Gay Adult Film Actor Markie More Vows to Donate $250 from Each Scene to Gay-Straight Alliance Network

Markie More, a gay adult film actor who works with Next Door Studios who recently announced his retirement, made a couple of announcement at The Phoenix Forum trade show over the weekend.

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The first announcement was that he’s coming out of retirement. The second was that he would be donating $250 from each forthcoming scene to the Gay-Straight Alliance network, a “next-generation LGBTQ racial and gender justice organization that empowers and trains queer, trans and allied youth leaders to advocate, organize, and mobilize an intersectional movement for safer schools and healthier communities” according to its mission statement.

Said Markie:

“I’ve always felt a calling within myself to help people, especially those who can’t necessarily help themselves. And over the years it’s only gotten stronger, this feeling. And I thought that I had to subtract myself from the adult industry to make this happen. So I took some time to reflect and I realized that this is the very industry that changed my life in so many ways for the better. Being more confident, comfortable with who I am, comfortable with my sexuality. So I’ve decided not to retire and from this point forward I will be donating $250 from every scene to the GSA network ― the Gay-Straight Alliance network. It’s a charity that organizes clubs within middles schools and high schools for LGBTQ youth, giving them a safe place to learn, a comfortable place to socialize and avoid the hate and then just to grow. I believe we just need to love each other. Just be kind.”

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Devin Nunes Claims Democrats ‘Aren’t Really Serious’ About the Trump-Russia Investigation

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Ethically compromised House Intel Committee Chairman Devin Nunes made the astonishing statement on Wednesday that Democrats aren’t serious about the investigation into the Trump campaign’s links to Russian meddling in the election.

Politico reports:

“We’re beginning to figure out who’s actually serious about the investigation because it appears like the Democrats aren’t really serious about this investigation,” he told the media, as reported by NBC News.

Nunes has been accused of engaging in a “cover-up” with regard to the case.

Nunes said yesterday that he would not divulge, even to members of his committee, the source of the intelligence reports that indicated Trump had been surveilled:

“Asked by an ABC News reporter whether he would inform the other committee members about who gave him the reports he viewed on the White House grounds last week, Nunes said: ‘We will never reveal those sources and methods.’”

The HuffPost sums up why Nunes story about his trip to the White House this week is just not credible:

When asked how exactly Nunes got into the White House last week, Spicer told reporters on Wednesday that it was “a question for him, not for us.”

Nunes, who has otherwise been tight-lipped about his source, told Bloomberg’s Eli Lake on Monday that his source was an intelligence official, not a White House staffer. Even if that is true, it would have had to have been an intelligence official with cleared White House access (potentially an official on temporary detail with the National Security Council), or Nunes and his source would have had to have been let in by someone else from the White House.

Perhaps Nunes’ most bizarre move thus far has been his refusal to disclose his source’s identity to [Rep. Adam] Schiff, his Democratic counterpart, who is regularly briefed on information in his role as the ranking member of the intelligence committee.

Even some of Nunes’ Republican colleagues are puzzled by his handling of the situation.

“The chairman and ranking member not talking with each other ― that’s bizarre on such an important issue,” one GOP lawmaker said Wednesday. “I just can’t imagine myself and my counterpart, on something this important to the country, having zero communication.”

Nunes’ behavior, the Republican lawmaker continued, is making it appear as though he is “somebody who’s in essence working for the administration.”

In a frustrated  tweet on Wednesday morning, Rep. Adam Schiff asked “what’s the holdup” in having former acting attorney general Sally Yates testify before the committee:

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Nunes canceled all hearings and meetings of the committee this week. White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said yesterday that the White House would permit it.

Said Spicer:

“I hope she testifies. I look forward to it. … If they choose to move forward, great. We have no problem with her testifying, plain and simple.”

Sean Spicer on Wednesday said he saw “nothing problematic” in Nunes continuing to lead the investigation:

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But Stephen Colbert pointed out last night exactly why it is more than problematic:

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Senate Intelligence Committee to Question 20 People in Trump-Russia Investigation, Starting Thursday: WATCH

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While the House Intelligence Committee investigation into the Trump campaign’s links to Russia are in chaos due to the subterfuge of its leader Rep. Devin Nunes, the Senate Intelligence Committee is moving right along and will question 20 people starting on Thursday, CNN reports:

Burr and Warner say they have 20 witnesses they plan to interview and have scheduled interviews with five of them so far. The committee leaders said that they are happy that President Donald Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, and former campaign chairman Paul Manafort have agreed to testify, but they have not yet decided when they will bring them in.

“To date, we have made 20 requests for individuals to be interviewed by the committee,” Burr said. “As we stand here today, five are already scheduled on the books, and probably within the next 10 days the remaining 15 will have a scheduled date for those individuals to be interviewed by our staff. We anticipate inviting additional individuals to come and be interviewed, and ultimately some of those interviewed individuals may turn into private or public hearings by the committee, but yet to be determined.”

Among those the committee appears to have talked to: Former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, who resigned after he misled administration officials regarding his communications with the Russian ambassador to the United States.

The NYT adds:

Each senator offered some evidence of what they had reviewed so far, with Mr. Warner saying that there could have been 1000 internet trolls in Russia who generated fake news stories and targeted them at swing states like Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania, and Mr. Burr noting that it was clear that Russians are “actively involved” in the French elections.

Watch a press conference from Chairman Richard Burr (R-NC) and Mark Warner (D-VA):

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Ivanka Trump to Become Official Federal Employee, Unpaid ‘Assistant to the President’

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Ivanka Trump is getting an official government position to go along with her West Wing office in the White House, the NYT reports:

“I have heard the concerns some have with my advising the president in my personal capacity while voluntarily complying with all ethics rules, and I will instead serve as an unpaid employee in the White House office, subject to all of the same rules as other federal employees,” Ms. Trump said in a statement on Wednesday…

“Throughout this process I have been working closely and in good faith with the White House counsel and my personal counsel to address the unprecedented nature of my role,” she said.

Ms. Trump’s title will be assistant to the president. Her husband, Jared Kushner, has the title of senior adviser.

…Ms. Trump’s lawyer, Jamie S. Gorelick, said that her decision stemmed from “her commitment to compliance with federal ethics standards and her openness to opposing points of view.”

NPR adds:

Julian Zelizer, a political historian at Princeton University, says Ivanka’s White House role raises concerns such as: “Do the rules apply on nepotism, on conflict of interest, on other kinds of regulations that employees face?”

Zelizer says previous presidents have relied upon children for input. For example, President Teddy Roosevelt’s daughter Alice frequently offered political advice, and George W. Bush often played an advisory role when his father, George H.W. Bush, was president.

But this situation is different because it appears Ivanka will be have an expansive portfolio, not just offer insights. She will not be sworn in, nor need Senate approval.

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Valerian, Billy Eichner, Harry Styles, Mark Latham, Darlene Cates, Aaron Schock, Bill Baroni: HOT LINKS

Chuck Schumer SessionsTHAW. Donald Trump says hit to Chuck Schumer: “It was the first six words exchanged between the president and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer in more than two months.”

SWITCH. Trump traded his unsecured Android for an iPhone.

BRIDGEGATE. Bill Baroni sentenced to two years in prison for role in scandal: “Mr. Baroni, 45, had been found guilty by a federal jury last fall of conspiracy and fraud following a seven-week trial. Bridget Anne Kelly, 44, who was Mr. Christie’s deputy chief of staff, was also convicted and will be sentenced later on Wednesday.”

Aaron Schock Downton AbbeyAARON SCHOCK. Staffer was FBI informant: “The staffer, who is not named, secretly taped conversations with Schock and people working in his office while Schock was still a member of Congress, according to a 30-page motion and attached memo that cites documents from the court discovery process. The informant took documents from Schock’s Illinois district office, including from another staffer’s desk and email inbox, and provided them to federal investigators, the documents say.”

RIP. Gilbert Grape mom Darlene Cates dies in her sleep at 69. “Cates was born in Borger, Texas and grew up in Dumas. Her breakout role in Hollywood was also her first when she was offered the role of a housebound mother in “What’s Eating Gilbert Grape.” The drama, which starred a young Johnny Depp, notably earned Leonardo DiCaprio his first Oscar nomination.”

SKY NEWS. Host sacked after pegging student who appeared in feminist video “gay”. Mark Latham: “I thought he was gay. Well, yes, who wouldn’t think that? Only later in the video did it become clear the students were reciting the words of women as part of some strange social media presentation.”

 

George MichaelLAID TO REST. Friends and family say good-bye to George Michael: “”George Michael’s family would like to thank his fans across the world for their many messages of love and support. We ask that the family’s wish for privacy be respected so that they can continue to live their lives privately, away from any media intrusion.”

ORLANDO. Mayors criticized for not saying LGBTQ in their announcement of the one-year anniversary memorial of the Pulse massacre. “If you’re going to be inclusive, you have to talk about everyone who was impacted. That’s not happening,” Sheehan said of the shootings in which 49 people were slain and dozens more wounded. “Frankly, I was afraid this was going to happen. I didn’t want it to be about the politicians. I wanted it to be about the people who were impacted.”

UK. World War II veteran comes out as transgender at 90.

SCARLETT JOHANSSON. I may run for office. “I’ve always been interested in local politics. Right now I think with my young daughter, and also as my career is going right now, it’s not the right time. But eventually, maybe if my daughter was older and I could totally focus myself on something like that. I think it could be interesting.”

ILLINOIS. Monmouth mayoral candidate DuWayne Brooks attacked online with anti-gay, racist slurs. “I cannot vote for you because you’re gay,” read one post.  “I do not want a gay mayor for Monmouth.”

HARRY STYLES. One Direction singer will make solo live debut on SNL.

billy eichnerAMERICAN HORROR STORY. Billy Eichner cast in Season 7: “As usual, details about Eichner’s character are being kept under wraps, but sources say he is playing a close confidant of Paulson’s character and mostly will be wearing mysterious tank tops. I hear Eichner will be in six or seven of the 11 episodes in Season 7, which begins shooting in May.”

TRAILER OF THE DAY. Luc Besson’s Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets.

HUMP DAY HOTTIE. Edwin S.

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Jack Falahee: It’s ‘Good Fun’ Being a ‘Sex Symbol’ and ‘Rewarding’ Playing a Gay Man

Jack Falahee, who plays Connor Walsh on the hit ABC drama television series How to Get Away with Murder, offered up some reflections as the show wrapped up its third season and after he posed for some chest-baring shots for Fault magazine in its most recent issue.

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While the 28-year-old Falahee admits to enjoying some attention, he is the first to point out that “I’m a sex symbol with the help of great makeup and lighting experts making me look a certain way on TV and magazines.” He also sounded a note of caution with respect to the experiences of women: “I’ve been discussing it with the women close to me. I obviously can never understand how women can go through life that way [being objectified] but I can see a glimpse of what that experience might feel like and it’s not a nice one.” Still, “nine times out of ten, it’s all good fun.”

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The character of Connor Walsh, who is gay and has an HIV-positive boyfriend, has “100% open[ed his] eyes to the LGBTQ struggle and I can’t stress that enough,” Falahee explained to Fault. He identifies as straight, something he had only clarified directly because of the 2016 election result, and also as an avowed LGBTQ ally:

I’m still not over how the much of an impact the show has made and a lot of that is Connor’s character and his importance to fans. It’s emblematic of my straight privilege, but I never thought his character would be so important to the LGBTQ community. When the finale came out and [insert significant plot point here!], seeing the Twitter reaction was so overwhelming and I was just overjoyed at how meaningful the character is to people.

Going into this, it was never written on the page that “Connor Walsh is a homosexual,” so when it came to the first love scene I just thought, “Wow, this guy is willing to do whatever it takes to get ahead” and now I know that was the heteronormativity in my mind back then that was rationalizing this whole aspect of his character.

It wasn’t until [series creator] Pete Nowalk was like “Oh no, Connor is gay” that I’ve been really trying to become a student of the history of LGBTQ rights and learning more about the struggle of those in the past and in the present day.  I asked Pete and my friends for a reading list on LGBTQ history because one of my favorite aspects about being an actor is that I’m continually having to learn about things I’ve been very uneducated on in the past.

The outpouring of love from the fans was so gratifying and humbling for me. Receiving messages from fans saying “Connor & Oliver helped me come out to my parents” is deeply rewarding and to be any small part of the courage needed to come out will forever be a blessing to me.

You can see more of Falahee, and Connor Walsh, before too long: How to Get Away with Murder was recently renewed for its fourth season. 

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