26 posts categorized "DUSTIN LANCE BLACK"
UPDATE: NBC News is reporting that Mateen called 911 moments before he began shooting in order to pledge allegiance to the leader of ISIS.
Evidence is mounting that Omar Mateen, the 29-year-old Port St. Lucie, Florida, resident and security guard—and American-born U.S. citizen—either had ties to the Islamic State or at the very least was a lone wolf who had sworn allegiance to it. If nothing else, it is clear he was radicalized; the government was aware of him as a threat, but was not aware he was planning any attacks.
From Daily Beast:
The attack is being investigated as an act of domestic terrorism. Rep. Adam Schiff, the top Democrat on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, said on CNN that, according to Homeland Security and local law enforcement officials, Mateen “made a pledge of allegiance” to ISIS and had been “heard praying in a foreign language.” It is unclear if Mateen was praying during the shooting, Schiff said.
Mateen's father is claiming the shooting had “nothing to do with religion” and everything to do with Mateen's homophobic response to seeing two men kiss recently, but his explanation is either a bald-faced lie or yet another example of the close friends and family members of radicalized terrorists and even just nut jobs having no idea what their loved ones were really up to.
Florida's useless Gov. Rick Scott, an anti-gay Republican, has declared a state of emergency in the area of the shooting (Orange County) and has briefed the press—but has not talked about the fact that LGBT people were the targets.
Florida Governor Rick Scott issues state of emergency in Orange Country, following deadly mass shooting. pic.twitter.com/6XaDucRdr0— NBC Nightly News (@NBCNightlyNews) June 12, 2016
As the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history, this event will undoubtedly spawn countless tragic stories in the days and weeks to come. I was struck with dread by this anecdote from Daily Beast:
Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer told CNN that the death toll jumped from 20 to 50 as additional victims were found inside the club. Personnel could not go in immediately as there were suspected explosives. According to Dyer, there were five to eight hostages in one room with the shooter and another 15-20 in a separate room at the time when police entered.
Mina Justice’s son Eddie was inside the club and texted her when the gunshots erupted, the Associated Press reports. Justice told his mom he and others ran into the bathroom to hide.
“He’s coming,” Justice texted, adding later: “He has us, and he’s in here with us.”
“That was the last conversation,” his mother said.
In other news, an instantly notorious tweet from Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick of Texas, an avowed anti-gay crusader, was apparently scheduled to be posted well in advance of the shootings, so was not intended to blame the victims' sexual orientations for their murder.
Politicians and celebrities react to the mass murder here.
Notable gay voices reacting to the slaughter:
Sobbing.— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) June 12, 2016
My heart goes out to all those affected by this terrible tragedy in Orlando. There are no words. Sending love and prayers.— Matt Bomer (@MattBomer) June 12, 2016
I am sickened to awake to the horrific news out of #Orlando. Smiling, happy, dancing people gunned down for no reason. Hug your friends. ❤️🌈— Ross Mathews (@helloross) June 12, 2016
💔💔💔💔💔💔💔💔💔💔💔💔💔💔💔💔💔💔💔💔💔💔💔💔💔💔💔💔💔💔💔💔💔💔💔💔💔💔💔💔💔💔💔💔💔💔💔💔💔💔 My heart is broken for all 50 & their families. #Orlando 🌈— Ross Mathews (@helloross) June 12, 2016
My heart goes out 2 the families & friends of those who lost their lives in Orlando last nite. A sad, horrific day in US history.— Sean Hayes (@theseanhayes) June 12, 2016
Hard to contemplate devastating news of worst mass shooting in US history in Orlando at LGBT club. Thoughts & prayers w families of victims.— Craig Zadan (@craigzadan) June 12, 2016
i want so badly to just be brave, but this weekend has made me so scared. meet & greets after a tour stop? gay bars during pride month?— Tyler Oakley (@tyleroakley) June 12, 2016
The only words I have tonight pic.twitter.com/vN82TW9Z92— Simon Curtis (@simoncurtis) June 13, 2016
The GOP was AWOL on Trump; the Clintons take him very seriously.
DiCaprio's first of many Oscar losses (GIF via MTV)
First promo image for Caitlyn Jenner's lipstick, Finally Free.
Dustin Lance Black non-credibly asserts he was just joshin' with Sam Smith.
Hot jock Lampis Luca.
Lampis Luca (Image via Wicked Gay Blog)
Looks like Sam Smith, 23, has more maturity and grace than Dustin Lance Black, self-described “Oscar Owner,” 41: He has responded to Black's unseemly objections to Smith's speech with an apology and a clarification:
Also of note, Ian McKellen (the source of Smith's impression about gay men winning Oscars), chimed in with this equally classy and gracious tweet:
UPDATE: As if Black's tweet was not already incredibly petty and defensive, he has taken the battle to TMZ. Classy. He's hiding behind moral outrage over Smith not knowing his LGBT history, but the tweet's tone and the inclusion of Tom Daley speaks volumes.
Sam Smith stepped in it when he timidly said he thought he may be the first openly gay man to win an Oscar (he was mistaken—many have won Oscars, none have won acting Oscars), but the backlash he's received is ridiculous.
Correct the young man, don't burn him at the stake. The content of his speech was about inclusion and about being out.
I'm particular disappointed in Dustin Lance Black's bitchy tweet. Apparently miffed to have been overlooked by Smith, he got personal, suggesting that Smith has been inappropriately texting Black's fiancé, Tom Daley.
Really beneath him.
SECOND UPDATE: Now Dustin Lance Black wants to be sure you view him as a brave gay man who paved the way for us:
THE POINT: knowing our LGBTQ history is important. We stand on the shoulders of countless brave men and women who paved the way for us.— Dustin Lance Black (@DLanceBlack) February 29, 2016
Harry Borden shoots fiancés Dustin Lance Black and Tom Daley for Out, in a series of images showing their cuddly, romantic side.
In the feature, Black talks about the first time he met Daley, when the diver was 18:
First off, let me be honest: When Tom walked in I was, like, Oh my God, he’s so cute. I knew who he was — I’d watched the Olympics — but in person I found him more mature and confident than I had expected. He came in with this gaggle of beautiful women so I had no idea what his sexuality was. In fact, he seemed all loved up on this beautiful blonde, so I thought, Well, there you go. But occasionally I would look over to my right and I would catch Tom looking at me — that split second when someone is looking at you before they realize they’ve been caught and look away. And I thought, That’s not straight.
But cruising turned to love pretty quickly:
He texted me the next morning, and then I texted him after dinner that night to see what he was up to. He said, “Oh, I’m having a party at my house, if you’d like to come.” I replied that I had work the next day, but there was a bar at the hotel if he wanted to come over. And long story short, he came over, and we literally spent three or four hours talking about the crap that we’d been through. His brother had only just passed away, and my dad had died in 2011, and we talked about his mum and her struggles with her illnesses — sadly, she’s no longer with us — and we just really connected. It was one of the first times that I felt, Oh my God, this isn’t just a thing where I am attracted to someone. This is someone that I’ve connected with on a whole new level. It was new for me, and that was when I thought, Shit, I’m in trouble here.
They talked about marriage within two weeks of meeting
Read the rest of their story at Out.
Apparently the peen one is faked, but these Zac gifs are boner-inducing.
“Hell, no,” Hillary won't apologize to Trump over terror claim.
Podesta doubles down on terror claim: Trump is ISIS recruiter.
San Francisco dude who loves Trump arrested over possible bomb plot.
No indictment in Sandra Bland's bizarre death.
John Boyega on racist Star Wars fans.
Maybe let's just say the food is “bad” instead of “insensitive?”
Chelsea Clinton is preggers!
Aretha Franklin was rude at a The Color Purple performance.
There's a boy band called Franklin Lake, a member called TayTay Stahrz & he's bi.
NewNowNext enjoys the new Steve Grand cuddle-fest.
Luke Evans has piercing eyes, pierced nips.
Billy Reilich celebrates winter in L.A.
Tom Daley and Dustin Lance Black announced their engagement via The Times of London, with no fanfare. Congrats to the couple.