News: Solar Storm, Adam Levine, Liberia, Josh Hutcherson

RoadBrett Ratner and Tom Ford team up with GLSEN for anti-homophobia PSA competition.

SunRoadLargest solar storm in five years hits Earth: "The massive cloud of charged particles could disrupt utility grids, airline flights, satellite networks and GPS services, especially in northern areas. But the same blast could also paint colorful auroras farther from the poles than normal." Five facts you should know.

RoadVIDEO: Michigan woman terrorized by 'Godzilla' turkey.

RoadAdam Levine is launching a fragrance, called 222: "Adam is a performer with tremendous charisma, both on stage and on TV. Endeavoring to capture that in a bottle has thus far been very exciting and we're certain the final products will be even more so."

RoadLesbian candidates Rep. Nickie Antonio and Sandra Kurt advance in Ohio primaries.

RoadMore than 100,000 have signed a petition asking Obama to sign executive order banning LGBT workplace discrimination.

RoadIowa anti-gay activist Bob Vander Plaats says 7th Annual Iowa Governor’s Conference on LGBTQ Youth discriminates against straight students: "The governor and his staff attempt to validate the governor’s full support of this conference by stating the conference is about anti-bullying, not about advancing homosexual behavior. Really? If this is sincerely the case, then this conference itself discriminates and excludes the majority of the students who are frequently bullied within our schools. Statistics show the vast majority (around 90 percent) of bullying incidents are because of race, physical attributes and other categories, not because of sexual identification."

RoadName That Tune returning to TV?

RoadLambda Legal's Kevin Cathcart responds to the New Yorker article on Lawrence v. Texas I linked to in the news round-up yesterday.

IsonRoadDean of St. Paul's Cathedral: embrace marriage equality.

RoadJake Gyllenhaal to play opposite Gary Oldman in Motor City?

RoadMinnesota state Senator Scott Dibble slams Republicans for rejecting domestic partner bill: “This was a reasonable, compassionate amendment that simply would have ensured all Minnesotans have the ability to tend to their solemn responsibility and carry out the wishes of the person they love, during the most difficult circumstances–at the end of life. This was a simple choice about acting with humanity and affording families a measure of dignity; it’s unfortunate that Republicans tarnished it with politics.”

RoadHunger Games' Josh Hutcherson makes surprise appearance at L.A. Gay-Straight Alliance meeting.

RoadNational Enquirer dogs Warren Beatty over treatment of transgender son.

RoadRush Limbaugh has lost 45 advertisers and counting

KitschRoadTaylor Kitsch channels James Dean in GQ.

RoadI won't be your gay friend if

RoadMichele Bachmann warns that Obama could mandate a 'one child one family' policy: "…it isn't farfetched to think that the president of the United States could say, we need to save healthcare expenses, the federal government will only pay for one baby to be born in the hospital per family, or two babies to be born per family. That could happen. You think it couldn't?"

RoadPatrick Burke answers questions about his 'We Can Play' NHL anti-homophobia campaign on Reddit.

RoadGay activist escapes 'mob' in Liberia: "It can be recalled that recently, Mr. Ponpon escaped a mob action after appearing on the Truth Breakfast Show on Truth FM to continue his gay rights advocacy. The mob, who gathered in their numbers before the radio station, threatened to mob him to 'death'. The mob said they were fed up with Mr. Ponpon's advocacy for gay rights here. His escape from the scene was facilitated by police officers dressed in riot gears."


  1. Paul R says

    Michele Bachmann should really speak out a lot more, since she’s so clearly so bright and isn’t totally insane.

    Haha, Rush Limbaugh. Enjoy. All advertisers should quit. Moron.

    Wow, Adam Levine is doing something sort of gay? I wonder why.

  2. Jude says

    I can’t find the New Yorker article on Lawrence v Texas from yesterday’s news round-up. Am I blind?

    Don’t worry. I could find a link to that article from Kevin Cathcart’s article. I would have just wanted to see the comments for it (if there were any).

  3. Latebrosus says

    1. @ David R.: Xianists won’t give up on “let them have…dominion over all the earth” and “Be fruitful and multiply” that easily.
    2. 222? Does Levine mean the 70s television show?

  4. Steven H says

    “Statistics show the vast majority (around 90 percent) of bullying incidents are because of race, physical attributes and other categories, not because of sexual identification”

    Which means that 10% of bullying is specifically because of the sexual orientation of the victim. Since about 5% of teens identify as gay, Vander Plaats’ argument would seem to suggest that LGBT students are twice as likely to be victimized by bullying than the average student.

    (there is a caveat: Vander Plaat’s statistic doesn’t clearly indicate whether his 10% includes victims of anti-gay bullying that are straight, but perceived to be gay)

    Either way, by Vander Plaats’ reasoning, every church service in America is an act of discrimination– even if the church openly and actively invites non-Christians to attend– unless it allocates its time in proportion to the American population. Therefore, I would assume that VanderPlaats’ pastor spends at least 5% of his sermons discussing gay poetry, 13% on racially disproportionate prison sentences, 24% on the Pope’s twitter feed, 51% on whatever women talk about these days, 10% left-handedly, and 2% shutting-the-hell-up (for the Quakers in– and not in– the house).

  5. eric says

    the first line of defense against a 1-child policy is the constitutional right to privacy laid down in Roe v. Wade.

    isn’t it ironic that the same people who want to save us from federal government intrusion are committed to overturning the legal decision the keep the federal government out of our lives.

  6. WayneMPLS says

    Scott Dibble is from Minnesota and I am very proud of him for speaking up about this. Getting ready to fight that bigoted marriage amendment they are going to let people vote on here. I have every hope that MN will be able to beat this back…

  7. David B. says

    Bachmann should shut up about one child — the Obamas have two that they love — why would he restrict others?

    Michelle should keep an eye on her one child, hubby Marcus!

  8. gregory brown says

    So far as I can discover, Bob Vander Plop has never had a real job. He has leeched on Iowans as a perptual political candidate, then assumed leadership of several questionable “socially conservative” causes that scare old people into giving him money. Nearly everybody in Pella is “old” regardless of age.

    And the Bachmann woman…’nuf said.

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