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.”