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04/19/2007


This Week In Unnecessary Censorship: VIDEO

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Among this week's subjects in Jimmy Kimmel's weekly tribute to the FCC: Kim Kardashian and Kanye West's new baby, Sen. Rand Paul, the San Antonio Spurs, and Sarah Palin. 

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News: NOM, Mark Twain, Google, Toni Braxton

6a00d8341c730253ef014e86b06427970d NOM colleague Robert Gagnon compares gay-straight alliances to the KKK and skinheads.

Mark-twain-shirtless-2-e13612533887216a00d8341c730253ef014e86b06427970d An authentic shirtless photo of a furry Mark Twain from the 1880s has made its way onto the Internet.

6a00d8341c730253ef014e86b06427970d One of two gay bashers in Kentucky apologizes to the victim two years after the attack: "I'm asking on your behalf if you'll have mercy on me."

6a00d8341c730253ef014e86b06427970d Kanye Kardashian and Kim Kardashian announce they're having a baby girl.

6a00d8341c730253ef014e86b06427970d Study says it explains the strong bond between many gay men and straight women: "...close friendships between straight women and gay men may be characterized by a unique exchange of unbiased mating-relevant information that may not be available in their other relationships." 

6a00d8341c730253ef014e86b06427970d Police car among property vandalized with swastkias and anti-gay graffiti in Bethesda, Maryland.

6a00d8341c730253ef014e86b06427970d Booed gay soldier Stephen Snyder-Hill will work with FreedomOhio to be lead advocate for marriage equality in Ohio.

6a00d8341c730253ef014e86b06427970d Goodbye, Jermaine Jackson. Hello Jermaine Jacksun.

6a00d8341c730253ef014e86b06427970d Mgid-uma-video-mtv.com-507964Toni Braxton wants a specific film role: “I would like to play a lesbian … and do a whole make-out scene and the whole thing, just something completely different than people would expect from me. Not a lipstick lesbian, either.”

6a00d8341c730253ef014e86b06427970d Six actors who have taken home both Oscars and Razzies.

6a00d8341c730253ef014e86b06427970d Google vs. Apple - the former might be in the lead: "Google has successfully positioned itself as the one company poised to take advantage of the next wave of technological progress."

6a00d8341c730253ef014e86b06427970d Michelle Obama dances up a storm on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.

6a00d8341c730253ef014e86b06427970d Are Republicans dropping their opposition to gay marriage? "The Republican Party may not be there yet, but...supporting gay marriage is the future of the GOP."


News: Gay Judge, Challenger, Subway Pusher, Fox's 'Embarrassment'

1NewsIcon Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has signed a bill putting new limits on abortion clinics, including a law requiring that providers ask patients whether they've been coerced into having an abortion.

Airplane21NewsIcon At least four people are dead after a plane slid off the runway in Moscow. "Emergency officials said in a televised news conference that four people were killed and another four severely injured when the plane rolled off the runway into a snowy field and disintegrated. The plane's cockpit area was sheared off from the fuselage and a large chunk gashed out near the tail."

1NewsIcon California Gov. Jerry Brown appointed Judge Kim Colwell to the Alameda County Superior Court, making her the first lesbian to sit on that court.

1NewsIcon Matthew McConaughey And Camila Alves welcomed their third child together.

1NewsIcon A look ahead at Prince William and Kate Middleton's 2013.

1NewsIcon Jesse Tyler Ferguson and fiance Justin Mikita go for a stroll on the beach in St. Barts.

Pakistanprotest1NewsIcon Some Pakistanis are upset over a series of paintings that depicts Islamic clerics in homoerotic situations. "Officials at the National College of Arts in Lahore, Pakistan, shut down the Journal of Contemporary Art, which published the paintings by artist Muhammad Ali in a summer edition. School officials also removed all issues of the journal from campus bookstores and dissolved the journal's editorial board after the images sparked threats of violence from Islamic extremists..."

1NewsIcon Fox News writer thinks that media supporting marriage equality in 2012 was an "embarrassing moment." "Newsies looked like an aging cast of "Glee," with almost every major news organization showing its support for gay marriage. CNN’s Anderson Cooper came out; ABC weather guy Sam Champion even married his boyfriend. But coverage isn’t just about rights, it’s about wrongs – "journalistic" attacks on Chick-fil-A, a shooting against a conservative organization that opposes gay marriage and more."

1NewsIcon This rare amateur video of the Challenger explosion was New Scientist's most viewed of the year.

1NewsIcon Brad Brenner at Huffington Post has a detailed look at how many gay men are using apps and online resources for their sexual and romantic needs, and how they're using them. A snippet: "More than three out of four men in our survey indicated that they struggle to find guys to connect with. Likewise, over six in 10 men said they fear getting shot down when introducing themselves, and the same number struggle with figuring out how to break the ice to initiate a conversation. Mobile app technology is easing those long-held anxieties, with 78 percent of men saying that apps allowed them to start a conversation with a guy that they otherwise wouldn't have."

Arrested1NewsIcon The new season of Arrested Development will debut in its entirety on May 4.

1NewsIcon Kanye West wore a crystal-studded mask during a concert in Atlantic City last night, because, you know, why not?

1NewsIcon Despite growing criticism, New York's Journal News will publish more names and addresses of gun owners.

1NewsIcon Police have nabbed the woman accused of pushing a man onto the subway track and to his death.

1NewsIcon Sexy sweaters.


Frank Ocean Coming Out On New Album 'Channel Orange'?

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Frank Ocean's Channel Orange doesn't hit shelves until July 17th, but BBC radio's Max caught a listen and says that Ocean, a ghostwriter for Justin Bieber, Beyonce, John Legend and also a vocal talent in his own right, basically comes out. Instead of using "her" in love songs, he blatantly uses "him".

From The Boombox:

[Ocean] has been holding listening parties all over the world, most recently in London, and after giving Channel Orange a spin, BBC 1 radio personality Max reported back on lyrics that would seemingly out Ocean as gay.

"Frank has also opened up about his sexuality on the album, we think it's brave and admire him for being so honest and sharing such a personal aspect of his life through his music," Max said. "On the songs 'Bad Religion' 'Pink Matter and 'Forrest Gump' you can hear him sing about being in love and their are quite obvious words used like 'him' and not 'her.'

The site also notes that Bossip.com recently ran a blind item suggesting Frank Ocean was prepping for a coming out party.

There’s been plenty of speculation about this hot young r&b star’s sexuality, but most of it has been drowned out by the adoration by fans and famous alike. After keeping folks guessing in 2011, this soul singer will answer any questions about which team he’s swinging for with his upcoming musical release.

If this is indeed about Ocean and he is coming out, the 24-year old and his many famous friends, like Jay-Z and Kanye West, could become leading figures in combating homophobia in hip-hop. That is if Ocean chose to do so, of course.


News: Obama on Kanye, More Titanic, Ex-Gay Ad, PTA

RoadFootball players at a San Antonio high school lent their popularity and friendship to a bullied peer.

6a00d8341c730253ef0168e9f35c3e970c-800wi Good education: "A New York group has won approval to organize what would be the only Parent Teacher Association unit in the country currently dedicated to the needs of gay and lesbian youths."

6a00d8341c730253ef0168e9f35c3e970c-800wi Egglesfield Colin Egglesfield is oft shirtless on The Client List. Any why wouldn't he be?

6a00d8341c730253ef0168e9f35c3e970c-800wi A GOProud activist doubts the veracity of Hilary Rosen's Ann Romney apology, because "radical left-wing lesbians are just too stubborn to admit when they're wrong." I doubt the veracity of that statement.

6a00d8341c730253ef0168e9f35c3e970c-800wi Sorry if this is too much Titanic coverage, but Daniel Mendelsohn has an interesting article about why we care so much about the ocean disaster in this week's New Yorker: "[The Only Way to Cross] winningly portrays the wireless boys of a hundred years ago as the computer geeks of their day, from their extreme youth to their strikingly familiar lingo. “WHAT IS THE MATTER WITH U?,” came one response to the Titanic’s distress call."

6a00d8341c730253ef0168e9f35c3e970c-800wi What kind of car is President Obama?

AdamLambertSingle6a00d8341c730253ef0168e9f35c3e970c-800wi Here is the cover for Adam Lambert's new single, "Never Close Our Eyes."

6a00d8341c730253ef0168e9f35c3e970c-800wi Ready to read some post-Harry Potter JK Rowling? Here are some details on her forthcoming book, The Casual Vacancy: "The 480-page book, which is described as 'blackly comic, thought-provoking and constantly surprising', is about a parish council election in a small English town called Pagford."

 

6a00d8341c730253ef0168e9f35c3e970c-800wi President Obama on Kanye West: "He is a jackass. But he's talented."

6a00d8341c730253ef0168e9f35c3e970c-800wi This is totally true: "The United States would be a very different place if everyone cared this much about misogyny when there wasn't a presidential election in which appearing to care about misogyny could score a political point."

6a00d8341c730253ef0168e9f35c3e970c-800wi The plaintiffs in McLaughlin v. United States, a suit demanding the government extend benefits to the spouses of gay soldiers, are asking the House of Representatives' Bipartisan Legal Advisory Group to weigh in on the case on April 20, 8 days earlier than the previous deadline.

ExGayAd RoadTransport for London announced late Thursday that a contract for an "ex-gay" group's bus ads reading "Not gay! Post-gay, ex-gay and proud. Get over it!" has been scrapped

6a00d8341c730253ef0168e9f35c3e970c-800wi The Avengers premiered in Los Angeles last night. Those not lucky enough to attend will have to wait until May 4th.

6a00d8341c730253ef0168e9f35c3e970c-800wi First Lady Michelle Obama came out in defense of Ann Romney today.

6a00d8341c730253ef0168e9f35c3e970c-800wi Rumor has it that Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel will tie the knot in Italy this summer. Maybe once that's over with he'll make another album?

6a00d8341c730253ef0168e9f35c3e970c-800wi Bikini waxes are for some reason increasingly popular among men.

6a00d8341c730253ef0168e9f35c3e970c-800wi Equality activism from across the religious rainbow for marriage rights in North Carolina: "Groundswell, a social action initiative of Auburn Seminary, will launch the Groundswell of Courage campaign, a multifaith, national, grassroots campaign that supports full LGBTQ equality and dignity this Saturday, April 14th, 2012, in North Carolina, just 24 days before North Carolina's May 8 ballot initiative that would change the state constitution and ban same-sex marriage and legal recognition for North Carolina's LGBTQ couples."

6a00d8341c730253ef0168e9f35c3e970c-800wi The U.S. Justice Department today issued its first hate crime indictment for an incident involving sexual orientation. From the DOJ: "The indictment charges the men with committing a hate crime in violation of the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act, which expanded federal jurisdiction to include certain assaults motivated by someone’s sexual orientation."


Kanye West Goes to 'Occupy Wall Street' Protest with Spokesman Russell Simmons: VIDEO

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A very serious Kanye West kept uncharacteristically quiet at the Occupy Wall Street protest.

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