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The social calendar began in June, with Gay Pride. Then:
Sunset Junction (August)
AIDS Walk (September)
Hollywood Film Festival, Halloween Parade (October)
Hollywood Christmas Parade, Thanksgiving (November)
The L.A. Gay Men's Chorus Christmas Concert (December)
The Tournament of Roses (January)
Valentine's Day (February)
Cinco De Mayo (May)
Five suspects have been arrested in the brutal gang rape of a 15-year-old boy in Hopkinsville, Kentucky that left the victim with a punctured colon and injured bladder.
The attack happened at a house party on October 12 and was captured on video then shared via Snapchat. Authorities are not yet sure if the footage was also shared online.
Sam Miller, 18, Dayton Ross Jones, 20, and Tyler Riess Perry, 19, along with two other young men, both aged 17, have all been arrested and charged in connection with the rape that left the unnamed victim in critical condition and rocked the small town of Hopkinsville.
Miller is the most recent person to be arrested. He’s been charged him with sodomy, first degree; promoting a minor in a sex performance; use of a minor in a sex performance; distribution of matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor. His bond is set at $1 million.
Police have not released many details about the incident, or a possible motive, but they did say the victim knew his attackers.
“We haven’t uncovered any kind of premeditated plans,” Christian County sheriff’s Capt. Chris Miller told media.
The 15-year-old spent several days in intensive care at Gateway Medical Center in Clarksville, TN before returning home on Sunday. He is expected to make a full recovery.
Authorities say they are still interviewing people and that more arrests are possible.
What happens in Vegas is supposed to stay there…unless it’s Zac Efron lying in bed shirtless on top of his sexy silver-haired director Max Joseph. (See more pics of the photogenic duo here.)
Don’t underestimate the religious conviction of Dolly Deleon. Sure, she may operate a chapel that doesn’t feel the need to use the entire word wedding. It’s called the Vegas Wed Chapel — who needs all those extra letters? Just get to the vows already, the buffet’s closing soon! Oh, that’s right, it’s also located just off the Las Vegas strip, a place synonymous around the world with the sanctity of marriage. And so what if it’s open 24 hours a day and offers things like hula hoopers and an Elvis impersonator for your obviously well-thought-out ceremony to mark the beginning of your till-death-do-us-part union?
The point is, Dolly Deleon is a believer in the Bible, and you’ve got another thing coming if you think she’s going to ditch her devout commitment to serving God’s will by disgracing her chapel with the likes of a gay wedding.
And she’s not alone. Now that same-sex marriage is the law of the land in Nevada, there are multiple proprietors of awfully chintzy wedding chapels refusing to wed gay couples.
There’s also the aptly named Elvis Wedding Chapel which offers such elegant themes as “Blue Hawaii” and “Elvis In Concert,” but owner David has to draw the line somewhere. For him, that line is refusing to marry same-sex couples.
If you think this sounds suspiciously like unlawful discrimination, that’s because it is.
According to the American Civil Liberties Union, for-profit chapels that refuse gay couples can be charged with a misdemeanor. The organization explained exceptions to the law only apply to religious institutions. “The difference between a church and a place of worship and a wedding chapel is that a wedding chapel is a business so that is covered under the Public Accommodations Law of Nevada,” said Tod Story of the ACLU.
Dolly told local news that it would be “hypocritical” of her to marry same-sex couples, but she fails to see the larger hypocrisy at play.
We’re all for wacky weddings, but surely a 24-hour one-stop wedding shop on the Las Vegas strip that strangers stumble into at four in the morning makes more of a mockery of the institution of marriage than a gay couple could ever hope of doing.
Wonder how many of the straight couples Dolly has helped tie the knot are now divorced?
via Washington Post
On Rush Limbaugh's radio program today, the right-wing blowhard called for an "entire shift in national attitude" and blamed the Democratic Party's 'all out assault' on marriage, religion, science, and education as the root cause of our nation's "angst."r
Standards have deteriorated, morality is no longer allowed to be defined or used. Nobody is allowed to pass judgement on what's obviously right or wrong. There's no foundation, there aren't any guardrails anymore...it's no wonder people who are rooted in the great traditions and institutions of this country may think they are crumbling, because they're routinely assaulted - they, the people, and the institutions.r
Limbaugh, for those still counting, is currently on his fourth marriage. He's also previously asserted that "if you believe in God, you can't believe in manmade global warming."r
Listen, AFTER THE JUMP...r
Earlier this month Sister Roma led the charge in convincing Facebook to roll back its “Real Name Policy” that was forcibly deactivating drag queens’ accounts at a disproportionate rate. Though activists eventually reached an agreement with the Menlo Park-based company, Roma is now reporting that a number of queens are still being locked out of the social network.r
“Every time one or two get fixed, a handful get suspended,” Sister Roma explained to the Guardian. “So we really feel like we’re swimming upstream, and while I’m hopeful that Facebook is doing the right thing, it’s discouraging.”r
Facebook began deactivating drag queens’ accounts after a single user reported hundreds for technically being in violation of the site’s policy. Facebook has stated that it encourages users to use their real names in profiles so as to hold them more accountable and prevent them from abusing one another beneath the guise of anonymity.r
“We are committed to ensuring that all members of the Facebook community can use the authentic names they use in real life,” Facebook reps said in a statement. “Our team is busy working to improve the implementation of this standard so that some of the issues people recently encountered can be prevented in the future.”r
Sister Roma is currently acting as a liason for all queens affected by the policy, and encourging them to contact her with their names, deactivated profile URLs, and an explanation as to how their drag identity is the public identity they wish to present.
Check out our weekly guide to make sure you're catching the big premieres, crucial episodes and the stuff you won't admit you watch when no one's looking.r
— While there's still plenty to scrutinize about How To Get Away With Murder's ambitious, promiscuous gay law student Connor Walsh (Jack Falahee), you've got to hand it to the show for boldly putting steamy same-sex scenes on network TV. (Take last week's office hookup, for example.) His character is allowed to have a lot more depth (and sex) than we're used to seeing gay characters have on a network series, even on such a pulpy nighttime soap. This week's episode, Thursday at 10 p.m. Eastern on ABC, shines a spotlight on Connor's classmate Laurel Castillo (Karla Souza).r
Plenty of Project Runway, online therapists and more TV this week, AFTER THE JUMP ...rr
— Lisa Kudrow knows how to make us uncomfortable. In addition to the return of the brilliant The Comeback, which returns for a second season in November, season four of Web Therapy premieres Wednesday at 11 p.m. Eastern on Showtime. In the series, Kudrow plays Fiona Wallice, a therapist who has devised a new format to treat patients (mostly played by high-profile guest stars) via Skype. Part of what makes this excellent dialogue even more hilarious is the fact that it’s mostly improvised. Check out a preview of Gwyneth Paltrow from Wednesday's episode, above.r
— The Daily Show and The Colbert Report have already successfully skewered the cable news format; now it’s the news magazines' turn. Shows like 60 Minutes get satirized on Newsreaders, premiering its second season 11:59 p.m. Thursday on Adult Swim. You can see the first episode, including Ray Wise doing a great Andy Rooney-esque character, above.r
— The final four designers — Kini, Char, Sean and Amanda — showcase their final collection on the finale of Project Runway, Thursday at 9 p.m. on Lifetime. Find out who will be crowned the season 13 champ and who will be out when their looks walk the runway at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week.r
— If you’re not ready to say auf wiedersehen to reality fashion competitions, you’re in luck. Following the Project Runway finale is Project Runway Threads. By the looks of this new series, which features child designers, the talent (and drama) stay big, even if the contestants are small.r
What are you watching this week?
Me (atriptoyourheart) on the left and my handsome man Rorrie on the right. Picture taken in Cape Cod over the summer. My favorite person in the entire world.
Me and my boyfriend. :)