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Some queens will look for any reason to show off their Bette Midler impersonations. Add out comic performer Micah McCain to the list. The triple-threat entertainer takes aim at the gay-worshipped 1988 Midler-Barbara Hershey tearjerker Beaches and offers his singular take on the film’s highlights — except, oddly, it’s famous theme song “The Wind Beneath My Wings” — in less than four minutes. Brava!
Check it out below.
Misspelled posters advertising a "straight white guy festival" recently appeared near a gay-friendly neighborhood of Clintonville in Columbus, Ohio. The festival, ostensibly scheduled for September 20, will "celabrate [sic] our enjoyment of being straight, white and male" at Goodale Park.r
The posters could be a hoax since city officials have reportedly received zero event permit requests for the park.r
The UK Mirror states:r
The event has been taken by some as a homophobic backlash against the gay pride festival held at the park last month... Many have reacted with outrage, claiming every day is a straight white guy festival. Others have defended the unknown organisers, arguing that they have the same right to celebrate their sexuality and heritage as the LGBT community and other minorities.r
In 2007, "straight pride" supporters marched in a Pride parade in Telluride, Colorado. Meanwhile, in 2011 the local government of Sao Paulo, Brazil approved a "straight pride day... protest against the privileges the gay community enjoys."r
But proponents of "straight pride" responses to gay pride events may want to consider CNN contributor LZ Granderson's thoughts on the matter:r
Gay Pride was not born of a need to celebrate being gay, but our right to exist without persecution... So instead of wondering why there isn’t a straight pride movement, be thankful you don’t need one.
The Game of Thrones cast at Comic-Con in San Diego opened with a video introducing nine new characters for season five. The new characters are Doran Martell, Trystane Martell, Myrcella Baratheon, Areo Hotah, Yezzan, Nymeria Sand, Tyene Sand, Obara Sand and High Sparrow.r
Easing up a bit, also dropped was a Game of Thrones blooper reel featuring Lena Headey (Cersei Lannister) forgetting her lines and cracking a smile and Emelia Clark (Daenerys Targaryen) lapsing into her English accent with “I’m a Khaleesi, not a queen - f--k’s sake mate.”r
Watch the introduction to the new characters and the blooper reel, AFTER THE JUMP...rrrr
The ASAP Science duo (who recently publicly came out as gay) tackle another head-scratching science question: how much sleep do we really need? Is six hours enough? Ten too much? Is there a scientific sweet spot? Considering we sleep a total of 24 years during our entire lifetime and that it factors into our overall health, this is good info to know.r
Watch the non-snoozy video, AFTER THE JUMP.rr
Matt Baume's weekly video from the American Foundation for Equal Rights mentions:r
"The rules have changed yet again for marriage in Colorado with new rulings from multiple courts, new polls show growing support for the freedom to marry in western states, but multiple attorneys general have filed briefs to stop gay and lesbian couples from marrying. And another Republican member of congress has come out for the freedom to marry.”r
Watch his latest set of announcements, AFTER THE JUMP...rr
A caretaker for foster children in Lubbock, Texas, was fired recently after he introduced some teenage clients to his fiance during an outing at a water park on the Fourth of July, reports Lone Star Q.
Officials at the Children’s Home of Lubbock, which is affiliated with a Christian church, accused Casey Stegall of engaging in a public display of affection with another man.
Speaking to The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal, Children’s Home president Lynn Harms said:
“When you are implementing life training and so forth — particularly with children — to put a confused message out there is counterproductive. If you want to try to force our culture to meet your expectations, that’s not going to go well. I don’t feel like the culture here has to meet an individual’s desire for the world to be different.”
Harms also said that gay employees who “fly under the radar” are accepted but that other gay employees have been fired because of “how they conduct their business.”
Devastated by his termination, Stegall has since contacted attorneys about filing a lawsuit.
Although cities around the U.S., including Houston, have introduced municipal ordinances banning anti-LGBT employment discrimination, Lubbock has not done so.
Last week, President Barack Obama signed an executive order banning anti-LGBT discrimination among federal contractors. The Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), which would ban anti-LGBT discrimination by private employers, remains stalled in the U.S. House. However, last week the Washington Blade reported that Democratic House Representative Jared Polis is preparing to initiate a discharge petition for (ENDA).
Watch a video of Stegall discussing the termination of his contract, AFTER THE JUMP...
While Disney-loving queens were partying it up to what we can only imagine to be deep house remixes of the Frozen soundtrack at the annual Gay Days at Disney World in Orlando, FL in early June, one local man decided to try out the role of evil mastermind. It’s not going so well for him.
Jason Combs, the owner of ASAP Towing Company, spent the celebratory weekend illegally towing car after car from a parking lot across the street from the DoubleTree Hotel, Gay Days’ host. He had no authority to tow, and his company has been described by local residents as “predatory.” It’s estimated he made around $16,000 in towing fees.
Along with the 29 counts of grand theft auto he now faces, investigators are also looking into the possibility that Combs’ actions could be considered a hate crime as it appears he targeted the victims based on their sexual orientation. Eyewitness reports claim Combs and his employees were “aggressive, using sexually charged slurs.”
If convicted, Jason’s about to enter a whole new world.
Zankie profess to be in love on Big Brother.
Justin Theroux had wood for Debbie Harry as a kid.
Steven Bauer has wood for Tea Party activist, a kid.
DEADLY BLESSING: Jersey Shore: Massacre is near.
Ariana Grande tribute dripping with shirtless guys.
Fired “Gaystapo” editor whines about First Amendment.
Charlie Crist vs. Rick Scott on climate change.
Harlem's most hateful church has an insane message for pro-gay people.
Bizarre Times Square show-down between “Spider-Man” and cops.
Gal Gadot's “Wonder Woman” looks like a gladiatrix. Zzzzz.
7/16: Vancouver, BC @ Orpheum
7/17: Seattle, WA @ Paramount Theatre
7/18: Portland, OR @ Oregon Zoo Amphitheatre
7/21: Oakland, CA @ Paramount Theatre
7/23: Los Angeles, CA @ Greek Theatre
7/24: San Diego, CA @ Humphrey’s
7/25: Mesa, AZ @ Mesa Arts Center
7/27: Denver, CO @ Paramount Theatre
7/29: Dallas, TX @ Winspear Opera House
7/30: Austin, TX @ Long Center
8/1: St. Louis, MO @ Peabody Opera House
8/2: Kansas City, MO @ Midland Theatre
8/3: St. Paul, MN @ The O’Shaughnessy
8/5: Chicago, IL @ Chicago Theatre
8/6: Detroit, MI @ Fox Theatre
8/7: Cleveland, OH @ Cain Park
8/8: Toronto, ON @ Massey Hall
8/10: Philadelphia, PA @ Verizon Hall
8/12: New York, NY @ Beacon Theatre
8/13: New York, NY @ Beacon Theatre
8/15: Boston, MA @ Opera House
8/16: Washington, DC @ DAR Constitution Hall
8/18: Nashville, TN @ Ryman Auditorium
8/19: Atlanta, GA @ Cobb-Energy PAC
8/20: Durham, NC @ Durham PAC
8/22: Clearwater, FL @ Ruth Eckerd Hall
8/23: Orlando, FL @ Bob Carr PAC
8/24: Miami, FL @ Fillmore at The Jackie Gleason Theatre
Chris Hemsworth's gun show, Stephen Amell's abs and more
Nicola Formichetti taps the 'Arrow' star for his fall campaign
Eric Stonestreet, famous for his portrayal of Modern Family’s resident farm-raised house husband Cameron Tucker, spoke to the Huffington Post about his character’s sexuality, a topic that the show has made a point of avoiding addressing directly.
“Jesse [Tyler Ferguson] and I call Cam a ‘bossy, fussy bottom,’" the actor explained. "Now, what I get is a lot of guys who come up and want to challenge my sexuality."
Early in Modern Family’s run, ABC came under fire for its seeming refusal to acknowledge Cam and Mitchell’s (Jesse Tyler Ferguson) relationship aside from their referring to each other as “boyfriends.” A Facebook group titled “Let Cam & Mitchell Kiss on Modern Family” eventually brought enough attention to the omission of physical displays of affection that the network dedicated an entire episode to it.
Stonestreet also said that he is struck by the number of conservative politicians who appreciate his character:
Stonestreet said he was amazed at some of the conservative politicians who have approached him wanting to take photos. When Santorum did just that at a recent White House Correspondents Dinner, Stonestreet flat out refused.
“It was at a time when he was publicly saying, ‘Gay marriage, gay marriage’ and I’m like, ‘You know, I can’t do it,’” he said. “It was with him and his kids or something like that, and I said, ‘I’d be happy to take a picture with the kids,’ but I can’t just be in a picture with [Santorum.]”
Watch video of Stonestreet's interview AFTER THE JUMP...
In case your conservative hag programming isn't quite what it needs to be, there is a new channel dedicated solely to that, and it is being launched by a failed vice presidential candidate-turned wannabe reality tv player.r
Said Palin in a Facebook post announcing the venture: "Tired of media filters? Well, so am I. So, let’s go rogue together and launch our own member-supported channel! This will be OUR channel, for you and for me, and we’ll all get to call it like it is."r
Subscribers will pay $9.95 per month or $99.95 annually for access to hear her prattle on.r
Watch the announcement video, AFTER THE JUMP...