News: Homosexual OCD, Marty Walsh, Dark Chocolate, Iowa HIV

RoadNYT poll: 56 percent approve of marriage equality.

RoadMichigan's gay marriage case enters day 4 of a two-week trial.

FimmelRoadFormer Calvin Klein underwear model Travis Fimmel is bearded up for Flaunt.

 RoadLeah Remini goes after Scientology in two hour TV movie.

RoadNPR whitewashes Scott Lively's past in interview: " mention of the fact that Lively was labeled a Holocaust revisionist by HateWatch for his “thoroughly-discredited” 1995 tome, “The Pink Swastika,” which tried to argue that gays were the really force behind the Holocaust. No mention of Lively’s organization, Abiding Truth Ministries, that was officially-designated a “hate group” by the Southern Poverty Law Center."

RoadHBO to debut The Normal Heart on May 25.

RoadPoll: 57 percent of Floridians now support marriage equality.

RoadMajor client fires lobbyist Jack Burkman, who plans legislative proposal to ban gays from the NFL: "DC Solar does not condone or support Mr. Burkman’s homophobic views, and since learning about his misguided efforts to write legislation banning gay athletes from the NFL, we have ended our relationship with him. DC Solar values diversity within our company and within our communities, and we do not tolerate discrimination of any sort. As a company working to address issues about our country’s future, we have no intention of working with those who are stuck in the past."

RoadTom Daley and Dustin Lance Black appear on Daley's cell phone case.

WalshRoadBoston Mayor Martin Walsh to boycott St. Patrick's Day parade unless gay groups are allowed to participate: "John 'Wacko' Hurley said 'it's final' that gay groups will continue to be excluded, pointing to a unanimous 1995 U.S. Supreme Court decision allowing organizers to exclude gay and lesbian groups."

RoadNewsweek ranks the top 12 most homophobic nations.

RoadWhy you should buy the bigger pizza.

RoadIowa Senate votes unanimously to approve major change in disease transmission law: "Senate File 2297, which was sent to the House for consideration, is intended to revise a 'badly outdated and draconian' law regarding the transmission of HIV, said Sen. Robert Hogg, D-Cedar Rapids, chairman of the Iowa Senate Judiciary Committee. The new law will apply to HIV or AIDS, tuberculosis, hepatitis and meningococcal disease."

RoadNew study lauds health benefits of dark chocolate: "Dark chocolate helps restore flexibility to arteries while also preventing white blood cells from sticking to the walls of blood vessels. Both arterial stiffness and white blood cell adhesion are known factors that play a significant role in atherosclerosis. What's more, the scientists also found that increasing the flavanol content of dark chocolate did not change this effect."

RoadWoman gives birth in NYC crosswalk.

TennesseequeerRoad"Tennessee Queer" opens in Gainesville, Florida.

RoadJudy Garland's three children - Liza Minnelli, Lorna Luft, and Joey Luft - will reunite at the Oscars for a tribute to The Wizard of Oz: "Garland's three children haven't always gotten along, but they are said to be on good terms these days and enthusiastic about this opportunity to celebrate their beloved mother in such a high-profile way."

RoadDo you have 'Homosexual OCD?'  "These individuals suffer from pathological doubt. Even though they know that they are 100 percent straight, not gay, they second guess it."

RoadChris Pine shows off his bod on the set of Z for Zachariah.

RoadWill Jordan Davis become the first Transgender Miss England? "Davis, 17, is only the second declared transgender contestant to have taken part in the Miss England pageant. In 2012, the first, Jackie Green, reached the final of the national competition; Davis is in final 15 of her regional Coventry heat. If she wins that, she goes through to the national finals as Green did."

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  1. THE NORMAL HEART! Cannot wait. Literally counting the days. Thank GOD for Larry Kramer and his fire and anger and love. Very excited to see how this landmark has been opened up for the screen.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Feb 28, 2014 3:43:07 PM


  2. Scott Lively has been at this sh*t for YEARS!
    Rob Delaney on twitter has homo OCD. SO ANNOYING.

    Posted by: Patrick | Feb 28, 2014 4:00:50 PM


  3. It's time to forget lifting "long overdue" things. And you might stop every opportunity to show skin. Chris Pine looks bad. Remember that's "The Normal Heart" directed by "Glee" creator. Wish him the best.

    Posted by: Santa | Feb 28, 2014 4:09:31 PM


  4. "Current" Vikings star Travis Fimmel is bearded for reasons other than a fashion shoot.

    Posted by: Mike | Feb 28, 2014 4:14:11 PM


  5. Bearded transsexual

    Posted by: litper | Feb 28, 2014 4:23:40 PM


  6. Time to let NPR know how we feel about their white washing Scott Lively's bigotry. Here's the link to NPR's facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/NPR

    Posted by: Continuum | Feb 28, 2014 4:28:27 PM


  7. Um, the Leah Remini article is just somebody at dlisted *saying* they should make a movie, not actually news that they're making a movie.

    Posted by: Peter | Feb 28, 2014 4:37:14 PM


  8. NPR is no friend to the LGBT community -- not now, not ever.

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Feb 28, 2014 4:57:36 PM


  9. Travis fimmel has been bearded for a while = Vikings Ragnar Lothbrook character

    which by the way started the 2nd season last night. Great show and the character of Ragnar Lothbrook is awesome crazy

    Posted by: Moz's | Feb 28, 2014 5:32:28 PM


  10. I find myself agreeing with David Ehrenstein. I can't remember how many times I've heard NPR report on an issue and thought, "They are trying to be a little TOO fair to right wing guests or commentators". One particularly egregious example was in the early 2000s, in the run up to the erstwhile series of disastrous anti-gay ballot initiatives. They had an entire week-long series where one of their anodyne, milquetoast seeming ex-hippie journos spent the whole week living with and sycophantically interviewing a carefully chosen subset of "flyover country" voters. (not how they put it obviously, but that was the point) Many of them expressed anti-gay or anti-gay marriage views and were not challenged at all on why they had those opinions. He seemed to have no ability to critically reason beyond, "hey man, it's all good".

    Posted by: EchtKultig | Feb 28, 2014 5:58:25 PM


  11. Yeah, that was really disappointing. I thought there was actually going to be a Scientology movie (not Battlefield Earth), but the link was just saying, sardonically, that she should do a Lifetime movie.

    Posted by: Macguffin54 | Feb 28, 2014 6:41:05 PM


  12. I'm honestly surprised with NPR for doing that, but maybe the host didn't know?

    Posted by: ggrr | Feb 28, 2014 8:24:39 PM


  13. @ggrr: the host is SUPPOSED to know such things, at least be given background by researchers and fact checkers.

    Posted by: gregorybrown | Feb 28, 2014 11:02:12 PM


  14. If you ever get a chance to see TENNESSEE QUEER in FL or anywhere, it's worth 90 minutes of your time. Not a great or polished comedy but funny and good hearted.

    Posted by: gregorybrown | Feb 28, 2014 11:04:21 PM


  15. I don't know about NPR in general, but the host of "Tell Me More", Michel Martin, on whose show Lively appeared, is very fair on her coverage of LGBT issues. I am sometimes surprised at how frequently she explores LGBT issues, both in the US and abroad. She had previously devoted a segment to interviewing Frank Mugisha from Uganda, and then wanted to speak with Lively on another day. Perhaps she could have made the audience more aware of the more controversial aspects of Lively's background, but the interview itself was solid.

    Posted by: Albert | Mar 1, 2014 1:24:15 AM


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