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RoadMajority of Scots - 56% - back same-sex marriage.

RoadQueer theorist and NYU professor José Estaban Muñoz dies at 46.

RoadMayor-elect Bill De Blasio to name William Bratton NYC police commissioner.

NyhtRoadNYT posts grim report on state of the HIV/AIDS crisis: "Nationally, 25 percent of new infections are in black and Hispanic men, and in New York City it is 45 percent, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the city’s health department. Nationally, when only men under 25 infected through gay sex are counted, 80 percent are black or Hispanic — even though they engage in less high-risk behavior than their white peers."

RoadKris Jenner rents sea lion for family pool in Mexico.

RoadPatricia Shiu, the director of the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs, won't say whether her office protecting transgender workers from discrimination.

RoadDocumentary on Prop 8 case named official selection for Sundance Film Festival: "The full-length documentary directed by Ben Cotner and Ryan White is one of only 16 documentaries selected for the prestigious film festival in January 2014. Shot over the course of five years, the film follows AFER’s plaintiffs, Kris Perry & Sandy Stier and Paul Katami & Jeff Zarrillo, and attorneys Ted Olson and David Boies who came together to challenge Proposition 8 in federal court."

RoadBritney Spears thinking about retirement.

RoadSunny Obama got a little over-enthusiastic at a White House holiday party.

SpacexRoadElon Musk's SpaceX launches first commercial satellite.

RoadGOP candidates being tutored in how to speak to female constituents and opponents. "Let me put it this way, some of these guys have a lot to learn," said a Republican staffer who attended the session in Boehner's office.

RoadMeet Alliance Defending Freedom, FOX's favorite anti-LGBT legal organization: "Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) is a Scottsdale, AZ-based legal group committed to rolling back the rights of women and LGBT people on the grounds of "religious liberty." The organization has played a leading role in combatting marriage equality and non-discrimination policies in the U.S. while working internationally to criminalize homosexuality. Despite its rabid anti-LGBT extremism, ADF receives reliably friendly treatment from Fox News."

RoadEric Bana has been hitting the gym lately.

RoadTom Daley has Dustin-less dinner.

OklahomaRoadOklahoma Episcopal churches vote to embrace same-sex unions: We ask God to bless all types of relationships, and so for us to formally ask God to bless same gender couples seems very appropriate to this community."

RoadHere's a rare overhead shot of the set from I Love Lucy, as it looked back in the day.

RoadShepard Smith is a True Blood fanboy.

RoadSan Diego man gives millions to Lambda Legal: "A San Diego man’s bequest is helping to fund the Eden/Rushing Chair of Lambda Legal, a national organization committed to achieving full recognition of the civil rights of LGBT Americans and those with HIV through impact litigation, education and public policy work. The bequest by Rushing and Eden totals nearly $3 million, Lambda Legal said. Rushing and Eden were together for 45 years, and friends describe Bob and John as devoted to each other. They were avid art collectors. John was a tennis player and Bob was a swimmer. They had a large circle of friends and enjoyed entertaining."

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  1. That's a model that is on display... not the actual set. Don't just grab your reposts from Reddit without verifying them.

    Posted by: Brandon | Dec 5, 2013 4:04:02 PM

  2. Nationally, Hispanics make up 18% of the population and African-Americans, 13%. So while all HIV statistics are grim, the first pieces of data aren't entirely surprising for NYC, where those shares are often higher.

    The data on youth are far more disturbing, but also less clear.

    Posted by: Paul R | Dec 5, 2013 4:19:35 PM

  3. so what exactly is meant by high risk behavior?

    let's continue educating

    Posted by: r | Dec 5, 2013 4:44:20 PM

  4. There is still a great deal of homophobia in the macho oriented Latino culture- there is also seems to be a surprising amount of ignorance as far as HIV prevention.

    Posted by: jarago | Dec 5, 2013 4:54:29 PM

  5. Look at the dog video: I think the little girl at the White House tripped on the other kid's walker. Sunny the dog didn't attack her.

    Posted by: Marty | Dec 5, 2013 6:00:43 PM

  6. Regarding the deceased "queer" theorist:

    It's funny how the queer academics act as if they are moral authorities for gay and lesbian people. Queer studies is mostly about moral pronouncements from people who think highly of themselves and who think everyone else should take them seriously.

    But look at how these moral guardians live and die. This fellow kicked the bucket age 46. In the article and in his Wiki page, there is no mention of any family. No mention of any spouse or partner. No funeral arrangements. No call to make donations to a charitable cause in the name of the deceased.

    And his professional accomplishments? Did he save any lives? Build any buildings? Change some law or policy for the better? No. He wrote pointless and inscrutable garbage like "Cruising Utopia: the Then and There of Queer Futurity."

    Of course, lots of people have crappy personal lives and accomplish nothing of value professionally. So I don't judge him on that basis. But most people don't hold themselves out as authorities on how everyone should live. The last person to model your life after is a queer academic.

    Posted by: Jacques D. | Dec 5, 2013 6:11:42 PM

  7. Jacques D - wow - just because someone does't put their funeral arrangements or family information on Wikipedia doesn't mean it doesn't exist! He had a partner and died of kidney/heart failure and changes hundreds of lives with his inspirational lectures and gave us valuable insight into how we see ourselves 'queer'. Just because you don't get it doesn't mean didn't get it. You're better off reading a manual for a dust buster than any of his 'inscrutable garbage'.

    Posted by: dwarka | Dec 5, 2013 9:13:21 PM

  8. Rescue the sea lion and throw the Kardashians in the ocean.

    Posted by: greenfuzz | Dec 5, 2013 9:40:09 PM

  9. Dwarka:

    How could he die of kidney and heart failure? I thought that there was no objective reality. Nothing outside the text. I guess someone forgot to tell his organs.

    OTOH, maybe you are just asserting one possible narrative. Perhaps he did not "die" of "heart failure." Instead, we might say that he now "lives" as the result of a "heart and kidney labor stoppage."

    As for his lectures giving you valuable insight, I can only question why you privilege the possession of insight as opposed to lacking it. Clearly you place importance upon possession and you elevate insight because of its "value." You thus perform and perpetuate both patriarchal and heternormative values. You expose yourself as both a hypercapitalist and a racist. Further, it is curious that you choose the ableist word "insight" which privileges the traditionally sighted over the non-seeing community.

    Posted by: Jacques D. | Dec 6, 2013 1:22:03 AM

  10. @Jacques D: You seem to have an intense hatred for Mr. Muñoz because he made what you call "moral pronouncements". Yet, aren't you doing the same thing by parsing Dwarka's language? Clearly, you are of the opinion that your way of thinking is superior to anyone who studies queer theory.

    That sounds like a moral pronouncement to me.

    Posted by: alex | Dec 6, 2013 2:45:59 AM

  11. Let me just say that I knew Jose Munoz, and also know how many lives he touched. I am heartbroken, and seeing the incredibly and inexplicably mean comments above by someone who did not know him (or read him, clearly) makes me weep once again.

    The outpouring of grief among his family, friends, students and colleagues has been powerfully moving and is only matched by the celebration of his life as we share personal stories and intimate memories that recount Jose's capacious love of life, his grace and beauty, his brilliance as a scholar and cultural critic and his intense political commitment and activist engagement. I don't know how many live Jose 'saved' but I imagine quite a few. But more than that he inspired all of us who knew him, read him, studied with him and partied with him. He will be deeply missed.

    At the time of the press release linked above (the same day news of his death circulated among his thousands of friends and family members), plans for memorial services had yet to be made. NYU has since announced it is holding a service on Friday.

    As for the commenter's understanding of contemporary socio-cultural theory generally or queer theory in particular, well that is laughable - a sign of what happens when a person spouts off on something they know absolutely nothing about, save for the most ignorant assumptions and misunderstandings. His references to Foucault and Derrida betray that ignorance as they misconstrue their thinking in the most idiotic ways.

    If anyone wants to know what Derrida thought about the meaning of death and dying, he has a beautiful and power collection of essays titled The Work of Mourning, which explores personal loss and and the way we grieve - many of the essays having begun as eulogies to friends (like Levinas).

    Rest in Peace, Jose, you are already much missed.

    Posted by: Eugene X | Dec 6, 2013 11:45:01 AM

  12. Alex, don't buy the nonsense offered by JD. I know of no occasion in which Munoz, or any other serious queer studies scholar, made "moral pronouncements." (I'd welcome an example and would gladly admit my mistake, should JD be able to provide one.) They make arguments for sure, but not pronouncements. And their arguments are critical, conceptual, theoretical, political and ethical and even sometimes moral, though not construed as JD would have you believe.

    Posted by: Eugene X | Dec 6, 2013 11:52:21 AM

  13. Truly Jacques, you are the worst of anti-intellectualism and just an all around failure at empathy, or even at any understanding of the world around you. Your animus against academic work is so obvious in its thinly veiled envy that it's laughable. All I've been hearing online is an outpouring of sadness at Munoz and the incredible work he did. Your lazy dismissal of what you don't understand would be harmlessly pathetic, but in this case you combine it with a ridiculous attack on a person who is WIDELY acknowledged for all sorts of amazing work. So you're pathetic, ignorant, and a hypocrite, and your sad attempts at academic satire don't make you look smart. They make you look confused and scared in a world you seem to barely understand. All on display attacking a person who just died. What hope is there for a person like you?

    Posted by: Derek | Dec 6, 2013 4:35:34 PM

  14. @Eugene X: I was just using Jacques logic to highlight his hypocrisy. I certainly didn't mean to imply that Dr. Munoz made moral pronouncements. Although, I understand why you might think that. I was trying to get my point across succinctly. I apologize for writing something that might have been negative towards Dr. Munoz. That was not my intention.

    It may sound trite, but I'm sorry for your loss. I'm always impressed with anyone that understands and writes about social theory and philosophy. I struggled through the theories courses in my social science PhD program. I'm a quantitative guy. (The mere mention of Derrida gives me cold sweats!)

    Thanks for taking the time to write about Dr. Munoz.

    Posted by: alex | Dec 6, 2013 7:19:33 PM

  15. So my place of birth,NYC, is being taken over by the Bostonians? Bloomberg, Di Blasio, and Bratton; clutch the pearls.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Dec 6, 2013 10:32:17 PM

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