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News: Pedro Zamora, Pakistan, Judy Shepard, Venezuela, Adam Senn

 road18-year-old Seattle man charged with anti-gay hate crime after confrontation on bus followed by attempted robbery.

Zamora  roadFamily in attendance at capacity premiere of MTV biopic about late former Real World housemate and AIDS activist Pedro Zamora. Pictured, Zamora's sister Mily and star Alex Loynaz.

 roadA shirtless Ed Westwick spotted proving he loves women.

 roadGay Pakistani man now living in New York tells Newsweek how a threat forced him out of the closet in Karachi: "He told me to drive again, and as we drove around for what seemed like hours, I had a vague sense that I needed to play his game and find a way to survive this ordeal. He demanded that I admit homosexuality was a sin, and I eventually complied. I also promised to meet him at a hotel the following day, where he would tell me how much money he wanted. He warned me that he had my car's license-plate number, and that he'd track me down if I didn't show."

 roadCiara debuts new video for "Love Sex Magic" with Justin Timberlake.

Wildthing  roadA whole bundle of Wild Things photos now out in the wild...

 roadGQ profile on gay bishop Gene Robinson, Hendrik Hertzberg's New Yorker editorial on Prop 8 victory among nominees for National Magazine Awards.

 roadMuslim cleric Anjem Choudary calls for gays to be stoned to death at London press conference: "'If a man likes another man, it can happen, but if you go on to fulfil your desire, if it is proved, then there is a punishment to follow. You don't stone to death unless there are four eyewitnesses. It is a very stringent procedure. 'There are some people who are attracted to donkeys but that does not mean it is right.'"

 roadThe son of poet Sylvia Plath, who took her own life at 30 by gassing herself in an oven, hanged himself at home after a battle with depression.

Arson  roadGay Missouri man who claimed his businesses were targeted by an arsonist because he's gay is charged with burning the businesses himself: "The fires destroyed the three businesses and investigators said graffiti left at the fire scene initially appeared to support Thornton's claims to media outlets that he was being targeted for his sexual orientation and that the arson was a hate crime. Larson and Smith were charged Thursday following an investigation by Stockton police, the state fire marshal's office and the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms."

 roadAlleged anti-gay attack in Atlanta questioned after surveillance cameras reveal nothing: Atlanta police "not taking stand" on legitimacy of hate crime.

 roadMale model fix: The City's Adam Senn.

Hookies  roadHookies: Even gay hustlers have their own awards show.

 roadFigure skaters getting pulled into a sequined vortex. Johnny Weir: "To be accepted worldwide, American skaters need to understand that excess is necessary. And yes, I take credit for that. I'm a firm believer that if you're a figure skater, you should wear a figure skating costume. You can't just wear all black and skate to Beethoven. There needs to be a story, and you're the storyteller."

 roadLesbian couple boycotts Napa after City Council declines to pass resolution supporting same-sex marriage.

 roadVenezuela's 'Organic Bill for Gender Equality' on fast track: "it would include language allowing 'the union between two people of the same gender' in the form of something she called 'co-inhabiting associations'."

 roadJudy Shepard brings message of need for tolerance to 4,000 professional school counselors in Charlotte, North Carolina.

 roadVancouver Fountainhead Pub assault not likely to be labeled a hate crime because those involved were playing pool together beforehand?: "The victim of the assault, Ritchie Dowie, a father of two, remains in grave condition in hospital with massive head injuries and is not expected to recover. The incident occurred in the Fountainhead Pub on Davie St., March 13, at about 8 p.m. Vancouver’s gay community have labeled the assault a hate crime following allegations that Woodward called Dowie a 'faggot' when he was apprehended by other patrons of the pub following the assault. Woodward’s counsel Joel Whysall said Friday that there was no evidence a hate crime had been committed."

First Look: Where the Wild Things Are One-Sheet


A new poster for the long-in-production and much-anticipated Spike Jonze-directed adaptation of author Maurice Sendak's children's classic Where the Wild Things Are has hit the web.

The movie, which has experienced some lengthy delays, has a release date of October, but its trailer is rumored to appear in front of the upcoming Monsters vs Aliens.

Last September, Sendak gave a rare and heartfelt interview to the New York Times in which he publicly acknowledged his sexuality and mourned his longtime partner. The interview offered some insight into some of the secrets kept in Sendak's own childhood. Said the author, regretfully: "All I wanted was to be straight so my parents could be happy. They never, never, never knew."

Check out the great one-sheet for Where the Wild Things Are, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Where the Wild Things Are Author Maurice Sendak: 'I'm Gay'

For many years, children's book author Maurice Sendak lived in what OUT magazine recently described as the glass closet. But yesterday, in an interview with The New York Times, he publicly came out:

Sendak"Was there anything he had never been asked? He paused for a few moments and answered, 'Well, that I’m gay...I just didn’t think it was anybody’s business,' Mr. Sendak added. He lived with Eugene Glynn, a psychoanalyst, for 50 years before Dr. Glynn’s death in May 2007. He never told his parents: 'All I wanted was to be straight so my parents could be happy. They never, never, never knew.' Children protect their parents, Mr. Sendak said. It was like the time he had a heart attack at 39. His mother was dying from cancer in the hospital, and he decided to keep the news to himself, something he now regrets. A gay artist in New York is not exactly uncommon, but Mr. Sendak said that the idea of a gay man writing children books would have hurt his career when he was in his 20s and 30s."

Sadly, it's not an announcement centered around celebration. Sendak, who says a recent triple bypass has left him to weak to work or talk around easily, is also "gripped with grief" for Glynn, who died of lung cancer:

"The illness and setting up of round-the-clock care in their home were just 'so unbelievable,' he explained. Mr. Sendak is mostly finished with it, but he admitted that for the first time, 'I feel extremely vulnerable.' He is afraid — not of death, which is as familiar to him as a child’s teddy bear — but of not being able to finish his work: 'I feel like I don’t have a lot of time left.' After Dr. Glynn’s death, Mr. Sendak said he was 'still trying to figure out what I’m doing here...'I wanted to take his place,' he said. 'His death became a demarcation.' He added that he lost touch with many of his friends, unable to return phone calls and reply to e-mail messages."

Sendak's books certainly brought me much joy as a kid. I wish him the best.

A First Look at Where the Wild Things Are


The first image from Spike Jonze's adaptation of Maurice Sendak's classic children's book Where the Wild Things Are has been released. If Jonze can bring the same wit and magic realism to this as he did to Being John Malkovich, I'm there. Seems like a perfect fit to me.



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