November 4, 2013 |
WASHINGTON -- Rep. Mike Michaud (D-Maine) announced he's gay in an Op-Ed article published by Maine newspapers Monday, making him the seventh openly gay member of Congress. The five-term representative, currently running for governor, said that he was prompted to speak out by “whisper campaigns” alleging that he was gay. “Allow me to save them the trouble with a simple, honest answer. 'Yes I am. But why should it matter?'” Michaud wrote. “That may seem like a big announcement to some people.
November 4, 2013 |
WASHINGTON -- A gay rights bill appears set to overcome a key Senate hurdle Monday, after a fifth Republican expressed support for the measure to prohibit workplace discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. Sen. Dean Heller (R-Nev.) said Monday that voting for the Employment Non-Discrimination Act "is the right thing to do" and that discrimination "must not be tolerated under any circumstance. " The Senate will hold a procedural vote Monday night on what will be the first major gay rights bill debated in Congress since the vote in 2010 to end the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy barring gays from serving openly in the military.
October 31, 2013 |
Robin Thicke's “Blurred Lines” will surely go down as one of the biggest songs of 2013. The slinky dance track was No. 1 for 12 weeks, sold more than 6 million copies and served as the soundtrack for one of the most deliciously trainwrecky VMA performances ever. It also has had its share of controversy, including its NSFW video, critics blasting its sexual lyrics and the family of late soul legend Marvin Gaye calling it a blatant rip-off. In August, Thicke, Pharrell Williams and Clifford Harris Jr. (better known as T.I.)
October 31, 2013 |
A Hallmark ornament that reads "Don we now our FUN apparel!" has some people fuming. By substituting the Christmas carol lyric from "gay apparel" to "fun apparel" on the sweater-shaped ornament, the greeting card company stirred up a holiday storm. "Pathetic" and "Shame on you" were among the negative responses on the company Facebook page. In defending itself, Hallmark pointed out that the lyrics for "Deck the Halls" were translated from the Gaelic way back when. So the "gay" of the 1800s isn't the "gay" of 2013. Such "multiple meanings," the company said in a statement, "could leave our intent open to misinterpretation.
October 30, 2013 |
At the red carpet premiere of “Ender's Game” on Monday night, director Gavin Hood fielded questions not just about the big-budget sci-fi film but the anti-gay rights stance of Orson Scott Card, author of the novel the film is based on. “I am distressed by Orson's position on gay marriage,” Hood said. “I hold the opposite view. But I loved the book,” he told Entertainment Weekly. “Would I prefer to be doing a movie without controversy? Yes, but I'm not in the least distressed that we are having this conversation.
October 29, 2013 |
MOSCOW - Clouds of dust. Piles of rubble. Muddy roads and construction sites. Oleg Rubezhansky looks around Sochi and says: "We live like in a besieged town during the war. " His Russian city is not under attack, it is scrambling to finish preparations for the 2014 Winter Olympics with only 100 days remaining until the opening ceremony. And Rubezhansky, who owns a local newspaper and television company, is not alone in his concern. Work delays, massive cost overruns and allegations of corruption have marked the run-up to these Games.
October 26, 2013 |
CONCHO, Okla. - Darren Black Bear and Jason Pickel hadn't even planned to send invitations to their upcoming wedding. They're small-town people, they said, and planned an intimate, no-frills celebration of their love. "I intended to tell people, 'Hey, we're getting married. Come on down and have dinner,'" Pickel said, laughing. Then, during an interview in his Oklahoma City apartment, his cellphone vibrated: yet another media request. And then came another. Since word about their upcoming nuptials spread, Pickel and Black Bear have been thrust into the spotlight over one of the most hot-button issues in this state.
October 26, 2013 |
Sean Hayes recently returned to TV playing a single gay father of a teenage girl - and a series lead for the first time since "Will & Grace" - in NBC's "Sean Saves the World. " It's one of five shows on the air from Hazy Mills, the production company he owns with Todd Milliner, which is also behind "Hollywood Game Night," "Hot in Cleveland," "Grimm" and "The Soul Man. " Is TV running out of characters that people haven't been seen before? It's always a challenge. It helps to start from a personal place.
October 25, 2013
Re "Gay and playing the field," Column One, Oct. 21 I was somewhat amused by this article's take on the "new" phenomenon of sports in the gay community. In 1961, I frequented a gay bar in Silver Lake, where the patrons were both gay men and women who became not just bar buddies but friends who socialized outside the bar scene. One night I suggested we go bowling at Hollywood Star Lanes on Santa Monica Boulevard, and from that one outing, we started going regularly and soon formed the Sunset Mixers league.
October 24, 2013 |
There is no civil rights movement in the country's history that has moved further, faster than the gay rights movement. In 1958, more than nine in 10 of those surveyed in a Gallup Poll opposed marriage between blacks and whites. It took nearly 40 years until a majority of those asked said marriage between people of different skin colors was acceptable. By contrast, in less than 20 years, attitudes toward same-sex marriage have shifted dramatically. By 2012, half or more agreed, in a series of questions posed by Gallup, that “being gay is morally acceptable, that gay relations ought to be legal and that gay or lesbian couples should have the right to legally marry.