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Towleroad-roadicon Walking in LA? You'll find America's gayest intersection in West Hollywood, at the intersection of San Vicente and Santa Monica.

VersaceManse Towleroad-roadicon Versace's South Beach manse hits the market. Asking price: $125 million.

Known as Casa Casuarina, the 10-bedroom, 11-bathroom house overlooks the ocean. Mr. Versace bought the home and its adjacent lot in 1992 for just under $10 million and then invested another $33 million in the property, adding a 6,100-square-foot south wing, a 54-foot-long mosaic-tiled pool lined with 24-karat gold, a mosaic-covered courtyard and frescoes on the home's walls and ceilings. He was killed outside the home in July 1997. Peter Loftin, a telecom entrepreneur, purchased the property in 2000 for $20 million. After using it as a residence for several years, Mr. Loftin turned the home into a boutique hotel with a restaurant and opened it in late 2009 as the Villa by Barton G.

Towleroad-roadicon Yesterday I posted this awesome country-song-cum-It-Gets-Better video. Here's a making-of vid, in which the principals explain why the world needed a countrified It Gets Better video in the first place. 

Towleroad-roadicon MP Dr. Liam Fox, babbling British bigot, explains that only a "metrpolitan elite" cares about marriage equality:

“This is a contentious issue but I have to say that I am much more in favour of social mobility than social engineering.

“I think that the vast majority of the public have a completely different set of priorities from what I would call the metropolitan elite and I think they will be looking for economic and social issues to be dealt with first.”

His comments come as a major Conservative donor, Michael Farmer, reportedly joined the campaign against same-sex marriage.

Towleroad-roadicon Is Mayor Bloomberg hip to evolutionary biology?

Towleroad-roadicon Religious Minnesotans divided on marriage equality:

Members of Minnesota’s clergy are increasingly taking sides on the push for a constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage, a political battle that’s pitting certain denominations against others and, in some cases, splitting believers from the same faith.

This Sunday, a group of Catholic churchgoers opposed to the amendment are kicking off the “Catholics Vote NO!” campaign, flying in the face of the church’s local hierarchy, which supports the measure.

It’s just the latest in a lengthy list of recent organizing efforts by the faithful — from a recent “pastor’s summit” of church leaders who support a ban to a gathering this past week of more than 100 Christian and Jewish ministers opposed to it.

Towleroad-roadicon A peaceful Pride Parade in Croatia.

Towleroad-roadicon Might gay-inclusiveness be hurting J.C. Penney's bottom line?

"Mr. Johnson is alienating Penney's traditional customers in a bid to attract new customers from higher socio-economic segments that now shop Macy's, Nordstrom and Target," wrote Al Lewis of Dow Jones Newswires, which appears in the Wall Street Journal. "The result? Larger-than-expected losses, plunging revenues, dwindling customer traffic and a plunging stock price."

Finnsco Towleroad-roadicon A further step towards an HIV vaccine.

Towleroad-roadicon Quick -- could someone old enough to remember the disco era please tell me if Armi & Danny ever made it out of Finland? (Don't know Armi & Danny? Well then -- prepare to witness the best, or maybe the worst, or possibly the only Finnish sci-fi disco ever committed to Betamax, AFTER THE JUMP ... )


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  1. Armi& Danny never made it outside Finland, but they were very popular in Finland. (Danny performed once in Rio in pop competition, 1968/69.)
    Sadly Armi Aavikko suffered from alcoholism and personal problems and their collaboration ended after 18 yrs. She died in 2002, she was only 43.
    The video in the other hand is one of the kind.
    Go to youtube and find: Finnish Disco Lession. Trust me, you won't dance the same way anymore.

    Posted by: Matt26 | Jun 10, 2012 5:17:49 PM

  2. Re: JCPenney’s falling sales - They company has been in trouble for a while. I doubt it’s so much their inclusive stance causing the dip in sales so much as it’s their confusing ad campaign about their “square deal” pricing, whatever that is. Not to diss the company, but their ads look like tired, Target rip-offs. Not really the best way to set yourself apart from the crowd...

    Posted by: ichabod | Jun 10, 2012 5:24:58 PM

  3. A couple of weeks ago I sent Towleroad a tip about an article that explained that JCPenney's pricing policies were causing them trouble, not their LGBT support. Sadly, you never linked to the article, but you have chosen to link to this one. Polls repeatedly show that consumers either support or don't care about JCP's LGBT support. This isn't the article I linked to, but it covers the same ground:

    Posted by: Eric | Jun 10, 2012 5:26:16 PM

  4. Wasn't it here that an article was posted that explained that JC Penney's decline in revenue was related to its business model change? They switched from having sales on a regular basis and sending coupons to customers to having low prices everyday instead of sales and eliminating coupons. The article explained that people did not understand the commercials and ads that explained this switch (I must admit that I was among those that did not understand the commercials. How is seeing junk mail shooting out of a mailbox supposed to inform me that JC Penney won't be having sales anymore and have lower everyday prices?). As a result, since people weren't getting coupons and weren't seeing ads about sales so they stopped going.

    Posted by: Matt | Jun 10, 2012 5:29:07 PM

  5. I can't believe JC Penney would switch to the everyday low price model-- that's what killed Eaton's in Canada. They got rid of sales and coupons etc, switched to lower but unchanging prices, and went bankrupt. People like hunting for/ thinking they're getting a bargain.

    Posted by: Derek Pearce | Jun 10, 2012 5:51:37 PM

  6. I'm surprised JC Penney, Sears, etc. still exist. They're dinosaurs. In my opinion, big department stores like this are from another age and time.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Jun 10, 2012 6:17:48 PM

  7. People need to be reminded of SALES so they think they are getting a bargain- the music video is priceless.

    Posted by: jaragon | Jun 10, 2012 6:27:22 PM

  8. Dr. Fox doth protest too much. He left the cabinet last year under a cloud concerning a 'special advisor', a younger man who had accompanied him on official government business, on the taxpayers dime, many times. Said young man was the best man (in identically matching outfits) at his 'surprise' wedding a few years ago to a woman no friend or associate of his had ever heard of or met.
    It's always been an open secret that Liam Fox is a self-hating, old-school Tory queer. The brass beggars belief.

    Posted by: scotsyank | Jun 10, 2012 7:33:34 PM

  9. I expect JC Penney is selling far fewer $2 underpants, and a lot more Cuisinart's and KitchenAid mixers.

    Posted by: scotsyank | Jun 10, 2012 7:38:00 PM

  10. At 59 I remember the "disco era" (I was a member of the Saint in NYC) from the late 60s through to the present (disco is NOT dead, it has just evolved). I never heard this song before. I suspect their music never made it much beyond Finland.

    Posted by: Jim TO | Jun 10, 2012 10:15:50 PM

  11. I was at the parade with NBC Universal. It was A LOT of fun. So many happy faces. And that "Abbey Road" type painting of Rainbow colors looks great "live".

    Happy Pride everyone!

    Posted by: FunMe | Jun 10, 2012 11:58:17 PM

  12. I went into a JC Penney to specifically buy something based on their LGBT positive promotions. Unfortunately all I found where hideous clothes. You cant drive upscale customers into your store if the items arent there for them to buy.

    Posted by: Gregoire | Jun 11, 2012 2:20:15 AM

  13. ohh God ..the world is changing so fast … article

    Posted by: Dacianx | Jun 13, 2012 6:01:31 PM

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