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NYT reports 25 gay men have been executed in Iraq in past two months. Vigils to be held for slain gay Iraqis in New York this Friday and in London next Thursday.
Extremely rare megamouth shark caught, eaten in Philippines.
Does No Doubt's new track deliver? - LISTEN.
Columbia, Missouri City Council passes domestic partner law in unanimous vote: "The legal recognition can allow partners to participate in health care decisions, burial arrangements and other matters. The law is not equivalent to legalizing same-sex marriage, and City Councilwoman Barbara Hoppe pointed out that private employers don't have to follow the registry."
Texas Christian University to offer housing for gay students.
Tony Blair: Pope wrong about gays. "There are many good and great things the Catholic Church does, and there are many fantastic things this Pope stands for, but I think what is interesting is that if you went into any Catholic Church, particularly a well attended one, on any Sunday here and did a poll of the congregation, you'd be surprised at how liberal-minded people were."
NPR's Terry Gross talks to Mike and Mel White from The Amazing Race.
Jonathan Rhys Meyers gets his game on.
Six gay candidates were victorious in various elections nationwide on Tuesday. Victory Fund: "Salisbury, Maryland elected an openly gay mayor, Jim Ireton. In Jacksonville, Illinois, Scott Hall won election to the city council. Robert Garcia won a race for a seat on the Long Beach, California, city council. Shane Cohn will become the first openly gay alderman in St. Louis, Missouri. In Nebraska, Barbara Baier advanced to the general election in her bid to retain her seat on the school board in Lincoln. She is the state’s only openly LGBT elected official. Margaret Paul was elected alderman in the City of Berwyn, Illinois.
Ian Somerhalder looking more like a vampire every day.
Hugh Jackman "heartbroken" over Wolverine leak.
I saw what you did: don't try to slip anything past the Jackdaw.
Or this guy: the dude from Fringe.
NYC rally tonight in support of Vermont marriage equality. Union Square 6:30 pm.
Tate Museum extension design gets green light.
Actor Kal Penn tapped as White House arts liaison.
Syracuse man indicted in hate crime killing of transgender woman Latiesha Green last November: "An Onondaga County grand jury handed down the indictment Friday, charging Dwight DeLee with murder as a hate crime, murder and a weapons possession charge."
Swiss philosopher Tariq Ramadan causing controversy in Rotterdam over his defense of a "European Islam" and his perspective on gays and the role of women in society.
Gay families get invite to White House Easter Egg roll: "White House officials said that tickets for Monday's Easter Egg Roll event were distributed to gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender organizations, but did not specify how many or to which ones. Representatives from Family Equality Council, Human Rights Campaign, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force and other groups confirmed they were invited and encouraged to have their members participate. 'The Obama administration actually reached out to us as an organization, and said we want gay families there, and they are an important part of the American family fabric,' said Jennifer Chrisler, executive director of the Boston-based Family Equality Council, which is helping spearhead the effort to organize families to attend."
Maine man murdered because of sexual advances, killer says: "A man found dead in his car on railroad tracks in Bethel last month may have been beaten with a cast-iron pan and strangled with a belt before a train hit his vehicle, according to a police affidavit. Police believe Scott A. Libby, 25, of Raymond was beaten and strangled to death after making sexual advances to a former employee."
Headmaster sends out notice: no vampires attending Boston Latin School.
Madonna begs for Mercy.
Gay activists to launch service-oriented campaign instead of protest during next week's LDS General Conference in Salt Lake City: We wanted to harness that
energy for productive means. We don't feel that there is a
need to protest [the LDS Church] further."
Jake Gyllenhaal's green day.
Football legends Maradona and Pele continue homophobic feud: “What do you want me to say? He lost his virginity to a man.”
50 Cent, Britney Spears, Kanye West among celebrities who have Twitter ghostwriters.
Gay adult site The Sword will stream the entire GayVN Awards (gay porn's biggest night) from its website (site nsfw) tomorrow night.
Thierry Mugler unleashes costumes for Beyoncé tour.
Wichita pastor to get $14,000 in settlement of Gay Pride arrest case: "Holick was arrested on a charge of criminal trespassing at the June
2007 Pride Parade & Festival, which was held at Heritage Square
Park in downtown Wichita. Holick had said that he had gone to the event to "communicate the gospel message" to people attending the parade and festival. In October 2007, the criminal trespassing charge against Holick was dismissed in Wichita Municipal Court."
Why I....:Sean Penn, Jim Carrey, and Benicio Del Toro in talks to play Larry, Curly, and Moe, respectively, in Three Stooges remake.
Anatomically correct barstool for men.
New study reveals crabs can feel pain, and they retain a memory of it: "Scientists made the discovery by submitting hermit crabs to small electric shocks. They say it has important implications for crustacean welfare in the food industry. The researchers delivered electric shocks to wires attached to the shells of hermit crabs. Only crabs that received shocks vacated their shells during the experiment, indicating that what they had experienced was unpleasant. With less powerful shocks, below the threshold that forced them out, crabs remained in their shells but appeared to be waiting for an opportunity to move. When a new shell was offered to them, they were more likely to switch homes than crabs that had not received a shock. This suggested that the crabs retained a memory of the pain they had felt earlier, said the scientists."
Lance Bass used Brazilian to build buzz?
Ian Somerhalder set to enter vampire fray.
San Diego gay community angered by Assemblyman Marty Block's failure to vote on resolution condemning Proposition 8: "In an interview yesterday, Block said he is unwavering in his support for allowing gay and lesbian couples to marry legally, but questioned the wisdom of passing the resolution. 'It frankly had nothing to do with my support for marriage equality. I just thought the tactic of Legislature telling the court what to do with a case before it was not a good tactic,' the San Diego Democrat said."
Something new to worry about — solar storm: "A year later and millions of Americans are dead and the nation's infrastructure lies in tatters. The World Bank declares America a developing nation. Europe, Scandinavia, China and Japan are also struggling to recover from the same fateful event - a violent storm, 150 million kilometres away on the surface of the sun."
Boy Culture on George Weber: It could happen to you.
Senators absent from Berry confirmation hearing.
Survivor's Richard Hatch wants a judge to free him from prison immediately: "Hatch, who is representing himself, filed the request Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Providence. He is now serving a four-year and three-month sentence at a prison in West Virginia. The reality TV star argued in a 43-page memo that he should be released because he is innocent, was represented by ineffective lawyers and that a judge improperly calculated his prison sentence."
Lost actor Ian Somerhalder showed up at the Coachella music festival dressed to impress.
Somerhalder was one of more than 150,000 people who showed up in the California desert to take in the ninth annual festival.
Sean Penn showed up there as well to announce his biodiesel trek across America in which he "plans to board a fleet of biodiesel buses and take about 300 people on an 1,800-mile trek across the U.S., ending in New Orleans." Said Penn: "I see this as a reckoning. My generation and those that came before have to recognize the numbing of incentive that we've passed on to the change hungry, imaginative, smarter than us youth of today."
But the act that everyone was talking about was Prince.
AFTER THE JUMP, one more shot of Somerhalder, as well as the song people are raving about — Prince's cover of Radiohead's "Creep".
Scientists develop see-through frog.
Fort Lauderdale debate over gay rights and Mayor Jim Naugle dividing South Florida's black community: "Despite the support that many black ministers showed for Naugle, the local NAACP took a public stand against the mayor, calling his crusade a 'hate campaign.'...'I'm not here to condone or condemn gay sex,' Marsha Ellison, head of the Broward NAACP, told The Miami Herald. 'This is a hate campaign against gays launched by the mayor.' She said the branch's position -- adopted after a unanimous vote of its 22-member executive committee as well as branch members -- echoes the national NAACP's position. 'Anytime any group is discriminated against it becomes a civil rights issue,' she said."
First conclusive evidence presented that velociraptors had feathers: "It's sort of as if you scaled up a chicken and then gave it really nasty teeth and big claws on its feet."
Your chance to have dinner and drinks with Michael Biserta, the New York firefighter renowned for his big hose.
Suburban Chicago teenage girl sentenced to one year of probation and ordered to write letters of apology for distributing anti-gay fliers with a friend outside Crystal Lake South High School: "Police arrested the two girls May 11 after they had distributed about 40 fliers in a student parking lot at the high school, 1200 S. McHenry Ave. The fliers had a photograph of two male students kissing and included inflammatory words."
Todd Oldham named creative director at Old Navy.
Israeli man detained in Lebanon on suspicions of murder and espionage tells authorities he is gay: "The events leading to Sharon's arrest last Thursday began when authorities in Beirut questioned a Lebanese security agent in connection with the shooting death of the man's roommate, according to a report in the Lebanese daily Al-Akhbar. The agent claimed to have been with a German friend at a Beirut hotel at the time of the killing. When authorities questioned the German friend, they discovered he was an Israeli who spoke Arabic and who had repeatedly visited Lebanon, the report said. Sharon denied allegations he was spying for Israel, the reports said. He told police he visited Lebanon for tourism and that he was a homosexual who had relationships with Lebanese men, according to the reports."
Former model Ian Somerhalder returns to the runway.
PlanetOut seeks entries for short film awards: "Winners will be announced in January 2008 at PlanetOut's annual event during the Sundance Film Festival, and the Grand Prize Winner and four runners-up will be screened at a special ceremony and program in Miami as part of the Miami Gay & Lesbian Film Festival on Sunday, April 27, 2008. The Grand Prize winner will receive a $10,000 cash prize and will be exhibited on PlanetOut.com and Gay.com, along with the runners up, who will each receive cash prizes ranging from $1,500 to $500...Judges will consist of film and TV executives from companies such as Bravo, Logo, and Sony Pictures Classics, and representatives from PlanetOut Inc. and MGLFF."
Rufus Wainwright wraps up his Judy tour with performance at the Hollywood Bowl: "The most striking costume change of all came during the encore's first song, 'Get Happy,' when Rufus pranced out in full Judy drag: fedora, diamond earrings, red lipstick, double-breasted tuxedo jacket, seamed black stockings, and high heels. The audience subsequently went crazy."