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RoadJames Dobson: National Day of Prayer Task Force prayed for Obama defeat.

RoadSignorile: How gay Republicans lost dismally when 2012 should have been their year.

GalaxyRoadFarthest known galaxy in the universe discovered: "The new record holder is the galaxy MACS0647-JD, which is about 13.3 billion light-years away. The universe itself is only 13.7 billion years old, so this galaxy’s light has been traveling toward us for almost the whole history of space and time. Astronomers spotted the object using NASA’s Hubble and Spitzer space telescopes, with the aid of a naturally occurring cosmic zoom lens as well."

RoadJared Leto looking luscious in drag on the set of The Dallas Buyers Club.

RoadTyler Clementi Foundation launches in NYC.

RoadMale burlesque having its moment: “Audiences go crazy for glittered nipples,” he told them. “The hipsters can’t handle it.”

RoadActors and the producer of Terrence McNally's Corpus Christi about a gay Jesus Christ and apostles have been charged with blasphemy: "Charges of "insulting religion" and "malicious blasphemy" have been filed after Bishop Seraphim of Piraeus lodged a lawsuit against those involved in the play, the officials said. The play's director told Reuters he was stunned that prosecutors had chosen to go after him rather than pursue tax evaders and others blamed for driving Greece to near-bankruptcy."

RoadMontreal boys pose for Movember.

RoadCan James Bond win an Oscar?

CakeRoadLady Gaga frolics in a giant cake as part of a project with photographer Terry Richardson.

RoadKe$ha has a new Ke$ha-esque song out. It's called "C'mon".

RoadAnd James Franco has directed Lindsay Lohan in a video for R.E.M.'s "Blue".

RoadFlipping Out's Jeff Lewis sues assistant Jenni Pulos over tell-all memoir: "The suit, filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court, states that 'In her employment with Jeff for these many years, Jenni has become privy to both trade secrets and other confidential information relating to the operation of the plaintiff businesses as well as highly confidential personal and private information relating to Jeff’s personal life and business dealings,'"

RoadLGBT students in Arizona feel protected at Q High: "'In a perfect world, we wouldn't need a separate school, but until we can get rid of homophobia, I think we are still going to need special environments,' said Stephen Russell, a professor at the University of Arizona who studies health and development of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youths. Q High, short for Queer High, is technically not a school. One-n-Ten, a local non-profit that provides gay youths with mentoring and other services to promote self-acceptance, healthy choices and work preparation, partnered with the online public-charter school Arizona Virtual Academy to create the hybrid program. It's the first in Arizona and one of only a handful nationally."

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  1. Signorile is spot-on. Gay Republicans should be thrilled by the election outcome; they get tell their bigoted families that they didn't vote for Obama, and thus earn another teeny dollop of conditional tolerance, and enough people voted for Obama thus ensuring them a smoother path to not only legal Equality, but a culture of Equality.

    So, chin up, boys. You can still tell Daddy that you didn't vote for that Black Liberal. Thankfully, more than enough compassionate and intelligent people, gay and straight, voted for Obama's second term.

    As for Corpus Christi, it's an incredibly emotional work.

    Blasphemy? Hardly. You wanna talk blasphemy you can start with self-styled "Christians" who hoard wealth. That's just a weeeee bit contradictory to, you know, everything that the Christ figure lived and died for...


    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Nov 16, 2012 4:06:21 PM

  2. Farthest galaxy. Not quite good enough. Just .4 more billionths of time or distance and we'll be able to find the gay gene, and a cure for KIWI.

    Posted by: UFFDA | Nov 16, 2012 4:23:52 PM

  3. Please, let's make Towleroad a Lady Gaga-free zone. Her project with Terry Richardson is sexist and homophobic. She's obviously going the tacky porn route again, appealing to sexist and homophobic straight guys as she did in the earlier part of her career.

    In the earlier part of her career, Lady Gaga used girl-girl action to appeal to sleazy straight guys of the type who think that we gay guys are gross. She appears to have gone back to that because her latest forays in music have flopped. She's an attention-whore.

    Take a hike, Lady Gaga. The gay community is offended by your faux-lesbian antics. Take them to a sleazy club for straight guys.

    Posted by: jason | Nov 16, 2012 4:35:11 PM

  4. Regarding burlesque, I have never been comfortable with it. It's sexist and appeals to sleazy straight guys. The women who do it are tacky and gross, and not empowered in the slightest. They might think they are empowered but I can assure them that taking one's clothes off for men empowers the man, not the woman.

    This is why I don't like women. Women will do anything for cash, including demeaning themselves in front of men. Women are not guided by a set of principles but by "what's in it for me".

    As for boylesque, it's a lame attempt to rush to the bottom of the sleaze barrel curently occupied by women. The New York Times is trash for promoting it as some sort of quasi-equality notion.

    Posted by: jason | Nov 16, 2012 4:46:35 PM

  5. RE: Q High, it's sad that segregation seems to be the answer today... even if the segregation is voluntary.

    Posted by: Phillip | Nov 16, 2012 5:23:14 PM

  6. Every dearly departed gay boy can always count on a Foundation. Some person, who shall go unnamed, creates "foundations" out of other's recycled ideas -- or thin air.

    Posted by: Gary | Nov 16, 2012 5:23:18 PM

  7. Well, then let me just say I look forward to the Gary Foundation with great enthusiasm.

    Posted by: Caliban | Nov 16, 2012 5:27:57 PM

  8. Leto looks like a crank whore! jus' sayin' is all...

    Posted by: ACe | Nov 16, 2012 6:07:19 PM

  9. Jason, you've clearly never been to a burlesque show. What you've just described is the complete opposite of what goes on in burlesque. And it's repulsive to me that you would describe burlesque as 'sexist' and follow it up with the most sexist statement I think I've ever heard in my life.

    Posted by: Top to Bottom | Nov 16, 2012 8:00:21 PM

  10. As usual JASON and RICK, RATB and a few others are priceless (read about MITCHUM here too and what they have to say). I don't agree with everything by any means but these guys are offering largely invaluable points of view. Not many can stand it. Imagine: PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY! What's next for hell sake!

    Posted by: UFFDA | Nov 16, 2012 8:26:40 PM

  11. UFFDA, there is nothing interesting about Jason or Rick's point of view. Yes, it's out of the mainstream, but so are all the rantings of insane people, and that doesn't make them thought provoking or interesting. And they repeat the same thing over and over again, so if you're above the age of three you should find that monotonous, not entertaining. Jason hates women and foreigners, Rick hates women and effeminate men, both hate minorities. Invaluable points of view? Hardly.

    Posted by: Brian | Nov 16, 2012 9:28:44 PM

  12. I love women and I love burlesque. I think this type of art is great for women who have a bit of an exhibitionist in them. Yeah, it's risqué but it gives women the power of seduction and well, it is just plain fun. Americans, in general, need to loosen about sex overall. It is only a form of dance really. So loosen up and have some good fun!

    Posted by: JASON | Nov 16, 2012 10:01:32 PM

  13. I don't resile from what I've said. Let me repeat it for the benefit of emphasis: burlesque is glorified sleaze which props up the sleazy straight guy fantasy. It is NOT gay-friendly in the slightest.

    To all these arty-farty women who think they're being "empowered" by taking part in burlesque, can I just say this: you are glorified prostitutes. You are propping up the sleazy straight guy fantasy and thus contributing to homophobia. We don't want you in our community.

    Posted by: jason | Nov 16, 2012 10:49:49 PM

  14. Women are gorgeous!. Yeah, yeah, yeah, I'm a gay man but women are gorgeous nonetheless. It is OK to express sexuality in constructive ways and that is what burlesque offers. It is all about what isn't seen which is a big part of burlesque, so wonderful to celebrate sexuality in this way. Wonderful!!!

    Posted by: JASON | Nov 16, 2012 11:15:49 PM

  15. Women are indeed gorgeous but what women call a "celebration of sexuality" is actually a form of pandering to the sleazy straight guy fantasy. Keep in mind that there is a gender difference in the heterosexual (ie male-female) paradigm. As such, there is a power imbalance. When women take their clothes off, it further exacerbates the power difference.

    If anything, it's MEN who are empowered by the fact that women are prepared to take their clothes off.

    I know a lot of you queens are all for sexual permissiveness but what you need to realize is that you CANNOT transfer this permissiveness to the heterosexual paradigm without creating an even bigger power imbalance between the genders. The sort of sleaze you see in the male-male paradigm does NOT work there.

    The heterosexual paradigm always sees women as sellers and men as buyers. The permissiveness of gay men makes this relationship between men and women even less balanced.

    Posted by: jason | Nov 16, 2012 11:29:53 PM

  16. How are we not over Terry Richardson yet?

    Posted by: Jerry | Nov 17, 2012 1:37:43 AM

  17. Burlesque is hawt! Have at it ladies!

    Posted by: JASON | Nov 17, 2012 8:08:23 AM

  18. BRIAN - try not to get upset. Learn the value in contrast.

    Posted by: UFFDA | Nov 17, 2012 6:26:54 PM

  19. There is no value in contrast on issues like racism and misogyny, Uffda. I get why it's fun to be contrarian, but before you adopt the contrarian position, you should see where it lands you. In this instance, it's a very ugly place.

    Posted by: Brian | Nov 17, 2012 6:32:04 PM

  20. MY! My! Arn't we the bitchy ones today. We won the election. Let us rejoice! Even the cowardly so-called Gay Republicans won their rights because of us. Now, maybe they can join the Democrats the next time we all vote since they are now free to be what they are whenever they want to.

    Posted by: Jerry6 | Nov 17, 2012 11:23:59 PM

  21. BRIAN - The contrary point of view (let's call it negative), ideally, sharpens ones focus on, or commitment to the other (let's call it positive). Many people here publish, at best, ludicrous opinions I don't share but I always reflect on how the opinion effects (prods) me and try to continue to appreciate the right we have given ourselves as a civilization to express them. I respect the right to many opinions I despise. No opinion or hope "lands us" in a place of actual manifestation unless it is powerful, consistent and, as a people, shared by many. Misogyny and racism are contemptible, they exist for reasons given and I oppose them, but only because I hear and know of them. Some commenters here recall to mind these kinds of "contrast" issues which, however, are too indefensible (or laughable) to consider, and I don't. But I appreciate the goad they are. Trolls have value. It's a big discussion though.

    Posted by: UFFDA | Nov 18, 2012 11:15:08 AM

  22. What a load of psychobabble!

    I think UFFDA is just an anarchist who enjoys watching the comments section blow up whenever Jason or Rick spew their bile.

    Posted by: nosaj | Nov 18, 2012 11:26:26 AM

  23. That's close to true NOSAJ. This site often cracks me up.

    Posted by: Guess Who | Nov 19, 2012 2:14:20 AM

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