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News: Evan Low, Spain, Annise Parker, Pink Floyd, Cook County

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POLL: Annise Parker holds slight edge in Houston mayoral race.

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Jesus Luz sells some more underwear.

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Madonna cozies up to Tom Ford.

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Spain apologizes to man jailed for being gay in the 70's: "Antoni Ruiz spent three months in prison under a law introduced during Gen Francisco Franco's dictatorship. In addition to the letter, he has received 4,000 euros ($5,900; £3,600) in compensation. Mr Ruiz estimates around 5,000 homosexuals suffered a similar fate to him during Gen Franco's dictatorship."

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Kylie Minogue to release Kylie Live in New York.

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Southern Utah University expands anti-discrimination policy: " The school's board of trustees unanimously voted Friday to amend its anti-discrimination policy to include protection for those with an alternative sexual orientation. SUU and Brigham Young University were the only two institutions of higher education in the state without such a policy. SUU Student Body President Cody Alderson praised the board's action, saying it will help ensure a safe and friendly campus atmosphere for everyone regardless of their sexual orientation. The Student Senate on Nov. 4 passed a resolution that endorsed the policy change."

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Taylor Lautner cast as superhero Max Steel.

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Facebook group opposing anti-gay NY state senator George Onorato.

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Youth counselor killed in gay attack at Tel Aviv LGBT youth center receives honor: "The Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI) has awarded Nir Katz, a youth counselor who was killed in an attack on a gay community center in Tel Aviv, a medal of commendation awarded each year to defenders of human rights. 'Nir Katz won the commendation because with his activities at the community center and other activities in which he took part he promoted the understanding of the other,' said Nirit Moskowitz of the ACRI."

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Pink Floyd's The Dark Side of the Moon logs a record-extending 742nd week on the Billboard charts.

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Cook County, Illinois has one of the highest concentrations of openly gay judges in the country: "Last summer, the 15 jurists formally organized as the Alliance of Illinois Judges to, among other things, lobby other circuit judges for the appointment of more gays and lesbians as associate judges, mentor law students and encourage the state to extend judges' pensions benefits to domestic partners. They also plan to serve as a sounding board for other judges looking for information and resources."

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Towering "urban forest" planned for China.

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Male model fix: Vladimir Ivanov.

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UN leaders: the clock has ticked to zero on global warming.

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Wockner: The latest on Prop 8. The Courage Campaign exited the 2010 effort to repeal Prop 8 and  refuses to release new research to media, EQCA's Geoff Kors disses 'experts,' and details new tactics. And the  Olson/Boies case heads to trial in January.

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The Mercury News profiles openly gay Campbell, California mayor Evan Low: "One day his dad asked him a question: On a scale of 1 to 10 — 1 being completely gay and 10 being completely straight — what number was he? 'I'm a 10,' his dad said. 'I'm a 2 or a 3,' his son replied. And suddenly his dad knew for sure. Evan Low says his father, whom he considers one of his heroes, accepted his sexuality from that day forward. 'He told me, 'I raised you. You're my son, with my blood and my DNA. So it came from me.''"


News: Tiger Woods, ENDA, Catholic Church, Jake Gyllenhaal, Burj

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Human Rights Campaign refuses to comment on ENDA delay, accuses journalist Rex Wocker of being "out of touch" with group's efforts.

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Opera's "barihunks" get some attention.

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Jake Gyllenhaal may or may not be a single man.

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L.A. Times condemns Catholic, Protestant, and Orthodox signers of the anti-gay Manhattan Declaration. "They need to be reminded that this is a nation of laws, not of men -- even holy men." The Village Voice chats with one of the signers.

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Chelsea Clinton engaged to Marc Mezvinsky: "We’re sorry for the mass e-mail but we wanted to wish everyone a belated Happy Thanksgiving! We also wanted to share that we are engaged! We didn’t get married this past summer despite the stories to the contrary, but we are looking toward next summer and hope you all will be there to celebrate with us."

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Tiger Woods asks for privacy following weekend car accident/domestic argument.

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Catholic Church in Ireland covered up thousands of child sexual abuse cases. Here's the video report on CNN.

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AP: civil union vs marriage debate is back. "Dan Hawes, the head organizer for the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, agrees that it makes sense to seek even limited legal protections in states where gay people have none, but disagrees that fighting for marriage has detracted from that work. 'It's not that these fights are mutually exclusive of each other, so that's why we don't think it makes sense to negotiate against ourselves,' Hawes said."

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Salt Lake Tribune profiles transgender cop in Bountiful, Utah: "Although some employees have trouble remembering to use masculine pronouns, Bountiful Police Chief Tom Ross says, 'everyone's done a great job of accepting Kerry and staying focused on why we're here in the first place.'"

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Mark boyfriend David Blue in talks to return to Ugly Betty.

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T Magazine profiles Madrid-based Candy publisher Luis Venegas.

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Scientists develop rainbow trap.


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Soup Cans talks to newscaster Jane Velez-Mitchell: "My coming out as gay has not only NOT negatively impacted my career, it’s actually been a plus! People love it when you reveal yourself for who you really are. The fact is most people are pretty much obsessed with themselves so they don’t really care who you fall in love with. All the fear I had about coming out was self-generated. The sky didn’t fall down. The sun came up the next morning. Eureka!"

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Melting: Polar Bear habitat shrinking as ice thins.

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First nightclub for Bears opens in Tel Aviv.

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A look inside the Burj Dubai.

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Colin Farrell on look-out for paparazzi in Mexico.

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Transcript: Northwest pilots who overshot were "distracted" by "company issues" in the cockpit.

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New worry for gay men with HIV? "A rare parasitic disease, which normally only is transmitted by contaminated water, has been shown to be transmitted by gay sex between hiv-positive men. In the industrial world the disease is virtually absent, but from now on that could change."

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The NYT profiles Madonna squeeze Jesus Luz.

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Mormon leadership not signed on to anti-gay Manhattan Declaration: "So where are the Mormon representatives on this illustrious list? Are they truly backing off their longstanding opposition to gay civil rights?"

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Bionic eye: Blind man sees for first time in 30 years. "The images I see move and that takes a bit of getting used to, but I can see cars - they look like cotton wool. It's exciting to be part of the trial."


News: Brooklyn, Jim Carrey, Asteroid, Jodi Rell, Subway Drama

RoadThis is how an American soldier is made.

Starlite RoadBrooklyn's oldest gay bar, The Starlite Lounge, in danger of closing: "The Starlite Lounge has been a Crown Heights fixture since the 1960s, serving gays and non-gays. In recent years, the venue has become a destination for neighborhood folks looking for a casual daytime hangout, as well as revelers who frequent the dance parties and karaoke nights, according to Leviticus."

RoadWATCH: Drunk Boston woman almost gets run over by subway.

RoadJim Carrey's new website is pretty fantastic.

RoadGay man running for Toronto mayor.

RoadRhode Island domestic partners bill awaits anti-gay governor Carcieri's signature: "An opponent of gay marriage, Carcieri has not yet stated whether, he will sign, veto or allow to become law without his signature a bill to provide domestic partners with the right to make funeral arrangements for their partners."

RoadHow same-sex marriage has worked in The Netherlands.

RoadExcellent chart on same-sex marriage and age.

RoadGays are not welcome at Vatican City, but what about all the gays who are already there?

RoadMadonna is in Brazil to meet Jesus Luz's mother, who is 14 years her junior.

Seaver RoadAndy Warhol's "jock" Polaroids are on display in NYC.

Road A previously-undiscovered asteroid came within 14,000 km of Earth last week and it was only noticed 15 hours before its closest approach: "This is the third-closest known non-impacting Earth approach on record for a cataloged (sic) asteroid."

RoadDavid Beckham got a post-Halloween buzz.

RoadConnecticut Governor Jodi Rell says she's not running for reelection: "Rell choked up while listing her favorite memories while in office, including meeting those affected by the passage of public health insurance for the poor, updates to mass transit, and improvements to the state's education system. She cited a gay couple who hugged her at Stafford Motor Speedway after she signed the nation's first voluntarily passed civil union bill."


RoadWestboro Baptist Church protests outside of Sasha and Malia Obama's school in D.C..

RoadJames Franco's General Hospital role: graffiti artist?

Vacant RoadParis Hilton threatening to sue for being made the spokesmodel for vacant space - literally.

RoadNew York Army specialist in Baghdad being discharged under 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell': "Nathanael Bodon of Marlboro is a specialist in the Army Reserve stationed in Baghdad, Iraq. He has been in the reserves for about a year-and-a-half and in Iraq for some four months. The Army found out about Bodon when a fellow soldier found his blog with a picture of him kissing a former boyfriend and tipped off the Army brass."

RoadSally Kern's husband to join religious groups for Monday rally in D.C. against marriage equality.

RoadBrazilian model Miro Moreira lowers his rate.

RoadN.Y. Posts' Andrea Peyser defends cabbie who kicked out gays for hugging: " Mohamed faces the indignity of having his cab license yanked by the Taxi and Limousine Commission. He's already lost his job. But Medhat Mohamed is no bigot, and he's not a disgrace. He's also not a prude, a gay basher, a homophobe or the more colorful invective that's been lobbed in his direction by a chorus of yuppies with a large bone to pick."


News: Will Young, National Equality March, Shot Put, Bernie Madoff

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Muslim footballers agree to play Paris gay team: "Bebel director Zahir Belgharbi insisted there had been 'a misunderstanding' and sent out a statement through club lawyer Benedicte Puybasset indicating they were indeed ready "'to play the match'." Background.

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Obama swastika carved into Massachusetts golf course. GOP Tweets clip of Hitler praising Pelosi.


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Rad: Guess who's returning to Broadway?

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Rex Wockner's report on the National Equality March: "The praise for Obama inside HRC's fancy dinner and the denunciations of Obama in the streets of D.C. seemed to unequivocally confirm the split that's emerged in the gay community in the aftermath of the passage of Proposition 8 in California."

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Listen: Michael Jackson's new track "This Is It".

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Girls Gone Wild creator Joe Francis attended National Equality March: "The 'Girls Gone Wild' creator told us, 'With the gay movement, it's personal. The same religious-right [bleep]holes who took away my civil rights and put me in jail for a year because they don't like what I do for a living have taken away gay rights. I know firsthand how it feels to have your civil rights stripped from you.' Francis added, 'P.S., lots of lesbians marched, too.'"

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Taylor Lautner strips for GQ.

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Singer Will Young pregnant in new video.

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Gay Navy veteran Joseph Rocha in the Washington Post: "I even saw "don't ask, don't tell" used against heterosexual female service members who had reported being the victims of sexual assault. If my chief acted on their statements, he would be forced to punish a friend of his, so the easiest way to make the problem go away was to scare the women into silence by saying something like: 'You weren't sexually assaulted by a male in my unit. I hear you're a lesbian.' After all, homosexuals have no rights in our military. You can't sexually assault someone who doesn't exist."

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Male model fix: Joel West.

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100-year-old breaks shot put record in Sydney: "All eyes were on Ruth Frith, from Brisbane, as she arrived for day two of the World Masters Games, hoping to win gold in the shot put and feeling pretty confident as she was the only competitor in the over-100s category. But her 4.07 metre (13 ft 4.2 in) throw on Sunday didn't just win her gold, but also broke a world record."

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Justin Timberlake used to get called "sissy" by the football players.

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Jesus Luz gets $18K for half hour of DJing in Brazil.

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The Obamas and art: demand innovation, not admiration.

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Russian singers and writers call for end to discrimination against gays: "They met after a local official tried to close Moscow's longest-running gay club, Dusha i Telo, where many of the artists have performed. Activist Nikolai Alekseyev, who called the meeting, said it was the first time celebrities had come together publicly to denounce homophobia."

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AIDS cases trending upward in Montana...

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Bernie Madoff in prison brawl.

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Toys"R"Us reprimanded by sixth grade class for gender discrimination: "According to the youngsters, the Toys"R"Us Christmas catalogue featured 'outdated gender roles because boys and girls were shown playing with different types of toys, whereby the boys were portrayed as active and the girls as passive', according to a statement from Ro."


News: Irving Penn, Blood Donation, Jesus Luz, Moon Impact, Poe

RoadImpact of Moon by probe to be broadcast live on NASA TV tomorrow morning.

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Photographer Irving Penn dies at 92.

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Madonna buying posh Upper East Side apartment for Jesus Luz.

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Gay travel agents converge on Tel Aviv.

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Tracklist for Susan Boyle album includes Madonna and The Monkees.

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Teen talk: My parents don't know my boyfriend's parents are gay. "My mom is asking to meet Robby's 'mom and dad.' She has spoken with one of Robby's dads on the phone but she doesn't know another dad exists. I don't want this to come between my parents and Robby. Should I just break up with him now and avoid doing this or lie and tell my mom that his parents don't want to meet?"

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WATCH: OneRepublic's video for "All the Right Moves".

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Levi Johnston workout photos.

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Self-assessment, right of gays to donate blood at issue in Canadian court case: "Kyle Freeman, 36, relied on his own self-assessment that he wasn't infected with any sexually transmitted diseases when he lied about having sex with men on a donor-screening questionnaire...Freeman is suing the agency, claiming he didn't answer the question truthfully because Canadian Blood Services violated his Charter right to equality regardless of his sexual orientation when it asked him whether he had ever had sex with other men, even once, since 1977. The discovery Freeman had syphilis, a sexually transmitted disease that can damage the heart, brain and eyes if left untreated, was made only after Canadian Blood Services screened his donated blood."

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Mika plays with puppets on Spanish TV.

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Dozens join lawsuit against Chicago police officer Richard Fiorito.

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15 gay TV characters who never came out of the closet but should have.

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Edgar Allen Poe to get funeral he never had: "On Sunday, Poe's funeral will get an elaborate do-over, with two services expected to draw about 350 people each - the most a former church next to his grave can hold. Actors portraying Poe's contemporaries and other long-dead writers and artists will pay their respects, reading eulogies adapted from their writings about Poe."

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The superheroes of your dreams.

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Several prominent Twin Cities religious leaders speak out for marriage equality: "Retired Bishop Lowell Erdahl of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and Rabbi Jared Saks of Temple Israel in Minneapolis are among those speaking at a Capitol news conference."

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Poll: "Whatever" is most annoying conversational word.

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Romanian-born German novelist Herta Müller wins Nobel Prize for Literature: "Announcing the award in Stockholm, the Swedish Academy described Ms. Müller, 'who, with the concentration of poetry and the frankness of prose, depicts the landscape of the dispossessed.' Her award comes on the 20th anniversary of the fall of Communism in Europe."


News: Gavin Newsom, Jupiter, LaToya Jackson, Newlywed Game

RoadGeorge Takei and Brad Altman to be first gay couple on revamped Newlywed Game.

Corot RoadScientists spot planet with life-harboring potential.

RoadLaToya Jackson fights AIDS with milkshake.

RoadGays in Serbia say they're "confident" police will protect them during a Gay Pride parade scheduled for this coming Sunday.

RoadGays to get lashes, fines, and prison terms under new law in Indonesia's Aceh province.

RoadManhunt conducts study of nation's biggest liars (warning - site NSFW).

RoadLady Gaga disses OUT magazine party thrown for her: "until she finally showed up at the Box at around midnight, about an hour after Out's party technically ended. By then most of the crowd — die-hard Gaga fans, who showed up mostly just to see her — had cleared. Gaga took a seat in a booth in the back of the balcony, ordered French fries, and refused to speak to reporters. She didn't even let Out magazine take her picture so they could, you know, say she actually attended the party they threw for her."

RoadClive Owen does Details.

Promisekeeper RoadPromise keeper: UK man honors fallen friend. "Private Kevin Elliott and his friend, Barry Delaney, had agreed that whoever survived the other should wear a dress to the dead man’s funeral. Mr Delaney duly fulfilled the pledge as a tribute to Private Elliott, who was killed aged 24 while on foot patrol in the southern province of Helmand on August 31."

RoadJesus Luz: underwear model.

RoadGirls hockey team in Woodstock, New Brunswick wins award from Human Rights Commission: "The Woodstock High School Lady Thunder hockey team has won the 2009 New Brunswick Human Rights Award for refusing to let rival teams taunt their teammates about their sexual orientation. The Human Rights Commission says it wanted to reward the team for its action in standing up against homophobia."

RoadJupiter captured comet for 12 years, then let it go.

RoadBuju Banton concert canceled in Salt Lake City: "Banton's record label, the New York-based Gargamel Music, immediately denounced the cancellation, issuing a news release with the title 'The Voice of Jamaica Will Not Be Silenced.'"

RoadL.A. gays raise money for Maine's marriage equality battle at fundraiser.

RoadHarry Potter theme park to open in Orlando.

Inception RoadInspection on Inception.

RoadWhich movie star is looking for a good gay time in Vancouver?

RoadSeattle Police Officer's Guild joins Coalition to Approve Referendum 71 in Washington: "This is a very important issue that affects many of our members. We at the Seattle Police Officers Guild are proud to join the coalition and hope other law enforcement organizations around the state will join us in support for this referendum."

RoadRep. Mike Quigley (D-IL) speaks out in favor of DOMA repeal.

RoadIs Gavin Newsom planning on dropping out of the California gubernatorial race?

RoadSecond 'gay porn twin' sentenced for Philadelphia burglaries: "Twenty-seven-year-old Keyontyli Goffney, of Arlington, N.J., pleaded guilty to burglary and criminal conspiracy on Thursday and was sentenced to time served. Goffney's twin brother Taleon pleaded guilty to the same crimes in July but was sentenced to at least three years in prison because of previous arrests."


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