News: Trees, Kazakhstan, Ian Ziering, Cruising, Carla Hale

RoadTrees heard gasping for water.

RoadVictory in Lake County, Florida Gay-Straight Alliance battle.

UnderwearRoadHow boxers and briefs got into men's pants.

RoadChina's newest building is circumcised.

RoadGreg Sargent on inclusive immigration reform: "But gay rights advocates should not give up. They should continue pushing for inclusion in this bill. There are two reasons for this: One substantive, and the other political."

RoadIf SCOTUS strikes down DOMA, the immigration debate will change overnight.

RoadConnecticut Governor Malloy praises New England for its solid support of same-sex marriage: “Today marks a significant milestone in the struggle for equal rights among our gay and lesbian family members, friends, co-workers and neighbors now that every state in our region of the country has legalized same-sex marriage and is setting a national example of justice for all. Throughout U.S. history, New England has consistently had a revolutionary spirit and recognized that the greatest American values are respect and equality under the law.  It should come as no surprise that this spirit is still alive today.”

Road Ryan Lochte better watch out for One Million Moms.

RoadThe Great Gatsby has its premiere in New York.

KazakhstanRoadKazakhstan's first gay wedding.

RoadFlorida joint bankruptcy case makes legal waves in Sunshine State: "Though Florida denies same-sex couples certain rights, state courts never have addressed whether they can file for joint bankruptcy. The couple's lawyer, Brian Zinn of ZinnLaw in this city of about 65,000 in southwest Florida, said he probably will appeal if his clients' petition for joint bankruptcy is denied. Then the issue could move up through the court system, possibly even to the Supreme Court."

RoadWilliam Friedkin's Cruising was almost directed by Steven Spielberg.

RoadWill the dork factor kill Google Glass?

RoadA Q&A on gay divorce: "In a traditional divorce, both parents maintain conventional parental rights. It’s just easier to define the rights of the parents in a heterosexual marriage. With civil unions, if a second-parent adoption is not in place, the matter can become seriously complex. One parent has to prove they have served as a psychological parent to the child. It’s a long, expensive and complicated process. During that time, the biological parent has all the rights. That’s why gay marriage would be so awesome. It would simplify rights and responsibilities so that the dissolution process for any couple, gay or straight, would carry the same child custody and parenting rights."

RoadIt's the new Man of Steel poster!

RoadAlexander Skarsgard replacing Tom Hiddleston in The Crow.

SinghRoadBridal shop refuses to let trans shopper try on gowns. "The shop owner thought Singh was a man and felt other people in the store were uncomfortable with Singh trying on dresses. 'She said, sorry we don't allow men to wear dresses here,' Singh recalled. 'I said I'm not a man, I'm transgender.'"

RoadCarla Hale files complaint with City of Columbus for her firing for Bishop Watterson Catholic high school. "After the death of her mother earlier this year, Carla listed her partner, Julie, as her spouse. An anonymous letter was sent to the school and Carla was let go from the job she'd had for 19 years shortly thereafter."

RoadIan Ziering is ready for his Chippenddale's close up.

RoadFlorida preparing to doom the rest of the state's manatee population: "On the last day of its annual session, the state Legislature is expected to pass HB 999, a bill that would bar local and county governments from setting their own standards for water quality and wetlands construction—assuming those standards are higher than the state's relatively lax requirements, that is...The bill could obliterate the already-threatened Florida manatee, which subsists on quickly disappearing river grasses. In fact, 582 of the burly mammals have died so far in 2013—as much as 19 percent of the entire adult population—thanks to a shrinking supply of food and the proliferation of deadly algae blooms like red tide in state waters."

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  1. Even if Google Glass were invisible, I would really hope that the project fails miserably. The creepiness of all of that surveillance power, especially in the hands of the world's largest advertising company, Google, is just too much.

    Posted by: Eric | May 3, 2013 3:35:08 PM

  2. Hmmm.
    I've been writing about gay foreign spouses for years as it is something vital to me.

    Where there is a valid foreign marriage between an American and a foreigner, the USA has an obligation under International Law and/or Conventions to recognise that marriage, when both parties had capacity under the law of their respective domiciles and observed the formalities of the place where the marriage was performed.

    What part of that does the Supreme Court not get ?
    And DOMA law, which infringes that longstanding Rule of Private International Law, long part of the common law, is thereby unconstitutional.
    The fact that a straight marriage in exactly similar circumstances give the American a right to sponsor his/her spouse for Residence in the USA ( but not a same sex spouse) makes this unconstitutional law all the more egregious.
    Mr. Leahy take note.

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | May 3, 2013 3:48:21 PM

  3. Is it FAIR for a trans person to get to try on gowns? Yes
    Is is POLITE AND SMART of the trans person to call first? Yes
    ---Let's face it, brides and friends go to the shops to be the center of attention, and taking away the spotlight MIGHT be a bit rude.
    If they are in Hollywood, CA, no problem, walk in. If in Hollywood, Tennessee, give the straight people a little slack, it takes time.

    Posted by: Bob | May 3, 2013 5:22:12 PM

  4. Spielberg would have made "Cruising" more about the police than about the kinky sex ( well just imagine what Brian DePalma would have done with that script) I agree with the comments by Bob on shopping for gowns. Ian Ziering looks hot

    Posted by: jaragon | May 3, 2013 5:28:40 PM

  5. @Bob: She was a bride, and shopping for her wedding gown. Exactly the same situation as any of the other ladies trying on gowns at that store, except for her trans status.

    Posted by: TheDrDonna | May 3, 2013 6:16:57 PM

  6. @ TheDrDonna--
    Politely, it is living in a dream to think that a trans bride can walk in "just like any other person", unless one is into risking unpleasant incidents. I mean, fer Chrissakes, it was in Saskatoon, and the future bride came across as a man to the owner.
    "To me it doesn't matter," Correia said. "He looked like a man. There was quite a few brides in the store. If you see a man trying on dresses, you're going to feel uncomfortable."
    What is wrong with calling first, if you are more interested in a dress than in controversy? Is it fair to the other brides to steal an important day from them by being the center of attention when you try on the dresses?
    I agree trans people have rights -- but being considerate is part of being accepted.
    If she had called, and the owner did not offer to accomodate her after hours, etc, then I would be more with you

    Posted by: Bob | May 3, 2013 10:40:44 PM

  7. @Bob: So, you're saying trans folks need to jump through a bunch of extra hoops? They needed to be segregated and secreted away, for fear of offending others simply by virtue of existing? Well, excuse me for saying so, but that's just straight BS. I refuse to accept that trans folk must resign themselves to second-class citizenship status. Would you be advocating that gay people shouldn't go wedding shopping, if they would make the owner of the shop or the other patrons uncomfortable?

    And don't say you agree with trans people having rights, and then go on to advocate them being treated like outcasts and pariahs.

    Posted by: TheDrDonna | May 4, 2013 1:08:21 AM

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