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News: Amy Sedaris, Iraq Filibuster, Val Kilmer, Spice Girl Fakes

road.jpg Campaign filings show that embattled actor Isaiah Washington contributed $2,300 to the presidential campaign of Illinois Senator Barack Obama.

Fakespiceroad.jpg Fake Spice: When the Spice Girls reunite this Christmas, so will their impostors.

road.jpg The South Pacific Games are coming up next month and a controversial memo sent out by Team Samoa banning gay sex during the games and asking athletes "not to embarrass themselves" because homosexual activities are against the law of God was a mistake, says Samoa National Olympic Committee president and organising committee chairman, Tapasu Leung Wai: "[Wai] has ordered that the rules be changed. Mr Leung Wai told Radio Australia Sport's Tanya O'Shea the instructions were a draft, were not endorsed by the SASANOC and should not have been released to the press. 'I regret that it appeared that gay people were being singled out in the draft instructions,' he said. 'Team managers agreed yesterday that the reference be deleted.'"

road.jpg AfterElton looks at Chuck Panozzo, Rob Halford, Doug Pinnick, Michael Stipe, Morrissey, Bob Mould, Joe Jackson, Neil Tennant, and other musicians who straddle the closet.

road.jpg Made in Brazil has coverage of the tragic plane crash in Brazil. At least 200 confirmed dead.

road.jpg Think Progress liveblogged the Iraq filibuster last night.

road.jpg Is Val Kilmer bulking up for a movie role, or just plain hungry?

Naroad.jpg Finding a home after leaving home, gay Native Americans reclaim tradition in New York City: "Mr. Pruden and Mr. VanWanseele are regulars at the meetings of a group called the NorthEast Two-Spirit Society, which are usually held at the American Indian Community House in Lower Manhattan or at the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center in Greenwich Village. The name of the Two-Spirit Society is meant to convey the idea that a gay Indian has both masculine and feminine qualities along with traditional cultural values, Mr. VanWanseele said. The group has only about 15 members, but it works to raise enough money to pay for community outreach projects and cultural offerings, like classes focusing on traditional American Indian dance. The group also maintains a Web site,, that has recorded more than 60,000 hits since 2005, Mr. VanWanseele said."

road.jpg Britain's version of Wife Swap planning to switch a lesbian mom with a homophobic farmer: "The farmer is very prejudiced, and initially he’s horrified living with the lesbian. His wife is none too happy either. But it’s interesting to see what happens . . . it’s not what you’d expect."

Jerri_blankroad.jpg Strangers with Candy's Jerri Blank may come to Springfield for the 500th episode of The Simpsons.

road.jpg Rose's Turn, a piano bar that has been open in Greenwich Village for 17 years, will shut its doors on Sunday. Owner: It's time to move on. There just isn't much demand for this type of establishment anymore."

road.jpg NPR looks at the thriving gay community in Lebanon.

road.jpg Family of South Carolina gay bashing murder victim Sean William Kennedy presents plaque and thanks the nurses who comforted them. Mother: "When I was about ready to collapse at his bedside they were right by me. There were tears that we shed together. The kindness and compassion and love that the nurses and staff showed us was greatly appreciated and will never be forgotten. I will never forget them for that."

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  1. Weren't the original spice girls fake too?

    Rob Halford hardly straddles the closet. He's also more bad-ass now than 25 years ago when JP was at its peak.

    Posted by: anon ( | Jul 18, 2007 1:09:22 PM

  2. Wow Isaiah Washington and I both donated to Senator Obama...

    Its probably the only thing we have in common.

    Posted by: Sean | Jul 18, 2007 1:10:57 PM

  3. Bob Mould certainly doesn't straddle the closet door these days....he's out and proud and last time i heard, happily patnered.

    Posted by: aka frank | Jul 18, 2007 2:14:00 PM

  4. Neil Tennant hardly straddles the closet either, and Michael Stipe is out as well. Even Morrissey has finally admitted to having a boyfriend.

    As for Amy Sedaris, most of that press release was clearly meant as a joke. First off, the 500th episode of the Simpsons won't be happening for four or five years. And nothing in the second half of the release sounds at all likely. Which is too bad; I adore her.

    Posted by: Paul | Jul 18, 2007 2:34:02 PM

  5. re: Amy Sedaris.
    Love her!

    re: Rose's Turn.
    Never went there, but was a big fan of The Duplex back in my early days of being out and about in NYC. Yes, night life in NYC is changing. No more Roxy (ok), go-go boys on the bar at G (??) and God knows what else.

    re: Mom of Sean W. Kennedy.
    God bless her.

    re: Gay Native Americans in NY.
    That was a great article. I've already forwarded it aroudn to a few friends asking them to pay particular attention to the statement about homosexuality was essentialy a non-issue in thier culture until the Europeans came along. Very interesting.

    Posted by: hoya86 | Jul 18, 2007 2:59:09 PM

  6. It's interesting that the owners of Rose's Turn says there isn't a demand for that type of establishment because Chicago's Boystown has 3 piano/cabaret bars in a 2 block radius and all are packed most every night.

    Posted by: FernLaPlante | Jul 18, 2007 4:36:48 PM

  7. Why would Washington donate to Obama? Are we supposed to believe Washington is smart enough to choose a political candidate? That's scary.

    Posted by: MJ | Jul 18, 2007 7:12:31 PM

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