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LGBT Stories: Rep. David Cicilline Discusses Running as an Out Politician, Homophobia of the Press

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NATHAN MANSKE

Guestblogger Nathan Manske and Marquise Lee just finished a 4 month, 50 state tour of the United States collecting stories for their I'm From Driftwood site. We'll be sharing some of the stories they collected along with some of the insight into what they saw. They're still encouraging people to submit their written stories via IFD.

Driftwood We met with then Providence Mayor David Cicilline just a few weeks before he would become a U.S. congressman. I love how his story shows that times are truly changing. Running for office, he wanted to make sure everyone knew he’s gay, as opposed to keeping it quiet. It’s a good thing when stories like these are beginning to appear more often than scandalous stories about closeted politicians.

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Watch: New Gay Congressman David Cicilline's Victory Speech

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Openly gay Providence mayor David Cicilline was elected to Congress last night, making him the fourth currently serving member (with Tammy Baldwin, Barney Frank, and Jared Polis).

Watch his victory speech, AFTER THE JUMP...

Read my full wrap-up of the evening and key races, HERE.

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News: Lard, David Cicilline, Sunscreen, Malta, Evan Lysacek

Road  Lost creators explain how they did it, what's going on.

Herndon RoadA sad day for lard.

RoadWhat Evan Lysacek wants in a girlfriend.

RoadRoad to Nowhere: David Byrne sues Charlie Crist for $1 million for using song in campaign attack ad.

RoadUK asylum system deeply flawed as seekers of safety are sent back to be tortured: “They acknowledge that they receive no guidance on interviewing gay applicants from countries such as Uganda, Jamaica and Malawi and that determinations are often made on the basis of out of date or inadequate information about an asylum seeker’s country of origin."

RoadGay magazine Mithly goes live online in Morocco.

RoadFOX News edits out applause in Obama West Point commencement speech.

RoadXtina cancels summer tour.

RoadBlog written by closeted young gay hockey player revealed to be written by 40-year-old man: "Mikey, the teenage hockey blogger from Minnesota, seems beyond a reasonable doubt a late-fortysomething man from a Minneapolis suburb who likes travel, food, was married and has sex profiles on two gay hookup sites. His deceit was discovered when he fell in love with Jimmy, a contributor to his blog, and his story started to unravel."

Mullet_weir  RoadJohnny Weir discusses his glamorous pink mullet, which he says was inspired by Sex and the City 2: "“The book is pink, the game is pink, I’ve [even] got [pink] make-up on myself...It’s just for [the premiere]. I’ll change it next week. I’m going baby blue — you heard it here first! I think of myself as a Carrie but everyone thinks they’re a Carrie. I have a lot of Charlotte in me, I’m very uptight in many ways, and I’ve got some Samantha in me too though."

RoadFederal judge in Maine rules against National Organization for Marriage, says NOM should turn over donor information.

RoadLance Bass lunches with his boy posse.

RoadMalta given poor ranking on gay rights.

RoadDavid Blankenhorn of the Institute for American Values denies that any of his anti-gay testimony in support of Proposition 8 had anything to do with George Rekers: "I recently learned that a separate, lawyer-generated document submitted to the court apparently does list an article by Mr. Rekers in connection with my testimony, but that document, on this point, is in error. This matter is particularly important to me, since in my report to the court, as well as in my testimony on the stand, I clearly and emphatically rejected the anti-gay views that Mr. Rekers has apparently expressed."

Marine RoadMarine Walker Burttschell makes 200 mile trek in personal quest against "Don't Ask, Don't Tell". "When I let them know that I was on my way to Washington, D.C. (by foot), their mouths would drop and the first thing they would ask is 'why the hell don’t you drive?' I informed them I was doing this to bring attention to the current 'Don’t Ask Don’t Tell' policy and to ask Senator Webb, one Marine to another, to support repeal."

RoadPaul Lynde does the weather.

RoadDoes sunscreen cause more cancer than it prevents?

RoadDavid Cicilline called frontrunner in Rhode Island Congressional race.

RoadToronto queer icon Will Munro dies of brain cancer: "He was an artist, a DJ, a promoter, a bar owner, an activist and youth worker, but his impact on the city is much bigger than the sum of those parts."

RoadWatch: Dustin Lance Black speaks at Madame Tussaud's on Harvey Milk Day.

RoadChinese lesbian attempts suicide to escape husband: "Homosexual activists are citing a lesbian's failed suicide attempt in Anhui Province as a tragic example of the emotional pain suffered by lesbians when they are forced to marry men. For months, Qinqin (not her real name) had considered telling her husband that she was in love with another woman. But her parents had arranged Qinqin's marriage, and she could not bear to tell them the truth. Instead, she tried to kill herself by swallowing pesticides on May 14 in Hanshan county, Anhui Province."


News: Nicolette Sheridan, iPad, Jeff Koons, Zurich, NYPD

 roadDavid Shuster suspended from MSNBC indefinitely after shooting pilot for CNN.

Exorcism  roadMy big failed gay exorcism (warning: site nsfw).

 roadNicolette Sheridan files suit against 'Desperate Housewives' creator Marc Cherry, saying he slapped her across the face.

 roadBecause he's a homosexual man.

 roadHuman Rights Campaign loses director Brad Luna and deputy director Trevor Thomas of its communications department.

 roadThird poll in a row shows majority of Californians supporting marriage equality.

 roadAnnie Leibovitz financial troubles get deeper: "The investment firm that was tasked with managing the mismanaged fortune of Annie Leibovitz is suing the celebrity photographer, alleging she owes them a whopping $800,000 in unpaid bills for their services."

 roadJersey Shore cast moves in to South Beach digs.

 roadWATCH: Chace Crawford plays a drug dealer in Twelve.

 roadDid One Life To Live get too gay for daytime TV?

 roadGay Polo League's debut draws large crowd: "A crowd of nearly 1,500 polo fans and Gay Polo League supporters were on hand for Saturday’s festivities..."

Ipad roadThe first iPad in-car dashboard mount.

 roadJeff Koons reveals design for BMW.

 roadProvidence mayor David Cicilline raises $700,000 in congressional race efforts.

 roadCensus seeking better count of gay pairs: "For the first time, the bureau has deployed a team of professional field workers - about two dozen - to reach out to gays and lesbians. On Monday, the bureau released its first public-service videos encouraging gay Americans to mail their census forms."

 roadCheyenne Jackson in comedy pilot about gay couple trying to raise son.

 roadHelp jumpstart Haiti, through art.

 roadSAGE opens office in Washington D.C.

Magazines are missing the point of the iPad: "Turns out the magazine powers that be concluded in their infinite wisdom that the iPad was actually just exactly the same as a real life newsstand…at least where pricing is concerned."

Sph  roadPhotos: First look at 'Promises, Promises' on Broadway.

 roadMarcos Mercado found guilty in Christmas Eve killing of Thomas Szadkowski: "The jury found Mercado guilty of felony murder and first-degree robbery The two men met online and got together at Szadkowski's apartment to have sex. After they were done, Mercado got an assault rifle from his car and shot Szadkowski once in the face. Before leaving, he took an Xbox computer game console and gave it to a friend."

 roadOff-duty undercover NYPD: "This fag establishment should be closed."

 roadA music video for Constance McMillen.

 roadGay Zurich nightclub evacuated after bomb threat.

 roadCatholic group calls for protest of Corpus Christi production at Gallaudet University: "Ritchie quotes Archbishop Daniel E. Pilarczyk as his moral authority in calling this protest: “Corpus Christi seems to go out of its way to present Jesus and His story in the crudest and ugliest of ways,” said Pilarczyk in 2003, “I believe that this play will offend the sensibilities of most people who reverence the Lord Jesus in any way.” In a week when it has been revealed, top Vatican officials — including the future Pope Benedict XVI — did not defrock a priest who molested as many as 200 deaf boys and that they covered up the rape of even more deaf kids in Italy, I find it astounding that this clown would even think about showing his face at this school, since Gallaudet University is the nations premier institution of higher learning FOR THE DEAF."


News: DOMA, Marina Abramovic, India, David Cicilline, Big Fish

 road Could mass prescription of anti-retroviral drugs rid world of AIDS?

Marinaabramovic  roadPerformance artist Marina Abramovic to be subject of documentary. Teaser.

 roadRobert Pattinson grabbed the lube bottle instead of the Dep.

 roadMassachusetts attorney general Martha Coakley asks federal judge to declare DOMA unconstitutional without a trial: "Coakley's office filed a lawsuit in July challenging the federal Defense of Marriage Act. In papers filed late Thursday, Coakley asks a judge to deem the law unconstitutional without holding a trial on the lawsuit. Coakley argues that regulating marital status has traditionally been left to the states. She also says the federal law treats married heterosexual couples and married same-sex couples differently on Medicaid benefits and burial in veterans' cemeteries."

 roadRyan Carnes gets into his birthday suit.

 roadColin Firth sparkles at the BAFTAs.

 roadThe Kids are All Right picks up Teddy Award at Berlinale Film Festival. "The Teddy for the Best Feature Film goes to Lisa Cholodenko’s The Kids Are All Right for being a well-crafted and humorous take on the issues facing contemporary lesbian parents and the complexity of sexuality, relationships and family bonding."

 roadJustin Timbaland's video for "Carry Out" is trying  really, really hard.

Fish  roadFish the size of SUVS once filtered our oceans for food.

 roadBanda de Ipanema: Rio Carnival's drag show.

 roadWhat you get when you try to join a Wi-Fi network in SF's Castro.

 roadPolice complaints filed over anti-gay remarks by Singapore pastor.

 roadFrench murderer of lesbian couple commits suicide in prison: "The accused man's death angered the victims' families, who had hoped that his trial in April might clear up the many mysteries surrounding their deaths. Treiber, 46, a forest worker and gamekeeper with no criminal record, was charged with the kidnapping and murder of Geraldine Giraud, 36, and Katia Lherbier, 32, a lesbian couple, in November 2004."

 roadGay couple in Crate & Barrel Ultimate Wedding contest. And here's another.

 roadPaparazzi gets shot of gay man "groping" a celebrity's breast.

Gaston  roadFormer Miley Cyrus flame Justin Gaston shows off his abs in Rio.

 roadTravis Barker to paparazzo: "F**king snitch fa**ot motherf**ker, no one has your gay ass phone."

 roadIndian professor suspended for being gay: "An Aligarh Muslim University professor, on the verge of retirement, was suspended after some students set up cameras to catch him having consensual sex with a rickshaw-puller in his campus home, and sent the video film to university authorities." Vice chancellor: homosexuality will not be allowed on campus.

 roadOpposition grows to ruling that decriminalized gay sex in India.

 roadVictory Fund endorses David Cicilline for Congress.

 roadObama announces new health care plan: "President Obama will propose on Monday giving the federal government new power to block excessive rate increases by health insurance companies, as he rolls out comprehensive legislation to revamp the nation's health care system, White House officials said Sunday. ...By focusing on the effort to tighten regulation of insurance costs, a new element not included in either the House or Senate bills, Mr. Obama is seizing on outrage over recent premium increases of up to 39 percent announced by Anthem Blue Cross of California and moving to portray the Democrats' health overhaul as a way to protect Americans from profiteering insurers."


Openly Gay Providence Mayor to Run for Kennedy House Seat

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Providence Mayor David Cicilline announced today he's running for the House seat being vacated by Patrick Kennedy:

"Cicilline became the second Democrat on Saturday to declare his candidacy for the seat, just two days after Kennedy's unexpected announcement that he would not seek relection. Cicilline's announcement, at a hastily called news conference held at the site of swine-flu vaccination clinic, came just hours after William Lynch, chairman of the state Democratic party, said he will seek the seat. Cicilline, 49, the state's first openly gay mayor, said he would not step down as Providence's mayor during his run for Congress. He has held the job for eight years."

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