Comic: Vladimir Putin

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2 QC women marry after 72 years together


Vivian Boyack and Alice “Nonie” Dubes say it is never too late for people to write new chapters in their lives.

Boyack, 91, and Dubes, 90, began a new chapter in their 72-year relationship Saturday when they exchanged wedding vows at First Christian Church, Davenport.

Surrounded by family and a small group of close friends, the two held hands as the Rev. Linda Hunsaker told the couple that, “This is a celebration of something that should have happened a very long time ago.”

The two met in Yale, Iowa, where they grew up, and moved to Davenport in 1947…

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The OutField: Putting ‘Puto’ to shame


The OutField: Putting ‘Puto’ to shame by Dan Woog

The recently concluded 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil had everything: Goals galore. Scintillating performances (including several by the surprisingly non-inept United States team). Gay prostitutes.

Que diabos?!

“Gay prostitutes” refers to a very loud, very clear chant favored by many (though certainly not all) Mexican fans. “Puto” is as much a four-letter word as any English slur: just as powerful, just as controversial, just as fraught.

According to Slate writer Juliana Jiménez Jaramillo, the yell – directed at the Cup against opposing goalkeepers, but one with a long history in Mexican fútbol – is “a very specific, homophobic double entendre...

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Lily Tomlin to receive Kennedy Center Honors

Lily Tomlin

Lily Tomlin to receive Kennedy Center Honors by Arthur Breur

Lily Tomlin can, without hyperbole, be called one of America’s most accomplished comediennes.  She has performed on stage, television, and film–in both comic and dramatic roles–and has released four comedy albums.  Probably her best-known film role was playing Violet in Nine to Five, alongside Dolly Parton and Jane Fonda.  But with all of the characters she has played in a career that stretches back to the 1960, it is notable how some of the very first characters she created have stood the test of time.

The irrascible “Ernestine” is probably the best example of this timeless aspect of her characters.  Ernestine started on the TV show “Laugh In” as a fictitious operator for the telephone company, back when there was just a sin...

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Lily Tomlin to be first out lesbian recipient of Kennedy Center Honors


Lily Tomlin will be one of five recipients of this year’s Kennedy Center Honors, the national awards for influencing American culture through the arts.

Tomlin, 75, said she was astounded to learn she will receive the honors. The Detroit native originally went to college to study medicine.

“It was like a role I was playing for a couple of semesters,” she said. “I’ve been putting on shows since I was a little girl on the back porch … and always imitating the neighbors or imitating my mom and dad.”…

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U.S. Supreme Court adds same-sex marriage cases to Sept. 29 agenda

Same-Sex Marriage Ruling

The Supreme Court has formally added same-sex marriage cases to the justices’ agenda for their closed-door conference on Sept. 29.

The action Wednesday does not mean that the court will decide that day to hear state appeals of lower court rulings that struck down bans on same-sex marriage. But the late September conference will be the first time the justices have the issue before them. The meeting will be the justices’ first since late June…

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A Couple of Guys: Common Scents

A Couple of Guys is a weekly comic strip that follows the adventures of Eric Parker, an actor and waiter; his husband Joey Romelli, a police officer; and plenty of offbeat relatives, friends, bar acquaintances and pets.

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Iowa Safe Schools Day Honors Reception

Iowa Safe Schools

In recognition of the work of Iowa Safe Schools in supporting LGBTQ youth, educating educators, and advocating for anti-bullying policies – Governor Branstad has declared September 9th , 2014 as Safe Schools Day. In conjunction with this special event – Iowa Safe Schools is hosting an extra special reception to support the ongoing nonprofit work of the organization. Hope you all can join!

Safe Schools Day Honors Reception

Recognizing Principal Financial Group

Tuesday, September 9th 6:30-8:30PM Proof (1301 Locust Street, Des Moines)

Reception includes heavy hor d’oeurves, drinks, and a silent auction benefiting Iowa Safe Schools.

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Creep of the Week: Michele Bachmann

Michele Bachmann

Creep of the Week: Michele Bachmann by D’Anne Witkowski 

Okay folks, let’s get a couple of things out of the way here. First, Michele Bachmann (R- Minnesota) is still a member of the United States House of Representatives no matter how many times I close my eyes and wish she would go away. Second, she did not say that immigrant children should be forced into work camps. It’s a story that originated on a poorly done satire website and progressive sites such as Think Progress got a little too excited and published it as fact.

In their defense, however, Bachmann says a lot of crazy sh*t. And the tenor of the Republican immigration debate is perfectly suited to include an argument that we should round these kids up and make ‘em work to teach them “about the American way of life.”

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It’s Good to Be Takei

Human Rights Campaign Los Angeles Gala Dinner - Arrivals

It’s Good to Be Takei by Chris Azzopardi

Actor-turned-activist talks social network resurgence, closeted actors and autographing private parts 

George Takei knows the power of a cat meme. Because of all things, it’s the pussy that gave him a platform and set the stage for something more than just pervy postings and silly jests: gay activism.

Now, the 77-year-old, the iconic Hikaru Sulu on Star Trek from 1966-1969, isn’t only the voice of a generation – he’s the voice of generations.

But how?

The actor, who swooshed out of the closet at the age of 68 to become a powerful LGBT advocate and social media magnate, reflects on all facets of his life during To Be Takei, a documentary viewable on DIRECTV through Aug. 6 and also in select theaters and VOD later this summer.

In the mids...

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