News: Julius, Banksy, Madonna, Gadhafi, Xtina, Target, Forbes

Road Point Foundation creates scholarship in memory of Rutgers student Tyler Clementi.

RoadGay-Straight Alliance will be allowed at Corpus Christi's Flour Bluff HS, at least for now.

Banksy RoadBanksy thumbs nose at daughter of King's Speech co-producer.

RoadXtina: rock bottom?

RoadGLAAD on Lisa Ling's "ex-gay" coverage: "It’s deeply concerning to me that the question '[Can you] pray the gay away?' is even being asked today.  It’s even more concerning to see it being presented as a debate by any reputable media institution."

RoadIllinois abolishes the death penalty.

RoadMadonna's 99-year-old grandmother Elsie Fortin dies.

RoadA Queens man has been sentenced to three and a half years in prison for assault at landmark NYC gay bar Julius: "Frederick Giunta, 25, pleaded guilty on Feb. 15 to assauling a bartender at Julius Bar on West 10th Street, where Giunta was refused service because he was too intoxicated on Oct. 19, 2010. p> He admitted to throwing a punch at the bartender, 38-year-old Greg Davis. While leaving, he yelled racist and anti-gay slurs, according to prosecutors. He also admitted to trying to steal a patron's wallet at nearby Ty bar that same day. p> But when addressing the sentencing judge, Giunta said that while he accepted responsibility for his drunken behavior, he was not a homophobic or a racist."

RoadMiley Cyrus is not having it with paparazzi this week.

Haircut RoadMugshot advice: Make sure your haircut is finished before assaulting your stylist.

RoadNew undersea wildlife refuge near Costa Rica is bigger than Yellowstone National Park.

RoadJason Bateman calls the Arrested Development movie "incredible".

Road Lickable: Dumbledore gets a British postage stamp.

RoadGadhafi forces beat up BBC news team: "The three were beaten with fists, knees and rifles, hooded and subjected to mock executions by members of Libya's army and secret police. The men were detained on Monday and held for 21 hours, but have now flown out of Libya."

RoadChanning Tatum developing movie based on Peter Pan.

Marylandcouple RoadMaryland bi-national couple spared from separation by stay of deportation.

RoadBrad Pitt rocks a retro look in New Orleans.

RoadTarget denied restraining order against activist group seeking signers for pro-gay marriage petition outside California stores.

RoadHuman Rights Watch: Mississippi policies fuel HIV/AIDS epidemic. "Mississippi has resisted effective approaches to HIV prevention and treatment and instead supported policies that promote stigma and discrimination, fueling one of the nation's highest AIDS rates"

RoadForbes releases list of world's billionaires.

RoadSafe Schools Improvement Act reintroduced in the U.S. Senate: "SSIA would amend the Elementary and Secondary Education Act to require schools and districts receiving federal funds to adopt codes of conduct specifically prohibiting bullying and harassment, including on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity."


  1. Joel says

    protest idea: everyone drives to target, fills up their stupid parking lot, but no one goes into the store.

  2. Paul R says

    Joel, take it a step further. Everyone goes inside, fills up many carts with tons of merchandise, takes it to the cashiers, and walks away. Create confusion, annoyance, and extra work all at once.

    And leave behind flyers explaining it, since I’d guess maybe 1% of Americans have any idea Target is antigay. To most people they seem hip and cool. Even I was surprised to hear it’s run by jerks.

  3. NaughtyLola says

    @Paul, unfortunately the only people that’s going to hurt are the poor schmoes who are going to have to restock everything and clean up the store. That’s not going to put so much as a dent in Target’s balance sheet, which is really the only way to deal with problems that start and end with Corporate.

  4. Paul R says

    @Lola: I considered that, but having most employees doing useless busy work also makes the store less efficient and attractive. If they’re busy doing such menial tasks, they won’t be able to stock shelves with new goods, help customers as effectively, or keep the store pretty—which causes a dent, because if there’s enough mess then people will go elsewhere. No one wants to wait in endless lines or see merchandise scattered everywhere.

    I freely admit it’s a jerk tactic, but it’s also fighting fire with fire. It’s a boycott plus one. A simplistic one, I admit, but it could create mayhem for Target.

  5. Stephen Murray says

    Target is controlled by people who place profit before human rights. They are fair game for protest. Anything legal, that harms their profits and reputation is totally fine by me. These campaigners are breaking no laws, so Target are clearly upset over their message. Sucks to be Target. Their reputation in the LGBT community is so badly damaged. Spread the word.

  6. Anastasia Beaverhausen says

    NaughtyLola: “…the only people that’s going to hurt [sic] are the poor schmoes who are going to have to restock everything and clean up the store.”

    Don’t they get paid for that? Maybe even overtime? Please hurt me like that.