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Towleroad-roadicon What became of Aesha?

Towleroad-roadicon Farewell, Robin Gibb.

Ramen Towleroad-roadicon The Boston Globe takes a stand on the deportation of same-sex spouses.

Towleroad-roadicon The problem with puppy mills.

Towleroad-roadicon Trans beautuy Jenna Talackova didn't become Miss Universe Canada last night:

The crown went to Sahar Biniaz, an Indian-born, Iranian-raised actress from Vancouver. Biniaz, 26, will represent Canada at the Miss Universe pageant in December, according to the Miss Universe Canada website.

Talackova refused to speak to the media after the competition, but Biniaz said Talackova had congratulated her on her win backstage. Biniaz added that she admired Talackova for having the courage to compete in the pageant.

In a CNN interview hours before showtime, the 6-foot-1 Talackova seemed a bit weary, as the spotlight was still squarely on her gender transformation.

"Like I always say, my family didn't understand, so why would I expect anybody else to understand? And then they got to know me and they loved me," Talackova said.

Towleroad-roadicon More on Dharun Ravi's gay allies.

Towleroad-roadicon Abdel Basset Ali al Megrahi, Lockerbie bomber, is dead.

Towleroad-roadicon Mitt's faith.

Towleroad-roadicon The most fun article ever written about Article IV of the American Constitution -- which, mid-way through, turns out to be about marriage equality. (Seriously: Read it. Its a monstrously fun piece of writing.)

Towleroad-roadicon The Times in-house conservative, Ross Douthat, on the Elizabeth Warren/Cherokee pseudo-scandal:

A diverse faculty and campus can be a laudable goal. But the point is to build academic communities that actually contain a wide variety of experiences and perspectives, not to wax self-congratulatory because you’ve met a set of ethnic quotas. The story of Elizabeth Warren, “woman of color,” represents a reductio ad absurdum of the latter tendency, which has been all too prevalent in elite universities -- giving us affirmative-action programs that benefit West Indian immigrants more than the descendants of slaves, and faculties that include a wider range of skin tones than of political and religious views.

The irony is that Warren herself probably did make Harvard more diverse, since she grew up the daughter of a janitor in Oklahoma -- not a typical background, to put it mildly, for Ivy League students and faculty today. But under the academy’s cramped definitions, it was her grandfather’s Cherokee cheekbones, not her blue-collar roots, that led to her citation as a supposed trailblazer.

CrazyCam Towleroad-roadicon Paul Cameron, chairman of the Family Research Institute, seems to be losing it. He thinks Barack Obama's connections to Hollywood mean he's gay, and that the gay rights movement wants to turn the United States into -- wait for it -- Afghanistan. Watch Cameron explain all of this and more to David Pakman AFTER THE JUMP ...



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  1. That man is completely off the rails. That helium voice, and that gay fixation , rings bells for me. He's not even capable of making a point. Is he Kurt's father? If so, it explains a lot.

    Posted by: russ | May 20, 2012 9:31:48 PM

  2. what an incredibly brutal view of religious leaders today. he looks at politicians as his puppets, who would cynically pander to the desires of the religious right just to win their powerful yet declining voice.
    what a mess!

    Posted by: tim | May 20, 2012 10:31:00 PM

  3. Cameron is, and always has been, a fraud and charlatan. The only purpose he serves is to point up the stupidity and falseness endemic to the whole tribe of anti-gay bigots that make up the Family Research Council and their related pseudo-christian purveyors of hatred.

    Posted by: Jay | May 20, 2012 10:54:24 PM

  4. "The problem with puppy mills" is a pretty poor one-sentence synopsis of that article about Ramen Noodle. In fact, it's only slightly shorter to the reference to puppy mills in the article itself!

    Not everything is about a political cause. Please, Brandon, don't force human interest stories into activist stories.

    Posted by: Scot Colford | May 20, 2012 11:02:28 PM

  5. That time magazine picture of Aesha shows us exactly where unchecked christian fundamentalism would lead. The judeo-christian bible can easily be used to justify such barbarism and even far worse. That bible calls for the execution of those who work on the sabbath, curse their parents, sleep with same sex partners, committ adultery, worship gods other than the Israelite tribal god yahweh etc etc. It is an evil book that can and is used by believers to justify all sorts of violence.

    Posted by: andrew | May 20, 2012 11:10:42 PM

  6. he sounds like beverly leslie .

    Posted by: Malaysian Ho | May 21, 2012 12:00:03 AM

  7. @Scot - Yes, that was a human interest story, but it was certainly an indictment of puppy mills. Ramen Noodle had weak bones. The puppy mill caused it by breeding the pups to be small.

    I don't know why you're gunning for Brandon, but you are incorrect this time.

    Posted by: Mike in the Tundra | May 21, 2012 12:07:36 AM

  8. Two binational stories on the front page! An editorial in favor of!! Please times, change!

    Posted by: chris | May 21, 2012 3:43:18 AM

  9. I agree with Scot about the puppy story. The best they could offer was that he was probably from a puppy mill. Didn't have a lineage of the dog at all. Yes, he's cute and it's sad that he has only two legs (not ARMS!!! dogs don't have ARMS!!!) but there are far more credible ways to cover that story than what the Buzzfeed author did.

    Posted by: Tim | May 21, 2012 4:13:27 AM

  10. Why are you quoting a crazy conservative on Elizabeth Warren? The 'issue' is weeks old at this point and a total non issue to begin with. She's the same exact percentage of Cherokee as the Cherokee's freaking head leader.

    Can't we focus on the actual issues in this race? You know, like how the banks and Wall Street want to destroy America for 99% of us... and how she wants to stop that from happening? Or how she's rock solid on GLBT issues and would be an amazing leader for us in the US Senate? Or how she's the democratic party's best bet in being able to retain the US Senate -- in a year not many people thought we'd have much of a chance before a few months ago?

    Posted by: Ryan | May 21, 2012 5:24:22 AM

  11. I turned the whole world only to straighten out your reflection

    Posted by: hollister uk | May 21, 2012 5:24:24 AM

  12. Mitt romney's "faith"....a nice wrapup that does nothing to explore the fact that he is a prince among the wannabe gods of other worlds. The desire to show that Mitt is wise as Solomon and goes about his priestly duties with a kind heart can't hide the fact that everything shows him to have an Authoritarian personality that makes it easy for him to deny fellow believers the solace of eternal happiness. He can lead a vicious assault on a non-conforming younger kid at school and file it away in the Unclaimed section of his memory. He can ax other people's jobs without remorse because they are, after all, not among the Chose.

    Posted by: gregory brown | May 21, 2012 4:51:42 PM

  13. make that "Chosen".

    Posted by: gregory brown | May 21, 2012 4:52:08 PM

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