by TMZ Staff
Michael Sam clearly wanted to make a statement when he proposed to his longtime BF -- 'cause the football player popped the question right in Vatican City.
Sam posted the pic ... which shows HE was the one who got down on one knee and popped the question to Vito Cammisano last week.
We're told Sam and Vito were inside St. Peter's Basilica at the time.
It's sort of an act of defiance ... considering the Catholic church is still anti-gay marriage.
Check out the acoustic mix of "GOODBYE" (Stripped), from LGBTQ Pop-Dance Artist AARON PAUL. "GOODBYE" (Stripped), produced by Reginald Todd.
"I wanted to give the song a stripped-down feel that would evoke pain, betrayal and the rest of the emotions that come with a broken heart," mentions Aaron. "All while, realizing that there is a light at the end of the tunnel and that I would be OK when its all said and done".
During his stellar career of hate politics, the late U.S. Sen. Jesse Helms, R-North Carolina, in a televised interview brought up his favorite subject: homosexuals. They were his favorite subject because he enjoyed insulting them in the crudest terms. He often boasted if disliking homosexuals made him a bigot, so be it. He was proud of it.
Helms was a unique politician. He stood alone in his public pride for his bigotry against LGBT people, and invoked similar bigotry in others. I suppose you could say Helms was the official leader, or Grand Marshal, in the unofficial Bigotry Pride Movement. Bigotry Pride Month is October which coincides with Jesse’s birthday on October 18. Jesse Helms Freedom Day is July 4. That is the day Jesse became Grand Marshal in Memorium of Bigotry Pride Month.
Seriously, when Jesse was not threatening President Bill Clinton with violence (possible assassination if he visited North Carolina), he was insulting LGBT professionals, artists, faith leaders, and politicians. Helms warned Clinton he had better have a bodyguard when he visited North Carolina as the president and his gay policies were so unpopular there. Helms also spent considerable time from 1993 till his death threatening to have me fired as a diplomat with the government.
Whenever I pen a remembrance of Helms I get a reminder of his bigotry in the form of nasty anonymous letters wishing me an agonizing AIDS death. Note to Helms followers: It is 2014 and AIDS is manageable now. I have also seen notes purportedly written by Helms referring to me as a queer. I assure the anonymous Helms acolytes, I do not, any longer, lose sleep over such garbage.
As the U.S. Supreme Court has finally allowed equality and wedding bells to ring in North Carolina for same-sex couples, Jesse Helms Country is moving into the mainstream of LGBT politics. Jesse Helms be damned.
The issue of marriage equality arose in the 1990s as an issue Helms felt he needed to inflame for the benefit of his mob-minded followers. In true fashion, Helms offered his conservative and, in hindsight, prehistoric, opinion on the issue.
“They even want to get married,” the goggle-eyed Helms said to a reporter about same-sex couples. “How do you like them apples?”
The latter statement from Helms requires some translation. According to UrbanDictionary.com, the phrase “How do you like them apples?” is more frequently expressed as "how do ya' like them apples?" The basic meaning is "what do you think about that?"
If you, gay or straight, know little about Jesse Helms, let me assure you he did not intend the phrase to express his admiration for same-sex couples wanting to exercise their Constitutional right to marriage for their pursuit of happiness granted under the Declaration of Independence in the Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave. That would not have been Jesse’s thinking.
When Helms asked the reporter “How do you like them apples?” in reaction to same-sex marriage, he intended it to anger people over a social change, specifically gay rights, that he strongly and, as my mail still reminds me, violently opposed.
The Urban Dictionary goes further. It says “How do you like them apples?” is intended to piss people off. That was the Jesse Helms I knew. He was king of the politics of “I want to piss you off so you’ll send me money so I can pursue an extremist agenda that will make North Carolina a laughingstock for decades to come.”
North Carolina majorities elected Helms to the U.S. Senate five times and he served from 1973 to 2003. In a word, Helms was hate. He refused to consider that change, expansion of Constitutional rights to gays, could bring happiness, value and dignity to people, our Nation and the world.
Change has happened in North Carolina. I suspect his followers had better hire a bodyguard to protect his final resting place from all signs of love and affection from happily married same-sex couples. Senator Hate would not approve.
Focusing on the rise and fall of a promising relationship, the video follows Matthew Connor's character as he tears himself apart by remembering all the places where he and his ex-lover (portrayed by actor Hunter Canning) fell in love. Shot in black and white stop-motion and directed by photographer Marc McAndrews, 4,000 frames (out of a total 21,000 taken during production) appear in the final cut of the video and create a vintage effect, helping to emphasize the song's nature of longing for days past.
"REEL TO REAL: PORTRAYALS AND PERCEPTIONS OF GAYS IN HOLLYWOOD" EXHIBITION EXTENDED AT THE HOLLYWOOD MUSEUMTHROUGH SEPTEMBER 28
Due to popular demand, The Hollywood Museum is pleased to announce that "Reel to Real: Portrayals and Perceptions of Gays in Hollywood" - an entertaining and informative retrospective of LGBT images in film and television throughout the decades - has been extended to September 28.
Launched in June in honor of LGBT Heritage Month, this exclusive exhibition features photos, costumes, props and iconic imagery and provides a unique perspective on how gays have been portrayed in Hollywood from early stereotypes to modern representations. Reel to Real is sponsored by Wells Fargo Bank and The Hollywood Reporter(media sponsor).
Some of the items displayed in the exhibition include:
• A tribute to television shows associated with such award-winning LGBT craftsmen as Amy Feldman, Art Director for 2 Broke Girls; Norman Buckley, Director for Pretty Little Liars; Ron Franco, Set Decorator for True Blood
• Tuxedo costumes from the Days of Our Lives gay wedding, the first between two men on a soap opera
• Pink coffin from True Blood designed by LGBT set decorator Ron Franco to look like a Chanel handbag
• Michael Douglas' sequined Liberace suit from Behind the Candelabra (2013)
• The Roddy McDowall Powder Room
• Award-winning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black’s on-set chairs from Milk (2008) are showcased along with his numerous awards and Oscar® for Best Screenplay
• Cocktail dress belonging to LGBT and AIDS activist Elizabeth Taylor
• Photo wall with images of actors who have portrayed iconic gay characters in TV and film including Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Eric Stonestreet (Modern Family); Jake Gyllenhaal and Heath Ledger (Brokeback Mountain); Sean Hayes and Eric McCormack (Will & Grace); Nathan Lane and Robin Williams (The Birdcage) and Sean Penn and James Franco (Milk)
OTHER NOTABLE EXHIBITS ON DISPLAY:
And the Nominees Are..Emmys 2014 (July 23 - Sep. 14)
The largest exhibition of its kind, this exhibition features costumes and props from more than 20 Emmy-nominated shows. On display are clothing from The Blacklist, Breaking Bad, Boardwalk Empire, Dancing with the Stars, Fargo, The Good Wife, Homeland, House of Cards, Mad Men, Modern Family, The Newsroom, The Normal Heart, Nurse Jackie, Orange is the New Black, Project Runway, Scandal, Sleepy Hollow, True Blood and The Walking Dead.
Marilyn: The Exhibit (June 22 - August 31)
Commemorating the 52nd anniversary of Marilyn Monroe's passing, this annual retrospective spans Marilyn's early life as Norma Jeane to Hollywood mega star, showcasing her gorgeous gowns, jewelry and personal artifacts. Visit the For Blondes Only Room where Max Factor originally created Monroe's sexy blonde look!
Planet of the Apes (ongoing)
Contains costumes from Dawn of the Plane of the Apes (2014), the iconic ape costumes and prosthetics from the original Planet of the Apes (1968), the huge space pod and Mark Wahlberg's space suit from Tim Burton's 2001 remake.
100 Years of Hal Roach Studios (July 5 - August 31)
The 100 Years of Hal Roach Studios: Laurel & Hardy, 'Our Gang' and Harold Lloyd exhibit contains authentic photos, costumes and props from the rich history of Hal Roach Studios and the legendary talents that emanated from there in the early 1900's.
ABOUT THE HOLLYWOOD MUSEUM IN THE HISTORIC MAX FACTOR BUILDING: The Hollywood Museum in the Historic Max Factor Building houses over 10,000 real showbiz treasures and the most extensive collection of Hollywood costumes, star cars, props, posters, photographs and memorabilia in the world with over 100 years of Hollywood history. From Marilyn Monroe's costumes, the official Walk of Fame Exhibit to Hannibal Lecter's jail cell movie set from The Silence of the Lambs, The Hollywood Museum is also home to Max Factor's world-famous makeup rooms where Marilyn Monroe received her famous blonde locks and Lucille Ball first donned her famous red hair. The Hollywood Museum is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.
Linda Perry and Sara Gilbert made a funny spoof on American Idol called, “American’t Idol.” Michael Des Barres is featured as well. Linda currently has a new series on VH1 – “Make or Break: The Linda Perry Project” airing Wednesdays at 11/10 C.
Fox & Friends continued its bizarre attack on Illinois State University for designating gender-neutral restrooms, but even a group of "Fox fans" didn't seem fazed by the school's attempt to accommodate LGBT students.
Illinois State University recently announced that it would be relabeling several of its single-stall "family" restrooms on campus as "all-gender" restrooms. Though the decision won't alter the functionality of any of the restrooms, the move is meant to accommodate transgender and gender-variant students, who often face harassment and even violence in public restrooms. All-gender restrooms will be identified by a new sign that "will include a symbol of a half of a man and half of a woman."
On July 9, the cast of Fox & Friends mocked the decision, calling the new sign confusing and blaming the change on the "P.C. police."
On July 10, Fox & Friends continued its criticism of the university's decision. Co-host Steve Doocy produced a massive mock-up of an "all-gender" sign and asked a group of "Fox fans" outside the studio what they thought the sign meant.
But none of the fans, including a young boy, seemed to share Doocy's confusion or outrage over the sign:
The exchange was an awkward moment for Doocy, who was seemingly hoping to get a more negative reaction from the "Fox fans." One chyron during the segment read "Bathroom Boondoggle: Are New Gender Signs Just Too Confusing?":
Doocy's co-hosts seemed equally surprised at the "Fox fans" unfazed reaction. Brian Kilmeade admitted "they're better people than us. I could not figure it out and we had the story in front of us. It makes no sense."
Designating gender-neutral bathrooms is not an unusual practice. Many colleges and universities have adopted gender-neutral facilities in order to better accommodate the demands of growing LGBT student populations. Such basic adjustments might cause havoc and confusion on the set of Fox & Friends, but in the outside world, even "Fox fans" can't figure out what the big deal is.
Dr. Jeffrey Steinberg, America’s leading fertility expert, will be featured in the upcoming 2015 issue of Pride and Equality Magazine. Read below to find out more about his same-sex surrogacy program.
The Fertility Institutes is one of the largest providers of parenthood options to the worldwide LGBT community. The center incorporates all aspects of the surrogacy process into one centralized location: Dedicated Expert, Sub-Specialist, Physicians, Surrogates, Egg Donors, Surrogacy, Egg Donor Contract Attorneys and Fertility Laboratories in order to assure their patients do not have to endure the non-centralized hardships encountered with most centers offering surrogacy services. If preferred, the institute also offers gay medical and legal professionals. This tight integration of services allows for participants to have all of their questions, needs and desires addressed by a sensitive, highly skilled and knowledgeable staff dedicated to assuring the route to parenthood is an anxiety free, joyful experience for all couples. Thanks to the experts at The Fertility Institutes, same-sex surrogacy has become an achievable and affordable option for those interested in beginning or expanding a family.
The city of Tabasco, Mexico now grants equal surrogacy options for same-sex couples, single men/women, and hetero-couples with less of a travel and financial expense. The USand Mexico are quickly becoming the new hot spot for gay surrogacy as it recently has beenoutlawed in both Thailand and India.
The doctor has offices in Los Angeles, New York and Guadalajara.
About Dr. Steinberg and The Fertility Institutes:
Born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Dr. Jeffrey Steinberg has long been hailed as the trailblazer for reproductive medicine in the United States and abroad. In 1986 the first Fertility Institute was founded by Dr. Steinberg as a new kind of medical establishment that prides itself on the practice of Reproductive Medicine based on a solid foundation of science. The doctor and his flourishing institute have grown to include four successful locations including: Los Angeles, New York, Guadalajara, and India.
Known for his medical advancements with “designer babies” which garnered quite a bit of attention in 2009, now Dr. Steinberg and his fertility clinics helps couples, both gay and straight, create the families of their dreams. At the institute Dr. Steinberg has been involved in Assisted Reproductive Technologies (ART) from the inception of such procedures as In Vitro Fertilization (IVF), GIFT and ICSI and continues to participate in latest advances in the field of fertility not only in research but also in practice.
The distinguished doctor completed his undergrad education at the University of California Los Angeles and went on to receive an M.D. from Autonomous University of Guadalajara in 1977. He carried out his initial training at Cambridge University in England, the birthplace of In Vitro Fertilization working with such notable physicians as Patrick Steptoe and Robert Edwards, the original British pioneers of In Vitro Fertilization. Shortly after, Dr. Steinberg continued his work in Australia at then, the world's most successful IVF programs.
After learning from some of the best in the industry his team returned to the U.S. to establish one of the first and most prominent In Vitro Fertilization programs in the United States. Dr. Steinberg has since remained at the forefront of modern advancements in infertility care all the while maintaining the highest degree of scientific credibility and avoiding the temptation of sensationalism associated with the levels of success and popularity the doctor and his institutes have garnered.
For more information on Dr. Steinberg and his surrogacy program, please visit www.fertility-docs.com.