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road.jpg Nigeria may pass legislation banning any form of association between gay people, including dining together at a restaurant: "Other activities prohibited under the proposed law include belonging to gay clubs or reading books, watching films or accessing Internet sites that 'promote' homosexuality." Opposition is scant because of fear of reprisal from the government and religious groups.

Brazilianroad.jpg Just who is the hottest Brazilian of 2006?

road.jpg New York Film Critics name United 93 best picture...

road.jpg Palm Springs considers branding itself a "hate-free" city: "'Not in Our Town' is the name of a campaign the commission hopes will help the public learn to support people who are gay, lesbian, transgender or bisexual; of another race or ethnicity; of another religion or gender; or have a physical or mental disability."

road.jpg Andy Roddick: card shark.

road.jpg South Australian police create gay liaison positions within force: "SAPOL's acting director of Human Resources, John Bruhn, says the initiative is directed at better policing of gay hate crimes. 'Those sort of crimes are generally under reported and that's one of the key drivers in us setting up this network,' he said. 'So we can do better at helping and supporting the gay community in dealing with those things.'"

road.jpg Same-sex shenanigans from the Toronto set of Hairspray: "a certain young male Hairspray star has left one local lad heartbroken. Sources say the two met midway through production and ended up spending many quiet nights together in the actor’s Minto Yorkville suite. Promises to stay in touch were reportedly made but since filming ended the teen star hasn’t called or e-mailed his Canuck lover."

Zachroad.jpg Did NBC send its gay character Zach from Heroes back into the closet? "Two scenarios seem the mostly likely: for unknown reasons, NBC suddenly shied away from the idea of a gay character. Or Dekker's management wanted Zach to be straight."

road.jpg Civil Partnerships prepare to celebrate first anniversary in Britain: "Civil partnerships have quickly and seamlessly become a feature of British national life. The statistics are compelling: more than 15,500 couples registered civil partnerships in the period from last December to September this year, suggesting that government predictions of 22,000 partnerships by 2010 are a huge underestimate. But perhaps more significant is that among the 15,500 pledging their union were a cabinet member - Ben Bradshaw, the Fisheries minister - and among those planning to tie the knot are Adam and Ian from The Archers, which, lest we forget, is 'an everyday story of country folk'."

road.jpg Judge rejects request from "duped" frat boys to remove scene and halt sale of Borat DVD.

road.jpg Matthew McConaughey's leisure suit chic.

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  1. Brazillians are total whores.

    Posted by: Randy | Dec 12, 2006 11:46:07 AM


  2. Nice recognition of Adam and Ian, an example of a homosexual relationship with problems but with love and intimacy, which has avoided gay cliches and really helped me and other people to understand modern gay relationships better. It's also on pretty much the only regular national show in the UK aimed at older, rural people. Bravo BBC Radio 4.

    Posted by: Dan | Dec 12, 2006 11:47:53 AM


  3. Thank heavens the judge had enough "moxie" to throw out the suit for/against Borhat. Haven't seen the film (ne desire to either)but they signed the agreement -- which covered production. They say they were "told" ... but as Louis B. Mayer used to tell people, a verbal agreement isn't worth the paper it's printed on!

    Love your site ... visit multiple times a day!!

    Posted by: wd | Dec 12, 2006 11:50:34 AM


  4. First, I'm sad about the Heroes kid. I liked that character and the idea of him having to come out in a show about people having to come out with their own spectacular abilities. I hope the direction changes.

    Second, Zac Efron (the only teen male star in the film) - breaking hearts all over North America, huh? Plus, if you checkk out the link Andy put in, there is another "out in Hollywood" actress who had a lady friend on set, lesbians don't get called this very often, but this one's a Queen. I love outing gossip. Is that wrong?

    Posted by: Nicholas | Dec 12, 2006 11:57:07 AM


  5. Zac? Cute. Also, Brazilians have man size manicotti's.

    Posted by: gay is the new straight | Dec 12, 2006 12:23:15 PM


  6. I'm an IMDB addict so I felt compelled to look Zac Efron up. He's apparently already out. As usual the girls on the IMDB messageboards are in denial. From algerianprincess12:

    "uh....how the hell did u hear that from?!?!
    HOT guys are not gay

    i luv u zac"

    Ha.

    Posted by: EireKev | Dec 12, 2006 12:31:03 PM


  7. I love brazilian men. However, I would never consider one as a suitable life partner. They have no moral compass when it comes to monogomy. Very sexy, but very self-involved.

    Posted by: Brutus | Dec 12, 2006 12:32:49 PM


  8. United 93 one that award deservingly. It was truly a brutal affair, but cleansing at the same time. You really empathize with the people on that plane and come out of the film feeling like they were true heroes.

    I almost had a nervous breakdown at the end of the film, but I was better for watching it.

    Posted by: Tread | Dec 12, 2006 12:34:22 PM


  9. That link to AfterElton and the HEROES change of heart is an eye-opener. I'm thankful for a reason to stop watching the show. It wasn't going to lead anywhere anyway.

    Posted by: Mike | Dec 12, 2006 12:46:44 PM


  10. I'm glad United 93 is getting some attention. Although well reviewed it never seemed to get the praise it deserved and then when World Trade Center came out it sort of got lumped in with that film (which, in my opinion, was not nearly as effective).

    The whole Heroes thing is kind of weird. The response on After Elton from the creator of the show is really wussy.

    Posted by: Daniel | Dec 12, 2006 1:04:02 PM


  11. Yes, I too am disappointed by the Heroes thing. It's bad enough that most show creators/writers just don't feel their story accommodates a gay character, but it's almost hurtful when the network execs take a character written to be gay and "straighten him out," fearing public backlash for depicting-- what? Actual human life?

    I felt the same way about Horace on Commander in Chief-- there was some early buzz when his sis lost her diary in which she had "written things" about him. At least it wasn't so overt in that case.

    Tell us Andy, who over at NBC can we email/call/write with our disappointment?

    Posted by: Heroes Fan | Dec 12, 2006 1:26:34 PM


  12. Well, we all "know" that gay people are never heroes...

    on tv.

    Posted by: Anon | Dec 12, 2006 1:30:55 PM


  13. Fuck you, NBC.

    But should we really be surprised that they would "straight-wash" a gay character that is 'ordinary' and that people can actually relate to? This is, afteral, the same network that gave us "Will & Grace," which was nothing more than a faggot minstrel show. Jack was nothing but an amusing sterotype and Will might as well not had a penis at all.

    But Heroes, a show about extraordinary people, actually had the opportunity to feature a (supporting) gay character that was just like any other real-world queer.

    But we can't that have that. Zach could have turned out to be an "ordinary hero" to countless gay teens everywhere.

    God forbid!

    Posted by: Patrick W. | Dec 12, 2006 1:45:53 PM


  14. heroes = disapointment

    hot brazillians = the nominated guys are all smooth skinned little boys, couldn't they have found 1 hot brazillian with chest hair? Guys with chest hair are HOT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! smoothies are just little boys (I say that as a smoothie who is sick of other smoothies and loves hairy chests)

    Also on the brazillian thing and some guys on here saying they are whores.....if the only brazillians you meet are at some circuit party in Rio then yeah, your chances of having a meaningful relationship with one is slim to nill just like meeting a guy here in the US at some circuit party.

    Posted by: jimmyboyo | Dec 12, 2006 1:56:39 PM


  15. FYI: Brazilians come in more than one color as does beauty...

    Posted by: Giovanni | Dec 12, 2006 3:05:22 PM


  16. Do any of you read the official message board for Heroes? You may find this link entertaining:

    http://www.9thwonders.com/boards/index.php?showtopic=27842

    Posted by: Lady Heather | Dec 12, 2006 3:49:04 PM


  17. The last episode of Heroes that featured Zach was quite frank about him being gay. The nasty cheerleader (who ended up dead) was picking on him for it, and he told Claire he didn't care, he was OK with who he was.

    Meanwhile, Tom Dekker is not long for the show: he's been tapped to take the Eddie Furlong role in "The Sarah Connor Chronicles" (a Terminator TV series) that's been set up as a put-pilot at Fox (aka, there's a massive penalty if it doesn't go to series).

    Posted by: Scott | Dec 12, 2006 4:05:18 PM


  18. Scott, just because he is doing SCC does not mean he won't still be on Heroes. Masi Oka, who plays Hiro, will still make appearances on Scrubs. Dekker might still do double duty.

    Posted by: Lady Heather | Dec 12, 2006 4:28:44 PM


  19. When my husband and I were watching "Heroes" and it looked like Zach would be outed, I told my husband:

    "Zach will discover that he has the power to walk through a neighborhood and make the property values mysteriously go up."

    If this rumor about straightening him out is true then it's either an issue his manager has or it's yet another scifi/action show aimed at the 18-35 male demographic that is terrofied of gay characters.

    I'm a big old scifi dork and even I can see that with a few exceptions, most (large) sci-fi properties shy away from gay characters - unless they're lesbian - for fear of fan backlash.

    "Battlestar Galactica", in my opinion, is an infinitely better show than "Heroes" and it still hasnt introduced a single gay character - even a background character.

    Posted by: mark m | Dec 13, 2006 11:10:36 AM


  20. Regarding Zach on Heros: According to rumor, it was the actor and/or his manager that put the brakes on the gay storyline - Not NBC or show execs.

    http://tvguide.com/News-Views/Columnists/Ask-Ausiello/default.aspx

    Posted by: Rob | Dec 13, 2006 11:40:06 AM


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