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Road Katy Perry dishes on her early education: “I was being pulled out of school even in the middle of school and sometimes being home schooled. Sometimes we were sent to these really half-Christian, half-education, I-don’t-know-what-they-were schools. I’m kind of bummed at this stage that I didn’t have a great education because I could really use that these days.”

Road LangThe world's shortest woman, Jyoti Amge, has joined the cast of American Horrow Story: Freak Show.

Road Illinois state senator Tim Bivins wants to audit Chicago's LGBT Center over concerns that some events taking place there are "sexual in nature": “It has been brought to my attention that some activities that are sexual in nature have been presented at the Center on Halsted – the 2013 Grabbys Awards, which highlights ‘top talent and performance in the gay erotic film industry’ as well as an annual international men’s rubber fetish event,” Bivins said in the release.

Road A look at Love Is Strange the upcoming gay drama starring Alfred Molina and John Lithgow about a recently married gay couple forced to relocate in NYC after a job loss. 

Road UK Christian musician Vicky Beeching comes out as lesbian: 'I'm gay. God loves me just the way I am'

Screen Shot 2014-08-14 at 3.48.00 PMRoad Josh Gad, the voice behind Frozen's adorably oblivious snowman Olaf, pens heartfelt column in memory of Robin Williams: "Every actor has that idol that inspires them. That makes them want to bring joy and laughter to the masses; to make people cry and think; to give people a two-hour escape from the pain of their daily lives. For me that actor was Robin Williams."

Road Michael Jackson (read: his estate) released a new music video for "A Place With No Name" last night via Twitter. 

Road Wall Street Journal profiles Trevor Burgess - one of the few gay executives in the corporate world. 

Road Robin Williams' wife says her husband had "early stagest of Parkinson's disease" when he died.

Road Chelsea Handler poses topless, proclaims she's "a Kardashian"

Road Screen Shot 2014-08-14 at 3.28.21 PMTeen Wolf and The Maze Runner star Dylan O'Brien gets 'personal' in Teen Vogue interview. 

Road Family Research Council hate leader Tony Perkins applauds Billings, Montana for killing LGBT non-discrimination bill: "It was well after 3:00 a.m., but to people in Billings, Montana, it was never too late to stand up to the forces of political correctness. Thanks to Mayor Tom Hanel, that's exactly what the largest city in the state did -- beating back a dangerous bathroom bill that would have literally opened the doors of Billings's public showers, locker rooms, and restrooms to both genders in a misguided show of 'tolerance.'

Road Jennifer Aniston and fiance Justin Theroux are enjoying an extended holiday in Bora Bora. 

Road HBO renews its Rapture-lite show The Leftovers for a second season. 

Road Godzilla sequel gets a release date of June 8, 2018

Road Sen. Claire McCaskill, following a meeting with community leaders in Ferguson earlier this morning, said the following about the on-the-grounds situation: "We need to demilitarize this situation—this kind of response by the police has become the problem instead of the solution. I obviously respect law enforcement's work to provide public safety, but my constituents are allowed to have peaceful protests, and the police need to respect that right and protect that right."

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  1. IF state money was used by the Center on Halsted for a porn award show or fetish ball, then I have to say that I also have questions. I have always been under the impression that the funds were going to be used for things like HIV tests, homeless LGBT youth, and counseling, not cocktail parties.

    However, if the space was rented out, and THEN those non-state funds were used for what is presented as the center's mission, then there shouldn't be any problem, and there should be no reason to fight showing people the books. We all remember what happened with many other gay organizations when they ended up bankrupted by corruption because no one was allowed to see what was going on. There's no telling how many people didn't get the help they needed because of a handful of greedy people.

    Posted by: Hrm | Aug 14, 2014 4:11:46 PM

  2. "God loves me just the way I am"

    Beings who love you don't permit works to be published in their name, denouncing you and calling for your death.

    Posted by: Randy | Aug 14, 2014 4:30:47 PM

  3. "activities that are sexual in nature have been presented at the Center on Halsted"

    So what? We're a sexual minority. That's precisely what people hate about us.

    Posted by: Randy | Aug 14, 2014 4:32:47 PM

  4. Given that Tim Bivins is a religious zealot and rabidly anti-gay I wouldn't exactly take at face values his "concerns" about an LGBT center. When they lose on marriage, the homophobes have to channel their hate energies somewhere else ...

    Posted by: Ernie | Aug 14, 2014 4:38:29 PM

  5. @ernie, regardless, if he doesn't find anything, he doesn't. It's not like he can just wave a wand and the VERY Democratic state of Illinois will bow down to his demands.

    @randy, sorry, but the CoH is supposed to be about more than just sexual activity. It's always been presented as more than that. If you want it to just be about that, then perhaps it should just close up and come back as an adult bookstore.

    Posted by: Hrm | Aug 14, 2014 5:37:30 PM

  6. @HRM: And regardless of whether there's anything amiss at the LGBT center, I think it's worth pointing out that Bivins has a history of nasty animosity towards LGBT people and that animosity may have something (or a lot) to do with his prioritizing an audit. Context matters, whether or not he gets his way.

    Posted by: Ernie | Aug 14, 2014 5:54:01 PM

  7. @Ernie, so what? If I had heard about this from Harvey Milk's ghost itself I still would want to know if it's true or not.

    Posted by: Hrm | Aug 14, 2014 6:12:12 PM

  8. That's fine @HRM, but if someone suddenly wanted to audit the LGBT organization that I volunteer for I'd also want to know if that person had a history of rabid homophobia. No different than if I'm reading a news story--I want to know the source, because the source makes a difference.

    Posted by: Ernie | Aug 14, 2014 6:36:00 PM

  9. Oh Kyler - It's like silly child's game, finding the stupid mistakes in what you write. Surely, you meant that the WSJ's article as about "Trevor Burgess - one of the few OUT gay executives in the corporate world." Yes?

    Because Towleroad would be a blog that is well aware that there are many, many gay executives in the corporate world, wouldn't it? And it would make Towleroad look laughably ill-informed about things to write otherwise, eh?

    Posted by: BusterLA | Aug 14, 2014 7:25:14 PM

  10. Every police force in the US (and many abroad) need to be de-militarized.

    Posted by: David R. | Aug 15, 2014 12:10:04 AM

  11. Blurb should have said: "Chelsea Handler poses nude, nobody wants to see the results."

    Posted by: johnny | Aug 15, 2014 7:43:33 AM

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