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RoadOXD salutes Mel Cheren, the godfather of disco.

RoadMalawi court hears appeal of conviction of three men jailed for homosexual acts.

NigeriaRoadCape Town football fans back gay Nigerians: "The small but visible pockets of protesters among the large sell-out crowd waved rainbow flags and gay flags of South Africa during the Chan match between Nigeria and South Africa."

RoadNetherlands speed skater gives Russian winner Victor An a double F U at pre-race for Sochi Games.

RoadNOM's John Eastman warns of what will happen if SCOTUS legalizes same-sex marriage nationwide: "If they don't let it be fought out in the states, there is going to be an eruption."

TRoadwo men hunted for murder of gay man in southern Philippines: "Police said the 33-year old Alex Nodado was discovered dead by his neighbor at Purok Sunshine in the village of Santiago and informed authorities about it. Forensic investigators said a scarf was found tied around Nodado’s neck and legs."

RoadMatt Bomer cuddles with his partner Simon Halls at Simon's birthday bash.

RoadMiley Cyrus is going unplugged.

RoadEsquire Looking reviewer upset that there are no 'mincing' gays.

StylesRoadAustralian nightclub promotion puts Harry Styles in the "closet".

RoadNYC cops beat elderly man after he jaywalks.

RoadPrince Harry is apparently expert at building outhouses. "He did one with castellated sides and a flag pole, a loo roll holder, and you’re sitting there thinking ‘this is a real royal flush’."

RoadJames Franco's Kink documentary picked up by MPI Pictures.

RoadZac Efron is a fan of sex in the kitchen.

RoadGay 'conversion therapy' big in China: "Zhang was treated three years ago, but five clinics contacted by AFP in the last month claimed to offer “sexuality adjustment” through various means, including hypnosis, drugs and electric shock therapy. The Haiming Psychological Consulting Centre in Beijing touts the use of electricity on its website, saying: 'After each shock, the person will quickly interrupt their thought, and separate from their fantasies.'"

RoadCompany that owns NYC's Citibike bike share program files for bankruptcy.

FilamentRoadIs this the first image of the mysterious underlying structure that holds the entire universe together?

RoadSarah Palin on MLK Jr Day: "Mr. President, in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. and all who commit to ending any racial divide, no more playing the race card."

RoadGLAAD Board Member Christina Kahrl responds to story on Dr. V., the trans woman who killed herself before article was published.

RoadMelissa Etheridge is mad as hell about Russia's anti-gay laws.

RoadAmazon to produce Barbarella series: "Barbarella is based on the character created by Jean-Claude Forest in a graphic novel and made famous in the 1968 sci-fi movie staring Jane Fonda as a sexpot tasked with finding and stopping an evil weapons inventor. The project, which has been in the works at GIT for a year and a half, is executive produced by Nicolas Refn (Valhalla Rising), who had been attached to direct, and Martha De Laurentiis, whose late husband Dino produced the 1968 movie."

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  1. I wish Sarah Palin would play the accidentally fell into a ravine while hiking card.

    Posted by: NotSafeForWork | Jan 21, 2014 4:24:15 PM

  2. I clicked the link to the photos of Matt Bomer at Simon's birthday party in Mexico, and I've got to say that my first thought was that in most of the pics Matt looked stiff and uncomfortable while Simon was usually leaning into him and had his hands on Matt. Maybe it was just the way the photog caught the shots, but I noticed that quite a few of the commentors at JustJared also had the same impression I did.

    Posted by: Jonty Coppersmith | Jan 21, 2014 5:04:08 PM

  3. Re: Esquire article.

    Esquire added a sort-of apology, but it doesn't make it any better. This is a really offensive review of "Looking." It's "boring" because the guys don't live up to the writer's expectations of his gay stereotypes. What, no Streisand? How can these be actual gay men?

    I assume that this writer would have critiqued "Roots" as not entertaining because there was no tap dancing or minstrel show.
    But, of course, he was just being "humorous."

    Posted by: gr8guya | Jan 21, 2014 5:14:23 PM

  4. I thought it was boring too, Looking that is.

    Posted by: Jonty Coppersmith | Jan 21, 2014 6:32:35 PM

  5. Um, the Looking review in Esquire was clearly written as comedic. People who found Looking interesting probably don't have the gene that detects comedy though. And the review nailed it: "It commits the heinous sin of being gay and boring." Funny and true, all at once.

    Posted by: Zlick | Jan 21, 2014 6:39:24 PM

  6. Looking was only boring if you expected there to be high camp and glittery disco scenes.

    Those of us looking for an authentic depiction of gay individuals found it compelling.

    Posted by: crispy | Jan 21, 2014 6:46:37 PM

  7. My God ! I can just hear that shreeking whine from the screech-owl, Palin.

    Imagine the searing pain of torture having to listen to that.
    And at the same time knowing that she can't even read or do joined-up writing.
    Wha a definition of stupidity on parade.

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Jan 21, 2014 7:09:49 PM

  8. 'Looking' is the closet depiction of my group of friends I've seen on TV. I found it entertaining. Call us boring all your want. I'm happy to avoid all the drama that comes with certain segments of our community.

    Posted by: Billy | Jan 21, 2014 7:41:16 PM

  9. I didn't find Looking boring or humorless, but I found the Esquire piece boring, predictable, lame, and humorless. It's refreshing to watch a show with gay characters that doesn't go melodramatically down the laundry list of "gay issues." I'm not sure he even watched the show since he thought the Asian character is gay.

    Posted by: Ernie | Jan 21, 2014 8:06:20 PM

  10. I don't know why there can't be some middle ground between high camp & melodrama -and- interesting dialogue & actual drama. Not "drama" in the colloquial sense, but in the entertainment sense. And not dialogue consisting of jokes or witty quips not likely to ever be heard in real life; but with enough interest that, yes, you're not likely to hear it in every conversation in real life. BUT, and this is where the Esquire review got it right, imo: Some people ARE more witty than others, and do have an entertaining and/or intellectually interesting way of speaking. In my experience, more gays per capita possess these eloquent skills. And if it's stereotypical that gays are more entertaining and interesting than straights, it's because it's so often true. So yeah, I don't want a show about gays to be about gay dullards. I'm not saying "Looking" is that; but the opener did not give me any feeling that it wasn't. And that's a lost opportunity.

    Posted by: Zlick | Jan 21, 2014 8:13:03 PM

  11. Posters here were bashing 'Looking' for months because the main characters were 'too masculine' or 'dressed straight', among other ridiculous objections.

    Lots of people, including other gay men, have stereotypical expectations of what it means to be gay and object when they aren't delivered.

    Posted by: Knock | Jan 21, 2014 9:39:02 PM

  12. Re: John Eastman

    The only 'eruption' is going to be in his pants when he realizes he can now marry his secret lover.

    Posted by: Matt N | Jan 21, 2014 10:03:03 PM

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