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RoadSame-sex marriage motion defeated in Northern Ireland.

RoadBaltimore Sun Poll: Marylanders favor marriage equality 49 to 39 percent.

GagatellaRoadGagatella hits Versace. More here.

RoadVideo: Liam Neeson loses most of his clothing for Ellen and breast cancer.

RoadThe Price is Right's male model search is coming down to the wire with three contestants left.

RoadNYC Health Department says no current plans for meningitis vaccines: "Two North American cities that experienced outbreaks of invasive meningococcal disease (IMD) among gay and bisexual men immediately launched campaigns that gave thousands of men a meningitis vaccine, but New York City’s health department has known of a meningitis outbreak here for at least a year and is saying it has no plans to act against the bacteria that has killed four of the 12 gay men who caught it."

RoadGreat Barrier Reef loses more than half its coral cover: "At present rates of decline, the coral cover will halve again within a decade, though scientists said the reef could recover if the crown-of-thorns starfish can be brought under control and, longer term, global carbon dioxide emissions are reduced."

RoadOrca sustains gruesome injury at Sea World. PETA blasts park: "A whistleblower reportedly told the organization that the orca actually suffered the wound, which went through flesh and blubber, when he was attacked by two other whales. PETA has filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, accusing SeaWorld of housing the incompatible mammals in the same space — a violation of the Animal Welfare Act."

RainbowRoadSony Pictures Entertainment has unveiled a towering $1.6-million rainbow art installation at its Culver City studios meant to pay homage to The Wizard of Oz.

RoadGoon 2 in the works.

RoadVideo stills from Ke$ha's "Die Young".

RoadGay Republican Richard Tisei leads Massachusetts congressional race: "A new Boston Globe poll shows Tisei, a former state senator, leading Tierney 37 percent to 31 percent among likely voters. Fully 30 percent of likely voters are undecided, suggesting room for either candidate to seize the advantage in this contest down the stretch. The poll’s margin of error is +/- 5.1 percentage points. "

RoadPolice investigating death of gay man in Sydney: "The 27-year-old Egyptian man was found dying inside a burning Potts Point unit on Saturday after being stabbed multiple times in his upper body and beaten around the head with a blunt object. Police believe Mr Ghoniem's attacker lit the fire in the apartment in Greenknowe Ave to cover the attack, before fleeing, leaving his victim for dead."

RoadOregon farmer eaten by his own pigs.

RoadWill Jerry O’Connell and Portia de Rossi play Herman and Lily Munster? Doesn't look like it.

MackenrothRoadProject Runway's Jack Mackenroth launches Volttage, a dating site for HIV-positive men. " It’s different from all of the other sites because we are specifically targeting HIV-positive men who have sex with men. However, we are unique because we don’t ask members to check a box declaring their HIV status. Our belief is that you should always assume that your partner is HIV-positive and proceed accordingly—this applies to life in general."

RoadMeeting The President.

RoadGOP Super PAC to hit big: "American Crossroads and its affiliate Crossroads GPS are going up today with their biggest paid media push so far in the 2012 cycle, with a $16 million one-week buy on TV and radio in eight presidential battlegrounds and four Senate contests."

RoadJ Lo, her daughter, and Casper Smart crowd the front row of the Chanel fashion show.

RoadTeens indicted for writing anti-gay slurs in Arlington, Texas neighborhood: "Grand jurors returned the indictments of graffiti causing $1,500 to $20,000 against John Austin Cartwright, 17, of Arlington; Daniel Damian Sibley, 18, of Fort Worth; Seth Stephen Hatcher, 18, of Arlington; and Morgen Rae Aubuchon, 18, of Arlington. The charge is a state jail felony. Trials are now pending for the four teens, according to Tarrant County criminal court records."


  1. Icebloo says

    Very sorry to hear marriage equality is not happening in Ireland but I can’t say I am surprised – religion still dictates laws there.

    Gay people in Ireland need to WAKE UP and stop giving money and any support to religions. That is the only way to change society. As long as religion has a strong hold on any society, human rights are held back. History has shown us this and it continues to be true.

    As gay people religion is our WORST ENEMY. NEVER NEVER NEVER support organized religion.

    If you want human rights then you need to KICK OUT religions.

  2. ratbastard says


    They’re referring to NORTHERN IRELAND, which is part 0f the UK. Ireland is split into the republic in the south and Northern Ireland [Ulster], still part of the UK.

    The majority population of N.I. are evangelical Protestant, Scot-Irish, actually the same people that predominate in the southern U.S. Bible Belt. So it’s not surprising.

  3. Roy says

    Shouldn’t Jack Mackenroth start a dating site for men with way too much facial surgery instead?

  4. Icebloo says

    @RATBASTARD I am well aware of the north and south of Ireland thank you. However your information regarding religion is not true. The biggest religion is Catholic.
    In 2011 84.2% of people in southern Ireland identified as “Roman Catholic” (

    My comments remain – religion is controlling the Irish government. Until people wake up they will continue to do so.

  5. StarGem says

    The killer whale (Orcinus orca), also referred to as the orca whale or orca, and less commonly as the blackfish, is a toothed whale belonging to the oceanic dolphin family.

    Animalia, Chordata, Mammalia, Cetacea, Odontoceti, Delphinidae, Orcinus, O. Orca

    Whale (origin Old English hwæl) is the common name for various marine mammals of the order Cetacea.[1] The term whale sometimes refers to all cetaceans, but more often it excludes dolphins and porpoises,[2] which belong to the suborder Odontoceti (toothed whales). This suborder also includes the sperm whale, killer whale, pilot whale, and beluga whale. The other Cetacean suborder, Mysticeti (baleen whales), comprises filter feeders that eat small organisms caught by straining seawater through a comblike structure found in the mouth called baleen. This suborder includes the blue whale, the humpback whale, the bowhead whale and the minke whale. All Cetacea have forelimbs modified as fins, a tail with horizontal flukes, and nasal openings (blowholes) on top of the head.

    All whales are dolphins, and sometimes all dolphins are whales.

  6. Nat says

    ” I am well aware of the north and south of Ireland thank you. However your information regarding religion is not true. The biggest religion is Catholic.
    In 2011 84.2% of people in southern Ireland identified as “Roman Catholic” ”

    1) It’s not ‘southern Ireland’, it’s just ‘Ireland’ or the ‘Republic of Ireland’. You can’t use the blanket ‘Ireland’ when discussing something that exclusively references Northern Island.

    2) Ratbastard was referring to Northern Island – not Ireland – in indicating that the majority of the population was Protestant. This isn’t entirely accurate, but there are more non-Catholic Christians in Northern Island than Catholics.

  7. Pat says

    Maybe Jack should have followed his own advice!

    “you should always assume that your partner is HIV-positive”

  8. Asher says

    It sure is fun to read HIV-phobic comments on a gay website! Good for you, Pat. You’ve never made a mistake in your life, I take it?

  9. starquisha says

    Pat, your comment is loathsome, snarky and pitiful. Growing older as a gay male w/ your ilk sickens me daily.

  10. OddBet says

    Rick, Scotch-Irish is the term for the Scots that migrated to Ulster in the 17th century, a large number of whom went on to settle in the American colonies, settling in areas such as Kentucky and Tennessee, among others. They were, in fact, one of the driving forces behind the Whiskey Rebellion.

    So Ratbastard wasn’t using an analogy, he was actually using historical facts, thus making your admonishment of him completely unnecessary.

  11. StevyD says

    “And now for something completely different”, man-eating pigs. Well man has been eating pigs for thousands of years and now the tables are turned. If you saw the series Deadwood, this was not an entirely unfamiliar event. Damn show put me off pork for years.

  12. ratbastard says

    For the record I’m part Scots-Irish so I’m not hating on anyone. But the type of evangelical Protestant you have in N.I. is pretty harsh, identical to what’s common in our Bible Belt.

    @ Rick,

    You’re correct. And the Scottish government is leftist/progressive. Even then, there’s still a level of sectarianism centered around religion in Scotland. I would agree though that England [although it has an official state sponsored religion, the Church of England / Anglican of which the head of state, the queen, is the titular head] is legitimately secular and tolerant.

    The republic is a tolerant and modern society, religion especially Catholicism, has been greatly eroded, and most people there are secular today. But they still have some laws on the book that need to be abolished. I think a gay civil union maybe even ‘marriage’ law would have support there.

  13. ratbastard says

    I understand some people say Baptist technically aren’t Protestant, which is actually true. Real Protestants were once part of the Catholic Church and the ‘Protested’ rebelled during the Reformation, which is where therm ‘Protestant’ comes from. Baptists were never part of the Catholic Church.

  14. Diogenes Arktos says

    @Ratbastard: The Church of Scotland is better known in this country as Presbyterian. In essence, the Queen changes denomination when she crosses the border.

  15. ratbastard says

    I appreciate that, but she’s not the titular head of the so-called Church of Scotland and Scotland doesn’t have an official state sponsored religion; England does and she’s the formal head of the so-called Church of England [Anglican-Episcopal in the U.S.].

  16. Diogenes Arktos says

    @Ratbastard: Quite – but that’s irrelevant to the point I was unsuccessfully making. I should have added one more sentence: “As such, the Church of Scotland can make whatever decision it wants on marriage equality without problematic international repercussions.”

    As a proud member of The Episcopal Church, I am all too aware of the status of LGBT issues in the past few years – especially the ordination (consecration, if you prefer) of +Gene Robinson. I truly feel for the Archbishop of Canterbury and his attempts to mantain a communion with the US and Canada on one side and (to name two) Nigeria and Uganda on the other. One quibble: “Anglican” in the US typically means that the church recognizes the Archbishop of Canterbury but he doesn’t recognize them.