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Rachel’s Gay Dads Headline Glee’s Valentines Episode

February 1, 2012

We finally get to meet Rachel’s gay dads on Glee’s Valentines day episode. TVLine has the scoop on the plot twist that gets them on screen: “Goldblum and Mitchell join the cast as Hiram and Leroy in the Feb. 14 episode (airing at 8/7c), in which they host a dinner party. Hmm, could it be for their daughter’s possible new fiancé, Finn?”

And on next week’s episode, Ricky Martin stops by McKinley High.



Anti-Marriage Zealots Target Starbucks for Supporting Marriage Equality

February 1, 2012

Marriage equality is getting close to passing in Washington state, with support from local economic powerhouses like Nike, Microsoft and Starbucks. Now, the National Organization for Marriage, America’s leading group of anti-marriage-equality crackpots, is attacking Starbucks.

NOM’s president, Brian Brown said: “Americans should be able to drink a peaceful cup of coffee without worrying that a portion of the company’s profits is going to be used to push gay marriage without a vote from the people.”

Jonathan Baker, NOM’s head of “corporate fairness” (that’s some bigotted doublespeak for you!) continued: “Increasingly, gay marriage extremists are arguing that people known to oppose same-sex marriage should not be hired, or even, should be fired. Diversity and tolerance are a two-way street. Having waded into a social issue where Starbucks has no special competence, the company has an obligation to reassure its customers, vendors and employees that it will respect the most important diversity—diversity of opinion.”

Let me translate that into plain English for you: NOM is saying a company is discriminatory and intolerant if they don’t hire bigots. That’s seems to be the right wing’s favorite message: if you support equal rights for all Americans, you’re really discriminating against bigots because you won’t tolerate their hateful beliefs. As I said, these people are crackpots.

Josh Brolin Profiles Michael Fassbender in Interview

February 1, 2012

Michael Fassbender is the man of the moment, and now Interview Magazine is getting in on the action. The latest issue has a profile of Fassbender written by Josh Brolin. Brolin jumps right into Fassbender’s “manhood” in talking about Steve McQueen’s Shame, in which Fassbender stars:

His full manhood is on display in the bright morning light—the first of numerous artfully orchestrated shots of Fassbender’s package that spring up throughout the film (and that helped earn it an NC-17 rating). The second image comes later, as Brandon, after a long night drifting and hunting and a little unexpected foreplay in the back room of a gay club, finds himself knotted in an intense threesome with two women, his face twisted in a mix of animalistic delirium and sheer hopelessness.

Read the full profile in Interview.

Elton John Says Madonna Lip-Syncs

January 31, 2012

Elton John was interviewed on Good Morning America yesterday. Asked if he has any advice for Madonna, who is performing the half-time show, he said “Make sure you lip-sync good. Of course you have to play live but I don’t think you can.”

This follow’s Elton John’s husband David Furnish’s remarks that Madonna was “embarrassing,” “narcissistic” and “desperate” during her Golden Globes acceptance speech.

 [Via SFGate’s Daily Dish.]

Rosie O’Donnell’s Gay Brother Weds

January 31, 2012

Danny O’Donnell, 51, New York state assemblyman and brother of Rosie O’Donnell wed John Banta, his spouse of 31 years, this past Saturday.

They were wed by Judith Kaye, former Chief Justice of the New York State Court of Appeals. The New York Daily News said that “according to one guest, Kaye joked that the wedding’s ‘special guest is the State of New York.'” She said this because attendees included  Governor Andrew Cuomo, Senator Charles Schumer, New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and other senior politicos.

Banta is the director of special events for the Metropolitan Opera, says On Top Magazine.

Queerty reports that “Danny’s famous sister Rosie brought along her four kids and her new fiancee Michelle Rounds.”

For more about the nuptials, NY1 has a story about the wedding (with video).

[Photo via Rosie O’Donnell’s Twitter.]


Anderson Cooper Throws Birthday Party for Gay Party Promoter

January 31, 2012

Anderson Cooper held a birthday party for gay party promoter Josh Wood, according to The New York Daily News:

Anderson Cooper was a different kind of host on Saturday evening. A source says the “Anderson Cooper 360” anchor held a birthday party for openly gay party planner Josh Wood, of Josh Wood Productions, in the converted firehouse in Greenwich Village that Cooper bought for $4.3M in 2009. Cooper, “dressed casually in a T-shirt and glasses,” was “really social at the party [and] talked to all of his guests.”

Nashville Restaurant Throws Homophobic GOP State Senator Out

January 31, 2012

We’ve written about Stacey Campfield, the Tennessee Republican state senator who thinks Gay = AIDS. A Nashville restaurant has had enough of him, refusing to serve him, reports Nashville 21:

The restaurant The Bistro at the Bijou in Knoxville refused service to one Sen. Stacey Campfield. They posted a FB message that said, “I hope that Stacy Campfield now knows what if feels like to be unfairly discriminated against.” From all that I can ascertain, that was a response to not serving him for his well documented views of ignorance and bigotry towards the GLBT community.

The restaurant’s proprietor said this to Metro Pulse: “I didn’t want his hate in my restaurant. I told him he wasn’t welcome here. … I feel like he’s gone from being stupid to being dangerous, and I wanted to stand up to him.” She also says “Campfield is a bully. He needed to be stood up to.”

Campfield, crazy as always, says he was “discriminated against” because he’s Catholic: “Some people have told me my civil rights were violated under the 1964 civil rights act in that a person can not be denied service based on their religious beliefs. (I am catholic and the catholic church does not support the act of homosexuality).”
[Via Think Progress.]