AP Twitter account hacked; messages regarding the White House send panic through cyberspace

A screen shot from the AP Twitter page. Click on image to link to accompanying article from The New York Times

News wire service the Associated Press had their Twitter account hacked. In a series of tweets, rumor spread that the White House had been attacked, and that President Barack Obama had been injured. The President, and the White House were quick to respond that all was well, and that neither rumor was true.

Through a Twitter account, a group called the Syrian Electronic Army took credit for the attack.

NBC News Jenna Wolfe and Stephanie Gosk come out, expecting a baby in August

Jenna And StephCongratulations to NBC’s Today Show Weekend anchor and her partner, NBC Foreign Correspondent Stephanie Gosk. Wolfe announced this morning that the couple as expecting their first child together in August.

“We didn’t put in an order, but we are getting a girl, and we are super excited,” said Wolfe on The Today Show this morning. “We are super excited.”

The announcement of the pregnancy may have overshadowed the fact that the two were making a coming out announcement. The couple has been dating for more than 3 years, and is engaged as well. While not necessarily a secret among their NBC family, the news was a surprise to viewers and fans of the show.

Wolf and Gosk join a number of high profile news professionals who have recently come out publicly. CNN’s Anderson Cooper, MSNBC’s Don Lemon and ABC’s Sam Champion have all shared their sexual orientation on the air, while MSNBC’s Thomas Roberts became the first anchor to have a same-sex marriage.

In the upcoming issue of “People” magazine, the couple discusses their life together, their impending motherhood, and what the experience means to them both.

“I didn’t want to bring my daughter into a world where I’m not comfortable telling everyone who I am and who her mother is,” Wolfe said.

Wolfe will also be blogging about her experience of impending motherhood. Recently, she reflected on the moment she and Gosk made the decision to share their life with a child of their own.

“Two years into a great relationship and we felt like we wanted to share our adventures with a wide-eyed, little person. The more we talked about it, the better the idea seemed. And so in December, we embarked on Operation Baby. And might I just add that despite the morning sickness, it’s been the best decision we’ve ever made.”

Read more on the couple, and their journey together here, and in the latest issue of “People” magazine on newsstands Friday. And as always, share your comments with us.

Jeanne Manford, Founder of PFLAG, dead at 92

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Jeanne Manford and her son, Morty, in the Christopher Street Liberation Day parade.

For many, a world without PFLAG, the acronym for Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays, would be a very different world indeed. But if you ask many about the origins of the organization, you would be met with a blank stare. Sadly, the woman behind PFLAG’s existence has passed away at the age of 92.

Jeanne Manford’s passion for the civil rights of the GLBT community stemmed from the 1972 attack on her son, Morty. Morty survived the beating, but the event itself lit a fire in his mother that was not easily extinguished. From that moment on, Mrs. Manford, and elementary school teacher, felt it was her mission to build “a bridge between the gay community and the heterosexual community”.

Learn more about Jeanne Manford, and the legacy that is PFLAG here.

 

Anna Gristina pleads guilty to single count in resolution of the “Millionaire Madam” debacle

Anna Gristina leaving court after pleading guilty to a single count

In a not so surprising turn of events, accused “Millionaire Madam” Anna Gristina, had plead guilty to a single count of promoting prostitution. The self-proclaimed “soccer mom” said she was “relieved” and “stunned” after the proceedings, after which she will be sentenced in November. Her expected sentence will consist of five years probation, plus the four months of time served while she was incarcerated in Rikers Island for women.

According to a prosecutor not affiliated with the case, he suspects that the prosecution is left feeling “disappointed if not embarrassed” by the results of the case. Originally, prosecutors were hoping to bring more charges against the homemaker. But slowly their case began to dissolve; mainly due to an inability to locate the millions of dollars Gristina allegedly earned during her time as a “matchmaker.” You may recall that the family resorted to internet donations to raise the money to cover Gristina’s bail, which was reduced from $2 million to $250,000. She was released in June.

Gristina’s husband, Kelvin Gorr, who has garnered a great deal of press based more on his looks than anything else, said he was glad to see the resolution of the case.

“I’m very pleased with the decision,” said Gorr. “I’m not gonna go to Disney World, but I’m still very happy.”

One individual in the proceedings who was not happy was the judge presiding over the proceedings. Gristina and Gorr had with them in attendance one of their children; a factor that the judge admonished Gristina for.

“I am not happy that Ms. Gristina’s young child is in the courtroom today,” the judge said. “It’s not appropriate. I don’t see the purpose in it. I don’t see the benefits in exposing him to this.”

The judge also reminded Gristina that while this portion of her legal troubles had been resolved, she may still be subject to deportation proceedings to her native Scotland.

Now that the case is resolved, we welcome your thoughts on the turn of events. Share your comments with us.

 

Gays deemed un-“Feng Shui” by restaurant for NYC couples reception

On the heels of a couple being discriminated against by Colorado bakery Masterpiece Cakes, word comes from NYC that another couple had their civil rights trampled on by a local restaurant.

Barrett Greene and Thomas Eng were denied the right to hold their wedding reception at NYC eatery Amber Village. In spite of paying their $750.00 deposit for use of the space for their reception, the couple’s plans were dashed when the restaurant reneged on the offer on the basis of “large groups of gays are bad Feng Shui.”

The most ironic part of the story is the restaurant’s location; Christopher Street in the heart of the west village area of NYC. Historically, the gay rights movement was born on this street, courtesy of the Stonewall Bar and subsequent riots that put the movement into motion. Now another battle looms on the horizon; Greene and Eng are filing a lawsuit against the establishment.

What do you think of the restaurant and their actions? Leave your thoughts in our comments section.

NY photographer Leland Bobbé shares the flip side of female illusionist

A sample of the work by Leland Bobbé

There’s an old saying that states “a little powder and paint will make a woman what she ain’t.” But for those skilled in the art of female impersonation, that skill must be expanded to create an illusion that shocks and surprises their audience. One of the premier cities for female impersonation, New York City, is home to some of the most “beautiful” drag queens in the world. And now, thanks to renowned photographer Leland Bobbé, has taken a single photograph from his blog, and expanded it into a series of images showing some amazing transformations that must be seen to be believed.

What’s most amazing about the images is that they are not shot as single images, as they appear to be. The photographer has taken two separate images and combined them to create these astounding images.

Follow the link to see a gallery of images from Bobbé’s work that have been featured in Italian Vogue and Refinery 29, just to name a few.

What are your thoughts on the images? We welcome your comments.

“Millionaire Madam” planning family exodus to UK after trial is over

Kelvin Gorr and his wife “Millionaire Madam” suspect Anna Gristina

Recently released “Millionaire Madam” suspect Anna Gristina said earlier this week that she is contemplating a move to the United Kingdom once her trail is over. Gristina, who allegedly ran a high-priced escort service out of her NYC apartment, is suspected of earning more tha $9 million from the enterprise. Gristina’s moving plans are of course contingent on her being able to beat the charges again her, when the case goes to trial. Her next court appearance is scheduled for August 16th.

Gristina has made headlines throughout her ordeal incarceration; from her original bail being set at more than $1 million dollars, to playing musical chairs with her defense team. With her throughout the entire ordeal is Gristina’s husband, hirsute NY real estate exec Kelvin Gorr. In late June, Gristina was granted her freedom after posting $250,000 bond. Prior to her release, she has been quite vocal about the US judicial system, which is the main reason she is contemplating the move.

“Justice in America is so arbitrary that prosecutors could ‘put a ham sandwich in jail’ if they wanted,” according to Gristina.

Gristina emigrated from Edinburgh, Scotland at the age of 16. When asked if she would return to her homeland upon the trial ending, she seemed to be leaning to a more metropolitan area.

“I think I would go more towards London [than Scotland],” says Gristina.

In addition, the family would love to have their move be documented in the form of a reality show, showcasing their move from the US to the UK. Read more on this story by following this link.

What are your thoughts on the Anna Gristina sage? Weigh in with your thoughts in our comments section.