News: Nick Jonas, Bollywood, ENDA, Howard Zinn, Ugly Betty
DC Agenda: Filibuster threat makes ENDA look unlikely in 2010.
Nick Jonas does Vman.
Only in New York, folks.
How Pope John Paul II got closer to Christ: "Pope John Paul II used to beat himself with a belt and sleep naked on the floor...The late pope had a particular belt for self-flagellation and brought it with him to his summer residence, according to the book, 'Why he is a Saint: The True story of John Paul II.'"
Ugly Betty canceled.
A few days ago I posted about Wheatland High School in Wyoming and the school district's decision to remove banners promoting tolerance. The students there have begun a petition campaign to get the district to put back the "No Place for Hate" banners. Sign it here.
Historian Howard Zinn dies at 87: "Howard Zinn, the Boston University historian and political activist who was an early opponent of US involvement in Vietnam and whose books, such as 'A People's History of the United States,' inspired young and old to rethink the way textbooks present the American experience, died today in Santa Monica, Calif, where he was traveling."
Dunno Y . . . Na Jaane Kyun: Bollywood's Brokeback?
London minicab driver gets 10 years for gay sexual assault.
Some Jersey Shore castmembers on the way back.
Proposed gay retirement community in Sonoma Valley struggles financially: "The hurdles facing the Lodge show what can happen to an unusual project in even a liberal Northern California town when some residents think the pace of development has outstripped the needs of neighborhoods. The Lodge has elicited a debate over the environmental impact of development and has also prompted questions about whether homophobia is a reason for the delay."
Boo: Second campaign to recall Portland Mayor Sam Adams raises $18K.
The Cheney family responds to the State of the Union address.
Tragic murder-suicide unfolding in Abilene, Texas: "Last Friday, Jan. 22, the Rev. Karen L. Johnson, pastor of Abilene’s Unity Church of Christianity, went to the home of one of her parishioners, Renata Antoinette Monet, to counsel Monet, who was going through the process to transition from male to female. Police say that when Johnson entered Monet’s mobile home that afternoon, Monet attacked her and stabbed her to death, and then committed suicide by hanging herself. The bodies of both women were discovered Saturday morning by church members that had become concerned about their minister’s absence and went to Monet’s home looking for the two."
San Francisco vigil held for gays in Honduras: "The first vigil took place first, when five gay and HIV/AIDS activists went to the consulate’s office, only to find it closed for the special day. We spent half an hour in the hallway, talking with people from other offices on the 8th floor. We snapped a few pics and thought to leave a message for the workers, when they return tomorrow. Our signs with Walter Trochez’s visage were taped to the consulate’s door, and a few were slipped under it. A small way to express our concern for the gay citizens of Honduras, especially those who’ve been murdered, and for the full protections of human rights protocols for all Hondurans."