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News: Thomas Beatie Goes Forth And Multiplies, AZ Governor Speaks Out, Baby Brolin Does Bush, Ciao For Now & More

Nm_pregnant2_080609_mnroad.jpg It's A Gir—Baby!: Thomas Beatie, the so-called "Pregnant Man," gave birth to a healthy girl today. Congrats to both brave parents! I think they have been unfairly ostracized and hope their daughter grows up healthy and happy.

road.jpg Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano came out against amending her state's Constitution to outlaw gay marriage. "I believe marriage is between a man and a woman. I don’t think the constitutional amendment is necessary. The voters of Arizona will have a chance to decide this. Personally, I’m going to oppose it. We already have a statute that defines marriage. The courts have already said the statute is constitutional."

road.jpg Speak of the Devil: The "Austin 12"—prominent gay Texan Republicans who met with George W. Bush in 2000—are not solidly behind John McCain. In fact, three are either in favor of, or are considering voting for, Barack Obama. David Greer, who was on Bush's AIDS advisory board in 2003 but who became a registered Democrat that same year, says, "As long as there’s a far right in the party, gay Republicans are way too small in numbers…to have any effect on the party. We actually end up doing greater and lasting harm to the GLBT community."

Ciao_filmroad.jpg If you do Outfest, check out Ciao by Yen Tan, a moody, introspective examination of the reactions from a man's best friend and latest Internet datemate when they meet after his untimely death. I caught this at New Fest and found it really mesmerizing. Plus the actors are hot (pictured). Official site here.

road.jpg Now wines are coming out of the closet.

road.jpg The Broadway debut of Katie Holmes, in a production of Arthur Miller’s All My Sons, is not exactly setting the world on fire.

Brolin_winksroad.jpg Hilarious! Check out pictures of a 19-year-old Josh Brolin playing George W. Bush 20+ years before the upcoming Oliver Stone biopic releasing later this year.

road.jpg The Bishop of Durham attacks anti-gay Anglicans. "The idea they have a monopoly on Biblical truth won’t do," he says. Them’s fightin’ words!

road.jpg Canada's OUTtv, an LGBT network, is all the rage after almost flaming out...and it's owned by heterosexuals.

road.jpg Img_3530_2The N and others honored at The 8th Annual Trevor Project Awards.

road.jpg The very cute Greg Siff (pictured hosting Legendary Bingo at Hamburger Mary's) is the toast of L.A. (Arnold Palmers for everyone!) with his play The Nothing Boys, based on his real-life experience of showing up for his high school reunion only to find one other person there. With good reviews from LA Weekly, Backstage and more, The Nothing Boys has been extended. Check it out.

road.jpg It's an older article, but if you're interested in Big and Little Edie, this piece is well worth reading, with recollections from artist and friend Lois Wright. Wright's My Life at Grey Gardens from last year and Walter Newkirk's new MemoraBEALEia are great summer reads about two of the 20th Century's most fascinating eccentrics.

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  1. Despite all the controversy about the "pregnant man," and even I think they were a tad over-exposed, one can't help but feel happy for them and their new little girl. Really, the only thing left to say is... congrats to the Beatie family!!

    Posted by: crispy | Jul 3, 2008 5:46:09 PM

  2. Among the films I've seen that will be screening at Outfest Los Angeles, I highly reccomend Meadowlark by Taylor Greeson (a brilliant new fimmaker about whom you'll be hearing much in the years to come), The New Twenty (a kind of "Little Chill" about young gay and straight New Yorkers), and Ready? OK! (a comedy about a Catholic school pre-teen who wants to be a cheerleader and won't let any priest or nun stand in his way. He is played by the amazing Lurie Poston.)

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Jul 3, 2008 7:09:19 PM

  3. Congrats Mr Beatie and family :)

    And sadly, I sense there will be an influx of bigotry...

    Posted by: Chaq | Jul 3, 2008 11:56:14 PM

  4. Just how can a 'man' have a baby naturally? Not being mean, but, this is just nonsense, this is still a woman.

    Posted by: Mike | Jul 4, 2008 11:18:54 AM

  5. Obviously it's not "just nonsense" to Thomas Beatie or to the trans people who face hatred and discrimination every day. If he considers himself a man, then, to me, he is a man. The biological particulars aren't really my concern. Best wishes to the baby and her family.

    Posted by: Ernie | Jul 4, 2008 11:31:42 AM

  6. Congratulations to the Beaties!

    Posted by: Rhea | Jul 4, 2008 7:48:34 PM

  7. Is that "Beasties" or "Beaties?" ;-) I'm with Mike. It's a slap in the face to other trans people.

    If Siff's play is as good as the trailer on his web site, I'll be skipping it for sure.

    Posted by: Shane | Jul 8, 2008 7:54:32 AM

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