John Waters Hub
Longtime Provincetown resident John Waters gives an interview to The Paris Review and discusses his writing habits, and his recent appearance on The Colbert Report:
"You have to give the totally straight face with him because he is such a good straight man. It was so funny, right before we went on, backstage, it was me and the kid who wrote the article about General McChrystal that toppled the government [Michael Hastings], and I loved the journalist, and we were talking because I used to write for Rolling Stone. So I was showing him my Rolling Stone press card, and right before we go on, Colbert looks at us, because he’s always in character, right, even before, and he says, 'I like one of you.' Which is really funny and I knew it was funny; but I think the young author was horrified. I knew it was part of the act, but what a terrible thing to say!"
Waters adds that his latest project, Fruitcake, about a boy who steals meat from the grocery store, is still looking for a distributor.
114,000 iPad owners exposed in AT&T security breach.
Report: Marc Jacobs' ex Jason Preston writing tell-all. “Just think about how I had so many friends when I was with Marc where r they now?”
Tom Cruise to torture world.
Huge seas once existed on Mars.
Anglican bishop who fled Uganda points finger at American evangelicals for fomenting anti-gay hate there: "Senyonjo left Uganda because of his alleged sympathies with gays. He discussed the pending bill with Bishop Gene Robinson, an openly gay Episcopal bishop in the New Hampshire diocese. One of the most publicized examples of anti-gay missionaries was Californian Scott Lively, a Citrus Heights evangelical Christian and head of Abiding Truth Ministries."
Ricky Martin says he has been in a relationship for more than a year with a childhood friend.
Filmmaker John Waters reads from his book, Role Models.
More than 20 LGBT groups denounce Arizona immigration law: "The groups issued a joint statement, saying, 'Arizona's SB1070 takes the state down a path that will lead to racial profiling, discrimination and anti-immigrant extremism. We stand in solidarity with other individuals, organizations and local governments in rejecting the misrepresentation of immigrants put forth in this unjust and ill-conceived measure.'"
Summer in a sober house.
Who wore it best?
Good news for the 0 employees stationed at Johnston Island in the South Pacific: "But why would the president specifically mention this far-flung spot in Pacific in his June 2 order of the extension of certain benefits to gay federal employees? Particularly when the island has not only no gay employees, but is absent any people whatsoever?"
Interesting report on gays in the Israeli military.
Worlds Apart: The SF Weekly tackles gays and immigration.
Exhibition on gay love to open in Poland: "The director of Poland's National Museum says it is opening an exhibition on gay and lesbian love designed to provoke discussion on the place of homosexuals in this conservative and overwhelmingly Catholic country. The head of the National Museum in Warsaw, Piotr Piotrowski, said Wednesday the museum is already getting protests from various groups, even before the exhibition has opened."
Did Sarah Palin get a new set of twins?
Gay rugby star Gareth Thomas and fellow rugby player Nick Youngquest strike up a flirtation over Twitter.
Amanda Lepore and Courtney Love make kinky photos together (possibly nsfw).
Oregon Department of Justice revamps system to improve reporting of hate crimes: "The Q Center calls this statewide initiative the first direct action in response to troubling reports of widespread assaults on members of the LGBTQ community."
Exhibition of Jerry Pritikin photographs mounted in Chicago.
Real World cast member Mike Manning says MTV f*cked him for 3.5 months and then dumped him.
Man in Dubai picked up by police for possessing, possibly wearing women's lingerie; offers to submit to 'gay test'.
Gay couple threatened, struck on London bus: "Police say he stood up when the bus had reached Snappy Snaps in Lavender Hill and made hand gestures to the victims that implied he had a gun and would shoot them. The suspect then hit one of the victims on the head with a silver object causing a cut which later required eight stitches. He got off the bus and walked in the direction of Clapham Junction."
Roger's turn: Federer flaunts his fur.
Cute-ass animal story of the day #1: The 'can't get up' puppy.
Cute-ass animal story of the day #2: Rhodesian Ridgeback adopts baby pig.
No storms on the horizon for New Orleans 'Southern Decadence' celebration: "In the almost four decades since it started, Southern Decadence has become a traditional Labor Day weekend, end-of-summer, event. But for two of the last four years, hurricanes crashed the French Quarter-centered party. in 2005 and Gustav last year both generated evacuation orders for the city and brought the festivities to a screeching halt."
Stephen Fry urges Twitter followers to get behind campaign seeking apology for British mathematician Alan Turing.
Sally Kern facing transgender challenger in Oklahoma.
Michael Jackson finally laid to rest 70 days after his death.
Illinois Senate candidate Alexi Giannoulias comes out for marriage equality, end to "Don't Ask, Don't Tell": "In an interview, Giannoulias said individual states should be able to decide for themselves whether they allow same-sex couples to marry, but that all states should be required to afford legal recognition to same-sex marriages performed in states where they are sanctioned."
Officials: L.A. fire was arson.
Referendum 71 names still under wraps: "Signed petitions seeking a statewide vote on expanded gay partnerships will remain shielded from public view for at least a few more days, while a federal judge decides whether Washington state's public records law could pose a risk to free speech rights."
ESPN commentator and coach Brad Gilbert not into "fruity" tennis outfits.
Washington archbishop Donald Wuerl steps up campaign against marriage equality: "Wuerl sent a letter to 300 local Catholic priests Tuesday reminding them about the Church's opposition to same-sex marriage, and he launched a round of media interviews to bolster the church's presence in the debate."
John Waters to retire after two more movies...
You'll See: Susan Boyle to cover Madonna on debut album.
AIDS vaccine hopes revived after discovery of HIV weak spot: "Now, thanks to the antibodies, researchers have realised that the trimer is a viral weak spot because it's indispensable to the virus. So unlike many other targets on the virus, it's shared by many, if not all, strains of HIV. 'The key is the trimer,' says Koff. 'Our hypothesis now is that if you bind to the trimer, you neutralise the virus, as that's how it appears on the surface of the virus.' The antibodies are only a starting point, however, and the race is on now to develop synthetic vaccines that have the same shape as the "weak spot", or epitope, so people receiving vaccinations make antibodies that recognise it when the real virus comes along."
Singapore women's group AWARE votes out anti-gay fundamentalist leaders in dramatic seven hour stand-off. Background.
Britain's former top cop and London mayoral candidate Brian Paddick to front campaign encouraging same-sex couples to hold hands in public: "The photos are being used to create a same-sex love map of the world. David Watkins, the group's founder, said: 'Hand holding is a simple, liberating gesture that is essential to our communities' health, visibility, and respect.'" Site: A Day in Hand.
Thousands of Cubs fans go deaf at Wrigley Field.
Log Cabin Republicans making gains in NY assembly on marriage equality.
Matthew Mitcham exits Mexico City as swine flu escalates.
El Salvador in last minute gay rights ban: "After weeks of public debate and protest, El Salvador’s Legislative Assembly approved an amendment to the constitution to ban marriage between same-sex couples and same-sex couples’ ability to adopt a child. This amendment was proposed in the final hours of the current Legislative Assembly session, which ends April 30th."
L.A. Times: Same-sex marriages gradually gaining legal ground.
Eiffel Tower destroyed in trailer for G.I. Joe: The Movie with Channing Tatum, Dennis Quaid.
Marc Jacobs to marry in Provincetown.
Dog food vs paté? No difference, much of the time.
The Oregonian calls on Portland Mayor Sam Adams to resign in wake of recent investigations: "An investigation by The Oregonian's Ryan Frank and Brent Walth raised the questions, in a story published Friday, of whether the encounter took place earlier in the year and what it really amounted to. Whether that is the center of the AG's investigation remains to be seen, as does whether any of the conduct described, implied or suspected adds up to criminality." Phone calls...
Male model fix: Joey Kirchner.
Ed Westwick works up a sweat.
Missouri state senator Jolie Justus weds her partner in Iowa.
Manohla Dargis memo to Hollywood: "Enough with the gay slurs, the gay baiting, imitating, limp-wristing, so-not-funny lisping — in other words, enough with the hating...Try this simple test: Every time you feel the need to mock or denigrate gay men or lesbians, replace that joke with an equally vicious dig about African-Americans or Jews. Doesn’t sound so funny anymore, does it?"
Last week in holy crimes...
Miss California: Redefining breasts for the rest of us.
Obama appoints lesbian to become Assistant Secretary, Administration on Aging, at HHS.
AKA accidental wood.
Sweeps warning issued to cottagers: "Sweeps is the time local media often finds itself in bed with the cops to carry out sting operations of men cruising for sex. Just last week we got a report from a Bakersfield, California location where one customer saw not just cop cars and a cop van parked outside, but also a news van for a local television station. I'm sure it was a joint sting in which the media gets to film and photograph those men cops arrest. In fact, I would not be surprised to learn a reporter instigated the whole thing, asking the police to come along so they could get some good footage."
Towleroad has been nominated in the 2008 AfterElton Visibility Awards! Vote for your favorites here.
"Join the Impact" co-founder Amy Balliett's wedding photos.
Oklahoma lesbians denied divorce. Tulsa Beacon: "The bizarre case started when two women, reportedly 'married' in Canada filed for divorce in Tulsa. The divorce document, which had initials instead of first names, didn’t show that the two parties were both women. Cait O’Darling used the name 'C. O’Darling' in filing for the divorce from 'S. O’Darling,' who was later identified as Stephanie Meissen. O’Darling claims they were 'married' in Toronto in 2003. A judge unwittingly granted the divorce, thinking it was a man and a woman. He later vacated that decision and the two women appealed."
Huge crowd shows up for swearing in of new gay San Francisco Supervisor David Campos.
Assailant in election night rainbow flag attack was the legislative aide of Del. Jackson Miller (R-Prince William): "Bryan Fumagalli, 28, was arrested Nov. 22 on two counts of simple assault, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. 'I'm very disappointed in his actions,' Miller said today. 'He's being dealt with and being disciplined.' Police say Fumagalli assaulted one of two gay men who were walking outside the Capitol Hilton Hotel to a victory rally near the White House. They say he grabbed a rainbow flag, a gay rights symbol, from one of the men and assaulted him. Fumagalli has a court hearing Jan. 13."
Dog's best friend: Pooch drags injured friend off road.
O.J. Simpson gets 15 years. He'll serve at least 9.
Prosecutor asks court to rule on the validity of Greek same-sex marriages, which were held on the island of Tilos in June.
Profiles in Marriage: Britney ex Jason Alexander locked up at Los Angeles County Twin Towers prison.
Massachusetts state trooper gives speeding ticket to woman in labor.
South Carolina school principal Eddie Walker, who said he would resign in May over the formation of a gay-straight alliance at his school, has apparently changed his mind.
John Waters names his top films of 2008.
Graham Norton to emcee Eurovision Song Contest.
Cleve Jones on the Feast of Fools podcast.
Slugger: A-Rod and Madonna "just friends."
New Zealand neo-Nazi who killed gay man gets second life sentence for murder of South Korean backpacker.
Joe Satriani sues Coldplay for "Viva La Vida" plagiarism.
Prosecutors revisit charges in beating of gay men in Utah: "Salt Lake County prosecutors are taking another look at the case of two gay men who were severely beaten after one of them, David James Bell, allegedly kidnapped a neighbor's children. In August, prosecutors cited a lack of evidence and declined to file assault or burglary charges against the suspects in the attack, who are related to the children. But now, attorneys are again reviewing the beating, particularly the alleged attack on Bell's boyfriend, Dan Fair. Prosecutors are now reviewing the case 'under different theory,' said Deputy District Attorney Alicia Cook. She said no new facts have come to light."