Warsaw’s iconic (and controversial) T?cza rainbow, which was a tourism highlight and symbol for the LGBT community in Poland, was taken down last night after city authorities declined to extend it’s contract in Savior Square.
The AP reports:
The six-color, 9 meters (30 feet)-high rainbow by artist Julita Wojcik started in 2010 as half-arch supporting calls for renovation of an old cloister in Wigry, in Poland’s lake district. A full rainbow, it advertised Poland’s 2011 EU presidency in Brussels. […]
Wojcik told The Associated Press that her objective was to provoke a debate as the rainbow stands for gay rights, but also for cooperation and harmony. […]
“There is no better place for the rainbow than the Savior Square,” Wojcik said.
On the country’s National Independence Day in 2013, the arch was set on fire by right-wing groups.
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A sad end to an extraordinarily sad life.
Toby Sheldon -- who became famous for spending more than $100k to look like Justin Bieber -- has been found dead ... TMZ has learned. We're told Toby's body was found in a Motel 6 in the San Fernando Valley on August 21. He has been reported missing since August 18. Law enforcement tells TMZ, police found drugs in the room but it's unclear how he died. When Toby went missing, the LAPD said the disappearance may have been triggered by a breakup with his boyfriend. The 35-year-old had appeared on the shows "Botched" and "My Strange Addiction."
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The other day we told you how Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton (above) had asked a federal judge to cancel a hearing on whether he should be held in contempt of court for defying the U.S. Supreme Court’s same-sex marriage ruling. In a court filing, Paxton’s office said the state is now in full compliance with the ruling and that he no longer requires court supervision to ensure he’s doing his job.
In response to Paxton’s request, attorneys for John Stone-Hoskins (right), a gay Texas widower who was denied an accurate death certificate, say he’ll agree to the hearing being canceled — on two conditions.
First, the state must clarify that it will recognize same-sex marriages from other countries for the purposes of vital records. The state’s revised policy for birth and death certificates currently says only that it will recognize marriages from “Texas or another state.”
Second, Stone-Hoskins wants to ensure that gay widowers, just like heterosexual ones, can use a driver’s license, Social Security card or U.S. passport to establish a deceased spouse’s alias, rather than being required to secure a legal name change.
“If the State Defendants will satisfactorily address John’s remaining concerns, John agrees that the court need not conduct a hearing on September 10, 2015,” attorneys for Stone-Hoskins wrote in a court filing Wednesday.
Since Paxton and the state have already caved to all of Stone-Hoskins’ other demands, we’re assuming they’ll agree to these as well, and the hearing will be canceled.
On one hand, that’s disappointing. Many of us were probably hoping Paxton, a world-class anti-gay bigot, would be held in contempt for defying the high court. But we can take comfort in knowing that this case isn’t over. Attorneys for Stone-Hoskins, who also represented same-sex couples in Texas’ federal marriage lawsuit, will soon be back in court to collect their fees — which could be in the millions of dollars.
We can also take comfort in knowing that Paxton is scheduled to appear in court this morning for his arraignment on first-degree felony charges of securities fraud.
Read Stone-Hoskins’ response to Paxton’s request below.
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The only thing scarier than the National Organization for Marriage’s (NOM) presidential pledge is the fact that four actual human presidential candidates have signed the damn thing.
And we bet you can guess who.
Ted Cruz, Ben Carson and Bobby Jindal have joined Rick “Messy Bottom” Santorum in signing the appalling document, which promises to take a page from the Putin playbook regarding same-sex marriage if any of the clowns make it into the oval office, god forbid.
First, theres NOM’s big fish to fry — reversing the Supreme Court’s June marriage equality decision and amending the constitution to ban same-sex marriage once and for all. Because freedom?
But it isn’t enough to just ban gay couples from getting married. The pledge also seeks to do something about that pesky “shifting social landscape” by clamping down on, of all things, free speech. These four actual candidates (we reiterate because it defies all logic) have promised that if elected, they will “prevent the promotion of a redefined version of marriage in public schools and other government entities.”
So a children’s book that teaches kids it’s OK to have two mommies? Out of the question, burn it.
As a final farce, the pledge promises to, “direct the Department of Justice to investigate, document and publicize cases of Americans who have been harassed or threatened for exercising key civil rights to organize, to speak, to donate or to vote for marriage and to propose new protections, if needed.”
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Coming a day after news that Josh Duggar had checked himself into a long-term rehabilitation program, a source close to Anna Duggar tells People magazine her family is “even a little more extreme” than the anti-gay reality television clan.
“Anna and her siblings were always taught that if you follow these 10 steps or whatever, God would bless you,” says the source, who adds the parents “always taught their kids that divorce was never an option.”
Anna and Josh met at a Christian homeschooling convention in 2006. The source says that despite her fundamentalist upbringing, Anna was still “really fun” growing up, although Anna has now started to emulate Michelle Duggar’s mannerisms after marrying Josh.
“She talks like her, real soft. She, like, whispers,” says the source.
Need a reminder what Michelle’s voice is like?
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I’ve been talking to her. It’s always possible. I’m trying to deal with her play schedule. Jessica is always about the character. She’ll be back—she’s not gone forever. But that’s the fun and fresh thing about the show: sometimes somebody has to go away before you realize how much you miss them. She wants to come back we just have to come up with something.”
Bloomberg’s Mark Halperin and John Heilemann interviewed GOP frontrunner Donald Trump yesterday about a variety of issues and the billionaire blowhard answered in typical Trump fashion.
On former KKK Grand Wizard David Duke calling him “the best of the lot”:
“I don’t need his endorsement, I certainly wouldn’t want his endorsement, I don’t need anybody’s endorsement.”
On how he would explain his opposition to same-sex marriage to a gay child or grandchild:
Well it’s the way it is. I wouldn’t speak to them at all about it other than they are who they are and I want them to be happy and will love them and cherish them…I’ve gone to gay weddings. I’ve been at gay weddings. I have been against [gay marriage] from the standpoint of Bible, from the standpoint of my teachings as growing up and going to sunday school and going to church and I’ve been opposed to it and we’ll just see how it all comes out.
On his favorite Bible verses:
I wouldn’t want to get into it because to me that’s very personal. When I talk about the Bible it’s very personal…The Bible means a lot to me but I don’t want to get into specifics.
On whether he’s more of an Old Testament or New Testament kind of guy:
Probably equal. I think it’s just an incredible, the whole Bible is an incredible…I just think the Bible is something very special.
On Jeb Bush courting controversy for using the term “anchor babies”:
He’s using it because I use it…Maybe he shouldn’t use it, but I am going to.
A new Quinnipiac University poll puts Trump at 28% with his closest competitor Ben Carson at 12%.
Highlights and full interview below:
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Teen Wolf hunk and admitted Grindr user Tyler Posey shows off his slick skateboarding moves along with some tattooed thighs in an Instagram video posted this week.
“Getting in a little early morning undies sesh,” wrote the 23-year-old. “Thanks Freshpark for hooking a brotha up.”
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35-year-old Toby Sheldon achieved a degree of notoriety after appearing on the reality shows Botched and My Strange Addiction, where he talked about his obsession with looking like his favorite pop singer, who he described as “perfect” and “extraordinary beautiful.” In 2o14, he released his first single, “Justified,” with musician Adam Barta, an EDM song and ode to Bieber.
Sheldon’s body was discovered in a room at a Motel 6 in the San Fernando Valley on August 21. He had been reported missing since August 18. Police initially thought his disappearance was in connection to a recent breakup with his boyfriend. Drugs were found in the motel room, though it’s still unclear how exactly Sheldon died.
Since the news broke, friends and fans of Sheldon have been mourning on Twitter:
My deepest condolences go out to the family of Toby Sheldon. He was good person with a great heart.
— Dr. Paul S. Nassif (@DrPaulNassif) August 27, 2015
— Danielle Fidget (@RingsideFidget) August 27, 2015