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6a00d8341c730253ef019104c9523d970c Same-sex marriage will become legal in New Zealand tomorrow. So far, at least 31 gay and lesbian couples plan to marry on that day.

Glenn6a00d8341c730253ef019104c9523d970c Journalist Glenn Greenwald's partner detained and questioned under terrorism act at Heathrow Airport. Said Greenwald: "To detain my partner for a full nine hours while denying him a lawyer, and then seize large amounts of his possessions, is clearly intended to send a message of intimidation to those of us who have been reporting on the NSA and GCHQ."

6a00d8341c730253ef019104c9523d970c Al Jazeera America, the newest 24-hour cable news channel since Fox News, debuts tomorrow.

6a00d8341c730253ef019104c9523d970c The longest flight in the world to end for good.

6a00d8341c730253ef019104c9523d970c Bullied gay Italian teen takes his own life. Study shows many gay teens in that country contemplate suicide: "The study of 4,000 high school students, ages 14 to 18 years-old, found that about 5 percent identified as LGBT, of which one out of three contemplated suicide at least once."

6a00d8341c730253ef019104c9523d970c One gay writer's experience with being skinny-fat in the gay community.

6a00d8341c730253ef019104c9523d970c Listen to audio from an interview with Katy Perry and anti-gay Australian opposition leader Tony Abbott: "Let's talk about gay marriage...That's right. Love is equal.'"

6a00d8341c730253ef019104c9523d970c Madonna celebrates birthday number 55. Madonna

6a00d8341c730253ef019104c9523d970c Third gender option on German birth certificates: "A new German law stipulates that children who are born of indeterminate gender no longer have to be categorized as 'male"' or 'female.' Instead, parents can choose to leave the space blank on their child's birth certificate, according to German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung. Those individuals can eventually decide whether to identify as male, female or neither."

6a00d8341c730253ef019104c9523d970c Chris Pine takes a coffee break.

6a00d8341c730253ef019104c9523d970c Benedict Cumberbatch believes documenting the crisis in Egypt is more important than photographing a movie shoot.

6a00d8341c730253ef019104c9523d970c Gay wedding only shop opens in the UK: "We played around with the idea and thought there was a massive gap in the market for same sex marriages."

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  1. There's a massive gap somewhere.

    Posted by: 3M | Aug 18, 2013 8:37:29 PM

  2. Also, noted Canadian filmmaker John Greyson (Zero Patience, Lilies, Proteus, Uncut, Fig Trees, and the now-timely short film "Moscow Does Not Believe in Queers") has been arrested in Egypt.

    Posted by: Randy | Aug 18, 2013 8:44:43 PM

  3. I'm sure the wedding shop in the UK will fill a market niche. Hope they don't refuse to sell to opposite-sex couples, though.

    Posted by: jpeckjr | Aug 18, 2013 9:06:32 PM

  4. Glenn Greenwald's partner is taller than he is.

    Posted by: Robbie Horn | Aug 18, 2013 9:30:19 PM

  5. Love the pic of Glenn and his partner!

    Posted by: Brian in Texas | Aug 18, 2013 9:39:46 PM

  6. Greenwald and his partner make a cute couple!

    Posted by: Just_a_guy | Aug 18, 2013 11:42:56 PM

  7. I would love to detain him for 9 hours with a strip search and a cavity check just to be sure he also wasn't a drug mule.

    Posted by: Steve Talbert | Aug 19, 2013 7:22:47 AM

  8. Er, attractive as Greenwald's partner is, the important issue is the abuse of government anti-terrorism laws to not fight terrorism but intimidate journalists and their families. This is behaviour worthy of Putin's Russia. Disgusting.

    Posted by: leprechaunvict | Aug 19, 2013 7:43:04 AM

  9. @Greenwald,

    Your BF is a hottie. How much does he cost? Is he a tax write-off?

    Posted by: ratbastard | Aug 19, 2013 8:55:48 AM

  10. Harassment like this of Glenn Greenwald and his partner is inexcusable and shocking.
    Greenwald is one of the best journalists in the world today, and his role in the Edward Snowden spying drama has clearly made him a target.
    At the blog , we profiled him since his days at Salon in
    “Blowing the lid on government abuse of secrecy is his specialty.”
    He and his partner, at the very least, deserve the same respect and dignity as all citizens. That a country like the UK, which can trace its democracy back to 1066 and the Magna Carta, would commit such an atrocity is beyond belief.
    In the (K)now blog

    Posted by: warren swil | Aug 19, 2013 9:37:21 AM

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