12 years ago today, Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes died in a car crash in Honduras. She was 30 years old. What was/is your favorite TLC or Left Eye verse? For me, cliche as it may be, it has to be "Waterfalls." It perfectly encapsulates her life story and experiences. Get into it below. BTW: if you haven't watched it already, go look up the VH-1 doc The Last Days of Left Eye.
To show support for his openly gay grandson, an 80-year-old grandpa got a tattoo of an equal sign on his wrist. "My grandson came out to me first … and he thought it was a big deal, and I said I didn't think it was," grandpa Frank says in the video." Joe, who also appears in the video below, got a tattoo on his hip.
A South Dakota lesbian couple plan to get married this weekend in Minneapolis. Then after the honeymoon's over, go Erin Brockovich on their home state's ass. Nancy Robrahn and Jennie Rosenkranz, who have been together nearly 30 years, will join two other gay couples in filing a class-action lawsuit to overturn the state's ban on same-sex marriage, along with the prohibit against recognizing legal same-sex marriages performed in other states.
"We are approaching the time when end of life decisions and plans need to be made. There are many federal protections that will become available to us through this Minnesota marriage," said Robrahn in a statement on Madia Law, LLC's website. "We hope to see the day when couples like us don’t have to travel out of South Dakota to marry."
Robrahn and Rosenkranz will be married Saturday in a private ceremony at the Community of Christ Church in Minneapolis by the city's mayor Besty Hodges. Nationally, there are 65 separate cases seeking marriage equality in 31 states and territories, including Puerto Rico, according to the group Freedom to Marry.
The divas and superstars of WWE show their support for LGBT people by hooking up with the NOH8 campaign, including openly gay wrestler Darren Young (pictured above). “I am so honored to be a part of the WWE NOH8 campaign,” said Young. “The most important thing is to be able to live your life the way you want to, truthfully. NOH8 makes that possible.”
A decision by an association representing Catholic-school teachers to send a delegation to WorldPride 2014 Parade in Toronto in June has drawn criticism from some church leaders and parents.
Cardinal Thomas Collins, the city's archbishop, called the Ontario English Teacher's Association's decision to participate "wrong," adding teachers who march "and the OECTA leadership have an inadequate and mistaken understanding of their faith.”
Along with Cardinal Collins, a group called Parents as First Educators has started a petition calling on the union to change its plans.
"The concern with this is just that it’s further involvement of the schools in an official capacity with the promotion of ideals that run counter to the Catholic message on homosexuality,” Teresa Pierre, president of Parents as First Educators, said.
Oh my god this is so fetch--well not really, 'cause fetch is never going to happen. But anyway, actor Daniel Franzese, who famously brought Damian, the out and proud sidekick of Janis Ian to life in Mean Girls, has officially come out as gay.
In a letter to IndieWire, Franzese talks about the "gay glass ceiling" he hit in the wake of his breakout role.
"When I first became an actor, I wanted to play lots of roles — guidos, gangsters and goombahs were my specialty," he wrote. "So, would I be able to play all of those parts after portraying a sensitive, moisturizing, Ashton Kutcher-loving, pink-shirt-wearing kid? I was optimistic. Hollywood? Not so much."
Franzese said the 10th anniversary of the classic film was the primary reason for his coming out.
"More and more people are coming up and talking to me about it again, and especially adult gay males, some in tears. The reason I wanted to do it was that I didn't see a young, gay, chubby representation of myself. ... That meant a lot to a lot of people."
Yes, I know you're probably thinking "really girl, that's news?" right now--and Franzese himself acknowledges the "duh" factor in an interview with Dish Nation--but irregardless of how obvious it is to us or our allies, coming out is always a good thing.
Watch a few clips from the Dish Nation interview below.
Head over to Butlerway.com to read my recap of Mad Men's season seven premiere "Time Zones," which finds our fedora-wearing anti-hero at the precipice of another crisis, not that that's a surprise. Don's always got drama, but chile Peggy's not fairing much better personally or professionally. "[New boss Lou Avery is] nice, and funny (in a Dad sort of way), and patient and agreeable. You’d think Peggy would be happy, but nope; she can’t stand what she feels is the mediocre work he and the rest of the creative team are churning out, pushing Stan to create an ad for her/Freddy’s Acutron pitch even after Lou signed off on another idea. As much she may have resented, or outright hated Don at various points, she fed off of and was inspired by his fire and restlessness. It was the high that sustained her through the many lows—the scapegoating, the berating, the tossing of dollar bills in her face—of their complicated partnership. She may or may not miss the man himself, but she definitely misses the energy he brought to the office. Of course, Peggy may not be so unhappy at work if she was fulfilled in her personal life. But we know Ms. Olsen has never been able to keep that glass half full. Ted has fled for California—though judging from his lack of a tan and Pete’s comments about his sour attitude, Cali’s not the cure-all he’d hoped it be—though she can’t be completely free of him, as he keeps popping up in the New York office to check in on things, rubbing salt in a still-fresh wound. Her home life consists of little more than fighting with a tenant and her kid over repairs; she practically begs her sister Anita’s husband Jerry to stay the night so he can fix a broken toilet. Her boss is immune to her creative charms, and her ex-lover/boss is immune (or acts like he is) to her feminine ones. Is it any wonder she breaks down in tears when Jerry leaves?"
*FYI* It's come to my attention that the source for this post, TheNewsNerd.com, a satirical website a la The Onion. Nevertheless, my basic point stands--and wouldn't put this past Soulja Boy.
Ugh, dear god what kind of fuckery is this? Soulja Boy, he of mid-to-late '00s "Superman" and "She Got A Donk" fame has decided to it's time get those rainbow dollars, announcing plans to release "Yass Bitch Yasss' a single designed to appeal to the gay club.
“Everyone needs good music. Even though I am not gay, I don’t mind making music for anyone who wants to listen to it. That Fly Young Red track blew up — and I am trying to get this money by any means necessary. If that means I have to say a few yass bitch yasss’s, then that is exactly what I am going to do. Some people will probably be hatin’, but they can’t hate on how my money stacks.”
At least he's being honest. Look I've already offered my thoughts about what looks to be a trend of rap artists creating ratchet club tracks for the gays, so I'll be quick: it's great that we're being considered as a viable market for music in a way that would've been unthinkable 20, 15 or even 10 years ago. But musically this shit is garbage. We deserve much better, and I'm beseeching the gods that Tim'm West, Le1f,Kaoz, and Frank Ocean churn out some fire tracks and/or remixes so we can our lives to something a wee more creative.
A new study focusing on raising the minimum wage says that hiking the federal wage to $10.10 an hour would reduce the poverty rate for gay male couples by 30 percent, and lesbian couples by 25 percent. The study, conducted by the Williams Institute, states at last 20,000 people in same-sex couples would be "lifted out of poverty" under the higher minimum wage.
A hike in the minimum would have particularly strong impact on our community; the study says black gay couples, gay couples with kids--who are often black, FYI-- as well as gay people with disabilities, young gays and lesbians ages 18-24, those without a high school diploma or gay couples living in rural areas would benefit the most.
Previous studies have indicate LGBT people in the U.S. have an average poverty rate of 15 percent, which would translate to about 1.3 million or more living in poverty.
This track is beautiful, but listening to it is bittersweet, not only because it's a reminder MJ is gone, but since I only discovered it after learning about Frankie Knuckles', a.k.a. The Godfather of House, recent death. Nevertheless, ride the boogie and share the beat of love.