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04/19/2007


News: Zodiac, Adam Lambert, Tequila, Batman, Iowa, Wine

 roadWhat God didn't give Miss California but the Miss California Organization did: Big breasts.

Zodiac  roadWoman comes forward, says her father was the Zodiac killer.

 roadLast night's American Idol bottom two: WTF?

 roadVote result: How your congressperson voted on the federal hate crimes bill that passed the House yesterday.

 roadWine drinkers live longer than teetotalers, study finds: "Men who drink less than half a glass of wine a day may live up to five years longer than teetotallers, and could have less chance of a heart attack."

 roadTowleroad reader Isaac Rosen had his letter on marriage equality published in last weekend's Bangor Daily News...

 roadPaula Abdul was fooled by Sacha Baron Cohen's Bruno, and apparently still isn't aware it was a set-up.

Pitt roadBrad Pitt gets intimate with a sumo wrestler.

 road901: Timberlake introduces his tequila.

 roadRepublican Broward County sheriff praises new Stonewall library saying it will help curb hate crime: "How can we be the most diverse and yet we lead the state in hate crimes? That tells me that we basically don't understand one another. Everyone doesn't realize where we all came from. Learn to accept people for who they are, and that's how you're going to reduce these hate crimes."

Cave  roadBatman has a batcave sale.

 roadTransgender woman awarded nearly $500K for being denied a job at the Library of Congress because she was transitioning.

 roadTori Amos plans re-emergence.

 roadGays return to the Star Wars universe, Bioware apologizes: "My intention was not to demean anyone but simply to help promote a community that could discuss topics in a mature fashion. When I first built the word filter list, I added a variety of terms to the word filter that have been used numerous times in derogatory messaging. There were some words added to the filter that should not have been -- we corrected this today."

Iowa  roadIowa border counties bustling with out-of-state same-sex marriages.

 roadMarie Osmond has a lesbian daughter.

 roadNathaniel Frank: Obama's 100 days of silence on "Don't Ask, Don't Tell." "Barack Obama still has a good chance at succeeding where Bill Clinton failed on this issue. If he does that, his grade for the first 100 days may seem largely--but not entirely-- superfluous. Still, Obama should already have done what Clinton should also have done: issue an immediate executive order halting gay discharges. Contrary to popular belief, the current president still has that option: even though Congress has to repeal the law to get it off the books, nothing in the statute requires that findings of homosexual discharge ever be made."


News: Connecticut, Milky Way, Cheeto, Edmund White, The Killers

 roadConnecticut Governor Jodi Rell signs marriage equality bill: "Rell this afternoon signed Senate Bill 899, which incorporates the findings of the Kerrigan case into Connecticut statutes. That ruling, handed down by the state Supreme Court in October, paved the way for same-sex marriage. Both the House and the Senate spent hours yesterday debating Senate Bill 899, which passed only after an amendment was added that provides an exemption to groups who object to same-sex marriage on religious grounds.

Milkyway  roadThe giant dust cloud at the heart of the Milky Way tastes vaguely like raspberries, smells like rum, scientists think.

 roadGizmodo blogger eats world's largest Cheeto - WATCH.

 roadAlabama House passes resolution in support of Miss California: "The House approved the resolution Thursday by Republican Rep. Jay Love of Montgomery on a voice vote...Love said Prejean stuck to her convictions even if it meant losing the pageant."

 roadGays vs gays on Jamaica boycott: "J-FLAG Programs Manager Jason McFarlane took particular exception to the boycott of Red Stripe beer, saying the brewer has 'unequivocally distanced itself from the hostility and violence typical of Jamaican music towards members of the LGBT community.'"

 roadMomentum in Utah for same-sex marriage, or just optimism?

 roadJesus Luz and Madonna back together.

 roadThe new video from Green Day.

 roadActivists gather strength in Mumbai to pressure politicians to decriminalize homosexuality: "At a 'People's Panchayat' in the capital on resisting stigma and homophobia, the activists said political parties, which have mindset dating back to years, need to wake up to the existence of sexual minorities or face electoral boycott from the estimated four crore population."

Schwarz  roadModeling: Waifs out, muscles in.

 roadLesbian assaulted at Nairobi bar. Kenyan gays demand protection.

 roadAnti-gay forces storm parliament in Uganda.

 roadHow Lorenzo Martone proposed to Marc Jacobs.

 roadStonewall Library and Archive celebrates grand opening in Fort Lauderdale: "In decades past, when gay residents wanted to find books about their community they had to borrow from friends or from a closet where some were stored at a gay-friendly church. The new location is a sign of how mainstream the gay community has become in Broward: the gay library shares a building with a county library and ArtServe and is situated on the edge of a city park where children play ball and seniors gather for tennis lessons. Jack Rutland, library executive director, lauded the city and county for entering a partnership to make the library possible. 'Imagine me saying that 20 years ago,' Rutland said."

 roadJustin Timberlake and Jimmy Kimmel have a golf cuddle.

 roadThe Killers planning release of live DVD and cover album?

 roadJulia Allison blabs about a "screaming match" between Rosie O'Donnell and Kelli.

White  roadEdmund White on Amazon: "I don't think it was a glitch. It's shocking that someone in that organization has the power to [get rid of] gay books. All my own books were [also] affected. I wrote in my name [on Amazon] last week and A Boy's Own Story wasn't there! Only four of my 22 books were there. It was astonishing. Frankly, if one of the custodians of Western culture is a corporation like Amazon, perhaps they should be regulated like the financial world. We need regulation in the cultural world too so that they don't restrict anything, like Amazon did."

 roadCan D.C. clergy stop same-sex marriage vote?

 roadU R GAY: Hamline Univeristy in St. Paul, Minnesota sees anti-gay graffiti.

 roadPedro Almodovar developing Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown into a TV series: "Fox TV Studios is developing the English-language hourlong project and has tapped Mimi Schmir to pen the pilot script. Almodovar and Schmir are exec producing...Almodovar will be very involved in "Women," which will be developed with an eye for the international market."

 roadPhotographer David LaChapelle lists Hollywood Hills home for $1.65 million.



News: Humpback Whale, Simpsons, Outrage, Scottish Male Barbie

 roadKirby Dick's Outrage hopes to shake anti-gay Republican hypocrisy to its core.

Dad roadFather and Son: "My life has been redefined by this statistic, 'The odds of getting pregnant from a one-time sexual encounter are about 11%.' I often think if it can happen, yes, it will happen to me. Now, I’m a single gay dad under thirty, that didn’t adopt, didn’t get married and isn’t bisexual, and inadvertently ends up with a best friend getting pregnant from the solitary experience."

 roadThe #1 male Barbie of Scotland.

 roadNot a clue: "Here is another great moment in A.P. history. In its quest to become the RIAA of the newspaper industry, the A.P.’s executives and lawyers are beginning to match their counterparts in the music industry for cluelessness. A country radio station in Tennessee, WTNQ-FM, received a cease-and-desist letter from an A.P. vice president of affiliate relations for posting videos from the A.P.’s official Youtube channel on its Website."

Humpback  roadHumpback whale spotted in Hudson River near Manhattan.

 roadMadonna donates $500,000 to Italian earthquake victims.

 roadSpeculation over a city council run for openly gay Fox 2 anchorman Charles Pugh has Detroit buzzing.

 roadNew Hampshire House passes anti-discrimination bill extending protections to transgender persons, by one vote: "The House debated more than three hours before voting 188-187 to send it to the Senate. Republicans call it the 'bathroom bill' based on the argument it would open all bathrooms to both men and women." 


Brazil  roadAnybody need a Brazilian?

 roadNapa's neighbor Yountville, California passes resolution opposing discrimination of any kind, including the prohibition of same-sex marriage.

 roadTell your Coming Out story to Showtime.

 roadBono checks for crabs.

 roadKen Blackwell and Christopher Hitchens spar over the end of Christianity in America.

Simpsons  roadThe Simpsons to get their own postage stamps.

 roadPolish sausage bitten off: "Horrified Marian Milczarek, 53, from Lesna in south west Poland, was attacked following a row with his friend - apparently over borrowing a trailer. 'He began hitting me with a chain and then pulled down my trousers and started biting. It was agony,' he said. Police and medics could find no trace of Marian's missing genitalia, and believe his attacker Wojciech Sowinski - now facing 10 years in jail - may have eaten it. 'If we'd had the other bit of his penis we could have sewn it back on,' said Dr Adam Domanasiewicz from the hospital in nearby Trzebnica, where Marian is recovering."

 roadStonewall Library & Archives to have grand opening in Fort Lauderdale on April 23. you may remember that moving SLA to this new space became a national story during the anti-gay campaign of Fort Lauderdale’s former mayor, who opposed a city building, which is leased by Broward County, providing space to the library. The move required the approval of the Fort Lauderdale City Commission and the Broward County Commission.


Anti-Gay Ft. Lauderdale Mayor Naugle Flushed from Office

Gay-friendly Rep. Jack Seiler (D), 46, won Fort Lauderdale's mayoral election yesterday, beating out openly gay candidates Earl Rynerson and lawyer Dean Trantalis. Naugle left office because of term limits.

SeilerJoe.My.God reports: "Seiler was opposed by the gay political group Dolphin Democrats, who published ads noting his endorsement by Jim Naugle. The legitimacy of Seiler's candidacy was questioned early in the campaign when he rented a home six blocks from his longtime home in adjacent Wilton Manors, where Seiler was mayor from 1998-2000, in order to establish residency inside Fort Lauderdale's city limits. Seiler's state legislative district included a portion of Fort Lauderdale."

Monday I noted that Naugle told the Sun-Sentinel that while the ads could have the effect of hurting Seiler by denying him the gay vote, they could also have the effect of boosting Seiler among non-gay voters who had re-elected Naugle eight consecutive times. And it appears Naugle may have been right.

However, Seiler seems more gay-friendly than the homophobic Naugle.

In a video shot late in the day yesterday by Father Tony for Joe.My.God, Seiler brushes off Naugle's endorsement and states his positions on several LGBT issues.

Watch it, AFTER THE JUMP...

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News: Melrose Place, Matthew Mitcham, Wyoming, BAFTAs, Bolivia

road.jpg Wyoming House kills anti-gay marriage bill: "After an hour of impassioned debate Friday, the House defeated an attempt to define marriage in the state Constitution as a union between a man and a woman. House Joint Resolution 17, also known as the "Defense of Marriage" resolution, failed by a vote of 35-25. Wyoming law already stipulates that only marriages between a man and woman are valid, but the law also requires the state to recognize valid unions performed in other states."

Mitchamroad.jpg Matthew Mitcham gets a sponsor: Aussie telecommunications giant Telstra.

road.jpg The juice on the Melrose Place remake.

road.jpg Boy George to leave jail early? Meanwhile, he scrubs sinks.

road.jpg New constitution in Bolivia bans discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity!

road.jpg Strange drag queen bird spotted in the wild.

road.jpg Virginia man gets 35 month for attack on gay man in DC last October: "Court documents claim that the 19-year-old and his friend, Saad Elorch, approached the victim and his friend. When Abdulgader and Elorch learned of the men's sexual orientation, they made homophobic remarks to them. Documents also state that Abdulgader knocked the victim unconscious with a glass bottle and that he admitted to attacking the victim because he was gay."

road.jpg BAFTA Awards handed out in London. Here's what won.

Davieroad.jpg Obama names Fred Davie to Policy Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships.

road.jpg Brad Gooch on closets, Harvey Milk, and the art world of Robert Rauschenberg and Jasper Johns.

road.jpg Anti-gay vandalism condemned at Long Island LGBT Youth Center forum: "When somebody is attacked because of their race, religion or sexual orientation, we're all attacked."

road.jpg Ann Coulter under investigation for voter fraud: "Ann Coulter is now the subject of a formal probe by Connecticut’s Elections Enforcement Commission, moving her closer to being charged with fraud. The commission is now conducting a 'thorough investigation' of whether the prolific conservative pundit broke the law earlier this decade by voting in Connecticut while living in New York City, a spokeswoman for the commission told the New York Daily News."

road.jpg Kristen Wiig is Kathie Lee Gifford.

Anderroad.jpg Berlinale: First gay Basque film unveiled. "Pushing even a larger envelope, most of 'Ander’s' finance comes from the Basque government, via Berdindu, its gay-lesbian service...Roberto Caston, its writer-director, bridles slightly at the gay tag. Pic follows fortysomething Ander, a Basque farmer-cum-factory worker who breaks a leg. He hires a Peruvian immigrant, Jose (Christian Esquivel, 'Che'), who inspires in Ander feelings he didn’t know he had. 'The film’s about solitude, which most of the characters suffer,' said Caston. 'Ander' rides a new Basque cinema wave."

road.jpg All My Children: Daytime television to have first same-sex wedding.

road.jpg Male model fix: Travis Hanson.

road.jpg A write-up on NYC's new East Village straight-owned gay bar The Hose.

road.jpg Fort Lauderdale Democrats club running ads revealing which mayoral candidates are supported by anti-gay outgoing mayor Jim Naugle: "The ads, running in gay publications, have a grid that notes which candidates are Democrats, gay or lesbian, filled out the Dolphins questionnaire or are supported by Naugle. The mayor acknowledged that linking him with candidates he supports — Jack Seiler for mayor and Romney Rogers for City Commission — could hurt them with gay voters. 'Certainly it might hurt,' Naugle said. But, noting that he's been elected 'eight consecutive times, and all by wide margins,' Naugle said his support would help with the non-gay majority."


News: Prop 8, Howard Bragman, Fin Whale, Heath Ledger, Earth

road.jpg Dozens of amicus briefs (Google, California Council of Churches, California NAACP, Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Asian Pacific American Legal Center, and California Rural Legal Assistance) submitted in massive push against Proposition 8.

Whaleroad.jpg Massive Fin Whale perishes on Irish beach.

road.jpg Some stunning shots of our beautiful planet.

road.jpg Mom unhappy after finding Butt at American Apparel: "Trina Campbell told CBC News on Tuesday she and her 13-year-old daughter saw the magazine sticking out of a backpack on display inside the American Apparel outlet at the Park Royal Shopping Centre in West Vancouver. 'I pulled it out and I went to open it and it flipped open to a double-page spread of two men having full-on sexual activity, not just suggestive,' Campbell said. 'I don't think this is something that the average person wants to see unless they're ready or going out of the way to see it.'" Although she apparently left the store with her own copy.

Cindyroad.jpg John McCain kills Cindy's Dancing with the Stars dream.

road.jpg DNC settles lawsuit with gay outreach director Donald Hitchcock: "Hitchcock, former director of the Committee's Gay and Lesbian Leadership Council, filed suit on April 17, 2007 in Washington DC Superior Court after his termination, which he charged was in retaliation for criticism of the party by his partner, party activist Paul Yandura, in April 2006. Yandura's open letter criticized the matter in which donations from gay Democrats were being used, particularly how he felt that the party's interest in the LGBT community was limited to their financial contributions."

Bragmanroad.jpg Inside the Chateau Marmont party for PR guru Howard Bragman's new book Where's My Fifteen Minutes?

road.jpg Gossip Girl spin-off to feature younger versions of the show's older characters, set in the 80's.

road.jpg Gay Fort Lauderdale mayoral candidate Earl Rynerson, who is running on a 'bloated budget' platform, under magnifying glass over his past personal expenses.

road.jpg STUDY: Coffee reduces Alzheimer's risk.

road.jpg Showtime confirms spin-off to The L Word. SPOILER: Will follow character Alice Pieszecki (Leisha Hailey) in prison. "Famke Janssen ('Nip/Tuck') guest stars in the first episode, along with Melissa Leo ('Frozen River') and Laurie Metcalf ('Roseanne') who appear as prison guards. 'It's not all lesbians like 'The L Word,'' Greenblatt says. 'It is more of a sort of mixed group of female characters, some of whom are lesbians. It is not as dark as 'Oz.' There have been a lot of female prison shows over the years that have been campy. This is not campy.' The working title is 'The Farm,' he says. "

road.jpg Was the winner of The Bachelor revealed in the show's preview?

road.jpg David Beckham hitches on to the droopy drawers trend.

Ledgerroad.jpg Ledger's last days.

road.jpg New "superdrug" in the works to combat HIV/AIDS.

road.jpg NBC's Southland series to include gay cop.

road.jpg iTunes offering two free Sundance LGBT short films.

road.jpg Could the lead in Gus van Sant's adaptation of The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test be Jack Black: "'Unfortunately, Heath Ledger was a pretty obvious choice, and he’s gone,' Van Sant told MTV News in an exclusive interview. But who else could play zany philosopher-king and 'One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest' author Kesey? 'There’s the opportunity that it could be Jack Black,' says Van Sant, hinting the film might possibly take on a more comedic feel. At the moment, though, the 'Milk' director is awaiting the initial draft of the screenplay, which is being penned by 'Milk' scriptwriter Dustin Lance Black. 'He’s cracking the nut,' Van Sant tells us. 'I’m not sitting with him every day. I probably should think about doing that, but I haven’t seen the first draft yet. I hope he cracks it. There are many ways to crack it.'"


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