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 roadWashington Post ombudsman continues to defend paper's coverage of D.C. marriage equality law: "The Post is not always sufficiently attuned to conservative perspectives. But with gay marriage coverage, the accusations of journalistic overkill are off base."

Hammerhead roadNice knowing you, hammerhead shark.

 roadYou'd get a "questioning look" too.

 roadSecurity increased at Tarleton State University in Stephenville, TX for production of Terrence McNally's play Corpus Christi, about a gay Jesus Christ: "School police Chief Justin Williams says university officers will be assisted with security by police in Stephenville, a city of 17,000 located 70 miles southwest of Fort Worth. Tarleton President F. Dominic Dottavio has said the play will be allowed because the school is committed to protecting and preserving freedom of thought, speech and expression."

 roadKansas Equality Coalition to rally at county courthouse in Wichita

 roadChristina Aguilera is not herself tonight.

 roadFresno College professor who relied on Bible to teach his biology courses and taught that homosexuality is a disease receives rebuke from administrators: "Dr. Lopez engaged in conduct that could result in the creation of a hostile learning environment by unreasonably interfering with students’ learning by making insulting comments directed at homosexuals...Instructors are not required to hide their own religious belief or non-belief, but they may not engage in religious indoctrination as Dr. Lopez did here." Now what?

 roadLypsinka unplugged!

 roadThe Onion News Network to be half-hour comedy series.

Cowtv  roadRussian farmer testing productivity of cows who watch Swiss Alps on LED TV.

 roadSF sushi restaurant sells "lesbionic roll".

 roadLISTEN: New Janet Jackson single "Nothing".

 roadFilm for Polaroid cameras to get revival, thanks to enthusiasts: "The company, called The Impossible Project, will sell film for SX-70 cameras made in the '70s as well as more recent cameras that take 600-series film. Each film pack will cost $21 and produce eight black-and-white images. The company plans to introduce color film this summer, and expects to make 1 million packs in the first year. The film will be sold online initially, but the company expects to make it available in some stores as well."

 roadInterview: Toni Collette discusses gay storylines on United States of Tara.

 roadDetails emerge of nightclub brawl that left drag queen Dixie Landers in a coma: "The jury will hear that a drunken Marcil had a verbal confrontation with Lefebvre on the gay bar’s patio after closing time, Tallim said. Lefebvre’s girlfriend, Sheri Rand, intervened, Tallim said. She and Marcil got into a physical fight and ended up on the ground. When they were pulled apart, Rand was bleeding profusely from the mouth. Lefebvre reacted by punching Marcil in the head, Tallim said. Marcil retreated inside and fell down some stairs."

 roadAlex Pettyfer strips down for Drama.

 roadApple deletes Grindr from iPhone app store. UPDATE: Deletion was reportedly a mistake, and app has been restored.

Kushner roadNew Tony Kushner epic, The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide to Capitalism and Socialism With a Key to the Scriptures, to have New York premiere next spring at Public Theatre.

 roadRegent/Here Media accused of not paying writers.

 roadStefano Tonchi named editor-in-chief of W magazine.

 roadWest Palm Beach, Florida city commission takes stand in support of repeal of gay adoption ban.

 roadHundreds counter-protest Westboro Baptist Church at College of Charleston.

 roadHRC President Joe Solmonese wins fashion award. "The president of the Human Rights Campaign favors designers Ann Demeulemeester, Billy Reid, and Dolce and Gabbana."

 roadExodus International statement sidesteps responsibility for Uganda "kill the gays" bill: "On its blog — but not its web site — the ex-gay activist umbrella group Exodus International today released a statement which sidesteps the organization’s well-documented role in fomenting antigay genocide legislation in Uganda. The statement is signed by board members and numerous regional coordinators and 'ministry' leaders."

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  1. Grindr has not been deleted - the report is wrong. (So I've heard.) ;)

    Posted by: JNJ | Mar 23, 2010 3:44:18 PM


  2. Anti-WBC protesters at the College of Charleston! I'm proud of my alma mater.

    Posted by: sam | Mar 23, 2010 3:44:37 PM


  3. 'Nothing' is Janet Jackson's new single and lead track featured in the upcoming flick 'Why Did I Get Married Too?' Jermaine Dupri -- co-producer and co-writer on the track (alongside Jackson and Brian Michael Cox) -- told MTV, "I can say this -- y'all haven't heard her sound like this in a long time." And Dupri's right. Although Jackson has always opted for more upbeat, R&B dance tracks, this ballad, with stripped-down production, refers back to her 'janet.' record -- specifically 'Again' and 'That's the Way Loves Goes.'

    The soundtrack will be available March 30

    Posted by: NdaNO | Mar 23, 2010 4:14:00 PM


  4. Re UN failing to help save sharks etc: anyone that derives pleasure from eating endangered species should find themselves gutted and fed back to the wildlife they're decimating.

    Posted by: casey | Mar 23, 2010 4:22:02 PM


  5. Thanks for the tips about the new Janet and Christina singles. I could use some new music and plan on buying the new Goldfrapp today, too.

    Posted by: DonnyB | Mar 23, 2010 4:30:02 PM


  6. WooHoo! I can get film for my Poloroid again!

    Posted by: Derek Washington | Mar 23, 2010 5:00:09 PM


  7. Unless Solomenese is independently wealthy, I want one lapel of that jacket he is wearing. My past contributions to HRC paid for it.

    Posted by: bading | Mar 23, 2010 5:33:12 PM


  8. i'm also very happy to hear about the revival of Polaroid film packets. I have at least 50 Polaroid Land cameras, although all but 3 of them are much older than the SX-70/600 versions, so I'll still be out of luck for those. I can't wait to shoot some new pics to use in my art.

    Posted by: casey | Mar 23, 2010 6:57:31 PM


  9. Corpus Christi is an extraordinarily powerful and harrowing performance to watch and to perform and produce. That's without the bullshit controversy and hate directed at it, and fatwas, literally. As an American act of rebellion towards that sort of intimidation it should be supported and seen, yet is is rather an ordeal and not really for everybody, even as the right to see it is. It's like a medieval morality play, updated and layered and worked for me when I got the rare opportunity to see a fine production of it in Fort Lauderdale a few years ago.That Christ is gay, Christ is Black, Christ is a woman, Christ is every variation of man, or nothing - Universal - is the basic original teaching of one of the main characters. What the original Jesus taught was radical, difficult, and offensive, and required his disciples to release their baggage at the door, this play succeeds in capturing that flavor.The truth of which is historically accurate even as the play story is culturally current, present day, and fictional. It's also not preachy, and does have a story continuity that is necessary for theater. Even the protesters outside the play, protesting without seeing or understanding, seem folded into the storyline and play itself, merging with the din that constitutes the chorus of confusing influence upon the characters throughout. Remarkable. Sure the script can be found and read, but unless it's seen on stage it's more like reading a movie in braille. I have not found a recorded performance of it anywhere, and have looked, which again makes it all the more difficult for small regional companies (the only ones who put this on, every few years) to produce it. Kudos to Tarleton State University, for what is still an audacious and principled and difficult position. Thanks. . And heartfelt real THANKS also to Terrence McNally - I tried to find somewhere online to thank him after I saw it, but could not find anywhere. Logical for one who would have to wade through ignorant hate mail to find it I understand. This will have to do for now.

    Posted by: JamesR | Mar 23, 2010 9:11:32 PM


  10. WTF is wrong with Asia? I thought to myself that it's wrong for me to accuse those fucking chinese and japanese for the near extinction of the shark species, but here they are, proving themselves! Fuck this! Hope they die like them. Ugh.

    Posted by: shello | Mar 23, 2010 10:21:31 PM


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