News: Tyson Beckford, Raleigh, Lorca, Freddie Mercury, Leica

RoadOccupy Raleigh to hold anti-Amendment One march and protest tonight.

BeckfordRoadA Tyson Beckford sex tape is being shopped around.

RoadFreddie Mercury to join Queen in concert via a Tupac-style non-hologram: "May stressed the new 'effect' was not a hologram, calling it 'an optical illusion of sorts'."

RoadA fourth masseur has come forward against John Travolta: "Travolta would always request a man for his massage, but after a while no one would take him," Caputo shares. "It got to the point where they couldn't find any men to take him, and they had to ban him."

RoadL.A. Times: Gay donors now mainstream. "Born of the desperate urgency of the AIDS crisis, the fundraising powerhouse assembled by the gay community has propelled its concerns to center stage. Both the Obama campaign and gay activists reject the suggestion that the president's endorsement of same-sex marriage was tied to fundraising. But there is no doubt that a once-marginalized constituency is now mainstream, influencing electoral politics from city hall to the White House."

RoadX Factor getting ready to announce Britney Spears and Demi Lovato as judges?

RoadJames Franco's Rebel exhibition opens at L.A.'s MOCA: "The 34-year-old actor and director put together the exhibit, which pays homage to James Dean‘s film Rebel Without a Cause, with help from artists Terry Richardson, Ed Ruscha, Harmony Korine, Paul McCarthy, Damon McCarthy, and more."

LorcaRoadName of Federico Garcia Lorca's lover emerges after 70 years: "The identity of the lover to whom Federico García Lorca wrote passionate verse in his final year has been a mystery ever since the poet's assassination during the Spanish civil war. But now, more than 70 years later, his name has finally emerged. The art critic and journalist Juan Ramírez de Lucas kept a box of mementoes of their year-long passionate relationship, including a previously unseen poem and a diary, hidden away throughout his life."

RoadDarren Hayes's beautiful "Stupid Mistake".

RoadVintage Leica camera auctioned for record $2.79 million.

RoadBritish Defense Secretary Philip Hammond won't back same-sex marriage: "Clearly it's not the No. 1 priority. If you stop people in the street and ask them what their concerns are, they'll talk to you about jobs and economic growth, they'll talk to you about the level of the wages they're earning, wanting to see real growth in wages again. There is no legislation in the Queen's Speech [on gay marriage]; there's a consultation going on, and we should look at, listen to what people are saying in response to that consultation."

RoadMadonna's MDNA tour setlist.

RoadPrince Harry: born to ride.

RoadMale model fix: Nicholaus Otto.

EscaleraRoadLorena Escalera, a trans performer from Brooklyn, died over the weekend in a suspicious apartment fire.

RoadTennessee Governor signs bill on "gateway sexual activity": "Haslam signed Senate Bill 3310 over calls to veto the measure from the American Civil Liberties Union and others. The measure says that sex ed teachers cannot encourage “gateway” activities that stop short of sexual intercourse."

RoadTrinidad and Tobago to consider same-sex marriage: "Government is currently looking into the issue of gay and lesbian marriages and a decision will be made public at some point, said Foreign Affairs and Communications Minister Suruj Rambachan. 'It is a matter being discussed by the Government at the moment and I'm sure that sooner or later you will be provided by a policy decision on such matters,' he said."

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  1. The Trinidad and Tobago news is amazing. Even if the answer is "no" it's still remarkable that marriage equality is even being considered there at all.

    Posted by: Ozu | May 14, 2012 4:02:14 PM

  2. Here is a better link for Darren Hayes' "Stupid Mistake" -

    Posted by: Phoenix Justice | May 14, 2012 4:04:47 PM

  3. GROAN! Here we go again with people rewriting our history. NO, "LA Times," NO, Ms. Rosen, "Political fundraising in the gay and lesbian community [DID NOT START] with AIDS." It goes back AT LEAST TWO DECADES BEFORE to the 1960s when San Francisco' Society for Individual Rights began holding "Candidate's Nights," and used their endorsements and donations to help elect more gay-friendly politicians. It continued with Frank Kameny's own run for Congress in 1971. By 1972, cofounder Jim Foster had played such a huge role in helping George McGovern win the California Democratic primary for the party's presidential nomination that he was rewarded with becoming the first out gay man to speak to a Democratic National Convention. With the creation of the National Gay Task Force in 1973, raising money on a national scale to support gay rights lobbying of Congress and the DNC began. The first major amount of money was raised in 1977 to fight the Anita Bryant campaign to repeal Miami's gay rights ordinance. Seems like it was just over $100,000; in any case, a HUGE amount by those days' standards. I worked in the office of the Miami group trying to beat her, and will never forget opening envelopes that literally had nothing but COINS in them along with notes apologizing that the senders couldn't afford more. Also there were many donations just under the thresh hold for having to have your name reported to the state by people afraid of being on such a list as gay. Memories like this fuel my anger at those like Rosen who so cavalierly dismiss those who came before.

    Posted by: Michael Bedwell | May 14, 2012 4:37:31 PM

  4. Art auctions I can sort of understand, but a price that high for a Leica? No. I'm not surprised the bidder opted to remain anonymous.

    Posted by: Paul R | May 14, 2012 5:16:14 PM

  5. MR BEDWELL - thank you very much for bringing us up to retro-speed. WE need to know our history properly and inclusively. It goes a long way back and in fact to dismiss it out of ignorance amounts to (using a vastly overindulged word) a kind of homophobia by default. Like all human progress, ours too is built on the work and vision of ancestors.

    Posted by: UFFDA | May 14, 2012 5:20:48 PM

  6. and on a more serious note, I'd watch Tyson spank it for an hour, no problem.

    Posted by: jim | May 14, 2012 6:37:03 PM

  7. I NEED the Tyson Beckford sex tape.

    Posted by: River | May 14, 2012 6:58:56 PM

  8. A Tyson Beckford sex tape? 10 years too late for that.

    Posted by: Kenton | May 14, 2012 7:51:45 PM

  9. Love that Michael K at DListed. For watching the internet sex tape: "lay down the tarp and cover the mouse in Saran Wrap". HA!

    Posted by: MarkUs | May 14, 2012 10:01:17 PM

  10. @ Michael Bedwell

    Thank you.

    Posted by: Brian in Texas | May 15, 2012 7:18:25 AM

  11. trinidad and tobagoooooooo

    Posted by: sal | May 15, 2012 10:21:02 AM

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