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RoadSupreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg hospitalized, released...

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RoadDear Harvey: Play about Harvey Milk opens at San Diego State.

RoadEric Brewer, Mayor of East Cleveland, Ohio, in women's lingerie photo scandal.

RoadKept: Reality show about NYC gays to be a reality.

Outrage (see my write-up here) is coming to HBO on October 5.

RoadUK gay man targeted in blackmail scam: "The 49-year-old had arranged to meet a man in the town through a known gay social networking website. But when the victim arrived he was approached by men posing as police officers who demanded a 'fine' and took his bank card. It later emerged £200 in cash was taken from the man's bank account, which was used to buy a mountain bike, alcohol and cigarettes."

RoadLondon, Ontario 'football hero', allegedly responsible for gay bashing of modeling agent Brandon Wright, has been arrested at the airport.

RoadRabbi: No Crocs on Yom Kippur.

RoadThe Fort Worth Star-Telegram talks to one of the gay brothers on this season's Amazing Race, which premieres on Sunday.

RoadBrad Pitt joins Bill Clinton's Global Initiative.

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RoadMark Foley hits the airwaves in South Florida.

RoadMysterious "lump" spotted forming around nearby star.

RoadMother of Ryan Keith Skipper speaks at Florida Hate Crimes Awareness Summit: "You may relive your pain, but you also relive your love. It keeps Ryan's memory alive and to me, that's an important thing. I don't want his death to have been in vain."

RoadReese Witherspoon ring sparks whispers of Gyllenhaal engagement.

RoadBrokeback Mountain actor arrested for skipping out on hotel bill.

RoadCarrie Prejean: Scantily-clad Halloween costume model.

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RoadUK teacher suspended after students found photos of him posing on a gay porn website.

RoadOpenly gay man tipped to be Angela Merkel's Foreign Minister in Germany. "[Can] a gay man, who sometimes takes his partner on official overseas trips, can function as a foreign minister. Could there, for instance, be snubs from President Ahmadinejad (who, after the execution of two gay men, told a Western audience: “We don’t have homosexuals, as in your country.”). Or jokes from Silvio Berlusconi (whose supporters recently used homosexuality claims to get rid of a critical editor)?"

RoadSerbian prosecutor calls for ban on hate groups that caused cancellation of Belgrade's Pride parade: "Serbian authorities withdrew approval for gay activists to hold a rally in central Belgrade on Saturday after soccer hooligans and the extremist groups Obraz (Face) and Association 1398 threatened to attack the parade. 'The two groups were identified as those which must be outlawed immediately,' prosecutor Slobodan Radovanovic told B92 television."

RoadHillary Clinton on international violence against LGBT people: "We are starting to track violence against the LGBT community, because where it happens anywhere in the world, the United States must speak out against it and work for its end. Through our annual human rights report, we are documenting human rights abuses against LGBT communities worldwide. And we are seeking out partners at the United Nations such as Brazil, France, Sweden and the Netherlands to help us address these human rights abuses."

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  1. ginsburg has since been released from the hospital: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/33012319/ns/politics-more_politics/

    Posted by: peterparker | Sep 25, 2009 3:03:36 PM


  2. Ahaha! I wondered if Mr Handley (the teacher suspended for porn) would be featured here - that's my school. It's the third "scandal" since I've been there, the last one being another (female) teacher being sacked for appearing topless in Cosmo. She was the replacement for a guy who was sacked for looking at porn on school computers. Didn't expect this to be making the news as much as it has.

    Posted by: Hmm | Sep 25, 2009 3:06:36 PM


  3. The gay reality show looks nothing short of disgusting. Rich gay connected trolls and their prostitutes. NICE! Homophobic much. With depictions of real gay people like this DOMA should be repealed any moment.

    Posted by: Jonathan | Sep 25, 2009 3:27:27 PM


  4. Wow, TWO mistakes in the Reuters report on banning Obraz and 1389.

    "Obraz" in this case means "Icon" -- it's a pro-Orthodox (clerico-fascist) group. And 1389 is the year of the battle of Kosovo, not 1398! Milošević made political hay out of attending the 600th anniversary in 1989.

    Posted by: KevinVT | Sep 25, 2009 3:33:36 PM


  5. the teacher ought to fired for posing for such a cheesy (no pun intended) porn operation. with a bit of work he might have cleaned up well. tacky, just tacky.

    Posted by: jack | Sep 25, 2009 3:58:29 PM


  6. Naughty teacher is cute, but I fail to see why anyone does their hair in this wizard fashion.

    Posted by: Nathan | Sep 25, 2009 7:10:37 PM


  7. Hillary 2012!

    Posted by: Name: | Sep 25, 2009 10:23:49 PM


  8. I love the way the newspaper said the pupil stumbled on the pictures of his teacher. You dont accidentally find pictures from 'Englishlads' like that, the pupil was clearly looking for gay porn, and good for him! The teacher did a lot more than pose for pictures, i know, i have the video!
    Personally i dont think he should be fired for it, but i can see that it would be rather difficult to continue teaching when half the school has seen you jerking off.

    Posted by: Rovex | Sep 26, 2009 1:50:54 AM


  9. I object to the portrayal of Guido Westerwelle (Angela Merkel's gay foreign minister) in The Times. Why this talk about him "delicately sipping his beer, wishing it were chilled Prosecco"?

    This discussion of whether it's ok for a gay man to be foreign minister (because Muslim countries might object) is borderline offensive to me anyway. If you take a walk through any German city, you are "confronted" with several women with their heads covered.

    Posted by: Andy | Sep 26, 2009 3:07:41 AM


  10. I agree with Andy that it is offensive askinf aggay man can be foreign minister. If muslims or others don't like what happens in a free society then fuck em. Did they wonder the same thing about Hilary, Rice or that troll who worked for Clinton?

    Posted by: ousslander | Sep 26, 2009 7:41:23 AM


  11. Malaysia expelled its British High Commissioner for homosexuality in 2008. While sodomy can land you in prison for twenty years there, that wasn't the real reason for the diplomatic flap. The authoritarian government just wanted to whip up some anti-Western sentiment and neutralise the Islamic opposition before parliamentary elections.

    That's the reality of political life in these countries. You don't have any liberal and social democratic parties. You have the autocratic strongman or the religious nuts. And they're both trying to outdo each other by being more homophobic than the other side (i.e. anti-European decadence).

    Unfortunately, Westerwelle's sexual orientation will become a political football regardless of how he conducts himself. Not that it should prevent him from taking the job. But he should be aware they'll use it against him.

    Posted by: John | Sep 26, 2009 2:13:31 PM


  12. I thought I missed something about Angela Merkels gay foreign minister and that got me riled up because I live in Germany and I didn'T hear anything about that.

    And than I read it's Guido Westerwelle, and then I remembered he's gay.

    Westerwelle is not usually referenced to being gay.
    I think he "announced" it, but can't remember any talk show or news item about it.
    So, nobody really cares.

    Posted by: Pete | Sep 26, 2009 7:29:19 PM


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