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1NewsIcon From The Guardian, a first-hand account of growing up gay in Iran: "I struggled. I was sure that I was sick. I thought all these desires were unholy and sinful. I sought a thousand different ways to rid myself of these thoughts, but alas it was not possible. They were the inescapable desires of the body and the soul."

Nomfrance1NewsIcon Colton Brugger, the anti-gay activist who does the National Organization for Marriage's web work, designed the new webpage for opponents of equality in France. One can only assume that NOM, well aware they're facing a losing battle here, thinks their hateful ways will play better overseas.

1NewsIcon Justin Theroux looks dashing at the Calvin Klein Collection show in Italy.

1NewsIcon And here's Glee star Chris Colfer strolling around New York City.

1NewsIcon Beyoncé and Jay-Z reportedly spent $200,000 on their daughter's 1st birthday party, setting a very troubling precedent for their accountant.

1NewsIcon Destiny's Child will indeed perform during the Super Bowl half-time show.

1NewsIcon Sex and the City, drag edition.

Andrewrannells1NewsIcon An interview with gay actor Andrew Rannells about his roles on HBO's Girls.

1NewsIcon The United States is giving France tactical support in the country's battle against militants in Mali, a former French colony.

1NewsIcon Robert F. Kennedy Jr is convinced that his uncle, President John F. Kennedy, was assassinated by more than one person: "The evidence at this point I think is very, very convincing that it was not a lone gunman."

1NewsIcon Writing in the New Zealand Herald, University of Auckland Business School professor Dr. Mike Lee opposes the campaign asking a closeted member of the All Blacks rugby team to come out: "If any All Black was to come out as a homosexual, he would probably be known as 'the gay All Black', rather than an exceptional rugby player and individual. And that could create exactly what human rights groups in New Zealand surely don't want - a step backwards to a time when sexual preference was more of a big deal."

1NewsIcon From Israel: "An Israeli gay couple married 10 months ago in New York has asked an Israeli family court to validate a spousal support agreement. Elad Aflalo Farber and Roni Farber Aflalo on Sunday asked the Ramat Gan Family Court to recognize their agreement -- the first time a legally married gay couple has done so, according to Haaretz. Previous recognitions of same-sex spousal support agreements involved common-law spouses."

1NewsIcon A great read: "The Unbearable Invisibility of White Masculinity: Innocence In the Age of White Male Mass Shootings"

Rhodeisland1NewsIcon The Rhode Islanders United for Marriage coalition will hit the ground running on Monday as they lobby lawmakers and voters to get behind marriage equality in The Ocean State.

1NewsIcon Changing attitudes toward gay people in Singapore: "A nationally representative survey in the Southeast Asian city-state found that in 2005, 68.6 percent of adults had negative attitudes toward gay people, while 22.9 percent had positive views and 8.5 percent were neutral. By 2010, fewer adults in Singapore had negative attitudes toward homosexuals (64.5 percent), while more expressed positive attitudes (25.3 percent) or were neutral (10.2 percent), the survey found."

1NewsIcon Conservative Christians in Hong Kong protested new laws that would outlaw anti-gay discrimination there. Like their counterparts here in the States, they claim such legislation would impede their free speech rights.

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  1. Of course Belonsky would think any article painting white men as villains is a "great read." Makes him feel so warm and comfortable in his self-hatred.

    Posted by: Yupp | Jan 13, 2013 5:20:09 PM

  2. A 4% shift in the public opinion poll in Singapore is hardly an improvement and is well within the margin of error

    Posted by: simon | Jan 13, 2013 7:36:04 PM

  3. Don't feed Yupp...he is a bitter troll who thinks everyone is conspiring against him. Be warned...If you do he'll put the tinfoil hat on and start with his outlandish conspiracy theories.

    Posted by: LIZA | Jan 13, 2013 8:37:16 PM

  4. Poor Yupp. It must be so hard going through life completely lacking the ability of a elementary school reading comprehension.

    Posted by: LiamB | Jan 13, 2013 8:45:13 PM

  5. The Kennedy clan has always fed the flames of conspiracy surrounding both assassinations, as it kept them in the news and was good PR, however, it has become an exercise in obtuse cynicism to persist going down that path.

    Posted by: anon | Jan 13, 2013 8:54:33 PM

  6. Liza=Kiwi=Liamb=on and on and....

    Posted by: Yupp | Jan 13, 2013 10:02:40 PM

  7. "Troll" ? Boo-hoo. Next you'll be calling me "gay" too. I'm like..."well, duh.."

    Posted by: Yupp | Jan 13, 2013 10:04:20 PM

  8. The Lanza article has some problems.

    When my house was attacked (a week after I left) it was a boy of asian descent.

    The problem is not that we treat white males as good, and search for why they went off. We should be as interested in what sets anyone off, of any race, women included.

    Further, these blow-up kind of mass murders are quite different from needs-based attack where other people are in the way of what the shooter needs (typically money, etc.) or a war-based attack, where groups are fighting over territory, or a drug-induced attack where a person is not in control of themselves.

    OF COURSE we're going to ask why. The answer MIGHT be due to race or sex. But the question isn't.

    Posted by: Randy | Jan 13, 2013 10:11:58 PM

  9. Randy : I'm pretty informed on the subject. Spree killings (or Mass Murders, or Rampage Killings) are committed by those who feel unconnected/rejected/ignored in life for a long time, enough time for anger to simmer to a boil, then they blast and take it out on the wrong people in a public setting. Yes, it's okay to ask "Why?" But Belonsky and the writer of that article are only using it to take an anti-white position. Look up the subject of Spree Killings, both in the U.S. and overseas, and you'll see every race represented there in equal representation. Per capita, perfectly. (The same for serial killers). The only distinction is that Spree Killers have been 99.9 percent male.

    Posted by: Yupp | Jan 13, 2013 10:22:42 PM

  10. YUPP: you are way off! As always, you are wrong!

    Posted by: LIZA | Jan 13, 2013 11:42:18 PM

  11. your all black story lacks any context of what warranted his reply, to a story that was not a story.....

    Posted by: steve | Jan 14, 2013 6:35:54 AM

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