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Gambino mob hitman didn't mean to tell everyone he was gay: “'He didn’t want to make an announcement to the world,' said one person with knowledge of the case who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the dangers facing Mr. Mormando. 'He wanted the judge to know what risks he took — why he wasn’t just your average cooperator, someone who had simply broken the code.'"

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Sam Taylor-Wood's sleeping Beckham image to appear on condoms in Spain.

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Why Hello There: 'Welcome to My Home' star Brenda Dickson wrongly imprisoned for four months!

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Rep. Alan Grayson launches website to document those who have died because they had no health care.

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James Franco makes silent appearance on SNL.

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Boston DJ Barry Scott denied new trial against Provincetown police.

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Nepal to seek status as LGBT tourist destination: "Nepal government has held a series of meetings with well-known international tour operators and non-profit organisations to promote Nepal as a potential destination for LGBTs, the Kantipur online said on Thursday. Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) officials hope that LGBT arrivals will give a boost to the number of visitors to the country as the government mulls new way to bring in a million foreign tourists in the Nepal Tourism Year 2011."

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WATCH: John Mayer's music video for "Heartbreak Warfare".

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McCain supporters' testosterone dropped on election night.

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Ethiopia pleas with international community for food aid.

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Pee Wee Herman plans comeback: "I don't want anyone for one second to think that I am titillated by images of children."

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Philadelphia Gay News serves as test run for U.S. Census ad.

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LAPD cuts ties with the Boy Scouts.

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Uganda bill that would penalizes gays with death put off until 2010: "Parliament was too busy, just now, to handle the important matter of the Anti- Homosexuality bill. Apparently it is very, very far ahead in the future, but that gives you time to check in with your MP and tell them how much you support the Bahati Bill." American Evangelicals are playing role in efforts there to exterminate gays...

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Fatal men's bathhouse fire now a homicide investigation in Winnipeg: "The bathhouse's owner, Somchai Pengpharsuks, told the Free Press last week he believed the blaze was set by two men on the building's second floor. He said the incident was potentially hate-motivated, according to information he received, because the bathhouse is frequented predominantly by gay men. Both men died of smoke inhalation in a fire that police believe was "deliberately set," said a police spokesman.

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Glee planning "all Madonna" episode.

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Former Oregon senator to lead new recall effort against Portland Mayor Sam Adams: "The PAC's treasurer, Teresa McGuire said this time around opponents will use paid signature collectors, much the same as other nonprofit campaigns."

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Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper hires homophobe speechwriter: "Referring to former Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau's 1969 decision to decriminalize homosexuality, Hannaford wrote in 2005, 'Fine, said lots of people. Leave gays alone? Fair enough. But, let 'em be Boy Scout leaders? Have each other's benefits? Adopt kids? Marry each other? Ridiculous. Anybody seeking political office who suggested it would have been laughed off the hustings. Yet, the Liberals are ready to legalize gay marriage. How did we get to this point?'"


News: Jon Huntsman, Ethiopia, Katy Perry, Hubble, Ethan Zohn

 roadWashington Governor Christine Gregoire would like to see a marriage equality bill on her desk. SIGNS "everything but marriage" law.

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 roadAFP on the secret life of gays in Ethiopia: "Under its penal code, the very act itself can bring three years behind bars. And if the offender 'makes a profession of such activities' the penalty rises to up to five years. The law also seeks a maximum sentence of up to ten years if any kind of coercion is involved. Yet, there are calls for more stringent rules against the homosexual community whose exact size is impossible to determine due to fears of repression."

 roadColorado conservatives see "chipping away of legal barriers" to civil unions.

 roadHollywood Reporter: Taking Woodstock a "solid but minor" Ang Lee film.

 roadPolitical masterstroke? Obama nominates Utah Governor Jon Huntsman as ambassador to China.

 roadKaty Perry's Adam Lambert cape censored on iTunes.

 roadObama names lesbian Jenny Durkan for U.S. attorney: "Obama himself said that all six of his nominees for U.S. Attorney 'have distinguished themselves as fair, tenacious and respected attorneys throughout their careers in both public and private service.'  And Gov. Gregoire had this to say: 'I am so pleased the Obama administration also recognizes Jenny's leadership and experience, and nominated her for this important position.  I hope the Senate will act quickly on the nomination to confirm her.'"

Hubble  roadA commentary on the NASA TV live feed of the Hubble repair: "One of the striking things, watching the astronauts work, is how slowly everything goes. They move slowly, slowly, slowly, like fish in glycerin. They can barely bend their hands to grasp tools because of all the pressure keeping them alive inside their suits."

 roadFormer Survivor winner Ethan Zohn battling cancer: "On April 30, Zohn was diagnosed with stage two Hodgkin's disease. The diagnosis came after months of unexplained itching and night sweats, originally thought to be a skin condition."

 roadMadonna denies that she's planning to hold Kabbalah ccommitment ceremony with Brazilian boytoy Jesus Luz.

Pine  roadChris Pine demonstrates the wonders of gold-digging for the paparazzi.

 roadFirst record to be released on Justin Timberlake's record label TenMan gets some vocal help from Timberlake himself.

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 roadConyers on Obama: "Why is he becoming so conservative now that he's got the job?"

 roadNew strategy against AIDS involves insertion of a gene that produces protective antibodies: "The new method worked in mice and now has proved successful in monkeys, too, they reported Sunday in the online edition of the journal Nature Medicine...That doesn't mean an AIDS vaccine for people is in the wings, Johnson said. Years of work may lie ahead before a product is ready for human use."

 roadIowa attorney: risks paid off in marriage case. "Was the case winnable? Would it pose a security risk to the firm? Would other clients disapprove and take their business elsewhere?The firm's senior lawyers discussed the concerns, Johnson said, but quickly gave him the go-ahead. Over the next several years, Johnson estimates his firm poured roughly $500,000 into research, travel, and other expenses for the case."


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road.jpg Decade-long spike in anti-gay hate crimes expected to continue surge in 2008.

Vintageroad.jpg Some vintage shots of a well-known CNN anchor.

road.jpg Ethiopian clerics want ban on homosexuality enshrined in constitution: "Religious leaders in Ethiopia on Monday urged lawmakers to amend the country's constitution to ban homosexuality in a move they argue could further strengthen existing codes. At a meeting in the Ethiopian capital, nearly a dozen religious figures, including heads of Ethiopia's Orthodox, Roman Catholic and Protestant churches, adopted a resolution against homosexuality, which they termed as 'the pinnacle of immorality.'"

road.jpg British mum in court for anti-gay attack on her own son.

road.jpg 40-year-old British ex-boxer in court for anti-gay attack on 14-year-old boy: "Wirral magistrates heard Stephen Hope, 40, of Hull, only stopped his attack when he was slashed across the arm by the boy’s mother, who had panicked and grabbed a kitchen knife. The thick-set former drug user had befriended the woman four months prior to the attack on August 13. The court heard how having originally listened to the youth confide he might be homosexual, Hope grew increasingly angry, saying he was driving a wedge between him and his mother."

Aikenroad.jpg Clay Aiken immortalized at Sardi's.

road.jpg Gay Indian Prince Manvendra Singh Gohil goes undercover to try and find a partner: "Prince Manvendra Singh Gohil has been trawling the bars and clubs of a British seaside resort - even taking up a menial job - in a life-follows-art search for a soulmate. Gohil, crown prince of the former princely state of Rajpipla in Gujarat, is among three ‘undercover princes’ who have travelled from India, Sri Lanka and South Africa to star in a four-part British television documentary."

road.jpg Recession-proof: Arnold Schwarzenegger spends at Hermes.

road.jpg Max Blumenthal on Rick Warren's double life.

road.jpg James Kirchik: Gay community needs to calm down about Rick Warren.

Mustoroad.jpg The Village Voice's Michael Musto takes on Sarah Palin and others in his year-end review. FLASHBACK: Musto as Lindsay Lohan as Marilyn Monroe.

road.jpg Spanish judge suspended for trying to stop lesbian from adopting: "The court’s ruling Tuesday says Ferrin ignored Spanish laws allowing homosexual couples to adopt and showed contempt for the woman’s sexual orientation while processing her application. Ferrin says he will appeal his suspension, and that he had only the child’s interests at heart."

road.jpg Can Paris Hilton get any tackier? It's possible.

Goreroad.jpg Burger King "Flame" meat-scented cologne sells out in NYC. PETA responds with their own fragrance: Gore.

road.jpg What the Pope actually said about homosexuality being as dangerous as the destruction of the rainforests.

road.jpg Burlesque dancer Dita von Teese and Dr. Mervyn Silverman receive Award of Courage from amfAR: "Silverman, director of public health from 1977 to 1985, was feted for leadership in HIV prevention...Von Teese, a spokeswoman for the MAC AIDS Fund and a supporter of amfAR, was honored for putting her time and charisma into international fundraising and awareness efforts - not just for men, but women, too."


The World's Address: Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie Buy Ethiopia

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You're probably aware of that massive land reclamation development project called The World that is being built off the coast of Dubai. Well, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have reportedly plunked millions of dollars down for the island of Ethiopia.

PittjolieAgence France Presse reports: "The Hollywood couple intend to use the reclaimed piece of land to showcase environmental issues and encourage people to live a greener life, the Emirates Today newspaper said...Representatives of the pair in the US and other reliable sources had confirmed the purchase had gone ahead. But state-owned Nakheel, the firm behind the development called "The World", declined to comment, the paper said. The couple's two-year-old daughter Zahara was born in Ethiopia. Billionaire businessman Richard Branson and musician Rod Stewart are also reported to have bought plots on the development. Prices for the islands range from six million to 36 million dollars."

Watch for an announcement from Madonna today that she has dibs on Malawi.

UPDATE: Pitt's rep denies island report.


Ethiopian Church in AIDS Holy Water Brainwash

An Ethiopian Orthodox church just outside Addis Adaba claims its "holy water" has the power to cure AIDS. A British reporter says it's a scene which makes him think of the Holocaust:

Ethiopia"Naked men, women and children, some of them in chains to prevent them escaping, cower in front of the men in charge in a dimly-lit room in the church of St Mary on Mount Entoto....These people fear death, but they believe that coming here will prolong their lives. It is more likely to have the opposite effect...Every day, thousands of people with the virus come here to be 'baptised', though the act is performed without ceremony and in a way which seems brutal to outsiders. Plastic jerry cans are filled with water from a pool, and passed along a human chain to priests dressed like deep sea fishermen. The bright yellow waterproofs protect them from the drenching they administer to their congregation. They hurl the water over the mass of people kneeling in front of them who shriek and scream, either through devotion or the simple shock of the cold water hitting their naked flesh...Some cried out for the demons to leave their body, while priests hit them with wooden crosses. Many of them clutched their babies while the water was is shaken from the plastic containers. It is an extraordinary sight."

The brainwashing power of Orthodox religion at its worst.


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