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?"

Posted January 23, 2012 at 3:55pm ETC by Andy Towle
in Julie Bindel