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RoadSpirit: GLAAD encourages you to wear purple this Thursday.

RoadSan Francisco AIDS Foundation and STOP AIDS project merge: " The move will align the HIV prevention, support, and referral programs of each organization to create a more seamless system of care and services for people at risk for and living with HIV in San Francisco." More at Bay Area Reporter...

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RoadAnderson Cooper discovers his cell phone is laden with fecal bacteria.

RoadMichelangelo Signorile interviews Jeffrey Schwarz, director of the new documentary on Vito Russo.

RoadConstruction on NYC's gay hotel is underway: "New York's imminent, first-ever gay hotel, The Out NYC, is slowly transforming a remote block along W 42nd St between Tenth and Eleventh Avenues with practically nothing else around it."

RoadHHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius remarks to the National Coalition for LGBT Health.

RoadEarth was almost obliterated by a comet in 1883.

RoadAlice High School in Texas defends removal of gay cheerleader, says that it was not for a gay kiss: “The student and parents are clearly aware that the student was not removed from the squad for kissing another student at school. While the student is free to discuss certain aspects of his discipline in the media, the District cannot discuss the specifics of this incident and must respect the privacy rights of the students involved in this matter."

RoadVIDEO: Shia LaBeouf beaten to ground by shirtless man.

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RoadSnow Flowers is poised to become the first Nepali commercial movie to portray a same-sex love story: "Set to release next spring, the film stars two of Nepal's leading actresses, Dia Maskey and Nisha Adhikari, and is directed by Subarna Thapa, who also wrote the screenplay beginning two years ago."

RoadA man who says serial killer John Wayne Gacy raped him when he was 9 speaks out.

RoadLeaders of Commonwealth countries to be asked to decriminalize homosexuality: "Forty-one of the 53 Commonwealth countries – including Uganda, Zimbabwe and Ghana – still criminalise gay sex and HIV campaigners say such laws are seriously hampering safe sex initiatives."

RoadChord Overstreet's brother is a bear cub.

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RoadOccupy Wall Street's unlikely benefactor: "Robert S. Halper, a retired Wall Street trader, spends time each day in Zuccotti Park talking to protesters about politics and their thoughts on reforming the banking system. But Mr. Halper, a 52-year-old Brooklyn native, never reveals two facts about himself: he is a former vice chairman of the New York Mercantile Exchange and the largest single donor to the nonprofit magazine that ignited the Occupy Wall Street movement."

RoadMore arrests of gays in Northern Cyprus.

RoadFAA investigates sex skydiving stunt on plane...

RoadUniversity of Minnesota couple attacked by homophobic mob after holding hands: "While walking from the downtown Target to a bus stop Friday, Sept. 23, Dennis said the couple — both University of Minnesota sophomores — was assaulted by a group of 15 men who repeatedly punched and kicked him as they yelled gay slurs. Though his bruises have faded, Dennis said the couple’s healing process is far from over. Dennis said he’s felt pressure to forget his story from friends, family and even the police, who he said 'didn’t seem to care,' and 'made it seem like an everyday thing we could just get over.'"

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  1. the gay sexdiving stunt was between a male instructor and a female receptionist, so maybe not so gay after all.

    Posted by: rouquinricain | Oct 18, 2011 3:38:56 PM


  2. I live about a mile away from where this happened. Lately I have noticed an increase in taunting of gay men and women in this area. There has been a series of people in cars targeting people with rainbow stickers on their cars as well as some graffiti at some of the colleges. I think it's related to the increase in tensions with the votes that will be held in November of 2012 and I'm afraid this is just the beginning. I personally have been taunted while in my car and was almost pushed off the road from a car full of what looked like teenage boys. It angers me to see this attack on these men but it does not surprise me. Minneapolis is not as gay friendly as it was a year ago.

    Posted by: Shane | Oct 18, 2011 3:44:59 PM


  3. First post beat me to it; it was an instructor and the female receptionist, a woman named Hope something.....

    Posted by: Butch | Oct 18, 2011 3:52:57 PM


  4. a "remote block"? Fer crying out loud, that remote block is surrounded by some of the biggest apartment/condo towers in NYC.

    Posted by: Glenn | Oct 18, 2011 3:54:42 PM


  5. Yeah, I don't know what's so remote about the location of the OUT. I was just in NYC last week (for the 1st time in a long time) and was pleasantly surprised how that area of Hell's Kitchen was pretty fun and active, with some very gay-friendly restaurants, a handful of gay bars, and a very lively-seeming neighborhood there around 10th and - ok, well, maybe a few blocks north of 42nd. But it's hardly a no-man's-land.

    Posted by: Zlick | Oct 18, 2011 4:06:53 PM


  6. Sad to hear about that, Shane, since Minneapolis does have a gay-accepting reputation. Of course, the public discourse on the marriage ban in Minnesota most certainly is a contributing factor in that increase in homophobia. I read about packs of youth and gangs that have been committing burglaries and crimes in Minneapolis so unfortunately the couple probably ran into one of those packs. Hopefully they aren't too shaken and regain confidence in showing affection. We can't allow these thugs and bigots shape how we live our lives.

    The police response is as pathetic as it gets, but I think it's par for the course that they give not one iota a damn of victims of crimes.

    Posted by: Francis | Oct 18, 2011 4:23:54 PM


  7. RE: Remote Block Hotel

    I am quite familiar with the hotel industry. Trust me when I tell you that no one in the industry considers Hotel Chatter/Jaunted to be trustworthy sources. If your hotel is not in NYC, LA, Miami, or it does not cater to the "hipster" crowd, the people at that site will bash it. The writers find fault with everything. For example, in a recent post about United Airlines, a writer complained that "the flight crew was older than our parents". They also like to complain that suburban, limited-service (aka cheap) hotels have views of the freeway next to the hotel.

    Posted by: alex | Oct 18, 2011 4:58:20 PM


  8. Finally. So many weeks without a pic of James Franco.

    Posted by: Matt26 | Oct 18, 2011 4:59:48 PM


  9. I notice that any mention of any description of the attackers in the Minnesota case, except for simply "male", is conspicuously, suspiciously absent. That's interesting.

    Posted by: asdfg | Oct 18, 2011 5:58:01 PM


  10. "That's interesting."

    No, it isn't.

    The couple was shoppint at Target, which they shouldn't have been; that was interesting. That they've decided to give in to terror and live in fear was interesting. That this would happen to a couple of college students is interesting. The fact that it happened at all is interesting.

    In fact, you probably found the one and only thing about this story that isn't interesting in the least and you've fixated on it.

    Now that's interesting.

    Posted by: ohplease | Oct 18, 2011 7:07:33 PM


  11. BOUT TIME THAT SHIA GET HIS ASS KICKED!! HE THOUGHT HE WAS TOUGH.....LOL.....~~POW~~...ALSO GUYS.....>>>>>>WHY<<<< DO YOU INSIST ON PUTTING YOURSELF IN HARMS WHAY??? IF YOU KNOW AN AREA IS HOMOPHOBIC....WHY WOULD GO AND "HOLD HANDS"...."KISS AND GROPE"...AND THEN WHEN YOU GET THE CRAKEN KICKED OUT OF YOU YOU ACT SHOCKED??????

    Posted by: Shannon | Oct 18, 2011 11:48:31 PM


  12. Re: the skydiving sex story: I don't understand why on the site with the article, a commenter named John Costello seems to be arguing with non-existent comments that the sex was heterosexual... And then the same thing here from others. Not a single commenter on either board suggested otherwise, so who are they all arguing with?

    Posted by: Gregv | Oct 19, 2011 12:48:19 AM


  13. RE: VITO RUSSO - I was fortunate enough to know Vito way early in the Gay Rights movement, we both met @ GAANJ( Gay Activist Alliance-New Jersey) which had meetings in Paramus(NJ) @ The Unitarian Church. I was fascinated by his love of old movies, his thirst for knowledge about life in general, his attentiveness to me whilst we conversed.We lunched a few times near Bergen Community College, talking about the goings-on in the NJ Gay community, films... I was SOOO attracted to him, but his vitality & activism forbade us getting closer, I knew then(circa 1973) he was going places. I think of him often & view"The Cellulois Closet" about 1x a yr. R I P old friend, Mark P, former Northern NJ resident-Riverside County,California

    Posted by: Mark Penti | Oct 19, 2011 11:30:00 AM


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