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road.jpg Indiana Senate votes 39-9 to ban same-sex marriage: "The amendment now goes to the House, where it died last year and where it's stalled again this year. State Rep. Scott Pelath, D-Michigan City, the chairman of the House Rules and Legislative Procedures Committee, which was assigned the bill, has already said he will not give it a hearing because this session's focus is on property taxes."

Trendyroad.jpg Someone commit him: Ambulance-chasing Bobby Trendy holds Britney vigil outside UCLA medical center.

road.jpg Elton John holds fundraiser for gay London mayoral candidate and former top cop Brian Paddick.

road.jpg California same-sex marriage foes relaunch drive for constitutional amendment: "Signature gatherers have been spotted by people out in the field, [Geoff Kors, executive director of Equality California] told the Bay Area Reporter Tuesday, January 29. He said the measure's supporters have raised over $350,000 so far, and he said signatures are being collected in the Sacramento and Central Valley areas, as well as in Southern California. Kors said there isn't "extensive visibility" yet and that he wasn't aware of signatures being gathered in the Bay Area. Kors said the anti-gay groups need about 1.1 million signatures by April 21 in order to collect the nearly 700,000 valid signatures needed to put the measure before voters. Kors said he and others just learned of the group's efforts last week, and are working to develop plans of their own."

road.jpg Gray January: NYC gets no snow for first time in 75 years.

road.jpg Carson Kressley on Carson Kressley: "I can't say what people are thinking, but I'm never going to defend my actions as being one way or another. I defend them as me being me. If I say I was being stereotypical and I do what "shouldn't" be stereotypical, then I'm living my life for somebody else and I'm marching to the beat of somebody else's drummer, and that, I think, is a worse thing."

road.jpg The case for Katie Holmes faking the NY Marathon.

Sunscreenroad.jpg Researchers: Human sunscreen killing off coral reefs around the world. "Four commonly found sunscreen ingredients can awaken dormant viruses in the symbiotic algae called zooxanthellae that live inside reef-building coral species. The chemicals cause the viruses to replicate until their algae hosts explode, spilling viruses into the surrounding seawater, where they can infect neighboring coral communities. Zooxanthellae provide coral with food energy through photosynthesis and contribute to the organisms' vibrant color. Without them, the coral "bleaches"—turns white—and dies...The researchers estimate that 4,000 to 6,000 metric tons of sunscreen wash off swimmers annually in oceans worldwide, and that up to 10 percent of coral reefs are threatened by sunscreen-induced bleaching."

Becksbeachroad.jpg More Becks on the beach photos.

road.jpg Rufus, Rufus, Rufus: Victoria Beckham isn't the only one appearing naked on those new Marc Jacobs T-shirts.

road.jpg New York City comptroller William Thompson leads anti-discrimination charge with the LGBT Community Center and the New York City Pension Funds, calling on more than two dozen large companies including ExxonMobil to ban discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity: "We must work together to make sure that corporate America embraces acceptance and affords all employees the same protections..."

road.jpg New York Post endorses Barack Obama.

Harrisburtkaroad.jpg Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka to duet for Broadway Backwards 3, the gender-bending concert of show tune favorites benefiting the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center.

road.jpg Hundreds of Pennsylvania students sign petition to force administrators to take on anti-gay bullying: "The petition circulated after an openly gay senior student left school halfway through the year, claiming he was repeatedly harassed by fellow students. Superintendent David Volkman says the district has formed a new committee to look at the issue. He says the school is already looking at ways to reinforce its harassment policy, and has created 'safe rooms' for students who would like to talk with teachers about the issue."

road.jpg Europe's first gay old folks home fully booked.

road.jpg New York's Gay City News endorses Obama: "The McClurkin episode, unfortunate as it was, pales in comparison to the divisiveness that Senator Clinton has allowed her campaign to devolve into. Her comparison between the roles played by Dr. King and President Lyndon Johnson in advancing civil rights can be chalked up to inartfulness. The comments coming from her surrogates are far more disturbing, forming a pattern that sadly can no longer be ignored."

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  1. Re: coral reefs....In the same artcle:

    "But before we ban sunscreens, we must first determine if local ambient concentrations of sunscreens are positively correlated with coral bleaching events."

    Danovaro says banning sunscreen won't be necessary, and points out two simple things swimmers can do to reduce their impact on coral: Use sunscreens with physical filters, which reflect instead of absorb ultraviolet radiation; and use eco-friendly chemical sunscreens.

    Australian researchers are also working to develop a sunscreen based on a natural ultraviolet-blocking compound found in coral.

    Posted by: soulbrotha | Jan 31, 2008 2:11:44 PM

  2. And thank you Gay City News!

    Posted by: soulbrotha | Jan 31, 2008 2:16:53 PM

  3. I never realized Rufus had such a nice little tushie!

    Posted by: John (BiDENTIFICATION) | Jan 31, 2008 2:17:53 PM

  4. here is an idea re: bobby trendy. Instead of complaining, you could just NOT COVER crap like that. Stick to the good stories and links that fill 99% of your site and simply ignore that crap. This is the only queer site I visit because you mostly do not cover crap like that. So please don't cover crap like that.

    Posted by: henry | Jan 31, 2008 2:20:32 PM

  5. seems like all those reports that the chemicals in sunscreen actually cause cancer could have some genuine validity.

    Posted by: A.J. | Jan 31, 2008 2:26:44 PM

  6. Bobby Trendy lives around the corner from me... He lives in West Hollywood on Dicks St - I am NOT making that up!!! Around his home he seems quite normal... Once he is out on the town it's another story altogether. I have come to believe that it's all a bit of an act... An act that has him in a million dollar home I might add.

    Posted by: Chux | Jan 31, 2008 2:50:33 PM

  7. And this is just one of the reasons why I no longer live in my home state of Indiana.

    Posted by: davitydave | Jan 31, 2008 2:56:15 PM

  8. So the Gay City News has endorsed Obama—this from the same paper that endlessly screeched the trancrazies party line during the ENDA debate, demanding, while everyone at GCN lives in a city that has gay job protection, that all the gay men and women in the 30 states that don't sacrifice even a chance at their own job protection in the name of what is currently and unfortunately a pipedream in Congress—gender identity protection.

    They demonstrate their continued insanity by proclaiming that the "McClurkin episode, .. pales in comparison ... Senator Clinton('s) comparison between the roles played by Dr. King and President Lyndon Johnson in advancing civil rights...."

    Perhaps they should listen to their own candidate who called for an end to staff and supporters on both side misrepresenting the actions and words of Sen. Clinton. King was an activist who was fighting for the passage by Congress and signing BY THE PRESIDENT of the 1964/65 Civil Rights Acts. HE knew the difference; too bad Gay City News doesn't.

    It was OBAMA who refused to listen to the warnings and literal begging of several gay black activists to distance himself from McClurkin and not pay for a concert in which Obama's name would not be associated with McClurkin's previous comments and, as it turned out, a reaffirmation of them that night when he shouted to the roaring approval of the 99% black crown that "God DELIVERED ME from homosexuality." If you'll recall, that was in South Carolina where more than half of the votes that won Obama the primary came from black voters; where black lesbian minister Irene Monroe accused OBAMA of playing the "race card" for votes while throwing gays under the McClurkin Gospel Concert bus.

    GCN does show a drop of dignity however in noting that Congresswoman Maxine Waters and Congressman Charlie Rangel are among those black leaders who know a bit about MLK and civil rights history and have heard the same kind of smears of Sen. Clinton that GCN has but still endorse her as does Oakland Mayor Ron Dellums, civil rights [including gay rights] SF icon the Rev. Cecil Williams, and most tellingly Rep. John Lewis who was a Freedom Rider, head of the Student Non-violent Coordinating Committee, one of the leaders of the “Bloody Sunday” march in Selma where he was beaten by police, someone who worked side-by-side with King, and was also one of the speakers on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in 1963 at the Great March on Washington. If a black hero like Lewis believes in Sen. Clinton why the hell should we take the word of the white boys and girls at Gay City News who likely were little more than children then?

    Posted by: MIchael Bedwell | Jan 31, 2008 3:08:22 PM

  9. Lots of NYC news, thanks Andy...I have never seen a Jan so warm can they say it's not global warming??? No surprise the Post is endorsing Obama, they know he'll lose to McCain, another reason to vote Hill. now if we can just get Becks to move to NY id be set

    Posted by: davey | Jan 31, 2008 3:11:04 PM

  10. Well, children (and Michael), I suggest it's time to figure out what you DO LIKE about Barack, and what you DO LIKE about Hillary 'cause either one of them is what you're going to be stuck with...maybe by February 6th--may take a little longer. As a Democrat who only cares about the make-up of the federal judiciary, I'd like to get this crap of a campaign over with. Let's get ready for John McCain (and his future looney-tune running mate: Mitt, MIke or Rudy. I just hope and pray Colin Powell isn't looney enough to...)

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Jan 31, 2008 3:21:08 PM

  11. "If a black hero like Lewis believes in Sen. Clinton why the hell should we take the word of the white boys and girls at Gay City News who likely were little more than children then?"

    So let me see if I got this straight: old Black heroes can pick out a good white candidate, but young white boys and girls cannot pick out a good Black candidate? Wow. Thank you for clearing that up.

    Posted by: soulbrotha | Jan 31, 2008 3:25:41 PM

  12. Bobby is a total clown. In person he is very sweet, soft spoken and charming. His antics and costumes (I asked him of one of his Emmy outfits, "Did you rob Liberace's tomb for that?") are quite outlandish, but isn't that why anyone pays any attention to him?

    Posted by: TroyTooner | Jan 31, 2008 3:34:10 PM

  13. The Indiana amendment is dead in the House. It will not leave committe for a floor vote. Amendments must pass two consecutive congresses before going before the public for a vote. The earliest it could be placed before the public now is 2012.

    Posted by: CodyBear | Jan 31, 2008 3:35:11 PM

  14. Clinton is relying entirely on the disgust with republicans (thanks to Bush) that the country now has. Come Nov, her entire records gonna come out and she'll lose. I'm 100% sure of that. The right-wing media is going to have a total field day with her. I'm voting for whoever the Democratic nominee is but lets not kid ourselves. This is another Bush VS Gore in the making; unless Hillary is smart enough to steal the votes herself.

    Posted by: AStonedTemple | Jan 31, 2008 3:42:15 PM

  15. GCN primarily justified their endorsement of Sen. Obama in terms of race and a misrepresentation of her comments about an important time in our history that I have no evidence they OR YOU, have any direct knowledge about.

    And your absurd, insulting need to use the term "old" in relation to anyone, particularly someone whose ass you couldn't wipe, is typical of the anti-intellectual crap you smear across the pages of Towelroad day after day.

    Posted by: Michael Bedwell | Jan 31, 2008 3:43:37 PM

  16. Mr. Bedwell

    No offense but you never, and I mean NEVER, seem happy in any of your posts. Seriously, I think you should take some time to smell the roses, as well as everyone who posts on this forum every single day.

    Posted by: Astonedtemple | Jan 31, 2008 4:05:05 PM

  17. LOL. The fact that Obama brought a freak like McClurkin on the road with him pales in comparison to the meanings attributed to bill and Hill's words? Ok, sure homo newspaper. Whatever.

    And Indiana is a sinkhole. Their state bird is a serial killer and they're always on COPS.

    Fuck them. All apologies to any offended Hoosiers.

    Posted by: Marco | Jan 31, 2008 4:22:06 PM

  18. No offense taken, Astonsedtemple. Alas, it is the thorns that have my attention now as we approach both the general election, and, more immediately, the Feb. 5th primaries that might cement who get the Presidential nominations which, above all other issues, will determine who dominates the Supreme Court for the next three decades at least. If a Republican is elected we will see a kind of nuclear winter lasting for at least that long in which we will be lucky simply not to move backwards let alone not forward. And I mean that not just in terms of LGBT rights, but rights for every American and our quality of life itself.

    Too many seem to think that each new election creates a kind of "do over," when what the previous administration and Congress did are still law, are still policy, until someone effectively takes them on one by one by one. And the Supreme Court has the final say and come along 50+ years later, as they did in relation to revisiting and weakening Brown v. the Board of Education, one of the landmarks of justice in our entire history.

    I will say that I do consider it rose-like that America has the first viable woman Presidential candidate and the first viable black candidate. It is somewhat unfortunate that they run at the same time as some people will vote for Sen. Clinton primarily, if not solely, because she is a woman, and some people will vote for Sen. Obama primarily, if not solely, because he is black.

    We can only vote for one, of course, and while I wish the situation were such that I could simply talk about what I'm for and which of them I think is closest to that, one has to spend so much time trying to blow away the smoke, knock down the mirrors, reveal what is actually behind the curtain created by one particular campaign.

    Posted by: Michael Bedwell | Jan 31, 2008 5:03:53 PM

  19. Michael Bedwell = Leland?

    Posted by: LightningLad | Jan 31, 2008 5:11:36 PM

  20. Bedwell,

    YOU are the one making a comparison of age and experience, and by the looks of things, race. You rant hollowly in endless paragraphs every chance you get, yet I am supposedly smearing anti-intellectual crap? LOL! Whatever.

    Posted by: soulbrotha | Jan 31, 2008 5:46:18 PM

  21. Gee I never knew The New York Post acquired Gay City News.

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Jan 31, 2008 6:24:09 PM

  22. This political talk is becoming such a waste of time. America, Gay or Straight are not ready to have a Black man as president. Yes it should be discussed but it won't be anytime soon because then we'll have to talk about racism in the Gay community and that's one of those dirty laundry things that we as Gay people will not talk about openly.

    Posted by: DB | Jan 31, 2008 8:08:05 PM

  23. And now for serious news......don't you think NPH and Burtka make a cute couple?

    Seriously....I don't like Hillary. I think she's a poor excuse for a feminist and as dishonest as Tom Delay. But, I have to defend her on the MLK thing. If Dr. King had not been cut down by an assian in 1968 he would still be marching for black civil rights without the help of an old time southern white politician named LBJ. Johnson took the Kennedy plan, tweaked it and got it passed by the Congress, with Republican help by the way, since at the time most southern states had Democratis Senators and they were gainst the bill. The Republicans came to Johnsons rescue and gave him the votes he needed to pass it.
    Do you suppose that Hillary might mention THAT bit of history??? Naw!!!!!

    Posted by: Joshua | Jan 31, 2008 8:17:38 PM

  24. I hate that quote.

    "America is not ready for a black president."

    Oh its ready. The question is, does it want one?

    Posted by: Astonedtemple | Jan 31, 2008 9:35:27 PM

  25. How soon people forget the McClurkin "episode" and Obama's refusal to disassociate himself from that travesty. I fear that many of his gay converts will be quite surprised with some of the people he is associating and aligning himself with - they are not your friends. Obama want us to forget the struggles and conflicts of the past and all work together in harmony. That's difficult when his backers in the Black Church don't think you should exist - at least in your present sinful state.

    Posted by: NIL | Jan 31, 2008 10:08:46 PM

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