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Towleroad-roadicon Brian Moylan, late of Gawker, teaches Guardian readers how to be gay:

Everyone used to know to glance over your shoulder after three steps if you were interested in that sexy stranger on the sidewalk. There was a complex network of looks and signals that men used to use to attract each other, something that made gay men much more attuned to body language and perceptive than our straight counterparts. Learn how to do that. Not only will it improve your gay experience, but the way you interact with everyone. Street cruising is mostly dead – no, it can't be done on Grindr – but a trip to a bath house will teach you all you ever need to know.

Towleroad-roadicon The AP recaps the volleys of recrimination following the FRC shooting.

Towleroad-roadicon Moscow Pride deferred for a century.

Towleroad-roadicon In Britain, Tory support for marriage equality may cost them at the polls:

Almost six out of 10 people who attend [church] services regularly say they are less likely to vote Conservative at the next election because of the plans to redefine marriage.

More than a third of those polled said it had no effect on whether they would support the Conservatives but most of them would never vote for the party anyway.

Support among churchgoers for Labour and the Liberal Democrats was also damaged by their stance on the marriage question but the biggest impact by far was on the Conservatives.

... Gary Streeter, the Tory MP for Devon South West and a committed Christian, said: “Whatever the merits or demerits of the policy it is not smart politics.”

Towleroad-roadicon Russian clerics forgive Pussy Riot: Anna-piaggi-hat

"We did forgive them from the very start. But such actions should be cut short by society and authorities." Archpriest Maxim Kozlov expressed similar sentiments on state television, but insisted that the church hopes the women and their supporters see the errors in their ways.

The words from the two top clerics came after the church reiterated its criticism of the women but called “on the state authorities to show mercy to the people convicted within the framework of the law, in the hope that they will refrain from repeating blasphemous actions." The remarks were widely seen as an indication that the powerful church would not object if the government moved to pardon the women or reduced their two-year sentences, points out Reuters.

Towleroad-roadicon Octomom is now a musician.

Towleroad-roadicon Craving something nasty? Read some of these epic takedowns, courtesy of Longform.org. My favorite's the Peter Bart story.

Towleroad-roadicon As many as 15,000 people marched at Prague Pride. Earlier fears that the event would cause God to level the city a la Sodom proved unfounded.

Towleroad-roadicon Bill Cunningham says farewell to Anna Piaggi.

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  1. I don't mean to seem rude, but a lot of stories are being repeated (how to be gay, Moscow Pride deferred...). Do none of the various authors read the site's recent posts?

    Posted by: Paul R | Aug 18, 2012 7:12:47 PM


  2. We should be careful to draw any conclusion from the poll about marriage equality in UK.
    It was sponsored by the so called "Coalition For Marriage" and reported in the right wing tabloid "the Telegraph". it is equivalent to a poll carried out by NOM or FRC in the US on the same subject.

    Posted by: simon | Aug 18, 2012 7:28:31 PM


  3. 6% of the population of the UK attends church regularly. So what is this wailing and gnashing of teeth over 6 out of 10 people who attend church regularly?

    Posted by: TampaZeke | Aug 18, 2012 7:37:10 PM


  4. Two things:

    Brian Moylan...'but a trip to a bath house will teach you...'. Bath houses? How old is this guy? Actually, reading the whole of the article in The Guardian, Mr Moylan seems pathetically out of touch with gay life in Britain nowadays.

    And, as two other people have commented, the report by the Daily Telegraph seems to imply that the figures they quote suggest something meaningful. Well, you know, right-wing bollocks...

    When will you over there at Towleroad read people's comments and stop using the Telegraph as any signification of general British public thought? (But, then, I'm not that huge a fan of The Guardian either.)

    Posted by: robert | Aug 19, 2012 3:14:02 AM


  5. Two things:

    Brian Moylan...'but a trip to a bath house will teach you...'. Bath houses? How old is this guy? Actually, reading the whole of the article in The Guardian, Mr Moylan seems pathetically out of touch with gay life in Britain nowadays.

    And, as two other people have commented, the report by the Daily Telegraph seems to imply that the figures they quote suggest something meaningful. Well, you know, right-wing bollocks...

    When will you over there at Towleroad read people's comments and stop using the Telegraph as any signification of general British public thought? (But, then, I'm not that huge a fan of The Guardian either.)

    Posted by: robert | Aug 19, 2012 3:14:04 AM


  6. Brandon Thorpe:

    Why are you posting about a sham poll that was sponsored by the chief organization opposing marriage equality as if it were a legitimate poll? I expect Towleroad contributors to have enough sense to distinguish b/t a Gallup or a Harris poll and one commissioned by the UK equivalent of NOM.

    Are you an ignoramus or do you simply not care?

    Posted by: William | Aug 19, 2012 10:36:36 AM


  7. Simon is right. The right-wing media are always happy to trot out these biased polls. I work for a media organisation and had to berate a colleague of mine who's by no means homophobic but who quoted a similar poll on gay marriage in the UK. She was extremely apologetic and admitted she'd just been lazy and looking for a sensational angle. She even has a sister who's about to enter into a civil partnership.
    Apart from that the story is nonsense because if these church-goers aren't going to vote for the Conservatives, who the hell are they going to vote for!?! Labour and the Lib Dems are even more pro-gay marriage. The war has already been won in the UK.

    Posted by: Paul | Aug 19, 2012 11:19:22 AM


  8. Re: the poll --

    Sorry. I didn't realize that the poll was, as William put it, a "sham." The results didn't make me suspicious. In the US, if Republicans were to suddenly endorse marriage equality, it's a fair bet that a significant number of erstwhile Republican church-goers would stay home on election day.

    Re: the Telegraph --

    When I post links to web articles from a particular country, I don't mean to suggest that the publication I'm linking to is in any way indicative of "general thought" in that country, as Robert put it. I can't imagine any publication actually being indicative of "general thought" in the nation whence it comes, save perhaps some government organ out of Pyongyang.

    - BKT

    Posted by: Brandon K. Thorp | Aug 19, 2012 11:45:34 AM


  9. the cash4rights video appears not to be present

    Posted by: KevinVT | Aug 19, 2012 1:21:12 PM


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