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RoadEddie Redmayne is looking all kinds of geek chic on set of Stephen Hawkings bio-pic The Theory of Everything.

RoadSpeaking of physics, Francois Englert of Belgium and Peter Higgs of Britain won the Nobel Prize in Physics for their work in theorizing the existence of the so-called Higgs boson, also known as "The God Particle," the existence of which was finally proven earlier this year thanks to CERN's Large Hadron Collider. "Englert and Higgs theorized about the existence of the particle in the 1960s to provide an answer to a riddle: why matter has mass. The tiny particle, they believed, acts like molasses on snow — causing other basic building blocks of nature to stick together, slow down and form atoms."

RoadCan circumcision reduce the risk of acquiring HIV? "Major studies support circumcision as prevention in Africa but a small yet vocal group argues the science is flawed."

Vieques2 RoadTens of thousands turn out for jubilant week-long Pride celebrations in Orlando, Florida.

RoadIf these walls could talk: an oral history of New York's Chelsea Hotel.

RoadIs the Puerto Rican island of Vieques the new destination wedding spot for gay couples? The W Retreat & Spa - Vieques Island is now offering wedding packages for same-sex couples: "Aimed at couples in the East, the package includes a legal marriage ceremony in New York or Boston, followed by the resort event. Priced from $12,500, the arrangement includes 45 hours of planning, a personalized wedding Web site, a prewedding tasting with Ms. Coveney Smith and the resort’s culinary team and the wedding planner’s attendance at the resort rehearsal and ceremony."

RoadYou daily dose of Awwww.

Colton RoadApparently Liam Payne's underwear was stolen, hence the commando pajama pant balcony appearance.

RoadGeorge Takei reminds us of the silver lining to the government shutdown.

RoadOne gay father comes face to faces with the sexism inherent in toys: "The girls' section was a pink bubble. The themes: fashion, cooking and cleaning. The promotional words on the packages were fun and frivolous. In contrast, the toys that were meant for boys communicated, literally and figuratively, concepts such as leadership, command, speed, agility, skill, might and success. I got the message then and there. If you are a girl, your aspirations should be to play at elegance, nurture a baby doll, and practice cooking and cleaning. If you are a boy, you are to aspire to a persona of power. You are to build physically, train and excel."

RoadMarilyn Monroe as you may never have seen her.

RoadColton Haynes basking in the afternoon glow.

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  1. Wow, way to miss the goddamn point on circumcision. WHO THE HELL CARES ON IT'S HIV RATES? Why would any information there make it ok to mutilate babies? THAT is the problem and the argument to have. Neither situation is a 100% HIV proof option so you still need condoms. WOULDN'T YOU RATHER HAVE 70% OF THE FEELING DOWN THERE STILL ATTACHED? You have to wear a condom anyway.

    Also boo on the opposition to the article linked, he basically said "I'm super smart so just trust me that all the African data is wrong" when he could have actually stated how it was skewed.

    Posted by: Fenrox | Oct 8, 2013 2:04:28 PM

  2. unfortunately, i think circumcision reduces the risk of std's

    Posted by: r | Oct 8, 2013 2:11:11 PM

  3. The PR destination for gay couples' weddings link takes you to "Mystery in the Amazon: Miniature white towers surrounded by 'picket fences' on trees leave scientists totally baffled"

    Posted by: Eric | Oct 8, 2013 2:14:12 PM

  4. there's this incredible new invention that also greatly reduces the transmission of HIV and other STDs. it's called a "condom"

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Oct 8, 2013 2:27:11 PM

  5. @R, great! Can you provide some peer reviewed studies for that? The ones we have are crappy and suspect (from the organizations involved in the testing to the methods of the testing).

    Sure I think we can all agree that the foreskin absolutely interacts with disease in a negative way (it's sort of the foreskins job) but the rate is not so high that in any way circumcision is an acceptable answer. Mutilation is not a good "fix" to a situation that has an abundance of harmless fixes.

    Posted by: Fenrox | Oct 8, 2013 2:29:29 PM

  6. I can only theorize that some gay men's obsession with uncut penis has to do with same fetishization of third world men that they seem bent towards. Give me a pretty white man with a pretty penis over that jungle look any day.

    Posted by: Hagatha | Oct 8, 2013 2:36:58 PM

  7. @ "...Give me a pretty white man with a pretty penis over that jungle look any day."

    Yes, and at your age you'd better have an envelope containing a hundred dollars to hand over to him before you taste his pretty thing.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Oct 8, 2013 2:41:29 PM

  8. Thanks for posting about Orlando's Come Out with Pride. Unfortunately, I believe the Sentinel used last year's footage! (insert surprise face here). It was a huge event and grows larger each year.

    Posted by: gary | Oct 8, 2013 2:45:26 PM

  9. Interesting that the gay father didn't seem to notice that the boys' toys were so often geared toward producing good little soldiers, warriors, killers, fighters, etc. This gay father of sons noticed that right away. I get really tired of reading these sexism articles that only seem to notice sexism that negatively affects females. It's ironic that so much of the sexism/gender conformity that heaped upon little boys (just as often by their mothers as by their fathers) is the very source of "chauvinism" that people complain about later.

    Posted by: TampaZeke | Oct 8, 2013 2:45:30 PM

  10. @HAGATHA, your disgusting racism not withstanding, I find it odd that you consider an attraction to a natural penis a "fetish" but an attraction to a surgically altered penis isn't.

    Posted by: TampaZeke | Oct 8, 2013 2:47:33 PM

  11. @ TAMPAZEKE—a very good point, on all counts.

    "Hagatha" so easily conjures up a particularly dreary troll, like something from the darkest side of Harry Potter (let's stick to relative and immature material). Maybe better to ignore completely than entice with yet more derision (gobble, gobble)…

    Posted by: tinkerbelle | Oct 8, 2013 3:02:22 PM

  12. Like all consumer products companies, toy companies market their products in a way that maximizes sales. If little boys really wanted toy ovens or dolls, rest assured they would market those products to them. Likewise, if little girls really wanted action figures, they would market those products to them.

    But they don't. Because boys and girls are different. Because NATURE made them different. No matter how much the "gender-nonconformists", feminists, and assorted liberals may hate it. And what scholarly studies have REALLY demonstrated is that these nature-induced differences in behavior between genders show up very early, often within months of being born--and that is reflected in the way they play and the kind of toys they like.

    So all this article demonstrates, I am afraid, is why gay men, with rare exceptions, should not be allowed to adopt male children, since there is such a high likelihood that they will create stress and difficulties for the boy when the boy tries to assert his nature and the gay "father" tries to discourage such behavior as "wrong" so as to impose his own twisted views of "gender non-conformity" on the child.

    Until gay men have actually taken on a true male identity and gotten rid of their anti-male mindset in the process, young boys should not be entrusted to them.

    Posted by: Rick | Oct 8, 2013 3:03:56 PM

  13. "I can only theorize that some gay men's obsession with uncut penis has to do with same fetishization of third world men that they seem bent towards. Give me a pretty white man with a pretty penis over that jungle look any day. "

    You must not be very well-traveled. The vast majority of European men are NOT circumcised. In Germany, it is virtually unheard of and in the UK, it is rare.

    The only places in the world where circumcision is common are North America and the Islamic countries.....and Israel.


    Posted by: Rick | Oct 8, 2013 3:07:53 PM

  14. Rick, stop pretending you aren't Hagatha. It's already been well established that you two are the same troll. You're not fooling anyone.

    Posted by: Tyler | Oct 8, 2013 3:40:41 PM

  15. The debate over circumcision is, as others have pointed out, more properly framed as a question of autonomy, rather than a question of necessity, because routine infant circumcision is obviously unnecessary. It is really about the extent to which others (e.g. parents) should be able to permanently modify someone else's body without their consent.

    "Give me a pretty white man with a pretty penis over that jungle look any day. "

    Circumcision rates have dropped precipitously in every Western country except for the United States and certain regions in Canada and Australia (though during my last visit to Germany, I was told that it had become somewhat of a trend, particularly in Berlin's gay community). Even in the United States, the rate appears to be dropping.

    Posted by: Nat | Oct 8, 2013 3:44:39 PM

  16. You know what reduces the risk of HIV? Condoms. Circumcising people and then telling them that they're now 'protected against' HIV seems like a recipe for disaster.

    If circumcision was really a boon to preventing HIV, the US would have among the lowest rates of HIV in the developed world and Europe and Japan would have the highest. It couldn't be further from the truth.

    I'm not going to tell people not to get circumcised -- people can do what they want -- but the notion that it is any serious boon to preventing HIV, especially compared to cheap, easily available and nearly full proof methods that are available today, is just divorced from reality.

    Posted by: Ryan | Oct 8, 2013 4:17:59 PM

  17. ""Major studies support circumcision as prevention in Africa but a small yet vocal group argues the science is flawed."

    In further news, most scientists agree that post-natal appendectomies prevent appendicitis, and therefore advocate permanently removing a part of the baby's body, without consent, as a preventative measure.

    Posted by: tranquilo | Oct 8, 2013 4:40:11 PM

  18. I was going to say the same thing as Ryan. The whole case for routine circumcision as a preventive measure against HIV/STDs falls flat when you actually look at HIV and STD infection rates in the US versus other countries.

    There are plenty of mitigating factors - such as route of transmission - but it's plainly obvious that it's doing nothing to protect people.

    It's bad enough that a lot of cut American men appear to think that being cut makes them by default clean. I know this, having encountered far more foul-smelling crotches on cut American men than on uncut European, Asian and Latin men, the latter of whom know from an early age that proper cleaning requires that they pull back the skin and wash their penises and surrounding areas with soap and water.

    Posted by: AJD | Oct 8, 2013 4:42:55 PM

  19. Uncut dicks are gross.

    Posted by: Mike | Oct 8, 2013 4:52:26 PM

  20. (Funny how most countries in Europe and South America have lower rates than the US, by the way)

    Posted by: tranquilo | Oct 8, 2013 4:53:52 PM

  21. Everyone has their preference. I prefer circumcised dicks. They look nicer and are cleaner. And for people to be SO passionate about this issue? Get a life and focus on some issue that really matters.

    Posted by: NYCer | Oct 8, 2013 4:56:17 PM

  22. I'm cut. Most of my friends are too.

    When discussing the matter - did ANY of us feel pain or even remember our circumcision? NOPE. Are all of glad we are cut? YEP!

    Posted by: Timmay | Oct 8, 2013 4:59:40 PM

  23. I feel pity for men with mutilated penises.

    Posted by: AG | Oct 8, 2013 5:03:34 PM

  24. NYCER:

    Proper washing is what makes a penis clean, not circumcision. And given that most of the guys I've had sex with (and I've been with a lot) have been uncircumcised, I can say that men in cultures where circumcision is not the norm tend to be more meticulous about cleaning themselves down there than circumcised American men.

    You're welcome to your preferences, but I think you underestimate the extent to which they're a product of U.S. cultural norms resulting from decades of being told that circumcision is "clean" while the lack thereof is "dirty." That's important because while the pro-circumcision doctors quoted in the article say opposition to circumcision is all based on emotion, they're no more immune to the influence of personal feelings and cultural attitudes.

    And many of us don't comment on this because we don't have lives. It's because circumcision in this country is mostly done on orders from parents mindlessly following cultural norms on infants who have no say in the matter. You say you prefer guys to be circumcised, but I've met far more cut guys who wish they weren't than uncut guys who wish they were.

    Posted by: AJD | Oct 8, 2013 5:11:01 PM

  25. Even if mutilation works to reduce (not prevent) any disease, it's a ludicrous option, when condoms work even better.

    Posted by: Randy | Oct 8, 2013 5:11:42 PM

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