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News: Home Depot, Michael Jackson, Guam, X-Men Kiss

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Man jailed for explosives hate crime at Copenhagen World Outgames.

Rollingstone

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Rolling Stone covers the final days of Michael Jackson.

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Joe Jackson says Omer Bhatti is MJ's son. Katherine Jackson gets custody of Paris and Prince.

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Fort Worth, Texas diversity task force holds meeting one month after raid.

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Transgender student in Guam turned away from Prom. School officials refuse to apologize or draft transgender policy: "Back in May, the George Washington High School senior told KUAM News he was turned away from the prom because he was wearing a dress. At the time, he said he felt discriminated against by school officials.  'I said, 'Where does it state in this rule in this paper that there's no cross-dressing, no individualism and no opposite genders?  It doesn't say anything.'  So I have a case right here. And that's wrong,' he stated."

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Everyone's gay in Amsterdam: City launches micro travel site.

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Boston cop calls Henry Louis Gates "jungle monkey" in email to journalist.

Marvel

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X-Men: Marvel Comics' first gay kiss.

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L.A. sperm bank offers celebrity look-alike donors: "'The number one client question we get is: `Who does this donor look like?'' said Scott Brown of California Cryobank. 'We decided this would be a great way to give thorough and consistent answers. Clients love it. Look-a-Likes has only been available for a week and our Web site traffic is up 50 percent.'" 

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Chicago Mayor Daley open to set-asides for gay-owned businesses: "I think it's good. It helps businesses grow in the city, and that's what you want."

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Photographer Annie Leibowitz's financial problems get worse.

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New York City Councilman Bill de Blasio wants health department to create division for LGBT youth: "The division would address suicide, depression, violence and the spread of sexually transmitted diseases among gay, lesbian and transgender people up to age 24."

Bennett

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Actor Jonathan Bennett provides some eye candy in L.A.

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Wingnuts: Home Depot making kids gay by hosting crafts workshops for them.

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Head of Portland Mayor Sam Adams recall effort speaks to City Council.

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Christian Bale and Mark Wahlberg duke it out.

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American Foundation for Suicide Prevention receives $45,000 grant from the Johnson Family Foundation "to develop a project aimed at reducing suicidal behavior and suicide risk in lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender populations. The goal of the new Knowledge to Practice Initiative -- which will coincide with AFSP’s ongoing LGBT efforts -- is to lay the foundation for a national LGBT suicide prevention effort by establishing partnerships with leading national and state organizations."


News: Amsterdam, Oraine Barrett, DNC, Ants, Gay Apartheid

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Mixner: U.S. in state of Gay Apartheid.

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Signorile: Did the DNC LGBT fundraiser really bring in a million dollars?

Hx

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New York local mag HX sold. Matthew Bank: "We've had an incredible time creating what we feel is the best local gay magazine the world has ever seen, and I am proud that even in this difficult economy we were able to ensure that this magazine that is dear to the hearts of so many readers will be able to continue under capable new ownership."

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Paula Abdul and Cindy McCain pill panic?

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Propofol, drug used for surgical anesthesia, found in Michael Jackson home. Entertainment Weekly publishes four tribute covers.

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Canadian HIV vaccine ready for human trials.

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Human Rights Campaign volunteer assaulted at Omaha Gay Pride after tossing stickers into Bible-beaters wagon.

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Farrah Fawcett laid to rest.

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White House won't appeal $500K ruling in favor of transgender employee of the Library of Congress in discrimination case.

Godsaysno

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God Says No: James Hannaham, author of new novel about religious repression, life in the closet, and sex in the bathroom, is interviewed by Salon.

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Single colony of ants a new world superpower!

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Thomas Norman, veteran district attorney who prosecuted Harvey Milk - George Moscone murder case which resulted in a lenient verdict against Supervisor Dan White and the subsequent White Night riots, dies.

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Victory Fund endorses 15 new candidates.

Horten

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The Hitler stealth planes that could have dropped a bomb on NYC: "The 142-foot wingspan bomber was submitted for approval in 1944, and it would have been able to fly from Berlin to NYC and back without refueling, thanks to the same blended wing design and six BMW 003A or eight Junker Jumo 004B turbojets. As the documentary shows, had the Nazis extended the war in 1946 and developed the atomic bomb as planned, the Ho 18 could have been their Enola Gay."

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Vibe magazine to close immediately.

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Ghosts: Stephen King remembers Michael Jackson. Public viewing scheduled at Neverland.

Oraine

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Oraine Barrett does Brazil's DOM magazine.

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Muslim mayor in conservative Amsterdam suburb flies flag for gays: "Ahmed Marcouch, 41, is on a self-appointed mission to end homophobia in Slotervaart, just a stones' throw from the capital but light-years away from its anything-goes mentality. To make his point, Mayor Marcouch recently invited Amsterdam's annual Gay Pride parade to pass through his constituency when it takes place in August. 'It is necessary to confront this issue, to say that homosexuals are normal people like all of us and that we require them to be respected,' Marcouch told AFP."

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New Project Runway is 100% heterosexual safe.

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Cristiano Ronaldo attacks "fan" over video camera: "Ronaldo reportedly kicked in the window of a car the girl was sat in, sending shards of glass all over her. The teenager was treated for cuts on her arm in hospital and later reported the attack to police, it was claimed...The teenager is said to have told police she was videoing Ronaldo because she was a fan. However, some reports said she was with a freelance paparazzi photographer who had allegedly been following the star."


News: Gay Exorcism, Father Cutie, Rosie O'Donnell, Neda, Nixon

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Karger: Is the Mormon Church hiding its funding for the National Organization for Marriage?

Exorcism

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Exorcism in Connecticut: Getting the gay demon out.

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Senate Judiciary Committee holds hearings on hate crimes bill.

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Body of pilot Marc Dubois and flight attendant among those recovered from Air France crash site. Black boxes not found. Will ping for only a few more days.

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Transgender in a virtual world.

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Rosie O'Donnell to host Sirius XM radio show.

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Iran: Neda's family forced from home. "The Iranian authorities have ordered the family of Neda Agha Soltan out of their Tehran home after shocking images of her death were circulated around the world. Neighbours said that her family no longer lives in the four-floor apartment building on Meshkini Street, in eastern Tehran, having been forced to move since she was killed. The police did not hand the body back to her family, her funeral was cancelled, she was buried without letting her family know and the government banned mourning ceremonies at mosques, the neighbours said."

Fathercutie

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Is Father Cutie gay?

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Amsterdam Deputy Mayor Carolien Gehrels flies to New York City in support of marriage equality: "Mrs. Gehrels brings a personal perspective to the issue: she is married to a woman. She said that while the approval of gay marriage in the Netherlands that took effect in 2001 was 'a milestone in equal rights,' even eight years later 'equality and freedom are never self-evident.' Same-sex partnerships were legalized in 1998."

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Douchebag warns that straight men will give up women once they try the gay.

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South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford was pushed into confessing affair: "As the newspaper disclosed on CNN tonight, it has since December had emails between Sanford and his Argentine mistress, it's just been trying to authenticate them. Then this morning the paper busted Sanford returning on an airplane from South America when he was supposed to be on the Appalachian Trial. The paper then informed Sanford it would finally be publishing the emails, exposing his adultery, according to The State writer John O'Connor."

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Whitney Houston announces title of new album.

Stranger

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Seattle's The Stranger publishes Queer Issue 2009. NY's Village Voice goes Queer too.

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Delaware General Assembly passes bill protecting gays and lesbians from discrimination after ten-year battle.

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City investigation of Canterbury UK finds that, yes, the city is gay enough.

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Adam Lambert collaborating with Sam Sparro on new album.

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Violence not expected at this year's Jerusalam Gay Pride: "Amit Lev, a spokesman for the gay rights group behind the parade, said organisers had been negotiating with ultra-Orthodox leaders in Jerusalem after "long years of silence" between the two communities. 'We've agreed that violence doesn't serve any of us or any of our goals,' he said."

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And even more skin from men's fashion week in Milan.

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New batch of Nixon tapes reveal more homophobia: "Discussing Nixon's political opposition, Colson says it included 'the blacks and the poor.' Nixon adds: 'And the intellectuals.' Colson goes on to say that it also included 'the lavender shirt mob . . . the homos and the queers.'" Previously: Nixon understood homosexuality but didn't want it on TV.


Bruno Jet Skis, Opens 'Pink Light District' in Amsterdam

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Sacha Baron Cohen continued his European tour for Bruno, premiering in Amsterdam today. Bruno jetskied down a canal before climbing into the city's Red Light District to announce he was opening the "Pink Light District" for business.

Said Bruno, cutting a pink ribbon: "It gives me great pleasure to declare Amsterdam's pink light district officially open for business. For too long, guys coming here from around the world have been forced to have sex with women. People of Amsterdam, I hope that you will enjoy these man holes..."

Soon after he left, Reuters reports, "The real prostitutes, who had hidden from the flashing cameras, reopened their curtains to wait for their next clients in their red-lit windows."

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News: Jesus Christ, Football, Susan Boyle, 100 Days, Sean Penn

 roadObama's 100 day Gay Report Card. Emma Ruby Sachs in HuffPost: "And when it comes to actual change in the lives of LGBT people, nothing has been done. Obama has failed to hand in any of his assignments."

Sims  roadBrian Sims: a gay college football story.

 roadGuess who wants to play Susan Boyle in the movie?

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 roadGuido Westerwelle hopes to be Germany's first openly gay foreign minister: "I am convinced that today one’s private life is no longer an obstacle. Some other countries may have had a problem with the fact that Angela Merkel became the first female chancellor of Germany. Of course she does not wear a veil on the red carpet when she visits certain Arab states. The American secretary of state (Hillary Clinton) must also hold talks in countries in which women are systematically oppressed. The decision as to who we send as a government representative rests solely with us Germans based on our political and moral standards.”

Butt  roadBUTT magazine holding open call for submissions of gay-themed video art.

 roadEstranged wife of Nevada governor wants veto override of domestic partnership legislation.

 roadGay man forced out of dying partner's room at Oregon Health and Science University hospital: "The nurse said, 'Christopher is very ill. There are some life and death decisions that have to be made and now is not the time for friends to be in the room.' I'm like, 'we don't have any friends in the room'."

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 roadAmsterdam park notifies visitors that they are approaching a 'gay cruising area':  "The signs 'clearly indicate what is happening in each zone; also those where gay men are known to practice 'cruising',' municipal spokeswoman Manon Koffijberg said...'If you don't want to be confronted by a vision of that sort, the signs allow you to avoid specific areas,' said Ms Koffijberg."

 roadAustralian curry company denies homophobic attack at Sydney fair.

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Gammablast  roadAstronomers snap the most distant object they've ever seen.

 roadA look at Trouble the Water, the documentary about Hurricane Katrina.

 roadWashington man pleads guilty in gay immigration fraud case: "A man accused of advising straight immigrants to claim homosexuality - and potential persecution in their home countries - when they applied for asylum has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit immigration fraud."

 roadSenior Thai monk plans to offer "manners course" for monks who wear make-up and carry pink purses.

 roadAlberta, Canada adds sexual orientation to human rights laws: "But the move to expand protections under the Human Rights, Citizenship and Multiculturalism Act was accompanied by a provision allowing parents to pull their kids from school discussions of religion, sexuality or sexual orientation — a move that could let parents yank students from classes on such topics as evolution."


Turkish Airliner Crashs Upon Approach to Amsterdam, 9 Dead

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More than 100 people survived a plane crash at Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport this morning. Nine people have died:

"About 134 people, including crew members, were aboard the Boeing 737, which was bound for Amsterdam's Schiphol International but came down at least a half-mile from a runway, according to one eyewitness. A busy highway separates the crash site from the airport. Schiphol airport spokesperson Ruud de Wever told reporters that nine people were killed, and 25 were badly wounded. Another two dozen or so had lesser injuries, officials said. Airline officials initially had said everyone on board the plane had survived. 'At this moment there are nine victims to mourn and more than 50 injured,' said Michel Bezuijen, acting mayor of Haarlemmermeer, in a televised news conference. Haarlemmermeer is a suburb of Amsterdam where the airport is located. News photos from the scene showed dozens of ambulances and rescue crews gathered around the white Boeing 737, which came to rest on its belly alongside the highway.The plane broke into at least three pieces, with the worst damage at the rear of the fuselage. The wings appeared to be intact and there was no obvious evidence of explosion or fire"

The cause of the crash was not immediately apparent.


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