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road.jpg Catholic Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis forbids liberal Catholic church from holding gay pride prayer service: "St. Joan of Arc Church in Minneapolis has held the event for several years in conjunction with the annual Twin Cities Pride Celebration. The archdiocese is instead suggesting that the church hold a "peace" service Wednesday with no mention of rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. Archdiocese spokesman Dennis McGrath says the gay pride prayer service is inimical to the teachings of the Catholic church."

Earthmoonroad.jpg Global warming expert Hansen: Earth close to the tipping point.

road.jpg This used to be her playground: Madonna and family go to Yankees game.

road.jpg Grease RIP: A Rydell High death.

road.jpg Angels in America playwright Tony Kushner to marry in California: "Mark and I are going to get married in California very soon. Then we’re going to be recognized in New York as legally married."

road.jpg New Bedford, Massachusetts, where two-and-a-half years ago 18-year-old Jacob Robida terrorized a local gay bar with a hatchet and a shotgun, held its first gay pride over the weekend, which attracted 250 people.

road.jpg Jerusalem gay pride a "go": "The High Court of Justice rejected Monday afternoon a petition filed by right-wing activists Itamar Ben-Gvir and Baruch Marzel against holding a gay pride parade in Jerusalem. As a result, the parade will take place as scheduled this coming Thursday."

road.jpg Don Imus under fire again for racist comment.

road.jpg Gay activists in India plan mass gay pride action: "The marchers plan to sing, give speeches and hold candlelit vigils in simultaneous parades in New Delhi, Calcutta and Bangalore on Sunday, said Gautam Bhan, a writer and gay rights activist involved with organizing the marches. While several dozen activists have marched in the eastern city of Calcutta in recent years, these would be the first gay pride parades in New Delhi and Bangalore. Bhan said the activists want to raise awareness of the issues facing the gay community in India."

Bashdroad.jpg Bash'd: a rap opera that fights back against anti-gay violence, playing in NYC: "With exceedingly bawdy lyrics, two rapping angels, T-Bag (Mr. Craddock) and Feminem (Mr. Cuckow), recount the tragedy of a Canadian couple, Jack and Dillon, who meet in an Edmonton club, fall in love and wed. But when Jack becomes the victim of violence, their idyll collapses."

road.jpg New Yorker: Is "angry" Keith Olbermann changing TV news?

road.jpg Russian President Dmitriy Medvedev sued over Moscow Pride: "Organisers of Moscow Gay Pride today applied to the city’s Tverskoi District Court accusing Russian President Dmitriy Medvedev of 'inaction on their letter' concerning the staging of the march for tolerance – and respect for the rights of freedoms of homosexual people in Russia – in Alexandrovskiy Sad, part of the Kremlin."

road.jpg Jodie Foster in tussle with paparazzi.

Stripperroad.jpg PhD: Memoir of a gay stripper. “The truth was that stripping had long called out to me. It offered something different from my grad school grind of dealing with students, grading papers, and sitting through seemingly endless seminars.”

road.jpg Obama curtails use of altered presidential seal.

road.jpg James McAvoy on the perils of six packs and protein: "[The abs] were not a special effect. It was the result of a lot of time at the gym — which I hated. I was also trying to take these super protein supplements and they gave me incredible bouts of flatulence which wouldn’t have endeared me to the rest of the cast. But I’m back to normal."

road.jpg Boy George takes his orchid for a walk.

road.jpg A few notes and photos from the Provincetown International Film Festival.

road.jpg New York Senate Majority Leader Republican Joe Bruno announces he won't seek reelection: "It also means a seat that had been considered a safe one for Republicans will not necessarily be a sure thing this fall. With all New York lawmakers' two-year terms ending in December, Republicans are defending their narrow 32-30 majority in the Senate, the party's last stronghold in state government. Democrats now hold the governor's post and dominate the Assembly by a 106-42 margin."

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  1. Speaking of the Catholic Church, last night this Jewish boy just saw the film version of "Sister Mary Explains it All" (Diane Keaton as the nun), on HBO(?). I was very moved. I grew up in a predominantly Italian Catholic area of Long Island and had mostly Catholic friends - whom I still have 40 years later. They left the church long ago - I still seem somehow connected to it.

    In spite of all the scandals, hemorrhaging of congregates and clergy, the church changes very slowly, if at all. Sad.

    Posted by: dave | Jun 24, 2008 3:36:38 PM


  2. Aww, how sweet. The story of the stripping grad student took me back to when I was in my early 20s and an older coworker became fixated on taking me to all the strip joints in DC. "Dollar dick night" was a Tuesday tradition. Such memories.

    Not a visit went by without an older gentlement (and they were ALL older) saying to me, rather lecherously, "And why aren't YOU up on the stage?" You could do pretty much whatever you wanted to strippers for a buck, and my friend would give me handfuls of dollar bills, multiple drinks, and push me toward the dancers. I'd like to say that's when I lost my innocence, but that would be a lie.

    Posted by: Paul R | Jun 24, 2008 3:59:17 PM


  3. Good riddance to Bruno!

    New York's Senate will definitely be going BLUE come November.

    Along with the end of the Republican majority in the Senate goes the last barrier to marriage equality in the State.

    Posted by: Zeke | Jun 24, 2008 4:45:04 PM


  4. Yet another reason to prove the Catholic Church is anything BUT Christian in it's belief system! Considering the proven pedophiles & gay priests in the org., what more should we not expect from a conservative (let's protect our wealth & power) Fascist group?

    Posted by: DaK | Jun 24, 2008 5:59:33 PM


  5. Maybe all this hope and change stuff is catching on, Bruno leaving the Senate? He single handled the Senate from passing gay right legislation for years. Good riddance to a hateful man. Word in the city is that he made a deal with the FBI over their investigation of corruption.

    Posted by: patrick nyc | Jun 24, 2008 6:07:07 PM


  6. I saw B'ashed at a Fringe Festival last year. The first half was good & funny. However, the second half was too preachy. I hope they've made some changes since then.

    Posted by: scar2 | Jun 24, 2008 10:21:48 PM


  7. Joe Bruno is leaving the NY State Senate because he's got several criminal investigations going on into his dirty dealings and the Feds are breathing down his neck. He's not going to have time to manage the Senate with all the trials he's going to be facing.

    Posted by: mike | Jun 25, 2008 1:07:57 PM


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