Faye Dunaway Hub
Sam Adams gave an interview to OUT magazine over the weekend which they've just posted: "Seventeen months of living this lie has been torturous. To get out from under that is a tremendous amount of relief, combined with a lot of shame, and I’m going to turn that into making amends. And getting Beau out from under that lie, and the guilt I have for asking him to do that, is also a huge relief."
It's hard to be a happy drag queen when you're a soaking wet drag queen.
Guardian blog slams Morrissey for nearly naked photo sleeve.
Hillary Duff and Faye Dunaway in war of words.
The Hetrick-Martin Institute (home of the Harvey Milk High School), Larkin Street Youth Services (aiding San Francisco's homeless youth), the San Francisco LGBT Community Center and the Point Foundation (the nation's largest scholarship-granting organization for LGBT students of merit in all fields of study) run "thank you" ad to Milk filmmakers in NYT.
Fans send Boy George money in prison.
HIV Gene Therapy trials begin in humans: "Since the discovery that a small portion of people who are exposed to HIV do not get infected, scientists have been working to discover the secret to those people's resistance and how to make others resistant as well. It turns out that most people have a gene called CCR5, which makes them vulnerable to HIV infections. The naturally resistant people have mutant CCR5 genes that inhibit HIV. Previously, scientists found that by cutting the CCR5 gene out of white blood cells involved in the immune response known as T-cells, they could protect a tube full of human cells from the virus. The gene editing technique relies on proteins called zinc finger nucleases that can delete any gene from a living cell. In theory, zinc finger nucleases could give that immunity to anyone."
Leader of Portugal's ruling Socialist Party, Jose Socrates, tells rally it's time for marriage equality: "This is the moment for the PS, in its national congress, to affirm its desire to propose to Portuguese society the right to civil marriage for people of the same sex. As far as I know, after doing this in our country, we won’t be the last to do so. I also want to say that the values that inspire us when we propose this change to the Portuguese people are the values that have always been in the heart of the PS."
Oscar-nominated celebs do lunch.
Is Whitney Houston ever going to make a comeback?
Landmark Massachusetts marriage couple Hillary and Julie Goodridge file for divorce.
The complexities of the term tranny: "This is part one in a two-part series on trans-related terminology. Part two will be a discussion about how many classic transsexuals don't want to be labeled as transgender, and how new and legacy LGBT media needs to address self-identification when people who could fall under the term transsexual don't want to be unwillingly absorbed by transgender terminology into transgender community."
Jason Wu puts fur collection on hold.
Ireland: One in four gays has been "punched, kicked or beaten in violent homophobic attacks, a new report has found. And almost one-fifth have tried to take their own lives -- with many saying this was related to their sexual identity."
Pope elevates Bishop who said Hurricane Katrina was God's punishment for gays: "The Vatican yesterday announced that Gerhard Wagner has been appointed as auxiliary bishop in Linz, Austria. Wagner has served as the pastor of a church in the Austrian town of Windischgarsten since 1988, and received a doctorate in theology from the Gregorian Pontifical University in Rome. In 2005, the 54-year-old was quoted in a parish newsletter as saying he was convinced that the death and destruction caused by Katrina that year was 'divine retribution" for New Orleans' permissive sexual attitudes and tolerance of homosexuality.'"
Hurricane Dean makes landfall on Mexican coast as Category 5 monster storm: "The U.S. National Hurricane Center said it was the first Category 5 storm to make landfall in the Atlantic Basin since Hurricane Andrew in 1992. Dean was still packing sustained winds of 165 miles per hour (268 kph), with gust of up to 200 mph when it came ashore, but was expected to weaken as it passed over the Yucatan Peninsula."
Cast of Survivor: China includes 22-year-old gay Mormon Todd Herzog who says he is prepared to "gather wood and sh*t."
Faye Dunaway orders poultry by the pound at Koo Koo Roo: "She ordered chicken and broccoli to go, and then she sat at a table with her food container. She pulled a tiny scale out of her purse and . . . proceeded to pull the chicken meat off the bones and weigh it. She piled the bones and skin on a napkin. She carefully weighed the chicken meat and broccoli, and the broccoli was a little short, so she went to the counter and asked for more."
Despite "huge" LGBT population, teens in the Bronx live on the down low or face harassment: "LGBT youth say that Bronx schools are particularly tough environments. 'I'm considered, like, a dyke in my school,' said 15-year old Angel S., who has knife scars on her right knee from a fight. A boy 'pushed me down a flight of stairs because I liked his girlfriend.'"
Officials knew Minneapolis bridge was in danger of collapse: "Internal MnDOT documents reviewed by the Star Tribune reveal that last year bridge officials talked openly about the possibility of the bridge collapsing -- and worried that it might have to be condemned. The documents provide the first look inside MnDOT's decision-making process as engineers weighed benefits and risks, wrestling with options to prevent what they believed was a remote but real possibility of the eight-lane freeway bridge failing."
Testing the water: Countdown with Keith Olbermann to get tryout on NBC prior to this Sunday's Eagles/Steelers game.
It's Corny Collins time!
Gary Steinsmith, gay activist in South Florida, dies at 50.
Amy Winehouse leaves rehab again.
Chilean gay activists cry foul over sodomy conviction: "On Aug. 10, a panel of judges in Antofagasta, Region II, found a 47-year-old laborer guilty of sodomizing a 17-year-old male. Because the accused had no previous criminal record, the court sentenced him to 41 days in jail – far less than the 541-day jail term prosecutors had recommended. The case began when police discovered the two having sex in a pickup truck. Although the young man in question – just 12 days shy of his 18th birthday at the time of the incident – testified that the sex was consensual, prosecutors nevertheless pursued the case, arguing that the accused 'corrupted the child’s sexual morality.' The ruling – the first sodomy conviction to be issued in Region II since the country’s criminal law procedures were overhauled in 2001 – was not well received by the Movement for Homosexual Integration and Freedom (MOVILH), Chile’s leading gay rights organization...Chile’s Criminal Code is biased against homosexuals, MOVILH claims. One problem is a major discrepancy regarding the legal age of sexual consent: 14, for heterosexuals, 18 for homosexuals. MOVILH describes the difference as 'arbitrary, unjust and hypocritical.'"
The first annual Tennessee Williams Festival kicks off in Provincetown one week from today.
Why should this tiny town at the tip of a New England cape be celebrating the playwright?
"Tennessee Williams spent the most productive years of his life in Provincetown. From 1940 until 1947, this small town at the outer edge of Massachusetts is where Williams found himself artistically, acted boldly on his sexuality, and fell unguardedly in love for the first, and perhaps only time. Writing at Provincetown, sometimes on a wharf in the bay, sometimes in a shack on the dunes, Williams crafted his masterpieces The Glass Menagerie and Streetcar Named Desire - along with jewel-like poetry, short stories, one-act and other full-length plays."
During the inaugural event a new, unpublished one-act by Williams called The Parade or Approaching the End of a Summer will be performed. Provincetown fixture Ryan Landry will put on a likely cracked and irreverent parody play called Plexi-glass Menagerie, performed by members of The Gold Dust Orphans. Folks will hear Andre Previn's opera of A Streetcar Named Desire, performed by Capitol City Opera Company from Atlanta. And Yellowbird, a short film by none other than Mommie Dearest herself, Faye Dunaway, will be screened. No word on whether she'll be there to rant in person.
A gay time will be had by all.