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road.jpg POLL: More than half of straight Americans want gays treated equally.

Figleafroad.jpg Major sex exhibit opens in London: "The first item on display is a 50 centimetre (20 inch) plaster fig leaf which was used to hide the private parts of Michelangelo's "David" from Queen Victoria in the 19th century."

road.jpg Florida's Okeechobee County School Board bans "sex-based clubs" to halt formation of gay-straight alliance: "In a unanimous vote Tuesday, school board members adopted the policy that bans any club that is 'sex-based or based upon any sexual grouping, orientation or activity of any kind.' District officials have said the new policy, which takes effect immediately, aims to ban clubs that challenge the district's abstinence-only education."

road.jpg National Gay & Lesbian Task Force's Matt Foreman posts new op-ed on ENDA.

road.jpg Madonna cuts $100 million+ deal with Live Nation. NYT: "The deal, which was first reported yesterday on The Wall Street Journal’s Web site, is the latest example of how tough times for record labels and concert promoters have set off a free-for-all over the rights to the various revenue streams created when a musician becomes a star. Instead of sharing in only one piece of the income — say, CD sales — companies are angling to share in all of an artist’s business lines, like publishing, merchandise sales and endorsement fees."

road.jpg Young Frankenstein's Broadway transition experiences pre-opening controversy: "The latest members of the Down-on-Mel Club are some members of the Dramatists Guild - furious at him for not paying his dues - and a small but vocal group of gay people who work backstage and bristle at what they believe are some insensitive jokes in the show."

David_trent_3road.jpg Bloggers in the backseat: David and Trent test drive Manhattan's newest cinematic experience.

road.jpg REPORT: U.S. funding anti-gay groups in Africa.

road.jpg Ricky Martin still fabulous.

Salcedoroad.jpg Into the great wide open: three visitors have had to be rescued after falling into Doris Salcedo's gigantic crack at the Tate Modern. More on the vast crack that is "Shibboleth".

road.jpg Doris Lessing wins 2007 Nobel Prize in Literature.

road.jpg Final trailer for The Golden Compass arrives.

road.jpg Michelle Rodriguez sentenced to six months in prison.

road.jpg Jeffrey Montgomery, director of Michigan's Triangle foundation, steps down after 16 years: "Spurred to bring awareness to anti-gay violence, he and two friends founded the advocacy group the Triangle Foundation in 1991, and Montgomery was suddenly a point person for the area's gay community. 'We were making enough noise to get noticed,' said Montgomery, who remembers living off his savings when the organization got started. Today, the Triangle Foundation is one of the state's leading gay rights and advocacy organizations with a $1 million budget and programming that ranges from victim services to camps for gay, lesbian and transgender youth."

road.jpg Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's aide says the translator at Columbia misquoted his remarks about gays: "'What Ahmadinejad said was not a political answer. He said that, compared to American society, we don’t have many homosexuals,' presidential media adviser Mohammad Kalhor said."

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  1. Well, I hope they banned the abstinence club too then.

    Also, they should start a 'Tolerance' club :-)

    Posted by: karashi | Oct 11, 2007 1:53:14 PM

  2. Poll:
    Somehow 2,200 people in the online Harris Poll doesn't seem large enough to make it representative of the nation. I like that the respondents wanted equal treatment for us, but I'm thinking that doesn't extend to marriage. The language carefully avoided that.

    And they're still on about gay clubs being sex related. I hope they wrote a no fraternization clause into every other club's bylaws.

    It always seems to be in Flori-DAH, doesn't it?

    David B.

    Posted by: David B. | Oct 11, 2007 1:53:47 PM

  3. The alleged mishap with Ahmadinejad's statement about homosexuality just goes to show how important good interpreting and translating skills are in the world!

    (Yes, I work in the field)

    Posted by: jmg | Oct 11, 2007 2:25:56 PM

  4. That DRV IN idea is horrendous. If you want to go to a drive-in, how about GOING TO A DRIVE IN? At the rate that they are closing they could use the visits.

    It's yet another crap Disney-like experience for the midwestern transplants in NYC.

    Posted by: Gary | Oct 11, 2007 2:41:39 PM

  5. School Club Ban: I don't see how this will possibly hold up in court. ACLU to the rescue again. When will these schools learn that there's a Federal law protecting groups. If you're going to ban any type of group, you must ban ALL groups. Idiots.

    Shibboleth: "rescued" seems a bit of an exaggeration here.

    Ahmadinejad: Poor thing got mistranslated. Um, homosexuality is still punishable by DEATH there. So fuck him.

    Posted by: Gregg | Oct 11, 2007 2:48:05 PM

  6. GAH! ROFLMAO. OMG, that's hilarious. Shibboleth is now TRULY art and gets subtitle: "Falling Through The Cracks". I love it.

    "I thought it was painted on the floor." BUAHAAHHAHAAHHAHA!

    Posted by: FizziekruntNT | Oct 11, 2007 3:03:12 PM

  7. Exactly Gregg

    They will either have to ban ALL extra curicular groups from school property (yes, even the chess club) or buckle under and allow the gay-straight alliance

    Forida= it must be all those retired old foggys thinking it is still the 1950s where you can surpress black votes and banish gays to the closet.

    Posted by: jimmyboyo | Oct 11, 2007 3:05:30 PM

  8. I love Doris Lessing. From another story announcing her win:

    >> Doris Lessing pulled up in a black cab where a media horde was waiting Thursday in front of her leafy north London home. Reporters opened the door and told her she had won the Nobel Prize for literature, to which she responded: "Oh Christ ... I couldn't care less."

    Posted by: Paul | Oct 11, 2007 3:52:27 PM

  9. What don't these idiotic school boards understand? It's utterly ridiculous. They'll lose, again and again and again, and they'll blow money they could be spending on, oh, I dunno, education.

    Posted by: Gitai | Oct 11, 2007 4:00:00 PM

  10. GITAI the only smart person involved is. The lawyer is going to get paid no matter what.

    Though after thinking about it for a while. Once we could have said assuredly precedence = supreme court already ruling that all clubs must be banned or gay straight alliance must be accepted we law of the land. BUT, with the recent bush supreme court ruling that integration was racist OY VEY!!!!!!! and that schools could legaly segregate again..........Who knows how bush's supreme court will rule

    Posted by: jimmyboyo | Oct 11, 2007 4:10:04 PM

  11. How thrilling that just over half of 2200 people think we should be treated equally. I'm sure I'll sleep better tonight.
    How sad.

    Posted by: realitythink | Oct 11, 2007 4:33:37 PM

  12. the fact that people are falling into the crack says a lot about human nature and only reenforces the validity of the artwork.

    Posted by: nic | Oct 11, 2007 4:55:54 PM

  13. So the difference was between "many" and "any"? Can we still say "denial"?

    Posted by: anon ( | Oct 11, 2007 5:14:20 PM

  14. Re: Young Frankenstein:

    I happen to work backstage at YF, and yet again, The NY Post is dead wrong. No one, gay or straight, who works there finds anything in the show offensive... we can't even think of what this article refers to! There are one or two of what MIGHT be called 'gay jokes', but they are in no way offensive to anyone, let alone Broadway professionals.

    What IS offensive was that the author of the article, Michael Riedel, said anyone offended should, "Lighten up, Mary!"

    Posted by: Roy | Oct 11, 2007 5:35:28 PM

  15. Can't we just relegate the Post to the trash that it is, instead of constantly treating it like a legitimate source?

    Posted by: Gregg | Oct 11, 2007 7:18:13 PM

  16. I saw the final dress rehearsal of Young Frankenstein yesterday. It's amazing, impeccably cast, a first rate uproarious good time. It is better than the Producers. It's going to be a huge hit and impossible to get tickets. Buy your tickets now.

    Posted by: rob | Oct 11, 2007 8:59:35 PM

  17. Queen Victoria had nine children. Methinks she knows what a penis looks like.

    Posted by: Lukey | Oct 12, 2007 1:18:42 AM

  18. Never seen Young Frankenstein on concert, I was not going to see it, Young Frankenstein tickets got sky rocked thanks to stupid brokers. But even if I had seen it, I wouldn't buy it. I'd rather wait and see it on DVD. Well suprise I changed my mind and I got 2 tix for the Young Frankenstein show I was looking for tickets thanks god there sites like Ticketwood which work as comparators here is the site
    Young Frankenstein Tickets . So any body going to the Young Frankenstein concert ??

    Posted by: britney Asbourne | Oct 30, 2007 6:11:24 AM

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