News: Arizona, Ken Mehlman, Kansas, Ted Olson, Swimsuits

 roadUniversity of Arizona creates workaround for this heinous act by Jan Brewer.

Bertroche  roadTrunk show, starring Ryan Bertroche.

 roadIndonesia has its chain-smoking baby, and Philadelphia has its beer-chugging toddler.

 roadIraqi LGBT expresses concern about UK deportation of 100 Iranian asylum seekers tomorrow: "This group will certainly contain deeply closeted gay people and they will be at extreme risk of torture and murder in Baghdad."

 roadRabbi who recorded Helen Thomas mocks Mexicans in a weatherman skit.

 roadManhunt's 'Assfinder' to take on Grindr.

 roadAnti-gay bullying assault incident at Mount Si High School in Snoqualmie, Washington raises questions about school responsibility: "Some who've followed Mount Si's history believe that administrators have not taken a stronger stance in defense of gay students — or those perceived to be gay — out of fear of community backlash.

Outspoken anti-gay rights pastor Ken Hutcherson and a group of parents in 2008 called for cancellation of the Day of Silence. They told the school board that the event was an example of Mount Si teachers forcing their liberal political agenda on students. When the day wasn't canceled, they urged parents to keep their students home. More than 100 held a prayer vigil outside the school."

 roadT.R. Knight has a new man.

Lawrence   roadAnti-gay assault victim in Lawrence, Kansas speaks out.

 roadRecent homophobic attack the latest in a new wave of anti-gay violence in Rome: "The attack was the latest in a string of assaults on gays, immigrants and even tourists that have been linked to extreme rightwing thuggery in the traditionally tolerant eternal city, fuelled by a spiralling consumption of alcohol and following the election of former neo-fascist, Gianni Alemanno, as mayor."

 roadPenguins play soccer. Wonder if they have a gay team?

 roadMilitary sexual assault victims push for changes from the Department of Defense: "They’re intimidated or punished or know that from the beginning that it’s useless. They’ll be seen as a traitor, a snitch and a weak soldier."

 roadGray whale spotted again off the coast of Spain.

 roadA bundle of fresh lies from GOP Illinois Senate candidate Mark Kirk.

Anteater  roadBaby anteater.

 roadAUDIO: Michelangelo Signorile talks to Prop 8 case lawyer Ted Olson. "We talked about how the case went, and where it goes from here. I presented him with the arguments of skeptics, legal scholars we've interviewed on the show in recent months.

We also discussed how the case, and his representation of gay couples suing for the right to marry, might have changed opinions on the right."

 roadPREVIEW: Katy Perry's 'California Gurls' video.

 roadMatthew Morrison to release non-Glee-related solo CD.

 roadCeline Dion has her own private water park.

 roadFormer RNC Chair Ken Mehlman bought a swank condo at gay ground zero in Chelsea, NYC. Lance Bass and Marc Jacobs are neighbors.

 roadWhere we came from: "The Earth and Moon are the result of a gigantic collision between two planets the size of Mars and Venus.
The collision took place in less than 24 hours and the temperature of the Earth was so high (7000º C), that both rock and metal melted.
The two planets collided at a time when both had a core of metal (iron) and a surrounding mantle of silicates (rock)."


  1. Miles says

    University of Arizona creates workaround for this heinous act by Jan Brewer

    While it is nice that we will benefit from their decision, it would have been nice if it wasn’t just financially motivated. They say so in their own press release.

    “The UA wanted to cover both gay and heterosexual relationships, because “in order for us to be competitive, to be able to attract talented people, we need to be able to offer benefits that other employers are offering,” said Allison Vaillancourt, UA vice president for human resources.”

    Too bad it wasn’t ” we did it because they are equal and we will not be forced to discrimiate against anyone!”

    They get ZERO credit in my book.

  2. Casual Reader says

    The Trunk show highlights how varied fashion can be. With Ryan modeling I can not tell the difference between the $25 and $600 trunks.

    As regards all these assaults, I again want to express how grateful I am that gathers these reports. This is history in the making, and I am looking forward to the day when this seemingly commonplace brutality will be a shameful part of the past.

    Also, this Prop 8 trial is going to be very engrossing over time, especially now Kagan joining the SCOTUS.

  3. Fahd says

    BTW, you wrote Iranian asylum seekers are being returned to Iraq. I think its Iraqis back to Iraq.

    Anyway, I wonder if this callous act is related to the new conservative government coming into power in the U.K.

    I could see Margaret Thatcher doing something so cold.

    Maybe some country (e.g. Canada)) will help them escape the forced repatriation. Why not?

  4. Rodney says

    Personally, I think the Rabbi is more offensive to me than the venerable Helen Thomas. The wrong she did was just in the location … she should have said the Jews should just go back to ISRAEL.

  5. jpeckjr says

    Re: Weather report skit — I found it troubling on three counts. It stereotyped Mexicans. It stereotyped Jews. It wasn’t funny. It really wasn’t funny.

    Re: Origins of the Earth and Moon story — Someone in the MSM is going to interview a religious Creationist about this new finding, to set up a “science vs. religion” conflict. The more interesting story would be comparing this scientifically based origins research with other scientifically based origins research. Let’s have a conflict between scientists for a change!

  6. Tony says

    How can I read this at work if there are CONSTANTLY pictures of shirtless men? Please, just stop. If people want to see that then they can go to xtube.

  7. sparks says

    Well, TONY, maybe you should just do work at work if folks there are so prudish that BEACH attire might offend. The rest of us enjoy Towleroad’s variety – including its occasional shirtlessness. It’s not like Andy is posting pics of fellatio or anything.

    If it’s that big a deal just read it when you get home.

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