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News: Libya, Knut, John Cena, GLAAD, Malaysia

 road Officers in the Atlanta Police Department are going through training for LGBT issues.

Lybia  road American and European forces launch air strikes against Libya government: "...about 110 Tomahawk missiles, fired from American warships and submarines and one British submarine struck 20 air-defense targets around Tripoli, the capital, and the western city of Misurata."

 road The WWE apolgizes for John Cena's homophobic comments directed at The Rock: “WWE takes this issue very seriously, and has already spoken with our talent about these incidents. We are taking steps and working with GLAAD to ensure that our fans know that WWE is against bullying or discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. We strongly value our fans in the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, and apologize to them for these incidents.”

 road Ann Coulter unconvincingly extols the benefits of radiation.

 road Just in time for the release of his new movie, Bradley Cooper is a single man.

Knut  road RIP: Knut the polar bear has died suddenly of unknown causes at the Berlin Zoo.

 road Sneak peek at the upcoming Charlie's Angels network show.

 road Possible spoiler alert: Is this the villain in the new Spider-man movie?

 road The Guardian publishes its findings related to a survey about stereotypes in cinema: "Two in three of respondents agree that gay characters are too often portrayed with sexual orientation as their main trait. Three in five say they are too often shown as being "camp". Among the gay, lesbian and bisexual population, those views are held by four out of five people."

 road Former Secretary of State Warren Christopher is dead at 85.

 road Malaysia's new LGBT film, … Dalam Botol, certainly isn't that country's Brokeback Mountain. Says one activist: "It presents LGBT people as depressed and confused."


Gay-Accepting Lyrics in Gaga's 'Born This Way' Censored by Malaysia

Lady Gaga's LGBT anthem "Born This Way" has been censored by Malaysian radio:

Bornthisway Broadcasters in this Muslim-majority nation have refused to play lines in the hit song that encourage public acceptance of gays, claiming Thursday they are being cautious because the government forbids offensive content.

Malaysians who tune in to popular stations hear edited versions of "Born This Way" that use indecipherable garble to replace the lyrics: "No matter gay, straight or bi, lesbian, transgendered life, I'm on the right track, baby."

AMP Radio Networks, Malaysia's top private radio operator, said the precaution was due to government restrictions against songs that might violate "good taste or decency or (are) offensive to public feeling."

Fines of up to 50,000 ringgit ($16,000) and other penalties can be levied.

Said Malaysian gay rights activist Pang Khee Teik to the AP: "Lady Gaga was attempting to address this very thing in her song. How dare they play that song and cut out its shining heart. We just want the same thing as everyone else: to love, be loved and have our songs played on the radio."


News: San Francisco, Mark Wahlberg, Barney Frank, FOX News

 road Bones found in the South Pacific might be those of lost aviator Amelia Earhart.

Swallow  road Ever wonder about some of the strange things people have swallowed? There's now an entire book devoted to the subject.

 road Prince Harry gets honored in Germany.

 road Malaysian politician, Datuk Seri Jamil Khir Baharom reacts to a popular Youtube video where a writer from his country talks openly about his own sexuality: For Muslims, we must remember that being gay is against our religious teaching."

 road The Situation has been using an image of a painting of himself on his Facebook page but the artist hasn't asked him to remove it because she feels as if he won't understand copyright laws.

 road Rabbit Hole director John Cameron Mitchell: "The military, despite its conservative reputation, is the most socialist, egalitarian institution in this country and I’m glad to have grown up in it."

 road Levi Johnston has a girlfriend and Bristol is just fine with it.

Mark  road Mark Wahlberg and his pecs grace the cover of Sports Illustrated.

 road It's not very difficult to spoof the Kardashian sisters.

 road Some San Franciscans want the rainbow flag street banners that have been up in the castro for years removed.

 road In non-news of the day, a study has found that Fox News viewers are the most misinformed consumers of news.

 road Barney Frank tells Maureen Dowd about the possibility of a gay US president: “It’s one thing to have a gay person in the abstract. It’s another to see that person as part of a living, breathing couple. How would a gay presidential candidate have a celebratory kiss with his partner after winning the New Hampshire primary? The sight of two women kissing has not been as distressful to people as the sight of two men kissing.”


Adam Lambert Makes 'Minor Adjustments' After Malaysia Protest

Adam_lambert The Pan Malaysian Islamic Party, currently on the warpath against gay singer Adam Lambert, makes Carl Paladino seem quaint.

PAS, which has about one million constituents, launched a protest against an upcoming Lambert concert in Malaysia because of the singer's same-sex ways.

Said PAS youth leader Nasrudin Hasan: "Adam Lambert's shows are outrageous, with lewd dancing and a gay performance that includes kissing male dancers, this is not good for people in our country."

In light of the outrage, Lambert now says he will make "minor adjustments" to his performance. "While I don't believe that my Glamnation tour is in any way offensive, I have agreed to make a few minor adjustments out of respect for the Malaysian government," wrote the singer.

Lambert later elaborated, telling reporters that he's making the changes out of respect. "[My] main goal is to keep people entertained — not to make them uncomfortable," he explained. "It’s something I’m doing out of respect. It’s just one little thing. Man kissing another man is something that government really doesn’t appreciate."



Malaysia May Screen First Gay-Themed Film

Raja Azmi Raja Sulaiman, the director of one of Malaysia's first gay and transgender-themed films, awaits the verdict from Malaysian government censors on "Dalam Botol", about how one partner's sex change affects a gay relationship, the AP reports

Botol  "Raja Azmi submitted a preliminary script last year to the Home Ministry's Film Censorship Board, which verbally approved it after advising her not to shoot scenes of men kissing or being in bed together. Censors also told her to change the original title: 'Anu Dalam Botol,' or 'Penis in a Bottle.' The film's two leads had trouble 'getting loose and comfortable in the first few days,' but they adjusted to their roles before filming ended earlier this year, Raja Azmi said. 'We still shot scenes of skin-to-skin intimacy, with them hugging passionately,' she said. 'Without that, we wouldn't be able to show how much the characters really love each other.' Censors are unlikely to permit such scenes for Malaysian audiences, who are accustomed to bland, generic comedies and romances. Censorship board officials declined to comment until Raja Azmi submits the film to them."

Considering what Malaysian Film Producers' Association president Ahmad Puad Onah recently said about the new censorship guidelines, and what Raja Azmi said about it, the film could screen: "We are now allowed to show these scenes. As long as we portray good triumphing over evil and there is a lesson learnt in the film, such as from a gay (character) who turns into a (straight) man."

Said Raja Azmi of the film: "She stressed the movie was 'a nonfiction tragedy about my friend.'"

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Gay Movies Can Now Be Screened in Malaysia, On One Condition...

New censorship guidelines in Malaysia now allow the screening of movies which feature homosexuality.

On one condition.Shelter  

Said Malaysian Film Producers' Association president Ahmad Puad Onah: "We are now allowed to show these scenes. As long as we portray good triumphing over evil and there is a lesson learnt in the film, such as from a gay (character) who turns into a (straight) man.  Previously we are not allowed to show these at all...We can do almost anything now but we are urged to give due considerations on the film's impact on certain areas like public order, religion, socio-culture elements and moral values."

Films with the gays getting killed in the end would probably pass muster as well:

"It is not just homosexuality - subjects such as illegal racing can also be depicted. A report at the weekend said local movie V3 Road Gangster was being shown in the cinemas since the illegal racers either died or were caught by police at the end."


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