News: Dame Edna, Rhinos, Justin Bieber, Nepal, Reza Farahan

RoadGLAAD NYC Media Awards this Saturday with special presentation by Zach Wahls.

BieberRoadBieber gets bruised for Complex magazine. On his feminine V magazine photos: "Every guy has feminine qualities.You’re raised by your mother and father, and I was raised mostly by my mother. I think the pictures turned out good—so whatever."

RoadCharlize Theron talks equality, the size of Michael Fassbender's piece at Human Rights Campaign gala.

RoadFirst look: Daniel Radcliffe as beat poet Allen Ginsburg.

RoadEquality defender and Iowa Senate Majority Leader Mike Gronstal says he's unfazed that NOM and The Family Leader are holding a rally against him, plans to continue to be the "brick wall" between them and the rights of gay Iowans.

RoadSURVEY: Australian government inquiry into the marriage equality bill.

RoadObama high dollar donations lagging. "Obama is outpacing his Republican rivals in fundraising overall, and his advisers have concentrated on amassing small-dollar backers, part of a strategy to get more people invested in the reelection effort. At the end of January, 1.4 million people had donated to the Obama campaign, responding to appeals for contributions as small as $2. But Obama lags behind Republican front-runner Mitt Romney in finding donors willing to give $2,000 or more — a surprising development for a sitting president..."

RoadJason Statham suits up for Details.

DameednaRoadDame Edna retiring: "Look, the fact of the matter is that I'm beginning to feel a bit senior. I love it and it's healthy for me. It's the best aerobics you could do, leaping around on stage, but it's gruelling when there are other things to do. I've got a contract to write another book, there are places I want to go, things I want to do (including) more painting."

RoadRosie O'Donnell wants to play Miss Hannigan in Broadway revival of Annie: "I've been begging."

RoadTexas Supreme Court hears case of diner customer offended by owner's gay jokes: "At issue is whether her loud jokes in front of customers, in which she is accused of implying that Morris is gay -- a suggestion that he and his friend vehemently deny -- went too far."

RoadNepal set to stage Asia's LGBT Olympics: "The two-week event at the national football stadium and other venues around Kathmandu will feature track and field, volleyball, football, martial arts and tennis, said The Blue Diamond Society, Nepal's leading gay rights group. 'Renowned and respected Nepali athletes will support as coaches and referees for the program,' said organizer Sunil Pant, the country's only openly gay lawmaker in a statement."

RoadMale model fix: Parker Hurley.

RhinoRoadRhinos may be extinct in South Africa by 2015.

RoadSantorum warns Illinois crowd that breaking Christian"moral bounds" will lead to a "very dangerous place".

RoadGreenwell Springs Baptist Church pastor Dennis Terry introduces Rick Santorum in Louisiana, tells liberals and non-Christians to "get out" of America.

RoadEpiscopal Bishop Gene Robinson may be succeeded by another gay bishop!

RoadReza Farahan of Shahs of Sunset speaks out about the response to his sexuality: "The Persians that are complaining don’t see the comments that I get, or the direct Facebook messages that I get. One of which I got the other day that I was reading to my mom that almost brought me to tears. It was from a Persian girl who thanked me and told me that she hopes that I open doors, because she watched her brother’s painful life living in the closet, and being afraid of his family, and that’s why I’m on here."

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  1. Dame Edna is my all time fav. comedy act and zillionaire. Her tv shows and guest appearances when she (always) totally take over the entire interview are played to perfection. Comedians should watch carefully and learn.
    Dame Edna is the best and has brought us laughter for decades.
    (Anyone, who dares to write she's in fact BH, Dame Edna has denied it time after time. Brilliant!)

    Posted by: Matt26 | Mar 19, 2012 4:08:32 PM

  2. I had never seen Fassbender before seeing "Shame." Impressive acting job. And yes, very impressive schlong, although you only get a quick glimpse of it in the film.

    Posted by: Rick | Mar 19, 2012 4:15:52 PM

  3. Dame Edna <3 If she wants to retire, she has damn well deserved it! She has certainly done an extraordinary job making everyone laugh(and think) over the years.

    Posted by: Trey | Mar 19, 2012 4:35:49 PM

  4. The Australian survey doesn't ask where you live, just your opinion on expanding marriage to glbt folks. I took it.

    Posted by: Erich | Mar 19, 2012 4:53:07 PM

  5. All the "friends of Kenny" possums will greatly miss the mega-super star which is Dame Edna.

    Posted by: KJ | Mar 19, 2012 5:12:36 PM

  6. The link regarding the Bishop Gene story is to a vile, non-Episcopal Church website directed by the ironically named David Virtue. The reader should be warned. Virtue and his ilk have been detractors of Bishop Gene since his election and have no formal connection with the Episcopal Church or the Anglican Communion.

    Posted by: KJ | Mar 19, 2012 5:17:12 PM

  7. I have a sadomasochistic thing so I...feel ashamed that I thought Beiber looked hot all beaten up like that. It messed up stuff like this that keeps me in taekwondo classes >_< man I'm going to hell.

    Posted by: Alexx | Mar 19, 2012 6:08:15 PM

  8. Rosie O'Donnell wants to do what? I wouldn't let her perform in my driveway for free.

    Posted by: Alan | Mar 19, 2012 9:02:52 PM

  9. Virtue Online, the self-described Orthodox Anglican site you link to for the Robinson story, has some pretty weird writing. The "special correspondent" who wrote the article refers to Robinson as "Vicky" and claims that he "helped to plunge The Episcopal Church into chaos." There's also this weird inconsistency where they refer to partnered gay clergy with and without quotes around the word partner. There's parts of the story in which the author seems to strive for a neutral tone, referring to gay clergy with respect,and others where she tosses in some anti-gay editorializing. I can't help but picture her carefully controlling her emotions in the name of objectivity, but being unable to control her temptation to toss in homophobic barbs, or perhaps she felt she had to add the ant-gay bits to play to her audience's expectations. Alternatively, maybe she plagiarized the neutral bits from another source.

    Posted by: Ed | Mar 20, 2012 12:48:11 AM

  10. Reza Farahan of Shahs of Sunset and his 'friends' are producing their odious show to make oodles of money, not increase the awareness of gay issues in the Persian-US community. It's a clear copying of the "housewives" style of show.

    Posted by: anon | Mar 20, 2012 10:55:49 AM

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