News: Geoff Kors, Illinois, Wikileaks, Darren Aronofsky, Snowman

Road Illinois Governor says he'll sign civil union bill next year.

RoadGeoff Kors to step down as executive director of Equality California in March.

Landreth RoadIn a common scene, a "queer" subject.

RoadHugh Jackman attempts to kill us with cuteness.

RoadChristine O'Donnell gets a book deal.

RoadJames Franco says he's co-hosting the Oscars to "take the pressure off" of being nominated.

RoadWas Belmont University's soccer coach forced out over her sexuality?

RoadDarren Aronofsky on Black Swan...

RoadHate group leader Bryan Fischer, of the AFA, says gays should pay for AIDS research costs: "Homosexual activist groups likewise are pushing a lifestyle that kills. If anybody should be obligated to pony up funds to mitigate a health crisis, it ought to be the organizations that are responsible for advocating the very behavior that created and perpetuates the epidemic...American tobacco manufacturers were forced to cough up over $200 billion because they peddle a product that kills people."

RoadDexter renewed for sixth season!

Criss_shirtless RoadDarren Criss doffs the Dalton jacket.

RoadCalifornia approves pesticide linked to cancer: "The state Department of Pesticide Regulation will register methyl iodide as a substitute for the pesticide methyl bromide, which is being phased out by international treaty because it depletes the Earth's protective ozone layer. California's $1.6 billion strawberry industry will undoubtedly provide one of the biggest markets for the chemical, as will the Central Valley's nut orchards and the fresh flower nurseries dotting the coast in Ventura and San Diego counties."

RoadActor Josh Duhamel refuses to turn off BlackBerry, taunts flight attendant, causes plane to return to gate, is escorted off.

RoadUK woman calls police over snowman theft: "Police said she thought it demanded their involvement because she had used pound coins for the eyes and teaspoons for the arms."

RoadPoet Mark Doty reads "Tiara".


RoadThieves strike AIDS support group in Seattle on eve of World AIDS Day: "They took a digital camera that was here and two DVR cameras that were here," says Rogers, as he opened the drawers of a desk that had been ransacked. The thieves also stole a TV, power tools and four laptops that stored the charity's entire budget for the year.

Ufo RoadAssange: Expect UFO chatter in upcoming Wikileaks drop.

RoadMore on the removal of anti-gay app Manhattan Declaration from Apple's app store: "At the end of the day, having the app removed may be a disguised boon for the sponsors, versus having it sitting quietly on the store. Many observers have noticed that app developers get a lot of free publicity when websites write about their run-ins with Apple's review board. The same will be true for the Manhattan Declaration, which has gotten a lot of free press from articles like the one you are reading now."

RoadNYC turns its back on homeless LGBT youth.

RoadPope indicates he'd like to ban even celibate gays from the clergy. Benedict: "The Congregation for Education issued a decision a few years ago to the effect that homosexual candidates cannot become priests because their sexual orientation estranges them from the proper sense of paternity, from the intrinsic nature of priestly being. The selection of candidates to the priesthood must therefore be very careful. The greatest attention is needed here in order to prevent the intrusion of this kind of ambiguity and to head off a situation where the celibacy of priests would practically end up being identified with the tendency to homosexuality."

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  1. "The selection of candidates to the priesthood must therefore be very careful," said the Pope, "and as soon as Bishop O'Hara has finished his game of 'guess which pocket the candy's in' with the altar boys, he'll be in to tell you more about our new highly secure selection process."

    Posted by: bobbyjoe | Dec 3, 2010 3:38:15 PM

  2. Benedict wants to ban ALL gays from the priesthood, even celibate ones? Who does he think will be left?

    Posted by: jomicur | Dec 3, 2010 3:39:55 PM

  3. Geoff Kors departure is quite a loss for equality ca. Wait a minute! No it's not! It's not a loss at all, as he achieved nothing and was paid for's just too bad others there aren't stepping down, too. I guess he got offered a photo op job at the HRC. Gay inc is a fucking joke, and if you believe for a second that it's a useful tool in the acquisition of your equality, look at how long it's been around and the nothing you have. It exists to keep otherwise inept people employed.

    Posted by: TANK | Dec 3, 2010 3:52:51 PM

  4. Great, thanks for a photo of Criss that makes him look like a hipster twat.

    Posted by: Paul R | Dec 3, 2010 3:56:33 PM

  5. I'm a little torn on the removal of the app from the App Store. Yes, I totally disagree with the Manhattan Declaration's stance on gays, but it's important to remember that Apple originally gave the app a 4+ rating when the app was going through Apple's approval process - meaning the app, according to Apple, had "no objectionable material". It seems the only reason the app was removed is because it was controversial.

    The reason I am torn on this issue is because Apple said they eventually removed it because it was "offensive to large groups of people" - despite not thinking that when they approved the app in the first place. But, only 7,700 people signed the petition to get it removed, which seems that anyone can get an app removed for being "controversial" with less than 8,000 names on a petition. For example, an app about animals offends "vegans" and PETA-supporters.

    At the end of the day, perhaps I should just look at it as: It's Apple's store and they can censor and control it however they please. I'm perfectly OK with that. But, when they remove an app, it gains much more publicity (as the article above says) than the app had in the first place, which is just bizarre and something I hate to see happen. Thoughts?

    Posted by: damien | Dec 3, 2010 4:08:08 PM

  6. Congratulations, Geoff Kors! You've managed to suck a shitload of money out of the gay community and we got Prop 8 in return! You aggressively attacked real activists who tried to repeal Prop 8 (because obeying the Democratic Party is always more important than my rights). And rather than initiate more community participation in the decision-making process, instead of opening your organization to democratic control by the very people in whose names you insist you speak (although I sure as hell didn't vote for you or anyone else to speak for me), you ignored, attacked, and insulted honest people wanting to help.

    Sadly, this is the status quo for LGBT politics in this country. Assclowns like Kors woo us to donate with pretty words, but behind closed doors they talk about how stupid we are down here in the trenches because we don't "understand the process." We've been going in circles ever since a small group in the late 1970s decided that the way to go was the reject our roots and every other civil rights struggle in this country and latch our fortunes to the Democratic Party. That's turned out great, hasn't it? 35 years and countless millions of dollars later, gay kids are still killing themselves in disproportionate numbers.

    We can't afford this type of "advocacy". It's time to kill Gay Inc. Stop donating to statewide organizations with "Equal-" in their names. Stop donating to HRC. Let them be funded by the corporations and politicians they serve. Corporations lobby for tax cuts. LGBT people don't lobby for equality. We fight for it.

    Rolling Stone ran a great expose on the No no 8's complete failure. It's really sad that a non-queer publication shows more interest in why we lost than the millions of smiling but ignorant queers who write checks and place their blind faith in organization just because they have they claim to be fighting for gay rights. Folks, it's not good enough to simply raise money. It's not good enough to assume that every gay organization is really doing what they say they're doing. It's not enough to expect someone else to fight for your rights. You can't outsource liberation and shame on us for thinking we could.

    Posted by: The Ghost of Harry Hay | Dec 3, 2010 4:30:41 PM

  7. Molly Landreth is great friends with Ross Mathews (tonight show)They grew up together. She has been on his blog several times and seems to be an amazing person. I think she deserves TONS of love and support for her amazing works.

    Posted by: Todd | Dec 3, 2010 4:31:18 PM

  8. Isn't the fact that people write checks to the HRS proof that they don't understand the process?

    Posted by: anon | Dec 3, 2010 5:01:01 PM

  9. A big "Oh Please" to Benedict the 16th. Who does he think he is kidding? I'm being very kind here.

    Posted by: richard s | Dec 3, 2010 5:12:57 PM

  10. If Joe Rat is going to get rid of gay priests, does that force him to allow priests to marry - straight marriage of course - or allow women priests? I guess it's the right idea; since the congregations are disappearing in droves, empty churches don't need priests at all!

    Posted by: Hue-Man | Dec 3, 2010 5:16:49 PM

  11. Criss looks very poised to "break out" with this Glee gig.

    I didn't think much of him at first, but he's definitely equal parts cute and talented, and is actually pretty damn funny.

    My cousin's been watching him for a while (I had no idea), because he did this thing that's on YouTube called "A Very Potter Musical" which is absolutely hilarious (she made me watch it). I see at least some legit Broadway down the road for him, if not more than that.

    Posted by: Ryan | Dec 3, 2010 5:17:26 PM

  12. Well.. since the priesthood runs on gays turning to it for shelter, especially in homophobic countries, indeed who does Benedict think will be left at the end of the day?

    Posted by: Hilmer | Dec 3, 2010 5:18:08 PM

  13. damien..

    Most of the world dont care what Apple do because we dont buy Apple trash. Apple creates the issue in the first place. Androids store doesnt have such problems because its reactively moderated, apps dont need entry approval in the first place.

    Posted by: Rovex | Dec 3, 2010 5:27:23 PM

  14. GOOD RIDDANCE GEOFF KORS!!! Who, by the way, went on vacation during the single most important campaign of our gay lives: Prop 8, of course. .

    Posted by: JonJon | Dec 3, 2010 5:47:44 PM

  15. Sad to see the negative comments about Geoff Kors. I think people who are saying those things don't know how big a role he played over the past 10 years in getting the legislature to pass comprehensive domestic partnerships, major protections for LGBT people, and to become the first state legislature to pass full marriage equality before the governor vetoed it. He is a big part of the reason California has the most supportive laws for LGBT people anywhere in the country.

    Posted by: Z | Dec 3, 2010 7:36:32 PM

  16. Sad about the Pope and gay clergy. The Episcopal church I call home has so many excellent priests that fled the Catholic church. I have a very good friend that made that journey, and his parish loves him - and his partner. What a waste of excellent talent.

    But of course the child molesters remain, protected at every turn. Sad. Very sad.

    Posted by: Craig | Dec 3, 2010 8:33:36 PM

  17. Darren Criss.....*drool*

    Posted by: ratbastard | Dec 3, 2010 8:56:55 PM

  18. Can not believe this is the same guy that plays Blaine on "Glee" (this kid is fugly, Blaine is smokin) ...

    Posted by: Rodney Wollam | Dec 3, 2010 9:36:27 PM

  19. fugly? nothing fugly about that body imo.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Dec 3, 2010 10:09:42 PM

  20. Craig,

    ...The number of Episcopal priests 'fleeing' to the R.C. church far exceeds the reverse. Ordaining Bishop Robinson has caused a huge chasm in the Anglican Church.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Dec 3, 2010 10:12:20 PM

  21. Geoff Kors blew the only thing that mattered in his entire career at equality ca (or anywhere, really). This isn't about personal milestones or how many parties you get invited to...or how many think you're a great guy. Got it? That shit is irrelevant to performance. So no...his is a failure...and his legacy will be one of failure...and especially in light of the fact that prop 8 was HIS to lose.

    Posted by: TANK | Dec 3, 2010 10:14:31 PM

  22. Most informed estimates that I have seen place the percentage of gay priests at more than 40%. There have always been gay priests, gay bishops, gay archbishops, gay cardinals, gay popes and gay saints.

    The hypocrisy of this pope is unlimited. He personally killed many of the investigations that came before him during his years as Prefect of the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith, including the many credible accusations of sexual abuse against the horrific Marcial Maciel. He authored the May 2003 letter to all bishops reminding them that under no circumstances were they allowed to report accusations of clerical sexual abuse to local law enforcement or civil authorities. He declared that the Church was not subject to local laws in such matters. Don't forget, they still consider themselves a Sovereign State.

    Posted by: Ninong | Dec 3, 2010 10:17:13 PM

  23. well no gay priests = no priests that's gotta be good

    Posted by: Stephen | Dec 3, 2010 10:46:38 PM

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