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road.jpg Is estrogen the secret to containing the spread of HIV?

Beckhamroad.jpg Seconds, please: Is David Beckham the hottest waiter of all time?

road.jpg The two Spanish nationals detained late last week in the west African country of Gambia have been released: "Two Spanish men detained in Gambia for allegedly making homosexual proposals to taxi drivers have been released after five days in jail, a Spanish official said Wednesday. The men were released late Tuesday and left the West African country, said Nicola El Busto, an official with Spain's embassy in Gambia. El Busto declined to give further details, and Gambian authorities could not immediately be reached for comment."

road.jpg Gossip Girl couple shops, scowls.

road.jpg Redwood City, CA man who hurled gay slurs, patio table at neighbors, pleads not guilty in court: "Herbert Santos-Coy is facing multiple felony hate crime charges after he allegedly physically attacked his two neighbors on March 30. If convicted he faces up to eight years in state prison, according to the San Mateo County District Attorney's Office. Santos-Coy was arrested by Redwood City police after he allegedly came into the carport where the couple was working on their car and began yelling homophobic slurs at them, according to the district attorney's office. He then repeatedly struck one of the victims in the face and swung a wrought iron table at the couple, which missed, according to prosecutors. When police arrived, Santos-Coy resisted arrest, according to police. He was allegedly drinking at the time of the altercation."

road.jpg In California, assemblyman Mark Leno is expected to become the first openly gay state Senator in California history.

Tableroad.jpg Does Brad Pitt have good taste in tables?

road.jpg Wisconsin Supreme Court calls suit brought against gay group by Christian activist Reverend Grant Storms frivolous: "Anti-gay activist Rev. Grant Storms of New Orleans sued gay rights group Action Wisconsin after it took excerpts from a 2003 speech Storms made in Milwaukee and claimed he was advocating the murder of gays. Storms' lawsuit was dismissed in 2005, and he was ordered to pay court costs and attorneys' fees. The Supreme Court on Thursday upheld that decision, which had been reversed by an appeals court. The high court's 4-3 decision means Storms' attorney James Donohoo will have to pay more than $87,000 in court costs and fees because the court said he should have known the lawsuit was frivolous."

road.jpg There must be something about the name Kern.

road.jpg An interview with Banksy?

road.jpg Alzheimer's patients are kept from wandering off from a German nursing home by a fake bus stop outside the center: "It sounds funny but it helps. Our members are 84 years old on average. Their short-term memory hardly works, but the long-term memory is still active. They know the green and yellow bus sign and remember that waiting there means they will go home. We will approach them and say that the bus is coming later and invite them in for a coffee. Five minutes later they have completely forgotten they wanted to leave."

Kissroad.jpg That lesbian kiss at Safeco field in Seattle I posted about last month is getting a lot more attention. Sirbrina Guerrero, who was almost kicked out for it, is now speaking out.

road.jpg Rosie O'Donnell and Howard Stern had a little chat yesterday.

road.jpg Six in ten Americans say same-sex marriage a private choice that should not be regulated by the government: "As same-sex couples line up to get marriage licenses in California on June 17, the USA TODAY/Gallup Poll found that 63% of adults say same-sex marriage is 'strictly a private decision' between two people. That the government has the right 'to prohibit or allow' such marriages was stated by 33%, and 4% had no opinion."

road.jpg Religious Knesset members initiate amendment to ban gay pride in Jerusalem.

road.jpg Rupert Everett's anti-American rant: "I'm totally off the States now. The reaction to 9/11 and then George Bush - really, they've got very blobby as a nation. Now they (the Americans) are whiny victims whose language is entirely taken from two TV shows - Friends and Sex And The City - and there's nothing sexy about them any more. And that kind of semi-blindness about the rest of the world, which was attractive when America was exciting, is really unattractive now."

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  1. Rupert Everett is exactly right.

    Posted by: peterparker | Jun 5, 2008 2:07:41 PM

  2. I'm confused about the piece on the Wisconsin lawsuit being tossed out. The lead-in says the suit against the xian by the gay group was tossed out, but the story winds up saying the xian's lawyer had to pay court costs cause he should have known the case he brought was frivolous.


    Posted by: MikeinSanJose | Jun 5, 2008 2:10:11 PM

  3. I think your opening for the Wisconsin lawsuit blurb is backwards. You have "Wisconsin Supreme Court calls gay group's suit brought against Christian activist Reverend Grant Storms frivolous" -- but the lawsuit was brought about not by the gay group but by Rev. Storms against them, so it was HIS lawsuit that was found frivolous.

    Posted by: bjooks | Jun 5, 2008 2:10:43 PM

  4. somebody beat me to it - everett is right (in addition to being exquisitely beautiful)

    Posted by: rouquinricain | Jun 5, 2008 2:11:34 PM

  5. A gay man who hates America and shocking! (insert eye roll)
    You know what is unnatractive...a has been, rather, never was, shriveled, jaded, bitter, queen who lumps every citizen in one country under one nasty label because in todays world it's "cool to poke fun at Americans." The whole world is off on an Anti American rant under the disclaimer that Americans are all ignorant. Well, how educated and worldly of you to make a sweeping generalization about an entire group of people because of their leader. If we went around hating people due to their government, then many people in this world would probably be pretty lonesome.
    Go back to being 'un-funny' Rupert.
    P.S~ last I checked, I can get married in parts of this country where there are parts of this world I'd be stoned to death for even coming across gay.

    Posted by: Kyle | Jun 5, 2008 2:11:47 PM

  6. Rupert Everett upset about not being our best gay friend anymore?

    Posted by: John | Jun 5, 2008 2:13:21 PM

  7. I'm not the leats bit surprised that readers have already come to Ruperts defense. I actually said out loud "watch..everyone will agree" substitue ANY other nationality for what he said, and you all would be LIVID. God forbid this was an American actor making these comments about anyone of any othe rnationality "You stupid, ignorant American!"...the doubel standard is just amazing to observe. Why don't you all just come out and say "we hate anything to do with America or Americans!"...just level with it.

    Posted by: Kyle | Jun 5, 2008 2:14:46 PM

  8. Someone is a bitter queen, and it aint just Rupert...Kyle!

    I think what Rupert is getting at is that the 'shine', the allure of the USA has been waining for sometime but the events post-9/11, the War in Iraq, Katerina, the way tourists are increasingly made to feel unwelcome, the way the US government lashes out has really taken the shine off.

    Bascially the USA is SO 20th century. Its a big world out there.

    Posted by: EvilEuropean | Jun 5, 2008 2:15:51 PM

  9. Sorry guys, got a bit dyslexic on the Wisconsin post - thanks for pointing it out.

    Posted by: andy | Jun 5, 2008 2:16:37 PM

  10. Kyle, American actors and musicans have slagged of the UK for example, Mel Gibson & John Malkovich really does not the UK for example. But then we are not so thin skinned and whinny as.....well, not all Americans but you I guess.

    Posted by: EvilEuropean | Jun 5, 2008 2:18:55 PM

  11. Rupert Everett should spend less time commenting on other people and more energy finding something constructive to do with his ample free time. He made that awful movie with Madonna years ago, so anything he says now really translates to "Blah, blah, blah". He was so much easier to tolerate years ago when he was just a pretty boy in Merchant Ivory clothes.

    Posted by: vampirehours | Jun 5, 2008 2:19:40 PM

  12. Everything you pointed out had more to do with our "leaders" and their lack of leadership then it being a reflection on the people.
    What is happening around the world is, people are taking their frustration and resentment toward the American government out on the American people.
    By that logic, we should hate all Iranians (regardless of the fact that many of them stand against their militant regime currently in place)...
    Face it, it's cool to hate on America these days.
    Oh...and mistreatment toward tourists? You've got to be kidding me. "EvilEuropean" I've traveled to Europe (with a group of friends) with the utmost amount of respect for the locals, the culture, and even taking courses in the language of each country I visited to ensure better communication with the natives and the moment anyone found out we were say we recieved hateful bashing would be an understatment. But that's okay..after all, we're American...we had it coming!! right?

    Posted by: Kyle | Jun 5, 2008 2:22:58 PM

  13. Vampire...heaven forbid that celebraties actually voice an opinion. They should keep thier mouths shut and look pretty. Of course, it would then mean that there was no mindless celberaty gossip for the mindless masses to consume! (YOu should read the rest of the article, he slags of the UK as well!).

    You are right though, when was the last time Rupert Everrt actaully did anything intresting let alone good!

    Posted by: EvilEuropean | Jun 5, 2008 2:25:03 PM

  14. It's time for Rupert to go away, oh wait didn't he leave already. Too bad no one will miss his crying ways. Nobody hired him before and they're definitely not going to anymore.

    Posted by: z | Jun 5, 2008 2:26:44 PM

  15. Oh, Rupert. Stop being so provincial...

    Posted by: Dan | Jun 5, 2008 2:30:04 PM

  16. Kyle....claim down and take a deep breath!
    Most intellegent people can tell the difference between the leaders and the people. Of course, that does not change that Americans elected Bush not once but twice! In a democratic system, the leaders are in fact a reflection of the people.
    As for Americans abroad, I have to admit there are alot of 'ugly Americans' (as well as ugly Brits, ugly Germans, ugly Danes), loud, rude, selfish, demanding. However, all the AMericans I have travelled with (such as a trip to Amsterdam in March) have been smashing people.

    I think alot of what is perceived to be anti-American is that, in Europe in particular, we have gained a greater degree of self-confidence and no longer fawn over Americans.

    I think you have your own prejudices and that is just something you will have to work through.

    Posted by: EvilEuropean | Jun 5, 2008 2:32:26 PM

  17. as an american citizen, i too feel pain when i see what america has become in the eyes of the world, how we squandered and spat on the goodwill the international community expressed after 9/11. but refusing to recognise the truth is not helpful and this is why i say again that everett and evileuropean are right on the money.

    Posted by: rouquinricain | Jun 5, 2008 2:36:35 PM

  18. Ah, I quite like America. Shame I'm not allowed to visit without getting a special HIV stamp in my passport, eh?

    Posted by: Howard | Jun 5, 2008 2:37:20 PM

  19. Rupert is absolutely right.

    Posted by: michael | Jun 5, 2008 2:41:51 PM

  20. Penn Badgely in capri pants. Fabulous, dahling!

    Posted by: John in Manhattan | Jun 5, 2008 2:42:36 PM

  21. Mark Leno is replacing Carole Migden, who is the incumbent senator and who is a lesbian, so he is not the first gay state senator, unless "gay" is to be read as "gay man." Nor is Migden the first. Sheila Kuehl was elected to the senate in 2000, four years prior to Migden.

    But first or not, we're very lucky to have Leno in the Senate.

    Posted by: Kyle Childress | Jun 5, 2008 2:55:59 PM

  22. From the article about the lesbian kiss at Safeco field:
    "The usher, Guerrero said, told them he had received a complaint from a woman nearby who said that there were kids in the crowd of nearly 36,000 and that parents would have to explain why two women were kissing."

    Now, is explaining homosexual kissing really that much more difficult than explaining heterosexual kissing?

    Posted by: borut | Jun 5, 2008 3:25:41 PM

  23. Wow. Remember Rupert Everett?

    Posted by: Roscoe | Jun 5, 2008 3:26:26 PM

  24. I got Rupert Everett mixed up with Rupert Murdoch. So at first i grew livid since dude owns News Corp. But then i realized my mistake.

    Posted by: Lito S. | Jun 5, 2008 3:35:33 PM

  25. "...there's nothing sexy about them anymore"

    Just show him Mario Lopez or Reggie Bush or Channing Tatum. How will he be able to repeat that while wearing a hard-on.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Jun 5, 2008 3:37:44 PM

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