News: Solange, Bugnado, Wade Davis, Madonna, Skull, Nick Jonas

RoadMore than 2.7 billion people live in a country where being gay is a crime.

SkullRoadThis diver is holding a 12,000-year-old skull.

RoadBeyonce, Solange, and Jay Z release a statement: “As a result of the public release of the elevator security footage from Monday, May 5th, there has been a great deal of speculation about what triggered the unfortunate incident. But the most important thing is that our family has worked through it. Jay and Solange each assume their share of responsibility for what has occurred. They both acknowledge their role in this private matter that has played out in the public. They both have apologized to each other and we have moved forward as a united family.”

RoadJohn Galliano hired by Russian perfume company: "Women's Wear Daily reported that Galliano — who was fired by Dior in 2011 after making anti-Semitic comments in a Paris bar — had been hired by the Moscow-based company, L'Etoile, which heralded the hiring on its website with the banner headline, 'John is Back!'"

RoadImportant Nick Jonas bicep news.

RoadGraham Norton is on a Conchita high: "I remember not wanting to be gay and I remember being afraid I was and hoping it was a phase and hanging on to the bisexual tag for a while. It was a long time."

BugnadoRoadPhotographer captures 'bugnado' in Portugal.

RoadFormer NFL player Wade Davis is working with the Rams and Michael Sam: "Wade Davis, executive director of the You Can Play Project, said Rams coach Jeff Fisher reached out to him after the team chose Sam in the seventh round of the draft on Saturday. Davis, who has been advising the NFL on diversity matters for the last year, said he was confident Sam landed with the right team — starting with a head coach who wasn't afraid to draft him."

RoadWhere are the openly gay CEOs?

RoadIt's the 60th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education.

RoadRussian rocket carrying satellite explodes: "Officials lost contact about nine minutes after the unmanned rocket took off from Baikonur, Kazakhstan. About 100 miles high, it veered off path and disintegrated in Earth's atmosphere. The satellite, which was destroyed, was worth $29 million. The rocket was insured for around $225 million."

RoadJared Leto lets his crotch drop.

RoadRyan Reynolds is an adorkable four-eyes at Cannes.

MadonnaRoadMadonna does L'Uomo Vogue.

RoadHigh school boys taunt anti-gay protesters in France: "There were tense scenes outside a school in the centre of Nantes, western France, on Thursday, when around 200 supporters of the right-wing group Manif Pour Tous turned up to protest against an anti-sexism stunt set to take place on Friday."

RoadSeth Meyers reminisces about marrying Stefon.

RoadUN Study: Anti-gay discrimination persists in the Philippines.

RoadFederal court hears arguments in case challenging Pennsylvania's ban on recognition of gay marriage: "But as U.S. District Judge Mary McLaughlin weighed arguments Thursday, her interest seemed to center on one question: How far did the U.S. Supreme Court intend to go last year when it struck down portions of the federal Defense of Marriage Act?"

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  1. Russia is a sick nation filled with trolls. I know Russians. They are a brutal people.

    Posted by: Martin | May 16, 2014 4:11:21 PM

  2. "Jay and Solange each assume their share of responsibility..."

    Yeah, that's a great precedent to set: when you are a victim of someone's violent outburst you should apologize to them.

    Posted by: John | May 16, 2014 4:17:24 PM

  3. @John I think the precedent here is that they're all adults and are behaving as such and you don't know the whole story so can you really make commentary about it? No? Okay then.

    Posted by: Kyle | May 16, 2014 5:03:53 PM

  4. Wow, so many of the comments in that NYT article on gay CEOs - or the lack thereof - are stridently homophobic. The ancients are really freaking about the new acceptance of gays and lesbians.

    Posted by: Kevin K. | May 16, 2014 5:12:19 PM

  5. Compared to previous pics, looks like Nick is currently off cycle. That's ok, can't be on cycle all the time. (then it wouldn't be a cycle)

    Posted by: TimF | May 16, 2014 5:40:53 PM

  6. I hope those Madonna shots are intended to be tributes to her past imagery.

    Galliano already returned, when he did work for Oscar de la Renta last year. Why I know that, I cannot say.

    I hope this week provided everyone with enough news about the Jay-Z/Solange battle royale AND the Michael Sam kiss to put both to rest.

    Posted by: Paul R | May 16, 2014 6:04:31 PM

  7. You must be wearing x-ray glasses on that Leno crotch drop. So, 2.7 live where being gay is a crime? I've probably made a billion comments on this site...maybe I'd get more attention in these countries. As Leno knows, queers will ignore the elephant in the room just be be spiteful.

    Posted by: Gary | May 16, 2014 6:09:54 PM

  8. I mean LETO! A Leno crotch drop might make him trip.

    Posted by: Gary | May 16, 2014 6:22:13 PM

  9. KEVIN K: The "ancients?" Honey, you'll be one of them sooner than you think. That saying, "nobody loves you when you're old and gay?" That may already be reality for the over 39 crowd.

    Posted by: Arrow | May 16, 2014 6:34:28 PM

  10. I don't understand. Why doesn't Tim Cook, CEO of Apple Computer, count as being gay. If I recall correctly Apple Computer was the most valuable company in the world a short time ago.

    Posted by: Charlie | May 16, 2014 6:38:13 PM

  11. Oh nice, glamorizing smoking Madonna! Pew.

    Posted by: zeddy | May 16, 2014 6:42:13 PM

  12. Smoking was for real men. They don't exist anymore. You hate smoking but you eat butt? P-eww!!

    Posted by: GEB | May 16, 2014 6:44:43 PM

  13. Way to miss the point, Arrow. You elders sure are touchy folk!

    Posted by: Sergio | May 16, 2014 6:46:18 PM

  14. I'm punching out early today boss. I'm sure you don't mind...

    Posted by: GEB | May 16, 2014 6:46:54 PM

  15. You'd want to touch me Sergio. I guarantee. Glad Kevin's quest for "spite" has been met. Isn't this what really drove equality?

    Posted by: Arrow | May 16, 2014 7:00:27 PM

  16. Despite the widespread myth, Apple's Tim Cook has YET to come out publicly (or privately for all any of us know FOR SURE). Thus, it doesn't mean a GODDAMN THING FOR US if he's not UNEQUIVOCALLY out PUBLICLY. In fact, in his case—as head of one of the world's most famous corporations that has long had a nondiscrimination policy AND is in THE most gay-friendly/protective part of the world—it could be said that he's HURTING us—as Anderson Cooper put it when he finally got it: "by remaining silent on certain aspects of my personal life for so long, I have given some the mistaken impression that I am trying to hide something, something that makes me uncomfortable, ashamed or even afraid." And unlike Cooper's expression of concern about his literal safety when reporting from rabidly homophobic countries, Cook can't remotely make the claim that the nature of HIS job puts HIM in any kind of danger should he come out. Finally, despite claims he "gave anonymously," according to state records, HE DIDN'T GIVE ONE CENT of his personal gazillions to fight Prop H8TE in 2008 in the state in which he lives AND would not have required him to come out at all given the number of his certified straight colleagues such as Google's Sergey Brin and famous show biz straights like Steven Spielberg, Brad Pitt, and Steve Bing did. ENOUGH with the Phony Hero worship!

    Posted by: Michael Bedwell | May 16, 2014 8:52:40 PM

  17. Hello hag, you don't have to do more damage to your vocal cord with tar and nicotine, because it's been established that you can't sing no matter what.

    Posted by: iban4yesu | May 16, 2014 10:02:03 PM

  18. Still a Madonna fan after all these years.....but damn.....while beautiful aside from the smoking, those shots look circa late 80s. Great photo shop!

    Posted by: Geoff | May 17, 2014 12:58:11 PM

  19. @ Arrow: Sweetie, as someone who is 46 I wanted to tell you how out of line your comment was to Kevin K.

    Continuing to spew that kind of hate and inaccurate view is so Fox 'news'/tea party esq. I know you were trying to make a just did it in the wrong, self-hating way.

    KEVIN K: The "ancients?" Honey, you'll be one of them sooner than you think. That saying, "nobody loves you when you're old and gay?" That may already be reality for the over 39 crowd.

    Posted by: Arrow | May 16, 2014 6:34:28 PM

    Posted by: Geoff | May 17, 2014 1:24:49 PM

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