Star Trek Creator’s Son Understands Why George Takei is Mad About Gay Sulu

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Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry’s son Rod has chimed in on the gay Sulu controversy, and says he understands why George Takei is upset, CBS News reports.

“In a way, it’s George’s character,” Roddenberry said. “I can understand why he feels strongly about it. I don’t see why everyone is bickering about it. It’s about (expletive) time. Let’s just do it.”

As for what his father might have thought:

“I think he would be 100 percent in favor of a gay character in ‘Star Trek,” said Roddenberry…”There’s so much going on in the world today. I think he would love any sort of social issue being brought into ‘Star Trek.’”

After news emerged last week of the character’s development in that direction, George Takei, who played Mr. Sulu in the original series, called it a “really unfortunate” turn of events.

Takei told The Hollywood Reporter that he had tried to convince Pegg and director Justin Lin that it was a bad idea.

RELATED: Simon Pegg: I ‘Respectfully Disagree’ with George Takei About Gay Sulu

“I told him, ‘Be imaginative and create a character who has a history of being gay, rather than Sulu, who had been straight all this time, suddenly being revealed as being closeted,” said Takei.

Takei’s statements caused immediate reaction from screenwriter Simon Pegg, who also plays Scotty, who said he “respectfully disagreed” with Takei, and Zachary Quinto, who plays Spock, who said he was “disappointed” by Takei’s reaction.

Pegg expressed sympathy with Takei’s sentiment that mainstream gay heroes were belatedly coming to the big screen, but rejected the idea that this meant a new character needed creating.

“He’s right, it is unfortunate, it’s unfortunate that the screen version of the most inclusive, tolerant universe in science fiction hasn’t featured an LGBT character until now. We could have introduced a new gay character, but he or she would have been primarily defined by their sexuality, seen as the ‘gay character’, rather than simply for who they are, and isn’t that tokenism?”

Pegg continued: “Justin Lin, Doug Jung and I loved the idea of it being someone we already knew because the audience have a pre-existing opinion of that character as a human being, unaffected by any prejudice. Their sexual orientation is just one of many personal aspects, not the defining characteristic. Also, the audience would infer that there has been an LGBT presence in the Trek Universe from the beginning (at least in the Kelvin timeline), that a gay hero isn’t something new or strange. It’s also important to note that at no point do we suggest that our Sulu was ever closeted, why would he need to be? It’s just hasn’t come up before.”

Added Pegg: “The viewing audience weren’t open minded enough at the time and it must have forced Roddenberry to modulate his innovation. His mantra was always ‘infinite diversity in infinite combinations’. If he could have explored Sulu’s sexuality with George, he no doubt would have. Roddenberry was a visionary and a pioneer but we choose our battles carefully.”

 Meanwhile, a new trailer revealed characters believed to be Sulu’s husband and daughter.
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Gay Twins Let Their Mom Create Tinder Profiles for Them – WATCH

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Gay YouTubing brothers The Monastero Twins have entered the world of Tinder with help from an unlikely source: their mother.

You may recall that Adam and Luke Monastero are fraternal twins who came out as gay to their parents, and the world, in 2014 in a YouTube video documenting their family’s reaction to the news.

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Since then, the pair have launched their own YouTube channel. In their late video, their mom creates Tinder profiles for each of her sons and swipes right and left on boys she thinks would and wouldn’t be suitable suitors for them.

Mom has many great one-liners in this video, including: “There shouldn’t be any nudies”; “You’re trying to be too pretty”; “That one looks like you’ve been drinking and I don’t like that”; and “159 kilometers? Too far. We’re not desperate.”

In a word, Mama Monastero is savage.

Watch the video, below.

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Stephen Colbert Bids Farewell to Bernie Sanders, ‘Who Kept Pretending Not To Be Dead’ – WATCH

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On Tuesday, Stephen Colbert bid farewell to Bernie Sanders, the latest fallen tribute in the 2016 Hungry for Power Games (aka, the 2016 Election; aka the actual Hunger Games). Colbert mourned the loss of Sanders, whom he described as “a man we actually lost months of ago but courageously kept pretending not to be dead.”

Colbert added, “the bar is closing and America has to go home with someone.”

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Colbert joked that the joint rally slogan of “Stronger Together” was probably because Sanders wouldn’t agree to Clinton’s original idea: “It’s About F*cking Time.” Still, the Late Show host gave Sanders credit for “[exciting] young voters with his pure sex appeal,” and creating a political movement to stick it to the political elite.

To demonstrate, however, that the political establishment had won, Colbert ate a plate of caviar that spelled out, “Bernie”–something he joked he would later regret.

Colbert also compared Sanders’ endorsement of Clinton to Ned Stark’s endorsement of Joffrey Lannister Baratheon as the one true king of Westeros.

Said Colbert of Bernie in his goodbye, “Farewell, Bernie. No one else expressed the frustrations of so many Americans without blaming it on Mexicans or Muslims.”

Watch, below.

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Roger Ailes, Jupiter, Bachelorette Parties, James Stavridis, Pokemon Go, South Africa, Loving, Malta: NEWS

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THIS FREE LIFE: Celebrating the lives of the LGBTQ&A community. Think about how at risk we’ve been in the LGBTQ&A community when it comes to rights. Why should we let risks to our health affect our community as well? Living tobacco-free and protecting our bodies is as important to our happy futures as achieving equality. These stories from the LGBTQ&A community show why the two go hand in hand. Check out the video and see if you notice any familiar faces.

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SIGNORILE. The complete moral bankruptcy of ‘LGBT for Trump’.

JAMES STAVRIDIS. Retired admiral being vetted as Hillary Clinton’s running mate.

JUNO. NASA Probe sends back first image from Jupiter’s orbit. “This scene from JunoCam indicates it survived its first pass through Jupiter’s extreme radiation environment without any degradation and is ready to take on Jupiter,” said Scott Bolton, principal investigator from the Southwest Research Institute in San Antonio. “We can’t wait to see the first view of Jupiter’s poles.”

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NEW JERSEY. Gay teacher receives settlement over discrimination claim: “The Scotch Plains-Fanwood school district agreed to pay $110,000 to a former teacher who claimed he was fired because he is gay, according to papers filed in court. Matthew Richards, 29, agreed to the settlement last May to resolve the lawsuit he filed in October 2014.”

bachelorette_2_1024x1024PTOWNIE. Bachelorettes, Party for None: “Provincetown has a long, storied past of welcoming all. In 2016, we welcome you, with the expectation that the default on Commercial Street is gay, and it’s a struggle for some in town to see how straight the visitors are becoming. This is a double-edge sword: of course we want to be accepted by all and to experience tolerance, but we’ve also carved out safe and sacred spaces for ourselves over the decades of intolerance and homophobia.”

SOUTH AFRICA. Homophobic U.S. pastor Steven L Anderson heads there to evangelize.

targetIDAHO. Police say transgender woman took photos of another woman in Target dressing room: “Bonneville County Sgt. Bryan Lovell says deputies were called to a disturbance at Target on 25th East just after 5 p.m. Monday. A woman told them a man, dressed in women’s clothing, had entered a fitting room in the women’s clothing section of the store. Deputies say the suspect was seen taking photos of a lady in a stall next to him while she was changing.”

Canada Anglican ChurchCANADA. Anglican Church reverses course, approves gay marriage. “A day after the Anglican Church of Canada narrowly voted not to authorize gay unions, questions about the integrity of the voting process emerged Tuesday, leading to a reversal of the result with the church approving the measure. More than 200 delegates attending the six-day General Synod 2016 narrowly rejected the resolution Monday night after hearing from more than 60 speakers, most of them in favor of gay marriage.”

ROGER AILES. Anchor Bret Baier comes to his defense.

maltaMALTA. Gay couple given green light to adopt in historic first. “One News reported that the go-ahead for adoption was given by the Family Court yesterday for the adoption by the two men.  The Civil Unions law gives same-sex couples the same rights as in marriage, including the right to adopt, although gay adoptions were never technically illegal.  ”

POKEMON GO. The Holocaust Museum and Arlington Cemetery aren’t appropriate places to play.

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POKEBUTT GO. Pokemon erotica now on sale. “This work of thought-provoking fiction is a story of romance, transgression and, most importantly, some guy capturing Pokémon using the hidden power of his bottom.”

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TRAILER OF THE DAY. Loving. “From acclaimed writer/director Jeff Nichols, ‘Loving’ celebrates the real-life courage and commitment of an interracial couple, Richard and Mildred Loving (Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga), who married and then spent the next nine years fighting for the right to live as a family in their hometown. Their civil rights case, Loving v. Virginia, went all the way to the Supreme Court, which in 1967 reaffirmed the very foundation of the right to marry – and their love story has become an inspiration to couples ever since.”

HUMP DAY HOTTIE. Robert Oliveira.

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TV For Terrible People: ‘Difficult People,’ ‘Vice Principals’ And More TV This Week

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Check out our weekly guide to TV this week, and make sure you’re catching the big premieres, crucial episodes and the stuff you won’t admit you watch when no one’s looking.

— Hulu’s terrible twosome, Billy Eichner and Julie Klausner, are back to terrorize the people of New York and viewers everywhere with season two of Difficult People, premiering Tuesday. Schadenfreude and shenanigans abound.

— We like to imagine Christian Slater is continuing the fight he started in the 1990 film Pump Up the Volume as the titular anarchist hacker on Mr. Robot. The second season of USA’s hit thriller premieres Wednesday at 10 p.m. Eastern.

— Episodes of The Great British Baking Show are like profiteroles, you can’t stop at just one. And we won’t stop shoving this delightful reality competition down your throat, either. The remaining contestants need to make bread sculptures for the showstopper challenge Friday at 9 p.m. Eastern on PBS. Beachbodies be damned, this show is worth carbo-loading for.

— If you’re already missing the tart-tongued workplace animosity of Veep, get ready to go to school with a new set of vices on HBO’s new comedy, Vice Principals, debuting Sunday at 10:30 p.m. Danny McBride and Walton Goggins play rival VPs that both think they’re next in line to step up for the departing principal.

What are you watching on TV this week?

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Mary Lambert Skips Work to Hang Out With Real-Life Girlfriend, Rescued Puppies in Uplifting New Video

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After almost three years of dating singer/songwriter Michelle Chamuel, Mary Lambert just released the couple’s first collaboration, “Hang Out With You.”

lamnbertThe Seattle-based singer, who was featured in 2012’s Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ Equality anthem “One Love”, explained how “Hang Out With You” came about: she said the couple wrote the song on a day when Lambert said she was feeling under “serious pressure to write the next hit. I got so fed up trying to write something everyone else wanted me to write and at one point I just said, ‘I don’t want to write a song. I just want to hang out with you.’ Michelle yelled, ‘HOT DOG! That’s a song!’,” she wrote on her Facebook page.

It was a labor of love. Chamuel produced, engineered, sang backing-vocals and also appeared in the video, a sweet love-at-first-sight story, directed by Zoe Rain.

In it, Lambert plays a girl who decides to call in sick and, instead, takes her dog out for a walk on the beach. The dog plays cupid, brings her to hot-girl-on-a-bench, and then sparks fly, magic happens, life starts.

Lambert co-produced the video, and said she “wanted to build a music video around dogs,” which was something she’s wanted to do for a long time, she told the Advocate on an interview. “I love dogs,” she said, adding that she doesn’t have a dog yet, but she wants to get one.

“Hang Out With You” has over 20 dogs in it, which got her a huge thank you tweet from the Humane Society.

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LA LGBT Center Blasts AIDS Healthcare Foundation For Denouncing PrEP in Powerful Video

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The Los Angeles LGBT Center wants to spread the word about PrEP, and about AB 2640, a new California Bill which would educate people about PrEP and help stop the spread of HIV in California.

The bill is simple. If you test negative for HIV, you should get information about PrEP.

That simple.

AHF’s Rand Martin, however, doesn’t agree. He says that Truvada can be “toxic” and “it does have side-effects.” And if, for example, “a 45-year-old man who’s been married for 20 years, who has a fling and panics and gets tested, and is told that he should try PrEP, he’s going to be asked to be prescribed Truvada,” he says, so you are “condemning a person who should not be taking it to forever having to take this pill.”

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Truvada can be as safe as aspirin, the video says, referring to a Buzzfeed article that said that “people who take Truvada, the once-a-day pill that prevents HIV, are no more at risk for dangerous side effects than those who take an aspirin a day to prevent heart attacks, according to a new study.”

Furthermore, the bill is not a mandate to anybody to prescribe anything, but instead it’s assurance that individuals who test negative will receive information about PrEP treatment.

Information can never hurt.

Dr. Robert Bolan, Medical Director of the LA LGBT Center urges for the passing of the bill, because it will save lives by “reminding medical providers” that they are also “educators.”

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For more information, or to sign a petition visit http://bit.ly/29NNCjD.

Some of the facts highlighted in the video:

California has the second highest number of new HIV infections in the nation.

Expanding HIV testing, treatment and PrEP could slash new HIV cases by 70 percent by 2020.

One in four gay men should take the pill that prevents HIV, CDC says.

Only one in ten gay/bisexual men in California have ever taken PrEP.

Black and Latino men are least likely to know about it.

One in four latino gay/bisexual men are projected to get HIV in their lifetime.

Watch the full video below:

 

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