At 00.07 GMT Monday October 5th, Global James Bond Day, Sam Smith has unveiled the full music video for "Writing's On The Wall," the theme song to the new James Bond film SPECTRE. Global James Bond...
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We’ve all seen the haters gathered outside pride festivals with their ridiculous signs telling us we’re going straight to hell. Some folks ignore them, while others — usually those with a bit liquid fortitude thanks to a pre-Pride brunch of bottomless mimosas — try to goad them into confrontation. We like the way a guy handled the situation at the Pride event in Chester, England over the weekend. In a video posted to Vimeo with the title “How we deal with bigots in Chester,” the man identified by Attitude as Dean Paton from Chester-based “heritage and education” company Big Heritage walks across the parade route and squeezes in next to the homophobes and unveils an enormous sign of his own that uses scientific facts to shut up the haters.
Watch how it unfolds below.
We’ve told you about Dieux du Stade and The Warwick Rowers, both known for their revealing photo-calendars. Now, we have a new entrant into the race for hottest black and white male pictorial calendar: a group of French firefighters raising funds for “Pompiers San Frontieres”, or Firefighters Without Borders. The organization is “dedicated to assisting fire departments in need of specific skills, training or resources related to fire service.”
These guys certainly seem to know a few things about scorching heat.
Somebody call the burn unit.
Whether or not Joe Biden decides to enter the 2016 Democratic primary race, he’s already casting executive-level shade.
Speaking at the Human Rights Campaign National Dinner over the weekend, Biden took a swing at the Republican field of candidates.
“The American people are already with you,” he passionately told the crowd. “There’s homophobes still left… most of them are running for President, I think.”
Biden, who has long been a champion of LGBTQ rights, added:
“There’s still those shrill voices in the national political arena, trying to undo what has already been done. But they’re not going to succeed. Don’t worry about it – no really.
“The American people have moved so far beyond them, and their appeals to prejudice and fear and homophobia.
“Because of how far you’ve moved the American people, the remainder of the work and how much work has to be done, I promise you, will come much more quickly and more surely. It will increase in its rapidity the change we need.”
Voicing his support for LGBT equality legislation that is stalled in the US Houses of Congress, he said: “I strongly support the equality act… and it will pass!
“It may not pass this Congress – but it will pass because it’s simple and it’s straightforward.”
Watch his remarks below:
Patrick Frost photographed by Menelik Puryear.
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Reports have surfaced that terror group ISIS has executed 4 more gay men by hurling them from the top of buildings in occupied Iraq. One report says 2 gay men were killed in Mosul while another says two victims were thrown to their deaths in the ancient city of Nineveh.
ARA News reports on the alleged killings in Mosul:
The ISIS militants brutally threw the two young men off a building’s roof under the pretext they were a gay couple.
“On Sunday afternoon, Daesh (ISIS) called on the people of Mosul to gather in the square of Bab al-Toub in order to witness the execution of the two allegedly men,” an eyewitness told ARA News on the condition of anonymity.
“The victims were taken to the top of a building and were brutally thrown off the roof.” […]
“Daesh accuses people of being gay only on basis of some superficial information without any investigation. Although the Islamic law bans homosexuality, but the brutal punishment by Daesh has never been witnessed throughout history,” civil rights activist Raed Ahmed told ARA News.
RELATED: Gay Men Share Horrific Stories of Life Under ISIS: ‘In My Society, Being Gay Means Death’ – WATCH
Meanwhile, Twitter account “Terrormonitor.org” tweeted graphic pictures of the executions that reportedly took place in Nineveh.
— Terrormonitor.org (@Terror_Monitor) October 4, 2015
The reports from Aria and Terrormonitor.org have not yet been independently verified, and human rights groups have yet to weigh in. ISIS does, however, have a history of hurling men they suspect to be gay from buildings as a means of execution. Gay refugees fleeing ISIS-held territory have also spoken out of the brutal and grave conditions they faced living under the Islamic State’s draconian rule.
On Sunday’s Last Week Tonight, host John Oliver tackled head on the problem of mental healthcare in the U.S.
Oliver pointed out that “mental health” is an issue trotted out by conservative politicians in the aftermath of a mass shooting, such as the Umqua Community College shooting that took place last week, to steer the national conversation away from gun control. In doing so, those politicians paint the mentally ill as perpetrators of violence when in fact, research suggests the mentally ill are more often thant not the victims in such situations.
“The aftermath of a mass shooting might actually be the worst time to talk about mental health” he said. “The vast majority of mentally ill people are nonviolent and the vast majority of gun violence is committed by non-mentally ill people. In fact, mentally ill people are far likelier to be the victims of violence rather than the perpetrators.”
Another devastating statistic? The U.S. prison system is the country’s largest provider of mental health treatment, which, as Oliver says, it a little bit like “finding out Lil’ Wayne lyrics are our greatest source of sexual education.” Oliver went on to call the mental health system, a “frustrating cluster-dry hump of some kind.”
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Hillary Clinton is fed up with the Benghazi talk and let it rip in an interview today with TODAY show’s Savannah Guthrie.
Asked Guthrie: “If the tables were turned and it was Dick Cheney or Karl Rove who had a private email account and a private server on which they conducted all their government business, would you be as understanding?”
“Look at the situation they chose to exploit, to go after me for political reasons: the death of four Americans in Benghazi. I knew the ambassador. I identified him. I asked him to go there. I asked the president to nominate him. There have been seven investigations…”
“This committee was set up, as they have admitted, for the purpose of making a partisan, political issue out of the deaths of four Americans. I would have never done that! And if I were president — and there were Republicans or Democrats who were thinking about that — I would have done everything to shut it down.”
RELATED: Rachel Maddow on Kevin McCarthy, Benghazi, and the Terrifying Thought of Him as Speaker: WATCH
Last week, potential House Speaker Kevin McCarthy admitted to Sean Hannity that the Benghazi committee was essentially a political committee set up to destroy Clinton, saying:
“The question you really want to ask me is how am I going to be different? What you’re going to see is a conservative speaker that takes a conservative congress that puts a strategy to fight and win. Everybody thought Hillary Clinton was unbeatable, right? But we put together a Benghazi special committee. A select committee. What are her numbers today? Her numbers are dropping. Why? Cause she’s untrustable. But no one would have known any of that had happened, had we not fought and made that happen.”
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Pope Francis opened the Catholic Church’s synod on the family yesterday in Rome following a week in which an alleged meeting with Rowan County, Kentucky Clerk Kim Davis thrust Pope Francis and the Vatican headlong into the gay rights debate in the U.S..
And the alleged Kim Davis meeting itself is likely more than the Holy See ever cared to involve itself with, but the week was capped by news that Pope Francis had met his former pupil Yayo Grassi, a gay man, and his partner at the Vatican Embassy in Washington D.C., news that broke because Grassi was upset over the response to the Davis debacle and wanted to clear the Pope’s name.
And there was more. Monsignor Krzysztof Charamsa, a Polish priest and theologian working in the Vatican, was promptly fired after he came out as gay in one of Italy’s largest newspapers, Milan’s Corriere Della Sera, and took the Church to task for its positions on homosexuality, saying it should be more open to gay people.
So, that week set the stage for the Catholic Church synod, where homosexuality, divorce, and non-traditional family arrangements are often discussed and debated. Here’s how Pope Francis has been dealing with it, according to ABC News Australia:
At the opening synod mass on Sunday, the Pope had offered encouragement to both camps, defending marriage and heterosexual couples but also insisting the Church must have “its doors open to welcome all those who knock”. In an apparent boost to those who would have priests take a more merciful and inclusive approach to homosexuals, he said the Church must not “point the finger in judgement” of others, because doing so would “betray its mission”.
But he has also said traditional marriage between heterosexual couples should be defended.
“The emotional intensity of the synod is amped up because of perceptions that the Pope’s position is still a work in progress”, Vatican watcher John Allen wrote on Cruxnow, a news website dedicated to the Catholic community.
“Whenever topics such as homosexuality and divorce are on the docket, feelings will run strong.
“What’s new now is a sense, however exaggerated, that movement might actually be possible.
God’s plan for creation, the pope said Sunday, is “fulfilled in the loving union between a man and a woman, rejoicing in their shared journey.” He exhorted the faithful to overcome “every form of individualism and legalism” that conceals a fear of accepting the “true meaning of the couple and of human sexuality,” a reminder that the synod’s main focus remains the traditional family. He said the church’s mission should not be swayed by “passing fads or popular opinions.”
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Following the Kim Davis debacle, another Kentucky county clerk has announced that she will only issue marriage licenses to heterosexual couples.
However, Schwartz says she is now granting licenses to “bride and groom” couples only.
Speaking back in July, Schwartz said:
“I would love to see [same-sex marriage] banned, but like I said, they have their right to their belief. I have my right to my belief. So whatever they can do to take it away from my office, then so be it.”
ACLU Program on Freedom of Religion and Belief senior staff attorney Heather L. Weaver said in a statement:
“Ms. Schwartz’s plan to discriminate against same-sex couples blatantly violates the law. As a County Clerk, she must issue marriage licenses to all couples on equal terms. We are closely monitoring the situation.”
Last week, the Vatican denied claims that Pope Francis had asked to meet and offer support to Davis.
Watch WYMT’s report:
(Image via Whitley County Fiscal Court)
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Norway’s second richest billionaire has come out as bisexual.
59-year-old Stein Erik Hagen made his $4.3 billion fortune with budget supermarket chain RIMI, founded with his father in 1977.
He now takes the number two slot in the list of world gay business people, just behind David Geffen but ahead of PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel.
Speaking on a Norwegian chat show, Hagen said:
“I realised I was gay well into adulthood. When I was in my 20s we didn’t know what it was. We heard about it but did not associate ourselves with it.”
He later told newspaper VG:
“To say that I’m gay is not entirely correct. I’m bisexual, and to everyone in the family, all my friends and those who know me, that’s something which comes as no surprise. The same goes for those I have been married to.”
Christian Sveaas, now Norway’s second richest openly gay man, said:
“Those of us who know him have known this a long time, so it’s not such great news for us. I can say that it’s about time.”
Bård Nylund of Norway’s National Association for lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender people, said:
“I think [Hagen] can be an inspiration for more and I hope that people realise that just because you wait to come out, does not mean that it’s a bad idea to come out. Come out when you’re ready. It doesn’t matter if you are 35 or 65, because choosing openness is much better than letting it be.”
(Image via Wikimedia)
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Sam Smith has released the full video for his 007 theme “Writing’s on the Wall”. The clips features Smith walking through a series of landscapes and is interspersed with shots from the new Daniel Craig Bond film for which it serves as anthem, Spectre.
The clip was released last night on the eve of James Bond Day, October 5. The first Bond film, Dr. No, had its premiere on this day in 1962.
On this day in 1962, the first James Bond film DR. NO had its world premiere. Happy Global James Bond Day! pic.twitter.com/hSUnXgcAHi
— James Bond (@007) October 5, 2015
Smith’s tune has already made history in the UK by hitting #1, the Mail Online reports:
The Spectre track soared straight into the top spot with 70,000 combined sales and streams, finishing 13,000 ahead of closest competitor, Justin Bieber’s What Do You Mean?
Sam told Official Charts Company of his coup: ‘It was such an honour to be asked to write and record Writing’s On The Wall and it’s incredible that it’s become the first Number one Bond theme song.
‘It’s been an unforgettable experience working with Barbara (Broccoli) and Sam (Mendes) to become part of this British legacy.
‘I couldn’t have done this without my fans – this is a special moment I’ll never forget.’
It’s Smith’s fifth #1 single in Britain.
Watch the video:
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