Wednesday, November 26, 2014

New Music: Jesse Sarvinski "Won't Let You Get Away"

Shirtless and sexy Jesse Sarvinski serves up his new music video "Won't Let You Get Away"
Jesse Sarvinski in his new music video "Won't Let You Get Away"

Jesse Sarvinski's new single - "Won't Let You Get Away" - has a smooth vibe and some sexy scenery courtesy of Mr. Sarvinski himself.

Tells the tale of a summer time romance that turns into more. It does happen, you know...

Take a peek and listen below.

Comedy Short: Tom Goss & Dennis Hensley "Black Friday - A Gay Love Story"

New comedic short from Tom Goss and Dennis Hensley - "Black Friday - A Gay Love Story"

From the YouTube description: "Black Friday is a time for consumerism, long lines and most especially, gay drama."

Classic TV: Carol Burnett Sings "Send In The Clowns"

This was a rare departure for Carol Burnett during her hit 1970s TV show.

I'm always aware of what terrific acting she brought to sketches, but I did forget what a lovely voice she had.

(h/t Boy Culture)

Out Country Star Ty Herndon: "Like The Weight Of The World's Been Lifted Off My Shoulders"

Just a week after coming out to the world, country music star Ty Herndon says he's overwhelmed by the reactions and support he's received - including from celebrities like Ricky Martin, Kristin Chenoweth, Lance Bass and LeAnn Rimes.

"My life feels open," the artist, 52, tells PEOPLE. "It feels free, like the weight of the world's been lifted off my shoulders."

Since he shared the news of his sexuality with the world he's had two public appearances, both of which were overwhelmingly positive.

Currently touring with friends Jamie O'Neal and Andy Griggs, Herndon says he had no idea what to expect from the audience of his sold-out show in Robinson, Illinois, on Saturday.

"We always circle up and pray before every show, but I think the prayer circle lasted a little longer with this one," Herndon, 52, says. "They gave me a standing ovation and were just amazing and loving and kind … I got very emotional."

The second public appearance was at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville for The Charlie Daniels Band's Christmas 4 Kids benefit concert.

"Walking out on that stage as an open, free, happy, godly gay man is not something I thought I'd see in my lifetime … We knew that history was being made up there, and it was humbling."

Clearly he has a lot to celebrate this Thanksgiving. "What a Thanksgiving it is," Herndon reflects. "I'm sure there's some challenging days to come, but today I'm just gonna sit and take this in and know that I'm a much stronger and better person because of all the support and love."


Florida: Statewide LGBT Protections Bill Introduced

A sweeping new LGBT protections bill has been filed simultaneously in the Florida House and Senate today:

From Equality Florida:

Representative Holly Raschein (R- Key Largo) and Democratic Whip Senator Joseph Abruzzo (D- Boynton Beach) filed legislation in the Florida House and Senate respectively that would prohibit discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people (LGBT) in employment, housing and public accommodations.

Known as the Florida Competitive Workforce Act (FCWA), the legislation would amend Chapter 760 of the Florida State Statutes that currently prohibit discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, handicap or marital status to include sexual orientation and gender identity or expression. The bill would add protections for more than 536,000 LGBT adults living in Florida.

Last year Rep. Raschein served as the prime co-sponsor of the bill and helped to secure more than 10 GOP co-sponsors.

“All hardworking people—including those who are gay or transgender—should be treated fairly and equally by the laws of our state and should have the opportunity to earn a living to provide for themselves and their families. Nobody should have to live in fear of being fired for reasons that have nothing to do with their job performance,” said Rep. Raschein

With bipartisan support in the legislature and increased support from both the business community and the public at large, the FCWA will make Florida a more attractive place in which to live and work.

“In order to remain economically competitive in a global marketplace, Florida must provide an environment that is welcoming to all,” said Sen. Abruzzo. “Recruiting and retaining talent regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity will only serve to enhance our reputation and augment our economic viability.”

Although there is strong public support, there are currently no statewide LGBT protections banning discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity in Florida.

The Cover Of This Week's New Yorker Magazine

Arkansas Anti-Gay Leader Super Mad Over The "Tyranny" Of Equal Rights For Gays

Jerry Cox

The head of the anti-gay Arkansas Family Council, Jerry Cox, is super-mad about yesterday's ruling by a federal judge which struck down the state's ban on same-sex marriage.

Via press release:

"This is another example of judicial tyranny.

"Arkansans voted overwhelmingly to define marriage as the union of one man and one woman. Their elected officials voted for that definition when they passed Arkansas’ Defense of Marriage Act.

"By issuing this ruling, one federal judge is saying seventy-five percent of Arkansas voters and lawmakers do not matter. If that isn’t tyranny, I don’t know what is.

"What Judge Baker effectively did was erase Arkansas’ definition of marriage. It opens the door for marriage to become anything. We have already seen polygamists in Utah and elsewhere try to ride the coat tails of same-sex marriage activists in court. Rulings like this one only fuel those efforts.

"If Americans are not free to decide how they will define something as basic as marriage, then what are they free to decide?”

I love the line - "If that isn’t tyranny, I don’t know what is."

Seriously? Letting people who love each other marry is YOUR definition of "tyranny?"

Pal, you need to get out in the world more. There's lots worse than equal rights for everyone.

Behind The Scenes Of "Seeing Red" With Lisa Kudrow

Lisa Kudrow's "Valerie Cherish" shares a behind-the-scenes look at Seeing Red, a new HBO series. Watch Sundays at 10PM on HBO.

Ridiculously Good Looking: John Williams

(h/t Boy Culture)

Most Distinct Thanksgiving Recipe Googled By State

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According to the NY Times, this map shows the most distinct Thanksgiving recipes Googled by state.

I personally do not recall looking for the best way to cook"Frog Eye Salad."

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg Undergoes Heart Surgery

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg, a member of the high court since 1993, has undergone heart surgery earlier this morning:

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, 81, underwent a heart procedure Wednesday morning to have a stent placed in her right coronary artery.

A blockage was discovered after Ginsburg "experienced discomfort during routine exercise" Tuesday night and was taken to the hospital, according to a release from the Supreme Court.

Ginsburg is resting "comfortably" at MedStar Washington Hospital Center and is expected to be released in the next 48 hours.

Ginsberg has previously been treated for colon cancer and pancreatic cancer. However, this summer she squashed talk of any near-term retirement.

"As long as I can do the job full steam...I think I'll recognize when the time comes that I can't any longer. But now I can," she told Elle magazine.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Federal Judge Strikes Down Mississippi's Same-Sex Marriage Ban

Mississippi sees it's ban on marriage equality struck down! Happy Dance Time!

U.S. District Judge Carlton W. Reeves issued his ruling less than a month after he heard oral arguments in the case the Campaign for Southern Equality last month filed on behalf of two lesbian couples seeking marriage rights in the Magnolia State.

“The court concludes that Mississippi’s same-sex marriage ban deprives same-sex couples and their children of equal dignity under the law,” writes Reeves. “Gay and lesbian citizens cannot be subjected to such second-class citizenship.”

Mississippi’s ban was passed by the biggest margin of any state amendment with 86 percent supporting the measure. But, as Judge Reeves points out, “The courts do not wait out the political process when constitutional rights are being violated, especially when the political process caused the constitutional violations in the first place.”

Roberta Kaplan, who successfully argued against the Defense of Marriage Act before the U.S. Supreme Court in 2013, is the lead counsel in the case and issued this statement:

“This is a big day since it means that gay Mississippians will have the right to be married in their own home state that they love so much. It is also a big day for our country and for our Constitution, since it means that Americans in yet another state can now appreciate that gay people, who are their neighbors, friends and family members, have the right to equal protection of the laws."

The ruling is stayed for two weeks pending appeal.

(via Washington Blade)

Federal Judge Strikes Down Arkansas' Ban On Same-Sex Marriage

A federal judge has struck down Arkansas' gay marriage ban, which could pave the way for county clerks to eventually resume issuing licenses.

U.S. District Judge Kristine Baker ruled Tuesday in favor of a pair of same-sex couples who had challenged the 2004 constitutional amendment and an earlier state law defining marriage as between a man and a woman.

But Baker put her ruling on hold, and the state is expected to appeal it to the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals.

The ruling comes as the state Supreme Court is weighing a separate case, which stems from May, when a Pulaski County judge struck down the ban.

More than 500 same-sex couples married before the ruling was stayed. The justices have not indicated when they will rule.

Read the full ruling below.


New Music: Matthew Connor "Midnight Blue"

Atmospheric, melodic and moody, Matthew Connor's newest - "Midnight Blue" - sounds and looks like it would be right at home in an episode of American Horror Story.

No "freak show" here, just haunting visuals and gorgeous vocals reminiscent of Elvis or Ray Orbison.

Quite the change up for Matthew, who spent time as the front-man for electronic dance-pop band Provocateur before heading out as a solo artist in 2011.

His latest album, Farewell Motel, follows two earlier EPs, Ghost Town and Denouement.

Check out his official website here.

ISIS Reportedly Executes Two Gay Men By Stoning To Death

MSNBC is reporting that ISIS has apparently stoned to death two men alleged to be gay:

The Islamic State group stoned two men to death in Syria Tuesday after claiming they were gay, a monitor said, in the jihadist organisation's first executions for alleged homosexuality.

"The IS today stoned to death a man that it said was gay," the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said, adding that the victim was around 20 years old. He was killed in Mayadeen in the eastern province of Deir Ezzor, near the border with Iraq.

The Britain-based Observatory said IS claimed it found videos on his mobile phone showing him "practising indecent acts with males".

In a separate incident on Tuesday, an 18-year-old was also stoned to death in Deir Ezzor city after the group said he was gay, the Observatory said.

Activists on social media said that the dead men were opponents of IS and that the group had used the allegation as a pretext to kill them.
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