News: Fire Island, Rick Santorum, Steel Magnolias, Warhol, Cereal

RoadMore on the rumored sale of Fire Island Pines properties: complete chaos.

98woundsRoadLambda Literary Award finalists announced. "More than 90 booksellers, book reviewers, librarians, authors, previous Lammy winners and finalists, and other book professionals volunteered many hours of reading time, critical thinking, and invigorating shared discussion to select the finalists in 24 categories." Awards are handed out on June 4.

RoadAside from Queen Latifah, who's been cast in the all-Black remake of Steel Magnolias?

RoadRick Santorum on what he'd say to Dan Savage if they ever met: "I would tell him that I'm praying for him. He obviously has some serious issues. You look at someone like that who can say and do the things that he's doing and you just pray for him and hopefully he can find peace."

RoadAshton Kutcher buys $200,000 ticket to space with Richard Branson.

RoadGay filmmaker Alexander Kargaltsev fled Russia because of the dire situation there: It’s a country where the public at large is very homophobic and the government does nothing to protect people.”

RoadThe Hunger Games men looking hunky in Toronto.

WarholRoadWarhol cosmetics line announced.

RoadTed Olson calls Prop 8 battle "highlight of his life". “This is the most important thing we’ve done in our lives. It’s not just become a legal challenge, but it’s about the hearts and minds of a country changing.”

RoadSantorum on what the U.S. needs: "What we need to do in this country is to rebuild that culture of life and rebuild that culture of marriage and families. No one else talks about social issues."

RoadNYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg bans food donation to the homeless: "Outlawed are food donations to homeless shelters because the city can’t assess their salt, fat and fiber content."

RoadJake Gyllenhaal to play his own enemy: "The story revolves around a dysfunctional history teacher who accidentally discovers his exact double on a rented DVD, seeks him out and ends up turning both of their lives upside down."

HedlundRoadGarrett Hedlund appears in the pages of Another Man magazine.

RoadGay dads meet a Bible-thumping AAA mechanic when their car breaks down on a roadtrip and have their pre-conceived notions shattered.

RoadHRC questions NOM's endorsement of civil unions in New Hampshire. Solmonese: “This is complete and total policy reversal coming from one of the nation’s most virulently anti-gay organizations. It smells like a Mitt Romney-style flip flop for short term gain. NOM’s phoniness and opportunism never cease to amaze.”

RoadCustom cereal.

RoadTrial starts for Vancouver gay bashers: "Parminder Bassi and Ravinder Bassi are each charged with assault causing bodily harm following an attack in June 2010 that outraged the city’s gay community. The assaults against David Holtzman and Peter Regier occurred as they were returning to their Keefer Street home when they say they saw two men urinating in front of their residence."


  1. FernLaPlante says

    It’s always the biggest haters that want to pray for other people and think everyone else has issues. Santorum is a delusional, ignorant moron.

  2. says

    truth be told, Rick Santorum should be THANKING Dan Savage.

    Santorum’s infamous “google problem” isn’t his REAL Google Problem.

    his REAL Google problem is that Google exists. And thus quick links to his plethora of inane, incorrect, bigoted, and deeply prejudicial and unintelligent quotes are available online for all to see, at the click of a button.

    truly. Dan Savage didn’t do anything bad, really. Frothy? Please.

    in what alternate dimension is the frothy definition more embarrassing than having all of your factually-incorrect quotes and evidences of Bigoted Nincompoopery online for all to see?

    oh, right. if your head is so far up your own @ss that you don’t even realize you’re a bigot.

    oh well. not my problem, nor Savage’s, nor anyone else’s.

  3. Mary says

    I don’t know whether Santorum’s claim that he would tell Savage he’s praying for him really is true or not, but it certainly is the appropriate response for the candidate to give. Not surprising though that Towleroad posters would be annoyed at the response. If Santorum had said “If that left-wing scumbag ever comes near me a surgeon will have to “Occupy” his face” then we would have heard what a terrible Christian Santorum is and how a REAL Christian would have said “I’ll pray for you.” There is no way “Frothy” could give a response that didn’t elicit something nasty from the gay community.

    By the way, I heard it written on another site that Santorum claimed he had something of a porn addiction when he was younger. Is this true? I can’t imagine Andy or Brandon not posting such an article here. This would explain the Senator’s interest in moral renewal and might quell these rumors that he’s secretly gay or bisexual – as any straight person interested in LGBT issues is assumed to be.

  4. jim says

    And Savage’s reply to Santorum: “Pot meet kettle.” Moron (Santorum, that is)

    Guess I’ve forsaken books for too much reading online…I only recognized maybe 2 names in the entire list of Lambda Literary finalists. Sad.

    Bloomberg’s banning of food donations because they can’t assess salt, fat & fiber? Fu*king RIDICULOUS. They’re HOMELESS, it’s FOOD. Let’s get real here!

  5. Kenn I says

    Driving down the freeway at 70 miles an hour with your kids in the back and working on your lap top is decidedly not funny, at all. Not to mention that this story sounds so very, very contrived, why almost like it was written for an episode of Will & Grace.

  6. lessthan says

    Mary, I find your trolling interesting. Santorum sets himself against our interests. Since those conflicting interests revolve around who and how we love, plus the attendant contract that come with formally declaring that love, with with us demanding and he denying, we can safely classify him as an enemy. He is not misguided, for we could sit him down and use science to demonstrate that we aren’t homosexual because of Satan’s power and he would still claim that what we are and who we love is abnormal and wrong. He would continue to oppress us. He sets himself against us.

    For Santorum to imply that Dan Savage is deranged, in anyway related to Dan’s sexuality or pro-marriage support, is a grievous insult and disingenuous. It is disingenuous because, no matter how dense Santorum is, there is no way that he couldn’t understand why Dan redefined Santorum. In public, Santorum compared our love to the rape of children and animals. TO THE RAPE OF CHILDREN AND TO THE RAPE OF ANIMALS. That can never be okay. Please do not defend Santorum, he is no Christian, he is no kind of man. /soapbox

  7. AG says

    The gay dad’s bigotry was on full display in that piece. He probably didn’t realize it: by definition enlightened people like him cannot be bigots.

  8. uffda says

    Don’t miss the gay dads and the bible thumper story, it’s witty, fun and totally surprising in the best way possible. Sometimes cool people come in disguises.

  9. Mary says

    Sorry, Kiwi, but I’m who I claim to be. Mary is my real first name. And I posted for the first time on Towleroad last September. Usually people who post under multiple aliases are easy to spot because it’s hard to disguise one’s writing style. As you like to say, try to discern.

    Best wishes.

    Your Towleroad pal,

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