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News: Amazing Race, Aaron Schock, DOMA, Twitter, Muffins, UVA

 roadPelosi to Bay Area Reporter: Repeal of DOMA not a top priority.

 roadJared Polis considering introducing omnibus LGBT rights bill in the House.

Efron road Zac Efron's nut-tingling leftovers.

 roadThe current Amazing Race, which has at least two additional contestants who are gay but not identified as such, closets contestants because producers want them to play to their types. Mel White: "After Luke 'found out that Mike and I were being billed as gay, he wanted to be billed as gay,' but a producer said—and this is Mel paraphrasing a conversation he had with an unnamed producer—‘No, we’re establishing you as what we want you to be established. He’s established as deaf. You’re established as gay, so don’t be interrupting what we're trying to do here.’”

 roadMel White talks to AfterElton...

 roadElton John to perform at Andy Roddick's wedding this weekend.

 road1,000,000: Ashton Kutcher beats CNN in weeklong Twitter war.

 roadDefense Secretary Gates remains cautious on "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" repeal: “Everybody in this room knows that this is a complex and difficult problem. [Then he noted that President Harry S. Truman had signed an executive order integrating the armed services in 1948] and that it was five years before the process was completed. I’m not saying that’s a model for this, but I’m saying that I believe that this is something that needs to be done very, very carefully.’’

Eli  roadEli Manning: I'm better looking than Peyton.

 roadSarah Palin's anti-gay attorney general nominee REJECTED.

 roadOhio teacher resigns after taking high school students to gay bar: "Lori Epperson submitted a letter of resignation Thursday. She also sent an email to her supervisor and the school principal in which she admits to taking four female students to a club called Masque."

 roadTony Perkins at the Family Research Council has the lie-spewing turned up full throttle.

 roadBritney Spears stalked by former American Idol contesant peeping Tomasina.

 roadStephen Colbert talks to the Brody Jenner of Congress, Rep. Aaron Schock.

Muffin  roadGay muffin tops!

 roadLong Island gay and lesbian groups to honor Harvey Milk this weekend: "Milk's nephew, Stuart Milk, will accept an award on Saturday from the Long Island Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Services Network. Milk grew up on Long Island and graduated from high school there in the late 1940s — keeping his sexuality a well-guarded secret."

 roadUVA students hold a rally against anti-gay hate: "Several hundred people gathered at UVA’s amphitheater last night for the Stand Against Hatred. The vigil and public forum was in response to the April 4 attack on a UVA student that was apparently motivated by anti-gay bias."

 roadMaryland to protect the homeless under hate crimes statute: "The groundbreaking measure, championed by one of the legislature's most conservative Republicans, was approved in the House of Delegates four minutes before the General Assembly adjourned at midnight Monday. O'Malley (D) is reviewing the bill, which also adds penalties for violent crimes against people targeted because of their gender or disability."

Soulforce's Mel White Admonishes Tony Perkins on AC360


Soulforce founder (and Amazing Race contestant) Mel White (above, right) and Family Research Council's Tony Perkins appeared on AC 360 last night to discuss the recent chatter that the religious right-wing have lost the culture war, as well as recent conflicting statements by Rick Warren.

White certainly gets the right point across in the end:

COOPER: I've got to give Mel the last word, because I gave Tony the first word -- Mel.

WHITE: It's really important for people to realize that Tony and Dobson and these others have been misleading the public for so many years about sexual orientation and gender identity. It's so important to see through their half-truths and their hyperboles. It's really important to realize the damage they're doing by not saying that God created us gay. God loves us gay. And we should have all the rights that the American people provide all of us. So Tony sounds good like Rick, but they're really saying things that are horrible and destructive.

COOPER: Tony, I'll give you a quick response, because it was directed at you.

PERKINS: Well, I would just say it's not true. The Bible speaks for itself.

WHITE: The Bible says nothing about homosexuality, Tony.

PERKINS: You know that very well that it does. But Mel, nonetheless, Mel, I love you. Appreciate you as a human being.

WHITE: Don't say that because as soon as you say about gay people lead to destruction, the break-up of families... You continue this, "We love you, but we hate you. We love you, but...We don't want you to have rights. Tony, I've read your material. I've monitored you for ten years. You've got to get off this anti-gay stuff, because they're leaving the churches, because they've seen through your fundamentalist stuff."

Watch it, AFTER THE JUMP...

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News: Megamouth, Iraq, No Doubt, Tony Blair, Pope, Easter Eggs

 roadNYT reports 25 gay men have been executed in Iraq in past two months. Vigils to be held for slain gay Iraqis in New York this Friday and in London next Thursday.

Megamouth  roadExtremely rare megamouth shark caught, eaten in Philippines.

 roadDoes No Doubt's new track deliver? - LISTEN.

 roadColumbia, Missouri City Council passes domestic partner law in unanimous vote: "The legal recognition can allow partners to participate in health care decisions, burial arrangements and other matters. The law is not equivalent to legalizing same-sex marriage, and City Councilwoman Barbara Hoppe pointed out that private employers don't have to follow the registry."

 roadTexas Christian University to offer housing for gay students.

 roadTony Blair: Pope wrong about gays. "There are many good and great things the Catholic Church does, and there are many fantastic things this Pope stands for, but I think what is interesting is that if you went into any Catholic Church, particularly a well attended one, on any Sunday here and did a poll of the congregation, you'd be surprised at how liberal-minded people were."

 roadNPR's Terry Gross talks to Mike and Mel White from The Amazing Race.

Rhys  roadJonathan Rhys Meyers gets his game on.

 roadSix gay candidates were victorious in various elections nationwide on Tuesday. Victory Fund: "Salisbury, Maryland elected an openly gay mayor,  Jim Ireton. In Jacksonville, Illinois, Scott Hall won  election to the city council. Robert Garcia won a race for a seat on the Long Beach, California, city council. Shane Cohn will become the first openly gay alderman in St. Louis, Missouri. In Nebraska, Barbara Baier advanced to the general election in her bid to retain her seat on the school board in Lincoln. She is the state’s only openly LGBT elected official. Margaret Paul was elected alderman in the City of Berwyn, Illinois.

 roadIan Somerhalder looking more like a vampire every day.

 roadHugh Jackman "heartbroken" over Wolverine leak.

 roadI saw what you did: don't try to slip anything past the Jackdaw.

 roadOr this guy: the dude from Fringe.

 roadNYC rally tonight in support of Vermont marriage equality. Union Square 6:30 pm.

Tate  roadTate Museum extension design gets green light.

 roadActor Kal Penn tapped as White House arts liaison.

 roadSyracuse man indicted in hate crime killing of transgender woman Latiesha Green last November: "An Onondaga County grand jury handed down the indictment Friday, charging Dwight DeLee with murder as a hate crime, murder and a weapons possession charge."

 roadSwiss philosopher Tariq Ramadan causing controversy in Rotterdam over his defense of a "European Islam" and his perspective on gays and the role of women in society.

 roadGay families get invite to White House Easter Egg roll: "White House officials said that tickets for Monday's Easter Egg Roll event were distributed to gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender organizations, but did not specify how many or to which ones. Representatives from Family Equality Council, Human Rights Campaign, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force and other groups confirmed they were invited and encouraged to have their members participate. 'The Obama administration actually reached out to us as an organization, and said we want gay families there, and they are an important part of the American family fabric,' said Jennifer Chrisler, executive director of the Boston-based Family Equality Council, which is helping spearhead the effort to organize families to attend."

Gay Activist Escapes Runaway Cheese Injury on The Amazing Race


On last night's premiere of The Amazing Race, teams were required to hike to the top of a steep hill in Switzerland and carry down heavy pieces of cheese using traditional wooden cheese carriers while workers at the dairy laughed at them.

As I've mentioned before, this year's show features the father/son team of Mel and Mike White. Rev. Mel White (above, concerned about runaway cheese) is the founder of gay Christian group Soulforce and the Equality Ride. His son, Mike, is a bisexual actor who's been in Chuck and Buck and School of Rock.

The show also features its first deaf contestant Luke, who is competing with his mother (she's the one who rightly calls the cheese carrier a "piece of crap"), and is also apparently gay, though it's not mentioned in his show profile.

Both teams feature in this clip, which was certainly the most entertaining portion of last night's show. Watch it, AFTER THE JUMP...


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