Laverne Cox on Caitlyn Jenner's 'coming out' and what she hopes it will mean for the trans community: "Most trans folks don’t have the privileges Caitlyn and I have now have. It is those trans folks we must continue to lift up, get them access to healthcare, jobs, housing, safe streets, safe schools and homes for our young people. We must lift up the stories of those most at risk, statistically trans people of color who are poor and working class. I have hoped over the past few years that the incredible love I have received from the public can translate to the lives of all trans folks. Trans folks of all races, gender expressions, ability, sexual orientations, classes, immigration status, employment status, transition status, genital status etc.. I hope, as I know Caitlyn does, that the love she is receiving can translate into changing hearts and minds about who all trans people are as well as shifting public policies to fully support the lives and well being of all of us. The struggle continues…"
Netflix reassures customers that it will not be adding ads to its streaming content.
'Run Warren Run" campaign comes to a close.
Kenneth in the 212 provides a photo-essay on the death of Chelsea's 8th Avenue at the hands of gentrification.
Senate passes the "USA Freedom Act", a surveillance reform bill lauded by the ACLU and fought by Sen. Rand Paul.
Hunter Parrish contemplates circumcision to survive the apocalypse.
James Franco performance art mashed up with Shia LaBeouf performance art--over a toilet.
FIFA President Sepp Blatter resigns only days after re-election amidst growing investigation into the organization's corruption and wrong-doing.
Meanwhile, it is unclear whether anti-gay Qatar will be able to hold on to the 2022 World Cup: "Insiders say the leaders of Qatar’s 2022 Supreme Committee (or local organizing committee) have now been told not to set foot on U.S. soil for fear of being arrested by the FBI in its investigation into allegations that FIFA officials turned football into a “criminal enterprise” and presided over a “World Cup of fraud.”
President Obama to deliver eulogy at Beau Biden's funeral.
Jussie Smollett makes a cameo in Mariah Carey's new video, "Infinity."
Scott Eastwood gets shirtless and wet.
Candidate for Danish Prime Minister wants the world to know he is proud of his penis.
Cambodia's LGBT community finds its voice with Q Magazine: "I'm trying to reach as many people in the community as I can but getting people to talk openly turned out to be a lot more difficult that I'd imagine," said [Sorel] Thongvan [editor-in-chief of the magazine] 55. "Even those who seemed to live their sexuality openly backed out of interviews as soon as I told them that their name and picture will be printed along with the interviews."
A new report from the AP says the FBI is responsible for a "mysterious fleet of aircraft conducting surveillance over US cities." Uh, what?
Fox News' Megyn Kelly is set to interview the Duggars but won't cross-examine them.
Last week, we told you about a promo that baited viewers of the ABC show The Bachelorette with what appeared to be a budding romance between two of the male contestants vying for the love of bachelorette Kaitlyn (with a 'K'). Now it appears that it was all a rouse orchestrated by the bachelors themselves, JJ and Clint, who apparently ""just think it's funny" and are straight, according to TMZ.
Bachelor Clint also unleashed a series of offensive tweets including, "If you have to be a #BROKEBACKBACHELOR, Be Heath Ledger. Always be #HeathLedger" -- presumably because Heath Ledger's Ennis del Mar in Brokeback Mountain was more conventionally masculine than Jake Gyllenhaal's Jack Twist -- and a link to a story about the upcoming show with the caption, "Whoops. Sorry, dad?" -- because apparently, male homosexuality is something we need to apologize to our fathers for.
And then there's ABC's use of the term 'Brokeback Bachelor', which TIME deftly eviscerates:
The term “Brokeback” isn’t just a word interchangeable with “gay.” It’s a reference to Brokeback Mountain, a 2005 film (and before that, a short story) that outlines the social conditions that keep gay men from ever acknowledging, even to one another, their true feelings. The movie ends with one man dead; the other is a shell of a human being. To use the “Brokeback Bachelor” term knowing its repercussions is grotesque.
Watch a TMZ report on how this romance was all one big joke, AFTER THE JUMP...
Country music legend Willie Nelson has joined a campaign to end anti-LGBT discrimination in Texas.
From the Texas Wins campaign:
On discrimination, the outspoken musician said, “Discrimination against the LGBT community in not what Texas is all about. And that’s why I’m thrilled to support Texas Wins.”
Willie’s endorsement is critical, and further demonstrates that a majority of Texans support common-sense non-discrimination protections that include sexual orientation and gender identity.
Texas has a proud tradition of embracing rugged individualism, freedom and equality, and that’s exactly what our campaign is all about. Willie’s statement attests to the strong Texas values that makes our state so great.
Nelson, a Texas native and resident, came out in support of same-sex marriage in an interview with Texas Monthly a few years back, saying, "[Gay people] should be just as miserable as the rest of us."
Listen to Nelson's cover of "Cowboys Are Frequently Secretly Fond Of Each Other," AFTER THE JUMP ...
Converse is following on the heels of Adidas, releasing three pride-themed Chuck Taylor All Stars to celebrate pride events around the world this month. Two of the shoe designs are dedicated to New York and San Francisco pride, with a skyscraper (what appears to be the Empire State Building) adorning the New York shoe and a shimmery, glam design for the San Francisco shoe. Check out the designs, AFTER THE JUMP... and see how they stack up to Adidas' pride line.
The San Francisco Pride shoe, above.
The New York Pride shoe, above.
With just four days remaining in Alabama's legislative session, the state senate has passed a bill that, if enacted, would get Alabama out of the business of issuing marriage licenses. The move is a pre-emptive strike of sorts meant to ward off a potential ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court that could legalize same-sex marriage nation-wide. While that ruling is expected any day, Alabama's House of Representatives has yet to vote on the proposed bill.
Attorney Jake Watson explains, “[SB377] does away with [marriage licenses] and requires parties to enter into a contract and file it at the courthouse, as I understand it.” [...]
Watson continues, “It really does away with the traditional sense of a marriage certificate and what we’ve been dealing with in Alabama as far as marriage certificates for more than a hundred years, I believe.”
The bill itself disposes of marriage certificates and replaces them with a contract that you file with the probate judge.
But that could add confusion for all kinds of folks who rely on marriage to prove a link to the federal government, insurance companies or anyone else. Plus it would put up another barrier for same-sex marriage.
Watson elaborates, “A statement that the parties are legally authorized to be married, that’s going to be the catch. What is legally authorized to be married? Under the State of Alabama Law, that would not include same-sex marriage.”
Watch a news report on the proposed bill, AFTER THE JUMP...
With Magic Mike XXL a little less than a month away from its release on July 1, Channing Tatum's charm offensive is in full swing. The actor joined forced with Omaze, a non profit group that auctions events to benefit charitable causes, to surprise some fans at a screening of the stripper sequel not only with his presence but also some of the moves that made the first movie famous.
Tatum disguised himself as a creepy, bearded and balding marketing exec asking audience members focus group style questions about Magic Mike. For instance, Tatum asked one woman which part she would most like to see in 3D. The woman responded, "The part where there's pelvic thrusting."
Tatum then gave that one woman (and everyone else in the audience, which included at least a handful of men) exactly what they wanted: a 3D Magic Mike. Complete with back up male strippers and loads of pelvic thrusting.
Getting in on the fun, Tatum twerked on a fan's lap and finally revealed his true identity, making fans nearly apoplectic.
Needless to say, fanning was required.
Watch Tatum twerk it, AFTER THE JUMP...