Sunday Funday Is Giving Thanks for Queer Folks and Dianna Agron’s Fake Mustache

Hello, giblets! This year at Thanksgiving dinner I came to terms with adulthood when I proclaimed, “I just don’t get blackout on the holidays like I used to.” But it all worked out anyway.

ICYMI: Lady Gaga Does Thanksgiving With The Muppets

RuPaul, Lady Gaga, and the Muppets walk into a bar.

The Salvation Army Takes It Back

The Salvation Army has removed ex-gay therapy links from their website, and a new statement claims that they don’t think being gay is a sin. SAY WHAAAT?!

The Salvation Army has taken down links from its website to two “ex-gay” ministries.

The links, posted under resources for dealing with “sexual addictions,” ferried users to the websites of Harvest USA and Pure Life Ministries, which promote the idea that gay people can – and should – alter their sexuality…

“We apologize for our oversight and any confusion this may have caused,” wrote Jennifer Byrd, the group’s director of communications. “The Salvation Army does not consider homosexual orientation a sin. Please know that we serve anyone who comes to our doors without discrimination.”

A Bar Mitzvah Speech You Can Believe In

When Duncan McAlpine Sennett became a man, he used his soapbox to speak out about marriage equality.

Sennett says those who disagree with him on marriage equality often claim “traditional marriage” is between only one man and one woman. But that’s not what he found in his reading. “The definition of traditional marriage has changed a lot since the days of the Torah, so why can’t it change just a little bit more so everybody can marry who they love?”

Dianna Agron Makes A Good Brandon Flowers

Oh my fucking god. Have you seen the latest from The Killers? Have you died? Have you absolutely fucking died.

Blessed Be The Homos

The Church of England can’t marry gay couples – but it can bless ’em. Turns out even sins have loopholes! Who knew. (We all knew.)

The Church of England will announce that it will offer public blessings to gay and lesbian couples, though it will still not perform official weddings for same-sex couples.

While the change is significant for the Church of England, the services will only allow priests to “mark the formation of permanent same-sex relationships,” the Telegraph reports. The new doctrine, recommended by an investigative panel, comes with the message that the church must “repent” for its past attitudes toward LGBT people.

“You can make a church a cold place for gay and lesbian people … or you can make it a more warm and accepting place,” group chairman Joseph Pilling said at a press conference, according toReuters. “No member of the clergy, or parish, would be required to offer such services and it could not extend to solemnizing same sex marriages without major changes to the law.”

Mary Cheney Takes Sibling Rivalry to a New Level

Mary Cheney is headlining a gay marriage fundraiser in Indiana, which is probably the most productive and healthy form of retaliation against her anti-gay sister of them all.


“No one should be denied the fundamental liberties we all deserve,” Cheney said on Tuesday in a message to Freedom Indiana supporters. “There’s nothing I wouldn’t do to protect my wife Heather and our two children. And then I think about the thousands of same-sex couples and their families in Indiana who would be directly impacted by HJR-6. I’m committed to standing together and working across party lines to keep this amendment out of Indiana’s constitution.”

The First Gay Wedding in Illinois

Vernita Gray and Pat Ewert are now legally married. Unfortunately, their wedding came early due to a court order put in place because Gray is terminally ill, and probably will not make it to June when the rest of the state’s homos can begin to live happily ever after in the eyes of the law.

Get out those tissues.

Babies Singing Dot Tumblr Dot Com

I heard some of you like these. Babies, that is. So maybe you’d like one singing on autoloop.

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    • Instant death, you say? I guess we’ve finally solved the mystery behind the band’s name!

      Other mysteries remain, however:

      (1) Is 2013 officially the year of the pornstache?

      (2) Where exactly can one find a shawl-collar tuxedo jacket with turkey(?) feather epaulettes?

      (3) Will Lizz answer (2) in the next installment of _Queer Outfit of the Week_?

      (4) Is the scene in the theater (roughly 2:45–3:00) a direct homage to _la Nouvelle Vague_? Or is it rather an homage to Jean-Baptiste Mondino’s homage to _la Nouvelle Vague_, namely, the music video for Don Henley’s “Boys of Summer”?

      (5) How many clever “nouvelle vag” jokes will (4) engender?

  1. Holy shit – the concept of a Lady Gaga/RuPaul duet was amazing, but the fact that it’s a song meant to teach kids that fashion can make you feel like a powerful badass? Yes. Yes yes yes.
    Is it just me, or does the Salvation Army’s takeback ring hollow? I’d be find accepting it if, you know, they didn’t have a long, extensive list of anti-LGBT lobbying and turning queer people away from much-needed shelters and burning donations they don’t approve of. Guess we’ll have to wait and see if they get better in ways that actually, tangibly matter.

    • I agree!! Brilliant, the video is brilliant. I am not too proud to say I have been watching it continuously since it was debuted. Can we have Dianna Agron emulate all of the singers in all of the videos from now on?!? She can single handedly bring videos back to mtv!

  2. That bar mitzvah speech was great and a lot of people could learn something from that kid – the report that recommended C of E blessings for same sex couples seems to have been met with a fair amount of “but traditional marriage!!” wailing from conservatives…

  3. In relation to Lady Gaga/the Muppets, she and Joseph Gordon Levitt sang “Baby It’s Cold Outside” together on that special and they didn’t sing that well, but they switched the gender roles, which just made it so much less rapey/more enjoyable to me!!! Kurt and Blaine’s rendition from Glee is still my favorite version of that song, but the Gaga/JGL version is the runner-up right now…

    • I did note the switched gender roles, but for me it didn’t make the song less rapey. No discredit to their performance, which was fine, but the song just isn’t redeemable to me, and given that women can and do rape men, the switched gender roles were interesting but not helpful. It probably doesn’t help that we read the lyrics in my rape crisis counselor training, back when I trained, as an example of rape culture in popular culture.

  4. “Please know that we serve anyone who comes to our doors without discrimination.”
    Pretty sure the anti-gay isn’t the only thing wrong with the Salvation Army? Still not donating regardless of this non-apology “oversight”

  5. I’m slightly disappointed by the Salvation Army’s announcement that they don’t consider homosexuality a sin. One of the very few bright spots of being so fucking poor that we have to rely on food banks to make ends meet sometimes was the mildly subversive feeling I got from exploiting Salvation Army food bank resources to keep my queer ass alive. And now they’ve robbed me of that!

    Luckily, I’m a Pagan, so they still probably don’t think I should exist. At least there’s that :)

  6. I am absolutely fucking dead.

    Can we talk about the fact that Dianna Agron of “I Like Girls” notoriety, who has said that kissing girls is fun, is lip-synching a song about not being able to get over a girl while wearing leather jackets, menswear and a mustache? CAN I CONSIDER THIS HER COMING OUT ALREADY????

  7. It looks like Lady Gaga is dressed as a giant condom with a face, but the Dianne Agron video with the killers was really good. I felt like she was doing drag and sort of badly lipsyncing, but I loved her hair!

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