News: Maggie Gallagher, Capital Pride, Phyllis Schlafly, Elton John

RoadBruce Bawer, author of A Place at the Table, on gay culture in 2013.

GallagherRoadWhere in the world is Maggie Gallagher?

RoadVIDEO: Selena Gomez and David Letterman laugh, fist bump at Justin Bieber's misery.

RoadVoice of Elmo Kevin Clash's accuser says Clash lured him to crystal meth sex parties.

RoadWhat does Hillary Clinton's marriage equality statement portend? "At minimum it signals she will end up getting involved in politics this year — far more extensively than the signals about her taking time off had indicated. That seems likely to include campaigning in the Massachusetts Senate race for the special election to fill John Kerry’s seat, as well as for longtime Clinton ally Terry McAuliffe in the Virginia governor’s race – and even someone like Barbara Buono in New Jersey in her race against popular Republican incumbent Chris Christie."

RoadWedding's flower girl abandons position.

RoadAustralian campaign uses app to battle bullying, depression, and homophobia.

EqualityhouseRoadEquality House going in across the street from Westboro Baptist Church headquarters. More on the house at Gawker.

Road'The Making of Rock Hudson' in development: “Tyler’s screenplay perfectly captures the daunting, and in many ways timeless, struggle between public and private persona,” said Rattray and Styler. “It was a time when a leading man’s career could be destroyed if the vice squads or the tabloids got the wrong impression.”

RoadDownton's Matthew Crawley hits the GLAAD Awards.

RoadMeet my husband, he's our child's "mom".

RoadD.C.'s Capital Pride parade is moving to 14th Street NW: "The parade, scheduled for June 8, will still begin south of Dupont Circle near Rock Creek Park and travel through the 17th street and P street commercial corridors before turning north on 14th Street, said Ryan Bos, executive director of Capital Pride Alliance. But instead of ending at Thomas Circle, the 170 floats and groups participating in the event will for the first time walk north on newly-developed14th Street, past new restaurants and condominiums. 'Our community has expanded, so we wanted to honor and recognize those businesses that popped up along 14th Street,' Bos said. 'We felt many of the businesses are supportive of the LGBT community, so we said lets give it try.'"

RoadMore Tom Hardy and puppies.

Ian_somerhalderRoadCan Ian Somerhalder's smirk sell light bulbs?

RoadHong Kong LGBT groups withdraw from government-sponsored Sexual Minorities Forum: "Last week, over 15 LGBT groups in Hong Kong announced their withdrawal from the Sexual Minorities Forum, a government consultative body to address LGBT-related issues, and accused the government of using the body as a cover for its failure to introduce measures to prevent discrimination."

RoadPhyllis Schlafly denounces Rob Portman's "stupid" and "dumb" marriage equality announcement.

RoadBiographical musical film about Elton John gets a director. "There is a script in by Billy Elliot‘s Lee Hall, and Gracey will direct a feature that follows John’s journey from 5-year old musical prodigy who by age 11 won a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music, to a young man who rebelled against his strict upbringing, wore outrageous costumes and became a global icon who teamed with songwriter Bernie Taupin to sell more records that just about any musical artist of his era."

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  1. I really don't like Maggie Gallagher, but she does look prettier than normal in that pic.

    Posted by: John in Houston | Mar 19, 2013 3:05:51 PM

  2. Hillary's statement also makes it very clear - from this day forth, any and all serious Democratic candidates for Prez will have to be on board for Equality.

    it'll be a fight to Out-Equality each other. not bad, eh?

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Mar 19, 2013 3:06:25 PM

  3. Maggie is at the pig trough filling up.

    I thought Phyllis dried up and blew away a long time ago. She's so old, she must have one foot in the gave and the other one on a banana peel.

    Posted by: Jack M | Mar 19, 2013 3:12:38 PM

  4. Given that Maggie Gallagher is visible in satellite photos and her movements tracked by seismograph, she can't be THAT hard to find!

    OK, sorry, that was mean. She just brings it out in me.

    Isn't her son involved in musical theater or something like that? Maybe she's have a Rob Portman moment of her own? Worth a thought. And I can think of few who would deserve such a life lesson more.

    And speaking of, Phyllis Schlafly DOES have a gay son, though he's apparently still tied to her..... tentacles? Somehow I can't picture her with apron strings. Her statement about Portman says far more about her than it does him.

    Posted by: Caliban | Mar 19, 2013 3:20:29 PM

  5. @John in Houston

    LOL...You were raised to be a gentleman, and overly generous. That woman in that photo isn't pretty. But it's all right. Sometimes I have a couple of shots on my lunch break also. Vodka makes the world prettier--and best of all, most folks can't smell it.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Mar 19, 2013 3:23:41 PM

  6. if Gallagher isn't having a Portman-moment, her cohort Brian Brown is destined to, one day. With eight children of his own, it's preposterously unlikely that they're all straight.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Mar 19, 2013 3:26:48 PM

  7. Yikes! Someone will have Brian Brown as a father-in-law. Now that's a scary thought.

    Posted by: Thomas | Mar 19, 2013 3:32:48 PM

  8. I am loving this Tom Hardy + puppies thing. Can we get a calendar, please?

    Posted by: kirkyo | Mar 19, 2013 3:35:50 PM

  9. Phyllis Schafly...missy is a pot calling a kettle black. She is the original hetero who is unclear on the concept of familial love

    Posted by: woodroad34 | Mar 19, 2013 3:39:35 PM

  10. I hereby denouce Phyllis Schafley as stupid and dumb.

    Posted by: Lifesart | Mar 19, 2013 3:40:56 PM

  11. Part of me thinks Maggie Gallagher is just smarmy enough to have jumped the anti-gay marriage ship like a rat when she realized it's a losing fight. Somehow I think her 'cause' isn't as important as her own ego.

    Posted by: MT | Mar 19, 2013 3:58:05 PM

  12. Who the hell cares where Maggie Gallagher is?

    Posted by: Brian | Mar 19, 2013 4:03:29 PM

  13. Bruce Bawer, really? His book was written in 1993, and he then fled the US to live in Europe (ultimately Norway) where he wrote hateful, conservative crap about the decline of European society, crap that a Norwegian mass killer said influenced him to do what he did. I think that Bawer lost his credibility to comment on gay culture – or modern culture – a long time ago.

    Posted by: pejsek | Mar 19, 2013 4:05:28 PM

  14. "...where he wrote hateful, conservative crap about the decline of European society, crap that a Norwegian mass killer said influenced him to do what he did."

    Pejsek, do you know whether Bawer ever uses the alias Rick or David Herne?

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Mar 19, 2013 4:10:12 PM

  15. Phyllis Schlafly has a gay son. There's no trace of the parallel in her totally impersonal discussion of Rob Portman though. She gets some facts wrong too, like failing to acknowledge Section 3 of DOMA and undercounting states with same-sex marriage. I've recently come aware that ignoring Section 3 or misrepresenting it as enforcing states' rights is common in religious right media.

    Posted by: Kyle | Mar 19, 2013 4:35:13 PM

  16. Ian Somerhalder can sell me anything. I watch Vampire Diaries because of him not because of the stellar acting of any of the cast members.

    Posted by: Grover Underwood | Mar 19, 2013 4:51:25 PM

  17. Phyllis Schlafly has never let concern for her gay son get in the way of her bigotry.

    Posted by: john patrick | Mar 19, 2013 5:36:51 PM

  18. Look at him..., is that a face of an actor who is afraid of being upstaged by a puppy?! LOL
    Tom Hardy & Noomi Rapace making two movies together back to back/at the same time? Hmmmm...

    Hey, gurl, can I have Mr. Rapace, then? LOL

    Posted by: iban4yesu | Mar 19, 2013 6:43:41 PM

  19. Maggie, Phyllis prove once again that Women can definitely bring the Discrimination!!

    Posted by: Alan Brickman | Mar 19, 2013 7:45:02 PM

  20. Now sell those light bulbs shirtless Ian!

    Posted by: Alan Brickman | Mar 19, 2013 7:45:42 PM

  21. Now sell those light bulbs shirtless Ian!

    Posted by: Alan Brickman | Mar 19, 2013 7:45:45 PM

  22. Didn't Phyllis Schlafly die years ago? Or was that just a wonderful dream I had?

    Posted by: Richard | Mar 19, 2013 11:23:55 PM

  23. Bruce, doll, that self-congratulating, self righteous and incoherent rant was quite, um, self serving!

    Posted by: iban4yesu | Mar 20, 2013 2:56:12 AM

  24. Photographing Maggie from above reduces the impact of her quadruple chins. I wish Towleroad would use a more appropriate pic from its files.

    Posted by: mikeflower | Mar 20, 2013 3:57:49 AM

  25. You know, "stupid" and "dumb" are two of the words that come to mind when I hear the name Phyllis Schlafley.

    Posted by: db | Mar 20, 2013 12:07:33 PM

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