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Letter to Obama from People for the American Way calls for him to make major speech on LGBT equality and to move Congress to act.



International Space Station gets lucky shot of erupting volcano.


Elisabeth Hasselbeck sued.


Watch What Happens: Andy Cohen to host weekly live late night talk show.


Boy Culture's visit to Broadway Bares. The event raised over $800K.


Iranians mourn Neda: "To those who knew and loved Agha-Soltan, she was far more than an icon. She was a daughter, sister and friend, a music and travel lover, a beautiful young woman in the prime of her life. 'She was a person full of joy,' said her music teacher and close friend Hamid Panahi, who was among the mourners at her family home Sunday, awaiting word about her burial. 'She was a beam of light. I'm so sorry. I was so hopeful for this woman.'"



It's men's fashion week in Milan.


Barna Study: "People who portray gay adults as godless, hedonistic, Christian bashers are not working with the facts. A substantial majority of gays cite their faith as a central facet of their life, consider themselves to be Christian, and claim to have some type of meaningful personal commitment to Jesus Christ active in their life today." (study)


Anti-gay informercial Speechless: Silencing the Christians, which was stifled in Michigan, resurfaces in California and North Carolina.


NYT goes inside Apple: "Employees working on top-secret projects must pass through a maze of security doors, swiping their badges again and again and finally entering a numeric code to reach their offices, according to one former employee who worked in such areas. Work spaces are typically monitored by security cameras, this employee said. Some Apple workers in the most critical product-testing rooms must cover up devices with black cloaks when they are working on them, and turn on a red warning light when devices are unmasked so that everyone knows to be extra-careful, he said."


New York mag on the gay generation gap.



Austria pissed at Sacha Baron Cohen over Bruno: "So it comes as no surprise that some local media are not happy with seeing Austria become 'the new Kazakhstan', thanks to Herr Bruno. Now these 'fears have become a reality', reads an article in the tabloid newspaper Österreich."


Rapper Eve to appear on Glee in the fall.


Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick have twins through surrogate mother.


60,000 U.S. inmates sexually abused each year: "Inmates who were short, young, gay or female were more likely to be victimized than other inmates."


Manhattan synagogue makes $10K off Westboro Baptist Church protest: "Leaders of Congregation Beth Simchat Torah, a West Village synagogue that caters to gays and lesbians, didn't want to ignore a planned visit by members of the rabidly anti-gay and anti-Semitic Kansas-based Westboro Baptist Church. Instead, they asked supporters to pledge a dollar or more for every minute that six protesters stood near their synagogue hurling epithets and holding signs that read "God Hates Fags" and "Jews Stole the Land." The final haul after 50 minutes: $10,000."

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  1. I have no idea what that body part is called, but the area under the armpits of the model pictured are slightly spooky. It looks like he had ribs removed. Or added.

    As for Austria, yeah whatever. I'm sure "Austrian" is the first, second, or even third thing most people think of when they see Bruno.

    Posted by: Paul R | Jun 23, 2009 5:02:54 PM

  2. It's People for the American Way.

    Minor correction, but "People 4" totally have our backs.


    Posted by: RichardR | Jun 23, 2009 5:16:12 PM

  3. Gee,they say "godless, hedonistic, Christian basher" like it's a bad thing.

    Posted by: Speck | Jun 23, 2009 6:40:48 PM

  4. I don't know what that body part is called either Paul but I kindda want to lick it.

    Posted by: Digger | Jun 23, 2009 6:42:46 PM

  5. @Digger: I'm not objecting, I've just never seen anything quite like it.

    Posted by: Paul R | Jun 23, 2009 7:56:18 PM

  6. They're his latissimus dorsi muscles (lats). BIG ones!

    Posted by: Mark | Jun 23, 2009 8:23:12 PM

  7. I'm not Austrian about, though I enjoyed my tourist days in Wien (Vienna). They are so right about Baron Cohen. This guy's act has so "jumped the shark". It is an offensive gay minstrel show by a hetero man of limited talent.

    Posted by: Contrarian | Jun 23, 2009 8:35:11 PM

  8. The Manhattan synagogue's pledge is a PERFECT response to Westboro's hateful protests, and I think more churches and organizations should employ it. If Westboro knows that the very organizations and events they are trying to protest are actually making money and gaining support by Westboro's presence, they might deem their protests counter-productive... not that any of their conclusions thus far have been logical. But it's worth a try. Great idea, Congregation Beth Simchat Torah!

    Posted by: Jon | Jun 23, 2009 8:40:17 PM

  9. 'tis a boring script andy.....!!

    seems that some have fun in the midst of a cheesy crap media venture as they're too spineless to have their own voice....much like the fallacy that is katrina since i was reminded this evening that louisiana is a shithole and a hurricane merely erroneous cgi for a bad script....much as some would wonder about obama being lazy about glbt rights...yet, why do you embrace the garbage media that paints such a horrible picture?? there is no music and art in the united states based on the laziness of cheap ventures and the obvious attachment of assholes -- such as mike the kike -- and the cheapness of boring diatribes such as a cock for a shot and head in the sand queers eating shit productions that is actually very insulting and certainly does nothing profoundly developed to further humanity let alone anything queer.

    it's all good....?? no, it's all a cliche apart from a crew of ungrateful moronic scum who embrace the work of others in a manner where they can't even comprehend the richness and value beyond their immature and highly adolescent and devolved state of unconsciousness.

    Posted by: ricardo | Jun 23, 2009 10:25:06 PM

  10. @Ricardo: Don't drink and type.

    Posted by: Marguerite Gautier | Jun 23, 2009 11:49:47 PM

  11. Ricardo what the fuck are you talking about dude?

    Posted by: Derek | Jun 24, 2009 12:57:10 AM

  12. Ricardo, how on earth did you find 'ludes?! Hook me up bitch!

    Posted by: Derek Washington | Jun 24, 2009 2:03:13 AM

  13. I think Ricardo is trying to revive Dadaism, and frankly I think he's doing a damn good job!

    Posted by: Paul R | Jun 24, 2009 2:59:47 AM

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