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News: Provincetown, John Mayer, Jamaica, Willem Dafoe, Zurich

 roadOfficial boycott launched against Jamaica for persecution of gays.

 road128 prisoners, many of whom were jailed for the "crime" of homosexuality, are set to be executed in Iraq in the near future: "According to Ali Hili of IRAQI-LGBT, the Iraqi authorities plan to start executing them in batches of 20 from this week. IRAQI-LGBT urgently requests that the UK Government, Human Rights Groups and the United Nations Human Rights Commission intervene with due speed to prevent this tragic miscarriage of justice from going ahead."

Johnmayer  roadJohn Mayer turns fan cruise into Love Boat.

 roadRecession-era spending: Elton John celebrates 62 at Hamburger Hamlet.

 roadRussia's Gay Pride organizers plan activist tie-in to Eurovision Song Contest awards: We believe this is the best way for those who support democratic values in Europe and who take part in the show to bring support to human rights campaigners in Russia."

 roadZac Efron attacked by Q-tips.

 roadMore on the growing threat to gays in Uganda: "We’ve gotten word from three separate Ugandan sources that local gays and lesbians in Uganda are worried about imminent violence, with many making plans to go into hiding or leave the country."

 roadJon Stewart talks marriage at University of Vermont: “I can understand being against gay marriage — if they decided to make it mandatory. This isn’t a cultural divide: They’re wrong.”

Douglas2   roadProtestors shadow Vermont Governor Jim Douglas in wake of same-sex marriage veto remarks: "Roughly 200 protesters greeted the governor and his wife when they showed up at Green Mountain College for a maple sugaring event Saturday. The crowd watched quietly, sang or chanted while Douglas used a hand-cranked drill to tap a tree in an arboretum decorated with rainbow ribbons."

 roadMadonna determined to adopt again in Malawi...

Zurich  roadZurich, Switzerland has a new lesbian mayor: "Zurich, Switzerland, has elected its first female and first openly lesbian mayor, Corine Mauch. A member of the centre-left Social Democrats, Mauch has been elected with a lead of 11,000 votes over her opposition following the surprise resignation of previous incumbent Elmar Ledergerber late last year."

 roadNew York Post says it has seen a video of Vice President Joe Biden's daughter doing cocaine: "The video, which the shooter initially hoped to sell for $2 million before scaling back his price to $400,000, shows a 20-something woman with light skin and long brown hair taking a red straw from her mouth, bending over a desk, inserting the straw into her nostril and snorting lines of white powder."

 roadMarc Jacobs and Lorenzo Martone show their love in Ipanema.

Whalemania  roadRight Whale mania grips Provincetown... Video...

 roadL.A. Times on Barney Frank accusations: Does Antonin Scalia hate gays?

 roadGay rights groups want the Royal Family to give the okay for a hypothetical same-sex couple in the Monarchy to be able to engage in a civil partnership: "[Ben Summerskill, chief executive of gay rights group Stonewall] said: ‘I have little doubt that in 21st and 22nd Century Britain the public will judge the quality of their monarch by much more than their sexual orientation.’ He said the subject could be debated openly now because, as far as he was aware, there are no gays in the Royal Family."

 roadWillem Dafoe gets "cheeky" for new Lars von Trier film.


Hartnett roadJosh Hartnett rushed to hospital for abdominal pain.

 roadCampaign against homophobic bullying to be launched in Wales: "The new bilingual version of 'The School Report' will be distributed to all secondary schools in Wales. It found 65% of pupils had experienced bullying because of their sexuality. The launch takes place at the Stonewall Cymru annual event in Llandudno. The education minister Jane Hutt said the assembly government was working to develop guidance on anti-gay bullying. 'The Welsh Assembly Government fully supports the launch of 'The School Report' which highlights the vital role schools can play in preventing and responding to homophobic bullying, both within their boundaries but also in the wider community'"


 roadObamas to pay for White House renovations out of their own pockets: "They 'are not using public funds or accepting donations of goods for redecorating their private quarters,' says Camille Johnston, director of communications for the First Lady. Nor is the couple, who reported $4.2 million in household income in 2007 tax returns, using money from the White House Historical Association, a privately funded foundation that paid for a $74,000 set of china shortly before Laura Bush left town."

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  1. CONTACT President Obama NOW! Don't let innocent people die. The executions in Iraq must end.
    http://www.whitehouse.gov/contact/

    Posted by: Bill | Mar 30, 2009 2:57:37 PM


  2. Are we surprised that Iraq wants to execute gays? Bush did invade Iraq to instill HIS "American Values" on them.

    Posted by: JONNY NYNY2FLFL | Mar 30, 2009 3:06:03 PM


  3. The execution of humans because they are homosexuals is not acceptable. This is more important than Marriage Rights or anything else. This is what we should be protesting. Our government could stop this. The next right-wing idiot who says gays aren't being persecuted needs to be beat over the head with this. When US troops liberated the German death camps, the jews and gypsies were freed, but the ones with pink triangles were sent to German prisons to serve out their terms. Remember that right-wing Christians might want to take your rights, but right-wing Muslims want to take your LIFE!

    Posted by: Leto | Mar 30, 2009 3:41:39 PM


  4. I find it depraved that this site actually linked to another site that is whining about Zach Efron having wax in his ears while at the same time and in the same grouping it linked to a site dealing with life or death matters about gay men and women in Iraq. Some sense of propriety you've got.

    Posted by: kyle michel sullivan | Mar 30, 2009 4:22:06 PM


  5. 'Batches of Twenty' it sounds like the title of a Play I do not wish to ever see!

    Posted by: richard s | Mar 30, 2009 5:22:38 PM


  6. I agree with Kyle. It's incredibly disappointing that the Iraqi executions would be given such small attention on this blog.

    The state department as a contact page available here for those interested in speaking out: http://contact-us.state.gov/cgi-bin/state.cfg/php/enduser/ask.php?p_sid=X_87Q5uj&p_accessibility=0&p_redirect=&p_sp=cF9zcmNoPSZwX3NvcnRfYnk9JnBfZ3JpZHNvcnQ9JnBfcm93X2NudD0xMTEsMTExJnBfcHJvZHM9JnBfY2F0cz0mcF9wdj0mcF9jdj0mcF9zZWFyY2hfdHlwZT1hbnN3ZXJzLnNlYXJjaF9ubCZwX3BhZ2U9MQ**

    Posted by: Zack | Mar 30, 2009 5:25:15 PM


  7. If memory serves me right, we did send in a bunch of pat robertson U grads and Jerry Falwell Liberty u grads to staff the gov in Iraq as well as a ton of xtian missionary BS.

    Not like Sadam would have been kinder, but the whole "crusade" sure didn't improve anything there.

    SAD!

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    best wishes and hoepfully speedy fleeing for Uganda gays.

    Sad

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    the supposed lawyer with the the supposed cocain tape per Huffpo has now retracted the allegations = Not Biden's daughter

    Posted by: jimmyboy | Mar 30, 2009 5:43:41 PM


  8. Nice gesture, but I'm not sure that the White House can accept legally private donations for restoration as its budget falls under the national park service.

    Posted by: anon | Mar 30, 2009 5:47:33 PM


  9. i confess. when i scanned the headlines here, i misread 'iraqi' as 'irani', and i thought, well, it's iran! what can we do?

    but goddamit! this is iraq! is this what billions upon billions (and much sooner than later, trillions) of US $$ will have gone toward, while problems within our own borders have gone wanting? aside from israel, this is the only mid-east country that we have some control over. of course, we suffer israel like the favored, spoiled child who throws tantrums while we look the other way. the US should not, however, accept the obscenity that may soon happen in iraq.

    obama and hillary need to hear that message.

    Posted by: nic | Mar 30, 2009 5:56:28 PM


  10. Right on, NIC. I concur 100%.

    Everyone, write your senator(s).

    Posted by: The Milkman | Mar 30, 2009 6:04:01 PM


  11. What credibility does the US have on the issue of gay rights in Iraq when we don't have them here?

    Even without the moral high ground, there's no doubt that our government could force the Iraqis to stop these killings. At least for the time being.

    Unfortunately once we're out of there the Iranians will be running the show. It's been inevitable since the day Hussein was wrongly deposed, so let's wrap it up and get the fuck out of there already.

    Posted by: paul c | Mar 30, 2009 6:16:05 PM


  12. @Kyle and Zack -

    If you aren't satisfied with the amount of attention given to a subject on this or any other blog, you have the capability to go out and get the message out there yourself.

    Start your own blog or post about it all over the internet. Don't put the burden on someone else who is already doing something other than bitching.

    Posted by: paul c | Mar 30, 2009 6:18:35 PM


  13. Sorry to sound superficial, but I honestly thought that picture of Josh Hartnett was Thomas Beatie---the "man" who gave birth last year.

    Posted by: Paul R | Mar 30, 2009 6:21:27 PM


  14. Re: Iraq: Yes, contact your senators, Obama, and donate money to: http://iraqilgbtuk.blogspot.com/

    Posted by: David R. | Mar 30, 2009 6:39:58 PM


  15. Wow, did you see all of the negative and homophobic comments about Mayer on dlisted? What a bunch of jerks.

    Posted by: Rob | Mar 30, 2009 6:40:53 PM


  16. I don't care what ANYONE says. Mayer looks HOT in those shorts!

    Posted by: topsyturvy8 | Mar 30, 2009 7:17:44 PM


  17. Yes, we "suffer" israel. ha ha ha ha, the obscenity is that that is even brought up in the same breath as the cancer that these theocracies represent.

    Posted by: TANK | Mar 30, 2009 7:19:14 PM


  18. This is nothing new. The US has been arming and training [Sunni police and Shiite militia to pit them against each other. These thugs, in addition to targeting each others communities for ethnic cleansing both found time to hunt down, humiliate, torture and murder GLBT folks. One young man, 14 years old, was hacked to pieces for being effeminate. (Not all that different from the murder of King a little over a year ago.)

    When Obama took office he inherited the mantle of war criminal from Bush who got it from Clinton, the ever so heroic mass murderer of half a million Iraqi children. Watch the video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lf83udJfbMs ONLY if you have a strong stomach – it’s horrific.

    That’s why it’s unlikely that Obama will do anything meaningful to end this problem. The terrible inter communal strife in Iraq is just what the US government and military want because it divides Iraq while Texaco/Chevron and others establish hegemony over it’s petrochemical industries.

    What Obama should do is order an immediate airlift to safety and asylum for everyone threatened with persecution, jail, torture and death and he should do the same for threatened GLBT folk in Jamaica, Uganda, Afghanistan, Poland and Nigeria. But he won’t, not in a millions years. Nor will he take even basic steps like ordering order Hillary Clinton to broadcast that US embassies and consulates everywhere in the world have an open arms policy towards granting asylum and protection for GLBT folks in danger of violence.

    These easy humanitarian steps will never be taken. The US wants instability in the region. That’s why there are over a million dead in Iraq. That’s why the US finances zionist ethnic cleansing in Palestine and why the murder of civilians is increasing in Afghanistan and Pakistan. The dreadful truth is that dead GLBT folks are just 'collateral damage' to Obama and the Pentagon.

    Our bothers and sisters in South Asia and Europe will no doubt launch a campaign to save them and we should support it to our utmost.

    Posted by: Bill Perdue | Mar 30, 2009 9:12:23 PM


  19. I've commented on another blog about Iraq and Jamaica, so I won't go into here but:

    Isn't Prince Edward supposed to be the closet queen who married the Princess Di look-alike?

    Posted by: Chitown Kev | Mar 30, 2009 9:38:39 PM


  20. hmmmmmmmmmm

    I wouldn't utilize the word "suffer" vis a vis Israel.

    Israel is not perfect, that is true, what country is?

    But "suffer"?!

    The right wingers have too much political power at the moment (with the oldsters dieing off the more left leaning youngsters will come into power though many of the young best and brightest leave Israel for europe or America = brain drain issues in Israel)

    hmmmmmmmm

    In no way would I equate the complicated issues of/with Israel with the issues surrounding Iran, Iranian controlled Iraq, Saudi arabia, etc. I think the Saudis are far more dangerous in the long term than the iranians but that would take up more space and time than this format would allow to discuss.

    Israel was a bulwark in the cold war. We got to place a ton of nukes really close to the source of our black crack. Oil wells = oil is america's crack/ heroine/ drug of choice. It sucks but if not for Israel and having our nukes in the area, the oil wells probably would have been gobbled up by russia and or china by now.

    Does Israel still need the sums we give in aid and loans? Probably not since its economy is closer to self sufficient compared to when they needed help and we needed a spot to place a ton of nukes to protect our drug of choice = black gold/ oil. I would totally overhaul / redo our aid for EVERY country we toss money at.

    Should Israel have gone into Gaza with top notch assassination teams with the goal of only taking out Hamas leadership while utilizing the carrot with the general populace with food and medical supplies??

    Yeah, but I don't rule the world so how I would personally handle a situation as compared to how the "RIGHT- leaning" (remember that because right leaning govs generally like the quick heavy handed vs longer and more complicated solutions) is moot.

    Thankfully the theocrats do not rule in Israel. Though many of them do publicly state that the secularists need to step aside since the rebirth of Israel and let the theocrats rule. Thankfully even the most right leaning secularist isn't that crazy as to let theocrats rule Israel.

    Issues? Yeah and very complicated ones at that but the word "suffer"?!

    Anyway; a prime example of the difference

    Iran, Iraq, Saudi arabian govts wanting to execute and do execute gays where as in Irseal there are no executions of gays.

    Yeah the orthodox cause shit trouble with throwing stones, a stabbing here and there, even a beating of a gay Israeli but the better comparison is between them and our own brand of religious homophobe crazy people in the USA and their violent homophobe actions. No comparison what so ever between homophobia in Israel and what the arab countries do. Though there is a huge comparison between homophobia in Israel and Homophobia in America.

    Posted by: jimmyboyo | Mar 30, 2009 9:45:04 PM


  21. Mayer announced that he would be wearing constrictive female apparel (girl shorts, it seems) as a response to the Borat thong of the past trip. i like John; he is very gay friendly. and yes, ROB, the D-LISTED assault was disgusting. what makes it possible for a little bug like Michael K, to tear down productive people with the crazed rationalization that he is making valid, yet hateful, humorous (so he thinks) observations? his pathetic pirahnas feed off whatever dessicated bones he feeds them. soon, he will have to defend himself in an adult venue. what may happen to her when his schtick is all played out? i am am sick of it. he is much worse than pee hilton.

    Posted by: nic | Mar 30, 2009 10:04:07 PM


  22. going back to the term "suffer". we either suffer (tolerate) fools glady or no. do you, TANK, debate the point that we let israel rightists roll around the floor of palestinian lands, cushioned by american money by fits and starts, while we hold the palastinians accountable for every misdeed, like a red-headed child @k-mart? we slap the arab semites upside the head, while we let the euro-jews, the askanazi jews, have free reign over sovereign territories. where is the justice?

    i am not an arab loyalist, i am a mexican. so forgive me if i empathize with people who have been displaced. after WW2, the imperialistic whites decided to apportion a huge parcel of land for jews, never mind, that the parcel of land had been worked for hundreds of years by the real indigenous people, arab semites. but the imperialists accepted the myth of the diaspora, and their you have it.

    JIMMYBOYO,

    i thought you were through with myths and falsehoods. wtf?

    Posted by: nic | Mar 30, 2009 11:24:23 PM


  23. "going back to the term "suffer". we either suffer (tolerate) fools glady or no."

    And israelis are fools? Last time I checked the two state solution was killed because of the palestinian leadership. At least Israeli is at the negotiating table.

    "do you, TANK, debate the point that we let israel rightists roll around the floor of palestinian lands, cushioned by american money by fits and starts, while we hold the palastinians accountable for every misdeed, like a red-headed child @k-mart?"

    This is militant anti israeli posturing. As to the point [I'm making] that israel has made life difficult for palestinians, of course they have, but by far most of the time, it has been in response to palestinian terrorism. People living under the constant threat of domestic terrorism tend to react differently than our removed vantage point, and perhaps it would improve your understanding of the incentive for overreacting to understand the nature of islamic terrorism and current theories on how to disrupt it. And besides, the palestinian leadership has made it abundantly clear that if given the chance, they would not make suitable allies in the region for a western nation like the united states. Male homosexuality is illegal in Palestine, for example. I do think that the aggressive actions that the israeli army has taken in restricting travel for palestinians has made their lives very difficult and in some cases is undeniably wrong, but I will not sympathize with a people that have more in common with Iran than the countries which respect a secular authority of law, and which do not discriminate against gay men to the extent that their very existence is illegal based upon the teachings of a war cult.

    "we slap the arab semites upside the head, while we let the euro-jews, the askanazi jews, have free reign over sovereign territories."

    When they commit acts of terrorism in Israel, what is an acceptable response?

    "where is the justice?"

    Indeed, where is it? Hamas?

    "i am not an arab loyalist, i am a mexican. so forgive me if i empathize with people who have been displaced."

    So are you of the mind that Israelis have no claim to their homeland? I am of the same mind with respect to anyone that region given its history of passing from one empire's hands to another with no fixed government. It would improve your understanding to realize that palestinians were basically a part of the ottoman empire, for example.

    "after WW2, the imperialistic whites decided to apportion a huge parcel of land for jews, never mind, that the parcel of land had been worked for hundreds of years by the real indigenous people, arab semites."

    And jews. You forget that immigration started in the nineteenth century, and that jews had lived there for a long time. The arabs, as they always seem to, were intolerant of jews living in the region before the "imperialist west" partitioned the land officially, and were killing them for what they believed was an incursion on islamic territory (not palestinian) by jewish people, who they universally despise because they're jews.

    "but the imperialists accepted the myth of the diaspora, and their you have it."

    As I said, this is militant anti israeli sentiment coming from poorly reasoned arguments propounded by people who don't care about the reality of the situation, but more with their own intolerant agenda. They will always lose, however, because israel is going nowhere, and it's not an irrational state like most of its muslim neighbors. This is hopeful.

    Posted by: TANK | Mar 31, 2009 4:10:38 AM


  24. And the radical jewish orthodoxy in israel is laughed at by the majority of israelis. They have no real power. I can't say the same for radical islam in many of its neighbors.

    Posted by: TANK | Mar 31, 2009 4:17:36 AM


  25. Interesting that your empathy for displaced people doesn't extend to Jews (including those founding families of the Israeli state), who have been persecuted and displaced for thousands of years. If ever an historical precedent for "displaced people" existed, it's the jews...c'mon, the term could reasonably be argued to come into meaning because of their treatment and displacement.

    Posted by: TANK | Mar 31, 2009 4:23:57 AM


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