Entries from June 2009 ↓

Humpday Hotness – Rado Vanko (aka Radoslav Vanko)

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I usually post models from the States, Brazil, or other Latin types. Today’s Humpday Hotness expands that reach. 27 year old Rado hails from Slovakia and is heating up the modeling world. I like how he can pull off the steamy eyes look, as well as the silly look. Don’t miss the banana pics. Those are my faves. A hot guy who can be silly — that’s the best!

Don’t the pics kind of make you wish you were that banana!
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An Overview of the Same-Sex Marriage Debate

This about sums it up:

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Green World

Isn’t it amazing that much of Africa banned free plastic grocery bags long before even San Francisco did? And the U.S. still hasn’t made any movement on that front. When, oh when, will we finally catch up with the green movement sweeping the world?!?!

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Food, Inc.

I want to see this movie a lot. Michael Pollan is in the trailer, so I’ll bet this is like the movie version of the Omnivore’s Dilemma. The movie is playing at Embarcardero Theater. Who wants to see it with me? Maybe Friday night or something…

For more info, visit Hungry For Change.

In Case of Emergency… Do Not Use Twitter!

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Republican Rappers: The Future of the Party

(Insert cliched white-boy rapper joke here)

Mike Huckabee cracks me up: “Russell Simmons, eat your heart out. These guys are good!”

Seriously Mike?! Is this the future of your party? Is this how the Republicans plan on reaching out to the youth demographic? Take a word of advice: Stick with Megan McCain instead.

Battlestar Galactica: The Plan

Here’s the trailer for the two-hour episode of the Battlestar epic saga told from viewpoint of the Cylons. Promising, very promising…

Tight Squeeze: Ad for Vampire Con

Zachary Quinto Falls Down, Friends with Slab of Steak

One of our awesome readers Rob shared this with us. Hilarious, but I don’t really know what else to say. Ummm…

Broadway Bares 19.0: Click It!

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After Elton covered the Broadway Bares 19.0: Click It! event. From what I understand, it’s a Broadway dance/performance event in which Broadway stars get naked and shake their thanngs to raise money for good causes. After Elton puts it a little more eloquently:

This edition of the annual event, in which some of Broadway’s hottest dancers display their assets to raise money for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS featured such notables as Broadway’s own Daniel Reichard, Gavin Creel, Heidi Blickenstaff, Kevin Chamberlin, Nick Adams, Sutton Foster, Norm Lewis, and Christopher Sieber.

Make sure to check out the associated site Broadway Bares (somewhat NSFW). More pics after the jump…

Update: Boy Culture has amazing coverage of the event too. I’ve added a few of their pics after the jump, and a few of their YouTube clips too. Much much more over at Boy Culture.

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Chris Dodd Now Supports Full Marriage Equality

I was just praising Senator Dodd yesterday for standing up for the American people with regard to the bailout/stimulus as well as health care reform. Now, he’s being even more awesome by supporting full gay marriage rights in an op-ed yesterday. Maybe some other liberal elected officials will read his rationale and find strength in his words. Strength enough to come out in support of gay marriage themselves…

Dodd for President! Oh wait, we had that chance and passed it up. Well, let’s keep him around in the Senate then. He can take up Ted Kennedy’s mantle. Sort of.

June 21, 2009

Public officials aren’t supposed to change their minds. But I firmly believe that it’s important to keep learning. Last week, while I was in Connecticut meeting with members of the gay and lesbian community from across the state, I had the opportunity to tell them what I’ve learned about marriage, and about equality.

While I’ve long been for extending every benefit of marriage to same-sex couples, I have in the past drawn a distinction between a marriage-like status (“civil unions”) and full marriage rights.

The reason was simple: I was raised to believe that marriage is between a man and a woman. And as many other Americans have realized as they’ve struggled to reconcile the principle of fairness with the lessons they learned early in life, that’s not an easy thing to overcome.

But the fact that I was raised a certain way just isn’t a good enough reason to stand in the way of fairness anymore.

The Connecticut Supreme Court, of course, has ruled that such a distinction holds no merit under the law. And the Court is right.

I believe that effective leaders must be able and willing to grow and change over their service. I certainly have during mine – and so has the world. Thirty-five years ago, who could have imagined that we’d have an African-American President of the United States?

My young daughters are growing up in a different reality than I did. Our family knows many same-sex couples – our neighbors in Connecticut, members of my staff, parents of their schoolmates. Some are now married because the Connecticut Supreme Court and our state legislature have made same-sex marriage legal in our state.

But to my daughters, these couples are married simply because they love each other and want to build a life together. That’s what we’ve taught them. The things that make those families different from their own pale in comparison to the commitments that bind those couples together.

And, really, that’s what marriage should be. It’s about rights and responsibilities and, most of all, love.

I believe that, when my daughters grow up, barriers to marriage equality for same-sex couples will seem as archaic, and as unfair, as the laws we once had against inter-racial marriage.

And I want them to know that, even if he was a little late, their dad came down on the right side of history.

I have always been proud of my long record fighting for the civil rights of the LGBT community. I’ve co-sponsored legislation to strengthen hate crime laws and end discrimination in the workplace. I’ve spoken out against “don’t ask, don’t tell” and always supported equal rights for domestic partnerships.

But I am also proud to now count myself among the many elected officials, advocates, and ordinary citizens who support full marriage equality for same-sex couples.

I understand that even those who oppose discrimination might continue to find it hard to re-think the definition of marriage they grew up with. I know it was for me.

But many of the things we must do to make our union more perfect – whether it’s fighting for decades to reform our health care system or struggling with a difficult moral question – are hard. They take time. And they require that, when you come to realize that something is right, you be unafraid to stand up and say it.

That’s the only way our history will progress along that long arc towards justice.

Tim Burton’s ‘Alice in Wonderland’

USA Today and the blogosphere have pics of the concept art for Tim Burton’s new take on Alice in Wonderland. BTW, that’s Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter and Helena Bonham Carter as the Queen of Hearts. WHAT?! Johnny and Helena are starring in a Tim Burton film? That’s preposterous. That never happens…

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Disclaimer: Disney is the mega-god corporation and owns all rights to everything known to man (but specifically, they own the rights to this artwork). Disney will henceforth own the rights to everything Lewis Carroll wrote or intended to write about Alice and her adventures. While current copyright law sets time limits on copyright protection, Disney is working on that little limitation. Expect eternal copyright protection for famous brands someday soon.

Bill Maher Slams the Dems as “The New Republicans”

The clip everyone is talking about. Tell it like it is, Bill!

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My friend Apollo always sends me the best stuff:

Gay Confusion on ‘Supernatural’

I have never seen an episode of Supernatural, so I had no idea there such a gay confusion sub theme. Maybe I need to watch the show…