News: Justin, Johnny Marr, Gay Games, Billie Jean King
The National Tennis Center in Flushing, Queens is to be renamed The USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center: "'I still can't believe it,' the 62-year-old gay tennis star said with tears in her eyes during a press conference at the stadium yesterday. 'So rarely are women thought of in this way.'"
Chicago's 2006 Gay Games drew more than 140,000 attendees, 40% more than organizers predicted: "More than 11,000 athletes from 70 countries participated in the 30 sporting events, with figure skating, diving and dancesport drawing the largest number of ticket buyers."
Former Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr has joined Modest Mouse: "Marr’s membership is so unequivocal, he will tour with MM in support of their next record, tentatively titled We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank and tentatively due this fall. 'He made a cautious commitment to write and record with us, and then the tighter we got, he was like, 'okay, let’s tour too,'' Brock said. 'Then he was pretty much a member of the band - not pretty much. He’s a full blown member of the band.'"
Fast forward to fall. Justin Timberlake sheaths his sexy back in layers of clothing in the 100-degree NYC heat. Why???
Guy Adams, an organizer for (big surprise!) wingnut Alan Keyes' group Renew America has made a hateful and inflammatory claim on a conservative internet radio show: "The newest thing in Chicago, it's becoming a trend, and you're gonna find this hard to believe...sex with infants...It's not enough that they have...you know when you engage in perversion, and homosexuality is perversion, we don't hate the gays mind you, we don't hate them, we hate what they're doing...pretty soon that perversion is like addiction, it's not enough, so you need to graduate to something else. You need to move on. So now they're having sex with animals, a small group that's getting bigger, sex with infants, sex in the street in Chicago out in the open, it's just getting more and more perverted." Of course Guy Adams had no evidence to back up his statements.
Jack Jackson, gay activist and Houston philanthropist, has died at 81.