"How is he fitting in with his Rams teammates?"
Michael Sam, the first openly gay player in the NFL, is currently hard at work training with his team the St. Louis Rams as they prepare for the forthcoming new football season and was the subject of a “news report” on ESPN‘s SportsCenter yesterday. For some reason, the folks at ESPN thought it would make a good “news report” to focus on Michael Sam‘s locker room showering habits. You see, as an openly gay man, it is important — ESPN believed — to let the world know if/how/when/etc. Michael Sam (a gay man) showers or doesn’t shower with his fellow teammates (presumably straight men). Click the embed above to watch the “news report” in full.
After the segment aired, ESPN was inundated with complaints over the “news report” to the point where ESPN decided to apologize today for airing the segment. You can read their apology below. More »
Love Is Love
Queen Latifah and friends made their way to Sardinia for a little holiday over the weekend and were spotted out in public having the time of their lives. Latifah was photographed sharing a sweet kiss with a woman that is being described as her girlfriend, even tho we don’t know the exact nature of the couple’s relationship. Friends kiss all the time, so there really isn’t anything all that monumental going on in these photos … but considering Queen Latifah‘s support of same-sex marriage and, well, many years of rumors about her personal life, it’s natural that these photos might get tongues wagging again. I’m certain that if Queen Latifah has anything to say — or announce — about her personal life, she will find the right time to do so. I don’t think that photos like this can be taken as any sort of declaration … other than the fact that love is love. Latifah tweeted the following over the weekend, right around the time these photos were taken:
Get some rest and have a great week Twitter fam! Xoxo
For now, I think that is all we need to know about Latifah‘s feelings these days. I’m curious to see if she will comment on the photos specifically but in all honesty, she doesn’t have to say a thing if she doesn’t want to. All I know is that she looks really happy. That pretty much says it all.
[Photo credit: Ciao Pix/ FrezzaLaFata/AKM-GSI /AKM-GSI]
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Congrats, Ted & Jason
Earlier this week, Lupita Nyong’o was among the invited guests at a friend’s wedding and she lovingly shared photos from the couple’s nuptials on her official Instagram profile. Lupita‘s hairstylist Ted Gibson married Jason Backe in a beautiful wedding ceremony on the Hudson River in New York City. Along with a collage of photos of the wedding ceremony, Lupita also shared a sweet message for the couple as well. Check out the photos and read her caption below. More »
"We have very specific ideas about Daryl’s sexuality"
In an interview with Robert Kirkman, the creator of The Walking Dead, the subject of badass character Daryl Dixon‘s sexuality came up, prompting Kirkman to comment a bit about whether or not the character will be portrayed as gay on the TV series. Daryl Dixon, as you may know, is played by actor Norman Reedus and, thus far, he has not had any romantic relationships at all on the show. When asked if Daryl will be gay on the show and/if he will have a romantic relationship on the show, Kirkman gave as much information as he could without spoiling the forthcoming season. Click below to read what he had to say. More »
I LOVE THIS SO HARD
Now this is interesting. Even those of us who think we “get” the gay community and who believe we support gay rights are still making errors in our understanding of non-hetero sexuality. I think this exchange between Anna Paquin of True Blood and Larry King perfectly captures some of society’s general misgivings. The two discussed many things—including the end of her HBO series and her life as a young actor. But the line of questioning regarding Paquin‘s sexuality was very telling click inside for more!
The Hot 100
Each year Attitude magazine asks its readers to vote for the Sexiest Man in their Hot 100 poll and this year, readers have selected British diver Tom Daley as the Sexiest Man of all. Tom graces the cover of the new issue of Attitude, devoted to his big sexy win, and as you can see below, he kinda fits the bill. Attitude has also provided a cute video of Tom thanking their readers for their votes … which you can watch in full below. More »
A circuit judge in Florida has just ruled that the state’s ban on same-sex marriage is in direct violation of the US constitution and, as such, has been struck down. Circuit Judge Luis Garcia in Monroe County issued his ruling just a short time ago, making Florida the latest state to have it’s ban on same-sex marriage struck down as unconstitutional (you may recall that Kentucky’s ban on same-sex marriage was struck down earlier this month and Indiana and Wisconsin‘s bans on same-sex marriage were struck down last month alone). Pending appeal, no doubt, Florida is poised to become the 20th state in the US to enjoy marriage equality — BUT only in one county! Yeah, it’s complicated … read on to learn more More »
Posted under: Same-Sex Marriage
"I have a lot of experience being part of something bigger than myself"
St. Louis Rams football player Michael Sam was honored at the ESPY Awards here in Los Angeles, CA last night with the 2014 Arthur Ashe Courage Award and as you can see above, he delivered a powerful speech upon accepting his award. Thankfully, the ESPY Awards allows winners to speak at length when they receive their awards so Michael was allowed to deliver his entire 5 minute long speech. Wow. Michael covered a lot of ground in his speech and didn’t manage to make me start crying until about the 3 minute mark. Trust me, people, you’re going to want to spend 5 minutes watching this speech. Click the embed above to watch Michael Sam‘s ESPY Awards speech and then click below to see a great photo of Michael and his boyfriend Vito Cammisano on the red carpet before the awards show. More »
"He dies heroically. He dies selflessly."
Back in April we learned that comic book character Archie Andrews would be killed off in the ironically titled comic book series Life With Archie in a special issue that will be released this week. Today we learn how Archie will be killed as we get our first look at the cover of this special commemorative double issue. Killing off comic book characters isn’t anything new but the way in which Archie is killed in Life With Archie is fairly new and unique. Archie will be shot and killed defending his gay best friend Kevin Keller. Click below to learn more about the forthcoming death of Archie Andrews. More »
A Sports Star is Born
Michael Sam, one of the newly drafted players for the St. Louis Rams football team and the first openly gay player in the NFL, is featured on the cover and in the pages of the new issue of Out magazine. The cover story interview is an interesting read particularly because of the defensiveness that Sam exudes at the start of the interview because of his distrust of the media. Because of his place as the first openly gay player in the NFL, absolutely everything that he does is scrutinized and criticized. The interview article is a great read and the photos that accompany the feature are great as well. Click thru the gallery to see Michael Sam‘s first cover story feature for Out magazine and then click HERE to read the interview in full. The scrutiny he has faced thus far is only the beginning. But my gut tells me that his talent and his fortitude will allow him to win the day and prove to be a very successful NFL star.
Posted under: Michael Sam, Out Magazine