News: Shiny Fruit, Chris Brown, Gaymer, Ezra Miller, Hong Kong

RoadACT UP activist Robert Navarret dies.

RoadLady Gaga is back to donning garish outfits and parading herself around London.

ShinyRoadThe shiniest living thing on the planet.

RoadChris Brown gets hideous neck tattoo, possibly depicting beaten Rihanna.

RoadThe xx gave one fan a copy of their album in order to track its spread, which you can see here, around the globe.

RoadDavid Mixner has five questions for Jake Shears: "Everyone thinks I'm naked all the time or something. In fact the funny thing is, I cant really stand it when someone is totally naked. I find it a real turn off. I've only really gotten momentarily naked in front of an audience probably 3 times. That is if you don't count my balls falling out of my Calvin's that one time in Paris."

RoadReddit 'Gaymer' community battles owner of

RoadReykjavík Mayor Jón Gnarr writes to Moscow Mayor Sergey Sobyanin urging him to reconsider ban on Gay Pride marches: "In the letter, Jón writes that Reykjavík's Gay Pride festival has had a positive impact on the city's image and on the attitude of the public towards the LBGT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transsexual) community and is now one of the city's biggest festivals, reports."

RoadChris Hemsworth is back in his Thor regalia.

MillerRoadIndiewire talks to Perks of Being a Wallflower's Ezra Miller: "I feel glad to be one of the people who are working in media who don’t feel a need -- or are ignoring a superficial need and are feeling another calling: to be honest, to be upfront, and to try to encourage the people around us to be inclusive in their views." (image via paper)

RoadCynthia Nixon to play Emily Dickinson: "The film will trace Dickinson's life from precocious schoolgirl to the tortured recluse who saw only seven of her more than 1,000 poems published in her lifetime."

RoadMichelangelo Signorile found homophobes in short supply at the DNC: "All this and much more were indications that the DNC had undergone a profound shift this year as compared to years past -- and I've attended these conventions for the past 20 years. But it wasn't just about doing the right thing for gays. It was about understanding how dramatically public opinion had shifted, and capitalizing on that mightily. It was about helping to unify a party, giving it moral clarity, making its members feel that they stand for something greater -- in the way they did in the history-making election of 2008 -- and yes, inspiring them with enthusiasm and energy to help re-elect Barack Obama president."

RoadIan Smolder-halder pouts, squints for Essential Homme.

RoadBrett Favre's purported pubes for sale on Craigslist.

RupaulRoadRuPaul wants to record a duet with Honey Boo Boo. “She is the queen. She understands what drag is."

RoadParent balks at Utah Draper Elementary School's decision to sponsor spirit night and cater student events: "'I am really surprised and concerned that Draper Elementary would choose to partner with the restaurant Chick-fil-A at a time when that company has become a symbol for the Gay Marriage/Marriage Equality debate going on in our country,' Pedersen wrote in an e-mail he sent to Sorensen and also shared with The Salt Lake Tribune."

RoadHong Kong AIDS organization blames Grindr for rise in HIV infections: "Cheung added that attempts to engage with Grindr in order to work together to send a safe-sex message through the app have been obstructed by the American company."

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  1. I'm very curious to see what happens with all of that gaymer hullabaloo. I don't think we will be hearing the last of it for a while. But, I probably only care cause I'm a gaymer.

    Posted by: Lucas H | Sep 11, 2012 4:16:16 PM

  2. Always interesting to read the bios of activists like Navarret; interesting to see how they supported themselves while engaging in activities that would probably get them fired from most places of employment.

    What I took from it was that he made his living by landscaping the yards of celebrities, being self-employed in doing so and having clients who presumably were either not bothered by his activism or supportive of it.

    Or that he inherited some money from his family.

    Or both.

    One thing is for certain; he could not have continued as a salesman at IBM and have done what he did, which is the catch-22 for so many people.

    Posted by: Rick | Sep 11, 2012 4:20:24 PM

  3. Also, can you post more stories about incest? They're my favorite.

    Posted by: Rick | Sep 11, 2012 4:25:06 PM

  4. The "incest" post above was from Little Kiwi, posting as an impostor under my name, just for the record. The first post in the thread was, in fact, my own.

    Posted by: Rick | Sep 11, 2012 4:33:04 PM

  5. What is it with Towleroad's love of guys who think man on man sex is disgusting?

    Posted by: John | Sep 11, 2012 5:09:47 PM

  6. Dear Mr. Shears, An ass as fine as yours needs to be displayed occasionally.

    Posted by: Mike in the Tundra | Sep 11, 2012 5:10:57 PM

  7. The African bauble fruit is interesting, but c'mon, we all know that that worlds shiniest living thing is RuPaul.

    Posted by: Buster | Sep 11, 2012 5:30:05 PM

  8. Does anybody even care about what RuPaul thinks ? What a loser.

    Posted by: Icebloo | Sep 11, 2012 5:43:00 PM

  9. @ICEBLOO: ditto! You are the RuPaul of Towleroad!

    Posted by: MATT | Sep 11, 2012 6:36:24 PM

  10. RuPaul... the title of The Queen is passed around a lot, but the only woman, outside of actual royalty, that can actually use the moniker, is Madonna. Honey Boo Boo? Come on...

    Posted by: graphicjack | Sep 11, 2012 7:27:31 PM

  11. Honey Boo Boo who? RuPaul what? "Understands what drag is"'s stupid. Glad she understands.

    Posted by: UFFDA | Sep 12, 2012 1:20:17 AM

  12. Shame on GRINDR

    reminds me of the bathhouse owners in the 80's and 90's refusing to educate/advocate for safer sex because it was bad for business. So much for "community"

    Read shilts' "and the band played on"

    Posted by: rick scatorum | Sep 12, 2012 5:34:02 AM

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