News: Qatar, Palin as Zsa Zsa, ‘Dirty’ Rowe and Eruption

Gagahellraiser-1 6a00d8341c730253ef0147e0598ddf970b-800wi-1 Activists have come out against FIFA for giving Russia and Qatar the 2018 and 2022 World Cups. "Both countries have very poor human rights records," said Peter Tatchell. “Sport should never be allowed to trump human rights. FIFA have put their corporate interests before the well being of the people of Russia and Qatar.”

6a00d8341c730253ef0147e0598ddf970b-800wi-1 Mehdi Hasan at New Statesman wonders whether gay and other protests over the World Cup decision lead to Qatarphobia.

6a00d8341c730253ef0147e0598ddf970b-800wi-1 Lady Gaga channeled Pinhead and the rest of the Hellraiser baddies with an outfit apparently inspired by her recent pledge to stay off Twitter until fans raise $1 million for the Keep A Child Alive AIDS project.

6a00d8341c730253ef0147e0598ddf970b-800wi-1 Chaz Bono, Ed Begley Jr., and the incredible Jean Smart helped GLAAD celebrate its 25th anniversary in Los Angeles last night.

6a00d8341c730253ef0147e0598ddf970b-800wi-1 Actress Amber Heard, who appeared as Seth Rogen's girlfriend in Pineapple Express, was also at the GLAAD event and apparently is out and proud. "I personally think that if you deny something or if you hide something you’re inadvertently admitting it’s wrong," she told AfterEllen. "I don’t feel like I’m wrong. I don’t feel like millions of people are wrong because they love who they love or they were born how they were born."

6a00d8341c730253ef0147e0598ddf970b-800wi-1 Rumor has it Robert Downey Jr. will co-star in a musical-comedy about two Broadway writers who find inspiration at a summer theater camp.

Volcanoecuador 6a00d8341c730253ef0147e0598ddf970b-800wi-1 Villagers have been evacuated after Ecuador's "Throat of Fire" volcano began spewing magma today. Now, how many lewd jokes can you make out of that one?

6a00d8341c730253ef0147e0598ddf970b-800wi-1 Gay singer Lance Bass will reportedly write a screenplay about his and former model Cheryl Tiegs' Mexican road trip to Girls Gone Wild host Joe Francis' wedding. It sounds preposterous, yes, but then you think about it a little more and realize this has the makings of a genius comedy: To Wong Foo meets The Hangover?

6a00d8341c730253ef0147e0598ddf970b-800wi-1 New York's Senate now has a Republican majority after a state Justice declared Jack Martins the winner in an electoral recount. Democrats, however, remain in control of the governorship and Assembly. Deadlock forever!

Mikerowe-1 6a00d8341c730253ef0147e0598ddf970b-800wi-1 Gay cop's discrimination suit against LAPD reopened.

6a00d8341c730253ef0147e0598ddf970b-800wi-1 Will ignoring Sarah Palin deplete her power? Charles M. Blow thinks so, and describes her as the "Zsa Zsa Gabor of politics." "She once did something noteworthy, but she’s now just famous for being famous." Maybe so, but she still has quite a devoted fanbase.

6a00d8341c730253ef0147e0598ddf970b-800wi-1 Radio host David Pakman says that the passage of civil unions in Illinois should show anti-gay activists that their prohibitive culture war has come to an end.

6a00d8341c730253ef0147e0598ddf970b-800wi-1 Dirty Jobs host Mike Rowe, one of the funniest, dreamiest television personalities around, appeared on NPR's Wait, Wait… Don't Tell Me! today to answer, once and for all, "Is Mr. Clean gay?"

6a00d8341c730253ef0147e0598ddf970b-800wi-1 "When I got involved in politics, I told people I wanted to put Christian conservatives in leadership positions," explains John Cook, a member of Texas' State Republican Executive Committee, on why he won't support a Jewish state house speaker. "I got into politics to put Christian conservatives into office. They're the people that do the best jobs over all." Wow. Just wow.