News: New Jersey Gay Marriage, Hairy Moon, Reichen Sex Assault

road.jpg Is the New Jersey Supreme Court just days away from issuing a landmark gay marriage ruling? “Speculation is rampant because under New Jersey law Chief Justice Deborah Poritz must retire on her 70th birthday, which is Thursday, Oct. 26. It has generally been thought she would want a decision handed down before she retires. But Len Deo, president of the New Jersey Family Policy Council, said the decision could be issued after Poritz retires and still include her vote.”

Justin_willisroad.jpg SMU Quarterback Justin Willis reinstated after hate crime accusation. Athletic director: “Several factors have influenced the decision to reinstate Justin. He is remorseful and contrite and has apologized for his actions. He understands that this was not acceptable behavior, and he has been penalized. He has been truthful and cooperative with all authorities involved in gathering facts on this matter. With lessons learned, it’s time to move on.”

road.jpg White hairy moon rises over Mexico City during Robbie Williams performance at VMAs.

road.jpg The Cleaning Hunk is back, with a few of his friends.

Harold_galeroad.jpg Queer as Folk‘s Gale Harold is soon to be on Broadway appearing in the new production of Tennessee Williams’ Suddenly Last Summer. Playbill talks to Harold about that production and asks him about any perspective he has on his former role as sex-addicted Brian Kinney. Said Harold: “It was full of different experiences. Working with the cast and the directors and pushing myself to places I didn’t expect to be in was very positive and difficult and frightening. I’m very grateful that I had the experience to do it. It opened some doors to me. Overall, it was very positive.”

road.jpg Tony Blair to give the Beckhams Lord and Lady titles?

road.jpg Reichen Lehmkuhl talked to ABC’s Good Morning America on Sunday about closeted life in the U.S. Air Force Academy and a sexual assault that inspired suicidal thoughts: “A bag was put over my head. I was stripped of my clothes. I was forced to do things sexually with two other male cadets. That’s when you start having suicidal thoughts, and that’s when you start saying, ‘Oh my God. I am so stuck in this situation. I can’t go to anyone.” (video)

Comments

  1. says

    He’s only a phony if he asked you to assault him – and if he asked you, you wouldn’t be assaulting him, because he would be consenting. So I guess he’s not a phony.

    I’m not a fan of Reichen, by the way – just of logic.

  2. says

    Oh please…Wishful thinking! Anyhoo…That was an amazing interview. And he’s right saying that the integration of gays and lesbians is no different than that of women and colored people in the early 40’s. But then again, this is America and Bush is still president!!

  3. Brad says

    My comment about him being a disgusting phony was just an overall observation. Don’t associate it with a specific incident, because there are far too many. OVERALL, I think Reichen is a disgusting phony. Got it?

  4. mp says

    OVERALL, I don’t see any indication that he is a disgusting phony (of course, he hasn’t tried to coax ME into a 3-way…yet). I do however think that he is a bit of an opportunistic fame-whore. Not the worst example of one, but still…

  5. Brad says

    Don’t you think there’s something disgusting and phony about being an opportunistic fame-whore? In my opinion they go hand and hand. Geez, this is a tough crowd!

  6. Anon says

    If one were cynical, one might suppose that a ruling by the NJSC in favor of gay marriage would be released after the election in order not to charge up the Republican base and give them something to go to the polls with, but who knows… Just don’t get your hopes up too high.

  7. Heath says

    Reichen is trying to hold on to the the last of his 15 minutes. Especially now that there’s a new famous gay couple out…he and Lance’s novelty is wearing thin. I think McCuddly is hotter than the two of them together!

  8. Leland says

    “Reichen Sex Assault” “Moon Made of Cheese” “JFK Still Alive in Secret South American Clinic—Shares Room with Elvis.”

    One can also see articles refering to Reichen as an “actor,” a “movie star,” and “THE winner of “The Amazing Race.” And then there’s his claim, refuted on the Net by his own mother, that Nancy Reagan attended his wedding to that guy he did not win “The Amazing Race” with.

    Reichen has been a media subject for soon going on four years. In print, on the Net, textually and in audio form, and on television. He’s done three interviews with the Advocate, one with Genre, one with Instinct, a long one with DNA, a long one with DC gay paper MetroWeekly, and countless other gay rags. He’s ALWAYS talked about attending the Air Force Academy, has often mentioned a woman officer apparently trying to out him when he was stationed in LA, and there was NEVER the slightest hint about this alleged incident.

    True, other celebrities and public figures, usually but not always women, have first discussed such things well into their careers, and given the same answer when asked why: they were/he was “ashamed.” The acute difference here is that, again, the terrible results of homophobia in the military have been Reichen’s theme for a long time.

    I don’t know if he was assaulted. I don’t know if he wasn’t assaulted. I only know that if it did happen he could have used the story to illustrate the hell of DADT in the 2004 interview that accompanied his first Advocate cover, the one in which he and Chip were nude except for an American flag. He could have spoken of it in the 2005 interview that accompanied his second Advocate cover, their “sex issue.” Or in any of the other interviews in other places before and since. He could have talked about it on his fishbowl.com radio show. He could have talked about it on his own QTV program.

    I only know that what has changed is that he has a book to sell. With one footnote: if it did happen, we can probably be confidant Nancy Reagan wasn’t there either.

  9. JP says

    A site I stumbled across (http://blog.myspace.com/kracklite) said that Reichen’s book has this disclaimer: “Some of the events of this book that are portrayed as having happened to me actually happened to others. I integrated their stories into my own to ensure that their stories were told… This story, although based on true events, should not be considered a memoir or an accurate account of events, or a true story.”

    That’s kinda bizarre. Anyone know if it really does?

  10. Ogden says

    Don’t you think there’s something disgusting and phony about being an opportunistic fame-whore?

    Posted by: Brad | Oct 23, 2006 2:35:40 PM

    Brad-

    Where do you live? EVERYONE is an oportunitstic fame-whore that goes to hollywood. Some are just better marketers of their image than others.

  11. mp says

    Brad: they do go hand-in-hand but anna nicole smith obliterated my fame-whore gag-reflex a couple weeks ago, and thus, Reichen doesn’t rise to the level of “disgusting” in my book (a book which is being published by doubleday in Spring 2007 and which will reveal for the first time how a bukkake party hosted at my apt. by Danny Pintauro ruined a very rare persian carpet).

  12. says

    btw, as a NJ “born and raised” I just wanna say that with all the f*cking gays (especially the well to do double-income-no-kids older ones) in New Jersey, if same-sex marriage becomes reality there is going to be alot of money being thrown around.

    But I, for one, will not be able to afford anything on half of their bridal registries.

  13. Mike in the Tundra says

    “Reichen tried to get me to have a threesome with he and Lance last weekend. He is a disgusting PHONY!!!!”

    I know just how you feel. I must have said no to Hugh Jackman four or five times this weekend.

  14. Leland says

    This just in: “Lance Bass’ Arm Candy Reveals It Was A Judith Leiber Bag That Was Pulled Over His Head At Air Force Academy.” Maybe Nancy Reagan WAS there!

  15. Ted B. (Charging Rhino) says

    I’m appalled at the casual and callous responses to Reichen’s admission. As someone raised in a military culture, I can’t imagine a greater betrayal than a sexual assault by those I’m supposed to be able to trust to cover my bag. I would place it above “date rape” and even an assualt by a stranger. …Compounded by the inability to report it, or even seek counselling since that would contravene DADT. And considering the attitude of this culture to either minimalize or dismiss male rape, I’m not surprised at Reichen’s reticence to discuss it before. Just look at the jack-ass comments above….

    That his attackers might still be in the uniform of this country is disgusting….such “heroes”. So much for the Cadets’ honor-code. Personally, I’d make such violent sexual assualts (not just sexual “misunderstandings”) by service members on fellow officers or enlisted a hanging offense….and I mean “hanging by the neck until dead” hanging….not just a career-stopper, or a pat on the head for “flushin’ out them fags…”

  16. JP says

    1. People are mocking the claim that an assault occured; not assaults themselves.
    2. I doubt that victims of “date rape” or any other kind of sexual assault would appreciate your setting up a sliding scale by which YOU determine how serious or traumatic their experiences were to THEM versus others or suggesting that their assaults deserve less severe punishment than the type Reichen asserts happened.

  17. Reggie says

    Ted B, you have to realize the 99 per cent of the good people here despise anything connected to Reichen. Sad to say, trying to appeal to them to at least be civil on matters Reichen, only convinces them more he is the devil incarnate. Oftentimes hate passes itself off as wit. And they get it Half right.

  18. Leland says

    Reggie, your percentage might be a little high, but whatever it is have you ever asked yourself why so many do reject your Lord & Saviour Reichen Christ?

    As to the question of His [I capitalize out of respect for the Divine] possible disclaimers in the book, he does say that some of the things that are written as having happened to him actually happened to others, but he claims he did it to “protect their identities.” I am not the best read person in the world, but can anyone give me an example of any other author ever doing this about himself? Shouldn’t changing their names, descriptions, places, dates, etc., be enough? The way he did it makes it impossible to separate fact from fictionalized events and leads the gullible to believe that he “suffered” more than he actually did—his version of “dying for our sins,” I guess. Can reports of miracles performed be far away?

    As for the “sexual assault,” I yield to the lawyers along Towleroad to address how legally actionable it was, and what the “charge” could be. But simply factually, it was VERY different than what virtually everyone imagined from his vague description, “forced to perform sexually,” on ABC.

    According to his book, what he was actually, allegedly forced to do was nude push ups over a guy on the floor underneath him, which meant His (Reichen’s) penis would repeatedly go into the other guy’s mouth. While he was allegedly forced to do it, he admits liking it, getting a hard on, and quickly coming.

    This layperson’s opinion: “Assault”? Probably. “Sexual Assault”? Unlikely. “Rape”? No way—even under Reichen’s Heaven.

  19. JP says

    “Lance Bass’s Beau: I Was Assaulted in the Military” – People Magazine
    “says he was stripped of his clothes, had a bag put over his head, and was forced to perform sexual acts” – Associated Press
    “Lance’s pal: Assaulted at AF Academy” – New York Daily News
    “Lance Bass Beau: Sex Assault in Military for Being Gay” – ABC News.com
    “Reichen reveals to ABC that he, too, was the victim of an anti-gay assault.” – Steve Ralls, SLDN
    “’I Was Raped’ Says Reichen” – 365gay.com

    It’s obvious that many people, like these media, assumed that he meant in his interview on Good Morning America that he had been forceably sodomized and/or forced to go down on them. I’ve even read him compared to Matthew Shepard! Sure, no one should be able to take you from your room, strip off your shorts or physically force you to let them blow you, but I can’t believe how much he made out of so little and took so many of us along for the ride. I don’t know whether to laugh at him or be angry, but I feel used.

    From the book: “I was so sexually aroused, yet feeling so violated, that I didn’t know what to do. I struggled to move away from them but they held me tighter. The motion of getting away felt so good between my legs that I kept moving up and down. It only took me about two minutes to come, and when I did, the guy in front of me had turned his body somewhat so that my face was on his chest. I must have given him a hickey on his chest as I sucked on his skin while I came.”

  20. Wayne says

    Okay, so Reichen wrote a porn novel? Because that’s sure what it sounds like! Who would ever describe a sexual “assualt” in such erotic terms?

    And as for using composites of other people and pretending it was him… think about the guy who wrote A Thousand Little Pieces… he ended up getting spanked by Oprah and fired by his publisher for doing the same thing. Although I guess he didn’t have the disclaimer.

  21. Toto says

    From the book: “I was so sexually aroused, yet feeling so violated, that I didn’t know what to do. I struggled to move away from them but they held me tighter. The motion of getting away felt so good between my legs that I kept moving up and down. It only took me about two minutes to come, and when I did, the guy in front of me had turned his body somewhat so that my face was on his chest. I must have given him a hickey on his chest as I sucked on his skin while I came.”

    WTF?!

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