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ChickenEgg6a00d8341c730253ef01676542c07b970b-800wi The Knoxville City Council voted to pass a non-discrimination hiring policy.

6a00d8341c730253ef01676542c07b970b-800wi In other Tennessee news, the state senate passed a bill prohibiting the censorship of students' religious views, even if those views include verbally discriminating against LGBT people.

6a00d8341c730253ef01676542c07b970b-800wi Jake Gyllenhaal is headed to the stage to star in the off-Broadway production of Nick Payne's If There Is I Haven’t Found It Yet.

6a00d8341c730253ef01676542c07b970b-800wi Mystery solved? "A Sri Lanka hen has given birth to a chick without an egg, in a new twist on the age-old question of whether the chicken or the egg came first."

6a00d8341c730253ef01676542c07b970b-800wi Colon versus cologne.

6a00d8341c730253ef01676542c07b970b-800wi James Franco on James Franco.

6a00d8341c730253ef01676542c07b970b-800wi Simon Cowell puts gay rumors to rest in a new book about the mogul. “If I was gay, why wouldn’t I admit it? It wouldn’t harm me and my mother wouldn’t freak out," he said. Meanwhile, that same book claims that The Voice coach Jessie J is a lesbian, but was told to tell the public that she's bisexual. She claims that's a lie.

McDermott6a00d8341c730253ef01676542c07b970b-800wi Atlanta gay activist Ken Britt announced that he's running for the state's House of Representatives.

6a00d8341c730253ef01676542c07b970b-800wi Matt Damon offers George W. Bush love for the former president's work on HIV/AIDS: "I would kiss George W. Bush on the mouth for what he did on PEPFAR." Damon says he would kiss Bush for a total of three seconds with no tongue.

6a00d8341c730253ef01676542c07b970b-800wi Michele Bachmann claims President Obama is "waving a tar baby" to distract from gas prices. "Tar baby" is of course a term often used as a pejorative for black people.

6a00d8341c730253ef01676542c07b970b-800wi President Obama is way more likeable than Mitt Romney, say voters, but the men are still pretty close in campaign polls.

6a00d8341c730253ef01676542c07b970b-800wi Joe The Plumber thinks he's got God's vote in his bid to become a congressman.

6a00d8341c730253ef01676542c07b970b-800wi Director, writer and general cinematic philosopher Werner Herzog did not realize for 35 years that John Waters is gay. "For me, a man is a man. I cannot distinguish a gay man from a straight man. I just cannot distinguish. Unless the man comes in drag and is so obviously gay, then I would notice."

6a00d8341c730253ef01676542c07b970b-800wi Ryan Murphy has revealed some new details about the forthcoming second season of American Horror Story. Sorry, still no shirtless Dylan McDermott.

HopkinsHitchcock6a00d8341c730253ef01676542c07b970b-800wi Right wing group Traditional Values Coalition is going after the National Institute of Health for using images of naked men on an HIV awareness website. It's "gay porn," says the organization's president, Andrea Lafferty.

6a00d8341c730253ef01676542c07b970b-800wi Sir Anthony Hopkins really looks like Alfred Hitchcock.

6a00d8341c730253ef01676542c07b970b-800wi Students at Western Connecticut State University are calling on the FDA to lift its archaic ban on gay men giving blood.

6a00d8341c730253ef01676542c07b970b-800wi Dream date? President Obama's reelection campaign is raffling off a dinner with him and George Clooney.

6a00d8341c730253ef01676542c07b970b-800wi Is Invisible Children, the evangelical-backed group behind Kony 2012, trying to overshadow Day of Silence, the annual event that combats anti-gay bullying in schools?

6a00d8341c730253ef01676542c07b970b-800wi Anne Hathaway and Hugh Jackman sing on set for Les Miserables.

6a00d8341c730253ef01676542c07b970b-800wi Rachel Maddow was "totally shocked" when Keith Olbermann was fired from Current.

6a00d8341c730253ef01676542c07b970b-800wi A full list of all the movies competing at Cannes.

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  1. PEPFAR was among the only decent things that Bush did. I still wouldn't kiss him.

    Bachmann and Joe the Plumber are both morons. I would be so happy if I never heard from them again.

    Posted by: Paul R | Apr 19, 2012 6:08:41 PM

  2. Only a gay man hiding in a closet would ask why wouldn't he come out. Gee, ratings, influence, money, likability... The list is endless and I would now bet the farm Cowell is far from being straight due to his idiotic statement.

    Posted by: Michael | Apr 19, 2012 7:07:40 PM

  3. sarah palin is one crummy piece. it never takes long for her to start spilling that kind of garbage.

    Posted by: DannyEastVillage | Apr 19, 2012 7:57:28 PM

  4. "And naturally if you question the decency of using the term "tar baby" at all, no less in the middle of scolding our African-American president, then you're just an oversensitive hysteric looking for things to get mad about, etc."

    Yeah, you kind of are.

    Posted by: Rick | Apr 19, 2012 8:07:10 PM

  5. "Tar baby" is of course a term often used as a pejorative for black people among those who've never read Uncle Remus or seen Disney's "Song of the South". For the unread: a tar baby is an actual object with no racial meaning.

    Technically this makes Palin more literate than Andrew Belonsky (at least in this instance). Technically. Although one would never "wave" a tar baby, so she loses points for verb selection.

    Posted by: Anastasia Beaverhausen | Apr 19, 2012 8:44:17 PM

  6. Anthony Hopkins looks amazing as Alfred Hitchcock!

    Posted by: Brian in Texas | Apr 19, 2012 10:14:13 PM

  7. Matt Damon is a certifiable angel in my view. His work on clean water for the needy and now being willing to kiss Bush for PEPFAR, plus his sweetheart support for gay people...high and shining championship decency at its best.

    Posted by: UFFDA | Apr 19, 2012 11:54:44 PM

  8. They like to cultivate the love of comrades with trx.

    Posted by: trx | Apr 20, 2012 12:07:17 AM

  9. Simon Cowell is in good company, among the other celebrities who have used the old 'if I was gay, I'd come out, because there's nothing wrong with it' thing: Dolly, Oprah, Clooney, Whitney. Tom Cruise is just about the only closeted sleb who hasn't said this line, and that's only because of the Scientology vids...

    Posted by: scotsyank | Apr 20, 2012 3:39:00 AM

  10. Seems to be some disconnect here...

    It's Michelle Bachman, not Palin, who said "tar baby".

    Also, I love that nice shirtless picture, but what exactly does it relate to in the text?

    Posted by: johnny | Apr 20, 2012 7:54:05 AM

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