News: Ricky Martin, Canada, Pat Buchanan, Idaho, Anthony Shadid

RoadNYT reporter Anthony Shadid dies in Syria.

RoadCo-chairs of Congressional Progressive Caucus announce support for marriage equality plank in Democratic Party platform. "The co-chairs, Reps. Raul Grijalva (D-Ariz.) and Keith Ellison (D-Minn.), released a joint statement announcing that they had signed on to Freedom to Marry's proposed platform language..."

2_ricky_martinRoadRicky Martin on marriage: "I wish people understood that love manifests in different ways. Allow me to have my life and I won't mess with yours. That's when I struggle and get angry and punch the table. And then I talk. Martin Luther King Jr. said, 'Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.' Trust me, everybody is asking me when I'm going to get married. People that I don't know are pushing it. But it's not something that we're talking about."

RoadAnderson Cooper gives moms a freaky Toddlers & Tiaras makeover.

RoadCanadian government to close legal loophole that could have undermined thousands of gay marriages around the world.

RoadIdaho lawmaker's attempt to attach anti-discrimination amendment to prison bill fails: "Boise Democratic Sen. Nicole LeFavour, who is Idaho's only openly gay lawmaker, Thursday sought to amend a bill that tightens penalties for smuggling cigarettes or cell phones into prison by adding protections for gays and lesbians from workforce or housing discrimination."

RoadAdam Lambert pushes back album release...

RoadJanet Jackson to join X Factor?

PattinsonRoadRobert Pattinson displays his dome.

RoadApple sold more iOS devices in 2011 than it did Macs in 28 years: "Apple sold 55 million iPads to date, CEO Tim Cook recently revealed in an interview with Fortune. The company also sold 37 million iPhones in Q1 2012 alone, with the total being around 175 million since the device’s inception. All in all, Apple sold 316 million iOS devices so far."

RoadCatholic Bishops make big plans for campaign on infringement of religious liberty...

RoadWhite House holds LGBT health summit: "More than 300 people from 22 states attended the conference, which was focused on LGBT health, on Thursday in the Dorrance H. Hamilton Building at Thomas Jefferson University. Obama administration officials touted their work over the past three years on health and LGBT issues. Conference participants asked questions of officials in a town-hall style format — many focused on transgender inclusion of the administration’s LGBT work — and participated in workshops on issues such as LGBT aging, youth and transgender health as well as the health care reform law and engagement opportunities with the administration."

RoadKelly Clarkson heading to The Voice in March.

BuchananRoadPat Buchanan pens good-bye tirade as he exits MSNBC, blaming gays, liberals: "Without a hearing, they smear and stigmatize as racist, homophobic, or anti-Semitic any who contradict what George Orwell once called their 'smelly little orthodoxies.' They then demand that the heretic recant, grovel, apologize, and pledge to go forth and sin no more."

RoadChris Cornell defends man who was called a "queer" in the Seattle Airport.

RoadTom Cruise's son Connor, whose homophobic text to a former publicist was recently aired in the media, is making amends by DJing at an AIDS Project Los Angeles party at West Hollywood gay bar The Abbey.

RoadFlash mob organizer Greg Rothman describes gay day at JC Penney: "As a sea of people dressed in pink descended the escalator to shop, to "flash our pink dollars," we noticed that all of the JCPenney staff were also wearing pink clothing, and they applauded as we reached their floor. It was a spectacular moment."

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  1. That pic of Ricky Martin is simply gorgeous.

    Posted by: Matt26 | Feb 17, 2012 2:43:16 PM

  2. Ah, Ricky. So wise, so handsome.

    And on the flip side: Good riddance, Pat Buchanan, you horrible human being.

    Posted by: GILA (Gay Intellectual Liberal Atheist) | Feb 17, 2012 2:52:51 PM

  3. So the douchier, little Cruise is DJing a party at the Abbey. Whoo hoo! One more reason NOT to go to the Abbey.

    Posted by: Mike | Feb 17, 2012 3:36:00 PM

  4. A win for LGBT rights in El Paso, TX. Please run this!

    Posted by: mike27 | Feb 17, 2012 4:10:35 PM

  5. This is a bit rich coming from Ricky Martin, a man who made his millions trading off a fake heterosexual image. You had no hesitation cavorting with females in your videos, did you, Ricky?

    If he were serious, he'd give all the money he made back to those who fell for the ruse.

    Posted by: jason | Feb 17, 2012 4:50:14 PM

  6. Oh boohoo! Pat Buchanan. Guess what, Pat, the court of Public Opinion is not a real court. So, you don't get a hearing. You are a racist, homophobic loser, and you're finally getting what you deserve. Go to Fox Noise where you are your ilk belong.

    Posted by: M. Bergeron | Feb 17, 2012 5:14:08 PM

  7. Nothing quite as imposing or as intimidating as men dressed in pink, is there?

    Nothing stereotypical about it either.

    For full effect, why didn't they just have "I am a big ole pu$$y" emblazoned across the front of each T-shirt?

    I am sure America will be favorably impressed by this display, regardless, especially straight men.....and it will win us innumerable friends and admirers and garner us the greatest respect, as it, of course, should.....

    Posted by: Rick | Feb 17, 2012 5:26:58 PM

  8. Please give a warning before linking to Perez Hilton. I refuse to give him traffic.

    Posted by: txstevo | Feb 17, 2012 5:57:46 PM

  9. BFD for Connor Cruise.

    Posted by: TyInTenn | Feb 17, 2012 6:17:03 PM

  10. It was love at first sight for me and "Honey Boo Boo child" and her delightfully awful mother. Like something John Waters would have dreamed up. Of course Anderson and Michael K flip out.

    Posted by: MarkUs | Feb 17, 2012 8:25:57 PM

  11. Or Pat, it just could be that the world has grown tired for cranky, bigoted old men. No one took your right to express your bile away. It's just that MSNBC doesn't care to pay you for the privilege of spouting hurt and pain.

    Posted by: Craig | Feb 17, 2012 8:49:43 PM

  12. Robert Pattinson has some of the most variable looks in Hollywood. Often he is one of the most photogenic actors around, but he needs pretty hair to round out his looks and short hair never works in his favor. He also should never be photographed from head on, but always at an angle. With this look I would never look twice at him walking down the street, I'm afraid to say.

    Posted by: John | Feb 17, 2012 10:12:35 PM

  13. I'll never be able to understand why it took so long for Pat Buchanan to get the boot...
    especially when it's a boot in his ass! He has been the face of the Republican party since he was a speech writer for Richard Nixon. He is the most despicable of right wing nuts to have had a voice on the boob-tube of hate year after year. I will not miss him and hopefully he will disappear for all times.

    Posted by: Jerry Pritikin aka The Bleacher Preacherj | Feb 18, 2012 3:14:53 AM

  14. There is absolutely nothing spectacular about a corporation happily accepting your money. Every decision JC Penny has made was in the interest of making more money. It merely happened to coincide with making gay people feel slightly more accepted in the marketplace. I have nothing against them, but the idea that going on a shopping spree at JC Penny is activism is ridiculous.

    Posted by: Eric26 | Feb 18, 2012 3:29:06 AM

  15. I will never forget Buchanan's almost slobbering smile as he discussed the White House invitation to Rick Warren to pray at the Innauguration. It was clear that he saw it as a deliberate notice from the Obama team to gays to keep some distance from the new presidency.

    Posted by: Esurb | Feb 18, 2012 9:30:49 AM

  16. When Pat ran for President I think he only got a few percent of the vote, he has no idea of what goes on in politics.

    Posted by: Peter | Feb 18, 2012 9:34:43 AM

  17. Here's a link to the proposed amendments to Canada's Civil Marriage Act which will ensure all same-sex couples married in Canada have access to divorce:

    Posted by: DiCKster | Feb 18, 2012 10:37:36 AM

  18. Some the LGBT folk who defend Chris Cornell standing up against "queer" baiting will go out this weekend and wear the Q-word out with their friends. A complete double standard! It happens all the time, and it's a damn shame.

    Posted by: Stuffed Animal | Feb 18, 2012 1:01:28 PM

  19. it's not a double-standard, Stuffed Animal. You respond negatively to the word Queer because you don't understand nuance.

    Queer does not mean gay. gay does not mean queer. queer is not an orientation but a statement of identity. it is elective.

    there are non-gay people who self-identify as Queer.

    Just because you never understood this, Stuffed Animal, doesn't mean that other people cannot find empowerment and strength in self-identifying as queer.

    know what else happens all the time and is a damned shame? Insecure homosexuals like yourself who suck up to right-wing Christianity like plebes.

    Stuffed Animal, for those who don't know, believes that Jews and all other non-Christians go to Hell when they die. Don't believe me? Check out his insane blog.

    *cuckoo cuckoo cuckoo*

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Feb 18, 2012 1:13:37 PM

  20. Pat B was another spawn of the Nixon admin that found a second career in the DC press corp. Never has a single presidency hired so many emotionally challenged underlings as Nixon's and they are still around 40 years later! Classic Nixonian traits abound: paranoia, neediness, twisted self-regard, small mindedness and unnecessary meanness.

    However, having said all that, Pat was more probably let go over simple office politics at the network or maybe salary negotiations that didn't go his way than for his outspoken views. His usefulness as a conservative foil for talking head guests was always a plus, and probably would be for some time, but such positions don't last forever (except maybe on PBS and NPR) and his press career was already on its ninth life, having lasted far longer than most. He really has nothing to complain about.

    Posted by: anon | Feb 18, 2012 1:39:45 PM

  21. Pat B Want to stand up on politics.But dont know about the activities of politics.I think he want t go fast and fast but without see anyone.Some people may be force them.

    Posted by: Kelly Clarkson Boise Tickets | Feb 21, 2012 11:14:25 PM

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