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RoadHetrick Martin Institute youth share their thoughts on anti-gay slurs in response to Azealia Banks' refusal to address the one she used earlier this week in a Twitter feud with Perez Hilton.

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RoadTransphobic and homophobic attack reported in Broadripple, Indiana.

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RoadWashington City Paper explores the complicated Bear scene: "And now a whole taxonomy of bears and related archetypes—cubs, muscle bears, otters, chasers—has complicated the scene, clarified its folkways, and opened it up to more ages and body types and interests. There are bear alternatives within the wider bear ecosystem—some bears are more outre or punk or traditionalist than others. And there’s a withering sense among some old grizzlies that the scene has lost sight of its inclusive ethos—and the opposite concern among others that it has become too open to outsiders."

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RoadLady Gaga attacks Kelly Osbourne: "Your work on E! with the Fashion Police is rooted in criticism, judgment, and rating people’s beauty against one another. 'Appearance”' is the most used reason for bullying in the world. Your show breeds negativity, and over the years has even become comedic in nature..."

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RoadJohnny Marr no longer speaks with Morrissey at all: "We don't have any reason to, to be honest," he says, with a touch of glumness. When Marr remastered the Smiths' back catalogue two years ago, he emailed Morrissey (along with all his ex-bandmates) saying he could hear the love in the music, but didn't hear back. "It was a nice way to leave it, I think," he considers, tiptoeing carefully around too much discussion of his former partner. "You can only try and be friendly with someone for so long without getting anything back. You just think: 'Ah, f**k it.'"

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  1. Diogenes, you may come from a similar Christianity to the one i was raised in (united church of canada); i hear a lot of anti-Christian, anti-religious talk. but it doesn't bother me. why? i know it has nothing to do with the open, accepting, welcoming, progressive and humanist church that i had the sheer dumb luck to be brought up in.

    it's one of those lucky moments in life: i hear the anti-religious comments and i dont' disagree with them. at the same time knowing that any anti-religious person could attend a service at the church i grew up in and, no joke, not disagree with anything they'd hear.

    here's hoping that the more progressive denominations are able to wean people off a need for religious beliefs to be their "get out of jail, free" card.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Jan 11, 2013 4:20:28 PM

  2. I'd like to see a photo piece about tattooed bears with guns.

    Posted by: Kevin | Jan 11, 2013 4:32:13 PM

  3. Well, now. For all of you who believe that Gay people and Transgender are separate: look at that story Andy highlighted. A Transman being brutally Gay-bashed as he was being called a "f.ggot". Yep, we're in this thing together.

    Talk about the absolute stupidity of anti-Gay thugs.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Jan 11, 2013 4:40:38 PM

  4. Is it funny to anyone else that both Sharon Osbourne and Lady Gaga are kind of right? Lazy.

    Posted by: Matt | Jan 11, 2013 4:46:41 PM

  5. Here's the truth on the matter, no matter WHERE you stand on the issue of gun rights. There is absolutely NO way to know if two men armed that way are on their way to a massacre or not. All you really know is that they're carrying a means to kill you from a long-distance. Not just you but possibly many others too.

    You are ONLY as safe as they are sane, and frankly the fact that they've hinky enough about guns to swagger around with high-powered rifles on city streets to prove something doesn't speak well for their mental stability.

    Posted by: Caliban | Jan 11, 2013 5:06:12 PM

  6. Yeah, but Caliban, someone can also have a knife to stab you. Or push you in front of the subway train. I agree those two in the pic are probably resentful idiots, but....Those types shouldn't ruin it for some people (gay and straight) who genuinely need a weapon for protection.

    Posted by: Yupp | Jan 11, 2013 5:16:38 PM

  7. Liberals love gun control for the simple fact that it directly impacts the most independent, self reliant, and free thinking of us as demonstrated by our refusal to proxy our personal protection out to an unaccountable government.

    Posted by: bareback rider | Jan 11, 2013 5:21:22 PM

  8. Never thought Broad Ripple would get a mention here. Sad.

    Posted by: Eric | Jan 11, 2013 5:23:39 PM

  9. Why would a stranger try to stab you (takes time) or push you in front of a train (witnesses) unless they were raving lunatics? And if it's someone you know, you're spending time with the wrong people. What's the benefit? Attackers just want money, not 10 years in prison.

    I've been mugged five times. In every case I was assaulted from behind with no warning. Having a weapon would have done nothing except maybe get their disgusting blood on me, and there's almost no chance that I could have used it anyway. People who inflict random assaults tend to know how to disable you quickly, despite me being tall and fairly big. If you dress nicely and spend time in crappy parts of town, you're marked.

    Posted by: Paul R | Jan 11, 2013 5:31:02 PM

  10. Yupp, if someone comes at me with a knife I only have to worry about them if they come with arm's reach. Those two could kill me from a block away and I'd never see them. You can't outrun a bullet.

    Personally, given the state of gun laws in this country and violence towards gays, I don't blame any gay person who DOES carry a weapon. If you accept, as most people do, that the 2nd Amendment doesn't mean you should be able to buy a bazooka or an anti-aircraft gun then you have drawn a line somewhere. Exactly WHERE that line should be drawn is a valid topic for discussion and debate.

    Posted by: Caliban | Jan 11, 2013 5:35:42 PM

  11. There are some seriously twisted faggots on this blog. Probably self-loathing GOProud supporters and straight losers trying to pose as gay men. No wonder this site went down the shitter,just like this ass backwards country.

    Posted by: Audi-owner | Jan 11, 2013 6:03:28 PM

  12. @EdwardIV: sorry, but you're wrong on the "princess" issue. From 1917 until today, the title of "Prince" or "Princess" in the UK was limited to the children of a monarch and the children of the sons of any such monarch, and to the eldest living son of the eldest son of the Prince of Wales. (Of course, it was also extended to wives of Princes.) It's automatic, it's not bestowed: the only Prince title that is not automatic is Prince of Wales, which needs to be specifically granted. The children of a daughter of a monarch (e.g., Princess Anne's children) are not Princes or Princesses.

    The daughters of Prince Andrew are princesses because they are children of a son of a monarch (i.e., male-line grandchildren), while this declaration affects the next generation beyond them.

    Prince William is the eldest son of the Prince of Wales. His eldest son would have been a Prince, but any younger sons would not, and any daughters would not have been Princesses.

    Now all his children will be Princes or Princesses, regardless of birth order or place in line to the throne.

    One wonders how Prince Edward's children must feel, as the Queen had declared on Edward's wedding day that *his* children would be styled as children of an Earl rather than Prince or Princess, to which they would have otherwise been entitled.

    Thus, the youngest grandchild of the Queen, Viscount Severn, is not styled as a Prince, but the next expected great-grandchild, the son or daughter of WIlliam, will be....

    This still falls short of gender neutrality, as the children of daughters of monarchs are treated differently from children of sons. And they still have to sort out what happens if the heir apparent is female: will they make her Princess of Wales, or not...

    Posted by: Vint | Jan 11, 2013 6:13:34 PM

  13. Just a little sidenote- Broadripple is actually a neighborhood in Indianapolis, not a suburb or town.

    Posted by: Linda | Jan 11, 2013 6:29:28 PM

  14. Rush Limbaugh and Henry Cavill, while very different men are both big homos!

    Posted by: Ellen Leadbetter | Jan 11, 2013 6:29:52 PM

  15. All I could think about with those two with the guns is: What's keeping somebody from shooting them in the back and taking their weapons? Carrying a gun does not insure your safety.

    Posted by: Craig | Jan 11, 2013 7:02:26 PM

  16. It's not so easy to escape history, especially for a country as large as the US.

    Posted by: anon | Jan 11, 2013 7:24:41 PM

  17. @ Little Kiwi ;
    Point taken .
    I note your New Year's Resolution and respectfully adopt the same.

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Jan 11, 2013 7:52:24 PM

  18. Kelli Osborne is usually the nice one on Fashion Police...someone sounds Press hungry!!

    Posted by: Alan Brickman | Jan 11, 2013 8:18:33 PM

  19. jack, you're supposed to say, "Little Kiwi and buckie and Artie from Lauderdale and..."

    Posted by: Yupp | Jan 11, 2013 8:32:45 PM

  20. Paul R. : Five times !? What city is that ?! (I sure as hell know it ain't Tokyo).

    Posted by: Yupp | Jan 11, 2013 8:35:13 PM

  21. Caliban : I understand what you're saying, but...Anyway, yes, a lot up for debate there.

    Posted by: Yupp | Jan 11, 2013 8:36:26 PM

  22. Someone told Henry Cavill he looked better with a beard, and he got confused.

    Posted by: bierce | Jan 11, 2013 8:48:18 PM

  23. " demonstrated by our refusal to proxy our personal protection"



    Posted by: Charles Maguro | Jan 11, 2013 9:33:17 PM

  24. My God, reading all this anti-gun fervor almost makes me want to vote Republican. For a gay college student, that really says a lot.

    Posted by: NS | Jan 11, 2013 10:18:07 PM


    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Jan 11, 2013 10:38:30 PM

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