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RoadChris Christie to speak at CPAC next month.

RoadDylan Farrow releases open letter about Woody Allen sexual abuse.

RoadJanet Yellen sworn in: first woman to lead the Federal Reserve in history.

HateoniceRoadHate on Ice: Newsweek reports on professional figure skating's ugly closet. As does Buzzfeed.

RoadAnd the breakout star of the Super Bowl was...

RoadThousands protest gay marriage in France in renewed push by Manif Pour Tous campaign: "Ahead of the protests, Interior Minister Manuel Valls vowed that any violence against police would be dealt with severely. Some 1,500 police officers were deployed in Paris and 600 in the central city of Lyon."

RoadFrench conservatives: 'Jews, get out of France!'.

RoadLady Gaga poses with somebody she says is Britney Spears who looks nothing like her...

RoadDavid Beckham strips down for Super Bowl H&M commercial.

RoadMale model fix: Geoffroy Jonckeere.

WalshRoadKenneth in the 212 blogger Kenneth Walsh has a new memoir on Amazon. Congrats!

RoadMadonna to introduce Pussy Riot at Brooklyn Amnesty benefit: "I am honored to introduce my fellow freedom fighters Masha and Nadya from Pussy Riot," said Madonna in a statement. "I have admired their courage and have long supported their commitment and the sacrifices they have made in the name of freedom of expression and human rights."

RoadDavid Beckham and Jimmy Fallon played a game of egg roulette.

RoadProtesters egg home of UKIP Councillor David Silvester, who blamed floods on gay marriage. "Police are investigating an incident where eggs were thrown at his home. A rainbow banner was also attached to the wall of Mr Silvester’s house in Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire."

RoadFormer Mr. Gay UK locked up for 21 months on assault conviction.

RoadIt's the trailer for Captain America: The Winter Soldier.

RoadScissor Sisters debut album turns 10.

Chris_andersonRoadGay Chattanooga, TN City Councilman Chris Anderson faces recall for supporting domestic partner benefits. More here. Victory Fund petition.

RoadThe U.S. hypocrisy over Russia's anti-gay laws. "Putin’s inability to justify this law puts a spotlight on the inability of Utah, Texas, Arizona and other states to justify their gay-stigmatizing statutes. They should be repealed or challenged in court. Just as judges led the way against compulsory sterilization and racial-segregation laws, so they should subject anti-gay laws to critical scrutiny."

RoadMaine's highest court says transgender student's rights were violated when she was required to use a unisex restroom: "The ruling is the first in which a state supreme court has affirmed a transgender person’s right to equal access to restrooms in places of public accommodation."

RoadHere are the 13 couples seeking the freedom to marry in Oklahoma: "Hundreds of couples celebrated Judge Kern's ruling - these anti-marriage laws that he declared unconstitutional impact real people with real lives and real families, and it's important to be reminded of that. These couples are diverse and unique - some have married out of state, some are waiting to marry in Oklahoma, some have kids, others are waiting to have children until they can ensure their family will be respected in their home state. But these couples all have two key things in common: They love each other, and they need the freedom to marry in Oklahoma."

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  1. So weird that a tiny quiet state like Maine is leading on so many LGBT rights fronts. In all likelihood they're going to elected the first openly gay governor this fall too...

    Posted by: Pablo | Feb 3, 2014 4:46:29 PM


  2. So weird that a tiny quiet state like Maine is leading on so many LGBT rights fronts. In all likelihood they're going to elected the first openly gay governor this fall too...

    Posted by: Pablo | Feb 3, 2014 4:46:30 PM


  3. To Dylan Farrow, I'd have to say HANNAH & HER SISTERS is my favorite Woody Allen movie.

    Posted by: Kevin | Feb 3, 2014 4:53:23 PM


  4. Eggs are now the new weapon of choice.

    Posted by: JonnyNYNY2FLFL | Feb 3, 2014 5:17:38 PM


  5. The Newsweek article is poorly written and edited.

    "dominantly homophobic and homosexual sport"
    What does that even mean? Figure skating is a self-hating queen that's a top?

    "Obama's defiant gesture is laudable and paradoxical"
    It might underscore a paradox, but the gesture itself certainly isn't.

    Posted by: EchtKultig | Feb 3, 2014 5:20:12 PM


  6. Really? Posting Dylan Farrow's accusations without posting Woody Allen's response?

    Posted by: Eric | Feb 3, 2014 5:29:02 PM


  7. Kenneth's in the 212 's Book is "out of print "
    Huh ?
    I just looked for it on Amazon.

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Feb 3, 2014 5:49:00 PM


  8. It's rather odd that Woody Allen's defenders are quick to point out that he's never been charged with a crime, but conveniently leave out the part where the authorities declined to do so only after they were told my child therapists that 7-year-old Dylan would be further hurt if the case went to trial

    Posted by: Martin | Feb 3, 2014 7:16:24 PM


  9. Thanks for highlighting Newsweek's article on homophobia in figure skating. Skate Canada's behavior is particularly reprehensible, but it shows you who owns skating here: not the skaters or fans.

    While the Olympics provide a reason to discuss it, most of the competition happens outside the Olympics. And it parallels the homophobia in ballroom dancing. Perhaps they can focus on that next.

    As a viewer, I can't stand it when I hear judges (in the case of dancing) or commentators or coaches talking about how men must be masculine and butch, in these events which inspire self-expression. It's not only unfair to the competitors, but also insults the audience. Who do they think watches this (when we aren't skipping the Olympics)?

    I also don't like the switch to more and more ridiculous elements like quads. Honestly, who cares? A normal person can't tell the difference between a quad and a triple, or a flip and an axel. They're all just jumps. What we want is the artistry, flexibility, fluidity, and grace. We don't all own a high-speed camera to replay the details, nor do we want to.

    To eliminate discrimination, skaters (single, pairs, dancing) should be able to wear a uniform appropriate to any sex, and they should be able to partner with someone of any sex. Ideally, we'd eliminate the "men's" and "women's" false binary, so that gender policing wouldn't even come into it, and people could be judged on performance alone.

    I remember the brother-sister team of the Duchesnays, and they produced some really great figure skating because they obviously couldn't fit into the "I'm going to have sex with this woman" mode that is enforced today. I'd like to see a return to actually GOOD figure skating like that. The judges are the problem. Fire them ALL.

    One thing: "these women appear suggestive without being overtly sexual" - sorry, if you're showing the entire audience your coochie, it's a sexual performance just this side of stripping. I don't mind if that's what they want to do, but let's not pretend. "housewives on ice" - LOL!

    Posted by: Randy | Feb 3, 2014 7:32:26 PM


  10. @Pablo,

    I think one of the top deciding factors as to why the New England states are so laissez faire on social issues like gay rights is many if not most New Englanders are non-religious, or at best nominal, this includes the Catholics, Protestants and others. Even though Catholics dominate at least nominally in N.E. primarily due to the urban population centers, the church hard no real authority on this issue and other issues, and most Catholics simply ignore them. And there is really no powerful evangelical Protestant or Baptist presense outside of mainly urban black and to some degree Hispanic communities. Maine is the most rural state east of the Mississippi, many white and lower middle and downright poor, but bargain there's that lack of religious influence like you see in then south and Midwest. Ironic considering it was founded by extremely conservative puritanical religious fanatics. Christmas was officially banned in Massachusetts, of which Maine was at one time a part of, as late as the early 19th century.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Feb 3, 2014 9:54:37 PM


  11. That Mai Farrow is pure evil - the actual child abuser in this whole story. Read this article:

    http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/01/27/the-woody-allen-allegations-not-so-fast.html

    Posted by: Paul | Feb 4, 2014 1:09:20 AM


  12. There is no statute of limitations on first degree rape in New York. I think Dylan should take her case to court rather than trying it on Twitter and Facebook. Furthermore, I think Ronan should keep his trap shut. Unless of course he was in the room when it happened.

    Posted by: leardo | Feb 4, 2014 3:13:53 AM


  13. ooops...I see now that the Farrow/Allen case took place in CT and not NY. disregard my previous comment. Statute of limitations in CT has already passed.

    Posted by: leardo | Feb 4, 2014 6:25:06 AM


  14. Woody Allen: Where there's smoke (and there's a lot of smoke), there's most likely fire. Although Mia seems kinda like a head case, Allen marrying Soon Yi, then claiming he didn't understand what the fuss was about....like I said there's A LOT of smoke.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Feb 4, 2014 7:11:24 AM


  15. I am particularly offended by Dylan/Malone Farrow and her mother Mia trying to shame actors who have worked with Woody Allen over a sordid family battle they had nothing to do with. Such hypocrisy from Mia who continues to have a warm relationship with her other past director, Roman Polanski, who actually admitted to having intercourse with a 13 year-old girl.

    Posted by: Ingmar53 | Feb 4, 2014 7:14:16 AM


  16. I'm sorry the figure skating closet story was included in a news dump. It is a big, gay-relevant story and deserves to be broken out into it's own featured story and discussion.

    Posted by: Dastius Krazitauc | Feb 4, 2014 9:19:19 AM


  17. http://fablog.ehrensteinland.com/2014/02/03/woody-allen-made-me-gay/

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Feb 4, 2014 9:31:02 AM


  18. The Sleeper was and still is my favorite...

    And no, Dylan, I do not believe you.

    Take it to court or STFU, you nut case.

    Posted by: Just Sayin' | Feb 4, 2014 1:11:16 PM


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