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News: Dracula Fish, GENDA, Gary Coleman, Cape Town

RoadOutrage over GMHC relocation.

Road Gender Non-Discrimination Act (GENDA) gets major boost in New York.

Dracula RoadDracula fish makes Top 10 list of new species.

RoadNick Jonas brings new panty-creaming excitement to Les Miserables in London.

RoadYoung gay republican challenges out Rhode Island House Speaker Gordon Fox: "Erich Sturn, 24, is hoping to unseat Fox, who was elected to succeed state Rep. William Murphy (D-West Warwick) in February. He is a political novice, but he told EDGE he feels the time is right to throw his name into the ring due to the state’s double-digit unemployment rate and dire economic conditions."

RoadBlog 4 Equality: Up-and-coming bloggers can win a trip to Netroots Nation in Vegas from Freedom to Marry.

RoadReport: Gary Coleman on life support. UPDATE: Sadly, Coleman has died.

RoadThe Amityville Horror house is on sale for $1.15 million. Takers?

RoadIan McKellen went into acting to meet other gay people: "I'd heard that a lot of professional actors were gay. Acting seemed like a chance for me to meet like-minded people.  You know, at that time same-sex love in Britain got you into prison. Homosexuality was being completely hushed up. Gay teachers, politicians or firemen - that was something unthinkable.  When I was young I thought I was the only gay Brit. That's why I was glad to find people like me in the actors guild."

RoadHugh Jackman: just like the rest of us.

GirthyRoadManhattan gets girthy in subway map overhaul.

RoadMarc Jacobs got a hair transplant. "I was starting to thin on top, see. I can’t dye it for a while, so this is my natural colour.”

RoadMinnesota non-profit Christian ministry tied to Michelle Bachmann praises Muslim call for executions of gays in America: “Muslims are calling for the executions of homosexuals in America. This just shows you they themselves are upholding the laws that are even in the Bible of the Judeo-Christian God, but they seem to be more moral than even the American Christians do, because these people are livid about enforcing their laws. They know homosexuality is an abomination.”

RoadHow wealthy were all the Presidents?

RoadMatt Lauer in transgender infidelity scandal.

RoadRand Paul: U.S. should stop granting citizenship to children of illegal immigrants.

RoadCagney & Lacey, together again.

Capetown RoadCape Town declared gay capital of Africa.

RoadDid Uganda lie to Germany to continue receiving aid? "Uganda has reassured Germany it does not support a bid by one parliamentarian to outlaw homosexual acts, in order to win an extension of existing aid payments, German officials said Friday. The German development aid ministry said in Berlin it had cleared pledges totalling 120 million euros (148 million dollars) to Uganda over the next three years."

RoadDoes Daniel Craig's fab penthouse make him gay? How about his real estate agent?

Road22nd annual Lambda Literary Awards handed out in NYC: Winners.

RoadGay City News on the shutdown of Brian Ellner's appointment to the Empire State Pride Agenda: "Nearly everyone who spoke to Gay City News — both advocates and foes of Ellner — cited the adamant opposition to him from board member Stuart Appelbaum, president of the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union, one of the city’s most progressive labor leaders and a tough critic of Bloomberg. Appelbaum declined comment to Gay City News."


Towleroad Guide to the Tube #506

MIKE DIAMOND LOVES BALLS: In search of realness at the Love Ball.

THAT BITCH IS ALL PLASTIC: Aunt Barbara is the queen of Tupperware.

WHERE IN THE WORLD IS MATT LAUER?: With Bruno.

THE RESOLVE OF A MOTHER: Hoover's mom testifies before Congress on bullying.


Carrie Fisher on Her Family's First Gay Man

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Carrie Fisher spoke to Matt Lauer about her new memoir on the Today show, and the interview included some insight into her mother Debbie Reynolds' reaction to the news that Fisher's ex with whom she had a child, agent Bryan Lourd, was gay:

"She said 'We have all sorts of men in our family. We've had horse thieves and one-man bands, but this is our first homosexual.' What's she gonna say, 'I'm sorry?' Any other kind of mom it wouldn't work out."

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Music News: Matt Lauer Interviews Kylie Minogue, Plus Jesse McCartney, Fall Out Boy, George Michael

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GuestbloggerRobbie Daw presents a weekly pop music update here on Towleroad! Robbie runs his own site called Chart Rigger.

Between R.E.M., George Michael and Kylie Minogue, it's a gay ol' week as far as new music releases. Kylie's X finally officially drops in the U.S. today, after making a brief three-week appearance on iTunes back in February.

Australia's "singing budgie" is doing stateside promotion all week for X -- including performances of new single "All I See" tonight on Dancing With The Stars, tomorrow on the Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson and then Thursday on Ellen -- and yesterday she sat down for an interview with the Today Show's Matt Lauer.

During their chat, Kylie responded to rumors that she'll soon marry French actor Olivier Martinez, tried to explain her elusive chart success in America and instructed Lauer on how he'll have to greet her once she's awarded the OBE (Order of the British Empire) this summer by the Queen of England.

The U.S. version of X contains an extra mix of "All I See," featuring rapper Mims.

road.jpg SEEING DOUBLE: The pixelated cover of Jesse McCartney's new album Departure, due out May 20, might evoke some "rude" thoughts from Robbie Williams.

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Amydrwhoroad.jpg Amy Winehouse to appear alongside David Tennant on Dr. Who? April Fool's!

road.jpg Following suit with Madonna, U2 have signed a 12-year deal with concert promoting firm Live Nation, though Universal will continue to distribute the Irish band's actual music. Says Bono of Live Nation, who has managed U2's tours for three decades: "We've been dating for over 20 years now. It's about time we tied the knot."

road.jpg U.K. gossip site Digital Spy finds Beyoncé, Limp Bizkit, Sugababes, Steps, Fiona Apple, Blink 182 and Michael Jackson all have one thing in common: they've got the worst album titles of our times.

road.jpg Think you've got what it takes to remix Radiohead? Five separate tracks from their new single "Nude" are up for purchase on iTunes, and buyers are encouraged to create and upload their own GarageBand creation to Radioheadremix.com. Net surfers have to May 1 to vote for their favorite mix on the site.

road.jpg Fall Out Boy's plan to gig on every continent within two weeks falls apart. FOB frontman Pete Wentz: “It’s an utter disappointment… I read [on the MTV Newsroom blog] someone compared it to Geraldo opening Capone's vault, but it's worse than that, because, like, Capone's stuff is in there, you just can't get the light on. There's no spin for it; we got two hours away from Antarctica and we can't go.”

road.jpg POP BLOG WATCH: Miss feeling like a clove-smoking, coffee-drinking teenage girl running rampant in the record store? Hit up Eurovision- and Swede-obsessed Poster Girl.

Accelerateroad.jpg TODAY'S NEW RELEASES:

George Michael's Twenty Five, a two-disc collection of various hits -- including four from Wham! -- and six songs previously unreleased in the U.S. The deluxe edition contains Michael's music videos.

R.E.M.'s 14th album Accelerate, produced by Jacknife Lee.

Moby's Last Night, which finds him returning to his dance roots.

A Town And Two Cities, the debut from British alt rockers Your Vegas. They also have a line of fashion accessories coming to U.S. Bloomingdale's.

Van Morrison's Keep It Simple, his 33rd studio album, and first since 1999.

Attack & Release, from Akron, Ohio blues-rock duo The Black Keys.


Towleroad Guide to the Tube #190

YITZHAK RABIN: New video of the Israeli Prime Minister's assassination on November 4, 1995, never seen before.

ARCTIC SEA ICE: New NASA video showing sea ice cover in the Arctic. "The 2007 Arctic summer sea ice has reached the lowest extent of perennial ice cover on record - nearly 25% less than the previous low set in 2005." (source: De-smog blog)

POLITICS TV: Breaks down the Matt Lauer-Larry Craig interview. (source: queerty)

THE GENETIC OPERA: Co-starring Paris Hilton, an instant camp classic. (source: perez hilton)

Check out our previous guides to the Tube here!


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