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 roadDubai hotel frees whale shark.

Buschbaum  roadHis name was Yvonne: German pole vaulter Balian Buschbaum.

 roadSenator Chuck Schumer signals commitment to inclusion of LGBT provisions in comprehensive immigration reform: "I support [UAFA] and I am working on introducing a comprehensive package that would address this issue along with a host of immigration issues . . . At this time, I believe that the only way to pass meaningful and effective immigration reform is through a comprehensive bill, not through piecemeal legislation."


 roadJanet Jackson announces release date of new single, called "Nothing".

 roadBo Bice (remember him?) becomes 'Bob' Bice

 roadTom Brady grows it out.

 roadNice knowing you, Bluefin tuna: "Global talks on the conservation of endangered species have rejected calls to ban international trade in bluefin tuna, raising new fears for the future of dwindling stocks. Countries at the meeting of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (Cites) in Qatar voted down a proposal from Monaco to grant the fish stronger protection. The plan drew little support, with developing countries joining Japan in opposing a measure they feared would hit fishing economies."


Mcginley  roadThe NYT 'T' magazine pays a visit to the studio of Ryan McGinley.

 roadChicago Mayor Daley appoints new chair to gay advisory council: "Elizabeth Kelly will serve a three-year term as chairperson of the Advisory Council on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Issues. Kelly is a professor of women's and gender studies at DePaul University. She was a founding member of DePaul's interdisciplinary program in lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender studies."

 roadGay Facebook founder Chris Hughes starts Jumo.com, a social platform for global volunteerism: "Think of the site as philanthropy, volunteerism and social networking all rolled into one. It's a platform that will connect people and organizations around the world, and Hughes is arguably the most well-known tech entrepreneur to enter the still evolving global space." Site.

 roadThe SF Chronicle discovers Grindr.

 roadKiller of gay bar manager up soon for parole.

Vman  roadVman modeling search winners announced (site possibly nsfw).

 roadSiem Reap, Cambodia's gay haven: "Homosexual acts are not outlawed in Cambodia, as they are in a few Southeast Asian countries, but outward displays of affection and untraditional lifestyles are rare. Yet in Siem Reap, a small town that gets about a million tourists a year, gay visitors and locals are carving out a little haven. In the last few years, a small flurry of gay-friendly bars, restaurants and hotels has opened up in the city’s center and beyond, with wink-wink names like the Golden Banana and Cockatoo."

 roadFacebook deletes Seattle gay youth group.

 roadAtlanta Eagle lawsuit grows: "Thirty-one Atlanta police officers have been added to a federal lawsuit that complains patrons of a gay nightclub were ordered to lie on the Atlanta Eagle Bar floor, on spilled beer and broken glass, while enduring insults about their homosexuality. The suit, originally filed in November, was expanded Wednesday to include six more bar employees and contractors, bringing the total to 28 people who say they were victimized during the highly publicized raid on Sept. 10."

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  1. My hubby and I are actually planning a trip to Siem Reap (and other Southeast Asian spots) in a couple of months, so the Times article is perfect, thanks!

    Posted by: Jeff | Mar 19, 2010 3:37:30 PM


  2. How about a NSFW tag on that VMAN website. Geez...

    Posted by: John | Mar 19, 2010 3:40:11 PM


  3. So Facebook deemed the Seattle gay youth group offensive but let Westboro Baptist maintain a page? I'd love to hear the logic behind that.

    Posted by: Jay | Mar 19, 2010 4:13:25 PM


  4. Dubai hotel frees whale shark. How nice!

    Nicer if they freed themselves of their fundamental homophobia.

    Still, it's good to see world wide campaigning can actually achieve results - go Sammy girl go.

    Posted by: Glynn | Mar 19, 2010 4:28:23 PM


  5. Chaz Bono should emulate that shedude vaulter...she/he is HOT!!

    Posted by: jake | Mar 19, 2010 4:35:44 PM


  6. Siem Reap is hardly some gay paradise. When I was there last year I got propositioned by boys who couldn't have been older than 13.

    Yes, there were some pleasant bars and a friendly vibe, but I think it's destined to become a sex tourism destination (like it's neighbor, the much better-off but still struggling Thailand) because those poor destitute kids will do literally anything for a few bucks. It was heartbreaking.

    Posted by: Paul R | Mar 19, 2010 4:48:50 PM


  7. Jake: HE, he is hot. Jesus Christ. There is not she/he about it. He is male.

    Posted by: David | Mar 19, 2010 4:55:29 PM


  8. hehehe he,she,it or whatever, I'm saying HE is Hot...altho hot in a gay guy way...i checked out HIS website, he poses like a gay guy..not that there's anything wrong with it ;)

    Posted by: jake | Mar 19, 2010 6:22:47 PM


  9. Jake, your choice of words sounds subtly negative toward both gay and transgendered people simultaneously, though it's hard to tell if that's your intention.
    I don't know what Balian's sexual orientation is, and it really probably doesn't matter to any of us, unless somebody here who has dreams of dating him lives in his German neighborhood. He is an exceptionally handsome man.

    Posted by: GregV | Mar 20, 2010 3:12:38 AM


  10. Per his website he is interested in women. And I agree completely with GregV.

    Posted by: Jay M | Mar 20, 2010 8:03:16 AM


  11. When I was in Siem Reap, I didn't notice it was gay friendly. Than again, I wasn't there as a tourist either, so I wouldn't have notice.

    Posted by: Gyeong Hwa Pak | Mar 21, 2010 10:31:33 PM


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