even those who could live outside the womb, the president is apparently okay with that,” she continued. “Young African American males disproportionately contract HIV. Obama’s policies have produced more youth homosexual behavior, not less.”
Evidently, Harvey didn’t get the recent memo that President Obama just pledged to spend $100 million to fund AIDS research.
Then she delivered the real kicker.
“If the definition of racism is to support policies that harm people of color, then Barack Obama is the most racist president in U.S. history and Oprah Winfrey is his cheerleader.”
Our only response to Harvey’s latest remarks is giving yet another eye roll. Though we love the mental image of Oprah dressed in a jumper and waving pom-poms in the air.
Yesterday we learned that Tom Daley is apparently
gay in a relationship with another man, and it’s none other than Academy Award-winning Milk screenwriter Dustin Lance Black.
Neither Daley or Black’s camps have officially confirmed (nor denied) the reports, although Black posted a cryptic note on his Facebook page upon his return from St. Petersburg, writing “Slept all day today after my trip to Russia. Did I miss anything?” (Oh, not much, DLB, just the sound of gossip blogs exploding and teenaged girl hearts breaking.)
Today a number of pubs, including Us Weekly, confirmed the two men are indeed happily dating and couldn’t care less what anyone says about the two-decade age difference.
That’s good to know. Still, prying minds do wander. With all due respect to DLB, we got to thinking about other potential suitors for the 19-year-old Olympic diver. So we compiled a list of openly-gay men who we think would make great boyfriends of our Tommy boy.
Scroll down to see seven suitors…
A lot of people have noted that there’s a 20-year age difference between Tom Daley and Dustin Lance Black. This doesn’t bother us one bit. After all, what better mentor/BF than a handsome, talented director/writer/activist? But for those wanting to see Tom in an old-fashioned “age appropriate” same-sex relationship composed of another twink, 23-year-old Glee star Chris Colfer would make an excellent candidate. He’s young. He’s talented. And he would look so darn cute next to Daley at red carpet events.
Perhaps Daley would like to be with another Olympic diver? After all, it might be comforting to be with someone who has been there before. If so, Matthew Mitchum would be a stellar choice. The 25-year-old Australian took home the gold medal in the 2008 Summer Olympics for the 10 meter platform. Daley took home the bronze in the same category during 2012 Summer Olympics. Clearly he could use a few pointers from Mitchum, who we’re sure would be happy to assist. Gold and Bronze would look very good together on the ol’ mantle over the fire on those gray London days.
Rep. Brian Sims
Former college football star turned Pennsylvania State Representative Brian Sims made national headlines earlier this year when he was silenced by Pennsylvania House Republicans for speaking out about DOMA. Shortly after the incident, we had an opportunity to interview the 32-year-old state legislator/LGBT activist and, in our hard-hitting journalistic manner, asked him if he might per chance be single. He confirmed that he was. In the unlikely event that the rising stud muffing is still on the market, he’d make an ideal match for us — er — Tom.
He’s older, he’s wiser, and he could help turn Daley’s 2.5 million Twitter followers into a political machine. What’s not to love?
If Daley is looking to date a fellow Brit, 22-year-old UK pop star Joe McElderry might be someone to consider. The up-and-coming chart topper won The X Factor back in 2009. Since then the cutie has released four albums and had a few #1 singles in the UK. Like Daley, he’s just starting his career, both in and out of bed. So the two could grow together.
Wouldn’t that be sweet?
While we’re on the topic of musical types, Frank Ocean would be an fine catch for Daley. The 26-year-old R&B singer became one of the first major African American musicians to announce that he had fallen in love with another man, back in 2012. His album Channel Orange is all about that unrequited love. We think he and Daley would make a totally cute couple, earning that gay badge of relationship honor “interracial love.”
Plus we’d love to hear Ocean croon about it on his next album.
If Daley is, indeed, into older men, then we think Nate Berkus would make a great potential suitor for the young Olympian… if only he weren’t already engaged. Sigh. 42-year-old Berkus is a successful interior designer and daytime television host, so he would make their love nest effortlessly stylish in that great gay way. His piercing blue eyes and square jaw make him quite a delicious piece of eye candy in any interior. Plus he’s friends with Oprah, which could be leveraged for even more of the press coverage Daley covets. Need we say more?
Speaking of dashing older gentlemen, you simply can’t do better than 52-year-old fashion designer Tom Ford. We know that he’s been with his older partner Richard Buckley since 1986, but we love the idea that Daley and Ford could be Tom². There’s a lot to admire about Mr. Ford. In addition to his devilish good looks, he’s a self-starter, Academy Award-nominee, and an international fashion superstar. His enormous personal wealth puts him into the David Geffen category except with better suits. Perhaps after he retires from diving after the Rio Olympics, Daley could have a second career modeling for Ford’s menswear collection. Or in some skimpy underwear ads.
At least then he’d be getting paid for posing in speedo-like briefs.
Researchers at Lund University in Sweden have identified a recombinant strain of HIV—meaning it’s a cross of two previously identified strains—that develops into AIDS in roughly 5 years. Most other strains of HIV take closer to eight years to progress to AIDS.
In an article for the Journal of Infectious Disease, researchers identify the new strain of HIV as A3/02. It is concentrated in West Africa, but there is concern that similar recombinant strains could spread internationally. A3/02 is not necessarily the fastest progressing strain of HIV.
As Professor Phalguni Gupta of the Pittsburgh School of Graduate Health told ABC News, “There are some HIV types here in the United States that take as little as two years to develop into AIDS.”
Still, researchers are monitoring A3/02 closely. They want to see, among other things, if the new strain transmits more easily than other strains.
Meanwhile, there’s more hopeful news coming from the other side of the Atlantic. Researchers at New York’s Yeshiva University announced that they have had success in treating HIV with radioimmunotherapy (RIT), a well-known cancer treatment. In laboratory tests, researchers tested RIT on blood samples from people who receive highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART).
HAART is used to treat nearly 9 million HIV+ people worldwide. It prevents the virus from multiplying in the bloodstream, but it does not kill the infected cells. The research out of Yeshiva indicates that RIT, when used in conjunction with HAART, could successfully target infected immune cells without harming healthy cells in the process. In other words, it could do more than just slow the virus; it could eradicate it completely.
Project leader Dr. Ekaterina Dadachova explained in a press release, “We found that radioimmunotherapy could kill HIV-infected cells both in blood samples that received antiretroviral treatment and within the central nervous system, demonstrating RIT offers real potential for being developed into an HIV cure.”
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Europe has its second openly gay prime minister, Reuters reports:r
Luxembourg swore in Xavier Bettel as its first openly gay prime minister on Wednesday, paving the way for the introduction of social reforms such as same-sex marriage.
Bettel replaces Jean-Claude Juncker, who was until Wednesday the European Union's longest-serving head of government, with 19 years in power. That distinction is now held by Estonian Prime Minister Andrus Ansip, who took office in April 2005.
Bettel, whose deputy Etienne Schneider is also openly gay, is expected to introduce other changes like replacing religious instruction in school with more general ethics classes.
Bettel was previously mayor of Luxemboug city. Europe's other openly gay prime minister is Belgium's Elio Di Rupo.r
Bettel told Buzzfeed that visibility for elected officials has improved quite a bit since he stepped into the political spotlight in the 90s:r
"I once had a [female politician] who said I was more lady than her. But society is changing and what would be considered as not normal is fully normal nowadays. You can live your life as yourself and be considered as you are - not because you look like a politician who is married and with children."
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Moscow political scientist/tabloid columnist (apparently you can be both) Stanislav Belkovsky claims to have the “whole truth” on Vladimir Putin in a new biography which, among other things, claims the Russian president is a closet homosexual and misanthrope who prefers the company of animals to people.
Belkovsky says Putin’s alleged affair with a former gymnast/Olympic champion Alina Kabaeva was merely a Russian ruse to paint the prez as “macho” and a “sex bomb”:
According to Belkovsky, for Putin ”sex and a sex life are alien” but he posits that Vlad may be “latently gay,” pointing to a ”truly erotic photo session in which Putin and Prince Albert of Monaco posed topless with their fishing rods in their hands.”
Oh you mean this completely heterosexual display of bro-ing the fuck out?:
He does look super happy, though. But what could be more heterosexual than this?:
And of course, this — which is so straight I just got pregnant. And I’m a dude:
“He flees from people and his obligations to nature,” Belkovsky writes, adding that his best friends and sole roommates are “Labrador Conny and the Bulgarian shepherd dog Buffy”:
Yeah, right, like any gay man would name his dogs Conny and Buffy!
Anygay, there’s also Putin’s relationship with his handsome Prime Minister, Dmitry Medvedev:
Awww. Precious. Based on the novel U.S.S.R. by Sapphire.
Of course, latent homosexuality might explain why Puts is so gung-homo with his anti-gay propaganda law. Perhaps one doth protest too much:
Fully aware that this kind of talk amounts to borderline treason — or at the very least, some shaaaaaaady bull that if it was a cup couldn’t hold a drop of water — Belkovsky is careful to include this caveat: “for the lawyers among my readers…a cult figure among homosexuals is not automatically a homosexual himself.”
Tell that to Ricky Martin.
When Liz Cheney launched into an assault of marriage equality that is clearly a slap at sister Mary’s marriage, Mary and her wife, Heather, were understandably angry. As for Dad? Not so much so. In fact, if the former vice president is angry with anyone, based on is latest comments, it’s Mary and Heather.
At an appearance at the National Press Club, Cheney was asked about the family feud. His response was revealing for the irritation he showed to Mary and Heather. In fact, he didn’t even acknowledge their existence, preferring to use a passive voice.
“We were surprised that there was an attack launched against Liz on Facebook, and wished it hadn’t happened,” Cheney said. “It’s always been dealt with within the context of the family and frankly that’s our preference.”
Those words are hardly the ringing endorsement of Mary and Heather’s right to be married. (It also makes you wonder if he’s especially angry with Heather, who was a lot more vocal in her complaint about Liz’s hypocrisy.) But if Dad is taking sides, it’s with Liz. At the time of the original quarrel, Cheney issued a statement praising Liz’s “many kindnesses.” Nary a word about how Mary and Heather might feel a bit put out by a political stand that strikes at the heart of their relationship.
Cheney cut off additional discussion of the topic (“Don’t waste your time,” he said, reminding us why we don’t miss him). But his few words underscore the fact that keeping family disputes quiet is what really matters to him. Too bad that comes at the expense of one of his daughters and her wife.