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road.jpg Iran newspaper banned for interviewing gay activist. PAPER: "We had an article which was an interview with an expatriate writer. They said she had moral problems, they say she is homosexual and promotes that in her weblog. But we talked to her as a poet."

Paul_james_2road.jpg AfterElton interviews Paul James, who plays gay teen Calvin on the hit ABC Family series Greek: "My parents are very great people. My dad grew up in Alabama, in the Civil Rights movement, and so there just wasn't any tolerance for bigotry in the house at all. And then I went to college and I majored in theater and was around a lot of gay and lesbian people. Everyone was shocked at first, [because] you know in high school you weren't really around that. But you just realize that they're the same people as you are. It probably comes from being black, too. You hear people discriminate against gay people, you can just replace gay with black and go back 30 or 40 years and it's the same thing."

road.jpg Singer/songwriter Lee Hazlewood dies at 78 after battle with cancer. Wrote Nancy Sinatra hit "These Boots are Made for Walkin'" and many others.

road.jpg Arjan previews a new single from Ari Gold: "Where The Music Takes You".

road.jpg Bush signs legislation expanding right to eavesdrop on American citizens: "Congressional aides and others familiar with the details of the law said that its impact went far beyond the small fixes that administration officials had said were needed to gather information about foreign terrorists. They said seemingly subtle changes in legislative language would sharply alter the legal limits on the government’s ability to monitor millions of phone calls and e-mail messages going in and out of the United States."

Warholbanksyroad.jpg Warhol vs. Banksy to open in London.

road.jpg French President Nicolas Sarkozy not happy to be photographed by Associated Press photographers while vacationing at New Hampshire lake: "'He was happy and smiling and he waved at the security people as he was coming out,' [photographer Jim] Cole said of the president. 'And then he noticed us taking pictures and his happy demeanor diminished immediately.' The men said they watched through their lenses as Sarkozy pointed toward them and his boat began moving in their direction. Coming alongside Cole's boat, Sarkozy, clad only in swim trunks, jumped aboard and began shouting at them. 'The president was very agitated, speaking French at a loud volume very rapidly,' [freelancer Vince] DeWitt said."

road.jpg UCLA releases independent investigator's report on student tasering incident.

road.jpg Kurt Russell in his birthday suit.

Marsproberoad.jpg Space probe on its way to Mars: "If all goes as planned — a big if considering only five of the world's 15 attempts to land on Mars have succeeded — the spacecraft will set down on the Martian Arctic plains on May 25, 2008, and spend three months scooping up soil and ice, analyzing the samples in minuscule ovens and mixing bowls. The Phoenix Mars Lander won't be looking for evidence of life on Mars but rather traces of organic compounds in the baked and moistened samples, which would be a possible indicator of conditions favorable for life, either now or once upon a time."

road.jpg Now that's butch: Gay sports bar "Nellie's" opens in D.C.

road.jpg Newsweek interviews gay historian and professor John D’Emilio about the August 9 Forum on LGBT issues, aka the "gay debate": "They’ll be up on the stage for [two hours] articulating their stands on gay issues. What will they actually say? Are they trying to not antagonize anyone? Are they trying to carve out a really clear position? Who are they trying to appeal to in their statements? Are they trying to appeal to the gay audience or are they trying to appeal to the non-gay audience? No matter what their position, I think that candidates who waffle will really be hurt in the gay community." And more on the candidates' lip service.

road.jpg Roseanne Barr has blogorrhea: "Barbara Walters is well over one hundred years old now. She is all head, like joan rivers. I am only at the pee in your pants stage of old ladyism, but look forward to having a huge head in the future."

road.jpg Tragic Indiana case illustrates discrimination gays face in visitation rights.

road.jpg Southern Christian Leadership Conference to honor disgraced dogfighting football pro Michael Vick at annual convention: "We will recognize Vick for being an outstanding human being. We will work with anyone who opens their heart and arms to us." (americablog) And in related news, buy your dog a Michael Vick chew toy.

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  1. Great to see the positive gay character of "Greeks" finally get some attention. [Memo to Marc Cherry: See what an out creator/writer can do versus your homophobia-reinforcing crap?]

    Last week's episode revealed that his sports hero father was totally accepting of him, if still learning, as is the endearing lead character. Added bonus: the actor's comfort with drawing similarities between racism and homophobia, and the example of his character's father being a Black man not freaked out by "the gay." Much of the show is predictably juvenile but, thus, the primary audience it attracts needs such gay-friendly messaging.

    Nothing much of substance in the first "Newsweek" article save for D'Emilio admirably correcting the reporter on the different realities of self-identified gays and gays overall. The second one manages primarily to further illustrate how self-destructive NGLTF's Matt Foreman has become. We would all be better served if he sat this crucial election out.

    As for SCLC's shocking embrace of dog torturer/killer Vick, gay icon and SCLC cofounder Bayard Rustin is turning in his proverbial grave.

    Posted by: Leland | Aug 6, 2007 3:20:46 PM


  2. The gay character on Greek is so-so. Right off the bat they have him taking a keen interest in working with the sorority girls to decorate and plan parties.

    Posted by: Rich | Aug 6, 2007 3:41:30 PM


  3. What's with the Sarkozy flip out? He's the president in France, not NH, get over yourself girl.

    As for Michael Vick. Disgusting yes, shocking not so much. Almost from the begining this story has played out along race lines. For some unfathomable reason, dog fighting and in some cases cock fighting is thought to be part of the "keeping it real" culture in the back community and if whitey don't like it...well,tough too bad.

    Posted by: hoya86 | Aug 6, 2007 3:47:00 PM


  4. HOYA86, what is dogfighting thought of in the White community? I figured since you are able to speak for the Black "community", you could probably also read the minds of the white "community". Especially since there are no individuals in either group.

    Just as there have been Black people who have made this about race, there have been White people who have done the same thing. Neither side has a hold on bigotry.

    BTW, not all Black people are on Vick's side. And it would probably be more appropriate to link dogfighting to the hip-hop community and not to being Black. It would also be appropriate to point out that it is a culture that is not limited to Black people.

    Posted by: Cadence | Aug 6, 2007 4:02:05 PM


  5. being in DC it is true that Nellie's is a great new addition to DC's gay nightlife but what the story leaves out is, who is Nellie? ...(From the bars website) Our name is a tribute to the eccentric and hospitable character of Doug’s great- and great-great
    grandmothers. The welcoming and inclusive spirit of Nellie’s Sports Bar will be reflective of these two ladies, both of whom loved to entertain...Both Nellies loved their home teams...

    Posted by: Chris | Aug 6, 2007 4:05:18 PM


  6. i like the way he plays him i di not know he was gay until i read the boards im black and i agree with what he saying and

    The French president ( i so wanted him to win ) have youseen his sons do like his politics but thta is irrelevant he speaks english

    Posted by: sasha | Aug 6, 2007 5:50:46 PM


  7. Some Velvet Mourning...RIP Lee

    Posted by: Becks07 | Aug 6, 2007 6:08:31 PM


  8. You might have mentioned that the legislation Bush signed was passed with many Democrats supporting it and on board. The bill does not expand eavesdropping, it clarifies what the procedure will be when a call from outside the US. is made and **routed** through U.S. switching sites to another individual also outside the U.S.. It states that calles originating from the U.S. to someone outside the U.S. on the watch list still needs a warrant, either before the call is made or obtained immediatly after the call was intercepted.
    I disagree with the wire tapping laws as much as anyone.....but be factual in what is reported, there's enough bullsh*t going around as it is.

    Posted by: Joshua | Aug 6, 2007 9:25:37 PM


  9. As to the Indiana case....while it's very sad this is happening, we Gays must remember that we DON'T have full enjoyment of the rights granted to citizens in this country and that every state is different. If these 2 men had done what gay groups, and lawyers have been telling them to do for many, many years, this wouldn't be happening to them.
    All or nothing usually leaves a person with the *nothing*. Until we get our rights, we have to use all means nessesary to protect ourselves and our loved ones.

    This kind of thing should be a wake up call to so many gays who have their heads in the sand.
    I'm a Lawyer here and a Solicitor in the U.K. and while my partner and I were married this May in England(he is a Brit), it means zip in most parts of this country.....so you can be sure we have anything and everything we do made legally binding. I advise others to get off their duffs and do the same. We are young(me 24, he 34)but we understand the importance of protecting eachother and our assests in case something happens.

    Posted by: Joshua | Aug 6, 2007 9:34:46 PM


  10. I resent Pink's (the source blog's) comments on Kurt Russell's naked body. There is beauty and sensuality to be found in men and women's bodies as they age to "imperfection" to supposed imperfection. His dick is beautiful. And so is he.

    Posted by: DC | Aug 7, 2007 10:26:02 AM


  11. Nice Paul James "Calvin" interview! He's one of my favorite characters on that show. A lot of people look at his character as a hodge-podge of a number of different stereotypes, but I find the portrayal to be refreshingly complex...

    Thanks again!

    Posted by: Derrick | Aug 8, 2007 7:05:11 PM


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