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04/19/2007


News: Playgirl, China, Brokeback, McGreevey, Amsterdam, Facebook

road.jpg China: Police raid gay bathhouse in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province and arrest 40 on suspicion of prostitution: "Photos of young men in shorts were pasted at the entrance to the venue, which had a bathroom, a lobby and 10 single rooms. A sign at the gate warned visitors that the premises were for men's leisure only. More than 30 police officers raided the house after receiving evidence. Two men were caught having sex with each other on the scene, and were seized with other patrons. A man surnamed Zhang, 47, from Shanxi Province, was charged with paying to have sex with sex worker Shao, 23, from Jiangsu Province at the bath house. Both were punished for involvement in prostitution, police said..."

Playgirlroad.jpg Playgirl magazine to shutter print operation, go "web-only"...

road.jpg Will it be Evan Bayh? Here are the latest odds according to one gambling site.

road.jpg Columnist Robert Novak retires from journalism, calls brain tumor prognosis "dire".

road.jpg Actor Morgan Freeman hospitalized after car accident: "The 71-year-old Dark Knight actor’s car reportedly went off the road and flipped several times reports, according to the Mississippi Highway Patrol. 'The doors were jammed on the vehicle from the rolling and flipping,' Mississippi Highway patrol sergeant Ben Williams said. 'We had to break the doors open with the jaws of life to extract him.'" Film cursed?

road.jpg Rainbow flag stolen from Kirkland, Washington church.

road.jpg New York gay couples following wedding bells to Massachusetts: "While some New Yorkers have flown across the country to marry in California since May, when that state became the nation’s second to approve same-sex marriage, gay-rights advocates expect many more to do the same in Massachusetts, since it is so much closer. 'We call it the Amtrak option, as opposed to the Jet Blue option,' said Cathy Renna, a communications consultant to gay and lesbian organizations." Actually, you can take Jet Blue to Massachusetts though you may lose everything.

Camproad.jpg Canadian summer camp for gay and lesbian youth inspires national movement.

road.jpg Brokeback: Big Brother 10's gay cowboy Steven selling his clothes on eBay. (Someone bought his cut off T-shirt for $1,075!)

road.jpg Brokeback is now Chinese shorthand for gay.

road.jpg McGreevey divorce finalization expected imminently.

road.jpg Dutch cabinet ministers join Gay Pride canal flotilla in Amsterdam: "The initiative was taken by Education and Culture Minister Ronald Plasterk of the Dutch Labour party, who is also responsible for gender equality. 'The government focuses attention on important social issues. This is one of them.'"

road.jpg Madonna brings documentary home to Michigan, gives good face.

Radclifferoad.jpg All Dan: Equus Broadway promos ditch horse, girl.

road.jpg A scheduled meeting between gay Mormon support group and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints has been delayed indefinitely: "In a letter sent July 23, Fred C. Riley, the outgoing director of LDS Family Services, said the matter would best be handled by his successor, who hasn't been selected. LDS Family Services is an arm of the Salt Lake City-based denomination."

road.jpg Refugee seekers turning to Facebook to prove sexual orientation: "Wearing their sexuality on their sleeve was never an option for many of these people back in their home countries, so scrounging up suitable evidence to support their claims may be difficult. Claimants cite torture, rape, and even death if they are returned home. So they have to get inventive. The group leader tells his members to use technology to their advantage and feels Facebook can help demonstrate involvement in the gay and lesbian community. 'During Pride we took hundreds of pictures and we have a Facebook group and when people sign up to that group we encourage them to show their membership to the IRB member.'"

road.jpg Scientists measure Great White Shark's bite: "The fearsome predator's chomp is around three times more powerful than a lion's, at least 20 times stronger than a human's and just over half as strong as Tyrannosaurus rex."


News: Burger King, Alek, Keshishian, Rugby, Cuba, Kevin Spacey

road.jpg Cuba to offer free gender reassignment surgery under national healthcare plan: "Cuban doctors are currently training with Belgian surgeons, said Mariela Castro, daughter of President Raul Castro and director of CENESEX, Cuba's sex education center, who also said that 28 people are seeking the procedure, last performed in 1988 to massive public protest."

Rugbyroad.jpg Dublin bookies taking bets on Bingham Cup gay rugby tournament.

road.jpg Robert Downey, Jr.: Burger King saved my life.

road.jpg World Health Organization says threat of global heterosexual AIDS pandemic over: "Dr De Cock, an epidemiologist who has spent much of his career leading the battle against the disease, said understanding of the threat posed by the virus had changed. Whereas once it was seen as a risk to populations everywhere, it was now recognised that, outside sub-Saharan Africa, it was confined to high-risk groups including men who have sex with men, injecting drug users, and sex workers and their clients."

Gerard Butler to star in stage sequel to Phantom of the Opera?

road.jpg New Philadelphia police commissioner Charles H. Ramsey implementing policies to make officers, community, feel safer: "My goal is to create an environment where officers don't feel intimidated in any way. If they want to acknowledge [their sexuality], they should feel comfortable doing it." Also, "[LGBT people] don't have faith that the police will do something (if a hate crime is reported). We want to make sure they feel comfortable telling us about any issue that needs to be addressed...We need to be very sensitive to that."

road.jpg Olivia Newton-John headlines Gay Pride in Los Angeles.

Jaranroad.jpg New Provincetown police chief walks daily Commercial street beat: "We’re going to take an aggressive approach, and hate crimes will not be tolerated on any level...Certainly [I haven’t worked in such a heavily gay community] to the extent that I have here in Provincetown, but I’m not shy about it. I feel we need to provide a safe haven, a safe environment. I know there have been a few incidents over the years that have given the community of Provincetown a black eye. I don’t want to see that continue. ... We’re going to take an aggressive approach, and hate crimes will not be tolerated on any level. But I do try to put a positive spin on things, and a lot of good things have happened as well."

road.jpg Shots ring out in Montreal's gay village. Four arrested.

road.jpg 250 same-sex couples signed up so far to marry in San Diego County in June: "The most popular location is the County Administration Center in downtown San Diego. There are 186 wedding appointments at the center so far. Clerk Greg Smith is shifting employees around to meet the demand and said he will be able to handle about 300 weddings a day."

Madonnatruthroad.jpg Filmmaker Alek Keshishian on board for sequel to 1991's Madonna documentary Truth or Dare: "And the film will act as a reunion for Madonna - she has reportedly signed up most of the original production team for the new venture. Keshishian is set to film the superstar over three weeks as she goes about her day-to-day life in London, according Britain's The London Paper. A source tells the publication, 'It's like an In Bed With Madonna but made for today. She leads an amazing, high-paced life now and Alex thought the time was right to do another documentary of her life and career.' The original documentary followed the star as she embarked on her hit 1990 Blonde Ambition tour, and proved a hit with fans, grossing £29 million (£14.5 million) at the global box office."

road.jpg Heatherette to design costumes for "Sticky and Sweet" tour?

road.jpg Dina Matos McGreevey jealous that her daughter is enjoying the good life?

road.jpg Kevin Spacey refuses to travel light: "He's got bodyguards, several publicists, a makeup artist, a personal hairdresser, someone who's styling him. There are so many people, it's ridiculous."

Flagroad.jpg Binghamton, New York mayor raises gay flag for first time.

road.jpg Melbourne gay rights activist and author Dennis Altman becomes Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in the Queen's Birthday honours list.

road.jpg Genre editor Neal Boulton takes on homophobic bully: ""I was at my bar American Trash last night and Neal Boulton was there. One of the usual meatheads got wasted and picked a fight with a guy he thought was a fag. He called him a fag. and some guy who we figured out later was Neil stepped in and gave the guy who called the gay guy a fag a major pounding out on the sidewalk. Boulton got hit pretty hard but slugged back big time. It was nothing till we realized who was fighting who and that Neal is gay and all. Dude had balls."t


News: Brazil, Vin Diesel, Red Wings, Lauren Hutton, 'Ex-Gays'

road.jpg Brief altercations reported at Tel Aviv gay pride: "The demonstrators held signs which read: 'Animals! You have nothing to be proud of, take your medication.'" Thousands attend...

Vinroad.jpg Vin Diesel is a daddy — literally.

road.jpg McGreevey lawyer during closing arguments: "She gets nothing!"

road.jpg Detroit Red Wings have a friend, and his name is Stanley.

road.jpg Following her Sex and the City gay sluts rant, Lauren Hutton has made another bizarre appearance, this time at Bravo's A-List awards.

road.jpg Archbishop of Uganda demands that "pro-gay bishops must apologise and renounce their support for sexual perversion" in order to mend rift in Church: "The Archbishop of Uganda, Henry Luke Orombi, made the appeal on Wednesday, while addressing journalists at the provincial headquarters in Namirembe, Kampala. He was announcing the departure of a team of Church of Uganda bishops to the Anglican Communion scheduled for June 22-29 in Jerusalem. According to Orombi, conservative Christians worldwide, who believe in the Bible, will meet in Jerusalem to 'prepare for an Anglican future in which the gospel is uncompromised and a Christ-centred mission is a top priority.'"

Brazilsoldierroad.jpg Gay Brazilian soldier who came out on national TV arrested after taping show for desertion from the army. AWOL or victimized?

road.jpg Gay activist slams Norther Irish politico's statement that gays and lesbians can be "turned around". Said the MP: "I have a very lovely psychiatrist who works with me in my offices and his Christian background is that he tries to help homosexuals - trying to turn away from what they are engaged in. I'm happy to put any homosexual in touch with this gentleman and I have met people who have turned around and become heterosexuals."

road.jpg Meet the Top 20 contestants on So You Think You Can Dance.

Brodyroad.jpg Brody Jenner kicks back in Hawaii.

road.jpg Isaac Mizrahi makes hair pomade at home.

road.jpg Brazil's first gay cruise!

road.jpg This weekend's Love Won Out "ex-gay" conference in Orlando to be protested by gay activists: "Protesters, organized by Parents, Families & Friends of Lesbians and Gays, will meet outside First Presbyterian Church in Orlando, where organizers say the conference is expected to draw about 500 participants. The conference coincides with Gay Days, which annually attracts thousands of gays to Orlando and Disney World."

road.jpg Videos of McCain's awful speech being removed from YouTube?


News: Britney Spears, Turkey, Tyra, NYPD, Jock Itch, Ricky Martin

road.jpg Religious right mounting opposition to NY marriage equality: "The Rev. Duane Motley of New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms says the Democratic governor is circumventing the Legislature and courts and slapping New Yorkers in the face. Motley says granting government benefits to gay couples will come at a cost to the state even as Paterson calls for cuts in spending because of looming deficits. Motley says Paterson shouldn't force the state to recognize gay marriages when they remain illegal in New York."

Tyraroad.jpg The New York Times takes on Tyra and her smiling eyes.

road.jpg Britney Spears to join Grease as Sandy on Broadway?

road.jpg Turkish court shuts down LGBT organization: "The court ordered the closure of the group for not eliminating words describing sexual identities of its members in its official name, Ergenc said. 'If we take out the words of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transvestites then it is not an association for them,' Ergenc said. The court found the association's name in violation of public morality."

road.jpg Does David Beckham have jock itch?

road.jpg Dina Matos McGreevey takes stand, talks about all the money she needs: "Matos McGreevey said she paid for her own car, insurance and clothes out of her salary as a hospital executive, estimated at $55,000 a year. She said being on the arm of a politician sometimes required three changes of clothes a day. Matos McGreevey's accountant, Kalman Barson, placed the value of their so-called gubernatorial lifestyle at $51,000 a month but acknowledged under cross-examination that he relied mostly on guesswork to derive the estimate. McGreevey's accountant puts the value of maintaining that lifestyle at a far more modest $16,000 a month."

road.jpg NYPD captain accused of flashing man in the subway.

Nutroad.jpg This dude supposedly has video of (real live!) 4-foot blinking alien that he'll show on Friday in Denver: "As impressive as it is, it's still one tiny portion in the context of a vast amount of peripheral evidence. It's really the final visual confirmation of what you already know to be true having seen all the other evidence...It shows an extraterrestrial's head popping up outside of a window at night, looking in the window, that's visible through an infrared camera." And, you know, it's definitely real because "an instructor at the Colorado Film School in Denver scrutinized the video 'very carefully' and determined it was authentic." Mmm hmm.

road.jpg She bangs: Hillary Clinton gets endorsement from Ricky Martin.

Cliveroad.jpg Clive Owen gets shirtless on balcony, world watches.

road.jpg Stephen Colbert grillls Family Research Council Pres Tony Perkins over same-sex marriage: "Many are shocked and outraged. I get the outrage, but shocked? That California is pro-gay? I assume these are the same people who were shocked when Elton John finally came out, even though he'd been wearing fuchsia sun goggles with windshield wipers for years."

road.jpg Supreme Court to hear case on Christian doctor who refused to perform artificial insemination on a lesbian.

road.jpg Al Gore's The Inconvenient Truth to become an opera: "La Scala officials say the Italian composer Giorgio Battistelli has been commissioned to produce an opera on the international multiformat hit for the 2011 season at the Milan opera house. The composer is currently artistic director of the Arena in Verona." Who's going to play the CO2?

road.jpg Glaceau, makers of Vitamin Water, to remove Red Bull-bashing slogan "Wings are for fairies" from its ad vehicles: "The slogan was a direct reference to a winged cartoon character in a competitive campaign, We apologize if our attempt at humor offended anyone in any way and we plan to remove this slogan from all vehicles as soon as possible."


McGreevey Owes His Partner $250K, Denies He's Dependent

Jim McGreevey is in a world of debt, according to testimony in the divorce trial yesterday.

McgreeveyThe NY Post reports: "Former New Jersey Gov. Jim McGreevey yesterday said he owes a quarter-million dollars to his boyfriend, but wants to pay child support for the daughter he has with his estranged wife, as well as for his first child. The nation's first openly gay governor denied, however, that he is financially dependent on boyfriend Mark O'Donnell. 'I want to pay child support. I want to fulfill my obligations,' McGreevey told a state judge during his third day of testimony in his divorce trial. 'Unfortunately, I have had to bankrupt myself to pay legal fees upon legal fees.' McGreevey said O'Donnell has lent him much of the legal costs, as well as the $3,000 that McGreevey is charged monthly for living in O'Donnell's Plainfield mansion."

The former New Jersey governor received a job offer from a talk radio station after testimony in the divorce case described him as "radioactive" in terms of employment following his "I am a gay American" speech.

New Jersey 101.5 FM offered him his own show, saying, "Gov. McGreevey has claimed that he is 'unemployable' and the management of New Jersey 101.5 simply does not believe this to be true."

McGreevey replied: "Thanks for the gracious offer, but I don't want to destroy your image."


News: Ted Kennedy, Bacon, Jason Giambi, Gloria Gaynor, HIV

road.jpg Senator Ted Kennedy diagnosed with malignant brain tumor: "Doctors for the Massachusetts Democrat say tests conducted after Kennedy suffered a seizure this weekend show a tumor in his left parietal lobe. Preliminary results from a biopsy of the brain identified the cause of the seizure as a malignant glioma, they said. His treatment will be decided after more tests but the usual course includes combinations of radiation and chemotherapy."

Damonroad.jpg New York Daily News provides New York Yankees with shipment of gold lamé thongs after revelation that Jason Giambi wears one when he is in a batting slump.

road.jpg Jean-Claude van Damme holds flexing show on balcony at Cannes.

road.jpg 25 years ago today, the HIV virus was identified in France.

road.jpg David Archuleta took Brooke White to his fake prom, but he also had other offers: "[David] Cook also asked if he could dance with me — that was a little awkward. So I said no."

road.jpg Judge reopens Okeechobee High School lawsuit over gay-straight alliance: "U.S. District Judge K. Michael Moore dismissed the case last month, saying the club's founder, Yasmin Gonzalez, no longer was affected by the school's decision because she has graduated. But Moore reversed the decision Friday, saying Gonzalez still has a stake in the case because she seeks nominal monetary damages. The judge also allowed current student Brittany Martin to become a plaintiff in the case against the school board of Okeechobee County. 'We are absolutely elated,' said Rob Rosenwald, an attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union, which represents the students. 'I know that the students at Okeechobee High School are very excited that their rights will be vindicated.'"

road.jpg Dina Matos McGreevey says Jim McGreevey didn't whore himself out enough after becoming famous: "The nation's first openly gay governor could have become a talk show host, pursued a movie deal or otherwise cashed in on his fame after a sex scandal forced him from office, a lawyer for his estranged wife argued Monday."

Gaynorroad.jpg Gloria Gaynor on being born again: "I had a backlash from gay fans for a tiny period. Because they didn't understand where I was coming from. Now they recognise that my beliefs are my beliefs and that I have no opinions separate from the Bible. There are areas that we agree to disagree on. It's as simple as that. I don't have a problem with them having their beliefs, because my feeling is that God gives each and every one of us the right to not even believe in him. So who am I to try to take that away from somebody? I will always try to share my faith with any person who is willing to listen. When I feel a wall go up, we can talk about something else ... and I will pray for you."

Wahlbergroad.jpg Apparently the only thing good about The Happening coming out are the Mark Wahlberg Men's Health photos that come with it, and even those leave a bit of skin to be desired.

road.jpg The California Assembly passes bill 45-23 marking May 22 as Harvey Milk day. It now moves on to the senate.

road.jpg Chocolate-covered bacon, anyone?

road.jpg Newly appointed Italian minister for equal opportunities and former Miss Italy contestant and television showgirl Mara Carfagna refuses to back a gay pride march because, according to her, it's pointless and gays no longer face discrimination: "Homosexuality is no longer a problem, at least not the way the organizers of these demonstrations would have us believe. Gay pride's only aim is official recognition for homosexual couples, on the same level with marriage. I cannot agree to that. Gone are the times when homosexuals were declared mentally ill...Today there is such a thing as integration into society."

road.jpg Is 90210 really America's favorite zip code?


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