Switzerland, Gay Marriage, Public Vote; Sharon Osborne on Rosie O’Donnell’s Daughter; Sam Smith Nominated

Switzerland, Gay Marriage, Public Vote

This article is exactly why I didn’t want gay marriage put to a public vote here in the US. I don’t want my fate decided by a segment of the public who doesn’t know how to separate religion from government. And I support religion completely. I’m not an atheist by any means. I can be very conservative on many issues, not fitting into the typical gay stereotype. I also support religious freedom as long as it doesn’t stand in the way of equal rights. 

This is happening in Switzerland.

Switzerland could become the first Western European country to block gay marriage through a referendum changing its constitution.
On 28 February 2016, Swiss citizens are called to vote in a referendum on four confederate bills; one of them, titled For Marriage and Family – against the marriage penalty, could block marriage equality.
Initiated by the Christian Democratic People’s Party of Switzerland (CVP), part of the Swiss coalition government, the civil initiative seeks to add a paragraph into the federal constitution defining marriage as being between man and woman.

I am curious to see how it turns out. According to US polls, support for same sex marriage in the US is continuing to rise. However, the LGBT+ community is still a minority, not a majority. And I don’t think it’s fair to have a public vote on the rights of a minority. In the US, this is why we have a constitution and laws protecting everyone from discrimination. It’s a system that works.  

You can check this out here.

Sharon Osborne on Rosie O’Donnell’s Daughter

The only reason I’m following up on this is because I posted about Rosie O’Donnell’s daughter disappearing and that story was extremely sketchy. Frankly, I’m not a huge Rosie fan and I can live without Osborne, too. Rosie lost me on The View years ago. I’ve always believed dirty laundry is for the hamper, not twitter.

In any event…

Sharon Osbourne is speaking out passionately in defense of Rosie O’Donnell whose daughter complained in a recent interview that O’Donnell smokes pot, has a short fuse and delegates a lot of her parental duties up to nannies.
‘It’s just one of those ugly, horrible situations – the heartbreak that Rosie must be going through,’ Osbourne said on The Talk, the daytime show on which she is a co-host. ‘These arguments, it’s horrible when they go public.’

You can read the rest here, if you care. 

Sam Smith Nominated

Now here’s a guy I love, Sam Smith. He’s hard-working, excellent at his craft, and he’s taken some of the worst punches I’ve seen in a while with complete grace. In fact, I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything negative coming from him.

Taylor Swift may have gotten the most American Music Awards nominations today with six but Sam Smith had a strong showing with three AMA nods.
The openly gay British singer-songwriter was nominated in the Artist of the Year, Favorite Album and Favorite Male Artist categories.

Well done.

You can check that out here. 

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RIP Taylor Negron; Rosie Says Fuck; Daniel Franzese Naked on Looking

RIP Taylor Negron

The openly gay comedian who once played a character in the film, Fast Times at Ridgemont High, has passed.

His cousin, Chuck Negron of the 1970s band Three Dog Night, announced his passing Saturday (10 January) in a YouTube video. 

‘I want to inform you that my cousin Taylor Negron just passed away,’ he said. 

‘His mother, his brother Alex and my brother Rene and his wife Julie were all there with him. 

‘May he rest in peace.’

You can read the rest here. 

He made some interesting comments about fame and he trained under Lucille Ball. I’ve always thought that when an actor…or anyone in the arts…can make a viable living and gain a certain amount of exposure he or she did something right. In other words, he wasn’t one of those million lights of broken hearts on Broadway. And, not everyone wants to be George and Anal Clooney. 

Rosie Says Fuck

We all say fuck, think it, and often write it, but when someone says it aloud on TV it make headlines.

On The View, Rosie and Nikki Glaser were discussing the make-you-happy-cry speech good old George Clooney gave at the Gloden Globes about his new wife, Her Royal Highness Lady Anal Clooney, and Rosie slipped and said, “Fuck.” I don’t even think it’s post-worthy, but everyone else does so I’m sharing it.

Glaser tried to provide some solace to the women who are sad the have the eternal bachelor off of the market. 

‘She’ll age, and then they’ll have a chance,’ Glaser joked. 

Glaser then received a high five from O’Donnell who then let the four-letter expletive slip.

You can read the rest here. 

Daniel Franzese Naked on Looking

Daniel Franzese is an actor on Looking who plays a 36 year old HIV poz dude who works at a shelter for homeless trans kids. He’s getting involved with one of the show’s regular characters, Augustin, this season. In real life, Franzese recently came out, and he’s adorable. 

The two will have some explicit sex scenes in upcoming episodes. 

‘He’s a fantastic scene partner,’ Franzese says of Alvarez. ‘We have a mutual respect for one another and want all of that stuff to look great to tell the story. We lose ourselves in the moment. … Plus, he’s a darling of a person.’ 

The actor says he gave producers a ‘no limits policy’ on sex scenes. 

‘I was like, if I’m gonna be cute and I’m gonna be sexy, let’s do it. Whatever you need. I’m free and open to that stuff. With this show the sex scenes are important to tell the story. It’s one of the things that’s made the show so critically well-received and why they get the accolades, the sex is real and important and it still manages to be hot. 

‘Sometimes the sounds you hear in a sex scene are hotter than the way they do it. I was down to do that. If I’m going to be in something that’s intimate, I trust their vision. If anything comes up, I’m ready.’

This comment is particularly interesting because, once again, it shows how hard it STILL is for some to come out in certain professions.

‘People have always asked if I was really gay,’ he wrote. ‘While my reps usually lied to protect me. My friends and family all knew the truth but now it’s time everyone does. Perhaps this will help someone else.’

I think it makes a big difference for other gay men who are in the closet. I’m not even in the closet and it makes a difference to me. The rest is here.