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04/19/2007


News: Hillary Clinton, Francois Hollande, Connecticut, Australia

1NewsIcon Hoorah! The Michigan legislature put the kibosh on a plan that would have allowed adoption agencies and health officials to forbid same-sex couples from adopting.

Affleckdamon1NewsIcon Matt Damon explains why he never denied rumors about him and Ben Affleck being an item. "I never denied those rumors because I was offended and didn’t want to offend my friends who were gay, as if being gay were some kind of f--king disease. It put me in a weird position in that sense," he told the New York Daily News.

1NewsIcon James Badge Dale covers Glow.

1NewsIcon Dido and Kendrick Lamar make beautiful music, "Let Us Move On."

1NewsIcon Neil Patrick Harris steps out to step into Barney's.

1NewsIcon Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is recovering at home after fainting and suffering a concussion early last week. "At their recommendation, she will continue to work from home next week, staying in regular contact with Department and other officials. She is looking forward to being back in the office soon," said Deputy Secretary of State Philippe Reines The Secretary of State, who also said she will miss a Senate Foreign Relations Committee testimony next week.

Donaldduck1NewsIcon Another fun reason to visit New York City: the just-opened National Museum of Mathematics (MoMath).

1NewsIcon Actress Amanda Seyfried is moving to New York with a gay pal Alex Nesbitt and they plan on opening an antiques shop. "We're planning on opening an antiques and curiosities home store, which we want to call Mr. and Mrs. Nesbitt," said the Les Misérables star. "I'm worried that I'll lose my career one day, and I'll need something I can contribute to creatively."

1NewsIcon Reed Gusciora, a freshly elected gay New Jersey Assemblyman, talks to Michelangelo Signorile about bringing marriage equality to the Garden State, where he says activists and allies need a fresh approach. "The Human Rights [Campaign], the national groups, they need to talk to other gays in the state instead of one person, who everyone seems to talk about [Steven Goldstein, at Garden State Equality]. They're not even talking to legislators. It's short-sighted not to talk to openly gay legislators in the state," he said.

1NewsIcon Heroes large and small of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.

1NewsIcon Local sources say that the Connecticut shooter, Adam Lanza, tried to buy a rifle mere days before the shooting but said he didn't want to wait two-weeks for a background check.

1NewsIcon His motive is still unknown.

BritneyAOL1NewsIcon Remember those once-ubiquitous AOL CD-ROMs?

1NewsIcon Anglican leaders in England are threatening to derail marriage equality legislation there.

1NewsIcon And religious and conservatives leaders are still protesting French President Francois Hollande's plans to legalize same-sex nuptials.

1NewsIcon Inspired by the American Tea Party, which is never a good thing, a group of Australian lawmakers recently formed an organization called CANdo, which among other things is warning that gay marriage down under will lead to Muslim polygamy. "All he was saying was that if you open up marriage to a wider group, then there will be calls for more... Muslim people are allowed polygamous marriage, but there will no doubt be calls for recognition, such as through the welfare system," said one of CANdo's founders, David Flint, the former Australian Broadcasting Authority chair.


Watch: Ben Affleck Jokes About Gay Sex with Matt Damon

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On last night's Jimmy Kimmel, he and Ben Affleck eventually got to their favorite topic.

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Movies: Burton + Depp TLA, and Oscar Weekend!

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GuestbloggerNATHANIEL ROGERS
...dreams of naked gold men with swords this time of year. He blogs daily at the Film Experience.


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This weekend's big release is Alice in Wonderland. Why does anyone release movies on Oscar weekend? Shouldn't everyone be glued to their televisions thinking about last year's movies? Alas, the Oscars are not (yet) in 3D and Wonderland now is. Different target audiences, perhaps.

Picture 14Wonderland marks the 20th anniversary of the fabled collaboration between director Tim Burton & his chief muse Johnny Depp. Together they've made...

1990 Edward Scissorhands
1994 Ed Wood
1999 Sleepy Hollow
2005 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
2005 Corpse Bride
2007 Sweeney Todd
2010 Alice in Wonderland

Number 7 ties them (numerically) with the classic pairing of Woody Allen and Diane Keaton, though those 70s lovebirds unfortunately never bantered neurotically in 3D. Soon they'll overtake even the once prolific Scorsese & DeNiro! That's a lot of movies for a director/star pair. They've made so many they've essentially merged brands. Which means you know already if you Want or Do Not Want. There seem to be two camps now: the 'enough alreadys' who think their quirk has calcified and the 'do that to me one more times'  who find their films imaginative and rewarding.

No Wonderland for me though until we get through...

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...OSCAR WEEKEND.
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How You Can Help Ben Affleck with His Hangover

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Ben Affleck tells Esquire: "The best thing for a hangover is something one straight man can't do for another straight man."


News: Bruno, EHarmony, Cuba, Eric Balfour, Old New York, Footloose

 roadEHarmony launches gay matchmaking service as a result of settlement in discrimination lawsuit: "It's not a comfortable fit for EHarmony's founder, Neil Clark Warren, who based the original service -- which requires applicants to fill out lengthy questionnaires -- on his own practice as a psychologist. 'It's what I did for 40 years,' said Warren, 74, who is retired but remains on the board. 'I never had a gay couple.'"

Bruno  roadSacha Baron Cohen's Bruno slapped with NC-17 rating over gay sex.

 road"Ex-gay" therapy group can't rid themselves of shame: "The assumption of these men is that if they can work through a childhood issue that they believe led them to being attracted to other men, they will be able to live as heterosexuals. That notion runs counter to the notion that people are born gay and can't change. None of the men in the group felt comfortable to talk with The Bee."

 roadWingnuts Lou Sheldon and Andrea Lafferty on what might happen if gays are allowed in the military: "Imagine the impact that the rampant spread of STDs, including HIV would have on the military? How will the military handle the spread of these diseases in the barracks? How will the military handle sodomy in battlefield situations?"

 roadDo-It-Yourself: Is this where magazines are headed?

 roadSTUDY: Police across Europe unequipped to deal with homophobic crimes. "The European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights said police in most countries were incapable of dealing with homophobic crime -- ranging from verbal abuse to deadly attacks -- and said many governments and schools failed to take it seriously enough. This creates a vicious circle, with victims preferring to remain 'invisible' rather than being open about their sexual orientation or reporting abuse to authorities, the study showed."

 roadChace Crawford to replace Zac Efron in Footloose remake?

Cuba  roadMariela Castro launches anti-homophobia campaign in Cuba: "The 2009 campaign for respect for freedom of sexual orientation, under the slogan "Diversity is Natural", will try to contribute to 'the education of society in general, with an emphasis on university students, about respect for people's free and responsible sexual orientation and gender identity, as an exercise in equity and social justice.'"

 roadAffleck and Damon, BFFs.

 roadThe UK has a gay Apprentice candidate.

 roadActor Eric Balfour wearing a sock during some strange Red Hot Chilli Peppers parody at Here lounge in L.A. (possibly NSFW)

 roadSnow Patrol fight back against accusations they're dull: "Jonny fights fires. Tom (Simpson, keyboardist) toils shirtless on construction sites, Paul (Wilson, bassist) is in the Navy Reserve. Nathan (Connolly, guitarist) is a volunteer policeman and I explore my Cherokee ancestry. We're like the Village People, only slightly less gay."

 roadEddie Cibrian's boyband past comes back to haunt him.

Nyc  roadEarly daguerrotype image of New York City sells for $62,500 at auction.

 roadCalifornia Libertarian Party backs effort to replace the word "marriage" with "domestic partnership" throughout California law.

 roadL.A.'s Outfest Film Festival shakes up leadership: "Kirsten Schaffer, formerly director of programming and deputy director for the Los Angeles-based organization, replaces Todd Heustess who had been in the job just seven months." 

 roadOprah's boarding school in South Africa rocked by lesbian sexual harassment scandal.


News: Mumbai, Pilot Whales, Britney Spears, Scuba, Pregnant Man

road.jpg A grim first look inside the Taj Hotel following the weekend's deadly terrorist siege in Mumbai. The owner of the Taj said the hotel had temporarily increased security following a warning they received. The Big Picture offers some powerful and troubling photos. Hostages says he wishes he had a gun rather than a camera. This video allegedly shows the final living terrorist beaten and arrested. Condoleezza Rice heads to India.

Slumdogroad.jpg Danny Boyle's Slumdog Millionaire wins big at British independent film awards (Bifas): "...the story of a Mumbai teenage boy who astounds all around him by doing well on the Indian Who Wants To Be a Millionaire quiz show, won best film, best director and best newcomer for its British lead."

road.jpg Pregnant man Thomas Beatie and family go international.

road.jpg Scottish women targeted in homophobic gravel attack: "Police say the happened at around 2am yesterday morning as the pair made their way along Duke Street towards Lochend Road following a night out. The women, aged 34 and 35 were then subjected homophobic abuse by two men who were walking in the opposite direction. The men then picked up gravel from the ground and threw it. One of the women had gravel thrown directly in her face before both men ran off towards Leith Links."

road.jpg Britney Spears goes on the record, brings Circus to X-Factor.

road.jpg Scientists: Blueberries can improve memory.

road.jpg Nature/nurture argument for homosexuality to be informed by forthcoming study of twins.

Scubaroad.jpg Scuba dive in the middle of the Utah desert.

road.jpg Judge rules murder of gay man in Australia not homophobic: "The court had heard Fleming, 35, and the youth, who cannot be named for legal reasons, were sharing a beer at a Narrabeen toilet block while sheltering from a storm. Fleming, a 'gentle, childlike man' with Asperger’s Syndrome later approached the youth with his trousers down and attempted to hug him. NSW Supreme Court justice David Kirby said the killing was the result of a failure of communication. 'He feared that he may be raped or sexually assaulted,' Kirby told the court as he handed down the sentence. 'He says, and I accept, he is not homophobic.'"

Penguinsroad.jpg Gay penguins segregated at China zoo after urge to father children leads them to steal eggs. No doubt the wingnuts will be all over this story.

road.jpg Tampa, Florida area sees shift in attitudes toward gay people: "The gay and lesbian community that left Ybor City in the early 1990s is returning to play a key role in its resurrection. A local salsa instructor is satisfying a growing interest in a class for gay and lesbian dancers. And in Palmetto, the nation's first gay and lesbian retirement community is appealing to people nationwide seeking a slice of Florida paradise. Perhaps no sign of support is clearer than the election of Kevin Beckner, the county's first openly gay commissioner. He defeated Brian Blair, a supporter of the county's ban on recognizing gay pride."

road.jpg British rugby league adopts stance against homophobia: "League officials say posters and logos carrying the message, 'Some people are gay. Get over it!' will be displayed at rugby league grounds, in programs and fan areas, as a bid to promote LGBT integration in the sport.

road.jpg Ben Affleck shaves his head.

Pilotroad.jpg More than 150 pilot whales die in mass stranding in Tasmania.

road.jpg Gay Catholic's book ruffles frocks at Boston church.

road.jpg Secret behind Tina Fey's scar revealed.

road.jpg Norman Mailer writer's colony to launch in May in Provincetown: "Still in its planning stages, the center, to be funded entirely through private donations, is scheduled to host at least seven weeklong seminars next summer, as well as monthlong fellowships and other events. And that's just the first season, Schiller said. Colony organizers include an ad­visory board of noted authors, among them Günter Grass, Joan Didion and Doris Kearns Goodwin. They are still planning the curriculum for the fall and winter seasons...The summer seminars, which will begin in May and end in August, will range in theme from first-person journalism to documentary filmmaking."

road.jpg Huffington Post raises $25 million in new capital from OAk Investment Partners.

road.jpg Warrant out for Polish man suspected in homophobic UK attack.


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