BREAKING: Beckham wins best in breed

We recently wrote about Beckham, the champion American black cocker spaniel bred by two Dallas women, Linda Moore and Laurie Foley, going to the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show this week. Well, he’s on his way. Beckham just took best in breed at the event at Madison Square Garden in New York. That means he’s eligible to win best sporting dog (which will take place at 7 p.m. today, airing on the USA network), and, if he wins that, has a 1-in-7 shot at best in show. Paws crossed!

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Will Gay Marriage Champion Claire Buffie Be Crowned Miss America Tonight?

Tonight in Las Vegas, the Miss America pageant will crown its 90th beauty, awarding one of fifty-three women a ,000 scholarship and the title and crown, to be passed on by last year's winner Caressa Cameron. The two-hour event will be broadcast live on ABC at 9pm EST. And one possible winner, of course, will be Miss New York Claire Buffie, who's been hitting the headlines and cable news networks (see above) as a same-sex marriage champion, and an all around advocate for heteros supporting LGBT equality — the first contestant in Miss America history to make our rights her central mission. Now raise your hand if you think Buffie will push her gay agenda during the pageants Q&A portion!

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Miss New York to champion gay rights at Miss America pageant

Very cool:

Leave it to a New Yorker to shake things up at the Miss America Pageant.

Instead of sticking to something safe, Miss New York Claire Buffie will be championing gay rights as part of her campaign to become the next Miss America.

Never in the 90-year history of the pageant has a contestant gone to bat for gays. And the 24-year-old brunette knows she’s taking a risk with her “Straight for Equality: Let’s Talk” platform.

But this, she says, is the civil rights struggle of her generation.




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Steven Retchless Is America’s Pole Fitness Champion

This is pole fitness, not pole dancing, people. Because one implies what your brother's Vegas bachelor party looks like, and the other is an athletic event requiring ridiculous strength in what my trainer keeps telling me is my "core." Steven "Princeton" Retchless (which is shortened to "Stretchless"; awesome) holds the title of the first-ever Male American Pole Fitness Champion, beating out the competition in October. Yes, this is a real thing. Let's watch him rehearse! Perform! And — in that third video, my favorite — pull it all off in some monster heels. Can we please petition to make this an official Olympic sport?

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President didn’t call wavering Senators today, but did reach the WNBA Champion Seattle Storm

I got two emails this afternoon that, unfortunately, complement each other perfectly. The first was from someone who watches the DC political game pretty closely:

What’s even more outrageous is that two Democrats joined the Republican filibuster. Lincoln and Pryor are shameful. But what’s more shameful is that I strongly doubt Pres. Obama even lifted a finger to call moderate Republicans or Democrats (like Lincoln and Pryor) to push them to vote to protect our troops and protect equality. The Republicans once again have seized the debate, in part by pressuring their moderate members to reverse stance. Too bad that Democratic leaders don’t ever pressure their own in the same way.

So, no lobbying whatsoever from Obama on the Defense Authorization bill that’s being filibustered while we’re engaged in two wars.

Obama must have been really busy, right? Oh, he was working the phones today. I got this via email, too:

Earlier today, President Obama called members of the Seattle Storm organization, to congratulate them on winning the WNBA Finals for the second time, on their success during the regular season and their undefeated run in the playoffs. The President told them that they are an inspiration to everyone, especially his daughters. Members of the Storm organization on the call told the President that they appreciated his call and that it was a highlight for their organization. President Obama said he looks forward to congratulating them in person at the White House.

He does loves his sports talk. And, the Seattle Storm’s championship warrants Presidential recognition.

But, that the White House thinks this is just business as usual is what’s extremely problematic. And, it would have been nice to get an email with a readout of the President’s calls to target Senators. But, that didn’t happen.




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Steve Holcomb is straight bear bait

A few months back Resource Center Dallas’ Rafael McDonnell penned a piece for our Viewpoints page about Steven “Holcy” Holcomb, the straight Olympic bobsled champion who refreshingly appreciates his many gay fans. At the time McDonnell noted that there’s even a Facebook fan page called, “Bears for Steve Holcomb,” which now has 1,870 members.

McDonnell reports that on Friday, he got a chance to meet Holcomb face to face. Holcomb was in Fort Worth at a national conference for Advocare, a nutrition and sports supplement company that also lists Cowboys tight end Jason Witten among its clients. Holcomb had invited all his Facebook friends to come to the event at the Fort Worth Convention Center. McDonnell, who sent along the above photo, said this of the encounter:

Jason [my roommate] and I both got pictures, and he told Holcomb that we were the two who were texting him while he competed in Canada. He not only remembered that, he also said that he suspected that the texter was a guy because we didn’t disclose a lot of personal information or offer up a picture. But, in his words, “That’s cool.” I told him about the column I wrote for the Voice and he got a big smile out of that.

As McDonnell noted in his original column, it’s sure nice to see a straight athlete who isn’t so homophobic that he squirms at the thought of having gay followers. But I’m also here to tell you that you don’t have to be a bear to want Holcomb to drive your sled. On the other hand, if you like bears or being chased by bears, you may want to pick up some Advocare.

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