Recognize the shirtless hottie above? The rest of him is here.
A little TLC from Bette Midler.
Anderson Cooper shuts down a selfie-seeker.
Mariah Carey shrieks out her high notes to prove she can still sing.
STILL A DOUCHE: Johnny Weir on gay activism vs. gay passivism.
Rosanne Cash is no Johnny Weir.
WORTH A SHOT: Pasta al diavolo.
Aretha Franklin is not up for interview foolishness.
Rose McGowan reminsces about her brutal murder.
HTGAWM's hot Jack Falahee's been getting away with it allll hisss liiife.
A federal judge in Kansas who was set to hear a challenge to the state's ban on same-sex marriage today has canceled the hearing, the Associated Press reports:r
Bonney said he told Crabtree during a 30-minute conference Thursday that the ACLU did not have time to review the state's written response to the lawsuit because it had just been filed.r
This is separate from the case scheduled to be heard before the Kansas Supreme Court on November 6.r
Kansas remains the only state in the Tenth Circuit without marriage equality.
Former senator and likely presidential candidate Rick Santorum has said the only reason young people support gay rights is because they have never heard any arguments to the contrary, reports Right Wing Watch.r
Speaking yesterday during an interview with Tony Perkins, president of listed hate group Family Research Council, Santorum said that the anti-gay lobby is losing in the battle for LGBT rights because “[LGBT activists] have effectively silenced the church on a lot of those issues and young people don’t even know what the opposing view is on these issues.”r
On the issue of pastors in Houston suing the city for rejecting their petitions to repeal a non-discrimination ordinance, Santorum said:r
“I really believe in this subject matter at hand with the gay community that a Judeo-Christian worldview cannot survive with a worldview that is as rabidly secular as this movement is.r
“One is going to battle the other and I can tell you that the statists, these secular statists, do not want the competition that comes from the church and so they are going to do everything they can to marginalize them, to force them out of the public square to be quiet.r
“They’re going to use, as they have, the Johnson amendment, try to use the IRS and the tax code to do so, they’re going to use every lever of power the government has to keep this competition of ideas silent so they can win the argument.”r
Listen to the interview, AFTER THE JUMP...r
Mixed news out of Pennsylvania this week as the city of Philadelphia moved forward with a bill adding LGBT protections to hate crimes laws while a similar, statewide bill stalled in committee at the capitol in Harrisburg.r
Philadelphia Gay News reports:r
The Public Safety Committee of Philadelphia City Council on Tuesday unanimously passed Bill 140720, which adds a new chapter to the Philadelphia Code to provide for additional penalties for criminal conduct motivated by hatred regarding sexual orientation, gender identity and disabilities.r
The bill, sponsored by Councilmembers Blondell Reynolds-Brown and Jim Kenney, was scheduled to receive a first reading before the full Council on Thursday. Then, the public will be given a week to submit comments before a second reading will occur and a final vote can be taken.r
Given that the bill passed from the committee with a favorable recommendation, Reynolds-Brown said she was optimistic her colleagues will approve the legislation.r
“I feel positive it will pass in every way — absolutely,” she said. “The state has run into a brick wall. Given the testimony we have heard today, and the very insightful questions that were raised, I am confident that it will move to the mayor’s desk and become law.”r
In Harrisburg, meanwhile, legislators failed to bring Rep. Brendan Boyle's bill up for a last minute House vote this week. PGN reports only once scheduled session day remains (November 12) and it not been announced yet if lawmakers will even meet that day.r
A December court date has been set for the three suspects charged in the September 11 attack on a gay couple in Center City, Philly that catalyzed these efforts to amend the state and local hate crimes laws.
It burst onto the scene in 1994, and suddenly appeared on bedroom walls across West Hollywood. We all thought that the model was gay, or at least aiming his biceps directly at a gay audience.
Wrong on the first count, maybe not on the second.
He was 25-year old Johnathan Schaech, a fitness model who had just broken into acting with a recurring role on the Melrose Place spin-off Melrose Place (1994-95).
Everyone in New York assumed that he was gay, even when he starred in Welcome to Woop Woop (1997), about a con artist in a colorful town in the Australian outback, and Finding Graceland (1998). A guy who thinks he's Elvis, a girl who thinks she's Marilyn Monroe, and Las Vegas.
Plus the usual tv movies about evil boyfriends who terrorize their exes and poor boys who find love with rich women.
Finally, in 2001, he married Christina Applegate, formerly of Married...with Children, and was interviewed in The Advocate, and we discovered that he was heterosexual. But an ally who was fully aware of his gay fans, and even played to them.
They Shoot Divas, Don't They?
Mummy an' the Armadillo
Sex and Lies in Sin City
Chromeskull: Laid to Rest 2
Splendor (1999), about two guys in love with the same girl who decide to share
If You Only Knew (2005), in which a heterosexual guy pretends to be gay so he can share an apartment with the girl he is crushing on.
More recently, Schaech has been starring in tv series like The Client List and Ray Donovan, and become a writer/director/producer.
See also: Harry Houdini and the Gay Ghost.
UPDATE: As I was saying ...
OK Cupid has roughly 4 million active users, many of whom are seeking same-sex dates. And if you happen to be one of them, know that the site watches every move you make. Not to be creepy, but to compile meta-data (which, OK, is maybe a little bit creepy).
Cofounder Christian Rudder spoke recently to The Atlantic about how users break down on racial lines, offering this analysis:
The racial picture isn’t the most pleasant one. It’s definitely, um, what you would expect if you were a very cynical person. So, you know, black users get a kind of…25 percent discount in the replies they get, volume of messages they get, level of rating they get from other users. And that’s from not only whites, but Asians and Latinos as well.
You can ask people directly, you know, ‘what do you think about interracial dating?’ and you’ll almost always get a, like, ‘oh, yeah I’m totally cool with interracial dating’ or this kind of attitude when they have to verbalize it. But the way they act is definitely different than that…It’s pretty universal.
Some gay guys have no shame in making their racial preferences known, often in horribly crass phrases like “white only” or “not into Asians,” not realizing that their language can and does hurt people.
But behind the veil of anonymity, it appears that there are many more who think and behave just like them.
Melissa Etheridge stopped by Larry King Now to talk about the music biz, President Obama, marijuana legalization and more.
Oh, and did you know she has a duet with Queen Latifah on her new album?
“It was so much fun! Any genre, anything—just come knock on my door, I'll sing with you. I love playing in other people's sandboxes.”
Watch the clip after the jump...
The Quinn Jaxon video—it's got outrageously explicit nudity throughout, so is (Work Unfriendly)—Up Close and Personal is a better way to spend an hour than binge-watching Game of Thrones, I promise.
Nothing But Trash, the fun, retro(sexual) play by Andy Halliday that I reviewed a while back, is readying a commercial, Off-Broadway run...but it needs your help. And a little bit of your money:
Check out the crowdsourcing campaign here.