Grindr goes non-gay with Project Amicus

On Thursday, the famous hook-up … I mean, location-based social network app, Grindr, will announce its newest venture. Via webcast, Grindr CEO Joel Simkhai will launch Project Amicus, which takes the Grindr idea of men meeting meN and opens it up to “everyone, whether you’re female, male, straight, gay, lesbian or bi,” according to an invitation to the webcast.

So finally, your non-gay male friends can leave you alone about how you’re hooking up all the time … err, making friends, because they can now do it for themselves.

In Thursday’s webcast, Simkhai will announce the app’s name (Project Amicus is a working title), key features and discuss how it will affect the socializing scene, which this guy isn’t all too fond of. But with Grindr’s bragging rights of having 2.6 million users, they have to be doing something right.

To get your invite to the Project Amicus app, click here to begin. If you’re interested in Thursday’s webcast at 10 a.m. Central time, email here to RSVP.

UPDATE: The new app’s name is Blendr. Simkhai tries hard to keep the app sounding G/PG rated by telling the New York Times today, ““If someone speaks the same language or is also into cooking, or crafts, that’s a strong basis of commonality and you might want to go meet them.”

—  Rich Lopez

Jodi Picoult talks up new lesbian-themed book tonight on Mombian

The lesbian mom blogsite Mombian posted today that big time author Jodi Picoult (My Sister’s Keeper, 19 Minutes) has gone Lisa Cholodenko-like on her newest book Sing You Home. The story details the account of a lesbian couple striving to have a child. OK, so it’s not quite The Kids are All Right, but maybe there’s a trend brewing of lesbi-parenting and mainstream audiences. First it was girl-on-girl kissing, now it’s mom-on-mom nurturing that intrigues audiences.

Her website calls it a multimedia experience. The book includes a CD of music and spoken word to accompany the story. There’s even a trailer for the book. Now we just have to wait for the movie. Unfortunately, her book tour doesn’t stop in Dallas. At least not with the current itinerary.

But you can listen to Picoult tonight as she appears on Mombian’s podcast to talk up the book. This is what they say:

I’m very excited to invite you to a special event here at Mombian: a live, streaming interview and chat tonight with #1 New York Times bestselling author Jodi Picoult about her latest novel, Sing You Home, the story of a lesbian couple and their attempts to have a child.

I’ll have a fuller review coming up in my Mombian newspaper column soon, so I’ll say little here except that I do recommend it, not least because Picoult avoids the clichéed “search for a donor” plot of most stories about lesbians trying to get pregnant. Instead, she takes a different approach, giving us a tale that deftly blends the personal and political. The book also includes a CD of original songs with words by Picoult and music by Ellen Wilber, who will be performing on the Webcast.

Join us here at Mombian tonight, Monday, March 7 at 7:00 p.m. EST for the Webcast, part of the Literary Salon Series of Picoult’s publisher, Atria Books. The interview, moderated by book reviewer Bethanne Patrick, will be broadcast from an event at New York City’s Andaz 5th Avenue Hotel to celebrate the novel’s release. There will be a chat window going, too, so you can share your own questions and comments.

That’s 6 p.m. our time.

—  Rich Lopez

FRC’s #DADT webcast: Someone please get these six men some toy soldiers or something

Some thoughts:

-Someone needs to give these folks some new talking points. If they’re going to keep giving verbose speeches to essentially say, “I’m just not comfortable with gay people,” they can at least mix it up a bit. “Slippery slope”? Gays “choosing” their “conduct”? The idea that only anti-gay Christians have “religious freedom” in this nation? Etc., etc. It’s all so tired!

-Someone needs to tell Tony Perkins that he wasn’t disinvited form Andrews Air Force base because of his faith: He was disinvited because of the comments he made just moments after the State of the Union speech, when he wrote that this nation’s Commander in Chief is “willing to jeopardize our nation’s security to advance the agenda of the radical homosexual lobby.” For many within the military culture, comments like these go well beyond normal politicking and partisanship — they are unfair assessments of the one person who outranks all other military officers. And since nobody is constitutionally owed a speaking engagement, that same military culture has every right to disinvite a speaker who has, on his own volition, put forth such a disrespectful judgment of the Commander in Chief’s own judgment call.

-Someone needs to tell Harry Jackson that press conferences are not call-and-response revivals. We know the participant most likely agrees with what’s being said, or he or she probably wouldn’t be standing up there. So there’s no need to give vocal affirmation and/or applause every five seconds.

Oh whatever, just go watch (as much as you can stand):



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**EARLIER: FRC’s press release making an unnecessary issue out of race: Today at 2PM: FRC to explain why past military bias was bad, current is somehow good [G-A-Y]

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**UPDATE: And now for people who actually know what they’re talking about: Gay Service Members Discuss ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ [NY Times]




Good As You

—  John Wright

2PM ET: FRC’s Tony Perkins to shuffle out black pastors for live webcast on DADT

Another bit of BS has just come in…

TODAY – 2 PM ET: FRC’s Tony Perkins and African American Pastors from Five States to Hold News Conference On Eve of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ Senate Vote

September 20, 2010

WHAT: A webcast news conference on the eve of the U.S. Senate Vote on “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” and the same week as the Congressional Black Caucus Annual Legislative Conference. African American pastors from five states will discuss how overturning the law will undermine the religious liberty of military chaplains and other servicemen and women.

WHO: Tony Perkins, President, Family Research Council

  • Bishop Harry Jackson, Chairman, High Impact Leadership Coalition
  • Pastor Aubrey Shines, Tampa, FL
  • Pastor Christopher Brooks, Detroit, MI
  • Bishop Leon Benjamin, Richmond, VA
  • Reverend Dean Nelson, Washington, DC
  • Reverend Lou Engle, President, The Call
  • Austin Nimocks, Senior Counsel, Alliance Defense Fund

WHERE: Watch Online: www.frc.org

Or in-person: FRC Media Center, 801 G. Street, NW, Washington, D.C. 20001

WHEN: Monday, September 20, 2010, 2 PM ET

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Family Research Council President and Marine veteran Tony Perkins will join Bishop Harry Jackson, Alliance Defense Fund Senior Counsel Austin Nimocks and African American pastors from five states at a news conference Monday at 2 p.m. ET in Washington, D.C. The speakers will address religious liberty concerns on the eve of the U.S. Senate vote to overturn the law against the practice of open homosexual behavior in the military.

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—  John Wright