My boyfriend Andrew and I. Yes, we’re both named Andrew!
Earlier this school year, Florida’s Sebastian River High School senior Kaitlyn Hunt began a relationship with a fellow classmate, a 15-year old girl. This past February, soon after her 18th birthday, she was arrested and charged with two felony counts of lewd and lascivious battery on a child 12–16 years of age.
“They are out to destroy my daughter, because they feel like she ‘made’ their daughter gay. They see being gay as wrong and they blame my daughter. Of course, I see it 100% differently. I don’t see or label these girls as gay. They are teenagers in high school experimenting with their sexuality – with mutual consent. And even if their daughter is gay, who cares? She is still their daughter.”r
The other girl's family has taken even more action against Hunt: "The girl’s family petitioned the school board and got Kaitilyn expelled from school, weeks before graduation. This decision was made in spite of a judge declaring she could continue to attend school as long as she didn’t have contact with the girl."r
More from Opposing Views, who reports on a plea deal that Hunt has been offered:r
Her mother, Kelley Hunt Smith, claims State Attorney Brian Workman offered her daughter a plea deal that she has until Friday to accept or face trial. The plea deal includes “two years house arrest and one year probation.”r
Her father, Steven R. Hunt, said the school disapproved of the relationship from the beginning. Hunt reportedly had good grades and participated in cheerleading, chorus and basketball. She was voted “most school spirited.” But when she began dating another girl from the basketball team, her coach dropped her citing that the relationship would cause “drama.”r
In a new interview with ESPN, Brittney Griner has revealed that Baylor University head coach Kim Mulkey asked her to conceal the fact that she was gay and claimed that not doing so might jeopardize recruitment for the team.r
In a series of interviews -- including one on camera Friday -- for an ESPN The Magazine and espnW.com story set to hit newsstands later this month, Griner said her silence during college was because Mulkey and her staff were concerned about the program's image.r
"It was more of a unwritten law [to not discuss your sexuality] ... it was just kind of, like, one of those things, you know, just don't do it," Griner said Friday. "They kind of tried to make it, like, 'Why put your business out on the street like that?'"r
But Griner reiterated on Friday that her sexuality was an open secret at Baylor.r
"I told Coach [Mulkey] when she was recruiting me. I was like, 'I'm gay. I hope that's not a problem,' and she told me that it wasn't," Griner said. "I mean, my teammates knew, obviously they all knew. Everybody knew about it."r
Watch the ESPN interview with Griner, in which she addresses the above, AFTER THE JUMP.rr
Sunday in the Park with the Demolition Man.
BOY CULTURE REVIEW: ***1/2 out of **** stars
My friend Michael invited me to An Evening with Lucie Arnaz at the Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts on Flatbush Avenue in Brooklyn last night. My first thought had been, "I wonder how expensive flights are to Brooklyn?" But I went anyway, joining him, Greg and Tom for a long ride on the 2 and a trip down memory carril.
The court in front of the theater looked a little bit like Night of the Living Dead, which I say affectionately; some of Ms. Arnaz's (Mrs. Luckinbill's—she's been married to Boys in the Band actor Laurence Luckinbill for 33 years) fans were inherited from her late parents, Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, so are not as mobile in their seventies and beyond as Arnaz is at 61.
Speaking of which, she looks 20 years younger, a willowy figure with a surprisingly (at least to me) powerful voice, one she used to highlight selections from her 2010 CD Latin Roots. The show, like the CD, is an unapologetically nostalgic, loving tribute to her late father, featuring songs he made famous ("Babalu," oddly absent from the performance), songs reinterpreted for the theme (the swoony Shelley Fabares pop song "Johnny Angel") and songs that Arnaz remembers as staples of her childhood, when Mr. Arnaz would sit on her bed at night with his guitar and sing her to sleep. Or sing her awake, depending on the selection.
She was especially "on" when it came to the classic "Blame It on the Bossa Nova" and "El Cumbanchero," and her personal adoration of her arranger Ron Abel's songs elevated those as well.
Frankly, I was flabbergasted at how supple her voice is, even if I wasn't as sucked in by the emo quality of some of her asides and selections ("Leader of the Band"). But the show's judicious use of home movies and, at one point, a musical track from her CD (because she couldn't stand making do with a smaller orchestra for that number), more than made up for flashes of over-the-top sentimentality.
Her humorous stories were eaten up, such as when she quoted her mom as having said, "I wanted a man who would be with one woman and sing countless songs...your dad wanted to be with countless women and sing one song." She also spoke eloquently about being part of a family with Latin and New England roots.
"She's a good entertainer," an elderly woman said (out loud) during the show to me. "She gets it from her father."
Somehow, I think that's exactly the reaction Arnaz was going for.
After the show, Greg and I were shooed away from backstage, where we'd figured he might be able to grab some shots (he's a pro shooter), but Arnaz was a complete doll to the long line of fans who waiting to buy her CD, get her autograph and tell her how much they loved growing up watching her and her parents on TV.
Aside from having to eat at the world's busiest Applebee's, where everything on the menu would kill Mayor Bloomberg within 24 hours, I have to say it was a delight.
Last night saw David Beckham's final home game with Paris Saint-Germain. You may recall that he announced his retirement just a few days ago.
The AP reports on his reaction to the big night.r
‘‘I want to say thank you to everybody in Paris. To my teammates, to the staff, to the fans,’’ Beckham told the fans after the game. ‘‘It’s been very special to finish my career here.’’r
Watch a clip from the night, which includes a tearful Beckham followed by a celebratory toss of the soccer star by his teammates, AFTER THE JUMP.r
Game of Thrones set to end after its seventh season.r
r Jake Gyllenhaal strolls around SoHo in disguise.r
A comic book about Stonewall will hits stands on the 44th anniversary of the riots. Watch a trailer here.r
Singer and Daft Punk collaborator Romanthony dead at 46.r
Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson might be done.r
Neighbourhood Watch survey inquires whether responder is gay, bisexual or straight: "The questionnaire by West Midlands Police asked residents in Birmingham questions about their sexual orientation so they could help officers 'detect crime and anti-social behaviour.'"r
80,000 expected to attend today's Long Beach Pride parade.r
rPride communion celebrates marriage equality in Minnesota: "Revolution Church in Minneapolis served congregants rainbow-colored communion bread during its inaugural service last Sunday."r
European Union asks Russia to not move forward with "gay propaganda" bill: "'The EU called on Russia to refrain from adopting federal legislation on ‘homosexual propaganda,’ which it believed could increase discrimination and violence against LGBTI individuals,' the EU said in a statement on its website. The statement referred to the results of a meeting on May 17 in Brussels between Russian and EU diplomats on human rights issues."r
Yahoo will fork over $1.1 billion dollars for Tumblr.r
Star Trek: Into Darkness has raked in over $84 million at the box office since it opened Wednesday.
Director: Kurt Koehler
USA | 2011 | 9 min
Music Parody videos from the cast of CHICO’S ANGELS a Latin version of the 1970?s Television show CHARLIE’S ANGELS.
My name is Peter (on the right in both pictures) and my boyfriend Adam. This is our first photo together and our most recent photo together, this Thursday (the 16th) will be our 6 month anniversary. I’d be lost without him, I love him so much, he’s my best friend, as well as the man I love. I can’t wait to see what the future holds for us. My tumblr is cpc3.tumblr.com