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04/19/2007


Cinderfella, A Gay Equality Fairy Tale Pop Musical: VIDEO

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Season 9 American Idol contestant Todrick Hall pulled together an energetic retelling of the Cinderella fairy tale with a gay twist and a few other Disney characters thrown in for good measure.

Writes Hall: "I wanted to tell this famous fairy tale in a new and innovative way, combining familiar top 40's songs with classic Disney melodies. This story speaks volumes and I think that love is as classic as this fairy tale. It's time for us to legalize love in all shapes and colors."

The video features a colorful cast of characters including Lance Bass as Prince Charming, Janice Dickinson as the evil stepmother, Shangela and Willam Belli as the stepsisters, plus Glozell as the Fairy Godmother, Kimberly Cole as Jasmine, and Aubrey O’Day as Alice.

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News: Martina Navratilova, Asteroid, Net Neutrality, Adam Lambert

Road Virginia Governor McDonnell ripped for celebrating Confederate History Month.

RoadMartina Navratilova diagnosed with breast cancer. Expected to make full recovery: "I cried. It knocked me on my ass, really. I feel so in control of my life and my body, and then this comes, and it's completely out of my hands."

BaldazzleRoadWould you "baldazzle" yourself? "Levine's latest work is a Swarovski crystal headpiece which he calls his best design yet -- and may give Jennifer Love Hewitt's vajazzle a run for its money. It includes 1,000 crystals that are painstakingly placed one by one onto his scalp."

RoadHe dreamed a dreamthe male, Taiwanese answer to Susan Boyle.

Road  Newly-discovered asteroid to pass close to Earth on Thursday.

RoadJanice Dickinson to OUT magazine: "The gays need more money. My gays need more money for AIDS and AIDS research. Elton John, pediatric AIDS -- we need to find a cure for AIDS. I’m obsessed. Here’s the deal: I love my daughter, she’s out there, Mother’s Day is coming, Mother’s Day to all you queers, but we need to find more money for AIDS. That is why I decided to do music -- to raise money for AIDS, more research, and the cure for fucking AIDS. Thank you."

RoadDiffering accounts of anti-gay hate crime complicate case of Brooklyn man who faces deportation.

RoadSt. Vincent's hospital in Manhattan to close. One of first hospitals with dedicated services for HIV/AIDS patients.

RoadFinal ruling in Malawi gay couple's case coming May 18: "The court is now awaiting written submissions from both prosecutors and defence lawyers for the two accused after the couple chose to remain silent. Khumbo Magwira a court official said the magistrate has warned the two parties that although he values the submissions, he will still make his ruling even in the absence of them."

RoadMTV casting for a new bunch of Jersey Shore Guidos.

Hope  RoadCourt rules against Shepard Fairey in AP "Hope" case: "U.S. District Judge Alvin K. Hellerstein ruled in favor of The Associated Press in most of its requests for evidence, including when Fairey's lawyers first knew the AP had asserted that it holds the copyright to a photograph the image was based on. He said lawyers must disclose relevant documents that were deleted or destroyed from Fairey's files and when the deletions or destruction occurred.

RoadAdam Lambert to mentor American Idol contestants next week. Twitter: "Even though I'm just at the start of my recording career, I hope to lend some insight as one who's been thru the Idol adventure. Excited!!"

RoadUK conservative party leader David Cameron urged to explain party's stance on gay rights.

RoadJohn Amaechi slams Cameron: "As a black, gay man (amongst many other things) I was horrified that the only remotely brown face of Conservative power - and one ostensibly in charge of our societies ‘social action’ couldn’t even spit out words in support of equality. “I can only conclude, that should Cameron and his remarkably un-evolved group take power that LGBT people will be a big part of his ‘great ignored’."

RoadThose Hamms: Mad Men cast and crew perform Bye Bye Birdie.

DolceRoadHercules presents luscious slabs of Dolce & Gabbana (site nsfw).

RoadWinona Ryder's comeback begins again.

RoadConstance McMillen does come from the meanest town in Mississippi. Classmate: "IAHS is one of the top schools in the state and I’m proud of that, and I’m proud that we took a stand and just said you know what? forget it, we have just as much right as you do to have a party for ourselves. So we did, and now we’re getting flack because poor Connie’s ego got a bit of bruising. She’s playing the lesbian card to prove she ALWAYS gets what she wants. This time, we didn’t just let her."

RoadJane Fonda not proud of her plastic surgery.

RoadFCC loses big in net neutrality case: "The ruling basically tells the FCC that it has no authority to regulate the activities of internet service providers, just as the agency prepares to launch a nationwide broadband agenda."

RoadMore on Fire Island Pines and its new owners.

RoadSanta Rosa, California approves gay and lesbian retirement community: "Initially, there were accusations some of the opposition was fueled by homophobic opposition to a retirement community geared to gays and lesbians, accusations that eventually dissipated."


Sanjaya: I'm a 'Straight Gay Best Friend'

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Here's an example of the kinds of things that spew forth when a bunch of "celebrities" accept money to sit around in a jungle for days on end. Earlier this week on I'm a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here, a discussion began when former American Idol contestant Sanjaya Malakar submitted to Janice Dickinson's request that he put on eyeliner.

Here's the confession that resulted:

"Like, yeah, a lot of people want me to be their gay best friend, and I make a really good gay best friend. But I don't like guys, so it confuses people...I do hair, and I'll sit in the corner and knit. So it confuses people. A lot of my friends refer to me as their 'straight gay best friend' because we'll go do things that stereotypically you would do with a gay guy...I'm not, like, that classic, stereotypical macho guy that's just, like, 'Oh yeah! Oh, she's hot. I wanna get in her pants! I'm not that kind of guy. I was raised by women, so I kind of have a connection with my feminine side, but I'm attracted to women. So, it's like people like to kind of throw that at me, like, 'Oh, you must be gay.' But I'm like, 'Whatever, gay people are awesome.'"

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News: Gay Animals, Ed Westwick, Book Burning, Rhode Island

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Christian group wants to burn gay book.

Gaygiraffes

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STUDY: Homosexual activity a nearly universal phenomenon in the animal kingdom.

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Anderson Cooper shops for marijuana.

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Activists plan "world's largest gay wedding ceremony" in Sydney, Australia.

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A first look at Bruno.

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ACLU gets involved in Fresno hospital discrimination case: "Civil rights groups are urging a hospital in central California to change its policies after employees briefly barred a lesbian from visiting her partner, who went into seizure at a gay marriage march. Kristin Orbin collapsed May 30 after walking 14 miles in the protest march. She was taken to Fresno's Community Regional Medical Center where she says an ambulance driver kept her partner from seeing her in the emergency room."

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Janice Dickinson needed a hospital, get her out of there.

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Social networking and Iran: a fascinating look at the hand Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube have had in toppling state media control.

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Destination Wedding: a Toronto synagogue grapples over same-sex marriage.

Lewis

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Former American Idol contestant Blake Lewis says he gets hit on by men and women, often at the same time: “Usually I get swingers. The guy will come up to me first usually, and ask if I’m gay.  When I say no, he’ll point to his girlfriend and say that she wants me to come home with both of them that night. I tell them my girl back home wouldn’t appreciate it, but thanks anyway.  It’s very flattering though!”

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An interview with soap actor and brother of Chris Evans, Scott Evans.

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Marriage equality tide rises around Rhode Island: "The slower pace in Rhode Island, where the state Senate voted last week to allow same-sex partners to make funeral arrangements, has frustrated some local activists, many of whom rallied outside the State House in Providence last weekend to call for immediate equality."

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A fascinating chart on gay rights from Nate Silver.

Mariah

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Mariah: wet and obsessed.

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Brian Graden to leave MTV Networks.

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Maplewood, New Jersey takes lead in pushing legislature to legalize same-sex marriage: "In what is thought to be a first among New Jersey municipalities, the Maplewood Township Committee is expected to adopt a resolution Tuesday evening calling on state legislators to sanction same-sex marriage. Mayor Victor DeLuca said he hoped the resolution could serve as a catalyst for legislators' passage of a same-sex marriage bill before the year's end."

Westwick

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Ed Westwick shows off fall fashion for GQ.

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Melbourne Sun: Are you in favor of same-sex marriage in Australia?

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It's Britney, bitch.

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Council of Fashion Designers of America rewards L.A. at annual awards. Bradley Cooper among guests...

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Taxes on property reassessment sting domestic partners who have lost their loved one.

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New Opera browser turns your computer into a server: "The concept is somewhere between a personal web server and a file sharing application, technologically and conceptually. The interface is straightforward, divided into panels for each service that you choose to "host." All of them behave in the same stupid-simple way: you start a service, whether it be photo sharing, music streaming, web hosting, or straight file sharing, select a shared directory, set your privacy preferences and go." More from TechCrunch.


News: Bigfoot, Kanye West, Maine, Google Android, Iris Prize

road.jpg CNN removes scare quotes from Ellen DeGeneres-Portia de Rossi wedding slug. And here's a first look at the wedding album.

Bigfootroad.jpg Surprise: Dead Bigfoot was a rubber costume shop suit.

road.jpg According to the Bush administration's definition of torture, John McCain was not tortured in Vietnam. Additionally, he needs to be questioned about the cross in the dirt story.

road.jpg Brad Pitt to write on a Kiehl's bottle.

road.jpg List of entries for Cardiff's gay and lesbian Iris Prize are announced. Last year's winner of the £25,000 award was Dee Rees' Pariah.

road.jpg Rise in gay tourism to Israel causing unease: "...this is also a country where there is no separation between religion and state, and in which the majority of tourists come here for some form of religious experience – which all leads to a rather ambivalent official attitude toward the phenomenon."

Wroad.jpg W advance team hits Denver.

road.jpg The 411 on the upcoming Google Android phone, made by HTC.

road.jpg Killer of gay man in Houston gets life sentence: "Terry Mark Mangum, 27, of Cypress, killed Kenneth Cummings, 46, because he hated homosexuals, the Brazoria County jury found Wednesday. Mangum had been out of prison just three weeks when he met Cummings at a Houston bar on June 4, 2007, testimony showed. He had served a five-year sentence for burglary. The two parted ways and then met again later that night at another club. Security cameras showed them buying wine and beer at a Houston supermarket. They then went to Cummings' Pearland home. Sometime that night Mangum slit Cummings' throat and stabbed him in the back of the head, breaking 1.5 inches of a knife blade, prosecutors said." The jury concluded that the murder was a hate crime. He'll be eligible for parole in 30 years.

Dickinsonroad.jpg Janice Dickinson signs new gay deaf model Martin.

road.jpg A Will Smith sex payoff?

road.jpg Christian protestors clash with gays in Londonderry, Northern Ireland: "It happened at the launch of the festival at the City Hotel. About 30 Christian protestors, including a Free Presbyterian minister, gathered outside the venue. Two gay rights activists attempted to stand in front of the protestors' banners with a placard of their own, before police moved them on. Reverend Ian Brown said it had been a minor incident. 'It was not violence and we would oppose all violence against any persons,' he said."

road.jpg Kanye West is a "champion" in new video.

road.jpg More on Bill Donohue of The Catholic League's ongoing obsession with ass.

road.jpg Robert Buckley visits the house bunny.

road.jpg Equality Maine endorses Tom Allen for Senate: “Throughout his long career, Congressman Allen has supported fairness and equality while opposing discrimination. His voting record on LGBT issues is exceptional. He has worked to eliminate discrimination in jobs, housing, public accommodations and financial matters, and we look forward to working with him to win fully-inclusive federal employment non-discrimination legislation." His opponent, Susan Collins, has been endorsed by the Human Rights Campaign.

road.jpg According to GLAAD, 1,049 newspapers across the nation now accept wedding announcements for same-sex couples. That's up from 69 six years ago.


News: Dan Quayle, Arctic, Hunter Parrish, Booker Prize, Alzheimer's

road.jpg Blue Cross of Western New York says they'll offer spousal health care benefits to validly married gay and lesbian couples: "The news comes less than three weeks after the NYCLU filed a lawsuit against the company on behalf of a Buffalo lesbian couple that said it was denied such health benefits."

Quayleroad.jpg Guess who's on the short list to join Dancing with the Stars?

road.jpg Asian HIV infection rate reaching epidemic proportions: "All over Asia there are now epidemics of HIV in men who have sex with men of the same magnitude that we saw in this country 25 years ago. That is something that has been detected fairly recently. There is not enough action yet but we are now starting programs."

road.jpg Arctic ice shelf sheds largest chunk in two years: "The 4-square-kilometer (1.5-square-mile) piece broke off last week, the newspaper said, citing Sami Soja, a surveyor working for Parks Canada who witnessed part of the event. It's the biggest piece shed since the entire Ayles shelf, one of Canada's six major ice shelves, broke off in 2005, creating a 66- square-kilometer frozen island, the newspaper said."

road.jpg The long list for the coveted Man Booker literary prize has been announced.

road.jpg Tim Gunn was paid $2,500 an episode for season two of Project Runway.

road.jpg Man in Sonoma County's first same-sex marriage dies suddenly.

road.jpg Check out the new trailer for Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince.

Brokebackroad.jpg FBI dubs Seattle bank robber 'The Brokeback Bandit': "We don't know his sexual orientation. The name was because of his cowboy hat. The guy's got a cowboy hat. It's a popular movie. Let's not be too overly concerned about the bank robber's feelings." Wouldn't the Brokebank bandit have been more appropriate?

road.jpg Christopher Ciccone denies Madonna involvement in writing of tell-all: "If she did, then she's doing the best acting job I've ever seen. No. Whoever is doing it (making up the stories) is doing me a great favor. I appreciate it."

road.jpg Landslide?: Three political scientists describe tight presidential race as a myth. "Alan Abramowitz, a professor of political science at Emory University, Thomas Mann, a senior fellow at Brookings Institution, and Larry Sabato, professor of politics at University of Virginia, accused the media of flogging a dead horse in trying to portray the presidential race as a cliffhanger."

road.jpg John Mayer shaves most of his hair off.

road.jpg Provincetown police department gets a Harley-Davidson: "The motorcycle, which will be leased for a year, will give the police nimbleness to drive through narrow, crowded streets and respond quickly to crosstown calls, Jaran said. It will also reduce the wear on cruisers and invigorate the younger, more energetic department members, he said."

Parrishroad.jpg Parrish the thought: New season of Weeds gets buff and kinky.

road.jpg Aaron Charney, the attorney who sued his firm Sullivan & Cromwell for anti-gay discrimination and retaliation, will join Clifford Chance next month: "Based on the experts it spoke to, the WSJ concluded that 'it'll be tough for Charney, though not impossible, to find work at another big firm.' In the comments to the WSJ post, readers were less optimistic."

road.jpg Janice Dickinson stops Lizzie Grubman from running anyone else down in an SUV.

road.jpg British lesbian couple receives £5,000 settlement after real estate agency posted the word "lesbians" on an advertisement for their home: "In a statement, they added: 'Publicly linking our home address with our sexuality could have ruined our lives.' The couple's lawyers, Russell Jones & Walker, said the estate agent had settled the case before it reached court. Philip Gilbey, a partner in Jackson-Stops & Staff, said: 'It was the regrettable action of an individual uploading the property details - it wasn't the butt of an office joke. It resulted in a formal disciplinary hearing and that person has narrowly avoided instant dismissal.'"

road.jpg New Alzheimer's drug halts progression of disease: "The people on placebo lost an average of 7 percent of their brain function over six months whereas those on treatment didn’t decline at all."

road.jpg Residents of Salinas, California voice concerns over recently approved gay pride parade: "Vicky Norton said she isn't opposed to free speech, but was concerned that gay pride events would lead to acts such as indecent exposure, public defecation and urination. 'We have the right to assemble, but we also have the right to uphold the law,' she said. Todd Williams, owner of the Cherry Bean Coffee House on Main Street, said the parade attracted lots of customers last year and is hoping the same will happen again. 'I saw no pooping' last year, he said."


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