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Game of Thrones (S4E02) : "The Lion and the Rose"  »  The Mad Professah Lectures
Episode 2 of Season 4 of Game of Thrones is titled "The Lion and The Rose." It aired last Sunday and happily I was able to see it live, and even warned my readers that you might want to tune in as well. Similar to "The Rains of Castamere" (S3E09) from last season, which also featured an important wedding, "The Lion and the Rose" is one of the most memorable scenes in the entire series of books and becomes another example of must-see television, in fact some of the most gripping and affecting television scenes in living ...
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Posted:  4/16 10:13am
India High Court Recognizes Third Gender (Neither Male Nor Female)  »  The Mad Professah Lectures
Good news from India. A few months after the High Court upheld that country's archaic sodomy law, the court has now ruled that transgender citizens of India must be recognized as a separate third gender.Reuters reports:"Recognition of transgenders as a third gender is not a social or medical issue but a human rights issue," the Supreme Court's two-judge bench said in its ruling. "Transgenders are also citizens of India. The spirit of the constitution is to provide equal opportunity to every citizen to grow and attain their potential, irrespective of caste, religion or gender."A person who ...
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Posted:  4/15 8:26pm
QUEER QUOTE: VA AG Files Brief Arguing His State's Marriage Law Is Unconstitutional  »  The Mad Professah Lectures
The Democratic Attorney General of Virginia, Mark Herring, has made good on his statement that he did not think that his state's marriage law could survive constitutional scrutiny has filed a brief before a federal appellate court articulating this argument in no uncertain terms.The following excerpt from the state's brief in Bostic v. Rainey filed with the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is today's Queer Quote:The ban cannot satisfy the rational-basis test, let alone more demanding scrutiny. McQuigg’s claim that the purpose of marriage is to channel couples into a procreative relationship for the ...
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Posted:  4/15 8:44am
My Favorite Sci-Fi Books "The Expanse" Will Become a SyFy TV Series!  »  The Mad Professah Lectures
Amazing news this week about a future television show! My favorite science fiction series is The Expanse by James S.A. Corey. He is the author responsible for the books Leviathan Wakes, Caliban's War and Abaddon's Gate. The fourth book in the series, called Cibola Burn, comes outthis June.The books are hard-core space opera thrillers with aliens, battles between vehicles in space, humans living in varying gravities throughout the solar system. One review of the first book said "As close as you'll get to a Hollywood blockbuster in book form" so it is interesting ...
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Posted:  4/14 7:29pm
Eye Candy: Rodney Razor  »  The Mad Professah Lectures
Rodney Razor is a 30-year-old bodybuilder from South Bend, Indiana. According to his Model Mayhem profile he is 6 feet all and weighs 195 pounds. He has won multiple professional bodybuilding competitions. He has his own website, RodneyRazor.com and is active on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. The pictures above were taken by talented photographer Pat Lee ...
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Posted:  4/14 8:14am
Game Of Thrones Renewed For Season 5 and 6!  »  The Mad Professah Lectures
Tonight the second episode of Season 4, "The Lion and the Rose" (S4E02) airs on HBO. It should not be missed! But as we're waiting for that to come here comes some even better news: HBO has renewed Game of Thrones for Seasons 5 and 6 after seeing the very healthy ratings of episode 1 (S4E01) "Two Swords" (which I reviewed yesterday).From the HBO press release:HBO RENEWS GAME OF THRONES FOR FIFTH AND SIXTH SEASONSSeason Four Debut Scores Highest Viewership Yet            LOS ANGELES, April 8, 2014 – HBO has renewed GAME OF THRONES for a fifth and sixth season, ...
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Posted:  4/14 3:30am
WATCH: Trailer for X-Men: Days Of Future Past  »  The Mad Professah Lectures
The trailer for the latest entry in the X-Men franchise is out. The movie is called X-Men: Days of Fture Past  and one that I am actually interested in seeing, thanks to its stunning cast and the fact it is being directed by Bryan Singer, the openly gay creator of the first two X-Men films.The movie is released on May 23, 2014! ...
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Posted:  4/14 3:06am
There Are Only 5 States Whose Marriage Equality Bans Are Not (Currently) Being Challenged In Court  »  The Mad Professah Lectures
This is an interesting factoid. There are currently only 5 states where bans on same-sex marriage are NOT currently being challenged in court (North dakota, South Dakota, Alaska, Georgia, and Montana). There are 17 states that have marriage equality right now. There are 30 states with more than 65 lawsuits (44 of which are federal cases) pending against their bans on same-sex marriage, according to Lambda Legal, reports the Washington Post:Heterosexual-only marriage is safe in just five states, for now at least.   Gay marriage is now legal in 17 states and bans are being ...
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Posted:  4/13 2:59am
Game of Thrones (S4E01): "Two Swords"  »  The Mad Professah Lectures
Episode 1 of Season 4 of Game of Thrones is titled "Two Swords." It aired last Sunday while I was in Washington, D.C. for a business trip so I didn't get to see the episode until Wednesday night and since I was out of town I was extra busy at work for the rest of the week when I returned. So it has taken me this long to blog about my thoughts about the return of my favorite television show for its fourth season. Many others have already posted their thoughts, with this episode universally getting ...
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Posted:  4/12 10:14pm
White House Issues Press Advisory on Harvey Milk Forever Stamp  »  The Mad Professah Lectures
From the White House:WASHINGTON — The official first-day-of-issue dedication ceremony for the Harvey Milk Forever Stamp will take place at the White House May 22.   Harvey Milk was a visionary leader who became one of the first openly gay elected officials in the U.S. when he won a seat on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in 1977. Milk’s achievements gave hope and confidence to the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community in the United States and elsewhere at a time when the community was encountering widespread hostility and discrimination. Milk believed that government should represent all ...
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Posted:  4/12 1:46am
Celebrity Friday: Derrick Gordon Becomes 1st Out Gay NCAA Basketball Player  »  The Mad Professah Lectures
Derrick Gordon became the first NCAA Division 1 player to come out as an openly gay man this week.ESPN reports:Derrick Gordon, a sophomore starter for the University of Massachusetts men's basketball team, stepped forward Wednesday as the first openly gay player in Division I men's college basketball, sharing his story with ESPN and Outsports. The 22-year-old shooting guard came out to his family, coaches and teammates in just a few days at the beginning of April. That's when he also decided to publicly acknowledge his sexuality. "I just didn't want to hide anymore, in any way," Gordon told ESPN. "I ...
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Posted:  4/12 1:54am
Openly Gay Robert Garcia Takes Lead In Long Beach Mayoral Election  »  The Mad Professah Lectures
Municipal elections in Long Beach occurred yesterday and the results were somewhat surprising. The front runner, Bonnie Lowenthal, finished 3rd, missing the run-off. The top candidate was also the youngest, 36-year-old Robert Garcia, who happens to be openly gayDamon Dunn, who placed second is only two years older, African-American and would be the city's first Black mayor if he wins the run-off.The Long Beach Press-Telegram reports on the political earthquake that hit Long beach yesterday:According to unofficial vote totals, Garcia, the 1st District councilman, had 25.4 percent of the vote, far short of the ...
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Posted:  4/10 10:07am