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 roadAl Sharpton is Team Harold Ford Jr.

Frog  roadTransparent frog among 30 new species discovered in coastal rainforests of western Ecuador: "The team of scientists, who work for Reptile and Amphibian Ecology International, also identified four new species of stick insect, three species of lungless salamanders, a tiny, scaly-eyed gecko known as Lepidoblepharis buschwaldii and a bushmaster – the longest viper in the world."

 roadMadonna wants to have Jesus' baby.

 roadCoachella music fest announces 2010 line-up.

 roadBudding "ex-gay" sounds off: "But for the first time in my life, I’ve been getting to know girls. It’s been a blast. As a teacher, I find them naturally adept at flying helicopters. They listen and they are good at multi-tasking. They are fun to be around and sometimes they’re pretty."

 roadGays in Buffalo, NY rally in response to recent gay bashings: "he evening was light by candlelight as the hundreds gathered moved through Buffalo's historically gay neighborhood. Allentown is the home to many glbt residents, businesses and most of the area's gay bars. Many observers were clearly moved as the participants began to move their candlelight procession down Allen Street towards Main Street. This marked the first time in recent memory that there has been any public demonstration of gay civil rights in Allentown."

 roadVideo: Katy Perry and Timbaland in "If We Ever Meet Again".

Bomer  roadWhite Collar actor Matt Bomer, who recently said he's not bothered by gay rumors, once posed for the cover of a gay novel.

 roadScott Brown is White Obama.

 roadUgandans threaten U.S. product boycott over anti-gay bill: "Sempa said, 'Most Ugandans do not support homosexuality. We are to launch a campaign against consumption of US, UK, and Canada products in Uganda if those countries continue to threaten our country because of the anti gay bill. We will make people stop buying Coca Cola, Pepsi Cola and other products from USA.' Ugandan observers however claim that while the government might not tolerate Sempa’s declarations due to the high economic stakes, Sempa’s threats, if realised, could prove risky for Ugandans as it could put a high number of people out of work."

 roadThe state of gay media in Atlanta.

 roadNJ gay groups target Senator Kean, who voted "no" on marriage equality bill: "Mannix said it wasn't simply Kean's 'no' vote on the measure that sparked the movement against him. It was mainly a speech Kean delivered on the floor of the Senate prior to the vote, he said."

 roadHugh Jackman must spend half his life shirtless in the water.

Depp  roadJohnny Depp does GQ.

 roadKelly Orr, lead singer of the band Teen Hearts, is a loser.

 roadNewt's list: "Among the other Republican candidates Gingrich named as possible 2012 contenders included former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee. Also included on Gingrich's list are Govs. Tim Pawlenty of Minnesota, Mitch Daniels of Indiana, Haley Barbour of Mississippi, Rick Perry of Texas and Bobby Jindal of Louisiana. South Dakota Sen. John Thune may also be a potential candidate, Gingrich said."

 roadSpeculation surrounds Sydney Mardi Gras line-up.

 roadWhy the sudden shift by China on gay rights? "Chinese forums are awash with the debate, another sign that things may be changing. One poster even joked that tóng xìng (same-sex) relationships could be the answer to the country's lopsided boy-to-girl ratio. It is estimated that by 2020 around 24m Chinese men of marrying age will be without spouses."

News, Elton John, GLAAD, Nevada Prostitute, Dubai, Miep Gies

 roadMarriage equality at center of Iowa's governor race.

Elton  roadElton John to the rescue of American Idol?

 roadMiep Gies, who hid the family of Anne Frank for two years, dies at age 100.

 roadUK Parliament to host its first gay wedding.

 roadGLAAD President Jarrett Barrios responds to Michelangelo Signorile's article suggesting that the watchdog group is corrupted by the fundraising it solicits from the very organizations it is supposed to police. Says Barrios: "...while criticism is certainly welcome, as it would be from all who we serve in our media advocacy work, the central thesis of Signorile’s piece is incorrect."

 roadFirst look: Adam Lambert tapes Oprah.

 roadThen Lambert hits drag show in Chicago.

 roadSan Diego police after thief who targets gay men: "The suspect, who has identified himself as 'Paul' or 'John,' has picked up at least two men on separate occasions Dec. 2 and 18 at Urban Mo’s on University Avenue near Third Avenue, San Diego police said. The victims, who were in their 30s, ended up inviting the suspect back to their homes in North Park and Bankers Hill. When they woke up, they discovered that items such as laptops, cash, credit cards and Chargers gear had been stolen. Investigators believe the suspect may have slipped drugs into his victims’ drinks to knock them out."

Grindr  roadBlocked on Grindr.

 roadKiefer Sutherland wears dress to Leno because its humiliating.

 roadTwo men arrested for homosexuality in Dubai: "The first man, MN, is charged with prostitution, consensual homosexual sex, producing pornographic material, cross-dressing and insulting religion. The second, MF, an 18-year-old student, is charged with prostitution. Homosexuality is illegal in the UAE. Both defendants face a minimum of three years imprisonment and a maximum sentence of 15 years if found guilty."

 roadBuffalo gay and lesbian community calls for unity in wake of anti-gay attacks.

 road"Dinosaur-sized shark" kills tourist in South Africa.

 roadRichard Hatch: I'll be exonerated. Also, I have projects...

 roadNavy faults leadership in hazing probe.

 roadDoomsday Clock moved one minute further away from midnight, because of Obama.

 roadBritish MPs urged to condemn Uganda anti-gay bill.

Prostitute  roadFirst legal male prostitute in Nevada speaks: "I think gay people are very put-together. I think they're very classy, very well-organized people. They have great personalities. I have nothing against them, but that's not me. And as the first male that's entering this field legally in the entire United States, I'd like to assert my rights and say that I can sit here and have a decent conversation, but I draw the line at that. In the adult industry they said, "Well you're not going to make enough money. The equation's already set—you have to go gay for pay if you want to make the big bucks." So, that's prostitution, in my opinion. That's disrespect to the artist. My sphincter isn't for sale."

 roadAnthologist seeks folks to write about coming out.

 roadMassachusetts GOP candidate Scott Brown gets support from hate groups: "Another group on the SPLC's list, MassResistance, is also urging its ideological allies to vote for Brown. A blatantly anti-gay organization, MassResistance says Democratic candidate Martha Coakley's 'enthusiastic support of [the] radical homosexual/transgender agenda' is reason enough to oppose her -- though the group worries Brown is moving to the left to try to win independents."

Two Buffalo, NY Women Arrested for Anti-Gay Hate Crime

Two women who were reportedly part of a larger group of ten people have been arrested and charged with robbery, grand larceny, aggravated harassment and criminal mischief as a hate crime:

Walden "The attack occurred at about 1:30 p. m. in the lower parking lot near the Macy’s end of the mall. The victim, a 20-year-old Buffalo man, was threatened inside the mall by a group of about 10 people known to him as members of a local gang. He was then followed outside to the parking lot, where he was pepper sprayed, kicked, punched and robbed. The two women charged were Joy Darden, 18, of Zelmer Street, and Deonna Burnett, 19, of East End Avenue.' They confronted him a few times and followed him out,' said Speyer. 'They were pretty brutal in their pursuit. Obviously we need to take a stance against this.' Darden and Burnett are accused of stealing a bag of jewelry, cash and other items worth more than $1,000. Police also found a threatening note with gay slurs on the victim’s car, which was vandalized. The vehicle was coated with a soaplike substance, and a mirror was ripped off."

There were additional charges to those listed above: "Burnett also was charged with unlawful possession of noxious matter and unlawful possession of marijuana. Darden received an additional charge of criminal impersonation."

Buffalo, NY Woman Has Face, Eye Slashed in Possible Hate Crime

A Buffalo, New York woman was slashed in the eye by a group of attackers on New Year's Eve outside a club in the city's Allentown neighborhood.

WIVB reports: Lindseyharmon "Buffalo Police are investigating an early-morning stabbing outside a club in the Allentown area. A woman was taken to the hospital after she was slashed in the right eye. Police responded to the incident on Main and Allen Streets, outside Club Roxy's just after 2 a.m. Friday. No word on the victim's condition or if an arrest has been made."

There is, word, however, of the victims condition on Facebook, and based on the report there should be hate crime charges here:

"On dec 31st, 2009 my girlfriend lindsay harmon was stabbed by a white female that was walking with a group of 4 black males, and 1 other white female. They were walking down main street in front of roxys complex towards virgina when they decided to harass and assault lindsay, dina, and myself using very hateful words towards gays, and lesbians, while then the situation turning into a physical confrontation. Lindsay was stabbed in the right eye, right cheek, and left arm causing very serious injuries. The girl that did this got away by running with her group of friends down main toward virgina street. Please if anyone has any information or saw even a little bit of what happen that horrific night please contact me @ 716-225-8181...or detective tim rooney @ 716-851-4403. ALSO please send this page out to all friends so that it gets around, and we can catch this person!!!!! Thank you all again for all your support.

"Lindsay was rushed to the hospital at 3am that night, to be followed by surgery later on the next afternoon to her right eye. She had a 9mm slash coming from the top of her eye lid, going into her eye ball. She has stitches in her arm, cheek, top of eye lid, and they repaired the damage to her right eye. Its about a 50/50 shot at her eye sight being completely normal again, but she is already progressing. She can see shadows, and light which is a very good sign. Time will tell, time will heal, the only thing she can do is rest, and be surrounded by love! She is stil same ol lindsay, being a smart ass, and laughing.... We all have 110% faith in her that she will get through this, and be "A" okay! She is in very good hands..PROMISE.....and every little thing means the world to her, and us close...Thank you all again for your support, love, and concerns!

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