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road.jpg Dutch gay couple have been foster parents to over 100 children.

Myanmarroad.jpg Even though the death toll could exceed that of the southeast Asian tsunami, the Myanmar government has refused U.S. aid: "The junta not only wouldn't allow U.S. aid planes to fly in badly needed supplies, they also continued to refuse visas to United Nations relief teams trying to get in to make sure the aid gets to the victims. Despite the military clampdown, reports of the horrendous toll the storm was taking on Myanmar's people began trickling out."

road.jpg Sick: Kardashian sisters make a joke out of Myanmar/Burma situation, record PSA while trying on closet of dresses.

Vivaroad.jpg Is Coldplay's "Viva La Vida" single stolen from French pop starlet Alizée? Listen and you be the judge.

road.jpg Alexander Payne signs on to direct HBO dark comedy Hung, about a man with a huge endowment: "'Hung' revolves around a well-endowed man who is plodding along in middle age as a struggling father and high school coach. The character was once a high school sports legend, and his luck returns when he figures out a way to use his best asset. 'Think of him like Spider-Man,' Burson told Daily Variety last month. 'He's an average guy who gets in touch with his innate superpowers.'"

road.jpg Turkey's gay magazine Kaos GL just published its 100th edition.

road.jpg Washington University students, PFLAG in uproar over school's decision to award anti-gay, anti-feminist crusader Phyllis Schlafly an honorary doctorate at May 16 commencement.

Andrewtobias2thumbnailroad.jpg Queercents has 10 money questions for DNC Treasurer Andrew Tobias. On political contributions: "Politics is tacky and all the awful things it is — but you can’t have democracy without politics, and politics requires money. That said, it’s wonderful how the balance of power is shifting away from the $500,000 and $5 million contributions (now illegal) — and even the $28,500 contributions (the current annual max to a federal political party like the DNC) — to the potential for millions of $10 and 25 and $100 and $250 contributions over the Internet."

road.jpg Porn police pair on patrol at Seattle gay bars: "'We have judges, attorneys, police officers, who all come in here because it's a safe place for them,' said [Seattle Eagle manager Keith] Christiansen. 'This kind of attention [from the police] has cut my business in half.' Back in 1998, Christiansen says he went before the liquor board and asked for permission to display his posters. In spite of the law, he says, they let him do it. But because of an increase in enforcement in the area and, Christiansen says, the fact that O'Neill and Gallagher are new to the neighborhood, that era of tacit acceptance has ended. 'This is a whole new breed of people,' he said. 'They don't understand what the Hill is about.'"

Cibrianroad.jpg Eddie Cibrian on Ugly Betty: hey, coach.

road.jpg Four openly gay candidates seek seats in Georgia General Assembly.

road.jpg Isaiah Washington pissed that ABC is using his photo in Grey's Anatomy promotion. Rep: "Isaiah has no plans to go back to Grey's Anatomy ... That being said, we were more than a little surprised that ABC used his likeness in a promo for the show, and indeed advanced his character's storyline. Mr. Washington's attorney has contacted the Screen Actors Guild and ABC as to the appropriateness of that action."

road.jpg Shia LaBeouf and Andy Samberg play in the bushes.

road.jpg Gay & Lesbian Leadership Institute announces massive grant to fund gay leaders: "The David Bohnett Foundation has teamed with the Gay & Lesbian Leadership Institute (GLLI) to help the organization sponsor lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender public officials in attending one of the nation’s most prestigious mid-career executive development programs — the Senior Executives in State and Local Government program at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. The program, to be named the David Bohnett Gay & Lesbian Leadership Fellows, is being funded by a $500,000 grant to GLLI."

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  1. If a genie popped out of a bottle and granted me one wish it would be for Andy Samberg to fall madly in love with me and whisk me away to a deserted island with a Swiss Family Robinson style treehouse in which there was nothing but a stereo, a mattress and a million bottles of lube.

    Posted by: peterparker | May 9, 2008 1:42:35 PM


  2. What the government of Myamar/ Burma is doing is wrong.

    BUT the US govt has very little moral room to bash them.

    The bush administration refused doctors and medical supplies from Cuba for Katrina victims, refused heating oil...doctors...food....and medical supplies from Venezuela for Katrina victims, refused all aid from europe...canada...etc for Katrina victims till public pressure emberased them enough to accept SOME help and most of the food supplies and medicines from russia china europe and canada were allowed to rot in warehouses and never were used to help katrina victims.

    Let the aid workers in to help, but the current US gov needs to keep its trap shut.

    Eddie Cibrian= ALWAYS HOT! Muy Caliente CUBAN

    Posted by: Jimmyboyo | May 9, 2008 1:44:08 PM


  3. Having lived on the hill in Seattle for a few years I know the bars that are being discussed. It strikes me as a bit odd that R'place would resort to using such a questionable tactic to chase away problem customers. R'place always struck me as a slightly goofy three level neighborhood bar. They steered clear of the over-sexed slightly stinky dark corner type atmosphere.

    I sympathize with their aim and I understand the officers involved are being over zealous. But the liquor laws are clear. Straight bars have to abide by these same laws so the gay bars should be treated no different. You can't sit here and tell me that the only solution for filtering out hostile patrons is to show pornography. It boggles the mind.

    A different bar on the hill (CC's) showed similar types of movies. But it was for no other reason than entertainment. I didn't necessarily mind...but it made bringing in a straight coworker or friend a tad uncomfortable. It's just weird to be in a large room full of gay men pretending to not watch the video screens. I suppose if I wanted a bathhouse type atmosphere I'd go to a bathhouse.

    There are plenty of vintage physique reels and such that are quite sexy and fun -- but you don't have to suffer a face full of pubes while sipping on your microbrew. Strictly PG. It gets the point across without being lewd.

    Posted by: Steven W | May 9, 2008 2:29:08 PM


  4. Eddie Cibrian is so hot. Why couldn't my coach have been him instead of being a butch dyke (naturally)? I SO would have been enthused at going to PE class just to flirt (or fuck) with him.


    You would think Isaiah Washington would be happy that he's just in the spotlight again (albeit briefly). He's such an idiot. It was a stupid storyline anyway, especially what a furor he caused. Are they just trying to get gossip started? The story about the gay soldiers was good but sad though.


    Posted by: Chad | May 9, 2008 2:35:28 PM


  5. Coldplay may be the blandest and least original band of the past 20 years.

    It's a wonder people listen to their music even when they give it away.

    Posted by: protogenes | May 9, 2008 2:35:34 PM


  6. The story about the Dutch couple is absolutely amazing!

    Posted by: Luke | May 9, 2008 2:51:18 PM


  7. I lived in Seattle for a few years in the mid-90s and loved The Eagle.

    The law is prudish - almost as ridiculous as the beer/wine-only laws in Seattle.

    I love straight people. In fact, SOME OF MY BEST FRIENDS ARE STRAIGHT. heh. But The Eagle is not the kind of bar designed for popping in for a drink with your straight buds. Unless they're the kind that secretly want to take part in the upstairs taffy pull after 2 mason jars of Hefeweizen.

    Posted by: Rey | May 9, 2008 3:16:28 PM


  8. Put down the bong, Jimbo. If you can't see a distinction between Katrina and the Myanmar mess, you've got some real problems with perspective and your hatred of anything remotely Bush has begun rotting your brain.

    Posted by: queendru | May 9, 2008 3:40:50 PM


  9. I am guessing Mr Payne will be looking for my resume across his desk any day now.

    Posted by: davefromtampa | May 9, 2008 4:05:33 PM


  10. Steven W: I have to first say that R Place is not somewhere I tend to gravitate to, so I can't speak for it. That being said, the crackdown on Capitol Hill is getting out of control. I've been here for quite a few years, and frankly, its to the point where I want to move away. The no porn in bars is hardly the main point, but it is sort of the final straw. The community has been obliterated for the sake of developers pocketbooks, and now its come to them policing our bars?
    Surely you wouldn't think of taking your straight co-workers to The Eagle, The Cuff, CC's or any such bar. Those are the last few safe havens where you know you are in the company of an all-gay or fully accepting crowd. A sanctuary if you will. I feel that these new officers are the next step in homogenizing our neighborhood, and pushing the gays out. If you don't like it, don't go in. Simple as that. Seattle is far too sex positive to have such archaic, ridiculous laws on the books. Hell, in Portland I can see live nude male strippers, have a drink in my hand and watch porn on the screens...No problem. It creates a certain vibe. A sort of grittiness that is the major draw to these places that show porn.
    I don't understand it, and frankly I'm pissed off at this city for being completely ridiculous in its treating of the gay community. We made the Hill what it is, and now that its a nice place, they want to drive us out? I don't think so. They don't take violence against us seriously, they continually shut down our bars, when my friend was run down by a car full of girls and ran him over the cops laughed. Its coming to a boiling point.
    Why aren't they banning the various naked bike rides that happen around the city. I worked in Fremont for years and was subjected to seeing women's vaginas everywhere during the solstice parade. We were even supposed to let them into out cafe...that was in public. Where's the uproar over that?

    I know this is long, and largely incoherent, I just feel like this is another blow to the community that has already been battered to near death in the last few years. I'm tired of it.

    Posted by: Tyler | May 9, 2008 4:42:13 PM


  11. Queendru

    Re-read what I posted

    I condemned what is happening 100%. The UN and other countries have every right to condemn what is going on. The current US regieme has no moral ground to do so.

    Posted by: Jimmyboyo | May 9, 2008 5:04:29 PM


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