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road.jpg NYT on Stonewall 2.0: "Outraged by California voters’ ban on same-sex marriage, a new wave of advocates, shaken out of a generational apathy, have pushed to the forefront of the gay rights movement, using freshly minted grass-roots groups and embracing not only new technologies but also old-school methods like sit-ins and sickouts." Kate Kendell of 'No on 8': "Even from my vantage point, I would have a wish list of things I would have done differently...It’s totally legitimate to say that the normal way of doing things did not get us to the finish line. And now some of those groups need to move over a couple of lanes to make room."

Supportshirtsroad.jpg "I Support Same Sex Marriage" T-shirt pulled from shelves at Urban Outfitters. Are Richard Hayne's politics to blame?

road.jpg Milk wins New York Film Critics Award for Best Picture. Penn and Brolin win acting awards.

road.jpg Wingnut winning Old Spice's "Manliness" contest.

road.jpg Gay man settles with Chicago police in beating case on morning trial was to begin: "A jury was selected and opening statements given by both sides Monday in the lawsuit filed by Alexander Ruppert, who said he was falsely arrested in March 2006, then viciously beaten by officers while they shouted anti-gay slurs. Details of the settlement were not immediately available."

road.jpg Illinois civil union bill loses momentum as state in disarray: "First proposed in 2007 and running out of time before the current legislature expires, the bill would grant same-sex couples many of the rights given to opposite-sex married couples. There are two remaining legislative days on lawmakers' calendar in January—but its sponsor said it would take a back seat to the state's ongoing budget crisis. And it seemed still less likely to be called after FBI agents arrested Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich on federal corruption charges Tuesday, casting state leadership into disarray."

road.jpg Obama and Harry Reid join calls for Blagojevich to resign.

Chrisbrownroad.jpg A milk post that's not about Harvey! Chris Brown puts on his mustache, with outtakes...

road.jpg Peril: Anderson Cooper to swim with great white sharks, without a cage. "I was comfortable diving, and the guy we were with has done it many times. He's one of the few people who does. I thought it was a risk worth taking. I'm not sure there's a shark clause in my contract. I don't think the attorneys thought of that...They actually tell you to hold your breath when a shark comes toward you. But my heart was beating so fast I couldn't actually hold my breath. It's pretty clear for people that they should not try this at home. It's made very clear in the piece that this is something that the man has done hundreds of times before."

Liztaylorroad.jpg Elizabeth Taylor makes another visit to West Hollywood's The Abbey.

road.jpg Gay man assaulted in Vancouver hate crime: "Another West End gay man says he was called a fag and sucker punched as he walked hand in hand with his boyfriend near the corner of Davie and Burrard Sts Dec 4...[Chris] Hiller says before he hit the ground, all he heard was a male voice allegedly saying, 'You fag, I'm going to beat the shit out of you, I don't like you, stay away from me. Don't even come near me, you fag.' Hiller says he remembers being hit twice, once on the jaw, which knocked him to the ground where he hit his head, and a second blow that caught him in the teeth."

road.jpg CIRCUS: Spears returns to the top of the charts, and goes Christmas caroling with Ellen DeGeneres.

road.jpg Michelangelo Signorile hosts Rachel Maddow...

Brazilroad.jpg Serial killer in São Paulo, Brazil targeting gays? AP: "Brazilian police are investigating whether a possible serial killer is behind the murders of more than a dozen gay men in a park in suburban Sao Paulo. Police chief Paulo Fernando Fortunato tells the O Globo newspaper that 13 gay men were killed there between February 2007 and August 2008. He says police are not sure whether a single person is responsible. Undercover police are now patrolling the park at night." UPDATE: Brazil policeman suspected.

road.jpg Completed Lollipop Generation film to screen in New York.

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  1. i know all Canadian cities look the same to you guys :), but if there was an incident at the corner of Burrard and Davie Street then that is Vancouver, not Toronto.

    Posted by: jamesintoronto | Dec 10, 2008 4:01:43 PM

  2. That assault was in Vancouver, not Toronto.

    Posted by: secretagentman | Dec 10, 2008 4:03:42 PM

  3. Didn't anyone tell Liz that The Abbey refused to place "No On 8" signs in their bar prior to the election?

    Posted by: peterparker | Dec 10, 2008 4:06:44 PM

  4. I think the confusion may be because the mag xtra is based in Toronto (i believe) but is actually a chain in several cities.

    re: Urban Outfitters
    I had heard of this sleazy founder before, but now it's clear:



    Posted by: Strepsi | Dec 10, 2008 4:12:10 PM

  5. Sorry about the Vancouver error, guys...

    Posted by: andy | Dec 10, 2008 4:18:18 PM

  6. Harvey Milk, out newsperson Rachel Maddow, and another parroted press puff piece for Anderson Coward Cooper in the same string?

    My, my, how quickly Stonewall 2.0 sank.

    “We will not win our rights by staying quietly in our closets … We are coming out to fight the lies, the myths, the distortions. We are coming out to tell the truths about gays, for I am tired of the conspiracy of silence, so I'm going to talk about it. And I want you to talk about it. You must come out.” – Harvey Milk, Gay PRIDE speech, June 1978.

    "If a bullet should enter my brain let that bullet destroy every closet door." – Harvey Milk, audio will.

    Uh, Mr. Cooper, Mr. Milk did his part…..

    Posted by: Leland Frances | Dec 10, 2008 4:45:39 PM

  7. I just emailed this note to Urban Outfitters. I encourage every Towleroad reader to do the same. Post a link on your facebook, tell your friends!

    "I have read about Urban Outfitters decision to pull Tara Littman's "I support same sex marriage" from your shelves and online stores. Additionally, I have read about your founder Richard Hayne's support of extreme right wing politicians and causes. So I wish to inform your company that I will not only cease any current or future purchases from your stores, I will also be spreading the information about your double standards via my 11,000 strong mailing list. Your company's core values do not reflect the liberal attitude your stores pretend to reflect. And I will not be giving another cent to support your hypocrisy."

    Posted by: Lewis Payton | Dec 10, 2008 4:56:41 PM

  8. Please, enough with the posts on closet case Anderson Cooper. Where's the pride? He's gross.

    Posted by: Randy Thomas | Dec 10, 2008 5:25:01 PM

  9. is that Liz or Michael Jackson?

    Posted by: Alex G | Dec 10, 2008 5:27:50 PM

  10. I haven't set foot in an Urban Outfitters in several years. The right-wing Santorum-loving owner was part of the reason. The other was their decision to market a racist "Ghetto-opoly" game. Repulsive company.

    Posted by: MAJeff | Dec 10, 2008 5:57:57 PM

  11. Well I guess I'm the only one here who's glad Anderson Cooper made it out of those shark infested waters alive.

    Posted by: Red | Dec 11, 2008 1:17:09 AM

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