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News: Camellia, Jason Mraz, Illinois, Elephant Twins, Joe Novotny

 road Unidentified man's body found in Provincetown marsh.

Barrowman  roadWell, hello: John Barrowman to make Desperate Housewives debut.

 roadLindsay Lohan is beyond delusional.

 roadNew Yorkers: It's state-wide GENDA call in day.

 roadFacebook a safe harbor for hate groups? "Fast-forming, often created by people who post false profiles just to gain the ability to create their hate group, anti-gay hate groups on Facebook are filled with claims of religiosity, or just plain unadulterated ignorance, bigotry, and hate. Facebook management has been criticized for their slow response and poor monitoring of new groups and content..."

 roadBetty White confirms SNL "appearance".

 roadMinnesota Family Policy Council to push for constitutional ban ballot measure.

 roadNew Facebook group: "1,000,000 Gay Men and Allies Against Roy Ashburn Having Sex Ever Again."

 roadThe cocktail scene in SF's Castro is growing up.

 roadJason Mraz interested in recording "Ebony and Ivory"-style collaboration with Elton John, but this one would have to do with gay and straight.


 roadExtremely rare camellia blooms in London: "It is thought to be one of only two examples of the variety in the world. Admirers would need to travel to Waitangi, New Zealand to see its sister plant."

 roadAnti-gay Seattle pastor Ken Hutcherson: James Dobson was forced out at Focus on the Family.

 roadJoy Behar calls Karl Rove a "bad cock".

 roadThe Power: NYC condom wrapper contest winner revealed.

 roadCzech union leader causes furor over remarks about gays: "In an interview for Saturday’s Lidové Noviny, Mr. Dušek said Czech Railways was run by a clique of incompetent gays who had links to homosexuals in the cabinet and the Office of the Government. The controversial trade union leader has now been barred from speaking for the umbrella trade unions organization and is likely to face charges of slander."

 roadMainstream media suddenly discovers story of tased gay porn star Dustin Michaels, three months later?

 roadApolo Ohno brought his Olympic charm to the Elton John AIDS Foundation Oscar party.

Micah  roadFootballer Micah Richards hits South Beach.

 roadDavid Archuleta's memoir has the cheesiest title ever.

 roadIllinois anti-gay bill killed in committee: "An anti-gay bill authored by Republican gubernatorial candidate Bill Brady is dead, thanks to the efforts of Illinois gay activists. Equality Illinois just announced that Senate bill 3447, which aimed to allow certain tax-exempt organizations to discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity and religion, is dead. The bill never made it out of a Senate Judiciary committee."

 roadElephant gives birth to first known set of male twins.

 roadIndia's House passes bill reserving a third of all seats in the national parliament and state legislatures for women.

 roadMadonna spotted grinding Gerard Butler on Oscar night.

 roadD.C. Agenda talks to the first openly gay U.S. House Clerk Joe Novotny: “I’m tremendously proud. I feel like it’s an opportunity to represent the community. When you think about the diversity in this House now — and the fact that we have the first woman speaker and we have the first African-American clerk of the House — this is sort of a Congress of firsts, so to be a part of that is a tremendous honor.”

News: Tel Aviv, Chip Kidd, Provincetown, Tim Gill, Saskatchewan

RoadActivists demand British government apologize for treatment of mathematician Alan Turing.

DenisesimmonsRoadCambridge mayor Denise Simmons to marry longtime partner Mattie Hayes on August 30: "The wedding will take place at the historic St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church, which has predominantly been serving Cambridge’s African-American community for over 100 years, and is presided over by the Rev. Leslie K. Sterling. The wedding ceremony shall be conducted by Rev. Irene Monroe."

RoadLady Gaga wants to be a fangbanger.

RoadAnother lawsuit: Oklahama couple's challenge to DOMA resurfaces.

RoadProject Runway pulls highest ratings in bow on Lifetime.

RoadOnion: Obama bipolar.

RoadTim Gill talks money and activism: "The Gill Foundation won’t last forever, and it was never designed to.  Its mission in life is to spend down the assets in my lifetime.  How soon that happens has less to do with the economy and more to do with the opportunities that arise in a given year.  Spending may very well go up and shorten its duration.  But there should be some other gay entrepreneur that replaces me over time."

RoadA look inside John Mayer's apartment.

Ptownparade RoadProvincetown holds annual Carnival parade.

RoadDan Savage taping Savage Love HBO pilot on August 27: you can get tickets by clicking here.

RoadAs adoption rights for gay couples are proposed in New Zealand, the nation is divided.

RoadBenicio del Toro is in a hairy situation.

RoadAlycia Lane, the Philadelphia news anchor known for calling a female NYPD officer a "fucking dyke bitch", has been hired by L.A.'s NBC affiliate.

RoadNYCLU files suit against school for failing to protect student: "In a statement on its website, the NYCLU says the harassment started for the student when he was in seventh grade. They say he was harassed by other students because he is gay, dyes his hair, and wears eye makeup. The NYCLU says the fourteen-year-old was regularly pushed and had things thrown at him. At least one teacher allegedly told him he should be ashamed of himself for being gay."

Chipkidd RoadThe Moment talks to book cover designer Chip Kidd about comics.

RoadThe next Brazilian Idol may be a transsexual.

RoadGay resident of Sault Ste. Marie in Canada gets called "faggot" by passersby once every two months.

RoadJason Mraz's "I'm Yours" smashes billboard record: "At 70 weeks, it’s now the longest-running song on the Hot 100 chart in Billboard’s 51-year history."

RoadFor gay homeless youth in Toronto, street is the only option: "If there had been an acceptable shelter when I was 16, I would have run earlier. But there wasn't. So I lived with it. It was horrible."

RoadGay youth retreat opens in Saskatchewan: "Camp Fyrefly is aimed at helping young people cope as they develop their identities during the challenging times of adolescence and young adulthood."

RoadUltra orthodox Jewish website: arrest managers of Tel Aviv gay center for running "club of perversion". Haredi writer: "These perverts take everything out into the street, into the public domain. A child, religious or secular, doesn't need to know they exist. [Homosexuals] are worse than beasts, at least a beast knows it's [homosexuality] wrong, or not natural.[The managers of the gay center] should be forced to face a firing squad."

Jason Mraz: Naked and Inspired


In the latest installment of his Grati-Tube series, the very gay-friendly Jason Mraz explains what turns him on and inspires him to write the songs that he does. Given his past blog posts and this video, it often involves time spent in various states of undress.

With another special appearance from his assistant Eric, AFTER THE JUMP...


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Towleroad Guide to the Tube #512


BIG GAY MUSICAL: The first official trailer for this film, due out in October.

JASON MRAZ: on his assistant.

OUT-OF-TOUCH MICHAEL STEELE: Has no idea what kind of health insurance he has.

For previous Guides to the Tube, click HERE.

News: Rhode Island, Neil Patrick Harris, Bombay, Audrina Patridge


Rhode Island passes Domestic Partner rights — for the dead.



Jason Mraz shares his tips for squatting in the woods.


Dixie Carter's 'Exorcise' Video.


Setting the Gay Wedding Table: the birth of a new California campaign? "...a little-known gay-rights group based in politically savvy Sacramento has suddenly become a major power broker — by very cleverly and very quietly filing the first official ballot language for a pro–gay marriage measure for 2010. 'We really see ourselves as moderators of the situation,' says Chaz Lowe of Sacramento, co-founder of a brash new group that is taking action without waiting for the old guard — Yes on Equality. 'That way, there doesn’t have to be infighting between Equality California and the Courage Campaign.'"


'Loving Day' is coming up.


What to expect from Neil Patrick Harris this Sunday at the Tony Awards: "Maybe no shirt. Maybe just the tux and the tie. Maybe not."


Conan O'Brien stole his set from Super Mario Brothers.



New Zealand's first Gay History book is a finalist for the country's major literary prize.


Ricky Martin's Miami mansion is for sale: $11 million.


Original Land of the Lost actor Wesley Eure: I'm gay.


Hills airhead and PETA spokesperson Audrina Patridge chows down on burgers in Carl's Jr. T&A ad: "I had an absolute blast shooting. It was my first experience shooting a spot with food, and when I pulled up, I was literally salivating looking at all the rows and rows of perfect burgers waiting for me!"


20 years ago yesterday.


Stem cell contact lens cures blindness for some.


Catfight between Real Housewives of New York and New Jersey.



Bombay Dost, India's first and only LGBT magazine, relaunches: "The original Dost, which printed from 1990 to 2002, was available mostly through roadside vendors and often wrapped in plain brown paper. 'There is a sense that certain sections of Indian society are now much more liberal and tolerant, something that would be unheard of back in 1990,' editor Vikram Phukan told Advocate.com via e-mail. Six weeks into the relaunch, Bombay Dost has sold two thirds of its initial print run -- nearly 1,000 copies."


ABC News profiles gay Indian Prince Manvendra Singh Gohil.


Blake Lewis returns.


Former candidate names South Carolina lawmakers who are closeted: “We have more gay people serving in South Carolina than probably in anyplace in the United States; they’re just not out of the closet. We have an awful lot of people in the closet — Lindsey Graham, Glenn McConnell who’s our Senate president pro tem, our Lt Governor [André Bauer].”


Alberta, Canada passes legislation allowing parents to pull their kids out of school when classes are being taught on sex, religion or sexual orientation. Lawmaker: "People of Alberta are better off for it and we had the courage to actually bring it forward."


News: Michael Phelps, Kiss Arrest, Richard Serra, Australia, Oral Sex

road.jpg Houston judge and AIDS activist John Paul Barnich, the first openly gay man to become a city court judge in Texas, dies at 63. Gay historian and NYC activist Donn Teal dies at 76.

Pygmychameleonsroad.jpg Google Earth helps scientists find wealth of new species in Mozambique, including pygmy chameleon.

road.jpg Meet the sheriff who's out to get Michael Phelps!

road.jpg Phelps makes first appearance.

road.jpg Two women say they were arrested for kissing at a San Antonio mall: "Garcia said the officers — a Bexar County sheriff's deputy and an employee from a private security company — began harassing them Dec. 26 because her girlfriend gave her a kiss on the cheek while sitting inside the mall on a bench. Mall officials said the women, both 22, were acting inappropriately and were told to leave because they were not complying with the shopping center's code of conduct."

road.jpg Tom Cruise shows off his bod in Brazil.

road.jpg Gay Bishop Gene Robinson leads Maryland Senate prayer "[in which he asked God to bless the legislators with] anger at discrimination in all its forms."

road.jpg Someone left Richard Serra out in the rain...

Cocodormroad.jpg Federal judge: Gay porn website Cocodorm has right to run business out of Miami home: "Cocodorm.com features black and Hispanic men, known as 'dorm dudes,' who share a webcam-filled house together and have sex on schedule. For that they are paid at least $1,200 a month, plus free room and board. Miami has tried to shut the house down, arguing it constitutes an adult business illegally operating in a residential area. The city's Code Enforcement Board in 2007 agreed, but Cocodorm responded to the code enforcement proceedings by suing in federal court."

road.jpg Google now wants to know where you are all the time.

road.jpg Does oral sex help protect against HIV? "The study, published in the (expensive, subscription only) AIDS journal and helpfully summarised by Aidsmap suggests that men who give lots of blow jobs to their HIV-positive partners develop antibodies specific to that partner’s virus, protecting themselves against infection. The more virus their partner has kicking around in their semen, the higher the concentration of specific antibodies, and the protection seems to last for quite a while too."

Pennroad.jpg L.A. Times: Penn's Milk an act of kindness.

road.jpg Jason Mraz meditates on spirituality.

road.jpg Jesus: Is Madonna pulling a power trip on A-Rod?

road.jpg Iceland's Sigurdardottir wants nation to join EU: "Sigurdardottir touted EU membership at a joint news conference Tuesday with Finance Minister Steingrimur Sigfusson, whose Left-Green Movement teamed up with the prime minister's Social Democratic Alliance to form the new two-party minority government. The Alliance party was until recently the only movement in Iceland's five-party parliament to push EU membership as a viable way to rescue Iceland's suffering economy."

road.jpg In the green room: How Ang Lee discovered gay Woodstock figure Elliott Tiber's memoir about the music festival that is the subject of his forthcoming film.

road.jpg Gay extortion suspect sought in Sydney: "Investigators are looking into the matter, which began when a 39-year-old man met another man at a hotel in Bourke Street, Darlinghurst on November 30 last year. The pair went back to the victim's Potts Point home where the items were stolen. 'Since then, the man has been subjected to ongoing threats of violence and forced to handover his bank account PIN numbers,' police said today." Police warn of AIDS cure scammer too!


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