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News: Caresse Henry, iPad, Scott Roeder, Iran, Steve Hildebrand

 road Former Madonna manager Caresse Henry dead in apparent suicide.

Freeze  roadResearcher: Hailstorm of ice and dust plunged Earth into thousand-year deep freeze.

 roadCarrot Top's seldom-seen brother, Salad Bottom.

 roadThe Modern Family iPad episode wasn't paid product placement.

 roadScott Roeder, who killed abortion doctor George Tiller, gets life in prison: "A former airport shuttle driver who was once arrested with bomb-making materials in his car, Roeder, 52, was convicted Jan. 29 of premeditated murder for shooting Tiller point-blank in the forehead during a Sunday service on May 31 as the doctor stood in the vestibule of his Wichita church."

 roadJerry Seinfeld's The Marriage Ref to include first gay couple.

 roadParents: Knife brandishing was a bullied student's last ditch cry for help.

 roadFederal judge rules calling someone gay not defamatory: "U.S. District Judge Joel Pisano predicted the state Supreme Court, which insisted on equal protection for same-sex couples in 2006, would be unlikely to 'legitimize discrimination against gays and lesbians' by treating a homosexual reference as a slur. The ruling, in Murphy v. Millenium Radio Group, 08-cv-1743, is a loss for freelance photographer Peter Murphy, who complained that Craig Carton and Ray Rossi, hosts of the 'Jersey Guys' show on WKXW 101.5 FM, 'derogatorily inferred' he was a homosexual during a 45-minute segment."

 roadWaPo: More than 300 gays have fled Iran since the rise of Ahmadinejad.

 roadMore Glee pix.


 roadWashington Post profiles Steve Hildebrand, gay former deputy campaign manager for Obama, his career, and his history of depression. White House paints him as mad: "Obama officials -- mindful that the Hildebrand Strategies Web site promotes the consultant's connection to the president -- see Hildebrand's new phase differently and dismiss his admonishments as the ravings of a sick man. 'You get the good Steve and the bad Steve. When Steve is healthy, he's a world-class operative. And when he's not, things get pretty crazy,' says a White House official, who would only speak about a former colleague anonymously. The official, who acknowledges that Hildebrand has never requested to join the White House, adds that given his behavior, 'it's tough to see a role internally for Steve.'"

 roadDonations pour in for slain Marine's father in battle against Westboro Baptist Church.

 roadYup. Jennifer Hudson looks amazing.

 roadNYC transgender woman's death ruled a homicide.

 roadOlivia Newton-John's missing ex-boyfriend found alive.

Roddick   roadAndy Roddick challenges you to wear a scent.

 road  Nicholas Sparks thinks a lot of himself.

 roadConservative Czech leader Mirek Topolanek quits position over remarks about gays, Jews, and the Catholic Church: "He said that Transport Minister Gustav Slamecka is a homosexual who 'gives in' when he faces a serious problem. About Prime Minister Jan Fischer, he said, 'he's simply a Jew; he's not gay and he gives in even sooner.' Fischer is Jewish. Slamecka has not publicly commented on his sexual orientation. Topolanek also accused the Roman Catholic church of 'brainwashing' believers."

 road  Urologist won't touch Obama voters.

 roadBradley Cooper's hairy pecs feature in new A-Team trailer.

 roadNova Scotia man beaten walking home from gay dance.

 roadTwo armed militia groups to march on D.C. on domestic terrorism anniversary: "At what point does this all become very worrisome? In less than three weeks the 2nd Amendment March will take place Washington D.C. on April 19th to be exact, which also happens to land on the 15th anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing. Terrible, thoughtless, possibly inciting, coincidence? Maybe. April 19th also happens to be the day Patriots’ Day falls on this year (third Monday in April) and according to the March’s website that is the motivation for the date choice."

News: Camellia, Jason Mraz, Illinois, Elephant Twins, Joe Novotny

 road Unidentified man's body found in Provincetown marsh.

Barrowman  roadWell, hello: John Barrowman to make Desperate Housewives debut.

 roadLindsay Lohan is beyond delusional.

 roadNew Yorkers: It's state-wide GENDA call in day.

 roadFacebook a safe harbor for hate groups? "Fast-forming, often created by people who post false profiles just to gain the ability to create their hate group, anti-gay hate groups on Facebook are filled with claims of religiosity, or just plain unadulterated ignorance, bigotry, and hate. Facebook management has been criticized for their slow response and poor monitoring of new groups and content..."

 roadBetty White confirms SNL "appearance".

 roadMinnesota Family Policy Council to push for constitutional ban ballot measure.

 roadNew Facebook group: "1,000,000 Gay Men and Allies Against Roy Ashburn Having Sex Ever Again."

 roadThe cocktail scene in SF's Castro is growing up.

 roadJason Mraz interested in recording "Ebony and Ivory"-style collaboration with Elton John, but this one would have to do with gay and straight.


 roadExtremely rare camellia blooms in London: "It is thought to be one of only two examples of the variety in the world. Admirers would need to travel to Waitangi, New Zealand to see its sister plant."

 roadAnti-gay Seattle pastor Ken Hutcherson: James Dobson was forced out at Focus on the Family.

 roadJoy Behar calls Karl Rove a "bad cock".

 roadThe Power: NYC condom wrapper contest winner revealed.

 roadCzech union leader causes furor over remarks about gays: "In an interview for Saturday’s Lidové Noviny, Mr. Dušek said Czech Railways was run by a clique of incompetent gays who had links to homosexuals in the cabinet and the Office of the Government. The controversial trade union leader has now been barred from speaking for the umbrella trade unions organization and is likely to face charges of slander."

 roadMainstream media suddenly discovers story of tased gay porn star Dustin Michaels, three months later?

 roadApolo Ohno brought his Olympic charm to the Elton John AIDS Foundation Oscar party.

Micah  roadFootballer Micah Richards hits South Beach.

 roadDavid Archuleta's memoir has the cheesiest title ever.

 roadIllinois anti-gay bill killed in committee: "An anti-gay bill authored by Republican gubernatorial candidate Bill Brady is dead, thanks to the efforts of Illinois gay activists. Equality Illinois just announced that Senate bill 3447, which aimed to allow certain tax-exempt organizations to discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity and religion, is dead. The bill never made it out of a Senate Judiciary committee."

 roadElephant gives birth to first known set of male twins.

 roadIndia's House passes bill reserving a third of all seats in the national parliament and state legislatures for women.

 roadMadonna spotted grinding Gerard Butler on Oscar night.

 roadD.C. Agenda talks to the first openly gay U.S. House Clerk Joe Novotny: “I’m tremendously proud. I feel like it’s an opportunity to represent the community. When you think about the diversity in this House now — and the fact that we have the first woman speaker and we have the first African-American clerk of the House — this is sort of a Congress of firsts, so to be a part of that is a tremendous honor.”

News: Whitney Houston, American Apparel, Hugh Dancy, Serbia

RoadGays in Serbia plan September Pride parade for Belgrade: "The committee said the parade will be organized in cooperation with Belgrade police, Serbia's B92 Online reported. The organizers said they will try to avoid incidents like those in 2001 in Belgrade when participants were injured by members of Serbian nationalist extremist groups."

Legalizagay RoadAmerican Apparel store receives threats over "Legalize Gay" T-shirts in display window.

RoadAnother screen legend has died.

RoadFoes of Washington's "everything but marriage" law make appointment to turn in referendum signatures.

RoadGiovanni's Room, oldest gay bookstore in America, in trouble...

RoadGays in Czech Republic saddened by departure of openly gay Canadian ambassador: "'He is one of the few diplomats who are open about the fact that he is gay. He and his partner were together at all official events,' said Ales Rumpel, head of the Mezipatra (Mezzanine) gay and lesbian film festival that is annually held in the Czech Republic."

RoadJust Tax: Young Republican uses Lady Gaga's "Just Dance" to trash Democratic tax policies.

RoadWATCH: Teaser trailer for Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland.

Whitney RoadA track-by-track review and report on the listening party for the new Whitney Houston album, I Look to You.

RoadMan arrested in Germany for underwear theft: "Usually, it's knickers that are stolen - but police found more than 1,000 pairs of used men's underpants in Michael Wolker's flat. The underwear had been taken from the changing rooms of sports clubs and swimming pools in Gelnhausen, Germany over 18 months. Wolker also had more than 100 pairs of swimming trunks, in addition to the underpants. Officers raided the 56-year-old's flat after he was stopped leaving one club with three more pairs in a bag."

RoadMeet Japan's biggest Harry Potter fan.

RoadRuben Diaz, Jr. on his father's homophobia.

RoadWorld Outgames to begin in Copenhagen this weekend: "Nearly 100 nations will be represented, and up to 200,000 participants, tourists and Copenhageners are expected to take part in World Outgames 2009 from July 25 - August 2. Apart from focusing on human rights for nine days, a large number of theme festivals and an extensive cultural and sports program will make Copenhagen the place to be."

RoadDo hot dogs cause Alzheimer's?

Dancy RoadHugh Dancy on Oscar Wilde: "I think Wilde did something remarkable, at least by the standards of his society: He painted his vision of life, not only by being gay, but also through his shockingly new ideas about how we should look at art."

RoadBurning spear question: Did modern humans kill of Neanderthals?

RoadSocialized medicine: John Aravosis of Americablog details what happened this week when he was forced to have emergency eye surgery in France.

RoadNew report says murder rate against trans people on the rise.

RoadProps from Lost to go up for auction: "With the final season of 'Lost' coming next year, ABC is auctioning off these and other iconic props, set pieces, costumes and collectors’ artifacts from the show to the highest bidder. There will be a special sneak preview of the items at the San Diego Comic-Con convention, which gets underway Thursday. Mr. Eko's club and Kate's obsessively chased toy plane are also up for grabs."

Christopher Ciccone Still Chewing Out Madonna


Christopher Ciccone presented Zivot s Madonnou, the Czech version of his tell-all Life with My Sister Madonna, at Prague's Luxor Palace bookshop earlier today, by demonstrating how audiences are eating it up.

Gay Pride Weekend Wrap


Wedded bliss was a special focus of San Francisco’s 38th Annual Pride Parade, the first to be held after the California Supreme Court decision to legalize gay marriage. The Dykes on Bykes tossed bouquets and San Fran Mayor Gavin Newsom was greeted like a rock star. Gay icons Cyndi Lauper and Margaret Cho were among celebrity attendees. Crowds were said to be "larger-than-usual." Full photo album here.

According to The Canadian Press, members of the Canadian Armed Forces participated in Gay Pride for the first time in Toronto, whose parade featured a grand marshal (Gareth Henry) who fled Jamaica after being persecuted for his sexual orientation.

The Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul in Minnesota attracted an estimated 125,000 celebrants, including an exceptionally proud terrier (who I hope was dyed humanely).

AlvaChicago’s Gay Pride Parade went off without a hitch Sunday. Themed "Live, Love, Be Proud," the parade’s grand marshal was ex-marine Eric Alva (pictured), the first American casualty from the Iraq War and an openly gay man.

German Pride celebrated its 30th year by kicking off for the first time from the former East Berlin. One special participant was 95-year-old Rudolf Brazda, a survivor of Buchenwald concentration camp:

"It was a terrible time. I must say that I feel as though I were in paradise in this democratic society."

Other European Pride events held on Saturday included some in countries "seeing gatherings of gays and lesbians for the first time." At the Czech Republic’s first Pride, three people were jailed for throwing fireworks at some of the 500 marchers. Five dozen skinheads were arrested in Bulgaria for attempting to derail that country’s event.

Paris Pride was organized around "homophobia at school" and drew about 700,000. But why talk about it when you can just take a look?

Finally, marchers in Calcutta, New Delhi and Bangalore celebrated Gay Pride, marking the first parades in the latter two Indian cities. "Several hundred" participants were reported at the events, which were staged in advance of arguments before a Delhi High Court to overturn the antiquated law—Section 377—forbidding any sex that is "against the order of nature." Indians are rarely locked up for homosexuality, but the legal punishment is up to 10 years.

Gay2Gay-rights activist and New Delhi organizer Lesley Esteves says:

"Discrimination is widespread because there is no protection or law or societal understanding. There's discrimination in the workplace; there's discrimination in the family—it's on every level."

At least some of the onlookers were just there for the music.

As usual, there will likely be a dull roar from some gay quarters that Gay Pride isn’t necessary because being gay is nothing to be "proud" of (overlooking that it’s the suggestion to be ashamed that these events are counteracting) or that it’s counterproductive because all the "freaks" come out. I agree with JoeMyGod’s annual rant: "They wish we were invisible. We’re not. Let’s dance."

News: Quentin Tarantino, Ugly Dog, Bulgaria, Michelangelo

road.jpg First-ever "Rainbow Parade" set for Czech Republic: "he National Party (Národní strana) sees the event as a 'pressure on the majority, pressure that is disgusting and awkward, pressure leading to social acceptation of the children being adopted by homosexual couples.' Members of the party are prepared to protest against the march. Police are evaluating potential risks in order to determine what security measures will need to be applied."

Tarantino_2road.jpg Quentin Tarantino accepts Filmmaker on the Edge award from the Provincetown Film Festival. John Waters: "You helped reinvent John Travolta as a man and I reinvented him as a woman."

road.jpg DAD: Amy Winehouse in first stages of Emphysema.

road.jpg Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa to officiate today at marriage of American Beauty producer Bruce Cohen to art consultant Gabriel Catone: "After the state Supreme Court struck down a ban on same-sex marriage last month, Villaraigosa promised to preside at as many ceremonies as possible. But when the ruling took effect last week and other political officials were presiding over same-sex weddings, Villaraigosa was in Israel on a city trip."

road.jpg Nationalists in Bulgaria plan "Week of Intolerance" in response to upcoming gay parade.

road.jpg Gay health therapist Michael Shernoff has died at the age of 57, of pancreatic cancer.

Sistineroad.jpg Book: Michelangelo hid secret messages in Sistine Chapel attacking the Pope.

road.jpg Jane Fonda on her first screen test, with Warren Beatty: "At the time I suspected that Warren might be gay, because he was so cute and had so many unusual, intellectual friends. Well, how wrong can you be?"

road.jpg Brooklyn appellate judges to hear arguments on New York Governor David Paterson's directive to recognize out-of-state same-sex marriages: "he case being heard today, Godfrey v. Spano, will consider whether recognition of same-sex marriages first requires approval from the Legislature. So far the Legislature hasn't passed any laws relating to gay marriage. Whatever decision the Brooklyn appeals court reaches in the Godfrey case is sure to be quickly appealed to the state's highest court, the Court of Appeals."

road.jpg Gerard Butler is a fashionista.

Ugliestroad.jpg Dog named world's ugliest.

road.jpg Salon bookmark: Gore Vidal's Inconvenient Truths.

road.jpg Australian city council apologizes to gays for incident that happened 20 years ago.

road.jpg SF Chronicle columnist's brief encounter with David Beckham: "Beckham is, for lack of a better word, man-tastic. He leans on a stool, wearing a crisp white shirt and silver tie, having just taken off his cream suit jacket. His hair is cut short and simple, ceding attention to his long stubble, which covers his face except for two Band-Aid-size vertical stripes shaved clean on either side of his goatee."

road.jpg They got him!

road.jpg The NYT takes a closer look at pregnant trans man Thomas Beatie: "Partly a carnival sideshow and partly a glimpse at shifting sexual tectonics, his image and story powered past traditional definitions of gender and exposed a realm that seemed more than passing strange to some observers — and altogether natural to those who inhabit it. 'This is just a neat human-interest story about a particular couple using the reproductive capabilities they have,' said Mara Kiesling, director of the National Center for Transgender Equality in Washington. 'There’s really nothing remarkable' about the Beatie pregnancy, she said."


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