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1NewsIcon Stacie Laughton, the first transgender person elected to office in New Hampshire, will not run for the seat she resigned after it was revealed she was convicted of conspiracy to commit credit card fraud.

BoehnerReid1NewsIcon House Speaker John Boehner had some choice words for Sen. Harry Reid during the fiscal cliff negotiations at the White House: "Go f*ck yourself."

1NewsIcon Meanwhile, right-wing website Breitbart is starting to beat the "oust Boehner" drum.

1NewsIcon Here's a fun interactive graph about where the 50 United States stand on LGBT rights.

1NewsIcon Richard Socarides on the push for marriage equality in Illinois: "Illinois, being the President's home state and containing four per cent of the total U.S. population, would be a big win for marriage-equality advocates."

1NewsIcon Hillary Clinton has left New York Presbyterian as she continues to recover from a blood clot near her brain.

1NewsIcon Natural born smooth talker: "Just hours after they're born, babies seem to be able to tell the difference between sounds in their native tongue and a foreign one, according to a new study that suggests language learning begins in utero."

Judebeach1NewsIcon A shirtless Jude Law looks fit and fine vacationing in Maui.

1NewsIcon Anne Hathaway looks lovely on the cover of Harper's Bazaar UK.

1NewsIcon Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie reportedly tied the knot on Christmas.

1NewsIcon NYE fireworks in reverse.

1NewsIcon Take some time to read my old friend Cord Jefferson's wonderful piece about depression, adventure and finding clarity in life.

1NewsIcon Katie Holmes and Jake Gyllenhaal are not a couple.

1NewsIcon New track from Azaelia Banks, "Bad Bitches Doin'."

1NewsIcon Lindsay Lohan has been evicted from her home in Hollywood. Hopefully this will inspire her to get the help she so desperately needs.

1NewsIcon "Whatever happened to comic books?"

1NewsIcon A completely sci-fi prediction about religion in 2060 from homophobic hate leader David Barton: "Conservative Christians will be treated as second class citizens, much like African Americans were prior to civil rights legislation in the 1960s. Family as we know it will be drastically changed with the state taking charge of the children beginning at birth. Marriage will include two, three, four or any number of participants. Marriage will not be important, with individuals moving in and out of a 'family' group at will. Church buildings will be little used, with many sold to secular buyers and the money received going to the government. Churches will not be allowed to discuss any political issues, even if it affects the church directly." Yeah, right.

Manga1NewsIcon A look at the wild popularity of shojo manga, a genre that focuses on teen boys' gay love, among straight women in Japan: "The genre of boys' love, in other words, allows [authors and] readers to place themselves in a position of power and aggrandizement that is rare for women—as the distanced, masterful position, letting his (or her) eyes roam across variegated objects of desire."

1NewsIcon "The Private War That Killed Spencer Cox."

1NewsIcon If you can, pick up this week's edition of The New Yorker to read Daniel Mendelsohn's incredible piece about how historical novelist Mary Renault's work helped him come to terms with his own sexuality. The magazine's abstract elaborates: "Reading her books, the writer felt a shock of recognition... After reading Renault’s The Charioteer, which is set during the Second World War and wrestles with the issue of 'Greek love,' the writer wrote in his diary, 'I know what I am. Now I must think what to do with it.'"

1NewsIcon From "The Catholic Church’s new gay insult:" "It would be unrealistic to expect the Catholic Church to make a sudden about-face on the issue of equality. It’s been doing the 'Homosexuality is an offense to God' shtick a really long time and that’s a hard habit to break. But the religion whose pope declared in 1866 that slavery wasn’t necessarily against 'natural' law does have a track record of sometimes evolving in light of compelling social change."

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  1. Shojo is ALL mangas for girls (it means "girl" literally).

    Shounen Ai (Boy love) is manga about gay boys and men (chaste love stories).

    Yaoi is gay porn (still done mostly by women and mostly for women)

    Posted by: G.I. Joe | Jan 2, 2013 5:08:44 PM


  2. What is it about Republicans telling other members of Congress to perform a severely taxing, all-but-impossible act of sexual self-pleasuring?

    Posted by: gregory brown | Jan 2, 2013 5:15:28 PM


  3. This bears repeating: (from his lips to god's ears)

    A completely sci-fi prediction about religion in 2060 from homophobic hate leader David Barton: "Conservative Christians will be treated as second class citizens, much like African Americans were prior to civil rights legislation in the 1960s. Family as we know it will be drastically changed with the state taking charge of the children beginning at birth. Marriage will include two, three, four or any number of participants. Marriage will not be important, with individuals moving in and out of a 'family' group at will. Church buildings will be little used, with many sold to secular buyers and the money received going to the government. Churches will not be allowed to discuss any political issues, even if it affects the church directly."

    Posted by: the sooner the better | Jan 2, 2013 5:22:57 PM


  4. There have been several articles examining the homosexual aspect of Japanese comic books. What's even more rare is discussion of why the characters in these comic books are white European. Just because the characters have Japanese names doesn't discount the fact they are made to look white. Why?

    Posted by: Billy Crytical | Jan 2, 2013 7:18:32 PM


  5. re Lindsay Lohan's eviction: "Hopefully this will inspire her to get the help she so desperately needs."

    You GOTS ta be kiddin.

    Posted by: Dee Vee | Jan 2, 2013 7:59:10 PM


  6. re Lindsay Lohan's eviction: "Hopefully this will inspire her to get the help she so desperately needs."

    You GOTS ta be kiddin.

    Posted by: Dee Vee | Jan 2, 2013 7:59:11 PM


  7. I bet we'll be seeing a lot nastier stories of Boehner being a major d**k to people on both sides of the aisle, his actual version of "bipartisanship", with constant and unyielding pressure until elections.

    As for Yaoi, I'm a reader. Love it. Can't get enough of it. And it's not porn. It actually depends on wildly different mature and smut contents. Most of the characters in the ones I've read are Japanese men (very gorgeous men); And whether hooking up or falling in love, gay or straight, some stories are so sensitively beautiful, erotic, and heart-wrenching poetic (Winter Cicada). Just stay away from Hentai manga. Some are disturbing and have nothing to do with beautiful Yaoi.

    Yaoi actually opens your mind to the beauty of two men together, and gradually erases all absurd past indoctrination of the predatory and pedophile profile, our movie industry had insidiously subjected the population in its misrepresentation of the gay man.

    Posted by: Maguita | Jan 2, 2013 8:26:08 PM


  8. RE: Cord Jefferson's piece - I found out a friend committed suicide yesterday. Jefferson's writing...this. I needed this, today. It's almost the first breath I've been able to take today. Thank you.

    Posted by: bozemanmontana | Jan 2, 2013 8:26:13 PM


  9. The characters in the Japanese comics appear white because that's how the Japanese prefer to perceive themselves. White, not Asian-looking. Several years ago I saw a museum exhibition of Japanese paintings/illustrations of the Russo-Japanese war of 1904-05. On the pictures the Japanese soldiers looked much more European than the Russian ones.

    Posted by: AG | Jan 2, 2013 8:49:40 PM


  10. I am ashamed to live in the one Northeastern State (PA) which offers no legal protection at all for its LGBT citizens. Thankfully, I work for an NPO which has it's own non-discriminatory policies. Sadly, PA has proven over and over to be a (mostly) liberal, Democratic state. I don't understand why, in 2013, LGBT Pennsylvanians still have no legal rights. It makes me sick to think our politicians have so little regard for Human Rights.

    Posted by: Brian | Jan 2, 2013 11:24:20 PM


  11. Re: "Whatever happened to comic books?"

    I'll tell you what happened. The comic book industry was huge, making tons of money when its target audience were kids. For example, Batman comics flew off the newsstand shelves in the 60's and 70's because they were aimed at kids and children would get their parents to buy them anything if it will keep them happy. Then, when comics got so dark in the 80s and 90s that the only acceptable audience were grown adults, children stopped buying comics and parents didn't let their kids near them. The industry lost a huge part of their customer base.

    The comics industry did it to themselves.

    Posted by: Shame | Jan 2, 2013 11:25:03 PM


  12. Actually, Barton's view of the future of marriage isn't too far off some of the current practice. Given the prevalence of divorce and nonmarriage - it does seem as if marriage is really two, three, four or any number of participants moving in and out of a family group at will. All of this happening even before marriage equality!

    Another dropped "natural law" argument: democracy is against the natural law, which is, of course, monarchy. Any members of the Religious Right who follow the ideas of the "natural law" according to the Founding Fathers should remember this. (The Founding Fathers were quite proud of flouting this point of "natural law".)

    Posted by: Diogenes Arktos | Jan 3, 2013 3:57:15 PM


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