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RoadDan Savage accused of 'hate crime' after confrontation by activist over his discussion of 'tranny' during panel at University of Chicago.

CatonahottinroofRoadCanceled Cat on a Hot Tin Roof cast resurrects performance as NOH8 fundraiser.

RoadDid you love the beard Hugh Jackman brought to the Tonys?

RoadNorthern Ireland Mayor Andrew Muir: "I was walking with promotional material for the [gay pride] event, and an individual started hurling homophobic abuse and then rocks at me."

RoadCBS botches otherwise positive story about transgender children with interview of hate group leader.

RoadParis Pont des Arts bridge collapses under the weight of too much love: "The path of true love for tourists in Paris has often involved a stroll across the Pont des Arts and the attachment of a "love lock" to its railings. The key is then thrown into the river Seine. But the celebrated bridge had to be evacuated at the weekend after part of the railing collapsed under the weight of love locks attached to it."

RoadMatt Bomer and Zachary Quinto on a Tony presenting date.

DenverRoadMale model fix: Andrea Denver.

RoadEdmonton, Alberta celebrates Gay Pride.

RoadCasper Smart speaks out against rumors he cheated on Jennifer Lopez with a transgender model: "There is no truth to any meeting or physical encounter...I am weighing my options on the appropriate action to take against Xristina Marie and/or The Sun."

RoadUniversity of Colorado Boulder educators crowd-funding: "In April 2013, we hosted “An Evening with LGBTQ Youth and Allies” that focused on starting the conversation among local youth and 75 pre-service and in-service teachers. We filmed the event, along with over 30 interviews with students, teachers, and LGBTQ community members. We are seeking funding to use this footage to complete a documentary film, Breaking the Silence: Honoring the Voices of LGBTQ Youth and Allies in Supporting Our Teachers."

RoadJustin Bieber was baptized in a bathtub in NYC.

RoadAntonio Banderas and Melanie Griffith are splitting.

PianoRoadPiano washes ashore in the East River under the Brooklyn Bridge.

RoadCouple screaming "this is the start of a revolution" ambushes and kills two cops and a woman in a Vegas Wal-Mart: "The shooters were a married couple thought to be in their late 20s who were new to the Las Vegas Valley, according to a law enforcement official close to the investigation. Police are looking into their links to the white supremacy movement and found swastika symbols during their initial investigation."

RoadScientists: 100 million worlds may have complex life in our galaxy: "It is a lot—although maybe a bit disappointing when you consider that a) there are 17 billion Earth-sized worlds in our galaxy alone and b) these worlds are likely to be too far away from us (unless we can get a warp drive.) Also keep in mind that, according to the authors, 'this study does not indicate that complex life exists on that many planets [...] only the conditions to support [complex alien] life.'"

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  1. The Metro PD officers were having lunch in a Cici's Pizza when they were murdered in Las Vegas on Sunday. An shopper in Walmart was also murdered when he tried unsuccessfully to stop the perpetrators. The assailants then committed suicide. Get the facts before you publish an erroneous story. Thanks.

    Posted by: DamFine | Jun 9, 2014 4:18:02 PM

  2. The US does not have laws restricting 'hate-speech' therefore, no matter how ugly and disturbing it may be, "Hate-speech" cannot be a crime. It can be vile, it can be infuriating, it can be many things, but it cannot be a "crime." Period.

    Posted by: Alex Parrish | Jun 9, 2014 4:33:50 PM

  3. That piano washing ashore under the Brooklyn bridge in New York it is a copycat. I seem to remember reading about a baby grand piano that mysteriously appeared on a sandbar near Miami. It turned out to be a stunt of a 16-year-old as a project for his art school application. It seems like he and his brothers lugged it out to the sand bar one night. If this is also to demonstrate artistic ability so much for originality. Sigh.

    Posted by: Mike | Jun 9, 2014 4:46:17 PM

  4. Gay activist Dan savage gets accused of a hate crime, Closet racist Justin Bieber gets baptized in a bath tub and Banderas and Griffith are divorcing. Oh God, aren't they three signs of the apocalypse?

    Posted by: I wont grow up | Jun 9, 2014 5:45:41 PM

  5. It's worth reading Savage's post, because he's right.

    What happened to Dan is part of an overall trend on college and university campuses to try to censor words, viewpoints, and people.

    These aren't supposed to be "safe spaces" for the fragile flowers. They are supposed to be spaces where expression is still permitted, for adults who want to see or hear it.

    If you don't like someone's panel discussion, host your own.

    Posted by: Randy | Jun 9, 2014 5:46:28 PM

  6. Who knew that there were so many whiny trannys in college ?

    Posted by: Buckie | Jun 9, 2014 6:53:20 PM

  7. Dan Savage made one big mistake - talking to the students in English instead of Mandarin, where there is a pronoun "ta" that means he, she, or it as Mandarin does not have grammatical gender. That would have solved the problem - you can't pick the wrong pronoun when there is only one choice.

    Posted by: Bill | Jun 9, 2014 6:59:15 PM

  8. When the "trans-activists" garner a consensus and get the rest of (the vast majority) of the trans community to agree "tranny" is not to be used any longer, send-out a memo to the rest of us.

    Until then, kindly go f*ck yourselves. Leave the phony persecution complex to the Christians.

    You are your own worst enemy when you behave like such little tw*ts to your own supporters.

    Posted by: Fred | Jun 9, 2014 7:01:19 PM

  9. Wow, nothing about Microsoft's E3 press event? Right, no need to worship them like they're Apple or anything.

    Posted by: bernard | Jun 9, 2014 7:09:49 PM

  10. re: Savage. it's not "trans activists" - it seems to be one person, who prefers to be referred to as "IT" (ironically, something many of my trans friends would object to being called) being upset about the use of the word 'Tranny' in a DISCUSSION ABOUT THE USE OF THE WORD>

    Context is lost on those who are incapable of understanding, or refuse to understand, NUANCE.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Jun 9, 2014 7:12:32 PM

  11. Hate crimes in the US technically need to include a normal crime, such as assault. While we say "hate crime", it's technically an aggravating circumstance for the purposes of sentencing.

    Posted by: anon | Jun 9, 2014 7:28:45 PM

  12. Regarding the whole Dan Savage "it" controversy, I would never in my right mind call ANY human being an "it", whether they wanted me to or not. In fact, I would rather they get mad for my refusal to call them an "it" than to get caught up in something like this whole mess that Dan is being subjected to.

    Posted by: bernard | Jun 9, 2014 7:33:18 PM

  13. @Bernard - every single one of my trans friends is floored by that story. truly. IT objects to the use of the word tranny in a nuanced discussion specifically about that word...and yet wants to be referred to as "IT" - which many tradespeople have been called, pejoratively and's beyond ironic, crossing over into the realm of Bizarro.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Jun 9, 2014 7:42:25 PM

  14. There's something that just screams mental illness about demanding people call you "it"...

    Posted by: Douggie | Jun 9, 2014 7:59:33 PM

  15. @Douggie : English as a second language comes to mind as well.

    The Mandarin sentence, "Ta xihuan cha" can be translated as "He likes tea", "She likes tea", or "It likes tea."

    Posted by: Bill | Jun 9, 2014 9:45:40 PM

  16. Little Kiwi is such a liar. This WAS an assault by trans activists. There was a "queer" group involved, not just an individual. All this is set out in Dan's column. Also, there was an online petition, signed by about 1,700 people. That would probably be about 200 tranny activists, since there no more than that number of actual tranny activists in the country. The rest would be fake names used to sign by said tranny activists. No doubt there are a few hundred signatures by normal people who are duped into thinking that trans activism is progressive, when in fact it is deeply reactionary and regressive.

    Posted by: Alex | Jun 9, 2014 11:29:02 PM

  17. Interesting that "Hex" and its queer group did not protest Rick Santorum's appearance on campus a week earlier. This goes to the fact that these trans activists are only interested in attacking weak targets, targets that will grovel and beg and apologize. Santorum couldn't care less about trans activist protests and would never apologize. So there is no fun or pleasure in attacking him.

    No, these bursts of outrage and attacks are exercises in transgender sadism. The pleasure derives from beating a target into submission, so the target is almost always a progressive person or an LGB person. These are the decent folks who are likely to care about transfolk, and are most likely to offer an undeserved apology, so they are the most inviting targets.

    Trans activists have an abnormal psychological profile, and we should keep this in mind when dealing with them.

    Posted by: Dave | Jun 9, 2014 11:35:07 PM

  18. @ dave

    was curious per your post and a google search

    yepp; Rick Santorum was at the university recently, and I couldn't find anything about trans activists protesting him

    Posted by: Moz's | Jun 10, 2014 12:04:45 AM

  19. @Moz's:

    This is a point that Dan Savage himself makes in his column. Hit the link above. It's a good read.

    Posted by: Dave | Jun 10, 2014 12:11:07 AM

  20. Edmonton's Pride Festival is now Canada's 4th largest with such growth the Festival Celebration is moving to Hawrelak Park in the North Saskatchewan River Valley as Churchill Square is now too small to host the celebrations. This is one major change as the same park hosts the Heritage Days Festival over the August Long weekend and attracts over 700,000 people. Obviously The Edmonton 2015 Pride Festival is starting a new journey to much higher attendance records in the future.

    Posted by: Darrell | Jun 10, 2014 3:19:15 AM

  21. It is quite clear that the trans activist community is deeply homophobic.

    No more LGBT. Drop the T- let those mentally ill tranny nutcases fund and fight their own battles to be allowed use the women's toilets.

    Posted by: MaryM | Jun 10, 2014 5:09:22 AM

  22. @MaryM---I wouldn't be surprised if the Repubs try to uber-exploit the "tranny nutcase in women's room" theme for the benefit of Main Street USA in 2016...esp. with Hillary as such a solid ally for LGBTs.

    So, after the Dan Savage flap and in the run-up I would have to wonder if there will be more "Hexes" and "Its" getting the feeling as tho they are being thrown under the bus by hurtful mainstream "gays"...and then popping out of the woodwork in activist gear to celebritize themselves?

    Women might do well to expect longer lines and protest signs at the bathroom.

    Posted by: mark | Jun 12, 2014 4:33:21 PM

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