News: Al Reynolds, Playboy, The Mole, 90210, Ohio University

road.jpg Obama VP nomination hint?

Alreynoldsroad.jpg Al Reynolds Jr. unloads in long MySpace rant: “…I have been called a gigolo, a freeloader, unemployed, a sham and many other things that don’t bear repeating. People on television, radio and the internet have spoken disparagingly of my life, my sexuality, my career and my integrity…”

road.jpg Your first look at the cast of the 90210 spin-off.

road.jpg Ohio University freshman kicked out by roommates before even arriving, because he’s gay: “That was when I found out their real motivation. ‘Listen, we do not have a friend moving in. We were just trying to be nice; we both just feel really uncomfortable living with a homosexual.’ Now what am I to do? I can’t leave because I’m not allowed, and I can’t stay because I fear for my own safety. I’ve been talking back and forth with them and they feel that I am obligated to leave because of their discomfort. I wonder if they realize mine — especially when I read their statuses on Facebook declaring X is a homophobe at 8:58 p.m., and X hates faggots at 9:21 p.m.”

road.jpg Pastor John Hagee apologizes for anti-Catholic statements. McCain calls the action “laudable.” What about his anti-gay statements? Oh yea, nonsense.

road.jpg Joaquin Phoenix recording an album.

road.jpg California high school teacher inadvertently displays gay porn to class during Adobe Photoshop demonstration: “The incident happened during a project in a computer graphic arts class Monday morning, according to several students. The impression was the image was accidentally projected during a lesson on how to use Adobe Photoshop. As the image remained on the screen four to five seconds, several students say it sent the teacher scrambling to quickly take it off the screen.”

Playboyroad.jpg Playboy to enter gay market with cable VOD channel: “Playboy plans to initially offer Time Warner Cable subscribers 20 hours of gay male programming. The service is slated to begin operating next month. Although the Playboy brand has been linked with heterosexual men’s entertainment since its magazine’s first issue in 1953, the company now describes itself more generally as “valuing sexiness and style” and is seeking more ways to diversify and boost its revenue.”

road.jpg Girls love gay male porn.

road.jpg NYT features Barney Frank’s best one-liners: “So, apparently, same-sex marriage is the V8 juice of America.”

Bobbyroad.jpg Meet The Mole‘s gay competitor, 25-year-old restaurant manager Bobby.

road.jpg Sean Penn heads up Cannes Film Festival jury.

road.jpg Michael Moore making sequel to Fahrenheit 9/11: “Sequel will pick up where “Fahrenheit 9/11″ left off. In the time since, Bush’s popularity has plummeted, while the Iraq war continues and the economy falters.”

road.jpg STUDY: Music influences perception of wine. “Heavy rock music like Jimi Hendrix or The Rolling Stones is a good accompaniment to a Cabernet Sauvignon, while opera buffs might prefer a 2006 Syrah, said the study by psychologists at a British university. The research, in collaboration with a Chilean wine producer, indicates that different types of music stimulate different parts of the brain, and prime us to taste wines in a corresponding way. For example when a powerful piece of music such as Carmina Burana is heard, a Cabernet Sauvignon is perceived as being 60 per cent more powerful, rich and robust than when no music is heard.”

road.jpg Gay Peace Corps. volunteer on being gay and in Mozambique.

road.jpg The story behind news anchor Sue Simmons’ “what the fuck” outburst: “Maybe that will teach Chuck to stop reading things on his computer monitor and start paying attention to Sue. It looked like a spat between two people who have worked together for so long that they know each other’s rhythms a little too well. And, of course, they have worked together, for ages — or at least since 1980. There was Chuck Scarborough, reading something on a computer screen embedded in the desk and not listening to his co-anchor, Sue Simmons. So she let him have it in what sounded like mock derision.”


  1. Derrick from Philly says

    Well, Al, what can we tell you? It aint easy out here when you marry a celebrity, or being a celebrity. Look how yours truly was attacked on Towleroad today for being “intellectually dishonest” and “using stats”.

    Why, I never claimed to have intellect, or the discipline as a researcher to quote a frickin’ stat. And that’s a true “factoid”, Brotha.

  2. George says

    I too have noticed Kathleen Sebelius appearing in more and more videos out of the Obama campaign, just google Obama Sebelius, you can find videos from her casmpaigning for her in Kansas, Ohio, Pittsburgh and more.

    I think the Obama campaign definitely is grooming her for something.

  3. Marco says

    Um, Sue Simmons sounded mighty po’d in that hilarious clip. Nothing chummy about it.

    As for poor Al, stfu. Spend a few hours in your own shoes? Thousands killed in earthquakes and cyclones and this bitch thinks he has it bad?

  4. Matt says

    My first assigned roommate freshman year didn’t want to live with a gay guy either– my school’s solution? Put me with another gay student who was assigned a homophobic jerk too. Not exactly the best solution, but it worked okay.

  5. says

    That piece about the peace corps officer in Mozambique is very heartwarming! How Eckhart Tolle of him!

    So wine goes well with Rock music? They need to broaden their research to other genres next time, me thinks. What about those of us who can’t tell the difference between Jimmy Hendrix and Fallout Boys?

    ANDY, please keep us updated on that California high school mishap! I’d love to know what happens to him next! Hope it was all but an unfortunate accident!

  6. Wade says

    Yet again, no woman ever says or does anything wrong on her own. It’s always a man’s fault; or at least they always find a way to try to blame a man for their mistakes (like the woman on Work Out featured earlier this week).

  7. peterparker says

    The story about the Ohio University freshmen whose roommates are refusing to live with him reminded me of a story from my past. Following college I spent 2 years at a small art school in Georgia. I was the only gay student who was out of the closet. One day I saw a flier on the school bulletin board from another student looking for a roommate. The flier stated, “all lifestyles okay except those requiring probation officers”. “Cool”, I thought, “He has a sense of humor and I don’t have to worry about being turned down as a roommate for being gay.” Except, of course, that I did have to worry about that.

    The minute I walked into the apartment for my ‘roommate interview’ it was clear that the interview was over. The guy looking for a roommate was a flannel-wearing, long-haired, prematurely gray, ostensibly straight student who had been in a couple of my classes. And it was clear he had no intention of living with a faggot. He didn’t say it, but it was obvious. The next morning I got a phone call saying that “a friend decided to move in”. Now, I wouldn’t have moved into the apartment anyway because the place was a total dump. But I have to say that being turned down for a living situation simply because I was gay bothered me more than I wanted to admit.

    Fast forward six or seven years later. By this time I was living in San Francisco (with two great roommates). One afternoon I was sitting in a cafe in the Castro with one of my roommates when he says hello to a guy who looked strangely familiar. I asked my roommate what the guy’s name was and sure enough it was the same guy from art school who didn’t want a faggot as his roommate. Only now, this guy had lost about 20 pounds, had cropped his hair and dyed it black and had lost the flannel in favor of tight t-shirts to show off his worked out body. And, of course, he was now out of the closet.

    In a couple of years, that poor Ohio University freshman will probably find the potential roommates who rejected him hanging out in a fag bar. It will be cold comfort, but it will prove once again what we all know: those who protest the most are the ones who are most likely to be a closet case.

  8. anon says

    Dude1: We can’t have a fag roommate! He might hit on us!

    Dude2: Yeah, but he might do our laundry and have chicks for friends…

    Dude1: Oh. Never thought of that.

    Now the question is: who would want them as roommates?

  9. Bill Perdue, RainbowRED says

    Maybe the NY Times thinks Barney Frank is funny but lots of us weren’t amused when he ripped ENDA to shreds to appease the huge bigot bloc in the Republican and Democratic parties and because it was opposed and feared by businesses the make tons of money underpaying GLBT folk, women and people in diverse ethnic groups.

    Franks principal goal in gutting ENDA was to strip away provisions that would have allowed much larger numbers of people to sue for protection and compensation. That would have been quiclky extended to women and ethnic minorties as well as the GLBT communities.

    The majority of the Democratic and Republican parties are political prostitutes paid for body and soul by businesses that hated those provisions. Additionally the Democrats wanted to distance themselves from the GLBT movement so they trash canned ENDA and the Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes bill to prevent Republicans using use them as wedge issues. Likewise they refused to repeal DADT or DOMA, although they have the majority.

    It’s obvious that Frank maliciously uses transphobia as an excuse for his behind the scenes pro-business maneuvers. In this case he was immediately rewarded with a campaign manager’s post in the Clinton campaign, but happily, that seems to have backfired on him and Billary.

    A Republican politician is a baboon in a people suit with Pat Robertson attached at the hip. A Democratic politician is a Republican in drag.

  10. humanist says

    couldn’t that peace corps get in trouble for writing that? my impression has been that the PC does not place people who are openly gay. perhaps he intended his piece to be read only by a small group of visitors to that site, but now that it’s being blogged and spread around, i kinda worry for his job and for his safety.

  11. kevin says

    Well well well…this has been a crazy year. 2 stories of people I know on towleroad. First those crazy – kooky gay porn burglarizing twins and now Bobby…I don’t remember when Philadelphia and the surrounding became the center of the gay universe. But I don’t like it. haha

  12. soulbrotha says

    Re 90210:
    Will they please stop with this goddamn tokenism on these stupid shows already?! Just make it an all White cast! You ain’t doing us any favors by sticking one Black man into the cast!

    And Al Reynolds, suck it up, beeyotch! You’re only complaining now because your lipo’d cash cow has stopped giving milk! Go find yourself a rich old dude a la Anna Nicole and shut your piehole!

  13. says

    to that U boy that was stuck with da homophobes:

    laugh, and then just march in – being brilliant, hot, and better.

    you’ll an all-star already.

    international press thanks to their stupidity!

    just dance.

  14. ChrisU says

    Hey, it’s Chris from the article on OU’s Post. I just wanted to give a huge thanks to for giving this story some more publicity. Everybody here on campus has been really helpful throughout the situation. Once my letter ran, a lot of shit hit the fan, and people got pissed. I’ve gotten some emails from a couple of people who have commented here, as well as people from throughout the country, offering their support. I really appreciate all the kind words, and I’ve never felt more a part of the GLBT community than right now. I owe all of you a debt of gratitude. Thank you all so much.

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