Photographer Kevin Tachman won First Place in Billboard and PDN's Summer Music Moment photo contest. You may remember I posted the photo of the Scissor Sisters performing at the annual Top Of The Mountain show at the Silvretta Arena Ischgl-Samnaun in Ischgl, Austria, in April 2007.
Last week I posted about Joerg Haider, a closeted, far-right Austrian politician who died in a fiery car accident hours after being seen at a gay bar.
The story has developed: "Stefan Petzner, 27, recently replaced Haider as the leader of the Alliance for the Future of Austria, and has appeared in public crying since his death. He admitted on an Austrian radio show that he was the deceased politician’s longstanding lover, the Independent reported. Petzner admitted a 'magnetic attraction' when he met Haider five years ago while working as a reporter. 'We had a relationship that went far beyond friendship,' the Independent quoted Petzner as saying during the emotional interview. 'Joerg and I were connected by something truly special. He was the man of my life.' He said that he rushed to Haider’s side when he heard of the 52-year-old politician’s car crash. Petzner insisted Haider’s widow, Claudia, was aware of their relationship and did not object. Party officials were reeling Wednesday, trying to limit political damage by canceling Petzner’s upcoming interviews and trying to prevent his radio interview from being rebroadcast."
According to the AP, "Haider sought to distance himself from his rightist past, which included a comment in 1991 that the Third Reich had an 'orderly employment policy' and a 1995 reference to concentration camps as 'the punishment camps of National Socialism.'"
Austrian far right politician Jörg Haider, who was killed last weekend when the VW Phaeton he was driving burned after crashing into a concrete barrier, was last seen at a gay nightclub called the Stadtkraemer, where he had apparently gone following a party for right wing leaders, the Daily Mail reports:
"The Stadtkraemer – which translates to The City Shopkeeper – is a well known haunt for the Klagenfurt gay community and advertises itself on the Internet with the slogan: 'Whether old or young, lesbian or gay, the restaurant is always cool.' A fellow diner offered to drive Haider home because he looked the worse for wear, but the 58-year-old governor of the state of Carinthia turned him down. Haider headed for the notorious gay establishment after his appearance at a night club, the public prosecutor in Klagenfurt confirmed. He arrived at a quarter past midnight on Saturday morning, left thirty minutes later and was dead within half-an-hour. Despite being married with two daughters, Haider was 'outed' years ago by the Austrian and German press for being homosexual."
Last month I posted about Kathy Gilleran, who has been searching for her son Aeryn since he went missing in Vienna, Austria in October 2007. It's a sad tale which seems to get more hopeless by the day:
"Co-workers last saw Gillern on Monday, Oct. 29, about 6:15 p.m. when he left work. He had hosted his partner for the weekend and dropped him off at the train station to start the day, Gilleran learned. When he failed to show up for work the next two days, Gillern's partner and his upstairs neighbor went to the police to file a missing person report. They were told that Austrian police were not required to take missing persons reports on non-citizens and were sent away, Gilleran said. Not satisfied, UNIDO co-workers contacted the Austrian Foreign Ministry, which directed police to begin an investigation, said Gilleran, who arrived in Vienna on Nov. 2 to begin searching for her son..."
It's frustrating enough to read about Kathy Gilleran's story. I can't imagine what it would be like to live it.
Gay American missing in Austria, but family gets the brush-off. Mom: "I sat here as a voyeur, for...over a year and a half watching [the Natalee Holloway story] nightly, thinking to myself...'thank God that's not me'...and all of a sudden, it's like I'm [Beth Holloway], except I don't have the blond-haired, blue-eyed cheerleader. I've got the 34-year-old gay man that people are not going to feel that same compassion for."
Varla Jean Merman celebrates 10 years in drag.
Ernest Borgnine's secret to staying young — masturbation.
Arkansas Democratic Party chair Bill Gwatney shot and killed by man he didn't know: "Police said Timothy Dale Johnson, 50, of Searcy, barged into Bill Gwatney's office on Wednesday and shot him multiple times. There were no signs that Gwatney and Johnson, who was later shot dead by officers, knew each other. A Target retail store in Conway had fired Johnson early Wednesday because he had written graffiti on a wall, police said. Before noon, Johnson was in Gwatney's office in Little Rock with a handgun."
Michael Phelps — how it all began.
John McCain wrestled in high school. His nickname was "the punk".
Madonna's 50th birthday president from Guy Ritchie: a portrait by Banksy?
Weeds star Hunter Parrish joins cast of Broadway's Spring Awakening.
Drive against Evan Bayh as Obama VP choice picks up steam: "A Facebook group opposing Bayh reached about 1,500 members by Thursday morning."
Gene Robinson lashes out at Diocese of Sydney, Australia: "The one place where I am not 'the gay bishop' is in my own diocese. I tell people that if you want to see what the church is going to be like when we finish obsessing about sex, come to New Hampshire. There I’m just the bishop. I spend ninety per cent of my time in the diocese doing the things that a bishop does, and my sexuality is rarely mentioned. [It’s only] when I leave the diocese that I become this other thing...It is ironic that the Sydney Diocese, taking in one of the great gay cities of the world, is also among the most bigoted."
New fingerprint test reveals much more than identity: "In the experiments described in the Science paper, solutions containing tiny amounts of various chemicals including cocaine and the explosive RDX were applied to the fingertips of volunteers. The volunteers touched surfaces like glass, paper and plastic. The researchers then analyzed the fingerprints. Because the spatial resolution is on the order of the width of a human hair, the Desi technique did not just detect the presence of, for instance, cocaine on the surface, but literally showed a pattern of cocaine in the shape of the fingerprint, leaving no doubt who had left the cocaine behind."
One of the Jonas brothers is a cop from a 70's porn film.
Choreographer/director Adam Shankman would love to see Lance Bass paired with a guy on Dancing with the Stars: "I would be thrilled to see something like that. It would be so new and it would break so many barriers and just crash through walls. I would love that. They're trying to keep people in their comfort zone. But at the same time, they're trying to create new ways to keep the shows fresh, so that would be a way."
Channing Tatum to jump off buildings.
Italian man wins $157,700 in damages in driving test lawsuit: "When 26 year-old Danilo Giuffrida told doctors he was gay at his medical examination for military service, they passed the information to the transport ministry, who told him he must repeat his driving test or have his license withdrawn due to his 'sexual identity disturbance.' Giuffrida agreed to re-take his test, passed it for a second time, but the ministry renewed his license for just one year rather than the usual 10 years because of his homosexuality."
Man who created 'Men on a Mission' Mormon beefcake calendar faces excommunication from the Church of Latter Day Saints by council of elders...
Mayor of Nice, France holds press conference to show off birth certificates of the latest members of the Brangelina Bunch, Knox and Vivienne.
Report: Retailers shunning Victoria Beckham's men's jeans line. "The delay comes just months after the denim range was relegated to the bargain basement bins of several US boutiques while many announced they would no longer carry it because of poor sales."
Gay Atlanta upholstery/design store owners targeted by vandals: "Beginning late last month, someone has returned to the couple's upholstery and design business in Buckhead over and over, using spray paint or permanent markers to write anti-gay messages on their windows, according to an Atlanta police report."
South Carolina has pulled a gay tourism campaign created by an overseas contractor unaware of the state government's homophobia. Agency investigating ways to discipline employees who signed off on it. Greenville County GOP State Sen. David Thomas: "From my own perspective, it's bad for the state to make such statements about the state, to assert that South Carolina has gay beaches. . "I think that sends a cross message when we're saying, 'Come to South Carolina for its family-friendly beaches.'"
Apple claims sales of one million iPhone 3Gs in first weekend, 10 million downloads from App Store.
Australia: Pope to apologize for sex abuse by priests.
Rafael Nadal: buff on the beach.
HGTV Design Star host Mikey Verdugo is an out gay police officer with a gay bondage porn past. Here are the photos (very NSFW)...
Prince Harry following in the footsteps of Diana...
120,000 take to the streets for Gay Pride in Vienna: " Thirty-degree heat and sunny weather ensured record attendance for the 13th edition of the march, which like almost all other events this year in Austria had a football theme, even two weeks after the end of Euro 2008. 'No more offsides!' organisers urged, calling for legalised gay marriage and an end to discrimination, although daring high heels, rather than soccer boots, were the choice of footwear on the Ring boulevard where the Fan Mile recently stood."
Ewan McGregor out of Africa.
The world's oldest known blogger, 108-year-old Olive Riley, died on Saturday: "An Australian woman described as the world's oldest Internet blogger has died at the age of 108 after posting a final message about singing "a happy song" in her nursing home. Olive Riley 'passed away peacefully on July 12 and will be mourned by thousands of Internet friends and hundreds of descendants and other relatives,' a note on her website said. Riley had posted more than 70 entries on her blog from Woy Woy on the east coast since February last year, sharing her thoughts on modern life and her experiences living through the entire 20th century." Watch a video of Riley here.