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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Gay Marriage Bans Fall in Wisconsin and Indiana


Only nine days after hearing arguments in the case, a federal appeals court in Chicago declared the bans on same-sex marriage in Indiana and Wisconsin to be unconstitutional on Thursday, adding to the list of marriage cases that could wind up before the Supreme Court in the year ahead.

“The grounds advanced by Indiana and Wisconsin for their discriminatory policies are not only conjectural; they are totally implausible,” said the unanimous opinion by a three-judge panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, as it confirmed lower-court decisions that reversed marriage restrictions in the two states.

The ruling by the Seventh Circuit joins similar appeals-court decisions that overturned same-sex marriage bans in Oklahoma, Utah and Virginia, with still other circ...

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Appeals Court Scraps Gay Marriage Bans In Wisconsin, Indiana

Grooms marriage

“The discrimination against same-sex couples is irrational, and therefore unconstitutional even if the discrimination is not subjected to heightened scrutiny, which is why we can largely elide the more complex analysis found in more closely balanced equal-protection cases,” Judge Richard Posner wrote for a unanimous three-judge panel.

The ruling makes it the third federal appeals court to conclude that state prohibitions on gay marriage violate the Constitution’s guarantee of equal protection. Advocates for marriage equality have enjoyed many victories since the Supreme Court ruled in 2013 that the federal government may not deny equal benefits to legally married gay couples…


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Des Moines Pride Center


School is back in session and the Des Moines Pride Center is moving full speed ahead! And it’s time to welcome you to our home in the Mickle Center located in the Historic Sherman Hill Neighborhood.

We invite you to get “plugged in” and join us Thursday, Sept. 4 at 6:30. The Board of Directors will share their vision and how you are the key to meeting the social and support needs Central Iowans have been craving.

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