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road.jpg Obama: Wall Street bonuses "shameful."

Redoubtroad.jpg Scientists: Alaskan volcano eruption imminent.

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road.jpg Police raise rainbow flag in Wales: "Sexuality is a highly emotive and personal matter and I have great respect for those involved with The Gay Police Association who, over the years, have worked selflessly to promote equality within our organisation. I am immensely proud to support our gay officers and staff and I hope that this event sends out a clear message as we continue to strive for inclusivity and equality."

road.jpg Prince Harry look-alike says he's getting too much attention.

Radclifferoad.jpg Sardi's needs a new artist: Portrait looks nothing like Daniel Radcliffe.

road.jpg University of Tampa to provide benefits to same-sex couples: "This comes just a week after Hillsborough County refused to even discuss the issue in a 5-2 vote. The Minaret Online cites an email sent to faculty and staff explaining that the same sex domestic partnership benefits will begin April 1st. The benefits do not extend to heterosexual domestic partnerships because they are legally able to marry in Florida."

road.jpg You may remember the Yale Baker's Dozen New Years Eve San Francisco bashing case. It has finally been settled: "[Sharyar] Aziz said Thursday his civil suit case was settled against his personal attackers, Richard, Michael and James Aicardi. Brian Dwyer, the fourth man originally named in the civil suit, was dropped from the case earlier due to contradictory accounts of the attack. 'I am happy we can all move on,' Aziz said in a telephone interview."

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Mendez_2road.jpg Close-up: Ian Thorpe's Brazilian housemate.

road.jpg LGBT paper in San Diego calls on Portland's Mayor Sam Adams to quit.

road.jpg Former SF Mayor Willie Brown representing two 24 Hour Fitness employees who claim the company retaliated after they complained about racist, sexist, and homophobic remarks at work: "Brown and Renne are part of a legal team representing Paul Drobot and Reginald Allison, two managerial employees who complained about instances of discrimination in hiring on the basis of race, as well as frequent racist, sexist and homophobic comments. In August 2006, the two employees filed charges with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission about alleged discriminatory practices dating back to 2003. According to those charges, management within the company not only refused to address the inappropriate behavior, but eventually retaliated against the employees for having complained. 'When these two reported to their immediate supervisor about actions not in keeping with the employee manual, what happened? They got squashed. They got demoted and eventually terminated,' Renne said."

Cratersroad.jpg NASA peers into Moon's shadowed craters.

road.jpg Film Experience takes a look at the GLAAD awards.

road.jpg SPOILERS: If you're interested in knowing who on American Idol made it through Hollywood week (which hasn't aired yet), the list is here.

road.jpg A new trio of Beckham Armani shots.

road.jpg Clergy at Cleveland Ohio's Pilgrim Congregational United Church of Christ refuse to sign licenses until all can marry: "Heterosexual couples exchanging wedding vows at the church will need an additional civil ceremony by a justice of the peace or a judge to make their union legal. The move was approved by an overwhelming voice vote during a congregational meeting last weekend. Head pastor Rev. John Tamilio III calls it a civil-rights protest."

Aussie Swimmer Ian Thorpe: I'm Not Gay


Former Olympic swimming champ Ian Thorpe today responded to insinuations by the Australian media that Daniel Mendes, another swimmer who has been his housemate for the past three years and traveled extensively with Thorpe, is more than just a friend.

ThorpegaySaid Thorpe today: "Over the last few days there have been a series of press articles published speculating about my friendship with Daniel Mendes. I am still friends with many of the people I competed and trained with during my swimming career. Daniel is one such good friend whom I have known for many years. I have only commented on this issue at this time because I draw a line when innuendo implicates people like my family and my friends. I find this kind of inaccurate speculation tiresome and I am annoyed by the hurt it has caused those closest to me. In the past, on several separate occasions, I have openly and honestly with the media. My situation in this regard has not changed. I look forward to myself and those around me receiving the respect and privacy afforded others."

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Ian Thorpe is Still Not Gay [tr]
Ian Thorpe: Gay Rumors No Big Deal [tr]

News: Miss Croatia, Cows, Ian Thorpe, Super Bowl, Sam Adams

road.jpg New push for 'civil partnerships' launched in Arizona: "In essence, it would provide every benefit and requirement that now exists under state marriage laws — every one, that is, except the actual word 'marriage.' It would set up procedures for courts to dissolve the partnerships, just like a divorce, with the same grounds. The measure is being pushed by Mesa resident Gino Meriano, who owns Pink Weddings, which helps gay couples organize civil-commitment ceremonies."

Faggotryroad.jpg Miss Croatia worried "faggotry" is advancing in her country.

road.jpg Is Andrea Mitchell a secret gay icon?

road.jpg Civil unions backed by majority in Hawaii House.

road.jpg Super Bowl XLIII for the clueless.

road.jpg Elderly UK couple protests adoption agency grant of grandchildren to gay couple: "When the grandfather protested, he was told: 'You can either accept it, and there's a chance you'll see the children twice a year, or you can take that stance and never see them again.' The man said last night: 'It breaks my heart to think that our grandchildren are being forced to grow up in an environment without a mother figure. We are not prejudiced, but I defy anyone to explain to us how this can be in their best interests.'"

road.jpg Dustin Lance Black to sign the shooting script of Milk at Book Soup in Los Angeles on Monday, February 2.

Cowroad.jpg Cows that are given names like Daisy, Gertrude or Buttercup produce more milk than cows that aren't named.

road.jpg New trial starts for San Diego firefighters claiming sexual harassment for being forced to participate in a Gay Pride parade. The last trial ended in October in a mistrial after the jury said it was deadlocked.

road.jpg Rosie O'Donnell quits blogging: "When I started to blog, no one knew what a blog was. Then it got so commonplace, it was kind of being used on entertainment shows as edited pieces. I was like, 'It's not worth it.' It wasn't providing the joy that it used to."

road.jpg NYC fashion mavens Eddy Chai and Paul Birardi are through with 29-inch waists.

road.jpg Portland Mayor Sam Adams' spokesman Wade Nkrumah resigns: "Nkrumah's resignation less than a month into Adams' term is the first public resignation by a staff person in Adams' office since the mayor admitted last week to lying about his sexual relationship with 18-year-old Beau Breedlove. Nkrumah offered no comment on the reasons for his resignation." TIME: Can Adams Survive?

road.jpg Canadian lesbian couple say physician denied them treatment because they are gay.

road.jpg Britney Spears releases rehearsal photos, seating chart for 3-ring Circus tour.

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road.jpg Travolta extortion doc revealed: "Sources connected with the investigation tell us John Travolta told EMT workers he wanted to fly his son to Florida rather than drive by ambulance to the hospital....which was 45 minutes away. There was a disagreement over which course would be better. John felt initially it might take the same amount of time to get his son to Florida where he might get better care."

road.jpg Australian researcher sees rise in casual unprotected sex between serodiscordant men: "Between 2003 and 2006, there was an increase in the numbers of HIV-negative gay men in Sydney who reported having unprotected anal intercourse with casual HIV-positive partners, report researchers in the online edition of AIDS and Behavior. However the researchers do not believe that these men form 'a core group of high risk men'."

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road.jpg Texas won't allow gay divorce: "Attorney General Greg Abbott said that since Texas law prohibits same-sex marriages and civil unions, the men could not be divorced in Texas since their union is not recognized to exist in Texas. The men, who have asked that their names remain private, were married in Cambridge, Mass., in 2006. Peter Schulte, who represents the plaintiff, said he plans to argue that the U.S. Constitution dictates that states recognize contracts from other states."

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Australian Media Focused on Ian Thorpe's Close 'Mate'


Australian media is dancing around the topic of Olympic swimmer Ian Thorpe's friendship with fellow swimmer Daniel Mendez. Maybe it's just a bromance.

MendezThe Herald Sun:

"Super swimmer Ian Thorpe spent Christmas and the New Year on a Brazilian beach with a group of friends including his housemate and close friend Daniel Mendez. Thorpe and Mendez (right) were photographed sunning themselves and playing in the surf at Fernando de Noronha last week. Mendez is well-known among Thorpe's circle of friends in Sydney, where he has been sharing a house with the Olympian for the past three years...According to Thorpe's manager, David Flaskas, the two were introduced through Thorpe's former coach, Tracey Menzies, while Thorpe was in training for the 2008 Olympics. He and Mendez, also a top-level swimmer, trained together. The pair had of a month-long vacation in Brazil. They had flown over in December to celebrate Christmas with the Mendez family...On Monday, Thorpe flew home to Sydney to prepare for the start of the university year. He is studying psychology and linguistics at Macquarie University. It is the second time Thorpe has accompanied the more slightly built Mendes home to Brazil in the past year. A Foxtel spokesman yesterday confirmed that Mendes had accompanied Thorpe to two events in the past 18 months - the 2007 Australia's Next Top Model finale and the 2008 MTV Awards. Six months ago Thorpe stunned fans by proclaiming he was 'in love' with someone who did not live in Australia. When asked about Thorpe's relationship status with Mendez, Flaskas yesterday said the two men were mates."

And, just to clear up any confusion, we all know 'mate' means 'friend' in Australia.

News: Eartha Kitt, Holiday Inn, Kanye West, Swimming, Rocco Dispirito

road.jpg Tennessee hotel employee David Hill says he was fired for being gay: "They literally said to me because of my orientation and my alternative lifestyle, that I was not a fit for the hotel. The owner (Tarun Surti) said, 'I don't give a damn. They can sue me. I will not have any of the gays in leadership roles in my hotel.' And that's a quote."

Diorhommeroad.jpg Karl Lagerfeld lets you see all the way through to Marlon Teixeira for Dior Homme.

road.jpg The day Eartha (Kitt) stood still.

road.jpg In case you were wondering what Rocco Dispirito's packing.

road.jpg Lesbian couple invited on Inaugural Whistle Stop Tour: "Today the 2009 Presidential Inaugural Committee announced the names of 16 families who will join President-elect Obama and Vice President-elect Biden on their Whistle Stop Tour to D.C. the Saturday before the inauguration. Lesbian couple Lisa Hazirjian and her partner Michelle have been invited to join the Whistle Stop Tour and appear onstage with Obama and Biden during events. Hazirjian, who is from Ohio, serves as an at-large board member of Equality Ohio, as a member of the Cleveland Stonewall Democrats and as a volunteer for Cleveland Families Count, an organization formed to defend the new domestic partner registry in the city."

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road.jpg UK Sun: Sacha Baron-Cohen sure to piss off religious groups with Bruno film. "The gay fashion correspondent from Austria, played by Sacha looks set to infuriate religious groups with one of the key characters a black model called Jesus who wears a loincloth and a crown of thorns. Test audiences in the US have seen an early edit and the more religious members at the screenings failed to see the funny side."

road.jpg Kanye West is pretty sure he'll pose naked in the next two years.

Clarksonroad.jpg A preview of Kelly Clarkson's new single "My Life Would Suck Without You." Here's the album cover art, BTW.

road.jpg Police hunt gay basher near Manchester, UK: "Police are hunting a hompohobic thug who beat up a man outside a Preston takeaway. A man made anti-gay taunts towards the 19-year-old student in the Spice of Bengal in Friargate at 3am on January 6. He then repeatedly punched the teenager outside the takeaway, leaving him needing hospital treatment for cuts and bruises to his face. The offender, who fled in a taxi, is described as about 19, 5ft 8in, slim and blonde."

road.jpg With a Z: Liza Minnelli to join Neil Patrick Harris on Saturday Night Live?

road.jpg Obama bringing Wii to the White House.

road.jpg The running Jake.

Strykerroad.jpg Charles Peyton (aka Jeff Stryker) at war with his neighbors: "Peyton’s complaints boil down to his allegation that the folk club generates Studio 54–type pandemonium normally associated with large late-night urban venues: noise, drugs, unruly patrons, vandalism, graffiti, public urination and parking headaches. And because, among other infractions, Kulak was cited several years ago for not having a sound wall or offsite parking plan, Peyton habitually describes himas a criminal operating an outlaw club. In the past, Peyton also has claimed that noise from the club interfered with his attempts to write an autobiography in his next-door office."

road.jpg Scientologist Cruise on Jett Travolta death: "I just don't have the words for it."

road.jpg 16-year-old smashes decade-old Ian Thorpe swimming record: "Kenneth To took almost half a second off the Australian Age boys 16 years 200m individual medley record with a 2min 04.31sec swim on Wednesday night at Sydney Olympic Park. The record had stood at 2:04.58 since 1999 when a teenage Thorpe was obliterating his opposition."

News: David Blaine, Brazil, Tim Gunn, Arctic Gas, Taser Death

road.jpg Barack Obama and John McCain's joint statement on the economy.

Thorperoad.jpg Ian Thorpe dabbles in painting.

road.jpg "Ex-gay" Alan Chambers to lead simulcast rallies for Prop. 8 at churches via satellite.

road.jpg This doesn't look like a "suspended" campaign to me. Also, this morning, "while McCain says he was meeting with key advisors and becoming increasingly concerned about the financial crisis facing the country -- he was actually holding a special meeting with Lady Lynn Forester de Rothschild, the expat international financier who once supported Hillary Clinton but now is supporting McCain because she thinks Obama is 'elitist'.

road.jpg Clay Aiken still a working dad.

road.jpg Pepsi grants $500,000 to PFLAG. Exec director Huckaby: "PepsiCo has provided PFLAG with an enormous gift, and an unparalleled opportunity, to demonstrate the power we have to create change, no matter where we are, or who we are. Because of the Foundation's generosity and commitment, we now have the resources to produce materials for our chapters to use in their communities, and to create critically important conversations, in every corner of our country."

road.jpg SICK: NYPD tasers chemically imbalanced naked man on ledge, who falls to his death.

Wigroad.jpg Britney Spears wigging out again.

road.jpg Study supports gay adoption: "...findings by a nonpartisan adoption group being released Thursday conclude that gays and lesbians are an important resource for children awaiting adoption. There is near "universal professional consensus" that these applicants should be judged on their qualifications, not sexual orientation."

road.jpg Polish men get community service, fine, for anti-gay threats, assault: "The pair downed vodka with the couple, also Polish, before turning nasty, Bradford Crown Court heard last Thursday...Prosecutor Dave MacKay said the gay couple, from Keighley, asked the defendants to help move some of their property. All drank vodka together and Klodzinski and Szofer began making homophobic comments. Klodzinski, of Holker Street, Keighley, shouted: 'I kill gays,' the court heard. Both he and Szofer, of North Street, Keighley, were told to leave but they returned to break a window and hurl plates at the couple. One of the men was punched in the face by Szofer and kicked on the knee by Klodzinski."

road.jpg Two big Broadway shows are getting the old heave-ho...

road.jpg A McDonald's hamburger from 1996: how it looks today.

Blaineroad.jpg David Blaine completes Central Park hanging stunt.

road.jpg Tim Gunn does an interview with Time Out and talks about his favorite New York moment: "We had just wrapped the taping of Project Runway season two. Season one had aired, and there were mixed reviews in the industry, including a fair amount of snarkiness about whether it was a quality program. On Bastille Day 2005, I was in my office and received a call from Lauren Zalaznick telling me we had been nominated for an Emmy. I went screaming down the halls to see the producers, who were a floor below me, shouting at the top of my lungs, 'We’ve been nominated for an Emmy! We’ve been nominated for an Emmy!' I remember it vividly. And one of the things I was most pleased about was, 'Take that, Seventh Avenue snarkiness. Take that!'"

road.jpg Brazilian gay rights group Arco-Iris launches petition drive in support of law criminalizing homophobia.

road.jpg Travolta to play secret agent in new Luc Besson film?

road.jpg Little Britain USA is on its way...

road.jpg Scientists: is melting of the arctic ice cap triggering a methane timb bomb? "Underground stores of methane are important because scientists believe their sudden release has in the past been responsible for rapid increases in global temperatures, dramatic changes to the climate, and even the mass extinction of species. Scientists aboard a research ship that has sailed the entire length of Russia's northern coast have discovered intense concentrations of methane – sometimes at up to 100 times background levels – over several areas covering thousands of square miles of the Siberian continental shelf."


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