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Northstar6a00d8341c730253ef01676542c07b970b-800wi The forthcoming 50th issue of Astonishing X-Men in which gay hero Northstar is set to marry his boyfriend has helped boost sales for publisher Marvel.

6a00d8341c730253ef01676542c07b970b-800wi Cooking, cave man style.

6a00d8341c730253ef01676542c07b970b-800wi Anti-gay pastor Sean Harris on his comments about beating gay kids: "I do stand by is that the word of God makes it clear that effeminate behavior is ungodly. I'm not going to compromise on that."

6a00d8341c730253ef01676542c07b970b-800wi Lindsay Lohan and Sam Ronson are reportedly at it again.

6a00d8341c730253ef01676542c07b970b-800wi Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng called Congress today and asked to speak directly with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. "I want to meet with the Secretary Clinton,” he said. “I hope I can get more help from her. I also want to thank her face to face.”

6a00d8341c730253ef01676542c07b970b-800wi Chelsea Clinton comes out against North Carolina's Amendment One: "Amendment One unfairly targets women, children and families, gay and straight, who fall outside of the narrow definition of family articulated by those who drafted the legislation. It is our duty to join the fight on behalf of both the gay and lesbian North Carolinians..."

6a00d8341c730253ef01676542c07b970b-800wi Neo-nazis, meanwhile, are all about Amendment One.

Chen6a00d8341c730253ef01676542c07b970b-800wi Catholic Media Group honors Modern Family.

6a00d8341c730253ef01676542c07b970b-800wi My friend Jeff Bercovici picked director Joss Whedon's brain. I'm so jealous.

6a00d8341c730253ef01676542c07b970b-800wi British Prime Minister David Cameron: "If marriage is good for heterosexuals, it is good for gay couples too."

6a00d8341c730253ef01676542c07b970b-800wi Demolishing the gender binary.

6a00d8341c730253ef01676542c07b970b-800wi Is this commercial featuring Ashton Kutcher playing Karl Lagerfeld and people of color offensive?

6a00d8341c730253ef01676542c07b970b-800wi Vermont and New York Democratic chairmen now objecting to use of their names in push to include marriage equality in party's official platform.

6a00d8341c730253ef01676542c07b970b-800wi More teens smoking pot than cigarettes. Is that a good thing?

6a00d8341c730253ef01676542c07b970b-800wi Advice from Log Cabin Republican founder Rich Tafel to Mitt Romney: "Hire gay campaign staff: Romney must hire and retain qualified gay people in positions of leadership in his campaign and promise to bring them into his administration. The Richard Grenell debacle reinforces an image that the far right is in control of his campaign."

Cumberbatch6a00d8341c730253ef01676542c07b970b-800wi More on that controversial commercial.

6a00d8341c730253ef01676542c07b970b-800wi Lance Bass and boyfriend Michael Turchin look pretty fly topless.

6a00d8341c730253ef01676542c07b970b-800wi When NPH met Oprah.

6a00d8341c730253ef01676542c07b970b-800wi The Scream sold at auction for about $120 million. Who says you can't put a price on art love?

6a00d8341c730253ef01676542c07b970b-800wi A California sheriff's deputy is suing the Merced County Sheriff's Department for anti-gay discrimination.

6a00d8341c730253ef01676542c07b970b-800wi Benedict Cumberbatch, the star of the Sherlock Holmes television show, says he is "flattered" by gay fan fiction.

6a00d8341c730253ef01676542c07b970b-800wi Congratulations to Ron Baity, Patrick Wooden, Mark Creech and Tami Fitzgerald for making GLAAD's Commentator Accountability Project, a tally of anti-gay pundits currently enlisted to comment through major news outlets.

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  1. [The forthcoming 50th issue of Astonishing X-Men in which gay hero Northstar is set to marry his boyfriend has helped boost sales for publisher Marvel.]

    Hey! 44,000 Moms! Put on your picketing shoes!

    Posted by: JimmyD | May 3, 2012 6:25:19 PM

  2. As if she expects to be taken seriously, Kate Bornstein calls herself a "tr*nny d*ke". Right there, you know she is not representative of most Transwomen!

    The gender binary doesn't need demolishing. How can you demolish something that never existed? And if it did need demolishing, I'd want to see it done with maturity and dignity; I don't think Ms. Bornstein knows the meaning of those words.

    I am so done with "Happy Perverts" like her, throwing "reclaimed" hate speech all over the place. I'm done with LGBT folk who insist on defining themselves as deviant. Newsflash: We are not f*cked-up Straight people! When we celebrate our "queerness", we're buying into a heterosexist lie!

    LesBiGay status is not "queer", it's normal! Ditto for transsexual status. Grow up, already, y'all! Stop sounding as ignorant as your enemies sound when you talk about yourselves.

    Posted by: Stuffed Animal | May 3, 2012 6:35:50 PM

  3. Hey, "Northstar" looks a lot like "Rage" in QAF !
    Was the model Brian Kinney ?

    Posted by: JackFkTwist | May 3, 2012 6:38:01 PM

  4. I'm sure Towleroad's audience is very diverse and representative of a vast variety of interests, but is anyone who reads this blog really interested in Lindsay Lohan and Sam Ronson? Oh, wait. Probably the same people who are interested in Lance Bass and his latest boyfriend.

    Posted by: John in Iowa | May 3, 2012 7:57:11 PM

  5. I am interested in Lance Bass and his latest boyfriend. Yes, John in Iowa, I am. PS I'm in Iowa City.

    Posted by: Ken | May 3, 2012 8:31:20 PM

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  7. John in Iowa, while I could care less about Lindsay Lohan and who she eats, it is nice to know that Lance Bass and his boyfriend are beach season ready. It is visually obvious they did not spend the winter sitting on the couch eatin' corn chips and cheese dip. Happy Birthday, Lance.

    Posted by: vanndean | May 4, 2012 1:20:46 AM

  8. We should not allow the fate of one man to f**k up the relationship of our nation of 330 million people with China of 1,300,000,000 people. Thats the hard reality.

    Posted by: jack | May 4, 2012 2:24:18 AM

  9. This is a brilliant blog which does a great job. But you know what? It mostly makes me glad that I left America 20 years ago to live here in the UK. And it makes me so sad to say that.

    Posted by: scotsyank | May 4, 2012 3:47:01 AM

  10. USA should help its own citizen illegally blocked in China for 4 years come home!!!

    Posted by: Mary Wilson | May 4, 2012 10:26:33 PM

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