Colton Haynes, Scream Queens, Gus Kenworthy, Bermuda, North Carolina, Stranger Things: HOT LINKS

TELEVISION. Get your first look at season 2 of Scream Queens.

JUMPING FOR…? Tim Tebow now has a jumping meme. 

SPORTS. Kareem Abdul-Jabar defends QB Colin Kaepernick.

CASTING. Colton Haynes cast in Rock That Body: “The movie revolves around five friends who get a beach house in Miami for a wild bachelorette weekend that goes completely off the rails.”

PRO TIPS. How to talk about climate change with Republicans.

BUILD THE WALL. Former Mexican President Felipe Calderón didn’t care for Donald Trump’s speech in Mexico City on Wednesday: “He’s lying.”

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TWITTER. Rob Reiner shades Trump’s visit to Mexico.

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SQUAD GOALS. Taylor Swift donates to hospital that saved Jaime King’s son.

SUPREME COURT. Justices deadlock over North Carolina’s strict voter ID law, temporarily upholding a lower court ruling that overturned it: “The court said Wednesday it would not stay a ruling of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit that found the law unconstitutional. The court was not ruling on the merits of the law but instead on an emergency request filed by Gov. Pat McCrory (R) to use the law as the state had in previous elections.”

BINGE. Netflix has renewed Stranger Things for a second season.

EQUALITY. California legislature approves bill to protect LGBT students from discrimination at private universities. 

SMOOCH. Gus Kenworthy kisses a cute Australian.

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NATIVE ADVERTISING. You might be gobsmacked by how much celebrities, YouTube personalities and ‘influencers’ get paid to advertise products.

BERMUDA. Gay couple will argue for right to marry in front of country’s Supreme Court: “Winston Godwin and Greg DeRoche, who live in Toronto, had their application to marry rejected by the Registrar-General last month and their lawyer Mark Pettingill sought leave to apply for a judicial review of the decision.”

HUMP DAY HOTTIE. D. Arnez.

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Mark Ruffalo to Trans Community Following Matt Bomer Casting Controversy: ‘I Hear You’

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On Wednesday, Mark Ruffalo addressed the controversy surrounding the casting of openly gay actor Matt Bomer as a transgender sex worker in his upcoming film Anything.

Ruffalo is executive producing the project written by Timothy McNeil which co-stars John Carroll Lynch and Maura Tierney.

Backlash at news of Bomer’s casting was quick to catch fire on social media on Tuesday. Though Bomer has been a vocal advocate of transgender rights, many transgender rights activists and allies argued that when casting cisgender men to play transgender women propels a dangerous narrative.

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Clearly swayed by the outrage being expressed online, Ruffalo took to Twitter to acknowledge the concerns of the transgender community. “To the Trans community. I hear you,” Ruffalo said. “It’s wrenching to you see you in this pain. I am glad we are having this conversation. It’s time.”

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Ruffalo added that his decision to cast Bomer was led primarily by his experience working with Bomer on the HBO adaptation of Larry Kramer’s AIDS play, The Normal Heart, which was directed by Ryan Murphy. Ruffalo said, “In all honesty I suggested Matt for the role after the profound experience I had with him while making “The Normal Heart”.

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Jen Richards, creator of the Emmy-nominated web series HerStory, was among those who thanked Ruffalo for his response.

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Man Who Planned to ‘Exterminate’ Gays in S. Florida with Labor Day Attack Arrested in Orlando

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Craig Jungwirth, the man who threatened a Pulse-style attack to “exterminate” gay men in South Florida, has reportedly been arrested in Orlando.

As we reported earlier today, Jungwirth made his threats on Facebook promising to rain down bloodshed on gay people and local businesses in Wilton Manors, Florida.

Via the blog Peacock Panache: 

“We’re receiving unconfirmed reports that Jungwirth was taken into custody in the Orlando, Florida area. City of Ft. Lauderdale Vice Mayor / Commissioner Dean J. Trantalis posted to his Facebook moments ago[.]”

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Trabtalis wrote on Facebook, “I have been informed by our Police Department that [Jungwirth] has been apprehended in the Orlando area. He is now in custody. Thanks to all who brought awareness to this issue and assisted the various enforcement agencies in securing his apprehension.”

Developing…

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WATCH LIVE: Donald Trump in Mexico with President Enrique Peña Nieto

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Donald Trump will address reporters alongside Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto after meeting with him privately in Mexico City on Wednesday.

Trump’s visit to Mexico is historic in large part because his candidacy was launched on the back of xenophobic slurs which Trump spewed about Mexican immigrants coming to the U.S.

Throughout the campaign, Trump has repeatedly insisted that “we will build a wall” between the U.S. and Mexico to stop illegal immigration despite the fact that illegal immigration is near historic lows and border police say a wall across the U.S./Mexico border wouldn’t actually help them do their job.

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As for the motivation behind the trip, a Trump adviser said Wednesday that the visit was intended mainly as a “photo op.”

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Trump announced that he would visit Mexico on Tuesday.

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Watch live as Trump visits Mexico, below, with two choices of live stream (just in case).

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NEW MUSIC: Peter Broderick, Ólafur Arnalds, Eluvium

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This week in New Music: Peter Broderick (above) returns with a mostly-solo-piano album based on the work of John CageÓlafur Arnalds shows his love for Iceland in Island Songs and Eluvium rounds off a perfect afternoon of music.


Peter Broderick – Partners

Peter BroderickPartners is Peter Broderick’s…oh…maybe 20th album. Something like that. Officially it’s album number seven but when you add in soundtracks, collaborations, exhibition accompaniments, installations etc. it all adds up to a huge and hugely impressive body of work. And he’s still only 29.

One thing you’ll find with Broderick is that he never looks backwards, generally moves forwards, sometimes moves slightly left of center but is never, ever predictable.

Following on from last year’s brilliant Colours of the Night, Partners is a homage of sorts to John Cage and as such it’s a concept album in which Broderick – apparently – used Cage’s composition techniques to remove the composer’s presence. Or something. As the stated intent the album is a failure, opening as it does with a spoken-word/piano piece about…who knows…what’s going on in Peter’s mind and closing with a particularly heartfelt cover of Brigid Mae Powers’ “Sometimes.”

In between, you have a version of Cage’s “In a Landscape” along with four original piano pieces given warmth with Broderick’s background vocal accompaniment.

In Broderick’s oeuvre, Partners is a return of sorts to his earlier work on albums like Docile and Float. Alone, it’s too beautiful to be a detached experiment.


Olafur Arnalds – Island Songs

olafur-arnaldsWhich leads us on nicely to composer and sometimes Broderick collaborator Olafur Arnalds’ latest project Island Songs, a collection of seven tracks recorded over seven weeks in seven locations in Iceland.

You could see Island Songs as a companion piece Arnalds’ quite stunning 2011 album Living Rooms Songs but he has moved out of home in Reykjavik to explore the island.

Icelandic musicians seems to be in love with their island (in fairness, there is an awful lot to love) and they like nothing better than getting it down in sound. See Óveður” by Sigur Ros as a recent example – the track was accompanied by a 24-hour “slow TV” event, essentially a drive around Iceland’s Route 1.

It’s hard to know what to say about Island Songs. Like everything Arnalds touches it is a thing of beauty. Every track more or less neatly fits into the “modern classical” genre but as collaborations they are given extra depth. The opening track “Árbakkinn” is a spoken word piece with Einar Georg, a poet and retired teacher. “Particles” features Nanna Bryndís Hilmarsdóttir from Of Monsters and Men on vocals and is, quite honestly, one of the most wonderfully quiet and affecting pieces of music you are likely to hear this – or any other – year.


Eluvium – False Readings On

EluviumRounding off perfectly for this week we have a new album from Eluvium aka Matthew Cooper (like Peter Broderick, from Oregon). 2013’s Nightmare Ending was a double album, epic in scale for fans of experimental drone/classical/elctronica.

False Readings On is, according to Cooper, inspired by “themes of cognitive dissonance in modern society.” Right so. Based on the three tracks available prior to the album’s release this Friday it’s also the perfect ending to an afternoon preceded by Broderick’s Partners and Arnalds’ Island Songs.

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Boxers or Briefs? Guys With Hairy Chests Drop Their Shorts and Spill – WATCH

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If you like guys with hairy chests you’ll likely enjoy the latest installment of The Underwear Expert’s popular web series, “Boxers or Briefs?”

For those unfamiliar, the series features host MarkEMiller interviewing various categories of men to find out about their underwear preferences. He also puts on a little bit of a peep show for viewers, having his interviewees strip down to their skivvies.

And this week it’s all about guys with fur.

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Previously, UE has talked with cat loversPokemon Go playerstatted up guyshot yogisshirtless fitness instructors, dog loversnaked Tom of Finland models, shirtless parkour athletesDemocratic primary votersdodgeball playersWeHo kickball playersDJsdancersCrossFit-ersmale models, and men on the street in HollywoodWeHo, and Santa Monica about what they like to wear under their shorts.

Watch, below.

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Mike Pence Ran a Conservative Think Tank That Published Anti-Gay Articles

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Mike Pence ran a conservative think tank and publication that published anti-gay articles and also denounced the presence of AIDS activists at the 1996 Republican National Convention.

As president of the Indiana Policy Review from 1991 to 1994, Pence implicitly sanctioned anti-gay articles that called on gay journalists to out themselves to expose their ‘bias’ and conflated homosexuality with pedophilia and disease. Right Wing Watch reports:

In one item titled “The Pinked Newsroom,” published in the December 1993 issue, the publication lamented that The Wall Street Journal took part in a job fair for gay journalists. The piece claimed that “gaydom” was a “pathological condition” and argued that LGBT editors and reporters should not keep their sexuality a secret because it might slant their coverage. “[T]he more extreme of the gay movement consider themselves members of a sexual determined political party,” the piece explained.

A few months earlier, in August 1993, the journal, with Pence on the masthead, published a piece objecting to the idea of gay people serving in the military. The article, written by Col. Ronald Ray, a senior fellow at the [name foundation], stated that “homosexuals are not as a group able bodied. They are known to carry extremely high rates of disease brought on because of the nature of their sexual practices and the promiscuity which is a hallmark of their lifestyle.”

The article went on to list what the author described as “‘gay’ sexual practices” in great detail. It then claimed that proponents of allowing gays to serve in the military ignore “counter-espionage case histories involving homosexuals who became traitors through blackmail.”

Finally, Ray attempted to link homosexuality to pedophilia by citing NAMBLA and quoting a publication which claimed that “the love between man and boys is at the foundation of homosexuality.”

Documents unearthed by RWW also show that Pence penned a piece back in the October-November 1996 issue of Indiana Policy Review in which he bemoaned that year’s GOP convention as being “an endless line of pro-choice women, AIDS activists, and proponents of Affirmative Action.”

RELATED – Matt Baume Gives Mike Pence’s Vile Anti-LGBT Moments the Reading They Deserve: WATCH

The “AIDS activists” Pence refers to were an HIV positive female former Ford administration staffer and a 6 year-old child who was born with HIV.

But as RWW notes, those were likely not the activists Pence was really referring to: “His objection was likely that at the time, HIV/AIDS was still viewed as a gay issue. Pence clearly did not consider LGBT individuals part of the “pro-family” party he envisioned the GOP to be.”

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