Saturday, August 16, 2014

You Must Be My Lucky Star


Madge turns 56 today.

WATCH: Neon Trees Tyler Glenn Talks Growing Up Gay and Mormon



The clip comes from Far Between, an in-the-works documentary about LGBTQIA Mormons. You can support the film by contributing to its Kickstarter campaign HERE.

WNBA Star Brittany Griner Gets Engaged To Tulsa Shock's Glory Johnson


WNBA star Brittany Griner proposed to her girlfriend, Tulsa Shock player Glory Johnson, and now the two are an engaged couple.

Griner, who plays for Phoenix Mercury, posted an Instagram photo of her proposal to Johnson, writing  “"Last Night was a Night to Remember I became the happiest person on this earth! (almost pass out but when that one word came out I came back to life) Me and my baby @missvol25 are in it for Life!"

Friday morning Johnson posted her own Instagram pic of a sleeping Griner, placing her engagement ring on her new fiance's shoulder blade. To accompany the picture, she wrote " "What I get to wake up to @brittneygriner #LoveMakesYouDoTheCraziestThings."

Congratulations to the happy couple.

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Happy Birthday Whitney


Church Cancels Man's Funeral Because He Was Gay

Julion Evans and Kendall Capers

The mother and husband of a Tampa, Florida man say a church canceled his funeral service was he gay.

The Advocate reports that Julie Atwood "received a phone call from Pastor T.W. Jenkins of the New Hope Missionary Baptist Church, in which he said having her son Julion Evans's service there would be blasphemous because Evans was gay. Members of the church had seen that Evans's husband, Kendall Capers, was listed as his surviving spouse in his obituary. Capers and Evans, who wed in Maryland last year, were together for 17 years before Evans died of a rare illness called amyloidosis, which destroys bodily organs."

Atwood told Tampa TV station WFLA the church's decision--which came after members complained about having Evan's funeral there, giving the family 24 hours to move the funeral and causing some mourners to miss the service--was "devastating."

"I did feel like he was being denied the dignity of death," she said.

Jenkins said his church would have been "in error to allow the service in our church," adding, "I'm not trying to condemn anyone's lifestyle, but at the same time, I am a man of God, and I have to stand up for my principles."

Fact is, the church has the right to hold or not whatever funeral they choose. But it doesn't change the fact it was a horrible, shitty thing to do.

Caper has announced plans to start a foundation to research amyloidosis.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Renisha McBride Porch Shooter Found Guilty


Theodore Wafer, the Detroit-area man who shot and killed unarmed 19-year-old Renisha McBride, has been found guilty of second degree murder, manslaughter and felony firearm in a fatal shooting.

The jury, which consisted of seven men and five women, took less than two days to reach a verdict after nine days of testimony.

McBride came to Wafer's house after crashing her vehicle into a parked car. According to witnesses, McBride was disoriented and was likely seeking help, and was intoxicated at the time of the incident.

The Associated Press reports that Wafer testified "that he was awakened after hearing an "unbelievable" pounding at both the front and side doors of his home. He investigated the noise, which included grabbing his 12-gauge shotgun and opening his door. He claims that McBride rushed him from the side of the porch and that he fired through the screen door, shooting her in the face and killing her.

"She was a young girl looking for help," prosecutor Patrick Muscat told jurors, AP reports. "What he did had to be immediately necessary and it wasn't. It was reckless. It was negligent. I don't know how to describe it. It was horrific.

"How about shutting the door? ... How about calling 911?" Muscat said. "No, what he does is he engages. He creates the confrontation."

Wafer is scheduled to be sentenced August 21, and faces up to life in prison.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

WATCH: Laverne Cox Talks Emmy Nomination, Gender Identity On CBS This Morning

Target Supports Marriage Equality Through Federal Suit



Interesting. Target has signed an amicus, or friend of the court, brief supporting marriage equality in two cases before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. The cases, Baskin v. Bogan in Indiana and Wolf v. Walker in Wisconsin, are both being appealed after federal courts struck down marriage bans in both states.

"As our leadership team discussed signing on, we took time to consider the bigger questions at hand,"Jodee Kozlak, Target's executive vice president and chief human resources officer, explained today. "This brief is important, as the issues it addresses have significant impact on businesses. But it is more than that, and we agreed that now is the right time to more directly share our views on this issue."

Target has been criticized in the past for donating to anti-gay candidates and political groups. However, the company has contributed money to pro-LGBT organizations in recent years, and has featured same-sex couples in advertisement. Target also scored 100 percent on HRC's 2013 Corporate Equality Index, which rates businesses on LGBT equality in the workplace. 

Saturday, August 2, 2014

We've Got The Beat



Okay, so posting has been a wee light this week--partly because of freelance work (check out my recaps of Orange Is The New Black and True Blood over at Butlerway.com)--but mainly due to toiling over "Beat The Breaker," another track from Bougie Beats, my still-in-the-works EP.

While "Une Peu Maison," "Euphoria" and "Nightlife" are in the house/techno vein, "Beat The Breaker" as the title implies, is a breakbeat track, with snatches of trap and Southern rap(which, if we're being real, is 90 percent of what trap basically is--Southern rap filtered through electronic production) blended in.

"Beat The Breaker" went through a few stages; first it had an ambient, watery kind of sound. Oceanic synth pop if you will--hmmm I may to revisit that at some point--before morphing into a minimalist, bass-heavy house track. Neither version was coming together, but just as I would about to bang my head against my keyboard and rend my garments, I found a pair of synths and a breakbeat loop and all was right with the world.

With "Beat The Breaker" in the can, I have just one more track in mind and the EP will be complete. I also have ideas for a logo, album cover, a photoshoot and remixes that should be coming down the pike in the coming months.

Take a listen to "Beat The Breaker" below.

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