If you’re like us, you love the concept of a smart watch (who doesn’t want to pretend they’re James Bond on the way to work?), but feel like most of the high-tech timepieces out there look just a little too…sci-fi. Motorola married the elegant, classic appeal of a traditional round wristwatch with the power-packed interface of an Android-based operating system (sorry, iPhone lovers) and gave us the Moto 360. Read more…
The Teddy Award–winning film ay this year’s Berlin International Film Festival and Switzerlnd’s submission for foreign language film at the 87th Academy Awards, The Circle, tells the story of two gay men who defy convention and fall in love in post-WWII Switzerland. This remarkable film captures the excitement and challenges of Switzerland’s burgeoning gay community and portrays the true story of two of our dear friends in Zurich, Röbi and Ernst.
This film opens tomorrow in New York City at the Quad Cinema with a Q&A featuring Director Stefan Haupt and Actor Stephan Witschi in attendance after the 7:40pm screening. A second Q&A will take place on Saturday, November 22 with Director Stefan Haupt after the 1:00 P.M. show.
With 17 Billboard hits and nearly two decades in country music, country music star Ty Herndon has come out of the closet. The singer of the song, “Lies That I Told Myself,” tells ET that he is now an “out, proud, and happy gay man” who hasn’t come out of the closet until now because he feared that he wouldn’t be accepted in country music. Married twice before, the singer admits that they both were both aware of his sexuality.
What made him come out now? “During an Anthony Robbins seminar, I realized I had an incredible story that could possibly help someone’s son or daughter or grandchild’s life not be as difficult as mine has been,” he tells PEOPLE. “Maybe they wouldn’t have to go through as much pain and suffering. It’s time to tell my truth.”
Sorry boys, the 52-year-old Mississippi boy says he is happy with hsi partner and hopes to one day get married and have kids.
It has been no secret that the mega-family, the Duggars, is super-Christian. But recent actions by the 19 Kids and Counting clan has sparked outrage from viewers across the country who are surprised by the family’s extreme anti-LGBT stance. “The Duggars have been using their fame to promote discrimination, hate, and fear-mongering against gays and transgendered people,” says a petition on Change.org launched by Jim Wissick of San Jose, California. “You need to take a stand on the side of justice and cancel their show.”
Michelle Duggar has been involved recently in “robocalling” throughout Arkansas urging people to vote against an anti-discrimination housing law. The law would have helped prevent discrimination against transgender individuals. In the recorded voice messages she says: “The Fayetteville City Council is voting on an ordinance this Tuesday night that would allow men – yes I said men – to use womens and girls restrooms, locker rooms, showers, sleeping areas and other areas that are designated for females only. I don’t believe the citizens of Fayetteville would want males with past child predator convictions that claim they are female to have a legal right to enter private areas that are reserved for women and girls. ”
Also, according to Huffington Post:
The Duggars’ Facebook page has also been embroiled in controversy. Last week, the couple posted a Facebook photo of themselves kissing and encouraged other married couples to share their own shots. John Becker, of LGBT blog The Bilerico Project, posted a photo of him kissing his husband, along with a message about marriage equality; he says his photo was later taken down and that he was banned from the Duggar’s page, E! News reports.
Homophobic ties extend to the Duggar children, too. Eldest son Josh Duggar is the executive director of the anti-gay Family Research Council’s legislative group, FRC Action, which is notorious for outrageous claims linking homosexuality with pedophilia and promoting the discredited theory of ex-gay therapy.
You can sign the petition here.
Today marks Transgender Day of Remembrance. The day was started in response to the murders, violence, and hate crimes that the transgender community faces each day (an emotional list of those who we have lost this year alone). It honors both those who have been tragically lost as well as those who continue the fight against transphobia. To end the violence, discrimination, and bullying, we must continue to educate, empower, and unite behind this important cause. Click here for a huge list of international events to mark the occasion.
US District Judge Brian Morris ruled in favor of marriage equality yesterday. The ruling comes after another ruling by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in cases out of Idaho and Nevada. The circuit court holds jurisdiction over Montana, as well as Alaska and Arizona. In yesterday’s decision, Morris overturned Montana’s ban on same-sex marriage, officially making it the 34th state in the US with gay and lesbian marriage. “Montana no longer can deprive Plaintiffs and other same-sex couples of the chance to marry their loves. This Court recognizes that not everyone will celebrate this outcome,” he wrote in the ruling.
Today is Give Miami Day! Celebrate by donating to one of our favorite cultural organizations in Miami that serves not only as a resource for Miami’s local LGBT community, but for visiting gay and lesbian travelers.
On Black Friday thousands were expected to arrive as early as 5 A.M. at New York’s Jacob Javits Center to take part in a day of free health care. Thanks to the organization, RAM, which once only catered to help those in the developing world, individuals and families would be able to receive medical care even without insurance. Accustomed to creating pop-up clinics across the United States, the organization’s biggest pop-up would have taken place at the convention center after Thanksgiving (with 500 dentists, 2,500 volunteers). The event, though, was canceled just two weeks before it was scheduled. The Office of Governor Cuomo decided not to issue a waiver that would have allowed these dedicated doctors to practice medicine in New York State (a piece of paperwork that governors throughout the United States have issued).
According to HuffPo:
Waiving this provision was entirely at the Governor’s discretion. The offices of Senators Harry Reid, Tim Kaine (both of whom who have seen RAM clinics firsthand), and Chuck Schumer called Cuomo and the NY Public Health Department directly to petition for the clinic to go forward. The reason provided to RAM for the clinic being scuttled: New Yorkers have all the health care they need.
And the “Sexiest Man Alive” is (according to PEOPLE)….
Chris Hemsworth (just a third of the beauty of the Hemsworth brothers) has taken the crown from Adam Levine (last year’s winner) to be named the “Sexiest Man Alive,” for PEOPLE magazine’s annual issue. The 31-year-old Australian actor (g’day mate) has a big year in store for us with The Avengers, Blackhat, and In the Heart of the Sea. “I think you’ve bought me a couple of weeks of bragging rights around the house,” he tells PEOPLE in this week’s cover story. “I can just say to her, ‘Now remember, this is what the people think, so I don’t need to do the dishes anymore, I don’t need to change nappies. I’m above that. I’ve made it now,'” he said.
Most Americans can fumble through a few awkward words or sentences in various English accents. “Put the shrimp on the barbie,” “top of the morning to you,” and, of course, “hello gov’na,” are just a few that really steer a multi-accent conversation in the direction of awkward laughter. Buzzfeed created an amusing video in which they make a group of Americans say a seemingly senseless selection of words.
Watch after the jump as they try to figure out what they are saying and in which accent…