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Jun 12 2016
President Obama, National Groups & Figures Respond To Orlando Massacre Comments (0)

Feel free to alert me to any other prominent groups' statements, and I will archive them here.

Orlando Police:

List of victims (continually updating)

President Barack Obama:

President Barack Obama proclamation

As a mark of respect for the victims of the act of hatred and terror perpetrated on Sunday, June 12, 2016, in Orlando, Florida, by the authority vested in me as President of the United States by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, I hereby order that the flag of the United States shall be flown at half-staff at the White House and upon all public buildings and grounds, at all military posts and naval stations, and on all naval vessels of the Federal Government in the District of Columbia and throughout the United States and its Territories and possessions until sunset, June 16, 2016. I also direct that the flag shall be flown at half-staff for the same length of time at all United States embassies, legations, consular offices, and other facilities abroad, including all military facilities and naval vessels and stations.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this twelfth day of June, in the year of our Lord two thousand sixteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and fortieth.

National LGBTQ Task Force—Be You:

We are deeply shocked by this appalling act of violence against the LGBTQ community and our friends. Our thoughts are with the families and friends of those who have lost loved ones and with the injured. While the motive behind this crime remains unclear, our resolve to live openly and proudly remains undiminished. Now is a time for the whole nation to stand together against violence," said Rea Carey, Executive Director, National LGBTQ Task Force.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations, Orlando Chapter:

We condemn this monstrous attack and offer our heartfelt condolences to the families and loved ones of all those killed or injured. The Muslim community joins our fellow Americans in repudiating anyone or any group that would claim to justify or excuse such an appalling act of violence.

The Vatican:

The terrible massacre that has taken place in Orlando, with its dreadfully high number of innocent victims, has caused in Pope Francis, and in all of us, the deepest feelings of horror and condemnation, of pain and turmoil before this new manifestation of homicidal folly and senseless hatred. Pope Francis joins the families of the victims and all of the injured in prayer and in compassion. Sharing in their indescribable suffering he entrusts them to the Lord so they may find comfort. We all hope that ways may be found, as soon as possible, to effectively identify and contrast the causes of such terrible and absurd violence which so deeply upsets the desire for peace of the American people and of the whole of humanity.

The National Black Justice Coalition:

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Many of us woke up today to news that the U.S. saw the most violent mass shooting in our nation’s history – 50 killed, and more than 50 hospitalized in a mass shooting at a Latino event at a gay club in Orlando, Florida.

To the thousands of users in the Orlando area, our hearts are with you as you process such a senseless act of violence in your own backyard. To those who have friends and family in the area – including a number of our own staff at – we hope for healing and connection with your loved ones as soon as possible.

And to those around the country and globe who are deeply affected by this tragedy, we mourn with you and hope that very soon our communities can find solutions that put an end to terrible acts of violence like this.

Organizations in the area like the Central Florida Red Cross and Equality Florida are on the ground helping assist first responders and aid in the recovery. Visit their websites, follow them on social media, and even consider donating if you can to support their important work. The city of Orlando has also established a hotline to check on missing family members and loved ones here: (407) 246-4357.

In the coming days, we will learn more about this attack. Some of you may look to ways we can join together to express love or solidarity, and also ways we can work together to make change in Orlando, our country, and our world. We hope our platform can be of service.

Today all of us at stand in heartbroken solidarity and love with everyone affected by the Orlando shooting, and know that together we can make a better, safer, more hopeful world.

Lawyers' Committee:

We stand together with the LGBTQ community, Latino community, young people, and all of those impacted by yesterday’s mass shooting in Florida. Attacking any individual because of their sexual orientation, race or ethnic background is an assault on our collective humanity. And the ease in which the perpetrator of this crime was able to obtain assault weapons, is once again, a dark reminder of the urgent and long overdue reforms needed at the federal and state level to control access to guns in this county.

While the nation searches for answers, we must remain firmly committed to the principles of respect and tolerance that define us as a nation.  We must condemn misguided acts of retaliation and do our part to prevent a backlash against our Muslim neighbors.

Our democracy demands that we unite in the pursuit of equality, dignity and freedom that every individual in this country so rightly deserves. We call for vigilance against hate, overdue reform of gun laws and continued peace.

Congresswoman Gwen Moore (D-Wisconsin):

My heart aches over the tragic events that took place last night in Orlando, Florida. As details about this horrific incident emerge — including the background of the perpetrator — make no mistake, this was indeed an act of terror. This savage act was carried out in an effort to intimidate and terrify our LGBT brothers and sisters.

This senseless loss of life transpired in a club that was meant to be a safe space for an already vulnerable group of Americans, but we must never forget that an attack on the LGBT community is an attack on all of us. As we mourn for those whose lives have been touched by this act of barbarism, we must do everything in our collective power to put an end to the attitudes and behaviors that help cultivate a society where such hate can come to fruition. Today, Milwaukee stands with the City of Orlando and our nation’s LGBT community.

Jun 10 2016
Wanted Man: Hapless Cyclist Tackled By NYPD Makes Out Like A Bandit Comments (0)

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When President Obama's motorcade is about to pass through, that isn't the time to try to sneak through on your bike. That's what one man—on his way to a hook-up with another dude—found out after he got tackled by the NYPD for doing just that.

Now, Manhunt has decided to ease the horny guy's pain

From a release:

Manhunt was so moved by the story of the gay bicyclist on his way to a hook-up, who got tackled yesterday by the NYPD for driving too close to President Obama’s motorcade, that they are offering him a free year of Manhunt plus 52 free roundtrip Ubers.   That’s safe, motorized transportation for one hook-up per week!

Provencio says his hook-up lost interest after he was hours late due to being interrogated by the cops. “Manhattan men are huge on punctuality,” he told the NY Daily News.  Manhunt wants him to know that his Ubers are good within NYC's five boroughs so he’ll be able to extend his hunt outside of Manhattan where punctuality may not be as large of a concern.

Watch video of the cyclist getting taken down after the jump ...

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6-PACK — Gay Love In Iraq + Noah Galvin Mans Up, Apologizes To Colton Haynes ... Who Ain't Feelin' It + Coming Out In The '60s + Queer Proposal + Deadbeat Trump + Obama's Slow Jam! Comments (0)

BtooHug“Iraqi solider Btoo and Iraqi translator for the American army Nayyef, find love in the very country where their love is banned.” (Movie still via LOGO)

6a00d8341c2ca253ef01bb08e9cf88970d-800wiAbove: Out of Iraq, the greatest gay love story never told (till now), airs on LOGO June 13 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

6a00d8341c2ca253ef01bb08e9cf88970d-800wiNoah Galvin apologizes to Bryan Singer, Colton Haynes; Haynes does not accept:


A photo posted by Colton Haynes (@coltonlhaynes) on


6a00d8341c2ca253ef01bb08e9cf88970d-800wiOne man's story of being closeted in the '60s, coming out in the '70s ... and finding acceptance and love.

6a00d8341c2ca253ef01bb08e9cf88970d-800wiLea DeLaria proposes dropping LGBTQI (etc.) in favor of simply “queer.” Or do you despise that word?

6a00d8341c2ca253ef01bb08e9cf88970d-800wiTINY HANDS, BIG DEBTS: 100s of lawsuits claim Donald Trump is delinquent in paying monies due.

6a00d8341c2ca253ef01bb08e9cf88970d-800wiPresident Obama gets cooler by the day, slow-jams the news with Fallon while smacking down Trump:

Jun 09 2016
President Obama Steps Over The Borderline For Madonna! Comments (0)

A meeting of the Leo's! 🦄. A Cosmic Convergence!! . 2 ❤️#rebelhearts @jimmyfallon

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Madonna got to meet Barack Obama finally at a Wednesday taping of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, which airs tonight. I know what song she sang, and it's an oldie-but-a-goodie that she has been known to re-invent. I'm guessing it will somehow tie in with President Obama's visit, or it could be to commemorate the song's anniversary as a Top 10 hit (click here for the spoiler regarding the anniversary).

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If you're in NYC and you love Madonna (wait, why aren't we dating?), check out this upcoming double screening of her Virgin Tour and Truth or Dare! Definitely two peaks from her long, peaks-and-valleys-filled career.

Check out the event here and RSVP if you can make it! No Cover, buy one get one drinks till 9 p.m.!

Also, don't miss another installment of's all-Madonna dance party in NYC on June 16:


President Obama Heartily Endorses Hillary Clinton For President Comments (0)

President Obama has offered Hillary Clinton a full-throated, three-minute endorsement. FULL VIDEO after the jump:

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Jun 08 2016
Defiant Bernie Sanders: THE STRUGGLE CONTINUES Comments (0)

More like “the struggle isn't real.”

It's a shame that Bernie Sanders continues to fight a battle he has lost, and decisively, and that in his angry speech—given late in California and early on the East Coast, grumble—he could only refer to Hillary Clinton's history-making wins with a quick mention that he'd had a gracious call from her and congratulated her on her wins (to huge boos from his crowd, boos he didn't bother to hush).

Regardless, I have to say he faked me out—Sanders looked defeated when he began speaking and spent some time taking about how his movement isn't just about him, spoke of it almost in the past tense at times and stressed how he would do anything to keep Donald Trump out of office, so I almost though he might concede.

Instead, he vowed to fight for votes in D.C.'s primary and to take his revolution to the convention, after a pit stop at the White House to meet with President Obama on Thursday.

I agree with Hillary that his battle had merit, and it seems destined to have shifted things leftward in the Democratic party, but I wish he could have been less combative, sounded a more unifying note and could have acknowledged Hillary's incredible achievement rather than behaving as if he has a chance to win as opposed to having a chance to continue making an impact. It's not even about math anymore; it's entered the realm of physics.

I have to say that the results of the votes on Tuesday seem to show that Hillary has closed well (that foreign-policy speech vibed!), and also that Bernie's tactics are grating on rank-and-file Democrats. Hillary wasn't favored to win South Dakota, and she seems to have over performed in New Mexico, New Jersey and California (the latter of which could shift a LOT as the votes are counted).

I'll be curious to see how negatively he frames Hillary from now until the convention or until he surprise-concedes; it's worth noting he didn't attack Hillary in his speech tonight, and it's also worth noting his speech was just 17 minutes long.

I get that it's not the time to be dancing on your opponent's grave, and that every Bernie supporter who votes for Hillary in the general is one less vote for Donald Trump, but it's very hard to know how to work with people who are booing the presumptive nominee, the first female nominee of a major party, and who are chanting, “Bernie or bust!”

Maybe that horrendously unflattering Politico piece on Bernie's campaign is all true. It's depressing if he is the one actually calling so many bad shots.

Hillary Clinton: Herstory In The Making Comments (0)

Following an overwhelming win in New Jersey, wins in New Mexico and South Dakota, a strong showing in California (not final as I type this) and clearing the pledged delegate majority, Hillary Clinton will be her party's nominee for president, making history, and making it with grace—her speech this evening was nothing short of the kind of full-throated call for unity one would expect from a leader.


Stop for a moment and think of the tough stuff hurled at Hillary by Bernie and, much more so, by his surrogates Screen Shot 2016-06-08 at 1.07.44 AMand supporters. In spite of that (and some of it was fair, if tough), she isn't blowing off the movement that propelled Bernie from low single digits to waging a highly competitive primary. Rather, she is acknowledging the importance of the debate he inspired, and even said it's strengthened the party:

[Sanders] has spent his long career in public service fighting for progressive causes and principles and has excited millions of voters—especially young people—and let there be no mistake: Senator Sanders, his campaign, and the vigorous debate that we've had about how to raise incomes, reduce inequality, increase upward mobility, have been very good for the Democratic Party and for America.

But olive branches aside, Hillary also had some barbs for Donald Trump.

More memorably, she had so many touching, beautifully crafted (things not usually associated with her as a speaker) turns of phrase and anecdotes in tonight's speech, and it seems to be resonating especially well with women on social media. I loved her remembrance of her mom:

It really does take a village to raise a child and to build a stronger future for us all. I learned this a long time ago from the biggest influence in my life—my mother. She was my rock, from the day I was born till the day she left us. She overcame a childhood marked by abandonment and mistreatment and somehow managed not to become bitter or broken. My mother believed that life is about serving others, and she taught me never to back down from a bully, which it turns out was pretty good advice. This past Saturday would have been her 97th birthday because she was born on June 4, 1919 ... on the very day my mother was born in Chicago, Congress was passing the 19th Amendment to the Constitution. That amendment finally gave women the right to vote, and I really, I really wish my mother could be here tonight ... I wish she could see her daughter become the Democratic party's nominee.

Primary season is over, and Hillary is going to be the nominee. It really is going to be Hillary Clinton vs. Donald Trump. If you're progressive, even if you are not sold on Hillary, make your vote about what you think a candidate is likely to do in office, good and bad. Trump, a proud racist and misogynist and money-driven egotist, will do nothing progressive. He's gotta dance with who brung him, and who brung him are Republicans to the right of such righties as Paul Ryan and Lindsey Graham and many others. Hillary, who has patiently worked toward this moment her whole life, will—I believe—be more progressive than ever. She will be reacting to the mandate given not only to her but to Sanders and therefore the entire Democratic party, and will be free not to be so cautious and political.

At the very least, she will stack the Supreme Court with at least two progressive justices, she will continue to be an advocate for women and children, for minorities, for gay rights. Her HIV platform is amazingly thorough. I have no doubt she will work hard to expand on the debate over income inequality, and I would be surprised if most of her progressive detractors won't find that she over-delivers and far outpaces their admittedly low expectations.

As for me, I am incredibly proud, happy and moved by the events of this evening.

Celebs (and other Clintons!) reacting to Hillary clinching the nomination:

Jun 07 2016
Madonna Set To Perform On THE TONIGHT SHOW — In 2 Days — With President Obama In The House Comments (0)

Madonna is going to be the musical guest this Thursday night on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, the same episode on which President Obama will appear.

Obama will likely be talking about (or even unveiling) his endorsement of Hillary Clinton. Madonna will be ... ? I mean, she could be doing another Prince song, or she could be saluting Muhammad Ali with “Iconic,” or she could do something silly and funny with Jimmy that has a presidential vibe to it???


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