Former presidential candidate and anti-gay speaker Rick Santorum appeared on "Eagle Forum Live," a radio program hosted by Phyllis Schlafly's daughter Anne Cori, and spoke up about the ways in which marriage has become "devalued" by the American public.r
Rick Santorum said that conservatives need to “reclaim” marriage from the left and “the folks who are trying to change the marriage laws to allow same-sex couples...."r
He also warned of polygamy: “If marriage is simply a romantic relationship between two people, and by the way, that’s what it’s devolved to the minds of a lot of Americans, if that’s all that marriage is well then it’s hard to make the argument that any two people or any three or four people shouldn’t be able to get married.”r
Rants like his remind us just how tired and flaccid anti-marriage equality arguments have become. Perhaps the worst moment, though, came from Anne Cori, a woman who apparently detests the "celebration of single mothers." Bravo, Ms. Cori on this new low.r
Listen in on the conversation, AFTER THE JUMP...rr
There is a new Janet Jackson album in the works.r
Gay former United Methodist minister takes helm of HRC in Mississippi.r
Justin Bieber taunts Orlando Bloom on Instagram.r
New petition calls for 'National Orlando Bloom Day'.r
Police investigate stabbing of trans teen on DC Metro train: "Authorities told BuzzFeed they believe a 24-year-old man assaulted the transgender teenager around 4:30 p.m., stabbing her in the back with a 3.5-inch folding knife. The victim was transported to a hospital for what police described as a 'non life-threatening puncture wound' to her upper left back."r
FiveThirtyEight: Democrats more obsessed with impeachment than Republicans: "Consider, for example, the Sunlight Foundation’s Capitol Words database, which tracks words spoken in the House and Senate. So far in July, there have been 10 mentions of the term “impeachment” in Congress and four others of the term “impeach.” Eleven of the 14 mentions have been made by Democratic rather than Republican members of Congress, however."r
Turkish women react appropriately to Deputy Prime Minister after he says that they should not laugh in public.r
Man threatens to "exterminate" editor of gay publication in St. Louis: "Darryl L. Jackson, 40, was caught last Friday as he wrote a similar email on a computer at the Forest Park campus of St. Louis Community College. He is charged with harassment motivated by discrimination to frighten or disturb another person, which is a felony."r
Chris Pratt refers to his biceps as 'arm titties'.r
Activists stage Capitol Hill sit-in demanding LGBT inclusion in immigration reform.r
First look at a handful of images from Into the Woods.r
Arkansas asks judge to retain gay marriage ban: "Attorney General Dustin McDaniel's office asked U.S. District Judge Kristine Baker to reject the motion for summary judgment filed by two same-sex couples challenging the ban. The couples earlier this month asked Baker to rule immediately and find a 2004 constitutional amendment and any related laws barring gay marriage unconstitutional. The couples sued the state over the ban last year."r
Gay Kansas dad charged with murder after leaving baby in hot car: "Prosecutors have charged a Wichita man whose 10-month-old foster daughter died after she was left in a hot car outside her home with one count of first-degree felony murder."r
Edmund White reviews the recent crop of books by and about the Proposition 8 legal team: "On the last page of Redeeming the Dream, we are told that Americans are accepting 'gays and lesbians…as normal, loving, decent members of our lives and our communities.' I shouldn’t quibble, but as a gay man in his seventies I don’t quite recognize in that description most of the flamboyant, creative, edgy, promiscuous, deeply urban gays I have known."r
Footballer Lionel Messi is strutting his fit bod in Ponza.r
Prince Harry and his desert boots.r
Here's what the Costa Concordia rescue looked like from space.r
Lulu's bar in Greenpoint, Brooklyn is closing. "In April of this year Lulu’s owner John McGillion took out a lawsuit against his landlord for not allowing him to turn the establishment into a gay bar."r
Al Jazeera covers a case challenging gay conversion therapy in China: "The plaintiff, who is gay and has given his name only as Xiao Zhen, says the Xinyu Piaoxiang clinic in Chongqing traumatised him when he was electro-shocked after being told to have sexual thoughts involving men."r
Larry King confused by Anna Paquin's "non-practicing" bisexuality.r
90-year-old recalls the time her son came out: "When you called and came out, it was quite a shock. I had no inkling--none whatsoever. You tell me you're gay, and I said, 'Listen. Give me a half hour to come to myself, and I'll call you back.' ... I think straight parents should be involved with their gay children. I told everybody and anybody who would listen to me, that I had a gay son and that I was very proud of my gay son."r
Santorum focused mostly on diction around marriage becoming associated purely with "romantic relationships" rather than reproductive purposes.
Right Wing Watch reports:
The first trailer for the upcoming film adaptation of Stephen Sondheim's "Into The Woods" has been released and it looks fantastic.
Meryl Streep, Anna Kendrick, Chris Pine, Johnny Depp and Emily Blunt are among the stars with direction by the fab Rob Marshall.
"Into the Woods is a modern twist on the beloved Brothers Grimm fairy tales, intertwining the plots of a few choice stories and exploring the consequences of the characters’ wishes and quests. This humorous and heartfelt musical follows the classic tales of Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk, and Rapunzel—all tied together by an original story involving a baker and his wife, their wish to begin a family and their interaction with the witch who has put a curse on them."
…And five other things you need to know today.
Lambda Legal announced today via press release that Wisconsin's Domestic Partnership registry has been found to be constitutional by the state supreme court, thus ending an almost two year legal fight over the limited protections:
Today the Wisconsin Supreme Court upheld the state’s domestic partnership registry as constitutional, bringing a joyful end to a long legal battle by Lambda Legal on behalf of Fair Wisconsin and five intervening defendant couples.
“We’re thrilled that Wisconsin same-sex couples can keep the limited but very important protections that the domestic partnership registry grants them,” said Christopher Clark, Counsel for Lambda Legal. “The statute is clearly constitutional, and the Supreme Court of Wisconsin agreed with us. Gay and lesbian couples in Wisconsin no longer have to fear that the protections they have will be taken away by unnecessary anti-gay legal action.
Throughout the fight for marriage equality, we often hear that there's no animus towards LGBT folks regarding these rights. It's just the word "marriage."
And yet, even with the limited rights provided by domestic partnerships in Wisconsin, the haters attempted to take away those protections.
So, when you hear "I have nothing against gays" - be warned.
The 7th Circuit Appeals Court originally assigned a date of August 13 to hear arguments regarding overturning Wisconsin's same-sex marriage ban, but promptly cancelled the arguments with no comment.
It’s the little gay movie that could — and did. When Del Shores decided to turn his stage play Sordid Lives, about a gay West Hollywood actor forced to deal with his crazy, dysfunctional family when he goes home to Texas for his grandmother’s funeral, the writer-director called on celeb pals such as superstar Olivia Newton-John (as a lesbian ex-con) and comic actor Leslie Jordan (as a Tammy Wynette impersonator). Besides Newton-John and Jordan, there’s a stellar supporting cast of gay faves including Beau Bridges, Bonnie Bedelia, Beth Grant, Ann Walker and the great Delta Burke (note to D.B.: You are missed. Please come back from wherever you’ve been all these years). The film was a modest hit when it was released in 2000, but it soon became a cult sensation in Palm Springs, Calif., where it was overwhelmingly embraced by the worn’s gays and seniors and played for a record-setting 96 weeks in one theater. Many cast members including Jordan and Newton-John returned for a TV series adaptation on Logo that also starred late Golden Girl Rue McClanahan, but it was canceled after a single season and later resulted in a nasty lawsuit over non-payment to Shores and the actors.
Now the comedy will make its long-awaited Blu-ray debut (with bonus features that include the cast discussing why the film is so special) September 30 and will be available for viewing on digital platforms including iTunes and WolfeOnDemand beginning August 29. So watch the trailer below and start planning your screening party now.
Australian producers have become popular with their established synth-pop aesthetic, where acts like Cut Copy, The Presets and Pnau stand out as some of the most prolific and world-famous. So it comes as a refreshing surprise to hear the work of Jad & The Ladyboy, whose soulful influences can be clearly noted on his newest release 'Hey Sisters,' which follow the success of 'Step In My Direction.'r
Jad & The Ladyboy: 'Hey Sisters'rr
The new record maintains a warm jazzy feel, and the addition of a strong gospel vocal creates an uplifting dancefloor experience. Download your free copy of the song here.r
Listen to more new music AFTER THE JUMP...rr
Chopstick & Johnjon's laid back new track 'Dreading The Light' is reworked by fellow Berlin duo Frankey & Sandrino with hypnotic synths, in a classic German house style.r
Despite the dark intro and bass, Maceo Plex's 'Conjure Superstar' quickly evolves into a melodic tech-house sound featuring pop-oriented vocals that will please dance floors at the peak of the night. The full version is available to stream here.r
Record label Ultramajic, headed by Jimmy Edgar, is consistently churning out talented artists ranging from house to techno, whose appreciation for ethereal melodies and high beats-per-minute create a distinct sound. The latest EP by producer Chambray, titled Rub, opens with 'Ease,' a track filled with enough energy to keep bodies moving all night. Listen to the full song on Spotify.r
Curses' 'Bark In The Dark' takes jazzy to a late-night level with its frantic horns and steady beats, via Let's Play House Records. Listen to the full track here.r
Basement Jaxx are back with the release of their single 'Never Say Never,' and the remix package will come out in a couple weeks including a brilliant light-hearted and soulful rework by Wayward.r
It's with great excitement and honor that we invite all in the NYC area (and visiting!) to join us at Paradisco Nights at the legendary Pavilion in Fire Island Pines, this Friday, August 1st. More info on our site.
OCCUPY THE DISCO (OXD) curates and recommends music events to the gay community in NYC—in an effort to move the focus of the nightlife scene beyond the promoter and venue and to the music itself. OXD's goal is to educate, entertain, engage and empower the gay audience to reclaim their ability to question and experience the unknown. The OXD Mirror will serve to showcase tunes that are definitely off-the-beaten-path but rightfully deserve the attention of the gay ear.r
Follow us on Spotify! Subscribe to our 'As Seen on Towleroad Playlist to listen to tracks posted from past weeks. For more information on OXD, check out our website and accompanying blog at www.occupythedisco.com, like us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter: @OccupyTheDisco.