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RoadDon Lemon: President's $100 million pledge to HIV research good, not good enough.

WhitegirlsRoad92 writers (including our book critic Garth Greenwell) name their favorite LGBT books of the year. "Outpacing all others, the book of the year is New Yorker critic Hilton Als' collection of essays White Girls, a work of such dazzling thought and originality you'll soon see how the title applies to Truman Capote and Malcolm X and Michael Jackson. As in the best queer tradition, his outsider status strengthens and expands his perspective."

RoadGeorge Clooney hasn't met the love of his life yet.

RoadJared Leto named Best Supporting Actor by New York Film Critics Circle for role as transsexual in Dallas Buyers Club. More here.

RoadRichard Socarides interviews Evan Wolfson on the battle to win the freedom to marry. "There are now some forty-four cases in nineteen or twenty states moving forward. And one of them may be the case, or it may be some other case down the road. We can encourage the Court to take the right case at the right time and do the right thing—within a matter of years, not decades."

RoadLGBT leaders gather in Denver for international conference: "The 29th annual International LGBT Leadership Conference, also known as LGBT Leaders 2013, kicks off in Denver, Colo., this Thursday with an opening night reception at the McNichols Civic Center. Nearly 600 attendees from ten countries are expected at the three-day event..."

RoadHarry Styles and David Beckham hang out together.

AngelRoad"Angel of 9/11": Workers see face in twisted steel from former World Trade Center.

RoadDallas City Council members express support for gay rights: "Several Dallas City Council members spoke in support of taking action to promote LGBT equality during a committee meeting on Monday. The council’s Budget Finance & Audit Committee, made up of five council members, heard a briefing from two high-level openly LGBT city staffers titled, 'The Status of the Defense of Marriage Act and Its Impact.'"

RoadWhat did you learn from the Hercules trailer?

RoadGay man faces eviction for renting out enclosed Manhattan terrace: “If I get kicked out of here, I might end up homeless, and I’ve been homeless before,” he said last week in the fading afternoon light on his terrace, a sweeping view of Midtown behind him. “Or I’ll have to move to some small town where I know nobody. And believe me, once you hit my age, it’s very, very difficult to make new friends.”

RoadREPORT: Train engineer dozing before deadly Metro-North derailment.

RoadHere's the recorded soundtrack to The Sound of Music Live.

WinneckeRoadRepublican mayor of Evansville, Indiana joins opposition to constitutional ban on same-sex marriage: "In a letter to area lawmakers, Winnecke stated the amendment was unnecessarily divisive and that economic development, jobs and the quality of life were the most important issues in his part of the state."

RoadFarming life can be hard for LGBTs.

RoadGay couple says they were kicked out of a restaurant in Pointe-Claire, Canada for being gay: “I was on the phone in the corner and [my girlfriend] came up behind me, and she hugged me and kissed me on the cheek, and he approached us."

ERoadpic note-passing war on a Thanksgiving flight was a hoax.

RoadThe NYT on San Francisco's efforts to connect with its huge homeless LGBT population: "City leaders were startled this year when a survey revealed that 29 percent of the homeless population —about 2,100 of the 7,350 people counted — identified themselves as gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender...In response to the findings, Mr. Dufty and Kara Zordel, a coordinator of Homeless Connect, organized an event in October that offered medical and dental services and other assistance to gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people who are homeless." We wrote about the event HERE.

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  1. I can't believe people still think George Clooney is straight.

    Posted by: Jack M | Dec 3, 2013 3:17:55 PM

  2. I can't believe people still crassly assume another person's sexuality.

    Posted by: Mikey | Dec 3, 2013 3:44:38 PM

  3. About the supposed face in the twisted steel: Our word of the day is "pareidolia" (

    Posted by: Gregory In Seattle | Dec 3, 2013 3:50:03 PM

  4. So the old gay codger who harbors deeply-seated anti-social attitudes, got a great deal only paying $500 a month on a NY condo. So, he decided to get greedy and turn his terrace into a shabby pigsty "rental". Bad move. If you're going to accept governmental largess, you need to follow the rules.

    Posted by: LITTLE KIWI | Dec 3, 2013 4:17:37 PM

  5. Nothing is enough for Don Lemon.

    Posted by: Fenrox | Dec 3, 2013 5:17:11 PM

  6. Let's hope DeBlasio commits energy and time to the serious issue of homelessness in NYC. It's epidemic and heartbreaking.

    Posted by: PairInstabilitysupernova | Dec 3, 2013 5:25:35 PM

  7. Speaking of homelessness in NYC and thinking about the link to the man facing eviction, let's hope that DeBlasio works with the state to hold people accontable when they take advantage of the precious few subsidized apartments in the city for material gain. There are too few apartments for some to illegally moonlight as hotels.

    Posted by: garson | Dec 3, 2013 5:50:38 PM

  8. The article on LGBTs (plural) in farming, really only details the experience of one farmer in one state. I'm not saying the perspective is incorrect, but it would be interesting to hear more first-hand experiences.

    Posted by: Lexis | Dec 3, 2013 6:10:36 PM

  9. 7,350 homeless?!? WTF, San Fransisco?

    Posted by: FFS | Dec 3, 2013 7:30:07 PM

  10. What I learned from the "Hercules" trailer is that this movie has almost NOTHING to do with any of the actual Hercules mythology. Lutz may be pretty, but I doubt he sustain a feature, especially when the trailer barely has lets him speak.

    Posted by: Brian | Dec 3, 2013 11:29:05 PM

  11. The article about farming has been deleted for some reason.

    Google won't show me the cache, so all I got was the first sentence:

    "When Alex “Howdy” Paul changed majors from agriculture engineering to animal science, he wondered whether he really wanted to be a farmer."

    What was this article about, and why is it gone now?

    Posted by: Randy | Dec 5, 2013 4:34:31 AM

  12. The internet provides. The next few opening sentences give a small idea of what the article was about: "A lot of people from small towns and rural areas are unfamiliar with people who identify as LGBT. "Farming and being gay, it's really hard to put those two things together," Paul said. Paul knew that being open about his sexuality would not be a good idea, but the other students found out anyway. Paul said the group of students who would invite him to join them for dinner and to hang out, just stopped talking to him. He has no hard feelings about the situation and said he doesn't blame any of the guys in the major. The chairman of the agricultural engineering department, Steven Mickelson, said he encourages students who are having problems to talk with staff in the department."

    Still, why was it taken down?

    Posted by: Randy | Dec 5, 2013 4:45:03 AM

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