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 road Signorile: How the Right manipulated the media over Judge Walker's sexuality.

Mackenroth  roadFormer Project Runway designer and HIV activist Jack Mackenroth won seven medals at the Gay Games in Cologne, Germany this week.

 roadSimon Cowell shows off his manscaping skillz.

 roadBroadway Impact hosting major Prop 8 ruling celebration at Therapy in NYC tonight from 7-9: "Currently scheduled to take part in the celebration are Hunter Bell, Heidi Blickenstaff, Susan Blackwell, Nick Adams, Shayna Steele, Will Taylor, Jose Llana and Jason Tam. A question-and-answer session will include Richard Socarides (former advisor to President Clinton) and newly crowned Miss New York Claire Buffie (she is running on a gay rights platform for the first time in Miss America history)."

 roadJane Lynch to host SNL.

 roadEl Paso, Texas voters to decide November 2 if domestic partners employed by the city are eligible for health benefits: "The topic has become a heated battle between those for and against the decision by El Paso City Council made months back. Many against the decision claim the city is endorsing homosexual lifestyles, and have been fighting to overturn council's decision."

 roadEvan Lysacek: The "verdict is still out" on Johnny Weir's gender.

 roadRobbie Williams tied the knot.

Mormon   roadA gay Mormon couple thanks Judge Walker.


Details on the Google - Verizon internet policy proposal. Neutrality nixed for wireless.

 roadEquality Illionois PAC endorses Illinois Governor Pat Quinn: "The endorsement highlights what gay rights advocates say are significant differences between Quinn and his Republican opponent, state Sen. Bill Brady, on issues of importance to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community. 'I think this is one of the most important elections ever, because the choices for our community are markedly different. We have a guy who opposed fairness and equality and a guy who spent his entire career standing up for all Illinoisans,' public policy director for Equality Illinois, Rick Garcia told"

 roadA shift in Orthodox Jewish attitudes toward gay people?

 roadMale model fix: Janice Fronimakis.

Homoclimb  roadA report on the recent Homoclimb.

 roadEvidence that Arizona's SB1070 has gone into effect...

 roadYouthPride Atlanta calls on gubernatorial candidate Nathan Deal to stop elevating the gay-bashing in his race against Karen Deal, and to stop lying about anti-bullying gay youth group.

 roadRyan Gosling, sitting around looking beautiful.

 road A review of the Neil Patrick Harris-directed production of Rent at the Hollywood Bowl.

 roadTarget stock sinks after boycott: "Shares in the Minneapolis-based discount retailer have declined 3.5 percent since the morning of July 27, when Target Chief Executive Gregg Steinhafel first defended the donation, prompting critics to call for a consumer boycott. Its shares were off 1.5 percent Tuesday, closing at $50.98...Target spokeswoman Jenn Glass said Tuesday that the shifting stock price reflects 'too many factors that we can't attribute it to just one thing.'"

Gay Games Open in Cologne, Germany


Let the games begin. The Gay Games commenced in Cologne yesterday. The Earth Times reports on the opening ceremony:

Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle delivered the opening address in Cologne's Rheinenergiestadion. Homosexuals are asking for respect, not privileges, he said. Westerwelle's male life partner, Cologne entrepreneur Michael Mronz, was in attendance.

The Eighth Gay Games, also considered the world's largest rally for the rights of gays and lesbians, are being held under the motto, "Be part of it!" Held every four years since 1982, the Cologne games are the first to been held in Germany. Pop singers Taylor Dayne and Agnes performed amid a colourful, choreographed show featuring 1,500 participants. The opening ceremonies included the lighting of a flame. Nearly 10,000 athletes from 70 countries were expected to compete in 35 disciplines, including same-sex pairs figure skating, billiards and chess. The oldest competitor is a 92 man from the United States who plans to compete in body building.

Watch videos of the ceremonies, including the lighting of the cauldron and Dayne sing the Gay Games anthem, "Facing a Miracle," AFTER THE JUMP.

Head on over to Outsports for some great, thorough coverage.

Meanwhile, representatives from Cleveland are in Cologne for research purposes as that city will host the  Games in 2014.

Also, it looks like Cleveland Synergy Foundation, the non-profit group that helped bring the Gay Games to Cleveland, is out as the official promoter. The Cleveland Plain-Dealer reports: "While no one will say what happened, Synergy appears to be out as an organizer for the 2014 Games. The Federation of Gay Games announced in a news release earlier this month that it had ended its relationship with Synergy. The city of Cleveland, meanwhile, refused to advance Synergy $38,000 in travel-related expenses for the games in Cologne, citing the group's failure to submit reports in a timely manner."

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Wingnut: Chicago Lost Olympics Because of 'Demonic Gay Agenda'

Here's another big bag of crazy.

Hartline "Ex-gay" "Christian" activist James Hartline lays out the real reasons Chicago failed to get the 2016 Olympics. Chicago failed because Mayor Daley approved the Gay Games in 2006, which was a staging gesture for the Olympics. Chicago also failed because Hartline and homophobic wingnut Matt Barber were "attacked" while preaching hate at the 2006 Gay Games in the Windy City, causing God to unleash a force upon the city's "demonic gay agenda":

"Because former homosexual James Hartline and the other Christians were willing to risk their lives for the Gospel while the world was glorifying homosexuality in Chicago, the Spirit of the Lord was released upon Chicago's demonic gay agenda in 2006. The Spirit of the Lord began contending with the anti-christ spirit inside the City of Chicago from that day forward. Thus, when President Barack Obama, Chicago Mayor Richard Daley and their armies of gay activist supporters in Boys Town attempt to square the reasons for their failure to garner an Olympic Bid for the Windy City, they had better recount the day that the Wind of the Holy Spirit was emparted into Chicago in 2006."

Cleveland, Ohio to Host 2014 Gay Games


The Federation of Gay Games announced at a press conference from Cologne, Germany that Cleveland, Ohio has won the bid to host the 2014 Games. Boston and Washington, DC were also finalists.

Above, the Cleveland contingent after the announcement.

Bid documents for each city can be found HERE.

View a few videos in support of the bids from the three cities, AFTER THE JUMP...

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News: India, Mary Travers, Provincetown, Kellan Lutz, Outfest

RoadUniversity of Alaska Fairbanks hosting "ex-gay" evangelist Ernie Delgado: "His visit is being promoted by Campus Bible Ministries as an example of someone who escaped a gay lifestyle, and how others can do the same. Some students and faculty are offended by the visit. A few students silently protested outside 1 of this week's lectures."

Masked RoadWho is that masked man?

RoadIndian government defers taking stand on High Court decriminalization of gay sex ruling.

RoadOutfest to honor Alan Poul and Clear Channel.

RoadGay ministry candidate in Scotland pulls out for fear of splitting church: "Dmitri Ross, who was put forward as a candidate for the ministry by the Presbytery of Hamilton, said he believed his withdrawal was in the best interests of the Church. If ordained, he would have been the first Church of Scotland minister in a civil partnership to be approved since a two-year moratorium on gay appointments was agreed at the General Assembly in May."

RoadMary Travers of Peter, Paul, and Mary dies at 72.

RoadCoach store manager accused of gay harassment over Hershey Kiss puns.

Swimforlife Road363 swimmers Swim for Life in Provincetown AIDS fundraiser.

RoadExecutive Director of Equality Federation Toni Broaddus criticizes Cleve Jones over his remarks that a state-by-state strategy for the gay rights movement is a "failed" strategy: "So let me make a very public request of you, Cleve. Could you please stop saying that the state strategy is a failed strategy? Instead, could you acknowledge that we have achieved key victories for equality in the states? I understand that you believe the time has come for a federal strategy, and I'm not challenging that opinion here or suggesting that you modify your views. I am, however, asking that you get your facts straight."

RoadTaunton, UK man assaulted in homophobic attack.

RoadGLBT Atlanta's gentle reminder: Atlanta Eagle still open.

Road$100,000 more pledged for Cleveland, Ohio's Gay Games bid.

Lutz RoadTwilight's Kellan Lutz checks himself out at a gym in Vancouver.

RoadMatt Damon on gaining 30 pounds for The Informant: “You know, I liked parading around the house with my belly hanging out. I would do like kind of the sexy walk, but I clearly shouldn’t have been doing that type of thing."

RoadVIDEO: Chris Brown begins community service for beating Rihanna.

RoadCalgary, Canada judge rules letter to the editor calling gays "immoral" is free speech: "In 2002, Reverend Stephen Boissoin sent a letter to the Red Deer Advocate which claimed that 'homosexual rights activists and those who defend them are just as immoral as pedophiles, drug dealers, and pimps who plague our communities.'"

News: Serbia, Caster Semenya, China, Tim Hardaway, Cleveland

RoadObama appoints law professor, ENDA expert, and former legislative counsel to the AIDS Project of the ACLU Chai R. Feldblum as Commissioner of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

Gaga_madonna RoadHamburglar chic at Marc Jacobs show.

RoadOrbitz, Bertolli, Cadillac, Subaru, Lifelube, Allstate, Coors Light among nominees for GLAAD  Media Awards in Advertising.

RoadDavid Beckham looks like a fool trying to golf.

RoadAmnesty International: Serbian gay rights activists under attack. Serbian authorities expect Gay Pride clashes...

RoadTeen sentenced to up to 9 months in juvenile detention for gay bashing of Steven Harmon in Portage, Michigan, after pleading guilty to aggravated assault. More on the crime here. "The 16-year-old was also ordered to obtain anger management counseling, victim restitution and write a letter of apology to the victim, Steven Harmon, said Karen Hayter, division leader for assistant prosecuting attorneys in the Family Court division of Kalamazoo County Circuit Court."

RoadSouth African runner at center of gender debate,Caster Semenya, on suicide watch: "She is like a raped person. She is afraid of herself and does not want anyone near her. If she commits suicide, it will be on all our heads. The best we can do is protect her and look out for her during this trying time."

Guanghzou RoadGays take a stand (and a seat) in a public park in Guangzhou, China: "When the police descend on People's Park and shoo away the gay men gathered there, the men usually scatter to avoid trouble. But recently, about 50 or so confronted five officers who began a sweep and finally forced a police retreat after a heated but nonviolent standoff."

RoadStraight spouses stung by closeted exes speak up for same-sex marriage: "If gays and lesbians were more accepted, I wouldn't have married a closeted lesbian."

RoadTim Hardaway foundation to hold Miami benefit for gay suicide hotline The Trevor Project.

RoadPopular gay radio show Fernando & Greg booted from the air in San Francisco...

RoadJake Gyllenhaal takes in the Del Potro knockdown at the U.S. Open.

Badgeley RoadPenn Badgley on Gossip Girl cast: "In certain circles we're treated like royalty. We're treated like the Kennedys."

RoadMayor Frank Jackson and Cleveland City Council lift city's Gay Games bid to the tune of $700,000: "The money would help defray the costs of holding the games here and would not be spent unless Cleveland is the winning bidder. The city is one of three finalists for the 2014 Gay Olympics. Boston and Washington D.C. are the other contenders."

RoadFormer Bush speechwriter reveals how Bush dissed everyone in Washington.

RoadReport cards issued to pharmaceutical companies with HIV drugs on the market.

RoadFinish line: "on Sunday, September 13, 2009, 113 riders and a team of 50 volunteer crew members of Braking the Cycle ended their three-day cycling journey from Boston to New York, at the footsteps of the LGBT Community Center...Together, this small group of dedicated individuals raised $274,682 (Net) for the HIV/AIDS services of the Center."

RoadPeoria, Illinois holds first Gay Pride event.

RoadCalifornia Bar Association annual meeting split by protest over Prop 8 supporter Doug Manchester's Grand Hyatt in San Diego: "Most nights there is a noisy picket line in front of the hotel. Whether the State Bar should or could move its annual meeting was a great controversy in legal circles earlier this year. In the end, the State Bar decided that it was not prudent or possible to move their convention. However, the now truly independent Conference of Delegates found itself not bound by the State Bar decision. The Conference of Delegates moved more than a mile away to the new Hilton Bayfront, near Petco Park. Attorneys or judges who want to attend both are left to chose between their walking shoes or taking a pedicab or taxi."


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