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road.jpg San Diego firefighters testify in suit against San Diego over being forced to take part in Gay Pride parade: "I felt like I was close to being in an X-rated event. I was ashamed to wear my uniform that day."

Hirschroad.jpg Emile Hirsch talks to Nylon about Milk: "I just had such a wonderful time. it’s such a great ensemble. Speed Racer was such a highly controlled performance environment that I found, honestly, a little frustrating at times just because it’s so hard when you’re on the green screen and it’s all about, ‘Bat this eyelash a little bit here.’ On Milk, it was just a free-for-all and we were all going nuts."

road.jpg The odd lies of Sarah Palin.

road.jpg New York Senate Minority Leader Malcolm Smith sidesteps question about how he'll approach same-sex marriage if he becomes Majority Leader: "It's a good question. But I'd rather wait to see what seats I have, you know, who are my members, and at that time, then we can talk."

road.jpg True Blood: HBO picks up Alan Ball vampire drama for another year.

road.jpg Closeted California Rep. David Dreier runs from Michelangelo Signorile at the Republican Convention - VIDEO.

road.jpg Field Poll: Same-sex marriage ban trailing in California. "The Field Poll of 830 likely voters found that the share of the electorate backing Proposition 8 fell during the last two months, with 38 percent of those surveyed saying they intend to vote for the measure compared to 42 percent in early July. Opposition to Proposition 8 increased during the same period, the poll found. A solid majority of the likely voters—55 percent—said they would vote against the same-sex marriage ban, compared to the 51 percent who opposed the initiative in the July poll."

Frank_kamenyroad.jpg Frank Kameny Papers archive opens at Library of Congress: "Kameny is credited with playing a lead role in launching the modern U.S. gay civil rights movement in the early 1960s after government officials discovered he was gay and fired him from his job as an astronomer with the Army Map Service. According to a Library of Congress index of the Kameny archives, highlights include papers related to the American Psychiatric Association’s 1973 removal of homosexuality from its list of mental disorders and the landmark 1974 federal decision to grant an openly gay man a Pentagon security clearance. Also among the archives are materials Kameny used in marches and protests from 1965–1969."

Tysonroad.jpg Tyson Beckford unzips for charity.

road.jpg Brazil in the Hamptons...

road.jpg Simon Cowell recruits Ms. Spears for X-Factor.

road.jpg NYC: Will Chelsea's Food Bar live again?

road.jpg Like father, like son: Ryan and Redmond O'Neil arrested on meth charge.

Breachroad.jpg Song: Whales heard in great numbers in New York Harbor and off Fire Island. "Not just a few, either. Right whales were migrating past the microphones during all three months. Not just right whales, either. Humpbacks were also passing by, and fin whales appear to be residing in the area. 'We basically have fin whale singers basically 24/7 off New York Harbor,' Dr. Clark said. 'That was a surprise.'"

road.jpg Researchers say poor mental and sexual health of gays a result of internalized "homonegativity".

road.jpg Fresno State Hate: Foes of marriage equality are taking their battle to college football games, apparently.

road.jpg Kentucky appeals court issues shameful ruling barring lesbians from adopting as stepparents: "In a 62-page ruling issued Friday about the case, the court said that with a 'wink-wink' and a 'nod-nod,' Family Court Judge Eleanore Garber and lawyers for a lesbian couple ignored those laws. And as many as three or four family court judges in Jefferson County may have allowed such adoptions, the opinion said."

road.jpg Broadway's Xanadu to close.

road.jpg Albany-area school principal resigns under mysterious circumstances: "The school board accepted Michael Paolino's resignation at a meeting Tuesday night. The resignation goes into effect on December 31st. Paolino has been on paid administrative leave since July but the district has never given the official reason. The Times Union has reported that teachers accused Paolino of making racist and homophobic comments about staff members and even some students."

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  1. Unfortunately, there's far too many commenters on Towleroad that suffer from severe internalized "homonegativity".

    Posted by: John in Manhattan | Sep 18, 2008 3:43:02 PM

  2. Wow. Could those San Diego Firefighters be more pathetic? I just assumed that firefighters were "brave" and "strong" but these guys sound like a big fucking bunch of wimps. They should be assigned desk duty for the rest of their "careers" instead of wasting taxpayer dollars on this kind of shit! Probably just a bunch of closet cases anyway who were so turned on by what they experienced at the parade that they're having a tough time dealing with it. :)

    Posted by: SFshawn | Sep 18, 2008 3:57:57 PM

  3. Homonegativity! What a great word! I see too much of it in the communities. I think the idea is similar to self-esteem. If you don't like your (homo) self, you're not going to take care of yourself.

    I'm going to use homonegativity in casual conversation later today.

    Perhaps, the Pet Shop Boys chronicled this phenomenon first in their song Miserabilism (but I think they were talking about it in more general -- not necessarily homo -- terms).

    Posted by: Marc in Chicago | Sep 18, 2008 4:31:04 PM

  4. Interesting study. I am mystified by the large number of gay men that seem to suffer from mild emotional disorders (at least compared to str8 men), and this may be part of the explanation. I, myself, had always thought, even as a teen many moons ago, that being gay was in many ways better than being str8, but that's just me. AIDS was a real downer though. I had to do a lot of rethinking.

    Posted by: anon | Sep 18, 2008 4:35:21 PM

  5. "I felt like I was close to being in an X-rated event. I was ashamed to wear my uniform that day."

    Wouldn't it have been closer to being an X-rated event if they were required to take their uniforms OFF?

    Posted by: Kevinvt | Sep 18, 2008 4:42:20 PM

  6. I don't understand how David Dreier can remain in the closet since the accusations I have heard against him are that his chief of staff is also his lover. If a heterosexual member of congress had their partner on the payroll it would certainly call for an investigation.

    The current Congressional directory lists Brad Smith as his Chief of Staff.

    Posted by: Charlie | Sep 18, 2008 6:43:55 PM

  7. It makes sense that support to ban gay marriage is declining here in California, because we've had legal gay marriage for some months now and the sky has not fallen and all the hurricane activity and other acts of God's wrath still are in the South and Midwest. Maybe we've got a big earthquake coming, but I don't think it will hit before the November balloting.

    Posted by: JJ | Sep 18, 2008 7:44:02 PM

  8. I think Dreier is one of those open-secret "glass closet" types. Republicans can hold their noses and vote for him.

    Posted by: anon | Sep 19, 2008 12:17:35 AM

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