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Towleroad-roadicon The Olympics' gayest team gets gold.

Towleroad-roadicon Hilton Als on the death of David Rakoff:

I met David at Columbia, when it was an all-boys school. We were both students then. This was in the early-to-mid nineteen-eighties, and to say that gay men were interested in, and terrified of, one another back then is to reduce the horror of the time ... I stayed away from David, because of the sadness I saw in his eyes; I didn’t think I could take it. His sadness felt like the sadness I felt wandering through a world of broken bodies, dashed hopes, possibilities extinguished.

Years later, I was re-introduced to David by a colleague at The New Yorker. His eyes were different: the world had taken some note of his gifts, and there was a light behind the sadness. One felt he couldn’t believe his good fortune ...

Towleroad-roadicon "If The Sikh Temple Had Been a Mosque."

Towleroad-roadicon Newly-invented particles will oxygenate your blood when you can't breathe:

The particles are composed of oxygen gas pocketed in a layer of lipids, a natural molecule that usually stores energy or serves as a component to cell membranes. Lipids can be waxes, some vitamins, monoglycerides, diglycerides, triglycerides, phospholipids, or—as in this case—fats.

These fatty oxygen particles are about two to four micrometers in size ...

Towleroad-roadicon Dancing With The Stars' Derek Hough does not like being photographed at gay bars.

Towleroad-roadicon The Spice Girls are reuniting tomorrow.

Towleroad-roadicon A good analysis of the Ryan pick from John Dickerson.

Towleroad-roadicon Did this fey young Warhol wannabe grow up to be Russia's most ridiculous antigay polician?

Speed Towleroad-roadicon Yes -- the music that introduced Mitt Romney this morning really was the theme from Air Force One. Learn this and more at Wonkette, which delivered probably the media's best and most spot-on blow-by-blow of this morning's pageantry:

First, Romney walked out to the soundtrack from Air Force One, which increased his foreign policy experience by nearly 75%. He was very happy to be able to announce Paul Ryan as a game-changer policy wonk Young Gun political outsider thing. Paul Ryan is a 14-year Congressman who has basically not stepped foot outside of the District of Columbia since he could rent a car without a co-signer. Romney awkwardly introduced Ryan as “the next President of the United States,” but then smoothly corrected himself by putting his arm around Ryan’s shoulder and grinning through a really painful explanation of how Romney made a mistake, but not in selecting Paul Ryan, because (chuckle), um, because ...

Towleroad-roadicon If you haven't met the avant-garde tour guide Speed Levitch before -- say, in Waking Life, a movie he stopped in its tracks with a crazy tour of the Brooklyn Bridge, which explained the meaning of life, the mystery of self-awareness, and Lorca -- then please do so AFTER THE JUMP ...


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  1. ENOUGH please about the AWFUL Spice Girls ! They are probably the most talentless, manufactured crap group of ALL TIME yet the gays go crazy over them !

    They were AWFUL. That's why their career collapsed. There is a reason they are not still recording today !

    The Brits have so, so many great music stars to choose from for the Olympics closing ceremony - why on earth would anyone pick the truly dismal Spice Girls ? What an incredibly stupid decision and a waste of a great opportunity to showcase some real talent.

    Posted by: Icebloo | Aug 11, 2012 5:33:07 PM

  2. Hate to be negative, but I'd have to agree with everything ICEBLOO just said.

    Posted by: sparks | Aug 11, 2012 6:08:52 PM

  3. The article about The Sikh Temple massacre, it's just plain wrong.

    There's no evidence that the shooter "mistook" the Sikh for muslims. He lived near them. His job in the army would have exposed him to information about them. White racists don't care about the religion, what they care about is that they are brown, period.

    If it had been a mosque, there would have been a much more massive public outcry, the news would have hit the story a great deal harder.

    The fact of the matter is, the Sikh are a HUGE threat to Christians and Christianity. I'll tell you why. They have martyrs that got that way defending other people's rights to practice OTHER religions. Public service is central tot heir religion. So are the concepts of equality, acceptance, and charity. They do not seek converts, period. They don't brag, it's against their religion to. They strive for balance, for moderation. Working hard is also central to their religion.

    I didn't know much about them until the shooting. That's how Christians want it to stay. Because they're better people, period.

    They won't say it, but I will, they are better people than most of us. And THAT'S why most people still have no clue as to why they are PROFOUNDLY different than muslims. THAT is why muslims are all in an uproar over the shock people express that the Sikh were targeted. Because the Sikh have died for them in the past, and they never return the favor.

    Posted by: "The Gay" | Aug 11, 2012 6:09:10 PM

  4. Please don't give any more coverage to the Spice Girls. They are garbage. They haven't sung together for 12 years and are known to be fake singers. Mime act is more like it.

    Posted by: jason | Aug 11, 2012 7:47:07 PM

  5. Mel C has done quite well for herself. Emma has had a nice career as well. Scary & Posh not so much but then Posh has fashion and Beckham to make up for it. As for the other one... what was her name again? Ginger? Garlic? Monosodium glutamate?

    Posted by: Vince | Aug 12, 2012 2:48:00 AM

  6. Girls Aloud would have been better!

    Posted by: J. Dredd | Aug 12, 2012 6:27:57 AM

  7. No wonder Ms. Seacrest is "dating" Julienne Hough....it's so he can get close to her brother Derek!

    Posted by: FuryOfFirestorm | Aug 12, 2012 6:48:16 AM

  8. maybe the next _Republican_ president of the us, god forbid

    Posted by: t | Aug 12, 2012 11:41:10 AM

  9. The Spice Girls are the most important pop-cultural phenomenon of the last quarter-century. However packaged and produced they may have been, their songs made a lasting imprint on British and world culture, revolutionized the use of the English language, and energized a new generation of girls (and, yes, gay men) who helped propel Hillary Clinton's presidential candidacy.

    Posted by: Paul | Aug 12, 2012 12:58:23 PM

  10. Paul, the date on your computer needs to be reset. It's not April 1. Surprised you didn't notice the weather seemed wrong for March.

    Posted by: EchtKultig | Aug 12, 2012 3:39:45 PM

  11. WHELP, I personally adore the Spice Girls, anything they do is more than welcome over here. ICEBLOO/JASON, sod off you troll.

    Posted by: Diogenes | Aug 12, 2012 6:36:43 PM

  12. I love this site and these slogans for rally signs will help stimulate those who wish to attend.

    Posted by: slogan | Aug 23, 2012 8:16:58 AM

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