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road.jpg Wesley Clark stands by his dressing down of John McCain.

Safariscreensnapz006_2road.jpg The U.S. doesn’t find Boy George appealing—so his first tour in ages is officially off. I guess America doesn’t know a good drag queen when we see one.

road.jpg No charges for Virginia men who managed to get married thanks to bridegroom Justin ("juh-STEEN") being very in touch with his feminine side.

road.jpg MySpace and Rock the Vote launch a DemROCKracy Band Competition to amp up the youth vote. The band enticing the most voter registrations through MySpace’s user registration tool (found here) can win prizes, including a chance to perform "on a major concert stage."

road.jpg I Know Who Drilled Me: A Montana woman admits to a long-ago affair with Lindsay Lohan’s father Michael and wants her 13-year-old daughter acknowledged as his. God…there's another Lohan out there?

Sf5road.jpg Arresting San Francisco Pride Weekend images. (Some NSFW.)

road.jpg Jesus Christ…another alternative for disgruntled Hillary Clinton supporters. (Though the media has given this guy a free pass, too, grumble.) Feeling the heat, Obama ups the ante. Obama and Jesus...potential running mates?

road.jpg Burning Up: Madonna's childhood home burns under suspicious circumstances just as her Sticky and Sweet Tour rehearsals are heating up. But a divorce? A sampling of A-Rod? You’re getting cold.

road.jpg Bette Midler’s wedding snaps from her 1984 Las Vegas ceremony arrived in her hands only this month. What do you expect when you say "I do" in a place called the Starlight Chapel?

road.jpg The Outfest 2008 box office is now open at the Directors Guild of America in Hollywood. If you’ve never gone and are close enough to go, go—I had a blast the year I went.

Djg3_3road.jpg Derek Jeter loses the beard.

road.jpg Huntington Beach police officer Adam Bereki has settled his suit against the city, which alleged he endured repeated gay harassment by his co-workers. He'll get $150,000 upfront and $4,000 a month in disability for life. Even though the city admits no wrongdoing and none of the accused officers have been penalized, spokesman Lt. Dave Bunetta says, "Anyone being harassed or victimized will not be tolerated by the police department." I wonder if he realizes what he's saying was literally true in this case?

road.jpg Check out this warm backstage remembrance of Katharine Hepburn (who would be 101 this year) by Tim Ranney, who interned on her play The West Side Waltz in 1981. Her advice: "Obey all the rules, and miss all the fun."

road.jpg The best reason yet to vote for Barack Obama.

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  1. Dear Andy,

    Planning any critical coverage of Obama's backing of continuing Bush's "faith-based" initiatives program? Didn't think so.

    Check out what your messiah's up to now here: http://365gay.com/Newscon08/07/070108faith.htm

    Posted by: Chris | Jul 1, 2008 2:31:44 PM


  2. So far, the Obama handlers are smart--very, very smart. To make a strong bid for Evangelicals--smart, they'll appreciate the attention from a Democrat; and he will get some of their votes (well, a few). His coming out against the recent Supreme Court decision not allowing executions for child rapiist was a brilliant move on his campaign's part.

    Was he sincere? Hell, no. As a liberal, did I agree with the court's decision? I'm not sure. I'd like to kill child rapists. But Barack's criticism of the court's "liberal" decision was smart-- it took the Republicans by surprise.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Jul 1, 2008 2:34:45 PM


  3. No disrespect intended, but apparently Mr. Ranney is too young to have read some of Ms. Hepburn's OTHER "profound words," specifically her description in a letter to "TV Guide" many moonings ago of John Wayne: "He's a real man, a rare thing in these gay times."

    Lest anyone think I'm being too sensitive, the magazine published a response from no less than Ned Rorem who publicly spanked her for her unnecessary homophobic dig in the midst of praising the celluloid fake cowboy/fake war vet who, among other homohating remarks, once described "Midnight Cowboy" as a "love story about two fags."

    Were that not enough, there's more than one reason to rewrite Ms. Hepburn's first famous film line to "The pansies are in bloom." She might never have shown as brightly as she did on screen, becoming the legend she did, weren't it for the pictures directed by her tres gai friend George Cukor; the "great love" of her life, Spencer Tracy, was rumored to have become an alcoholic in part in response to his inability to accept his own lavender leanings; and many are convinced that there was more than a hint of mint in her own julep.

    None of us are perfect, but some of us among our shortcomings.

    Posted by: Michael Bedwell | Jul 1, 2008 3:08:49 PM


  4. Chris,

    It doesn't seem you have the full story. Obama will only continue to fund religious charities only if they comply with certain rules.

    " Obama’s initiative will be governed by a set of core principles for federal grant recipients. In order to receive federal funds to provide social services, faith-based organizations:

    * Cannot use federal funds to proselytize or provide religious sectarian instruction.
    * Cannot discriminate against nonmembers in providing services. They must remain open to all and cannot practice religious discrimination against the populations they serve.
    * Must comply with federal anti-discrimination laws, including Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Religious organizations that receive federal dollars cannot discriminate with respect to hiring for
    government-funded social service programs.
    * Can only use taxpayer dollars on secular programs and initiatives.
    * Must prove their efficacy and be judged based on program effectiveness. They will be expected to demonstrate proven program outcomes to continue to receive funding. Obama will fund programs that work and end funding for programs that do not — whether they are large or small, well-established or new, faith-based or otherwise."

    Posted by: Blair | Jul 1, 2008 3:09:00 PM


  5. Should read: None of us are perfect, but some of us, among our shortcomings, don't choose to encourage bigotry.

    Posted by: Michael Bedwell | Jul 1, 2008 3:11:42 PM


  6. Thanks, Michael:

    I never knew the great actress was such a homo-hating bitch. Still a great actress, but I never knew. Crawford should have rammed the New England non-beauty with a strap-on.

    Oh, I'm joking. I know that most Lesbians don't believe in such male chauvinist contraptions...they don't right?

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Jul 1, 2008 3:27:22 PM


  7. I wouldn't take Kate's statements too literally. She was total BFFs with Cukor, who was as open about his sexuality as could be (which wasn't too much) back in the day. There were a lot of contradictary attitudes about homosexuality back in the day--even among accepting showbiz folks.

    Instead point the finger at real homophobes like Joseph Cotten, Clark Gable and Carole Lombard.

    Posted by: Alex | Jul 1, 2008 3:31:31 PM


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    Posted by: Marie | Jul 1, 2008 3:40:48 PM


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    Posted by: Marie | Jul 1, 2008 3:42:27 PM


  10. I knew there was a reason I loved baseball so much.

    That pic is soooo hot until you open the full image and see those HIDEOUS orange tights they're wearing. Totally ruined it for me. If they'd worn butt-hugging baseball bottoms instead I'd have blown a fuse (and a load).

    Posted by: Chas | Jul 1, 2008 3:43:03 PM


  11. Kudos to General Clark for standing his ground and not allowing himself to be Swiftboated into making an apology for making a statement he never made or for disrespecting the service of McCain which he never did.

    It's great to see a career military politician who is so intelligent and well spoken and who has such progressive convictions, the strength of character to speak truth to power and the brass balls to stand by his words and not back down when he's right even when the flying monkeys on the right launch one of their straw man, baseless, smoke screen attacks on him.

    This is why Clark was on my A-list as a presidential candidate, EVEN ABOVE OBAMA, and why he STILL IS.

    Posted by: Zeke | Jul 1, 2008 6:39:19 PM


  12. Blair -

    Thanks for inputting some logic...hopefully people can handle it on a blog.

    The government has always used religious charities to provide services where they can do it best and cheapest. Obama is just rolling back, or rather putting back, the rules that were there before Bush destroyed them like the rest of this country.

    Posted by: chrisnyc | Jul 1, 2008 9:23:40 PM


  13. Jolene, er Alex, "back in the day"? I didn't mean THAT many moons ago—when "TV Guide" didn't even exist! She wrote her effective "gays can't be 'real men'" slur circa 1975 after she had been in "Rooster Cockburn er Cogburn" with Dick er Duke Wayne.

    All of these "Get Out of Bigot Jail Free Cards" some queens keep passing out are one of the MAJOR reasons we're still second class citizens.

    Posted by: Michael Bedwell | Jul 1, 2008 9:50:04 PM


  14. you just know Derek shaved his pubes too...oh come on. It's so obvious

    Posted by: nyc_guy | Jul 1, 2008 10:43:18 PM


  15. Zeke, I totally agree. I've always loved Wesley Clark and never understood why he did so poorly in 2004. He seems to have everything going for him that a Democratic candidate possibly could.

    Posted by: Paul R | Jul 2, 2008 1:32:20 AM


  16. Ckark just couldn't play the game as well as O'Bush

    Posted by: nobama | Jul 2, 2008 7:46:33 AM


  17. Michael, 1975 was relatively after Stonewall and I highly doubt that everyone suddenly became uber-sophisticated about gay rights in 1969. Plus, Kate is a product of her time. Even her best pal Cukor had some rather contradictory attitudes about homosexuality--and he was relatively open about it (as open as one could expect to be pre 1969). Given the fact that she and Cukor were great friends, I highly doubt she was truly homophobic and whatver "gay" comments she made were probably the result of the context of the times. It's completely possible to make such comments and still be accepting of homosexuality. God knows I've read rather ignorant (and IMO backwards) comments on this blog, which is generally filled with educated, liberal gay men. Not everyone is perfect. We all have prejudices and judgments that stem from our upbringings.

    Posted by: Alex | Jul 2, 2008 9:34:11 AM


  18. Bullshit, Alex! You're obviously building your "case" backwards. You've chosen to believe in that typical Fan Child way that Hepburn could not have been homophobic and, then attempt to construct EXCUSES to "prove" it. So fucking what if
    "some of [her] best friends [were] gay"?PRICK Cheney has a lesbian daughter—ipso facto HE could not possibly be homophobic. Rick Santorum had an out gay aide, so he didn't really mean all those comments about us being like dogs. Ted Haggard is at least bi HIMSELF so how could he possibly have actually meant all those condemnations of gays—or his wife meant it when she compared us to dirt. The illogical extension of your non-reasoning would be to defend Hilter because he was a product of his time, too, and we just have to understand that the camps and the gas chambers and the ovens were just "the result of the context of the times."

    Vicious verbal expressions of bigotry by a celluloid celebrity or state-sponsored genocide based on bigotry differ only in degree. Try being a part of the solution in the future rather than a part of the excuse-making problem.

    Posted by: Michael Bedwell | Jul 2, 2008 10:04:13 AM


  19. Michael, I really think you're overreacting to my comment ... especially playing the Hitler card.

    And I'm not a huge Hepburn fan (Crawford is my venerated screen legend). I just finished a giant biography on Cukor and she was a major player in the book and I didn't read anything that suggested she was a raging bigot.

    Also, you don't see me defending people like Clark Gable--for example--who was instrumental in firing Cukor off Gone With the Wind because he refused to be "directed by a fairy."

    Posted by: Alex | Jul 2, 2008 10:09:31 AM


  20. Does anyone really fucking care if Hepburn was a homophobe?

    Is this really what you guys have to talk about? To fight about?

    I think it is time for some of you to push back, power down, and get outside for some fresh air and human contact.

    Posted by: Derek | Jul 2, 2008 10:19:04 AM


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