News: Next Fall, Albatrosses, We Are The World, Quebec
Early AIDS doctor Bertram Schaffner dies at 97.
A wet ginger in Barbados.
Some Utahns disappointed over backdown on LGBT rights legislation: "The choice has been made to roll over rather than go down swinging. Make the anti-gay legislators have their feelings be known and draw them into the spotlight. This just gives them another year to hide." Background.
Obama should address gay rights at National Prayer Breakfast.
Gerard Butler says people will probably think he's romantically involved with his male costar.
Sarah Palin's PAC spent more money buying her book than it did giving to candidates: "The papers filed over the weekend show SarahPAC spent $47,777 on copies of 'Going Rogue' during the last 6 months of the year. Meanwhile, she handed out just $43K in donations to candidates seeking federal office. The PAC bought the books from HarperCollins, Palin's publisher. The FEC reports show Palin has been purchasing the book to send to donors, some of whom got a copy after contributing a certain amount to the PAC."
"We Are the World" all-star remake in the can.
Gay publication Atlanta Free Press struggling...
Quebec to expand anti-homophobia policies: "Weil — who is also the minister responsible for the fight against homophobia — said the goal is to make Quebec a place where sexual minorities are equal in the eyes of the law, and of society. Already lauded as a province ahead of the pack on gay rights, Weil made big promises to gay Quebecers."
Lesbian albatrosses are now parents.
Rahm Emanuel apologizes for referring to liberals as "retarded".
Elton John and David Furnish sign on to production team for Broadway production of Next Fall, "a new play about the happiness, strains and religious differences between two gay men over the course of their five-year romantic relationship." Website.
LGBT hedge fund set to launch: "Hailing from the likes of Goldman Sachs, Prudential Financial, Inc., Bankers Trust and Chase Manhattan Bank, Anders Jacobsen and Paul Thompson plan to launch LGBT Capital in two parts. The first is a specialist Corporate Advisory and Investment Management Unit focused on the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) consumer market. The second will provide corporate advisory and business development services for companies that serve the LGBT consumer sector."
Daily Beast reporter plays with Grindr.
Irish Times publishes its first gay wedding announcement: "Vivian Cummins and Erney Breytenbach were married at their holiday home in Hermanus, South Africa, by the Reverend Pieter Oberholzer, on December 12th. As they spend every alternate Christmas there, they decided to avail of its climate for their big day. The major determining factor, however, was the fact that they could get married in South Africa, which is not possible for them, as two men, in Ireland."