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road.jpg San Francisco financial services firm reconsidering move to Oklahoma City because of Sally Kern's anti-gay remarks.

Ameliaroad.jpg Drag queen who looks like Amelia Earhart targets Intimate Ideas, a lingerie store that refused to hire him — with his car!

road.jpg Thailand's government ignoring surge in HIV rates among MSM: "Thai gays have essentially been left to sink or swim; and they're sinking."

road.jpg Britney Spears now taking driving lessons from her kids.

road.jpg Reduce your risk of prostate cancer: rub one out regularly.

road.jpg Christian Siriano rips The Hills' Lauren Conrad and Whitney Port: "It’s really sad that if I didn’t win Project Runway, I probably wouldn’t have the sponsors I have now. I would have never been able to do what they have done because they all have disposable income, and yet their work still isn’t that great! I mean, it’s fun and flirty and young, but they’re not innovators. None of them will ever be an innovative designer. Buyers and editors are looking for longevity, and hopefully they will see that in me.”

road.jpg AP: Same-sex couples in U.S. having trouble getting divorced. Rhode Island's Cassandra Ormison: "We all know people who have gone through divorces. At the end of that long and unhappy period, they have been able to breathe a sigh of relief. I do not see that on my horizon, that sigh of relief that it's over."

Marriedroad.jpg HGTV hosts in Canada Colin McAllister and Justin Ryan get married. Ryan: "After a year of living in Toronto, filming Home Heist, it became clear to us that it was time to tie the knot. Canada is such a progressive nation, so welcoming and open-mindedly liberal about gay marriage, that we felt thoroughly inspired."

road.jpg One of the first Scottish couples to join in a civil partnership has been driven apart because of homophobic attacks: "Every time we went out young thugs would abuse us because of our sexuality and once we were set upon and attacked by three neds. It got worse after I moved to another house, in Irvine. For two months I was calling the police out about three times a night. Gangs of up to 15 youths were outside shouting abuse, throwing bricks and trying to break my door down."

Gpproad.jpg Bravo's Step it Up and Dance has a contestant with a gay porn past (warning: NSFW)

road.jpg First seniors home for gays and lesbians in Canada is proposed in Vancouver: "So far, the project is nothing more than a proposal, but already more than 30 people have plunked down a $1,000 deposit since it was first advertised two weeks ago, according to the U.S. developer. The plan is for a condo development featuring living units, a communal dining room, a fitness centre, a lounge and cabaret."

Asteroidroad.jpg 13-year-old German schoolboy corrects NASA on path of errant asteroid: "Nico Marquardt used telescopic findings from the Institute of Astrophysics in Potsdam (AIP) to calculate that there was a 1 in 450 chance that the Apophis asteroid will collide with Earth, the Potsdamer Neuerster Nachrichten reported. NASA had previously estimated the chances at only 1 in 45,000 but told its sister organisation, the European Space Agency (ESA), that the young whizzkid had got it right." (UPDATE: Hoax!)

road.jpg American Idol's Michael Johns prefers to be an alert drunk.

road.jpg Last week I posted about gay rights activist John Corvino, who had his appearance canceled by Michigan's Aquinas College, because he's gay. Students found a new, larger venue for him to speak at, which was donated for free.

road.jpg South Africans reach out to gays in Zimbabwe: "The South African Lesbian and Gay Equality Project (LGEP), formerly known as the National Coalition for Gay and Lesbian Equality (NCGLE), is concerned about the deepening political, economic and social crises in Zimbabwe. We express our full solidarity with the lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, women, workers and all the people of Zimbabwe. We add our voice in condemning the unjustified delay in the release of the 29 March elections. As Zimbabwean Independence Day approaches on 18 April 2008, Zimbabweans have nothing to celebrate in honour of their heroic liberation struggle and historic achievement of freedom and democracy."

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  1. The story about the kid correcting NASA is an internet hoax. Universetoday.com says NASA has not confirmed it, and the website notes a red flag should have gone up immediately after reading the story. If no one can figure out if the asteroid will even hit Earth or not according to the story - the odds are still supposedly 1:450, and that's after bouncing off satellites (what?!) - how would both NASA and the kid agree that the asteroid would hit the Atlantic Ocean?

    http://www.universetoday.com/2008/04/16/latest-news-on-apophis-13-year-old-boy-corrects-nasas-estimates-of-earth-impact/

    Posted by: Anon | Apr 16, 2008 2:29:44 PM


  2. Thanks anon - updating.

    Posted by: andy | Apr 16, 2008 2:35:55 PM


  3. The BBC article about prostate cancer is quite exciting(pun intended). I should get busy(er) now that I know what researchers have found!

    Posted by: Shabaka | Apr 16, 2008 3:13:51 PM


  4. If those guys actually ended their marriage because of homophobic assaults, then they weren't ready to get married in the first place. I'm sorry, but when people harass your spouse, that's when you back him up 100% (as opposed to dumping him).

    I have a feeling the marriage would have fizzled no matter what, and the homophobia angle simply provides a sentimental excuse for the breakup.

    Posted by: Yeek | Apr 16, 2008 4:38:32 PM


  5. Actually, it would be the second gay friendly retirement facility. The first one is Rainbow Vision in Santa Fe, NM.

    Posted by: Spherical Time | Apr 16, 2008 5:33:23 PM


  6. The Thailand story is offbase and hyperbolic. The Thai govt has added gay men to the national plan, put resources into programs and disease surveillance, and generally taken steps they wouldn't have done years ago. Constitutional protections for gays and transgenders are being proposed for the new Constitution. The NGO sector has been more nimble in dealing with the gay epidemic, but that's pretty typical of most aspects of the HIV epidemic. More needs to be done and must be done, but the author of this article (from a minor English language paper) doesn't know what they're talking about and Andy obviously doesn't bother to learn either.

    Posted by: Rich | Apr 16, 2008 5:52:45 PM


  7. First in Canada, ST.

    Posted by: andy | Apr 16, 2008 6:45:04 PM


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