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Two years after lifting the ban on gay boys to become scouts, the Boys Scouts Of America’s (BSA) 17-member executive committee unanimously approved a resolution to end the organization’s ban on openly-gay adults working as leaders. The 80-member National Executive Board will meet to ratify this resolution on Monday, July 27.

What does this all mean? It’ll prohibit regional governing councils or non-Troop entities such as boy scouts camps from discriminating against employees and volunteers based on their sexual orientation. It also allows for previously removed leaders to reapply for their positions.

While this is a great step forward, it’s still not perfect. Read below to find out why.

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“Love, Revenge and Haute Couture.” Best.Tagline.Ever!!!

The Dressmaker is an upcoming Australian revenge comedy drama film based on Rosalie Ham’s novel of the same name. Kate Winslet plays the titular role who returns to her small Australian hometown to take care of her ailing mother. She causes a stir because of the rumors surrounding why she was sent away when she was just a child.

Liam Hemsworth plays a young man that Winslet falls in love with. Who can blame her? I’ve always admired Winslet for her acting and now I’m officially jealous. I wonder how many takes it took to film that scene where they make out while Hemsworth is shirtless. Lucky gal.

Judy Davis and Hugo Weaving round out the cast. Director Jocelyn Moorehouse (How to Make an American Quilt) describes the movie as “Clint Eastwood’s Unforgiven with a sewing machine.” Love it!!!

The film is set to open in Australia on October 22, 2015. No US date has been announced yet. Check out the trailer below.

The Dressmaker Movie Synopsis

Tilly Dunnage (Kate Winslet), a beautiful and talented misfit, after many years working as a dressmaker in exclusive Parisian fashion houses, returns home to the tiny middle-of-nowhere town of Dungatar to right the wrongs of the past. Not only does she reconcile with her ailing, eccentric mother Molly (Judy Davis) and unexpectedly falls in love with the pure-hearted Teddy (Hemsworth), but armed with her sewing machine and incredible sense of style, she transforms the women of the town and in doing so gets sweet revenge on those who did her wrong.

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Kelly Clarkson Covers Tori Kelly On Tour Kickoff Night

In: Donovan, Music
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Kelly Clarkson kicked off her Piece By Piece Tour this past weekend in Pennsylvania. Like her previous one, the 33-year-old singer includes a segment during this tour where she performs a cover requested by her fans. Expect many more of these posts to come as she makes her way through North America.

For her first cover, she picked Tori Kelly’s infectious single “Nobody Love.” Clarkson praised the rising star saying, “I’m a huge fan of this artist.” She added, “Not many people can sing well live and this girl is nailing it.” Preach Kelly!!! I love Tori and ecstatic that Kelly is a fan as well.

When Tori saw the cover, she tweeted her gratitude. “This is so awesome 2 me. thanks @kelly_clarkson for the shoutout & for being such a real artist (she killed my song).” And boy did she ever. Clarkson nailed it.

Check it out below. I can’t wait to hear what she has in store when she hits my neck of the woods. So excited to see her. Surprisingly, I’ve never attended her concert previously.

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Who doesn’t love Bill Nye The Science Guy? Probably hardcore conservatives after seeing this video.

The 59-year-old educator recently recorded a video for Big Think. When an anonymous reader asked whether homosexuality is “a product of human’s personal whim as opposed to instinct?” Nye quickly referenced Desmond Morris’ book The Naked Ape which documented homosexual behaviour among primates.

When addressing the reader’s comment about procreation, Nye replied, “I don’t know about you but I have known a great many gay men who are married, who have babies, who have kids. So apparently – I’m not an authority on this. I’m an observer of the human condition. Apparently there’s a spectrum.”

He ends the video with, “So let’s celebrate being alive everybody. Apparently it’s just something that happens in nature and look, we’re all here.” Preach Bill Nye! Preach!

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Lady Gaga Rings In American Horror Story: Hotel

In: Donovan, TV Shows
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The first of what will undoubtedly be numerous promos has arrived. Being that Lady Gaga is joining the American Horror Story franchise, not surprisingly, the clip is all about Mother Monster. A silver-painted hand wearing an ornate glove appears from the side to ring a bloodied bell. It’s probably not Gaga’s actual hand, but the short clip makes it known she’s checking into American Horror Story: Hotel.

The clip premiered during the FX drama’s panel at San Diego Comic-Con. Several of the cast members were on hand for a discussion with fans and media. The most notable tidbit I found interesting is that Sarah Paulson will play a villain this time around, marking the first time she’s done so for AHS. With Jessica Lange out, someone had to step into her shoes. Paulson will be wickedly delicious in her new role. No doubt!

“When you work with someone like her, you sign up for something that is larger than life, and I think that’s what you want. Part of her role involves fashion,” creator Ryan Murphy said during the Comic-Con panel. “You want Lady Gaga to look a certain way. The designers have been coming out of the woodwork with looks for her.”

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Almost immediately after it screened at San Diego Comic-Con this weekend, a low quality version of the trailer leaked online. After working tirelessly the past 48 hours to contain the pirated footage, Warners Bros has officially released the clip. Read their official stance on the situation below.

“Warner Bros. Pictures and our anti-piracy team have worked tirelessly over the last 48 hours to contain the Suicide Squad footage that was pirated from Hall H on Saturday,” Sue Kroll, Warner Bros. president of worldwide marketing and international distribution, said in a statement. “We have been unable to achieve that goal. Today we will release the same footage that has been illegally circulating on the web, in the form it was created and high quality with which it was intended to be enjoyed. We regret this decision as it was our intention to keep the footage as a unique experience for the Comic-Con crowd, but we cannot continue to allow the film to be represented by the poor quality of the pirated footage stolen from our presentation.”

They must’ve been kidding themselves thinking that they could contain this. Suicide Squad is one of the most anticipated movies next year. Based on the first look, it appears the studio has a hit on their hands. Everything about the clip is sensational. They’re definitely going for a darker narrative than Marvel’s rival Guardians of the Galaxy.

What’s the most surprising thing about the footage is the attention on Viola Davis and Margot Robbie. Especially on the latter’s case. The Aussie actress’ haunting turn as Harley Quinn dominates the screen time.

David Ayer’s Suicide Squad storms into theaters on August 6, 2016. Check out the trailer below.

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After watching this clip, it’s evident that playing a game of Russian Roulette is safer than walking on the streets of Moscow, holding hands with another man.

In the wake of the US Supreme Court’s landmark decision regarding marriage equality, two Russian men decided to show the world, the hostile climate the LGBT community still faces in other parts of the world. Followed by a man with a hidden camera, the reactions of Russian citizens are captured for this frightening social experiment.

I wasn’t surprised by the barrage of insults and stanky looks the men received, but I was shocked at a couple of confrontations that were physical. Watch the video below for a sobering reminder that extreme homophobia is very prevalent abroad.

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Because of Donald Trump’s huge mouth, I missed this year’s Miss USA pageant. NBC which normally airs the annual event cut ties with The Donald after making racist remarks about Mexicans. Wise move on their part, but bummed I missed one of my favorite yearly guilty pleasures.

Thanks to Zap2It, I got to witness two contestants royally flub their answers during the always entertaining question round. Miss Nevada Brittany McGowan and Miss Rhode Island Anea Garcia didn’t fail of epic proportions like Miss South Carolina Teen USA Caitlin Upton with her infamous ‘maps’ answer, but still very cringeworthy.

Check out their flubs below. Just in case you were wondering Miss Oklahoma Olivia Jordan walked away with the crown. What’s interesting about the Top 5 was three were of Latin descent. Definitely ironic given Trump’s recent remarks. Of course though, the leggy blonde won the tiara. LOL.

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