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road.jpg Separate but equal still not so equal. New Jersey couples who have formed civil unions encountering denials of coverage from insurance companies: "I called to ask if they were going to be honoring that law and providing me with the same coverage that they would any married couple, and I was told no. The woman on the phone actually said to me: 'We do not have to obey New Jersey law.'"

Becksticketroad.jpg He's the ticket: Beckham set to take America.

road.jpg The Washington Post looks at gays at the State Department. Foreign Service general director George Staples: "They serve among us, and it's not an issue," George Staples, director general of the Foreign Service, said recently. "We really don't track or follow these kinds of things at all. I have no way of knowing."

road.jpg Gay film editor and actor James Lyons dies at 46. Worked on Todd Haynes films Velvet Goldmine, Safe, Far from Heaven, and Poison: "The cause was squamous cell cancer, which followed more than a decade of treatment for H.I.V., his brother Patrick said....A member of Act Up, the AIDS awareness organization, in the 1990s, Mr. Lyons said he saw film as a medium to spread awareness of the disease. At his death, he was preparing to direct a short film about Andy Warhol."

road.jpg Royal dumping: Prince William splits with girlfriend Kate Middleton.

road.jpg Obama fundraising list shows shift in cash away from Clinton: "Among the biggest fund-raisers for Mr. Obama’s campaign are as many as a half-dozen former guests of the Clinton White House. At least two are close enough to the Clintons to have slept in the Lincoln bedroom. At minimum, a dozen were major fund-raisers for President Bill Clinton. At least four worked in the administration and one, James Rubin, is a son of a former Clinton Treasury Secretary, Robert E. Rubin. About two dozen of the top Obama fund-raisers have contributed to Mrs. Clinton’s Senate campaigns or political action committee, some as recently as a few months ago." The money race...

Jerry_mitchellroad.jpg The NYT takes a look at Jerry Mitchell, the choreographer-turned-director behind the Broadway musical adaptation of Legally Blonde: "Mr. Mitchell and his partner, Erik Sherr, an actor, have been together for six years. Perhaps because he is not tortured about his sexuality, as both Bennett and Robbins were, he is not torturing either. Mr. Luftig, who came to San Francisco to keep an eye on his novice director, said there were no prima donna meltdowns; tech rehearsals, when shows often hemorrhage cash because of a director’s disorganization, finished ahead of schedule."

road.jpg Delta Lambda Phi: Gay frat opens at University of Wisconsin Madison.

road.jpg STUDY: Gay men who use crystal meth five times more likely to test HIV positive than those who don't. "The center also found that 25% of the 6,360 MSM it tested for HIV and other sexually transmitted infections in 2006 reported using crystal meth at least once, compared with 18% of the 5,300 MSM tested in 2005. Mike Rizzo, the center's manager of crystal meth recovery services, said 43% of people newly infected with HIV report some meth use."

road.jpg NYDN Widdicombe: "Which R&B singer likes to drop ecstasy in the studio and fool around with his posse as if it doesn't count as gay because they're all taking drugs? Wonder if he knows there's security camera footage?"

road.jpg Enough already. John Kerry leaves possibility open of entering the White House race again.

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  1. OK Stephen, et al, please explain to us again how Civil Unions give ALL of the same rights, benefits and responsibilities that come with marriage.

    Posted by: Zeke | Apr 16, 2007 2:02:06 PM

  2. So incredibly sad about James Lyons. James and Todd were a couple for EONS before they broke up. Todd said "I flew to hawaii, finished Proust and wrote Far From Heaven." James edited it -- as he did all of Todd's films.

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Apr 16, 2007 2:15:29 PM

  3. over time obama will lose his luster.

    he doesn't have the staying power this go around. while he may lure some people away, they'll be back. clinton has many donors.

    Posted by: poodle | Apr 16, 2007 2:30:36 PM

  4. Ooo... blind items!

    I love blind items. Can we say, "Usher!"?

    Posted by: Tread | Apr 16, 2007 4:35:31 PM

  5. Legally Blonde - The Musical is such a fun show. I saw it in San Francisco with a group of friends and we all loved it. Go see it.

    Posted by: stan | Apr 16, 2007 6:17:59 PM


    Posted by: matt | Apr 16, 2007 11:30:37 PM

  7. I am thinking Usher, too, but just because I can't think of anyone else.

    Posted by: Marco | Apr 17, 2007 5:51:10 AM

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