News: Billy Mays, Orgullo, Kevin Jennings, Avenue Q, Prop 8

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NCLR, ACLU, and Lambda Legal back federal challenge to Prop 8: "In legal documents filed late Thursday, the National Center for Lesbian
Rights, Lambda Legal and the ACLU signaled a significant break with
past legal tactics that avoided taking the fight to federal court."

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NYT revelation: Gay men and straight men can be friends.

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Zachary Quinto has a couple of male beach dates in Malibu, on the same day.

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Scenes from the coup in Honduras.

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Won't resign: Governor Mark Sanford compares himself to King David.

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Despite ban, Russian gay activists plan to protest Obama next week on his trip to Moscow: "In a statement, Nikolai Alexeyev said the Moscow authorities had banned
a proposed demonstration outside the U.S. embassy next Tuesday, the
second day of Obama's July 6-8 trip…'We don't intend to abandon our plans and in the near future we will
determine the format of action on July 7 during the visit of Barack
Obama in Russia.' A Moscow municipal spokeswoman confirmed city authorities had turned
down a request from gay activists to protest in front of the U.S.
embassy on July 7. She said the area had already been booked for
another event and that Muscovites were against the gay protest."

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The last days of Heath Ledger.

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Madrid's Orgullo gay pride festival a two-week event. Obama called out on gay rights in Paris.

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Avenue Q to close on Broadway in September as 20th longest-running show of all time.

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City of Toronto data sheds light on gay neighborhoods, marriages from out-of-state, etc.

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Famous TV pitchman Billy Mays found dead in home.

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The 5 strangest products pitched by Billy Mays.

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Ashton Kutcher's spread – nsfw.

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Wingnuts attack former GLSEN founder Kevin Jennings over Department of Education appointment.

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Going to Rome this summer? You may want to check out these spots.

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Gayby Boom: CNN on the children of same-sex couples.

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Best banner ad ever?

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Male model fix: Edilson Nascimiento.

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Michael Jackson: UK's Daily Mail publishes tell-all; LAPD questions cardiologist.

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NYDN: It's time to end LGBT discrimination. "That Stonewall has hit its fourth decade is
only part of the reason that the media are giving this anniversary
attention. The other reason is that there is a sense of excitement
that, with the spread of gay marriage to more states, the struggle for
gay rights may be about to reach a new high-water mark. But all this excitement glosses over a critical fact: Gay people
have the same federal protections against discrimination in terms of
the most basic civil rights that we had at the time of Stonewall. And that is exactly: zero."