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A group of Texas county sheriffs and law enforcement officers have filed a brief with the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals this week in support of marriage equality, The Texas Tribune reports:
The brief continues:
Last week, lawyers representing same-sex couples int the case of De Leon v. Perry filed briefs asking the Fifth Circuit to uphold a federal judge's ruling striking down the state's ban on same-sex marriage. The court is expected to hear arguments in the case in the coming months.
A former choreographer for Cher has filed an absurd lawsuit against the legendary diva, claiming she enforced a “black dancer quota” during her 2014 “Dressed To Kill” tour and openly instructed him to cast primarily white dancers.
Plaintiff Kevin Wilson, who is black, alleged in court papers that Cher told him “we have too much color onstage” after he advised her to cast “a minority female dancer.”
He also claims that Cher instructed him to instead find a white, blonde dancer, and “not to cast anymore dark skinned black dancers on the tour.”
The racial discrimination suit, which is obviously erroneous, was filed after Wilson was fired in June. In it, he also claims he was wrongfully fired, quelle surprise.
According to the lawsuit, after a show this past June in Louisville, a male dancer invited a female fan to his hotel room and allegedly got sexually aggressive. The suit claims Cher tried to cover it up … keeping the male dancer in the show and firing the 3 whistle-blowers, including Wilson.
A rep for Cher tells TMZ the allegations are “ridiculous,” and that statements calling Cher racist are “untrue and categorically denied.” “To attribute such a statement to Cher is absurd,” he added.
Wilson’s lawyer says Cher is “intent on covering it up.” He claims that in the case above, Cher favored the “sexual assailant” because he’s “young, white, and has a large social media following.”
Check out clips from the D2K tour below, which as you’ll notice, prominently featured several black dancers.
An adolescent boy, who serves the Austrian Military Forces, experiences homosexual feelings towards one of his comrades. It's their last night at the Austrian-Hungarian border, socially isolated and armed with loaded weapons.
::: CAST :::
Jody & Zachariah
NBC Philadelphia is reporting that some of the members of the mob who are "persons of interest" in the attack on two gay men last week which sent them to the hospital with severe injuries were alumni from Archbishop Wood High School in nearby Warminster, PA.
One of the persons of interest was also the assistant basketball coach at Archbishop Wood before the school dismissed him from his duties Wednesday, according to a school spokesman.
“He was not a teacher at the school but serving as a coach on a contract basis. He was terminated this evening and will not be permitted to coach in any Archdiocesan school,” the spokesperson said. “We expect all those who work with students in our schools to model appropriate Christian behavior at all times.”
UPDATE: The AP is reporting that the assistant basketball coach, Fran McGlinn, resigned from his position at the school when confronted about the allegations, and was not fired. One has to wonder - if innocent, why would McGlinn resign so quickly after being identified?
Four of the alleged attackers arrived at the police station to give statements accompanied by their lawyers. One lawyer told the press that the vicious attack was in self-defense because one of the two gay men threw the first punch.
Right, because two gay men when confronted by a homophobic mob like to instigate a fight on a dark street when they are outnumbered 6 to 1. Makes perfect sense. I'd like to see the mob's defensive wounds...
The high school, Archbishop Wood High School, issued this statement in regard to the attack:
Earlier today, Archbishop Wood High School became aware that some of its former students were allegedly involved in the assault of two men in Center City last week.
This afternoon, administrators communicated with the entire Archbishop Wood school community to make it emphatically clear that the school does not, under any circumstances, tolerate or condone the violent and hateful behavior displayed by those who took part in this senseless attack.
Administration also stressed that Catholic schools are centers of learning where students are expected to treat each other in a Christ-like manner at all times and that everyone deserves to be treated with respect and dignity. The actions of those who took part in the attack are reprehensible and entirely unacceptable. They are not an accurate reflection of our Catholic values or of Archbishop Wood High School.
|Channing Tatum and Alex Pettyfer in promo pic for "Magic Mike"|
Word is Channing Tatum is planning on bringing his own male revue, inspired by his hit movie Magic Mike, to Las Vegas.
And it looks like the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino may land the new production.
Tatum was in Las Vegas for a long weekend, in the company of what appeared to be executives. It was reported here that he was spotted having lunch with a group on Monday at Spago inside the Forum Shops at Caesars.
Then the plot thickened when he showed up Monday at the Hard Rock, with men in suits and, according to a spy, a top Hard Rock executive.
Magic Mike was a huge Hollywood success, with a global gross of $167 million based on an investment of $7 million.
The sequel - Magic Mike XXL - is currently filming under the direction of Gregory Jacobs. Most of the original cast - including Tatum, Joe Manganiello, Matt Bomer and Alex Pettyfer - are returning.
Magic Mike XXL is scheduled for release Summer 2015.
|City Councilman James Kenney|
Amid the outrage caused by a gay-bashing in Center City last week that sent a gay couple to the hospital, City Councilman James Kenney has called for the federal government to bring hate-crime charges against the group suspected in the attack.
Kenney called the incident "a violent and vicious attack on two human beings because they are gay."
"It's a crime of violent bias that calls for the full weight of federal prosecution by the United States Department of Justice," he said in a statement.
Currently, a crime related to LGBT animus is not covered under hate-crime laws in Pennsylvania, but it is covered under federal law. Sexual orientation had been a part of the hate crime statute until 2008, when the state Supreme Court ruled that such inclusion was a violation of the state constitution.
Police are currently interviewing "persons of interest" but no arrests have been made as yet.
|Pennsylvania state Rep. Brian Sims|
In related news, state Rep. Brian Sims - who represents the area where the attack took place - says he will push to change the hate crime law to include gender identity, sexual orientation, and physical and mental disability to the hate crime law. Already introduced in 2013, the legislation is not likely to see any activity until 2015.
“One of the things I’ve learned is that sometimes it takes a horribly negative experience to get people out of their seats, for them to be active and engaged,” says State Representative Brian Sims of his colleagues in Harrisburg. “It’s not necessarily because they’re opposed but because they aren’t aware of the need. So we are going to be sure to utilize this horrible event to make sure that they hear about it. I’m going to be bringing two people with me who will be able to tell them all about it.”
This Sunday, Folsom Street in San Francisco between 8th and 13th streets will close down to car traffic and welcome over 400,000 people to the largest kink and leather event of its kind. If you’ve never attended a Folsom Street Fair, you’ve surely seen photos.
But how did we get here?
To dig into the history of the Folsom Street Fair is to walk through the development of San Francisco from post-WWII port city to its current state, and weaves with it the narratives of gay rights, the war on poverty and the emergence of the leather and kink subculture.
Here’s a run-down of how the truly one-of-a-kind event came to be:
- In the 1940s, thousands of male servicemen were given “blue discharges” for homosexual conduct. They landed back in the nation’s major port cities, contributing to the burgeoning gay populations in cities like New York, Chicago and San Francisco.
- San Francisco’s South of Market (SoMa) neighborhood (the epicenter of SF’s gay leather scene and where Folsom St. Fair takes place) was a poor, working class neighborhood where many single men resided. Honky-tonks, whorehouses, and gambling dens were scattered throughout the area.
- By the mid-’60s, SoMa emerged as a hub of the gay leather scene. The first leather bar in SoMa was the Tool Box, which opened in 1961 at 339 4th St. (which is,of all things, now a Whole Foods). In 1964, Life magazine published an article called “Homosexuality in America,” profiling The Tool Box and cementing San Francisco and SoMa as the capital of gay deviance in the minds many Americans. More than ever, gays came flocking to the city.
At the same time there was a large activist movement in the city to fight poverty. One major player was the Society for Individual Rights (SIR), the largest queer organization at the time. SIR worked in SOMA to protect the neighborhood’s residents.
- This strong community-based resistance to redevelopment efforts continued through the ’70s. In 1978, activists filed a series of lawsuits on environmental grounds which failed to halt the construction of the current Yerba Buena Park, convention center and museum complex.
- By the late ’70s, SoMa’s “miracle mile” included nearly 30 different leather bars, clubs, merchants and bathhouses.
- Kathleen Connell and Michael Valerio began working with activist groups in 1980 and held the first Folsom Street Fair in 1984 as a community protest against redevelopment. A major goal (among many) was to establish the neighborhood not as a blighted area in need of rebuilding, but an already thriving community. The fair was called “Megahood.”
- Another major component of the first fair was to proclaim healing and support for the LGBT community — and leather community — in the throes of the AIDS crisis.
- After the success of the first Folsom Street Fair, organizers created the “Up Your Alley Fair” on Ringold Street in 1985. This fair moved to Dore Street (“Dore Alley”) between Harrison and Folsom in 1987.
- As fundraising to combat AIDS continued to be a major priority, Folsom Street Fair quickly became more about the LGBT and leather communities, especially as the city continued to shut down bathhouses and bars due to concerns about public health.
- Through the ’90s and ’00s, the leather and kink components of the fair have taken center stage, and though the fair is still a largely gay event, it incorporates all sexualities and genders. Here are some images of the 1990 and 1993 Folsom St. Fairs, courtesy of Lloyd Cook:
- The fair now draws crowds in excess of 400,000 to the streets of SoMa every September.
- Spinoffs now include Folsom Street East (New York), Folsom Street North (Toronto), and Folsom Europe (Berlin)
For more on this years fair, check out the GayCities guide to the Folsom Street Fair.
For more Folsom History, we highly recommend the new documentary Folsom Forever.
|Joe Manganiello accepts the 2014 HRC Ally For Equality Award|
True Blood/Magic Mike star and longtime LGBT ally Joe Manganiello accepted the Human Rights Campaign 2014 Ally for Equality Award last weekend.
From Joe's comments accepting the award:
You know I never set out to be an advocate, I'm simply a person who believes in equality for everyone. And I'm a person who believes in standing up for his friends.
And if I'm being completely honest, there's a small part of me that felt weird about accepting an award just because I think that everyone should be treated the same - that each individual be allowed the basic human right to love whomever their heart wants to love without fear or hatred or prejudice.