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04/19/2007


News: Oscar Wilde, El Niño, Pepto-Bismol, Vladimir Putin, Iraq

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U.S. military probing claims by Iraqi refugee that servicemembers were involved in the executions of gays in Iraq.

Ryanlandry

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Provincetown player Ryan Landry stars as Oscar Wilde in production of Moises Kaufman's Gross Indecency.

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Save the Earth, piss in the shower.

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New El Niño may be second-strongest.

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The Majority: Condé Nast's 'A-gay' tower of power?

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Bolivia bans all circus animals: "Bolivia has enacted what animal rights activists are calling the world's first ban on all animals in circuses. A handful of other countries have banned the use of wild animals in circuses, but the Bolivian ban includes domestic animals as well."

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Phyllis Schlafly unleashes on the National Education Association for supporting gays at its annual convention in San Diego.

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Allen Thornell, LGBT leader in Georgia, dies after suffering stroke.

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Leonardo Dicaprio hits the beach in Ibiza.

Pepto

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Pepto-Bismol ice cream: hangover cure?

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Murses and the dudes who dig them. (via the awl)

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Stonewall Shooting Sports: Gay Utah group to join gun rights march in Salt Lake City.

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Killer of gay seaman August Provost, who committed suicide while in custody, had tried to kill himself twice before.

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Movieline interviews photographer Bruce Weber.

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Maybe the only reason to see the new G.I. Joe flick?

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The NYT visits the John Bartlett boutique: "It’s not as if this store is exclusively gay; it’s just secure in its sexuality. Contrary to current film and television, there is a large segment of confident gay men out there who aren’t that obsessed with fashion. They work hard, and just need some nice clothes for jobs and second dates."

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What Tom Cruise, John Travolta, and Will Smith will be wearing this fall.

Putin

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Russian PM Vladimir Putin shows off his macho self again. FLASHBACK: A river runs through Russia: Fishing with Pin-up Putin.

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75% of Poles against same-sex marriage.

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Glenn Beck: Don't get violent, even though I've been riling you up for years.

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Error rate increases as signatures are counted in Washington state anti-gay ballot measure.

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Massachusetts teen held on $1000 bond after anti-gay assault: "According to the victim, he and his female friend were walking on Bay Street when they were approached by a group of four boys. They identified two of the four as Ambers and Gregg, who appeared to be intoxicated when they directed their attention toward the victim in an aggressive manner. Though she tried to keep Ambers at a distance, the victim’s friend told officers her attempts were futile. Reports say Ambers and Gregg shouted homosexual slurs as they punched and kicked the teenager until he fell to the ground."

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Annie Lennox, backwards and forwards.


News: Australia, Sarah Palin, Terence Koh, Baltimore Firefighters

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Gay couples stage mock weddings across Australia: "In the largest protest, about 2,000 people, many in bridal veils, marched on the Labour Party's national policy-making conference in Sydney, chanting 'gay, straight, black or white, marriage is a civil right.' Similar rallies and mock weddings were held in the southern capital of Melbourne and the Queensland city of Brisbane."

Joker

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Obama "Joker" posters turning up around L.A.

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Jessica Simpson wants to know if "asks" is a word.

vUS. Commerce Dept. will report same-sex couples in the 2010 census.

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Todd and Sarah Palin to divorce: affairs on both sides. Denials.

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August Provost murder probe to remain open despite suspect's suicide.

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James Kirchick: Don't trust Obama on gay marriage. "Even if Obama does in fact believe in marriage equality, he hasn't done -- and is unlikely to do -- much to forward the cause. And apart from some toothless sniping from a handful of gay activists and donors, he seems to be getting away with it."

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Giraffe and goat love one another.

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Music industry unraveling at "utterly breathtaking" speed. Here's a fascinating chart.

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Broadway performer Nick Adams to make solo cabaret debut at Birdland on August 17.

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Giorgio Armani performs his annual Speedo promenade.

Baltimore

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Baltimore police officers Jeffrey Chaney and John Kowalczyk are making things better for LGBT folks in Baltimore.

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Gay Pride marked in Stockholm, Sweden and Belfast, Northern Ireland.

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Air Force One flyover: Scenes from inside a PR disaster.

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Human Rights Watch urges Burundi to reverse new law making homosexuality illegal: "The government needs to listen to these voices to understand the harm it is doing to Burundians with its state-sanctioned discrimination. The government should rescind this law and instead work to promote equality and understanding."

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Madonna shares her spiritual awakening with the world, or at least Israel, where she's to have a concert.

Koh

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Artist Terence Koh and his partner Garrick Gott "marry" in East Hampton, NY, honeymoon in Tahiti. Koh: I designed the dress myself. It was my mom’s dress, and I just went and bought $50 of tulle. Then Jen Brill, Stella Schnabel, and Kathy Grayson—they were the bestest bridesmaids—helped me sew it on last minute. It felt like a floating snowball."

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Senator Chris Dodd diagnosed with prostate cancer.

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Jake Gyllenhaal hits the Elton John concert in Philly.

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Pope Benedict to perform on record label founded by gay man: "The label said listeners would be 'shocked' by his 'incredible voice'. The album, which features the Pope using five different languages, will be released on 30 November."

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Male model fix: Kyle Ledeboer.

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One in ten people highly attractive to mosquitoes: "'People with high concentrations of steroids or cholesterol on their skin surface attract mosquitoes,' ]professor Jerry] Butler tells WebMD. That doesn't necessarily mean that mosquitoes prey on people with higher overall levels of cholesterol, Butler explains. These people simply may be more efficient at processing cholesterol, the byproducts of which remain on the skin's surface. Mosquitoes also target people who produce excess amounts of certain acids, such as uric acid, explains entomologist John Edman, PhD, spokesman for the Entomological Society of America. These substances can trigger mosquitoes' sense of smell, luring them to land on unsuspecting victims."


Suspect in Murder of Gay Sailor August Provost Kills Himself

Jonathan Campos, a 32-year-old sailor from Lancaster, California who faced 16 charges, including arson, unlawful entry, theft of military property, wrongful possession of a firearm, and the murder of fellow seaman August Provost, took his life while in custody:

Provost "Campos...apparently died of self-inflicted asphyxiation, said Brian O'Rourke, a spokesman for Navy Region Southwest. Brig staff members had checked on Campos about 11:45 a.m. and found him in 'satisfactory condition,' O'Rourke said. At 12:21 p.m., however, he was found 'unresponsive on his cot.' The staff administered CPR and took Campos to a hospital, but he was pronounced dead about an hour later. Both Campos and Provost, who was gay, were assigned to Assault Craft Unit 5. Gay-rights leaders and some of Provost's friends and relatives have expressed concern that Provost might have been killed because of his sexual orientation. The Navy has said there was no evidence of a hate crime."

The L.A. Times adds, "Campos...had apparently asphyxiated himself with toilet paper, officials said. He had been on suicide watch in the brig..."


Authorites: Gay Sailor's Murder Not Related to Sexual Orientation

More details about the circumstances surrounding the murder of gay seaman August Provost at Camp Pendleton on June 30 have been released. Authorities maintain that Provost's murder was not related to his sexual orientation but part of a string of crimes by Petty Officer 2nd Class Jonathan Campos:

Provost "Campos, 32, of Lancaster, faces 16 charges, including murder, arson, unlawful entry, theft of military property and wrongful possession of a firearm. He also is charged with soliciting a civilian in San Diego to murder another sailor the day after Provost's killing. Brown said Campos and Provost served in the 500-member assault craft unit, whose members are trained to pilot jet-powered hovercraft onto beaches for amphibious operations. They likely had met before, he said, but there's no evidence to suggest they knew each other well. Campos had served with the unit for most of the past two years, while Provost joined the Navy in March 2008 after completing three years of college and had joined the unit last September. Navy officials accuse Campos of using hallucinogenic mushrooms several times between May 1 and June 2. On June 13, he allegedly broke into the off-base home of a fellow service member in San Diego and stole an Xbox computer-game system, jewelry and a .45 caliber Kimber pistol. The same pistol was used to kill Provost, investigators allege. On June 20, Campos was picked up for driving under the influence. About a week later, he faced administrative punishment from his Navy commanders. At the time, Brown said, the Navy had not linked Campos to the home burglary. About 11:30 p.m. June 30, Provost took his post at a guard shack along the driveway to the assault craft unit's entrance. Sometime before 3:30 a.m., Navy officials allege, Campos approached the guard shack, shot Provost several times and stole his 9mm Beretta service pistol. Campos then allegedly set fire to the shack – with Provost's body still inside – using gasoline and a lighter."


Fellow Sailor Charged with Murder of Gay Seaman August Provost

Navy officials have named the fellow sailor charged with the June 30 murder of gay seaman August Provost at Camp Pendleton, and charged him with additional crimes, the North County Times reports:

Provost "Navy Petty Officer Jonathan Campos, a 32-year-old gas system technician, has been charged with murder, arson, unlawful entry, unlawful possession of a firearm and a host of other charges in connection with last month's fatal shooting of a seaman at Camp Pendelton...Campos, of Lancaster, is being held at the brig at Miramar Marine Corps Air Station and is cooperating with investigators, who reiterated that there is no indication the killing of August Provost III on June 30 was a hate crime. Provost was gay. 'An investigative hearing will be held in the coming weeks,' the Navy said. 'During the hearing, a military investigating officer will hear evidence to evaluate the charges and evidence.' Officials repeatedly have rejected assertions that Provost was killed because he was gay, as some members of his family have suggested."

Provost's sister told the Dallas Voice last week that she had information suggesting that Campos killed Provost for fear of being outed. Provost was buried two weeks ago and a vigil held near Camp Pendleton in his honor. Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee has called for a Congressional inquiry.


Fear of Outing Led to Murder of Sailor August Provost, Sister Says

A fellow sailor fearful of being outed shot gay Sailor August Provost multiple times and lit a fire to try and destroy the evidence, Provost's sister tells the Dallas Voice:

Provost "Rose Roy, of Beaumont, the sister of Provost’s father, said in a phone interview Tuesday, July 14 that she’s 'not at liberty' to identify the source who provided the information to the family. But Roy said the source told the family Provost had a heated argument with the suspect a week before his murder, and that the sailor now being held as a person of interest by the Navy has a history of mental illness. 'This guy went the extra mile to make sure that my nephew would never be able to speak about his [the killer’s] sexuality,' Roy said. 'My nephew died for reasons other than what the military is saying.' Neither Provost’s other family members nor his partner, identified as Kaether Cordero of Houston, could be reached for comment this week. Roy’s latest statements marked a departure from previous assertions by her and other family members that Provost’s murder was an anti-gay hate crime. Provost complained about being harassed because of his sexual orientation in the months prior to his death, his family has said. Some LGBT activists have speculated that Provost’s murder is tied to 'don’t ask, don’t tell,' the ban on gay servicemembers that could have deterred him from reporting the harassment to superiors."

Provost was buried last week and a vigil held near Camp Pendleton in his honor. Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee has called for a Congressional inquiry.


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