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 roadPresbyterian leaders in Kentucky vote to allow gays and lesbians to be ordained as pastors, elders and deacons.

Watch  roadAbraham Lincoln's watchmaker carved a secret inscription to the president on the inside of his pocket watch. The watchmaker's memory of it is nicer than the reality: "The first gun is fired. Slavery is dead. Thank God we have a President who at least will try."

 roadStunt? Joaquin Phoenix attacks "bitch" in his audience - VIDEO.

 roadFlorida judge orders school board to allow Gay-Straight Alliance to meet at Yullee High School near Jacksonville.

 roadCenter Square: San Francisco reading of one-man play about Paul Lynde halted by "cease and desist" letter.

 roadGay man picked to head Sundance Film Festival: "Actor Robert Redford, who founded the Sundance Institute in 1981, said [John] Cooper 'brings to the position an infectious enthusiasm as well as a deep understanding of the Sundance brand and culture. Forward thinking, he is a natural choice of succession to lead the Festival into the 21st century.' In recent years, Cooper has been involved in distributing short films on platforms such as iTunes, XBox360, and Netflix. He's also recently spearheaded the Art House Project, an initiative of 18 art houses from across the country designed to connect regional audiences to the Sundance's films and filmmakers."

 roadIt's probably best not to give a woman-beater a Kids' Choice Award.

Chace_ed  roadOh, just kiss and get it over with.

 roadThree new biographies explore authors who were gay (or struggled with it).

 roadTrial to begin over anti-gay killing in Brooklyn's Crown Heights. Killer thought victim was flirting with him.

 roadPhilippines military opens recruitment to gays. Commanding officer: "I don’t have anything against gay people but I am still in the dark, I cannot imagine how they will perform and discharge their duties once they are accepted in the military"

 roadBoston Gay Men's Chorus to tackle kd lang's "Big Boned Gal" in next concert. Somebody please send a video.

 roadApparently, Sean Penn's suit from Milk is a Mormon magnet.

Croc  roadBig Gulp: Croc gobbles shark in Australia.

 roadWebsite scans NYC sandwiches.

 roadClay Aiken to present GLAAD award to Tyra Banks.

 roadGambling regulators in Las Vegas recommend $50,000 fine and a 6-month suspension of a slot machine license for city's oldest gay bar Snick's, over public sex complaint.

 roadIn praise of Sonny Bill Williams.

 roadGoogle to increase user surveillance: "Google’s influence over our lives is set to grow further after it anounced today that it will track millions of people as they move through the internet in order work out what their interests are. Using that information, it will then provide targeted advertising to suit users' individual tastes."

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  1. AARGH. Clay Aiken is not the voice, not even A voice, of the gay community. He's obnoxious and cowardly, and I'm a little nauseated that GLAAD thinks he's an appropriate presenter.

    Posted by: Meanwhile | Mar 12, 2009 3:53:03 PM

  2. Ever since the passage of Prop 8 I know many California gays that won't set foot in Utah,even for a shitty festival like sundance. Robert Redford and this "gay" fesival director might want to consider moving the festival out of Mormonville,USA. if they really believe in equality for GLBT folks.

    Posted by: SFshawn | Mar 12, 2009 4:03:34 PM

  3. Gay people have always been an intrinsic, albeit unacknowledged, part of the Phiippine military. How can it not be? This is, after all, the land where the Supreme God is an hermaphrodite, Bathala and whose priests, the babaylans were cross-dressers. So intrinsic, in fact, that the late Hans Menzi, a 4-star Brigadier General, lived his life as an openly gay man.

    Posted by: bading | Mar 12, 2009 4:47:03 PM

  4. They might as well boycott themselves. Look, the buck stops with us in California. Californians were the ones who voted to ban same-sex marriage.

    Even if we suppose the Mormons fooled the voters of this state into becoming bigots (which I don't believe for a second), what does that say about the intelligence - or lack thereof - of the average Californian? A couple of missionaries in pioneer outfits swindled 7 million of them into taking away other peoples' civil rights?

    Almost makes one want to move to New England.

    Posted by: John in CA | Mar 12, 2009 5:09:06 PM

  5. Am I the only one compelled to comment on Jefferson Davis's name inscribed on the penis-looking thing in Lincoln's watch? It is the most legible thing there but apparently unremarkable to the Smithsonian or CNN. I have no doubt that the watchmaker knew what he was doing.

    Posted by: Jim | Mar 12, 2009 5:44:03 PM

  6. Gay media always put HATEROSEXUALS on a pedestal. This is why we continue to lose our rights at the ballot box EVERY TIME! HATEROSEXUALS want an uneven playing field where they always win. HATEROSEXUALS believe they are the ideal. When will gay people acknowlege the oppression HATEROSEXUALS have inflicted on us for as long as recorded history spanning the globe. I won't watch the SELF-HATING TRAITOROUS GLAAD Media Awards. The major award at the end of the ceremony is reserved for HATEROSEXUALS ONLY. Sorry I don't worship HATEROSEXUALS, I acknowlegde what they have done.

    Posted by: Bill | Mar 12, 2009 6:25:19 PM

  7. As a former Presbyterian, I'd like to point out that there are actually two Presbyterian organizations. Presbyterian Church USA and Presbyterian Church of America. They are VERY different in their views on gays and women serving as pastors and leaders in the churches. In case anyone here was thinking of switching denominations because they were starting to seem cool.

    Posted by: Sam | Mar 12, 2009 7:44:49 PM

  8. I don't think those two young actors are about to kiss, given that they're on a set and cameras are everywhere. I think that someone was taking nonstop photos of them and happened to catch the cute one blinking. The other one doesn't seem poised for a kiss.

    Posted by: Paul R | Mar 12, 2009 8:01:36 PM

  9. I think Clay is just fine as a presenter. He, whether you like him or not, is a public face of a gay dad, in the public eye, and I think he has done tremendous things for the gay community, including raising a lot of money for Equity Fights Aids. I believe he deserves the opportunity to contribute. He might of have made missteps early in his public life but in recent years he just requested privacy..never saw him with a "beard", never saw him speak a single derogatory word against gays or the lifestyle. As anyone else he deserved the right to come out in his own time...most do that with 50 people...he did it with millions. I'll cut him some slack. He's a decent human being...we should be appreciative and more accepting of those whose struggle isn't our own and let them be..especially if they aren't enacting harm to others nor are them denigrating their fellow humans.


    Posted by: Anne | Mar 13, 2009 12:00:51 AM

  10. Oh - the gay panic defense - I wonder if the same defense ever work for women and gay people? i.e. "Oh, that big bad man was looking at me. I thought he was going to (choose: make a pass at me/ do bad things to me/ some other excuses). So I chase him down with my (insert: big menacing tool). He was hurt/ die, but I believe my reasoning justify my action.

    Yeah right, a straight female accused in that situation can probably make that case successfully. But if a gay man say that in court... I doubt he would get all that much sympathy.

    Posted by: Dan | Mar 13, 2009 12:19:46 AM

  11. @Bill

    Yes, your HATEROSEXUALS invention is oh so very clever. Now fuckin knock it off already.

    Posted by: derrysf | Mar 13, 2009 12:42:44 AM

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