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Towleroad Guide to the Tube #497

DR. TILLER: Bill O'Reilly goes ballistic with Salon's Joan Walsh over the Dr. Tiller murder.

BETTY WHITE: Chats with Chelsea Handler about the zoo, Cloris Leachman, sluts, and William Shatner.


FLUSH PUPPY: British pup survives trip into sewer.

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Britain's Former Top Cop Brian Paddick Now UK's Top...Bottom


Britain's gay former top cop Brian Paddick, who ran for mayor of London earlier this year and lost to conservative Boris Johnson, has entered the world of reality TV as a contestant on the UK version of I'm a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here.

In the show, various celebrities, which this season include Martina Navratilova and George Takei (god do I wish they would air this over here), spend time in a Survivor-like jungle environment until they are voted off.

Paddick, who proved himself a survivor as Britain's highest-ranking law enforcement official for quite a few years, is demonstrating his versatility at that game, making a new name for himself not as Britain's top cop, but as its top bottom, or bum as they say,
AFTER THE JUMP (possibly NSFW)...

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News: Brian Paddick, Senegal, Thomas Beatie, Commercial Closet

road.jpg Patrick Sammon steps down as president of Log Cabin Republicans.

Paddickroad.jpg London's gay former top cop Brian Paddick joins cast of I'm a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here, reveals George Michael used to ask him for drugs: [Paddick] famously championed a lenient approach to drug possession during his tenure. He said today: 'Every time I met up with George Michael, the first thing he’d always ask was: 'Have you got a spliff?'...'The joke wears off after a while, but he said it again and again.'" Also on board the show, believe it or not, are George Takei and Martina Navratilova.

road.jpg Pregnant man Thomas Beatie has another bun in the oven: "Thomas Beatie, who is in his first trimester, tells Walters he did not go back on the male hormone testosterone after Susan's birth so he could have another baby. 'I feel good,' he said. 'I had my checkups with my hormone level, as far as the HCG. And everything is right on track.' He says the baby is due June 12."

road.jpg Showtime and Stan Lee collaborating on gay superhero project based upon Perry Moore's novel Hero. Moore is writing the script.

road.jpg Oregon woman beaten with a rock after telling man that she's gay: "Washington County sheriff's deputies said the woman was walking along a street in Aloha on Tuesday when a young man asked for a cigarette. The woman said the man asked whether she was gay and became angry when she told him that she was. Deputies said the two struggled, she fell, he beat her with a rock and his fists, and then she escaped. The suspect was described as white, 16 to 22 years old, about 6 feet tall and slender with very large ears."

road.jpg Top Chef: New York gays form "Team Rainbow".

Gaelroad.jpg Gael Garcia Bernal gets pensive for Flaunt.

road.jpg European Parliament asks Bulgaria to recognize same-sex couples in its domestic partner legislation: " The all-party ‘intergroup’ for gay and lesbian rights has written to the Bulgarian Prime Minister, Sergei Stanishev, and members of the National Assembly expressing concerns that same-sex couples are not included in the draft legislation. 'Unions between opposite-sex and same-sex couples are based on the same ground,' says the letter, signed by MEPs Michael Cashman, Lissy Gräner, Raúl Romeva and Sophie In´t Veld."

road.jpg Brody Jenner without his bros, or clothes.

road.jpg Following the 'witchhunt' it experienced last year, Senegal's gay community is now regrouping with the aid of the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission: "IGLHRC had stepped in to respond to the arrests and condemn the violence already last year, but now hopes to be able to turn from emergency aid to the development of a forceful Senegalese movement fighting for less discrimination of sexual minorities and increased legal rights."

Gigandetroad.jpg What's the point of having Cam Gigandet in Men's Health if he's not going to show off his assets.

road.jpg Sleepless kids become fat adults. Sleepless adults become fatter.

road.jpg The story behind Commercial Closet founder Michael Wilke's departure from the organization in the wake of its GLAAD merger: " Negotiations for a January, 2009 merger had been all but finalized and, in June, Wilke and his editorial director had moved into GLAAD’s New York offices. On Monday, days after learning from his board of directors that the merger had gone through two months ahead of schedule, Wilke says he found out from an article on Ad Age’s Website that he would no longer be with the organization he’d founded seven years ago. 'There wasn’t supposed to be a shutdown,' Wilke told 'That was never planned. I know the board was very concerned about being in the black at the end of the year, so their solution was to cancel our big fundraiser and to let me go.'"

road.jpg Christina Aguilera not sure if Lady Gaga is a man or a woman.

Martina Navratilova on Gay Men in Tennis

In a lengthy interview with Outsports, Martina Navratilova says she believes she has lost over $10 million in endorsement deals because of openness about her sexuality, but doesn't know why there are no openly gay men in professional tennis:

Gasquet"I have no idea. I don’t personally know any who are gay, because none have come out to me. Honest to God. I have suspicions, but I don’t know of one who’s definitely gay. I read that letter to Tennis magazine [in 1994] from an anonymous male player who said 'thank you because we’re not all as brave as you are,' but I don’t know who they are. But I don’t know why. It can’t be because they’re all worried about endorsements, because most of them don’t get any anyway. And now, perhaps they’d get one because they are gay. It’s funny. I understand it in team sports because it can become a negative if the coach or the front office is homophobic and you might not get to play; let alone that your opponents might come after you. But in tennis, nobody can stop you from playing because of your sexuality or if someone doesn’t like you. If your ranking is good enough, you get to play. It’s very simple. So I don’t know why none have come out."

Maybe the $10 million has something to do with it.

I've chosen a photo of Frenchman Richard Gasquet to go with this post not because the player has said he's gay but because he's felt the need to deny it — twice.

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Towleroad Guide to the Tube #191

BILL MAHER: Andrew Sullivan, General Wesley Clark, and Martina Navratilova appear on the show to talk about Bush, ruling through fear, Hillary Clinton, and Barack Obama's gospel tour. And Part Two, on being scared of the wrong things...

IAN MCKELLEN: His recent appearance on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson.

DUMBLEDORE: The right-wing flip-out. It's going to cause young boys to come down with STDs.

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News: Suri Cruise, DC Murder, Tennessee Williams

road.jpg DC killing of attorney Robert Wone in home of gay rights lawyer is probed after evidence doesn't add up: "While processing the crime scene inside 1509 Swann St., NW, technicians were able to determine that the crime scene had been tampered with, including that the area where the victim’s body was located had been cleaned."

Rossroad.jpg Warhol "Beautiful People" exhibition to open in East Hampton.

road.jpg So far, JonBenet murder confession raises more questions than answers. Jeffrey Toobin: "Is he a guilty sicko or an innocent wacko?"

road.jpg Vanity Nightmare? From the email newsletter popbitch: "A source from the Vanity Fair shoot of Suri Cruise says the baby looks enough like Cruise and Holmes for their parentage to be plausible, but that it is a bit of a runt, and required 21 days of photography, plus three days of digital touching-up, before the magazine and celebrity parents had a cover image they liked."

Stipe_douglas_1road.jpg Stipe and Douglas shop together, stroll, nibble gelato on Italian date.

road.jpg Poll: cracks appearing in Bush NASCAR support.

road.jpg The Parade or Approaching the End of a Summer: Unproduced autobiographical Tennessee Williams play set in Provincetown is to have its world premiere there on October 1st.

road.jpg Martina Navratilova has urged Lance Bass to become a role model in a letter to People magazine: "Coming out to your family and friends is hard enough; to do so to the world is a lot harder. I know, as I took this step more than 25 years ago...So as our fight for equality continues, I will not be surprised to one day see Lance Bass marching with the rest of us, right there in the front row." If anyone has a copy of People, feel free to post the full text of the letter in the comments.


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