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Road I am going to be interviewed on Austin, TX radio show OUTCAST tonight sometime between 7 pm and 8pm EDT for those of you interested in listening. I believe it also streams live here.

Trevor RoadTrevor Donovan cleans up for Cosmo.

RoadBrad Pitt shaves his Billy Goat beard...

RoadNYC City Council declares July 13 'Day Against Homophobia'.

RoadMargaret Cho: "I very consciously dated many, many gay men."

RoadObama outlines HIV/AIDS strategy: "While acknowledging that 'increased investments in certain key areas are warranted,' the report does not propose a major increase in federal spending. It says the administration will redirect money to areas with the greatest need and population groups at greatest risk, including gay and bisexual men and African-Americans. The federal government now spends more than $19 billion a year on domestic AIDS programs." Strategy, Plan.

RoadThe Kids Are All Right blows up limited box office: "According to estimates provided by Rentrak earlier this afternoon, the critically acclaimed “Kids” grossed a massive $504,888 from just 7 theaters in 5 markets (New York, Los Angeles, Toronto, Chicago and San Francisco), averaging a quite staggering $72,127."

RoadAnderson Cooper awarded medal by Haitian government.

Road"Whore, wetback": Yet another Mel Gibson tape released.

RoadWhoopi Goldberg: Mel Gibson is not racist.

CubsRoadRare Barbary lion cubs born at Pennsylvania animal park: "The reason these cubs are so special, is Barbary Lions actually are extinct in the wild since 1921. They were basically hunted to extinction. They were sought after because they had a big thick mane that was impressive to the hunters and that's just what did them in."

RoadThe NOM hate bus got vandalized. Joe thinks they did it. Wouldn't be surprised.

RoadDrunk man survives ride on back of 5-meter long Saltwater Crocodile.

RoadNYC pays out $300K to officers in sexual harassment suit: "The city has agreed to pay $300,000 to settle a sexual harassment claim against Lt. Kieran Crowe, who blamed his behavior on jock itch, the Daily News has learned. Sgt. Dominic Coppola will receive $175,000 and Sgt. Sean Gallagher $125,000 in the agreement hammered out Monday in Manhattan Federal Court, according to their lawyer, Eric Sanders. Crowe retired from the NYPD in 2008 after he was found guilty in a department trial of rubbing his crotch, simulating masturbation and wiggling his tongue at the sergeants."

RoadLandon Donovan hits the pool in Vegas.

Bradbury RoadLesbian couple jailed in UK, charged with attacking a straight man who made a sexual advance.

RoadThe gay porn clips used in The Kids Are All Right were from COLT, the company confirms (site nsfw).

RoadMIXNER: Obama's Justice Department is not required to appeal the DOMA ruling. "The administration can just get rid of DOMA in one single decision by not appealing. No act of legislation is needed, the President can blame the courts if he wants to and we are one step closer to freedom. This is a brilliant no-brainer! Yet, so far, we haven't even received from the White House an acknowledgement that it was an important victory for LGBT freedom and the President hopes that the courts will continue to uphold our struggle. Nothing but silence from 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue."

RoadSmall Nebraska town in uproar over half-naked mannequin in store window.

RoadBritain's tabloids warn Lindsay Lohan of lesbian gang attacks in jail: "Everyone will want a piece of her. It will make them famous if they hurt Lindsay Lohan...Or if you get her to cry, the whole ward will laugh and people will love it - even the guards."

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  1. Trevor is prettier than David Chokachi was at 30 but I guess David was the better actor.

    More please.

    Posted by: Chad | Jul 13, 2010 3:03:57 PM

  2. I'm sure the attacking lesbians will employ a "straight-panic" defense... and who could have a problem with that?!

    I would have seen "Kids Alright" in SFO this wkend, but it was only showing at CineArts/Century (CEO funded YES on 8, big-time) so I'll wait for the wider release.

    Posted by: stephen | Jul 13, 2010 3:28:21 PM

  3. Correct me if I am wrong, but if the Justice Department does not appeal the DOMA case then the decision only applies to the Appeals Court that made the decision. The Supreme Court needs to make the decision for it to apply nationwide.

    Of course, the fact that the Supreme Court failed to hear the appeal might influence other circuits to rule the same way.

    Posted by: Charlie | Jul 13, 2010 6:55:02 PM

  4. Obama's HIV/AIDS Strategy is another fail. ADAP and Ryan White Care Act are facing major shortfalls resulting in growing waiting lists, major cuts to ADAP formularies, people being cut-oo from medications that they require to live. The estimated shortfall so far is about $150 million dollars. Obama's plan may provide $30 million in "redirected" spending. My partner and many of my friends are now scrambling to find other sources for medications they require to live.

    Drug companies will soon find themselves inundated with requests for humanitarian drug assistance from around the nation. How long before they say enough is enough and can no longer provide help?

    If you are diagnosed today and have no insurance or are not able to pay for medications and treatments for HIV/AIDS out of your own pocket, you are out of luck. Your life is in serious jeopardy.

    People are going to start getting sick, going to emergency rooms for services and dying as a result of this crisis. I don't think this is hyperbole. Those, I believe are facts. This president has done very little of any real substance for the gay community or the HIV/AIDS community at large. He's not an advocate, fierce or otherwise, just another smarmy hack politician, a professional bullshit artist, more literate than the last guy, but in reality not much better.

    I hated Bush, but when he occupied the White House ADAP wasn't in crisis and Ryan White had sufficient funds. I worked for Obama's campaign and voted for Obama and what have I got in return? I'll get to see my partner and some of my friends worry about where they'll get medications. And yes that is a selfish way to look at it because in the end all politics is local and personal.

    Obama has turned out to be a fraud and a liar. He has flip-flopped and sold his base down the river too many times to count. He has failed on DOMA, DADT and now when lives are in the balance he fails on ADAP/Ryan White. A couple of weeks funding cut from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan could put this crisis right.

    The ADAP cuts became effective July 1, 2010. I wonder when we'll see the first victim of these cuts die?

    Posted by: Bob R | Jul 13, 2010 6:59:44 PM

  5. NICE!! Time to BASH BACK bitches!!!

    Posted by: Ben | Jul 13, 2010 8:44:13 PM

  6. @ Bob

    I sympathize with you and your partner, but I'm sorry you're wrong. The CDC under direction from Obama's Health Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has increased funding for HIV testing services in the tune of $31.5 million and a total of $142.5 million will be awarded to state and local health departments in eligible jurisdictions to increase HIV testing in health care and non-health care settings.

    The Obama Administration has also directed $25 million in emergency funding to states for ADAP:

    The biggest deterrent to the spread of HIV is people simply knowing their status.

    State and local governments are strapped right now due to the economic recession; teachers, police officers, and other city workers and city services have been cut to meet state and local budgets. That is what the Economic Recovery and Investment Act was for.

    This is the first comprehensive HIV/AIDS strategy that we've ever had so the Obama administration should be commended for it. We've come a long way from the Reagan days when he wouldn't even utter the words gay, hiv, or aids, until very late in his presidency while millions of Americans were dying without dignity across the country in the 80s.

    Posted by: Brian in Texas | Jul 13, 2010 8:44:13 PM

  7. Just heard the stream of Outcast; good interview Andy.

    Posted by: Brian in Texas | Jul 13, 2010 8:46:17 PM

  8. @Brian in Texas: The ADAP shortfall is now about $129-150 million. In SE Ohio, we've kicked about 325 people off the ADAP program and have drastically reduced the ADAP formulary. I am on the board for the area's AIDS Task Force, so I know this is true. I attended the meeting just a week ago explaining the cuts in drugs and services where we were told "life's a bitch", the economy is bad, there just isn't any money. Why spend money testing and identifying new cases of HIV/AIDS when once they are identified, if they cannot afford to pay for their medications and care they won't get any? "Sorry, your HIV test came back positive. We'll refer you to a doctor and if you need to start on medications (the recommendation for starting anti-retrovirals by the way has been lowered so you must start sooner) hopefully you have insurance or can afford to buy them, otherwise welcome to the waiting list."

    I hope I'm wrong and you're right, but from my viewpoint $25 million for ADAP, divided among 48-50 states with 12 states in major financial crisis and when $150 million is currently needed with that number due to get bigger once more infected people are identified, just doesn't cut it. But, there's plenty of money to pour down the rat hole in Iraq and Afghanistan. Plenty of money to take lives, but none to save them. Some country. Some president.

    Posted by: Bob R | Jul 13, 2010 9:29:15 PM

  9. Isn't Trevor Donovan like 30 years old or something? No wonder the other guys on 90210 look like babies compared to him?

    Posted by: Glenn | Jul 14, 2010 10:31:50 AM

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