A groundbreaking, sci-fi lesbian kiss on the long-running Doctor Who has caused controversy for the BBC. OfCom (the UK’s Office of Communications) logged complaints after a lizard woman named Madame Vastra gave a big-ole’ smooch to her human wife Jenny Flint. According to the Independent: “The moment came about when Jenny holds her breath to escape clockwork droids who can sense humans by their exhalations. As she struggles to breathe, Madame Vastra helps keep her alive with her own oxygen.” While the two have been together in the show for three years, this was their first on-screen kiss, which had some of the seven million viewers claiming the show now has a “blatant gay agenda.”
“From the time she was two years old, Jazz knew that she had a girl’s brain in a boy’s body,” a new picture book that explores a transgender child’s story reads. Based on the real-life story of Jazz Jennings, the O Network put Jazz in the spotlight as a transgender girl. The book continues: “She loved pink and dressing up as a mermaid and didn’t feel like herself in boys’ clothing. This confused her family, until they took her to a doctor who said that Jazz was transgender and that she was born that way. Jazz’s story is based on her real-life experience and she tells it in a simple, clear way that will be appreciated by picture book readers, their parents, and teachers.”
The book, written by Jessica Herthel is the director of the Stonewall National Education Project and Jazz, is set to be release on September 4.
Next time you decide to take drastic measures over a bit of legroom, you may want to think again. An airplane from Newark, New Jersey, bound to Denver, was diverted after two passengers got into a heated debate over legroom. One passenger decided to bring aboard a travel gadget called the Knee Defender—a gadget that prevents the person in front from reclining—and the result was a sky-high blow up when a female passenger alerted a flight attendant of the device that’s illegal to use on all major US carriers. When the man refused to cooperate, the woman threw a cup of water. While details of the exact incident have been kept under wrap, the argument got heated enough that the plane was forced to divert to Chicago where the two were taken off the plane. The only statement from the airline read: “United flight 1462, a Boeing 737 aircraft en route from Newark to Denver, diverted to Chicago O’Hare after a disturbance involving two passengers. Authorities met the aircraft, removed the two passengers and the flight continued to Denver shortly afterwards. We do not allow customers to use devices that prevent seats from reclining.”
by Amy Nordrum and Joseph Pedro
No matter where you live, it’s worth visiting New York City at least once a year if only to be able to talk about the newest restaurants and hottest food trends from experience. It really makes no difference whether you long for New York street food or prefer to chase down Michelin stars. Though classic New York staples like bagels as big as your head and dollar-a-slice pizza are here to stay, much of the flavor of New York comes from the rotating cast of characters who are constantly reinventing the city’s cuisine. The choices here highlight some of the city’s most exciting and creative chefs, as well as the meticulously prepared dishes served by the world’s most venerable restaurateurs.
The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals heard oral arguments in lawsuits seeking to strike down discriminatory marriage bans in Indiana and Wisconsin. The three-judge panel included Richard Posner, Ann Claire Williams, and David F. Hamilton. Attorneys from Lambda Legal argued on behalf of five plaintiff couples from Indiana and attorneys from The American Civil Liberties Union argued on behalf of thirteen plaintiff couples from Indiana and Wisconsin. “As public support for marriage equality continues to swell across the nation, we are excited to be here today, making the case for Indiana and Wisconsin couples who simply want the freedom to marry and make that public, lifetime commitment to the ones they love,” said James Esseks, Director of the ACLU Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender Project. “We believe that, every day, we are one step closer to that freedom being extended to all loving couples, and the ACLU will not stop working until we make marriage equality a reality in every state in the country.”
Find out about each of the cases from the ACLU after the jump…
If you didn’t have a spare three hours to tune into last nights Emmy Awards, don’t worry, we’ve got the low down on what went down. It was another LGBT-heavy year for the award show as Modern Family (again) took home best Comedy Series, Jim Parson (again) took home best Comedy Actor, Jane Lynch won for Best Reality Show Host for Hollywood Game Night, and The Normal Heart took home best movie. The most poignant moment came when Larry Kramer (the author behind The Normal Heart) joined the assemble to accept the best movie award.
Check out the full list after the jump…
“Things get so mixed up in Wonderland,” Alice sighed. That is sort of the motto during Gay Days Disney when the wholesome family theme park gets turned on its head as thousands of GLBT Mickey lovers storm the Magic Kingdom to enjoy each of the parks as well as tons of fairytale parties. Meanwhile, things get a little steamy at the annual Wonderland party, which raises money for the Point Foundation. Don’t be the only one not in Neverland from October 3-5. www.gaydaysanaheim.com
Openly gay White Collar star Matthew Bomer has been added to the cast of also openly gay Ryan Murphy’s wildly popular American Horror Story: Freak Show. The actor, who was also in Ryan Murphy’s The Normal Heart, is set to play a character that is “warped,” according to Murphy. This year’s miniseries will focus on the lives of a carney troupe in the 1950s, and, according to The Hollywood Reporter it will include Jessica Lange, Kathy Bates, Angela Bassett, Frances Conroy, Sarah Paulson, Emma Roberts, Gabourey Sidibe and Evan Peters.”
When does a jukebox musical become a think-piece?
Already slightly less superficial and magnitudes more entertaining than the bulk of Broadway’s recent jukebox confections, Motown: The Musicaltook on extra resonance during the opening night of its seven-week run at San Francisco’s Orpheum Theater. At the curtain call, legendary record mogul Berry Gordy—credited with writing the show’s autobiographical book, and played by a nicely nuanced Clifton Oliver—bounded on stage along with director Charles Randolph-Wright and producer Kevin McCollum.
It was not so much Gordy’s “surprise” appearance that struck a deep emotional chord (He also materialized on opening night at the tour’s Chicago stop), as the parallel Randolph-Wright drew between American society during the civil rights movement—when Motown was at its commercial peak—and today, when race-based rage and violence are erupting in Ferguson, Missouri.
Keep reading over at The Broadway Blog…
“I’m confident in who I am as a person,” Maria Walsh, the winner of Ireland’s popular beauty pageant, said. The 27-year-old who is a native of Boston, but lived in Ireland with her family and now lives in Philadelphia, revealed her sexuality to the Irish Sun after winning the competition, the Rose of Tralee, which is watched by well over half of the nation’s population. “To me, being gay is normal. I told my parents and they were supportive, as I knew they would be,” she said. “It’s moments like this, like being in the Rose of Tralee, that make you really seize the day and appreciate life and take everything as it comes,” said Maria. “She has given me a lot of good luck to date, so I know she’s looking down on me and my family.”
Video after the jump…