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 roadManhattan DA pledges to investigate NYPD for false arrests of gay men in New York City.

Vets roadTwo gay veterans, together for more than 50 years, reconsider marriage.

 roadMartha Stewart prepares Chinese lunch after her Chow puppy perishes in a propane explosion.

 roadHate-watch groups keep eyes on Utah after Buttars scandal.

 roadWilson Cruz speaks out about criticisms of effeminate portrayals in He's Just Not That Into You: “I want to see more effeminate men on television and in film. I think there is a lack of that. The more we see effeminate men on screen, the more we can help those young people who are exactly that feel okay about it. And that’s really the whole point of my career.”

Eye  roadTehran court rules woman blinded by a man who threw acid in her face will get an eye for an eye. "Bahrami, who moved to Barcelona after the attack to get medical treatment, said the court had originally ruled that she was entitled to have the man blinded in only one eye in Iran because 'each man is worth two women'. 'But I explained to the judge that with one eye one can still live,' she told top-selling newspaper El Pais in another interview. The court then ruled that the man would be blinded in both eyes if in exchange Bahrami agreed to give up the 20,000 euros (25,000 dollars) which she was set to receive from her assailant's family."

 roadMichael Jackson to appear on American Idol?

Deer  roadRun! UK hunters line up for chance to kill rare white deer.

 roadEcstasy may be effective treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder.

 roadEx "ex-gay" urges others to confront their sexuality: "Whitfield, a veteran Sacramento attorney, quit years of therapy that he once thought would exorcize his homosexuality. Today he is openly gay and has lent his voice in opposition to California's ban on gay marriage."

 roadGay marriage vs. Democracy: "Like it or not, the California Constitution notes a basic truth in a democratic society: 'All political power is inherent in the people.' Advocates of same-sex marriage might do better by treating those people not as opponents to be defeated but as allies to be won."

 roadIs Avalon Equity/Window Media mogul David Unger's 'empire' on the verge of collapse? Wouldn't surprise me.

Milligan  road90210's Dustin Milligan gets sexed up for V.

 roadI declare it a tie.

 road"Concerned Christians" launch hate drive over public forum scheduled over rescinded gay rights ordinance in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

 roadPossible love mystery surrounds final two male competitors on Big Brother Brazil.

 roadGavin Rossdale runs around half-naked for a day.

 roadCourt in Mumbai, India grants bail to man whose wife accused him of having a gay affair: "Shrivastav's wife Pooja had on February 16 filed the complaint against her husband under Section 377 of IPC for allegedly having a homosexual relationship with a man, whom he met on the internet. Earlier, on Thursday the court had granted anticipatory bail to the man, an officer in the merchant navy, with whom Shrivastav was allegedly involved. Shrivastav and Pooja have been married for the last 15 years and have a son. In her complaint, Pooja had stated that she became aware of her husband's homosexuality in 1998 and had tried hard to rid him of his ways."

 roadTed Haggard scandal "haunts" Mike Jones: "It's like a cancer I can't escape. I will forever be tied to this story."

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  1. White deer can also be found near Ovid, NY, by virtue of their breeding in a fenced-off Army depot (which is really mysterious when you drive by for the first time...numerous, blank, ginormous warehouses just outside a small farmtown).

    Posted by: latebrosus | Mar 9, 2009 4:11:17 PM

  2. i like Wilson Cruz but that comment is pretty ridiculous. regardless of how you feel about it, the fact is that it's almost exclusively effeminate gay men that are portrayed on screen when it comes to gay characters in TV and film.

    Posted by: Mike | Mar 9, 2009 4:19:03 PM

  3. The story about the Iranian woman is horrible. The blinding of her attacker...well, it isn't right for a government to punish in that way, but I really don't care what happens to men who commit this kind of cruelty--even if they're mentally ill. He's not only destroying someone's life--his crime against them is continual, they're tortured for much of the rest of their lives.

    Stuff like that still happens: men disfiguring women's faces. Cut his stinkin' balls off too--without anesthesia!...well, that's how I feel anyway.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Mar 9, 2009 4:26:37 PM

  4. I constantly refer people to this site as source of news and fun info. I voted for you in the Weblog awards contest. I am NO PRUDE!.

    The porn pics of a guy beating off were so far beneath you that I can only think the adults were on vacay. I can't imagine that you would post a link to something like that if you want to get serious interviews in the future.

    I know I'm being a bit harsh, however, I respect and love this site and would hate for anyone to ever be lead to it by me and come away thinking it's just another fag porno site. Please consider that in the future. It would have been quite ez to just black out the really graphic parts. We all have plenty of access to dick shots. We don't really need to have yet another source of it, do we/

    In closing, I know I was warned NSFW, however, unless I am wrong, that is not the kind of thing that you would usually post or link to. I never expected what it turned out to be. I feel sorta betrayed like I do when commenters put in a link that purports to be of general interest and goes directly to porno.

    I am sorry if I come off like Priscilla Prudysmythe, but, I do really love and highly recommend this sight to everyone and felt I had to let you know how a regualr reader feels.

    Posted by: Derek Washington | Mar 9, 2009 4:34:58 PM

  5. Is anyone surprised that ecstacy is effective for PTSD? It was invented as a psychiatric drug for families in crisis who had trouble communicating. That was in the early 20th century. It didn't become a party drug for another 50 or so years, and wasn't even illegal until the mid-80s. I've known several very shy, introverted, uptight people have their personalities permanently changed for the better after taking it in supportive environments (meaning, with a group of friends at home, not at a club). I haven't done it in many years, but I'm glad to see that its potential benefits are being recognized.

    Posted by: Paul R | Mar 9, 2009 4:41:28 PM

  6. "the fact is that it's almost exclusively effeminate gay men that are portrayed on screen when it comes to gay characters in TV and film."

    Yeah, but how are they portrayed, MIKE. In comedies the "queen" is played for laughs--like the gay characters in "Ugly Betty" and of course, Jack, on "will &Grace." Did you ever see "Kiss of the Spider Woman," Mike? There, the effeminate gay male's character was on of depth--with great pathos. Every gay man I've ever asked about it hated "...Spiderwoman". THat tells me that for many gay men, one effeminate character is one too many--to the point where many of you over-exaggerate the number of effeminate images you see. Y'all just don't want to see any.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Mar 9, 2009 4:46:05 PM

  7. I'm with Derek here. While I am not sure if Wilson Cruz's peformance in a rom-com is going to really break any barriers, I find that portrayals of gay men often fall into two camps (no pun intended): if the role is comic, he's a big ole queen. If the role is "serious" he's either "sexless" or incredibly butch. It's one of the reasons I was happy with MILK. All the men in that movie had ratios of masculine and feminine traits that I see in all my friends. You rarely see that.

    Posted by: Alex | Mar 9, 2009 5:07:00 PM

  8. Come sit by me, Derrick!

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Mar 9, 2009 5:10:49 PM

  9. Effeminate? Wrong term if you ask me. Even Jack McFarland a flamer and mincey but far from a woman with a dick or anything close to Quentin Crisp, who set the 'standard' for effeminate gay men.

    I doubt there is anything entertaining about A&F wearing posers that "pass for masculine" in the gay community. If anything those types belong in melodramas.

    There are far far many more GAY men who don't get uptight about masculinity/femininity than there are assimilationist "str8 acting" types.

    Posted by: qjersey | Mar 9, 2009 5:13:21 PM

  10. QJersey, after many years of people telling me, I finally got around to reading Ethan Mordden's Buddies books. They're written about a generation or two ahead of mine, but so many of the same issues apply. I remember one episode where he interviews an old school pre-Stonewall drag queen and the drag queen tells him, "Now I'll tell you the difference between queens and trade . . . queens are afraid that every horrible insult hurled at them is true. Trade is impervious to insult . . . that's why these Stonewall men all look like cowboys. They think if they play trade they won't get their feelings hurt."

    Posted by: Alex | Mar 9, 2009 5:26:10 PM

  11. Effeminate? How about fuckin' obnoxious? Whenever it's an act, it's annoying unless it's drag. Then it can be fun to watch provided the makeup and costume come off after the performance. It can be fun to watch a man's take on female behaviors and cultural memes like gender stereotypes...or male behavior, because the other way's fuckin' obnoxious, too. I guess I just have difficulty tolerating people who aren't and are themselves.

    CHOW CHOW MEIN! Genghis Khan was so cute, and Martha soooo ugly. He's conquering doggy heaven. Though, I'd have to go with korean barbecue given the circumstance of his untimely demise.

    Let us all to acknowledge a moment of silence for mike jones. Done.

    Posted by: TANK | Mar 9, 2009 5:36:52 PM

  12. Ted Haggard scandal "haunts" Mike Jones: "It's like a cancer I can't escape. I will forever be tied to this story."
    You can't escape? Imagine how we feel hearing from you still you douche bag. Go away and shut the fuck up.

    Posted by: patrick nyc | Mar 9, 2009 5:57:35 PM

  13. I'm with Derrick and Alex. Effeminate gay men exist in no small numbers; that's a fact. And I'm not talking about drag queens (much as I love to talk about drag queens) or guys in costumes. I'm talking about gay men whose natural state of being happens to be on the effeminate side. It's not an act, it's who they are. As an openly gay, effeminatish actor, it makes sense that Wilson would play such roles and attempt to bring some sensitivity and realism to them. For me, the only issue is whether the character is well-written, rings true, and seems fully human. Unfortunately, many of the effeminate parts have lacked those qualities. Ideally, the screen portrayals would be as diverse as gay people are, but we have a ways to go . . .

    Posted by: Ernie | Mar 9, 2009 6:05:47 PM

  14. Props to Wilson Cruz. Cute and smart. Its not hard to spot the 'act' in the straight acting gays. Scroll through manhunt or bigmuscle, or my favorite, luriddigs, and behind the bulging bicep is usually a madonna poster.

    Get real. Wilson is. are you?

    Posted by: dc8stretch | Mar 9, 2009 6:06:00 PM

  15. Derek shut the fuck! dumb cunt. I hope u die a horrible death asshole :)

    Posted by: Dakota | Mar 9, 2009 6:09:11 PM

  16. RUN!!!!!!!!! white deer. don't let the crazy gun toting humans get you

    It is a "faery cattle". The cows of the fair folk = elves, sprites, etc in celtic mythos

    Also a symbol of the great celtic wood god Ceurnonos. The horned god of the woods. later turned into an image of satan by the catholic church. Celtic wise a tall attractive wild man with stag horns protruding from his head symbolizing his kingship over the animal kingdom.

    Posted by: Jimmyboyo | Mar 9, 2009 6:55:04 PM

  17. Wilson Cruz wants to see more effeminate men on television and in film? When is the last time he went to the movies or watched TV? That's all you ever get.

    How about portraying the rest of us who don't behave like stereotypical flamers.

    Posted by: Matty | Mar 9, 2009 7:54:08 PM

  18. What happened to the NSFW link? I'm curious to see what it was. Anyone?

    Posted by: Nick | Mar 9, 2009 8:07:03 PM

  19. Derrick, for what it's worth, I loved Kiss of the Spiderwoman.

    Posted by: Paul R | Mar 9, 2009 10:30:19 PM

  20. Amen, Matty! Being gay does not equate acting like a woman. Sorry, fems, but I'm tired of that stereotype. To each, his own, but I'm a guy who happens to like guys, and I don't need to "girl up" to be who I am. I'm very comfortable in my skin, and good for you, if you are, too, but gay does not have to equal girly.

    Posted by: troschne | Mar 10, 2009 6:44:04 AM

  21. Um, TROSCHNE, the point Wilson is making is that some gay guys on the effeminate side aren't "girling up"--that is who they are. They're not being "girly"; they are being themselves. Just because you like "real" guys (which is pretty much a prerequisite for being a gay man) doesn't mean that only butch guys should be portrayed on the screen. There should be both, but butch guys are easier on the internalized homophobia. I agree that too often effeminate gay guys are played for laughs and played by unconvincing straight actors who turn offensively written characters into mincing caricatures. On the other side of the film stereotype coin is the gay football hero who no one guesses is gay because, surprise, he doesn't read as gay at all. It would be nice to see portrayals that cover the vast middle ground where most of us realistically fit, except the 100% butch guys who seem to disproportionately appear on online forums to invisibly tout their masculinity. Honesty is the key.

    Posted by: Ernie | Mar 10, 2009 10:17:23 AM

  22. Um, ERNIE, I don't need to appear on an on-line forum to tout my masculinity--it stands on its own, and if you ever met me, you would see that for yourself.

    NICK, if you want to see the NSFW link, go to OMG Blog.

    Posted by: troschne | Mar 10, 2009 11:28:02 AM

  23. Why do some people (including gay men) always equate being masculine with "hetero", "straight" or "straight-acting" when in reality most straight men are not 100% masculine either?!

    Posted by: Jai | Mar 10, 2009 4:32:16 PM

  24. "Um, ERNIE, I don't need to appear on an on-line forum to tout my masculinity--it stands on its own, and if you ever met me, you would see that for yourself."

    Ugh, um, but no one questioned your masculinity, TROSHCHE.

    "TROSCHE?" is that Latvian for testicles?

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Mar 10, 2009 4:49:10 PM

  25. Damn right, stereotypes are often true enough. However, that's about all who gets represented. I've never identified with a single gay character ever portrayed in a movie or on television, and I'm pretty middle of the road. They are a different species as far as I'm concerned.

    Posted by: TANK | Mar 10, 2009 5:07:33 PM

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