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04/19/2007


News: James Marsden, DADT, Christine O'Donnell, Rand Paul

 road A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit by four Rochester, New York police officers who were accused of anti-gay conduct in 2007.

James-marsden-modern-family  road Modern Family's Eric Stonestreet tweets a photo of James Marsden who will appear on the show as a neighbor whose favorite activity is removing his shirt.

 road Christine O'Donnell on her many, many television appearances during her youth: "In the 90s I looked at all of those TV opportunities as a ministry opportunity, as an opportunity to share my new-found faith with a television audience that otherwise would not be watching, you know when I would go on 'Politically Incorrect.' If I were planning to run for office in 10, 15 years I would have been much more guarded, not that I regret anything I've said."

 road Rihanna blissfully in love with baseball player Matt Kemp.

 road An anonymous donor spent a million dollars so they could send 400,000 DVDs to every Catholic household in Minnesota. One soundbite from the DVD: “At best, so-called ‘same-sex marriage’ is an untested social experiment, and at worst, it poses a dangerous risk with potentially far-reaching consequences.”

Jl  road Some may doubt that this season of Sesame Street has become more gay, but muppets clinging to Jude Law isn't helping that counter argument.

 road Christians Eunice and Owen Johns were banned from becoming foster parents due to their anti-gay views. They're now taking their case to the High Court in the UK and claim that Christians are being forced to put their beliefs into the closet.

 road Glee's Matthew Morrison dating Cameron Diaz?

 road Post-DADT repeal might affect retired military chaplains: "If a chaplain preaches against homosexuality, he could conceivably be disciplined as a bigot under the military's nondiscrimination policy, the retired chaplains say. The Pentagon, however, says chaplains' religious beliefs and their need to express them will be respected."

 road That Rand Paul supporter who stomped on the head of a MoveOn activist earlier this week has been charged with fourth-degree assault.

 road Shia LaBeouf strips down while shooting Transformers 3.


Towleroad Guide to the Tube #726

MRS. BETTY BOWERS: Christian sex tape.

ROUGH SEAS: From inside the hull of the Pacific Sun cruise ship.

GAY DATING TIPS: From the characters of the new film Is It Just Me?

BACKIN-UP SONG: From Auto-Tune the News. "After the plot of 2 armed thieves is foiled by a brave store clerk, Diana of Kansas City excitedly recaps the fiasco in song, extolling the teachings of her father." Original here.

For recent Guides to the Tube, click HERE.


News: China, Jet Blue, Madonna, Tony Ward, Greg Gutfeld

 road HRC: Miss Indiana supports repeal of DADT.

Madonna  roadMadonna and child.

 roadMadonna man child.

 roadReuters: Obama backers show signs of disappointment. "Gay rights supporters, abortion rights activists, environmentalists and backers of immigration reform all have seen their agendas stalled, with watered-down healthcare the main accomplishment of Obama's once-ambitious agenda."

 roadNew mini-episodes of True Blood to begin airing.

 road Leaping whale blamed for drowning death off Provincetown.

 roadFOX News' Greg Gutfeld: Gay Obama hecklers did it because they are racist. "But I wonder, couldn't this heckling be a precursor to violent extremism? And could this agitation toward our president, said to be based on policy, really be thinly veiled racism? I mean, the president did say he agreed with this gay group and yet they still heckled."

 roadBobby Trendy pumps gas.

 roadJude Law is very, very happy.

Lennox   roadAnnie Lennox: HIV-positive for Idol Gives Back. Video.

 roadWalter “Bud” Pidgeon, president of the U.S. Sportsmen's Alliance, demands Bluewater Productions withdraw the new comic book featuring Ellen Degeneres because she is gay and supports animal rights: "As emails flooded Bluewater's server from USSA's members castigating him for 'elevating' gays, supporting 'less than acceptable lifestyles', and for honoring Ellen's request that issue proceeds go the to U.S. Humane Society he quickly discovered Pidgeon was a real person and had in fact called upon his 3 million members to take action against Bluewater."

 roadCongress to hold hearing on gay aging.

 roadChina to drop ban on HIV-positive tourists: "'The ban was imposed in the 1980s because of a lack of knowledge and is now obsolete and discriminatory,' said He Xiong, deputy head of the Beijing centre for disease prevention and control. 'HIV/Aids cases have been seen in all of China's provinces and a travel ban on foreigners will not help improve local public health,' he said. China has 740,000 people who are HIV-positive and is one of 60 countries that denies entry to sufferers of the disease."

 roadJake Gyllenhaal buff in new 'Prince of Persia' featurette.

Ward  roadNice pornstache, Tony Ward.

 roadJet Blue to fly "Pink Flight" from San Francisco to Long Beach with Pam Ann as hostess. 

 roadThis was my favorite magazine too.

 roadBoy George on prison fashion: "You have to wear these really horrible denim trousers and a stripy shirt tucked in. I looked like a lesbian. You wear your own clothes in the daytime - nothing too fancy - you're not allowed hoods. Hoodies are banned. It wasn't anything like the new Lady Gaga video: it was not like that at all."

 roadUK travel show reality stars gay bashed even though they're not gay: "The two men, Romane Hole and Nathan Evans, are both straight and are just friends, but they jokingly held hands when they boarded the bus at the start of the journey, which commenced in Athens. 'We had no idea how gay we were going to look by holding hands,' said Evans. 'Then all the way through the series, the [episodes] seem to have been edited to make us look as if we are a homosexual couple, rather than a pair of straight friends.' ... Some viewers not only have gotten the wrong idea about the men, but have allegedly acted in violently homophobic ways based on that impression.


News: Albania, Ewan McGregor, Rapid City, Lost, Turkey

 roadAlbanians protest after Big Brother contestant declares he's gay: "On 11 March demonstrators on the streets of Lezhë protested, 'Lezha is clean – we have no homosexuals' and demanded Klodi’s removal from the Big Brother house."

Christianity  roadChristianity mapped.

 roadPrince Harry shows some leg for wounded war vets.

 roadMichael Crawford on the take-away from last week's activism explosion from GetEQUAL: "GBT groups from Human Rights Campaign and National Gay and Lesbian Task Force to state advocacy groups and GetEQUAL have a real opportunity to better coordinate their organizational tactics and missions. We have similar goals and little time for the usual community drama and in-fighting. Nothing would please the anti-gay right more than for the LGBT movement to split into warring camps over differences in strategy."

 roadGLAAD throws a special reception for the cast of Glee.

 roadShia LaBeouf and his sweaty beard run the L.A. Marathon.

 roadMass gay wedding in D.C. fizzles.

 roadDeans of Berkeley, Harvard, Stanford, and Yale send letter to Senate Armed Services Committee urging repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell": "In recommending that Congress repeal the policy, the deans’ letter claims that it 'directly obstructs our efforts, preventing some of our best and brightest from serving their country in the Armed Forces.' The letter also describes the policy's effects as 'marginalization, exclusion, and denigration,' states that 'discharging gay, lesbian, and bisexual service members merely because of their sexual orientation is never justified,' and contends that military readiness 'is enhanced, not compromised, by ending discrimination that prevents the military from drawing on the broadest pool of talent.'" PDF of letter here.

Pimental  roadMale model fix: Daniel Pimental.

 roadBuilding Bridges: Equality Across America conference to be held in northern California.

 roadInterview with Scott Withers, openly gay Democratic candidate for Congress in Michigan.

 roadScientists: Acne drug targets HIV.

 roadJude Law cleans up nice for the Laurence Olivier Awards.

 roadEwan McGregor signs on to Madonna-directed film about Wallis Simpson.

 roadACLU wants Rapid City, South Dakota to pay $800,000 to Jene Newsome for outing her to the U.S. Air Force, who then discharged her under "Don't Ask, Don't Tell": "In addition to financial compensation for Newsome's lost wages and benefits, the ACLU wants an apology to Newsome for the disclosure of her private information to the Air Force; a police department policy regarding privacy and prohibiting officers from releasing information to the Air Force with specific reference to any information about a person's sexual orientation, and a written reprimand for the officers involved."

Dgrussia  roadDolce and Gabbana cover Russian GQ.

 roadUpper Midwest LGBT Foundation meets with Senator Al Franken (D-MN): "Senator Franken highlighted his long-term and unwavering support of LGBT communities. He shared his work to repeal 'Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell', his support of the Student Non-Discrimination Act (SNDA) and the Employment Nondiscrimination Act (ENDA) among other things."

 roadTina Fey doppelganger has all the answers to Lost.

 roadTurkish gays hold tomato protest against Turkish Family Affairs minister Aliye Selma Kavaf, who said last week that homosexuality is a disease and gays should be treated: "In the statement it released at the protest, Lambda countered that it believes that it is not homosexuality but homophobia, transphobia and discrimination more generally that are disease in need of treatment. Lamdaistanbul has also announced that it has nominated the minister Kavaf for its annual 'Hormone Tomatoes Homophobia Award.' The theme of the Hormone Tomatoes Award also carried over to Lamba protest. Participants threw rotten, genetically modified tomatoes at Kavaf in effigy."


News: Belarus, Pete Wentz, iPhone, Pride, Percy Sutton

 roadUganda president to soften "kill the gays" bill?

 roadWhy the President went golfing the day Flight 253 was attacked.

Belarus roadActivists arrested, fined a month's pay in Belarus for protesting Iranian execution of gays.

 roadFancy fashion gays Jacobs and Martone swimsuit frolic on beaches of St. Barts.

 roadAT&T halts sales of iPhone to NYC zip codes: city not ready.

 roadGet ready for the New Year's Eve Blue Moon (and eclipse in some areas)!

 roadNYT on the success of gay candidates: "There are currently at least 445 openly gay and lesbian people holding elected office in the United States, up from 257 eight years ago, according to the Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund, a political group that supports gay candidates. "

 roadConnecticut Sears security supervisor arrested for breach of peace and alleged hate crime: "Manchester police said in November, Garrido made inappropriate comments to his own employees about the sexual orientation of a lieutenant with the Buckland Hills Mall security. According to the arrest warrant, one of the comments made by Garrido was, 'I’m not gonna let the little gay kid tell me how to do my job.' Garrido told Eyewitness News that the accusations are nothing more than a misunderstanding."

 roadColin Farrell celebrates gay brother Eamon's wedding in Dublin.

Wentz  roadSomething fairly violent happened to Pete Wentz.

 roadScientists see fountain of youth in caloric restriction.

 roadThe Situation was a stripper.

 roadMr. Gay UK 2006 Mark Carter arrested: "PC Mark Carter, 27, has been suspended from his job with West Yorkshire Police after the alleged incident in Leeds at the weekend. The police officer was arrested at a city centre hotel in the early hours of Saturday morning and later released on bail. A police spokesman said: 'A 27-year old man has been arrested on suspicion of committing a serious sexual offence.'"

 roadFred Phelps' new target: Lady Gaga.

 roadReally homophobic editorial about gay parents in Australia's The Age.

 roadAre you a Cheyennetologist?

 roadChris Pine's crotch grab.

 roadJude Law shows off his beach body.

Pride roadWalk with Pride: Photography project documents Gay Pride celebrations around the world.

 road13-year-old survivor of Comoros islands plane crash speaks for the first time: "In the middle of her makeshift raft, a piece of aircraft fuselage, she noticed a porthole and peered through it into the inky depths. The sight of dark shapes moving below filled her with terror. 'I couldn’t bear it any longer,' she said. 'I couldn’t move any more. It was the end. I closed my eyes.'"

 roadMalcolm X attorney Percy Sutton dead at 89.

 roadBartender found stabbed to death, left in the middle of dance floor at gay club in rural Houma, Louisiana: "The body of Robert LeCompte, 39, was found inside The Drama Club, 126 N. Hollywood Road, after Terrebonne Parish sheriff's deputies were called out at 3:45 a.m., said Maj. Malcolm Wolfe, a Sheriff's Office spokesman. The bar's owner, Randall Chesnut, who lived with LeCompte in Houma, called deputies when LeCompte failed to show up after closing. Wolfe said there were no indications of forced entry at the bar, which normally closes at 2 a.m. There are no suspects, Wolfe said. The bar is a dance club that attracts a predominantly gay and lesbian clientele. Chesnut said in a telephone interview that he was told LeCompte was found on the club's dance floor."


News: Sam Worthington, Dubai, Arthur Cores, Rwanda

 road California Assembly Speaker-to-be John Perez talks with the L.A. Times: "This means there's one less barrier for people. When I grew up, there were only a handful of Latino state elected officials and there weren't any openly gay ones. So I never thought I would be in office. . . . It speaks to the fact that California has a sophisticated electorate that struggles with issues of gay rights but really is driven by an overwhelming sense of fairness."

Gaymp roadGay Canadian MP flooded with support over Christmas card controversy. "Letters and phone calls of support, including one from Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff, have been pouring in for an openly gay Nova Scotia MP whose Christmas card ignited controversy this week because it showed him with his partner."

 roadMadonna and George Clooney went on a very unsuccessful date.

 roadRwandan Justice Minister denies plans to criminalize homosexuality.

 roadChemistry: Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law.

 roadHate crime assault reported in Benton Harbor, Michigan.

 roadDustin Lance Black vs. Hope College in Holland, Michigan.


 roadJames Franco does SNL: The skits.

Cores  roadArthur Cores, who founded Boston Market restaurant chain, dies of cancer at 52. "Arthur Richard Cores was born in Brookline, Mass., on Aug. 11, 1957, one of three children of Sidney and Rose Meister Cores. Besides his sister Michelle, of Brookline, he is survived by his spouse, John Yee, whom he married in a legal ceremony in Massachusetts in 2004; and his brother, Steven, of Bradenton, Fla."

 roadBritain's top footballers told to stay in closet: "Britain's foremost PR advisor, Max Clifford, told The Independent on Sunday last night that he has represented two high-profile gay Premier League footballers in the past five years and has advised them to stay in the closet because football 'remains in the dark ages, steeped in homophobia'."

 roadBaggy pants get revenge on killer.

 roadScientists: Earth on track for epic die-off." The study of the fossil and archaeological record over the past 30 million years by UC Berkeley and Penn State University researchers shows that between 15 and 42 percent of the mammals in North America disappeared after humans arrived. That means North American mammals are well on the way - perhaps as much as half way - to a level of extinction comparable to other epic die-offs, like the one that wiped out the dinosaurs."

Calazans  roadMale model fix: Rodrigo Calazans.

 roadPolitico: Left feels left out under Obama. "The disillusion has produced a growing tide of organizing energy — and money — among liberals aimed at dragging the White House back to where many supporters believe Obama’s heart really lies. Union presidents have discarded their talking points and are openly sparring with the White House, while gay rights activists threaten civil disobedience, the ACLU keeps litigating, and congressional Hispanic leaders work to force their issues into the debate. But while those actions may actually create politically useful space to the president’s left, the other consequence of disillusion is what polls have found to be deepening apathy among Democratic voters."

Worthington  roadAvatar stars get LIFE.

 roadCameron sci-fi flick has $232 million opening weekend worldwide.

 roadA photo retrospective of newly-out Wales rugby legend Gareth Thomas.

 roadJohn Amaechi on what's coming for Thomas: "When people learn you are gay, often that can squash your definition so all the good stuff goes and you just become 'some gay rugby player', which is quite difficult for many athletes to deal with."

 roadGay in Dubai — one man's experience: "Walking back to the hotel from the festival’s opening night party I was definitely cruised by a group of guys, not to mention there were a good dozen questionables at the party itself.  Anyway, friend of friend informed that Dubai is actually quite gay, but it’s all underground.  And underground in this unromantic, contemporary way: It’s all sex via the internet.  Apparently Dubaisexuals have also discovered the Hotspot Shield (which I’ve been using for a good year to watch NBC and Hulu in Canada), a device that gives you an anonymous IP address.  Via the Hotspot Shield, all the porn and gay social networking sites in the world are available. "


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