News: Bio-Dads, Joe Manganiello, Royals, Steven Grossman

RoadPoll: Majority of Virginia voters support gay marriage.

RoadUkrainian government poised to abandon LGBT activists who were on the front lines.

RoyalsRoadThe new portrait that Morrissey will hang over his fireplace dartboard.

RoadSouth Dakota enacts felony provision for animal cruelty.

RoadKansas content to sit back and watch legal movement on marriage equality in other states rather than step into the fray.

RoadSouth China Morning Post: Hong Kong must stop looking the other way on LGBT rights.

RoadA bio-dad speaks out: "Beyond legal entanglements, I grew anxious wondering about the practical consequences of a known-donor arrangement. Tori and Kelly don’t want a co-parent, and I’m not looking to be a father. Still, our biological connection wouldn’t be a secret; shouldn’t I be prepared to maintain a relationship with a child I helped bring into the world? What does that look like?"

Road"Never say never": Orlando Bloom's ex Miranda Kerr says she wants to explore her options when it comes to her sexuality.

Miguel_iglesiasRoadMale model fix: Miguel Iglesias.

RoadApology demanded after Charlotte Catholic High School hosts anti-gay speaker: "As of Friday morning, more than 2,100 people had signed onto a petitionasking the school and its chaplain, Father Matthew Kauth, to apologize for the lecture led last Friday by Sister Jane Dominic Laurel..."

RoadEverything you need to know about the federal appeals court judges hearing Utah's marriage case on April 10. "... review of the three judges’ records suggests that supporters of marriage equality should be cautiously optimistic that at least two of these judges will side against discrimination."

RoadPanel: Worst is yet to come on climate change. "In particular, the report emphasized that the world’s food supply is at considerable risk — a threat that could have serious consequences for the poorest nations. “Nobody on this planet is going to be untouched by the impacts of climate change,” Rajendra K. Pachauri, chairman of the intergovernmental panel, said at a news conference here on Monday.

RoadJoe Manganiello shows off his guns.

GrossmanRoadMassachusetts gubernatorial candidate Steven Grossman passes kidney stone during debate: "Grossman’s pain-level was a 10 on a scale of 1-to-10, Allard said, and yet he fervently answered questions on everything from transgender rights and mandatory sex education to issues facing youth and aging members of the LGBTQ community."

RoadGermany confronting gender-neutral language: "Der, die or das? For centuries, the seemingly arbitrary allocation of masculine, feminine and neutral gender articles in German has driven non-native speakers to despair."

RoadHugh Jackman and James McAvoy promote X-Men: Days of Future Past in London.

RoadIowans reflect on five years of marriage equality."The sky has not fallen in Iowa. Houses of worship remain protected to make their own decision on same-gender ceremonies. For same-gender families, however, the sky has opened up, creating real opportunities."

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  1. Miguel Iglesias looks smoking hot!

    Posted by: Matt27 | Mar 31, 2014 4:03:09 PM

  2. I hope Germany and other languages, for that matter, drop the dumb gendering of nouns. why is a door feminine, or a tea cup masculine, for example? There is nothing wrong with modernizing a language to make it more logical.

    Posted by: graphicjack | Mar 31, 2014 4:15:45 PM

  3. Boy, that Steven Grossman is one tough so'n'so, isn't he. To pass a kidney stone and continue on with a political debate. I'd have said, " of y'all--Democrats and Republicans!"

    He's a tough guy...or was it drugs?

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Mar 31, 2014 4:33:41 PM

  4. Towleroad contains too many trivial news stories which don't serve the interests of the GLBT community. Is Andy Towle even gay?

    Posted by: sam | Mar 31, 2014 4:56:12 PM

  5. having passed kidney stones & having multiple procedures to eliminate them, i have to say that guy must have been on some really good drugs! there is NO way he could have sat like that without drugs! no way!

    Posted by: mike/ | Mar 31, 2014 8:29:43 PM

  6. I love the variety of topics covered in this blog. Fortunately, the non-gay links often are scientific or totally off-beat topics I enjoy. It takes little effort to pass by the ones that don't interest you, so please lighten up.

    Posted by: JonnyNYNY2FLFL | Mar 31, 2014 9:10:13 PM

  7. I was particularly intrigued by the story coming out of Charlotte. I'm surprised I've only seen it reported here so far. Turns out my nephew attends Charlotte Catholic High School. I texted my sister in law to ask where the neph attends school. Her immediate response was, "How did you hear about this?" My nephew wasn't at the assembly, but was very upset about it once he found out- he sent my sister in law the link to the petition before she had even heard about it. A parent meetin is scheduled for Wednesday to address the issue. So far it looks like most of the school community is not happy about what happened. Can't wait to see how this turns out and I sure hope this makes national news. Share this story!

    Posted by: Will | Mar 31, 2014 9:59:01 PM

  8. "I hope Germany and other languages, for that matter, drop the dumb gendering of nouns. There is nothing wrong with modernizing a language to make it more logical."

    Typically inane comment from a monolingual english speaker.

    As the native speaker of a language that has three different genders like German I have to inform you that the declension of a noun or (in the case of german) an adjective in its different cases would be impossible without knowing the noun's gender. Since you probably know nothing about declension or noun cases let me put it simply for you: any normal, intuitive use of the language by its speakers would be impossible.

    The different words' genders have not been assigned randomly; their logic resides with the history of each language and each word's etymology. Nobody has to "explain" this logic to you. For a speaker the logic is (or becomes) intuitive.

    Unlike english, a lot of languages decline nouns and adjectives and the ending of the word becomes different depending on the gender of the word and the case you need to use to convey the meaning of the word within the sentence (e.g. subject, object etc). They also decline the verbs and the ending changes depending on the clause and the person.

    How do you propose to "simplify" all that without doing away with the language altogether? Of course the problem resides with the original Guardian article which confuses the issue of how you should address a mixed group of men and women (do you use the male gender as default as has been mostly the case until now?) or which gender-neutral words you can use to describe a profession with the existence of grammatical genders in the german language.

    In short the existence of grammatical genders is totally irrelevant to the problem described and you can not legislate grammar away.

    Posted by: ct | Apr 1, 2014 11:50:25 AM

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