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Zankie Survives Eviction, Tim Gunn Turns Down For What, Richard Simmons Drags On & More!

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- Are flower crowns the next big thing?

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- America’s Next Top Model alum Yaya DaCosta has been cast to play Whitney Houston in Lifetime’s early-2015 biopic. EW has the first look.

- TLC’s “Sex Sent Me To the ER” features its first same-sex storyline tonight, the tale of a lesbian couple who visits the ER with stomach pains only to find out one is pregnant by her ex-boyfriend. This quality television experience is available tonight at 9/8c.

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- These San Francisco bears are crowdfunding the “yarness.”

- Occasional drag queen Richard Simmons is “in a dancing mood!” this week.

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Heathers: The Musical only lasted four months. The show announced it will close after a final performance at New World Stages on August 4th.

- Clueless actress turned clueless Fox News reporter Stacey Dash says her 11-year-old daughter is conservative and “has traditions.” Dash thinks it’s “really clever” that she also “referred to the President as golem.”

- Middle-aged white gay man Tim Gunn raps in a preview clip for the new season of Project Runway, a video most accurately described by Rich Juzwiak as “the wackest thing ever.”

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- Zankie, Big Brother‘s first gay/straight showmance, survived eviction night Thursday and cuddled until 1pm the next day. In other BB news, Cody Calafiore is still smokin’ hot.

No charges for man who attacked politician because there were no injuries

Ulrike LunacekVIENNA -- A man who attacked Austria’s openly gay Greens politician Ulrike Lunacek by spraying butyric acid on her at Vienna's LGBT pride parade last month, will not face charges because no injuries were sustained. While the suspect has been identified, yet remains at large, prosecutors say he will not be charged, as no one was injured.

Ind. AG wants entire 7th Circuit to determine fate of same-sex marriage ban

Attorney General Greg Zoeller (R-Ind.)INDIANAPOLIS -- Indiana's attorney general wants more than three appellate judges to decide the fate of the state's same-sex marriage ban. The office says in a statement issued Saturday that it filed a motion late Friday asking the entire 10-judge 7th Circuit Court of Appeals to hear Indiana's appeal of a judge's order that struck down the ban.

Republican governors’ rhetoric softening on same-sex marriage

From left: Gov. Scott Walker (R-Wis.), Gov. Chris Christie (R-N.J.), and Gov.Terry Branstad (R-Iowa).NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Deep in the nation's Bible Belt, new signs emerged this weekend of an evolution among Republican governors on gay marriage, an explosive social issue that has divided America's families and politics for years. While the Republican Party's religious conservatives continue to fight against same-sex marriage, its governors appear to be...

Olympic Gold Medalist Ian Thorpe Set To Finally Come Out On Australian TV

ThorpeHeaderYears of speculation and self-denial have forced Olympic legend and gold medalist Ian Thorpe to confront rumors about his sexual orientation head-on this week in an interview with Michael Parkinson on Australia’s Channel 10.

Though the interview has yet to air, Australia’s Daily Telegraph is already confirming that it includes a full admission that 31-year-old retired athlete is, in fact, gay. The interview will also reportedly confront Thorpe’s battle with depression, a condition he has long believed was brought on by the media’s incessant speculation about his perceived gayness.

In 2009, after photos of he and a presumed boyfriend surfaced online, Thorpe told the Australian media that he was “offended” by rumors that he was gay, and that they were designed to “pull [him] down from the top.”

Thorpe continued to denounce his gayness even after fellow Australian Olympian Matthew Mitcham came out in 2008. In his 2012 autobiography, he wrote: “That’s the only part I find hurtful, that this is something I would be embarrassed about and that I would hide.”

The highly-anticipated interview will definitively set the record straight — er… gay. In the first 25-second preview clip released by Channel 10, Parkinson is seen asking the million-dollar question bluntly: “You’ve always said that you’re not gay…is all of that true?”

“Ian Thorpe has always been near the top of my list to interview,” Parkinson said in a statement. “His fight against depression offers a unique insight into the darker side of celebrity and success.”

Watch Thorpe react to the “gay question,” perhaps for the final time, below:

Are Evangelicals Really Changing Their Mind About Marriage Equality?

Jesus Is Not A HomophobeIt was bound to happen sometime: a major article suggesting that evangelicals are changing their opinion at marriage equality. The source is Politico, and the story’s theme is that “increasingly, even evangelical Christians, long known for doctrinally condemning homosexuality, are embracing gay people, too.”

Sort of.

The story marshals the available evidence to support its case. There’s the inspiring work of Matthew Vines, who is holding boot camps to help other Christians understand the importance of accepting LGBT people. There’s James Brownson, an evangelical scholar whose book Bible, Gender, Sexuality: Reframing the Church’s Debate on Same-Sex Relationships concludes that people in committed same-sex relationships can be living the Bible’s word. 

But there’s also a lot of rhetoric from evangelical leaders who are throwing in the towel in the face of endless defeat, particularly on marriage equality. The story contrasts some of the most hateful rhetoric of ten years ago with the more resigned language of today. Yes, in 2004 James Dobson of Focus on the Family did say that evangelicals, “could not stand idly by while the radical gay agenda was forced down their throats.”

In 2014, Bryan Fischer of the American Family Association said that “gay activists are leeches.”

And that’s the problem. There’s still plenty of hateful rhetoric to go around. More to the point, at heart, most evangelical leaders have not changed their position. So what if Rick Warren is sorry that he supported Proposition 8? Now he’s urging President Obama to make sure the proposed executive order banning discrimination by federal contractors includes a giant exception that would allow religious organizations to discriminate as they wish.

If that’s an embrace, count us out.

It’s true that the number of evangelicals who support gay marriage is growing. It’s also appalling low. About 27 percent of white evangelicals support marriage equality. Compare that to the majority of Americans who do. 

Any movement is for the better, and the story acknowledges that the change may take decades to complete. But let’s not kid ourselves. Evangelical Christians will be the holdouts against LGBT progress, particularly marriage equality. The leaders know that it’s a lost cause. Just because they’ve come to terms with losing, doesn’t mean that they’ve come to terms with us.

 

Singapore backs call to destroy gay-themed books

"And Tango Makes Three"SINGAPORE -- A children's book inspired by a real-life story of two male penguins raising a baby chick in New York's zoo has been deemed inappropriate by state-run Singapore libraries, and the conservative city-state's information minister said he supports the decision to destroy all copies alongside two other titles. The National Library Board, which runs 26 public libraries in Singapore...

What Happens When Complete Strangers Undress Each Other And Immediately Go To Bed?

Stripping in a front of someone you’ve just met can be awkward, clumsy, exhilarating, but, come on,  it’s almost always sexy. In “Undress Me,” a new project from videographer Tatia Pilieva, twenty complete strangers meet on camera, exchange pleasantries, then undress one another before climbing into bed. Pilieva, who is also responsible for the recent “First Kiss,” knows a thing or two about getting strangers to trust one another.

Let the undressing begin below.

Appeals court joins, fast tracks Indiana, Wisconsin same-sex marriage cases

7th-circuitCHICAGO -- A federal appeals court has combined Indiana and Wisconsin's gay marriage cases and put them on the fast track. The move Friday by the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago comes a day after Wisconsin's attorney general filed a notice of appeal of a federal judge's ruling last month striking down that state's ban on same-sex marriages.

Appeals court rejects Utah’s request for indefinite stay of gay marriage ruling

The Byron White U.S. Courthouse in Denver, the seat of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit.SALT LAKE CITY -- A federal appeals court has denied Utah's request for an indefinite stay pending appeal of a ruling ordering the state to recognize more than 1,000 gay marriages that took place in the state after a same-sex marriage ban was overturned. The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals issued the order late Friday afternoon. The court will keep the stay in...