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road.jpg Tennessee hotel employee David Hill says he was fired for being gay: "They literally said to me because of my orientation and my alternative lifestyle, that I was not a fit for the hotel. The owner (Tarun Surti) said, 'I don't give a damn. They can sue me. I will not have any of the gays in leadership roles in my hotel.' And that's a quote."

Diorhommeroad.jpg Karl Lagerfeld lets you see all the way through to Marlon Teixeira for Dior Homme.

road.jpg The day Eartha (Kitt) stood still.

road.jpg In case you were wondering what Rocco Dispirito's packing.

road.jpg Lesbian couple invited on Inaugural Whistle Stop Tour: "Today the 2009 Presidential Inaugural Committee announced the names of 16 families who will join President-elect Obama and Vice President-elect Biden on their Whistle Stop Tour to D.C. the Saturday before the inauguration. Lesbian couple Lisa Hazirjian and her partner Michelle have been invited to join the Whistle Stop Tour and appear onstage with Obama and Biden during events. Hazirjian, who is from Ohio, serves as an at-large board member of Equality Ohio, as a member of the Cleveland Stonewall Democrats and as a volunteer for Cleveland Families Count, an organization formed to defend the new domestic partner registry in the city."

road.jpg Four-yolk egg found.

road.jpg UK Sun: Sacha Baron-Cohen sure to piss off religious groups with Bruno film. "The gay fashion correspondent from Austria, played by Sacha looks set to infuriate religious groups with one of the key characters a black model called Jesus who wears a loincloth and a crown of thorns. Test audiences in the US have seen an early edit and the more religious members at the screenings failed to see the funny side."

road.jpg Kanye West is pretty sure he'll pose naked in the next two years.

Clarksonroad.jpg A preview of Kelly Clarkson's new single "My Life Would Suck Without You." Here's the album cover art, BTW.

road.jpg Police hunt gay basher near Manchester, UK: "Police are hunting a hompohobic thug who beat up a man outside a Preston takeaway. A man made anti-gay taunts towards the 19-year-old student in the Spice of Bengal in Friargate at 3am on January 6. He then repeatedly punched the teenager outside the takeaway, leaving him needing hospital treatment for cuts and bruises to his face. The offender, who fled in a taxi, is described as about 19, 5ft 8in, slim and blonde."

road.jpg With a Z: Liza Minnelli to join Neil Patrick Harris on Saturday Night Live?

road.jpg Obama bringing Wii to the White House.

road.jpg The running Jake.

Strykerroad.jpg Charles Peyton (aka Jeff Stryker) at war with his neighbors: "Peyton’s complaints boil down to his allegation that the folk club generates Studio 54–type pandemonium normally associated with large late-night urban venues: noise, drugs, unruly patrons, vandalism, graffiti, public urination and parking headaches. And because, among other infractions, Kulak was cited several years ago for not having a sound wall or offsite parking plan, Peyton habitually describes himas a criminal operating an outlaw club. In the past, Peyton also has claimed that noise from the club interfered with his attempts to write an autobiography in his next-door office."

road.jpg Scientologist Cruise on Jett Travolta death: "I just don't have the words for it."

road.jpg 16-year-old smashes decade-old Ian Thorpe swimming record: "Kenneth To took almost half a second off the Australian Age boys 16 years 200m individual medley record with a 2min 04.31sec swim on Wednesday night at Sydney Olympic Park. The record had stood at 2:04.58 since 1999 when a teenage Thorpe was obliterating his opposition."

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  1. It appears from the linked story that it wasn't an actual Holiday Inn but a hotel that was formerly a Holiday Inn but is now privately held.

    Posted by: Ed | Jan 9, 2009 3:20:34 PM

  2. Anything impeding the progress on Jeff Stryker's autobiography is most certainly a criminal offense. The pearls of wisdom he'll be dropping will undoubtedly reshape the world of nonfiction.

    Posted by: Paul R | Jan 9, 2009 3:36:24 PM

  3. Andy, you need to be clear in your posting that this is NOT a Holiday INn hotel that is discriminating. It is an individual owner that is no longer a HI Franchisee. If the aim of this post is to start awareness or incite a possible boycott of HI properties you should read and understand the full article before posting your headline and URL link.

    Posted by: Justin | Jan 9, 2009 3:41:50 PM

  4. Look faggots the guy hates fags so he got fired and has every right to so deal with it and move on, he should be lucky he didn't get beat and gang raped like the bitch-assed lesbian.

    Praised the Lord

    Posted by: Nathan | Jan 9, 2009 4:00:20 PM

  5. Just thought I would mention that Lisa Hazirjian, who is going on the whistle stop tour is more than a lucky woman. She worked hard to get Obama votes in the Cleveland area. Whe is the Obama Pride Director of Cleveland. She spent countless hours canvassing and phone banking. She organized volunteers, raised money and hosted parties. She did more for the LGBT Obama contingent than any other group in the area and she deserves the honor that she has received. I highly recommend an interview with her-she is intelligent and passionate.

    Posted by: Robert Stockham | Jan 9, 2009 4:20:33 PM

  6. Just thought I would mention that Lisa Hazirjian, who is going on the whistle stop tour is more than a lucky woman. She worked hard to get Obama votes in the Cleveland area. Whe is the Obama Pride Director of Cleveland. She spent countless hours canvassing and phone banking. She organized volunteers, raised money and hosted parties. She did more for the LGBT Obama contingent than any other group in the area and she deserves the honor that she has received. I highly recommend an interview with her-she is intelligent and passionate.

    Posted by: Robert Stockham | Jan 9, 2009 4:20:56 PM

  7. Oh, Nathan, I'm sure the Lord is proud of ignorant nitwits like you.

    But what I really wanted to say: Thanks, Michael (and Andy), for sharing the moving and celebratory Eartha tribute. How fortunate that you got to spend some time with her. She was fabulous and she'll be missed.

    Posted by: Ernie | Jan 9, 2009 4:25:17 PM

  8. oh nathan...

    did your mother drop you when you were a baby? repeatedly?

    Posted by: alguien | Jan 9, 2009 4:37:18 PM

  9. Tarun Surti, Founder
    ARTE Center Inc.
    1111 Foster Avenue
    Nashville TN 37210
    Phone: 615-255-5066

    Artee Hotel
    760 Old Hickory Boulevard
    Brentwood, TN 37027
    Reservations: (615) 373-2600

    Posted by: JohnInManhattan | Jan 9, 2009 4:54:09 PM

  10. Hopefully, Nathan is attempting to use irony to make a point: until ENDA or a similar piece of federal legislation is promulgated, stories like this for millions of Americans will remain commonplace as federal anti-discrimination laws, such as Title VII, do not prohibit an owner of a business from firing an employee because of his sexual orientation. Similarly, Tennessee is one of several states that do not prohibit discrimination because of sexual orientation.
    Hopefully, under Obama and a new heavily Democratic Congress, ENDA will have enough support to secure passage. It's time for change. Our time is now!!!!!!

    Posted by: Wil | Jan 9, 2009 5:00:00 PM

  11. Hope you get lots of votes for your blog - and please can your readers also vote for this British blog that's also up for the awards:

    It essentially brings together the creative community in Birmingham (UK) and gives a space for reviews, shout outs, adverts but rather than being made by paid officials at a newspaper it's all run by local artists.

    It's fun, funky and focuses on stuff that mainstream media misses.

    In other words, it's really rather ace.

    Another good reason to vote for this blog is that its main competition comes from Melanie Phillips. She is a columnist for the Daily Mail, a right-wing British tabloid newspaper with a long-standing history of antipathy towards gays. She herself is virulently anti-gay and would doubtless be a huge supporter of Prop 8. Created in Birmingham has sneaked ahead of her, but only just, so every vote really does count!

    Vote today!


    Posted by: Chris | Jan 9, 2009 5:02:59 PM

  12. Speaking of and thinking of the great Eartha Kitt: y'all will never guess which Towleroad regular had the pleasure of escourting the Diva Kitt to an affair --I believe a gay affair-- almost 50 years ago) Oooops, I said "50 years ago"--that kinda' gives it away.

    Our own Leland Francis. See, he's a bigger celebrity than that Erhenstein child.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Jan 9, 2009 5:05:03 PM

  13. See a letter Mr. Surti wrote complaining about discrimination:

    Posted by: BuddhaTN | Jan 9, 2009 5:41:00 PM

  14. You know if I had the same rage-filled mentality that I had when I was a teenager Id probably shoot the dumb str8 guy that looks at me the wrong way,let alone speak.(Yes I DO have a gun) stored in a metal box in my closet.

    Word of advice Nathan,dont piss off an angry homo with a gun.PUSSY!!!

    Posted by: DJ | Jan 9, 2009 6:28:47 PM

  15. Doesn't the firing of this man shows how much ENDA is needed? Won't more GLBT Americans benefit immediately from ENDA than any other federal legislation (repealing DOMA or DADT) other than the Matthew Shepard Act?

    Frankly, I wish that some member of the press or gay rights leadership would ask Obama about ENDA rather than about gay marriage or Rick Warren.

    Posted by: noah | Jan 9, 2009 6:32:25 PM

  16. Tennessee's non-discrimination law does not explicitly address sexual orientation discrimination. Tenn. Code Ann. § 4-21-101 (2001).

    So this poor guy is screwed. This is why we need a full inclusive ENDA to be passed in Washington.

    Posted by: dairyqueen | Jan 9, 2009 8:38:50 PM

  17. Of COURSE the club next door keeps annoying Jeff Stryker... just so he'll come over and tell them off! That man's deep dirty voice is loin-shaking... he pretty much defined pron 'dirty talk'... who WOULDN'T love to be told off by Jeff Stryker?

    Posted by: Strepsi | Jan 10, 2009 12:40:16 AM

  18. So that story about the young man (in my age bracket) being fired for being who he is and told he's fired for that very reason should not only have us up in arms but intensely alarmed. We have to ask permission for who we like. We have to walk in groups when the sun goes down. And in a time of economic hurricane where people are barely trying to come up for air, we're being fired for being gay. I mean, truly...what's next? how much worse could it get? (actually A LOT worse)
    Instead of being consumed with something so monumental as this story, and similar stories across the country, gay guys my age in West Hollywood are far more invested in which trick will do what on them at The Abbey this weekend. Call off "Pride" events where we have porn stars on parade floats to symbolize our "pride" in ourselves...we've got nothing to be proud of until we 'straighten' (all pun intended) these things and people out.

    Posted by: Kyle | Jan 10, 2009 4:01:00 AM

  19. Andy, it is distressing to read an abusive, homophobic post on your blog. Perhaps it is time to screen out comments such as Nathan's, as is done on other blogs. In allowing them, you allow gratuitous hate speech to stand as if it were worthy of note. Please reconsider your policy re this. Thanks.

    Posted by: silverkjk | Jan 10, 2009 6:58:19 AM

  20. Re: Charles Peytom, aka Jeff Stryker: Follow the link to the LA Weekly article about his case, and there you'll get links to FOUR websites he set up to dramatically state his case. Sorry, but Peyton comes off like what I always suspected, an arrogant bastard and complete wacko. Look at the sites he made. That's the tip-off there, those kinds of sites are a sure sign of a thwacked out and self centered way of thinking.

    As far as David Hill in Tennessee.... I's terrible and not surprising at all to know that we still go through this in this country. I find Surti's letter at the above yahoo link quite amusing.

    Posted by: William | Jan 10, 2009 10:15:23 AM

  21. NATHAN, I'd love to see you try that hate crap with me, you heteroshitual! I'll show you the wrath of God, sinner.

    Posted by: nikko | Jan 10, 2009 12:01:13 PM

  22. Cruise is waiting for the Mothership to tell him what words to use to describe the tragedy of Travolta murdering his son by neglect. Nobody should have to die for someone else's bullshit beliefs, especially not a kid with autism.

    Posted by: anonymous | Jan 11, 2009 6:04:24 AM

  23. Regarding the lesbian couple chosen to join the Inaugural Whistlestop Tour, I think it's great. However, have you noticed an interesting trend with the Obama Democrats? They seem more comfortable with lesbians than with gay men. Obama has already chosen a lesbian to join his administration and now a lesbian couple.

    One has to ask: why not a gay male couple too? Are the Democrats phobic of gay male couples? I reckon they've done their research and have chosen to avoid gay male couples for reasons that border on homophobia.

    Posted by: jason | Jan 11, 2009 6:19:37 AM

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