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News: Rent, Jay McCarroll, Peru, Bill Richardson, Amy Winehouse

road.jpg Bill Richardson will be appearing on Michelangelo Signorile's Sirius radio show today at 4:25 EST to discuss his "choice" comment from last night's forum.

Mccarrollroad.jpg Project Runway winner Jay McCarroll's claims that he is homeless challenged by his best friend and publicist: "Jay, she said, in fact lives in a beautiful apartment building at 72nd Street and Riverside Drive."

road.jpg Jon Stewart on Florida Rep. Bob Allen and his fear of dark people.

road.jpg Rehab? Life imitates art for Amy Winehouse.

road.jpg New Jersey court rules that same-sex couples in civil unions cannot file taxes jointly for 2006, but must wait until 2007: "Under New Jersey law, plaintiffs Quarto and Prichason were considered to be in a civil union because they are legally married in Canada. They asked the state if they could file a joint income tax return as a symbolic measure — even though it would mean paying the state an extra $411...In a unanimous ruling, a three-judge appeals panel affirmed the state's position that the benefits—at least regarding tax returns—did not start until Feb. 19, when gay couples were allowed to join in civil unions."

road.jpg Group in Lima, Peru launches sticker campaign alerting people that they may unknowingly be carrying HIV.

road.jpg Bulgarian gay group launches "social attack" tomorrow in Sofia: "At the event, which will be held in park between Sofia University and the Parliament, volunteers will provide basic information about gay and lesbian issues to the general public. 'There are many misconceptions about gays and gay rights in the Bulgarian society, and this is a way to ensure people are getting accurate and fair information,' said BGO Gemini Executive Director Aksinia Gencheva. The event will be recorded on video. Interested passers-by will have the opportunity to answer questions about their awareness and opinions on gay issues such as discrimination and civil partnerships. The volunteers are trained to be honest when talking to passers-by."

Rentroad.jpg Anthony Rapp and Adam Pascal discuss their return to Rent on Broadway. Pascal: "It was kind of [producer] Jeffrey [Seller's] idea. He had a six-week window in-between actors playing Mark and Roger. Jeffrey and I have been working together on other projects. I think I jokingly said to him in an e-mail, 'Hey, maybe I'll come back to Rent,' because I was going to be in New York at this time anyway. 'Ha, ha, ha.' He called me back a couple weeks later and said, 'Listen, I have this idea. I know you said you were going to be in New York. We have this window, and I want to ask Anthony. Would you be interested in doing the show?' It was the perfect scenario to come back." Josh & Josh share the nostalgia.

road.jpg Finally: Beckham plays for 20 minutes in L.A. Galaxy debut, still manages to get his top off.

road.jpg Gay Nicaraguan man faces deportation from Canada after asylum bid fails: "Alvaro Orozco, 21, says he fled Nicaragua, where sodomy laws are in place, at the age of 12 because his father beat him for being gay. He hitchhiked to the U.S. and eventually made it to Canada two years ago. He applied for asylum, but the Immigration and Refugee Board member who heard his case didn't believe he was gay because he wasn't sexually active during his teen years."


Bulgarian Pop Star Azis Has Baby Girl with Partner

Azis2Controversial gay Bulgarian pop star Azis and his partner have a new baby girl, the Bulgarian press reports:

"The mother of the child is Azis friend Gala, the singer himself is the biological father of the baby, who will have his boyfriend for a second daddy. The little wonder has been named Raya. Same-sex marriages are illegal in the country, but that didn't stop the folk singer from re-enacting the whole ritual with his boyfriend Niki Kitaetsa last year."

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News: Bush and Iran, Thai Cowboys, Sean Hannity's Gays

road.jpg Authorities investigate both Ted Haggard and Mike Jones: "Denver police want to know who supplied the drugs and exactly what role Jones played in the drug use. He may also be under investigation for prostitution a police source said Monday."

Cowboy_1road.jpg Brokeback Mountain spurs surge in Thai cowboy films. A special collector's edition DVD of Brokeback is coming on January 23. The two-disc edition will feature never-before-seen footage as well as collectible postcards.

road.jpg New "GAYdar reality show casting: "We are looking for gay MEN between the ages of 21-35. You must be single, attractive and have a very outgoing personality. Were gonna set you in a straight dating situation and have you act straight while dating a single, straight, attractive girl. This is Reality TV but you will be acting as straight as possible. Your job is to not let the girl Know that your the gay guy in the show!!!"

3needlesroad.jpg 3 Needles to open this Friday on World AIDS Day. Proceed at your own Risk offers up a review: "Refreshingly this film has no gay characters and no gay story lines. That will likely drive the homophobes crazy since they seem incapable of moving past the dead-headed notion that AIDS is a gay disease. In fact, "3 Needles" leaves one with the powerful idea that the association between homosexuality and AIDS is downright idiotic."

road.jpg Bulgarian pop singer Lora Ivanova struggles in court to change her name to 'Madona': "She claims that she wasn't copying pop icon Madonna, because she only wanted to spell her name with one 'n'."

road.jpg Joel Stein mines FOX News commentator Sean Hannity's 'Hannidate' dating service for a man-on-man encounter: "Figuring this was an embarrassing oversight by the Hannity.com administrator who must have bought the dating service software from some liberal company, I immediately contacted Hannity, hoping he'd panic and cry and possibly use his bionic powers. But it turns out Hannity was well aware of the gay Hannidate feature and is fine with it."

road.jpg Is the rise of Iran Bush's mortal wound? "While you could argue that many presidents face a six-year slump, has one ever included having to turn to the 'Axis of Evil' for help? The best part was the conclusion has pretty much already been reached - Maliki said Iraq should talk to Iran directly leaving the US on the sidelines. Thanks but no thanks George, you've done quite enough."

Briltonroad.jpg Britney caught under socialite's spell.

road.jpg All David Beckham wants for Christmas is a non-stick frying pan.

road.jpg Heterosexual police officer claims she was discriminated against on the force because she's not a lesbian: "Heterosexual female officers at the division were targeted for harassment and negative employment actions and were not given the same opportunities as lesbians, she alleges."


Bulgarian Drag Star Azis to Marry His Partner

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Gay vows are making the headlines in Bulgaria as a famous drag queen weds his partner.

Azis, a drag pop star whose "liking for plastic surgery, and his penis enlargement and lip surgery" has not gone unnoticed in the eastern European country, exchanged rings with his partner Niki Kitaetsa in a ceremony they will repeat before a concert audience in Sofia tonight.

According to the Sofia news agency, "After the concert Azis and his beloved will travel to Germany where they will have their official wedding."

The agency also reports that tonight's concert will be his last before a Bulgarian audience that has grown used to his flamboyant stunts and videos, two of which I present to you after the jump...


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