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GAME OF THRONES ACTOR: I'm gay.
VIDEO: Honey Maid features 'wholesome' gay family in new ad.
MICHELE BACHMANN: The gay community "bullies" the American people.
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Jamaica has the distinction of being a country that is particularly hostile to gays, thanks in no small part to U.S. evangelical speakers attempts to sow hatred there. The fallout of the hostility includes GLBT youth being forced into the sewers, having nowhere else to go after being kicked out by families and suffering abuse in shelters.
On Ash Wednesday, police in New Kingston forcibly evicted a gay youth encampment from the sewers. An abandoned building they had previously settled in was torn down and a gully encampment was burned down on the pretext that the encampment "attracted criminals," so many of them resisted as they had nowhere else to go.
When taken to court, the judge fined them for swearing, but told the arresting officers that the sewers are a public space and the youth have a right to be there. Once released, the youth returned to living in the sewers.
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Posted Mar. 11,2014 at 9:08 PM EST by Christian Walters in Gay Youth, Jamaica, Video |
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Italian pasta maker Barilla, who last September made international headlines when he told an Italian radio show that the company would never make an ad with gay people and if they didn't like it they could find another brand of pasta, has opened a restaurant in midtown Manhattan, the Wall Street Journal reports:
Company officials picture the restaurant as an Italian version of Chipotle, the popular Mexican fast-food chain. Mr. Albano said he has already begun the hunt for two smaller locations in heavy-traffic Herald Square and Bryant Park.
Soon after making the remarks last September, Barilla chairman Guido Barilla apologized, and in November the company announced a Diversity and Inclusion Board, and a Diversity Officer.
It's unclear what has come of that, although on its website there is a notice for a "Barilla Diversity Challenge" in which "entrants will be asked to create short videos about diversity that will be submitted to the web community to be liked, shared and voted."
Of course the company could also learn a lesson or two from Honey Maid.
Posted Mar. 11,2014 at 7:55 PM EST by Andy Towle in Barilla, New York, News |
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Piers Morgan, whose show was canceled in late February following a set of fiery exchanges with trans activist and author Janet Mock, offended Chelsea Handler, who appeared on his show last night.
Handler accused Morgan of not paying attention to her, and he shot back that perhaps she would deserve attention if she were more interesting. Handler said that shouldn't matter and called him a "terrible interviewer" and added that perhaps his lack of interest in his guests is why his show is coming to an end.
Watch the brutal exchange (which they reportedly have a habit of having),
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Posted Mar. 11,2014 at 7:21 PM EST by Andy Towle in Chelsea Handler, News, Piers Morgan |
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Yukari Iwatani Kane — author of Haunted Empire: Apple After Steve Jobs — just held a SXSW Interactive discussion in which she discussed whether Apple's vision died with Steve Jobs.
Kane covered Apple from fall of 2008 (right around the time that Jobs’ dramatic weight loss fueled public speculation about his demise) all the way to the end of Jobs' life, during the iPad launch and the controversy over iPhone 4’s antenna problems. Apple did not help Kane with her book (apart from letting her attend one meeting). However, she interviewed nearly 200 company insiders, experts and business partners to reach her conclusions and also owns an Apple computer, iPhone and iPad.
In short, her talk suggested that Apple’s current CEO Tim Cook lacks Jobs’ celebrity marketing savvy and inflexible managerial style. As a result, while Cook has maintained that Apple has not changed, his statement rings hollow considering some of company’s cultural changes and product stumbles after Jobs' passing.
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Posted Mar. 11,2014 at 6:51 PM EST by Daniel Villarreal in Steve Jobs, SXSW, Tim Cook, Web/Tech |
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GORDON KLINGENSCMITT: "It's a tragedy every time somebody comes out of the closet."
LITTLE MIX: Covers Cameo's "Word Up"
TONIGHT SHOW PHOTOBOMB: Jimmy Fallon and Jon Hamm photobomb unsuspecting tourists.
OSCAR SELFIES: Lots of people tried to replicate it.
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Posted Mar. 11,2014 at 5:30 PM EST by Andy Towle in Ellen DeGeneres, Jimmy Fallon, News, Towleroad Guide to the Tube |
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African gays seek legal help amid spate of harsh criminal penalties.
Mad Men gets psychedelic promo poster from Milton Glaser.
Family calls 911 after angry cat traps them in bedroom.
Ugandan activists take anti-gay law to Constitutional Court: "The activists — under a group called Civil Society Coalition on Human Rights and Constitutional Law — filed the petition Tuesday in the presence of some prominent Ugandan gay activists...it will be several months, even years, before judges reach a decision in the case."
Alert: There's a bogus 'study' smearing the Southern Poverty Law Center.
National Review goes all in for anti-gay discrimination. "For months, National Review's staff has worked to invent bogus justifications for anti-gay business discrimination, condemning non-discrimination efforts as a form of government overreach. Long before states like Kansas and Arizona sought to pass laws allowing business to refuse service to gay and lesbian customers, National Review was championing business owners who had been sued for engaging in anti-gay discrimination."
Zac Efron is "100 percent down" for more High School Musical.
Ricky Martin mobbed at Rio airport.
Trans former couple who starred in Barneys' Bruce Weber campaign to release memoirs.
How many square feet will $1 million buy you in every major city?
Meet the world's LGBT billionaires: "This year’s Forbes Billionaires list featured 172 women – more than ever before – and unearthed 268 new ten-figure fortunes. At least one member of the world’s 50 richest people can be found on every continent except Antarctica. Yet just seven, or 0.4%, of the globe’s 1,645 billionaires openly identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender."
Elephants can distinguish different human languages: "A study found the gentle giants can distinguish a warlike tribe from a more peaceable people, simply by listening to recordings of their voices. Not only could the African elephants tell the two languages apart, they could also work out if the speaker was a man or a woman and an adult or a child."
New Orleans-based parenting magazine puts gay dads on cover, gets calls for boycott from angry Catholics.
Game of Thrones takes the cover of Vanity Fair.
The International Christian School of Hong Kong demands its employees align to a 'Morality Contract,' which, among other things, stipulates a heterosexual-only workforce and prohibits unmarried couples who live together from working in the school.
Skrillex releases surprise debut album.
Linda Harvey finally admits that the whole "protect marriage" fight is a mask for something else: "We aren’t fighting to protect marriage because the term and tradition are important. Let’s be honest that the only reason for this dispute is because people want to engage in anatomically challenged behavior that is observably unnatural, medically risky, improper as an example for children, and changeable. And it’s a behavior God calls sin. There is no other biblical description of homosexuality except always and only a big taboo."
Posted Mar. 11,2014 at 4:00 PM EST by Andy Towle |
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