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road.jpg UK teen fights for his life after anti-gay attack: "Michael Causer, 19, was battered on Friday morning in Tarbock Road, Huyton, as he walked home after a night out. Today police described the attack as a hate crime. Locals said Mr Causer was never involved in trouble or fighting. One friend told the ECHO: 'Michael is just a tiny lad really. He’s not very big at all. He wouldn’t hurt a fly. He’s a little sweetheart. I can’t believe this has happened to him. Everybody’s thoughts are with his family. I can’t believe Michael has been attacked because of his sexuality. It’s disgusting.' Friends said Mr Causer lived with his parents in Whiston and has two sisters and an older brother. Residents said he was delighted after getting a job at a hairdressing salon."

Seacrestroad.jpg Ryan Seacrest attacked by a shark!

road.jpg Ang Lee holds open casting call for Elliott Tiber film in Brattleboro, Vermont.

road.jpg Those of you attending Stockholm EuroPride in Sweden may want to check out this concert on August 1 conducted by New York's Jonathan Sheffer with several guest opera singers. We hear John Cameron Mitchell is also in town for a performance of Hedwig Wednesday night.

road.jpg U.S. Olympic team's Ralph Lauren outfits on display.

road.jpg Harsh lighting does not suit Daniel Craig.

road.jpg WordPerfect creator Bruce Bastian writes $1 million check to fight Proposition 8 at San Francisco HRC dinner: "Supporters of the effort to ban same-sex marriage already have taken in more than $1.2 million from out-of-state contributors for the fall campaign. And even before Bastian, a co-founder of the WordPerfect software company, opened his checkbook, gay and lesbian rights groups and their supporters from around the country had put more than $1.3 million into the fight against the ballot initiative."

Brannaroad.jpg A Mexican man's journey to see Jay Brannan.

road.jpg Colorado bans WTF license plate: "Other combinations banned by the state include KKK, ASS, HEL, FAG, COP, FBI, GAY, JEW, JAP, WOP and CAT."

road.jpg Samantha Ronson and Lindsay Lohan love The Cock.

road.jpg Obama supporter's car keyed: "The words 'white power' and 'I'm gay' were etched into the car of Karen Wastradowski last Saturday. Wastradowski had left her car in the driveway of her home when the vandals struck. She filed a report with Vancouver police. Wastradowski said a blue "Elect Obama" sign in her yard could have caused the crime."

road.jpg Howl: James Franco to play beat poet Allen Ginsburg. “I’ve certainly read ‘Howl.’ I was very into the beatniks when I was in high school, and I still am. So I certainly have read Howl many times.”

Shiaroad.jpg Shia LaBeouf's pre-DUI arrest confession: "It’s not something that is conducive to being a role model. … And I don’t know how to do it like a gentleman. I don’t know how to have one drink."

road.jpg AfterElton calls out science fiction author Orson Scott Card (Ender's Game) for a homophobic essay in the Mormon Times: "In this essay alone, he calls us liars, says that we have 'sex-role dysfunctions,' and that we’re 'tragic genetic mix-ups' (even as he indicates elsewhere in the essay that humans have an absolutely unalterable 'long mammalian tradition of heterosexuality'). Previously, in a long history of anti-gay screeds, Card has said he supports anti-sodomy laws that would criminalize same-sex behavior (though he grants that we shouldn't all be thrown in prison and labeled sex offenders — just enough of us to set an example so that we all go into hiding, living lonely, miserable, fearful lives)."

road.jpg Show us the proof.

road.jpg Mario Lopez named host of Extra.

road.jpg Canadian court claims Nigerian asylum seeker "cooked up" story that he's gay to obtain refugee status: "According to court documents, the man mixed up the names of gay bars he claimed to frequent in Winnipeg, called no witnesses to support his claim, and although he joined the gay lobby group EGALE, he could not describe that organization's function and was therefore accused by the board of only joining up to bolster his claim."

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  1. I was raised in Vancouver, Wa and I'm thankful that Portland was right across the river to offer salvation. Its not uncommon to see giant lifted trucks with waving confederate flags and gun racks in the back windows. I've actually seen bumper stickers that say "Kill The Liberals" and the like. My mother just finally left, so now I'll never have to step foot in that city again. Good riddance.

    Posted by: Tyler | Jul 29, 2008 2:33:01 PM

  2. You complain about Daniel Craig, and then run a picture of that chinless twit Shia? Please.

    Posted by: Roscoe | Jul 29, 2008 2:43:20 PM

  3. *cries* Leave Daniel Craig Alone! *cries*
    Seriously, the only thing that story reinforces is that the Photoshop artists for all magazine covers should be lined up and shot.

    Posted by: Strepsi | Jul 29, 2008 2:49:52 PM

  4. Being the world's foremost expert on UFOs is like being the world's foremost expert on unicorns and mermaids. Does the BBC take every nutcase at face value?

    Posted by: anon | Jul 29, 2008 2:54:56 PM

  5. CAT? CAT? are my pussies supposedly telling me something hateful?

    Posted by: nillachino | Jul 29, 2008 3:16:27 PM

  6. Mr. Card is half-right: marriage predates government. However, the institution of marriage was created by religion to accommodate a much older biological reality: human pairing, which has been happening far longer than any religion has had anything to say about it. For as long as humans have existed, some of these pairings have been same-sex. Religion has shunned us, but we've been there.

    In turn, civil marriage was created by government to accommodate the social reality of religious marriage. The two are different,of course: the most sincere religious marriage in the world does not exist to the government unless there's a signed license.

    Why shouldn't our government acknowledge the ancient and universal existence of homosexual couples? We are older than their faith, older their your civilization, and despite their best efforts to destroy us over the centuries,we are still here.

    Why not honor human heritage, and grant us the scrap of dignity we've been refused for so long?

    Posted by: Yeek | Jul 29, 2008 3:19:59 PM

  7. Sorry to hear about Mr. Card. I generally like his fiction, though was distressed when he killed off a homosexual character in "Songmaster" in a particularly gruesome, emasculating way.

    Great words, YEEK. Thank you.

    Posted by: Raybob | Jul 29, 2008 3:36:37 PM

  8. RE Card; I'd rather be a Homo than a Momo! Homo's can go to heaven. Momo's only get to go to Kolab.

    Posted by: Art | Jul 29, 2008 3:55:23 PM

  9. Mormons—can't live with 'em; can't...end of sentence.

    Many Mormons appear to be among the nicest people you'll ever meet…until they start speaking, voting, or raising money against civil rights…that is, unless they're like Mormon-bred Bruce Bastain who saw a different light than that claimed by Joseph Smith, came out, and is using his wealth to fight for equality such as his million dollar donation to stop California's antigay Prop 8 even tho he lives in Utah (I love it when string stories merge).

    From the article: "In a June 20 letter, the church's top leaders called on California Mormons to 'do all you can to support the proposed constitutional amendment by donating of your means and time'. That means something, Bastian said at Saturday night's (HRC) dinner. 'One thing I learned as a Mormon was that preaching costs money. The Mormons will raise a lot of money to support Proposition 8 in November'." The involvement of Mormon Church in passing anti same sex marriage CA Prop 22 (as they were in Hawaii, Alaska, and everywhere else), both in such letters and individual letters to some of its 750,000 CA members asking for donations of at least $150, was heavily documented at the time resulting in unsuccessful (of course) calls for their losing their tax-exempt status (which technically forbids direct political involvement). See:

    Which all begs the question: why aren't those handful of TRANSister terrorists and their deluded hypnotized LGBT herd of followers—instead of protesting HRC events and denouncing HRC leaders as Satan incarnate—protesting in front of Mormon churches?

    Posted by: Frigem Yung | Jul 29, 2008 4:17:14 PM

  10. So the woman who's car is vandalized is assuming it is because she has one Obama sign in her yard? Oh how the Obama cultists think he is the center of the universe!

    Posted by: Jean | Jul 29, 2008 4:55:53 PM

  11. Jean:

    It's not farfetched to assume that if your car gets vandalized with the words "White Power" and you have an Obama sign near where your car is parked then the two would relate to each other.

    You're a troll or an idiot.

    Posted by: sugarrhill | Jul 29, 2008 5:04:45 PM

  12. Mr. Card is WRONG, Yeek. And so are you. As I explain here :

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Jul 29, 2008 6:35:45 PM

  13. Orson Scott Card's rant has me all fired up! How dare he say these things? I'm so sick and tired of being blamed for other people's problems. I've read his work in the past but never again. I'm also boycotting the "Ender's Game" if/when it comes out. I've already sent an email to him personally, I'm drafting a letter to the Mormon Times and plan to post about this on my own site. This has got to stop, and this queen isn't going to take it anymore!

    Posted by: Riverwolf | Jul 29, 2008 7:12:59 PM

  14. Card isn't even a nobody as far as the general public is concerned. Sci Fi novelists rate below famous used car salesmen on the celebrity charts. AfterElton, I suspect, had to do some digging to find someone to complain about. If you ignore him, he'll go away.

    Posted by: anon | Jul 29, 2008 9:59:32 PM

  15. This is an example of why in Portland it is known as "Van-tucky"

    Posted by: PDX Guy | Jul 29, 2008 11:47:08 PM

  16. if the very pretty mr. franco "gets" ginsberg's HOWL, he crosses over to beautiful. for, if ginsberg was not channeling an OUT t.s. eliot, he was certainly echoing him. and to understand the allusions of either, one must be fairly bright. so props to him.

    Posted by: nic | Jul 30, 2008 3:29:40 AM

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