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04/19/2007


News: Sandy, Frank Lloyd Wright, Rubio, Peek-A-Boo

1NewsIcon Is Bryce Chandler Joe Simpson's secret gay lover?

WrightHouse1NewsIcon A couple in Phoenix, Arizona, are preparing to do battle with preservationists trying to grant landmark status to a Frank Lloyd Wright home they want to demolish for profit: "Just as Mr. Sells and Mr. Hoffman prepared to close on the deal, preservationists involved in protecting Wright’s legacy reached out to the city, asking that the house be considered for landmark status. Mr. Sells, 50, a technology entrepreneur, said he had no idea of its significance, or of the difference 'between Frank Lloyd Wright and the Wright brothers.'"

1NewsIcon Ellen DeGeneres gives Halle Berry a spidery scare.

1NewsIcon Hurricane Sandy is a'coming.

1NewsIcon The storm's Caribbean death toll is 48.

Tremors1NewsIcon 1990s horror movies, a retrospective.

1NewsIcon Pennsylvania lawmakers don't appear interested in the ongoing gay marriage debates swirling around them.

1NewsIcon Alicia Silverstone says her first boyfriend was gay: "I've had so many crushes on gay boys. My first love was so gay, and I didn't know. I used to defend him because everyone would say he was gay, but he'd say he wasn't. Then, about six years later, he had the big talk with me."

1NewsIcon Peek-a-boo explained.

1NewsIcon The Carrie Diaries, a "prequel" to Sex and the City, has released a season preview and cast a love interest, a love interest we all know won't stand the test of time.

1NewsIcon Gay activists in Jamaica taking on colonial era "buggery laws": "The legal challenge is being taken to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, which is modelled on the European Court of Human Rights. Jamaica is not a full member and any ruling would only be advisory and not binding; it would, nonetheless, send out a strong signal of international disapproval."

Rubio1NewsIcon Good, sticky line from Romney supporter Marco Rubio about President Obama's policies: "They’re the ideas that have failed every time they’ve been tried. They’re expensive ideas. They’re the ideas of countries that people come here to get away from."

1NewsIcon Gay men make great husbands, according to ladies interviewed by The Hindustan Times.

1NewsIcon Check out the new video for Nicki Minaj's "Va-Va-Voom".


Jamaican Reggae Star Beenie Man Begs for Forgiveness for Years of Singing Gays Should Be Killed: VIDEO

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In a new video, Jamaican dancehall singer Beenie Man is begging for forgiveness for lyrics he has performed throughtout his career calling for violent deaths to gays and lesbians.

Says Beenie Man in the video, in part:

"Let me make this clear and straight. I have nothing against no one. I respect each and every human being, regardless of which race or creed, regardless of which religious belief you believe in, and regardless of which sexual preference you are, including gays and lesbian people. I respect all human...Please I am begging you do not have me up for some songs I wrote a long time ago. I love each and every one and am just begging each and everyone to do the same."

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

Beenie's lyrics have called for death to gay people. The Guardian wrote, about the words on a 2004 album:

They include lyrics such as "Hang chi chi gal wid a long piece of rope" [Hang lesbians with a long piece of rope] and "Tek a bazooka and kill batty-f**ker" [Take a bazooka and kill gay men].

Beenie Man has been subject to protests for years for the lyrics, as have other Jamaican "murder music" singers like Buju Banton.

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News: Antarctica, Gisele Bundchen, Patriots, Miley Cyrus, Dyncorp

RoadHomophobia endemic in Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan...

DrillingRoadScientists drilling in Antarctica reach subglacial lake isolated from the rest of the world for 20 million years.

RoadGisele Bundchen throws shade at Tom Brady's receivers: "My husband cannot f**king throw the ball and catch the ball at the same time. I can't believe they dropped the ball so many times."

RoadUK government warns of increase in mouth cancer from two glasses of wine: "The adverts will say that those who regularly drink six units in a day double their chance of high blood pressure and triple the risk of developing mouth cancer."

RoadMilitary contractor Dyncorp adopts LGBT-inclusive non-discrimination policy.

RoadFrancis Bean Cobain's sad testimony about Courtney Love: "(Love) has taken drugs for as long as I can remember. She basically exists now on…Xanax, Adderall, Sonata and Abilify, sugar and cigarettes. She rarely eats… She often falls asleep in her bed while she is smoking, and I am constantly worried that she will start a fire (which she has done at least three times) that will threaten our lives."

RoadNow You See Me: Mark Ruffalo shoots in New Orleans.

MorelosRoadRafael Morelos, a gay teen in Wenatchee, Washington commits suicide after being bullied. "He was tired of people saying that his little brothers would follow in his footsteps and be gay too."

RoadNeil Patrick Harris and David Burtka refuse to 'baby talk' their twins: "My parents always talked to my brother and myself like we were regular people and not babies. So I don't talk down to them in baby talk. I try to talk to them even though they can't speak the language yet."

RoadVows: John Banta and Daniel O'Donnell.

RoadLISTEN: Sam Sparro's new track "The Shallow End".

RoadJamaican gay rights activist discusses gang rape of lesbians at London talk: “When we find out about these cases (involving gay women), they are usually so horrible that they rise up to the level of having to be reported. There was one instance where a gang of four men raped a lesbian because they said she was ‘taking over all good looking women.' They cut her genitals, so she could ‘better take men’ because ‘that is why she was a lesbian’."

RoadTumblr: Bearded boys with cats. (via omg)

RoadMale model fix: Alfred Kovac.

Light_gronkowskiRoadNew England Patriots' Matt Light and Rob Gronkowski drown Super Bowl sorrows with some shirtless dancing.

RoadGOP Congressman from Louisiana Jon Fleming cites Onion article about abortion factory as fact.

RoadJoe Manganiello and Josh Bowman beefed up Rolling Stone's Super Bowl party.

RoadBroward-based author/activist Deon Davis, whose teenage son Rashad came out publicly in 2009, writes open letter to One Million Moms condemning them for telling JC Penney to fire Ellen DeGeneres. "I am appalled to see your protest of hate, for One Million Moms Organization to take a stand against a human being that is an abiding citizen, a leader in her community, a role model, a philanthropist and at best a married woman is a form of hatred and discrimination."

RoadMiley Cyrus speaks out for LGBT equality in Glamour: "I believe every American should be allowed the same rights and civil liberties. Without legalized same-sex marriage, most of the time you cannot share the same health benefits, you are not considered next of kin and you are not granted the same securities as a heterosexual couple. How is this different than having someone sit in the back of the bus because of their skin color?"


Jamaica's New PM Portia Simpson-Miller Speaks Out for LGBT Rights, Says Gays Welcome in Her Cabinet: VIDEO

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Jamaica's new Prime Minister Portia Simpson-Miller is being sworn in today, and has made her support for LGBT rights very clear. Here's what she said in a debate in December:

"Our administration believes in protecting the human rights of all Jamaicans. No one should be discriminated against because of their sexual orientation. Government should provide the protection...."

Simpson-Miller says she would allow gay people to serve in her cabinet: "I certainly do not pry or do I have any intention of prying in the private business of anyone. I would appoint anyone with the ability, the capacity, and the capability to manage, in my cabinet."

Watch progress in action, AFTER THE JUMP...

(clip via think progress lgbt)

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NEWS: Gingrich Cries, Mexico Marries, And Katy And Russell Split

Katyrussell Road It's over: America's worst singer and Britain's worst comedian to divorce.

Road Newt Gingrich tears up discussing mother.

Road The scheduled end of the world next year will be excellent for Mexico's tourist industry.

Road Cancun to exploit vague legal verbiage to perform gay weddings, attract tourists.

Road The NYT on the fine line Obama walks on LGBT issues:

Mr. Obama’s strategy, administration officials and gay-rights advocates said, reflects two conflicting forces. He recognizes that support for gay rights and same-sex marriage is growing, particularly among young voters.

But he is reluctant in an election year to be drawn into a culture-war issue — one that reliably helps Republicans turn out evangelical voters in their favor and that also strikes a particular nerve with religious black voters, a bedrock Obama constituency in battleground states like North Carolina and Florida.

PattiSmith Road The 10 best physics books of 2011.

Road Happy birthday, Patti Smith. Catch some vintage, savage Smithery AFTER THE JUMP ...

Road The AP's big story on the plight of LGBT seniors:

Experts say many gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender seniors fear discrimination, disrespect or worse by health care workers and residents of elder housing facilities — ultimately leading many back into the closet after years of being open.

That anxiety takes on new significance as the first of the 77 million baby boomers turns 65 this year. At least 1.5 million seniors are gay, a number expected to double by 2030, according to SAGE, the New York-based group Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders.

Road "Sista P" to return to Jamaican leadership after "landslide" election.

Road Neal Polack knew Christopher Hitchens better than anybody:

It was 1972, the height of our mutual virility. He and I went to a pub to celebrate his most recent intellectual victory over the establishment press. I intimated that sometimes women could be funny on purpose. Even back then, the thought enraged him. Hitchens threw a drink in my face, pressed a lit cigarette into my neck, and hit me over the head with a barstool. The next thing I knew, it was two days later and I was lying hogtied and naked beside the M5. Hitch had already severely damaged my reputation in a vicious essay in the Guardian. But that’s how he operated, and that’s why we loved him.

Road Need a New Year's resoluton? Presenting Paul Angelo, gay matchmaker and noted crazyperson, who suggests an "urgent" moratorium on anal intercourse. (HT: Michelangelo Signorile)

Road Longform.org names the 10 best long-form sex stories of 2011. I wrote one of them!

Continue reading "NEWS: Gingrich Cries, Mexico Marries, And Katy And Russell Split" »


Jamaica's Anti-Sodomy Law Challenged for First Time

The organization AIDS Free World is mounting a legal challenge to Jamaica's laws criminalizing homosexuality, arguiing that it "feeds a homophobic society in which gays and lesbians are harassed, mocked, vilified, beaten and killed simply because of their sexual orientation," Care2 reports:

JamaicaThe group has submitted a petition at the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) on behalf of two Jamaican gay men whose names are being withheld to protect their safety.

Representing the petitioners will be a very high-powered legal team including Lord Anthony Gifford, who practices in both Jamaica and the UK and was counsel on a similar and successful case before the European Court of Human Rights, and pro bono attorneys from the US firm Thompson Hine and the Law Center at Nova Southeastern University.

Their argument will be that by criminalizing homosexuality, Jamaica is in violation of international human rights laws which it is a signatory to, such as the American Convention on Human Rights.

A similar challenge is also underway in Belize.


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