Posts tagged ‘Towleroad’

February 28, 2012

City of Samba – Carnaval 2011 in Rio

Via Towleroad

An awesome tilt shift time-lapse of Carnaval 2011 in Rio de Janeiro by Keith Loutit and Jarbas Agnelli. Never seen anything quite like it. Gorgeous.

January 27, 2012

Eric Ethington in I’m From Driftwood

Eric Ethington  of Pride in Utah (and all around cool guy)  tells his moving story as part of  the I’m From Driftwood Project.

January 4, 2012

I’m from Driftwood – A Hawaiian Elder.

What an amazing personal story from an older Hawaiian LGBT person.  Speaking of culture and colonialism and loving yourself.

The I’m From Driftwood Project is one of my faves.

January 14, 2011

In A Sense We Are All From Driftwood

Not sure how it slipped under my radar though I had heard of it a while ago but the I’m From Driftwood project is pretty interesting. Life is about individual stories and the project ( in conjunction with )  set about gathering stories.

Each story can simply be read or you can watch the video that goes along with it. I find the videos more powerful but your mileage may vary.

Here is one sample that I shamefully chose because it if from my city but also because it is so happy and empowering :

See the other Driftwood stories here.


January 3, 2011


via Towleroad

In this photo handout from The Nate Berkus Show, Nate Berkus surprises Wendy Walsh, the mother of 13-year old Seth Walsh who hanged himself this past September…

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November 11, 2010


I like Skype as much as the next person so I was surprised I had never heard of the concept of e-marriage.

Via Towleroad


Rick Kamel of the ‘Legal E-marriage Project‘ contacted Towleroad with photos and a report from what he’s calling “the first digital gay wedding ever to take place in Dallas, Texas and indeed the nation.”

Kamel writes: “Digital matrimony history was made when Thomas Mark Reed and Dante Karl Walkup, after 10 years as partners, were wed in Dallas. Duly authorized officiant, Shelia Alexander-Reid, administered the vows via Skype from the District of Columbia.”

Read the rest on Towleroad here.



November 8, 2010

Finland says it gets better.

Thanks to Towleroad for discovering that Finland now has its own It Gets Better video. As Towleroad notes the video features Foreign Minister Alexander Stubb and Justice Minister Tuija Brax . If you aren’t seeing the closed captioning click the upward pointing triangle on the bottom and select CC.

Happy my mobile phone is a ‘Made in Finland’ Nokia E71-2 right now.


November 4, 2010

What a great mother.

I was going about my  business when I came across this rather amazing blog entry via author David Levithan on Facebook.  She helped her five year old son  to dress as Daphne from Scooby Doo for Halloween  and learned a quick lesson on the ugly face of bullying.

If my daughter had dressed as Batman, no one would have thought twice about it. No one.

But it also was heartbreaking to me that my sweet, kind-hearted five year old was right to be worried. He knew that there were people like A, B, and C. And he, at 5, was concerned about how they would perceive him and what would happen to him.

Just as it was heartbreaking to those parents that have lost their children recently due to bullying. IT IS NOT OK TO BULLY. Even if you wrap it up in a bow and call it ‘concern.’  Those women were trying to bully me. And my son. MY son.

It is obvious that I neither abuse nor neglect my children. They are not perfect, but they are learning how to navigate this big, and sometimes cruel, world. I hate that my son had to learn this lesson while standing in front of allegedly Christian women. I hate that those women thought those thoughts, and worse felt comfortable saying them out loud. I hate that ‘pink’ is still called a girl color and that my baby has to be so brave if he wants to be Daphne for Halloween.

Go to Nerdy Apple Bottom‘s site to read the rest.

UPDATE: Apparently, CNN called Rent-An-Idiot to find a psychologist who can’t read. I say this because  when they interviewed the Mom in question he reacted by disagreeing with her decision to ‘out’ her son on her blog. Out? He is 5 years old he isn’t gay, straight, anything – he is simply a  5 year old boy – which is precisely the point his Mom was making in her blog. The blog entry was about letting kids be themselves and grow up in a nurturing caring environment.  It was a condemnation of judgment and bullying.  Somewhere in the US it is possible to graduate with a psych degree without being able to read. See the video here.

UPDATE 2:  Towleroad has posted an excellent Today Show interview with mom Sarah. Like her even more now. See the Towleroad page here.

November 1, 2010

Another good local article on bullying … and Ricky Martin

T&T’s own Outlish Magazine has published yet another interesting article that is worth a read. (via @HaydnDunn)It is written partly in Trinidad dialect so feel free to ask for translations via Twitter or the comments section.

If a friend calls another friend a “fag”, does that make it funny? ‘Cause they’re friends nah, and is ah joke!

Now if the friend decides to rile up, people will say, “Boy, how you could be emotional so? Wait nah! Yuh crying? Buh like you is really a fag boy? Alyuh, look dis boy upset oui!”

This kind of jeering happens every day. Consider some of the scenarios. The girl in primary school who used to pee down herself, and was labelled “Pee-pee Girl”, until she escaped to secondary school. The boy who stuttered in ‘lessons’, and other boys would make stuttering jokes, while the entire class would crack up, before the teacher entered.

Whatever happened to them?

Read the rest here.

Blabbeando has published an early peek at Ricky Martin’s autobiography   titled Me ( Yo in espanol obviously) that indicates it should be an interesting read.

Via Towleroad

It wasn’t until his 30’s, Martin writes, that he began to feel comfortable with his sexuality but, even then, the singer admits he began to enjoy the ‘spice’ of keeping his sexual encounters secret.

He didn’t know how he would say it, but he wanted to say it, so he began to loosen the ropes little by little. The provocative video from the opening of his “White and Black” concerts, in which he appeared with words painted on his body such as “accept yourself” and “discover yourself” was the start of his coming out of the closet.

But it was the birth of his children, Mateo and Valentino, that gave him the final push . “When I held them in my arms for the first time, I not only realized just how simple and beautiful life could be, but I felt the need to be transparent with them,” says [Martin], who establishes his own commitment to defend the human rights of gays, lesbians and transgender people. He rejects discriminatory words such as “maricón”, “puto” and “pato” [words that can be interchangeably translated as “fag” in areas of Latin America].

Read the rest here.

October 29, 2010

Don’t get Andy Towle pissed off with you either…

When Andy Towle of uploads a post called  Watch: The Infuriating Iowa Bigot Nitwit Parade Marches On – you just know it is  going to be good. The interviewer in the clip is spot on too.

Read it on Towleroad here.