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RoadKyrgyzstan court blocks screening of documentary about gay Muslims. "Before the court ban, the Kyrgyz State Committee for National Security appealed to chief Mufti Rakhmatulla Egemberdiev, who believes the film'presents Islam in bad form using people, who have nothing to do with religion in general, as examples.'"

Photobomb_stingrayRoadThe stingray photobomb, captioned.

RoadAttack on U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya determined to be terrorism linked to al-Qaeda: "U.S. intelligence officials said the composition of the militant forces involved in the assault has become clearer over the past week and that analysts now think that two or three fighters affiliated with al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb were involved."

RoadVIDEO: 'Apple employee' smashes iPhone 5s in front of salivating fanboys.

RoadApple's Tim Cook apologizes for Maps app.

RoadRelatives of serial killer victims outraged over NYC haunted house: "Scare impresario Timothy Haskell said he didn’t think it was 'insensitive' to include modern homicidal maniacs like Jeffrey Dahmer, John Wayne Gacy and Ted Bundy in his spectacle. But the mother of one of Dahmer’s victims burst into tears when she heard about the theme of 'Killers: A Nightmare Haunted House,' which costs $30 to $60 for a 25-minute tour."

RoadBehind the scenes of Lindsay Lohan's Elizabeth Taylor film Liz & Dick.

ButlerRoadGerard Butler's is Chasing Mavericks.

RoadTodd Akin didn't think Claire McCaskill was "ladylike" enough in the debate.

RoadUgliness in the campaign to oust a pro-equality judge in Iowa: "Like Hitler complaining about the rudeness of the French, here we have Tamara Scott in Bayliss Park in Council Bluffs complaining that lawyers and voters defending Justice David Wiggins against relentless character assasination by her No Wiggins campaign are getting "personal" — moments before her Trash-Wiggins road trip buddy, Bob Vander Plaats, ticked off a list of the nastiest anonymous Judicial Review comments about Judge Wiggins that he could find."

RoadJonathan Zeng, music teacher denied job for being gay, releases album.

RoadMalawi likely to retain anti-gay laws: "Malawi's President Joyce Banda says her country isn't ready to repeal a law which outlaws homosexuality, despite her pledge after taking office to work to overturn the legislation. Banda, Africa's second female head of state, told The Associated Press in an interview Friday that the public does not support overturning the law."

LiberaceRoadMichael Douglas and Matt Damon as Liberace and Scott Thorson in the upcoming biopic.

RoadJohn Travolta wins libel case against author who claimed he visited gay spas: "Randolph's case was dismissed by the judge who agreed with Lynda Goldman, the lawyer representing Travolta and Singer, that the letter was a legitimate part of the legal dispute surrounding the book and is protected by the US' First Amendment, freedom of speech."

RoadMontreal comedy duo prank calls UN Secretary General Ban-Ki Moon.

RoadNYC sends out health warning for gay men: "So when the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene yesterday sent around an alert about recent meningococcus cases in HIV-positive homosexual men, it caused a real gasp among practitioners everywhere—this one is scary. When you see a newspaper photo of people in a town lined up for shots and pills to prevent spread of the case of meningitis, it’s meningococcus causing the problem. Its name, which is already alarming enough, actually understates its potential devastation. The meningoococcus bacteria can cause two different diseases—when it’s “just” meningitis, the death rate is about 10 percent, but the more lethal sepsis form (called meningococcemia) kills about half by overwhelming the body’s blood vessels while sparing the brain’s lining. We don’t know yet which manifestation is being seen among gay men in NYC—perhaps cases of both—but the high death rate suggests the more dangerous meningococcemia."

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  1. "New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene"

    Mental hygiene? I know what mental health is, but what's mental hygiene? Is that like washing your brain after every impure thought?

    Posted by: Kevin_BGFH | Sep 28, 2012 4:24:11 PM


  2. So NYC issues a serious health alert for gay men, including buying 10,000 meningitis vaccine doses, and you bury it in the news link dump along with a photobomb by a stingray. But CHRISTINA AGUILERA puts out a new video and it deserves a post of its own?

    Posted by: Eric | Sep 28, 2012 5:34:19 PM


  3. I thought gay serial killers were already a staple of much cheaper church sponsored "Horror Houses" that also feature aborted fetuses, peple with AIDS and similarly "FundiChristian" obsessions.

    Posted by: gregory brown | Sep 28, 2012 6:16:06 PM


  4. I wonder what kind of real job Bobby VanderPlop might be qualified to do? So far as I can tell, he's never actually tried that.

    Posted by: gregory brown | Sep 28, 2012 6:17:29 PM


  5. Todd Akin thinks that "ladylike" behavior consists mainly of staying home, having numerous kids and being ready to assume whatever position a properly manly husband might demand.

    Posted by: gregory brown | Sep 28, 2012 6:18:56 PM


  6. The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene is engaging in homophobic identity politics. If you look at its wording, it suggests that your sexual orientation as a gay man will put you at risk. No such thing. Your orientation does not make you any more susceptible than anyone else.

    I can't stand the homophobic identity politics of this department. It needs to be exposed as the sensationalist fear-mongering organization it is.

    Posted by: jason | Sep 28, 2012 6:52:27 PM


  7. @Jason: You're right. The bacteria is not transmitted only through semen and discharge. It's typically passed into the upper respiratory system, so it's misleading to link it to gay men (unless only gay men kiss and breathe in NYC?). HIV positive men have a compromised immune system, which explains a higher mortality rate once they contract the bacteria. And, I would guess that since many gay men live in clusters in gay-friendly neighborhoods the disease is likely to spread among that population more quickly. But the causal link between being gay or engaging in gay behavior and catching this is simply non-existent.

    A vaccine is also unlikely to help at this point--it needs to be given a few weeks before contact. The campaign should focus on emphasizing basic preventative measures for any bacterial disease--good hand-washing, doctor visits, knowing the symptoms so you get on antibiotics early, etc.

    Posted by: Stefan | Sep 28, 2012 7:31:47 PM


  8. Also @Jason: I think homophobic identity policy is a problem in the broader medical community. I live in a very progressive town in Michigan and I've received discriminatory doctor treatment and unsolicited advice a few times, simply because of my sexual orientation.

    Posted by: Stefan | Sep 28, 2012 7:34:14 PM


  9. Stefan,

    Absolutely, I agree with you. The truly sad thing is that the gay media is enabling homophobic identity politics from the medical bureaucracies. The gay media simply parrots the homophobic statements from the medical bureaucracies, and fails to challenge their wording.

    The problem with the wording from medical bureaucracies is that it suggests that your orientation puts you at risk. It's as if Paris Hilton herself has issued these statements. These bodies love to use terms like "gay men are at risk" just as Paris Hilton suggested the other day in relation to Grindr.

    Now, I don't have a problem with medical bureaucracies describing certain types of behavior as high risk - such as promiscuity - but I take great exception to their suggestions that our orientation automatically puts us at high risk. It's disgusting and homophobic.

    It's truly time that the gay media called out the medical bureaucracies on this issue.

    Posted by: jason | Sep 28, 2012 7:47:47 PM


  10. Medical bureaucracies are annoying in just about every way possible.

    Posted by: David R. | Sep 28, 2012 8:41:07 PM


  11. Uhh...clearly none of you get basic epidemiology. the issue of sexual orientation and behavior (they do note in the DOHMH release that the cases have been among both gay men and men who have sex with men) is raised because the cluster of cases have been concentrated among men who engage in sexual behavior with one another (gay identified or not) and there is likely an unstated sexual link between those infected. meningoccocus transmission is not likely through casual exposure in a subway car. it usually requires some degree of closer contact involving saliva transmission. this is a valid warning, since the likelihood that it could be transmitted among sexual partners or in closer social circles is elevated.

    Posted by: scott x | Sep 28, 2012 11:19:31 PM


  12. Dammit, Scott X... Finally Jason finds a friend to play with, and there you go, ruining something so cute with facts.

    Then again, facts never stopped Jason.

    Play away, boys!

    Posted by: DeeperStill | Sep 29, 2012 12:21:58 AM


  13. Scott X,

    Gay men should NOT be flattered by the notion that they are called "high risk". Apart from being flawed semantically, such high risk notions play right into the hands of the Right Wing crowd who say that we're a risk to society.

    I don't mind medical bureaucracies such as the CDC referring to certain types of behavior as high-risk but to incorporate an identity within a high risk narrative is homophobic at worst and disingenuous at best.

    Posted by: jason | Sep 29, 2012 12:31:13 AM


  14. I guess what I'm missing here in all these accusations of homophobia is what the people calling this homophobic expect the "alternate wording" to be.

    With a 50% mortality rate for HIV positives, and a vaccine as low as 85% effective, and the overwhelming majority, if not ALL the cases of people affected being gay, what exactly do you expect the Health Department to do ?

    It's not as if they want a run on the vaccine by people who aren't even at risk, THAT would be a real disaster.

    So let's hear some suggestions for the "alternate wording" you expect that would make sense.

    If you're so certain that this is an example of homophobia, it should be a real breeze to come up with it.

    Posted by: "The Gay" | Sep 29, 2012 3:44:35 AM


  15. Stefan says "The bacteria is not transmitted only through semen and discharge. It's typically passed into the upper respiratory system, so it's misleading to link it to gay men (unless only gay men kiss and breathe in NYC?)."

    Uhm, NO. There would be cases outside the cluster of gay men, there aren't. This isn't viral; it's an identified strain of the bacteria. Please don't spread the BS political "everybody's at risk" lie for this one, it's just not true, it would cause a run on available vaccine, and the people who need the vaccine and to modify behavior to avoid exposure would be the ones most harmed.

    Posted by: "The Gay" | Sep 29, 2012 4:09:30 AM


  16. Just what gay men need. A movie celebrating the life of Liberace. Yep, a real gay man that young gay men can look up to. NOT!!!

    Posted by: Andrew | Sep 30, 2012 11:33:15 PM


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