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04/19/2014

Ugandan Men to Go on Trial for Homosexuality

UgandaThe Guardian is reporting that two Ugandan men will go to trial next month accused of violating the country’s anti-homosexuality laws

Prosecutors said on Wednesday that they had sufficient evidence against Kim Mukisa and Jackson Mukasa, who denied the charges when they first appeared in court earlier this year. They have been held in Luziro prison in Kampala since December.

Mukisa, 24, a businessman, was charged with "having sexual knowledge of a person against the order of nature" and Mukasa, 19, with permitting a person to have sexual knowledge of him against the order of nature.

While the country’s recently enacted anti-gay law punishes first-time offenders with 14 years in jail, Mukisa and Mukasa have been charged under the 1950 Penal Code Act which prescribes life imprisonment for persons found guilty of homosexual acts. 

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Italian Town Votes to Recognize Gay Marriage

The city council of Latina, a small commune in central Italy, has voted in favor of a motion to support the recognition of a same-sex couple’s marriage.

Agere per Formulas reports:

Garullo ottocentoAntonio Garullo and Mario Ottocento [pictured] were the first Italian gay couple to be married more than 10 years ago in Holland. In 2004 they asked the Ufficio dello Stato Civile of the Comune of Latina to register their marriage but their application was turned down. So the couple sued theComune of Latina, but in 2005 the Tribunale of latina rejected their complaint. Then they appealed the Court decision to the Court of Appeal of Rome where they found a second denial. Eventually the couple appealed the second negative decision to the Supreme Court of Cassation. In 2012 this court rejected their appeal but delivered a landmark opinion for LGBT rights. That Court said that the Italian laws should treat gay and straight couple equally. 

Antonio and Mario asked the Comune of Latina to record their marriage on April 15 and this afternoon the Council of the Latina approved in a 14-2 vote (1 absentee) a motion in support of the record of their marriage.

The motion is addressed to the Italian Government, which will decide whether or not the commune of Latina can register the marriage. 

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04/18/2014

South Carolina Police Chief Says Homophobic Mayor Fired Her for Being Gay: VIDEO

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The city council of Latta, South Carolina is investigating the circumstances surrounding the firing of Police Chief Crystal Moore by the town’s mayor. Moore claims she was fired because of her sexual orientation.

Mayor Earl Bullard fired Moore earlier this week after giving her seven written reprimands in one day (the first reprimands in her 20-plus years on the job).  Some elected officials and city residents, however, have rallied to Moore’s side, believing that Bullard has held a long-standing vendetta against Moore because she’s gay.

WBTW reports:

"I can't believe that we still have no equal rights. That's the biggest issue. I've been harassed, intimidated. This is the first time it's been this public. I'd tried living a quiet decent life and do what I'm supposed to," Moore said.

In an audio recording provided to WBTW by city councilman Jared Taylor, Mayor bullard is heard saying he’d rather have an alcoholic be responsible for his kids than a gay person with a “questionable” lifestyle:

Bullard“I would much rather have someone who drank and drank too much taking care of my child than I had somebody whose lifestyle is questionable around children, because that ain’t the damn way that they’re supposed to be,” Bullard says on the call. “I don’t agree with some of the lifestyles that I see portrayed and I don’t say anything because that’s the way they want to live. But I’m not going to let my child be around. I’m not going to let two women stand up there and hold hands and let my child be aware of it, and I’m not going to see them do it with two men neither. I’m not going to do it, because that ain’t the way the world works.”

The city council held a special meeting Thursday and voted for a referendum to weaken the mayor’s power. City residents will now be able to vote on the measure. 

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Towleroad Guide to the Tube #1562

RUPAUL DRIVES: NYC nightlife queen Susanne Bartsch.

SPACEX: Test flight of the F9R reusable rocket (like the one that took off to the ISS today).

ONION: 14 percent of Americans now intolerant to the word 'gluten'.

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY: A new featurette.

For recent Guides to the Tube, click HERE.

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04/18/2014

News: Don Lemon, Wisconsin, Jared Leto, Teen Wolf, Playbill

RoadNew Oregon marriage licenses available for gay couples.

Jesus_letoRoadJared Leto and Jesus, together at last.

RoadWill Prince William wear a fashionable Alpaca wig?

RoadRich Juzwiak interviews Ira Sachs about his forthcoming film Love is Strange: "I've been close to two or three couples, gay and straight, who have been together for 45 years. I have a sense of the chapters in those stories. I think as a screenwriter, you want to reveal that history as organically as possible."

RoadMilwaukee couple files suit challenging Wisconsin's gay marriage ban. "According to court documents, plaintiffs Katherine and Linda Halopka-Ivery of Milwaukee County said the case should go directly to the Supreme Court because the issue of the constitutionality of the ban is one of great public interest (or “publici juris”). This means the Supreme Court has the right to take original jurisdiction on the matter."

RoadIn case you are getting nostalgic about old Coachella posters.

KelleyRoadTeen Wolf star Ryan Kelley shows off his six-pack.

RoadNorwegian plumber stabbed his workmate after gay jibe: "The 42-year-old man and his younger colleague had been working on a job together in the summer of 2012, when the younger man began attacking him about his sexuality, telling him that he had heard rumours that he had a secret male lover."

RoadPlaybill to switch up logo to support gay pride.

RoadNamibia says foreign gays cannot claim refugee status: "We will not accept them. They are not part of the criteria we use."

RoadKim Novak writes open letter to Oscar bullies: "For days, I didn’t leave the house, and it got to me like it gets kids and teenagers.I’m not going to deny that I had fat injections in my face. They seemed far less invasive than a face lift. In my opinion, a person has a right to look as good as they can, and I feel better when I look better.”

Lemon1RoadDon Lemon's modeling pics.

RoadFlorida marriage equality plaintiff invited to White House Easter Egg roll: "Melanie & Vanessa Alenier, one of the plaintiff couples in the lawsuit for marriage equality in Florida, will be attending the 136th annual White House Easter Egg Roll with their family. This event, hosted by the First Family, is being held on Monday, April 21st, 2014."

RoadGay man is 'allergic' to the Kardashians: "He breaks out in a cold sweat whenever he sees or hears the famous family and says the sight of a semi-naked Kim even makes him vomit with disgust."

RoadQuestions arise over American plane spotted on Tehran runway: "The Federal Aviation Administration said it had no information about the investors in the aircraft or who was operating it. Officials waiting at the gangway at Mehrabad Airport said only that the aircraft was 'V.I.P.' ... Iranian officials also declined to comment on the purpose of the plane’s visit or passengers’ identities. A spokesman for Iran’s United Nations mission in New York, Hamid Babaei, said: 'We don’t have any information in this regard. I refer you to the owner.'"

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Zac Efron Shows Off His 'Gorgeous' Junk in 'Workaholics' Competition: VIDEO

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Zac Efron goes to great lengths to assure victory in a cubicle competition with Seth Rogen for the Comedy Central show Workaholic.

E! reports:

The Workaholics guys begin chanting, "We've got to see that d--k. We've got to see that d--k." Efron stands up, unzips his pants, pulls out his manhood and says, "There, see? Full circumcised."

The four other guys gasp in amazement. "Oh my god, it's amazing. It is f--king gorgeous," Rogen says. "Did Leonardo Di Vinci circumcise you? It's beautiful.

Your balls have a six-pack! Put it away! Put it away, it's too nice!"

"That was a great d--k! That was a great d--k!" Adam, Blake and Ders chant.

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