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road.jpg Deaths: Legendary mime Marcel Marceau dies at 84. Stage actress and Bewitched star Alice Ghostley dies at 81.

Transparentfrogroad.jpg Scientists develop see-through frog.

road.jpg Fort Lauderdale debate over gay rights and Mayor Jim Naugle dividing South Florida's black community: "Despite the support that many black ministers showed for Naugle, the local NAACP took a public stand against the mayor, calling his crusade a 'hate campaign.'...'I'm not here to condone or condemn gay sex,' Marsha Ellison, head of the Broward NAACP, told The Miami Herald. 'This is a hate campaign against gays launched by the mayor.' She said the branch's position -- adopted after a unanimous vote of its 22-member executive committee as well as branch members -- echoes the national NAACP's position. 'Anytime any group is discriminated against it becomes a civil rights issue,' she said."

road.jpg First conclusive evidence presented that velociraptors had feathers: "It's sort of as if you scaled up a chicken and then gave it really nasty teeth and big claws on its feet."

road.jpg Your chance to have dinner and drinks with Michael Biserta, the New York firefighter renowned for his big hose.

road.jpg Suburban Chicago teenage girl sentenced to one year of probation and ordered to write letters of apology for distributing anti-gay fliers with a friend outside Crystal Lake South High School: "Police arrested the two girls May 11 after they had distributed about 40 fliers in a student parking lot at the high school, 1200 S. McHenry Ave. The fliers had a photograph of two male students kissing and included inflammatory words."

road.jpg Todd Oldham named creative director at Old Navy.

Detainedroad.jpg Israeli man detained in Lebanon on suspicions of murder and espionage tells authorities he is gay: "The events leading to Sharon's arrest last Thursday began when authorities in Beirut questioned a Lebanese security agent in connection with the shooting death of the man's roommate, according to a report in the Lebanese daily Al-Akhbar. The agent claimed to have been with a German friend at a Beirut hotel at the time of the killing. When authorities questioned the German friend, they discovered he was an Israeli who spoke Arabic and who had repeatedly visited Lebanon, the report said. Sharon denied allegations he was spying for Israel, the reports said. He told police he visited Lebanon for tourism and that he was a homosexual who had relationships with Lebanese men, according to the reports."

Somerhalderroad.jpg Former model Ian Somerhalder returns to the runway.

road.jpg PlanetOut seeks entries for short film awards: "Winners will be announced in January 2008 at PlanetOut's annual event during the Sundance Film Festival, and the Grand Prize Winner and four runners-up will be screened at a special ceremony and program in Miami as part of the Miami Gay & Lesbian Film Festival on Sunday, April 27, 2008. The Grand Prize winner will receive a $10,000 cash prize and will be exhibited on and, along with the runners up, who will each receive cash prizes ranging from $1,500 to $500...Judges will consist of film and TV executives from companies such as Bravo, Logo, and Sony Pictures Classics, and representatives from PlanetOut Inc. and MGLFF."

road.jpg Rufus Wainwright wraps up his Judy tour with performance at the Hollywood Bowl: "The most striking costume change of all came during the encore's first song, 'Get Happy,' when Rufus pranced out in full Judy drag: fedora, diamond earrings, red lipstick, double-breasted tuxedo jacket, seamed black stockings, and high heels. The audience subsequently went crazy."

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  1. Ian Somerhalder is the hottest man on earth. Yes, even hotter than Chad White.

    Posted by: peterparker | Sep 24, 2007 1:04:57 PM

  2. I'm with Peter, as it were. When Ian Sommerhalder appears in little more than a tuxedo jacket and fishnet stockings, call us. Save stories about Ms. Qualude with the giant ego and the tiny voice with range of a dialtone for somebody else. Wainwright doing Garland is like Spears doing Leontyne Price.

    Posted by: Leland Frances | Sep 24, 2007 1:14:27 PM

  3. I would never want to be a frog. A velociraptor? Yes. A frog? No.

    Don't frogs give you venereal warts...or something? Or is that a toad? That ex-gay politician up in Canada would know--he knows all about frogs and venereal warts...but how'd the frog get to his ass, I wonder? Must be a gerbil kinda' thing.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Sep 24, 2007 1:19:59 PM

  4. Was there ever a time when Old Navy wasn't an incredibly bland clothing store? Apparently that doesn't sell anymore.

    Posted by: scientitian | Sep 24, 2007 1:25:00 PM

  5. Martha totally upstaged Rufus when she came out to sing Stormy Weather. She got a standing ovation that went all the way to the back of the Bowl.

    I thought Rufus was a bit of a snooze.

    Posted by: z | Sep 24, 2007 1:33:43 PM

  6. A friend bought me the FDNY calendar for my B'day so of course I had to get the GGW video in question, Michael Biserta is beyond hot. The frog scares me a little. RIP Bernice, you'll be missed.

    Posted by: Davey | Sep 24, 2007 1:33:54 PM

  7. A see-through frog? Death of mime Marceau? Feathers on velociraptors?

    I can understand that you make a living off this blog and I respect that but please, stop putting too many news that aren't gay-related.

    Although I enjoy the disgression from time to time, you are in danger in losing your focus and, consequently, your target audience.


    Posted by: Marc | Sep 24, 2007 1:38:13 PM

  8. "tiny voice with range of a dialtone"...LELAND you are hilarious!

    Posted by: peterparker | Sep 24, 2007 1:41:56 PM

  9. Contrary to Wainwright's drug-addled fantasies, it was not illegal to be gay in the US in 1961. And he seems to be confusing his own audience with Judy's. The only time the audience watching any Garland performance might have been 85% gay [or "little bluebirds" as "Time" or "Newsweek" called them at the time] would have been at private parties, not Carnegie Hall. Rock Hudson was there, he lifted Liza and her two siblings on stage at one point to join their mother, and Rex Reed, but there's no reason to believe they brought every guy they'd ever tricked with, just some.

    Posted by: Michael Bedwell | Sep 24, 2007 1:43:46 PM

  10. Re: Rufus
    Calling the concert a snooze is gentle. Rufus could not find his range, his high notes and quite often the lyrics (I know some of that is intentional). But, lovable and sweet, an interesting journey nonetheless.
    Re: Marc
    How wonderful it would be if this blog opened up beyond gay life. It is restricting and limited. And hopefully, there is more to all of our lives.

    Posted by: randy | Sep 24, 2007 1:46:31 PM

  11. Marc: Every princess needs to know how to see if a frog is a prince inside; and a velociraptor with feathers? isn't that just Leona Helmsley in a boa? All fodder for the gay audience.

    Posted by: CLOUDY SPUNK | Sep 24, 2007 1:50:16 PM

  12. I always wonder why Ian isnt in more movies and things.

    Posted by: Chris in Seattle | Sep 24, 2007 1:57:12 PM

  13. Todd Oldham seems such a nice guy... seems a shame he has to sleep with such a cruddy label as Old Scabiei.

    Posted by: A.J | Sep 24, 2007 2:01:01 PM

  14. Last time I checked the first amendment was still in force, so what exactly was the girl near Chicago charged with?? The link requires registration.

    Posted by: anon ( | Sep 24, 2007 2:08:44 PM

  15. It was illegal for gay men together together in a public place Mr. Bedwell. Gay bars were largely speakeasies run by the Mafia. At "Julius'" there were strict orders on standing well apart and not speakign to one another.
    Garland concerts were one of the few places where gay men could congregate legally and relate to one another like human beings.

    I'm 60 years-old, so I remember.

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Sep 24, 2007 2:11:00 PM

  16. How sad that Alice Ghostley has died... Thank you for reminding us of her great comedic talent, Andy.

    Posted by: Kyle | Sep 24, 2007 2:17:20 PM

  17. Happy Birthday, Herr Ehrenstein, but you remember things that weren't true, as well as misread what I wrote.

    I solely responded to Wainwright's retarded claim that "it was actually illegal to BE homosexual at that time [1961]." At least in civil law that was not true; military law might have been another matter as it is now. Prove me wrong with something more objective than your "memories." [I didn't even mention his claim that the queens in Judy's audience in '61 were "revolutionaries and freedom fighters." Time to go back on the wagon, Rufus!]

    Not that American society and the legal system was not extremely repressive when they wanted to be. And fear of publicly fighting it contributed to the success of often murky laws with such catch-all phrases as "disorderly conduct" and “indecency” in that repression. In New York, “disorderly” was used to interpret as illegal [at the fickle discretion of police and liquor authorities] for gays to gather in bars or bars to serve three or more "known" gays drinks; some bar owners thought serving even one could get their precious licenses revoked which meant they were out of business. [Three was also the magic minimum number of required articles of clothing associated with one's apparent gender, though, of course, per se, that has nothing to do with sexuality.]

    Other agencies and laws were brought into play. Gays at the time tell of bars carefully counting the number of people allowed in so as not to exceed the fire code limits but experiencing instances when a fire inspector would show up at a bar with exactly 100 patrons as legally allowed, count himself as 101, and shut the place down.

    Police entrapment had been widespread and vicious at such places as Julius. Former NYC Mayor Ed Cock, oops Koch, in addition to denying that he was to New York gays what Reagan was to all of us relative to AIDS—criminally negligent—likes to paint himself as a defender of gay equality from birth. But history shows that he encouraged police harassment of gays when he was on the NYC City Council in 1966 which saw all known gay bars in NYC finally being closed. It was in that vacuum [which started in 1960] that the Mafia moved in, eventually opening, among other places, the Stonewall WITHOUT a liquor license. But by 1969, thanks to efforts by NY Mattachine, the State Liquor Authority and NY Alcoholic Beverage Commission no longer allowed use of their nebulous regulations to bar gay customers. Similarly, Mattachine forced Mayor John Lindsay, elected in ’66, to take a stand against police entrapment.

    The unlicensed Stonewall owners usually managed to stay open by paying off the police, but many factors resulted in the raid that night, and central to its vulnerability was its lack of a license.

    Posted by: Michael Bedwell | Sep 24, 2007 4:26:41 PM

  18. I'm only 45, so I wasn't able to make it to Judy's 1961 concert, but I have listened to the album a lot. When she sings the showstoppers and the crowd goes wild, you can tell that a vast majority of the crowd is men; whether gay or straight is up to you. I can't say that it's 85% male, but it is most definitely heavily male.

    As to his comment that it was illegal to be gay, Rufus is certainly correct with respect to many states in the country. In the south, if you were caught you were subject to 20 years in prison. That was certainly the case in Alabama and Georgia; I am a member of both states' bars, so I'm know what I'm talking about on that.

    Finally, I was at the concert last night. It was fantastic. He missed a good many notes, but he charmed his way through it. However, I'll be the first in line when his sister Martha does the Judy concerts. She was amazing. And Lorna Luft looked incredible.

    Posted by: Kyle Childress | Sep 24, 2007 5:19:45 PM

  19. I saw Rufus this summer on his regular tour (although he did "Get Happy" in full Judy regalia as an encore) and I couldn't be more surprised to hear the comments about the show at the Hollywood Bowl. Maybe it's because he was doing mostly his own stuff, but when I saw him the set was TIGHT and his voice was STRONG and beautiful. And yes he was also charming. I was entranced.

    Posted by: Michael | Sep 24, 2007 6:09:35 PM

  20. If you listen to any "Billie Holiday" live recordings it is a very "Les Boys" audience

    Posted by: Richie | Sep 24, 2007 6:14:55 PM

  21. and another thing.... everyone had a gay name so if confronted in public they had plausible deniablity. I remember the "Old Queens" and all their great stories.(here in Philly) And miss them dearly.

    Posted by: Richie | Sep 24, 2007 6:19:06 PM

  22. Counselor Childress, please quote and cite the Alabama and Georgia statutes which made it illegal to be gay in 1961. NOT statutes making it illegal to have or solicit any kind of sex with another man or men, but illegal to simply "BE" gay.

    Thank you kindly.

    Posted by: Michael Bedwell | Sep 24, 2007 6:45:01 PM

  23. Mr. Bedwell, when you wish to pay my hourly fee I will happily conduct any research you wish. However, I will concede your point that until a gay person acted on his gayness by committing sodomy, then he remained an upright citizen in the eyes of the law and was indeed not a criminal. That said, there is little difference between outlawing an act (sodomy) and outlawing the person who is defined by that act.

    Posted by: Kyle Childress | Sep 24, 2007 7:23:59 PM

  24. Based on the existential nonsense of your assertion that "there is little difference between outlawing an act (sodomy) and outlawing the person who is defined by that act," not to mention your erroneously generalized legal definition of "sodomy" and the assumption that every homosexual would act the same [ALL gay men engage in fellatio AND anal intercourse AND mutual masturbation AND....? Possibly in Alabama....], your legal services would be the last I would call upon regardless of your rates. No wonder you don’t practice criminal law.

    Posted by: Michael Bedwell | Sep 24, 2007 7:35:33 PM

  25. For Christ's sake Michael Bedwell. You are right--Okay? It wasn't technically illegal to "BE" gay. But it wasn't really legal either. Police could do whatever they wanted and gay people had little legal recourse. We are so happy that you may technically be right.

    I was at Rufus' concert on Sunday. It was fun. No, he doesn't have the voice or stage presence Judy had--who does? Not even Liza. But it was a fun evening. Much better than spending it with nasty, bitter queens who have nothing better to do than post nasty crap on message boards.

    Posted by: Boobs | Sep 24, 2007 7:41:56 PM

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