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10/22/2014

Bryan Singer and 'Queer as Folk' Actress Michelle Clunie Expecting a Child

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X-Men director Bryan Singer and actress Michelle Clunie (Queer as Folk) are expecting a child, Singer's rep Simon Halls announced to E!'s Marc Malkin:

"I can confirm that Michelle Clunie and Bryan Singer are happily expecting a baby together in early 2015. Best friends for 25 years, mother and father are both very excited about the upcoming birth and look forward to co-parenting the child together. The pair have been planning this baby for years and have been trying for the last two."

Singer came out as bisexual in May while fighting sexual abuse charges in a lawsuit that was later withdrawn, and releasing his 10th feature film, X-Men: Days of Future Past.

Since her role as Melanie Marcus in Queer as Folk, Clunie has played a recurring character on Make It or Break It and has had numerous guest appearances on shows such as Bones, NCIS, The Mentalist, The Closer, and CSI.

Posted Oct. 22,2014 at 7:28 PM EST by in Bryan Singer, Michelle Clunie, News | Permalink | Comments (18)


Gay Evangelical Raises 'Olive Branch' Funding For Anti-Gay Sweet Cakes Bakery

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You may remember Sweet Cakes Bakery in Oregon, one of the first bakeries to make a stink about making cakes for gay weddings. The anti-gay attitudes of owners Melissa and Aaron Klein resulted in quick condemnation from activists, and the protests and investigations by the state's Bureau of Labor soon caused the bakery to close up shop and move "in-home."

A year and a $150,000 fine from the state of Oregon later and the owners of Sweet Cakes are finding an unlikely new supporter in the form of gay evangelical conservative Matt Stolhandske, who wrote a fundraising column in the Washington Post. Interestingly, Stolhandske doesn't appear to be a self-hating homosexual, an ex-gay, or even spouting the tired "religious freedom trumps all" falsehood. In fact, he even calls out the Klein's flimsy argument of endorsement of a "sinful" lifestyle:

This [lesbian] couple didn’t ask the Kleins for their blessing. They simply asked to pay for a cake. Last I checked, a pastry is not moral approval of a religious ceremony.

Furthermore, he explains that his motivation is that he doesn't want the family - who may potentially be bankrupted by the fines - to suffer. In his own words, "[T]his is what an olive branch looks like." This olive branch doesn't come with a dismissal of the Klein's behaviors, however:

I don’t want them to suffer. But I am also pleading with them and other Christians to stop using the name of Jesus to explain to the LGBT community why we don’t deserve access to the civil rights afforded to heterosexuals through the legal institution of marriage.

Turning the other cheek, forgiving trespasses, reaching out with an offer of reconciliation to prevent further suffering and unhappiness and engender peace...it's like Stolhandske actually read the teachings of Jesus and appears to be making an effort to live by those moral decrees. Right-wingers, take note.

Posted Oct. 22,2014 at 7:08 PM EST by in Evangelical Christians, Gay Marriage, Oregon | Permalink | Comments (32)


Bishop Sounds Off on Inconclusive Synod, Takes Aim at 'Media Agenda'

Tobin-04-head-shot-croppedYesterday, noted opponent of gay marriage, Bishop Thomas Joseph Tobin (pictured) has sounded off about the recent Synod that considered gay marriage. Documents from the Synod, in some drafting stages, included highly progressive language (for the church) on gay people — for instance, mentioning the "gifts and qualities" gay people have to offer.

In yesterday's post, Tobin submits a bullet list of scattered observations from the Synod — in his words "random thoughts." Tobin says it is an "enormous challenge to maintain pristine doctrine" in response to the "experiential, personal, and difficult needs of married ocuples and families."

On gay marriage, Tobin is mostly cryptic, but it comes as little surprise when he hints at distain for "media agenda" — presumably liberal and pro-gay. Of the Synod, he wonders:

Have we learned that it’s probably not a good idea to publish half-baked minutes of candid discussions about sensitive topics, especially when we know that the secular media will hijack the preliminary discussions for their own agendas?

[h/t J Lester Feder]

Posted Oct. 22,2014 at 6:48 PM EST by in Catholic Church, News | Permalink | Comments (16)


Judy Shepard And Hundreds Of Activists Set To Attend LGBT Rights Conference In Mexico City Next Week

The International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association (ILGA) is set to hold it's 27th world conference in Mexico City next week. 

LOGO-WEB-298x300According to an article in the Washington Blade, Judy and Dennis Shepard, parents of Matthew Shepard, will be speaking to members of the group, which is an umbrella organization of more than 1,000 local and national groups devoted to advancing LGBT rights worldwide and monitoring laws that protect or persecute LGBT people. The group is also known for its maps of the world which highlight LGBT rights in different regions, like Europe.

“Dennis and I are excited to be able to meet so many amazing activists from ILGA next week,” Judy Shepard told the Blade. “We’re very much looking forward to learning from the other participants.” 

ILGA expects more than 400 activists from over a dozen countries to be there for five days of panels, meetings and discussions. The conference runs from October 27th through the 31st, with other U.S. attendees including Ty Cobb of the Human Rights Campaign and Shawn Gaylord of Human Rights First. The location of the event is notable as Mexico is currently experiencing some growing pains over LGBT rights, with massive protests against marriage equality after it was voted in for the Coahuila province earlier this year.

Posted Oct. 22,2014 at 6:28 PM EST by in Human Rights Campaign, Judy Shepard, Matthew Shepard, Mexico, Mexico City, News | Permalink | Comments (5)


South Carolina Lesbian Couple Fight To Overturn Same Sex Marriage Ban

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Katherine Bradacs, a State Trooper, and Tracy Goodwin, a U.S. Air Force vet, are a lesbian couple attempting to overturn South Carolina’s ban on same sex marriage. On Monday the couple submitted a lawsuit petitioning U.S. Judge Michelle Childs to review the state’s ban in hopes that she would find it to be unconstitutional. Such a decision would force South Carolina to officially recognize same sex marriages, like Bradacs and Goodwin’s, that were performed out of state.

“There have been more than 40 federal and state court decisions striking down bans on marriage equality,” their brief reads. “Five rulings have been issued by federal appellate courts covering four circuits, dozens have been issued by federal district courts, and at least 14 have been issued by state courts. Only two decisions have upheld a state’s same-sex marriage ban.”

South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley and Attorney General Alan Wilson are named as defendants in the lawsuit and are required by law to file a document stating their official legal positions by tomorrow.

“When our brief is filed, it will speak for itself,” said J. Mark Powell, a spokesman for the attorney general. “This matter will be resolved in a court of law – not in the court of public opinion.”

Both Haley and Wilson have recently affirmed that they have no intention of rolling back the ban without a legal battle.

“This issue is in the hands of the courts--our state marriage law stands until the federal courts make a clear judgment on it,” asserted Doug Mayer, Haley’s communications director. “Gov. Haley is duty bound to support our law and that’s what she will do.”

Posted Oct. 22,2014 at 6:06 PM EST by in Gay Marriage, News, South Carolina | Permalink | Comments (4)


NEWS: Benedict Cumberbatch, Tesla, Bryan Singer's Baby, Ottawa Attack

Ben RoadNASA creates Soundcloud account: "More than 60 samples have been added to the agency's new dedicated Soundcloud account, but listeners are unable to leave comments underneath the files. Astronaut communications, including "Houston, we've had a problem" and "the Eagle has landed", can be heard - as well as some more abstract noises made by working spacecraft and debris. In space itself, sound is unable to travel as there is no air."

RoadBenedict Cumberbatch continues to look historical as he plays Richard III in The Hollow Crown.

RoadThe Hunt for Red October: "Last Thursday, a Swedish newspaper reported that the Swedish military had intercepted Russian-language radio traffic on a Russian emergency channel, and that the communications were between Russia's European enclave at Kaliningrad and a source somewhere in the Stockholm Archipelago. What followed were a slew of news and allegations — including alleged photos of a Russian submarine just off the Swedish coast not far from Stockholm, and reports about a mysterious man swimming ashore."

RoadLindsay Lohan posts tweet voicing support for Brazilian presidential candidate then deletes it. Internet speculates motives.

RoadMichigan Governor bans sale of Tesla cars.

RoadMichelle Clunie, a.k.a. Melanie from the U.S. version of Queer As Folkis having Bryan Singer's baby.

RoadFormer Executive Editor and iconic newspaperman Ben Bradlee has died. Obituary from The Washington Post.

Into RoadFirst Look: Johnny Depp as the Big Bad Wolf in Into The Woods.

RoadMonica Lewinsky is speaking out about internet bullying apparently inspired by Tyler Clementi.

RoadMore photos from the set of Magic Mike XXL.

RoadSarah Jessica Parker angers owners of Carrie Bradshaw's apartment with unauthorized photo shoot

RoadRepublican Congressman Trent Franks bemoans secular liberal America: "IS [the Islamic State, a.k.a. ISIS] may succeed in committing violence against Christians because "the secular left" in America is diluting the country's Christian heritage. He said that IS may rise into power just as the Nazis did even though at one point they were just "a bunch of idiots riding across France [sic] in their brownshirts."

RoadFBI said to be working closely with the Canadian government to determine if today's attack was a terrorist action.

Posted Oct. 22,2014 at 5:40 PM EST by in News | Permalink | Comments (7)


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