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RoadFailed Russian Mars probe plunges into Pacific Ocean.

RoadUganda's Ambassador to the U.S. Perezi K. Kamunanwire says 'kill the gays' bill dead.

WeekendRoadDorian Awards announced: "Andrew Haigh’s Weekend, a British film about the relationship that develops between two men during the course of a brief hook-up, has been named both best film of the year and best LGBT film of the year by the Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association."

RoadVIDEO: "Donkey punch" on Jeopardy.

RoadToronto Maple Leafs General Manager Brian Burke receives PFLAG Ally Award: “I’m honoured, greatly honoured” Burke said in a short, dramatic address. He said he had a longer speech prepared, but abandoned it.

RoadMichael Fassbender sexes up Interview and GQ UK.

RoadDutch insurers pay for "ex-gay" therapy: "Health insurance companies are obligated to pay for the therapy because the organisation providing it, Different, is an officially recognised institution for mental health care."

RoadWhy gay parents may be the best parents.

RoadDaniel Radcliffe: You can do anything!

ObamaRoadAndrew Sullivan on how Obama's long game will outsmart his critics. Sarah Palin isn't impressed.

RoadNew Jersey Assemblyman apologizes for gay slur in Facebook update: "While bragging about the Giants, Assemblyman Charles Mainor, who is also an officer with the Jersey City Police Department, wrote 'Who the hell do you think we are the DALLAS COWGIRLS OR THOSE GAYBIRDS FROM PHILLY....NO WE ARE THE NEW YORK GIANTS.'"

RoadEffie Trinket in another crazy outfit in new Hunger Games image.

RoadThe Senator: Fire destroys 3,500-year-old tree in Florida. "It was one of Central Florida's leading attractions before the arrival of the region's theme parks, and though the park is in neither city, advertising associated it with Sanford and Longwood. A billboard on U.S. Highway 17-92 boasted of the tree's age and pointed motorists toward Big Tree Road — now General Hutchinson Parkway."

RoadGerman football chief says gay players should come out of the closet: "Theo Zwanziger called on gay players 'to have the courage to declare themselves,' although he conceded it was surely difficult to acknowledge one’s homosexuality within a team."

NessmanRoadCasting Calvin Klein's Milan Men's show.

RoadDolphins and whales play together.

RoadSean Hayes heading to Parks and Recreation. "ayes will play a revered  TV journalist who the locals refer to affectionately as 'the Matt Lauer of Indianapolis.' His character lands a big interview with Leslie, potentially boosting her election prospects."

RoadJustin Timberlake takes the wheel in new Givenchy Play ads.

RoadElmhurst College, the first in the nation to ask applicants about sexual orientation, says there have been no issues surrounding the question: "Few applicants have skipped the optional question asking whether they identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender, Rold said, and it doesn’t appear straight students are cheating the system to receive the diversity 'enrichment scholarship' that’s worth one-third of Elmhurst’s $29,994 tuition. When Elmhurst announced its policy, skeptics predicted many students would be uncomfortable, or that straight applicants would declare themselves gay to get the scholarship money."

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  1. In regards to Assemblyman Mainor's Facebook post, the article says the head of Garden State Equality accepted the assemblyman's apology. I am a true-blue, liberal Democrat but I can't help but think if Mainor was a Republican he would be raked over the coals right now. Its a two way street - we can't let Democrats off the hook for anti-gay words while condemning Republicans for the same thing. Both need to be called out for anti-gay language, regardless of party affliation. (Mainor's defense is pathetic - a "friend" wrote the gaybirds part and posted the message without Mainor seeing it. But its ok - Mainor has several relatives who are gay so everything is all good. Eye roll).

    Posted by: KP | Jan 17, 2012 3:37:11 PM


  2. Brian Burke is an incredible ally and a remarkable man.

    check out the video here. it's incredibly moving. the event was a huge success.

    http://www.citytv.com/toronto/citynews/sports/article/181209--brian-burke-honoured-by-gay-rights-group

    p.s. the wee lady giving him the award is my Mum :)

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Jan 17, 2012 3:41:25 PM


  3. @KP i read what he wrote and was not offended by it whatsoever, i i think not many people were. It just that Republicans say things that are actually offensive, so that why they probably get more criticism.

    Posted by: Emmy | Jan 17, 2012 4:14:45 PM


  4. more of Brian Burke :-)

    http://newz4u.net/archives/26127

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Jan 17, 2012 4:16:08 PM


  5. Wow, people think that Obama will win? And Palin isn't impressed? I have news for you: the sky is blue.

    Sean Hayes is not only one of the most unpleasant celebrities I've met, he's also among the nastiest people. And that is a long list.

    Posted by: Paul R | Jan 17, 2012 4:17:53 PM


  6. Weekend is a very good film. Kind of a coming of age film for grownups. Loved.

    Little Kiwi, had no idea that you are a fellow Torontonian!

    Posted by: MammaBear | Jan 17, 2012 4:28:27 PM


  7. @Little Kiwi - You should be proud of your mom. Now, more importantly, who was the hot guy with the brown jacket with her?

    Posted by: Erich | Jan 17, 2012 5:10:36 PM


  8. Among multiple examples of nonsense, Andrew Sullivan thinks Obama deserves credit for a slight rise in marriage equality approval even tho Obama himself DOESN'T support it? And for unnamed pro-marijuane legislation when the Obama Administration is raiding legal medical marijuana dispensaries and sending the IRS after them? Of course Obama must be reelected but Sullivan's article is simply Obama, Inc., spin pretending to be a fresh and objective approach.

    Posted by: Michael | Jan 17, 2012 6:14:24 PM


  9. Good news on the recognition that "Weekend" received.

    Posted by: JEFFUWS | Jan 17, 2012 6:45:36 PM


  10. I loved Weekend, my favorite movie of the year!

    Posted by: Ray | Jan 17, 2012 10:42:09 PM


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