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NEWS: More Weiner Trouble, ARTPOP Art Work, Chinese Debt, New iPhones

Road More bad news for Anthony Weiner's mayoral campaign, as his campaign manager, Danny Kedem, announced his resignation on Sunday. So far, Kedem hasn't issued a statement explaining why he chose to leave. 

Road The iPhone 5S may be headed to stores as early as September 6th, according to a new report circulated by Cult of Mac. Should the rumor prove true, it would certainly follow in the same pattern as previous releases that have taken place around the same time of year. The report also teased the possibility of bigger screens, as well as more cost-effective casings. 

Road Lady Gaga has released the artwork to her new single from ARTPOP, which will be released during this year's VMAs in August. Gaga released  
ARYPOP single artthe bare, technological photo via her official Twitter account. 

Road Recent documents surrounding a pending lawsuit against Utah's West Ridge Academy confirm suspicions that it is, in fact, being run by the Mormon church.

Road More couples are obtaining marriage licenses in Montgomery County, as county officials continue to defy the state's ban on same-sex marriage. 

Road Shortly before her most recent attempt at rehab, and shortly after she announced her Oprah-produced, post-rehab docu-series, Lindsay Lohan has announced that some of her toxic "so-called friends" will be "cut from her life". 

Road China has ordered an audit of all government debt. The order comes amidst fears of a possible economic slump as growth has slowed down in recent months. Chinese banks rapidly expanded their credit in the market while the rest of the world underwent a financial crisis. Now, government officials are worried that local governments might have borrowed too much, making the debts impossible to pay off with the recent slow-down. 

Road Britney Spears and her two sons attended a premiere for Smurfs 2 over the weekend. In one photo, Britney and co. look less than thrilled to be there. 

Road The Russian LGBT film festival Side-by-Side lost an appeal last week, after being found guilty by a Russian court of violating a "foreign agent" law. 

Road Hugh Jackman's The Wolverine won the top spot in the U.S. box office over the weekend, although numbers still aren't what producers had hoped for in The States. Luckily, the film was able to draw substantial crowds overseas. 

Road Downton Abbey has released some promo materials for its upcoming fourth season. 

Road Justin Timberlake and Jay-Z gave a "Legends of Summer" concert in Pasadena. Based on photos, at least two celebrity Chinese-currency-renminbi-RMB-manufacturing
couples were in attendance, Natalie Portman and Benjamin Millepied as well as Robert Pattinson and Sia.

Road Taylor Swift went paddleboarding over the weekend with Ed Sheeran in Rhode Island. She wore a retro bikini that's receiving mixed reviews...

Road Members of the radical feminist movement are undergoing controversy as trans advocate Dallas Denny published an incredibly transhobia letter sent by an anonymous group. 

Road Australian pop artist Nathan Leigh Jones has released his new song "Crying For Love", which calls for marriage equality in the Land Down Under. 

Road Keanu Reeves' samurai epic 47 Ronin has finally released a trailer, which is receiving some pretty bad reviews


Chinese Vice-Premier's Gay Marriage Joke Gets Crickets at Meeting with U.S. Treasury Secretary

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Telling a joke can be a perilous venture even among close friends in a casual environment, so perhaps one of the toughest settings to attempt topical humor would be in an international political setting. Chinese vice-premier, Wang Yang, tried his hand anyways with a gay marriage joke during a high-level meeting in Washington with US Treasury secretary, Jack Lew. It went about as well as one would expect.

According to The Guardian, Wang said about the China-US relationship:

"In China when we say a pair of new people, we mean a newlywed couple. Although US law does permit marriage between two men, I don't think this is what Jacob or I actually want."

Uncomfortable silence and polite smiles ensued. A follow-up joke about divorce and Rupert Murdoch was more warmly received. 

Fortunately, the joke did not seem to have any malicious or homophobic intent, but instead was an attempt at topical humor, conflating the recent Supreme Court decisions regarding DOMA and Prop 8 with a Chinese turn of phrase. However, humor is a difficult art form to master that relies on clever exploitation of nuance, shared knowledge and norms, and expectations. Before his next show Wang should probably take lessons from the writers at Cracked.


Chinese Gay Activist Detained for 12 Days Over Pride March: Video

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A few weeks ago we reported on the LGBT rights march in the city of Changsha in central China for the International Day Against Homophobia & Transphobia (IDAHO).

Today, Queer Comrades posted a video of the march to their YouTube account. The march, organized by Xiang Xiaohan, had over 100 participants from several cities and seemed to be well-received by those who witnessed it, though Xiaohan was was punished with 12 days of administrative detention by the local Changsha police for having organized the parade without obtaining Public Security permission.

Said Xiaohan after his release, "Next time they might detain me for 15 days. If that's what it takes to hold another event, then that's fine by me."

Watch the video of the march, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Grindr-esque Gay Social Networking App Launches in China, Eschews Sex for Common Interests

China's first social networking app for gay men has been launched, ZDNet reports:

ZankReleased last month, Zank looks like a copycat version of the popular  app Jack'd which also targets gay men. However, its founder who goes by the  nickname "Lin Jueding", said when his team developed the app three months ago, it wanted to differentiate the service by placing shared interests and communication as a higher priority--instead of promoting sex.

Available on Apple iTunes and Google Play appstores, Zank attracted over 20,000 subscribers in the first three days after it launched. While this may not be an astronomical number, it is still impressive in terms of user penetration rate, Lin said during a recent speech held in Shenzhen.

Different from the "hook up or shut up" style Jack'd adopts, he said Zank highlights various events organized by its subscribers, individuals or gay organizations on its front page, allowing all users to check the event time and venue. It also lists the organizer's particulars such as picture, height, and weight. Interested users can sign up for the events through the app or  chat with each other online.

More at ZDNet...


Gay Chinese Teen Arrested, Jailed for Organizing LGBT Rights March: VIDEO

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A gay teen has been arrested and jailed for organizing an LGBT rights march in central China, the AP reports:

The man, identified only by his surname Xiang, was detained following the Friday event in the city of Changsha and ordered to serve 12 days in a detention center for organizing an illegal march, according to a notice on the local police's microblog account.

Changsha newspaper Xiaoxiang Morning News quoted Xiang as saying before the march that he hoped it would make people question discrimination against gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgender people, and "let more people have a correct understanding of us."

Approximately 80 people took part in the march, which was held on May 17, the International Day Against Homophobia.

Watch a news report about the organization of the march, AFTER THE JUMP...

The South China Morning Post adds:

Xiang has been transferred to the Changsha Municipal Detention Centre, said A Qiang, a fellow demonstrator and well-known activist from Guangzhou. Xiang has been active in the local LGBT community since age 14. A Qiang said Xiang had approached police about the protest before it took place on Friday afternoon...

...A Qiang said police did not interfere with the protest, except towards the end, when police approached the protesters, telling them not to shout slogans and impede traffic.

By 2.45am on Saturday, Xiang and three other people were taken away by police from a hotel room they were staying in. All except Xiang were released by the afternoon.

A Qiang said the protest was one of at least 10 across China on Friday. Demonstrations took place in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Chengsu, and also in second-tier cities such as Nanchang.

He said he did not recall anyone else ever having been but briefly detained for organising such protests.

(images via sohu)

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News: Meningitis, Puerto Rico, Rob Ford, China, Russia

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Pr6a00d8341c730253ef014e86b06427970d Thousands marched in support of gay rights in the capital of Puerto Rico of San Juan: "Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz and Sen. Ramón Nieves Pérez, who sponsored the sweeping anti-LGBT non-discrimination bill the Senate on Thursday passed by a 15-11 vote margin, unfurled an LGBT Pride flag from the balcony of City Hall as marchers passed."

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6a00d8341c730253ef014e86b06427970d North Korea launched three short-range guided missiles in a northeastern direction earlier today.

6a00d8341c730253ef014e86b06427970d Sookie flips the paparazzi the bird.

6a00d8341c730253ef014e86b06427970d The very first film to be adapted from a David Sedaris short story set to open Outfest.

6a00d8341c730253ef0191023e55b9970c-800wi6a00d8341c730253ef014e86b06427970d Gawker wants to raise $200,000 so they can purchase and publish the videotape of anti-gay Toronto mayor Rob Ford smoking crack. Also, don't expect to hear Ford air his weekly radio show this weekend.

6a00d8341c730253ef014e86b06427970d Some promising yet frustrating news out of China on the International Day Against Homophobia: "Activists said they felt encouraged when the communist party's official mouthpiece China Central Television published a Weibo post on Friday morning advocating respect for the LGBT community. But the post was soon deleted without any explanation."

6a00d8341c730253ef014e86b06427970d Could Smell-O-Vision be coming back - in a mobile form?

6a00d8341c730253ef014e86b06427970d Reacting disapprovingly to today's momentous legalization of same-sex marriage in France, Russia's Children's Rights Commissioner Pavel Astakhov said this morning that his country will now consider changing its child adoption policy with France.


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