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road.jpg Is former Rick Santorum communications director Robert Traynham about to be named new president of the Log Cabin Republicans?

Diaz_timberlakeroad.jpg Cameron Diaz and Justin Timberlake love the gays. Diaz: "No, of course not! I’m not at all intimidated [by Justin's gay fans]. I don’t even care about the girls who flash all their bits and pieces at him. None of that bothers me. I love it! I’m like, 'How awesome is your life? How cool is it to be you?' And Justin loves all of his fans. People adore him across the board, and he’s not uncomfortable with any part of it. We love the gays. A gay fan isn’t afraid to gush, which a girl doesn’t mind!"

road.jpg Dreamgirls premieres in New York, Hudson hits TRL...

road.jpg Al Gore slams Bush and Iraq war: "This is an utter disaster. This worst strategic mistake in the history of the United States." Urges Bush "to try to separate out the personal issues of being blamed in history for this mistake and instead recognize it’s not about him. It’s about our country and we all have to find a way to get our troops home and to prevent a regional conflagration there."

Falcon_1road.jpg Falcon Studios changes its underwear. (site NSFW)

road.jpg NYC officials ban trans fats in restaurants: "City health officials created the unprecedented new requirements Tuesday. Restaurants will get a grace period to make both changes, but by mid-2008, Dunkin' Donuts will have to find a substitute for the 3.5 grams of trans fat in its Boston Kremes and tell customers up front that the snacks contain 240 calories."

road.jpg New Jersey legislators propose two "civil union" bills, reject "spousal union" as marriage term. Bills are denounced by gay rights leaders as "extremely weak". Senate president Richard J. Codey: “Historically in our fight for civil rights, regardless of what discrimination they face, we can never always do everything we’d like to do in one step. If you look at the history of discrimination against women, minorities, and so forth, it’s always been a struggle. But we’ve made great progress, and we’re going to continue to do that.”

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  1. I become immediately suspicious whenever a celebrity professes to love 'the gays', as opposed to 'the gay community' or 'gay people'. Is it just me or do others feel the same way?

    Posted by: peter parker | Dec 6, 2006 2:12:15 PM

  2. Don't know. Not suspicious here anyway. Why would you be?

    Posted by: EireKev | Dec 6, 2006 2:23:28 PM

  3. I love "the gays" thing. I laughed when Margaret Cho imitated her mother saying "is he the gay?" I laugh when Kathy Griffin talks about her gays. I'm just happy people are loving rather than hating us.

    Posted by: Daniel | Dec 6, 2006 2:30:38 PM

  4. I just think Cameron is picking up on the Margaret Cho/Kathy Griffin speak.

    I dont mind being called one of "The Gays"... However, I have NEVER gushed. The nerve!


    Posted by: mark m | Dec 6, 2006 2:38:59 PM

  5. I love 'the gays' and those who love us.

    Posted by: pbnyc59 | Dec 6, 2006 2:45:20 PM

  6. Re "the gays." I hate it. It's like listening to a blue-haired lady talking about "the negroes" or "the orientals." Use of the article affords an additional degree of separation, an extra distinction betwen "us" and "them."

    Modern, hip people not suffering from homophobia should not use "the gays."

    Posted by: Jeff | Dec 6, 2006 2:50:12 PM

  7. Hmmm. I'd actually think the opposite. I think using "the gays" implies familiarity with, and affection for, said gays. Now, saying "the homosexuals"...

    Posted by: EireKev | Dec 6, 2006 3:01:16 PM

  8. JEFF we are all entilted to our opinion. With the recenent use of nigger by Michael Richards shows it is all in the context.

    Posted by: pbnyc59 | Dec 6, 2006 3:18:33 PM

  9. Eirekev writes: "I think using "the gays" implies familiarity with, and affection for, said gays."

    How so?

    Would you really say something like, "I think the Jews are really cool?" Or, "I believe the Asians should be afforded equal rights?" As opposed to just using Jews and Asians?

    Posted by: Jeff | Dec 6, 2006 3:19:25 PM

  10. Oh Mary just lighten up already. This reminds me of the times in the 80s/early 90s when people were so afraid to say "girl" for fear of offending the feminists, even when referring to teenagers. I, for one, am glad that those hysterically PC days (at least concerning the usage of "girl" vs "women") are over.

    And I like the slightly irreverent/camp connotation of "the gays". Hopefully in the near future we gays will learn to relax and not be so hyper-sensitive all the time like the feminists back in the day.

    Posted by: just chill | Dec 6, 2006 3:35:42 PM

  11. Actually, I would say "the" Jews and "the" Asians. Not every time, obviously. But, it seems more relaxed to me. As I would say Cameron Diaz was being, and is generally. Maybe that's just cos my friends and I would say things like "the gays", "the Yanks" etc in jokey ways, e.g. mocking stereotypes etc.

    Posted by: EireKev | Dec 6, 2006 3:37:11 PM

  12. Regarding use of 'the gays' as opposed to 'the gay community' or 'gay people'...I think perhaps it helps to hear the tone of voice, inflection, etc...of the person using the phrase. When I see Kathy Griffin in filmed footage using the phrase it's obvious she admires the gay community. But when I see it printed on a page, it immediately seems as though the person saying it has no relationship to gay people or to the gay community and is merely trying to increase their fan though they see us as a bunch of dollar signs, not people to be respected. Having said that, I'm a fan of Cameron and Justin (though not his music...ICK!).

    Posted by: peter parker | Dec 6, 2006 3:51:31 PM

  13. LOL. This is funny. I truly am not hyper-sensitive or overly PC. I'm a pretty laid back kinda guy. And to each his own, fer sure. I'm not trying to dictate how people speak. I simply gave my opinion. To me, the use of the article with any group sounds sort of dated, out of touch, and just a little bit patronizing. But whatever. It ain't worth squabbling over.

    Posted by: Jeff | Dec 6, 2006 4:48:38 PM

  14. Just like the use of any word or phrase, it all depends on the person using it, how they use it and their intent.

    When my mother uses "the gays" I correct her because she is a VERY gradually recovering bigot. However, when one of my straight best friends uses it I laugh because he uses it as a term of endearment along with a couple of other non-PC terms. He's latino and I do the same to him in return. It works for us because we know each other’s hearts and we know each other’s intent.

    I think it's important that we be strong and courageous enough to confront anti-gay speech when it's used as such, but we should also be wise enough and thoughtful enough to not look for enemies among our friends. More importantly we need to make sure that we don't make enemies out of our friends by overreacting to situations and being overly sensitive.

    Posted by: Zeke | Dec 6, 2006 5:15:09 PM

  15. Am I the only person that thinks Ginch Gonch underwear is the ugliest, tackiest thing ever?

    Call me old fashioned, but I think mens underwear should be masculine - or at least not look like an 8 year olds superman-themed briefs.

    Pedophile, anyone?

    Posted by: A | Dec 6, 2006 6:46:06 PM

  16. As for which article to use to describe us, I love the Davith Thomas approach - "I am A GAY!"

    Posted by: A | Dec 6, 2006 6:49:25 PM

  17. I'm not thrilled about the implied "they're all alike" of "THE gays," but will give her the benefit of the doubt, as in she doesn't know any better. However, let's not nominate Justin for any GLAAD awards just yet. I think she's putting words, attitudes, etc., in Justin's mouth that would trigger his gag reflex. Despite his allegedly being fine with and supportive of Lance coming out, no picture of the two of them with the former Mrs. Lance Bass ever appeared, even as pictures of Justin with others and of just Lance and Mrs. Bass did from events that the three of them were all at, including Justin's concert at House of Blues and his ludicrous fashion show. Even the wierd Is He or Isn't He JC posed with L&R at his birthday party. Justin posed with JC at JC's birthday party, but, again, not with L&R. I don't even recall any photos of Justin with Lance san R since he came out; again despite having been in at least three public places at the same time. Actions speak louder that your snatch's words. Remember that the next time you admire one of Justin's "bad" shirtless pictures with his hand on his crotch.

    And speaking of words. Good Golly Miss Molly! Cameron's quote came from an interview in "The Advocate" which, save for the writing-vagina story, sounded like something out of "Tiger Beat." Sample question: "Do you mind that many of your gay male fans are insanely jealous that you get to sleep with Justin Timberlake?" My, how far our "leading gay newsmagazine" has sunk. And given that Cameron's only female fantasy was Pamela Anderson proves what a skank she is.

    Posted by: Leland | Dec 6, 2006 6:54:43 PM

  18. Her female fantasy is Pamela Anderson?? Ugh.

    The only thing I have in common with Cameron Diaz is that neither of us are "supposed" to dig chicks.... but Cam, let me give you some advice. If you REALLY want to turn Justin on or impress lesbians, tell everyone your fantasy is Angelina Jolie.

    She sure as hell is mine.

    Posted by: mark m | Dec 6, 2006 8:52:51 PM

  19. "Call me old fashioned, but I think mens underwear should be masculine - or at least not look like an 8 year olds superman-themed briefs."

    Hear, hear! I agree. I mean, on some guys I can enjoy the Ginch Gonch look in a sort of ironic way. But on porn stars, who are trying to look all butch and tough, it just makes me laugh.

    Posted by: dnash | Dec 6, 2006 9:20:41 PM

  20. Do I automatically get my Pink Card revoked if I admit that I had NEVER heard of Ginch Gonch until today?

    I haven't seen a pair of designer underwear yet that I think looks sexier on a man than a pair of good old fashioned white Hane's briefs. Maybe it's the redneck in me or maybe I'm just old fashioned but Calvin Klein and other designer drawers just don't do a thing for me.

    If this Ginch Gonch look is the latest fad then Hane's doesn't have to worry about losing my business. Honest to God, from what I've seen it just looks like Underoos has expanded its market.

    Posted by: Zeke | Dec 6, 2006 10:11:18 PM

  21. It's weird that it's not i before e, but it's "weird"! As in: isn't it weird that some people call Cameron Diaz a beard. Thank you, that took all night.

    Posted by: Anon | Dec 6, 2006 10:36:16 PM

  22. Oh please Justin does not like gays. That's why he was the last to know about Lance's coming out.

    Justin is the type of guy to flirt with a gay guy to all of a sudden cry 'foul' when the guy actually welcomes his advances. You all know the type i'm talking about don't you?

    Also, ditto on Mark M's Angelina Jolie comment

    Posted by: steve | Dec 7, 2006 5:35:08 AM

  23. Ginch Gonch: Making masculine men everywhere go limp on sight since 2004.

    Posted by: Steve | Dec 7, 2006 9:46:07 AM

  24. Fine...
    I'll be the only 'mo still on the Pamela Anderson bandwagon. :-)

    Posted by: Derrick | Dec 7, 2006 4:07:58 PM

  25. Phew! Glad I'm not the only one who immediately thinks "Underoos!" when I see those things...give me some plain ol' Hanes or Fruit Of The Looms any day! Oh, and with a REAL MAN in them too, unlike what Falcon seems to be stuck on these days...

    Posted by: Lance | Dec 7, 2006 4:18:39 PM

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