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 roadPelosi to Bay Area Reporter: Repeal of DOMA not a top priority.

 roadJared Polis considering introducing omnibus LGBT rights bill in the House.

Efron road Zac Efron's nut-tingling leftovers.

 roadThe current Amazing Race, which has at least two additional contestants who are gay but not identified as such, closets contestants because producers want them to play to their types. Mel White: "After Luke 'found out that Mike and I were being billed as gay, he wanted to be billed as gay,' but a producer said—and this is Mel paraphrasing a conversation he had with an unnamed producer—‘No, we’re establishing you as what we want you to be established. He’s established as deaf. You’re established as gay, so don’t be interrupting what we're trying to do here.’”

 roadMel White talks to AfterElton...

 roadElton John to perform at Andy Roddick's wedding this weekend.

 road1,000,000: Ashton Kutcher beats CNN in weeklong Twitter war.

 roadDefense Secretary Gates remains cautious on "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" repeal: “Everybody in this room knows that this is a complex and difficult problem. [Then he noted that President Harry S. Truman had signed an executive order integrating the armed services in 1948] and that it was five years before the process was completed. I’m not saying that’s a model for this, but I’m saying that I believe that this is something that needs to be done very, very carefully.’’

Eli  roadEli Manning: I'm better looking than Peyton.

 roadSarah Palin's anti-gay attorney general nominee REJECTED.

 roadOhio teacher resigns after taking high school students to gay bar: "Lori Epperson submitted a letter of resignation Thursday. She also sent an email to her supervisor and the school principal in which she admits to taking four female students to a club called Masque."

 roadTony Perkins at the Family Research Council has the lie-spewing turned up full throttle.

 roadBritney Spears stalked by former American Idol contesant peeping Tomasina.

 roadStephen Colbert talks to the Brody Jenner of Congress, Rep. Aaron Schock.

Muffin  roadGay muffin tops!

 roadLong Island gay and lesbian groups to honor Harvey Milk this weekend: "Milk's nephew, Stuart Milk, will accept an award on Saturday from the Long Island Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Services Network. Milk grew up on Long Island and graduated from high school there in the late 1940s — keeping his sexuality a well-guarded secret."

 roadUVA students hold a rally against anti-gay hate: "Several hundred people gathered at UVA’s amphitheater last night for the Stand Against Hatred. The vigil and public forum was in response to the April 4 attack on a UVA student that was apparently motivated by anti-gay bias."

 roadMaryland to protect the homeless under hate crimes statute: "The groundbreaking measure, championed by one of the legislature's most conservative Republicans, was approved in the House of Delegates four minutes before the General Assembly adjourned at midnight Monday. O'Malley (D) is reviewing the bill, which also adds penalties for violent crimes against people targeted because of their gender or disability."

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  1. It's heartening to see that, despite the attacks at UVA, responses have changed so dramatically in the past 15 years. And the first comment on the story that Andy links to is so ignorant it's funny.

    At that same amphitheater 16 years ago, a rabidly antigay, extremely insulting guy with a megaphone was screaming hate. I debated him for two hours, and it was the closest I've ever come to punching a stranger. Presumably he wouldn't be allowed there these days. (This wasn't a free speech issue; he was trying to incite violence against gays.)

    Posted by: Paul R | Apr 17, 2009 3:34:52 PM

  2. Great news on Palin. I've said it before but she is one hell of a stupid bitch !

    Posted by: hephaistion | Apr 17, 2009 3:47:02 PM

  3. RE; DADT - “Everybody in this room knows that this is a complex and difficult problem."

    YES. Homophobia and having a bunch of straight little "soldiers" who act more like "wimpy, p*ssified little f*ggots" (borrowing from HET MALE vernacular) when they are "sexually threatened" is a complex and difficult problem.

    But why not have a teaching opportunity here? Why not ENLIGHTEN these HET MALES to the REALITY that is LIVING AS FEMALE, where being hit on by those who repulse you is a daily event?

    Posted by: John Bisceglia | Apr 17, 2009 3:49:38 PM

  4. Yes, Sceretary Gates, it's sooo complicated because we don't want to upset THESE "straight" soldiers, do we:


    Give me a break already.

    Posted by: soulbrotha | Apr 17, 2009 4:02:24 PM

  5. Why should anyone trust anything out of Nancy Pelosi's mouth. She said that if the Dems took back Congress the first order of biz would be to impeach Bush & Cheney. We all no how that went.

    I saw her while they were filming Jon Stewart this week, I got shit from my friends for booing.

    As for Rep Schock, he would have never been picked or won if he wasn't a pretty boy. He is beyond dumb.

    Posted by: patrick nyc | Apr 17, 2009 4:03:03 PM

  6. Someone needs to remind Mr. Gates that it's not IF DADT should go, it's WHEN. The "problem" is neither difficult nor complex. It's quite simple: military homophobes. The only question is finding the most efficient way to get rid of it. But, as long as Mr. Gates's attitude is allowed to prevail, that's not going to happen.

    Posted by: Ernie | Apr 17, 2009 4:13:51 PM

  7. About Amazing Race, I really want to grab Victor and yell, "You're gay, man!"

    Posted by: Mike in the Tundra | Apr 17, 2009 4:42:44 PM

  8. The Speaker determines the order in which legislation is voted upon in the House. Since thousands of bills are filed during every session, the reality is Pelosi has a "pocket veto" over the process. She can simply put whatever bill she doesn't like at the bottom of the order paper. It'll never, ever come up.

    So, if she says there will be no vote on DOMA in this Congress, then it won't happen. Short of a full scale revolt against her authority by the Democratic caucus (unlikely over an issue like same-sex marriage), there's no way to reverse that decision.

    It is a cowardly act on her part. But it was a long shot effort any way. (1) the votes aren't there right now; and (2) this is not entirely unexpected given Obama's own verbal olympics on the matter.

    Lets get the hate crimes bill and ENDA through first. Then we can deal with DADT and DOMA in the next Congress.

    Posted by: John in CA | Apr 17, 2009 4:54:52 PM

  9. Thank God the Twitter War is over. Now I can sleep at night. I wish Ashton would go away. He's like a dumb dog that won't stop humping your leg.

    @PatrickNYC - you are correct on Pelosi and Schock. They're both dumbasses.

    Pelosi didn't lift a finger against Bush because the Dems and Reps have each others backs, in spite of what they say. They're in collusion.

    @Mike - yeah, I'm pretty certain Victor is the "mystery" gay (along with Kisha).

    Posted by: paul c | Apr 17, 2009 5:53:55 PM

  10. LOL @ Mike in the Tundra

    Yeah, we're all thinking that.

    Posted by: David in Houston | Apr 17, 2009 5:54:30 PM

  11. Palin's

    AG nomine isn't just anti-gay , also anti non whites , and anti-women with being on the record saying "if a man can't rape his wife who can he rape."

    Posted by: jimmyboyo | Apr 17, 2009 5:56:48 PM

  12. Amazing Race - Luke the deaf guy and Victor the bossy Asian are DEFINITELY the other 2 gays. I have noticed it since day one and I did not need this article to clue me in. So obvious. It's weird to realize a lot of straight people don't realize this shit too.

    Posted by: Ugh | Apr 17, 2009 6:31:24 PM

  13. Pelosi treatment of gays is disgusting! I hope the gays in SF wake up to her arrogance and vote her out!

    Posted by: AS13 | Apr 17, 2009 6:36:12 PM

  14. Actually, there are THREE known gay and one bisexual contestants on this season's Amazing Race. Mel, Luke and Kisha are gay, and Mike is bisexual. They are all out, but the producers only wanted viewers to know of the father/son duo.

    There is also no doubt that Victor is gay. It was quite funny in this past Sunday's episode when Tammy, Victor's sister, said she could spot transsexuals easily (in the signing cab ride detour challenge) I could totally see Victor vamping it up on occasion.

    Posted by: Howard | Apr 17, 2009 7:04:43 PM

  15. I really don't think the best approach to "enlightening" hetero soldiers about gay men in the military is to default to the "female" argument. Obviously, it feeds into the gay man=woman stereotype. We need to approach the topic as men, not default women. It is the military after all.

    Posted by: Just a Thought | Apr 17, 2009 7:14:42 PM

  16. I would hope a high school teacher taking her students to a bar of any kind would result in a resignation.

    Posted by: cmykatelyn | Apr 17, 2009 8:46:33 PM

  17. DADT is simple. Nathanial Frank explains in "Unfriendly Fire" how easy it would be (and has been in dozens of other countries) to integrate open gays and lesbians into the armed services. It is in fact much easier and simpler than any other reform, because in the military they can and do tell everyone what to do, how to act, and what to think. It's the only place where you can tell an American, "this guy's gay, he's in charge, and you're okay with that."

    Amazing race stuff isn't surprising. They only wanted to cast one gay character, and the other people should frankly get over it. NPH doesn't complain when he's cast as straight, even when he's cast as Neil Patrick Harris. I know that people like to pretend that the characters on reality shows are real people, but they're not. Get over it.

    Posted by: Alex | Apr 19, 2009 3:08:43 PM

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