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04/19/2007


Towleroad Guide to the Tube #1004

ORIGAMI APARTMENT: When NYC space is at a premium.

TIME-LAPSE: 24 hours in Dubai.

KATY PERRY: Flute-dub fail.

MARRIAGE NEWS WATCH: Matt Baume with the latest on Washington, Maryland, Oregon, and Maine. And goings-on in Australia.

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Towleroad Guide to the Tube: #821

TIM PAWLENTY: His Jerry Bruckheimer movie book. Writes Jim Geraghty: "If we have to send somebody up in a space shuttle to blow up an asteroid on course to destroy the earth, I say we send former Minnesota governor Tim Pawlenty."

LOU ENGLE: Pray for the "ex-gay" conversion of Ellen DeGeneres.

NYC INTERIOR DESIGNERS: It Gets Better.

SO MANY MONKEYS: It's feedin' time.

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Florida Cop Fired for Porn Gig to Sue Department for Discrimination

Michael Verdugo, the Hollywood, Florida police officer  and HGTV Design Star contestant who was suspended in July 2008 after his participation in a 1996 gay porn bondage video caught up with him, wants his police job back:

Verdugo "Now, Verdugo has asked his attorney, Alberto Milian, to file a civil lawsuit against Hollywood Police for wrongful termination and discrimination. 'When you're a gay cop in a paramilitary organization like law enforcement, a lot of discrimination exists,' said Milian, a Coral Gables criminal defense attorney who also specializes in labor law for police officers and firefighters. 'He was a damn good cop. This guy was an asset and there's no doubt his talents were very useful to the people of Hollywood.' The city denies firing Verdugo -- a onetime undercover officer -- because he is gay.' This had nothing to do with Mike Verdugo's sexuality. It had to do with his honesty. The application process to become a police officer is very arduous,' Hollywood spokeswoman Raelin Storey said. Hollywood Police Chief Chad Wagner determined Verdugo had not been honest on his application for omitting the porn film, Storey said, and 'that was why he was let go.' Verdugo said he never gave thought to putting the movie on his résumé‚ when he first became a Lauderhill cop in 1999, or when he applied to the Hollywood department two years later. He believes his sexual orientation had plenty to do with his firing, that if a male cop appeared nude in a straight porn film his police buddies would be 'high-fiving him in the hallway.'"

Previously...
Police Dept. Puts Officer on Leave Over Alleged Porn Past [tr]


News: Maine, Carmen Rupe, Poison, Scott Fujita, Algae, Lady Gaga

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Maine feels isolated in marriage equality battle. Help them out here.

Algae

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Bio-fuel algae high-rise ascends in Boston.

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Bitch-slapped over wood: bring this gay interior design duo to America!

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Tom Ford's A Single Man to open in limited release on December 11.

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The NYT profiles AIDS activist Sean Strub.

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Gay divorce case: Right-wing Texans valiantly try to preserve a same-sex marriage. "As Evan Wolfson of Freedom to Marry says, 'the irony is that the antigay forces are so opposed to gay relationships they won’t even let us out of them.’'"

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T.R. Knight talks about Parade and life after Grey's Anatomy: "I just want to be lucky enough to work, and to work with people I admire. I love acting. I love doing work that is challenging -- and slightly terrifying."

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Zac Efron twinks out on Nylon Guys magazine.

Carmen

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Carmen Rupe, New Zealand's top drag queen, turns 74: "She opened a string of businesses throughout Wellington - coffee lounges, nightclubs and brothels. But for the first time, they were places that were openly gay and indiscriminating. 'Treated everyone the same, no one was better than the other, whether you were socialite society or down the gutter you know you're all the same to me,' says Carmen."

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U.S. Office of Personnel Management Director John Berry talks to Out & Equal Workplace Advocates in Florida.

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Viggo Mortensen steps out with his murse.

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Taylor Lautner gets wet and shirtless for Rolling Stone.

Gaga

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Lady Gaga gets an eye job.

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More on Cheyenne Jackson and 30 Rock.

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New Orleans Saints linebacker Scott Fujita is not only a friend to the gays, he's also a shirtless stud.

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How gay PR man Howard Bragman helps actors say, "I'm gay."

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Poison plot in the UK: "A gay man tried to poison his lesbian neighbours by putting slug pellets into their curry after he was accused of kidnapping their three-legged cat. Gary Stewart, 37, had been at loggerheads with Marie Walton and Beverley Sales for months. But things looked brighter when he made a peace offering of some curry, claiming he had ordered too much from the Indian takeaway. When the women started to eat, they found the curry studded with slug pellets. They called the police and Stewart was arrested."

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Maine education commissioner asks Attorney General to settle whether the state's marriage equality law will affect schools: “The commissioner felt it would be helpful to put this issue to rest."


Police Dept. Puts Officer on Leave Over Alleged Porn Past

News of Hollywood, Florida police officer and HGTV Design Star contestant Michael Verdugo's alleged participation in gay bondage porn videos was reported earlier this week, and the news of his possible involvement has led to his suspension on administrative leave from the police department:

Verdugo"Verdugo joined the police force in 2001, five years after the movie was filmed. 'He's a great cop with a distinguished record of serving this community for many years,' said Al Milian, Verdugo's attorney. Milian would not deny or confirm Verdugo's possible involvement in the film. 'I think every police officer during their career are subject to investigations. The overwhelming number of allegations are always found to be unfounded,' Milian said. Milian said that ever since Verdugo's sexual orientation was revealed in 2004, he has dealt with discrimination and harassment. 'I think when you have a certain lifestyle in the 21st century, you're always going to be subject to heightened scrutiny,' Milian said...Milian said he is prepared to defend Verdugo's record and outstanding contribution to the community."

Here is what got him in trouble (it's most definitely NSFW).

Verdugo's finalist audition tape for Design Star, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Gus Mattox Still Working with Wood, and Building his Future

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The New York Times looks at how Tom Judson, who many of you may know as porn actor Gus Mattox, leapt from his adult film retirement in 2005 to a career in house-flipping in upstate New York, renovating homes with a talent he learned using his own handiwork skills and some books:

Judson"Mr. Judson's new business, Acme Housing (slogan: 'Yesterday’s Homes ... Today!'), came about accidentally. He bought a 700-square-foot cottage in Cairo, N.Y., in 2005 for $50,000, renovated it and moved in before realizing that he could not really keep two houses in the area. So he sold the Cairo cottage for $110,000 and headed back to the woods. 'Seeing the profit I made from the sale was my Aha! moment,' he said, and he realized 'that this hare-brained scheme might just be something to make money from.' The Cairo project was followed by a bungalow in Coxsackie, N.Y., which he bought in late 2006 for $72,000, quickly gave a quaint Arts-and-Crafts-inspired makeover and sold the next spring for $161,000. Much of the pleasure he takes in the work, he said, has to do with 'taking a house that most people consider not worth saving and giving it a new life.' He went on: 'I’ve passed on quite a few houses because, even though there was money to be made, I didn’t think I’d enjoy working on them. You know, if being responsible were a priority of mine, my résumé of the past 30 years would be totally different.'"

Sure beats traveling the country doing local theater productions of "Making Porn" which seems to be the route of other gay adult film stars.

Acme Housing [official site]
Now Rated R (for Resale) [nyt]
(via fleshbot site NSFW)


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