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6a00d8341c730253ef0191046aeec2970c-800wi The street in Queens where murdered gay rights activist Louis Rispoli lived for 32 years has been named after him: Louis Rispoli Way.

6a00d8341c730253ef0191046aeec2970c-800wi Anthony Weiner's campaign manager flees a sinking ship.

Telaviv6a00d8341c730253ef0191046aeec2970c-800wi Some disagreement surrounds the 2009 Barnoar tragedy in Tel Aviv: "Most gay men and lesbians, speaking in the news media or on social networks, are still adamant that the crime was driven by deep homophobia and deserves the distinction of a hate crime, an argument the indictment appears to accept."

6a00d8341c730253ef0191046aeec2970c-800wi Scott Thorson on his alleged romance with Michael Jackson: “It was short term because Michael became very big at the time and his management team thought it best that we didn’t go any further with our relationship."

6a00d8341c730253ef0191046aeec2970c-800wi Chris Colfer remembers Cory Monteith: "Love and miss you, buddy."

6a00d8341c730253ef0191046aeec2970c-800wi Man charged with beating a gay man with bicycle U-lock: "Santos Manuel Marquez is charged with assault with a deadly weapon, assault by means of force causing great bodily injury and battery causing serious bodily injury. Prosecutors also allege Marquez committed a hate crime. 'That is the subject of why the defendant didn’t want to be seen with the victim. He didn’t want people to think he was gay.'"

6a00d8341c730253ef0191046aeec2970c-800wi Co-founder of Russia's largest search engine Yandex succumbs to cancer at the age of 48.

6a00d8341c730253ef017742f270f9970d-800wi6a00d8341c730253ef0191046aeec2970c-800wi Anderson Cooper stalker being held in lieu of $75,000 bail: "Since 2008, Alex Hausner — described as a gay, Jewish white supremacist — has allegedly made unwelcome phone calls plus four attempts to see Cooper, last month trying to kick down the red, lacquered door to the posh, four-story West Village converted firehouse that Cooper shares with his hunky, bar-owner boyfriend."

6a00d8341c730253ef0191046aeec2970c-800wi Creator of upcoming Sean Hayes comedy on the tv show: “I think of this as a post-gay show where there is a gay man at the center but it’s not about his being gay.”

6a00d8341c730253ef0191046aeec2970c-800wi The Onion presents "Chick-Fil-A Debuts New Homophobic Sandwich."

6a00d8341c730253ef0191046aeec2970c-800wi Colin Farrell gets his yoga on.

6a00d8341c730253ef0191046aeec2970c-800wi Newly married gay man allegedly attacked by man who "hates faggots": "'Next thing you know, he hit me upside the head.' He said he blacked out, but then woke up to a beating of 4 to 5 minutes filled with gay slurs...the man broke wine glasses on his head."

6a00d8341c730253ef0191046aeec2970c-800wi Three women complete their 101 mile walk to speak about LGBT rights.


Wade Robson Says Michael Jackson Sexually Abused Him for Seven Years: VIDEO

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Choreographer Wade Robson on the Today show this morning:

Back in 2005, Wade Robson was the first defense witness at Michael Jackson's trial, where the singer was accused of molesting a 13-year-old cancer survivor. At the time, Robson was unequivocal: He was not sexually abused by the man known as the King of Pop. But he has changed his tune.

On TODAY Thursday, the 30-year-old choreographer told Matt Lauer that Jackson, who died in 2009, was "a pedophile and a child sexual abuser."

From ages 7 to around 14, Robson said, he was abused by Jackson, who he said "performed sexual acts on me and forced me to perform sexual acts on him."

Robson is currently asking a probate court to allow him to file a late creditor's claim against the Jackson estate, now that the deadline has passed for creditors to file such claims...

...Howard Weitzman, a lawyer for Jackson's estate, said in a statement: "Mr. Robson's claim is outrageous and pathetic. This is a young man who has testified at least twice under oath over the past 20 years and said in numerous interviews that Michael Jackson never did anything inappropriate to him or with him. Now, nearly four years after Michael has passed, this sad and less-than-credible claim has been made."

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Filipino Prison Dancers Inspire Interactive Web Musical: VIDEO

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You saw the Dancing Inmates of Cebu do "Thriller." You probably saw them do "They Don't Really Care About Us." But! Did you know that the Dancing Inmates have inspired an avant-garde multi-part interactive web drama?

It's called Prison Dancer:

... an original interactive musical web series inspired by the viral Youtube phenomenon, the “Dancing Inmates of Cebu.” Featuring a cast of Youtube stars and some of the most exciting Filipino musical talent emerging in North America, Prison Dancer is “Glee meets Miss Saigon” wrapped in a “choose your own”adventure. Filled with catchy pop tunes, star-crossed lovers, and engaging interactive elements, Prison Dancer brings together the best of Broadway and Youtube entertainment and takes transmedia storytelling to the next level.

Prison Dancer: the Interactive Web Musical is the story of 6 Filipino prisoners whose lives are forever changed by the dancing rehabilitation program that eventually became a worldwide viral sensation on Youtube. Through surveillance footage, interviews with inmates inside the prison, and good old fashioned investigative journalism, pop culture journalist Matt Wells uncovers the personal, poignant, hilarious and universal stories of 6 prison dancers whose group dancing turned a maximum security jailhouse into a world stage. Behind the prison walls, we meet inmates Ruperto Poblador aka LOLA, who (along with his gay minions OO OO and NANA), choreographs the first prison dance routines, HOOKAPS, (the prison hustler), SHAKESPEARE (the prison’s resident poet) and CHRISTIAN, (the prison’s newest inmate) and discover a tale of life, death, dreams, fears and ultimately, redemption.

 Episode four is out now. Watch AFTER THE JUMP ...

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Matt Bomer to Play Blaine's Older Bro on 'Glee'

Bomer_crissMichael Ausiello at TV Line reports that Matt Bomer has been cast in Glee, as Blaine's older brother:

This is big for a number of reasons. Among them:
 Since this will be the first time we meet any of the other Andersons, we might finally learn a bit about Blaine’s apparently gorgeous kin. This will also be the first time a lot of people will get to hear Bomer sing — because yes, natch, his character will get in on his sib’s musical number.

Apparently Bomer can sing. TV Line has a clip from the 2010 Kennedy Center Honors.

In related news, here's the full preview clip from the upcoming Glee Michael Jackson episode, in which Criss sings "Wanna Be Startin Somethin'".

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Towleroad Guide to the Tube #1023

GSAs: LGBT students in Toronto talk about Gay-Straight Alliances.

DAMON CLAUS: Matt Damon tries to get kids to want water bottles for Christmas.

PARIS JACKSON: Michael Jackson's daughter talks to Ellen about being forced to wear a mask in public when she was younger.

REAL MEN: A short film.

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NEWS: Silvio Berlusconi Resigns, Republicans Debate, Cats Sell, And The Bombast Of Kylie Minogue

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Road Farewell, Berlusconi! What a long, ridiculous trip it's been!

An impromptu orchestra and choir gathered outside the presidential palace, where Mr. Berlusconi resigned, playing the “Hallelujah” chorus from Handel’s “Messiah.”

Hundreds of spectators gathered outside, shouting “buffoon” and “go home” to a polarizing leader once loved by many, making Mr. Berlusconi the very embodiment of the Italian saying that the tenor is applauded until he is booed off stage. Some in the crowd were popping bottles of champagne. And cars and mopeds in downtown Rome waved Italian flags and honked their horns in celebration, as they do when the national soccer team wins.

... Fulvia Roscini, 47, a nurse, had brought her 8-year-old son and 13-year-old daughter outside the prime minister’s office on Saturday evening. “We came here because I wanted my kids to see this,” she said, “to see that another country is possible and is already here.”

Road The powerful bromance of Silvio Berlusconi and Vladimir Putin.

'Sup, Silvio,
I’m sure you are feeling worse than a dying elk today. And I know that hanging at my birthday party helped cheer you up during that whole mess with the 17-year-old. So I decided to put a little something together for you. It’s a photo gallery of us. I wrote down memories with each photo, like they do on Facebook. I hope it brings you happiness.

Road Speaking of which, does Vladimir Putin remind you of sex? He will.

Road "Ex-gay" academia falls deeper into disrepute.

Road The Times live-blogging of the ramblingest, most disorganized Republican debate yet ...

Road ... which was sponsored, in part, by white nationalists.

Road Bill O'Reilly's book about Lincoln banned from Ford Theatre.

Catvertising Road No doubt about it: Catvertising is the next big thing.

Road Gorgeous! Astounding! "Beat It" played by 15-year-old Korean guitar whizz.

Road These footballers have scannable skulls.

Road Barney's goes Gagadelic.

Road Confession: "But after nearly four decades on earth, I have managed to miss out on one of the most essential components of human nature: romantic love."

Road If you heard the leaked Madonna single, guess what? You're not a true fan.

Road Kylie Minogue to release package of greatest hits with orchestral acompaniment. Live industry preview AFTER THE JUMP! [HT: Oh No They Didn't]

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