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Watch: Rare Sumatran Tiger Video Prompts Calls to Save Habitat

Tigers

Conservationists are renewing calls to save an Indonesian forest after camera traps recorded a record 12 endangered Sumatran tigers in the area in the space of two months, AFP reports:

The video, recorded in March and April, shows two mothers with four cubs and another six of the critically endangered big cats in the Bukit Tigapuluh wildlife reserve in eastern Sumatra.

"That was the highest number of tigers and tiger images obtained... we've ever experienced," WWF tiger researcher Karmila Parakkasi said in a statement.

The WWF said the 12 tigers were concentrated in locations with good forest cover, including in a land concession belonging to Barito Pacific Timber, which it described as a wood supplier to regional giant Asia Pulp and Paper (APP).

Said the WWF's forest and species programme director Anwar Purwoto: "WWF calls for all concessions operating in this area to abandon plans to clear this forest and protect areas with high conservation value."

There are less than 400 Sumatran tigers in the wild.

Watch the video footage, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Out Gay Indonesian Granted Stay of Deportation

Anton

Philadelphia couple Anton Tanumihardja and his partner, Brian Andersen, were set to be split apart today despite Anton's continuing pleas for asylum.

Newsworks reported on Friday:

Anton would seem to have a compelling case for asylum.  Anton is gay, which doesn't go over well in Indonesia.  The gay community there is forced underground.  Anton recounts a time some of his friends were at a secretly planned gay party, which was raided by Muslim extremists.  The partygoers fled, and some were seriously injured.  He was almost at that party, but the ever-industrious Anton didn't want to miss work.

"They attacked inside the building where all the gay people were just having a meeting, and then everybody had to run to save their life," he recalls.  "My friend had to stay in the hospital because he tried to jump through the fence and scratched his arm."

If being gay weren't enough, Anton is also ethnically Chinese and Catholic.  All three make him a minority and potential target of violence in Indonesia.

Lavi Soloway of Stop the Deportations writes to tell us that Anton's deportation has been granted a last minute stay:

"Therefore ICE will extend the Stay .. until a decision is made by the BIA [Board of Immigration Appeals] on his Motion to Reopen."

Watch an interview with Anton and Brian, AFTER THE JUMP...

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President Obama Had a Gay Nanny Who Joined a Drag Troupe

From a NYT article on Obama's visit Tuesday to Jakarta, Indonesia, where he lived as a boy from 1967 to 1971:

Obama Mr. Obama’s family rented the guest house inside a compound belonging to a prominent physician. There, according to the neighborhood’s longtime residents, the young Obama, who had already experienced differences in class and religion in his short stay in Indonesia, was exposed to another aspect of Jakarta’s diversity.

His nanny was an openly gay man who, in keeping with Indonesia’s relaxed attitudes toward homosexuality, carried on an affair with a local butcher, longtime residents said. The nanny later joined a group of transvestites called Fantastic Dolls, who, like the many transvestites who remain fixtures of Jakarta’s streetscape, entertained people by dancing and playing volleyball.

(via gawker)


News: Halloween, Domestic Violence, Glenn Burke, Ricky Martin

 road Ricky Martin shifts into PR gear for his new book which hits shelves later this week. On Wednesday morning he'll make an appearance on The View but, most notably, his interview with Oprah Winfrey will air the day before.

Gaga  road Lady Gaga dresses up as a little monster for Halloween.

 road Celebrities get in the Halloween spirit.

 road Stephen Fry claims to know straight women: "I feel sorry for straight men. The only reason women will have sex with them is that sex is the price they are willing to pay for a relationship with a man, which is what they want. Of course, a lot of women will deny this and say, 'Oh no, but I love sex, I love it!' But do they go around having it the way that gay men do?"

 road Julianne Moore on gay parents: "I really think a two-parent family is the goal. I think whether they are men or women, or a man and a woman it's all pretty good."

 road Hate crime: wig snatched off of Fargo drag performer JustNtyme's head after assailant calls him a "faggot."

 road Courage Campaign mounts drive against Texas television station for its homophobic newscast about marriage equality.

 road 1,000 protest gay pride in Moscow.

Volc  road Amazing photos of Mount Merapi erupting yesterday in Indonesia.

 road 30,000 people in Taiwan celebrate gay pride.

 road Is this really a time traveller walking in front of Grauman’s Chinese theater during the premiere of the Charlie Chaplin movie, “The Circus?”

 road Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer's movie night.

 road The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs releases report on LGBT domestic partner violence in the United States: "The report found that LGBTQ domestic/intimate partner violence reports rose 15% since 2008 and is a pervasive social problem at a time when LGBTQ-specific programs were losing staff or closing altogether due to the economic crisis. In 2009, NCAVP documented 6 murders related to LGBTQ domestic/intimate partner violence, representing a 50% rise since 2007."

 road Watch the trailer for Out: The Glenn Burke Story, a documentary about the first openly gay MLB player.

 road Zach Galifianakis smoked during a live taping of Real Time with Bill Maher - and I don't mean a cigarette.


News: Sharks, Glee, Kellan Lutz, Mark Zuckerberg

 road The Q! Film Festival, the only one of its kind in the Muslim world, hopes to pull in 15,000 participants.

Shark  road Did the BP oil spill displace whale sharks in the Gulf? "The Gulf oil spill fouled a vital stretch of feeding habitat for whale sharks, possibly killing some of the world's largest fish, new research suggests. An estimated 4.9 million barrels of oil (one barrel equals 42 gallons, or 159 liters) flowed into an area south of the Mississippi River Delta, where of one-third of all northern Gulf of Mexico (map) whale shark sightings have occurred in recent years, scientists say."

 road Chicago's Windy City Times publisher Tracy Baim does not believe print is dead and says this vabout her paper: "We try to be where the readers are. And for now, some readers also want print, as do our advertisers."

 road James Franco suits up for a screening of Howl.

 road Here's one way to not get out of being tasered by police.

 road The revolving door that is Lindsay Lohan's jail cell...

Lutz  road Kellan Lutz gets oral with his toothpick.

 road The gay support youth group Indiana Youth Group has slapped Indiana's Bureau of Motor Vehicles with a lawsuit for denying it a specialty license plate.

 road Here's a video preview of next week's upcoming Britney Spears episode of Glee.

 road It's hard not to believe that Mark Zuckerberg recent $100 million donation to schools in New Jersey is not merely a way to improve the Facebook CEO's negative portrayal in the upcoming movie The Social Network. Putting a more human face while appearing on Oprah ain't a bad thing, either.

 road Indian actor who took part in that country's first on-screen gay kiss has been disowned by his family.

 road Very upsetting - Bullied gay 13-year old attempts suicide: "The bullying might have been what led him to try to take his own life, friends said. The boy hanged himself at his own home from a tree and has been on life support since Sunday, according to the Tehachapi Police Department."


Gay Conference in Asia Shut Down By Extremists

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A mob of Islamist extremistists convinced local police in Indonesia to raid the first ever conference for gays and lesbians in that country, shutting it down on it's first day. The International Lesbian and Gay Association (ILGA) event was being held in the city of Surabaya and was scheduled to end today.

The Gay City News reports:

"According to Indonesian newspapers, the mob was organized jointly by the Islamic Defenders Front (FPI) –– which has a long history of attacking Indonesian LGBT people and was described by the Jakarta Post as a “radical” group of 'hardline' fundamentalists –– and the Indonesian Council of Ulema, an association of Muslim clerics."

ILGA’s co-secretary-general, Renato Sabbadini, described the violent invasion of the hotel where attendees were guests:

“'The rule of law was basically suspended during the occupation by the Islamists, and both the police and the hotel management gave in completely to the demands of the mob’s leaders, who threatened to call in reinforcements if their demands were not met,' he added. 'The hotel management even went so far as to give a complete list of the conference participants staying in the hotel to the mob.'"

“Later that evening, mob members conducted a floor-by-floor sweep of the hotel, going to the rooms of conference participants to make sure they had left.”

According to Asia News, "the members of ILGA had chosen Surayaba as the site of the event because of its atmosphere of tolerance."


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