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 roadHundreds demonstrate in Kampala, Uganda in support of "kill the gays" bill.

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 roadThe video guide to Guido hair.

 roadThe assassination of LGBT activist Walter Trochez in Honduras was not isolated. Killings of gays have reportedly surged since the breakdown of law since Zelaya was ousted: "Up to 18 gay and transgender men have been killed in Honduras in the six months since its president was deposed in a coup, human rights advocates say. That is as many homophopic hate crimes as were recorded in the Central American country the prior five years..."

 roadSesame Street's 'Olivia' dies.

 roadDepp, Farrell, and Law discuss working on Heath Ledger's last film.

 roadProduction of bareback pornography to be banned in California? "Michael Weinstein, President of AIDS Healthcare Foundation said: 'Although workers in adult films should enjoy protections under [current regulations], the adult film industry has steadfastly refused to take any steps to protect its workers from diseases spread by blood-borne pathogens, resulting in thousands of employees becoming infected with sexually transmitted diseases.'"

 roadChildren of God: film tackles homophobia in the Bahamas.

Dali  roadAfter delay, Government-backed gay bar opens in Dali, China: "The venue aims to provide a place where homosexuals can meet in a relaxed atmosphere and get information about HIV/AIDS prevention. It was due to open on World AIDS Day on December 1 with the support of the local government, which invested 120,000 yuan (17,600 dollars) in Zhang's charity, but volunteers were put off by the intense media attention sparked by the news."

 roadKaty Perry under fire for transphobic tweet.

OLOUGHLIN  roadThe best thing about The Back-Up Plan?

 roadRep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), who said he plans to fight marriage equality in D.C., is at odds with his family over LGBT issues: "I am the only member of my family who is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I am a convert."

 roadIs Lou Engle planning to take anti-gay The Call to Uganda?

 roadHugh Jackman takes a white load in the face.

 roadAlicia Silverstone remembers Brittany Murphy.

 roadBoy George in court plea to be able to join Celebrity Big Brother in the UK: "The singer - real name George O'Dowd - was convicted of assault and falsely imprisoning a rent boy earlier this year. He was freed early and is tagged and on curfew. Unless the conditions of his release on licence are altered, the singer, aged 48, will not be able to take part in CBB. Newspaper reports say he has already agreed a £200,000 fee to take part in the show. Probation Service lawyers argue that allowing George to use the show to promote his status as a celebrity and earn 'a lucrative sum of money' could undermine public confidence in the criminal justice system. It would also pose 'a high level of risk' to the reputation of the London Probation Service. The case is being treated as urgent as CBB starts on January 3."

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  1. andy, that hugh jackman story teaser is among your best work. well done.

    Posted by: b mac | Dec 22, 2009 2:51:49 PM


  2. Filming porn is a voluntary activity and the healthy Nazis at the AIDS Healthcare Foundation should mind their own business. Do we really want the state starting to regulate what sort of voluntary sex people may have? They do too much of that already. They sound like the Moral Majority that wanted to ban sex they don't approve of. If adults voluntarily have sex, whether or film or not, then it is no one else's business. What about amateur porn? If a couple film their own escapade and then put it up on X-Tube, do the Aids Gestapo want to have them arrested for not using a condom?

    Posted by: CLS | Dec 22, 2009 3:49:27 PM


  3. Re: "The Back-Up Plan"

    Wow that guy is hot and very natural looking. What is it about those darn Australians!

    Going by the trailer, looks like it will be a pretty good movie.

    Posted by: sparks | Dec 22, 2009 4:32:39 PM


  4. Alex O’Loughlin is the actor in Back-Up-Plan. I've been drooling over him since he stared in the short lived TV show Moonllight, playing one of those 'good' vampires who don't drink blood from the living.

    He now stars in Three Rivers on CBS, about a hospital that does transplants, I tried to watch, too depressing.

    He is a real hottie.

    Posted by: patrick nyc | Dec 22, 2009 6:10:01 PM


  5. Weinstein of AHF is well known to be one of the biggest publicity whores around, and that's saying something in an industry filled with professional escorts. He will say anything, to anyone, if he thinks it will get him quoted.

    For instance, "thousands of employees becoming infected"... umm, where's the evidence? Are we talking about gonorrhea? A cold? Or is it incredibly misleading since he heads the AIDS Healthcare Foundation? To whit, there has been 1 -- thats ONE -- CONFIRMED case of HIV transmission, and it was on the straight side of the biz, under extremely circuitious circumstances. Those "16 cases" Weinstein goes around shouting about? Oh yeah, CalOSHA and the LA County Department of Health admitted they were wrong, err, corrected the record that the cases were not among industry professionals, but among applicants who tested positive prior to ever working on the set, and were therefor, not attributable to anything to do with the making of porn.

    Weinstein's record is something less than honest and forthright, and everyone needs to keep that in mind whenever he comes up.

    Posted by: Jamie | Dec 22, 2009 6:37:34 PM


  6. A snowball in the face. That's it? Really? Really?

    Posted by: Joe Perez | Dec 22, 2009 11:19:32 PM


  7. Alex O’Loughlin...WOOF.

    Australian men are hot as fuck.

    Posted by: Brad | Dec 22, 2009 11:30:41 PM


  8. Re: "Children of God" -- I just want to emphasize beyond the link and the story just how HUGE it is to have a film dealing with homophobia, produced and filmed in the country, OPEN the Bahamas Int'l Film Festival. This is very big. Thanks to Towleroad for highlighting it! Full disclosure: the filmmaker is a friend of mine. I couldn't make it to the festival, but have seen the film, and it is a pretty amazing achievement to approach this subject matter as a local filmmaker. Look for it at film festivals near you!

    Posted by: So Left I'm Right | Dec 23, 2009 12:36:58 AM


  9. Hi CLS: In many respects I agree with you, and I too have little tolerance for the moralizing that often accompanies anti-AIDS campaigns (rather than a more "harm-reduction" approach where you make the risks known and let people decide for themselves). However, without more information, it seems to me that there may be certain steps the porn industry could take to minimize the threat, and we don't know (from this post) what the porn "workers" are being told. Are their concerns about risk being downplayed by executives who refuse to spend the money to offer testing for their employees? I suspect there may be a bit more to this story.

    Posted by: Aaron | Dec 23, 2009 10:59:27 AM


  10. It is not the responsibility of the government to tell people what kind of sex they can have any more than it is the government's responsible to fund research to prevent and/or find a cure for AIDS or any of the other STD's that people chose to expose themselves to. I'm sick of my tax money being spent trying to correct other people's stupidity. Let them have as much unprotected sex as they want and let them figure out how to deal financially, medically and mentally with the results. Your ARE NOT your brother's keeper!

    Posted by: ThomT | Dec 23, 2009 1:24:34 PM


  11. @ThomT, Great idea! While we're on it, let's stop funding cancer research (don't want to get sick? don't smoke, eat pure food, breathe pure air, drink pure water and have the common sense to choose good genetics) car safety (don't want to be injured? don't drive or ride in cars) global warming (move someplace cold, at high altitude, and store enough food for 50 years). In other word, you're right, people should take responsibility for themselves and stop using your tax money to fund their poor choices.

    Posted by: mcQuaidLA | Dec 26, 2009 5:03:16 PM


  12. ...which doesn't mean Michael Weinstein isn't a world-class tool...

    Posted by: mcQuaidLA | Dec 26, 2009 5:03:58 PM


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