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08/20/2014

Country Musician Josey Greenwell Rebranded, 'Straightwashed' For Heterosexual Audience: VIDEO

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Josey Greenwell was a country musician who made waves by being out and proud, appearing in places like DNA Magazine and on Dr. Phil, gaining attention both for his music and his model looks. Then in January 2013 he vanished. Now, over a year later, enter Nate Green, a ripped, blonde-haired, blue-eyed new country music star who is immensely popular with the 13-24 female demographic...and just so happens to be the new "persona" for Greenwell.

It was all speculation until WeHo Confidential ran a story with confirmations from former bar co-workers and BNA Talent Group representative Josh Robbins, the latter of whom was shown a picture of "Nate" and immediatley said, "Oh, that's Josey Greenwell!"

Given the pigeonholing that tends to happen with gay artists it's understandable why Greenwell chose to rebrand. It's just a shame that the singer who told DNA Magazine, "Music should be about talent and not sexuality, but I'm proud of mine nonetheless," would trade the opportunity to shatter preconceptions for a nice big closet for him and his guitar.

Watch a video of 'Josey' performing at Motor City Pride in Detroit in 2012, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Posted Aug. 20,2014 at 10:00 AM EST by in Music | Permalink | Comments (11)


Department Of Labor Announces Protections For Transgender Employees Of Federal Contractors - VIDEO

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The Department of Labor has finally issued guidance to protect transgender employees of federal contractors from discrimination, reports Buzzfeed.

The move comes after an April 2012 decision by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) supporting a claim for discrimination against the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives filed by transgender woman Mia Macy.

The EEOC ruled in favor of Macy’s claim under the sex discrimination ban in Title VII of the Civil Rights Act because anti-transgender discrimination is a type of sex discrimination.

When Labor Secretary Tom Perez addressed the issue in February, he said that the issue was under review. However, it wasn’t until President Obama announced in June that he would be signing an executive order banning discrimination against LGBT employees of federally-funded organizations that Perez announced the Labor Department would be applying the Macy decision to the existing executive order.

The guidance was issued yesterday “[t]o clarify that existing agency guidance on discrimination on the basis of sex under Executive Order 11246, as amended, includes discrimination on the bases of gender identity and transgender status.”

Welcoming the decision, Sarah Warbelow, The Human Rights Campaign’s legal director, said:

“The Labor Department guidance issued today is a giant step toward ensuring American workers are judged based on the work they do, and never because of a fundamental aspect of who they are — like their gender identity.”

Watch a Center for American Progress profile of Mia Macy, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Fayetteville, Arkansas City Council Passes Non-Discrimination Ordinance: VIDEO

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Following nearly 10 hours of debate, the City Council in Fayetteville, Arkansas voted to pass a controversial non-discrimination ordinance by a vote of 6-2 at 3:20 AM Wednesday morning. The ordinance will provide protections for citizens against discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression in addition to discrimination based on age, gender, national origin, race, religion, disability, ethnicity, familial status, marital status, socioeconomic background and veteran status.

The Fayetteville Flyer reports: 

The new law means landlords and business owners could be investigated and prosecuted for unjustly evicting or firing someone because of their sexual orientation, gender identity, socioeconomic background, marital status or veteran status.

State and federal law prohibits discrimination based on someone’s age, gender, disability, race or religion. But in Arkansas there are no state-level non-discrimination laws that cover the other categories, including sexual orientation and gender identity.

The public meeting of the council that begin yesterday also saw many members of the public weigh in on the proposed ordinance. Fayetteville Mayor Lioneld Jordan referenced some of the stories shared by Fayetteville citizens when urging the council to pass the ordinance:

“Just today we’ve seen many of our citizens who’ve been excluded from the table of equality, and I believe it’s time for everyone to have a place at that table, no matter where they come from, what they believe or who they love,” he said.

“When we accomplish that then we can truly hold hands and sing, ‘The land of the free and the home of the brave,’ and actually mean it. We’ve got to go to some place we’ve never been or we’ll all just be stuck right where we are.”

Watch a news report on the meeting and the packed house the vote drew, AFTER THE JUMP…

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James Franco Goes Pantsless For The Ice Bucket Challenge: VIDEO

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We’ve seen ice bucket challenges that were shirtless, backless, Bom-bastic, and also Pratt-tastic. But James Franco, ever determined to entertain you, decided to take things a step further, completing the ALS ice bucket challenge pantsless, wearing only a “Moby Dick” tee shirt.

Watch Franco get chilly (and do a hula?), AFTER THE JUMP…

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Smithsonian Institution Adds LGBT History Artifacts

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Tuesday, the Smithsonian Institution added hundreds of artifacts (including photographs and papers) to document LGBT history. This is could be a big step for many who consider LGBT an underrepresented area of history.

The New Zealand Herald reports that, included among the objects will be props from Will and Grace. Show creators David Kohan and Max Mutchnick and NBC will submit scripts, drafts, and props to the Museum of American History.

WgWill and Grace was selected because it "used comedy to familiarize a mainstream audience with gay culture," said Curator Dwight Blocker Bowers. "It was daring and broke ground in the same way 'All in the Family' did in the 1970s around issues of bigotry and tolerance."

Also included among the submissions to the Smithsonian will be the original transgender flag. Monica Helms, the creator of the flag, has donated to the same collection as Will and Grace.

Via GA Voice, said Helms:

I’m totally amazed. This is an honor for the entire trans community...I’m not going to take all the honor. All I did was create the idea, but if the trans community didn’t embrace it, it wouldn’t have become as popular.

Also included in the Smithsonian additions will be trans sports pioneer Renee Richards’ tennis racket, the diplomatic passports of U.S. Ambassador to New Zealand and Samoa David Huebner and his husband, Duane McWaine. 

Posted Aug. 20,2014 at 8:48 AM EST by in News | Permalink | Comments (2)


Röyksopp & Robyn 'Do It Again' On 'Tonight Show': VIDEO

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On Monday night's Tonight Show, Robyn and Röyksopp took the stage to perform "Do It Again," a standout track from their collaborative EP of the same name.

Fans will be delighted to see that the Scandinavians didn't hold back for Fallon, and their set is completely in line with their style. Lights flash while Röyksopp stand cooly in the background, a couple of guys wear morph suits, and Robyn pulls out her signature moves. Also, she sports a geighties mullet that is truly exquisitie (above).

Check out these two new remixes of "Monument," a track also off Do It Again. And check out video of the performance, AFTER THE JUMP...

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