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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)

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  1. 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.

    Posted by: JP | Oct 23, 2006 9:02:09 PM


  2. 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.

    Posted by: Reggie | Oct 23, 2006 9:39:07 PM


  3. 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.

    Posted by: Leland | Oct 24, 2006 12:05:48 AM


  4. “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."

    Posted by: JP | Oct 24, 2006 3:52:31 AM


  5. 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.

    Posted by: Wayne | Oct 24, 2006 11:08:40 AM


  6. MP rofl!!! nice.

    Derrick: you don't want to know, google it but be warned...

    Posted by: Cory | Oct 24, 2006 1:27:23 PM


  7. Cory: You're assuming an awful lot.

    Posted by: JT | Oct 24, 2006 3:48:24 PM


  8. 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?!

    Posted by: Toto | Oct 24, 2006 8:19:42 PM


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