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RoadSix Rhode Island mayors call on legislature to pass marriage equality bill.

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RoadKansas bill would allow people with HIV/AIDS to be quarantined: "Kansas banned quarantining those with AIDS back in 1988, but if this law is passed, those in the LGBT community fear health officials — especially those in rural areas — will begin intimidating those with HIV by threatening to quarantine them."

RoadDid Iowa's leading bigot Bob Vander Plaats have a good time at the March for Marriage?

RoadNYT profiles Mary Bonauto, GLAD attorney behind one of the other DOMA cases: "As the top civil rights lawyer for Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders, or GLAD, based in Boston, Ms. Bonauto has spent more than a decade plotting a careful strategy to advance gay marriage rights. She prompted Vermont to create civil unions in 2000, won the 2003 case that made Massachusetts the first state to legalize same-sex marriage and last year persuaded a federal appeals court that the Defense of Marriage Act, which denies federal benefits to gay couples, is unconstitutional. Yet in a quirk of fate, Ms. Bonauto is watching her life’s work this week from the court’s spectator seats."

DiazjrRoadAnti-gay NY state senator Ruben Diaz's son, Ruben Diaz Jr. comes out for marriage equality.

RoadJustin Bieber basically lives without a shirt these days, reportedly spits in neighbor's face.

RoadBishop Harry Jackson says sexual abuse does not happen in straight marriages: "When a man and a woman are in the house, poverty is lessened. When a man and a woman are in the house, kids don’t go to prison. When a man and a woman are in the house, there’s less domestic violence. When a man and a woman are in the house, sexual abuse does not happen."

RoadNeil Patrick Harris and David Burtka attend Elton John's birthday bash.

RoadAnti-trans Arizona lawmaker John Kavanagh targets bathrooms again: "Instead of criminalizing trans people who want to use the correct bathroom, Kavanagh now wants to legally protect those who wish to prevent them from doing so."

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RoadBryan Fischer to BBC: "There is no right to engage in homosexual behavior."

RoadUnder a Rainbow Flag, gay WWII musical, opens in Chicago: "Schwartz has crafted Phillips' stories of the gay men he knew during World War II, and their budding sexuality, wartime fun and terror, and the post-war America they helped shape."

RoadGuardian's Heather Long: Regardless of SCOTUS ruling, life will remain tough for gays. "Even if the best case scenario occurs and the supreme court rules in favor of gay marriage, it won't change attitudes overnight. Recall the continued uproar in parts of America after the 1954 Brown v Board of Education ruling that mandated desegregation of schools. President Dwight Eisenhower had to send the military to Arkansas in 1957 to protect black students at Little Rock High School. It took years to achieve any sort of real acceptance of non-white students, and some say the education system in America still has de facto segregation, since students go to school where their families live and neigbhorhoods are often made up of people from similar backgrounds."

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  1. Real quick, what is the deal with slurs and responsibility.

    Do you feel that the F word can simply never be used by anyone ever again?

    Also, when someone says it, what (in your opinion, go wild) are the responsibilities automatically assigned? Are they responsible for all the bad things that word has done, if so, by what percentage?

    Last, what if you want to use the word to degrade and insult someone and you have calculated and decided to insult this person as much as possible. A nice example is someone like a paparazzi, who is total scum. Lets say you wanted to insult a paedo or a rapist?

    Just saying, when some people use these words it seems unlikely that they are a homophobe and instead are specifically trying to enrage someone with horrible, hurtful things. Sure it's possible that the slur is the clue that tells you how horrible that person is, we need a second word for the bigot who is pseudo into bigotry.

    Posted by: Fenrox | Mar 27, 2013 4:56:36 PM

  2. while not a fan of the use of straight white guys using either word that Penn Jr. used, I also think it's preposterous that a non-acting non-famous teenage child of an actor has to deal with paparazzo b.s.

    the kid didn't elect to join the biz. he's not up for pap's grabs. he's no doubt grown up seeing his father and his father's contemporaries hounded by the paps, and now (as a late adolescent still dealing with the hormonal shift from boy to man) is no doubt infuriated by pap-culture.

    i doubt Penn harbors much anti-gay or anti-black beliefs in his head or heart - and these are likely the two words he thought would best upset the man who decided that he was going to take snaps of him while he was out with his father.

    re: under the rainbow flag. can't wait to see it. i had a great-uncle that lied about his age so he could enlist with his Best Friend in the UK during the second world war. they trained together, fought together, and after the war moved to canada together. where they bought a house, and lived together until they died. i have no idea the specifics of their love. all i know is that it was love. cheers to seeing more stories uncovered.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Mar 27, 2013 5:04:29 PM

  3. "Schwartz has crafted Phillips' stories of the gay men he knew during World War II"

    But that's unpossible! I've been told repeatedly in Towleroad comments sections that gay men didn't exist until June 27, 1969, that we can't apply our current standards to people that lived before then! /sarcasm

    Posted by: Henry Holland | Mar 27, 2013 5:08:15 PM

  4. Outside the corner store, some black woman called a white man a f-word after they got into it over parking. I was simply walking by until she said that. I chastised her and demanded to know how she would feel if I called her (nword). She looked around like she was going to yell, "He just called me an (nword)." I looked her dead in the eye and said, "You're in St Pete Beach." That was the end of that.

    Posted by: David Hearne | Mar 27, 2013 5:52:34 PM

  5. Of course, that story didn't actually happen. I was walking by some black kids and I called them the N-word and then their mother came out and hit me, so I ran home to my parent's house to get their guns but my parent's had changed the locks. To keep me out of the house. Because they hate having a gay son.

    That's what actually happened.

    Posted by: David Hearne | Mar 27, 2013 6:00:53 PM

  6. In a hibachi restaurant, some Italian guy called me a faggot. I was simply eating my chicken teriyaki. I chastised him and demanded to know how he would feel if I called him a not very nice person at all. He punched me in the jaw and I lost consciousness. While I was under, I thought to myself, What the hell does David Hearne's story have to do with Hopper Penn?

    Posted by: Confus Ed | Mar 27, 2013 6:47:17 PM

  7. Confus ed:

    If the reporter was David Ehrenstein then Hopper was correct.

    Posted by: Hagatha | Mar 27, 2013 7:55:37 PM

  8. I'm not buying the "heat of the moment" excuse for Hopper. I've been extremely upset at people in a certain minority group, I mean to the point I was turning red and getting hot, but those type of words would've never left my lips. Either Sean Penn did a horrible job at raising his son or his son is just a bigot.

    Posted by: Derrick | Mar 27, 2013 8:55:13 PM

  9. The son of the guy who starred in "Milk"....whoa.....

    I'm sure being Sean Penn's son is not as easy lot, for many reasons, but I can't excuse that kind of language.

    Posted by: visitor | Mar 27, 2013 9:12:42 PM

  10. Little Kiwi says: and these are likely the two words he thought would best upset the man who decided that he was going to take snaps of him while he was out with his father.

    And I borrow from Fawlty Towers and say what Basil angrily told his wife "Can we get you on TV, on "Mastermind", Sybil? Sybil Fawlty, Master of the Bloody Obvious?"

    Posted by: MIke | Mar 27, 2013 10:23:54 PM

  11. Say, Bishop Harry jackson, if you believe that there is no sexual abuse in straight marriages, are you saying that Jerry Sandusky is innocent? He was, after all, married.

    Posted by: SC David | Mar 27, 2013 10:54:46 PM

  12. Heather Long is right. Why endanger straight celebrities like Zac Efron through guilt by association. If he's not gay leave him alone.

    Posted by: Tim | Mar 28, 2013 12:40:29 AM

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