Tuesday, September 30, 2014

"As California Goes So Goes The Nation"


California governor signs pro-equality, progressive bills According to a press release put out by Brown’s office, on September 26 he “announced that he signed legislation to expand and protect the rights of women and the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community in California.” The bills he signed into law include AB 496, which “includes information about the appropriate care and treatment of LGBT and intersex communities in continuing medical education,” and AB 1577, known as the Respect After Death Act, requiring “death certificates to indicate the decedent’s sex reflecting their gender identity as reported by the decedent or a source best qualified to supply such information.”

• AB 496 by Assemblymember Richard S. Gordon (D-Los Altos): Includes information about the appropriate care and treatment of LGBT and intersex communities in continuing medical education.
• AB 1577 by Assemblymember Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego): Requires death certificates to indicate the decedent’s sex reflecting their gender identity as reported by the decedent or a source best qualified to supply such information.
• AB 1579 by Assemblymember Mark Stone (D-Scotts Valley): AB 1579: Establishes the Healthy Babies Act of 2014, which allows pregnant women in the second trimester to receive CalWORKs assistance if they meet certain eligibility.
• AB 1678 by Assemblymember Richard S. Gordon (D-Los Altos): Extends provisions of the utilities’ Supplier Diversity Program, administered by the California Public Utilities Commission to LGBT business enterprises.
• AB 1787 by Assemblymember Bonnie Lowenthal (D-Long Beach): Requires large commercial airports to provide lactation rooms separate from restrooms behind security.
• AB 2089 by Assemblymember Bill Quirk (D-Hayward): Clarifies and strengthens the Domestic Violence Prevention Act and requires courts that deny petitions for protective orders provide a statement of reasons for the decisions.
• AB 2344 by Assemblymember Tom Ammiano (D-San Francisco): Establishes statutory forms to allow intended parents to state their intention to parent a child being conceived through assisted reproduction.
• AB 2350 by Assemblymember Susan Bonilla (D-Concord): Prevents pregnancy discrimination in postsecondary educational institutions by prohibiting institutions from requiring students to take a leave of absence for pregnancy or pregnancy-related issues and allows students to return in good standing if they choose to take a leave of absence for pregnancy or child birth.
• SB 910 by Senator Fran Pavley (D-Agoura Hills): Expands for the purposes of issuing a protective order the definition of domestic violence to include violence against a child of a party to domestic violence court proceedings.

For full text of the bills, visit: http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov


Brown also signed AB 2501 on September 27, eliminating the “gay panic” defense as a valid plea in a court of law. The term is a classic case of blaming the victim, by claiming the LGBT person “brought on” the attack—even if it ended in murder—by sexually propositioning the wrong person. The defendant also claims that they consequently entered into a “homosexual panic,” a state of temporary insanity, and so cannot be held responsible for their actions, no matter how violent.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Matt Bomer's Road To Big Screen Stardom Back On Track



Matt Bomer Joins Ryan Gosling & Russell Crowe In ‘The Nice Guys’

Matt Bomer has been set to star opposite Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe in The Nice Guys, the action drama that Iron Man 3‘s Shane Black wrote and is directing with Joel Silver producing at Warner Bros. I would say that Bomer plays the heavy, but he’ll be carrying little if any body fat as he comes right from Savannah after he wraps the Steven Soderbergh-directed sequel Magic Mike XXL. I can still remember when Bomer, a complete unknown, was verging on being The Guy when Brett Ratner tapped him to be Superman in the trilogy of films that got grounded. It has taken some time, but Bomer is getting his movie chance now. As his USA show White Collar ends this fall after its six-season run, Bomer now is focused on big-screen opportunities.

Matt Bomer Will Become One Of The Nice Guys For Shane Black

Casting’s heating up on Shane Black’s upcoming period actioner, The Nice Guys, as Matt Bomer has signed on to the Warner Bros. production.
Co-written by Black and Anthony Bagarozzi, the film harkens to the noirs of times past. Bomer will join Ryan Gosling, who plays Holland March, a troubled private detective in 1970s Los Angeles. When March hooks up with tough guy Jackson Healy – played by Russell Crowe – the pair unite to track down a missing girl and solve the seemingly-unrelated death of a porn star. Somewhere in the mix, Bomer’s character makes an appearance. As yet, we’re not sure who he’s slated to play.
We do know that as well as Gosling and Crowe, he’ll be joining The Leftovers’ Margaret Qualley who’s set to take the female lead. Currently back on set for Magic Mike XXL, Bomer will start shooting after principal photography on the stripper sequel finishes. After his lengthy run on White Collar, and fantastic turn in HBO’s one-off The Normal Heart, it’ll be intriguing to see how his career shapes up as he moves into movies.

Aretha Franklin To Release First Album In 3 Years

The Queen of Soul returns this week with the release of a new album and will promote it with a few high profile TV appearances.
Detroit native Aretha Franklin's new album entitled Aretha Franklin Sings the Great Diva Classics reportedly hits stores and online retailers Tuesday, a day before she's scheduled to appear on CBS' "Late Show with David Letterman."
Franklin, 72, is also scheduled to appear Friday on NBC's "Today" show to talk about the album and perform a cover of Adele's hit song "Rolling in the Deep," according to The Detroit News.
Forbes' website reported this month that producer and performer Babyface worked with OutKast member Andre 3000 behind the scenes on production and mixing of Franklin's album.
The website also describes Franklin's album as "a collection of classics — both newer and older — originally sung by female powerhouses of all kind."

Today's GIF GIFT


Cover Boy: Ethan Hawke for L'Officiel-Hommes Germany

Cover Boy: Brad Pitt for British GQ

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Belgrade Serbia Sees Dueling Parades About Gay Rights

Hundreds Of Gay Rights Activists March In Belgrade

Hundreds of gay rights activists have marched in Belgrade in Serbia's first gay pride parade in four years.
Media estimate that between 1,000 and 1,500 activists took part in the peaceful march on September 28.
Several thousand antiriot police, special police units, armored vehicles, and water cannons were deployed across the capital for the march due to threats by far-right groups.


The anti-gay parade in Belgrade, Serbia (after the Gay Pride), September 28, 2014
You have seen a parade that celebrates death and now you will see a parade that celebrates life, parenting and procreation.
NOTICE THE CROSS source (may not be sfw)
  • people were singing “kill the fag”
  • there were about 2000 people (Gay Pride had several hundred participants
  • the church is calling all gay pride supporters to come and to spiritually cleanse themselves

More Catholic Church Sex Scandals

Vatican Pedophilia Scandal: Archbishop Jozef Wesolowski Stored Over 100,000 Child Porn Videos

A former Vatican archbishop accused of pedophilia stored tens of thousands of child porn videos and photos on a computer in his office at the Holy See diplomatic compound in the Dominican Republic, it has emerged.

Details of Jozef Wesolowski's massive child porn stash have been revealed after the 66-year-old was arrested at the Vatican earlier this week.

He is the highest-ranking Vatican official ever to be investigated for sex abuse, and the first top papal representative to receive a defrocking sentence. He has been charged with sexually abusing minors and child porn possession and might face up to seven years in the Vatican's tiny jail.

Vatican detectives analysed the PC Wesolowski used in his office in Santo Domingo, where he served as Holy See envoy from 2008 to 2012 as part of an investigation into the alleged sexual abuse of underage boys.

English bishop announces shock resignation

An English bishop has announced his resignation after disclosing that he has been unfaithful to his promises as a priest.
Bishop Kieran Conry made the announcement in a letter to be read out at Masses in his Diocese of Arundel and Brighton this weekend.
In the letter Bishop Conry, 63, said he had not been involved in any criminal behaviour and asked for his flock’s prayers.
His statement read: “I am sorry to confess that, going back some years, I have been unfaithful to my promises as a Catholic priest. I would like to reassure you that my actions were not illegal and did not involve minors.
“As a result, however, I have decided to offer my resignation as bishop with immediate effect and will now take some time to consider my future.

Bishop has affair with married parishioner ...then quits in shame over ANOTHER romance: Bishop of Arundel admits to relationship that broke clerical vows

One of the country's leading Roman Catholic bishops resigned 'in shame' today after admitting to a relationship that broke his clerical vows.
In a scandal that will rock the Church, the Bishop of Arundel and Brighton, Kieran Conry, said he had been 'unfaithful to his promises'.
Separately, a Mail on Sunday investigation has revealed the bishop also had a love affair with a married mother of two.

SNL's Deeply Homophobic Routine About "Gay For Pay"

His mother must be sooooo proud

North Carolina Pastor Schools Christians About Gay Kids

John Pavlovitz pastor of a house church community called North Wake House Church, and also a volunteer at North Raleigh Community Church:

1) If I have gay children, you’ll all know it.
My children won’t be our family’s best-kept secret.
I won’t talk around them in conversations with others. I won’t speak in code or vague language. I won’t try to pull the wool over anyone’s eyes, and I won’t try to spare the feelings of those who may be older, or easily offended, or uncomfortable.
Childhood is difficult enough, and most gay kids spend their entire existence being horribly, excruciatingly uncomfortable. I’m not going to put mine through any more unnecessary discomfort, just to make Thanksgiving dinner a little easier for a third cousin with misplaced anger issues.
If my children come out, we’ll be out as a family.
2) If I have gay children, I’ll pray for them.
I won’t pray for them to be made ‘normal’. I’ve lived long enough to know that if my children are gay, that is their normal.
I won’t pray that God will heal or change or fix them. I will pray for God to protect them; from the ignorance and hatred and violence that the world will throw at them, simply because of who they are.
I’ll pray the He shields them from those who will despise them and wish them harm; who will curse them to Hell and put them through Hell, without ever knowing them at all. I’ll pray that they enjoy life; that they laugh, and dream, and feel, and forgive, and that they love God and humanity.
Above all, I’ll pray to God that my children won’t allow the unGodly treatment they might receive from some of His misguided children, to keep them from pursuing Him.
3) If I have gay children, I’ll love them.
I don’t mean some token, distant, tolerant love that stays at a safe arm’s length. It will be an extravagant, open hearted, unapologetic, lavish, embarrassing-them-in-the-school cafeteria, kind of love.
I won’t love them despite their sexuality, and I won’t love them because of it. I will love them; simply because they’re sweet, and funny, and caring, and smart, and kind, and stubborn, and flawed, and original, and beautiful… and mine.