Atlanta (AP) – Georgia’s state Senate approved a bill allowing faith-based organizations to refuse services to same-sex couples without government penalties, including loss of grants or other taxpayer funding.
Senators voted 38 to 14 on party lines Feb. 19, despite fear about damage to the state’s economy expressed by the state’s influential business community and opposition from gay-rights advocates.
As expected, we’re at that moment when the red-rover game of the Iowa Caucuses meets its sociopolitical nadir. Over the weekend, it was slightly less than entertaining to see what amounts to nothing short of bigotry on display among two of the Republican Party’s top-tier candidates, Ted Cruz and Donald (Dump) Trump. The former chose Duck Dynasty beard Phil Robertson to air his grievances with same sex-marriage on Sunday, according to a CNN Report. We’re “evil” and “wicked,” Robertson said, but in his world “no” probably means “yes,” so we won’t let it bother our sensitive take on humane discourse.
“When a fellow like me looks at the landscape and sees depravity, the perversion – redefining marriage and telling us that marriage is not between a man and a woman? Come on, Iowa!” Robertson grumbled while grease caked in his hirsute hate face. “It is nonsense. It is evil. It’s wicked. It’s sinful. They want us to swallow it, you say. (!!!!!!!! – ed.) We have to run this bunch out of Washington D.C. We have to rid the earth of them. Get them out of there.”
Flattery: We’ve all experienced it in some form or another, either with the receipt or delivery of it. Initially, I wanted to say that a wise person once said flattery is the biggest compliment, but a quick Google search showed that I might have mixed that up with some other saying by a person who was cool enough to have someone put their thoughts between quotation marks. I digress. You see, the thing about flattery is that it can be used as a disguise. This is when an individual may say they are trying to flatter you, but really the words they use do nothing of the sort. And they know it.
Now, first let me start by saying I am not referring to the occasional compliment by a stranger; those are lovely, and I think everyone deserves to hear nice things about themselves once in awhile. I’m talking about lines that could be found on page 27 of The Creepy Man’s Guide to Scaring the Shit Out of Women (working title). There is no charm, there is no grace; there is only the reassurance of my sexuality by the shutting of the steel trap that is my vagina. I wish there was room for commendation on creativity, but there is none of that either. These moments I’ve experienced have left me baffled. I am almost always left with my jaw dropped, followed by a borderline-hysterical laugh that distracts Sir Creeps-A-Lot, while my eyes feverishly look for my closest savior. This response is not working; this cannot be my only solution. Let me take you on this small journey, and maybe we can all figure one out together. If not that, then at least we can laugh and cringe in unison, like synchronized swimmers in a pool of unsolicited sexual brickbats. Heads underwater, legs in the air.
Park City, Utah (AP) – Derek needed a suit for his wedding. Aiden needed something for his bar mitzvah. Everett wanted a sharp interview outfit.
All three found their fit at Bindle & Keep, a custom clothier that specializes in dressing people across the gender spectrum. The New York-based company and its clients are the subject of “Suited,” a documentary premiering at the Sundance Film Festival.
NBC has turned live musical productions into a television event and after the success of The Sound of Music and The Wiz (Peter Pan was a bit of a letdown commercially), they have announced that the next musical to get the peacock network’s stage will be Hairspray.
Hairspray originated as a film by John Waters in 1988 starring Divine and Ricki Lake and became a Tony Award winning Broadway musical in 2003. The musical was turned into a 2007 film starring John Travolta and Michelle Pfeiffer.
“I grew up watching Rocky Horror, but could never imagine that I would be part of this new vision. Rocky Horror always made me feel like it was okay to celebrate my weirdness. Hallelujah, bless my soul! I love that old time rock-n-roll,” Lambert said, according to Entertainment Weekly.
Carol, a story about a lesbian photographer developing an intimate relationship with an older woman, picked up six nominations including Best Actress for Cate Blanchett, Best Supporting Actress for Rooney Mara and Best Adapted Screenplay.
“I like Bernie Sanders,” said my friend across the patio of his Winter Park condo, where we gathered with longtime friends. His soft, kind voice did little to cushion the rest of his opinion: “But he’s unelectable.”
Unelectable. The word shot into my ear, easily cutting through the still Florida-muggy September night air. Three beers in, there was the slight danger of my reaction landing disproportionate to the moment, but I managed, “The only way to change that is to vote for him.”
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