A tasteless Auschwitz ad for a gym in Dubai is getting attention around the world. Phil Parkinson, the gym's owner, who apologized on Facebook and Twitter after the ad went viral, also says the ad was a success:
“A huge number people have researched or Googled… our YouTube channel has shot up, our [Facebook] group page has got an hundred extra members in minutes and we have had about five times as many enquiries as before. It has got to the point I am nervous that I can’t cater for demand.”
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TIME-LAPSE: 24 hours in Dubai.
KATY PERRY: Flute-dub fail.
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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."