News: Bradley Manning, Boston, GOProud, Celine Dion, Showgirls

RoadAP looks into the Rhode Island marriage win, "a savvy and coordinated strategy that relied on growing public support and old-fashioned bare-knuckle politics."

Magazine_bostonRoadTouching Boston magazine cover, made up of runners' shoes. "By itself, each shoe in the photograph is tiny, battered, and ordinary. Together, though, they create something beautiful, powerful, and inspirational."

RoadBoston bombing victims face huge medical bills.

RoadWhat happens when you give weed to a toddler.

RoadCeline Dion's two and a half year old son Nelson walks better in heels than she does.

RoadVideo: Ryan Lochte's new fragrance, Pool Water.

RoadLatin American leaders need to stop gay bashing: "...too many Latin American pols seem not to have gotten the memo that the world, including their own region, is beginning to spin in precisely that new, more humane direction regarding the discussion and treatment of homosexuals."

RoadBecause some news is more interesting when Prince Harry is reading it.

ManningRoadWikileaks soldier Bradley Manning named Grand Marshal of San Francisco Pride. "Pride's electoral college, which is made up of former grand marshals, has selected Army Private First Class Bradley Manning as its choice for grand marshal. Manning has admitted to leaking 700,000 classified U.S. government documents to WikiLeaks and is facing court-martial. He is currently in custody and will not be attending the parade, although he will have supporters appearing on his behalf."

RoadIn case you missed it, photos of the five living Presidents and the respective First Ladies.

RoadUK group of sex ed experts says teens should be educated about porn.

RoadElton John and David Furnish ask Lady Gaga to be godmother to their second son. "She's a great role model, she's young, [and] she's been a great godmother to Zachary," John said of the "Born This Way" singer. "We're all bonkers in this business, but we're human beings at the same time."

RoadHenry Cavill is Superfly on the new GQ UK.

RoadShowgirls, the Musical.

EclipseRoadLunar eclipse flower.

RoadSteven Soderbergh talks with his gay brother Charley about life and Liberace.

RoadFamily and Medical Leave Inclusion Act reintroduced: "The FMLA, enacted in 1993, grants legally married spouses up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave from work to care for a seriously ill spouse, parent or child. The law does not however, cover same-sex partners or spouses, making it impossible for some employees to be with their partners during times of medical need."

RoadGOProud founders Jimmy LaSalvia and Chris Barron to step back from day-to-day roles at GOProud: "As Chris says always, there was this little patch of ground that nobody else wanted — and that's where GOProud is," LaSalvia said. "We built a foundation on that patch of ground, and I'm really kind of excited to see where it goes from here."

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  1. I think it should read "5 living presidents and 5 of the 6 living first ladies". Nancy Reagan isn't dead yet.

    Posted by: John Bailey | Apr 26, 2013 3:46:24 PM

  2. That's 5 of 6 living First Ladies; don't forget about Nancy!

    Posted by: Matty | Apr 26, 2013 3:47:34 PM

  3. The Bradley Manning pick as Grand Marshall is baffling to me. Why not choose an out gay or lesbian service member who actually did their job and served their country admirably?

    Posted by: Brian in Texas | Apr 26, 2013 3:55:56 PM

  4. I can't help think but naming Bradley Manning Grand Marshal of San Francisco Pride a mistake. This is the best choice? A man going on trial for possibly compromising national defense? It appears this Pride parade is trying to make an extracurricular political statement with Manning not associated with Pride.  

    Posted by: will | Apr 26, 2013 4:02:36 PM

  5. I wonder who will explain to Elton's son, who Lady Gaga was when he gets older.

    Posted by: GE | Apr 26, 2013 4:17:54 PM

  6. Justin Bieber: dead by 30 from a drug overdose or a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

    Posted by: Mark Alexander | Apr 26, 2013 4:19:05 PM

  7. Nancy Reagan...

    Posted by: guynyc | Apr 26, 2013 4:24:09 PM

  8. I truly feel for the Boston bomb victimes re: their health care bills/costs. Once again they will see that our health care system is the most expensive in the world, with no end in sight. The ONLY way to get a handle on health care costs is single-payer and/or Medicare for all. But the insurance lobby is just too powerful now, so profits will come first. So sad.

    Posted by: Tom | Apr 26, 2013 4:25:09 PM

  9. Picking Bradley Manning as grand marshal is a very poor choice, and it reminds me of why I hate the idiocy of SF's far left.

    Posted by: Todd | Apr 26, 2013 4:33:51 PM

  10. Loved the story about Charley and Steven Soderbergh. I know Charley from living in ATL and he's one of the sweetest, funniest guys in the world. And he can cut some hair...and make you look fabulous :-)

    Posted by: MHR | Apr 26, 2013 4:35:09 PM

  11. *Five of the six living First Ladies.

    Posted by: Craig | Apr 26, 2013 4:45:28 PM

  12. Your link to the AP article actually leads to a previous Towleroad post, not to the AP article.

    Posted by: Thomasina | Apr 26, 2013 4:49:38 PM

  13. For those interested, here's a link to the AP Story.

    Posted by: searunner | Apr 26, 2013 4:52:01 PM

  14. Choosing someone who has ethics and isn't brainwashed by nationalism is a great choice for the Pride Grand Marshal in SF.

    Posted by: gwyneth cornrow | Apr 26, 2013 4:59:50 PM

  15. I think Manning is great choice for grand marshal. A traitor to some, a hero to others, a martyr to still others, and certainly it gets people talking about SF Pride, huh?

    And at least the Boston bombing victims have huge charitable funds set up to pay their medical bills, and bless everyone who has contributed. The same cannot be said for so many others who are the victims of violence in this country.

    Posted by: Zlick | Apr 26, 2013 5:33:29 PM

  16. Gay people with integrity should let sponsors of sfpride know that we object to the grand marshal.

    Posted by: david hearne | Apr 26, 2013 6:53:25 PM

  17. David, you don't speak for all of us. Or anyone. You're a troll.

    Posted by: MateoM | Apr 26, 2013 7:04:50 PM

  18. Manning is a whistleblower. I support him. Those that don't can join GOProud and be wimps for life.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Apr 26, 2013 8:36:21 PM

  19. As a gay service member its rather disappointing to see the SF pride committee choosing a candidate that feels more like a completely unrelated political statement. Manning isnt being imprisoned for a being gay. He is being imprisoned for leaking documents that could possibly result in the failure of military operations and the lives of men and women serving for their nation. The value of the information spanned from trivial to devastating indicating no specific "cause" that Manning was against. Its already been established through interviews and conversations between Wikileaks and Manning that this was done out of spite and vengeance over his displeasure in how his military career had progressed. When there are lgbt people fighting for issues of human rights within systems that are legal, dont endanger the lives of those that they took an oath to protect, and for selfless reasons its baffling why Manning would be chosen. Im as left leaning as can be and more than often debate just about everything political with my conservative comrades but what Manning did was despicable and a betrayal of a promise he made to his country.

    Posted by: Toto | Apr 26, 2013 8:51:20 PM

  20. @Toto. I'm with you on the Bradley Manning pick. He is, at minimum, a polarizing figure for Americans regardless of sexual orientation.

    Posted by: jpeckjr | Apr 26, 2013 9:07:14 PM

  21. Toto. Name ONE piece manning leaked that put "americans at risk." Ten bucks says you can't.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Apr 26, 2013 9:46:05 PM

  22. How is it despicable to expose what despicable things your own country is doing? Explain. With specifics. You won't. But I felt like asking anyway.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Apr 26, 2013 9:50:17 PM

  23. The situation has been overcome by events. The backlash was so huge that the SF Pride has announced that the entire thing was a mistake generated by an employee acting outside his authority.

    Good for SF PRIDE for admitting the error.

    PS- Kiwi, if you like him so much have Manning as Toronto's Pride marshal.

    Posted by: David Hearne | Apr 26, 2013 9:50:56 PM

  24. You have capers for testes. It's cute. Such a sad pathetic coward you are.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Apr 26, 2013 9:53:50 PM

  25. Little Kiwi. No, I dont know a piece of information leaked from Manning that put "Americans at risk." The value of the intelligence isnt for me to judge, or most people. But what I do know is that terrorist organizations and foreign countries thrive on small pieces of intelligence that add up a broader picture of of how our military operates. That intelligence can in turn be used to compromise military security and systems to set up attacks whether they be on troops, supplies or computer systems. You cannot simply equate the damage done by Manning's actions by the number of casualties of a single event. It is information that can be part of a plan that is crafted over months or years.

    Honestly Kiwi, you have always seemed to me like one of the most intelligent and logical people to post here. Im not some yehaw, gun totting, "'MERICA" yelling freak that believes we have free reign to abuse the rest of the world with military force. I cant stand those people and their BS nationalism.

    But I also believe there are men and women, some who are gay, who are serving their country honestly and proudly. That their lives could be placed in danger thanks, even partially by an individual doing something he knows is in complete violation of an oath he took willingly as a member of the US military is something I just see as wrong. No disrespect to you at all.

    Posted by: Toto | Apr 26, 2013 10:13:20 PM

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