In the wake of the Miss Universe and Miss USA Pageants being dropped by NBC and Univision over Donald Trump's racist remarks about Mexican immigrants, Trump has filed a $500 million law suit against Univision.
In the suit Trump says Univision is seeking to squash his freedom of speech.
Trump claims Univision is attempting to suppress his freedom of speech. Here's an excerpt from The Trump Organization's statement via NPR:
"Under the contract, Univision is required to broadcast the pageant live on television in Spanish. While Univision claims its decision came solely in response to comments by Mr. Trump during a June 16 campaign speech announcing his candidacy for President of the United States, the decision was, in reality, a politically motivated attempt to suppress Mr. Trump's freedom of speech under the First Amendment as he begins to campaign for the nation's presidency."
Last year's host of the Miss Universe pageant, Thomas Roberts of MSNBC, has dropped out of the event, as well has co-host Cheryl Burke.
"In light of the recent statements made by Donald Trump and the subsequent decision by NBC to cut ties with Mr. Trump, I cannot in good conscience move forward with participating in this year's Miss USA Pageant as its co-host," Burke wrote on Facebook. "Effective today I have withdrawn from my duties with Miss USA."
Roberts sent this Tweet on Tuesday: "Best of luck to all #MissUSA2015 contestants this year & THX to the good people behind the scenes @MissUniverse - been a joy working w/you!"
NBC has announced it will not air either pageant even as the Miss USA event is scheduled to go on July 12th.
Grab your Bible, brimstone and buttered popcorn! Ray Comfort, a close personal pal of confirmed Creationist wackadoodle Kirk Cameron, is about to release a feature-length film called Audacity, which plumbs the depths of two hot-button issues: gay marriage and God’s unstoppered wrath.
Comfort (who believes bananas are incontrovertible proof of God’s existence because they fit in your hand) executive produced this tacky tale of a bike messenger/aspiring comedian (Traver Owens) who must defend his stubborn views on religion and homosexuality in the face of militant, in-yo-face gays and gay supporters. Judging by the trailer, he’s harangued by an uppity young woman with a gay sister (the audacity!), two lesbians who brightly chirp about their marriage license in the tight confines of an elevator (the audacity!), and then, just to be that way, a scary guy with a gun (the audacity!)
We’ve watched the trailer five times and still have no idea what’s going on, but it definitely looks cringey-hilarious in its infinite ineptitude, and we’ll be watching the whole goddamn thing with Godspeed. OH, THE AUDACITY…!
In Provincetown for the Fourth of July?
Make sure you look around town for a copy of our 2015 edition of Towleroad’s P’town Hacks guide to help you get the most out of your Provincetown travel this Independence Day.
It’s all about how to find the best eats, drinks, adventures and more in America’s gayest town. And contains some fun beach reading too!
You can read it by clicking or flipping below; You can view, save, or print a PDF file to take with you here: 2015 Ptown Hacks (PDF).
You will find printed copies all over Provincetown all summer, and especially with our partners below.
And again this year The Crown and Anchor is summer headquarters for Towleroad in Provincetown. (A few tickets are still available for its Independence Day week of parties.)
These excellent Provincetown businesses have also partnered with us to make this guide possible (Please let them know you saw it on Towleroad!):
Mimère’s (Hand-crafted jams and a new cafe next to Town Hall)
Relish Bakery & Sandwich Shop (Delicious treats on way to the beach!)
Ross’ Grill (Euro-bistro, harbor view, full wine selection.)
Shipwreck Lounge (Cocktails daily. Marshmallows on Mondays.)
The Red Inn (Do NOT miss eating here!)
House of La Rue (Wigs, glitter, and other necessities.)
Kiss and Makeup (Now featuring a new men’s store!)
MAP (Clothing/gift basics for those who aren’t)
Urban Man Made (Gifts. Grooming. Accessories. Curated.)
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Matt Baume gets to the root of those who are so up in arms about LGBTs recently getting full marriage rights in the US.
Earlier this week, we told you about the police officer who decided to get down and dirty dance with a male reveler during NYC’s Gay Pride.
Now, as BuzzFeed reports, we have a new extended video showing the cop bust his moves. We also now know the identity of the officer in question:
Meet Officer Michael Hance! Unfortunately, although we tried repeatedly to convince the NYPD to let us speak with Hance, the department refused.
From his social media accounts, though, we know Hance is straight, single (!!), and has two young children.
According to his LinkedIn profile, he’s been with the NYPD for 16 years. In 2005, he was honored by the New York City Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association for his heroism and quick thinking in working with his partner to save the life of a young boy who had been choking.
Watch the new video of Officer Hance dirty dancing below:
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It's getting hot under the covers of 2015's ESPN The Magazine's The Body Issue as 24 athletes strip down to nothing for the Bodies We Want photo gallery being 'exposed' on ESPN.com July 6. Seen here...
Want to see more? Visit ETHAN SAYS for the rest!
Justin Bieber seems to be going back to his Jesus-y roots.
Scientology kingpin David Miscavige's dad is writing a tell-all!
Jai Courtney is THICK and juicy.
Remember it? Who could FORGET this '80s song???
Episcopalians embrace same-sex marriage.
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Many Alabama counties won't issue marriage licenses to gay people.
Do they sound gay?
Belinda Carlisle's box.
INSANE: Nigerian guy claims he was gay-exorcised.
Lypsinka is back!
Support Happy Hippies (LGBT youth), and “Do It Like Miley”:
Let's have a rainbow flag emoji!
Check out this reminder of the fact that gay is not a new thing, nor is it a passing fad ...
It's no secret that Mika has gay fans. His new album No Place in Heaven (itself an obvious gay reference) is chock-full of gay-inspired music, too.
“Good Guys,” a song written by Mika with Skyler Stonestreet is an homage to his teen heroes all of whom were gay or thought to be gay:
It’s not the cowboys
that are missing anymore
That problem was already old in ’94
Don’t be offended
this might seem a little wrong
But where have all the gay guys gone
To the romance when I was 14 years old
To my heroes that were dressing up in gold
Only hoping one day I could be so bold
Where have all the gay guys gone
If we are all in the gutter
It doesn’t change who we are
Cuz some of us in the gutter
Are looking up at the stars
Tell me where have all the good guys gone
Thank you Rufus,
thank you Auden and James Dean
Thank you Emerson and Bowie for my dreams
Wilfred Owen, Kinsey, Whitman and Rimbaud
Thank you Warhol, thank you patience,
thank you Porter and Cocteau
The song sounds like its allowing for gay people to be less than perfect, but urging us to aspire to be big, bold, brash, memorable. The gutter reference is an allusion to a The Picture of Dorian Gray line, and there are “Where Have All the Flowers Gone?” (Pete Seeger, 1955) and “Where Have All the Cowboys Gone?” (Paula Cole, 1997) echoes as well.
As underscored by his publicist:
“By asking where have all the gay guys gone, Mika poses a question on the relevance of gay icons nowadays, wonders where bold, challenging, rules breaking heroes may be today.”
The video for the song, which is a European single, was shot in London, directed by KT Alueta and co-choreographed by Mika.
The American single is the pop smile-inducer “Talk About You” ... hopefully, we'll get the gay song, too!
On a related note, in case you missed it, Mika has also released a Web video of the song “Last Party,” directed by Peter Lindbergh. The song was directly inspired by the story of the three-day party Freddy Mercury gave when he found out he was HIV positive.
Check out that video after the jump ...
Yesterday, we told you about Casey Davis, the clerk from Casey County, Kentucky who was refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, saying that doing so would violate his religious beliefs.
In a new interview broadcast last night on All In With Chris Hayes, Davids doubled down on his anti-gay message, telling the MSNBC journalist he could not issue same-sex marriage licenses because his conscience would not allow him to. He also told Hayes that, unlike at least one other county clerk opposed to same-sex marriage, he would not quit because he believes that doing so would be tantamount to abandoning his beliefs:
I think that if I quit at this point then I’ve quit my belief, I’ve quit my heart, what I have deeply rooted inside. I can’t go that direction.
Davis also has a contorted understanding of the oath of office he took which Hayes gets into, below:
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Love is in the air this summer — can you feel it?
Luka Magnotta can. The former gay porn performer currently serving out a life sentence for the murder and subsequent dismemberment of his boyfriend Jun Lin has joined a dating site for prisoners, listing his release date as 2037.
Canadian Inmates Connect Inc. matches up inmates — many serving time for violent crimes like Magnotta — with suitors on the outside. Think that lady who almost married Charles Manson, except he broke it off when he discovered she really just wanted his corpse to display and profit from after his death. Charming.
“Seeking single white male, 28–38 years of age, white and in shape,” Magnotta’s profile reads, adding to his lengthy list of unattractive qualities the fact that he’s one of those “whites only” gays.
“One who is loyal, preferably educated, financially and emotionally stable for a long-term committed relationship. If you think you could be my prince charming, send me a detailed letter with at least two photos,” he continues.
“Only those I deem compatible will receive a response.”
Here’s the point where we want to scoff the whole thing off bizarre attention-seeking theatrics, but the terrifying thing is Magnotta already receives lots of fan mail.
Magnotta videotaped himself killing Jun, posted the video online, then mailed his body parts to the Ottawa offices of the federal Conservatives and Liberals, as well as to schools in British Columbia.
We’ll take a hard no.
British import and out musician Bright Light Bright Light (Rod Thomas) just released a new remix album, Life is Hard– The Remixes, which features re-worked tracks from his 2014 release: Life is Easy. The album features remixes by Horse Meat Disco‘s Severino, Alan Braxe and guest appearances by Scissor Sisters’ Ana Matronic.
I’ve had the pleasure of meeting Thomas several times and we’ve bonded over our love of ’90s music. When he shared that ’90s house legend Todd Terry, a.k.a Todd the God, provided a remix for the album i was ecstatic. Terry tackles ‘An Open Heart‘ transforming the uplifting pop track into a thumping dance floor burner that perfectly captures the spirit of ’90s house music.
Fred Falke helped me discover my love of disco music through his remixes of contemporary artists like Hot Chip, Little Boots and Robyn. The energetic French House legend rarely disappoints and his latest mix for another out British vocalist, Will Young, is no exception.
London-based duo Wayward has been making waves with last year’s soulful, balearic EP, Ugetsu. They return this year with Embroider, which continues the summer vibes but brings them to the dance floor.
UK producer Fort Romeau recently made headlines in the LGBT and music community by canceling his gigs with Ten Walls following anti-gay comments by the artist. If that’s not reason enough to applaud him, then certainly deserves it for ‘Saku,’ an atmospheric and melodious track from his recently released Fairlights EP.
Little Boots‘ third album, Working Girl, releases next week and the eponymous title track provides the rubric for the album’s aesthetic, which she is releasing on her own label, On Repeat Records. The song explores the duality of being a female artist and executive in the music industry, with a fierce synths thrown in for good measure.
NYC’s Eli Escobar brings us an uplifting summer anthem with the soulful house jam, ‘Seein’ U.’ The track comes from Escobar’s debut album Up All Night, which was only released on vinyl last year. The album is finally seeing a digital release now, one year later, and includes three additional tracks. OXD is also featured on Eli Escobar’s radio show this week, check out more information on his Facebook page.
Janet Jackson has been making waves with her sultry comeback single, No Sleeep, which reminds me of another soulful debut single of hers, ‘Got it ‘Til it’s Gone.’ The 1998 hit gets a fresh, Disclosure-inspired update courtesy of L.A.’s Zikomo, which available for a free download.
A photo alluding to an iconic image from World War II meant to depict the struggle for gay rights has stirred controversy online.
The picture (above) was take taken ten years ago by photographer Ed Freeman for the cover of Frontiers Magazine. It alludes to the now iconic image (below) of US Marines raising the American flag at Iwo Jima during a battle that saw 6,821 servicemen lose their lives.
The original photograph also became the inspiration for the Marine Corps War Memorial at Arlington Cemetery. Freeman’s photograph found a new life after Friday’s ruling from the Supreme Court on same-sex marriage. The image circulated on social media and Freeman himself even re-posted it, weighing in on the image’s significance:
When I took this picture almost ten years ago, it never, never occurred to me that it would someday come to symbolize the victory we are celebrating today. Congratulations to all of us! Love to you all.
Since the photo began to circulate, however, Freeman has received many hateful reactions on Twitter and Facebook suggesting that the image is disrespectful. Freeman has also received a death threat, as The Washington Post reports:
“He said if he ever saw me, he’d kill me,” Freeman said in a phone interview. “I got swamped with vitriolic hate mail.”
Freeman reported the threat to the FBI.
The photographer insists that haters are misunderstanding what his intention was with the photograph:
Freeman, whose studio is in Los Angeles, said he never expected the backlash. The image, taken before social media was ubiquitous, was partially staged using models, and completed with Photoshop, he said.
“The principle complaint that people have is that I am equating the gay struggle with the contribution and sacrifice of American servicemen,” he said. “But there is no equal sign here. This is not meant as a sign of disrespect. For God sake, no. I totally support people in uniform. There is no comparison going on here. The comparison is going on in people’s heads, and they’re spoiling for a fight. They’re already on edge because of the gay marriage decision.”
One silver lining from the story may be that one of Freeman’s critics has given him an idea for his next photo:
“One of them said, ‘Well, why don’t you have an astronaut planting a gay flag on the moon?’” he laughed. “And I said, ‘Well, why not?’”
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