News: Egypt, Tunisia, Ryan Gosling, NY Times, Minnesota

 road What do the recent revolutions in Northern Africa mean to the gays and lesbians in Egypt and Tunisia?

Ryan  road Director Nicolas Winding Refn cozies up to a dapper Ryan Gosling at Cannes.

 road Looking a little less cozy, Janet Jackson and her boyfriend also take in Cannes.

 road Get read for a powerful trio to perform together at the Billboard Music Awards tomorrow night: Britney Spears, Rihanna and Nicki Minaj.

 road Parents decide not to reveal their baby's gender to anyone outside of their immediate family: "When Storm was born, the couple sent an email to friends and family: 'We've decided not to share Storm's sex for now — a tribute to freedom and choice in place of limitation, a stand up to what the world could become in Storm's lifetime (a more progressive place?).'"

 road The reward for information related to the anti-gay arson crime that killed eight horses last month has now grown to $22,500.

 road Sean Combs has changed his name yet again. You can start calling him Swag – for now.

Minn  road With just mere days left in the legislative session, both Marriage equality supporters and detractors fill the state capitol in Minnesota today.

 road "It's OK to Say Gay" rally to take place at Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church in Knoxville tomorrow at 2pm.

 road California Governor Jerry Brown declares tomorrow the second annual Harvey Milk Day.

 road Some companies paying for gay and lesbian employees' health care tax – something that heterosexuals are not charged.

 road Starting Monday, the NYT presents a new feature that documents teenagers coming out: "The New York Times embarked on the project “Coming Out,” which begins Monday, as an effort to better understand this generation’s realities and expectations, and to give teenagers their own voice in this conversation."

 road Gay rights hero Joseph Norton to be honored in Albany tomorrow.


  1. Rovex says

    Gosling is just hot as hell. Dont know why, hes even a bit hipster which is normally annoying, but hes still hot.

  2. X says

    Wow, great list of companies that will try to help gays be equal. Sucks that so many don’t want to welcome gays.

  3. brian says

    Andy of Towleroad,

    Britney, Nikki and Rihanna a powerful trio? Maybe they’re the autotune trio but certainly not the powerful trio.

    Please, Andy, start promoting true talent on your website and not these fake females. Females who show a lot of skin on stage and mime their way through expensive concerts are not a good role model for the GLBT community.

  4. Paul R says

    It’s sad how things suck for gays in Egypt, Tunisia, and so many other countries. The weird thing is that I was in Egypt last year with 8 other gay guys on an adventure tour. It was pretty obvious that we were gay, but since we were Westerners it wasn’t as issue. For locals, it is. That said, I was *very* aggressively solicited for sex four times on the trip, as I was endlessly in Turkey—another (even more) sexually segregated Muslim country. (Though I should add that in some extremely remote, sparsely populated parts of Egypt, the notion of “gay” really doesn’t exist.)

    @Brian: Andy doesn’t do the site on weekends.

  5. meercat says

    How cute, the homely guy is holding onto the hot one for dear life. Sorry, but don’t think you’ll be getting a piece of that anytime soon.

  6. Max says

    Q: “What do the recent revolutions in Northern Africa mean to the gays and lesbians in Egypt and Tunisia?”

    A: The same thing it means for Christians, Jews, secular Muslims, and other religious minorities. Nothing good will come of this “Arab Spring” for anyone.

    Brian, I completely agree re Britney and the other manufactured, auto-tuned noise pollution.

  7. brian says

    Britney and Rihanna actually represent a very homophobic (at least towards men) side of the music business. Their images are products of male heterosexual fantasy. They prop up the fetishes and fantasies of the type of men who hate us gay guys.

    I’m almost speechless that a gay website like towleroad would even consider supporting them.

  8. peterparker says

    From the looks of it, Ryan Gosling should take out a restraining order against that blonde guy with no neck.

  9. Tim in Tennessee says

    Thanks for reporting on the “It’s Okay to Say Gay” rally in Knoxville, TN. I went because I saw it here on Towleroad. Over 100 concerned parents, students, teachers and others came out to support gay people,especially gay youth. A candidate for mayor of Knoxville even showed up and voiced support.

  10. Mike In Philly says

    Ryan Gosling is as close to perfect as it comes. I truly love this man ♥