News: Frank Mugisha, Jamaica, Madonna, Michigan, War Horse

RoadMichigan Governor signs domestic partner benefits ban.

RoadVermont married lesbian couple may be split by feds thanks to DOMA.

MadonnaRoadMadonna's Truth or Dare fragrance ad.

RoadIndieWire: War Horse is a gay film. "In the most dramatic display of Joey's love for his mate (who given his fur is often simply referred to in an oddly racialized way as the 'black horse'), he stops the Germans from making 'black horse' the lead on a working line that he likely won't be able to handle because of his poor health condition. Joey does so by making it clear he's the right horse for the job instead, thus saving his lover's life but threatening his own."

RoadWATCH: A teaser trailer for Ridley Scott's Prometheus.

RoadAlbany sports radio host apologizes for anti-gay remarks: "Jacobs, who works at WTMM 104.5 in Albany referred to two WNBA teams as the Los Angeles Lesbians and the Phoenix Dykeury. 'My comments…were ridiculous, stupid and amateurish,' Jacobs said. 'I apologize for even uttering the comments, whether you heard them or not, whether you were offended or not.' Jacobs told Mark Singelais of the Times-Union that he didn’t believe he should lose his job."

RoadMinnesota Governor Mark Dayton accuses GOP of hypocrisy on marriage after the resignation of state Senator Amy Koch: “I think it underscores that sanctity of marriage is important to most Minnesotans and people who are in same-sex relationships believe in that sanctity also and want a chance to participate in the sanctity in the same way as heterosexual couples."

RoadHugh Jackman auctions off his undershirt for $30,000.

CharlesRoadGay-friendly clergy disinvited to speak at Catholic church in SF's Castro district: "In the latest incident, Archbishop George Niederauer had the church's pastor, the Rev. Steve Meriwether, rescind invitations to a trio of gay-friendly clergy scheduled to speak at a series of pre-Christmas evening services. 'The archbishop felt the speakers were inappropriate for the season of Advent, which should be a time to reflect on the coming of Christ,' said George Wesolek, a spokesman for the archdiocese."

RoadTom Cruise and his close relationship with a plastic surgeon may be key to his youthful looks. More HERE.

RoadAdam Lambert says he did not throw any punches in fight with boyfriend Sauli Koskinen: "Violence is not to be taken lightly. Embarrassed by drunkenness. No punches thrown, no injuries and no charges. Media always exaggerates."

RoadJamaica opposition leader takes historic stance on LGBT rights: "People's National Party President Portia Simpson Miller has declared that she would have no problem with appointing gays to her Cabinet. Simpson Miller says no one should be discriminated against because of his/her sexual orientation. According to Simpson Miller, ministers should be appointed based on their ability." Jamaicans react.

MugishaRoadMust-read piece by Ugandan LGBT rights activist Frank Mugisha in the NYT: "The way I see it, homophobia — not homosexuality — is the toxic import. Thanks to the absurd ideas peddled by American fundamentalists, we are constantly forced to respond to the myth — debunked long ago by scientists — that homosexuality leads to pedophilia. For years, the Christian right in America has exported its doctrine to Africa, and, along with it, homophobia. In Uganda, American evangelical Christians even held workshops and met with key officials to preach their message of hate shortly before a bill to impose the death penalty for homosexual conduct was introduced in Uganda’s Parliament in 2009. Two years later, despite my denunciation of all forms of child exploitation, David Bahati, the legislator who introduced the bill, as well as Foreign Minister Henry Okello Oryem and other top government officials, still don’t seem to grasp that being gay doesn’t equate to being a pedophile."


  1. Alan says

    Madonna’s Truth or Dare Fragrance must smell like 1991. You know, before she threw her brother under the bus and sent him on his way, who is now homeless, living in a van down by the river.

  2. redball says

    Frank Mugisha said: “Many Africans believe that homosexuality is an import from the West, and ironically they invoke religious beliefs and colonial-era laws that are foreign to our continent to persecute us.”

    yes. Yes. YES!!!!! many african societies had it right back in the day (before whites came)

  3. uffda says

    Mugisha is the only story here.
    He has truly nailed it, a profound yet simple explanation for the hatred of gay people in Africa, and elsewhere. And one should add the effect of a transplanted form of what George Bernrd Show called “middle class morality” which is a kind of prophylactic propensity for a belief in Bibilical fairy stories, body deodorant and conventional behavior. Older cultures knew better.

  4. DeeperStill says

    So, Andy. It’s so not cool to wish gays would kill themselves, but urging others (Madonna) to do the same, is just peachy????

    Sad, pathetic comments are plentiful on Towleroad these days…

  5. Max says

    “many african societies had it right back in the day (before whites came)”

    Yes, Redball, they were gay-loving, gender-equal, socialist utopias. Whitey ruined everything. You no doubt have a Masters in pre-colonial African cultures.

  6. Graphicjack says

    I think it’s sad that young gays or fans of Gaga feel the need to say truly heinous things about Madonna, who, let’s face it, Gaga emulates if not downright copies. Seems to me you have pretty empty lives. I can understand going on a blog and trashing a homophobic politician or religious wing nut, but a celebrity who’s done a lot for gay and women’s rights? I don’t understand the rabid negativity. Some of you want Madonna to go away… Well, by commenting on every story about her, you are keeping her celebrity alive. If you want her to “go away” you need to stop visiting links about her, which only proves that she can get attention and the media can make money off of her. If no one paid her any attention, she would “go away”. So not only are you hurting yourself by stewing in negativity, but you are keeping her fame alive… Enjoy your Madonna-sounding Gaga songs and STFU about Madonna already… Shesh! If I can endure and ignore countless articles about whatever inconsequential thing Gaga does, surely you can accept that some gay people still love and admire Madonna and might want to read a story about her without all the stupid negative, sexist and ageist comments. And happy holidays to everyone… Even the idiot who wants Madonna to kill herself. Lovely holiday spirit, “Andy Reed”.

  7. JASON says

    Gaga goes to the White House for gay rights. did Madonna ever go talk to Regan or Bush about gay rights in the 1980s? never! She didn’t care.

    Helpmothermonster dot blogspot dot com

  8. JASON says

    madonna was never an advocate. she USED us! Please go to the following website. Many of us are working on destroying the launch of Madonna’s new album.

    Helpmothermonster dot blogspot dot com

  9. says

    how well has hating madonna served you dunces?

    seriously. you dislike her, and yet your asses are still Closeted.

    those that love her are Out. funny, eh?

    it’s not madonna’s fault that you guys don’t have the balls to live Open honest and authentic lives.

    spend a little less effort bitching about Madonna and spend a little more working up the courage to address the reality – that you’re still crippled by your parents shame that you’re gay.

    seriously. it’s amazing how the “i hate madonna!” crowd is always a decade or more behind “madonna fans” when it comes to Coming Out….

  10. jaragon says

    Madonna is in the pantheon of gay divas – along with Judy, Babs, Liza-you can hate her all you want but she will always be richer and more talented than the haters- even the new trailer for “W.E.” looks good.

  11. says

    it speaks volumes that the “gay men who can’t stand stereotypical gay diva icons” aren’t Out.

    seriously. congrats. you hate the divas. and yet you’re no more empowered to live as honestly and openly as their fans are.

    something to think about. 😉

  12. Graphicjack says

    Jason, you are deluded for two reasons: 1. Madonna was the only celebrity at the top of her game who was speaking about gays with respect and fighting for AIDS when the str8 community was saying we deserved to die and that AIDS was the scourge of God. You’re probably to young to know this but I was there and I remember it, so do some research because Madonna actually did was more for us than anyone at her time. Keep in mind that she was dealing with Reagan and Bush Sr, not Obama… I doubt Madonna was getting a lot of invites to the White House when they were in power. 2. We get it, you love Gaga… But why can’t Madonna and Gaga coexist? Isn’t there room for two gay divas? I doubt Gaga wants her fans to tear Madonna down… She’s probably ashamed he fans are so immature. You really, really need to get a life if you have a Web site that’s trying to stop Madonna from putting out an album. The world does not revolve around your own personal needs and preferences. Trying to stop others from enjoying something like a person’s music seems just as selfish and narsacisstic as str8s trying to stop us from getting married. Think about it… It’s really sad, mate.

  13. Jerry6 says

    I could care less about either as artists; But I remember Madonna as being Gay uplifting (as well as being a real ARTIST), but I regard Gaga as using us and more an exibitionist than an artist.

  14. redball says

    Max, you’re ignorant and I probably have more degrees than you unless you have two doctorates (which isn’t even the point but since you brought up EDUCATION….). Anyway, as I posted on Queerty a couple of weeks ago…


    Several scholars have already shown this to be true. To help some of you uninformed gays, I now present a holiday reading list (listed roughly in order of helpfulness, as estimated by me), ASSUMING YOU CAN READ AND THINK CRITICALLY.

    1) Boy-Wives and Female Husbands: Studies of African Homosexualities:

    2) African Intimacies: Race, Homosexuality, and Globalization:

    3) Between Law And Culture: Relocating Legal Studies

    (relevant parts are on pp.277-282 [on the Google Books version; was available online for free last I checked]):

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