News: Australia, Bayard Rustin, Books, Owen Honors, Baz Luhrmann

Road Calls for conscience vote in Australia on same-sex marriage. Outlook bleak… MPs split

Levy RoadWilliam Levy opts out of Channing Tatum/Steven Soderbergh stripper film.

RoadGlenn Beck brings anti-gay friends to Israel Prayer Rally.

RoadMonroe Township Schools in Williamstown pulls Haruki Murakami's Norwegian Wood from reading list over lesbian sex scene. "'I don't think that's relevant for any teenager,' parent Robin Myers told the newspaper. Her daughter was assigned to read the book. 'I was just kind of in shock,' she said."

RoadBoyfriend arrested in murder of transgender woman in East Harlem: "Equan Southall was charged with murder in the Aug. 1 death of Camila Guzman. They had been in a relationship for four months, police said."

 road Baz Luhrmann film adaptation of great American novel begins…in Australia.

RoadAnderson Cooper on his viral giggle video: “I’m a little stunned by how many people have seen that video. I went to bed telling myself, ‘I doubt anyone will notice the giggle fit.’ I woke up and in the elevator the first thing my building super said to me was, ‘What’s wrong with your laugh?’”

RoadBethenny Frankel gets her own talk show.

Rainbow_coud RoadRainbow cloud brightens Ethiopia.

RoadTrain pigs. (via kenneth)

RoadGLSEN forces Family Research Council to edit fraudulent video: "Last week, GLSEN (the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network) issued a cease-and-desist letter via its attorneys to the Family Research Council 'demanding that FRC cease distribution and publication of a video clip containing false and defamatory statements about GLSEN, as well as any other similar false and defamatory statements that may be contained in a longer video associated with that video clip.'"

RoadJoe Manganiello's derriere (not sfw obvs).

RoadFacebook makes privacy settings more like Google+. "The world's largest social network on Tuesday announced changes to its privacy settings that allow users to choose who will see a photo or status update right when they post it…"

RoadPassenger bill of rights takes effect.

Mlk RoadAs the MLK Memorial prepares to open, the Washington Post takes a look at out March on Washington organizer Bayard Rustin: “When the anniversary comes around, frankly I think of Bayard as much as I think of King,” says Eleanor Holmes Norton. “King could hardly have given the speech if the march had not been so well attended and so well organized. If there had been any kind of disturbance, that would have been the story.”

RoadThe Speedo runway show in Sydney.

RoadAircraft carrier commander Owen Honors fights to stay in Navy, tells board of inquiry he wishes he never made the raunchy videos that cost him his job: "I wish I had been smarter." Late update: Honors keeps job

RoadCircumstance, a film which opens Friday, sheds light on gay life in Iran.

RoadAre books dead, and can authors survive? "Yes, absolutely, within 25 years the digital revolution will bring about the end of paper books. But more importantly, ebooks and e-publishing will mean the end of "the writer" as a profession. Ebooks, in the future, will be written by first-timers, by teams, by speciality subject enthusiasts and by those who were already established in the era of the paper book. The digital revolution will not emancipate writers or open up a new era of creativity, it will mean that writers offer up their work for next to nothing or for free. Writing, as a profession, will cease to exist."

Posted August 24, 2011 at 3:52pm ETC by Andy Towle
in Julie Bindel