News: Shutdown, Maggie Gallagher, A Different Light, Ecstasy
SF's A Different Light bookstore is closing. But why?
Bill Cosby rips Donald Trump.
Maggie Gallagher is unhappy that Dan Savage has a new show on MTV. Savage responds. "Now some people are capable of abstaining before marriage and being faithful to one partner for life—some people, but not Maggie—but these people represent a tiny minority of all sexually active adults."
Wisconsin teen charged with hate crime for anti-gay attack on Madison bus: "Jayvon R. Flemming was charged with battery to a public transit passenger as a hate crime for an incident on Sunday in which he and two others allegedly teased another man about being gay before Flemming punched him as they left the bus, according to the complaint, filed in Dane County Circuit Court."
Indiana tourism chief concerned anti-gay legislation will cost state dearly.
HRC takes out ad urging Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell not to kill proposal allowing gay couples to adopt.
Ozone layer decimated over the winter: "The protective ozone layer in the Arctic that keeps out the sun's most damaging rays — ultraviolet radiation — has thinned about 40 percent this winter, a record drop, the U.N. weather agency said Tuesday..."
Christian right leaders huddle over DOMA challenges: "These men, who include Focus on the Family founder Dr. James Dobson, predict that there is only 18 to 24 more months before the Defense of Marriage Act, which defines marriage at the federal level as between one man and one woman, will be challenged in the Supreme Court. But the evangelical leaders agreed in distress that churches and evangelical Christians are currently woefully unprepared to defend traditional marriage."
Darren Criss discusses the upcoming Warblers album.
Gyllenhaal puts on his best face in Rome.
Study: Long-term ecstasy use raises risk of brain damage, Alzheimer's. "Dutch researchers used MRI scans to study the brains of 10 men in their mid-20s who had taken an average of 281 ecstasy tablets over the previous six and a half years, and seven peers who had taken other drugs. They found that the hippocampus - the part of the brain controlling memory - was 10.5% smaller among the ecstasy users, and their overall grey matter 4.6% less."
RuPaul chats with NY Mag's Vulture about Drag Race.
Military chaplain group outs themselves in brief filed in support of 'DADT' repeal: "In the brief, the Forum argues that DADT represents no threat to the religious liberty of anti-gay clergy, who will continue to be able to preach their beliefs within their congregations. However, they argue retaining the policy is a threat to religious liberty of all service members 'by imposing anti-gay dogma offensive to many religious organizations, [and] by preventing military chaplains from ministering to the needs of service members whose faith communities are welcoming and affirming to gays and lesbians,' among other things."