News: DOMA, Bonnie Franklin, Subway Child, Taylor Kitsch

RoadRIP: One Day at a Time actress Bonnie Franklin dead of cancer at 69.

RoadAstronomers think they have spotted, for the first time, the birth of a planet.

DomaRoadJonathan and Juka: Another tale of love and DOMA damage.

RoadJustin Bieber now going shirtless and pantless.

RoadChicago magazine counts the votes for marriage equality in the Illinois House and says it's going to be a VERY tight vote.

RoadGLAAD wants Carly Rae Jepsen and Train to take a stand against the Boy Scouts.

RoadNYT reporter Sheryl Gay Stolberg explains her Marilyn Musgrave mistake: "I corrected it immediately, called Ms. Musgrave and apologized, and she accepted. A good lesson in journalism: Check everything twice, and we are only human."

RoadWe found our son in the subway: "When I got to the A/C/E/ subway exit on Eighth Avenue, Danny was still there, waiting for help to arrive. The baby, who had been left on the ground in a corner behind the turnstiles, was light-brown skinned and quiet, probably about a day old, wrapped in an oversize black sweatshirt…Three months later, Danny appeared in family court to give an account of finding the baby. Suddenly, the judge asked, 'Would you be interested in adopting this baby?' The question stunned everyone in the courtroom, everyone except for Danny, who answered, simply, 'Yes.'"

RoadLiza Minnelli talks to NEXT magazine.

RoadVatican knew Cardinal O'Brien was gay five months ago: "Reports said a priest lodged a complaint in October about “inappropriate behaviour” by the former Archbishop of St Andrews and Edinburgh in 2001. The priest is said to have written directly to Rome because he did not think he could trust the church hierarchy in Scotland to handle the matter. His claim is said to have been taken seriously and led to the Vatican contacting Cardinal O’Brien and a “deal” being brokered by Cardinal Marc Ouellet of Montreal for the departure of the leader of Scotland’s Catholics."

RoadAnother Downton Abbey cast member leaves the show.

SomerhalderRoadIan Somerhalder dresses down for Origin magazine.

RoadAustralian comedy series pulled from mainstream network for being "too gay". Creator: "They told me it (the switch to ABC2) was a compliment. I don't believe them," Thomas says. "I don't know if what they were really saying was, 'Josh the show is a bit s—' or, 'Josh the show has too much suicide and gay sex in it'.

RoadKathy Bates character on American Horror Story to be "really, really bad".

RoadMississippi students protest transgender classmate.

RoadEllen's brief to the Supreme Court: "In the words of Benjamin Franklin, 'We’re here, we’re queer, get over it.' And there’s another famous quote that says 'A society is judged by how it treats its weakest members.' I couldn’t agree with that more. No one’s really sure who said it first, so if anyone asks, tell them I said it."

RoadObama issues proclamation for Women's History Month.

RoadBut it looked so good.

KitschRoadTaylor Kitsch joins the cast of HBO's The Normal Heart adaptation: "Kitsch plays Bruce Niles, a closeted investment banker who becomes a prominent AIDS activist."

RoadIs Anne Hathaway the new Gwyneth Paltrow?

RoadFormer Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister Answar Ibrahim denies he is gay: "Of course, it's very clear (that I am not)…I am happily married with six children."

RoadTexas group fights to get criminalization of homosexuality off the books.

RoadDemographic information on gays and lesbians unearthed in SCOTUS amicus brief: "About one in five gay and lesbian couples are raising children under the age of 18. Same-sex couples are less likely than traditional married couples to have health insurance covering them both. One in 10 men with a male partner or spouse is a military veteran. As many as 6 million Americans, roughly 2 percent of the population, have a parent who is lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender."


  1. says

    those mississippi student sure are adamant about reminding the rest of the country (w0rld?) about their State’s notorious history of bigotry and prejudice.

    Mississippi Goddamn, indeed.

    And while I’ll get flack for this – I’m just wishing, for once, they would Gay Play Gay. The Normal Heart – I mean COME ON. Yes, a great many heterosexual actors have given impassioned and moving performances as LGBT characters that should indeed be celebrated, just as many gay actors have given wonderful performances as heterosexual characters…

    ….but it’s so rare for a work to come along that will allow Gay to Play Gay. an ensemble of gay male characters, and most will be played by heterosexual actors. and for a story as important as The Normal Heart….it would just be such a gift to openly-gay actors to allow them to inhabit the roles of our spiritual brothers.

    and don’t get me started on the trickle-down effect that “straight men playing slightly-closeted gay men” has on other gay men: generations of dunces fruitlessly (pun intended) looking for the perfect man…like that gay character they saw in that film, that was played by a straight man.

    come on already.

  2. TheDrDonna says

    Kiwi, while I agree with your sentiments, I think the sad truth is that this scenario could easily play out anywhere in our fine union. There were plenty of busybodies and sanctimonious ignoramuses who felt they had a pertinent opinion about the trans kid in Massachusetts, as well.

    And yeah, it’d be great if they could get behind the radical notion of letting a gay person act in a role that they have real-life experience about, but it seems as though that isn’t quite on the docket yet. Some day, though. The future can’t be avoided forever.

  3. Sam says

    Kind of amusing that Ellen doesn’t know her second quote is from the Bible: Matthew 25:40

    The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’

  4. Sam says

    Kind of amusing that Ellen doesn’t know her second quote is from the Bible: Matthew 25:40

    The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’

  5. SFshawn says

    That story about finding the baby in the subway is really beautiful.
    Thanks for sharing.

  6. graphicjack says

    While some people may be hating on Anne Hathaway for switching her dress, I porsonally don’t like her because I find her phony, overly perky and her Oscar win was not deserved… sort of like how I felt about Gwenyth Paltrow winning over Cate Blanchett 15 years ago, so I guess it’s a fair comparison. She may have her Oscar, but her star power will fall and she may have trouble bouncing back from it. I for one won’t miss her. She can go away along with Rene Zellweger, Kristen Stewart and Rachel McAdams… please… I am tired of Hollywood giving marginally talented starlets an Oscar when someone like Sally Field, Glenn Close, Emma Thompson or Cate Blanchett deserve it far more. (All four have been losers at the Oscars, though only Close has NEVER won one). The fact is that women over 30 are not given roles in major films unless they are someone’s mother… or if you are Meryl Streep. There is more than one or two talented women over 30 and they should be given chances to shine…. not just giving the one good role per year for a mature woman to Meryl Streep… yet again. I think people are getting tired with these starlets automatically getting an Oscar with their first and only “acting” role. It highlights the sexism in the industry and it’s predictable and boring. Hathaway was okay, but Field was SOOOO much better than her.

  7. Randy says

    I could not easily find the amicus brief referred to. It’s not included in the article, nor is it even referred to.

    From what I can find out, it’s by Gary Gates, a married gay man himself, who is affiliated with the Williams Institute.

    Here is their page about the briefs filed in Prop 8 and DOMA cases (both briefs apply to both cases, not one for each):

  8. Randy says

    On the subject of amicus briefs, AFER seems to be omitting some briefs from their website. They do not have the complete list. For example, Gary Gates’ brief isn’t there, and quite surprisingly nor is AHA et al’s, given that they did include briefs by religious leaders. I hope this is merely a mistake.

  9. Rick says

    “Justin Bieber now going shirtless and pantless.”

    Somebody seriously needs to bend that skinny little a@@ over the arm of a sofa, step up to the plate, and do some really serious damage.

  10. Bill says

    @Rick: if you look at the pictures, you’d think he was drugged out or drunk given the vacant facial expression, etc.

    Lots of people his age go overboard every so often. In the past, their friends might know but would quickly forget and there would be no pictures distributed world. Kind of like some student at a nearby college who was quoted in a local newspaper as saying one’s freshman year is when you do all those things you don’t want your mother to know about. But that was before facebook.

  11. Paul R says

    Bieber apparently has the same drug dealer as Lindsay Lohan, and they need to find a better one.

  12. notmichaeljfox says

    About he Australian Comedy “Please Like Me”.

    The article is a beatup by a newspaper that has been waging war on the publically-funded ABC network for a while now.

    The stars’ humour is quite self-deprecating and the network often shows gay characters on it’s main channel, like the show Outland, which featured exclusively gay characters:

  13. Bamjaya says

    I just wish they had cast Michael Lembeck as the gay neighbor instead of the son-in-law, and spun off him and Pat Harrington in the first daddy-boy sitcom.

  14. GregV says

    @Kiwi and @TheDrDonna:

    I don’t understand your objections to the casting decisions.

    Ryan Murphy is a part of the solution, not the problem. If you’ve watched any of his many successful shows (American Horror Story, Nip/Tuck, Glee, Popular, The New Normal) you should notice that he has certainly not excluded actors and actresses of any sexual orientation or gender identity from playing roles they’re suited for. And if you watched the casting process documented on The Glee Project, you’d know that he looks for the person who is best for a role, while also giving the actor a chance to show what kind of a role he/she could relate to best and how the actor’s own experiences could help shape a character.

    As far as the chance that a gay boy might develop a crush on a fictional gay character, that is no different whether the actor playing that character is gay, bi or straight. First, the character doesn’t exist, and second, the reality is he’s not going to get married to the actor, either.

    It’s no different from a woman who grew up wanting to marry Rock Hudson or the fictional Brady Bunch dad or who watched Magic Mike and White Collar and hopes to date either Matt Bomer’s fictional characters or the real Bomer. First, Bomer is married besides being gay, but more importantly that random fan is highly unlikely to ever meet him (and that would apply regardless if he were straight or bi and she therefore “theoretically” could marry him).

    I would love to see the day when more casting directors create casts as diverse and interesting and appropriate as Ryan Murphy’s casts have always been.