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road.jpg Punxsatawney Phil sees shadow.

road.jpg Milk buzz at Berlinale. Variety: Milk gaining in Oscar race?

Metcalferoad.jpg Jesse Metcalfe flashes his headlights.

road.jpg Rick Astley writing movie musical: "New York Cowboy will tell the story of a small-town boy who moves to New York City in the 80s. It is not, in other words, an autobiography. My wife's now a movie producer so I read a lot of scripts and I'm really passionate about films," Astley said in a recent interview. 'One day I thought, 'Well, why don't I write one?' And it turned into a musical – but not for the stage.'"

road.jpg Remember Melinda Doolittle from American Idol: She's back.

road.jpg Jared Polis: Congress like going back to college. " New members have a lottery for our rooms (offices). We "rush" for our committee assignments and elect a class president (Martin Heinrich of New Mexico). We wander around aimlessly, clutching maps, trying to find our way around "campus." There are even intramural sports; I played baseball in high school and hope to join the congressional team. And just like college, newbies are often lumped together and collectively, even mockingly, referred to as 'The Freshmen.' Some of the upper classman are a bit snooty and don't talk to us lowly fish, but others are friendly and eager to help."

road.jpg Watch the first episode of RuPaul's drag Race before it debuts tonight.

road.jpg Obama abandoning "war on terror" catchphrase.

Jgfedoraroad.jpg Jake Gyllenhaal: why so serious?

road.jpg Head to head National Anthem: Whitney vs. Beyoncé vs. J Hud.

road.jpg Ted Haggard escort Mike Jones hawking acrylic Mike Jones.

road.jpg Madonna and Jesus, together again.

road.jpg Hate crimes bill introduced in Georgia House: "Rep. Pedro 'Pete' Marin (D-Duluth) had put forth the hate crimes bill, H.B. 111. It would offer sentence enhancement for hate crimes motivated by the victim's 'race, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, or national origin.' The legislation would officially amend Georgia's previous hate crimes law, which was struck down by the state Supreme Court in 2004 on the grounds that its definition of hate crimes as those motivated by "bias or prejudice" was unconstitutionally vague. Lawmakers had enacted the bill without naming specific categories out of concern that it would not pass if "sexual orientation" was included."

road.jpg Prop 8 backers admit they don't really believe their own arguments.

Nightshiftroad.jpg General Hospital: Night Shift head writer Sri Rao on gay storylines: "The other thing about bringing in new storylines, whether it be gay storylines, or stories about people of color, different ethnicities, unless it comes intrinsically from the writer, the writer living this, what that is, it's not going to work. The only way for gay storylines to really resonate is if gay writers are writing them. I know that is controversial and all the straight writers out there will be like 'you think I can't write a love story because I'm not gay'. I'm not saying that at all, but for the storyline to have heart, someone on the writing team who is gay, or has a very strong personal connection with that, needs to take the lead on writing the heart of that story."

Ibex_2road.jpg Extinct Ibex successfully cloned: "Sadly, the newborn ibex kid died shortly after birth due to physical defects in its lungs. Other cloned animals, including sheep, have been born with similar lung defects. But the breakthrough has raised hopes that it will be possible to save endangered and newly extinct species by resurrecting them from frozen tissue."

road.jpg Male model fix: Philip Fusco.

road.jpg Mexican archbishop bans HIV-positive men from the priesthood: "They undergo tests including HIV, so that someone who is sick can't get in through the cracks. We pay attention to this, we are not asleep, but sometimes things get past us, but if you are sick we do not accept you"

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road.jpg NYT on Edmund White's Gore Vidal - Timothy McVeigh drama: "Critical and audience reactions have been encouraging, which is an improvement over the response to his first two plays, written decades ago and largely ignored. With 'Terre Haute' Mr. White is gaining traction as a legitimate dramatist. 'It made me wince a little because I thought it sounded a bit literary sometimes,” he said immediately after the first Off Broadway performance. “But there were certain moments I thought could only be visual.'"

road.jpg Tough guy competition includes run through flames in Borat thong?

News: Damien Hirst, Sam Adams, Facebook, Lady Gaga, Ahmadinejad

road.jpg Hate crime charges filed against Tacoma man for threats against woman in Seattle: "Prosecutors assert that Salway threatened to stab her in the eyes before asking 'did you hear me lesbian?' The woman told him to leave, drawing more threats from Salway. 'I'm going to hurt you lesbian,' Salway said, according to the woman's statements to police. 'Lesbian, I'm going to get you.' Fearing for her life, the woman ran from Salway as he gave chase. She and several other witnesses phoned police, who arrested Salway minutes later."

Hirstroad.jpg Damien Hirst paints cover art for new edition of Darwin's On the Origin of Species: "The painting sits firmly in the tradition of 'still life' and is made up of objects I've come to imbue with my own meanings, some of them Darwinian in origin, and that I guess are seen in other areas of my work. The painting has an X-ray-like quality to it, as if it is revealing something about the structure of the objects painted."

road.jpg THE FAME: Lady Gaga meets Paris Hilton.

road.jpg Sam Adams confronted during council meeting; absent from Mayors Day at state capitol. NYT: The Great Gay Hope.

road.jpg Rights for same-sex couples expand in Colombia: "The high court ordered changes to 42 norms that range from Criminal, Civil and Disciplinary Codes, to the special health plan available to military forces. The Magistrates embraced a position paper submitted by their peer, Rodrigo Escobar Gil. They ruled that the challenged dispositions did not justify the discrimination they instituted, or that the variances with regards to same-sex couples placed these people in a position of vulnerability before the law. And in both cases, the Constitutional Court held that the right to equality was violated."

road.jpg Terre Haute: Edmund White's play based on imagined conversations between Gore Vidal and terrorist Timothy McVeigh comes to NYC.

Cranroad.jpg Vancouver gay man's killer up for parole: "Cran, now 27, was one of three people convicted in the killing. The attackers used a golf club, pool cues and baseball bats at Second Beach in Stanley Park to kill [Aaron] Webster near the entrance to the park's gay cruising trails. At Cran's trial, witnesses —including two of his accomplices who can't be named because they were under 18 when the incident took place —told BC Supreme Court Justice Mary Humphries the group had gone to the park to beat up 'peeping toms and voyeurs.' Instead, they found Webster, naked except for his shoes. They pursued him through the park to his car, striking him with weapons while they ran."

road.jpg Jake Gyllenhaal kicks paparazzo outside jury duty.

Wentzroad.jpg Pete Wentz misses his old trashy pornstache.

road.jpg Lutheran minister in Namibia suspended over alleged gay activities: "It is alleged Tjongarero has been involved in a series of intimate homosexual affairs, which go against the provisions of the church at which he is a pastor. The alleged infidelities have been going on in Omaruru for some time, but ELCRN’s head office failed to take action as they had inadequate evidence to prove that Tjongarero is in fact gay. Recently however, a worshipper of his congregation allegedly caught Tjongarero with his pants down, reportedly having sex with a young male member of the church choir."

Virginroad.jpg Virgin America sues blogger over fake ad.

road.jpg Threatening 'straight power' discussion removed by Facebook: "The Facebook discussion is dated Nov. 13, but it wasn’t brought to Jackie Kittrell’s attention until Jan. 13, when a friend showed it to her son Conrad Honicker, a junior at West High School. The group: W.A.S.P., aka We Are Straight People. The topic: 'gay kids at school.' A typical post from the discussion: 'At west high school the GSA [Gay Straight Alliance] is getting on my nerves, they are banning phrases such as ‘thats so gay.’' The post that really caught Kittrell’s attention: 'f---ing fagots sucking dick and what not. we need assassinate conrad. ... just needs to f---ing choke to death on a ...'"

road.jpg Advocate: The new wave of 'post-gay' filmmaking.

road.jpg Timberlake not intimidated by Madonna: "She's short, so I wasn't afraid at all."

Bodyroad.jpg Life goes on for months around frozen body in vacant Detroit warehouse.

road.jpg Obama drafting letter to Iran's Ahmadinejad: "Diplomats said Obama's letter would be a symbolic gesture to mark a change in tone from the hostile one adopted by the Bush administration, which portrayed Iran as part of an 'axis of evil'. It would be intended to allay the ­suspicions of Iran's leaders and pave the way for Obama to engage them directly, a break with past policy. State department officials have composed at least three drafts of the letter, which gives assurances that Washington does not want to overthrow the Islamic regime, but merely seeks a change in its behaviour. The letter would be addressed to the Iranian people and sent directly to Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, or released as an open letter."

road.jpg T.I.'s drawers really droop.

John Irving Fond of Well-Written Fiction, That Happens to be Gay


The National Post reports on a recent interview by Nashville Scene with writer John Irving in which the Cider House Rules author John Irving trashes writers J.D. Salinger and Tom Wolfe, but lights up when talking about gay author Edmund White.

BosThe Post's report didn't offer much more so I tracked down the original interview, which offered some interesting insight into Irving and readers of gay fiction.

Said Irving: "I love Edmund White. Every time I read a new book of his, I am reminded of a previous book of his, which I then reread. I've interrupted Hotel de Dream to reread White's novel A Boy's Own Story, which I love, and White's autobiography My Lives. He's a wonderful writer. We're the same age, and I remember when I first read A Boy's Own Story—in the early 1980s—and I thought that the novel spoke much more to me about a boy coming of age (even though it's about a gay boy coming of age, and I'm not gay) than The Catcher in the Rye ever did. I reread The Catcher in the Rye recently, and it doesn't hold up at all; it's just not very well, or very consistently, written. But A Boy's Own Story is beautifully wrought, and fiercely defiant; I could reread that novel every year and find something terrific I had missed in a previous reading. I believe Edmund White is one of the best writers of my generation; he's certainly the contemporary American writer I reread more than any other, and the one whose next book I look forward to reading most."

News: Senegal, Orlando, Jake Gyllenhaal, Genetics, Edmund White

road.jpg Company to offer service sequencing an individual's complete genetic make-up for $5,000.

Mbayeroad.jpg Senegalese entertainer who was forced from his country after appearing in magazine photos of a 'gay wedding', has found refuge in New York: "I'm fabulous. I feel good."

road.jpg Orlando to become first central Florida city to offer benefits to partners of gay employees: "Orlando city commissioners are expected to approve the plan on Monday. There are currently 18 Orlando city employees who would benefit from the measure, which would cost the city about $37,000. 'It's going to be a good thing. It shows we're progressive. It will help us attract good people. Benefits are an important package if you're going to work for government, and this will help us compete with other government agencies,' Orlando City Commissioner Patty Sheehan said."

road.jpg He Bopped: Robert Downey Jr. on his former compulsions..."I was a compulsive, serial masturbator, but it was the best thing I could have been. I utilized that organ and rode it for everything it was worth."

road.jpg Columbia International University in South Carolina warns Soulforce they'll be arrested should they try to enter campus today.

Obamabookroad.jpg Brad Pitt shows his support for Obama.

road.jpg Report reveals that lesbian soldier Ciara Durkin, who died under 'mysterious circumstances' at an Afghan airbase, took her own life, and sent text messages before she did it: "According to the report, Ms Durkin was found lying against shipping containers behind the chapel. It found that she shot herself in the head while sitting on the ground, leaning back against the containers. Just before she died, text messages were sent from her phone to a friend saying she was going to take her own life. The report does not draw any conclusions as to why the soldier took her own life, but sworn statements from fellow soldiers on the base suggest she was dealing with a range of stressful issues."

road.jpg Madonna Sticky & Sweet Tour arrives in the U.S.

Mackenrothroad.jpg Signing smack: Project Runway's Jack Mackenroth's thoughts on New York fashion week: "I know some of the designers from other seasons were talking smack about the Project Runway finalists and all their families were right in front of them. I was hanging out with Martin Ritchie, the deaf model on Janice Dickinson’s Modeling agency and we were signing that the Rock and Republic collection was terribly boring so anyone who new sign language within eye view may have 'overheard' us."

road.jpg Hillary Clinton steps in for Joe Biden at HRC dinner in Washington D.C...."[McCain's] not a maverick. He's a mimic." HRC statement on death of Biden's mother-in-law.

road.jpg O.J. Simpson guilty on 12 charges in robbery-kidnapping case.

Jakeroad.jpg Jake Gyllenhaal goes solo in London.

road.jpg John Barrowman just wants a little respect.

road.jpg Rolling Stone eviscerates McCain: "In its broad strokes, McCain's life story is oddly similar to that of the current occupant of the White House. John Sidney McCain III and George Walker Bush both represent the third generation of American dynasties. Both were born into positions of privilege against which they rebelled into mediocrity. Both developed an uncanny social intelligence that allowed them to skate by with a minimum of mental exertion. Both struggled with booze and loutish behavior. At each step, with the aid of their fathers' powerful friends, both failed upward."

road.jpg British MP once caught up in internet underwear scandal appointed Deputy Leader of the Commons.

road.jpg Edmund White on his new biography of Rimbaud, and Rimbaud's relationship with Paul Verlaine: "I think it’s quite clear that Rimbaud was the top in the relationship, and I think that’s something that straight people don’t usually grasp very well. They often see the younger boy as being a sort of stand-in for a girl—maybe that comes out of the classical Greek model. But this idea of a tyrannical younger boy frightening and controlling an older married man is something that people who are gay and who’ve lived in gay life recognize as a possible variation of that situation."

road.jpg Ugandan government promises strengthening of anti-gay laws.

Gore Vidal Says He'll Sue Edmund White Over Timothy McVeigh Play


Edmund White's new play Terre Haute, which I posted about in May, is said to be based on an imagined series of conversations between Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh and writer Gore Vidal.

Vidal is apparently not happy about it. He told The Observer: "Edmund White will yet be feeling the wrath of my lawyers. It's unethical and vicious to make it very clear that this old faggot writer is based on me, and that I'm madly in love with Timothy McVeigh, who I never met. [I don't want to be] lumped together with Mailer and Capote. They both went for murderers, and I don't go for murderers."

McveighIn May, White told The Telegraph about the play's origins: "'I thought, 'How can I do that? I can't imagine writing lines from McVeigh's point of view.' Then I remembered Gore Vidal had been in correspondence with him. I thought: 'Well, they never met, but wouldn't it be interesting if you changed the names and let them meet?' I've known Gore. We're roughly the same age group, we're both Europeanised Americans, we're both gay. I was presumptuous enough to write things from his point of view but as I went on writing the play, it became much more about me. Gore later told me: 'I would never have been attracted to someone like that.' But I would have been."

White told the New York Post's Page Six that Vidal signed off on the portrayal: "I still have the fax saying it was OK by him. Maybe he forgot it, since he went into surgery the very next day. I changed the names of the characters . . . I invented all the dialogue and actions, [and] the character of James ended up being closer to my experience and politics than to Mr. Vidal's...[White also insists that nobody who has reviewed the show] made the mistake of confounding the character James with Gore Vidal. I hope upon reflection Mr. Vidal will withdraw his intention to sue me for libel."

The paper notes: "In one sexually charged scene, James comes on to Harrison during a prison visit, gushing: 'If I thought you'd never know, I'd unzip that orange jumpsuit just a bit so I could see your chest. Touch it.' The McVeigh character opens his shirt to show off his torso as a 'gift' to the Vidal character.

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Pride Hits the Coast in Newsprint


Don't miss this compendium of pieces from Seattle's excellent paper The Stranger. Their Queer Issue features a sort of evolution of "Homo History" with personal perspectives and contributions from John Aravosis, Wayne Besen, Bruce Bawer, Kaley Davis, Amy Ruiz, Larry Kramer, Matt Foreman, Christopher Frizzelle, Ed Murray, Jamie Pedersen, Michael Petrelis, Tricia Ready, Adrian Ryan, Eli Sanders, Dan Savage, David Schmader, Michelangelo Signorile, Hank Steuver, Andrew Sullivan, Michelle Tea, Terry Miller, Andrew Tobias, Edmund White, Rex Wockner, and Evan Wolfson.

And this short video that Chris Crocker contributed to the issue, direct from Real Bitch Island.

On the other coast, the Village Voice is running its annual Queer Issue featuring an article on gay babies, fundraising parties for trans surgery, drag diva Kevin Aviance, big girls (Hello Mika), and of course the always juicy Michael Musto.

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