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News: Jurassic World, Baptists, Janet Jackson, North Carolina

Road Jurassic World scores biggest box office opening in history

Road Seattle's gay mayor Ed Murray rejects calls to boycott Israel, saying "I encourage any country that supports LGBT people."

Road Nutty evangelist continues to claim he has the cure to the "mental illness" of homosexuality. 

WaterstonRoad Katherine Waterston has been cast as the female lead role in the upcoming Harry Potter spin-off Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them starring Eddie Redmayne. 

Road Dancer James Jordan speaks out against same-sex dancing pairs on BBC dancing competition Strictly Come Dancing. "If they want to, go and do their own competitions, but ballroom dancing is about a man dancing with a woman - that's fact."

Road Martin O'Malley looks like a strong contender for the 2016 Swimsuit Contest.

Road Think Progress picks apart the Southern Baptist Convention's new plan to avoid future LGBT rights laws by pretending receptionists are "ministers."

Road Google has axed Chrome's unpopular new bookmark manager. 

ScottRoad Male model Monday: Jarrod Scott

Road Janet Jackson announces new world tour Unbreakable. 

Road Rachel Dolezal resigns as president of the NAACP's Spokane chapter. 

Road Seth MacFarlane deflects question about his 2009 Caitlyn Jenner Family Guy prediction. "Once the outrage industry shuts down, I will be happy to have an adult conversation about all of this stuff anytime anyone wants, but, even though I’m on the side of support, I just don’t think there’s any way to … you just got to play it safe because the climate is just too charged. Anything I say can and will be used against me." 

Road Chris Pratt has already signed on for the Jurassic World sequel. 

Road Florida man captures photo of raccoon riding alligator. 

Road The Washington Post's Jonathan Capehart on the difference between Rachel Dolezal and Caitlyn Jenner. 

Road Hillary Clinton releases her official 2016 playlist on Spotify. 

Road Supreme Court rejects North Carolina's abortion ultrasound law. 


Posted Jun. 15,2015 at 4:00 PM EST by in News | Permalink | Comments (8)

Maryland Disc Jockey Who Refused To Work Gay Man's Birthday Party Faces Discrimination Complaint


A disc jockey in Montgomery County, Maryland, has declined to work a gay man's birthday party, prompting his roommate to file a discrimination complaint. 

According to The Washington Post, Dani Tsakounis contacted Ultrasound Deejays on behalf of her brother, Tom Tsakounis, who is throwing a birthday party for his roommate in August. 

Card_mikelampirisBut when Michael Lampiris, co-owner of UltraSound, found out the party is for a gay man—and that Tom Tsakounis and his husband share a home with the man—Lampiris declined the booking. 

Maryland has a law prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation in public accommodations, but one legal expert suggested the case could test the balance between religious freedom and LGBT equality.  

From WaPo

Hearing his sister tell what happened, Tsakounis said, and reading the Ultrasound policy “made me feel like I got hit in the stomach. You feel like: ‘C’mon, in my neighborhood?’ But: Wow, yes — in my neighborhood.” ... 

In this case, Lampiris said he had never heard of a related law, “but it’s important for us to make a stand. We don’t want to go against the law, but we also sometimes are called to do that if it goes against your faith. To me it would be like a synagogue having to cater to a neo-Nazi party or black DJ having to do a KKK dance,” he said. Gay clients don’t pose a “physical threat – it’s a conscience thing, and conscience is very important for everybody. In fact, I think it’s the most important thing.”

According to UltraSound Deejays' website, the company "will not be involved in any event involving homosexual celebration or activity. We follow biblical morality."

Lampiris told WaPo that if the case goes to court, “we would make a stand if the good Lord is willing,” and that, “We ought to obey God rather than men.”

For Tsakounis, it may not be the last issue he faces concerning his roommate's birthday party. The event reportedly is scheduled for the Knights of Columbus Hall, owned by the anti-gay Catholic group. 

It's unclear whether Tsakounis simply has bad luck in selecting vendors and venues, or he is deliberately seeking out anti-gay ones. 

In any case, here's some reaction to the story from UltraSound Deejays' Facebook page


You might want to consider not playing music by Erasue, REM, Soft Cell, B 52's,David Bowie, and that's just after a quick look at your lists.

Posted by Joe Palmer on Monday, June 15, 2015

What is your next career going to be?

Posted by Felix Alles on Monday, June 15, 2015

fucking bigots....................

Posted by Tom Reeder on Monday, June 15, 2015

Posted by Adam Reinstein on Monday, June 15, 2015

Posted Jun. 15,2015 at 3:30 PM EST by in Discrimination, Gay Rights, LGBT Rights, Maryland, Washington DC | Permalink | Comments (36)

WATCH LIVE: Jeb Bush Enters 2016 Presidential Race


Jeb Bush is set to officially announce his candidacy for president in Miami shortly.

Watch the announcement live, AFTER THE JUMP...


Posted Jun. 15,2015 at 3:00 PM EST by in 2016 Election, Elections, Jeb Bush | Permalink | Comments (13)

WATCH: John Oliver Explains Senate Torture Report With Help Of Helen Mirren

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John Oliver tackled the topic of torture on Sunday's episode of Last Week Tonight, discussing the terrifying revelations detailed in the 500 page summary of the Senate Intelligence Committee Report on Torture, with some help from Helen Mirren adding humor to an otherwise morbid topic. 

Oliver revealed that former CIA Director Porter Goss admitted he hasn't read a single page from the report, despite being mentioned himself in the report more than 50 times. Oliver, with the help of Helen Mirren, created an audiobook for Goss, who apparently doesn't have enough time to read a report about himself or the organization he once led, with Mirren describing terrifying and disgusting torture techniques such as "rectal rehydration," that makes waterboarding look like child's play.

Watch Oliver dissect interrogation torture techniques with his brand of common sense and use of timely humor on a particularly morbid topic, AFTER THE JUMP


Posted Jun. 15,2015 at 2:48 PM EST by in Helen Mirren, John Oliver, YouTube | Permalink | Comments (0)

Channing Tatum and Matt Bomer Show Off Their Magic Mike XXL Moves at LA Pride: VIDEO


Channing Tatum joined by Magic Mike XXL co-star Matt Bomer, served up some sexiness at Los Angeles Pride parade this past weekend. 

Watch them strut their stuff, AFTER THE JUMP...


Channing Tatum doing his THANG at #LAPRIDE45.

Posted by LA PRIDE / Christopher Street West on Sunday, June 14, 2015

Posted Jun. 15,2015 at 2:06 PM EST by in Channing Tatum, Los Angeles, Matt Bomer, News | Permalink | Comments (8)

Australia's Opposition Party Pressured to Withdraw Gay Marriage Bill

A bill introduced in the wake of Ireland's historic same-sex marriage vote that would extend marriage equality to Australia is facing an uncertain future after members of the country's ruling coalition party criticized the Labor proposal and pushed for it to be withdrawn.

RuddockAustralian Associated Press reports:

Veteran Liberal MP Phillip Ruddock criticised the opposition for introducing, without proper consultation, a private bill which aims to remove legal restrictions to marriage between a man and a woman.

Mr Ruddock, who supports marriage equality, was the only government MP to speak on the Labor bill when debate resumed on Monday.

"It's extremely disappointing to me and my colleagues that Labor took the approach it did," he told parliament.

"They should withdraw and allow some form of discussion to see if there's a meaningful way forward."

Australia's prime minister Tony Abbott remains opposed to same-sex marriage

Posted Jun. 15,2015 at 1:38 PM EST by in Australia, Gay Marriage, News | Permalink | Comments (7)


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