“There is nobody who knew Michael like I did. He was so gifted, it’s hard for me to picture him gone. There is a whole side to him people never saw. For instance, people always think of him as talking in that high, soft voice, but he didn’t really speak like that — it was a facade. Still to this day I am not sure why he did it. The Michael I knew talked like a real man, acted like a real man and shook a hand like a real man.”
David Gest Hub
Bush is expected to nominate General Peter ("homosexuality is immoral") Pace to a second term as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
Gay rapper Caushun exposed as fraud: "Here in New York, Caushun was the first name that came up whenever a conversation about gay rappers began. Best we knew, he was one of us: An effeminate hairdresser with Bed-Stuy credibility and a flow that earned respect among local hetero hip-hop folks."
Connecticut high court judge recuses himself from gay marriage case, reasons unknown.
Gay porn star Timothy Boham, who is charged in the murder of Denver businessman John Paul Kelso, may use insanity plea in his defense: "Boham, who had worked briefly for Kelso, was arrested near the U.S.-Mexico border after police said he confessed to his mother and sister. Boham decided to rob Kelso, the owner of a debt collection company, because he knew there was a safe in the house, police said. During a preliminary hearing, police said Boham told them he was planning to steal $40,000 he thought was in the safe because his girlfriend was pregnant and he needed cash."
The struggle to be a father: one gay man reflects.
Vermont fraternity Phi Gamma Delta, accused last year of gay bashing during hazing, is now threatening to sue the University of Vermont.
Has David Gest targeted a new love interest in Amy Winehouse? Gest: "I would kiss the mole on Amy Winehouse's face and every tattoo on her body and I'd stick my tongue in the gap where her tooth is missing. I love her."
Army recruiter Marcia Ramode, who was "suspended from recruiting duties" after her racist, homophobic email to a potential recruit was given media attention, has been given a covert reassignment by the military. Said Corey Powell, the potential recruit to whom Ramode's inflammatory email was originally addressed: "Now they're making her whereabouts covert. Some act to prevent us knowing where she is, which they probably invented this morning. I'm really disappointed [in the decision to reassign Ramode]. I wasn't out for blood. But for the 11,000 servicemen who have lost their jobs for nothing besides being themselves, this is an injustice. She should be forced to find a way to take care of herself the same way they had to."
Miss Ross returns to London.
Pinkberry sued for claiming powder + water is actually yogurt.
Are you a TOFI? Folks who are thin on the outside may be fat on the inside: "The thinner people are, the bigger the surprise."
Rosie O'Donnell claims Ellen DeGeneres has signed a contract forbidding her to talk about being a lesbian and putting the kibosh on gay issues: "Ellen's not allowed to. She signed a contract that said she wouldn't. It was on the heels of my show. Right? So that's why she doesn't! But, you know what? She also paved the way for a lot of gay people, especially on TV. There were no gay shows on TV. She was pre-Will & Grace, remember that. So, you know, I talk about 'gay' because I like to and she doesn't talk about it because she doesn't want to or she can't. But, who cares? It's fine. Gay Gay Gay Gay Gay!"
LGBT marchers battered with insults at Atlanta MLK day parade: "Y’all gay? OK, alright," one man shouted before backing away and turning around. "You can look at them and tell [they’re gay], they don’t need no signs."
Nigeria is about to have a major crackdown on gays: "Though presented as a simple ban on marriage, the long-winded 'Prohibition of Relationships Between Persons of the Same Sex, Celebration of Marriage by Them, and for Other Matters Connected Therewith' will bar all expressions and endorsements of homosexuality."
Six Feet Under's Lauren Ambrose is the proud mother to a baby boy.
Jim McGreevey's wife is "eager to counter the version of events the ex-governor offered in his own memoir" according to the New York Daily News. Dina McGreevey: "I've had a lot of requests for interviews and appearances, but thought it best for my daughter and myself to stay out of the public maelstrom. But two years have passed and still I am the subject of much speculation as to the nature of my relationship with my husband. Enough is enough."
Because he announced he has found a lifelong male partner, openly gay Rev. Bradley Schmeling must face trial by a Lutheran committee who may defrock him: "The ELCA maintains it is simply following its own rules, which bar unmarried clergy — whether gay or straight — from having sex. The denomination believes that sex is reserved for marriage and marriage for heterosexual couples. Still, many Lutheran churches support ordaining partnered gays and perform same-sex blessing ceremonies despite the policy."
REPORT: Anderson Cooper renews his contract with CNN for more than $4 million a year.
Britney Spears has been busy checking out the gay nightlife in L.A. and Vegas.
Liza Minnelli and David Gest are finally ready to divorce...in Tennessee: "Before filing for divorce, Gest sued Minnelli for $10 million for assault, claiming that his wife had beaten him so badly during alcoholic rages that she caused him nerve damage and caused him to be hospitalized for five days. Minnelli countersued, claiming that Gest had stolen at least $2 million she earned while performing in shows he had produced. Lorraine Nadel, Gest's lawyer in the assault lawsuit and in the Minnelli countersuit, confirmed that legal battle was over. She said the settlement terms were confidential and would not say whether either paid the other any money."
Liza Minnelli's ex-husband David Gest, who has been running around the Australian jungle on the UK version of I'm a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here, told openly gay fashion designer Scott Henshall in a campfire heart-to-heart that he's not gay:
"They said 'was I straight, was I gay?' I always said, 'bring me one guy I’ve been with' - I’d love to meet him because, if I was into it, I’d be proud of it. I have tons of friends that are gay. They said that because of my wife who I’m getting divorced from was [a gay icon]. I never had a Judy Garland room, I never had a Shirley Temple room. These are all ridiculous things."
Hours in the jungle have given Gest, seen here with actor Dean Gaffney, the opportunity to expound on a variety of topics, including his infamous wedding kiss with Minnelli (WARNING GRAPHIC): "Donald Trump said to me that night I have never seen a kiss like that in my life. I was so excited and so in love that when I took my tongue it looked like I was eating a part of her because I went all the way through her mouth. It looked like I was a shark going in and I took every part of her mouth out with my tongue. And it was like a nine-minute kiss. When I saw it three months later when we were in bed I took the covers over me. I was going: 'Oh my God, Liza!'"
The Sun also recently reported that Liza has high hopes for Gest on the show. Said a friend: "Liza goes from wishing him dead from spider stings to hoping he abandons the show and flies home to beg forgiveness. She was sobbing that he deserves to be eaten alive by crocs or fucked by kangaroos. Liza still has extreme feelings for Gest, from a teary 'Come home baby!' to ranting 'Die in a plague of pus-oozing boils!' She can’t imagine David living rough in the Bush now. Liza says David would shudder at the thought of cockroaches. Stories of him laughing at giant spiders sounds like a very different David to her. Liza says he’s either turned into a macho man or is faking being brave."
Damn VH1 for never airing that reality show.
David Gest gets ready to enter the Australian jungle in the Brit version of I'm a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here:
"I'm absolutely not prepared for this but listen, Eskimos have survived the ice, I can survive the jungle. How am I gonna cope without a maid? There's gotta be someone there that needs a job and some extra money. I've never done the dishes in, I think, 25 years. But that's OK. There are no dishes, are there?"