In one statement, made after the suspect was taken in for questioning, Dear said “no more baby parts” in reference to Planned Parenthood, according to two law enforcement sources with knowledge of the case.
But the sources stressed that Dear said many things to law enforcement and the extent to which the “baby parts” remark played into any decision to target the Planned Parenthood office was not yet clear. He also mentioned President Barack Obama in statements.
Dear killed a police officer and two civilians, and injured nine others.
President Obama released a statement on the shooting late yesterday saying, in part:
“This is not normal. We can’t let it become normal. If we truly care about this — if we’re going to offer up our thoughts and prayers again, for God knows how many times, with a truly clean conscience — then we have to do something about the easy accessibility of weapons of war on our streets to people who have no business wielding them. Period. Enough is enough.”
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Director: Lee Haven Jones
Cast: Jamie Andrew Cutler, Alan Turkington
UK | 2015 | 11 min
An intruder breaks into a modern and luxurious home. He wants it. As he samples the lifestyle his senses are heightened. When the owner of the house returns unexpectedly, the tables are turned, and the intruder finds himself naked and powerless.
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For our next TowleREAD pick we’re turning to the last novel published by one of the most successful African-American writers of the last century, Basketball Jones by the late E. Lynn Harris.
Harris was a prolific writer who focused on the lives of bisexual and gay black men struggling to come to terms with their sexuality. His own memoir, What Becomes of the Brokenhearted chronicled what it was like growing up black and gay in the South and his battle with alcoholism and depression. Of his novels, Harris told The New York Times, ”I just started telling the truth. For me, it was sexuality, it was race, it was class.”
Harris was only 54 when he died in 2009 shortly after Basketball Jones was published. In his obituary, The Times wrote of the unique appeal of Harris’ work,
Mr. Harris clearly tapped a rich vein of reader interest with his racy and sometimes graphic tales of affluent, ambitious, powerful black men — athletes, businessmen, lawyers and the like — who nonetheless struggled with their attraction to both men and women. His books married the superficial glamour of jet-setting potboilers with an emotional candor that shed light on a segment of society that had received little attention: black men on the down low — that is, men who are publicly heterosexual but secretly have sex with men.
One such publicly heterosexual characters who secretly has sex with men is Dray Jones (Mr. Basketball Jones himself) who keeps his public persona of hetero sports hero separate from his private homosexual love life.
Basketball Jones is told from the perspective of Jones’ lover, AJ Richardson. On the surface, AJ appears to be living the good life–“He has a gorgeous town house in always-flavorful New Orleans, plenty of frequent-flier miles from jet-setting around the country on a whim…an MBA” and “he’s never had to work a regular job.” But as the clandestine relationship carries on, things become strained. Even more so when Jones tries to put doubts about his sexuality to rest by marrying a woman.
“But our sex life was not without its complications. After our first time together, I could see how guilty he felt the moment the sex was over. He shut down suddenly, as if someone had thrown a switch. No longer the sweet-talking, smooth-as-silk man between the sheets, he turned dead serious, and in a tone more forceful than the situation called for, Dray made me promise to keep what we’d done a secret. He was especially terrified of his father finding out, believing the family would disown him. I thought this scenario a bit unlikely and said so. How would his father even hear about it, I asked. Rather than reassure him, my comment only inflamed his paranoia. Dray sat straight up and told me in no uncertain terms that if I so much as hinted to anyone that we’d gone to bed, he’d kick my ass. Not exactly my idea of pillow talk, but in that moment I saw that Dray was hurting more deeply than he was letting on, His threat felt over-done, a tough-guy pose meant to frighten me, when in reality the bewildered look on his face was all it would have taken fro me stand by his side. I stroked Dray’s arm gently, vowing to keep his secret—now our secret. Nobody would ever find out, I promised, ever. All I asked in return was to continue seeing him.”
While more and more athletes are coming out of the closet to embrace their sexual identities, E. Lynn Harris’ Basketball Jones underscores that for many successful athletes, coming out is off the table.
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Bruno Gagliasso and João Vicente de Castro, two of Brazil’s biggest actors, both heterosexual, locked lips at Brazil’s GQ Men of the Year awards in Rio de Janeiro to make a statement against homophobia and machismo.
Gagliasso shared a still of the kiss to his Instagram account, sending social media into a frenzy.
Here are a couple videos of the kiss:
Those of you who have been reading Towleroad for a decade might recall that Gagliasso was in the midst of another gay TV media storm at one time.
He was a star on the Brazilian soap América, which was set to air Brazilian television’s first gay kiss, between Gagliasso and another actor in November 2005. Unfortunately, the network censored the kiss at the last minute, causing an uproar from viewers and a kiss-in demonstration.
Here are a few images of Gagliasso from back in the day:
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Also, for anyone in NYC who wants EM20 and doesn't want to wait around for Amazon, you can pick up the book at Bookmarc in NYC (400 Bleecker St.). Three friends sent me photos of the book on display there.
Gus Kenworthy is in a unique position—he had mainstream attention thanks to his athletic supremacy, so has the eyes and ears of a much broader audience than many others who come out early on in the public eye.
Showing his sense of humor as well as his sense of responsibility, he worked with Teen Vogue on this cute and funny and honest video about what straight people should stop saying to their gay friends ...
Robert Lewis Dear, a 57-year-old man from North Carolina, opened fire inside a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs, Colorado, yesterday.
Dear killed three, including a police officer.
It's worth noting that police were able to take this shooter alive—no 16 gunshots, no execution.
President Obama referred to this shooting as “not normal. We can't let it become normal,” while the mayor of Colorado Springs, John Suthers, said the motive was not known but that inferences from where it took place “could certainly be made.”