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road.jpg Tragic rape case in Dubai raises diplomatic tensions between the United Arab Emirates and France.

Axelroad.jpg Buenos Aires, Argentina gets five-star gay hotel: "The receptionists are slender young men in sleek suits, the brochure features chiselled male torsos, the rooms are soundproofed and stocked with condoms and every now and then Judy Garland croons in the bar: welcome to Latin America's first luxury gay hotel...The £3.5m five-storey complex has been conceived and designed as an out and proud celebration of gay identity and sexuality, said Nacho Rodriguez, the general manager. 'This hotel is not just gay-friendly. It is gay.'" Nacho Rodriguez has to be one of the best names ever. Website for the Axel Hotel is here.

road.jpg Lance Bass reveals he was once married to a woman: "People do stupid things in the heat of the moment. I've been in Vegas where I've gotten married for like five minutes, but no one talks about it though. In fact the only reason we did it is because we wanted to get free drinks all night... and we didn't get one."

Steinroad.jpg New York "Realtor to the Stars" found bludgeoned to death in her Fifth Avenue penthouse: "Linda Stein, 62, was found Tuesday night by her daughter, filmmaker Mandy Stein, lying in a pool of blood in the $2.5 million pad at 965 Fifth Ave. on the upper East Side. The city medical examiner ruled her death a homicide yesterday, determining the 5-foot-tall woman died from blunt-force trauma to the head and neck. 'It doesn't seem possible,' said one of Stein's neighbors, Seymour Holtzman, 72. 'It's probably the safest building I know. ... It's shocking.' Stein helped her ex-husband, music mogul Seymour Stein, found Sire Records in the 1970s, a label that launched the careers of Madonna, Talking Heads and Depeche Mode."

road.jpg Catholic school principal caught in drag, loitering in "high drug trafficking and prostitution area."

road.jpg Gay bashing south of Manchester, England has police on alert: "A man is in hospital with extensive facial injuries after being attacked in Orford Park in what police believe may be a homophobic attack. The 39-year-old was walking through the park with a friend on Monday night when a man 'violently attacked' him, detectives said. He was punched to the ground and then repeatedly punched and kicked in the face and head while his attacker told him he was going to kill him. The attack only stopped when a resident alerted by the noise came out of his home. The victim is still in Warrington Hospital with serious facial injuries."

Pattinsonroad.jpg Harry Potter actor Robert Pattinson to play Salvador Dali in new film that suggests Dali had a love affair with Spanish poet Federico Garcia Lorca: "Described by its producers as 'racy' and 'sexy', the film will show Dali and Lorca's feelings deepen into a love affair which the sexually repressed artist tries and fails to consummate. As a substitute, Lorca sleeps with a female friend, with Dali present as a voyeur. The interpretation, by British screenwriter Philippa Goslett, is likely to cause controversy among biographers and historians. Although a physically intimate relationship between the men has long been rumoured, Dali told interviewers more than once that he rejected the homosexual Lorca's attempts to seduce him."

road.jpg Same-sex commitment ceremony announcement inspires hellstorm of hatred in Missouri town.

road.jpg Pete Wentz leap of faith presents podiatric problem.

road.jpg There’s Something About Miriam, the reality show about a 21-year-old transsexual model being wooed by six men who are unaware of her secret, begins airing on FOX Reality Channel tonight. Reality Blurred reports: "When the series first aired in the UK almost four years ago, Miriam said she was really looking for love. 'I did it because I wanted to know if real love exists. Can a person fall in love? I was trying to be myself and if anyone had asked me about myself I would have told them,' she said. As expected, the show was not well-received, and was criticized by many for its premise. The six men sued Sky One and the production company, a subsidiary of Big Brother producer Endemol, for what they said was public humiliation, settled for amounts that 'various reports pegged at anywhere between $150,000 and $250,000 a man.'"

road.jpg What will Brooklyn, New York be like in the year 2012? Sir Ian McKellen gives a narrated tour. (more at Curbed)

Argentina's Los Dogos Win Gay World Cup of Football


Our Towleroad correspondent in Buenos Aires, Dan Fastenberg, sent us these shots of Argentinian club Los Dogos, following their win of the gay football world cup on Saturday. Los Dogos beat British title-holders Stonewall 1-0 in he first gay World Cup to be held in Latin America.

Tomas Gomez, the current IGLFA president, told Fastenberg that it made perfect sense for the event to be held in Buenos Aires, the first country in its region to legalize civil unions: "There’s enough advancement here, and it is noteworthy."

Wrote Fastenberg for the Buenos Aires Herald: "With the first Latin American breakthrough, which was supported by the Buenos Aires city government through its sports department, Buenos Aires now joins a lineup of cities like Atlanta, Copenhagen, and Fort Lauderdale to have hosted the annual Gay World Cup, which has been organized in some form since 1987. 2007 also marks the 25th anniversary of the inaugural Gay Games in San Francisco, out of which the Gay World Cup originally grew.

Said Dogos Captain Mauro Cambone upon his acceptance of the team's trophy: "I’d like to thank God, and all of my team for all the hard work, and the support of the Buenos Aires city government for everything. This was such a thrilling win, and it was great to show Buenos Aires that there’s more to us than our nightlife."


The tournament was not without its activism either. At one of the matches, a banner was unfurled calling for civil unions in all of Argentina, not just Buenos Aires itself.


The AFP reports: "The two teams were among 28 squads from Europe, the Americas and Australia that participated in the 10th gay football world championship aimed at highlighting the fight against homophobia and discrimination."

(Images: Dan Fastenberg)

News: Clay Aiken, Buenos Aires Snow, Steven Spielberg, Madonna

road.jpg Analyst: Apple planning iPhone Nano priced at $300 or lower.

Snowbuenosairesroad.jpg Look out, Buenos Aires: City sees first snow since 1918.

road.jpg Though Sunday night's episode featured its first (and apparently only) full-frontal shot, the boys of Entourage won't be showing much skin any time soon. Says producer Doug Ellin: "I don't have any interest in seeing that. Adrian has tried to do that a couple of times. I've told him no. Sundance specifically. One scene in the hot tub he just decided to go without his pants on, but we didn't use that take."

road.jpg Smell this: Clay Aiken's wandering foot in fracas at 35,000 feet.

road.jpg Michigan judge Janet Neff, whose nomination was objected to by Sam Brownback because she once spoke at a lesbian civil union, is confirmed for Michigan's federal court.

The L.A. Times talks to Hairspray director Adam Shankman: "The movie is so laden with message you can't play the message, ever. I just want people to relate to Tracy's journey. The craziness of the material will never go away. The whole reason you have a man playing Edna is because everything is all mixed up and crazy and you can't judge books by their covers. I am Tracy. I'm this outsider who always just desperately wanted to perform and be successful."

Pedro_andraderoad.jpg Meet Lance Bass' Latin lover Pedro Andrade.

road.jpg Steven Spielberg-designed videogames to be shown off at gaming conference E3: "The first, codenamed LMNO, is a contemporary action adventure, said Neil Young, general manager of EA's Los Angeles studio. The second, with the codename PQRS, is a puzzle game designed for Nintendo's Wii console...Spielberg said the puzzle game 'seemed like a great thing for the entire family to play together over Christmas; although you don't need the excuse of a holiday to enjoy it.' The game has been described as a mix of Saturday-morning cartoon and Jenga. Mr Young said: 'Of course just playing with blocks does not a game make. Now imagine there are up to 50 different properties that can be associated with them. They can explode or form a chemical reaction.'"

road.jpg Shut up and drive: Residents of Oregon town upset about penis-shaped traffic posts.

road.jpg Madonna demands eye contact at Live Earth interviews: "Never look down to check notes - all questions must be memorised or the interview will be terminated."


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