News: Dark Knight, Gay Youth, Ravello, Ian McKellen, Uganda

road.jpg Here’s a list of the groups that are lobbying the Senate to remove the HIV travel ban.

Darkknightroad.jpg The Dark Knight has its premiere and it’s a big night for Christian Bale. But it was an even bigger night for the late Heath Ledger. His family paid him tribute as did his co-stars.

road.jpg Reese Witherspoon cuts Jake Gyllenhaal off from his normal habit of swearing like a sailor: “Some of (the things she insists on) are run-of-the-mill. He has to take off his shoes when he’s in the house; trash must be taken out when the can is three-quarters full; and no feet on the coffee table.”

road.jpg PBS debates airing full-frontal Ian McKellen in broadcast of Royal Shakespeare Company’s King Lear next year.

road.jpg Some San Franciscans are objecting to a plan by the Presidential Memorial Commission of San Francisco that would rename the Oceanside Water Pollution Control Plant as the George W. Bush Sewage Plant: “What we didn’t expect was that most of the opposition was coming from people who didn’t want to name anything. They just wanted to forget about the past eight years and move on or they felt that this is a facility that does something really quite useful and it would be inappropriate to put his name on it. […] If you get to the point where people are defending the sewage plant, that’s a sign that things have not gone so well.”

road.jpg Brad Blog: Alabama Attorney General Troy King, who last week was the subject of rumors that he was to resign in the wake of a gay sex scandal, was the client of gay GOP consultant Ralph Gonzalez, who was killed in a double-murder suicide last year.

Saroroad.jpg The Washington Post on the coming out process and its emergence at earlier and earlier ages: “He has grown so used to the stares and laughter of strangers that their insults slip off his 118-pound frame like an oversize shirt. ‘I think I’ve dealt with it so much my whole life that it really doesn’t bother me anymore, not as much as it used to,’ Saro says. ‘If you have a birthmark on your leg for so long, you don’t even notice it.’ Saro, who first said he liked boys to a classmate in sixth grade, is like many of today’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youths who openly discuss their sexual orientation and identity with friends, and sometimes family, before entering high school.”

road.jpg Whoopi Goldberg to join cast of Xanadu on Broadway.

Britneyroad.jpg Britney shoots video for Madonna tour.

road.jpg Uganda’s State Minister for Ethics and Integrity Dr James Nsaba Buturo says that opponents of gays should not be afraid of retribution because God will protect them: “It’s true gays are rough people but men of God should not fear their intimidation. Ugandans should strengthen their mobilisation against the gay movement because the government is also committed to support them.”

Gorevidalroad.jpg Gore Vidal home in Ravello, Italy to open as luxury hotel next spring.

road.jpg FIRST LOOK: Project Runway designers enter the workroom.

road.jpg Miss USA Crystle Stewart discusses her fall at the Miss Universe pageant: “I think I’m going to have to take some walking classes. I would never have thought in a million years that I would fall down at the Miss Universe pageant _ right after Miss USA fell last year. I always wondered: My God, if that happened to me, what would I do? Things happen. I’m perfectly fine. I’m going to move back to New York and get on with my life.” Watch it.

road.jpg Ruminations on a gay and straight brother

road.jpg The schedule for this year’s Comic-Con in San Diego has been released.

road.jpg Politics of Fear: Cartoonists respond to the Barack and Michelle Obama New Yorker cover, and Salon asks if the Bush era has killed a lot of liberals’ sense of humor.

road.jpg Philosopher Mark Vernon: I was a gay priest.