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 roadFederal Prop 8 trial to start January 11.

Crocbait  roadAussie saltwater croc bait. Yes, those are dudes in the open trap.

 roadThe new Ivana Trump airline snuggie.

 roadFOX Sports hosts titter, get uncomfortable looking at naked photo of Howie Long: "...it’s Frank’s screensaver, which scares me, Frank."

GLAAD dumps Queer Lounge in favor of panel discussions and networking events at Sundance.

 roadEminem drops anti-gay lyrics to avoid protest at first UK concert in five years: "The last time Eminem toured the country in 2001, gay rights group OutRage! protested outside his shows, saying his lyrics were homophobic. Event organisers were said to be worried that another such protest would cause major disruption to Wireless, which attracts tens of thousands of people."

 roadMarc Jacobs and Lorenzo Martone's are St. Barts lovebirds.

Becks  roadBecks back to Italy.

 roadPalin-Johnston custody lawsuit comes out in the open. Writes Dan Savage: "Before Republicans are allowed to impose their values on our families their political leaders—Sarah Palin, Mark Sanford, John Ensign, et al—should be required to successfully impose their own damn values on their own damn families for for five fucking minutes."

 roadThe underwear bomb.

 roadYemen vows to not be the new Al-Qaeda battleground.

 roadPeter Tatchell on bitter Quentin Crisp: "He resented the fact that he was no longer unique – no longer the only visible queer in town. Hence his loathing of the gay liberation movement of the 1960s and 1970s. It had encouraged and empowered the mass coming out of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. They stole his limelight. Put bluntly: Crisp disliked being overtaken and over-shadowed by other gays."

Painting  roadPainting by a young master: "His pictures cost upwards of £900, there are 680 people on a waiting list to buy them, and his second exhibition sold out in 14 minutes."

 roadJesus spotted (literally) on a banana.

 roadSuspected Twilight showmance comes apart.

 roadHot new werewolf casting for True Blood.

 roadAnti-gay Northern Ireland lawmaker Iris Robinson retires from public life due to depression: "Over the years, I have undergone a long series of operations and though I have never talked about it publicly, I have, against this background, also battled against serious bouts of depression. The stress and strain of public life comes at a cost and my health has suffered. As many people will be aware, I have recently tried to return to the full-time work of representing my constituents, following my latest period of illness. Only those who have faced similar challenges in life will know the ordeal faced by those who are profoundly depressed and the distress caused to those around them as they grapple with personality-changing illness.”

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  1. Really, Peter Tatchell? We're going to start bickering about whether Quentin Crisp was the right kind of Queer? How quick some people are to forget about and toss those who paved the way aside, for whatever reason.

    Posted by: Nick | Dec 29, 2009 3:22:59 PM


  2. I agree with Peter Tatchell on Quentin Crisp. Even though I didn't know him, I've gotten that impression of him from his writings and interviews that he resented being only one of many gay people in public life. He was hateful.

    I disagree with many things Peter has said and done but he has been a great activist for gay people. It's too bad gay people as a whole treat other gay people terribly especially the activists doing work for us. I expect to read a lot of negative comments about Peter like I did on the Independent site and about Larry Kramer yesterday. Most gay people are mindless, they just say and do what haterosexuals have taught them which means anything a gay person does is wrong because gay people in their view are wrong. Therefore our gay activist don't get the support they need to go further and to sustain a long career.

    Posted by: Bill | Dec 29, 2009 3:50:06 PM


  3. It's only fair to point out that the Palin-Johnston custody battle involves basically unmarried kids fighting over an unplanned pregnancy. It doesn't have much to do with Sarah Palin's GOP views unless you expect her to have unusual control over her children. At best you can say that she failed to impart her purported values to her daughter. Levi Johnston listed himself on Myspace or Facebook as a "total redneck", so no hypocrisy there.

    Posted by: anon | Dec 29, 2009 4:03:33 PM


  4. The story about the 7-year-old artist is sweet, but it doesn't quite ring true that his father (and manager)---who now makes his living as an art collector, and has been collecting art as a hobby for years---doesn't know who Picasso is.

    Posted by: Paul R | Dec 29, 2009 4:38:49 PM


  5. "I expect to read a lot of negative comments about Peter like I did on the Independent site and about Larry Kramer yesterday. "

    The difference between Tatchell and Kramer is this: Tatchell has never pretended to be anything other than a belligerent activist. Kramer wanders into areas of academia which he has no business being in, makes claims he has no evidence and authority to make, and does it all to advance an agenda. That it's largely the right agenda does not excuse the outright falsehoods and hyperbole, and I will not make an exception for him. He is a piss-poor academic, and I urge gays not to mistake his truths with facts.

    Posted by: Zach | Dec 29, 2009 4:40:05 PM


  6. Well, there you have it. Fruit of the Boom briefs!

    (Yes, I stole that joke. Sue me.)

    Posted by: Julius Seizure | Dec 29, 2009 5:35:02 PM


  7. I saw Crisp at a talk (hosted by my gay-friendly alma mater, U. of Chicago) in about 1985. He was perfectly delightful.

    I have great respect for Tatchell, but his take-down of Crisp lacks class.

    Posted by: David R. | Dec 29, 2009 6:31:36 PM


  8. Crisp lacked class, too. Go figure, a self absorbed drag queen. Tatchell's one of the only gay rights leaders who makes a measurable difference, brain damage or not.

    Posted by: TANK | Dec 29, 2009 6:48:10 PM


  9. a guy i dated briefly told me once that politically, at least, quentin crisp was somewhat to the right of ghenghis khan. however, i've never found any evidence to back up that claim and i've spent a fair amount of time looking for it.

    the claim that crisp believed homosexuality to be an aberration has been recounted to me before. i don't know what purpose it serves, however, to condemn him for it.

    Posted by: alguien | Dec 29, 2009 6:51:22 PM


  10. Homosexuality is an aberration from the strictly biological purpose of sexual attraction. Nothing wrong with admitting that. It does not make it any less valid or moral a form of expresion. Quentin Crisp was of his generation and cannot be blamed for any discomfort he felt at the different lifestyles of post Stonewall gays. Peter Tatchell should not be condemning him, just accepting him as another star from another place in the long and proud history of those who dared to be different .

    Posted by: Den | Dec 29, 2009 7:02:52 PM


  11. but there isn't only one purpose in biological terms for sexual attraction. In fact, sexual attraction is completely separate from sexual reproduction in biological terms.

    Posted by: TANK | Dec 29, 2009 7:08:32 PM


  12. Oh yes, and we should, of course, contextualize an enemy of gay equality's opinions...because he's gay...and because it was the norm. As if either of those things makes a bit of difference.

    Posted by: TANK | Dec 29, 2009 7:10:03 PM


  13. I don't see Quentin Crisp as an enemy of gay equality. He dressed and lived openly as he wanted in a much more dangerous climate and refused to be closeted. Just because he didn't adhere to the modern way of struggling for gay liberation does not mean he was an enemy. Not everyone has to sing the same hymn in the same tone to seek the same salvation.

    There is only one purpose to sexual attraction in pure biological terms - that is to reproduce. So what!. The vast majority of sexual encounters are for pleasure which is the argument we should be using, not trying to deny the obvious anthropological imbalances between the importance of heterosexual impulses and homosexual ones.

    Posted by: Den | Dec 29, 2009 7:20:49 PM


  14. "Not everyone has to sing the same hymn in the same tone to seek the same salvation."

    Everyone the same! Anyone who disagrees is an enemy. Honestly, though...an aberration that's harder to defend morally? Sounds like he was talking outside of his expertise, to put it mildly.

    Posted by: TANK | Dec 29, 2009 7:29:21 PM


  15. "There is only one purpose to sexual attraction in pure biological terms - that is to reproduce."

    Oh this is just a lack of proper education on the matter. I bet you couldn't distinguish between the purpose of any of our mental characteristics and that of reproduction. But the reality is that sexual reproduction and sexual attraction are discerete biological concepts with different meanings, and sexual reproduction can and does occur without sexual attraction, and does not require it.

    Posted by: TANK | Dec 29, 2009 7:37:48 PM


  16. @ Tank: I don't think any of us knows the 'real' truth about sexual attraction, so you can't say somebody is completely wrong about their personal theory.

    Anyways, we all know that homosexuality is Nature's way of stopping overpopulation. It also could be the aluminum in deodorant, so again, see?- many theories.

    Posted by: Drew | Dec 29, 2009 8:32:33 PM


  17. "@ Tank: I don't think any of us knows the 'real' truth about sexual attraction, so you can't say somebody is completely wrong about their personal theory."

    Nonsequitur! That we don't know the ultimate cause (or causes as is more likely) of sexual orientation has nothing to do with sexual attraction and even less to do with sexual reproduction. That we don't know what causes sexual attraction (though we do...), which is distinct from sexual orientation, does not matter to the fact that it is distinct from sexual reproduction....

    Posted by: TANK | Dec 29, 2009 9:13:35 PM


  18. @ TANK: you're sounding dogmatic. Can you provide some scientific citations that so clearly separate sexual attraction vs. sexual reproduction?

    Posted by: David R. | Dec 29, 2009 10:41:36 PM


  19. I'm loathe to admit this, but Tank is correct.

    Posted by: Paul R | Dec 29, 2009 11:33:42 PM


  20. I have always found Howie long to be hot. I've downloaded that pic for my screen saver:)

    Posted by: Chris | Dec 30, 2009 5:29:09 PM


  21. The reason why Iris Robinson - bigot wife of Northern Ireland's First Minister - is feeling depressed is because her rank hypocrisy has been exposed.

    1) Between her and her husband, they draw 6 salaries, over £600,000 of tax-payers money a year.

    2) She had an extra-marital affair with a 19 year old. She was 59 at the time. Go cougar!

    3) She used her influence to get £50,000 loaned to her toy boy, who was setting up a business in a property owned by the Council on which she was a Councillor.

    4) Despite her household income of £600k, she then asked for 5 grand of that money.

    BBC coverage here: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/northern_ireland/8448005.stm

    Now all of this may just serve to amuse me (and boy, does it amuse!), but her misbehaviour could well bring down the First Minister of Northern Ireland, throwing politics and the peace process into disarray. Way to go O Saintly Iris!

    Posted by: Graham Anderson | Jan 8, 2010 9:07:51 AM


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