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News: Lady Gaga, Serbia, Microsoft, NASA, Claude Chabrol, KKK

 road 52-year-old Kansas City police officer charged with sexually assaulting his son's teenage friend.

 road Surf's up for gays and lesbians in Australia.

Lg  road Camille Paglia is not very keen on Lady Gaga: "Despite showing acres of pallid flesh in the fetish-bondage garb of urban prostitution, Gaga isn’t sexy at all – she’s like a gangly marionette or plasticised android."

 road Such intense hatred of gays in Serbia is common in others parts of the world: "Many places outside the highly developed world – and places within it, of course – remain violently homophobic, and even the most tolerant of countries have shaken off their intolerance only over the past 25 to 50 years. The situation in Serbia is surely not as bad as in Jamaica, for example, or even Russia. Homophobia remains, though, a tremendous problem in Serbia."

 road A Jersey Shore cast member sans hair gel.

 road Meghan McCain recounts her first foray into the world of blogging: “I was so honest and beautifully naïve to many things,” she told me. “I just thought I was doing a fun thing, and that everyone would want to get in on it.” By the time Ms. McCain turned 24 in October 2008, she was blogging from semi-exile. (Her father’s campaign manager, Steve Schmidt, “banished” her and her entourage from the main campaign five weeks before its close for being “too controversial.”).

 road Savannah's holds its first Queer Power March.

 road Microsoft apologizes to a gamer from Fort Gay, West Virginia after finding the name of his town offensive for its Xbox Live. Said gamer: "I thought, 'Wow, somebody's thinking I live in the gayest town in West Virginia or something.' I'm not even gay, and it makes me feel like they were discriminating."

 road Lindsay Lohan is a ginger once again.

Sun  road NASA to "bomb" the sun for samples for the first time: "Slated to launch no later than 2018, Solar Probe Plus will repeatedly plunge through the sun's superhot outer atmosphere, called the corona, coming as close as 4 million miles (6.5 million kilometers) from the star's fiery surface."

 road This can't possibly be true.

 road Former bodyguard accuses Britney Spears of physically abusing her children.

 road RIP French director Claude Chabrol.

 road KKK holds protest near Chattanooga, TN to "condemn illegal immigration, homosexuality, sex offenders, blacks and President Barack Obama."

 road Mario Lopez is now a daddy.


Microsoft Suspends Xbox Gamer from Fort Gay, West Virginia

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A Microsoft Xbox gamer from Fort Gay, WV had his gaming privileges suspended after the name of his town got tangled in the corporation's slang engines, the AP reports:

"Microsoft Corp. and Xbox Live are apologizing to a small West Virginia town and a 26-year-old gamer accused of violating the Xbox code of conduct by declaring he's from Fort Gay...Xbox chief enforcement officer Stephen Toulouse acknowledges the agent reviewing a fellow gamer's complaint against Moore made a mistake. He says keeping up with slang and policing Xbox for offensive language is challenging, but mistakes in judgment are rare. Toulouse says training has since been updated."


Towleroad Guide to the Tube #557

JOE SOLMONESE: Speaking at the hate crimes bill presser this morning. Sorry, can't find clips of other speakers.

ALAN GRAYSON: FOX News is the enemy of America.

ARMARIO: Ad for Gay Pride in Salvador, Brazil says come out of the closet.

MICROSOFT: Entering the first Microsoft store. Rip-off much?

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Microsoft Donates $100,000 to Referendum 71 in Washington State

According to a report filed yesterday, it appears that Microsoft has donated $100,000 to efforts to pass Referendum 71 in Washington state, which would retain the "everything but marriage" domestic partner law there.

Slog reports: R71 "Microsoft's brazen role in R-71 will outrage the Ken Hutchersons of the world, who pressured Microsoft for years to back off from supporting gay-rights legislation. And it could also summon conservative interests—e.g., the Mormon Church—to dump money in on the other side. After October 12, state rules block any person or group from donating more than $5,000 to the campaign. Microsoft's donation is larger than all the contributions combined for the campaign to reject R-71, called Protect Marriage Washington, run by a handful of Christian extremists who have reported only $55,217 in contributions."

You may remember back in 2005 when Microsoft quietly withdrew its support of Washington state anti-discrimination HB 1515, and was accused of doing so because of pressure from right-wing religious leader Reverend Ken Hutcherson. In November 2007, Hutcherson appeared to be back for another round, threatening executives at a shareholders meeting that he would be their "worst nightmare" if the company continues to support gay rights. Wonder if we'll hear from him now.


News: Collegiate Gays, Ivri Lider, Brangelina, Raleigh, Joe Jonas

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Reporters ejected from Meet in the Middle 4 Equality leadership summit.

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STUDY: Gay male college students get better grades, study harder, party less than straight men. "According to the research, which is apparently the first of its kind, gay male undergraduates appear to be doing quite well: Their grade point average is about 2 percent higher than that of straight males at the same institution."

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Jonas Brother is a Single Lady.

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Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie SPLIT!?!

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History is on Portland Mayor Sam Adams' side in recall attempt.

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Immigration reform in trouble over gay partner language. Catholic bishops protest...

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WhoSigned71: Washington state group to publicize names of people who sign Referendum 71, which would put the state's "Everything but Marriage" Domestic Partners bill on the fall ballot.

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Björk is back.

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Dan Savage's book The Kid: What Happened After My Boyfriend and I Decided to Go Get Pregnant to premiere as musical.

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Former mayor of Raleigh, North Carolina Tom Fetzer sues radio host for forwarding email insinuating he is gay: "The suit comes in the middle of Fetzer's campaign against three other men to lead the state's Republican party, which will be decided at the state GOP convention June 12 - 14. The suit seeks damages of $10,000 or more from Curtis Wright...Wright is accused of forwarding an email that included allegations that Fetzer is gay, though Wright is not thought to be the author of the anonymous email, according to the lawsuit."

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Project Natal: A first look at Microsoft's Wii killer?

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New York Law Professor Arthur Leonard's research on Judge Sonia Sotomayor and gay rights.

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Head of new gay Republican group GOProud Jimmy LaSalvia signs on to support filibuster of Sotomayor.

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Gay Israeli pop star Ivri Lider hits NYC.

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Chicago HIV study released: "A first-of-its-kind study looking at HIV infection rates found that half of gay men in Chicago who have HIV did not know they were infected, and two-thirds of infected black men were unaware. In addition, infection rates for black men were more than twice the rates for whites and Hispanics. The results of the Chicago Department of Public Health survey are sobering, officials say, but not unexpected."

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Young Iranians looking for the change they can believe in?

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Sequel to Heathers in the works.

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Most homophobic hate crimes in Northern Ireland go unreported: "The survey of more than 1,000 people compiled by the Rainbow Project found that 64% of homophobic incidents in the last three years were not reported. The study was commissioned by the police and while gay rights campaigners recognised the efforts of officers to reach out to the Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual (LGB) community, they said more work needed to be done."


News: GLSEN, RuPaul's Drag Race, Hawaii, John Mayer Twitter

 roadGLSEN meets with Education Secretary Arne Duncan to discuss bullying in schools. Exec. Director Byard: "It was moving to witness these students and teachers sharing their personal stories of pain, rejection, resilience and hope with the nation’s top education official. Secretary Duncan showed great compassion for their experiences, respect for their perseverance and dedication to identifying effective responses to school climate issues."

Kanye  roadComplex: Kanye West does whiteface.

 roadJake Gyllenhaal dines out with Amazing Race contestant Mike White.

 roadLesbian named head of U.S. Court of Federal Claims.

 roadAnchorage, Alaska drag bars change to appeal to straight customers.

 roadStraight bachelorette parties putting strain on gay bars in Chicago. "The women are a hoot, and some can be just delightful. But because not everybody can get married, watching them celebrate, it's such a slap in the face. Prop 8 just reopened the wound."

 roadUK Videogame designer suing Microsoft: "He said mocking emails were sent around his workplace with headings such as 'I'm Jim and I'm Gay' and 'Me and My Favourite Men'. He said the firm did not have policies to deal with his complaints."

 roadREPORT: John Mayer chose Twitter over Jennifer Aniston: "The source said: 'John suddenly stopped calling her or returning her emails and when she would finally catch up with him, he'd say: 'I've been so busy with work. I'm sorry I haven't had time to call you back.' The source added: 'Jen was fuming. There he was, telling her he didn't have time for her and yet his page was filled with Twitter updates.'"

 roadZac Efron won't be taking the Kevin Bacon route.

Hawaii  roadDemocrats seek to break deadlock on Hawaii civil unions bill: "Opponents, led by conservative Christian church groups, have lobbied against the bill, saying Hawaii voted against gay marriage in 1998 and that the issue should not be taken up again. Now supporters of the bill say a recent statewide survey done by QMark Research and Polling shows 81 percent support for equal treatment for couples no matter what their gender. For the Senate Democrats, the issue is whether they have enough votes to either pull the bill from the Senate Judiciary Committee, which is deadlocked 3-3, or fashion a compromise by amending the bill in committee. An amended bill would require passage by the Senate, sending it back to the House for either approval or a conference committee later this spring."

 roadThe Indigo Girls are back.

 roadAnd a four-piece Ukranian band covers Katy Perry's "Hot & Cold".

Ukpenis  roadInspired by an Iron Age fertility symbol, UK teen proceeds to create his own on the roof of his parents' home so he can see it from Google Earth.

 roadHate crimes surge in Kent, UK.

 roadJennifer Hudson taping secret Idol concert tonight.

 roadRuPaul winning dance chart drag race?

 roadOUT interviews the real winner of RuPaul's Drag Race (spoilers).

 roadPolice to receive honor from Sacramento gay group.

 roadSarah Palin a hypocrite on "special needs" children.

 roadFormer Gawker editor Choire Sicha penning book on 'death of New York': "It used to be, you came to New York and you got a job as an assistant, and sooner or later you got to have part of your boss’s job and you moved up. There was sort of a continuum. There was a thing called a career in New York...For me, what the recession for young working people reminds me of is HIV in the early 90s, when my generation of gay men decided there wasn’t much of a future. I feel like I hear from people now, and they’re like, 'fuck tomorrow!' Which seems completely reasonable to me. And whether that’s based on a real understanding of the economy or on what we’re getting through the filter of the media, it doesn’t matter– it’s a completely appropriate response to the moment we’re in."


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