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News: Israel, Barack Obama, Pet Shop Boys, Harry Connick Jr.

 roadTime magazine: Is it time to end marriage?

Bubbles  roadLady GaGa breaks out the bubbly in San Diego.

 roadGay Israeli couple offered "maternity leave" for first time: "Yonatan Gher, director of Jerusalem's nonprofit Open House Pride and Tolerance organization, has received institute approval of a 64-day leave from work on the occasion of the birth of his biological son, born of a surrogate mother in India. His partner of seven years commenced formal adoption procedures, so that the child will be formally recognized as his as well."

 roadHarry Connick Jr. lets it all hang out.

 roadOur Towleroad correspondents Josh & Josh make the NYT and show how time can be well-spent during a recession.

 roadSanta Clara County, California sees "surge" in anti-gay hate crimes: "Anti-gay incidents accounted for more than half of hate-crime cases last year — 56 percent — a big jump from only 15 percent in 2007. There were 14 anti-gay cases out of 25 hate-crime cases in 2008, compared with only 3 out of 20 in 2007."

 roadThe Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles are a bunch of Proud Marys.

Rbar roadHard times shutter gay nightclub R-Bar in Vallejo, California.

 roadBurundi restores bid to criminalize homosexuality: "Senators last month voted through a draft criminal code law that abolished the death penalty but they rejected an amendment that would make homosexuality punishable by a jail sentence of up to two years. The lower house National Assembly reinstated that clause to the draft on Friday."

 roadNBC's Kings warps the Biblical tale of Jonathan and David in an anti-gay way.

 roadTimes are bad but likely worse for the homeless, runaway, and at-risk LGBTQ youth that go to the Ruth Ellis Center in Detroit 11,000 times a year. We hear that the center is facing some hard times right now (as many people are) but if you're looking for somewhere you might direct your philanthropy you might want to find out more about it.

 roadWanda Sykes wants to send Rush Limbaugh's big ass to Guantanamo Bay.

 roadMatt Damon takes on rugby role in new film.

Quinn  roadWhite House gives New York City Council speaker Christine Quinn an easy out from the city's anti-gay St. Patty's Day parade: "Quinn is one of the very few New York electeds who has been invited to President Barack Obama’s White House Saint Patrick’s Day party."

 roadSarah Palin's war on wildlife continues.

 roadThe Rochester cops that are suing the city of Rochester over the gay bashing incident don't want city lawyers to defend them, obviously.

 roadThe Guardian's Music Weekly Extra talks to the Pet Shop Boys. And the BBC spends five minutes with the pair.

 roadRyan Gosling offers two looks in new photo shoot: cute puppy and scary doll.

 roadPost-Wright: Obama's circle of 5 pastors. "All are men, two of them white and three black — including the Rev. Otis Moss Jr., a graying lion of the civil rights movement. Two, the entrepreneurial dynamos Bishop T. D. Jakes and the Rev. Kirbyjon H. Caldwell, also served as occasional spiritual advisers to President George W. Bush. Another, the Rev. Jim Wallis, leans left on some issues, like military intervention and poverty programs, but opposes abortion. None of these pastors are affiliated with the religious right, though several are quite conservative theologically. One of them, the Rev. Joel C. Hunter, the pastor of a conservative megachurch in Florida, was branded a turncoat by some leaders of the Christian right when he began to speak out on the need to stop global warming."


Real-Life Witch Denies Halloween Candy to Kids of Obama Supporters

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Meet Shirley Nagel, a real-life witch and McCain supporter from suburban Detroit.

Nagel refused to give out candy to trick-or-treaters who were children of Obama supporters.

As one YouTube commenter so aptly puts it, "Thank you SHIRLEY NAGEL for sharing your bitter ignorance with the world. You are the PERFECT reminder of the change we are voting for."

UPDATE: As one of our astute commenters points out, Nagel, who was a delegate from Michigan at the Republican National Convention this year, was interviewed by Triumph the Comic Insult Dog after a few glasses of Cabernet.

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News: Brazil, Vin Diesel, Red Wings, Lauren Hutton, 'Ex-Gays'

road.jpg Brief altercations reported at Tel Aviv gay pride: "The demonstrators held signs which read: 'Animals! You have nothing to be proud of, take your medication.'" Thousands attend...

Vinroad.jpg Vin Diesel is a daddy — literally.

road.jpg McGreevey lawyer during closing arguments: "She gets nothing!"

road.jpg Detroit Red Wings have a friend, and his name is Stanley.

road.jpg Following her Sex and the City gay sluts rant, Lauren Hutton has made another bizarre appearance, this time at Bravo's A-List awards.

road.jpg Archbishop of Uganda demands that "pro-gay bishops must apologise and renounce their support for sexual perversion" in order to mend rift in Church: "The Archbishop of Uganda, Henry Luke Orombi, made the appeal on Wednesday, while addressing journalists at the provincial headquarters in Namirembe, Kampala. He was announcing the departure of a team of Church of Uganda bishops to the Anglican Communion scheduled for June 22-29 in Jerusalem. According to Orombi, conservative Christians worldwide, who believe in the Bible, will meet in Jerusalem to 'prepare for an Anglican future in which the gospel is uncompromised and a Christ-centred mission is a top priority.'"

Brazilsoldierroad.jpg Gay Brazilian soldier who came out on national TV arrested after taping show for desertion from the army. AWOL or victimized?

road.jpg Gay activist slams Norther Irish politico's statement that gays and lesbians can be "turned around". Said the MP: "I have a very lovely psychiatrist who works with me in my offices and his Christian background is that he tries to help homosexuals - trying to turn away from what they are engaged in. I'm happy to put any homosexual in touch with this gentleman and I have met people who have turned around and become heterosexuals."

road.jpg Meet the Top 20 contestants on So You Think You Can Dance.

Brodyroad.jpg Brody Jenner kicks back in Hawaii.

road.jpg Isaac Mizrahi makes hair pomade at home.

road.jpg Brazil's first gay cruise!

road.jpg This weekend's Love Won Out "ex-gay" conference in Orlando to be protested by gay activists: "Protesters, organized by Parents, Families & Friends of Lesbians and Gays, will meet outside First Presbyterian Church in Orlando, where organizers say the conference is expected to draw about 500 participants. The conference coincides with Gay Days, which annually attracts thousands of gays to Orlando and Disney World."

road.jpg Videos of McCain's awful speech being removed from YouTube?


Report: Gay Detroit Senior Andrew Anthos Was Not Attacked

Detroit Police said on Wednesday that gay senior Andrew Anthos, who was reportedly attacked in front of his apartment with a pipe of February 13 after his assailant had taunted him over his sexuality, died of natural causes and was never attacked.

Anthos2This has been the account: "According to family members, Anthos said he was riding a city bus home from the library on Feb. 13 when a young man asked him if he was gay and uttered a slur. Anthos said the man followed him off the bus and confronted him again. Anthos said he told the man he was gay as he went to help a friend whose wheelchair was stuck in a snowbank, according to his cousin, Athena Fedenis."

In the days following the incident, Anthos, 72, clung to life in a Detroit hospital before slipping into a coma and dying.

According to the AP, "the Wayne County Medical Examiner's Office concluded that Anthos fell because he had an arthritic neck, and detectives were unable to find witnesses to a beating, police said...Medical Examiner Dr. Carl Schmidt said evidence did not support the report of an attack on Anthos and said a head injury likely came from falling. Anthos probably flexed his neck, which caused arthritic spurs to compress his spinal cord enough to paralyze his legs, Schmidt said."

Said police spokesman James Tate to the Detroit News: "There's no evidence that an assault occurred. They determined that he died of natural causes."

Homicide unit supervisor Lt. Linda Vertin said the case would be closed due to lack of evidence of an assault. The report of the attack on Anthos sparked a renewed outcry in Michigan and across the country from gay advocacy groups for hate crime legislation.

The AP notes, "It was unclear what police made of the friend's account." It's also unclear where police came up with a sketch of Anthos' attacker which was released on March 1st.

Athena Fedenis, Anthos' cousin, whom police did not talk to before going public with their findings, expressed shock that the case was closed: "I'm just livid about this. Andrew didn't have any reason to make this up. I won't let this rest. I can't let this tarnish him. I don't want anyone to think it wasn't a hate crime."

Police, coroner: Detroit gay man died naturally, not from beating [detroit news]
Police Say Gay Man Not Fatally Beaten [nyt]

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Vigil for Andrew Anthos Tonight; Sketch Released of Killer

Anthos_killer_sketch_1Police have released a sketch of a man wanted for the fatal beating of 72-year-old Andrew Anthos, clubbed to death with a pipe in front of his Detroit apartment in an anti-gay hate crime. Anyone with information is asked to call Detroit Police at (313) 596-2260 or anonymously call 1-800-SPEAK-UP.

Anthos' niece told Gay.com yesterday: "I promised two things, that I would get the dome lit and (pass) hate crimes (legislation). I don't think I'll be getting enough rest till this is all done."

More from Gay.com: "At Wednesday's funeral in Center Line, Mich., Fedenis said, about 80 people gathered to share memories of Anthos and how he had touched their lives. They included friends, loved ones and folks from the post office and library branch from which Anthos used to post and e-mail his voluminous correspondence. The Singing Librarians, a chorale of Detroit Public Library workers, performed two numbers, one by Gershwin and one from 'Show Boat' that had been sung by his beloved Ava Gardner. 'I can handle the R-E-E-L world,' Detroit Free Press columnist Susan Ager remembered him telling her, 'but the R-E-A-L world scares me.' Melissa Pope, director of victim services for Michigan's Triangle Foundation, described the tribute as 'very loving'. Different branches of the family had never met prior to this horrific murder,' Pope said. 'They felt Andrew had brought them together.' Anthos' family has set up a foundation to raise funds toward his dream of lighting the dome. Donations may be made to Andrew's Light, P.O. Box 66164, Roseville MI 48066."

Additionally, a candlelight vigil will be held this evening outside the apartment where Anthos was struck down. 6:30 p.m. at Windsor Towers, 1600 Antietam, Detroit MI 48207.

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The reaction to the cold-blooded hate killing of Detroit gay senior Andrew Anthos has been pathetic at best:

Hansen_clarke"It has been 16 days since someone killed Andrew Anthos, a 72-year-old openly gay man, by beating him with a pipe. Before and after the beating, the killer shouted anti-gay slurs. In 16 days, only one person with any sort of a well-known name in southeast Michigan has stepped forward to say it is wrong to beat a 72-year-old man to death with a pipe because he is gay."

Sen. Hansen Clarke (D-Detroit, pictured) has been the only public official to come forward. He said: "It’s so sad and tragic. I can see why an elected official may not want to be involved."

Columnist Bill McGraw asks: "Is the high-level silence here because Anthos was gay, or is it because everyone has grown immune to metro Detroit’s never-ending mayhem? Last week, a 13-year-old and 11-year-old were shot and killed, execution-style, in a Detroit dope house. Public officials mostly have remained silent on that outrage, too."

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