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RoadDavid Mixner on Putin and the Sochi Olympics. "If he refuses to open an LGBT Pride House then Athletes should show the LGBT flag at every possible moment doing the games and every athlete will be a walking billboard for Pride."

ButtonsRoadArtifacts of a transgender life: "The closets were packed with the clothes of an old couple. Plain to fancy dresses in one, men's suits and worn work clothes in another. Where her tastes seemed a bit garish, his were subdued. A mismatched couple? A case of opposites attracting?"

RoadOla Ray, who starred with Michael Jackson in his "Thriller" video, has released a video tribute of her own to him.

RoadJK Rowling secretly published a crime novel under the pen name Robert Galbraith.

RoadChicagoans march for marriage equality: "The rally and march saw thousands of spectators as it moved along Michigan Avenue, packed with shoppers and tourists. Despite attendance of just around 120, the march, topped with rainbow flags and neon signs, stretched over an entire block."

RoadMale model fix: Matt Trethe.

RoadA new image from Robert Pattinson's Dior campaign.

HadidRoadZaha Hadid's first New York City building.

RoadKansas City's Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art reaches out to LGBT visitors with 'Here and Queer' tour: “It came about as part of a strategy to meet this important audience in a way the museum has never done.”

RoadDirector Guillermo del Toro has a Ziploc bag with Charlie Hunnam's beard in it.

RoadWhy are NYC restaurants so loud?

RoadNJ governor Chris Christie walks the line on marriage equality: "He's tiptoeing between constituencies. First are the voters of New Jersey: polls show they favor same-sex marriage, and Christie wants them to reelect him in November by a big margin. Then there are Republican caucus-goers in Iowa. Christie needs their backing if he runs for president in 2016; in 2012, evangelical conservatives, who generally oppose gay marriage, made up 57% of Republican caucusgoers in the state, according to exit polls. And there is a third group of voters to think about: swing voters across the nation, who might go for a Republican presidential nominee who is sufficiently centrist."

RoadZimmerman juror already shopping a book.

RoadChace Crawford flaunts his bulging biceps.

TruebloodRoadTrue Blood renewed for seventh season.

RoadSeattle Times endorses Ed Murray for mayor. “Murray’s experience is stellar,” the editors wrote, noting his budget-writing expertise. “His impressive political skills were on display in his two-decade campaign to win equality for gay, lesbian, bisexual and [transgender] people. It is an incremental campaign, requiring patience, discipline and persuasion of less like-minded colleagues. Murray inched Washington, step by step, toward November’s voter approval of same-sex marriage.”

RoadEvangelicals pissed that George W. Bush spoke in support of same-sex marriage: “Mr. Bush has actually misinterpreted the verse and applied it wrongly, most likely because he is unaware of the whole counsel of God on the matter of judgment,” Pastor Scott Brown, the director of the National Center for Family-Integrated Churches and elder at Hope Baptist Church in Wake Forest, North Carolina, told Christian News Network. “The Bible speaks abundantly and clearly on matters of judgment and Mr. Bush has taken one single verse out of context and ignored the many other things the Bible says about it.”

Roadfun's Jack Antonoff on his support for LGBT rights: "It’s the most important issue of our time. It’s the most serious human rights issue of our time, and I think everyone gets to a point when they start to really reflect on things and they realize that they’re either a part of the problem, or a part of the solution ... and silence is definitely a part of the problem. We wanted to do everything we can, in a time when people need to be doing everything they can."

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  1. Well, if there's anyone who knows about taking a Bible verse out of context and misinterpreting it, it's evangelical Christians.

    Posted by: Jere | Jul 15, 2013 3:55:33 PM


  2. The article about the Trannsexual woman was very touching. But it wasn't clear what happened when she was a little baby boy. Was it a botched circumcision?

    Posted by: Derrick form Philly | Jul 15, 2013 4:12:08 PM


  3. "Mr. Bush has taken one single verse out of context and ignored the many other things the Bible says about it.”

    Isn't that what they ALL do?

    Posted by: Walt NYC | Jul 15, 2013 4:13:14 PM


  4. Having grown up in the evangelical branch of Christianity, I knew heads would explode in response to Bush's comments - Comments that we would see as very tepid, but are not seen as such in Evangelical Land. The same was true of Amy Grant's recent comments (Essentially, "Live and let live.). The times, they are a-changing, even in the evangelical world, but there will be those who will go out screaming, much like Judge Doom at the end of "Who Framed Roger Rabbit."

    Posted by: KJ | Jul 15, 2013 4:30:34 PM


  5. Good job on News roundup today Andy. Most of these links were well worth the read.

    @Derrick
    Sounds more like intersexed and the parents opted for boy. Can't wait for Cerny's 'Selling Dead People's Things'.

    Dubya threw them for a loss! Effing Christian watch trying to explain away homohate by quoting Jesus. As if.

    Love Hadid's NYC design.

    Christie is missing the change of a political lifetime by toeing the evangelical hate line on LGBT equality. He's never going to wrestle power away from the Wisconsin gang by trying to out wingnut them.

    Show some support for globally oppressed LGBT by visiting Mixners site and spreading the word about Defiance.

    Posted by: JONES | Jul 15, 2013 4:37:19 PM


  6. While I certainly appreciate Jack Atonoff's support, he could help this particular gay man by switching to our side. He's the hottest thing on the planet, IMHO.

    Posted by: Kyle | Jul 15, 2013 4:49:55 PM


  7. @ JONES,

    thanks. I didn't really understand. But that makes the story even sadder. She waited 60 years to be herself.

    Posted by: Derrick form Philly | Jul 15, 2013 4:53:51 PM


  8. The funny thing about the George Bush comment was that not only was he NOT supporting gay marriage (he just wasn't going to talk about it), he used a verse that pretty much says I'm not going to talk about your shortcomings and sins if you don't talk about mine. Pretty much still equating gays to sinners.

    See everyone commenting here was correct: those head-exploding fanatics got it wrong again.

    Posted by: woodroad34d | Jul 15, 2013 5:22:59 PM


  9. What are the evangelicals going to do, anyway? Impeach him?

    Here's a clue, fatheads: HE'S NOT THE PRESIDENT ANYMORE. It's not as if he's making policy anymore.

    Posted by: Jerry | Jul 15, 2013 10:53:01 PM


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