News: Convergence, Mark Spitz, Gaydar, 90210, Barney Frank

road.jpg STUDY: Gaydar is real.

Spitzroad.jpg Mark Spitz says he could take Michael Phelps: “I know everything there is to know about how to beat Michael, and he would know how to beat me. We’d probably tie.”

road.jpg 90210‘s Brenda Walsh: Did you miss her?

road.jpg Barney Frank to review FDIC policy that excludes same-sex couples: “Frank, one of two openly gay members of Congress, is chair of the influential House Financial Services Committee, which oversees legislation and government regulation of the nation’s banks and other financial institutions. ‘He will talk to the FDIC to see if they have the authority to do something about this administratively or whether a legislative remedy is needed,’ said Steve Adamske, Frank’s press spokesperson.”

road.jpg One of the first Native American tribes to legalize same-sex marriage has a wedding on the way: “The Coquille Indian Tribe on the southern Oregon coast recently adopted a law recognizing same-sex marriage, despite an amendment that Oregon voters approved to the Oregon constitution in 2004 to prohibit gay marriage. As a federally recognized sovereign nation, the tribe is not bound by the Oregon Constitution.”

road.jpg ENDA co-signs DOMA: “A little-discussed provision of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) would allow employers to give health insurance coverage and other benefits to married opposite-sex couples and deny those same benefits to the partners of their gay and lesbian employees who are legally married in Massachusetts and California.”

road.jpg T.R. Knight and Mark Cornelsen offer up some PDA.

Chadallenroad.jpg Chad Allen joins General Hospital: Night Shift for three episodes Michelle Obama and Colorado first lady Jeanne Ritter use Denver Post editorial to launch ‘Delegate Service Day’: “With the help of Volunteers of America, Democrats Work and Metro Volunteers, delegates from across the country will volunteer with dozens of community service projects in and around Denver. Volunteers will tackle projects ranging from building houses for veterans, to assembling care packages for troops overseas, to bringing meals to home-bound seniors and cleaning up public parks.”

road.jpg Curious who the new Bachelor is?

road.jpg Florida town of Ponce de Leon sides with school principal who outed student and went on gay ‘witch hunt’: “When a high school senior told her principal that students were taunting her for being a lesbian, he told her homosexuality is wrong, outed her to her parents and ordered her to stay away from children. He suspended some of her friends who expressed their outrage by wearing gay pride T-shirts and buttons at Ponce de Leon High School, according to court records. And he asked dozens of students whether they were gay or associated with gay students.”

Leavesroad.jpg Leaves of grass: Chace Crawford and Ed Westwick have a moment alone.

road.jpg New Amy Winehouse album influenced by The Wizard of Oz: “And according to a report in the Sun newspaper, the singer has sampled the ‘Wicked Witch of the West’ in a new track. ‘She loves the surreal look, sound and score. One of her new songs heavily samples the theme tune,’ a source told the newspaper. ‘And the soundtrack and score will be a theme running throughout the record.’ The unnamed source described the song as ‘really interesting, if a little bizarre,’ adding: ‘I suppose that’s what you would expect from her at the moment.'”

road.jpg John Barrowman working on new album called Music Music Music.

road.jpg Convergence: Intel and Yahoo working to bring the web to television seamlessly with current programming. “TV watchers can access a news story, sports score or weather forecast from the Web by clicking an on-screen icon with the remote control, Intel Senior Vice President Eric Kim said today at the Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco. The software will be given for free to TV-service providers. A drop in the price of computer-processors brought on by increasing competition has sent Intel, the world’s largest chipmaker, seeking growth with consumer-electronics devices. For Yahoo, owner of the second most-used Internet search engine, offering content on TV may yield more viewers for its Web ads.”


  1. says

    Curious who the new Bachelor is?

    It could only be better if her were gay and looking for me. This guy is fine, fit, inlove with his kid and ready to be a family man again.

    I feel sorry for ‘whats-er-name’ when she realizes what a douche she chose.

  2. says

    Wow! I almost wish Michael Phelps hadn’t come along.

    I used to think Mark Spitz was pretty cool. Over the past few months, it has become quite clear that the man is so full of himself there’s little room for anything else.

  3. Rad says

    24 hours and still no coverage of Ricky Martin’s twin babies! By invirto, of course!

    Yahoo Entertainment News had it listed this morning!

  4. says

    I can’t believe that ENDA loophole! Benefits packages are a major part of any employment, and if employers get to deny benefits to same sex partners, married or CU’d or just partnered, what’s the point? That’s discrimination plain and simple

    OK, we won’t fire you for being gay, but we certainly won’t treat your partner like your colleague’s wife.

    Fuck that!

    We’d never put up with such nonsense in Vermont. When the University of Vermont added sexual orientation to their nondiscrimination clause, they were required by the courts to give partner benefits to same sex couples.

  5. Paul R says

    Umm, the gaydar study had a sample of 15 undergrads who were correct 55-70 percent of the time. I don’t find that all that convincing. But I assume that the undergrads were straight (or mostly straight), and gays have a much better gaydar (though mine sucks). Needs a much bigger sample.

    Spitz sounds like an idiot saying that. His medals were won 36 years ago, and he thinks he could take Phelps??

    Rad, you seem very excited about Ricky’s twins.

  6. Derrick from Philly says

    Maybe the Coquille Indians are returning to the beliefs that many Native-Americans had before being corrupted by Christian Missionaries…so-called Christians. Many Native-American cultures accepted “two-spirit” people–that’s what they called us homos. Well, that’s what they called us gender-bending homos (like me and THE QUEEN). I don’t know what they called you anti-trans homos back then. Maybe they called y’all “putz’s”.

  7. Mike says

    The panhandle of Florida needs to just join Alabama and Georgia already.

    They’re a bunch of crazies up there!

  8. Nick says

    Why wasn’t Mark Spitz at the Olympics? I heard he wasn’t invited but don’t know for sure…

  9. the queen says

    so mark spitz is a grey haired daddy now… hmmm definitely more my type these days than some 20 or under hustler psycho freak who’ll no doubt slash my throat and throw my quite ample (post blondell, miss derrick) frame into the bushes…. yes, i would most definitely give him a good time for old times sake…

  10. says

    How did the gaydar study go?

    They looked at facebook pictures?

    Easy: you have hair product, a cute hairstyle, ad a smile on your face – gay!

  11. bading says

    WE two boys together clinging,
    One the other never leaving,
    Up and down the roads going—North and South excursions making,
    Power enjoying—elbows stretching—fingers clutching,
    Arm’d and fearless—eating, drinking, sleeping, loving, 5
    No law less than ourselves owning—sailing, soldiering, thieving, threatening,
    Misers, menials, priests alarming—air breathing, water drinking, on the turf or the sea-beach dancing,
    Cities wrenching, ease scorning, statutes mocking, feebleness chasing,
    Fulfilling our foray.

  12. anon says

    Actually, federal law cannot offer a way out for companies to violate state law, so if a state required spousal coverage in health insurance (a big if), then there would be no exemption under this rule. Most companies offer these benefits voluntarily anyway, so I would not expect much change in coverage.

  13. Hank says

    “Gaydar”`used to mean the ability of gay people to identify each other. Our secret knowing. Now, like everything else once gay, straight people on chat shows trying to be hip want to think they have it too.

  14. GregV says

    I think the headline for the study on gaydar should have read “Study suggests people’s gaydar is weak” rather than the opposite. Trained monkeys would get it right 50% of the time without understanding what they’re being asked, so 60% is only a little better than that. And if just 1 out of 10 of the pics had some sort of “indicator” beside the person or in the background, that alone could cancel out any other ability to figure things out based on looks.

  15. GregV says

    … or I suppose another way of telling the stats would be: “Beyond the 50% mark that people would be expected to get right with a coin toss, subjects guessed “gay or straight” wrong 4 out of 5 times.”