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RoadIvory poachers slaughter 86 elephants in massacre in Chad.

RoadAstronomers predict comet coming in November could be bright as the Moon.

LohanRoadLindsay Lohan's new mugshot joins portfolio of five others.

RoadPuerto Rican government supports overturn of ban on gay adoption: "Puerto Rico's Supreme Court narrowly voted in February to uphold an island law banning adoptions by same-sex parents...Island Attorney General Margarita Mercado has now filed a motion in support of reconsideration. Mercado said the government of Gov. Alejandro Garcia Padilla favors eliminating unequal treatment based on gender or sexual orientation."

RoadA tweet from President Obama yesterday.

RoadCIA contracts Amazon to build spy cloud?

Road"Bathroom bill" before the state of Arizona: "The targets are transgender residents of Arizona. They would be committing a crime (a misdemeanor) by using the wrong bathroom with the wrong birth certificate. (Moms and dads would be allowed to bring opposite sex kids into the bathroom with them.)"

RoadDemocrats: sweeping gun control laws still a pipe dream.

RoadTaylor Lautner's abs are waxed.

BordenRoadNebraska actress planning to bring Uganda's first gay play to the U.S.

RoadPrincess Diana's dress she wore to dance with John Travolta purchased at auction: "An anonymous bidder purchased the midnight-blue velvet Victor Edelstein evening gown – the one that prompted Travolta to call Diana "the most beautiful woman in the room" – for more than $362,000 Tuesday at London's Kerry Taylor Auctions."

RoadNYT: If doctors can identify them correctly, some HIV-positive people may be able to stop taking antiviral drugs.

RoadOlder gay man ponders being lonely and invisible, seeks advice from NYT civil behavior columnist Steven Petrow: "This isolation is partly explained by our community’s extraordinary place in history. Many of us lost lovers, friends and family in the depths of the H.I.V./AIDS epidemic, so we find ourselves short on these lifelines just when we need them most."

RoadGinger beard: James McAvoy.

RoadIan McKellen to officiate at Patrick Stewart's wedding.

WtcRoadOne World Trade Center observation deck previewed: "When the observatory opens more than 1,230 above Vesey Street in 2015, it will take its place among the highest decks in the nation, passing the one at the Empire State Building by a few feet but falling roughly 10 stories short of Chicago’s Willis Tower Skydeck."

RoadMatt Bomer recently spent 10 hours at the top of the Empire State Building: "At 5 in the morning it was brilliant; by 3 in the afternoon I was done. I’m not terribly acrophobic, but after about 10 hours up there, I was definitely ready to come down."

RoadGLAAD: LGBT employees of the New York Post should be ashamed.

RoadMore lobbying to end the KissCam gay jokes.

RoadAnti-gay marchers in Paris lose permit battle: "The group wanted to march down the Champs-Élysées next week just a couple of days before the US Supreme Court hears its cases. The cops said "Non!" and a Paris court agrees."

RoadMarine biologists discover whale skeleton on Antarctic sea floor with nine new species living on it. "Samples also revealed several new species of deep-sea creatures thriving on the whale's remains, including a zombie worm known as Osedax burrowing into the bones and a new species of isopod crustacean, similar to woodlice, crawling over the skeleton."

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  1. Can we all just let Africa fall apart. It's really a lost cause on so many levels.

    Posted by: UDontKnow | Mar 20, 2013 4:22:47 PM

  2. Good for Arizona.

    Just a few months ago, according to press accounts, a middle aged man in Washington - who was not transitioning and still had a full penis and no breasts - used the women's locker rooms and allegedly lounged around nude showing his penis. A girls high school swim team were all subjected to to an unwelcome, prolonged view of his wang. S/he claimed to be a woman and compared anyone who objected to his conduct to racists in the Old South.

    This insanity is near and dear to the hearts of trans activists, but it has nothing to do with gay people. We shouldn't be tarred with this craziness.

    Posted by: Tara | Mar 20, 2013 5:14:17 PM

  3. Now there's a new candidate for stupidest remark on this board.

    Posted by: melvin | Mar 20, 2013 5:16:17 PM

  4. Clarification: I was referring to the idiocy of UDontKnow

    Posted by: melvin | Mar 20, 2013 5:17:22 PM

  5. @"...a middle aged man in Washington - who was not transitioning and still had a full penis and no breasts - used the women's locker rooms and allegedly lounged around nude showing his penis. A girls high school swim team were all subjected to to an unwelcome, prolonged view of his wang"

    You should be so lucky.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Mar 20, 2013 5:24:10 PM

  6. Melvin,

    don't worry yourself about the remark by "UDon'tKnow". He'll never ask himself , why are the Africans killing elephants for their tusks?" He'll never condemn those that make the disgusting trade in elephant tusks profitable. He just hates Joseph Conrad.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Mar 20, 2013 5:29:58 PM

  7. Derrick,

    You are correct, sadly. Horrifying as the destruction is in Africa, it is a bit hypocritical for North Americans to tut-tut as their incredibly rich country sits there with its thumb in its ass as everything from the pika to the wolverine to the marbled murrelet disappears. We are under nothing remotely like the pressure these people are and therefore have no excuse whatsoever.

    One thing I would like to know: where are the stories of Africa's wildlife rangers, several of whom are killed every month in the line of duty protecting Africa's amazing biological heritage? These are real heroes.

    Posted by: melvin | Mar 20, 2013 5:43:18 PM

  8. As a redhead, may I ask: are we ever gonna get over calling redheads "gingers," and go back to calling them redheads?

    The only thing I have in common with the movie-star castaway is our hair is red.

    Posted by: Sean in Dallas | Mar 20, 2013 5:48:49 PM

  9. @Tara: Colleen Francis' behavior was uncalled for and not welcome in a female space. Many people who are trans and fight for LGBT rights agree with this. HOWEVER, that does not justify forcing trans people to use a bathroom other than the gender they are presenting as, especially since in bathrooms there is basically no chance of people sitting around with their gizmos out where everyone can see them. Would you insist that a trans man (like, for instance, Buck Angel) use the women's restroom? That seems extraordinarily disruptive. This would also be insanely bothersome for anyone who doesn't fit in with socially accepted norms about gender expression. Can you imagine how much badgering butch lesbians would have to put up with if this became law?

    Also, FWIW, I haven't seen anything anywhere that says that Colleen Francis (the trans woman in Washington) was completely male-bodied. Do you have any links that would say that she had a male body, other than her genital configuration?

    Posted by: Thedrdonna | Mar 20, 2013 6:13:03 PM

  10. I don't know where Buck Angel should pee. It is a dilemma of his own making and has nothing to do with lesbian and gay people. I do know that a few thousand people with GID shouldn't be allowed to impose on the privacy of 300 million people when they are using the bathroom of their sex.

    Your attempt to conscript lesbians into your argument and speak for them is disgusting. Lesbians can speak for themselves. They have never - ever in 40 years of activism - agitated for the "right" to use the men's bathroom because they are "butch". All lesbians - however butch or fem - are women. And for that matter, all straight women are women, however butch they may be. We aren't conflicted about it and we know where we go to pee.

    Your attempt to first stereotype and then exploit lesbians to justify your bathroom demands is a great example of how trans activists like you hold LGB people in utter contempt and are happy to use them as tools to further their own interests.

    Posted by: Tara | Mar 20, 2013 8:01:51 PM

  11. Until Taylor Lautner comes out publicly, we honestly should be giving him the cold shoulder.

    Posted by: Sam | Mar 20, 2013 8:17:25 PM

  12. @Tara: Haha wow that's some pretty good vitriol you've got going on there.
    First of all, I'm glad you completely ignored my point about trans men. It illustrates that you have no ability to logically defend your hate when it comes to that area of the whole issue.

    Second, my point wasn't that butch women wanted to use the men's restroom, it was that butch women would be pretty constantly harassed by other women in the women's restroom for not adhering to their idea of what women should look like. I've talked to plenty of butch women and they have pretty much all said that this is already an issue, and it's not hard for me to make the logical leap that this law will only make that worse.

    And, regarding privacy, anyone who violates the privacy inherent in restrooms is subject to legal repercussions. If a woman, trans or cis, is in the restroom and is intentionally attempting to invade the privacy of others, that is illegal. And if that isn't happening, then what is the problem?

    Finally, I don't care what you think of me or the work that I do to further LGBT issues. My brother is gay, my best friend is a cisgender lesbian, and I have plenty of other LGB people in my life (I am also gay, in that I am a trans lesbian). None of us needs you to tell us who we are or what is best for us.

    Posted by: Thedrdonna | Mar 20, 2013 8:21:04 PM

  13. Asking honestly here, no snark: I don't see what being trans has to do with the GLB movement. Being trans isn't about same sex attraction, or sexual attraction at all as far as I see it. It's about wanting to be another gender, regardless of sexual orientation. It's not about who a trans person is attracted to (which is what GLB is about) - it's about wanting to change genders. Could someone help me out?

    Posted by: will b | Mar 20, 2013 10:03:20 PM

  14. @will: On the face of it, there doesn't seem like any overlap. However, based on those studies that have been done, trans folk are pretty much split into even thirds, one of which is heterosexual, one of which is bi, and one of which is homosexual (usually based on the gender they identify as, so I would consider myself a gay woman, who is also MtF). Furthermore, if you think about it, most trans people will identify as LGB at some point in their life, either before transitioning, or after. Very few trans folks are heterosexual before transition, and then become heterosexual after transition as well, thus undergoing a change in the gender they are attracted to.

    Lastly, transgender is something of an umbrella term, so it also includes gender-nonconforming people like drag queens and butch women. They may not experience any dysphoria about their primary sex (which would make them transsexual), but they can still fall under the umbrella of transgender if they choose to identify that way.

    Posted by: Thedrdonna | Mar 20, 2013 10:13:05 PM

  15. What a pity GLAAD can't control everything. The New York Post brought out the ridiculous in Cooper event. I think Madonna set back the Boy Scout cause. Are those surveys still out there? GLAAD really can't relax until the unscented ass is perfected.

    Posted by: Tim | Mar 21, 2013 12:39:40 AM

  16. To comment on Steve Petrow. There is really more isolation for gays ahead if marriage happens. Once everyone is paired off, there will be little time for others. After the champagne toasts, and the rice thrown, what's to become of the rest of us?

    Posted by: Garth | Mar 21, 2013 12:44:04 AM

  17. @TheDrDonna:

    Your figures are false and misleading, since they are only of one tiny slice of the "trans" community and only at one specific point, immediately following surgery. The non-transitioning Ts are no more likely to be gay than anyone else. And even as to the transitioned Ts, as time goes on, they largely identify as straight. Nice try with your lies. Lying comes very easily to trans activists.

    Even if your figures were accurate and fair, they wouldn't be a defense of lumping Ts in with LGBs. If in fact 2/3 of Ts identified as gay or bi, then they would be part of the LGB community because they are, you know, LGB. There is no reason to deem all Ts regardless of sexual orientation part of the LGB community. It would make as much sense to say that if 2/3 of florists were gay, then we should create an an LGBF community that includes all straight florists, and that gay organizations need drop gay rights while they fight for lower taxes on flowers.

    Posted by: Bill Perdue | Mar 21, 2013 1:37:54 AM

  18. @Bill: I've never heard that statistic, do you have any links or other proof to back it up? It's almost not even worth engaging with you on this, because from your one statement it is pretty clear that anyone who speaks in favor or trans folks is obviously a "trans activist" in your eyes, and thus incapable of speaking the truth. But even assuming you weren't trying to demonize me for holding views different from your own, you still failed to address the second or third points I made. Was there a reason for that?

    Posted by: Thedrdonna | Mar 21, 2013 2:03:46 AM

  19. So some doctors are now admitting that they've been poisoning some people with HIV with their fast and loose administration of HIV meds. It's about time. Even if they're pretending that it's just a matter of "properly identifying" who should and who shouldn't be dosed with useless and toxic HIV drugs.

    Somebody should go over the last 2 + decades of news articles from the HIV/AIDS medical establishment, collect them all and organize them all. For those of you with the attention span of a fruit fly, it might become finally clear what a massive fraud HIV/AIDS research has been all along.

    Posted by: Frank | Mar 21, 2013 12:03:57 PM

  20. The continuing slaughter of African elephants guarantees that they will be driven to extinction within 10 years. The continuing slaughter of rhinoceros virtually guarantees that they will be extinct within 10 years. For these atrocities, you can thank those who purchase elephant tusks and rhino horns on the black market because there is a particular group of men in this world who believe that grinding tusks and horns into powder, then ingesting it, will make them more virile.

    Posted by: jamal49 | Mar 21, 2013 12:30:24 PM

  21. My name is Bill Perdue and I've posted on Towleroad for years. Someone has hijacked my name and is using it to post attacks on transpeople and they sing in using my hacked account at facebook.

    I never sign in to Towleroad on facebook.

    Posted by: Bill Perdue | May 6, 2013 2:51:43 AM

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