News: Michigan, Keith Haring, Lawrence v. Texas, Kanye West

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RoadVIDEO: Indiana hero mother loses both legs saving kids from tornado.

KanyeRoadKanye West designs $6,000 shoe.

RoadChilean leaders condemn brutal beating of Daniel Zamudio: "Interior Minister Rodrigo Hinzpeter posted a message on his Twitter account Tuesday saying he repudiated the homophobic attack and expressed "total solidarity" with Zamudio. Hinzpeter recently said Chile should consider enacting a hate crime law to deal with such attacks." Background.

RoadGay Michigan congressional candidate Trevor Thomas gets backing of former Gov. Jennifer Granholm (D) and former Lt. Gov. John Cherry (D) in his bid to unseat first-term Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.).

RoadEast Lansing, Michigan celebrates 40th anniversary of nation's oldest LGBT non-discrimination law: “Outside of East Lansing and the 17 cities that have passed similar ordinances in Michigan, it’s still legal in our state to fire someone for being gay,” Triplett told The American Independent. “That’s entirely unacceptable. It’s also ironic and tragic that at the very moment we are celebrating the 40th anniversary of our groundbreaking policy, there is a bill pending in the state legislature that would void our human relations ordinance and in effect legalize discrimination against LGBT people in East Lansing.”

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RoadJoel Edgerton takes a shirtless dip at Bondi Beach in Australia.

FlaggerRoadGay flaggers help dedicate Calatrava-designed Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge  over Trinity River in Dallas.

Road"Death to gays" pastor added to supporter roster of Heritage Coalition 'Proclamation' opposing Omaha LGBT ordinance.

RoadKim Zolciak releases new attempt at music.

RoadLeonard Pitts, Jr. on Dalan Wells and Brandon Morgan's Marine homecoming photo: "Or, as Fleetwood Mac once put it, 'yesterday's gone, yesterday's gone.' And the sooner the Grand Old Party concedes that and stops pandering to the bitterness and fear of dead-enders and hard-liners still desperately clinging to the broken remains of Beaver Cleaver's white picket fence, the better off we all will be. "

RoadFran Drescher officiating same-sex marriage ceremony today.

RoadGay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center restores Keith Haring mural: "The Keith Haring Bathroom, as it’s now called, has been stripped of toilets, sinks and stalls and is used as a meeting room. But to show off a recently completed $25,000 conservation of the mural, the center will open the room to public view through March and conduct related programs."

RoadVIDEO: Here's a preview of Oprah's upcoming interview with Whitney's daughter.

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LawrencevtexasRoadNew Yorker's Dahlia Lithwick on Lawrence v. Texas: "Does it matter that, in Justice Kennedy’s stirring meditation on privacy and dignity and the 'manifold possibilities' of liberty, the truth of the non-relationship between the non-lovers John Lawrence and Tyron Garner was lost? Does it matter that our collective memory locks the two men together in a mythic embrace? The plaintiffs who seek redress at the Supreme Court are rarely as polished as the movie versions that the Court can bring itself to love. But it’s rare that they disappear altogether, the way Lawrence and Garner did."

RoadBarbara Bush: "I think [the 2012 presidential campaign] been the worst campaign I've ever seen in my life. I hate that people think compromise is a dirty word. It's not a dirty word. ... I think the rest of the world is looking at us these days and saying, 'What are you doing?'"

RoadIdaho House to consider LGBT anti-discrimination bill: "Like the doomed measure in the Senate, the proposed legislation would add the words 'sexual orientation' and 'gender identity'  to the state’s Human Rights Act. About half the states in the U.S. already have such measures, Tolman said, and some Idahoans had taken encouragement from neighboring Washington’s passage in February of a law allowing same-sex marriages."

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  1. Kanye needs to leave designing shoes to the more qualified people--pretty much anyone on the planet.

    I could have made a pair of shoes from the dollar store, and it would not have been as much of an eye sore as that POS he calls fashion. More like a what happens after a podophile has a good time on your shoes.

    Posted by: Jay M | Mar 6, 2012 4:02:02 PM

  2. The link to the Indiana mom is broken.

    Posted by: Rodney Wollam | Mar 6, 2012 4:03:14 PM

  3. Barbara Bush sez: "I think the rest of the world is looking at us these days and saying, 'What are you doing?'"

    Pssst, Barbara...that was the constant question from the rest of the world during your son's Presidency.

    Posted by: Dastius Krazitauc | Mar 6, 2012 4:06:53 PM

  4. Yes, Barbara, and it was YOUR dear GOP that started all this political crap of letting religious fanatics rule in YOUR party instead of the bi-partisanship of the past which got laws passed. Put that in YOUR pipe and smoke it, Honey!

    Posted by: Peter | Mar 6, 2012 4:47:55 PM

  5. The GOP establishment again sent Barbara to tell Rick to go back to pennsylvania or better still go to Alaska.

    Posted by: simon | Mar 6, 2012 5:05:03 PM

  6. Those hideous shoes are not worth a buck...the Leonard Pitts Jr essay is brilliant...

    Posted by: jaragon | Mar 6, 2012 5:27:32 PM

  7. I'm really shocked that the New Yorker would publish such a homophobic screed. It reminds me of the articles I used to read in Mississippi assailing the character of Rosa Parks and calling her a professional activist and her action on the city bus as a planned and choreographed scam.

    What exactly is the author's point? That sodomy laws should still be legal? That people with checkered pasts don't deserve fairness or justice? That private sexual acts should only be considered private if the participants are long time lovers? Really, I can't figure out his point unless it is just blatant homophobia.

    Posted by: TampaZeke | Mar 6, 2012 5:48:53 PM

  8. The New Yorker is well worth the read. Obviously, it's not in any way homophobic. It casts a light on the background of Lawrence v. Texas. It was not as pretty as most people were lead to believe, but that's how it was.

    BTW, what's the deal with you leftists, I'm talking to you Tampazeke, that you hate to learn the truth so much?

    Posted by: AG | Mar 6, 2012 6:00:26 PM

  9. Is Harry wearing Hush Puppies with his tan suit or am I mistaken?

    Posted by: Jack | Mar 6, 2012 6:28:26 PM

  10. I haven't read the NYer article yet, but it seems unlikely that it's a homophobic screed, especially given the writer's recent Slate article that's extremely critical of the Prop 8 dissent. I'll be interested to see what she has to say about Lawrence since the quote above is provocative--but provocative isn't necessarily homophobic.

    Posted by: Ernie | Mar 6, 2012 7:22:27 PM

  11. I thought the New Yorker piece was interesting, illuminating in several different ways.

    First of all, no one was having sex at all, not "sodomy" or anything else. It sounds like they talked back to the cops and cops decided to throw the book at them by throwing that charge in. Ironically, by doing so and abusing their power and position by over-charging the case, the cops brought about the end of anti-gay sex statutes in the US! I'd love to know what they think about the consequences of their actions that night.

    Second, the plaintiffs were NO lawyers' idea of dream clients, not particularly sympathetic since they seem to have long term problems with alcohol, including Lawrence having killed someone while driving under the influence. But the lawyers thought the CASE itself might be a winner despite the fact the no sex actually occurred, so they told their clients to STFU and rode it all the way to the Supreme Court. In a way it was never really about Lawrence himself, the case just fit certain criteria that made it worth fighting from a Constitutional civil rights standpoint.

    Posted by: Caliban | Mar 6, 2012 8:04:13 PM

  12. The New Yorker article was quite a read. Very informative, never knew the full backstory.

    It was also in now way homophobic, lol. What article did you read T?

    Posted by: BEAHBEAH | Mar 6, 2012 8:19:43 PM

  13. A black rapper designs women's shoes? Forget that they are the ugliest things, but ...... women's shoes? Handbags, too?

    Posted by: MarkUs | Mar 6, 2012 10:03:01 PM

  14. Babs,
    the rest of the world has been asking that since the 2000 election

    Posted by: h | Mar 6, 2012 10:42:25 PM

  15. Markus said:
    "A black rapper designs women's shoes? Forget that they are the ugliest things, but ...... women's shoes? Handbags, too?"

    Does this mean that if a WHITE rapper had designed the shoes, it would have been OK?

    Posted by: elg/edwin | Mar 7, 2012 12:31:35 AM

  16. My only complaint about the Lawrence/Lithwick was that Lithwick described marriage equality as "a profound redefinition of marriage". WTF? It's no change at all to the rights and responsibilities that define marriage. I have to wonder about her seemingly partisan wording.

    Posted by: David R. | Mar 7, 2012 1:07:32 AM

  17. Honey, I don't care if a CHINESE rapper had designed women's shoes and handbags, an old fogey like me has to laugh at that considering their image to me they've tried to convey is always so "street-thug" "just got out of prison" "I'll murda ya if youz look at me sideways".

    Posted by: MarkUs | Mar 7, 2012 7:13:38 AM

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