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04/19/2007


News: A-Rod, Connecticut, Surfer Dude, Sweden, Barack Obama

road.jpg Quinnipiac Poll: Connecticut voters back same-sex marriage. "Fifty-two percent say they support the ruling, while 39 percent oppose it. Nine percent are undecided. But voters strongly oppose amending Connecticut's constitution to ban same-sex marriage, 61 percent to 33 percent. The same poll of 1,445 registered voters gives Senators Joseph Lieberman and Christopher Dodd their lowest approval ratings in the survey's history."

Obamatimeroad.jpg Obama named 'TIME Person of the Year'.

road.jpg Tom Cruise draws everyone's attention to his ass.

road.jpg Reverend Irene Monroe: Gay is not the new Black. "How the marriage debate should have been framed -- in a way that speaks truth to various queer communities of color and classes -- has not been given considerable concern. And with no public language to adequately articulate the unique embodiment of queer communities of color and classes within the same-sex marriage debate, this has become contentious. The dominant white queer languaging of this debate, at best, muffles the voices of these communities, and, at worst, mutes them. In other words, in leaving out the voices of queer communities of color and classes, the same-sex marriage debate is hijacked by a white upper class queer universality that not only renders these marginalized queer communities invisible, but -- as it is presently framed -- also renders them speechless."

road.jpg 2008 ninth warmest year since 1880: "...all of the nine warmest years have occurred in the past 11 years, NASA reported on Tuesday."

Arodroad.jpg Protecting Madonna's prized possession.

road.jpg Magazines sacrificing websites to save print editions: "The operating policy now, particularly at Condé Nast, basically reads: Revenue first! Future later. And the printed page, the luxury object, is still where you find the money these days."

road.jpg Shoe-throwing Iraqi journalist appears before judge: "The court decided to keep Muntazer al-Zaidi in custody, and after an investigation is carried out the judge may send him for trial under a clause in the Iraqi penal code that punishes anyone who attempts to murder Iraqi or foreign presidents. Such a crime could result in imprisonment of seven to 15 years. His brother claimed yesterday that the television reporter had been beaten in custody. Zaidi suffered a broken hand, broken ribs, internal bleeding and an eye injury, his older brother, Dargham, told the BBC."

road.jpg The only part of Matthew McConaughey's Surfer Dude you ever need to see (NSFW).

road.jpg New gay bar to open in Cathedral City near Palm Springs.

Bacchus_2road.jpg L.A. Times profiles Aliyah Bacchus: "There she is at 17, barely 90 pounds, smiling sourly on her wedding day in Queens, N.Y., dressed in hijab -- a pearl-toned princess bridal gown shimmering with beads, her slender hands dipped in sleek white gloves, a veil attached to a white qimar, or head scarf, fastened snugly around her face. The man her father chose for her stands behind Aliyah wearing a black bow tie, his hands resting on her bony shoulders. That was before. Before she walked out on the marriage. Before her Guyana-born Muslim family discovered she was gay. Before she fled."

road.jpg Conservative attorneys protesting revision to Arizona Bar oath which adds sexual orientation to an anti-discrimination clause. It reads: "I will not permit considerations of gender, race, religion, age, nationality, sexual orientation, disability, or social standing to influence my duty of care."

road.jpg Robert Pattinson, a pirate he will be.

road.jpg Satellites observe largest-ever breach of Earth's magnetic field: "Scientists have long known that the Earth’s magnetic field, which guards against severe space weather, is similar to a drafty old house that sometimes lets in violent eruptions of charged particles from the sun. Such a breach can cause brilliant auroras or disrupt satellite and ground communications."

road.jpg Scottish students mourn gay fellow classmate who died in accidental fall from balcony.

road.jpg Swedish high court rejects same-sex marriage performed in Canada: "The court referred to the definition contained within Swedish legislation covering marriage, concluding that the term applies only to a union between a man and a woman while a union between two people of the same sex is designated as a partnership."


News: Ann Coulter, Indonesia, Piano, Marc Jacobs, Pat Buchanan

road.jpg Piano found in perfect working condition deep in woods of Cape Cod: "The Baldwin piano, which had a matching bench, was set up as if someone was about to sit down and play, reported WCVB-TV in Boston. Despite efforts by police to locate its owner, or at least explain how it came to be in a conservation area, police Monday said no one has contacted them...The piano is so heavy that it took more than a half-dozen men to load it onto a truck."

Coulterroad.jpg Ann Coulter's mouth wired shut. Image from a conservative women fur calendar.

road.jpg SICK: Indonesian province moves forward with microchip implant proposal for people with HIV/AIDS. "Since the plan was initially proposed, the government has narrowed its scope, saying the chips would only be implanted in those who are 'sexually aggressive,' but it has not said how it would determine who fits that group. It also was not clear how many people it might include."

road.jpg Britney Spears rolls the Stone back.

road.jpg Amy Winehouse back in the hospital.

road.jpg Brazil's DOM magazine halting publication.

road.jpg Westboro Baptist Church flee after being met by hundreds of student counter-protestors in Omaha: "Students threw hamburgers and bottles of lemonade and milk at several members of the Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka, Kan., students said after the protest. A video of the protest was” recorded by 16-year-old student Mason Hartwell that” showed one counterprotester on the ground, seated with his hands behind his back and flanked by two law enforcement officers."

Bugabooroad.jpg For the Gaybies: Marc Jacobs-designed Bugaboo stroller. "What would you pay for this hot new limited edition stroller? What if we told you there are only 15 available? How about if you knew it was designed by Marc Jacobs? If $1500 was the number you came up with, you know your luxury sedans."

road.jpg Hillsborough County, Florida swears in first openly gay commissioner: "Democrat Kevin Beckner took the oath of office before a standing-room-only crowd that spilled into the first floor at County Center. Like the two other commissioners sworn in, Beckner thanked his parents and supporters. He singled out a 96-year-old activist who collected 400 signatures to get his name on the ballot and another woman who campaigned for him while battling cancer. As he joined a commission that three years ago voted to ban gay pride displays on county property, he also recognized his partner of 10 years."

road.jpg A-Rod to help stuff Madonna's turkey.

road.jpg Some 16-year-olds have all the luck.

Lastcallroad.jpg New iPhone app helps you calculate whether or not you might be in danger of getting a DUI or endangering someone should you get behind the wheel after a holiday party. If so, it will call a taxi for you. Of course if you're that gone, will you have the foresight to use it?

road.jpg World's largest cruise ship hits the water.

road.jpg New documentary explores gay rights: "The rebirth of the gay rights movement and the battle over legalizing same-sex marriage will be the focus of the new indie documentary 'A Non-Issue?' The doc will follow Dr. John Corvino, a philosopher, lecturer and author of 'The Gay Moralist,' as he crisscrosses the nation engaging and debating those most against gay marriage."

road.jpg "Ex-gay" groups receiving government subsidies in The Netherlands.

road.jpg A look back at Pat Buchanan in 1977.

road.jpg SX interviews Matthew Mitcham: "In a world where everyone seems to be on the make, Matthew Mitcham is a refreshing change. Unlike some other athletes that come to mind, he’s not milking his Beijing experience like a frenzied bovine. He’s not selling his story to the highest bidder, for instance, but is instead speaking to the gay press, and a community that has strongly supported him. He’s not hitting the party circuit, but has slipped back comfortably into his training at the Sydney Aquatic Centre, practising the sport he loves, spending his spare time (what little there is) doing ordinary things like catching up with friends and family, and hanging out with his partner."


News: Marilyn Musgrave, Banksy, Gay Kiss, Ben Barnes, Indiana

road.jpg London gets World Gay Pride in 2012.

Banksyratroad.jpg Bidding frenzy breaks out over British pub adorned with Banksy rat.

road.jpg Markey-Musgrave race in Colorado attracts big outside bucks: "Musgrave campaign manager Jason Thielman said much of the independent spending is driven by the incumbent's support of a constitutional amendment defining marriage as between a man and a woman. He said that's led wealthy gay-rights activists, particularly Denver philanthropist Tim Gill, to spend millions of dollars against her in the three most recent elections. 'The radical homosexual movement driven by Tim Gill hates Marilyn Musgrave, and they are willing to spend anything and everything to settle their vindictive agenda,' Thielman said."

road.jpg McCain attack ad emphasizes "bLACKS". McCain surrogate bashes "the gay."

road.jpg DNC responds to anti-gay mailing from Indiana Democratic statte senate candidate Andy Schemenaur. DNC: "While this flier is disappointing, it's a reminder that while we have made great progress to ensure equal rights and protections under the law for every American, clearly there is still more education that is needed even within our party."

road.jpg Study of galaxies suggests we may live in a fractal universe.

Vieiraroad.jpg Meredith Vieira is a liar!

road.jpg LOSER: Gay meth addict lawyer who caused scene on Southwest flight goes to jail. "Moody, now 44, groped and fondled a flight attendant then picked up a 7-year-old boy, hoisted him over his shoulders and proceeded down the aisle...According to the arrest affidavit, the incident began in Indianapolis when Moody boarded the plane with three friends and loudly asked, 'Where is the gay section?' He then proceeded to drink heavily from a liquor supply in his luggage. The flight attended said Moody groped his buttocks, back and abdomen and invited him to the lavatory to have sex."

road.jpg U.S. expects message from Bin Laden before election?

road.jpg Jason Statham takes it off for Transporter.

road.jpg Two gay men arrested for kissing in Mexico: "Eric Schroeder, 22, and Jose Mendez, 35, were accused of committing "a moral misdeed" (una falta a la moral), jailed for 15 hours and fined 2,000 pesos ($148). Schroeder told the paper that on Oct. 10 the couple was "resolving some differences that we had" and, as they walked out of the house, 'there were a few hugs and a kiss out front.' At that point, police arrived, handcuffed them, then drove them around while they 'picked up more people who presumably had committed other crimes,' he said."

Barnesroad.jpg Ben Barnes falls into The Gap.

road.jpg Lance Bass gets handled by Chelsea Handler.

road.jpg Cowardly act: D.C. police officer finds anti-gay graffiti scrawled on his locker.

road.jpg Madonna and A-Rod helicopter to secret rendezvous in the Hamptons.

road.jpg OUT: Jesse Oxfeld on gay reporters on the campaign trail "It’s a job that requires you to have some of the attributes of a loner -- few commitments, an ability to pick up and disappear from your life -- without having the personality of a loner. You have to be social enough and socially adroit enough to read people, talk to people, and get them to talk to you. 'Is it a total surprise to me, if I were to go and look at it analytically, that gay guys want to be political reporters, and might excel at it?' asks another reporter. 'No. Because to be a good political reporter you have to be interested in power and sophisticated in seeing where it works and how it shifts. And I buy into the theory that growing up as a kid who feels different, you get to be very sophisticated about where power is, just in your own experience. You feel outsiderish, and you have that critical perspective.'"


News: Dark Knight, Pope, Lawrence King, Madonna Sex Tape

road.jpg Australia: Pope's apology for clergy abuse not good enough. Clash between pilgrims and protestors after condoms thrown.

Ledgerroad.jpg The Dark Knight shatters box office records, taking in $153.34 million. Check out the list of records it broke.

road.jpg Man claims possession of sex tape featuring A-Rod and Madonna.

road.jpg Obama campaign snubs New Yorker reporter from foreign trip press plane following Muslim cover flap?: "Forty journalists, including such leading correspondents as Dan Balz of The Washington Post, will be aboard his plane for next week's swing through Jordan, Israel, Germany, France and England. The campaign received 200 requests for press seats on the plane. Among those for whom there was no room was Ryan Lizza, Washington correspondent of The New Yorker. The campaign, which was furious about the magazine's satirical cover this week, cited space constraints in turning him away."

road.jpg Hundreds of dead baby penguins wash ashore on the beaches of Rio de Janeiro.

road.jpg George Clooney works mustache for Martini.

road.jpg Australia's first LGBT retirement village to be built an hour outside of Melbourne: "The estate will feature 120 two and three-bedroom apartments, a tennis court, bowling green, open-air theatre and a multi-million dollar leisure centre with a pool, spa, gymnasium, cafe, restaurant, piano room and business centre. Managing director and major shareholder Peter Dickson said the village filled a gap in the market. 'Whether we're in a relationship or whether we're single, we want to be surrounded by friends,' he said. 'I wanted Linton Estate to be different to other retirement facilities and this has now come about.'"

King_2road.jpg Young, gay, and murdered: Haven't had a chance to dive into this yet, but here's Newsweek's take on the Lawrence King tragedy.

road.jpg Following registrar Lillian Ladele's lead, a Christian policeman says he's been victimized over his opposition to Gay Pride: "Graham Cogman, a constable with 15 years experience, is taking action against Norfolk Police as he claims he was victimised for refusing to wear a pink ribbon on his uniform to mark a 'gay pride' event, and for questioning the force's stance towards gay men and lesbians."

road.jpg Human Rights Campaign hires trans woman Allyson Robinson as new Associate Director of Diversity?

road.jpg Man dies during New York triathlon: "Race director Bill Burke said other competitors alerted medical personnel to the man during the 1,500-meter swim in the Hudson River, and he was unconscious when he was pulled from the water just before 8 a.m."

Freddealroad.jpg University of Maryland swimmer Fred Deal is out and proud.

road.jpg Ian Thorpe: It's a girl!

road.jpg Chace Crawford hangs with the international spokesmodel for Ralph Lauren’s Black Label for men and POLO Black fragrances at a Polo match in the Hamptons.

road.jpg Showtime orders up two new series with significant gay content: "The first announced was the tentatively titled thirty minute dark comedy Nurse Jackie, starring The Sopranos’ Edie Falco as an iconoclastic, opinionated, self-medicating nurse in New York City...Greenblatt also announced that The United States of Tara, starring Toni Collette, had been ordered to series. Based on an idea by Steven Spielberg and written by Academy Award-winning writer Diablo Cody, the comedy features Collette as Tara, a suburban mother suffering from dissociative identity disorder (more commonly known as multiple personality disorder). Her various personalities include a rebellious teen girl, a biker, and others that impact in a variety of ways both her husband (John Corbett) as well as her children including out gay teen Marshall."


Toronto Fans Taunt A-Rod with Madonna Headshots

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Blue Jay fans attempted to distract Alex Rodriguez by flashing images of Madonna during a three-game visit to Toronto. The Yanks lost 2 out of 3 in the series.

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News: Out of the Mouths of Generals, Boy George I Don't Think He's Got It, MySpace Rocks the Vote, Jesus Take the Wheel & More

road.jpg Wesley Clark stands by his dressing down of John McCain.

Safariscreensnapz006_2road.jpg The U.S. doesn’t find Boy George appealing—so his first tour in ages is officially off. I guess America doesn’t know a good drag queen when we see one.

road.jpg No charges for Virginia men who managed to get married thanks to bridegroom Justin ("juh-STEEN") being very in touch with his feminine side.

road.jpg MySpace and Rock the Vote launch a DemROCKracy Band Competition to amp up the youth vote. The band enticing the most voter registrations through MySpace’s user registration tool (found here) can win prizes, including a chance to perform "on a major concert stage."

road.jpg I Know Who Drilled Me: A Montana woman admits to a long-ago affair with Lindsay Lohan’s father Michael and wants her 13-year-old daughter acknowledged as his. God…there's another Lohan out there?

Sf5road.jpg Arresting San Francisco Pride Weekend images. (Some NSFW.)

road.jpg Jesus Christ…another alternative for disgruntled Hillary Clinton supporters. (Though the media has given this guy a free pass, too, grumble.) Feeling the heat, Obama ups the ante. Obama and Jesus...potential running mates?

road.jpg Burning Up: Madonna's childhood home burns under suspicious circumstances just as her Sticky and Sweet Tour rehearsals are heating up. But a divorce? A sampling of A-Rod? You’re getting cold.

road.jpg Bette Midler’s wedding snaps from her 1984 Las Vegas ceremony arrived in her hands only this month. What do you expect when you say "I do" in a place called the Starlight Chapel?

road.jpg The Outfest 2008 box office is now open at the Directors Guild of America in Hollywood. If you’ve never gone and are close enough to go, go—I had a blast the year I went.

Djg3_3road.jpg Derek Jeter loses the beard.

road.jpg Huntington Beach police officer Adam Bereki has settled his suit against the city, which alleged he endured repeated gay harassment by his co-workers. He'll get $150,000 upfront and $4,000 a month in disability for life. Even though the city admits no wrongdoing and none of the accused officers have been penalized, spokesman Lt. Dave Bunetta says, "Anyone being harassed or victimized will not be tolerated by the police department." I wonder if he realizes what he's saying was literally true in this case?

road.jpg Check out this warm backstage remembrance of Katharine Hepburn (who would be 101 this year) by Tim Ranney, who interned on her play The West Side Waltz in 1981. Her advice: "Obey all the rules, and miss all the fun."

road.jpg The best reason yet to vote for Barack Obama.


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