News: Next Fall, Albatrosses, We Are The World, Quebec

 roadEarly AIDS doctor Bertram Schaffner dies at 97.

Harry  roadA wet ginger in Barbados.

 roadSome 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.

 roadObama should address gay rights at National Prayer Breakfast.

 roadGerard Butler says people will probably think he's romantically involved with his male costar.

 roadSarah 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."

Watw  road"We Are the World" all-star remake in the can.

 roadMadonna said to send Jesus back to the manger. Jesus puts on skateboard show.

 roadGay publication Atlanta Free Press struggling

 roadQuebec 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."

 roadLesbian albatrosses are now parents.

 roadRahm Emanuel apologizes for
referring to liberals as "retarded"

John_furnish  roadElton 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.

 roadLGBT 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."

 roadDaily Beast reporter plays with Grindr.

 roadIrish 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."