News: Armistead Maupin, Artifice, Tony Blair, Pennsylvania, RuPaul

RoadSURVEY: 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' repeal has less impact than expected.

ArtificeRoadArtifice gay web comic blows past $7,000 kickstarter goal for print edition in less than 48 hours.

RoadMore on Jose Orozco's $1 million claim against Sheriff Paul Babeu: "The notice adds that 'in late February, 2012, Sheriff Babeu requested for the first time an investigation of Mr. Orozco, including accusations that Mr. Orozco committed a series of crimes and wrongful acts nearly six months prior to the date the Sheriff's request for investigation was made.' The notice states that Orozco seeks $1 million for emotional distress and harm to reputation. 'The evidence gathered thus far supports both that figure and our belief that a jury would award a much greater amount at trail that that claimed herein,' it states.

RoadMale model fix: Thierry Pepin.

RoadLeonardo Dicaprio and his man posse hit SXSW.

RoadArmistead Maupin reminisces on Tales of the City.

BlairRoadFormer British PM Tony Blair backs marriage equality: "Mr Blair – one of the best known Catholics in Britain – has told friends he 'strongly supports the Prime Minister's proposal'."

RoadOhio lawmaker introduces bill to regulate men's reproductive health: "Before getting a prescription for Viagra or other erectile dysfunction drugs, men would have to see a sex therapist, receive a cardiac stress test and get a notarized affidavit signed by a sexual partner affirming impotency, if state Sen. Nina Turner has her way."

RoadSurvey: Mephedrone use rises among gay UK clubgoers. "Mephedrone was also selected by those in the survey as their favourite drug. Of the 309 participants, 20 percent said mephedrone was their favourite drug, followed by cocaine (14 per cent) and GHB or GBL at 12 percent."

RoadMadonna protecting her children from MDNA's more 'adult' tracks: "“Every time I get in the car the radio is on. It’s quite shocking that my five and six-year-old children know the words to every single song on the radio. They haven’t heard my entire album, they definitely haven’t heard Gang Bang. I doubt that will ever get played on the radio.”"

RoadLISTEN: Adam Lambert's "Better Than I Know Myself" gets a remix by Alex Ghenea.

TatumRoadChanning Tatum gets cleaned up for GQ Style UK.

RoadRuPaul's Drag Race launching all-star edition: "As you can probably surmise from the series’ title, past contestants — or, the case of Drag Race, past queens — will return and compete in what the network is calling a 'battle royale.'"

RoadVIDEO: Sam Sparro's "Happiness".

RoadMaggie Gallagher's son debuts song at NYC AIDS fundraiser.

RoadPennsylvania House to consider same-sex marriage ban Tuesday: "The House State Government Committee will take up the issue when it meets at 9AM at the Capital. Representative Daryl Metcalfe's proposal would amend the Pennsylvania Constitution to ban recognition of any 'substantial equivalent' to heterosexual marriage. The Republican lawmaker introduced his measure last year."


  1. says

    Patrick Gallagher is a kind, generous, progressive liberal-thinking young man who will one day be free from the pressures and guilt-trippings of his gluttonous harpy of a mother.

    He’s a good man who will likely become a great man in spite of his mother’s failed attempts to mold him.

  2. Paul R says

    I’m pretty sure that DADT repeal is going to make the sky fall. It will just take some time.

    It’s really not fair to have club drugs introduced when one’s club days are over.

    Channing looks, umm, different.

  3. Don says

    Just read “Artifice” straight through. I would love to see this made into a movie. I finished it thinking, “this is the gay ‘Terminator.'” I find it fascinating how the writer twists the “Terminator” story into a study of love and what makes one “human.” I intend to follow this series closely.

  4. says

    Banning a “substantial equivalent” means prohibiting two people from making a lawful contract as to the disposition of property, or successorship or 1800 other legal agreements that can be made between people in the interest of furthering a relationship. We have a right to contract as we please.

    If it can be struck down in Louisiana as it was, it can be struck down anywhere. The LA supreme court invalidated that part of our amendment, rendering it toothless.

  5. RONTEX says

    Just finished reading Artifice and the fan boy in me is geeking out! Now that’s a terminator I can get behind. Wouldn’t this make a great series for HBO or Showtime?

  6. Rick says

    “Oh and his current model girlfriend Erin Heatherton (not pictured) was at the party too. Do girls get to speak in their OG environment? ”

    I sure as hell hope not. Nothing destroys male bonding quicker than a whiny little woman who is jealous that her boyfriend likes his male friends better than he will ever like her (which he no doubt does with good reason).

    And as for the whiny little woman in Ohio and her laughable “Viagra” bill–one already has to meet certain clinical criteria before a physician will grant a prescription.

    Jeea, as bad as being gay can be sometimes, I thank God every day that I have no attraction to women.

  7. Rick says

    Maybe these men wouldn’t need viagra if they just knew how to properly please a man. Stay in the kitchen, keep your damn mouth shut, and only open it when your husband needs a blowjob. That’s how my dad treated my mother, and she knew better than to fight him on it. She was a lousy cook, but she knew how to give good oral sex, as I watcher her do it a lot.

    It didn’t mess me up at all.

  8. Nat says

    “Ohio lawmaker introduces bill to regulate men’s reproductive health: “Before getting a prescription for Viagra or other erectile dysfunction drugs, men would have to see a sex therapist, receive a cardiac stress test and get a notarized affidavit signed by a sexual partner affirming impotency, if state Sen. Nina Turner has her way.”

    I’m not normally an advocate of these stunts, but those bills requiring ultrasounds before allowing a woman to get an abortion are abhorrent, and there is no way a similar measure would ever be contemplated for a man.

  9. says

    I like the viagra bill. it points out the hypocrisy.

    i keep waiting for Jewish/Muslim queer groups to get together and introduce a bill banning the selling of pork products and shellfish, as per biblical law on “sin”.

    because that’s what this nonsense is.

  10. jim says

    I like the Viagra idea as well, same reasoning as Kiwi. A prev commenter said something about certain clinical criteria having to be met for a prescription. Um, at my last physical (3 months ago) the doc asked if I wanted Viagra. Told him no, everything’s working just fine, thanks. No criteria were brought up, he just wanted to know whether or not to write the script. And I live in Ohio. I think it’s ridiculous that most insurance covers Viagra, but not all cover birth control.

    Ahhh, Thierry Pepin! Stud. Also did a nice gay porn turn (Minets du Quebec), but his scene(s) were cut out once he got the contract for Ralph Lauren’s Romance. Apparently he was “under age” at time of shooting. Didn’t look that young to me…

  11. says

    in fact, viagra should be DENIED to a man if his wife is post-menopausal, or if he’s already has his tubes tied, or deemed infertile.

    because in those cases impotency is God’s Way of telling this man to no longer have anti-biblical sinful non-procreative sex.


  12. Nanuq says

    “Ohio lawmaker introduces bill to regulate men’s reproductive health:”

    Nah, not comparably invasive to intravaginal ultrasound probe. Should be more like, must have a thorough prostate exam, after all, we are terribly concerned for men’s reproductive health here. And prostate cancer could certainly interfere with that.

  13. uffda says

    I don’t know when it’s true anymore, who is Rick and who is KIWI since his artless impersonation of Rick this last weekend. But it sure as hell is funny reading them on the same page. Rick writes that he isn’t messed up “at all” by having seen his mother give his father oral sex ” a lot” and yet he is arguably the most messed up dude around here, unless it’s KIWI doing an impersonation in which case it’s KIWI who’s the most messed up because he’s so effing preoccupied with everything that Rick has to say which means he’s way messed up anyway.

    If there’s anything funnier than a fairly it’s a fairly who’s mad at another fairy.

  14. Rick says

    @UFFDA It was another impersonation. You should be more discerning than that. I don’t acknowledge such nonsense–if the proprietor of the site chooses to do nothing about it, then I guess you will just have to use your own judgment.

  15. Rick says

    Trying to compare having an abortion to getting a drug for erectile dysfunction just demonstrates how totally screwed up some of you are…..and how totally imprisoned by the culture of living vicariously through women and siding with them against men at every turn.

    Not surprising, though.

    And this is me, the real Rick, talking.

  16. uffda says

    REAL RICK – Thanks, and I will be more discerning now that I am fully warned. I’m afraid you will need to restate this from time to time now. Now that L. PIWI has stooped to impersonation/lying. I must say it’s a shame to see him unravel so, a fine mind imurred in crap.

  17. Rance says

    I find Armistead Maupin irritating and presumptuous in many of his proclamations.

    Tales of the City only focuses on gay white rich or middle class men and maybe one or two poor or middle class straight white women. This is NOT the SF bay area of the 70s and 80s but instead a whitewashed version of it.

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