News: Tel Aviv, Sonia Sotomayor, The Situation, Hubble’s Deep Field

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GLAAD launches online petition against Buju Banton Grammy noms.

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Phoenix city councilman Tom Simplot and his partner David Smith, who were first to sign up for the city's domestic partner registry, have split.

Firth

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Tom Ford photographs, discusses Single Man cast for V magazine.

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Does Mariah Carey H.A.T.E.U???

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A Gay Hockey Kid's Life (via outsports).

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Preliminary witness list for federal challenge to Prop 8 revealed.

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Teen seeks $4 million from Tel Aviv LGBT youth center for injuries sustained during attack: "Yonatan Buks, 15, suffered internal damage when he was shot in the
lower extremities of his body. He is undergoing rehabilitation and has
difficulty speaking, Ynetnews reported Tuesday."

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Air Force acknowledges existence of stealth spy plane.

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Williams College hit by homophobic graffiti incident.

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Sonia Sotomayor uses term "undocumented immigrant" rather than "illegal immigrant" for first time ever in SCOTUS opinions.

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Tom Brady making a bunch.

Situation

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Jersey Shore's "The Situation" defends his Guido-ness.

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Barney Frank endorses Sestak over Specter in Pennsylvania Senate race.

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Whatever happened to Ennis Del Mar? The Autry National Center of the American West takes a look at LGBT representation in the American West at a panel discussion this weekend in L.A: "Moderated by Virginia Scharff, author and professor of history/director of the Center for the Southwest at the University of New Mexico, the panel includes Los Angeles Times and NPR film critic Kenneth Turan; Peter M. Nardi, Ph.D., author and professor of sociology at Pitzer College; and William Handley, associate professor of English at the University of Southern California and editor of The Brokeback Book (forthcoming)."

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Maine reporter fired for personal email against marriage equality.

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Sacha Baron Cohen sued by Bethlehem grocer and peace activist over Bruno film: "Comedian Sacha Baron Cohen's attempt to pretend that he interviewed a notorious terrorist leader in the film Bruno may cost him $110 million in damages – 80 percent of the movie's gross box office earnings.

That's the sum demanded by Ayman Abu Aita, a Palestinian grocer and peace activist from Bethlehem who says his life has been ruined byBaron Cohen's movie."

Deepfield

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Hubble goes deep…very deep.

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Kabul contractors' $189 million contract dumped by State Department following exposé of hazing practices.

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Jessica Simpson smashes some pumpkins.

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Episcopal Bishop Mary Glasspool speaks out about election: ''I've had hundreds, probably a thousand, e-mails from people all
over the world who don't know me but who are expressing through the
fact of my election a pride in the Episcopal Church. 'I've committed
my life as a life of service to the people of Jesus Christ, and what
hurts is the sense that anybody might have that my name or my
servanthood could be perceived as divisive.''

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Canada lifts ban on gay bone marrow donors.

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Nebraska Supreme Court rejects appeal by Westboro Baptist Church in flag desecration case: "Police arrested Phelps-Roper for wrapping a flag around her waist as a skirt and allowing her son to stand on another flag as she and other members of the church picketed the Bellevue, Neb., funeral of a soldier killed in Iraq.

Represented by the American Civil Liberties Union of Nebraska, Phelps-Roper argued that she was exercising her constitutional right to 'symbolic expression' in disobeying a law passed in the 1970s against 'mutilating, defacing, defiling, burning or trampling' on a flag."

Comments

  1. crispy says

    Billy Corgan and Jessica Simpson are dating? Did not see that one coming.

    Wow, not only is alt-rock officially dead, it’s onetime goldenboys are jumping up and down on its grave. And apparently banging Jessica Simpson over its tombstone.

  2. J. Bocca says

    The Situation is annoying. Barf.

    And I have a question, IF we can get picture of different galaxies so clear that we can actually SEE the spiraling of them, how come we cannot get upclose pictures of stars and other planest within our OWN galaxy. I dont understand that???

  3. David says

    Mary Glasspool is not yet a bishop in the Episcopal Church. She has been elected only by the Diocese of LA. She still must receive consents from a majority of diocesan bishops and their standing cmtes. Currently, it is unclear if she will receive enough consents to be consecracted a bishop.

  4. PM says

    That Sacha Baron Cohen story is just disgusting – how irresponsible can film-makers to fraudulently label someone a terrorist in that part of the world?!

    They could easily have the blood of an innocent family on their hands, and an innocent family of peace charity workers no less.

    Assuming the facts are indeed in Abu Aita’s favor, I sincerely hope he does work away with all the millions and put them to good use.

  5. hadassah weinreb says

    Does anyone know why Jamie Bell bailed out of the Simple Man project? Meantime, Matt Goode & Firth in the same film…a veritable passing of the torch.

  6. says

    This one section is why I am a fan of Towleroad.

    Where else would I get the links for LGBT news, some gossip, inside film stuff, hot guidos AND The Beast of Kandahar?

    Keep up the good work in 2010 Andy and all of you guys!

  7. TANK says

    We can, bocca. But the pictures are so shocking that it would cause panic. No, it can only pick out traces of tiny planets around other stars in other solar systems in the milkway, because it’s not that powerful. Those tiny little red dots are actually galaxies, not stars…so imagine trying to pick out a planet from a star in a star cluster in one of those galaxies. It’d be easier by several orders of magnitude to locate a needle in a haystack….that was the size of alaska. Simple explanation of how we indirectly identify them is by measuring the difference in light output of the star blocked by the orbiting planet as opposed to when it is unobstructed.

  8. JckffJmmy says

    As much as WBC and what they do disgust me. I think she had every right to wrap the flag around herself. The government does not have the right to quiet dissent in any form.

  9. JTlvr says

    The Situation is the only guy on that show that raised my unwaxed eyebrows, so to speak. A little questionable… I’d be the first in line to try him out!

  10. anon says

    There’s a huge problem with unconstitutional laws remaining on the books, which in NY means that various loitering laws are still used against gay men despite several attempts to get the police to stop enforcing them. If you get arrested for loitering in NY, don’t plead guilty, get a good lawyer and make sure the judge understands current law.

  11. shane says

    The word is “ILLEGAL” – don’t fucking whitewash it. If you do something against the law (in this case immigration laws of the U.S.) it is called: ILLEGAL. Sotomayor is a joke.

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