Monday Kickstarter: Rutgers Announces Tyler Clementi Center

Plus: Sesame Street parodies Downton Abbey, the much-talked-about Divine documentary is ready for the reels and more!

I trolled the web for headlines all weekend so you wouldn’t have to.


  • Hawaii’s only GOP senator, Sam Slom, admits he doesn’t stand a chance when it comes to stopping a marriage-equality bill in the state, saying, “Same sex marriage probably will pass this year. You’ve got a preponderance of Democrats who support it in both Houses, you’ve got the Congressional delegation, you’ve got our Governor.” Sounds like somebody needs to get lei’d. —Think Progress
  • The Human Rights Campaign endorses City Council Speaker Christine Quinn’s run for New York City mayor. —Gay Star News
  • How neat would it be if Illinois put the gay-marriage bill to vote on Valentine’s Day? One state leader is pushing for it. — Chicago Sun Times
  • Texas governor Rick Perry thinks the Boy Scouts should maintain their anti-gay policy. Shocker! —Gay Star News
  • U.S. gay activists are banning together in a photo campaign to protest Russians anti-gay propaganda bill. —Huff Post Gay Voices


  • The French National Assembly passed what some call the most important article of a bill that would legalize same-sex marriage. —BBC
  • It’s looking promising that five openly gay and lesbian politicians will win seats in the country’s upcoming general elections. —Gay Star News
  • The city of Cambridge raised a rainbow flag in support of LGBT History Month in the U.K. —Gay Star News


  • I don’t care what anybody says, Beyoncé won the Super Bowl last night. Click here to watch her halftime show performance again.

    Sesame Street's take on the Dowager Countess and Mr. Carson in Downtown Abbey

  • I Am Divine, a documentary chronicling irreverent John Waters muse Divine, is complete and will debut at this year’s South by Southwest Festival. Can we get it for QFest, too? Please, please please?! Watch the trailer here.
  • Sesame Street parodies Downtown Abbey. Too cute.
  • Grey Gardens has been restored and it’s available for rent this summer, darling! —Curbed Hamptons
  • Meryl Streep is in talks to play the witch in a film version of Sondheim’s Into the Woods. —i09
  • San Francisco 49er Chris Culliver, the guy who had some pretty nasty things to say about the LGBTQ community last week, reached out to the Trevor Project to learn more about LGBTQ youth and understand why his hateful words struck such a sensitive chord around the nation.
  • Someone accidentally leaked the promo poster for Beyoncé’s upcoming world tour, which is apparently going to be called The Mrs. Carter Show. Love it. —Perez Hilton


  • Rutgers University announces plans to open a student center named for Tyler Clementi, the 18-year-old student who committed suicide in 2010 after being bullied by his roommate. The Tyler Clementi Center —a collaboration between the school and Clementi’s parents — will “build programs to help people transition to college … and offer lectures and training on social media, youth suicide, bullying and other topics.” —Huff Post Gay Voices
  • Locally raised superstar Will Smith and writer Sister Souljah were at Temple University Saturday to discuss Miss Souljah’s new book, A Deeper Love Inside. Philly mag photographer HughE Dillon was there and snapped this photo of them on the red carpet. —Concrete Loop