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05/21/2012

Gay X-Man Northstar's Wedding To Be Announced On 'The View'?

XMenSaveTheDateDespite the fact that we all know that gay X-Man Northstar will soon marry his boyfriend, publisher Marvel has remained cagey on the details.

That will most likely change tomorrow, because the ladies of The View will be making a "major Marvel announcement" that "will have everyone talking," Bleeding Cool reports.

Meanwhile, DC Comics publicity veep Courtney Simmons spoke to ABC News about their "reintroduction" of a known character as gay and said the hero will be "iconic."

“One of the major iconic DC characters will reveal that he is gay in a storyline in June,” she said.

This lends some credence to speculation that the new gay hero will be Superman from Earth-2. Yeah, there are parallel worlds and parallel Supermen. It's a comic book, so they can get away with it, but DC had better not go too far. We know all what happens then.

As for the recent spate of gay characters in comic books, Matt Kane from GLAAD remarked to ABC: “DC and (archrival) Marvel are recognizing that there is an LGBT audience that has been reading their comics for years. When creating these fictional worlds it’s important to show the full diversity.”

Curiously, Kane's last name is the same as lesbian hero Batwoman's alter ego, Kate Kane. Coincidence?

Posted May. 21,2012 at 8:53 PM EST by in Comic Books, News, The View | Permalink | Comments (28)


MS Lawmaker Who Said Gays Spread Disease Tries To Explain Himself

GipsonMississippi state Representative Andy Gipson caused a firestorm last week after posting on Facebook condemnation of President Obama's gay marriage support that ended with Biblical scripture suggesting gay people be put to death.

"If a man has sexual relations with a man as one does with a woman, both of them have done what is detestable. They are to be put to death; their blood will be on their own heads," the scripture, the infamous Leviticus 20:13, reads. The lawmaker also said gay people spread disease.

As the news spread, Gipson, who is also a Baptist minister, tried to do some damage control, but to no avail, and the story soon went national and now Gipson claims he and his family are receiving death threats.

He also released a statement in which he again tries to plead his case:

Since [my posting], a well-known radical liberal blog (The Huffington Post) ran an article falsely claiming that this Facebook post was a call "to kill gay people." Nothing could be further from the truth. I have never publicly or privately called for the killing of any people. I believe all people are created in the image of God and I stand firmly for the sanctity of all human life. All people are entitled to protection of the laws of our nation and state protecting human life.

Any reasonable person who reads the actual post can see that both scripture were cited only for the proposition that same-sex marriage is morally objectionable — sin. I believe this reflects the values of the vast majority of Mississippians and the people of District 77 whom I represent.

That last bit's actually true: a November Public Policy Polling survey found that only 13% of the state's residents support gay marriage; 78% oppose. Mississippi also has the nation's largest population of same-sex couples raising children.

Maybe that familiarity theory of gay rights isn't quite right.

Posted May. 21,2012 at 8:29 PM EST by in Barack Obama, Gay Marriage, Mississippi, News | Permalink | Comments (35)


Student Can Wear 'Jesus Is Not A Homophobe' Shirt

JesusHomophobeLambda Legal scored a nice win in Waynesville, Ohio, where high school student Maverick Couch was threatened with suspension for wearing a "Jesus Is Not A Homophobe" shirt.

Couch first wore the shirt last year and was asked by his principal, Randy Gebhardt, to remove it, which he did. Then, as the latest school year began, the student asked if he could wear it again. He was denied and threatened with detention. That's when Lambda Legal got involved.

The legal group has more information on the case:

Lambda Legal sent Gebhardt a letter in January outlining the legal precedent supporting Maverick’s right to wear the shirt. The school district responded that “the message communicated by the student’s T-shirt is sexual in nature and therefore indecent and inappropriate in a school setting.” Lambda Legal sued the school district on Maverick’s behalf on April 3. The next day, the school conceded that Couch could wear the shirt—but only on one day: the Day of Silence.

Today's ruling says that Couch can wear the shirt any day he chooses. "Plaintiff is expressly permitted to wear the “Jesus Is Not A Homophobe” T-shirt to school when he chooses," the ruling reads.

Said Lambda Legal senior staff attorney Christopher Clark: "If school officials had any doubt before, it’s clear now: First Amendment rights apply to all students on every day of the year, and efforts to silence LGBT youth will not go unchallenged."

And Couch of course is thrilled, as well, "The shirt is a statement of pride, and I hope other students like me know that they can be proud, too."

In addition to being ordered to let Couch wear his shirt, the school must also pay him $20,000 for legal fees.

Here's a PDF of the ruling.

Posted May. 21,2012 at 7:58 PM EST by in Censorship, Lambda Legal, News | Permalink | Comments (21)


Towleroad Guide To The Tube #1129

JUSTIFIED: Obama outlines why Bain is a valid attack on Romney.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: This weekend's solar eclipse.

TEASER: A sneak peak at the upcoming third season of The Walking Dead.

"CELEBRATE!:" Audio of Whitney Houston and Jordin Sparks' duet.

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Posted May. 21,2012 at 6:30 PM EST by in Towleroad Guide to the Tube | Permalink | Comments (2)


News: Mt. Everest, 50 Cent, Tilda Swinton, Sexy Veggies

SeanAvery 6a00d8341c730253ef01676542c07b970b-800wi One Million Moms claims their boycott against JC Penney for their use of lesbian entertainer Ellen DeGeneres as a spokesperson has cost the department store $163 million. But the AP actually credits the store's new pricing system.

6a00d8341c730253ef01676542c07b970b-800wi Hockey player and fashion icon Sean Avery flexes his pecs, and then some, for Terry Richardson.

6a00d8341c730253ef01676542c07b970b-800wi Here's the teaser trailer for Anchorman 2.

6a00d8341c730253ef01676542c07b970b-800wi A sickeningly fit New York man named Zachery has been named sexiest male vegetarian by PeTA. He deserves it.

6a00d8341c730253ef01676542c07b970b-800wi Oh, baby... "Dozens of Roman Catholic dioceses, schools and other institutions sued the Obama administration Monday over a government mandate requiring most employers to provide birth control coverage as part of their employee health plans."

6a00d8341c730253ef01676542c07b970b-800wi Zimbabwean Justice Minister Patrick Chinamasa insists his country does not abuse human rights, but also says they'll never give up their institutionalized hate of gays. "We made it clear that in our law homosexual activities are criminalized and that any person who commits homosexual activities will be arrested," he said.

Everest6a00d8341c730253ef01676542c07b970b-800wi Did Marc Anthony get custody of Victoria and David Beckham in his divorce from J. Lo?

6a00d8341c730253ef01676542c07b970b-800wi The New Yorker cartoon caption contest this week deserves your submission.

6a00d8341c730253ef01676542c07b970b-800wi A curious explanation for why gay Virginia judicial nominee Tracy Thorne-Begland was rejected. It "wasn't" the Republican opposition.

6a00d8341c730253ef01676542c07b970b-800wi Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is still uber-popular.

6a00d8341c730253ef01676542c07b970b-800wi Rapper 50 Cent supports gay marriage: “I think everyone should be happy. I think a fool is going to go against same sex marriage at this point... I’m up for it. If everyone else is for it, then hey, to each his own. I don’t have personal feelings towards it because I’m not involved in that lifestyle. I want people to be happy. It makes for everything to be better.”

NYerTED6a00d8341c730253ef01676542c07b970b-800wi Obama spokesman Ben LaBolt on Cory Booker walking back his critique of the president's campaign's attack on Mitt Romney's past at Bain Capital: "These are his own views in the video. He made absolutely clear that the discussion of Mitt Romney's private sector tenure was legitimate... He released that video of his own volition. We did not ask him to do so."

6a00d8341c730253ef01676542c07b970b-800wi Anyone who doubts Tilda Swinton can transform herself into legendary character Auntie Mame should take a look at this picture.

6a00d8341c730253ef01676542c07b970b-800wi Three climbers are dead and two are missing after a Mount Everest climb went awry.

6a00d8341c730253ef01676542c07b970b-800wi Stephen Colbert inspired an entire generation of college students to start their own super PACs. Democracy in action!

6a00d8341c730253ef01676542c07b970b-800wi The new movie Joshua Tree, 1951: A Portrait of James Dean, takes a look at the iconic actor's alleged gay past. "I sometimes suspect the mainstream press still believes queer people were invented in the 1970s, and that before that, everybody was straight and chaste. Well, officially, they might have been -- and studio publicists were tasked with maintaining the facade -- but we know better," says director Matthew Mishory.

6a00d8341c730253ef01676542c07b970b-800wi Sarah Palin recorded a call urging Texas residents to vote for Ted Cruz for U.S. Senate. The call ran in Kansas.

ETaylor6a00d8341c730253ef01676542c07b970b-800wi The Pan American Health Organization last week came out against so-called "gay cures." "Since homosexuality is not a disorder or a disease, it does not require a cure. There is no medical indication for changing sexual orientation," said PAHO Director Dr. Mirta Roses Periago.

6a00d8341c730253ef01676542c07b970b-800wi Conservative commentator Michelle Malkin on the Manny Pacquiao controversy: "The gay-marriage mob is guilty — of the very ugly bigotry it claims to abhor. And left-wing media outlets are guilty — of stoking false narratives that shamelessly demonize religion in the name of compassion."

6a00d8341c730253ef01676542c07b970b-800wi Lindsay Lohan has started fittings for her role as Elizabeth Taylor. Think she can pull it off?

6a00d8341c730253ef01676542c07b970b-800wi Singer Nick Jonas took part in New York City's annual AIDS Walk.

6a00d8341c730253ef01676542c07b970b-800wi Buenos Aires' city government just approved same-sex marriages for foreign nationals. Who's down for some Southern Hemisphere nuptials?

6a00d8341c730253ef01676542c07b970b-800wi Dolly and Kenny, because why not?

Posted May. 21,2012 at 5:57 PM EST by in "Ex-Gays", 2012 Election, Argentina, David Beckham, Ellen DeGeneres, Health, James Dean, News, Religion, Republican Party, Sarah Palin, Science, Sean Avery, Stephen Colbert, Zimbabwe | Permalink | Comments (18)


Queen Latifah Among 'Her People' At California Pride Event

QLatifahQueen Latifah performed at the Long Beach Gay Pride event this weekend and according to EURweb the actress and singer told the crowd she was proud to be among "her people."

Instructing her audience "to conquer hate with love" and to "let their inner light shine in the world," Latifah, long rumored to be a lesbian, admitted, "I’ve been waiting to do this for a long time."

The event was the Queen's first appearance at a gay pride event. Could the artist, who has for years kept her private life to herself, be laying the groundwork for a coming out of her own?

Posted May. 21,2012 at 3:51 PM EST by in Gay Pride, Music, News, Queen Latifah | Permalink | Comments (21)



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