News: Dolphin, Lady Gaga, China, Burundi, Ricky Martin, Hong Kong

road.jpg AIDS now China’s top killer.

Jackmanroad.jpg Rehearsal: Hugh Jackman song-and-dance number at Oscars to be directed by Baz Luhrmann.

road.jpg Carrie Underwood can duck, but she can’t hide.

road.jpg Documentary to explore 2003 hate crime killing of Newark lesbian teen Sakia Gunn.

road.jpg NYPD Internal Affairs to investigate at least one gay porn shop sting: “Pinter was visited by two IAB detectives at his East Village apartment the evening of February 15. The officers, identified by Pinter as a Lieutenant Hickey and a Sergeant Prentice, told him that the “differences” between his account of his arrest in press reports and that given by his arresting officer had prompted the inquiry. Pinter, who spoke with the two officers for no more than 15 minutes, said they told him, ‘We need to talk to you before we can launch the investigation.'”

road.jpg African Republic of Burundi rejects law criminalizing homosexuality.

road.jpg Tori Amos is abnormally attracted to sin.

road.jpg Canada releases its X-Files.

road.jpg Westboro Baptist Church taking their hate abroad: “A notorious Christian fundamentalist church based in America has threatened to hold its first anti-gay rally in Britain to protest against a play about a homosexual student. Followers of the Westboro Baptist Church, a virulently homophobic denomination which pickets the funerals of Aids victims and soldiers in the US with ‘God Hates Fags’ billboards, have vowed to protest on Friday outside a sixth-form college in Basingstoke, which is putting on a performance of The Laramie Project.”

Dolphinroad.jpg Dolphin cares for friend injured in shark attack until humans can take over.

road.jpg Lady GaGa dresses next to the Pet Shop Boys at the Brits.

road.jpg IndieWire profiles Milk screenwriter Dustin Lance Black: “I first heard there was this thing called an ‘out gay man’. You never hear anything like that in San Antonio.”

road.jpg Gay Hong Kong couple jailed for visa fraud: “Malaysian Derek Chong, aged 29, and Hong Kong resident Andrew Lam, 51, organised for Chong to marry a Hong Kong woman so he could settle in the southern Chinese city, the department said in a statement. The couple paid the woman 25,000 Hong Kong dollars (3,200 US) to agree to the marriage in 2006, before Lam and Chong moved in together.”

road.jpg South Carolina law enforcement explores castration of truck owners.

Armaniroad.jpg Ricky Martin hires babysitter, heads to Armani bash.

road.jpg Kathy Griffin to give Palm Springs celebrity bus tour.

road.jpg Orange County high school principal denies pulling the plug on Rent over gay subject matter, says the drama teacher canceled the show.

road.jpg You think the Connecticut Chimpanzee attack sounded horrible? Read this.

road.jpg Meghan McCain to headline Log Cabin Republican confab in April: “Joining Meghan McCain at the conference will be Steve Schmidt, her father’s top 2008 strategist. The topic of Schmidt’s address is ‘Moving Forward.’ In addition to Meghan McCain and Schmidt, the Log Cabin Republicans will also hear from former New Jersey Gov. Christie Todd Whitman (R), who will discuss her work with the moderate Republican Leadership Council, and former Rep. Tom Davis, R-Va., who will share his perspective as a former chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee. Michael Steele, the newly elected chairman of the Republican National Committee, has also been invited to address the Log Cabin Republicans. He has not yet, however, committed to speak.”


  1. Leland Frances says

    [pulling hair out] Setting aside the fact that IndieWire didn’t even bother to update the interview they reran yesterday from last November, it repeats last year’s gay film Big Lie. Whatever his other real achievements, Harvey Milk was not repeat NOT “the first openly elected gay politician in the United States.”

    Making that worse, it claims he was “the leading openly gay politician of his time,” also totally untrue. His influence, before his assassination, barely extended beyond San Francisco County, let alone the state.

    If “knowledge is power,” what is ignorance?

  2. says

    a Catholic university near where i live [no i won’t say which one or where because i’m sure they haunt all of our sites] is doing “The Laramie Project” soon. i wonder if Phelps and his christianist bigots know about it and will show up there. is there a way to find out? I know both the student body and the community leaders would be well prepared for them.

  3. You Know Me says

    Please gays shut up about MILK, it is a shame no one (from the numerous comments posted here and other gay blogs) saw the documentary before the film.

    BTW the documentary WON an Academy award in 1984, therefore this paltry attempt at a film should be ignored.

    If Sean Penn and overly sexualized James Franco, including Van Sant and the cute screenwriter did not talk up the kissing, the touching, the flash of the movie… how many gays would have seen it…not that many so here’s to an Oscar shut out of this mediocre film that did nothing to propel anything in 2008 and beyond.

  4. Leland Frances says

    First: Kathy Kozachenko – elected to the Ann Arbor, Michigan City Council early 1974.

    Second: Elaine Noble – elected to Massachusetts state legislature in Nov ’74.

    Third: Allen Spear – reelected to Minnesota state legislature in ’76 [and repeatedly thereafter] after having come out publicly in ’74 upon Noble’s win.

    Fourth: Harvey Milk – November 1977 to San Francisco Board of Supervisors. Therefore, the most accurate description would be:

    “the first NON-INCUMBENT out gay man elected to office” or “first out gay elected to a MAJOR city office.”

    5. The late Gerry Studds was reelected repeatedly to the US Congress, and Barney Frank still is, after each came out while in office.

    6.Tammy Baldwin – the first non-incumbent out gay person elected to the US Congress; 1998.

    Addendum: Jose Sarria ran for SF Board of Supervisors in 1961, but lost.

    And Frank Kameny ran for the US Congress in 1971, also losing.

  5. Paul R says

    As gruesome as that chimp story is, it’s very hard to sympathize with any “animal lover” who tries to domesticate a wild animal. I can’t believe 24,000 people living near the couple signed a petition saying they should be allowed to keep a chimp in a suburban neighborhood.

    I can, however, readily believe that Gloria Allred took their case pro bono. She’s involved in just about every extremely bizarre case, usually to further her own career. I assume she has other sources of money, because she often works for free. She’s a nut.

  6. Patrick says

    But Leland, that’s the point everyone is making. Incumbency is a very powerful tool. You can fuck interns and kill girlfriends and still be re-elected. So coming out and being re-elected is not that big a deal. Being out and being elected without the power of incumbency IS a big deal.

    Now, on to what I was actually interested in ducking in here for. I realize that DLB grew up in a pretty conservative environment, but seriously folks, the concept that San Antonio is a wasteland for opportunities to come out? I’m from Texas, I’m only two years younger than DLB, and I sprang forth from the closet at 16. Typically, I don’t look for opportunities to defend Texas, because in general it is indefensible. But its ridiculous to lay this one on Texas and not his sheltered LDS upbringing.

  7. says

    The poor dolphin =(

    I actually stayed at the resort in Australia where the dolphin was rescued – called tangalooma, on Moreton island. Moreton island is a wicked cool, unique island, made completely of sand. It’s forest is very spooky and, in the midst of it, there’s huge, exceptionally tall sand dunes that you can literally sled down (should you be able to climb the sand dunes – no easy task). And getting to feed the dolphins was pretty damn cool.

    I had to email my friends who I went on that trip with to tell them about the dolphin story. I’m glad it looks like the dolphin will recover and be reunited with its friend. Since the same dolphins go to Moreton, they’ll quickly find each other again.

  8. Leland Frances says

    Even if I agreed with your broadbrush characterization of incumbency, Patrick, the point remains:

    NON-INCUMBENT Elaine Noble was elected to a STATE legislature THREE YEARS before Milk was elected to a CITY office.

  9. Tom says

    Yes, the chimp story is sad, in so many ways. Clearly the couple, once reckoning with their infertility, made the chimp their child. And that chimp did no harm, really, but his wildness did set off the string of events that led to his “Mom” and “Dad’s” mauling. They did not mean any harm and it is not helpful to indict them for foolishly trying to domesticate a wild animal. It is heartbreaking that the man sobs not for his ruined self but for his missing “boy”. As if the world did not have enough sadness… And I can’t help feel pity for the 70 year old woman in CT, no matter how misguided she was, and her poor friend, who may not yet survive having her face and fingers bitten off, and of course, the poor chimp who did that, whom she cared for, now shot dead by police. What a world! Anyone considering adopting a wild animal is forewarned.

  10. Vikram says

    I’m writing from Bombay, India where Milk is releasing on Friday, without any cuts, which is pretty cool considering homosexuality is still technically illegal here.

    It also feels like a particularly good time for the film to release since we are waiting for the first major decision on the law, from the Delhi High Court, which should be due any day now. Milk’s story has a resonance here, now, that perhaps it no longer has that much in the US (though after Prop 8, I don’t know).

    Pretty much the only reason it is releasing here is because its an Oscar pick, so whatever others feel about the film, I’m not complaining.

  11. David D. says

    Leland, clearly it’s time for you to seize the opportunity to pull a film crew to gether and tell the Elaine Noble story. Or the Kathy Kozachenko story.

    Whether he was the first or the fourth, was a slut or a nun, had tremendous influence or none whatsoever, his story is made sadly significant because of his assassination by an insecure homophobe. He was killed, at least in part, for being himself–an out gay man.

    As for Milk the movie, it’s a fine film, despite some thuddingly obvious symbolism, and it contains some fine performances. There are better films, there are worse films. It may win an Oscar, it may not.


  12. David B. says

    Having seen Chimpanzees in the San Diego and LA Zoos — I just think it is a crime these animals are caged. Return them all to the wild is my idea…. they are so like humans we misinterpret them at every turn. The captive ones are so sad looking — I am inconsolable.

Leave A Reply