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road.jpg Gates Foundation gives over $250 million to researchers in 19 countries in order to facilitate search for an AIDS vaccine: "The grants are the largest private investment in making such a vaccine, the foundation said. They represent a significant shift in emphasis, to large-scale collaborative projects instead of small teams of researchers working independently. The money will be given over five years to 16 scientific teams, including two New York groups. The scientists applied for the grants before Warren E. Buffett announced last month that he was giving $31 billion to the Gates Foundation."

road.jpg Anti-gay attacks rising at "alarming rate" in Scotland.

road.jpg Washington gay marriage ruling "imminent", says judge, dismissing possibility that the decision would be held till after November elections: "We have never held cases. I resent when people say that."

Fox_hollowayroad.jpg Lost friendship? Matthew Fox and Josh Holloway reportedly in feud over $250,000 bonus.

road.jpg Man passes out all night on the roof deck of the Eagle Bar in New York, wakes up trapped, is rescued by police who cut through the fence. Now that's a night out on the town!

road.jpg REPORT: Gay Games "struggling to woo spectators." ORGANIZERS: "Crowds are great."

road.jpg Has Britney's Manny been given the old heave-ho?

road.jpg The new lean and mean Carson Daly gets fugged.

road.jpg Why does Esquire magazine shun its gay readers: "It's all interesting, engaging stuff, but why are there no questions about gay men, much less specifically for gay men? (Does Esquire think gay men don't read their magazine?) In fact, the only two mentions of queerness occur when someone suggests Ryan Seacrest is gay and, in a section very briefly profiling a twenty-five year old from each state, where one participant identifies as gay. Meanwhile, female golfers get a four-page article devoted to them."

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  1. A better question is "why is anyone reading Esquire?"

    Posted by: Chad | Jul 20, 2006 1:11:10 PM


  2. For the most part, I suspect the Games are drawing the crowds one should reasonable expect for what is, after all, a very specialized and mostly very amateur set of atheletic events. I went to the Ballroom Dancing and Darts yesterday (two separate events, though I think there is a lot of possibility in combining them -- Ballroom Dancing Darts -- do the tango and, at the same time, try to take out your competing teams with a dart to the thigh). Ballroom Dancing had a nice crowd -- a few hundred people in the middle of a weekday afternoon. Darts, not so much -- a few stragglers and friends. But it's Darts.

    It's to be borne in mind that a lot of the events are during the day and that people aren't going to take off work to watch Joe from Kansas City in an amateur wrestling match or Sue from Berlin playing softball -- even if it's free. Even the competitors themselves are probably mostly more interested in touring about Chicago than watching others compete. And it's been VERY hot and humid this week, until today, when it's pouring rain. There are a couple of events where the pricing raises an eyebrow, e.g. $50 for the figure skating champions show tonight (I think I paid less to watch the US Figure Skating Men's Final in St. Louis this year) and there are new discounts available on tickets for the Closing Ceremonies ($25 -- down from $50). But mostly I don't think attendance at these things is being controlled by price.

    It's very American (in the bad way) to want to measure everything by attendance and sales. It's not the Olympics and you're not going to sell a million tickets. Y'know? the real idea is for people to have a fun time and increase gay visibilty and that seems to be happening: there's been a good amount of postering and press, the city is very involved, and there were certainly a lot more lesbians wandering around the Loop yesterday than on a regular Wednesday. Assuming that the organizing for the competitors themselves has been reasonably problem-free, it seems the Chicago organizers have done well.

    Posted by: Buster | Jul 20, 2006 1:22:57 PM


  3. So, the difference between "Esquire" and "Details" is what, then?

    Posted by: Anonymous | Jul 20, 2006 1:29:38 PM


  4. So, the difference between "Esquire" and "Details" is what, then?

    Esquire is the mag. that your dad didn't read. Details is the mag that you don't read. Oh sorry that nobody reads.

    Posted by: Speck | Jul 20, 2006 2:05:17 PM


  5. Well said Buster.

    If anyone recalls the last Olympics had trouble selling it's events. I was involved in the Games from Vancouver in '90 thru Amsterdam in '98. The Games had the same troubles they continue to have, over hyping the opening and closing ceremonies over the events and the athelets.

    It is great to see people from all over the world celebrate being gay and competing, but sad to see that the same problems are not being addressed.

    Posted by: patrick nyc | Jul 20, 2006 2:58:00 PM


  6. Thank you Mr and Mrs Gates

    No words can express the honor they deserve for their generous gift

    Peace be with the Gates family always

    Posted by: jimmyboyo | Jul 20, 2006 4:20:56 PM


  7. I heard that the guy who designed the typeface that Esquire has used on their covers (and for a lot of headlines) for the past year is a total homo... but I guess design doesn't really translate into content. The lack of gay content kind of makes him a sell-out, right?

    Posted by: Anonymous | Jul 21, 2006 3:28:57 AM


  8. SO funny about the guy who fell asleep at The Eagle. If this was the 80's or 90's he would have woken up VERY bowlegged!

    Posted by: Will | Jul 21, 2006 7:51:23 AM


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