News: Olympic Torch, Marie Osmond, White Night Riots, Bette Midler


Obama and Cheney face off with speeches on terrorism.


Today marks the 30th anniversary of San Francisco's White Night riots, which happened after a court handed down the most lenient sentence possible to Dan White (voluntary manslaughter) for the murders of Harvey Milk and George Moscone.

Flamee What was Vancouver smoking when they designed the new Olympic torch?

Army veteran Brian Hughes in WSJ: Time to end 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'.

New Hampshire Republican lawmaker and marriage equality supporter reveals "festering wound" of Governor John Lynch's request for revision of marriage legislation. GOP urging veto.

NOM comes out biting on NH.

First screen shots of Rihanna and Kanye West's new video "Paranoid".

Gerard Butler acts like the village idiot at The Village Idiot.

Castillodellago Castillo del Lago, former Madonna home goes on sale for $15 million. "When
Pytka bought the mansion from Madonna in the mid-'90s for roughly $5
million, he considered it a standout compared with what else was on the
market. Under her ownership, the
house gained its notable red-and-yellow exterior. Although Pytka
researched the home's history and looked at the original color, he
opted to keep Madonna's color scheme."

General assembly of the Church of Scotland divided over gay minister: "On Saturday evening, elders will debate the appointment of Mr Rennie, a
36-year-old divorced father-of-one, as minister at Queen's Cross Church
in Aberdeen."

1969: New York Public Library to feature exhibit on emergence of gay liberation.

Marie Osmond discusses her lesbian daughter Jessica: "I love my daughter! She's my baby girl, come on. So what
if she's gay? She's my daughter and she's an amazing woman and a good
kid. I raised her, she better be good." You may remember her recent radio interview on the subject.

Colorado Governor signs bill allowing gay employees to share benefits with their partners.

50bette Bette Midler and 50 Cent: New BFFs.

On the red carpet at LOGO's NewNowNext Awards

Nevada Domestic Partnership bill called "vital" for state economy: "Our state cannot afford to lose any
more revenue to other destinations because of a reputation as a place
which is not socially or politically the right place to do business or
to vacation."

D.C. Democrats in same-sex marriage debate.

Massachusetts marriage equality works: debunking the lies of the Right.

Investigation of Ireland's Catholic-run schools reveals rampant sexual abuse of students by male priests.

Anti-gay former Santa Fe, Texas city council candidate Michael Aldous arrested on drug possession charges: "During his campaign for a seat on the Santa Fe City Council, in which
his father, Warren Aldous also ran, the two promised voters that if
elected they would try to slash the budget of the Santa Fe Police
Department in half.  Michael was battered in the press for making
derogatory remarks against "homos" referring to an announced gay


  1. 24play says

    “Paranoid” is one of the best tracks from Kanye’s “808s & Heartbreak.”

    It’s right up there with “Love Lockdown.”

    Can’t wait to see the video with Rihanna.

  2. Marc says

    Ya, I guess it does kindof when you lie it sideways like that.
    The correct way it’s carried though is upright.

    Anyhoo, looks like a torch to me.

    Some have just too much time on their hands…

  3. Chester says

    Isn’t Massachusetts marriage equality works defending AGAINST the lies of the Right?

  4. scientitian says

    When held sideways, most of the Olympic torches (and non-Olympic torches for that matter – see the Athens torch for a prime example) look like cigarettes/joints/cigars/cigarillos. It’s a flaming stick. It’s obviously going to bear some resemblance to a very small flaming stick known as a joint. Anyway, I think it looks more like scalpel than anything.

  5. Sean R says

    On the issue of child abuse in the Irish Republic, the scale this scandal, of the institutionalised abuse against children is horrific. Systematically children, often from very poor/ illiterate backgrounds, were often incarcerated in Industrial Schools (= borstals)for relatively minor offences, such as stealing sweets or food, and they could be left “in care” until they turned 17. I’m feeling sick just trying to take this all in. Already, this story has featured on news websites around the world, but I thought, for those interested, particularly people who work in the field of child abuse/ welfare, and Irish GLBT readers of this site etc., the report can be found at the following link:
    Thanks for reading this.