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 road Man in sailor suit gay bashed in Seattle's Central District.

 roadAnnie Leibovitz pawns her life work to save finances: "Last fall, Annie Leibovitz, the photographer, borrowed $5 million from a company called Art Capital Group. In December, she borrowed $10.5 million more from the same firm. As collateral, among other items, she used town houses she owns in Greenwich Village, a country house, and something else: the rights to all of her photographs."

Daniels  road USA Today on Mike Penner/Christine Daniels' transgender regret: "It's unfortunate and it's relatively uncommon but certainly not unheard of. The simplest way to think about it is being trans is something that never goes away. ... There's just a fairly constant social pressure to just go back. You don't have to be a genius to understand that society doesn't really accept this."

 roadEmpathy fat: Model/trainer hottie eats for his clients.

 road Colorado same-sex partner benefits bill clears Senate 22-12 despite hideous comments from homophobe state senator Scott Renfroe.

 road Obama's changing health care plan: "The budget -- and I was cautioned that the wording 'is changing hourly' -- will direct Congress to "aim for universality." That is a bolder goal than simple affordability, which can be achieved, at least in theory, through subsidies. Universality means everyone has coverage, not just the ability to access it. And that requires a mechanism to ensure that they seek it.

 road Protestors continue to harass Portland Mayor Sam Adams.

 roadInequality defied in New York.

 road San Francisco Chronicle in danger of closing: "If it can't reduce expenses dramatically within the next few weeks, the Hearst Corp. said it will close or sell the Chronicle, northern California's largest newspaper with a paid weekday circulation of 339,430. Hearst didn't specify a savings target nor a deadline for wringing out the expenses. A Hearst spokesman didn't immediately respond to messages Tuesday. But management made it clear that the cost-cutting will require a significant number of layoffs."

 road Hedi Slimane tackles Courtney Love.

Shark  road Bull shark hooked, freed in Sydney Harbor.

 road GOP poll on domestic partnerships in New Mexico misstates facts: "The poll, commissioned by the state GOP, found that more New Mexicans were in favor of domestic partnerships (47 percent) than opposed (42 percent). But that support fell when individuals were asked a question that erroneously equated domestic partnerships with same-sex marriage, with 52 percent opposing domestic partnerships compared to 42 percent supporting it. That latter poll question specifically misstated how same-sex marriage became state law in two other states, judging from a handout given to reporters."

 road Phoenix is offering their latest single "1901" as a free download on their website.

 roadCiara - Justin Timberlake "Love Sex Magic" track leaks.

Gaga  roadHaus of GaGa: Lady GaGa launches iPhone app.

 roadHugo Chavez record on gay rights lauded by gay leader despite minimal advances in 10 years: "On Feb. 12, Heisler Vaamonde, a long-time LGBT-rights activist known for his allegiance to the Chávez regime, read a prepared statement in front of reporters expressing the Bloc's strong support for the referendum as he argued that equality for gays and lesbians could only be achieved through the Chavista revolution. As he spoke, he was flanked by ten other members of the organization, who wore t-shirts with an image of Chávez and caps emblazoned with a red star."

 road Kathy Griffin scores $2 million memoir deal.

 roadLargest Presbyterian church in Arkansas elects gay deacon: "The largest Presbyterian Church in the state has elected a gay deacon. This comes just a day after the Presbytery of Arkansas votes to allow gays and lesbians to be ordained ministers, elders, and deacons. The Presbyterian denomination nationally, changed the interpretation of the constitution last June."

 roadAustralian Christian group says gays using children as "trophies": "The Australian Christian Lobby (ACL) told the Standing Committee of Law and Justice's inquiry into adoption by same sex couples that children should ideally be raised by a mother and father...The move to legalise adoption by same-sex couples was ideologically driven by gay activists, Mr Shelton said. 'Not content with having discrimination removed, (they) are now pursuing symbolic gains and holding up children as trophies for their own agenda,' he said."

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  1. It seems obscene that renowned artists would be paying interest rates of 18-24 percent and using their art as collateral. The value of Annie Liebovitz's life work, plus four homes, must be worth more than those loans. Sad. Though maybe she needs to trim the size of her teams---every time they show "behind the scenes" pictures in Vanity Fair, she has at least 10 assistants. I have friends who have worked for very well-known photographers, and they say 3-4 assistants is plenty. Maybe Vanity Fair foots the bill for its sessions, but Liebovitz might use the same number no matter who the client.

    The SF Chronicle is a terrible newspaper for a major city, but I would still mourn its absence. But it's not a huge surprise, given how wired this area is.

    Posted by: Paul R | Feb 25, 2009 3:04:27 PM

  2. I'd love to point out to the Australian Christian Lobby how many heterosexual couples use their children as trophies. Obnoxious parents know no sexual orientation.

    Posted by: Alex | Feb 25, 2009 4:00:57 PM

  3. Way to go Kathy Griffin. $2 million is not a D list number. This Hot Mess is tired of hearing about iphone apps because he doesn't have an ipohone.

    Posted by: This Hot Mess | Feb 25, 2009 4:25:57 PM

  4. Oh goody another shitty record for Miss Timberlake that will be played over and over until our ears bleed.

    And you GO Miss Kathy G!!

    Posted by: Tralfaz | Feb 25, 2009 4:31:01 PM

  5. Maybe it's the new economy, but I feel zero sympathy for multimillionaires that are now crying poverty.


    Posted by: freddy | Feb 25, 2009 5:20:30 PM

  6. Freddy-- just a guess, but I bet you never felt sympathy for millionaires/celebs with money problems. Not saying you should, just don't blame the economy.

    Posted by: Alex | Feb 25, 2009 8:02:39 PM

  7. My jaw dropped when I read about Annie Leibovitz. As someone who has watched her career for decades I never would have guessed that she is facing financial woes. What exactly happened?

    I am so tired of the Sam Adams/Beau Breedlove drama. If ever there was a reason to keep it in your pants, there you go. Next time, think before you breed lol.

    Posted by: CJ | Feb 25, 2009 9:59:47 PM

  8. Actually, the Presbyterian Church has not yet changed the language that prevents ordination of openly gay persons. The VOTING PROCESS was approved, and presbyteries around the country are voting. It can still go either way at this point, and many presbyteries who in the past were against the change are now voting for it. 87 votes will carry the day for either side of the issue. Currently the vote stands at 23 yes for change, 37 no. For more information, go to More Light Presbyterians:

    Posted by: Birdie | Feb 25, 2009 11:39:14 PM

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