News: Bisexuality, Brooklyn Nets, Taiwan, Kit Harington

RoadAce Hotel Palm Springs Sissy Bingo caller Linda Gerard dies at 75.

BisexualityRoadBenoit Denizet-Lewis: The scientific quest to prove bisexuality exists. And, a rebuttal.

RoadJon Hamm and Vincent Kartheiser get cuddly on the red carpet.

RoadOregon's anti-gay bakers Sweet Cakes by Melissa are going to speak at the Values Voters Summit because they're 'religious freedom' heroes.

RoadCorrection of the day: "In a March 22 story about the Brooklyn Nets' victory over Boston, The Associated Press mischaracterized the alternate jersey the Nets debuted. It is gray, not gay."

RoadBigoted Christian Bed and Breakfast take case to European Court of Human Rights: "Sue and Jeff Green changed their policy of letting double rooms only to married couples after a complaint from the Equality and Human Rights Commission. It warned they could be breaking the law at their Llandrindod Wells B&B. The Greens now want to establish whether Christian beliefs and human rights are superseded by equality laws."

RoadBirdwatching with Scott Disick.

RoadMale model fix: Max Rogers.

PenguinsRoadTaiwan's public TV network airs first gay family comedy: "Directed by Kassey Huang, Penguins stands out for its light comedic take on the issues young gay couples and their parents face in contemporary Taiwanese society – not so dissimilar in tone from early landmark NBC series, such as Will & Grace, which have been credited with shifting mainstream U.S. attitudes towards same sex couples."

RoadSteve Drain: This man is the future of Westboro Baptist Church.

RoadFlorida's first out gay judge predicts nationwide marriage equality by 2016: "As a lawyer who closely follows this issue in federal courts across America, I feel comfortable in predicting that before the end of June, 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court will strike down all laws across the nation which prevent lesbians and gay men from marrying their partners."

RoadJennifer Lopez to receive 'Vanguard Award' from GLAAD.

RoadNYT on the decline of the word "homosexual": "In the early 2000s, when same-sex marriage was a brand-new concept, gays were routinely described in mainstream media as homosexuals. Today, use of the word is less and less frequent. A Google Books scan shows a sharp decline in its use in recent years after peaking around 1995. Scholars expect the use of the term to eventually fall away entirely."

RoadMila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher are having a baby.

RoadGame of Thrones actor Kit Harington is the new face of 'Jimmy Choo Man' cologne.

GrindrRoadGrindr now being used as STD outreach tool: "San Mateo County health workers have been creating fake profiles on the online hookup application Grindr to encourage more men who have sex with men to get tested for HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases."

RoadOpen Road to publish Paul Monette's books as ebooks this week.

RoadWho won at the Hookie Awards?

RoadTerence McNally talks about his new play, and other topics like anti-gay prejudice to Parade magazine: "Maybe people have to feel superior to something. But God loves all his creatures equally. The new Pope said, ‘Who am I to judge?’ If we all could just start with that simple message, and then look to our own life and ask, ‘How can I improve it?’”

RoadNBC ratings for NYC St. Patrick's Day parade drop dramatically: "NBC viewing numbers for the St. Patrick’s Day parade in New York dropped sharply this year, with only 213,200 tuning in. The numbers the previous two years were 278,900 in 2013 while in 2012 the numbers were 345,600. That represents an almost 25 percent drop since 2013 and a close to massive 40 percent drop since 2012. By way of contrast, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade attracts 44 million viewers every year. "

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  1. "Jennifer Lopez to receive 'Vanguard Award' from GLAAD." LOL

    Posted by: MARCUS BACHMANN | Mar 24, 2014 4:28:48 PM

  2. "The Greens now want to establish whether Christian beliefs and human rights are superseded by equality laws."

    Those would be the human rights that the equality laws were set up to protect, right? Or are they claiming that gay people are not human?

    Posted by: Gregory In Seattle | Mar 24, 2014 4:48:26 PM

  3. "The Greens now want to establish whether Christian beliefs and human rights are superseded by equality laws."

    Those would be the human rights that the equality laws were set up to protect, right? Or are they claiming that gay people are not human?

    Posted by: Gregory In Seattle | Mar 24, 2014 4:48:28 PM

  4. The NY Times article was really badly and uncritically written. It's obvious to anyone with an ability ro reason that >90% of male bisexuals are bisexual because they want to be. Which, yes, means it "exists", but not in the way that matters. Many, many gay men have slept with women, been in love with women, and even fathered biological children, and still recognize they are gay.

    Posted by: EchtKultig | Mar 24, 2014 4:58:39 PM

  5. Sorry, I'm looking at it again...I now remember I became so disgusted by the opening paragraphs I didn't actually finish the article. Some crazed, self-identified bisexual psychiatrist spending $17 million to prove it exists is the last place I'd look for the truth. Scientific research can be bought; the tobacco industry paid off hundreds of scientists to prove that smoking wasn't harmful.

    Posted by: EchtKultig | Mar 24, 2014 5:07:04 PM

  6. If only the guys on Grindr actually looked like that.

    Posted by: Jo | Mar 24, 2014 5:19:48 PM

  7. Why do we need to label someone's sexuality. If the person wants to identify as straight, gay or bi that's fine but that shouldn't be the only options. Why can't it be accepted that most people have a fluid sexuality and some choose to act on it while others don't.

    Posted by: FernLaPlante | Mar 24, 2014 5:32:44 PM

  8. @Fernlalante
    It's arguments like that, that alienate a lot of people and totally dismiss what we've been fighting for. We were 'born this way', I know I was, I'm a gold star Lesbian, and trust me as half-Asian and blue eyed, that wasn't easy in the whitest high school in America (The amount of 'exotic' comments I got...). I've never felt the urge to have sex with a guy, and neither have some of my friends. A lot of people experiment in their youth with hormones flying and the like. Trust me, if I had a nickel for every girl I knew in college who was 'Bisexual' because she kissed a girl once, or a gay guy who later turned out to be Gay and was just trying to hold onto a glimmer of heterosexuality, I'd be rich...

    I think bisexuality exist, but more as sexual behavior and recognizing that the two sexes give different experiences, versus a biological, concrete, empirical, sexual orientation.

    Posted by: Vera | Mar 24, 2014 6:11:07 PM

  9. Yep, GLAAD hits another new low, and their glamourwhoring goes on and on....

    Posted by: iban4yesu | Mar 24, 2014 6:46:54 PM

  10. FERNLAPLANTE - Horse crap.

    Posted by: Enchantra | Mar 24, 2014 8:47:03 PM

  11. Enchantra (Rick) - your whole online presence is horse crap.

    Posted by: Tyler | Mar 24, 2014 8:48:33 PM

  12. "most people have a fluid sexuality" That is sooo much baloney, and you have absolutely nothing factual to base that on.

    As for Grindr? What they are doing in San Mateo is nothing new. Health Departments and gay HIV testing and service organizations are on every gay hook-up site with assumed identities--and on Twitter. Every major city has groups doing that.

    Posted by: Tatts | Mar 24, 2014 9:52:36 PM

  13. The apparent big takeaway from this article is that people's sexual interests vary and change. That's news? Yet the article makes it sound like bisexuals have the absolute worst lot in life. They do not. Most people with even moderate maturity, intelligence, and sexual experience realize that it shouldn't matter to them what other people do in bed or relationships.

    Accordingly, I found it shocking that some of the researchers seemed surprised that fluid sexualities are widespread. As an adult, I've moved a bit from gay to bi, and one of my brothers from straight to bi. Neither of us cares that those changes have occurred. I'd be more interested in knowing whether we mutually inspired them, whether his change occurred because he's had several extremely pro-bi girlfriends and mine because I know so many sexually "flexible" people, or we both just decided that there was no reason to limit our definitions of attractiveness. So in that sense, for people like us, it can be a choice. Still, neither of us would define himself as bisexual.

    A couple other researchers relied on data from samples selected by standing on the street and yelling for bisexuals to stop and answer questions for $40. How is that approach more likely to turn up "true" bisexuals instead of the gays they were trying to avoid or guys willing to identify as bi to earn some quick cash? Many of the researchers and activists in the article seem unfamiliar with common sexual behaviors. Not to mention less common sexual behaviors that become more common in less common circumstances such as sexually divided institutions (prisons, boarding schools) or cultures (Muslim, priesthood).

    The article is also self-contradictory, asserting that bisexuals suffer more from depression, anxiety, substance abuse, etc., than do gays and lesbians---then saying that bi men are better adjusted, healthier, and more confident than gay men.

    It's absurd to argue that bisexuals constantly have to prove that they exist. And while they encounter disapproval or dislike, they hardly have a tougher time than other sexual "minorities." I simply don't believe that bisexual men get bashed, fired, or kill themselves at rates comparable to out gay men and lesbians.

    Finally, I wouldn't consider a bi guy my first choice for a sexual hookup, though that's because bi guys who are inexperienced and/or hiding it (and so more likely to seek hookups instead of relationships) are often selfish or just bad in bed, and in my experience less likely to practice safe sex. Fortunately, those aren't universal rules.

    Posted by: Paul R | Mar 24, 2014 10:03:49 PM

  14. Thanks, Vera. About the best summation of "bisexuality" I've ever read.

    Posted by: jamal49 | Mar 25, 2014 12:46:04 PM

  15. Yes, now that I finished the article, it was poorly written. Vera's post nails it..the whole question of volition is an elephant in the room that the Denizet-Lewis, generally a good writer, ignores.

    If you can stomach reading the comments, many reactionaries are using it as an "I told you so, they are all choosing to be gay" ammunition.

    Posted by: EchtKultig | Mar 25, 2014 5:52:08 PM

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