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News: Orcas, Shepard Fairey, Twilight, Marc Jacobs, Iran, John Kerry

 roadVermont Senate gives final okay to same-sex marriage bill. "Lawmakers passed the measure on Tuesday in voice vote with no debate." On to the House.

Orcas  roadSHOCK: Hundreds of killer whales seen in Gulf of Mexico.

 roadRobert Pattinson smells like a man, a dirty one.

 roadMarc Jacobs and Lorenzo Martone to adopt?

 roadBerlin police force bans fashion labels over their popularity among neo-Nazis: "The brands Fred Perry, Ben Sherman, ACAB, Alpha Industries, Consdaple, Lonsdale, Pit Bull, Outlaw, Troublemaker and Thor Steinar have all been put on a black list. According to police authorities, the labels are seen as a sign of right-wing extremist views and it would be damaging for officers to be associated with such ideologies. Disciplinary action will be taken against officers found wearing any of the brands at work."

 roadNBC police drama Southland introducing gay cop (spoilers).

 roadTwilight sequel's wolf pack is introduced.

Defendequality  roadFreedom Action Inclusion Rights (F.A.I.R.), a Southern California-based grassroots organization fighting for marriage equality And the repeal of California's Proposition 8, partners with Shepard Fairey to open 'Love Unites' store. 100 percent of the proceeds go toward efforts to repeal Proposition 8 and secure equality in California.

 roadOpenly gay Valparaiso University student stripped of senate seat after row over what constitutes "minority" status: "The student senate leaders learned that its bylaws did not include sexual orientation as a qualifying minority status. The position should be set aside only for racial and ethnic minorities, according to school officials. That has been the 'historic pattern,' said Reggie Syrcle, executive director of university relations."

 roadIran considers death penalty for "offensive" bloggers.

 roadDivorce Court preview: Ted Haggard now a heterosexual without issues.

 roadInside the viewing party for RuPaul's Drag Race with Bebe and Rebecca Glasscock at NYC's Therapy bar.

 roadGLAAD Director of Entertainment Media Damon Romine taking job with Screen Actors Guild.

Luomohirsch  roadEmile Hirsch gets serious for L'Uomo Vogue.

 roadJohn Kerry writes in the Huffington Post about the Massachusetts gay immigration case I posted about on Friday: "I believe Tim and Junior should be reunited based on their legal marriage in the state of Massachusetts. I believe that all citizens, regardless of their sexual orientation, should be assured equal protection under the law...But when you cut to the chase, I don't believe Tim and Junior, or any other couple in a similar situation, should have to wait for Congress to come around to the truth that laws like DOMA are discriminatory and wrong."

 roadOprah interviewing women leaving men for other women today.

 roadBig Gay Musical finds distributor: "Embrem Entertainment has acquired worldwide rights to 'The Big Gay Musical,' a musical comedy film directed by Casper Andreas and Fred M. Caruso starring an ensemble of Broadway actors. It plans to premiere the film, currently in postproduction, at film festivals this summer. The cast includes Liz McCartney ('South Pacific'), Jim Newman ('Minnelli on Minnelli'), Joey Dudding ('A Chorus Line'), Marty Thomas ('Xanadu'), Andre Ward ('Xanadu'), Daniel Robinson ('Hairspray'), Jeff Metzler ('Mary Poppins'), Brian Spitulnik ('Chicago'), Josh Cruz ('Wig Out'), Celina Carvajal ('Tarzan') and Steve Hayes, one of the stars of the film 'Trick.'"

Gus van Sant's Milk Premieres in San Francisco


Sean Penn arrives to the Milk premiere at the Castro Theatre before a backdrop of "No on Prop 8" protestors. While Harvey Milk's story is political to its core, the film (trailer) could not have arrived at a more politically-charged moment in California's gay history, with marriage rights that have national implications hanging in the balance.

If anyone was there, feel free to give us a report in the comments section.

AmmianoThe SF Chronicle reports: "State Assemblyman Mark Leno, sporting a 'Harvey Milk for Assembly' button on his lapel, connected 'the exciting and tumultuous time' of Milk's gay rights activism to the 'ill-conceived measure facing voters on the ballot next week.' Mayor Gavin Newsom said he felt 'a tremendous amount of pride' to be attending the movie's premiere in San Francisco. Citing the changes seen from the 'anti-sodomy laws that were still on the books' in the 1970s to San Francisco today, he said, 'This story couldn't have happened anywhere else.' Supervisor Tom Ammiano (pictured/Brant Ward-SF Chronicle) was a friend of Milk's. 'This is about getting in touch with the grief process,' he said, then flashed an affectionately wistful smile. 'Harvey was a mensch. He could also be a diva. He would have loved knowing that Sean Penn would be playing him.'"

Donate to the "No on Prop 8" campaign HERE.

A larger selection of Milk premiere pics featuring Josh Brolin, James Franco, Diego Luna, Emile Hirsch, Dustin Lance Black, the producers, SF Mayor Gavin Newsom, and others,

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Emile Hirsch Wants Things to Change


Here's a day in the life of Emile Hirsch when he's not playing a gay rights activist or a Vietnam vet, and I think what he's suggesting is that there's certainly time to get out and make your vote for Obama.

Watch it, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Emile Hirsch on His Piggy Woodstock Experience


In the recent "photo issue" of Entertainment Weekly there are a few photos of Ang Lee's Taking Woodstock, which is shooting in upstate New York and is based on the memoirs of Elliot Tiber, the gay figure who helped facilitate the famous music festival.

In the film, Emile Hirsch plays a Vietnam vet ("Woodstock becomes a way for him to find the joy he has left in his life.").

Hirsch tells the magazine: "The mud's pretty cold. It's later in the year than it was during Woodstock. We were all shivering, and we had these silver-foil space blankets that miraculously keep you really warm...I did a Superman slide down a hill, and started turning on my back. I was covered in mud. I think there was pig crap mixed in, because we all smelled like crap."

A shirtless Hirsch before he dirtied himself up, AFTER THE JUMP...

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First Look: New Milk Stills


A bunch of new stills from Gus van Sant's Harvey Milk biopic Milk have been released. Here's Sean Penn as Milk in San Francisco City Hall. Below, James Franco as Milk's lover Scott Smith.

Check out the trailer for Milk here. For all of our coverage on Milk and Harvey Milk, click here. Milk is released to limited theaters on November 26.


Penn and Josh Brolin as Dan White, Milk's fellow assemblyman and assassin.



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News: Whales, Frank Kameny, Emile Hirsch, True Blood, David Dreier

road.jpg San Diego firefighters testify in suit against San Diego over being forced to take part in Gay Pride parade: "I felt like I was close to being in an X-rated event. I was ashamed to wear my uniform that day."

Hirschroad.jpg Emile Hirsch talks to Nylon about Milk: "I just had such a wonderful time. it’s such a great ensemble. Speed Racer was such a highly controlled performance environment that I found, honestly, a little frustrating at times just because it’s so hard when you’re on the green screen and it’s all about, ‘Bat this eyelash a little bit here.’ On Milk, it was just a free-for-all and we were all going nuts."

road.jpg The odd lies of Sarah Palin.

road.jpg New York Senate Minority Leader Malcolm Smith sidesteps question about how he'll approach same-sex marriage if he becomes Majority Leader: "It's a good question. But I'd rather wait to see what seats I have, you know, who are my members, and at that time, then we can talk."

road.jpg True Blood: HBO picks up Alan Ball vampire drama for another year.

road.jpg Closeted California Rep. David Dreier runs from Michelangelo Signorile at the Republican Convention - VIDEO.

road.jpg Field Poll: Same-sex marriage ban trailing in California. "The Field Poll of 830 likely voters found that the share of the electorate backing Proposition 8 fell during the last two months, with 38 percent of those surveyed saying they intend to vote for the measure compared to 42 percent in early July. Opposition to Proposition 8 increased during the same period, the poll found. A solid majority of the likely voters—55 percent—said they would vote against the same-sex marriage ban, compared to the 51 percent who opposed the initiative in the July poll."

Frank_kamenyroad.jpg Frank Kameny Papers archive opens at Library of Congress: "Kameny is credited with playing a lead role in launching the modern U.S. gay civil rights movement in the early 1960s after government officials discovered he was gay and fired him from his job as an astronomer with the Army Map Service. According to a Library of Congress index of the Kameny archives, highlights include papers related to the American Psychiatric Association’s 1973 removal of homosexuality from its list of mental disorders and the landmark 1974 federal decision to grant an openly gay man a Pentagon security clearance. Also among the archives are materials Kameny used in marches and protests from 1965–1969."

Tysonroad.jpg Tyson Beckford unzips for charity.

road.jpg Brazil in the Hamptons...

road.jpg Simon Cowell recruits Ms. Spears for X-Factor.

road.jpg NYC: Will Chelsea's Food Bar live again?

road.jpg Like father, like son: Ryan and Redmond O'Neil arrested on meth charge.

Breachroad.jpg Song: Whales heard in great numbers in New York Harbor and off Fire Island. "Not just a few, either. Right whales were migrating past the microphones during all three months. Not just right whales, either. Humpbacks were also passing by, and fin whales appear to be residing in the area. 'We basically have fin whale singers basically 24/7 off New York Harbor,' Dr. Clark said. 'That was a surprise.'"

road.jpg Researchers say poor mental and sexual health of gays a result of internalized "homonegativity".

road.jpg Fresno State Hate: Foes of marriage equality are taking their battle to college football games, apparently.

road.jpg Kentucky appeals court issues shameful ruling barring lesbians from adopting as stepparents: "In a 62-page ruling issued Friday about the case, the court said that with a 'wink-wink' and a 'nod-nod,' Family Court Judge Eleanore Garber and lawyers for a lesbian couple ignored those laws. And as many as three or four family court judges in Jefferson County may have allowed such adoptions, the opinion said."

road.jpg Broadway's Xanadu to close.

road.jpg Albany-area school principal resigns under mysterious circumstances: "The school board accepted Michael Paolino's resignation at a meeting Tuesday night. The resignation goes into effect on December 31st. Paolino has been on paid administrative leave since July but the district has never given the official reason. The Times Union has reported that teachers accused Paolino of making racist and homophobic comments about staff members and even some students."


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