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Towleroad Guide to the Tube #631

BITTER: Party of one.

EXIT THROUGH THE GIFT SHOP: Extended trailer for Banksy film.

CONSTANCE: Sean Chapin wrote a song for Constance McMillen and other gay and lesbian students who want to go to the prom.

BAD ROMANCE: The pajama youth banana version.

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RoadIs Uganda's "kill the gays" bill fizzling out?

RoadNewt Gingrich calls Obama "most radical President ever".

Fleet RoadFleet takes aim at gay market with new product devised for "elective rectal cleansing."

RoadJersey Shore guidos flaunt their pecs in Miami.

RoadMichelangelo Signorile holding LGBT Leadership Town Hall in Washington D.C. on April 22 with Rea Carey, Mara Keisling, Joe Solmonese, Pam Spaulding, Richard Socarides, and Aubrey Sarvis. Also holding drawing for listeners who want to attend.

RoadKevin Sessums talks to Nathan Lane about his role as Gomez Addams in the new Broadway musical production of The Addams Family.

RoadSt. Louis man says he can't find job there because he's gay.

Road'Band Fags' Facebook page is reinstated.

RoadThe Rapid City, SD police department "tightening the flow of information" between it and the military after lesbian Air Force sergeant was outed: "A new department policy states that only the records custodian, Capt. Ed Hofkamp, can turn over official documents to the military, according to police chief Steve Allender. 'I don’t want to scare employees off, but when it comes to releasing records, they have to go through procedures,' Allender said."

RoadEven with a doofy pornstache and a bruised face Channing Tatum is still hot.

Johnson RoadMajor Philip Johnson residence restored in Dallas.

RoadSoup Cans interview with Thomas Roberts.

RoadConstance McMillen to attend NCLR's "lesbian prom" in San Francisco.

RoadThe French love Taylor Lautner.

RoadFort Worth theater withdraws offer to show cancelled Tarleton State University production of Corpus Christi, one day after offering to show it: "Adam Adolfo, executive director of Artes de la Rosa, said one 'violent' threat had been posted on the Rose Marine Facebook page on Thursday. 'Fiscal repercussions and patronage were anticipated, but in terms of violence, we only received one' threat, he said. 'The combination of producing or hosting a production of this caliber and commentary is always difficult. The board of directors felt at this time that this was not the appropriate venue or appropriate organization to be hosting this particular play.'"

Road Glee cast getting overworked?

Road Would you sit through a movie based on Hasbro's 'Battleship' game? What if Taylor Kitsch was in it?

Mitcham RoadGay unicorn Matthew Mitcham wanted to meet Lady Gaga, but was too shy.

RoadGay Bourbon drinker tells all.

RoadChris Meloni wears a shirt that suits his big guns.

RoadPlea deal possible in hate crime BB gun shootings of gay man in SF: "Shafiq Hashemi, 21, Mohammad Habibzada, 24, and Sayed Bassam, 21, are accused of shooting a 27-year-old man from their car at 16th and Guerrero streets in the Mission District on Feb. 26, then driving off. The man was hit in the cheek but not seriously injured. Police arrested the three nearby and they allegedly confessed that they had come to San Francisco to shoot gay people, according to police."

RoadPolice seize four-foot penis in raid.

RoadConfessions of a gay Mormon living in NYC (site nsfw): "I remember when I was a kid, I made a pact with God. I said, ‘Okay, I will go on my mission and I will turn twenty-one, but as soon as I do that, as soon as I take care of everything, you have to make a deal that you will go ahead and kill me. And that way I will have fulfilled everything and we will just have this whole thing done with.’"

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Road Virginia Governor McDonnell ripped for celebrating Confederate History Month.

RoadMartina Navratilova diagnosed with breast cancer. Expected to make full recovery: "I cried. It knocked me on my ass, really. I feel so in control of my life and my body, and then this comes, and it's completely out of my hands."

BaldazzleRoadWould you "baldazzle" yourself? "Levine's latest work is a Swarovski crystal headpiece which he calls his best design yet -- and may give Jennifer Love Hewitt's vajazzle a run for its money. It includes 1,000 crystals that are painstakingly placed one by one onto his scalp."

RoadHe dreamed a dreamthe male, Taiwanese answer to Susan Boyle.

Road  Newly-discovered asteroid to pass close to Earth on Thursday.

RoadJanice Dickinson to OUT magazine: "The gays need more money. My gays need more money for AIDS and AIDS research. Elton John, pediatric AIDS -- we need to find a cure for AIDS. I’m obsessed. Here’s the deal: I love my daughter, she’s out there, Mother’s Day is coming, Mother’s Day to all you queers, but we need to find more money for AIDS. That is why I decided to do music -- to raise money for AIDS, more research, and the cure for fucking AIDS. Thank you."

RoadDiffering accounts of anti-gay hate crime complicate case of Brooklyn man who faces deportation.

RoadSt. Vincent's hospital in Manhattan to close. One of first hospitals with dedicated services for HIV/AIDS patients.

RoadFinal ruling in Malawi gay couple's case coming May 18: "The court is now awaiting written submissions from both prosecutors and defence lawyers for the two accused after the couple chose to remain silent. Khumbo Magwira a court official said the magistrate has warned the two parties that although he values the submissions, he will still make his ruling even in the absence of them."

RoadMTV casting for a new bunch of Jersey Shore Guidos.

Hope  RoadCourt rules against Shepard Fairey in AP "Hope" case: "U.S. District Judge Alvin K. Hellerstein ruled in favor of The Associated Press in most of its requests for evidence, including when Fairey's lawyers first knew the AP had asserted that it holds the copyright to a photograph the image was based on. He said lawyers must disclose relevant documents that were deleted or destroyed from Fairey's files and when the deletions or destruction occurred.

RoadAdam Lambert to mentor American Idol contestants next week. Twitter: "Even though I'm just at the start of my recording career, I hope to lend some insight as one who's been thru the Idol adventure. Excited!!"

RoadUK conservative party leader David Cameron urged to explain party's stance on gay rights.

RoadJohn Amaechi slams Cameron: "As a black, gay man (amongst many other things) I was horrified that the only remotely brown face of Conservative power - and one ostensibly in charge of our societies ‘social action’ couldn’t even spit out words in support of equality. “I can only conclude, that should Cameron and his remarkably un-evolved group take power that LGBT people will be a big part of his ‘great ignored’."

RoadThose Hamms: Mad Men cast and crew perform Bye Bye Birdie.

DolceRoadHercules presents luscious slabs of Dolce & Gabbana (site nsfw).

RoadWinona Ryder's comeback begins again.

RoadConstance McMillen does come from the meanest town in Mississippi. Classmate: "IAHS is one of the top schools in the state and I’m proud of that, and I’m proud that we took a stand and just said you know what? forget it, we have just as much right as you do to have a party for ourselves. So we did, and now we’re getting flack because poor Connie’s ego got a bit of bruising. She’s playing the lesbian card to prove she ALWAYS gets what she wants. This time, we didn’t just let her."

RoadJane Fonda not proud of her plastic surgery.

RoadFCC loses big in net neutrality case: "The ruling basically tells the FCC that it has no authority to regulate the activities of internet service providers, just as the agency prepares to launch a nationwide broadband agenda."

RoadMore on Fire Island Pines and its new owners.

RoadSanta Rosa, California approves gay and lesbian retirement community: "Initially, there were accusations some of the opposition was fueled by homophobic opposition to a retirement community geared to gays and lesbians, accusations that eventually dissipated."

Confirmed: Constance McMillen Attended 'Queer Outcast' Prom While the 'Cool Straight Kids' Partied Elsewhere

My quotes in the headline. The evidence is becoming fairly clear, though not that surprising. The community of Itawamba County, Mississippi, shunned a high school student publicly once again on Friday night because she's a lesbian.

Constance No wonder gay kids want to leave small towns and move to the big city.

This morning I reported that the "alternative" prom organized to replace the prom cancelled at Itawamba High School was a decoy for the "outcasts" like Constance McMillen while the "cool straight kids" prom was held elsewhere (my quotes).

Turns out that was the case:

"McMillen went to the Itawamba Agricultural High School prom at the Fulton Country Club, but she was one of the few to attend the event. McMillen said she arrived at the dance an hour-and-a-half after it began and stayed for about 30 minutes. She said she saw six other students and several school officials while she was there. Meanwhile, many more Itawamba AHS students went to an event held at the community center in Evergreen, another community in Itawamba County. McMillen said she knew about that event but that when she asked another student if she was invited, the student told her, 'the prom is at the country club.' ...  'I took that as no,' McMillen said. 'If I wasn’t wanted there, I wasn’t going to go.'"

It's unclear what the ACLU can do at this point:

"Kristy Bennett, legal director for the ACLU of Mississippi, said her organization was still gathering details about what happened Friday night to determine whether they would ask Davidson for sanctions. At the least, Bennett said the details about Friday’s prom would be used in the organization’s damages suit against the district, which is still being developed. 'We are disappointed at the sparse attendance, and we’re looking further into the situation,' Bennett said. 'Whatever we find will be brought to the court’s attention, whether it is in the damages trial, or whatever. There will still be a trial on the merits. The case didn’t end in the preliminary hearing.'"

In possibly related news, the blog originally reporting the prom story says that several bags of a substance declared to be sugar and a note were sent the office and home of three members of the Itawamba County school board earlier today. The bomb squad was called and the FBI notified. No details as to what were in the notes.

Report: School District Punks Lesbian Student Constance McMillen by Secretly Moving Alternative Prom

A north Mississippi blog is reporting that the alternative prom thrown by Itawamba School District on Friday to replace the one that was cancelled because Constance McMillen wanted to bring a female date was a sham, with only seven kids attending.

The blog alleges that those organizing the prom (possibly in cahoots with school officials) pulled a bait and switch and organized yet another "secret" prom to which Constance wasn't invited..

Here's the report:Constance  

The prom the school district promised at the country club in Fulton was a ruse. Only seven kids, Constance, and her date showed, and at the same time, everyone else held a “real” prom at a secret location out in the county.

This is all after the school district had represented to Judge Davidson that Constance was invited to a parent-sponsored prom to be held at Tupelo Furniture Market. The school represented that Constance was invited in court filings, testimony, and representations by the school district and its lawyers. In reality, Constance had not been invited, but, based on the representations by the district and its counsel, Judge Davidson denied Constance’s request for a preliminary injunction that she could go to the prom.

The school reneged, or possibly didn’t ever intend to follow through on its representations to the court. The parents didn’t want Constance at the prom and didn’t want to be sued (as they told the Clarion Ledger), and so on Tuesday announced the cancellation of the prom.

But what they’d done was secretly relocated it.

Shortly thereafter, the school’s attorney announced (on Wednesday) that “the prom” was to be held at the Fulton Country Club on Friday. But yet only seven kids showed up.

Meanwhile, there’s a rumor that school officials were directly involved in setting up the “fake” prom.

If true, this is of course very disturbing news. As of now it's just a report, so take it as that. I'll follow up with any more news, reports, if any of these reports are verified.

Itawamba County, Mississippi Private Prom Cancelled, Now Back On


A second, private prom in Itawamba County, Mississippi, which parents organized, has been cancelled. It appeared in briefs filed in the ACLU - McMillen case that Constance McMillen wasn't invited. Constance tried on Monday to buy tickets anyway, to no avail:

Constance"American Civil Liberties Union attorney Christine Sun, who is representing McMillen in her federal case, said her client received conflicting information on where to get a ticket for the private dance...[Parent Lori] Byrd said tickets had been available for two weeks at a local formal wear business, a fact advertised at the school with fliers and over the school PA system. McMillen showed up after the deadline Monday, she said. 'She had a chance. We didn't exclude anybody,' she said. 'She purposefully waited until after the deadline.'"

Apparently now, however, the private prom has been cancelled as well:

"'I just hate it for the kids. Now they are not going to have anything.' Byrd said the private prom had adopted the same rules as the school-sponsored prom. McMillen could have attended, but she could not bring her girlfriend as her date and had to wear a dress."

Why was the private prom cancelled?

"There are a lot of people involved and they don't want to get sued."

That's what you get when you have a bunch of bigot parents running things.

An all-inclusive prom in Fulton County is still on: "An all-inclusive prom is scheduled to go on as planned May 8 in the Fulton area, Kristi Bennett with the ACLU said. That prom is sponsored by the Empowering Spirits Foundation, a national lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender civil rights organization that teamed up with the Safe Schools Coalition of Mississippi for the event."

In related news, McMillen visited the L.A. Gay and Lesbian Center on Saturday:

"The teenager, poised and confident on stage, said that despite the national support (she now has 4,000 friends on Facebook and a $30,000 scholarship from Ellen Degeneres ), '90 percent of the student body hates me right now.' Later that night, McMillen had plans to attend Perez Hilton’s birthday party ― I think it’s safe to say she’s the only one from Aberdeen who got an invite."

UPDATE: Private prom back on at new location and Constance can go!


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