News: David Beckham, Estrogen, Gambia, Rupert Everett, Alzheimer’s

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.”


  1. MikeinSanJose says

    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.


  2. bjooks says

    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.

  3. Kyle says

    A gay man who hates America and Americans…how 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.

  4. Kyle says

    I’m not the leats bit surprised that readers have already come to Ruperts defense. I actually said out loud “watch..everyone will agree”…now 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.

  5. EvilEuropean says

    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.

  6. EvilEuropean says

    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.

  7. says

    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.

  8. Kyle says

    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 American…to say we recieved hateful bashing would be an understatment. But that’s okay..after all, we’re American…we had it coming!! right?

  9. EvilEuropean says

    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!

  10. z says

    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.

  11. EvilEuropean says

    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.

  12. rouquinricain says

    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.

  13. Kyle Childress says

    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.

  14. borut says

    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?

  15. Derrick from Philly says

    “…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.

  16. thin mint says

    I don’t really get how the estrogen is meant to be implemented as a prevention method.

    Basically, it makes your skin somewhat less permeable. Well, that may decrease infection on a population level, but it wouldn’t exactly be ethical to present it as a form of prevention on the individual level — a “less permeable” barrier is no barrier at all, it just gives you somewhat better odds in Russian Roulette.

  17. Chris in Seattle says

    Isnt that woman in the lesbian kissing/Safeco field incident also the slutty lesbian from A Shot at Love with Tila Tequila on MTV?

  18. Strepsi says

    @KYLE and others: as a non-American, let me try to explain. After 9/11 we felt your pain and grief, and there was an outpouring of support from the world. When your administration opportunistically used it to commit war crimes, the world said, “well that’s NOT the American people. We still love them.” The shift happened when you democratically RE-ELECTED THE M*THERF*CKER. Then the rest of the world said, “You know what? F*ck ’em all.” But I wish you well, and support you in finally gaining basic Civil Rights. (*cough* that we’ve had in marriage for 5 years, and in the army for 10…*cough*).

  19. Gary says

    There is no difference between Americans and their government. It’s still vestigially a republic around here (and only nuts speak of oligarchy.) Americans vote for these very poor leaders and support them. Privately, more Americans are racist, anti-homosexual, and xenophobic than they would admit to a pollster. I would like to live elsewhere, but I’m a 56 year old has-been and I’m financially stuck here.

  20. rouquinricain says

    to strepsi: i think you should be more thankful for living in a country where you have those rights and compassionate for those of us who weren’t born to such things – and gloat less about your privileged status among the world’s gays – it really is in poor taste you know, i mean, do you think that american gays are personally responsible for being treated as second-class citizens (much less those poor buggers in africa)? and are you somehow personally to thank for gay rights laws in your country? it really is just the luck of the draw.

  21. Strepsi says

    Rouquinricain: Yes, I actually AM partially responsible for the gay laws in my country. I have marched and pamphleted and voted and kicked up a stink for decades. I also came to help you, with many friends, to the March On Washington in ’93 (am still pissed at Bill Clinton for DADT, by the way). The problem is I see too many Americans — including on THIS BLOG — accepting the back-of-the-bus and not insisting on equality. The Christian Right is incredibly aggressive and organized and lets everyone know it. So, in that sense, yes you are partially responsible for being as second-class citizens if you do not INSIST on FULL equality. Where’s the drag queen Rosa Parks? People say “The U.S. is progressing, just more slowly, it takes time”… BULL. Your States have passed 26 PRO-DISCRIMINATION laws in 5 years — it is officially moving BACKWARDS. As for the poor buggers in places like Egypt, Jamaica, or Saudi Arabia, you’re right there… God bless them.

  22. peterparker says

    KYLE…the reason I said that Rupert Everett is exactly right is that I totally agree with his assessment that Americans went completely out of their minds following September 11. The events of that day were horrific. There were thousands of lives that were tragically lost. Many of those who died in the World Trade Center suffered terribly before the building collapsed. It was a terrible thing to happen to those individuals, their families and our nation. But we have acted as though September 11 was the single worst thing that has ever happened to any population/nation in the history of the world.

    The fact of the matter is that countries all around the world have been plagued by terrorism for decades. Many people around the world carry on with their daily activities knowing they might be blown to bits at the market, at their job or while walking down the street. Few Americans live with that fear on a day-to-day basis. Until September 11 we were largely spared the sort of violence that other countries endure on a regular, if not daily, basis.

    But rather than taking a reasoned, informed and cautious approach to the problem, our government invaded a country that had NOTHING to do with the events of September 11. Our leaders lied about the reasons for going to war. In ousting Saddam Hussein, who without a doubt was a bad guy, we ended up de-stabilizing the middle east. We’ve now made it less safe for the entire WORLD! As Rupert Everett said, we suffer “a semi-blindness about the rest of the world”.

    And after all that, we ELECTED the motherfuckers to four more years in 2004?!?! It’s no wonder much of the world hates us. Our government acted illegally, stirring up even more trouble and forever altering a nation that wasn’t even involved in attacking the U.S. And we are the ones that let them get away with it.

    And STREPSI is correct…the U.S. is not progressing at a slow pace. It is regressing to a climate like that of Virginia before the Loving case hit the Supreme Court.

    It is my opinion that the U.S. is filled with racists, religious zealots and homophobes. The combination of racism and religious zealotry resulted in an illegal war in which tens of thousands have died (if not more…and no one knows the real number because our government does not count dead Iraqis).

    Finally, HOWARD’s comment shines a light on the sort of country that the U.S. is…with one caveat…I don’t believe HOWARD could even visit the U.S. without special permission due to his HIV status. Barbaric. Cruel. Intolerant.

  23. Daniel says

    Hey Gary: your comment “Privately, more Americans are racist, anti-homosexual, and xenophobic than they would admit to a pollster. I would like to live elsewhere” could be used in almost every country i’ve ever lived in. (I’m an expat US citizen abroad). Yeah, we are every thing you said. And so is everywhere else. Koreans are not xenophobic? Egyptians aren’t homophobic? I mean, if we’re talking in sweeping generalizations, most every country can say your same quote back to you. After people vent their hatred of America, they’ll also usually (in my experience) admit to wanting to come here. We fascinate the rest of the world (Pam Anderson’s tits, Las Vegas’s debauchery, NYC’s skyline, college dorms that are co-ed, etc.)and we’re one of the few countries that accept people from around the world. So lighten up a bit, we’re a work in progress & always have been.

  24. mattb says

    Sheila Kuehl has been an openly gay California State Senator since she was elected there in 2000, the same year she addressed the Democratic National Convention on issues of diversity. Get in line Mark Leno! Sheila is FIERCE.

  25. mike says

    Hey Kile re: “a sweeping generalization about an entire group of people because of their leader. ”

    It’s a lot more than that. Tried entering your country lately as a non-National, even from an allied country, with a green-card? It was bad before 9/11 and got much worse afterwards. Your country’s official representatives took the enormous feeling of international goodwill post 9/11 and returned it with lies and hate.

  26. Nonplussed says

    You know? It’s precisely this habitual knee-jerk tendency to smear, blacklist and lynch our critics (even those whose countrymen have died in supporting our own), that makes us look so bad to the world.

  27. premium310 says

    Few governments with the means take measures to protect the lives and interests of their citizens to such an extent, while generously giving of their wealth, influence, and of the lives of their militaries to aid, defend and esteem humanity throughout world. Even the gay marriage ruling (although an indicator of inequality) is a refinement made possible by—and a testament to—effective government.

  28. Richard says

    STREPSI: I think it’s debatable whether he was democratically re-elected, or elected for that matter in the first place. And really, blaming the victims, despite your claims of activism, you show a real lack of sensitivity, and are incredibly cavalier, as if where you’re from is somehow perfect.

    As for this whole issue, there’s nothing shocking about Everett’s gross generalization, neither in its content, nor it speaker. It’s pretty much what I would expect him to say.

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