News: Robert Pattinson, Belarus, Mary Bonauto, Iowa, Moby

Road Iowa poll: Voters ambivalent on same-sex marriage.

RoadJamaican gay bar raided by police: "Around 20 officers kicked in doors, shouted anti-gay slurs, beat and pistol-whipped patrons, and made everyone leave, J-FLAG said. As the customers fled, patrons of nearby straight clubs pelted them with bottles and rocks, J-FLAG said."

Lukashenko RoadBelarus President told gay German foreign minister Guido Westerwelle to turn straight: "Lukashenko recently acknowledged the incident, telling reporters that he dislikes 'faggots' and confirming he told Westerwelle 'it is necessary to live a normal life.'"

RoadCalvin Klein and Nick Gruber head to the beach in Miami.

RoadKing's Speech director responds to the news that he shot his movie on the same set as the UK gay porn film Snookered: "It was the right set for me and it was the right set for them."

RoadBanksy caught on camera in Santa Monica?

RoadWatch: Katy Perry's surprise performance with PS22 on Oprah.

RoadObama's DOMA shift puts GLAD lawyer Mary Bonauto in spotlight: "For more than 20 years, Bonauto, now 49, has been a fixture of the Massachusetts gay rights crusade. Her work on behalf of the Boston-based Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders has garnered her a reputation as the region’s most influential gay rights lawyer."

Activists RoadActivists pack confrontational Anoka-Hennepin school board meeting in Minnesota over district's treatment of gays.

RoadAnti-gay hate group MassResistance and Carl Paladino rabbi Yehuda Levin revive campaign against William Finn musical Falsettos.

RoadFirst look: Britney Spears in V magazine.

RoadGay Danish porn star Carsten Andersson tries for pop music career.

RoadScholar: The earliest gay rights movement started in 19th century Germany. "According to Beachy, modern conceptions of homosexuality began, ironically, with an anti-sodomy law. When the German empire was unified in 1871, the Imperial Criminal Code included a law prohibiting sexual penetration of one man by another. Questions about what types of activity should fall under the law spurred a sustained public inquiry into the nature of same-sex eroticism and sexuality in general."

RoadElton John's kid and Neil Patrick Harris' kids have play dates.

Pattinson RoadPattinson dons alligator for Vanity Fair.

RoadDesign god Jonathan Ive leaving Apple?

RoadStudy: Half of men may be infected with HPV. "HPV infection is best known as the primary cause of cervical cancer, the second most common cancer in women worldwide. But various strains of HPV also cause anal, penile, head and neck cancers. Vaccinating men and boys would prevent some of these cancers."

RoadRep. Rush Holt (D-NJ) beats Jeopardy super-computer Watson.

RoadMoby:Major music labels should just die.

RoadVIDEO: In cruel display, Panama footballer kicks live mascot owl on field. Owl dies, athlete may get jail time.

RoadONION: Gay hordes drag helpless citizens from marriages After Obama drops DOMA. "It was just awful—they smashed through our living room window, one of them said 'I've had my eye on you, Roger,' and then they dragged my husband off kicking and screaming."


  1. tjc says

    Andy, thanks for sharing the link, but Obama’s shift on DOMA strategy did not put Mary Bonauto in the spotlight.

    Mary’s sheer unbridled awesomeness put her in the spotlight.

  2. Scott Norquist says

    Is it bad that I had to google Belarus because I didn’t know it was a country?

  3. says

    “Gay rights movement born in 19th century Germany, scholar says”

    This is not news. It’s pretty much been known to anyone who has read about the evolution of gay rights since, oh, 1870 or so.

    @Scott: “Is it bad that I had to google Belarus because I didn’t know it was a country?”


  4. Cocoa says

    Did everyone else read the Jamaican bar raid story? This is insane. There are death threats (from what looks like someone with the education of a 4 year old) in emails.

  5. Hue-Man says

    Next time you meet with a dictator in Belawuss, be sure to include the following in your conversation: “Your wife is really ugly – you should at least divorce her. Are your kids going to grow up as stupid as you are or have they already been institutionalized?” I assume the Germans have to play nice because Russian gas has to go through Belarussian pipelines which could sustain “technical problems” especially during cold snaps in Germany.

  6. says

    It’s one thing to accurately trace the first efforts to get any kind of legal rights for gay to the 19th Century as Kevin notes. BUT, not only was that first documented decades ago, in addition, the author’s apparent larger intent, as evidenced by his title, “The German Invention of Homosexuality,” is to regurgitate the horseshit known as Social Constructionism so popular among pseudo intellectuals intoxicated by the facile theories of Michel Foucalt: that gays never thought of themselves as in any way distinct from heterosexuals EXCEPT in behavior; that without a label EVERYONE understood we simply didn’t exist—AS IF rocks and trees and whatever didn’t exist before our evolutionary ancestors developed sign language and speech.

    The best debunker of this nonsense is historian Rictor Norton, who has written about gay “Molly houses” and subculture in England going back to at least the 18th century, in his book “The Myth of the Modern Homosexual.”

  7. missanthrope says

    “spikey haired skull tie dude is not helping our PR. just saying”

    The idea that peopleare going to hate you any less if us show up in a Brooks Brother suit and a crew-cut is delusional.

    And the tide is turning anyway, maybe it’s high time that the public met us on our own terms, instead of theirs.

    P.S. And the guy is hot too 😉

  8. Chitown Kev says


    Yeah, and as far as what we might call a homosexual “subculture” that can actually be traced back as far as late Republican Rome (ancient Greece, maybe, but that’s a really, really complex subject…you will find couples in ancient Greece, yes, but not what I would define as a “subculture”)

  9. Francis says

    HPV vaccine is available and HPV cure is available too. Get checked for STDs every 3 months at least. HPV-related cancers are still rare but are rising because people don’t know their status.

    Jamaica is horribly anti-gay. There absolutely needs to be more attention brought onto these countries across the country where gays are treated less than animals. No more money should go out to these inhumane countries.

  10. Jim says

    I love Rob Pattinson. I don’t care what this numb-nuts says in this article… I want to BE him… AND… I want to F**K him! So there! AND I’ll buy Vanity Fair magazine AND I’ll see his movie… which is more than what I can say for you!