News: Tyson Gay, Vietnam, Chavela Vargas, Atlanta, Mitt Romney

RoadGay couple attacked in Atlanta's Atlantic Station neighborhood.

RoadFilmmaker JD Disalvatore diagnosed with breast cancer. Fund set up.

Hardware_romneyRoadTools: Mitt Romney purchases "hardware stuff" at hardware store in New Hampshire.

RoadVIDEO: Soho douchebag gets his due.

RoadTransgender beauty queen Jenna Talackova leads Vancouver Gay Pride parade.

RoadSignorile: Were the Chick-fil-A kiss-ins a big fail? "After Mike Huckabee and evangelical groups shifted the discussion away from the millions Chick-fil-A gives to hate groups to a story about free speech and about opinions on same-sex marriage (which half the country still doesn't support), there was no forceful, unified response from national LGBT groups."

RoadNick Jonas says yes, he is being considered for a judge position on American Idol: "it would be a dream come true if it happens."

RoadPolitico: GOP steering clear of gay marriage. “Most Republican Party leaders seem to have lost the stomach for this fight,” said Dan Schnur of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics at the University of Southern California. “Some of that results (from) the number of large-scale donors who support same-sex marriage, some of it’s a result in an increasing number of party leaders who support same-sex marriage, and a lot of it is public opinion polling which shows a shift in the way voters feel about same-sex marriage,” he added.

RoadPrince Harry can even rock an Angry Birds hat.

RoadLiza Minnelli plays the Ice Palace in Cherry Grove.

VargasRoadMexican ranchera singer Chavela Vargas dies at 93: "By the 1950s she had become a fixture on Mexico City's thriving bohemian club scene, where she became a standout for her androgynous style and overt references to her homosexuality — which she would not make public until 2000 — but also for her undeniable talent for finding the soulful pith in the rancheras, boleros and corridos of the day."

RoadMasterpiece Cake Shop owner will continue to reject cakes for same-sex weddings, despite protest: "When I do a cake for a first birthday party, I imagine the family gathered around taking pictures and laughing. When I do a graduation cake, I think of all the hard work it took to get them there. I feel like I'm part of the celebration, and I can't take part in that kind of celebration (a same-sex wedding)."

RoadRyan Gosling: Strictly V-neck?

RoadEquality California spokeswoman Rebekah Orr departing: "The departure of a communications staffer would typically be a minor development, but Orr has essentially been the only public face of EQCA since October 2011, when former Executive Director Roland Palencia abruptly resigned. Palencia had joined EQCA just three months beforehand."

GayRoadSad, but predictable: 'I feel sorry for Tyson Gay'.

RoadScientists find largest and oldest reservoir of water ever discovered: "The water is in a cloud around a huge black hole that is in the process of sucking in matter and spraying out energy (such an active black hole is called a quasar), and the waves of energy the black hole releases make water by literally knocking hydrogen and oxygen atoms together."

RoadNYT on Vietnam's gay pride and the country's coming out: "It wasn’t much of a parade, as these things go. More like a noisy bike ride with some balloons. But the gathering of about 100 gay Vietnamese in Hanoi on Sunday was still a proud declaration of sorts, a kind of political coming-out in the socially conservative country."

RoadMale model fix: Andrei Andrei.

RoadNYT photographer assaulted by NYPD in the Bronx: "Mr. Stolarik was taking photographs of the arrest of a teenage girl about 10:30 p.m., when a police officer instructed him to stop doing so. Mr. Stolarik said he identified himself as a journalist for The Times and continued taking pictures. A second officer appeared, grabbed his camera and "slammed" it into his face, he said."

Comments

  1. John says

    I don’t understand why Charlie and David haven’t filed a charge of discrimination against the cake shop with the Colorado Civil Rights Division. There are many ignorant comments from posters on the Denver Post website who think the shop owner is free to do this. He is not – it is most definitely against Colorado’s anti-discrimination law prohibiting discrimination in places of public accommodation (which the cake shop is). Colorado’s law includes sexual orientation as a protected class! There is a limited time in which to file a charge, however – 60 days from the date of the discriminatory act, so the clock is ticking. Charlie and/or David, if you are reading this, please contact the Colorado Civil Rights Division ASAP to begin the intake process for filing a charge of discrimination. Facebook posts, newspaper articles, and protests are great, but real legal action is required here.

  2. Paul R says

    Romney looks like a bloated piece of crap, so karma got its revenge for his pandering.

    I have to wonder if Andrei Andrei is that model’s birth name. If so, his parents are guilty of child abuse.

  3. abe says

    Everybody keeps talking about how the Chick-Fil-A thing has been a failure for the LGBT community. Honestly, I don’t think the LGBT community had anything to do it. For the most part, the people who drove the dialogue were straight, liberal mayors and the typical right-wing douchebags who get trotted out at every fox news jamboree. As far as I knew, actual gay people had already been boycotting Chick-Fil-A for like a year, for completely different reasons. The only gay person I saw playing any sort of role was Christine Quinn, and she stepped in it long after it was already a tempest in a teapot.

    I don’t see how we can have failed at a game we didn’t even play. The fact that we were used as a political football may represent its own form of failure, but I don’t think we deserve the blame for this.

  4. Francis says

    The Chick-fil-A drama has been a resounding success for our community because it’s brought us together for the most part, and it’s allowed us to see who our true allies are. People have taken brave stands in the name of LGBT rights the past few weeks in regards to CFA and the Boy Scouts and that is nothing but positive for us. Also, CFA’s brand rating continues to decline. So that means their reputation has taken a significant hit.

    With that being said, the downside is that the conservatives/fundamentalists/anti-gays are more driven than they’ve been in a very long time to destroy our community. We as a community have to be very strong these next few months until the November elections. Things are going to get ugly and we haven’t seen nothing yet.

  5. Francis says

    The Chick-fil-A drama has been a resounding success for our community because it’s brought us together for the most part, and it’s allowed us to see who our true allies are. People have taken brave stands in the name of LGBT rights the past few weeks in regards to CFA and the Boy Scouts and that is nothing but positive for us. Also, CFA’s brand rating continues to decline. So that means their reputation has taken a significant hit.

    With that being said, the downside is that the conservatives/fundamentalists/anti-gays are more driven than they’ve been in a very long time to destroy our community. We as a community have to be very strong these next few months until the November elections. Things are going to get ugly and we haven’t seen nothing yet.

  6. Francis says

    Sorry for the double post!

    Also, I wanted to say, the Atlanta hate crime I wouldn’t at all be surprised was influenced by Chick-fil-A given the amount of CFA’s in that area and the fact CFA is headquartered in Atlanta. Very sad incident, another one of our own getting hurt and the poor response by security.

    There have been a lot of hate crimes lately and virtually ALL of them have been in the South and Midwest. I really think, especially with this entire CFA debate exploding into what it’s become, that there needs to be some sort of organization that specializes in looking out for gays in areas of the country that are more at-risk for openly gay individuals. Hate crimes do happen everywhere but the majority happen in the South and Midwest for a reason, because that’s where the worst, strong social homophobia resides in America.

  7. Randy says

    Signorile is right.

    “there was no forceful, unified response from national LGBT groups”

    It’s worse than that. There was an organized campaign to support Starbucks’ support of us, but Starbucks didn’t want to be the focus of attention, so instead it turned into some vague, diffuse thing spending money at a whole list of 20+ chains, and donating money to a list of 10+ charities.

    If anyone cares, it’s tomorrow.

  8. Marc says

    Chavela may have the mexican nationality, but she was born costarican .. she fled from the awful awful repression that she lived here. There was an awesome open letter from Almodovar to her recently written

  9. Hector says

    Thank you @ABE, you put into words what I’ve been thinking all weekend. How in the hell did we get pulled into this when all we did was read some blogs? I hope this has been a lesson learned for all concerned.

  10. Josh says

    He certainly wasn’t purchasing the staples of gay life: lube, condoms and strap ons. Be as evil as you like in your comments. Romney will be our next President.

  11. Icebloo says

    The Republicans are even more out of touch than ever if they think sending Mitt Romney to buy “stuff” from a hardware store makes him more like the regular American. You can tell from the picture this spoiled brat has never even carried a bucket before in his life !

    How about they focus less on the fakery and more on releasing Mitt’s missing ten years of tax returns ?!

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