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Upcoming film: Camp X-Ray

Via Spin.com

As a big Kristen Stewart fan, I am excited to check out Camp X-Ray.

Kristen plays a soldier stationed at Guantanamo Bay who develops a relationship with a detainee played by Peyman Maadi.

Will you see it?

 

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Scranton venue declines same-sex wedding

I was revolted to hear the news that the Inne at the Abingtons refused to book a same-sex couple’s wedding.

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Via the Scranton Times-Tribune

Via my hometown newspaper, the Scranton Times-Tribune:

Venue refused to serve gays; sets off social media firestorm

NORTH ABINGTON TWP. — When Pennsylvania’s gay marriage ban was ruled unconstitutional by a federal court, Desiree Mark of Greenfield Twp. abandoned her plans to be married in New York or Connecticut and happily focused on planning a wedding in her home state.

When the 29-year-old sent queries to Scranton area wedding venues requesting an appointment, she learned that marriage equality does not mean equality for gays and lesbians.

“Unfortunately, we do not hold same sex marriages at our facility,” read the email from Courtney Killeen, Wedding & Event Planner for Inne at the Abingtons. “I truly do hope you find somewhere that will fulfill all your wedding dreams.”

Met at the North Abington Twp. venue Thursday, Ms. Killeen confirmed the email was authentic and reflected the policy of the Inne, not her personal belief.

“I don’t agree with it,” she said, adding the owner, John O. Antolick, would be unlikely to comment publicly. Mr. Antolick did not respond to several requests for an interview.

Gays and lesbians gained the legal right to marry in Pennsylvania this year, but can be blocked from reception venues. With no legal protections for LGBT people in Pennsylvania, any business can refuse to serve someone who is, or perceived to be, lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender.

You can read the rest of the story here.

 

If there’s a bright spot, it’s that the comments were surprisingly civilized.

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I can only hope that we move beyond such ridiculousness sooner rather than later.

Emma and Andrew are great but…

Emma Stone and Andrew Garfield, adorable talented couple that they are, have started doing this thing where they hold up little signs touting “good causes” when they know they’re about to be photographed by the paparazzi.

Example here via Just Jared:

Here’s the thing: this time they included Autism Speaks.

Surely you’ve heard about the organization. It has great brand recognition.

But it also has issues. And I hate to think that the well-intentioned Emma and Andrew would promote Autism Speaks if they knew how much money the organization has poured into finding a link between vaccines and autism. Or how little of the money raised goes toward supporting families living with autism. Or how the organization has marginalized autistic adults.

If I’ve piqued your curiosity, dig deeper starting here and here.

But definitely go support Gilda’s Club.

Tuesday reads

Happy Tuesday! Hope your week is off to a great start.

I can’t lie: I’m thinking ahead to my next beach trip in a few weeks.

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I am *amazed* by what people (mostly men) put on TinderContinue reading

Tequila anyone?

You know I have come to enjoy tequila. But not how.

Let’s just say it didn’t come naturally.

Until approximately five years ago, I avoided tequila completely. Why? My last experience with the spirit had come at the hand of evil, older sorority sisters. There was an initiation rite involving blindfolds, my hands tied behind my back, me on my knees and the kind of tequila college students can afford.

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It was bad.

For years, I avoided tequila. One night, though, I was faced with a difficult choice. Continue reading

Did you watch Lena Dunham on SNL?

I’m a big fan of Girls so I was eager to see how Lena Dunham would do as host of Saturday Night Live.

Via screencrush.com

She was great!

For me, these were the highlights.

First, SNL does Scandal. Watch it here. The casting is great. Sasheer Zamata is terrific as Olivia Pope and Lena cracked me up as Millennial new hire Kelsey.

Second, Hannah in the Garden of Eden. From the first “Adam?” this is gold.

What did you think?

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