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 roadProp 8 boycott target Doug Manchester trying to make amends with LGBT community: "His plan – which his people warned this newspaper against publishing, even after a Hyatt representative discussed it – is to give $25,000 to a national organization that promotes civil unions and domestic partnerships. Manchester also is considering offering $100,000 in hotel credit to local gay and lesbian organizations so they can use the Grand Hyatt for events such as fundraisers. The $125,000 total matches what he gave to Proposition 8."

Bruno  roadSacha Baron Cohen bleached his nether regions for Bruno, but things went terribly wrong.

 roadTowleroad's Corey Johnson profiled in Bay Windows, 10 years after making headlines by coming out to his high school football team.

 roadMcDonald's settles Louisville "faggots" case: "McDonald’s restaurant has agreed to pay $2,000 each to two Indianapolis men who complained they were subjected to anti-gay slurs and discrimination when they visited a McDonald’s restaurant on East Market Street last year."

 roadNYT: Outrage review. LAT: Kirby Dick interview.

 roadGrand jury indicts inmate for 2002 hate crime killing in Cincinnati: "A man already behind bars is now facing charges for allegedly killing a gay man in a hate crime six years ago. Gregory Beauchamp was shot and killed in Over-the-Rhine on New Year's Eve 2002 at the intersection of Vine Street and West Liberty. According to witnesses, a man yelled anti-gay slurs at three men wearing women's clothing, then opened fire. Beauchamp was 21-years-old when he was killed. Until now, the identity of the shooter has remained a mystery."

 roadRobert Downey Jr.  is in a hole.

Surf  roadDudes surf as Santa Barbara burns. Pool party!

 roadABC picks up sitcom featuring gay family: "Twentieth Century Fox TV is behind the show, which follows the lives of three American families, as seen through the eyes of a filmmaker. One home centers on a traditional nuclear family, another is a gay couple with a newly adopted Vietnamese child; and the third consists of an older man who has just married a younger Latina wife.

 roadHugh Jackman on Ellen.

 roadMario Cantone on NY Governor David Paterson: "You know, a lot of people don’t like him, but I think he’s a little tough bitch. I think he’s tough. I think he’s like, ‘I don’t care if you don’t like me, I’m going to do what I want."

 roadUndersea volcano near Guam has massive cone.

 roadRandy Blue actor appeals suspension from Christian college.

 roadRuPaul's Drag Race 2 casting...

Shiner  roadGosling gets a shiner.

 roadJohn Cameron Mitchell chats with Tilda Swinton.

 roadTexas city council candidate admits using gay slur against opponent's supporters outside polling place.

 roadMeet Millionaire Matchmaker's gay millionaire, Kevin Grainger.

 roadABC News: Gay advocates eye Supreme Court. Victory Fund's Dennis Dison: "There have been 110 Supreme Court judges and 106 of them have been straight, white men. So it's high time to look outside those institutions that produced Supreme Court justices in the past and find someone with different life experiences and different perspectives."

 roadPolice academy cadet in Peru fights dismissal over gay rumors.

 roadSame-sex couples find difficulties in getting health insurance: " Even if the relationship is formalized with the state in a marriage or union, that does not always obligate the employer to cover a same-sex spouse. For one thing, self-insured employers are not regulated by the states. And other benefit-providing employers that choose not to offer such coverage can sometimes use the Defense of Marriage Act — a law that forbids the federal government to recognize same-sex marriage — to trump state laws, said Ilse de Veer, a principal with Mercer"

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  1. Is it so wrong that I find Ryan Gosling even more attractive with the shiner?

    Posted by: crispy | May 8, 2009 3:41:50 PM


  2. Manchester, Cohen, RuPaul, Cantone, Mitchell, and a Xtian porner all in the same breath.

    Pass the Lysol.

    Posted by: Leland Frances | May 8, 2009 4:02:28 PM


  3. I didn't watch the millionaire matchmaker show, but that shot of the guy makes it look like he's visited a dimestore plastic surgeon.

    Posted by: Paul R | May 8, 2009 4:15:06 PM


  4. Until I read that Sacha Baron Cohen had been torn to pieces by vengeful movie fans, then no harm that comes to him is enough.

    Posted by: protogenes | May 8, 2009 4:37:17 PM


  5. good god protogenes. what'd he do? hit on your boyfriend or something?

    Posted by: alguien | May 8, 2009 5:02:52 PM


  6. i'll say it till he magically appears on my lap: Corey Johnson is a stone cold fox, and he's only sexier for having brains. The story is really good, and the fact that he brings up the recent tragic bullying deaths and his "gender conforming" youth as contrast only shows that his critical thinking skills. What an asset to Towleroad.

    Posted by: Realness | May 8, 2009 5:33:10 PM


  7. As to the Hyatt hotels. Papa wants to give $100,000 which is only to be respent at the hotels. Uhmm, thanks but no thanks. I say people should go elsewhere.

    He should be told how much wedding reception money and overnight stays from the wedding reception he could have gotten from November until today. Anyone have any ideas?

    Posted by: Mary from Iowa | May 8, 2009 5:33:19 PM


  8. I live in Santa Barbara where the fires are burning. I can't imagine surfing with the thick rain of ash we're getting. Won't even ride my bike in this stuff.

    Posted by: Elliott | May 8, 2009 5:53:09 PM


  9. The story about problems getting insurance are happening to me and my husband right now. The company's 'plan' uses DOMA to refuse to give me coverage. Yet somehow their office in California is able to give domestic partner benefits because they're required to do so if they want to do work for the state.

    Posted by: David in Houston | May 8, 2009 6:09:10 PM


  10. Regarding the Manchester article:

    "'I understand what he did and why he did it,' said the image-massager. 'Manchester, 66, is older and religious. He's not exactly the type that feels comfortable with same-sex marriage. That doesn't make him a bad guy.'"

    Wonderful that we have a gay man attempting to defend this guy. What makes him a bad guy is the fact that he donated $125,000 to strip away our right to marriage equality. That's a rather hefty sum of money. And even if he were to donate that much to gay rights groups now, that would not make him "even-steven." The damage is already done and the main reason behind "donating" the money is to offset the amount of money he's afraid of losing in the future.

    "Manchester responded: 'I am now really angry, and I consider this a personal attack on myself and my family.'"

    Good. Your donation to support Prop 8 is considered a personal attack on us and our families. You've hurt many families who would benefit from the privileges afforded through civil marriage.

    Posted by: Rick in Cincinnati | May 8, 2009 6:28:07 PM


  11. "good god protogenes. what'd he do? hit on your boyfriend or something?"

    Good God no, my bf has working eyes and a brain.

    Posted by: protogenes | May 8, 2009 7:56:24 PM


  12. The link for the Santa Barbara story is delivering the Ellen/Jackman story. Needs a fix. Thanks!

    Posted by: pickles | May 8, 2009 10:53:33 PM


  13. HEDDA LETTUCE has a profile on RuPaul's Drag Race! She's only one of the best comedians in or out of heels! VOTE for her today!

    Posted by: Jon Mitchell | May 9, 2009 9:31:03 AM


  14. Not to downplay Corey's courage and success, nor his rightly deserved recognition, but a news source called "Bay Windows" just brings to mind Lucille and Buster Bluth on the cover of Balboa Bay Window.

    http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2291/2307411405_6f5fbaf940.jpg?v=0

    Posted by: phil | May 9, 2009 5:48:42 PM


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