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Road Jailed Zimbabwean gay activists assaulted with glass bottles by police.

Cardigan RoadSummer trend: shirtless cardigans?

RoadAnglican Bishops in South Africa call for release of Steven Monjeza and Tiwonge Chimbalanga in Malawi: "As we have previously stated, though there is a breadth of theological views among us on matters of human sexuality, we are united in opposing the criminalisation of homosexual people. We see the sentence that has been handed down to these two individuals as a gross violation of human rights and we therefore strongly condemn such sentences and behaviour towards other human beings. We emphasize the teachings of the Scriptures that all human beings are created in the image of God and therefore must be treated with respect and accorded human dignity..."

RoadWATCH: The latest 'True Blood' mini-sode featuring vampire Bill.

RoadTwo suspects arrested in robbery and anti-gay assault of Toronto resident Chris Rabideau.

RoadThree plead guilty in attack on gay men in Wilmington, North Carolina. "Investigators say the victim's sexual orientation was a reason they were targeted in the beating."

Fetus  RoadItalian public health agency serves up fetus with a twist.

RoadMore than 50% of the American public now find gay relationships acceptable.

RoadStudy: lubricants used for anal sex increase HIV, STD transmission risk. "In one study involving nearly 900 men and women in Baltimore and Los Angeles, the researchers found that those who used lubricants were three times more likely to have rectal sexually transmitted infections (STIs). Another study that subjected popular over-the-counter and mail-order lubricants to rigorous laboratory tests discovered that many of the products were toxic to cells and rectal tissue. If in humans, these products have the same effect, the cells might be rendered more vulnerable targets for HIV infection than they already are."

Twinklight RoadThe Twilight gay porn adaptation.

RoadClay Aiken's boyfriend strips down in 'Broadway Bares' tease.

RoadCanada swoons over Gyllenhaal.

RoadEllen Degeneres forms record label, signs Greyson Chance.

RoadGregg Araki wins first Queer Palm at Cannes for Kaboom. "Awarded to a film for "its contribution to lesbian, gay, bi or trans" issues, the jury looked at a dozen movies before handing it to Araki for his university campus tale about a bisexual student convinced he is the witness of a gruesome murder." Clip.

RoadFacebook launches new privacy settings: what has changed.

RoadMcDonald's announces drink made of Shrek-jizz.

RoadBoy Culture comments on a big Madonna auction.

RoadFormer German spy and the man who loved him sentenced for leaking state secrets: "The 43-year-old German was sentenced to two years and three months in prison, while the 29-year-old Macedonian was given a suspended 14-month sentence. The Lieutenant Colonel in Germany's BND secret service was found guilty of betraying state secrets to the Macedonian interpreter who became his partner. Prosecutors said the lover had been allowed to read classified German documents as well as the agent's notebook computer during bedroom encounters in 2007 and 2008. The data leaks had seriously hampered German security interests abroad."

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  1. OMG, Sissy on True Blood? Yes! A Sordid Lives/True Blood mashup would be ta' die! Someone make this happen.

    Posted by: crispy | May 26, 2010 4:04:41 PM

  2. Beware of Astroglide and KY Jelly!!!

    Regarding the lube and anal sex post, here's a snippet from a POZ.com roundup on two related studies. It's shocking that these lube companies haven't done the research before:

    The second study evaluated the safety of five water-based lubes—Astroglide, Elbow Grease, ID Glide, KY Jelly and PRÉ—and one silicone-based lube Wet Platinum. Laboratory tests looked at the toxic affect the lubes might have on the epithelium, the layer of cells that act as a barrier inside the rectum.

    Researchers evaluated lubes based on viscosity (slipperiness), pH and osmolarity, which is a measure of its dissolved salts and sugars. Products that are hyperosmolar have a higher concentration of salts and sugars than skin cells. As a result, they leech water out of the skin cells, which dries them out and even kills them. Isomolar lubes contain the same amount of salts and sugars as skin cells. (PRÉ was the only isomolar lube in the study.) Researchers also looked at each lube’s affect on different types of cells and bacteria.

    Test results found that Wet Platinum and PRÉ were the safest, Astroglide was most toxic to cells and tissues, and KY Jelly has the worst effect on good bacteria (it wiped out an entire colony).

    Posted by: Trog | May 26, 2010 5:40:45 PM

  3. Just an editorial note .. Chris Rabideau was assaulted in Windsor, Ontario, not Toronto .. he may be a resident of Toronto, I don't know, but this happened in Windsor.

    Posted by: Steve | May 26, 2010 5:54:13 PM

  4. toxic lube? who[m] do I sue? [almost rhymed]

    Posted by: ACe | May 27, 2010 12:22:15 AM

  5. @TROG, should we go back to crisco or vegetable oil?

    Posted by: nic | May 27, 2010 3:06:52 AM

  6. OMFG!!! is this mean i am screwed? I swear to KY Jelly!!! what does this study even mean? Is this mean, when my partner and I use a condom and it didnt break, We'll get STI? how can STIs get transmitted if the condom didnt break? i thought as long as you use condoms and lube and it didnt break (minus the rimming), you're fine. I've got biannual STI/HIV tests and so far i am ok... Yes, we should sue KY! This is insane! I dont even know if i can sleep tonite with this article in my mind!

    Posted by: jake | May 27, 2010 1:24:58 PM

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