News: Twin Peaks, Lance Armstrong, Batmobile, Frank Bruni, Drag

RoadTAB: Elton John paid £20K to the surrogate mom of Elijah Joseph Daniel Furnish-John.

TwinpeaksRoadSan Francisco's Twin Peaks Tavern gets landmark status: "Twin Peaks Tavern, which first opened in 1935 but was purchased by Cunha and Forster in 1971, is believed to be the first gay bar in the nation to feature full-length, open plate glass windows that let its patrons look out, and more importantly, the public look in...It has now survived for 40 years as one of the Castro district's most memorable and welcoming establishments."

RoadMatthew McConaughey reacts to the lies of his friend Lance Armstrong. "What was he supposed to do? Call me to the side and go, 'Hey man, I did it but don't tell anybody.'"

RoadNicole Kidman now an "indie" actress.

RoadFirst transgender wedding takes place in Israel: "The couple, a blonde-bombshell and her husband, whose identity was not revealed, walked down the aisle to the cheers and tears of their friends and family, and with a Channel 2 television crew in tow."

RoadWATCH: Eva Longoria on her participation in Obama's inauguration.

RoadMale model fix: Gabriel Burger.

FayettevilleRoadFayetteville Observer covers discrimination against LGBT service members, plight of lesbian war widow Staff Sgt. Tracy Dice. "More than a year after the repeal of 'don't ask, don't tell,' some gay and lesbian troops on Fort Bragg and in the National Guard say they are still not on equal footing with their heterosexual counterparts."

RoadPortugal passes trangender hate crime law.

RoadFrank Bruni on love, marriage and voters.

RoadKatie Couric to interview Manti Te'o: "Ms. Couric’'s interview will be televised on Thursday on 'Katie,' the syndicated talk show she began last fall, a spokeswoman for the show said on Sunday. Excerpts from the interview will be broadcast in advance on 'Good Morning America' and other ABC News programs. Mr. Te'o will be joined by his parents, Brian and Ottilia, for the interview. Mr. Te'o apparently misled his father about the girlfriend, claiming at one point that he'd met her in Hawaii."

RoadVIDEO: Selena Gomez covers Britney's "Baby One More Time".

DragRoadNew coffee table book celebrates drag.

RoadGiant crater on Mars may once have been a lake. "The discovery came from a study of images by NASA's powerful Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter that revealed new evidence of a wet underground environment on the Red Planet. The images focused on the giant McLaughlin Crater, which is about 57 miles (92 kilometers) wide and so deep that underground water appears to have flowed into the crater at some point in the distant past."

RoadOriginal Batmobile sells for $4.2 million.

RoadOn the potential Harvey Milk airport: "As of Jan. 16, District 9 supervisor David Campos had the support of five from the Board of Supervisors, including his own. Campos needs the support of one more to qualify for the majority six signatures needed to push the initiative onto the November ballot."

RoadGoogle Earth maps North Korean labor camps.

RoadGay bundler Rufus Gifford thanks donors announces final Obama fundraising totals: "The campaign disclosed that it had 4.5 million total donors to the campaign and the Democratic National Committee, including 2.9 million new donors who didn’t pitch in during the 2008 cycle. According to the data presented by the campaign, the average donation was $65.89."

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  1. Oh look, a "transgender" gets married even though gay people can't. When gay civil rights laws are on the table, the trans activists demand that it include "gender identity" even if that means that the entire proposed law is defeated. The cult of "LGBT" insists that gay people have no rights of their own that are separate from those of crossdressers and transsexuals. But when the "transgender" enjoys some benefit that is not available to the LGBs, that is perfectly fine. You didn't see the "trans" activists spurning a recent decision by the EEOC that they were covered by federal anti-discrimination laws. That leaves them covered and gays not covered. But "LGBT" only works in their favor, never in ours.

    Posted by: Tim | Jan 21, 2013 4:51:54 PM

  2. @Tim: What should trans folks have done in response to that ruling, in order to gain your blessing? Pretty much every discussion of it I've seen has included a stern reminder from all sides that a fully inclusive ENDA is necessary for everyone, and until then we need to push for it despite whatever patchwork laws or rulings may say.

    Posted by: TheDrDonna | Jan 21, 2013 5:27:43 PM

  3. What do trans rights in Israel have to do with those in the US? Just admit that you hate trans people and don't care about equal rights. Israel was among the first countries to allow diversity in its military, so this isn't shocking and has no effect on your rights.

    Posted by: Paul R | Jan 21, 2013 5:38:04 PM

  4. Go to hell, Tim. We wouldn't have ANY rights if it weren't for trans people and drag queens. They bled for us, and we will fight for them.

    Posted by: Mikey | Jan 21, 2013 6:03:18 PM

  5. Interesting thing about that Katie Couric interview: she shares a longtime spokesperson with Manti T'eo. Coincidental, huh? What an interesting way to perpetuate a non-story for ratings and to rehab his image before the draft...

    Posted by: Jay | Jan 22, 2013 1:48:51 AM

  6. The Twin Peaks is what most people see at the gateway to the Castro at Market Street. It was San Francisco's first gay fern-bar. Bright during the daylight hours and comfortable at night. The first gay bar in the area was the Missouri Mule in the mid 60s. It's windows were painted over in battleship gray and was gloomy on the inside.

    If my memory serves me... they also sponsored one of 6 teams in the 1st ever Gay Community Softball League in the country, and were the Champions in the first season back in 1973.

    It was also located in front of one of the busiest bus stops, and just steps away from the Castro Theater. The Windows seats were its main attraction and became a truly San Francisco tradition from the first day the paint came off the windows.

    Posted by: Jerry Pritikin aka The Bleacher Preacher | Jan 22, 2013 2:30:56 AM

  7. @DrDonna:

    What should they have done? Live by the same standard they impose on gay people: no rights for any one letter in LGBT unless it comes for all. We lose over and over and over because of trans activists who insist that gay rights should be defeated unless they are "inclusive." But trans rights without gay rights are just fine. They should have rejected the EEOC decision. But they wouldn't do that, would they, being the selfish parasites that they are.


    You are living in a dream world.

    Posted by: Tim | Jan 22, 2013 2:46:12 AM

  8. paul R, i don't know about tim but i totally despise them. trans activists are the some of the most homophobic people out there. read the trans blogs. homophobia all the time over there.

    Posted by: Sonne | Jan 22, 2013 5:28:09 AM

  9. @Tim: How do you reject a court ruling?

    Posted by: TheDrDonna | Jan 22, 2013 9:56:42 AM

  10. "We wouldn't have ANY rights if it weren't for trans people and drag queens"

    A blatant lie with no basis in historical fact.

    Posted by: Henry Holland | Jan 22, 2013 10:18:00 AM

  11. "....her husband, whose identity was not revealed...."
    Another day, another "Isarel, the ghey heaven*" news.... somehow, no matter what...

    Pinkwashing rules!

    * or whatever.

    Posted by: iban4yesu | Jan 22, 2013 12:48:18 PM

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