EMPATHETIC LATINA SWORN IN AS SUPREME COURT JUSTICE! At just past 11 a.m. this morning, Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. led Judge Sonia Sotomayor to the Court’s East Conference Room for the judicial oath, in which she stood before about 60 friends and family members and swore to “administer justice without respect to persons, and do equal rights to the poor and to the rich, and that I will faithfully and impartially discharge and perform all the duties incumbent upon me” under the Constitution and laws of the United States.
Despite racist opposition cloaked in conservatism, the Senate confirmed Judge Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court yesterday by a vote of 68-31, making her the nation's 111th Supreme Court justice, the third woman, and the first Hispanic to serve on the Court.
Even though Judge Sotomayor was repeatedly grilled over her reputation for being “empathetic,” a negative attribute in the minds of conservatives, nine Republicans voted for Sotomayor, including Lamar Alexander (TN), Kit Bond (MO), Susan Collins (ME), Lindsey Graham (SC), Judd Gregg (NH), Richard Lugar (IN), Mel Martinez (FL), Olympia Snowe (ME) and George Voinovich (OH). It appears some Republicans are forward-thinkers with hearts, after all!
Kevin Cathcart, Executive Director of Lambda Legal, releases announcement photo
Lambda Legal’s Executive Director Kevin Cathcart issued this response to the vote: "(We) applaud the confirmation of Justice Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court of the United States, and congratulates her on an historic appointment . . . After studying Justice Sotomayor's extensive judicial record, and closely watching her Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearings, we are confident that she has demonstrated that she meets our criteria. Lambda Legal relies on judges and a judicial system that are fair, unbiased and independent of political pressures. We also value the importance of empathy—the ability to walk in someone else’s shoes and to see legal problems from the point of view of the people who are affected by them . . . We look forward to seeing Justice Sonia Sotomayor seated as the next U.S. Supreme Court justice in September."
Photo of gay icon Adam Lambert singing on Good Morning America yesterday
ADAM LAMBERT DEBUTED A NEW SONG ON GMA YESTERDAY! Watch and Listen to “Starlight” Live on Good Morning America 08-07-09 Video:
Kris Allen gives the A-OK sign on Good Morning America Friday 8-7-09 photo
While we’re at it, you may as well watch American Idol winner Kris Allen sing “Heartless” on GMA the same morning. After all, he’s just as cute (and talented) as Adam!:
Sen Jeff Merkley (D-OR) keeping in touch with his constituents photo
SUPPORT FOR ENDA GROWS! Oregon's Democratic Senator Jeff Merkley introduced a fully inclusive version of the Employment Nondiscrimination Act (ENDA) in the Senate Thursday (Aug 6 2009), making it the first time a transsexual-inclusive version of the bill has been introduced in that chamber. The other Senate sponsors include Edward Kennedy (D-MA), Susan Collins (R-ME) and Olympia Snowe (R-ME). The Senate Health, Education, Labor & Pensions Committee, chaired by Kennedy, will hold hearings on the legislation. Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA) introduced the House version in late June. Make your voice heard. Lobby your legislators on this critical legislation and join the Facebook group Inclusive ENDA
Photo of Glenn Beck's alter ego--a white racist, mysoginistic, homophobic pig
GLENN BECK JOKES ABOUT POISONING NANCY PELOSI, LOSES ADVERTISERS! Read wha Rod 2.0 had to say about it: “Right wing malcontent and FOX News host Glenn Beck took a moment from organizing town hall disruptions to making on-air jokes about killing Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi. Beck ran a skit where a staffer appeared with a Pelosi cut-out face—how inventive, right?—and offered Speaker Pelosi a glass of wine and laughed that he ‘put poison in your glass.’"
Photo of an Egyptian statue at Chicago's Field Museum that looks like Michael Jackson
MICHAEL JACKSON LIVES ON IN LIMESTONE! Visitors to Chicago’s Field Museum are being treated to a 3,000-year-old Egyptian bust that resembles Michael Jackson’s face, complete with jacked-up nose. Not surprisingly, the bust, which was carved between 1550 B.C. and 1050 B.C., is of a woman and Jacko likely never had the chance to see the statuette. The spitting image limestone sculpture has been on display at the museum since 1988, but only started drawing attention after Michael’s death. Interestingly, Jackson cast himself as an interloper in ancient Egypt in his video Remember the Time, so maybe he sensed some Egyptian roots. Listen to Michael’s last rehearsal video.
Check out this video of the Chicago Field Museum curator talking about the bust that resembles Michael Jackson:
Israel's PM Netanyahu offers support to activists at the Cafe Noir LGBT Community Center
PM NETANYAHU VISITS TEL AVIV YOUTH CENTER! Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visited the Tel Aviv gay youth center Thursday, 8-6-09, where a gunman killed two or three (reports vary) and wounded 15, Ynet reports. Netanyahu listened to representatives of LGBT organizations, who presented a letter to the PM saying, “We, the members of the gay and lesbian community experience verbal and physical violence every single day within the family, in schools and in workplaces."
Israelis hug each other after the August 1, 2009 killings at LGBT Center in Tel Aviv
Netanyahu expressed support for them and said they are doing all they can to find the killer, who is still at large. The Jerusalem Post reports that Yaniv Weizmann, head of the Gay Youth Organization, said, “It was a very positive meeting, the Prime Minister gave us his full support."
Watch the video from last night 8-5-2009, when a vigil was held in New York City. Jay Michaelson of Nehirim spoke:
Look at this video of NY Rep Jarrold Nadler speaking at the same New York rally:
Photo of poster from Homo No Mo' website (www.homonomo.com) "How I Survived the Ex-Gay Movement"
EX-GAY MOVEMENT SHOT DOWN! From The L.A. Times: “There is no evidence to support the claims of some practitioners that sexual orientation can be changed through therapy,” a special committee of the American Psychological Association reported Thursday. “Mental health professionals should not tell patients that they can change their sexual orientation and instead should help them explore possible life paths that address the reality of their sexual orientation,” according to the report, which was released at a Toronto meeting of the association and online. The 138-page report is a result of a study by a six-person committee which began in 2007 following therapist claims that sexual orientation could be changed. This flies in the face of hate groups like Focus on the Family and other right-wing groups, who sent a letter to the APA which advocated practices that do irreparable harm to confused young gays.
Watch this shocking “Video of Ex-Gays on Tyra” with Steven Fales (www.mormonboy.com) and Peterson Toscano (www.homonomo.com),pictured above left:
Listen to Patrick McAlvey, a survivor of "ex-gay" therapy, talk about his bizarre and harmful experiences in a new video from Truth Wins Out video:
Brad Pitt photo from when he starred in Meet Joe Black
BRAD PITT STILL ROCKS! The good-looking, versatile actor is quoted in the upcoming issue of Parade Magazine on a variety of topics, including same-sex marriage and bigotry. Here's what he had to say:
On Prop 8 and Marriage Equality: "It's ridiculous that Prop 8 took away gay people's right to marry! I have no understanding of that kind of hatred. Maybe it's fear of difference or of the unknown. If you feel belittled, maybe you need someone else to belittle to feel powerful. It's the only way I know how to explain it. You've got religion telling you what to think about homosexuality, about marriage. They say homosexuality is a choice, a lifestyle, something you can be cured of, and that isn't true. But if you're tucked away and have no friends who are gay, you'll believe what the preachers say. Just think of it in terms of being in love--how would you feel if someone told you that you couldn't be with the person you loved?"
On the right to love: "Man, I resent people telling others how to live! It drives me mental! Just the other night, I heard this TV reverend say that Angie and I were setting a bad example because we were living out of wedlock, and people should not be duped by us! It made me laugh. What damn right does anyone have to tell someone else how to live if they're not hurting anyone? How many times do you think real love comes to someone in a lifetime? If you're lucky, maybe two or three."
On bigotry: "Why would anyone hate another race? Or hate Jews? Or gays? Maybe hatred is something that is passed on--like a kid who was beaten by his father and then grows up to beat his kid. It is the only way I would know how to explain it."
Photo of gay icon Rachel Maddow (who is 36 years old and lives in New York City and rural Western Massachusetts with her partner, artist Susan Mikula) on the cover of the Village Voice
LESBIAN JOURNALIST MADDOW EXPOSES RADICAL RIGHT! Watch this video of MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow revealing the right-wing corporate-sponsored intimidation and fake grassroots protests intended to frighten people about health care reform (“Rachel Maddow Exposes Fake Republican Protesters”):
MEET HOT GAY CROONER NATHANIEL FLATT! You must read the current towleroad.com interview with 27 year-old Nathaniel Flatt of the boy band V Factory. Not yet a household name, he will be after the world sees him and the V Factory perform.
THE UGLY TRUTH STAR GERALD BUTLER REVEALS THE JUICY TRUTH: HE’S BISEXUAL! According to Back2Stonewall, the actor told the news media at the premiere of his new movie The Ugly Truth that filmmaker Robert Luketic hired him because of a joke he told about a gay guy and a cucumber: "A gay guy walks into a greengrocer and he says 'Can I have a cucumber please?' And the green-grocer says, 'Eh would you like that sliced?' The gay guy answers, 'What do you think I am, a slot machine?’”
Photo of soccer star and ultimate gay icon Cristiano Ronaldo getting his $144 million legs massaged. Where do you apply for that job?
CRISTIANO RONALDO’S LEGS GROW HOTTER! Rod 2.0 reports that “Pretty boy soccer phenomenon and short-shorts sunbathing beauty Cristiano Ronaldo’s thighs of steel have been insured by Real Madrid for a staggering 100 million euros or U.S. $144 million. Ohlalamag said: Real Madrid is attempting to protect themselves in case Cristiano, ever gets seriously injured during a soccer match. While the sum may sound extravagant, the amount realistically quantifies Cristiano's dollar value to Real Madrid in terms of market and monetary income.
In June, Real Madrid shelled out a stunning $131 million transfer fee to acquire the Portuguese international winger from Manchester United. That amount does not include Cristiano's lofty salary of over $18.7 million a year. The 24-year-old Ronaldo suffered a minor knee injury after being tackled in the Peace Cup on Friday. Doctors have given Ronaldo the all-clear but Real Madrid is nervous he might pick up a long-term injury in the future. The Spanish soccer season begins Aug. 29.”
Cristiano Ronaldo shows off his multi-million dollar legs in this recent photo
Check out our “pervious” mouth-watering posts featuring succulent photos of the shirtless hunk here.
Photo of multi-talented actress/singer/dancer Queen Latifah
DOES QUEEN LATIFAH DRIVE A TRUCK? From the New York Post: “August 7, 2009. Queen Latifah likes to party down with the girls—but she also likes her privacy. The rapper-turned-actress recently sashayed with five stunning women into Country Club's weekly Wednesday night lesbian party, ‘Eden,’ on West 14th Street. ‘She chilled for several hours, ordering bottle service for her friends and chatting up promoter Maggie Collier,’ our spy said. She also showed up again this week. Latifah has always declined to discuss her sexuality and told the Times last year, ‘I don't care if people think I'm gay or not. She's living on Greenwich Street while shooting her new movie, Just Wright. Her reps didn't get back to us.”
Photo of the kiss all of Queer-dom's talking about from Thursday's One Life to Live
GAYS FIRE UP DAYTIME SOAPS! Out.com has an interesting story about ABC’s One Life to Live, and its most recent gay story line: “Last month, it was revealed that ‘straight’ police officer Oliver Fish (played by Scott Evans) and gay med student/technician Kyle Lewis (played by Brett Claywell), shared a sexual past in college. Written by out head writer Ron Carlivati, the surprising plot has, in a relatively short time, become one of the most realistic and buzzed-about gay couplings on the daytime dial."
"One reason the storyline has gained much prominence (including mainstream headlines and attention) is because a recurring One Life to Live actress, Patricia Mauceri, refused to participate in an upcoming story that involved her character mistakenly thinking her son Cristian, Fish’s roommate, is gay. Mauceri told her executive producer, Frank Valentini, that her Latino Catholic character could not realistically be pro-gay. The actress was quickly fired and the role was recast with soap vet Saundra Santiago, who debuts on September 3.” Out spoke with Scott Evans (the out gay brother of movie star Chris Evans) and former One Tree Hill scene-stealer Brett Claywell about where their onscreen couple is headed. Read the whole story and interview here.
Photo of Benjamin Todd Jealous, new NAACP head
NEW NAACP LEADER SAYS IT’S UP TO GAYS TO MOBILIZE BLACKS! Benjamin Todd Jealous ,the new head of the NAACP, recently gave the New York Times an interview. Among others, they asked this question: “Why has the (NAACP) failed to take a stand on same-sex marriage, one of the most urgent civil rights issues of our day?” Jealous answered: “We’re engaged in fighting a whole range of issues of urgent relevance to the gay community and people of color in our country, including school bullying, hate crimes and employment discrimination. But we’re a barge, not a speedboat. We’re not going to repeat the mistakes of so many other institutions that have literally torn themselves apart over this divisive issue.” Jealous added that the gay community should engage and "mobilize" the black community, not the other way around.
Recent photo of Lady Gaga (with yet another new do) co-hosting the Kyle and Jackie O Breakfast Show in Australia
LADY GAGA MAY BE INTERSEX? From Bossip.com (Note: This is bullshit! I publish this stupid quote is just to show what jealous Internet haters are saying.): “Lady Gaga recently came out the closet and confirmed she is a hermaphrodite. She allegedly said this about the subject: ‘It’s not something that I’m ashamed of, just isn’t something that I go around telling everyone. Yes. I have both male and female genitalia, but I consider myself a female. It’s just a little bit of a penis and really doesn’t interfere much with my life. The reason I haven’t talked about it is that it’s not a big deal to me. Like come on. It’s not like we all go around talking about our vags. I think this is a great opportunity to make other multiple gendered people feel more comfortable with their bodies. I’m sexy, I’m hot. I have both a poon and a peener. Big f*cking deal.’”
Upon conducting more research, I found the rumor and unconfirmed statement have been on the Internet at least since December of 2008, when it was posted on the Starr Trash website. Oh, well! I should’ve known it was too good to be true! She probably just has big lips! Lucky devil! By the way, Lady Gaga’s real name is Stefani Joanne Germanotta and she has written songs for Britney Spears and The Pussycat Dolls as well as her wonderfully androgenous self.
BASEBALL LEGEND JOE DIMAGGIO EXPOSED! A full-frontal nude of baseball great Joe DiMaggio, showering after a game, is currently on view in the exhibition Hunted and Gathered at the gallery Modernism in San Francisco. The photograph, which was taken around 1940, reveals the naked Yankee slugger soaking wet and grinning happily. It is part of a collection of quirky, anonymous photographs assembled by Robert Flynn Johnson, curator emeritus of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. When asked where he got the photo, Johnson joked, "I have friends in low places." Read the whole article at the San Francisco Chronicle website.
Promotional photo of the girls from The Diva League's MySpace page
DRAG QUEENS PERFORM ON AMERICA’S GOT TALENT! The Diva League, a group Judge Piers Morgan called “a bunch of lip-synching old drag queens who can't dance” had their shot at fame Tuesday, dressed up as vampires. Although Sharon Osbourne and David Hasselhoff said they were “fabulous entertainment,” I have to agree with Piers. Enjoyable? Yes! But million dollar fun? No! The public voted them off, as well. Sorry , Girls! Visit their MySpace page for more information on the troupe. There is contact information there should you want to book them.
Watch as the Diva League performs to Rihanna’s “Disturbia” on this Video from America’s Got Talent:
Coach Greg McMackin from Hawaii University bites his lip (too late) at press conference photo
FOOTBALL COACH SUSPENDED FOR GAY SLUR! The University of Hawaii football coach who used the word “faggot” three times to describe rival team Notre Dame during a press conference, then asked the press not report on his use of the homophobic slur, has been suspended for 30 days without pay and will receive a seven percent pay cut. Greg McMackin attempted to apologize multiple times during the press conference, saying he hoped the press wouldn’t report on what he said because he didn’t “want to have every homosexual ticked off at him.” Last week, McMackin told the press that Notre Dame did “this little faggot dance” at a banquet the night before last year’s Hawaii Bowl. He then went on to use the word two more times while explaining why Notre Dame was so fired up to play Hawaii in the game, which the Fighting Irish won 49-21.
Some of the money saved (about $150,000) from Coach McMackin’s salary will pay for a student intern for the university’s Gay Student Union office. "I just want to say that I made a big mistake,” the coach stated later. “I want to apologize to anyone and everyone that I offended." The coach has also agreed to appear in a public service announcement in support of gay rights and to beef up awareness training for the athletics program.
Photo of Mary Cheney and her long-time partner Heather Poe at the Republican National Convention
MARY CHENEY DENIES BEING A BITCH! Former vice president Dick Cheney’s lesbian daughter treated her Secret Service detail like “crap,” according to a new tell-all book, reports the New York Post's Page Six. In the President’s Secret Service, Ronald Kessler writes that when Mary Cheney demanded the service drive her friends out to restaurants and the agent refused, she had him removed from her detail. The book also alleges that Mary was jealous of her sister, because Elizabeth was shuttled around in a brand-new Suburban. An agent told Kessler, "Mary had an older vehicle. She was like, why can't I have one? Next thing you know, within a day or two, she has a brand-new Suburban from the Secret Service sitting out there in front of her house."
"These stories are simply not true, and I have nothing but the utmost respect for the men and women of the Secret Service,” she told Kessler. She served as the LGBT outreach coordinator for the Coors Brewing Co. for much of the Bush-Cheney administration, but refused to voice her disapproval of George W. Bush’s positions on gay rights. Only after Bush was reelected in 2004 did she publicly denounce his support of the Defense of Federal Marriage Amendment (DOMA), the anti-gay amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Cheney told David Letterman that she had no influence over the administration’s position on gay rights and that it was not her job to influence policy.
Photo of Meghan McCain, the Republican Senator's daughter, wearing a T-shirt with a pink triangle and the words, "SILENCE=DEATH"
MEGHAN MCCAIN INTERVIEWED BY THE Advocate: “Does it sound campy to say I love gay men?” asks Meghan McCain, sipping an iced tea at the nouveau-chic Hotel Palomar in Washington, D.C.’s Dupont Circle. Campy or not, the lovesick McCain has been ubiquitous this year, sallying forth on late-night TV—Larry King Live, The Colbert Report, The Rachel Maddow Show—to scold the Republican establishment for its social conservatism and stump for gay marriage.
“If two people fall in love, they should have the option to get married just like I can,” she told Stephen Colbert, pointing out the inherent hypocrisy of a party that believes in keeping government out of people’s private lives -- except when those people are gay men and women. She credits her progressive position to her upbringing, recalling a precocious fourth-grade classmate who told her he was gay. When McCain asked her mother what “gay” meant, she replied “That’s how God made him, and we love everyone.”
LGBT residents and their friends in Fort Worth, Texas protest police brutality after the Rainbow Lounge raid, June photo
TEXAS ABC AGENTS TO BE DISCIPLINED FOR GAY BAR RAID! According to towleroad.com, the Texas Alcohol Beverage Commission (ABC) agents were cited for 19 policy violations related to the June 28 raid at Rainbow Lounge in Fort Worth, Texas which left bar patron Chad Gibson hospitalized with serious head injuries. The agents involved face disciplinary action. A separate investigation is being conducted on whether the agents used excessive force. The results of that probe will be released at a later date. In mid-July, Texas ABC administrator Alan Steen apologized for the raid, saying the agency clearly committed "multiple violations" and used an "excessive show of force." Read more here.
Photo of August Provost and his boyfriend before the murder
PROVOST KILLER COMMITS SUICIDE! The sailor charged in the murder of gay Seaman August Provost killed himself while in custody at Camp Pendleton in Southern California, reports ABC affiliate KTRK TV. The U.S. Navy said the suspect, Petty Officer Jonathan Campos, 32, killed himself by ingesting a large amount of toilet paper. He was on suicide watch in the brig, where he appeared fine at 11:45 a.m., but was found unresponsive 35 minutes later, and died by 1:15 p.m. Campos, a gas system technician, was accused of shooting Provost, 29, multiple times on June 30 at Camp Pendleton and setting the victim's body on fire to hide the evidence. Investigators believe that Campos wanted to set fire to a landing craft as retaliation for his likely impending discharge for a DUI charge and encountered Provost, who was on guard duty. Friends and relatives maintain Provost was the victim of a hate crime, something the Navy continues to deny.
Watch this News Video about the Death of August Provost’s Killer:
Finally, for something light and fun, check out this vintage video of gay icon Eartha Kitt on the British show GayTime TV singing “I Want an Old Fashioned House” 1994:
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