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News: Spider, Piper Palin, Outweek, Sally Kern, Village People

road.jpg Outweek archive now online.

Piperroad.jpg Piper Palin demonstrates the Alaskan spit shine.

road.jpg The anti-John Edwards?: Anderson Cooper hair-cut price $15.

road.jpg McCain threatens legal action over National Enquirer Palin affair rumor. Steve Schmidt: "The smearing of the Palin family must end. The allegations contained on the cover of the National Enquirer insinuating that Gov. Palin had an extramarital affair are categorically false. It is a vicious lie. The efforts of the media and tabloids to destroy this fine and accomplished public servant are a disgrace. The American people will reject it."

road.jpg Oprah Winfrey kicks off season with Michael Phelps, 149 other athletes.

road.jpg Giant spider attacks Liverpool.

Jrroad.jpg The enduring style of JFK Jr.

road.jpg Yves Saint Laurent head designer Stefano Pilati says being gay helps him see women objectively: “I always wonder why 99 percent of the top male fashion designers are homosexual. In my case, I would say that my sexuality has led me to love women to death and to hate them as well … [Being gay] helped me understand the male mind. But when I do a fitting with a woman, I think, Would this woman seduce me?”

road.jpg Michelangelo Signorile's interview with Sally Kern at the RNC. FLASHBACK: Meeting.

road.jpg France to call on United Nations to step up action against homophobia, violence against women: "Junior Human Rights Minister Rama Yade told the 61st annual conference of non-governmental organisations at UNESCO headquarters in Paris that a text would be submitted to the EU in the coming days. France, as holder of the six-month EU presidency, hopes to 'set the criteria for EU intervention' in the fight against violence towards women, including by mobilising Europe's diplomatic networks. Paris also plans to submit a draft declaration to the UN General Assembly in December aimed at combating homophobia and decriminalising homosexuality, which is punishable by prison in 90 countries and in theory by death in six of them, Yade said."

road.jpg Village People to get star on Hollywood Walk of Fame.

road.jpg Second chance: Britney Spears to kick off 2008 VMAs...

Lucasroad.jpg Adult film mogul Michael Lucas launches fashion site:

road.jpg Episcopal Bishop Gene Robinson says it's time to get serious about Obama: "With John McCain, we will see the conservative near-majority on the Court shift to a solid majority – with devastating results when the 'full faith and credit clause' of the Constitution is challenged in the recognition of gay marriages. With Barack Obama, we have someone who is utterly sympathetic to our full and equal rights as citizens. I know, he won’t say he’s for equal marriage rights (neither did Hillary), but he still is the most LGBT-friendly president we will have ever had. I know from my own private conversations with him that he is totally in our court. I believe him, and I trust him, not to throw us under the bus when the election is over."

News: Mr. Blackwell, Iran, Jesse Metcalfe, Wii, Dykes on Bikes

road.jpg Iran claims video of aggressive action toward American ships is U.S. fabrication: "The US has released grainy footage, apparently showing small boats speeding near the American warships. In an audio recording, an Iranian radio operator appears to say 'I am coming at you; you will explode'. The Iranian parliamentary speaker has dismissed the affair as being part of a US propaganda campaign against Tehran."

road.jpg NSA report confirms Vietnam "Gulf of Tonkin" episode never happened. (via americablog)

Poshroad.jpg Mr. Blackwell releases annual worst-dressed list. The winner? "Forget the fashion spice - wearing a skirt would suffice! In one skinny-mini monstrosity after another, pouty posh can really wreck-em." See who else made it.

road.jpg Out writer Josh Kilmer-Purcell starts "Phags for Phelps" site after striking up email correspondence with Shirley Phelps-Roper: "I've long believed that the more chances America gets to see blatantly ugly homophobia in action, the better it is for the GLBT community. To quote Supreme Court Justice Brandeis: 'Sunshine is the best disinfectant.' Half humorously, half seriously, (as in everything I do) I suggested in my recent OUT column that gays and lesbians start a 'Phags 4 Phelps Dephense Phund.' Fred Phelps, if you don't know who he is, is the patriarch of a one-family-band of hate called the 'Westboro Baptist Church.'..I honestly think that the more America sees this ugly hatred, the more they shy away from it. So I suggested starting the "Phags 4 Phelps Dephense Phund" to keep them away from bankruptcy and out on the streets where they belong."

road.jpg Parkinson's Disease linked to exposure to common solvent.

Mumbairoad.jpg Madonna, Guy tour the slums of Mumbai.

road.jpg Youths arrested for alleged anti-gay attack on December 5 on the Washington Metro say they targeted victim because he was drunk, not because of his sexuality.

road.jpg Queen Elizabeth loves Wii bowling: "A Palace source told The People: 'When she saw William playing a game after lunch at Sandringham she thought the Nintendo looked tremendous fun and begged to join in. She played a simple ten-pin bowling game and by all accounts was a natural. It was hilarious. William was in fits of laughter. He was enormously impressed at having such a cool gran. And although she is 81 the Queen's hand-eye co-ordination was as good as somebody half her age.'"

Metcalferoad.jpg Jesse Metcalfe's Hollywood hair-cut.

road.jpg Anti-gay Pastor Ken Hutcherson has reportedly initiated the Microsoft stock-buying scheme I posted about in November: "It's unclear what effect, if any, the initiative could have on the stock price. It would be difficult to influence company direction -- just to gain a 1 percent stake in Microsoft, about 31 million people would each have to spend $104 to buy three shares. Microsoft has about 9.36 billion outstanding shares, and its largest holder is Chairman Bill Gates, with 858 million shares, or 9 percent of the total. Capital Research and Management Co. follows with nearly 557 million shares, or 6 percent."

road.jpg Scientists float new global warming weapon: super-hairy soya plants.

road.jpg Court rules that "Dykes on Bikes" can keep their name.

Genreroad.jpg Genre takes on the cheekbones of Michael Lucas: "I am very proud that Genre chose me to be on their cover, as national consumer magazines—even if they are gay—tend to shy away from putting members of the adult community front and center."

road.jpg Wonkette has a chat with former Gawker editor Choire Sicha about the New Hampshire primaries and which Romneys might be worth molesting: "Josh. Josh is the hottest thing since bacon was invented."

road.jpg Kentucky gay rights groups thumb noses at one another: "The general advisory council of the Kentucky Equality Federation has approved a resolution not to be aligned with the Kentucky Fairness Alliance. Jordan Palmer, president of the federation, released a copy of his group's resolution noting the break. It said the group 'has received many reports from federation management and affiliated organizations about difficulties in working with current leadership of the Kentucky Fairness Alliance and particularly its chief spokeswoman, Christina Gilgor.' It added, 'It is obvious that the Kentucky Fairness Alliance, through its current executive director, is alienating many members of the Kentucky Equality Federation and its affiliated organizations and thus becoming less of an effective force in lobbying and working for improvement of gay rights in the Commonwealth of Kentucky.'"

road.jpg Simon Cowell sheds some of his moobs.

News: Newark, Spencer Pratt, Chicago, Charlie Crist, Uruguay

road.jpg Following the murders of two gay black men on Chicago's south side in the past month, authorities are wondering if a serial killer may be responsible: "On November 17, 24-year-old Larry Bland was shot to death in his Englewood home. Bland, a security guard at Northwestern Hospital was shot more than once after struggling with a man who had entered the house through an unlocked basement door. Then on December 23, 47-year-old Donald Young, the choir director at Trinity United Church of Christ, was shot multiple times in his South Side apartment. His roommate found his body."

Prattroad.jpg Spencer Pratt of The Hills turns down offer from Michael Lucas to appear in gay porn movie. Lucas: "He was born to be in a gay-porn blockbuster. Lucas Entertainment would do anything to be able to center our next major all-male production on Spencer Pratt."

road.jpg Will Smith apologizes for Hitler remarks.

road.jpg Harassment of gay teen prompts uproar, petition, review of policies at Pennsylvania high school: "Few days went by without his being punched, kicked or tripped by classmates at Susquehanna Twp. High School in Dauphin County. The teenager, an openly gay boy described by friends as kind and compassionate, said he was constantly harassed, though he never reported it to anyone, not even his friends. Finally, when classmates told him to 'go kill himself' to "make the world a better place," the teen decided he'd had enough. He said he left school in the middle of his senior year because he could no longer bear the torment."

Ballroad.jpg GREEN: Times Square New Year's Eve ball converted to energy-saving LEDs.

road.jpg Thomas Morgan III, former president of the National Association of Black Journalists and reporter and editor at the New York Times, dies at 56 of AIDS-related complications.

road.jpg Madonna to make directorial debut with Filth and Wisdom at the Berlin International Film Festival in February.

road.jpg Southwest Airlines makes attempt to land in gay market, misses runway?

Uruguay_2road.jpg Uruguayan President Tabare Vazquez signs first nationwide same-sex civil union law in Latin America.

road.jpg Florida Governor Charlie Crist "not moved" to support Florida marriage amendment. Perhaps too much "moving" might rattle a few skeletons out of the closet.

road.jpg "Homosexuality is a human condition": Mayor of Rome criticizes Catholic political leader Dr. Paola Binetti for resisting legislation that would bar discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.

road.jpg Do you believe: Chastity Bono and Cher developing reality show to help gays come out of the closet.

Mjroad.jpg Mr. Cellophane: turns out that the reason Michael Jackson was so bandaged up the other week was because his five-year-old son accidentally smacked him in the face and his (plastic) upper lip collapsed.

road.jpg Newark, New Jersey gay voguing balls finding a new place in the city's culture: " The city's gay ball subculture -- in which men and women compete in rituals of posing and runway walking, sometimes as the opposite gender -- is earning a place for itself in civic life, with outreach efforts and charity drives. And nowhere is that more surprising than in Newark, a city with no openly gay nightlife, where the 4-year-old murder of 15-year-old lesbian Sakia Gunn, killed for rejecting a man's advances, is still invoked as a symbol of intolerance. The houses, which have a combined membership of more than 100, are now touted by politicians as a significant force in the fight against AIDS and discrimination."

road.jpg Hilton sisters get lump of coal from grandpa.

road.jpg Oregon's same-sex couples eagerly await the new year and its new benefits.

road.jpg David Beckham flattered: "I'm very honoured to have the tag of gay icon. Maybe it's things like (the fact) I like to look after myself, I like to look smart and presentable most of the time."

News: Wii Fit, Giant Squid, Beckham Invasion, Larry Flynt, Mika

road.jpg Larry Flynt's investigators are currently looking into at least 20 high-profile political sex scandals, some of which involve "high ranking Republican and Democrat members of the Senate and the House."

Mikaroad.jpg Mika shows off cartoons from Life in Cartoon Motion in London exhibit.

road.jpg Bush's policies have made Al Qaeda a powerhouse again: "Six years after the Bush administration declared war on al-Qaeda, the terrorist network is gaining strength and has established a safe haven in remote tribal areas of western Pakistan for training and planning attacks, according to a new Bush administration intelligence report to be discussed today at a White House meeting. The report, a five-page threat assessment compiled by the National Counterterrorism Center, is titled 'Al-Qaida Better Positioned to Strike the West,' intelligence officials said. It concludes that the group has significantly rebuilt itself despite concerted U.S. attempts to smash the network."

road.jpg This should be common sense, but one shouldn't walk through a thunderstorm while listening to your iPod.

road.jpg British invasion: Beckhams arrive at Heathrow for flight to Los Angeles.

Lucasroad.jpg Adult film maven Michael Lucas to lose his trademark pout.

road.jpg Navigating the linguistic seas of cross-cultural slurs: "Language is always guilty. What could be more common than the verb ''get''? We Cubans use coger for anything that is taken, held, grasped, grabbed, etc., while in other Hispanic countries, the verb has the lubricious meaning implicit in 'I`m gonna get you.' In much stronger terms. In the lands that first identified the syndrome we call 'machismo' (as a malaise, I should add), words for homosexual abound. Sometimes they are as simple as the Spanish for 'bird' or 'duck,' which lend themselves to endless wordplay. Through the process known in literary studies as metonymy, there are pejorative allusions to gayness, such as 'one can see his feathers,' i.e. he is a bird, meaning queer. 'Bird,' as we all know, is British slang for 'chick.' And that word in Spanish, pollo, is archaic Cuban slang one can hear in old Beny Moré songs in which the great singer brags about how chicks dig him. And these are only the vicissitudes of staying within one language."

road.jpg David Mixner recalls lunch with Lady Bird Johnson.

road.jpg Orlando Bloom says he won't be getting naked on the London stage, although it might help if the play he was performing in actually had any opportunities for nudity.

Squidroad.jpg Giant squid washes up on Tasmanian beach: "one of the biggest ever found, weighing in at 250 kilograms, with a cross-section as big as a truck tyre and longer than a station wagon."

road.jpg Scientists spot planet with water outside our solar system: " But the planet itself would be hell for humans. Orbiting cheek by jowel to the star, at a distance that is 30 times closer than that between the Earth and the Sun, parts of the planet's atmosphere reach 2,000 degrees Celsius (3,600 degrees Fahrenheit). This seething temperature is reached on the side of the planet that always faces the star. By comparison, the other side of the planet is relatively balmy, with a low of 500 C (932 F). Tinetti's team used NASA's Spitzer orbiting telescope, using its infrared sensors to pick out the tiny signature that occurs when water vapour absorbs light from a star."

road.jpg The man forever associated with Ted Haggard has something to say in Colorado Springs.

road.jpg Do you have a lot of moles? You may have a better chance of living longer.

road.jpg Wii Fit prepares to combat couch potato-ism: "The title is set to include more than forty different activities, from aerobics to yoga poses to muscle conditioning, and it will even measure your BMI. Plus, as can be seen in the trailer, there are a number of other fun minigames -- yes, we know, minigames on the Wii! -- that also serve to improve balance and coordination." The videogame system may soon be #1 worldwide.

road.jpgAnd a very happy birthday today to Trent, our friend at Pink is the New Blog!

Towleroad Guide to the Tube #55

THE VIEW: Drunken Danny Devito bashes Bush, horrifies Barbara.

LISTEN: Beyoncé's new video for her single from Dreamgirls.

LA DOLCE VITA: Behind the scenes of Michael Lucas' porn shoot fashion show. (briefly NSFW)

CHRIS EVANS: A recent message from the set of Fantastic Four 2.

For all our guides to the Tube, click here.

News: Posh Toast, Michael Lucas, Gay Yoga, Art-O-Meter

road.jpg Gay bashers of Elmira, New York set to appear before grand jury.

Artometerroad.jpg The Art-O-Meter scores a work of art based on the amount of time someone stands in front of it.

road.jpg Forget the Virgin Mary and Jesus, now images of Posh Spice, Pete Doherty, and Jude Law have begun to show up burned into pieces of toast!

road.jpg World Wildlife Fund issues global warning: "For more than 20 years we have exceeded the earth's ability to support a consumptive lifestyle that is unsustainable and we cannot afford to continue down this path."

road.jpg 250,000: Out Traveler poised to grab highest circulation of any LGBT mag.

Lucas_1road.jpg Michael Lucas, Porn King of New York: "Michael Lucas stalks up Eighth Avenue like a jungle cat on a fashion runway. A lot of hip motion is involved. Enormous Prada sunglasses shield his eyes. Three buttons of his fitted lime-green shirt are undone, revealing a Star of David necklace resting in a patch of chest hair. His gait and all-around grooviness recall Travolta in the opening scene of Saturday Night Fever. 'Porn is show business,' Lucas says in his strong Russian accent. 'You’re in show business whether you are an actor or an anchor doing news or fucking.'"

road.jpg Kevin Tillman, brother of slain soldier and former football player Pat Tillman, has let the world know how he feels about the Bush administration and the wars overseas.

road.jpg First gay-owned and operated yoga studio to open in NYC.


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