BP "pleased" with new cap on Gulf leak — verdict days away...
Berlin Fashion Week: the whiskered look for Fall?
Mitchell Gold marries his partner Tim Scofield in Iowa: "The two held the ceremony in Des Moines because Iowa is one of the five states, along with Washington, D.C., that recognizes same-sex marriages. They also appreciated the symbolism of Iowa as part of the nation's heartland, as well as the ruling of district court judge Robert Hanson, which led the Iowa Supreme court to permit same-sex marriages. Judge Hanson performed the ceremony at the Des Moines Art Center on June 19."
A free remix of Kele Okereke's track "Tenderoni".
Will the 'Google App Inventor' be a boon for the Android platform, or just fill it with useless apps?
Brit TAB: Women often 'go lesbo' at 40.
Facebook to add "panic button" for bullied teens in UK: "The button will actually connect the teens with resources hosted by the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP), an organization run in part by the UK government. Teens will be given advice and resources on dealing with potential threats on the Internet, and they may also report users who they believe are acting inappropriately toward them."
The Mona Lisa of our time?
Brandon Flowers drops cover artwork for Flamingo.
James Cameron picks up $350 million 'Avatar' paycheck.
Blindness-causing toxic weed spreads in Ontario, Canada: "The concern is it's a very poisonous plant, in the sense that if you get any of the sap from this plant on your skin, it can cause severe blistering and very bad burns."
More than 1,000 attend Houston Astros Pride Night at the Park.
Gay Dubai student sentenced to three years in prison asks court to segregate him from the general prison population if his sentence is upheld: "The 22-year-old M N was sentenced to three years in jail by Dubai Criminal Court of First Instance in March after he appeared in pornographic pictures that were distributed online. He was arrested at Dubai International Airport on July 20 last year with his male partner, who had been convicted of homosexuality and sentenced to one year in jail. Yaser al Naqbi, M N’s lawyer, said in today's closing argument that his client should be acquitted because of what he called improper arrest and search procedures. He also called the writ used when apprehending M N into question."
Jon Hamm dons a baseball uniform.
Gerard Butler is ready to mount his Hog.
Bombers target World Cup soccer fans in Uganda, kill more than 60: "The bombs exploded at 10:30 p.m. local time in the middle of the match between Spain and the Netherlands under way in South Africa, with at least three explosions hitting a popular Ethiopian garden restaurant and a large rugby field in a different Kampala neighborhood where hundreds of people had massed to watch the game. More than 70 people were injured."
Male model fix: Caleb Lane.
If Queen Latifah considers being a lesbian to be part of her "personal, personal life" then she will never come out.
Castleford Rugby Club bans three fans for anti-gay abuse of player Gareth Thomas.
Rush Limbaugh sells NYC penthouse for $11.5 million: "A year after railing about the high tax burden on wealthy New Yorkers, Rush Limbaugh, the conservative radio talk-show host, is severing one more tie with New York, selling his lushly decorated Fifth Avenue penthouse to an undisclosed buyer. Mr. Limbaugh's 10-room condominium, which features a 30-foot-wide living room with fireplace and four terraces overlooking Central Park at East 86th Street, went into contract Thursday for a bit under the final $12.95 million asking price, brokers said."
114,000 iPad owners exposed in AT&T security breach.
Report: Marc Jacobs' ex Jason Preston writing tell-all. “Just think about how I had so many friends when I was with Marc where r they now?”
Tom Cruise to torture world.
Huge seas once existed on Mars.
Anglican bishop who fled Uganda points finger at American evangelicals for fomenting anti-gay hate there: "Senyonjo left Uganda because of his alleged sympathies with gays. He discussed the pending bill with Bishop Gene Robinson, an openly gay Episcopal bishop in the New Hampshire diocese. One of the most publicized examples of anti-gay missionaries was Californian Scott Lively, a Citrus Heights evangelical Christian and head of Abiding Truth Ministries."
Ricky Martin says he has been in a relationship for more than a year with a childhood friend.
Filmmaker John Waters reads from his book, Role Models.
More than 20 LGBT groups denounce Arizona immigration law: "The groups issued a joint statement, saying, 'Arizona's SB1070 takes the state down a path that will lead to racial profiling, discrimination and anti-immigrant extremism. We stand in solidarity with other individuals, organizations and local governments in rejecting the misrepresentation of immigrants put forth in this unjust and ill-conceived measure.'"
Summer in a sober house.
Who wore it best?
Good news for the 0 employees stationed at Johnston Island in the South Pacific: "But why would the president specifically mention this far-flung spot in Pacific in his June 2 order of the extension of certain benefits to gay federal employees? Particularly when the island has not only no gay employees, but is absent any people whatsoever?"
Interesting report on gays in the Israeli military.
Worlds Apart: The SF Weekly tackles gays and immigration.
Exhibition on gay love to open in Poland: "The director of Poland's National Museum says it is opening an exhibition on gay and lesbian love designed to provoke discussion on the place of homosexuals in this conservative and overwhelmingly Catholic country. The head of the National Museum in Warsaw, Piotr Piotrowski, said Wednesday the museum is already getting protests from various groups, even before the exhibition has opened."
Did Sarah Palin get a new set of twins?
Gay rugby star Gareth Thomas and fellow rugby player Nick Youngquest strike up a flirtation over Twitter.
Amanda Lepore and Courtney Love make kinky photos together (possibly nsfw).
Oregon Department of Justice revamps system to improve reporting of hate crimes: "The Q Center calls this statewide initiative the first direct action in response to troubling reports of widespread assaults on members of the LGBTQ community."
Exhibition of Jerry Pritikin photographs mounted in Chicago.
Real World cast member Mike Manning says MTV f*cked him for 3.5 months and then dumped him.
Man in Dubai picked up by police for possessing, possibly wearing women's lingerie; offers to submit to 'gay test'.
Gay couple threatened, struck on London bus: "Police say he stood up when the bus had reached Snappy Snaps in Lavender Hill and made hand gestures to the victims that implied he had a gun and would shoot them. The suspect then hit one of the victims on the head with a silver object causing a cut which later required eight stitches. He got off the bus and walked in the direction of Clapham Junction."
Dubai hotel frees whale shark.
His name was Yvonne: German pole vaulter Balian Buschbaum.
Senator Chuck Schumer signals commitment to inclusion of LGBT provisions in comprehensive immigration reform: "I support [UAFA] and I am working on introducing a comprehensive package that would address this issue along with a host of immigration issues . . . At this time, I believe that the only way to pass meaningful and effective immigration reform is through a comprehensive bill, not through piecemeal legislation."
Janet Jackson announces release date of new single, called "Nothing".
Bo Bice (remember him?) becomes 'Bob' Bice.
Tom Brady grows it out.
Nice knowing you, Bluefin tuna: "Global talks on the conservation of endangered species have rejected calls to ban international trade in bluefin tuna, raising new fears for the future of dwindling stocks. Countries at the meeting of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (Cites) in Qatar voted down a proposal from Monaco to grant the fish stronger protection. The plan drew little support, with developing countries joining Japan in opposing a measure they feared would hit fishing economies."
The NYT 'T' magazine pays a visit to the studio of Ryan McGinley.
Chicago Mayor Daley appoints new chair to gay advisory council: "Elizabeth Kelly will serve a three-year term as chairperson of the Advisory Council on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Issues. Kelly is a professor of women's and gender studies at DePaul University. She was a founding member of DePaul's interdisciplinary program in lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender studies."
Gay Facebook founder Chris Hughes starts Jumo.com, a social platform for global volunteerism: "Think of the site as philanthropy, volunteerism and social networking all rolled into one. It's a platform that will connect people and organizations around the world, and Hughes is arguably the most well-known tech entrepreneur to enter the still evolving global space." Site.
The SF Chronicle discovers Grindr.
Killer of gay bar manager up soon for parole.
Vman modeling search winners announced (site possibly nsfw).
Siem Reap, Cambodia's gay haven: "Homosexual acts are not outlawed in Cambodia, as they are in a few Southeast Asian countries, but outward displays of affection and untraditional lifestyles are rare. Yet in Siem Reap, a small town that gets about a million tourists a year, gay visitors and locals are carving out a little haven. In the last few years, a small flurry of gay-friendly bars, restaurants and hotels has opened up in the city’s center and beyond, with wink-wink names like the Golden Banana and Cockatoo."
Facebook deletes Seattle gay youth group.
Atlanta Eagle lawsuit grows: "Thirty-one Atlanta police officers have been added to a federal lawsuit that complains patrons of a gay nightclub were ordered to lie on the Atlanta Eagle Bar floor, on spilled beer and broken glass, while enduring insults about their homosexuality. The suit, originally filed in November, was expanded Wednesday to include six more bar employees and contractors, bringing the total to 28 people who say they were victimized during the highly publicized raid on Sept. 10."
UPDATED: Now with gushing water video.
The Dubai Mall Aquarium, one of the largest tanks in the world, developed a crack on Thursday and was evacuated, Reuters reports:
"One of the largest tanks in the world, the aquarium features the world's largest viewing panel at 32.8 meters (107 ft 7 in) wide and 8.3 meters high. It was designed to hold more than 33,000 living animals, representing more than 85 species including over 400 sharks and rays combined, according to Dubai Mall's website. A Reuters witness said the mall, operated by Emaar Properties, had been partly evacuated and dozens of emergency vehicles were outside. Six divers entered the tank and appeared to be coordinating with workers outside the glass. Laborers mopped up water from the floor."
That would have me just a little bit concerned.
Video of the aquarium's unveiling in late 2008 and water gushing from the tank today,
AFTER THE JUMP...
Ten things you can do to oppose the anti-gay legislation in Uganda.
Chace Crawford unleashes his man scent on Miami Beach.
Madonna is no doubt furious that unretouched photos of her keep leaking.
Brazilian man granted asylum in U.S. claiming persecution over his homosexuality: "I lived in constant panic in Brazil. I tried to hide that my homosexuality, but the attacks and threats were constant. At the time (I lived in Brazil), I have been attacked by skinheads and brutally beat up by the police. After you've been threatened by the police, you become aware that there is no one there to protect you, so coming the live in US was a matter of life or death for me."
Snooki has found the guido juicehead of her dreams.
Bradley Cooper has a tanning accident.
Lesbian couple in Vermont battles Boy Scouts: "Cate and Elizabeth Wirth wanted to help with their son's Cub Scout troop but were told they were not welcome. The Supreme Court has affirmed the Scouts' right to bar homosexuals. But Vermont Congressman Peter Welch and 25 of his colleagues have written to the Boy Scouts on the Wirths' behalf. The letter calls the policy 'deeply troubling' and "damaging" to impressionable children."
Kellan Lutz gets comfy in a bod pod.
What would you do if your boyfriend had an "arrangement" with a toothbrush "perv"?
Detroit techno innovator Carl Craig creates new soundtrack for Warhol oral sex film.
Harold Ford Jr.'s apartment is relentlessly yellow.
NYC's Roxy to reopen as lounge-restaurant-event space?
India gets gay Valentine's Day cards: "Homosexual consumers are not exactly spoiled for choice, with just two cards for gay men, two for lesbians and one gender-neutral card. The wording of the messages is also pretty basic. A lesbian version says: 'For my girl friend from your girl friend.' The gender-neutral card reads: 'Oh how totully gay!' (sic)."
Audio: Former BP CEO Lord Browne discusses the fear he had of having his sexuality discovered: "Lord Browne called the lie a 'deep error of judgement', adding that he was still "terrified" about being discovered as gay even at the end of his career."
Bush billboard frightens residents of Minnesota.
Dubai closes viewing deck on Burj Khalifa after electrical issues.
What is your HIV Prevention mobster name?
Australian bank worker claims he perpetrated $1 million fraud from his employers because they were homophobic: "The Welsh-born equipment leasing manager had been employed at Suncorp Metway since 1998 and claimed he enjoyed the work environment until the last two years, when he alleged he had been victimised for being gay. It was at this time that Gabriel stole nine cheques with a value of just under $200,000 before embarking on a spiralling system of part-repayment while generating fraudulent leases that eventually cost his employer $601,534."