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04/19/2007


Towleroad Guide to the Tube #1227

MICHAEL PHELPS: The Olympian sinks a 153-foot putt at St. Andrews.

BARRY: The Vampire Slayer. "No wonder our Commander in Chief looks so tired! He's been busy fighting vampires!"

QVC: Electronics expert Cassie Slane faints on live TV, show goes on as viewers hear her being dragged off.

AMANDA LEPORE: The NYC trans icon talks about growing up and being bullied.

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Michael Phelps Has a Speedo Soak for Louis Vuitton: PHOTO

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Michael Phelps soaks up his post-Olympics glory in the bath for Louis Vuitton, in a campaign shot by Annie Leibovitz.


NEWS: Imperiled Love, A Fiddly Pastor, And The Loveliness Of The Moon From The Thames

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Towleroad-roadicon Meet Jon and Nedo, a binational married couple whose union is imperiled by an expiring visa:

Since the day we first met, Nedo and I have not been apart with the exception of the seven months while we waited for him to come to the United States on his student visa ... To this day the effects of [the] decision to leave his family are deeply emotional and he can’t allow himself to communicate with them regularly because it is easier to disassociate then deal with the enormity of that decision. Every time he talks to his family he ends up crying for the remainder of the night.  He misses his nieces and nephews terribly and it hurts him not to see them regularly. The fact that he is separated from his mother is something he can’t even fully grasp without his eyes swelling with tears. Due to his current legal status he cannot risk leaving the country for fear his visa will not be renewed, but this means he also must live with the knowledge that he may never see his parents again. They are getting older and the more time that goes by without him being able to visit is another form of torment for us as a gay binational American family. My husband experiences this pain often, and it causes me to resent my government for the pain our families suffer in the name of DOMA.

... Each year we participate in the Diversity Visa Green Card Lottery and this last year was especially bitter for us as we are running out of time on Nedo’s visa. The Green Card Lottery is our final hope ... Because his visa will be up in February of 2013 we are running out of options ...

We can no longer put off conversations about what will happen to us next year ...

Towleroad-roadicon Tasmania likely to become first Australian state to grant marriage equality.

Towleroad-roadicon Conservative news organs complain that the mainstream media ignored Chick-fil-A appreciation day.

Towleroad-roadicon Indiana megachurch pastor Jack Schaap dismissed after allegations of sexual conduct with a 16-year-old girl:

“At this time, we deeply regret the need to announce that First Baptist Church has dismissed our pastor, Dr. Jack Schaap, due to a sin that has caused him to forfeit his right to be our pastor,” the church said in a statement.

Towleroad-roadicon There were as many as a hundred Christian families in the Egyptian town of Dahshour. After mob rampage, there are none:

The violence was ultimately rooted in a dispute over a badly ironed shirt that escalated into a fight in which a Christian burned a Muslim to death, in turn sparking the rampage by angry Muslims.

"It was a devil's moment," Wehba said Thursday at the home of her Muslim neighbors, who have taken her in. "Whoever caused this was the devil's son."

Towleroad-roadicon What Afghan girls brave on the way to school.

Towleroad-roadicon Five ridiculous atheists.

Towleroad-roadicon NBC apologizes for airing an ad starring a gymnast monkey immediately after recapping Gabby Douglas's gold-winning performance.

Towleroad-roadicon Michael Phelps concludes a storied career.

Towleroad-roadicon A lucky Olympic picture.

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News: Michael Phelps, Singularity, Kofi Annan, 'Pseudo Libertarian'

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1NewsIcon Rumor has it that Brad Pitt is now pursuing a gay role "with fresh zeal" after his mother came out against marriage equality.

1NewsIcon Ghostbuster 3 is a go, less Bill Murray, says Dan Ackroyd.

1NewsIcon Gov. Chris Christie is reportedly more popular than President Obama in New Jersey.

1NewsIcon Has the Singularity, that hypothetical time when computers are meant to overcome human intelligence and control, already happened? Or is it never going to happen? New Scientists suggest the latter: "The singularity isn’t near. In fact, it might be said that it’s an idea whose time is finally over. It’s not future-facing to be a singularitarian. At this point, this film is a true story about the past."

1NewsIcon Ryan Lochte's mother says the Olympic swimmer is too busy to have a serious relationship, so he has one-night stands instead. Practical.

1NewsIcon Olympic diver Greg Louganis sat down with CNN's Piers Morgan recently and discussed what it was like to find out he was HIV positive in 1988, when he was 28-years old. "Back in 1988 when I was diagnosed with HIV, we thought of HIV as a death sentence... Honestly, I didn't think I'd see 30." He also addressed the Chick-fil-A brouhaha: "Who eats that stuff? I mean, you know, I kind of like my arteries...I like the blood flowing."

DD891NewsIcon This really is random nerd nostalgia, and it's wonderful.

1NewsIcon Is this Victoria Beckham's microphone for the Olympics' closing ceremony?

1NewsIcon Openly gay Italian politician Nichi Vendola announced his candidacy for the prime ministership. "It's time for change," he said, sound a lot like another history-making politico.

1NewsIcon Nineteen-year old gay man admits eating at Chick-fil-A and explains why: "As a gay man, I say let [Chick-fil-A CEO Dan Cathy] not support gays. When the gay community and gay activist groups push on anti-gay people and organizations to change their minds and opinions via bullying or forced involvement, I fear it would make whatever accomplishments taste cheap like a greasy coin."

1NewsIcon The gay-straight alliance at University of Alabama is trying to boot Chick-fil-A from their campus.

1NewsIcon Village Voice journo Michael Musto on the right wing claims that they're supporting Chick-fil-A CEO Dan Cathy's free speech, rather than religious extremism: "But in defending the hate mongering Chick-Fil-A, these people can hide behind their flag-waving, pseudo libertarian crap while backing an organization's bigoted views that just happen to mirror their own.Do they have a right to say that? Sure. And I have a right to yell bloody murder."

1NewsIcon Bad news for Democrats: "The Senate is likely to assume an even more conservative tenor come January as a crop of insurgent-minded Republicans replace some of the GOP's old guard in the upper chamber. A transformation within the Republican Party that was first set in motion during the 2010 midterm elections appears set to continue in the Senate, following in the path blazed in the House during this term of Congress."

YoungVidal1NewsIcon The New York Times offers corrections on gay writer Gore Vidal's obituary. The best bit: "...Mr. Vidal’s relationship with his longtime live-in companion, Howard Austen, was also described incorrectly. According to Mr. Vidal’s memoir “Palimpsest,” they had sex the night they met, but did not sleep together after they began living together. It was not true that they never had sex."

1NewsIcon Meanwhile, House Speaker John Boehner says he's "feeling better" about the GOP maintaining control of the House.

1NewsIcon Me on the media's relationship with Washingotn.

1NewsIcon In a surprise move, Kofi Annan stepped down from the UN's Syria Envoy. "It is impossible for me or anyone to compel the Syrian government and also the opposition to take the steps to bring about the political process. As an envoy, I can't want peace more than the protagonists, more than Security Council or the international community, for that matter," he said.

1NewsIcon Matt Bomer, partner Simon Halls and their three kids were spotted by paps strolling around New York City.

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USA Olympic Swim Team Does 'Call Me Maybe': VIDEO

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As far as "Call Me Maybe" videos go, I think this probably takes the Bronze, but at least Ryan Lochte's there to blow us a kiss.

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

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News: Michael Phelps, Tennessee, Evelyn Waugh, Referendum 71

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"Death to Obama" sign holder detained by Secret Service.

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Biography: Brideshead Revisited author Evelyn Waugh had three male lovers at Oxford.

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Michael Phelps sends woman to hospital after smashing her car with his Escalade.

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Heath Ledger's final film finds stateside distribution: "Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions Group is in advanced talks to pick up 'The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus,' with plans for it to go out theatrically, likely this year, via Sony Pictures Classics. Pic is expected to be a lucrative homevideo title due to the Ledger angle and the other star power. Terry Gilliam’s adventure also features Johnny Depp, Jude Law and Colin Farrell, who replaced Ledger in various fantasy scenes after the thesp died during the film’s production in January 2008."

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John Edwards to admit paternity of Rielle Hunter's child?

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Accidentally, Like a Martyr: Play about six generations of gay men to get reading in New York.

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Alexander Skarsgard nude in Generation Kill.

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Bryan Singer and Justin Timberlake in Battlestar Galactica summit?

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DA disagrees with musician Rhythm Turner that assault was hate crime: "Turner said the attack happened outside Canes Bar and Grill in Mission Beach. Turner was hugging her girlfriend when a 21-year-old man walked up, told the two women to kiss and eventually threw a punch when they refused to do so."

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City of West Hollywood creates first-of-its-kind Transgender Advisory Board.

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San Jose Mercury News supports 2012 Prop 8 battle. New poll: CA support for marriage equality inching up.

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Hugh Jackman signs on to Wolverine sequel.

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With 50,000 signatures counted, the rejection rate on Referendum 71, which would repeal Washington state's "everything but marriage" law, stands at 10.68 percent.

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Some folks just always have to be the center of attention.

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Lawsuit against Tennessee schools for blocking access to LGBT websites is dropped: "The schools already had agreed to remove the filters to the sites. If that agreement is broken, the case will return to court, according to the American Civil Liberties Union, which fought in favor of students suing the schools."

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University of Alabama Birmingham offers public health scholarship in honor of the late chairman of the board of directors for Birmingham AIDS Outreach, Billy Cox.

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Portland journalist arrested for criminal mischief with regard to Sam Adams recall effort: "According to police, Perlman approached volunteers with the recall effort acting as if he wanted to sign a petition and instead, he allegedly scribbled on the sheet, potentially invalidating the signatures of eight other people who had signed it."


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