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News: Gaysted, McFly, Grace Kelly, Molly Ivins, Al Franken

road.jpg Columnist Molly Ivins has died of cancer at 62: Tribute: "But there was more to Molly Ivins than insightful political commentary packaged in an aw-shucks Southern charm. In the coming days, much will be made of Molly's contributions to the liberal cause, how important she was as an authentic female voice on opinion pages across the country, her passionate and eloquent defense of the poorest and the weakest among us against the corruption of the most powerful, and the joy she took in celebrating the uniqueness of American culture -- and all of this is true. But more than that, Molly Ivins was a woman who loved and cared deeply for the world around her. And her warm and generous spirit was apparent in all her words and deeds."

Gracekellyroad.jpg Princess Stephanie of Monaco says her late mother Grace Kelly would have approved of pop star Mika's chart-topping song referencing her: "He is very talented and handsome and I'm sure my mother would have liked the song very much." Said Mika of the icon: "The song is all about identity and what people expect of me and how I'm perceived. I think Grace Kelly was a rebel and I liked that about her, rather than actresses like Audrey Hepburn or Sophia Loren." (more on Mika...)

road.jpg Aussie Olympian Ian Thorpe and Lachlan Murdoch team up to fight AIDS in Papua New Guinea: "Thorpe says the disease threatens to wipe out up to 30 per cent of PNG's future workforce. 'We've listened to what the local interests are, to what's required here,' he said. 'It's wonderful to be able to see Australian businesses and PNG businesses coming together.' The business coalition launch raised close to $1 million in pledges."

road.jpg African LGBT leaders angry that British activist Peter Tatchell and his group Outrage! are getting into their business.

Mcfly_3road.jpg Brit boyband McFly takes it off in the new Attitude.

road.jpg Gaysted: "Heterosexual people getting so wasted, they slip into seemingly gay acts. The loose definition: It is when you are soooo drunk (wasted) and dudes start dancing with you and you just sort of go along with it and then they start putting their arms around you and you just kind of keep rolling with it because you're drunk and you sort of think the dude is being your dancefloor bro, but then when you sober up you realize that the situash is sort of weird. when this happens, you tell your friends, 'dude, i got so gaysted last night.'"

road.jpg Vogue editor-at-large Andre Leon Talley gets ready to offer fashion commentary on Oscar's red carpet.

road.jpg High school wrestler from Valentine, Nebraska who spread Herpes to 24 guys on 10 different teams at a wrestling meet in late December not likely to have a valentine this year. (via deadspin)

road.jpg Al Franken to run for U.S. Senate from Minnesota: "In a statement, Minnesota Republican Party Chairman Ron Carey said he was confident Minnesotans 'will reject Franken's divisive, scorched-earth attacks.' The state Democratic Party declined to comment. Should he win the Democratic primary in Minnesota, Franken would take on Republican Norm Coleman (news, bio, voting record), a first-term senator who is among the Democrats' top targets. Coleman declined to comment Wednesday."

News: Wal-Mart, Wombs, Alan Cumming, Gay Bullying

road.jpg Did Indonesian black magic practitioner curse Bush and entourage? "First, daughter Barbara had her purse burgled right out from under her cute perky little nose, while the Secret Service looked on. Second, two motorcycles in Bush's motorcade crashed yesterday, leaving three officers injured and one in serious condition and finally, top White House official and acting Director of the White House Travel office, Greg Pitts, was beaten and burgled yesterday outside of a Honolulu night club."

Elephant_1road.jpg Amazing pictures from inside the womb of elephants, dolphins, dogs...

road.jpg American Family Association calls off Thanksgiving boycott of Wal-Mart after company caves and changes policy language. Retailer says it "will not make corporate contributions to support or oppose highly controversial issues unless they directly relate to our ability to serve our customers." Wal-Mart does say they will still support gay rights groups on specific issues like workplace equality: "Going forward, we would partner with them on specific initiatives. ...As to opposed to just giving blanket support to their general operating budget."

road.jpg Judge: Police were right in telling Wisconsin man to get his anti-gay signs off of freeway overpasses.

road.jpg Alan Cumming to receive honorary degree from the University of Abertay in Dundee, Scotland for his contribution to film and television and his work to raise awareness about HIV/AIDS.

Thorpedo_6road.jpg A few Ian Thorpe good-bye press conference pics...

road.jpg Davis, California high school taking stand against homophobic bullying. Principal to student body: "Some of you sitting in this audience today have said mean things to others. Or you have stood by and watched others say things to hurt someone. We all must take a stand against every kind of taunt, every kind of slur or put-down ... whether that is because of race, or because how much money someone has, because their family is different or because of their gender, or religion, physical appearance or the country they come from, or because of their sexual identity. Anti-gay sentiments are probably the most difficult problem facing us."

Ian Thorpe Retires from Competitive Swimming

Thorpe_1Australia's most successful Olympic athlete, Ian Thorpe, announced at a press conference on Tuesday that he would quit competitive swimming:

"As of 2:53 on Sunday afternoon I decided I would not be swimming the world championships. I also made a very difficult decision that day that I am actually going to discontinue my professional swimming career. I'd been working towards this decision for quite some time. I'm a 24-year-old, and I'm only just 24 as well. I'm young enough to still see the new challenges and be able to accept them within my life. I'm also old enough now that I realise all of these accomplishments that have got me to this place in my life. I also know there is a lot of people out there that want me to keep swimming. I only hoped that I wanted to swim half as much as other people want me to."

The announcement came of something as a surprise, as "Thorpedo" had previously said he wouldn't be retiring until 2008, after the Beijing Olympics.

However, Thorpe has not competed in a major event since the Athens Olympics. His return to the pool after the Olympics was hampered by a glandular fever that kept him down for months. He recently spent a long sojourn in Los Angeles, where he moved to escape media scrutiny, but found that difficult as well.

Thorpedo3_2_2Added Thorpe: "One other thing happened in LA, as I got physically fit, my mind also got fit, I started asking a lot of questions. And I started to look at myself as a person. That begged another question: What would my life be without swimming? It's been a security net for me. But what it's meant is I haven't balanced out my life the way I should. So I realised I had to prove other things and let swimming take a back seat at this stage. I'm looking at a next phase, and that next phase means I am realigning the most important thing for me to do. Swimming falls somewhere short, which is never the way it used to be."

He also said a return to competitive swimming was unlikely: "I won't rule it out, I never rule anything out, but it's not going to happen. It's emotional because I see my entire swimming career flash before my eyes. I've had a great career. It isn't the best time to be walking away from the sport but it's my time."

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Ian Thorpe Back to Stroking It in Sydney


The Australian Olympian is back in training mode, emerging from the water in Port Hacking, just south of Sydney. After a sojourn in Los Angeles, Thorpe is looking to get back in competitive shape. The swimmer was criticized while in L.A. for what some saw as a lazy, extravagant break. Says his former coach: "It doesn't matter what anyone says, the public will expect him to be at the top."

And if anything can get him there, it's those long arms and gigantic feet.

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News: Bob Ney Guilty, Bush Lifts Hastert, Brand Beckham Fades

road.jpg Another one bites the dust. Rep. Bob Ney (R-OH) pleaded guilty to conspiracy and making false statements in the Abramoff influence-peddling scandal: "He acknowledged taking money, gifts and favors in return for official actions on behalf of Abramoff and his clients." Congressional leaders said they would expel Ney unless he steps down on his own.

Becks_police_1road.jpg David Beckham dropped as face of Police Sunglasses, replaced by Antonio Banderas: "Antonio was seen as more of an alpha male. The brand was more keen to have a personality which meant more to US audiences."

road.jpg Michael Jackson drags himself out in a bonnet and heels.

road.jpg Chicago Gay Games souvenirs to be sold to public in effort to close $200,000 budget shortfall.

Thorpedo_3road.jpg Ian Thorpe is back in Australia, and he's hungry, say coaches.

road.jpg Bush appearance gives life to Dennis Hastert. Prez: "Before I liberate the speaker so he doesn’t have to stand up here for that long, Speaker, I want to say this to you. I am proud to be standing with the current speaker of the House who is going to be the future speaker of the House.”

road.jpg Hartford, Connecticut sees surge in gay population. City now ranks 10th in the nation: "Next door is a gay man, diagonally across the street is another gay male couple, down the block to the right is another lesbian couple. This is a very rich, diverse community." It's up in Iowa too.

road.jpg March against hate crimes takes place in Glens Falls, New York to honor the memory of Mathew Shepard.

News: Posh and Katie, Gay Depression, Prince Charles Praise

road.jpg Following a court ruling that said a same-sex Rhode Island couple can marry in Massachusetts, the Providence-based lesbians did just that: "Becker's mother, Marjorie, stood near the women, reminding them to hold their bouquets at their stomachs, not their chests. Her father, William, couldn't stop saying how proud he was of his daughter and soon-to-be daughter-in-law. 'It's rare that you can change the world,' he said."

road.jpg Lost stars Dominic Monaghan and Evangeline Lilly to marry.

Posh_holmesroad.jpg Stepford Wives unite: the mirror has two faces.

road.jpg Olympian Ian Thorpe is back in Australia after his three-month stay in Los Angeles. Thorpe had wanted to spend some time in the United States to escape the media glare but ended up getting just the opposite.

road.jpg Taiwanese Survey: "Almost 13 percent of homosexual college students are suffering from severe depression and are three times more likely to attempt suicide than their heterosexual counterparts."

road.jpg Prince Charles praises the late openly gay priest Harry Williams in foreword to a newly-published book of his essays, Living Free: "Harry Williams proved to be a star; a man of intense humanity and warmth whose humour and originality created an aura of approachability. His courageous willingness to open up his inner soul and being and to speak from the heart about his own experience of the vicissitudes, complications and agonies of life struck a powerful and immediate chord with huge numbers of undergraduates."


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