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NEWS: Gingrich Cries, Mexico Marries, And Katy And Russell Split

Katyrussell Road It's over: America's worst singer and Britain's worst comedian to divorce.

Road Newt Gingrich tears up discussing mother.

Road The scheduled end of the world next year will be excellent for Mexico's tourist industry.

Road Cancun to exploit vague legal verbiage to perform gay weddings, attract tourists.

Road The NYT on the fine line Obama walks on LGBT issues:

Mr. Obama’s strategy, administration officials and gay-rights advocates said, reflects two conflicting forces. He recognizes that support for gay rights and same-sex marriage is growing, particularly among young voters.

But he is reluctant in an election year to be drawn into a culture-war issue — one that reliably helps Republicans turn out evangelical voters in their favor and that also strikes a particular nerve with religious black voters, a bedrock Obama constituency in battleground states like North Carolina and Florida.

PattiSmith Road The 10 best physics books of 2011.

Road Happy birthday, Patti Smith. Catch some vintage, savage Smithery AFTER THE JUMP ...

Road The AP's big story on the plight of LGBT seniors:

Experts say many gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender seniors fear discrimination, disrespect or worse by health care workers and residents of elder housing facilities — ultimately leading many back into the closet after years of being open.

That anxiety takes on new significance as the first of the 77 million baby boomers turns 65 this year. At least 1.5 million seniors are gay, a number expected to double by 2030, according to SAGE, the New York-based group Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders.

Road "Sista P" to return to Jamaican leadership after "landslide" election.

Road Neal Polack knew Christopher Hitchens better than anybody:

It was 1972, the height of our mutual virility. He and I went to a pub to celebrate his most recent intellectual victory over the establishment press. I intimated that sometimes women could be funny on purpose. Even back then, the thought enraged him. Hitchens threw a drink in my face, pressed a lit cigarette into my neck, and hit me over the head with a barstool. The next thing I knew, it was two days later and I was lying hogtied and naked beside the M5. Hitch had already severely damaged my reputation in a vicious essay in the Guardian. But that’s how he operated, and that’s why we loved him.

Road Need a New Year's resoluton? Presenting Paul Angelo, gay matchmaker and noted crazyperson, who suggests an "urgent" moratorium on anal intercourse. (HT: Michelangelo Signorile)

Road names the 10 best long-form sex stories of 2011. I wrote one of them!


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  1. oh nm i see the story!

    Posted by: redball | Dec 31, 2011 6:40:09 AM

  2. @Darell. Not all of us Brits like Brand.

    Posted by: sylvatica | Dec 31, 2011 7:48:58 AM

  3. Russell Brand is (and this always counts as important here) hot.

    Posted by: Steve Scarborough | Dec 31, 2011 8:51:17 AM

  4. I wish Towleroad would divorce Brandon.

    Posted by: Nautic | Dec 31, 2011 9:11:27 AM

  5. Well, opinions are like arseholes, everyone has one. Regardless of what you think of Russell Brand (and I happen to love him) I think you should save your nasty bile for someone who deserves it, as opposed to someone who has always been a friend of the gay community. You may not like his humour but he's one of the good guys.

    Posted by: Ryan | Dec 31, 2011 9:13:40 AM

  6. "America's worst singer and Britain's worst comedian to divorce."

    Best. Description. Ever.

    Seriously, Brand and Perry are probably the most annoying couple ever. Plus, Brand isn't funny which is a problem if you are a comedian.

    Posted by: Andreas | Dec 31, 2011 9:19:46 AM

  7. Brand is like Pee Wee Herman. You either hate him or love him. Personally, I love watching him best on talk shows. He can ad lib better than anyone and is, IMO, quite funny.

    Katy? Cute gal with minimal singing skills.

    Posted by: johnny | Dec 31, 2011 9:26:33 AM

  8. You're all right. I was being hyperbolic. Katy Perry isn't the worst singer in America. She probably wouldn't even be the worst singer at my corner karaoke bar.

    Posted by: Brandon K. Thorp | Dec 31, 2011 9:44:28 AM

  9. Katy Perry makes catchy pop records whcih don't actually need a great voice to be succesfull. She has sold truckloads of records and there is and always will be a place for that sort of sing a long frothy crowd pleasing pop. No, she's not an Adele but so what, she's a great pop star with a skill for a great tune and hook and her songs are fun.

    Posted by: Den | Dec 31, 2011 10:14:11 AM

  10. Adele is SO overrated!

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Dec 31, 2011 10:32:09 AM

  11. Is Russell Brand back on the pipe?

    Posted by: M. Scott Hernandez | Dec 31, 2011 10:46:16 AM

  12. re: giving up anal.

    It doesn't work. Trust me :-/

    Posted by: Alan | Dec 31, 2011 1:11:52 PM

  13. Katy Perry is an attention seeking sh...t!

    Posted by: Rowan | Dec 31, 2011 2:47:29 PM

  14. Rowan

    Being a shy stay at home wallflower isn't a good career move for any Pop star

    Posted by: Den | Dec 31, 2011 3:13:47 PM

  15. "America's worst singer and Britain's worst comedian..." Couldn't have said it better! When are people going to wake to the fact that Katy Perry can't sing?! Her only talent is for wearing ugly costumes to award shows and seeking media attention. As for Russell Brand...ugh. 'Nough said.

    Posted by: JIMMY | Dec 31, 2011 5:25:42 PM

  16. Thank you! Finally someone said it. She DOES SUCK! She's a pop star of the worst order. If Barbara Walters thinks Katy Perry is one of the most fascinating people of 2011 then you know that only means she is completely non-threatening to old people. Yuck!

    Posted by: Joe De Hoyos | Dec 31, 2011 6:44:53 PM

  17. Andy,

    I'd rather you shut down Towleroad when you need a break than continue to have Brandon write on your blog. It's like having Perez Hilton covering for Walter Cronkite.

    I appreciate Towleroad's mission of Gay and Lesbian oriented news; the occasional model fix, sportraits, etc. But Brandon's style doesn't belong on this blog. He's d=listed or Queerty or all those horrible other trash blogs. Please, please - preserve this fine site and GET BRANDON OUT!

    Posted by: steve | Dec 31, 2011 10:39:26 PM

  18. I agree with Derek. Drop the sh*tty attitude and leave your personal opinions out. You just lost some credibility in my eyes.

    Posted by: Matt | Jan 2, 2012 6:21:49 PM

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