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 roadAl Sharpton is Team Harold Ford Jr.

Frog  roadTransparent frog among 30 new species discovered in coastal rainforests of western Ecuador: "The team of scientists, who work for Reptile and Amphibian Ecology International, also identified four new species of stick insect, three species of lungless salamanders, a tiny, scaly-eyed gecko known as Lepidoblepharis buschwaldii and a bushmaster – the longest viper in the world."

 roadMadonna wants to have Jesus' baby.

 roadCoachella music fest announces 2010 line-up.


 roadBudding "ex-gay" sounds off: "But for the first time in my life, I’ve been getting to know girls. It’s been a blast. As a teacher, I find them naturally adept at flying helicopters. They listen and they are good at multi-tasking. They are fun to be around and sometimes they’re pretty."

 roadGays in Buffalo, NY rally in response to recent gay bashings: "he evening was light by candlelight as the hundreds gathered moved through Buffalo's historically gay neighborhood. Allentown is the home to many glbt residents, businesses and most of the area's gay bars. Many observers were clearly moved as the participants began to move their candlelight procession down Allen Street towards Main Street. This marked the first time in recent memory that there has been any public demonstration of gay civil rights in Allentown."

 roadVideo: Katy Perry and Timbaland in "If We Ever Meet Again".

Bomer  roadWhite Collar actor Matt Bomer, who recently said he's not bothered by gay rumors, once posed for the cover of a gay novel.

 roadScott Brown is White Obama.

 roadUgandans threaten U.S. product boycott over anti-gay bill: "Sempa said, 'Most Ugandans do not support homosexuality. We are to launch a campaign against consumption of US, UK, and Canada products in Uganda if those countries continue to threaten our country because of the anti gay bill. We will make people stop buying Coca Cola, Pepsi Cola and other products from USA.' Ugandan observers however claim that while the government might not tolerate Sempa’s declarations due to the high economic stakes, Sempa’s threats, if realised, could prove risky for Ugandans as it could put a high number of people out of work."

 roadThe state of gay media in Atlanta.

 roadNJ gay groups target Senator Kean, who voted "no" on marriage equality bill: "Mannix said it wasn't simply Kean's 'no' vote on the measure that sparked the movement against him. It was mainly a speech Kean delivered on the floor of the Senate prior to the vote, he said."

 roadHugh Jackman must spend half his life shirtless in the water.

Depp  roadJohnny Depp does GQ.

 roadKelly Orr, lead singer of the band Teen Hearts, is a loser.

 roadNewt's list: "Among the other Republican candidates Gingrich named as possible 2012 contenders included former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee. Also included on Gingrich's list are Govs. Tim Pawlenty of Minnesota, Mitch Daniels of Indiana, Haley Barbour of Mississippi, Rick Perry of Texas and Bobby Jindal of Louisiana. South Dakota Sen. John Thune may also be a potential candidate, Gingrich said."

 roadSpeculation surrounds Sydney Mardi Gras line-up.

 roadWhy the sudden shift by China on gay rights? "Chinese forums are awash with the debate, another sign that things may be changing. One poster even joked that tóng xìng (same-sex) relationships could be the answer to the country's lopsided boy-to-girl ratio. It is estimated that by 2020 around 24m Chinese men of marrying age will be without spouses."

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  1. #boycottUganda

    If they pass the bill, stop sending them goods. Boycott those companies that do business in Uganda. And don't participate in their Ecotourism. And tell them why.

    Posted by: Robert | Jan 19, 2010 3:12:19 PM


  2. Fuck Uganda, I bet they will not boycott the millions they get in handouts from our country.

    Sad that a race baiter mlike Sharpton Has so much clout with the DNC and elections in general.

    Posted by: ousslander | Jan 19, 2010 3:20:32 PM


  3. That budding ex gay opinion piece was a veritable panoply of antigay tropes, and separately is quite a pathetic example of desperation. You're seeing more of a midlife crisis play out in someone who is clearly lonely and resentful of that fact. The confluence of loneliness and resentment due in part to no small measure of entitlement. I'd feel sorry for him if he weren't so glaringly bitter and cliche. I mean, it's redundant to class his rambling diatribe (and that is pretty much what it is) as self loathing, but you realize he's never liked himself enough to honestly participate in his own life, and never will. This is just another excuse to deny reality, either from mental illness or a despair fueled suspension of disbelief...that all ex gays cling to. Oh well. You can't save people from themselves. You can just enjoy the ride...and know when to get off--no pun intended.

    Posted by: TANK | Jan 19, 2010 3:25:47 PM


  4. Uganda better be careful - when you don't have shit it's hard to boycott stuff.

    Since when can menopausal women have babies?

    Posted by: Shane | Jan 19, 2010 3:37:16 PM


  5. If anyone ever asks me, my type is a 5'7" Hugh Jackman who reads. If that's you, I'm single.

    Posted by: Alex | Jan 19, 2010 3:39:25 PM


  6. Matt Bomer isn't bothered by the gay rumors... yeah, wonder why? Having boyfriends and photos kissing them alllll over the internet would probably desensitize him to those gay "rumors" too.

    Posted by: Terry Jaxxon | Jan 19, 2010 3:42:17 PM


  7. Got to say that my gut reaction to the Chinese changes was the same as that forum poster - the folks in charge of a country with strict population control and a massive surplus of single-men MUST have at least contemplated that mainstream man lovin' is just what they need.

    Posted by: PM | Jan 19, 2010 3:44:47 PM


  8. I think it is cute how Hugh Jackman's daughter clearly has him wrapped around her little finger.

    Posted by: jerry | Jan 19, 2010 3:46:33 PM


  9. Uganda can fuck off and die; please do boycott us, then the U.S. will have even less reason to care as you disintegrate.

    On Newt's list: And this IS a very, very reasonable list of the unreasonable types who will be strong contenders in 2012 if progressives continue to be so pissy that our leaders aren't perfect. Guess what? Conservatives wish for their leaders to be perfect, but they're smart enough to take when they can fucking get and vote, vote, vote. I'll be curious to see how much sense all the marriage angst will make in 2013 with a President Palin or Perry or Thune. It's ridiculous. People blame Obama for not being tough enough legislatively, and they are right; he botched HCR, no doubt about it. But progressive voters seem to be identically flawed—all gung-ho in the beginning then unable to withstand the heat. I guess, after all, we'd be better off with someone we expected to be a conservative Democrat, because then we wouldn't be taking any let-downs so personally and could instead focus on gaming the system to get all we can get out of it.

    Posted by: Matthew Rettenmund | Jan 19, 2010 3:51:04 PM


  10. I've had that Alex Sanchez novel for a few years (as well as the two that followed in the series) and it wasn't until I saw it on another site that I realized it was Matt Bomer. I do remember noting that he looked nothing like the description of his character (a Latino kid named Jason Carillo) - they did get a different guy for the other two books who looked more the part. Just found the quote (via AfterElton.com):

    "The graphic designer in charge of the cover was trying to find a really hot-looking model to portray the Jason character, since in the novel, Jason is the high school's handsome star athlete," author Alex Sanchez tells me. "Unfortunately, all the really hot models cost more money than was in the publisher's budget.

    "As it happened, one evening the graphic designer was at a party at the editor's and she saw Matthew across the room," Alex continues. "She grabbed the editor and said, 'That's him! That's Jason! He'd be perfect.'

    "The editor replied, 'But he doesn't look anything like how Jason is described in the book.'

    "'That's okay,' the designer argued. 'He's hot! He'll get people to pick up the book.'

    "And indeed," Alex says, "he has."

    Posted by: CanadiaN | Jan 19, 2010 3:54:19 PM


  11. All I can say is - thank heaven Hugh can't keep a shirt on him.

    Posted by: Mike in the Tundra | Jan 19, 2010 4:02:56 PM


  12. Whether there's any movement in China will depend largely on the provinces of Hong Kong and Taiwan. While these are the two smallest states in China, they are also the most economically developed areas.

    An anti-discrimination bill has been stalled in Hong Kong's legislature since 2007. Hong Kong is already part of the PRC. And any movement there would have a direct impact on the politics of China.

    Taiwan already bans discrimination against gays in employment and housing. And it has been debating civil unions and same-sex marriage since 2003. While Taiwan is not definitely not a part of the PRC, China lays claim to the territory. And the communists have, in recent years, sweetened the "reunification" pot by offering the Taiwanese full autonomy over matters such as family law. If the territory returns to Chinese rule peaceably, it is likely any law allowing same-sex unions would remain in place. That will probably force Beijing to discuss recognizing same-sex unions on the mainland. Generally, the Chinese elite dislikes chaos and uncertainty. And California style dramatics - where it is legal one minute and illegal the next - would be looked upon very dimly by the authorities.

    Posted by: John | Jan 19, 2010 4:09:14 PM


  13. Uganda wants to boycott the US? Bring it.
    The less the USA is involved with these inherently homohating countries the better.

    Posted by: SFshawn | Jan 19, 2010 4:14:05 PM


  14. The US gave $138 million in aid money to Uganda in 2008. In comparison we exported $88.5 million in goods to them.

    The idea that they are either going to boycott us or that it would have anything resembling a significant economic impact on us is laughable and ridiculous.

    Posted by: John M | Jan 19, 2010 4:32:36 PM


  15. If Hugh would only get on with the program and start wearing speedos. I mean, he's Australian, isn't he? I thought they ALL wear speedos!

    Posted by: hugo | Jan 19, 2010 4:36:05 PM


  16. The ex-gay piece is disgusting, but by the end I was feeling sorry for the man. He is clearly unhappy with his life and thinks the panacea is having children; said children would have to grow up with a father who is completely unhappy in his marriage. He's also an idiot of course; I've never met anyone who so fundamentally misinterpreted the end of The Great Gatsby to be what a person should do.

    Posted by: Zach | Jan 19, 2010 4:46:44 PM


  17. "If the territory returns to Chinese rule peaceably, it is likely any law allowing same-sex unions would remain in place."

    The odds of that happening within the next generation are 5-10% at best. I think it more likely that Israel and Palestine will come to terms.

    Posted by: Zach | Jan 19, 2010 4:49:46 PM


  18. Hugh is more amphibian than that see through frog -- and no to speedos -- Hugh doesn't want us to get to clear a picture of the baby maker.

    Posted by: David B. 2 | Jan 19, 2010 4:56:14 PM


  19. That guy isn't ex-gay, he wants a brood mare so he can make a baby to give him unconditional love...until it becomes a teenager.

    Posted by: Hank | Jan 19, 2010 5:50:03 PM


  20. So the ex-gay gets to not only screw up his life, but the poor woman who falls for his shit and the kid. Nice values.

    Posted by: patrick nyc | Jan 19, 2010 6:22:55 PM


  21. Because of an aversion to working on weekends and the story about Matt Bomer on this site last week, I spent Sunday night watching the entire first season of White Collar. It's a fairly engaging show, but I kept wondering if I'd be watching it if he weren't so adorable. And I decided: who cares?

    If those are the best names Gingrich can come up with, I'm not worried. He might as well add Dan Quayle. Republicans are cutthroat partisans, but even they've learned not to put an absolute moron up for president unless s/he knows how to follow the script (like W). All of those intellectual lightweights are also loose cannons and would further embarrass the GOP. Not to mention that aside from Texas, none are from states with strong political influence. (Massachusetts doesn't count---it's not going to vote GOP for president.)

    I think Newt is just hoping someone will say, Well why not you, ol' buddy! And he'd say yes in a heartbeat. His ambition knows no limit. The GOP better hope its version of Bill Clinton appears mighty soon.

    Posted by: Paul R | Jan 19, 2010 7:34:32 PM


  22. Madonna's baby kit isn't broken yet?

    Posted by: Jerry | Jan 19, 2010 8:16:03 PM


  23. Ok, i know this sounds incredible but no reason to lie really. I met the ex gay guy... and it was freakin disgusting
    was sometime in feb 09 i think, and he wanted to have sex in some public place... really disgusting. cant believe its him, but i wouldnt forget that face, and his creepy "im patrick", that guy gave me nightmares

    Posted by: student | Jan 19, 2010 8:55:22 PM


  24. So, student, did you use protection? I hope for your sake that you did.

    Posted by: TANK | Jan 19, 2010 9:17:30 PM


  25. The "ex gay" is just a numbskull. Maybe he needed money and agreed to put his name and picture to a story that I doubt he entirely wrote. So lame.

    Posted by: Paul R | Jan 19, 2010 10:58:37 PM


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