The success of openly gay Ryan Murphy’s American Horror Story has oozed over to Fox executives who have given the green light to yet another show from the star director/writer/producer. A new show called Scream Queens was given a go-ahead for 15 one-hour episodes that will begin production in the spring and premiere in the fall. Like AHS, the show will be an anthology series with the first season focusing on a college campus that experiences a series of murders. Together with his creative partner Brad Falchuk (AHS, Glee, Nip/Tuck), the show will blur the lines between comedy and horror. “I knew I wanted to work with Brad and Ian again on something comedic, and we are having a blast writing SCREAM QUEENS,” commented Murphy. “We hope to create a whole new genre – comedy-horror – and the idea is for every season to revolve around two female leads. We’ve already begun a nationwide search for those women, as well as ten other supporting roles, and we’re very grateful to Dana and Gary for their enthusiastic support.”
US District Court Judge Scott W. Skavdahl of the District of Wyoming ruled in favor marriage equality today ruling in favor of a request by four same-sex couples and Wyoming Equality, who had filed a federal lawsuit challenging Wyoming’s marriage ban, for an order requiring the state to allow couples to begin marrying immediately. Citing two decisions of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit striking down Utah’s and Oklahoma’s bans on marriage for same-sex couples, Judge Skavdahl ruled that Wyoming’s refusal to permit same-sex couples to marry is unconstitutional. Judge Skavdahl ordered the state to begin issuing marriage licenses, but placed that order temporarily on hold to permit Wyoming state officials to appeal his ruling. Marriages will begin in Wyoming at 5:00 pm on Thursday, October 23, or as soon as the state officials defending the challenge inform the court that they do not intend to appeal, whichever is sooner.
Marriages can begin as early as 10 A.M. tomorrow in the Equality State.
A North Carolina High School has canceled their school play, because of a scene where two men declare their love for one another. Maiden High School‘s principal is behind the cancelation of Almost, Maine, an award-winning show that has one six-minute scene where two male characters declare their love for one another. The two fall to the ground, and the scene ends. The students who were to put on the play didn’t just throw caution to the wind. They first received permission from the principal and the superintendent to do the play, and they also required students to obtain permission slips in order to audition for the play. But after just one week of rehearsals, the principal decided that the play was too inappropriate.
The cancelation has caught the ear of Playwrite John Cariani who insists that his play is about love and not sexual in nature. Cariani said that he has contacted the school, but has not received any replies and insists that there is a way to put on the play and not punish the students.
Currently serving transgender service members from five of the 18 foreign militaries that allow transgender service today gathered alongside US service members in Washington D.C. The gathering, Perspectives on Transgender Military Service from Around the Globe, is the first-ever and largest international conference of transgender military service members on US soil. It is expected to inform the national conversation about U.S. military policy.
The conference included currently serving transgender personnel from the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and Sweden. An estimated 15,500 transgender individuals currently serve in the US military, but they are banned by Pentagon rules from serving, and if their identity is discovered, the military is required to discharge them.
Also today, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi openly supported lifting the ban on transgender service members from serving in the US Armed Forces with her rep saying: “Pelosi believes there is no place for discrimination in the U.S. Armed Forces including on the basis of gender identity.”
In an unassuming arts center in New York’s Lower East Side, you’ll encounter rooms filled with New York’s most terrifying secrets. The annual Nightmare haunted attraction has taken the scare-factor to the next level this year by creating a walk through haunted house that exposes some of Gotham’s more “underground” secrets. Get the red “X” on your head to signal to the actors that you’re ready for the big-boy thrills (yes, they can touch you) and walk through movie-worthy sets. Try to escape the grip of Typhoid Mary, don’t trip over the rats, escape from an on-subway crazy, play dumb at a drug-deal gone wrong, don’t piss off the Son of Sam, and remain calm when you’re lead execution style through an outdoor maze. Upon leaving, pull yourself together over a Sam Adam’s and enjoy the spooky ambiance as characters that continue to prey on your now-off-guard self.
Experience terror with the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and ally community on the 22nd with DJ s*dOt jOhn, giveaways from SCRUFF, discounted liquid courage, and $10 off your admission ticket by entering code “LUGNUT.”
Can’t make the 22nd, the longest running haunted house in New York is open until November 1st.
It’s been hard to avoid the musical styling of German pop-folk band Milky Chance’s infectious song “Stolen Dance.” The band, made up of Clemens Rehbein and Philipp Dausch, are from the city of Kassel and have hit the international stage despite only being signed to a German-indie label.
Check out their breakthrough single “Stolen Dance” after the jump…
Autumnal drinks are taking over the cocktail scene this year, more than any other, and we’re OK with that—especially when there is a cocktail from Ketel One that has our mouths watering. This delicious vodka cocktail with apples and pears and everything nice is exactly what we need to start off the weekend.
Combine ingredients in a cocktail shaker and shake over ice. Strain into a highball glass over ice. Garnish with an apple slice and cinnamon stick.
You may see a tree, but Parisians are seeing a massive sex toy! It’s like a 3D Rorschach Test in Paris as locals are feeling a bit uncomfortable by a new piece of art by Paul McCarthy in the Place Vendome as part of a contemporary art fair. The 80-foot-high piece of work titled “Tree” is raising eyebrows because of its striking similarity to a butt plug. The artist, who is known for his provocative works, insists that it is meant to be a Christmas tree. “It’s a tree,” McCarthy says. “If you see a butt plug, well then that’s your own issue, you know? That’s just like your opinion, man. And for someone who’s so against gay marriage, why are you so worried about ass play anyway?”
We’d like to take his word for it, but coming from an artist who once erected a brown piece called “Complex Pile” that had a striking similarity to poop, we think McCarthy has a great way of plugging his work.
Today, US District Judge John Sedwick struck down Arizona’s ban on gay and lesbian marriage in The Grand Canyon State by calling the ban unconstitutional. “The Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit recently ruled that substantially identical provisions of Nevada and Idaho law that prohibit same-sex marriages are invalid because they deny same-sex couples equal protection of the law, the right to which is guaranteed by the Constitution of the United States,” Sedwick wrote in his brief ruling. “This court is bound by decisions of the Court of Appeals.”
Now, it is up to Attorney General Tom Horne who will announce on Monday whether he plans on appealing the ruling, but many counties, including Maricopa County, print their own marriage licenses and can begin marrying gay and lesbian couples as soon as possible.
Need some inspiration for a same-sex wedding in Arizona, check out an article we did on the spiritual side of Sedona, over at Passport magazine online…
The Kyrgyzstan National Assembly has passed a new harsh anti-LGBT legislation during its first reading. According to Radio Free Europe, 79 members of the Kyrgyz parliament voted in favor of the legislation, while seven voted against it. Two more parliamentary votes are required before the legislation is submitted to Kyrgyz President Almazbek Atambayev who has to sign it before it goes into effect.
According to the HRC: “This legislation, which was proposed in March, emulates Russia’s anti-LGBT ‘propaganda’ law. However, according to Human Rights Watch (HRW), this law mandates even harsher punishments, including jail time, for expressing sentiments that could ‘create a positive attitude to unconventional sexual orientation.’ HRW has already documented the increasing brutality against the LGBT community in Kyrgyzstan, and this law would only further isolate the community.”