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Towleroad Celebrates Miami Beach Gay Pride: PHOTOS

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Towleroad was down at Miami Beach Gay Pride yesterday!

Thanks to everyone who stopped by to help us celebrate and have their photo taken, and special thanks to Paul Hunter and Ernesto Espejo for helping us man our photo booth (in exchange for an AIDS Lifecycle Ride donation (help him out here).

Check out some of our favorite shots, AFTER THE JUMP....

Also thanks to Miami Beach Gay Pride's Kristin Klein, and Steven Adkins, President and CEO of the Miami-Dade Chamber of Commerce. In just six years, they've succeeded in building an exciting, world class event.

And follow us on Instagram at TLRD.

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Justin Bieber Arrested for Drag Racing DUI in Miami Beach: VIDEO

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The egg-throwing pop star's week has come to a head.

The Miami Herald reports: Bieber

After allegedly smoking pot all day, drinking beer and popping anti-depressants, bad-boy pop star Justin Bieber went on a wild pre-dawn drag race in Miami Beach that landed him in jail Thursday morning, police said.

When stopped by police in his Lamborghini, Bieber barraged officers with a string of F-bombs, babbled incoherently, refused to get out of his car and, when he finally stepped out, declined to take his hands out of his pockets, police sources told The Miami Herald.

He was booked at Miami Beach police headquarters on DUI, resisting arrest and drag-racing, a police spokesman said.

Watch CNN's report, AFTER THE JUMP...

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South Beach 90's Drag Legend Wanda Shot, Killed in Tampa

Anthony Jerome Lee, a legendary South Beach drag queen known as Wanda, was shot and killed in Tampa on Tuesday, the Miami New Times reports:

WandaShe was at one point perhaps the most polarizing and controversial figure in South Beach night life. A master at throwing shade and saying whatever was on her mind, Wanda still occupied a special place in Florida's drag community; a fact made sadly apparent when she was gunned down at the agoe of 49 on Tuesday in an apparently random and still unsolved act of violence.

Wanda, whose real name is Anthony Jerome Lee, was visiting a friends house in Tampa. She was busy cooking dinner when she heard a knock at the door. When she answered she was greeted by five bullets.

The case remains a mystery, and police believe Wanda may have been a victim of mistaken identity. So far, a car that they believe the murderer may have used to escape has been recovered.


Busta Rhymes Unleashes Homophobic Tirade Over Hamburger: REPORT

Rapper Busta Rhymes reportedly unleashed a tirade of homophobic slurs at employees at a Miami Beach restaurant this morning after he wasn't allowed to cut in line and then became angry that his condiments were not properly dressing his burger, the HuffPost reports:

RhymesStephanie Vitori, the owner of local late-night favorite Cheeseburger Baby, told The Huffington Post the rapper's party became belligerent when the restaurant refused to take their order before others waiting in line -- then Rhymes flew into a rage when condiments were served on the side, calling one server a "fag" and Vitori a "bitch."

"It's degrading," said Vitori, who is gay. "Thirteen years and every celebrity in there, and I've never had a problem."

The restaurant told him it was first come first served, but served him promptly, they say:

But despite being served his to-go bag within 10 minutes, Vitori said Rhymes became enraged that his mayonaise, ketchup, salt and pepper were included on the side -- something she said Cheeseburger Baby does as a rule to prevent soggy buns.

According to Vitori, after an employee explained the policy to the 40-year-old rapper, he allegedly screamed, "F*** you, fag! I'm not leaving until I get ketchup, mayo, salt and pepper on my burger," and he began coming over the counter. "F*** you, bitch," he said, turning to Vitori.

Vitori filed a police report.

It's not the first homophobic incident Rhymes has had at a Miami Beach restaurant.

In 2006, Towleroad reported on an incident he had with a fan at the 11th Street Diner during the Winter Music Conference in which a fan tapped him on the shoulder to compliment him and Rhymes allegedly replied:'Why the [bleep] you touchin' me, man? Get the [bleep] away from me' . . . his two huge bodyguards then caused an even larger scene by pushing the kid away . . . Busta quietly whispered to his bodyguards, 'I hate [bleeping] faggots, man.'"

The HuffPost notes that Rhymes spoke out in support of Frank Ocean when he came out, saying, “I don't know if it's just about hip-hop being willing to accept it, I think the whole world is ready to accept whatever people choose to be in life.”


Adam Lambert to Headline Miami Beach Gay Pride

Adam Lambert will be headlining this year's Miami Beach Gay Pride on April 14, according to organizers:

LambertAs one of the first Pride events of the year, Miami Beach Gay Pride is extremely excited to have Lambert as part of the fifth annual celebration, said Babak Movahedi, chair of the Pride board of directors.  “In five short years, Miami Beach Gay Pride has gone from a neighborhood event to an event on the global stage. The fact that someone of Adam Lambert’s caliber is enthusiastic about performing at Miami Beach Gay Pride speaks volumes about the significance of our events,” he said.
 
In addition to Lambert’s participation, Movahedi said the diverse, week-long line-up of Pride activities speaks to the rising popularity of the event.  “Pride is a celebration for the whole community,” Movahedi said.  “It’s gratifying to realize that Miami Beach Gay Pride has grown so exponentially and attracts not only locals but also visitors who travel here to experience our Pride.”

Lambert is scheduled to take the Main Stage in Lummus Park just off Ocean Drive between 11th and 12th Streets. His performance is scheduled to begin at 8 p.m.


NEWS: Nazis, Mega Millions, Nick Cage, John Cage, God, Surveys, Science

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Road Armed neo-Nazis patroling Sanford, FL:

Neo-Nazis are currently conducting heavily armed patrols in and around Sanford, Florida and are "prepared" for violence in the case of a race riot. The patrols are to protect "white citizens in the area who are concerned for their safety" in the wake of the Trayvon Martin shooting last month, says Commander Jeff Schoep of the National Socialist Movement. "We are not advocating any type of violence or attacks on anybody, but we are prepared for it," he says. "We are not the type of white people who are going to be walked all over."

Because nothing diffuses racial tension like gun-toting racial separatists patrolling an already on-edge community.

Road Some pro-equality activists don't like what other pro-equality activists do with their money.

Road A survey for your mothers. (HT: Joe.My.God.)

CageCage Road Only dubiously witty, but unexpectedly fun: Nicholas Cage does John Cage.

Road Apparently, Los Angeles isn't superficial, New York drives aren't that bad, and Miami isn't full of fit people.

Road PinkIsTheNewBlog has a pic of Zac Efron's bum.

Road Andrew Sullivan on America's bad religion:

"When I go and see young people, their image of Christianity these days is one of judgment, intolerance and to some extent bigotry and politics," Sullivan said. "They associate it with one political party in this country, because of the fusion of evangelical and ultra-orthodox Catholics with the Republican Party. They don't see it as the message of Jesus, they don't see it any more as a message of love and forgiveness. They see it as a bunch of people trying to control their lives through political mechanisms.

Road Gallup probes American religiosity:

... it’s no surprise that all of the “top” ten [religious] states are in the south save Utah and Oklahoma, which, as Abbie Smith will attest, may as well be in the south. It’s also no surprise that the least religious states are in New England, with the proportion of “very religious” being 23% in New Hampshire and Vermont, 25% in Maine, and 28% in Massachusetts ...

What did surprise me was the 32% of Americans who see themselves as “nonreligious" ... Since roughly 10% of Americans don’t believe in God, and only about 1.5% go so far as to describe themselves as “atheists” or “agnostics,” I wonder how many of these 32% of “nonreligious” Americans are secret atheists who just don’t like the label, or are unwilling to confess to an interviewer that—horrors!—they don’t believe in God.

Road Teen sells kidney for Apple products:

He received 220,000 yuan ($35,000) for the transplant, gave the student 22,000 yuan ($3,500) and shared the remaining money with the other defendants and several medical staff involved in the operation, Xinhua said.

When the student returned home, he was asked how he could afford a new iPhone and an iPad and he told his mother that he sold one of his kidneys

Road High up in Chile's Atacama desert -- at almost 17,000 feet above sea level, where heads ache, noses bleed, and "dizziness overcomes the researchers toiling in the shadow of the Licancabur volcano" -- scientists are turning Chile into one of the world's elite destinations for astronomical research. But for how long? From the Times:

At the same time, the financial crisis in rich industrialized countries has raised concerns that funding for some ambitious astronomy projects could face constraints. In the United States, a Congressional panel last year proposed killing NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope before a compromise spending plan saved the project.

“It would be very sad for humankind if we were so spiritually decadent to forgo the pleasures of consciousness and of knowledge,” said Mr. Mosterín, reflecting on the funding choices political leaders need to make. “These things make human beings a very interesting animal indeed.”


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