News: Kentucky, Debbie Harry, Our Little Grape, Curtis Woodhouse

RoadBritish boxer Curtis Woodhouse tracks down Twitter troll.

Jacobs_louisRoadMarc Jacobs and his boyfriend Harry Louis celebrate Jacobs' new role as creative director for Diet Coke.

RoadDebbie Harry knocking 'em out.

RoadWH Press Secretary Jay Carney won't comment on the possibility of an LGBT cabinet member: “I certainly am not confirming any speculation in the press about possible announcements the president might make. I would refer you, again, to what I said and what the president has said about the value he places on diversity, and encourage you to assess the diversity of his appointments once they’ve all been made.”

RoadNorway calls on world to ban nuclear weapons.

RoadPoll: British Muslims have zero tolerance of homosexuality. "It shows that British Muslims hold more conservative opinions towards homosexual acts, abortion, viewing pornography, suicide and sex outside marriage than European Muslims, polling markedly lower when asked if they believed these things were morally acceptable. The most dramatic contrast was found in attitudes towards homosexuality. None of the 500 British Muslims interviewed believed that homosexual acts were morally acceptable. 1,001 non-Muslim Britons were interviewed."

RoadThe newest member of the royal family has a nickname: Our Little Grape.

RoadTwinkies may be returning to store shelves this summer.

BeshearRoadKentucky Equality Federation pleads with Governor Beshear to veto house Bill 279, the Forced Religion Imposition Act', which would protect the right to discriminate against gays based on religious beliefs.

RoadMeanwhile, Kentucky activists are split on tactics for gay rights in that state: "One (faction) seeks to overturn discrimination through a legislative path, admitting it faces long odds. The other wants to break down barriers to gay marriage with demonstrations and civil disobedience."

RoadA look back at "Freaks".

RoadChambersburg, Pennsylvania student petitions school for Gay-Straight Alliance.

RoadGoal of flawed, misleading conservative gay parenting study by Mark Regnerus was to influence SCOTUS decisions on DOMA, Prop 8: "The documents, recently obtained through public-records requests by The American Independent and published in collaboration with The Huffington Post, show that the Witherspoon Institute recruited a professor from a major university to carry out a study that was designed to manipulate public policy. In communicating with donors about the research project, Witherspoon’s president clearly expected results unfavorable to the gay-marriage movement. The think tank’s efforts paid off. The New Family Structures Study came out just in time for opponents of gay marriage to cite it in multiple federal cases involving marriage equality – including two cases soon to be decided by the U.S. Supreme Court."

RoadMark-Paul Gosselaar and Breckin Meyer get shirtless and studly on the beach in Malibu.

TafoyaRoadMan driven to murderous road rage after seeing another woman lick his girlfriend. "Tafoya stormed out of the restaurant, drove his Chevy pickup erratically, got stopped by an Orange County Sheriff's Department deputy, disobeyed orders to turn the engine off, instead sped away at 90 mph driving on the wrong side of the road and ultimately killed two innocent folks in another car after a head-on crash."

RoadRussia's first gay-friendly children's book? "'(Un)usual Families around Me' tells of a little girl living with a single father. Since almost all the other children she knows live in completely different families, the child thinks about how it happened. She learns about all sorts of 'family', including single-parents, adoptive, parents with disabilities, as well as 'non-traditional', that is two moms or two pops. The narrative is accompanied by images and art assignments for the child."

RoadSarah Palin writing Christmas book: "The former GOP vice presidential candidate is writing A Happy Holiday IS a Merry Christmas, in which she'll focus on Christian values and criticize the 'over-commercialism' and 'homogenization' that have come to define the day. The Associated Press says the book will come out in November."

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  1. Ok, there is a gay porn star helping with the official Diet Coke campaign. THAT IS AWESOME.

    Posted by: Fensox | Mar 13, 2013 4:45:58 PM

  2. The 500 British Muslim respondees may have been unanimous in their disapproval of homosexuality, but I'd like to point out that 5 out of the 8 British Muslim MPs voted in favor of gay marriage.

    Posted by: Kyle | Mar 13, 2013 5:08:22 PM

  3. Kyle...big deal. Politicians do put electability ahead of beliefs. They wouldn't be voting that way if they were elected officials in a majority Muslim country. Romney pretended to be a liberal Republican to get elected governor of one of the most liberal states. But he wasn't a liberal Republican: he was probably more right wing on social issues (in terms of personal beliefs) than the Bushes, Reagan or even Nixon.

    Posted by: EchtKultig | Mar 13, 2013 5:14:18 PM

  4. It's always nice to see a former child star doing well.. And being that good looking doesn't hurt either! ;-)

    Posted by: iban4yesu | Mar 13, 2013 5:15:23 PM

  5. Good you've met your daily quota of straight guy beef. How about a picture of you with your shirt off Andy?

    Posted by: Tim | Mar 13, 2013 5:38:58 PM

  6. A gay cabinet member for Obama? Would that be the Secretary of Token?

    Posted by: Francis | Mar 13, 2013 5:43:05 PM

  7. Palin's Christmas book will come out in November - and by Christmas B&N will already have moved it to the 99 cent table.

    Posted by: DannyEastVillage | Mar 13, 2013 6:10:25 PM

  8. @ECHT: actually, Nixon really wasn't that much of a social conservative - particularly for the 70s. But the more he drank the more crazy he got - and the more he functioned or attempted to function like a paranoid fascist dictator.

    Posted by: DannyEastVillage | Mar 13, 2013 6:15:29 PM

  9. ...and I'd like to point out that Nixon signed the Clean Water and Clean Air acts and signed OSHA into law. Nixon was a crummy guy to be sure, but he was not the kind of swine who highlight his party today.

    Posted by: DannyEastVillage | Mar 13, 2013 6:16:50 PM

  10. Does Sarah Palin KNOW she's writing a children's book, or is she just writing what she thinks a book is?

    Posted by: Reidsb | Mar 13, 2013 6:17:29 PM

  11. When I was living in London's East End I had a wonderful neighbour, Iranian Muslim, who'd moved to the UK in the late 70s. Didn't wear any form of head-cover. She was wonderful. I'd do her grocery shopping for her, she'd make a pot of tea, and we'd talk about anything and everything. She told me a lot about the pre-Khomeini life, and how Ayatollah @ssahola undid the progress that had been made. She had no problem whatsoever with me being gay. She even went out of her way to run into a paramour of mine to make sure she "approved."

    It's a shame she didn't get polled. She was a gem, and I miss our chats.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Mar 13, 2013 6:40:13 PM

  12. That poll of British Muslims is from 4 years ago. Is there a reason it's news today?

    Posted by: reds | Mar 13, 2013 6:59:22 PM

  13. So does anybody know when/if Regnerus will be fired for violating his professional ethics?

    Posted by: kit | Mar 13, 2013 7:01:55 PM

  14. Interestingly, 4 years ago was also when Eastenders introduced the gay Muslim storyline.

    Posted by: reds | Mar 13, 2013 7:07:00 PM

  15. Wassup with fashion designers and porn stars?

    Posted by: Ray | Mar 13, 2013 7:12:43 PM

  16. We all have met nice people who identify as Muslim. The problem is that the reality of Islamic invasion of the west cannot be denied and is not disproven by a nice storekeeper or dance partner. They trickle in and require no accommodation. Then when a magic number is hit, we're supposed to make accommodations for language, culture, and religion. Then when another magic percentage number is hit, the militancy starts. The entire time we are subjected to propaganda which either puts the best possible face on Islam or which attempts to convert our liberal laws and constitutions into weapons of self destruction.

    This cannot be allowed to happen here as it is happening as we speak, in Europe. There are no Muslim-majority countries in the world which have the kinds of protections in law AND practice that the Western European and descendant nations have.

    Posted by: David Hearne | Mar 13, 2013 8:27:15 PM

  17. DANNYEASTVILLAGE--Excellent comments. Thanks for reminding people of this.

    Posted by: Thomas | Mar 13, 2013 8:29:09 PM

  18. David: Yes. I live in Brooklyn. Every day I see women and worse yet girls in veils. We all want to be accepting of non-European people etc. but veils only means one thing: women are by a long shot second class citizens subservient to men. Totally anti-gay opinions are simply part of the same pre-Enlightenment package. In previous generations, immigrants came to the US and unless they were ancient grandparents were here to buy the package offered, while keeping elements of their heritage. Chinese/Asian immigrants today fit that mold. The Middle Eastern combination of culture and religion is a huge danger to US culture and hard won advances we have made over the years.

    Posted by: emjayay | Mar 13, 2013 10:37:03 PM

  19. Nixon was America's last great liberal presidents. He would be considered to the left of Democratic leaders today, let alone Republican.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Mar 13, 2013 11:39:18 PM

  20. What EMJAYAY says. We have little to gain and very much to lose by incorporating people who will not adjust to Western ways. Such like should stay in their home caves.

    Posted by: UFFDA | Mar 14, 2013 12:21:27 AM

  21. I know the guy is a porn star, but does it ick anyone else out that Jacobs has made over Louis into a younger clone of himself?

    Posted by: Kirbles | Mar 14, 2013 12:25:06 AM

  22. Yes, guys, I've said the same about Nixon before. I said "even Nixon" more to point out this has nothing to do with chronology - or rather that it does. The republican party has become so far right of what it was. Nixon would be kicked out of it these days!

    There's long been something of a bifurcation in American left wing/progressive system of thought about so-called multiculturalism, though multiculturalism was considered the winner in the 1960s. Emjayay's post underscores why I've always counted myself in the "silent minority" (LOL) who were skeptical. I had a coworker in the late 90s who seemed very westernized and secularized. He had gone to an exclusive private US prep school and never lived in the middle east but had family there. After 9/11, he confided in me - his closest coworker - that some of his extended family were involved in the mujahideen. One could sense that, even though he'd grown up in the US, he realized his career advancement might be stifled here and that he really felt like the middle east was where he belonged. He moved to Saudi Arabia in 2002 and never came back. Anecdotes are just that, but to me these cases illustrate where most Muslims' ultimate loyalties really lay...Islam and family come first. Not the lofty, enlightened political ideals of the Western world.

    Posted by: EchtKultig | Mar 14, 2013 12:29:35 AM

  23. Don't get me wrong, I think Europe's scatter shot attempts to put the genie back in the bottle (sorry, no pun intended!) are somewhat idiotic. And islamophobic is obviously used by right wing politicians as another weapon in their arsenal. I don't think I'm being anti-Islamic to point out that their belief systems are generally antithetical to Western enlightenment. More so than all but the most hideous Christian reconstructionism. Let's face it, even most American fundies don't really follow the letter of the Bible law. Woman _do_ speak in Baptist churches. Their bark is louder than their bite...that doesn't mean they _couldn't_ be led to, say, commit a anti-gay Holocaust. But they aren't there now.

    Posted by: EchtKultig | Mar 14, 2013 12:36:19 AM

  24. I can say that I already like Sarah Palin's book as it exists now - as a tree.

    Posted by: Jack M | Mar 14, 2013 8:00:16 AM

  25. So, muslims have to become us before we accept them for who they are? Maybe because I've experienced racism and homophobia that I am a bit more concerned about what some of you are saying.

    Posted by: Armando | Mar 15, 2013 10:39:37 PM

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