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04/19/2007


Bill Gates Not Fazed by Uganda's 'Kill the Gays' Bill

It's hard to believe Bill Gates isn't familiar with the Draconian Uganda "kill the gays" bill, but in a new interview with the Seattle Times, Gates essentially brushes it off:

Gates Q: Looking at health efforts in Africa, such as HIV prevention and treatment, are you concerned about the Ugandan anti-homosexuality bill, and have you spoken to anyone there about it?

A: The spread of AIDS is a huge problem and obviously we're very involved. I talk in my letter about the great success with this male circumcision effort, and preventative drug trials. There's a tendency to think in the U.S. just because a law says something that it's a big deal. In Africa if you want to talk about how to save lives, it's not just laws that count. There's a stigma no matter what that law says, for sex workers, men having sex with men, that's always been a problem for AIDS. It relates to groups that aren't that visible. AIDS itself is subject to incredible stigma. Open involvement is a helpful thing. I wouldn't overly focus on that. In terms of how many people are dying in Africa, it's not about the law on the books; it's about getting the message out and the new tools.

Think Progress notes: "The bill has been strongly condemned internationally and should be especially troubling to Gates because it 'in effect bans organizations working in HIV and AIDS prevention,' which it considers 'promotion of homosexuality.' The U.N.’s Special Envoy for AIDS in Africa blasted to legislation, saying, 'The law will drive [patients] away from seeking counseling and testing services.'” AIDS activists in Uganda and the U.S. have protested the bill, and the U.N. has threatened to scuttle plans to build an AIDS research center in Uganda if the bill becomes law."


News: Bill Gates, Warhol Scent, Gyllenspit, Vegas, Britney Spears

road.jpg I think now she's doing it on purpose. Britney Spears has run over another foot.

road.jpg Striking gay WGA writers are holding their own march: "It will totally be "Norma Rae" meets the Abbey."

Gatesroad.jpg Closet Idol fan? Bill Gates spotted at Kelly Clarkson concert.

road.jpg In wake of progressive Democrats move to censure Dianne Feinstein, her spokesperson defends: "[Feinstein] has been an independent voice for California."

road.jpg Barack Obama says there are no existing records from his days in the Illinois state senate: "'I don't have _ I don't maintain _ a file of eight years of work in the state Senate because I didn't have the resources available to maintain those kinds of records,' he said at a recent campaign stop in Iowa. He said he wasn't sure where any cache of records might have gone, adding, 'It could have been thrown out. I haven't been in the state Senate now for quite some time.'"

road.jpg Meet the Dixie Chicks of competitive Bridge.

Silverroad.jpg Andy Warhol Foundation launches first of several fragrances: "The scent developed by Aurelien Guichard is a smoky yet spicy cocktail of incense, grapefruit, wood resin, amber jasmine, cedarwood and violet, one Warhol’s favorite aromas. The term is no longer '€˜unisex'€™ but '€˜universal'€™ to indicate that the perfume can be worn by both men and women and is said to smell like metallic rubber."

road.jpg For you Scissor Sisters fans (or haters, I suppose): Whack-a-Sister.

road.jpg Scab-lash: Ellen DeGeneres cancels NYC tapings. "We're delighted that Ellen DeGeneres has decided not to come to New York to tape her program. She knows that the Writers Guild East would have been there to protest her lack of solidarity, not only with her Guild writing staff but all the striking members of the Writers Guild, of which she is a member. We will be even more delighted if she does not cross the Guild picket lines at the NBC Studios in Burbank, where her show usually is produced."

road.jpg Scientists identify oral sex "swallower" gene...in fish.

Gyllenspitroad.jpg Yes, Jake Gyllenhaal and Reese Witherspoon have been captured swapping spit in public.

road.jpg Broadcast of McCain supporter calling Hillary Clinton a bitch sparks war between McCain campaign and CNN: "Now McCain's campaign is trying to turn this to its advantage -- by opening fire on the network and portraying it as both a Hillary ally and a liberal media foil to McCain. McCain campaign manager Rick Davis has just blasted out an email to supporters demanding that CNN apologize to the Arizona Senator for smearing him."

road.jpg Bjorn Borg unveils new underwear line, and invites folks to send in pictures of themselves wearing it. Flashback: Model Search.

road.jpg In July 2006, Patricia Todd became Alabama's first openly gay elected official when she ran a run-off race in the House. Pam Spaulding over at Pam's House blended has posted a series of videos of Todd talking about some of the homophobia she faced during her election.

road.jpg BOOK: Gay community in Vegas on the upswing.


Jobs and Gates on Same Bill for First Time in 20 Years

Gates_jobsHighlights from the meeting of Steve Jobs and Bill Gates at the All Things Digital conference last night. Gates doesn't seem too convinced when Jobs tries to put a positive spin on "PC guy" from the "I'm a Mac" ads. Jobs: "PC guy is great. He's got a big heart."

The complete interview videos can be found here, and here's a transcript.


News: Tommy Morrison, Tuki Brando, Spying, NYC Subways

road.jpg Bill Gates announces he'll contribute $28 million in funding to a project hoping to accelerate the development of an AIDS vaccine. The Canadian government has contributed $111 million. Said Gates: "Tackling AIDS is an incredible challenge. Year by year, we'll track the progress we make on this. Most scientists think that it probably will take more than 10 years. We could get lucky, it could happen sooner than that." Scientists recently announced they had discovered a long sought after site of vulnerability in the virus which could be targeted with a vaccine.

Morrisonroad.jpg Boxer Tommy Morrison says he'll soon be back in the ring after tests find no sign of HIV in his blood. Morrison was banned from boxing after a 1996 test showed he was HIV positive. Morrison: "I did every kind of test they have on the market and one that is not even approved yet," said Morrison, who said he weighs between 220 and 225 pounds, the same as he weighed during his prime. "They can't find any virus. I have taken test after test and they have all come up negative. I look like a pin cushion with all the tests I have taken. They can't find any virus because it never was."

road.jpg Morrissey announces plans for a 40-city tour of North America.

road.jpg Civil rights trial ordered for Catholic leader who assaulted a female protestor who was at a rally objecting to the proposed anti-gay marriage amendment in Massachusetts.

road.jpg New York MTA preparedness chief says New York subways are "ripe, easy targets"; pleads with Homeland Security: "Even if you don’t have the money, do the testing for us. Do something, something. The magnitude of the problem is almost incomprehensible."

road.jpg Hillary now using Bush talking points?

road.jpg Military rapist claims sex between he and his six accusers was consensual.

Tuki_brandoroad.jpg Grandson of Marlon Brando flings his lion's mane across the pages of L'Uomo Vogue.

road.jpg The travesty of the Walter Reed Medical Center: "Dana Priest and Anne Hull of the Washington Post revealed over the weekend that Walter Reed hospital, once perceived as the 'crown jewel of military medicine,' has become 'something else entirely — a holding ground for physically and psychologically damaged outpatients.'" White House Press Secretary Tony Snow admits: "...the president certainly has been aware of the conditions in the wards where he has visited, and visited regularly. And we also have people from Walter Reed regularly over to the White House as the guests, sometimes in fairly large numbers."

road.jpg The Britney saga continues. Girl back in rehab.

road.jpg Big Brother is watching you. New details from a PBS report reveal that "The government is intercepting most emails sent domestically; AT&T is collecting most emails and sharing them with the government, specifically the NSA; The device installed in San Francisco is capable of intercepting 10 GIGBYTES of data per second. In layman's terms, that means it could go through all the information in all the books in the Library of Congress in 15 minutes."


Towleroad Guide to the Tube #80

BARACK OBAMA: Floor statement on need for ending Iraq war; outlines troop cap and phased withdrawal. (source: americablog)

BILL GATES: Talks "Vista" and more on The Daily Show. (source: slog)

AMERICANS QUESTIONED: How embarrassing.

REGIS AND KELLY: Prison Break star Robert Knepper (T-Bag) discusses the origin of his character's name. (source: defamer)

THE "F" WORD (below): HRC's Joe Solmonese and blogger Keith Boykin on CNN.
(source: pageoneq)

Check out our past guides to the Tube here!


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