The openly gay British singer Sam Smith openly admitted that the new theme song for James Bond Spectre took him only 20 minutes to write, but it’s a powerful ballad that will sit comfortably (though probably won’t stand out) with the long line of Bond James Bond anthems. The song, “Writings on the Wall,” premiered a couple weeks ago, and now we’ve got a video.
Watch the video after the jump…
More Than 35k Sign Petition Calling for Resignation of Church Official Responsible for Pope Francis’ Kim Davis Meeting
According to press reports, one man was likely responsible for Kim Davis’s invitation: Carlo Maria Vigano, a conservative church official who was appointed by Pope Benedict as Vatican ambassador to the United States (formally called the “apostolic nuncio”).
Having created an opportunity for right-wing evangelicals to dishonestly hijack the message of the pope’s visit to the United States, Vigano must now resign.
— Revolution News (@NewsRevo) October 1, 2015
The Westboro Baptist Church was met with a huge protest in Gladstone, Missouri and were chased out of the small town thanks to a group of high school students. The God-Hates-Fags church were blocked by signs of love and tolerance as their messages of hate were met by the crowd shouting: “Love live the queen.”
Watch after the jump…
Hillary Clinton made an appearance on this week’s Saturday Night Life, and in an awesome skit, the presidential hopeful admits that she should have supported gay marriage sooner. Clinton nails it as a bartender talking to another Hillary.
Check it out after the jump…
We’ve moved New York’s wildly popular Halloween charity ball across the country to San Francisco for what promises to be the biggest Hollyween yet! Join Passport the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence for a night of cocktails, auctions, and dancing to benefit the Richmond/Ermet AIDS Foundation.
Hollyween will take over Madame Tussauds San Francisco on Thursday October 29th. Enjoy the open bar courtesy of Stoli and Barefoot and a variety of hors d’oeuvres all night long. For guests coming from out of town, Hotel Zephyr is offering a special Hollyween package. Guests who book the package will receive 15-40% off the room rate, one VIP ticket to Hollyween, discounted tickets to Madame Tussauds San Francisco, and (bonus!) Hotel Zephyr will donate 10% of all package proceeds to the Richmond/Ermet AIDS Foundation.
Come join over 350 of your closest ghoul-friends at Hollyween in San Francisco! This event sells out every year, so don’t wait to get your tickets here.
Singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles’ latest single, “She Used to Be Mine,” is out now, off her upcoming debut Broadway musical, Waitress.
The 35-year-old singer has written and recorded a variety of songs exclusively for the new musical. Her upcoming album, What’s Inside: Songs from Waitress is slated for release later this fall.
Also on the horizon for the “Lovesong” singer is an upcoming book. “Sounds Like Me: My Life (So Far),” an introspective autobiography, hits shelves on October 6.
Be sure to check out when Sara sat down with us in our VIP Lounge to talk about travel, her music, and her connection to the LGBT community.
So, how does the single stack up?
Have a listen to Sara’s electrifying new song after the jump…
Gotham Lounge at Peninsula New York is serving a Pink Lotus cocktail for the month of October in support of Breast Cancer Awareness. When you head over to this epicenter of cool in New York, you can also catch the art installation on the façade of the building that is being officially lit up this week.
In a shaker with ice, combine Absolut vodka, brandied cherry syrup, lemon juice and a splash of yellow Chartreuse. Shake, strain into a cocktail glass, and garnish with a lemon twist or color coordinating flower if you have one.
In a quiet bid to build a sole internet gateway, Thailand has come under heavy fire from Thailand’s Pheu Thai Party as well as hackers.
The Pheu Thai Party taken a stance against the government’s proposal. Stating that maintaining a single Internet gateway would “adversely affect online services in the country,” ZDNet reports.
Deputy Spokesperson Anusorn Iamsaard and Pheu Thai’s former minister of information and communication technology, Anudith Nakornthap, spoke out on Thursday concerning the negative potential effects. The Party went on to say that freedom of expression could be seriously hindered by controls on a new gateway, harming Thai business in the process.
Internet users and hackers have also made their opinions known. In addition to over 100,000 people signing a petition against what’s being called the “Great Firewall of Thailand,” a nod to China’s Internet censorship, hackers disrupted the websites of the Prime Minister the Defense Ministry, and the Ministry of Information and Communication Technology.
The uprising against the proposal seems to have been enough for the government to back down from its plans…for now.
Today, the Vatican distanced themselves from Kim Davis, and to drive the message home to Davis’s camp even further, reports are surfacing that Pope Francis met with a gay couple the day before the papal audience with Davis. Francis met with his longtime friend from Argentina Yayo Grassi and his partner Iwan Bagus in Washington D.C. A video shows the two embracing one another with a hug.
“Three weeks before the trip, he called me on the phone and said he would love to give me a hug,” Grassi said.
“He has never been judgmental,” Grassi said. “He has never said anything negative.”
“Obviously he is the pastor of the church and he has to follow the church’s teachings,” Grassi added. “But as a human being he understands all kinds of situations, and he is open to all kinds of people, including those with different sexual characteristics.”
Do gay couples have more legal leeway than straight ones? In countries where gay marriage is the law of the land, one UK couple thinks so.
Jimmy Pierce, 30, and Laura Cochrane, 25, are on a campaign to legalize civil partnerships for all couples, not just same-sex ones.
“It’s fantastic same-sex couples can have a civil partnership or a marriage now, but we want the same options,”Pierce told the Telegraph.
“It flies in the face of notions of equality. We both feel discriminated on the ground of our sex. If we were in a same-sex relationship we’d be able to have a civil partnership.”
Pierce and Cochrane have a baby on the way, and want legitimacy in the eyes of the law. But the couple feels that the institution of marriage isn’t for them, and would rather have a civil partnership.
“It’s symbolically associated with religion and patriarchy and we don’t want that cultural baggage,” they said.”[Civil partnerships] reflect us as a couple – we want equality throughout our relationship”
The couple is joining other straight lovebirds in demanding civil partnerships for all. A Change.org petition has already been signed by 3,600 people.