News: Nicholas Hoult, Chloie Jonnson, Florida, Morrissey

RoadCue the Jaws theme.

RoadMississippi activists, colleges,  clergy push back against AZ-style 'religious freedom' bill.

QueenmaryiiRoadThe captain of the Queen Mary 2, and his ship.

RoadPrince Harry continues to give to the Invictus Wounded Warriors and gives to us all with his legs up.

RoadPhilip Seymour Hoffman's film God's Pocket gets a release date.

RoadJamie Lee Curtis to bring story of first gay baseball player Glenn burke to the screen: "Although his teammates and management knew the truth, Burke didn’t go public with his sexuality until 1982, in an appearance on NBC’s Today with Bryant Gumbel. It was still an act of courage, because Burke was the first ballplayer to do so."

RoadCampaign to preserve NYC gay landmarks heats up.

RoadAll seven of Texas' openly LGBT congressional candidates won their primaries on Tuesday.

RoadTurkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan threatens ban of Facebook and YouTube: "Erdoğan claims social media sites have been abused by his political enemies, in particular his former ally US-based Turkish Muslim cleric Fethullah Gülen, who, he says, is behind a stream of 'fabricated' audio recordings posted on the internet purportedly revealing corruption in his inner circle. 'We are determined on this subject. We will not leave this nation at the mercy of YouTube and Facebook,' Erdoğan said in an interview late on Thursday with the Turkish broadcaster ATV. 'We will take the necessary steps in the strongest way.'"

RoadHank Plante: On McConaughey's Dallas Buyers Snub. “Never trust a man who is his own hero.”

RoadDavid Beckham appears shirtless on his balcony in Rio.

HoultRoadNicholas Hoult graces the cover of the spring/summer issue of Vman.

RoadMorrissey's new album is called World Peace is None of Your Business: "Set for late June/early July release worldwide by Harvest Records thru Capitol. Morrissey is said to be 'beyond ecstatic' with the album, all 12 tracks of which were produced by Joe Chiccarelli in France."

RoadCPAC welcomes white supremacists.

RoadJudge says lawsuit from Gay-Straight Alliance against Lake County, Florida school district can move forward: "The lawsuit, which was filed in December of 2013, is the second lawsuit in less than year brought by students at Carver Middle School challenging the School Board’s ongoing efforts to block the students’ constitutionally-protected right to establish a GSA to combat bullying at their school. The judge’s order also dismissed a motion for preliminary injunction which would have allowed the club to meet immediately, but the case will continue on to the next phase, where the parties exchange evidence."

RoadNick Jonas and his arms lunch with his bro.

RoadMiley Cyrus hits back at Katy Perry over tonguing incident.

JonnsonRoadTrans athlete suing Crossfit: "Chloie Jonnson has filed a $2.5 MILLION lawsuit against CF -- claiming she underwent sex reassignment surgery in 2006 and is legally recognized as a woman by the State of California. But when Chloie -- 5'4", 151 lbs -- asked the powers that be about competing in the Games with the ladies, she was shot down hard."

RoadDemocrats push Obama on ENDA: “Time is of the essence,” the draft of the letter to Obama states. “Even with an executive order in place, full implementation of these protections will require regulations to be developed and finalized, a process that will take many months, if not longer, to fully put in place.”

RoadLance Bass talks about how Joey Fatone discovered he was gay: “Joey walked in on me with the guy I was dating just kind of sitting on my lap,” Bass revealed to ‘’Access Hollywood’’ on March 5. “Straight guys don’t do that,” he joked.

RoadResearchers unlock mystery of out-of-body experiences: "The researchers found that something dramatic, and consistent with her account, was happening in her brain: The fMRI showed a "strong deactivation of the visual cortex" while "activating the left side of several areas associated with kinesthetic imagery," which includes mental imagery of bodily movement. This is the part of the brain that makes it possible for us to interact with the world. It's what makes you feel where your body is in relation to the world."

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  1. I'm expecting a lot of unenlightened comments on this thread... re: trans Crossfitter.

    Posted by: John M | Mar 7, 2014 4:16:05 PM

  2. @ John

    As opposed the the comments on TMZ?

    Posted by: Ryan | Mar 7, 2014 4:41:14 PM

  3. "CPAC welcomes white supremacists."

    So, when in an earlier thread Oliver North was touting "conservatives must fight marriage equality like abolitionists fought slavery" he didn't actually mean that CPAC is against slavery..??

    *Silent tears*

    Oh I am in absolute SHOCKED disappointment that a Republican is not only homophobic, but xenophobic as well!

    Posted by: Mags | Mar 7, 2014 4:48:03 PM

  4. Ppl need to stop trying to make Lance Bass relevant. It ain't gonna happen.

    Posted by: whitneyisadude | Mar 7, 2014 5:16:04 PM

  5. @John - Unfortunately, both sides make very good points: Jonnson is legally female and excluding her is clearly illegal under California law. At the same time, CrossTrain is also correct, as transitioning and hormone replacement do not undo the changes in muscle and bone density that come with male puberty, which give her an unfair advantage.

    It is going to be a bitter fight to decide which side is more correct. I do not envy the judge that hears this case.

    Posted by: Gregory In Seattle | Mar 7, 2014 5:33:39 PM

  6. Andy Towle - You have really mis-reported the story about the FL case. That decision is a huge defeat for our side from a Nixon-appointed judge. He did allow the case to go forward, but he eviscerated the ACLU's arguments and said that it was highly doubtful that the GSA would prevail. His decision is outrageous, falsley stating that the GSA would be debating gay marriage and that the debate over gay marriage "often turns violent."

    This is a 99% defeat and it is the first case I can think of involving GSAs that has come out this way.

    Please give this story better and more accurate treatment.

    Posted by: Sian | Mar 7, 2014 5:45:27 PM

  7. why would a man would want to become a woman and then do manly things? He/she/it should visit a mental hospital not a gym!

    Posted by: litper | Mar 7, 2014 6:45:36 PM

  8. FACT CHECK. While nothing can take away Glenn Burke's actual accomplishments, it is a TOTAL MYTH that he was "honest with his teammates and management that he was gay" when he was STILL playing. The myth can apparently be traced to the revisionism in a 2010 documentary which was made 15 years after his death. Accounts, including Burke's own, while he was alive tell a very different story. In the October 1982 “Inside Sports” article that officially outed him publicly, called, “The Double Life of a Gay Dodger,” (written by his then lover) Burke said, emphasis mine: "I didn't want to make other people uncomfortable, so I faded away. My teammates' wives might have been threatened by a gay man in the locker room. I could have been a superstar but I was too worried about protecting everybody else from knowing. If I thought I could be accepted, I'd be there now. It is the first thing in my life I ever backed down from. No, I'm not disappointed in myself, I'm disappointed in the system. Your sex should be private, AND I ALWAYS KEPT IT THAT WAY.” Eric Sherman, who interviewed Burke repeatedly over a year for his authorized biography, "Out at Home: The Glenn Burke Story,” wrote that “he was forced out of the Dodgers' organization AFTER BEING OUTED.” Emphasis mine. 1994 interviews with Burke the year before he died confirm this further, emphasis mine: “Though Burke NEVER talked about his sexual orientation to his family or teammates, word got around.” – 1994 People magazine interview. “He was adamant that the baseball community would never find out. … ‘I COULDN'T LET ANYBODY KNOW who I really was’, Burke said.” – 1994 New York Times interview. “Once Burke realized he was gay, he understood that it was taboo to talk about it in the clubhouse. ‘I just knew what I had to do. Play baseball, STAY QUIET, and live my life’. ,,, Burke went to nightclubs with his teammates, dined with them, and never let on. A few players eventually FOUND OUT Burke’s secret. Cleo Smith, a minor-leaguer with the Dodgers who grew up near Burke knew about his lifestyle and mentioned it to several others.” – 1994 Associated Press interview. And the “Encylopedia of Gay & Lesbian Popular Culture” states that, “[In 1977, when he’d been in the World Series] friends and his partner Michael Smith [who died of AIDS in 1988] urged him to make his coming out, but Burke refused.”

    Posted by: Michael Bedwell | Mar 7, 2014 6:47:16 PM

  9. I understand why we do it and find it fascinating, but I couldn't help but feel uncomfortable watching the process of tagging that shark. And now the thing has to swim around with a bunch of manmade objects drilled into her. That said, better those guys tagging her than me. That did not look fun.

    Posted by: Samish | Mar 7, 2014 7:15:45 PM

  10. @ Lipter - what manly things is she doing?

    Posted by: Mike in the Tundra | Mar 7, 2014 11:05:44 PM

  11. @litper - "why would a man would want to become a woman"

    Incorrect. Her self-view has always been as a woman. By transitioning, she has changed her body to agree with her self-view.

    "and then do manly things?"

    There have long been women in weight lifting, the vast majority of which are cis (meaning not trans.) Is it your assertion that all of these women are doing "manly things"?

    As for the choice of gender, female pronouns are appropriate.

    Posted by: Gregory in Seattle | Mar 8, 2014 1:30:15 AM

  12. As Gregory said, hormone replacement does not undo the changes in muscle and bone density that come with male puberty. And more: skeletal structure, oxygen utilization, tendons, internal organs, and probably a hundred other things about the body which can affect physical performance.

    In the armed forces, men and women do the same work. Maybe a better solution would be for men and women to not be segregated by sex in athletic competition. I know, not gonna happen.

    And that guy with the springy replacement feet (didn't he murder his wife or something?) should not have competed with unspringy feet guys either.

    Any competition like this is a construct designed to compare people's performance who have theoretical potential abilities in common based on certain criteria defined for the competitors. Sorry, but none of these are competitions if some of the competitors are not from the same defined class as the other competitors.

    Posted by: emjayay | Mar 8, 2014 2:35:10 AM

  13. Why, oh why, won't Lance Bass just shut up and go away?

    Posted by: John in Iowa | Mar 8, 2014 8:07:18 PM

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