News: Harry Potter, Jamaica, Frank Bruni, Jiu Jitsu, John Barrowman
Walter Cronkite dies at 92.Episcopal Church seeking growth through "inclusivity".
Gay overtones in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince?
Former Lt. Dan Choi speaks at premiere of Silent Partners, a mini-doc on "Don't Ask, Don't Tell", in L.A.
NYT restaurant critic Frank Bruni on his unhealthy relationship with food: "I’d read some of the articles [on Karen Carpenter. I’d actually taken a weird sort of comfort from them, because they included details like her possible use of ipecac to make herself vomit. I’d never even heard of ipecac before. The articles included pictures of her looking cadaverous. I’d need several three-day fasts or two weeks of protein shakes to close in on bony."
Paula Abdul plays hardball: demands $20 million for Idol return.
Graffiti artist imploring New Orleans to READ.
Registered nurse in Australia calls for elimination of gays: “I certainly wouldn’t want him giving me my dose of morphine."
Coalition of groups opposing 2010 marriage ballot measure to over turn Proposition 8 in California grows: "The Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club -- the nation's oldest LGBT Demo club -- thinks 2012 would be better, too. After hearing a presentation from San Francisco pollster Amy Simon this week, the club's board decided -- after much debate -- that there might not be enough time to right the wrongs of the last campaign."
Gay-bashing thrives in Jamaica: "It is impossible to say just how common gay bashing attacks like the one against Sherman are in Jamaica — their tormentors are sometimes the police themselves. But many homosexuals in Jamaica say homophobia is pervasive across the sun-soaked island, from the pulpit to the floor of the Parliament."
Male model fix: Evandro Soldati.
The homoerotic undertones of mixed martial arts: "Brazilian jujitsu doesn't just look like gay sex, it feels an awful lot like it too."
CBS censoring Big Brother 11 slurs. Houseguest: 'If someone's a racist, they should be portrayed as one. You shouldn't edit it to make them look good.'
South Florida lesbian couple celebrates 70 years together: "In 1939 Leto and Magazzu met at a party in New York. Caroline thought Venera was stylish. Venera thought Caroline was funny. After a courtship of about a year, Magazzu, a teacher, and Leto, a telegraph operator, moved into a tiny house in New York. They spent most of their lives there, with only close family members and closer friends knowing about their relationship. Magazzu, a former Army medic, said she often fought the urge to tell others, but feared what 'outsiders' would think. She believes society back then was more receptive to two women living together than two men -- or at least less inquisitive."
Angela's Ashes novelist Frank McCourt dies.
Actor John Barrowman walks away from on-set 80 mph car crash.
NYT on Torchwood: Children of Earth: "Russell T Davies, the Welsh writer and producer who revived “Doctor Who” and created 'Torchwood,' has thrived by taking the low-rent, knockabout style of the original “Doctor Who” and giving it a nighttime-soap-opera gloss. This has meant, for one thing, employing much better-looking actors...It has also meant amping up the sexual tension and pushing against some of the same boundaries Mr. Davies did in his breakout show, 'Queer as Folk.' On 'Torchwood' Capt. Jack Harkness (Mr. Barrowman) and his aide-de-camp, Ianto Jones (Mr. David-Lloyd), are now a full-fledged, kiss-on-the-lips couple."