George Michael plans to release a Symphonica live album in March featuring orchestral arrangements of hits he played on the tour by the same name.r
Michael also returned to Twitter for the first time since January 2013, tweeting:r
"HELLO MY LOVELIES !!! A belated happy new year to you all!...Firstly, I can only apologise from the bottom of my heart for worrying you for so long with my silence. Suffice to say that 2013 was a year that i am glad to put behind me and that i hope you can forgive me for. Symphonica the album is ready to go, and i hope it rekindles memories of the nights we spent together over the last few years.xxr
Track list of the album, AFTER THE JUMP...rr
2. My Baby Just Cares for Me
3. Praying for Time (available for free download)
4. Let Her Down Easy
5. The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face
6. Feeling Good
7. John and Elvis Are Dead
8. One More Try
9. Cowboys and Angels
11. Brother Can You Spare a Dime
12. Wild is the Wind
13. You’ve Changed
2. My Baby Just Cares For Me
3. A Different Corner
4. Praying For Time
6. The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face
7. Feeling Good
8. John And Elvis Are Dead
10. One More Try
11. Going To A Town
12. Cowboys and Angels
14. Brother Can You Spare A Dime
15. You Have Been Loved
16. Wild Is The Wind
17. You’ve Changed
Guess Glenn Beck will have to cut a few people from his guest list.r
Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...r
Writes Jeremy Hooper:r
One of Glenn Beck's bosom buddies is David Barton, a man who has claimed that HIV/AIDS is God's punishment, says homosexuality should be regulated like cigarettes, says homosexuality will "kill the blessing" on our nation, and claims gays are flouting evolutionary law. Rabbi Daniel Lappin, who said gay men should've been quarantined during the AIDS crisis, is another regular Beck guest. Plus, Beck routinely brings on guests who fuel some of this nation's worst anti-gay animus.r
California and New Jersey have passed legislation banning gay conversion therapy for minors and now Del. Patrick A. Hope (D-Arlington) wants to do the same in Virginia, the WaPo reports:r
The ban would not affect religious counseling that does not involve licensed therapists or adults who seek out the therapy on their own. It would bar professional therapists from practicing conversion therapy, which the American Psychiatric Association opposes, on children younger than 18.
Hope and other advocates said they spoke to people who underwent the therapy as minors but were not willing to speak publicly. No statistics were available on the number of people who have gone through the treatment either as minors or adults.
Six same-sex couples and Equality Florida Institute filed a lawsuit today in Miami challenging the state's ban on same-sex marriage, NCLR reports:r
The couples are from Miami and the surrounding area. Four of the couples are raising children, and another couple has an adult child and two grandchildren. The couples are: Catherina Pareto and Karla Arguello; Dr. Juan Carlos Rodriguez and David Price; Vanessa and Melanie Alenier; Todd and Jeff Delmay; Summer Greene and Pamela Faerber; and Don Price Johnston and Jorge Isaias Diaz. They are represented by the law firm Carlton Fields Jorden Burt, attorney Elizabeth F. Schwartz, attorney Mary B. Meeks, and the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR).r
Said Equality Florida Institute Chief Executive Officer Nadine Smith: “Today the majority of Floridians stand with us as we take this historic step toward marriage equality in the Sunshine State. These couples have been embraced by their families and communities, but every day, Florida laws are denying them the protections and dignity that every family deserves. These harmful laws are outdated and out of step. It is time for all families in our state to have full equality under the law.”r
NCLR has more information on the plaintiffs at its website.
me (right) and my bf :)
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"Drug addict" Justin Bieber texts snaps of his erection to ex Selena Gomez in an effort to win her back for thirds. In a series of private texts, made public by Radar, she tells him off in no uncertain terms.
Amazing that he still has fans, he's so foolish.
Pamela Raintree, a trans woman from Louisiana, challenged a bigoted, Bible-quoting politician to stone her to death if he was so serious about a literal reading of the so-called Good Book.
He withdrew his motion to repeal a non-discrimination ordinance.
DOWN UNDERWEAR: Aussie undies.
Joan Rivers insults North West, an infant.
TAKE A SEAT, RACISTS: Does that chair come in "Asian woman?"
Amazing daguerreotype-style images of Sundancers.
LET US EAT CAKE: Anti-gay bakery violated civil rights.
"Leslie Knope" is back as Parks & Rec gets a 7th season.
Obama evolves on pot.
If you're a gay friend of Mary Matalin's, go to hell.
If you're a gay friend of Putin's, hell's too good for you.
BAD HABITS: Nun bears a child, was unaware she was preggers.
Chris Christie claims he'll learn from his scandal.
in Japan, lasted only a few months, but this time he seemed successful -- he sent several letters about "his church." And in the spring of 1988, he invited me to fly out for a visit.
I couldn't really afford it. Three part-time jobs weren't covering my tuition at USC, brunch at the French Quarter, celebrity-studded fundraisers, and trips back to Rock Island twice a year, so my bank account was low and my credit cards were sagging.
But how could I refuse?
So I flew from LAX to Taipei, and then to Bangkok, arriving early Sunday morning. Alan met me at the airport, beaming. "Jeff, my brother!"
I was suspicious -- he had never once called me "my brother" -- but too jetlagged to say anything.
We dropped my bag off at his apartment, grabbed breakfast -- a disappointing bagel with bacon and cheese -- and then went to "his church."
Wait -- something was wrong here.
Alan and I sat on folding chairs with the others. The hymns were in English, contemporary Gospel like"When We All Get to Heaven."
The preacher, an elderly American man, delivered a fiery, screaming sermon. People prayed, raised their hands, got convicted, went to the altar, just like in my childhood fundamentalist church.
What was going on?
"Oh, I didn't start a church, my brother. I didn't need to -- there's already a powerful ministry going on here in Bangkok. God is doing great things."
"But...they're fundamentalists. Are they gay-friendly?"
"There's...there's nothing wrong with being gay," I said, utterly shocked.
"I used to believe that lie. But when I was a stranger in a strange land, God helped me see the light."
Now I understood: in a strange country, with no friends, not speaking the language well, Alan was vulnerable, and fell prey to the homophobic rants of a "God hates gays!" church.
How could I restore him to sanity? Theological arguments? Biblical analysis? Or beefcake?
"It's good that you found a church home, but you're ignoring your call," I said. "God called you to bring homosexuals to repentance, so you should be out there among them, preaching in the bars and bathhouses, wherever they congregate to pursue their sinful lusts."
"Well...yes, God placed that burden on my heart, but I'm afraid the temptation would be too great."
"Nonsense -- you're a spiritual warrior! We're going to Pattaya!"
Pattaya was the Amsterdam of Asia, overbrimming with gay dance clubs, saunas, bars, and clothing-optional beaches. We went to the beefcake show at Boyz! Boyz! Boyz!, while Alan dutifully tried to start conversations about God's hatred of male beauty with hunky locals and tourists.
He pushed away one Cute Young Thing, muttering "Get thee behind me, Satan."
He tried to push away another, but finally let him fondle while he stammered "You can...um...escape this..um...life of loneliness...and pain."
By the end of the evening, he was kissing his new boyfriend, a college student from Paris. And planning, yet again, to start a pro-gay Pentecostal church.
Gay marriage a taboo in Nigeria, Uduaghan tells international community
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Vladimir Putin Defends Anti-Gay Law, but Vows No 'Problems' for Olympic Visitors
His comments come amid fears that fans and athletes at the upcoming Winter Olympics in Sochi could be prosecuted for violating the law. Russia has provided assurances to the International Olympic Committee that the law will not apply during the games ...
Putin links gays to pedophiles
Putin: Gays welcome at Olympics, but 'leave kids alone'
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Arrests Spreading Under Nigeria Anti-Gay Law
... where gays have long been punished under Shariah law. "The arrests are all over. It's no longer just in the north," said Ifeanyi Kelly Orazulike, executive director of the Nigeria-based International Center for Advocacy on Right to Health. "Police ...
Nigerian anti-gay law prompts arrests, international condemnation
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The boys of Looking finally arrived Sunday night, the heavens opened, the meaning of life was found, and our little gay lives will never be the same.
OK, well maybe not, but for better or worse, the series was definitely an addition to the gay TV canon that was distinctive and unique.
Even in 2014, there are so few shows that are specifically about gays that the arrival of any is an event that comes with weeks of anticipation and buzz.
So with that said, we pose the question to you Queerty members: Did Looking Live Up To The Hype?