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road.jpg Activists launch Rick-a-Thon to raise money for LGBT Equality during Rick Warren's inauguration invocation: "Driving Equality is hosting a Rick-A-Thon to turn Rick Warren’s anti-equality stance into positive change for LGBT people. Every second that Warren stands at the podium, he will be raising money to advance LGBT civil rights."

Thomas_janeroad.jpg Hung: HBO series about man who uses massive piece to get ahead gets the go-ahead.

road.jpg Ecuadoran president Rafael Correa vows to fight homophobia in wake of NYC anti-gay murder: We will fight together ... to forever uproot these aberrations of certain maladjusted [individuals], uproot them from the face of the earth, from humanity: Xenophobia, homophobia and all kinds of discrimination, all kinds of violence."

road.jpg Portia de Rossi loves her wife.

road.jpg Arizona marriage equality activists look to 2010: "A man who champions equality for gays in the United Kingdom has traveled here to launch a drive for a ballot initiative that would establish civil partnerships, which since 2005 have allowed British same-sex couples to legally register their relationships."

road.jpg Mickey Rourke's face: a history.

Mercuryroad.jpg Queen guitarist Brian May says he didn't know Freddie Mercury was gay: "No, I didn't know. I don't think even he was fully cognizant in the beginning. You're talking to someone who shared rooms with Fred on the first couple of tours, so I knew him pretty well. I knew a lot of his girlfriends and he certainly didn't have boyfriends, that's for sure. I think there was a slight suspicion, but it never occurred to me that he was gay."

road.jpg Britain's Christmas drag-fest.

road.jpg Religious right wing stirred up over Campbell's Soup ads in the Advocate.

road.jpg 70's New York art figure John Perrault marries longtime partner Jeff Weinstein in Provincetown.

Becksroad.jpg Red and black rolled out for Beckham in Milan.

road.jpg Edilson Nascimento is the hottest Brazilian of 2008.

road.jpg A massive Kerry Degman fix.

road.jpg PETA signs Tim Gunn: "The animal-rights group has enlisted none other than Tim Gunn to be its new spokesman in a video decrying using rabbit fur from China. China has no laws that prevent animal cruelty and, as such, you can imagine how things are on the animal farms. Gunn gives kudos to companies who have changed suppliers after viewing PETA's videos."

road.jpg The resurrection of Tangier: "In the heady years after World War II, when Tangier was still in diplomatic limbo as an International Zone, its craggy shores became a gay-friendly haven for spies, globe-trotting businessmen, beatniks in exile and eccentric foreigners. This is where William S. Burroughs wrote the bulk of 'Naked Lunch,' which marks its 50th anniversary next year, and where Paul Bowles completed his haunting and existential cult classic, 'The Sheltering Sky.' As recently as the last decade, Tangier was still considered a down-on-its-luck town riddled with drugs and hustlers. But while sleazy dives, decayed buildings and dark alleys can still be found, a stylish new Tangier has emerged, fueled by royal investments and a thriving arts community."


Vigil Held In Brooklyn for Ecuadoran Hate Crime Victim

Vigil

Yesterday, a vigil was held for Jose Sucuzhañay, the Ecuadoran immigrant whose life was taken by four men in a brutal anti-gay, anti-Hispanic attack in Brooklyn last week.

SucuzhanayJoe.My.God has posted a bunch of photos from the vigil, which began with a short march and ended at the site of the attack at Bushwick Avenue and Kossuth Place in the Bushwick section of Brooklyn. Between two and three hundred people attended the remembrance. Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, NY State Senator Tom Duane, Rep. Anthony Weiner, and Kings County District Attorney Charles Hynes were among the political leaders who were there.

Sucuzhañay, who was declared brain dead last week, was still on life support despite newswire reports to the contrary, until late Friday night when he finally died. Sucuzhañay died just hours before his mother, who flew in from Ecuador, could see him alive.

Yesterday, the NYT profiled the rise of the Ecuadorean community in NYC, in an article framed around the Sucuzhañay killing and the murder of another Ecuadorean less than a month earlier: "If Queens was the beachhead for Ecuadoreans, Bushwick was regarded as something of a frontier. More than 4,000 Ecuadoreans moved there from 1990 to 2007, according to the census. Diego Sucuzhañay tried to persuade his brother not to. 'I said the neighborhood wasn’t safe,' he said. 'But he wanted to be useful.'"

The assailants who beat Sucuzhañay are still at large. There is a $27,000 reward for information leading to their capture.

Family of Fatally Beaten Immigrant Urges Action - VIDEO [myfoxny]


Ecuador Approves New Constitution Including Same-Sex Civil Unions

In a preliminary vote count, 65% of Ecuadorans approved a new constitution on Sunday. It widely expands the power and term limits of its President Rafael Correa an his theory of a "21st century socialism".

CorreaThe WaPo reports: "Correa's supporters emphasize that the 444-article document -- Ecuador's 20th constitution -- prohibits discrimination, respects private property, will increase spending on health care and the poor, and enshrines more rights for indigenous groups. In a country rich with ecological treasures, including the Galapagos Islands and part of the Amazon rain forest, the constitution also calls on government to avoid measures that would destroy ecosystems or drive species to extinction -- the first such measure of its kind, according to Ecuadoran officials. The constitution would allow civil unions for gay couples."

It has its detractors: "Opponents of the president say the document would allow Correa to consolidate too much control over the economy, as well as over strategic sectors such as oil and mining, without sufficient checks on his authority. And some voters said Sunday that the new constitution would create a bloated state that will not be able to meet expectations. 'The state will be unable to meet demand due to a lack of resources,' said Lucia Cordero, 42, who was voting in La Floresta parish in northern Quito, an area home to both working-class and middle-class residents. 'It's too statist.'"

EcuadorIn April, Correa said: "Let's be clear that the profoundly humanistic position of this government is to respect the intrinsic dignity of everyone, of every human being, independently of their creed, race, sexual preference. ... We will give certain guarantees to stable gay couples but matrimony will continue being reserved for a man, a woman and the family. ... Every person has dignity, that's to say, one must respect a person independently of their sexual preference. Be careful not to deny employment to someone because of their sexual preference. That is discrimination, that is unconstitutional."

Voters in Ecuador Approve Constitution [washington post]


News: 90210, Ecuador, Nate Berkus, Gay Pension, Alabama Prom

road.jpg A Boy Named Gay wins NYT weird name story contest.

90210road.jpg Meet the first cast member of the Beverly Hills 90210 spin-off.

road.jpg Rally for Sally: 50 Pastors organize "free speech" demonstration for bigoted Oklahoma State Rep. Sally Kern.

road.jpg Brown University bookstore to be renovated to make it "a little less gay." Director: "You can practically slice the homoeroticism in there with a knife."

road.jpg Indonesian Muslim leader clarifies beliefs about homosexuality to Jakarta Post. Ma'aruf Amin, chairman of the Fatwa Commission at the Indonesia Ulema Council: "Yes, it's a social construction, but it is derived from the Koran. The Koran clearly states that homosexuality is unacceptable, and we ulema have agreed about that. It's a curable disorder. There have been many cases where homosexuals have realised what they did was wrong and became heterosexuals again. It's something that can be fought off. God created both good and bad behaviours, but He told humans to choose the good ones. So, it's a matter of options."

road.jpg Nate Berkus strips down on a Hawaiian beach.

Correaroad.jpg Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa on gay rights: "Let's be clear that the profoundly humanistic position of this government is to respect the intrinsic dignity of everyone, of every human being, independently of their creed, race, sexual preference. ... We will give certain guarantees to stable gay couples but matrimony will continue being reserved for a man, a woman and the family. ... Every person has dignity, that's to say, one must respect a person independently of their sexual preference. Be careful not to deny employment to someone because of their sexual preference. That is discrimination, that is unconstitutional."

road.jpg Madonna will hurt you.

road.jpg European Union Court rules in favor of gay man claiming his late partner's pension benefits: "'The refusal to grant the survivor's pension to life partners constitutes direct discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation if surviving spouses and surviving life partners are in a comparable situation as regards that pension,' the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg, the EU's highest court, ruled today. The Court of Justice left it up to German judges to decide the status of the pension."

Alabamalesbiansroad.jpg Alabama lesbians win right to attend school prom: "Two Alabama high school students didn't think they would be able to dance the night away at their high school prom last weekend all because they're gay, and the school wouldn't allow them to attend. But that all changed in light of a federal judge's decision. A temporary restraining order was given to the Scottsboro City Board of Education. Chelsie Collins and Lauren Farrington are both students at Scottsboro High School and Saturday night is their school's prom."

road.jpg UK Stonewall equality survey finds homophobia rife in British society.

road.jpg Janice Dickinson: Crazy/Exhausted.


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