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road.jpg Seattle man beaten by group after being taunted with a gay slur: "On Sunday, the couple was together about 2:40 a.m. in the 700 block of East Pike Street when they heard someone utter a slur toward gay men, according to a police report. The victim, a man in his 20s, turned and approached the man who made the comment. That man, who was with a group, punched the victim and threw him to the ground, at which point four to six others joined in the attack, according to a police report. The victim suffered a cut behind his left ear. Firefighters treated him at the scene, a police report said. The group ran to a nearby car and sped away."

Travolta_hairsprayroad.jpg Some gay fans call for a boycott of Hairspray because of John Travolta, Scientology, and the cult's position on gays.

road.jpg Gay marriage bill likely to pass State Assembly in New York. Senate a tougher nut.

road.jpg New Fest: The New York Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, & Transgender Film Festival award winners announced

road.jpg Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell endorses Bush's anti-gay Surgeon General nominee James Holsinger: "Dr. Holsinger is a proven leader who has dedicated his career to improving health education and services in Kentucky and across the nation. He is an excellent choice for Surgeon General and I look forward to his quick confirmation."

road.jpg Jake Gyllenhaal spends some time with his fans.

road.jpg More on Armistead Maupin's new tome Michael Tolliver Lives: "Instead of randy hippies who smoke joints, as they did when the series began in 1976, the aging lefties of 'Michael Tolliver Lives' pop joint and arthritis pills. Instead of plotting nightly sexual conquests, as they did as 20-something singles, many profess shock at the level of promiscuousness practiced by today's youth."

Whitneyroad.jpg Anti-gay Republican presidential hopeful Tom Tancredo's campaign webmaster Tyler Whitney is outed. Said Tancredo's senior advisor Bay Buchanan: "A person's sexual preference is a personal matter and has nothing to do with the campaign."

road.jpg Sopranos creator David Chase on the show's uneventful finale: "I have no interest in explaining, defending, reinterpreting, or adding to what is there. No one was trying to be audacious, honest to God. We did what we thought we had to do. No one was trying to blow people's minds, or thinking, 'Wow, this'll (tick) them off.' People get the impression that you're trying to (mess) with them and it's not true. You're trying to entertain them."

Andybaldwinroad.jpg Bachelor Andy Baldwin takes to the surf in Hawaii.

road.jpg U.S. States renamed for countries with similar GDPs. (via kottke)

road.jpg NYC due for major hurricane, experts say: "The last hurricane to hit New York was the so-called Long Island Express in 1938. It killed 50 people on the Island, more than 700 along the Eastern seaboard. In the years since, hurricanes with names like Bob, Floyd, and Gloria, have also made an impact, but we've been spared a direct hit. Experts say a major hurricane could pack 130 mph winds, and a 30-foot storm surge. There would be flooding in all five boroughs, the subways and much of lower Manhattan could be under water. Damage estimates would top $100 billion."

road.jpg Ted Allen talks desert island cuisine: "First of all, I'm not eating Carson [Kressley]. He'd be all stringy. Carson is a little too lean. Tom Colicchio is a delicious-looking man, but I think I'd have to go with Rupert. Many of us in the community would find him the most delicious. If we're on a desert island, I'd dig a pit. Something spicy or sort of Caribbean would be good for Rupert Everett."

road.jpg Kevin Spacey attended the Tony Awards after-party at the Hotel on Rivington's penthouse with his dog Minnie.

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  1. Is this thread a special "News from The Closet" roundup?

    Posted by: 24play | Jun 12, 2007 12:22:13 PM

  2. I was planning on boycotting Hairspray just because it's gonna suck hardcore. No Divine? No Mink Stole?
    Grody to the max!

    Posted by: vans30 | Jun 12, 2007 12:26:15 PM

  3. I think Hairspray looks great. And the boycott is ridiculous. If we started boycotting every actor whose religion hated gays, then we would have to boycott every catholic, baptist, jewish, muslim, mormon, scientologist, etc. celebrity out there. I loathe religion, but this is just absurd.

    Posted by: Aaron | Jun 12, 2007 12:31:28 PM

  4. The Soprano's ending sucked ass. David Chase is totally full of shit. That finale was a complete set up for a movie. Nothing was explained, everything was left as a red herring. The absolute worst ending for a great show ever!

    Posted by: whatever | Jun 12, 2007 12:39:01 PM

  5. I wonder which gets more wax - Bachelor Andy's board or his chest?

    Posted by: sam | Jun 12, 2007 12:43:28 PM

  6. I can't believe that little bastard Tyler Whitney has the balls to work for someone who is so clearly opposed to LGBT civil rights. I guess that doesn't matter to the clueless little Tyler. While gays are beaten in the streets, fired from our jobs, banned from the military and prohibited from marrying, he is helping the enemy. Well, at least it will look good on his resume and help him to get other jobs where he can stab gays in the back for a paycheck.

    Posted by: Bloggernista | Jun 12, 2007 12:47:25 PM

  7. I was going to boycott hairspray just because the original movie was great all on its own and didn't nor doesn't need a remake.

    Yeah though, scientology does suck.

    Posted by: anon | Jun 12, 2007 12:48:38 PM

  8. I just don't understand why they made ANOTHER Hairspray movie. It's weird. The original isn't that old, and it's really good. They make a film into a play and back into a film? Why?

    Sopranos ending - I loved! Tony clearly got whacked and the camera blacked out at the moment of death. Genius!

    Posted by: Gregg | Jun 12, 2007 1:02:59 PM

  9. Mitch McConnell has no shame. I think it's about time someone brought him out of the closet. He's too old for it and has harmed too many gay people in the process.

    Isnt's it ironic that the same post that has Ted Allen discussing eating another gay man if he was on an island and Tlyer Whitney who works for Tom Tancredo. Tyler is basically eating his own by supporting Tancredo.

    I hope that Seattle man gets justice for that act of barbarism.

    Posted by: Jack! | Jun 12, 2007 1:08:25 PM

  10. I agree with Gregg, he got whacked. Remember what Tony said, you never will see or hear it. The screen went black just as he got popped and died. And Andy Baldwin? My next husband, so hands off.

    Posted by: davefromtampa | Jun 12, 2007 1:10:47 PM


    Thank you.

    Posted by: peterparker | Jun 12, 2007 1:20:59 PM

  12. Another reason to boycott Hairspray: It's already been made into a movie (Jon Waters, Ricki Lake, 1988, anyone remember?) and this is just more Hollywood bullshit regurgitation.

    Posted by: shane | Jun 12, 2007 1:31:24 PM

  13. Regarding Tyler Whitney...if you go to the link Andy has provied it will take you to Michael Signorile's website...and from there you can go to Tyler Whitney's myspace page. From myspace, I sent Tyler the following note:

    now that you've been outed, you need to wake up and smell the coffee. no one in the republican party is a friend to *anyone* in the gay community (and that goes double for tom tancredo). the members of the republican party have, with few excetions, sought to keep GLBT people from enjoying the same rights as heterosexuals. they've used their rhetoric to mislead american voters about who we are in an attempt to keep us from enjoying the same rights as other citizens. if you care about your own rights, if you care about being equal to every other american under the laws of this country, then i'd suggest you renounce the republican party and go look for a sympathetic democrat (there are many) or an independent who would hire you. the closet is a terrible place to be, honey. it makes people do nutty things like, well, join the republican party and work for tom tancredo.

    Posted by: peterparker | Jun 12, 2007 1:31:27 PM

  14. You know, I'm willing to give Tyler Whitney a few years to get his life in order before I'll dump on him for good. Of course I can't defend the dolt he worked for, but if I think back to when I was 18 I was sure a repressed mess....ugh, what a memory.

    There's hope for this kid. He resigned from his hate group. He's coming out, without being dragged out. He's telling people. His whole perspective is changing. I actually give the kid a little credit for taking those steps rather than being busted for fondling pages 20 years from now. I'm sure he's getting dumped left and right by a lot of his old 'friends,' and his family may be pulling the whole fire-and-brimstone act on him even as we speak. But he's doing it anyway.

    Now, if he's still working for the same types of people in 5 years, THEN he's an asshole.

    Posted by: Zlexar | Jun 12, 2007 1:47:32 PM

  15. If I'm not mistaken, this is the movie of the MUSICAL version of Hairspray. I loved both the original film and the stage musical (I was at the premiere in Seattle, what a night!)

    Posted by: Mike | Jun 12, 2007 1:53:35 PM

  16. Nope. Even when i was severly closeted, very religious, and a republican (gasp) I never would have gone to an event and held a sign reading "go back in the closet" while standing next to someone holding one saying "gays go to hell."

    I don't think he's stupid, as he appears to be very intelligent. I think he knew what he was doing. I think he is one of those "i'll change them from the inside" -- you can't change evil dude. or a "gay is not who i am" - when it defines what rights you have, yes it is. Maybe he's wised up, but its gotta be tough living with yourself knowing you've caused and helped cause so much pain through your works.

    Posted by: nycredneck | Jun 12, 2007 2:10:33 PM

  17. Tyler Whitney's MySpace page still says he's "Straight." Right. I hope this kid does the right thing and owns his sexuality rather than doing some backsliding damage control - "Oh, I was just kidding" - but I can't say I'm optimistic.

    Posted by: Jordan | Jun 12, 2007 2:13:33 PM

  18. They are not giving away the ending of The Sopranos. They are saying what they think was going to happen. The show ended without the audience ever knowing what happened. And I do not believe that we are supposed to assume that Tony gets whacked. When you see the final show you wil understand. IT SUCKED!

    Posted by: whatever | Jun 12, 2007 2:18:06 PM

  19. Oh yeah, and Kevin Spacey needs to publicly out himself. He's a terrific actor, very charming and funny in interviews... I think he'd be a good public figure for gay teenagers to look up to.

    Posted by: Jordan | Jun 12, 2007 2:23:48 PM

  20. Whatever,

    I get it that the show ended without fully explaining what happened...but even that is more than I wanted to know. It would've been nice to have experienced it for would've been even nicer if the folks posting here (and a certain New York Times critic) had prefaced their writing with 'Warning: Spoiler Alert!'. Oh well. Now I know what happened...or didn't happen as the case may be. Sigh.


    Posted by: peterparker | Jun 12, 2007 2:33:57 PM

  21. 18 is fairly young to make major life decisions or judgments, so I don't think this is a major story. Remember people, that the candidates are the cynical ones, manipulating various groups into donating cash. They (think Romney here) don't have strong beliefs themselves, other than the need to win votes. In a sense, Tancredo/Buchanan is displaying an almost mocking disregard to their supporters. Tyler sounds like a self-loathing guy in over his head. Get him a bf and he'll probably change his tune.

    Posted by: anon ( | Jun 12, 2007 2:38:36 PM

  22. peterparker, unless you lived in a dark box underneath the sewers of NYC for the next 6 months,there is no way you would remain unspoiled til the DVD's came out. Let it go.

    Posted by: secretagentman | Jun 12, 2007 2:54:42 PM

  23. peterparker, there is nothing to give away. whenever you do see the final episode you will understand. what you are reading is viewer's ideas of what David Chase had in mind. And what he really had in mind was to leave the audience completely in the dark. You never get any real answers at all!

    Posted by: whatever | Jun 12, 2007 3:16:45 PM

  24. I liked the ending. Completely anti-climatic.

    Life goes on and on and on.

    Posted by: NOVO | Jun 12, 2007 3:50:18 PM

  25. Ha ha! Victoria Peterson was just tossed from the courtroom in the Nifong trial for not be able to control herself and threatening a witness. Shows the true character of a vocal homophobe.

    Posted by: Joe T. | Jun 12, 2007 3:55:14 PM

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