News: Normal Heart, Margaret Court, Blackbird, Tunisia, Faces

RoadLesbian couple sues state of Michigan over gay adoption ban.

M-courtRoadEquality foe and tennis pro-turned Evangelical pastor Margaret Court arrives in town for Australian Open. Navratilova wears rainbow patch on sleeve.

RoadNicki Minaj: Stupid Hoe.

RoadJulia Roberts, Alec Baldwin, Matt Bomer and Jim Parsons, are joining Mark Ruffalo in the cast of Ryan Murphy's film adaptation of Larry Kramer's The Normal Heart.

RoadEwan McGregor covers Menswear: “I hate scripts that read like other movies….That’s why I’ve never really nailed the Hollywood ‘hard man’ role, because I don’t really believe it. I don’t know guys who have great exit lines every time they leave the room.”

RoadHeidi Klum says 'auf wiedersehen' to Seal.

RoadActor Tracy Morgan rushed to hospital after collapsing at Sundance.

RoadTunisia’s new interior minister, Ali Larayedh, is embroiled in a gay sex video controversy: "On the 18.1.12, a 45 minute long black and white video dating from 1991, showing two men having sex, was posted on YouTube.  The occasional close-up on one of the men’s faces resembles Ali Larayedh, the current interior minister and a member of the ruling Islamist party Ennahda who won last years’ October elections after the first Arab spring rebellion which deposed dictator Ben Ali. The poor quality of the video makes it difficult to determine the video’s authenticity, or whether Larayedh is actually in the video.  The video on the site was quickly removed, although it is still available on file-sharing sites."

RoadStudy finds link between sexual orientation and symmetry of faces.

White_blackbirdRoadBlackbird now completely white.

RoadMajor donor to Prop 8 in California, Caster Group, celebrates candidacy of mayoral candidate Carl Demaio: "DeMaio is gay and in a committed relationship with the publisher of the online San Diego Gay and Lesbian News. When DeMaio first ran for City Council, in 2008, he declined to take a position on Prop. 8, but has since become more active in the gay community. But though his mayoral campaign's "coalitions" include an LGBT group, DeMaio's made it clear that gay-rights issues won't be part of the campaign."

RoadRon Paul action figures.

RoadRandy Roberts Potts to demonstrate the real gay agenda in preformance art piece: "It's a visual that people haven't ever really seen in conservative towns," he explains. "A lot of people immediately jump to images of sex or a pride parade. Well, here's another visual. This is what gay couples look like when we're together as a couple in love. There's really nothing to watch, and I want to leave people with that impression. Psychologically, visual images like that go a lot deeper."

StenmarkRoadMale model fix: Zac and Jordan Stenmark.

RoadAuthorities mistake Russian Nationalist health rally for Gay Pride demonstration? "Officers were acting on an anonymous telephone tip, which reported the event to be an unsanctioned rally for gay rights. They also mistook the flag for a banner of some religious sect, said the organizer, Anton Uskov."

RoadUK boyband The Wanted visit Splash bar in NYC.

RoadMissouri high school student battles t-shirt vendors, leads fight for change at Blue Springs South: "As president of her high school club, the Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) at Blue Springs South, Bailee liked the idea of having T-shirts made like other student groups. But she didn’t want a racy one. 'One of the girl’s sports teams, I think it’s soccer, has a T-shirt that says, ‘Girls do it in the grass 11 ways,’'Bailee said. 'My mom wouldn’t ever allow me to wear that.' She found a slogan with a deeper message on the Internet: Why is it that as a culture, we are more comfortable seeing two men holding guns than holding hands?"

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  1. I'm simply thrilled that more people, particularly the younger generations, will be able to experience The Normal Heart.

    it's an important, passionate and deeply emotional work.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Jan 23, 2012 4:26:09 PM


  2. p.s. The Caster company is disgusting.

    son Justin Caster is a notorious closet-case, romping around the country in musical theatre shows, sucking cock on the side, then being an anti-gay Jesus freak when in public. The good news - the theatre community has turned its back on him and he's now relegated to performing in Christian theatre groups exclusively.

    He's a sad closeted bigot trying to appease one of america's wealthiest bigoted families. textbook.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Jan 23, 2012 4:30:59 PM


  3. As much as I love "The Normal Heart" and [like so many others, particularly Kramer] have long waited for it to be filmed, great material alone does not assure box office success. For with respect to other, VERY different, good work he's done, it is impossible for me to imagine the verbally-inhibited Ruffalo having the ability to conjure up the huge speeches and visceral, volcanic rage and emotional agony of the central character, "Ned Weeks"—even less so under the guidance of the limp wrist of Ryan Murphy. At best, Ruffalo is a good folk singer and Murphy a good pop musical director while "Heart" is Grand Opera. And neither have the natural "box office appeal" to bring in that group which needs to learn from it even more than young gays [who, overall, will turn out regardless]: straights. Sad.

    Posted by: Michael Bedwell | Jan 23, 2012 4:48:56 PM


  4. I was excited about the film version of The Normal Heart - until I read Ryan Murphy was directing...and that Mark Ruffalo was playing Ned Weeks...and that Matt Bomer was playing Felix...and that Julia Roberts was playing Emma. I like all three actors but they are just not right for these parts. I am willing to bet Larry Kramer will not be too pleased with the final Murphy direct version (And you do not want to mess with Larry Kramer). At least a gay man is directing - and two gay men are starring in the film, even if they are in the glass closet. That's something I guess.

    Posted by: Leo | Jan 23, 2012 5:00:10 PM


  5. That face symmetry study is very weak.

    Posted by: Paul R | Jan 23, 2012 5:05:03 PM


  6. They couldn't miscast The Normal Heart with better actors?

    Glad Jim Parsons is reprising his role, but everyone else . . . ? Meh. And I usually love Mark Ruffalo.

    This film needs a more macho director than Ryan Murphy. Soderberg should have done it.

    Posted by: Alejandro | Jan 23, 2012 5:18:09 PM


  7. Excited about The Normal Heart....
    Nicki Minaj is a waste of time, space and ear pollution.

    Posted by: Geoff M | Jan 23, 2012 5:19:06 PM


  8. Will there be video of Margaret Court not shaking hands with Martina Navratilova?

    That's an interesting picture of Rev. Court, in which she holds the Bible between her heart and the rest of the world.

    Posted by: Demian | Jan 23, 2012 5:27:47 PM


  9. Normal Heart finally! Matt Bomer is perfect for Felix as he is a great and under rated actor. He will bring in the younger, straight audience as well as he has legions of straight fans that could care less about his orientation. Julia I could do without, Jim is fine. Rufalo may surprise!

    Posted by: Trent | Jan 23, 2012 8:25:04 PM


  10. The story about the girl in the Missouri GSA is great. She got approval for from the principal for the GSA t-shirts then a local vendor refused to print them. She rallied other school clubs who'd used that printer in the past to switch to the one who did the GSA shirts. Plus she's got a great relationship with her mom and a 4.0+GPA.

    Posted by: Caliban | Jan 23, 2012 10:11:19 PM


  11. As Samantha always told Smith "First, the gays.."

    Posted by: M. Scott Hernandez | Jan 23, 2012 10:33:03 PM


  12. I've just realized - Margaret Court is a hoax, "she" is another Chris Lilley character!

    Posted by: St. Theresa of Avila | Jan 24, 2012 4:48:23 AM


  13. How "fortunate" for "actor" Tracy Morgan that he didn't collapse in the kitchen making dinner. A knife might have cut his throat...

    Posted by: DeeperStill | Jan 24, 2012 5:35:11 AM


  14. It doesn't get much worse than Nicki Minaj. Ugh.

    Posted by: Christian | Jan 24, 2012 12:42:05 PM


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