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road.jpg Teen gay bashes straight couple after mistaking short-haired girlfriend for a man: "The boy, 16, has been charged in juvenile court with the assault, occurring after asking the man and his girlfriend if they were 'two gay guys.' They then became "f$%^ing gay bastards" as they were thrown to the ground, punched and kicked on a busy Dublin street."

Blakeroad.jpg Nightmare Garden: Actor from British children's TV series claims on-set injury and anti-gay harassment: "Isaac Blake claimed he suffered an injured pelvis while wearing the chunky brown and pink costume to entertain millions of viewers as one of the three Tombliboos. The 28-year-old said he had to go to hospital and was forced off work for a week after being made to bend over for long spells for closeup shots while wearing the suit. At an employment tribunal, Mr Blake, a trained dancer, also alleged that he was discriminated against and verbally abused for being homosexual. He claimed a colleague called him a 'bitch' and a 'faggot' but when he made a formal complaint he was told to 'shut up and get on with it'."

road.jpg OWN: Oprah Winfrey gets her own network! What an appropriate name for it.

road.jpg Judge orders MSNBC to include Dennis Kucinich in Las Vegas debate today.

road.jpg Kennith H. Burns, founding member of pioneering L.A. gay rights group Mattachine Society, dies at 81 of lung failure: "In 1953, when McCarthyism was strengthening its grip on the national consciousness, Hay and other Mattachine leaders with communist ties were ousted and Burns assumed a prominent role in the organization. The society moved in a more conservative direction during Burns' tenure as Mattachine president in the mid- to late 1950s. Along with other Mattachine leaders, including Harold Call and Don Lucas, he urged members to temper their public image and assimilate into society. 'We must blame ourselves for much of our plight,' Burns said during this period. 'When will homosexuals ever realize that social reform, in order to be effective, must be preceded by personal reform?'"

Fabioroad.jpg Fabio offers up Details on George Clooney West Hollywood catfight: "He laid a hand on me, so it would have been self-defense if I had beaten him down. I could have fucked him up. Oh my god, I could have beaten the shit out of him. I was so pissed off. Right then, I could have knocked him over and beat him. I could have punched him in the face while he was on his back. That's how you really hurt someone—their face can't amortize the punch so it takes, it takes the whole impact."

road.jpg Dame Edna ill, ordered to rest for six months...

road.jpg Stuart Ellanson, an inmate serving life sentence for murder of gay man gets 15 additional years for holding a dental technician hostage at the prison: "He held the woman captive in a storage room in the prison's health complex for about five and a half hours before releasing her. He was then arrested. Ellanson is serving a life term for murder as a hate crime in the stabbing death of a man in Superior in 1991. The criminal complaint said Ellanson told investigators he killed the man because he was gay."

Antarcticaroad.jpg MELTING: Antarctic ice loss jumps 75% in a single year.

road.jpg Britney SNAPS (4:13), and picks up a British accent while doing so.

road.jpg Outsports looks at the aquatic side of Project Runway's Jack Mackenroth: "'Swimming just came fairly naturally to me, and I really enjoyed it,' said Mackenroth, now 38. And he was very good at it, too. He has three All-American titles and set a national record at the 2006 Gay Games in Chicago in the breaststroke leg of the 4-by-50 meter medley relay. Also in 2006, he finished 12th in the 50-meter breaststroke at the Masters World Championships in Stanford, Calif. 'Swimming has been rewarding,' said Mackenroth, who played soccer and baseball as a youngster and now admits that he, 'was hopeless at all of the other sports.'"

Chinaroad.jpg China Daily looks at what gays face in that country: "The more you try to oppress sex, the more resistance will rise up." Time takes a look too.

road.jpg Scotland's hate crime laws to be widened to include sexual orientation, gender identity, and the disabled: "It aims to strengthen the law to protect disabled people and those from the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered communities by extending statutory aggravations to cover crimes motivated by malice or ill will towards victims."

road.jpg RESEARCHER: Heterosexual couples have something to learn from same-sex couples: "In a series of studies Green conducted with Michael Bettinger and Ellis Zacks, lesbian couples were found to be emotionally closer than gay male couples who, in turn, were found to be emotionally closer than heterosexual married couples. 'It all comes down to greater equality in the relationship,' Green said in a statement. 'Research shows that lesbian and gay couples have a head start in escaping the traditional gender role divisions that make for power imbalances and dissatisfaction in many heterosexual relationships.' Heterosexual couples could learn from gays couples about sharing housework and childcare, using softer communication in conflict and having more nurturing behaviors toward one another and their children, the researchers conclude."

road.jpg The Gawker job interview.

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  1. Jack Mackrenroth has that body partially b/c of the steroids he can take due to being hiv+ - duh!!!!!

    Posted by: duh | Jan 15, 2008 2:01:59 PM

  2. And what if George Clooney had grabbed Fabio's long mane and slammed his beautiless face onto the West Hollywood pavement, and then preceeded to stomp him in that beautiless face 'till Fabio's dentures got stuck in his throat. Then we woulda' had a real queenie cat fight....yeah!

    The Irish kid who beat up the straight couple because he thought they were gay: he may receive a lighter sentence because he was intoxicated? WTF! OK, if the Saints play the Eagles here next year, I want a lighter sentence when I try to taste Reggie Bush's balls. Well, I'll be intoxicated, won't I? Oh, yeah, this aint Ireland, is it? Oh, well I'd risk jail time for that dream come true.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Jan 15, 2008 2:08:56 PM

  3. He doesn't look like he takes steroids... and not all HIV+ people take steroids.

    Posted by: | Jan 15, 2008 2:10:33 PM

  4. re: The injured "Night Garden" actor pictured -- He's better off - Let's see him on TV without the silly suit, he's MUCH cuter without it. Where the article says: "The 28-year-old said he had to go to hospital and was forced off work for a week after being made to bend over for long spells", there are MUCH better ways for that injury to happen. ;)

    P.S. the Irish basher should be shot.

    Posted by: strepsi | Jan 15, 2008 2:32:04 PM

  5. P.S. @ DUH re: Jack Mackenroth steriod comment. Maybe he looks like that because he's a championship swimmer? Get off the computer and move your lazy ass 4 times a week and you too could have a chest bigger than your gut..... or your fat head.

    Posted by: Strepsi | Jan 15, 2008 2:46:00 PM

  6. love me some Gawker

    Posted by: davey | Jan 15, 2008 2:51:38 PM

  7. is "fabio" the italian word for "gross?"

    just wonderin'

    Posted by: alguien | Jan 15, 2008 3:10:30 PM

  8. You guys should run that Advocate interview with Mackenroth-he comes across as a horrible person in it.

    Posted by: anon | Jan 15, 2008 3:32:17 PM


    Thanks for the top Anon, y'all should read it. Jack Footinmouth

    Posted by: Truth be Sold | Jan 15, 2008 6:50:20 PM

  10. Thanks for the link to the Jack interview. He certainly managed to cover up the fact that he's a vacuous, vain moron better until that interview!

    Posted by: Paul | Jan 15, 2008 7:10:09 PM

  11. Nick Denton emailed me a few weeks ago about something I'd posted on here. I'd never seen a picture of him before today.

    Posted by: Robert | Jan 15, 2008 7:18:56 PM

  12. I'd love to see Fabio punch George Clooney's arrogant face, Honestly, George instantly assumed anyone taking pictures HAD to be about him. How conceited can you get??

    Posted by: lou | Jan 15, 2008 11:07:20 PM

  13. DERRICK,


    good luck! you so crazy, bato.

    Posted by: nic | Jan 16, 2008 8:03:10 AM

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