News: Bullfighting, Russell Brand, NASCAR, Cape Town, CBS

Road  Same-sex marriage off to slow start in Portugal: 20 couples have married.

Bullfight RoadSpanish region of Catalonia bans bullfighting: "The ban — the first in mainland Spain — was hailed as a major victory by animal welfare groups that have long crusaded against what they consider to be a barbaric and outdated practice."

RoadRussell Brand wears his undies to church — for remake of Arthur.

RoadNathaniel Rogers hits the Mad Men premiere in Times Square.

RoadOld Spice's recent YouTube viral campaign was a huge success. Sales of its Body Wash are up 106%.

RoadGreat White Shark tagged off Cape Cod.

RoadCincinnati Episcopal priest resigns over gay issues within the church: "The Anglican Communion has been in a state of crisis for several years over the choice of the American Episcopal Church to ordain bishops living in openly homosexual relationships and to pronounce liturgical blessings on people living in same sex relationships."

RoadJoan Rivers spotted shooting her reality TV show.

RoadSorry, not yet. Probably never.

Askars RoadAlexander Skarsgard is the new face of Hickey Freeman.

RoadThe NYT looks at how marriage equality has affected Cape Town, South Africa: "More than 3,000 same-sex couples have been married in South Africa, with about half of those couples including at least one foreigner, the government says. The law permitting same-sex marriage has begun to pave the way for greater tolerance of homosexuality, advocates contend, and the weddings have provided a shot in the arm to companies catering to those tying the knot.

'Apartheid suppressed tolerance, but once that was out of the way our society has moved so fast and most people just go with the flow,' said Mr. Brits, a nondenominational minister."

RoadTexas Alcoholic Beverage Commission TABC has only made 81 arrests in 2010 for public intoxication as opposed to 761 in 2009. Did the Rainbow Lounge Raid in Fort Worth have something to do with the decrease?

RoadJames Franco's request to teach "special class" at Yale denied.

Hercules RoadA Q&A with Hercules and Love Affair's Andy Butler.

RoadFederal judge upholds dismissal of Michigan counseling student who refused to treat gay clients because of her religious beliefs: "In an order granting summary judgment to the university on Monday, Judge George Caram Steeh of the U.S. District Court in Detroit held that the university's requirement that the student be willing to serve people who are homosexual was reasonable, and did not amount to an infringement of the Christian student's constitutional rights to free speech and free expression of religion."

RoadCBS President Nina Tassler and CBS "not happy with ourselves" over failing grade from GLAAD on LGBT representation.

RoadNJ library removes Queer Anthology, cites child pornography?

RoadPhoenix International Raceway reaches out to gay NASCAR fans: "PIR recognizes that they have a very diverse fan base and they want to reach out to all of them. While covering the Subway Fresh Fit 500 in April, founder, Michael Myers began conversations
with Phoenix International Raceway officials.
To his knowledge, Myers said that this will be the first time that any NASCAR sanctioned facility has reached out to fans in the L.G.B.T. community.
'Just a small push like including the L.G.B.T. community on the official web site of Phoenix International Raceway is a step in the right direction for uniting the different stereotypes that surround the racetracks on a weekly basis' said founder Michael Myers."


  1. TANK says

    I hope anyone who goes to see that arthur remake gets persistent venereal disease that makes their genitals smell really badly, and prevents them from having sex for the rest of their lives.

    oh, HA HA! That bigoted moron at augusta state lost…for good reason.

  2. says

    @YeahISaidIt . . . you got that right. Jake’s cute and all, but Andy’s meaty freckly bod is just . . . well, it makes me lose my ability to speak or write clearly . . .

  3. Marcus says

    CBS had something with Calinda on The Good Wife. Her sexuality was ambiguous the entire first season but near the end she was majorly flirting with a female character. Now I hear they casted a male love interest for her next season. There’s probably still more to this, but it seems funny to me that they might be straightening out a complicated gay/bisexual character when they’re trying to add more.

  4. nic says

    ALEJANDRO clearly luvs the gingers. doesn’t he know that they have no souls? as “southpark” is my witness, i totally believe it. well, except for prince harry.

    he should lock his eyes on that huuuuuuuuuge south-paw package of the matador. that is the “stuff” that wet dreams are made on.

  5. says

    “Queer4Gears”? There’s just no absurdity so absurd that fagsploitation-minded self-promoters won’t stoop to it! It’s getting to the point where LGBT folk doing routine things like going to work or shopping for groceries will need a special designation with the Q-word in it. When will it finally occur to us that being objectified for our sex and gender expression makes no sense?

  6. Mike says

    CBS could start by eliminating all of the homophobia on Chuck Lorre’s sitcoms Two and Half Men and The Big Bang Theory. The Big Bang Theory ALWAYS portrays being gay as something to be ashamed of and the characters panic when someone even thinks that any of them might be gay. I’ve seen every episode several times, and I’m a Mensa member and scientist, but I’m thinking about quiting the show because I’m sick of cringing every time they use being gay as a punchline.

  7. unruly says

    Mike, if you’re actually a Mensa member, you’ve got bigger problems with a need for validation.
    (if you meet the qualifications but rejected the invite, then you can ignore the snark)

  8. nic says

    @MIKE, i am wrestling with the idea that a MENSA member would follow a series like “two and a half men.” every joke is a lazy attempt at unctuous, over-cooked, sexual humor. oh,look, charlie sheen’s character is a wanton man-slut. but isn’t he that in real life already? what a stretch!!! and for this he gets paid 2 mil per episode. i don’t know at whom to be pissed off more, a pretend mensa member or an over-paid despicable actor who gets his pelf from being his oily self.

  9. Mike says

    @unruly @nic I didn’t say I watched Two and a Half Men, I said I watched The Big Bang Theory. I tried to watch Two and a Half Men once, and turned it off at the first gay joke. As for Mensa, I joined while I was in high school, and I joined for the same reason that most kids and adults join Mensa- for the chance to socialize in an environment where they don’t have to hide their intelligence in order to avoid ridicule. I was a highly intelligent gay teenager growing up in Oklahoma around 1980, surrounded by fundamentalist cheerleaders and football players.

    Thanks for reminding me what that felt like.

  10. nic says

    btw, mike, how does watching every episode of “the big bang theory” several times make your comments worthwhile? from one viewing, i could tell that the show was lame.

    @stuffed animal, why do you want to make yourself patently stupid?