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6a00d8341c730253ef019104c9523d970c Same-sex marriage will become legal in New Zealand tomorrow. So far, at least 31 gay and lesbian couples plan to marry on that day.

Glenn6a00d8341c730253ef019104c9523d970c Journalist Glenn Greenwald's partner detained and questioned under terrorism act at Heathrow Airport. Said Greenwald: "To detain my partner for a full nine hours while denying him a lawyer, and then seize large amounts of his possessions, is clearly intended to send a message of intimidation to those of us who have been reporting on the NSA and GCHQ."

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6a00d8341c730253ef019104c9523d970c Bullied gay Italian teen takes his own life. Study shows many gay teens in that country contemplate suicide: "The study of 4,000 high school students, ages 14 to 18 years-old, found that about 5 percent identified as LGBT, of which one out of three contemplated suicide at least once."

6a00d8341c730253ef019104c9523d970c One gay writer's experience with being skinny-fat in the gay community.

6a00d8341c730253ef019104c9523d970c Listen to audio from an interview with Katy Perry and anti-gay Australian opposition leader Tony Abbott: "Let's talk about gay marriage...That's right. Love is equal.'"

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6a00d8341c730253ef019104c9523d970c Third gender option on German birth certificates: "A new German law stipulates that children who are born of indeterminate gender no longer have to be categorized as 'male"' or 'female.' Instead, parents can choose to leave the space blank on their child's birth certificate, according to German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung. Those individuals can eventually decide whether to identify as male, female or neither."

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6a00d8341c730253ef019104c9523d970c Benedict Cumberbatch believes documenting the crisis in Egypt is more important than photographing a movie shoot.

6a00d8341c730253ef019104c9523d970c Gay wedding only shop opens in the UK: "We played around with the idea and thought there was a massive gap in the market for same sex marriages."

NEWS: NSA Surveillance, Katy Perry, Teen Sexting, Darren Young's Boyfriend, Joseph Gordon-Levitt

JumpRoad On-again, off-again: Beyonce and her hair have gotten back together.

Road 6.5 magnitude quake rocks New Zealand.

Road Gaga's fans are, um, dedicated.

Road Straight Iowan couple pulls out of wedding venue because the venue turned away a gay couple on the grounds that "gay marriage is inferior to heterosexual marriage."

Road As the crisis in Egypt continues to worsen, protestors jump off a bridge in an attempt to flee from the Egyptian military forces.

Road George W. Bush's daughter, Barbara, wants Hillary Clinton to run for President but wouldn't necessarily vote for her: "I don't know who she'd be running against."

Road War of the Roses redux? Battle ensues over the recently discovered remains of Richard III.

Road Today Show segment on teen boys and sexting stirs debate.

Road Blind item: is a major actor preparing to come out or just head back to the closet?

RichRoad Former French First Lady Carla Bruni talks about what it was like meeting the English royal family: "It was an incredible experience. It was very -- how can I say? -- exceptional, you know. What happens with the royal family is that they're so kind, you know, and they make you at ease. They make you feel comfortable. So it wasn't difficult; it was a wonderful experience. I'll never forget."

Road Is this the beginning of a meme?

Road As any socialite worth her salt knows, it's stressful hosting a fundraiser for President Obama.

Road Darren Young opens up to saying he's "deeply in love" with his boyfriend of two years who was apparently a motivating factor in his decision to come out yesterday.

Road The NSA broke privacy rules 2,776 times: "Most of the infractions involve unauthorized surveillance of Americans or foreign intelligence targets in the United States, both of which are restricted by statute and executive order. They range from significant violations of law to typographical errors that resulted in unintended interception of U.S. e-mails and telephone calls."

Road Julia Child would have been 100 yesterday. PBS gives her the remix treatment in honor of her centennial.

Road Joseph Gordon-Levitt wrestles with a porn addiction in his directorial debut, Don Jon. Check out the trailer here.

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Road Edie Windsor helps inaugurate Long Island's new LGBT Community Center.

Road Glee tribute episode to Cory Monteith will not touch on drug abuse. Creator Ryan Murphy felt it would be "really exploitative."

Road On a related note, the trailer for Monteith's final film McCanick has been released. The film will debut in September at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Road Katy Perry blasts Tony Abbott, quite possibly the next Australian Prime Minister, on live radio show because of his lack of support for gay marriage: "Let's talk about gay marriage," she said. "Yeah, buddy, that's right. Love is equal." A host then explains that Abbott is against gay marriage. "I love you as a human being, but I can't give you my vote then," Perry added. "I just don't believe in your policies so that's what a lot of people should be doing."

New Zealand Man Crowned 'Mr. Gay World' in Belgium: VIDEO


Christopher Olwage of New Zealand has been crowned Mr. Gay World 2013 in Antwerp, Belgium, Flanders News reports:

25 winners of Mister Gay contests from 5 different continents took part in the big contest to become Mister Gay World. The participants had the opportunity to convince the jury members in different areas: sports, modelling, leadership qualities and background knowledge of LGBT-related issues (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender).

The event took place in the Elckerlyc Theatre in Antwerp, the city that is hosting the World Outgames for lesbians and gays until 11 August. The aim is to highlight equal rights for LGBT's and to give them some positive attention. Christopher Olwage was praised by the jury as a strong all-round candidate with excellent dance skills.

Photos of the competition here.

Olwage entered New Zealand's Got Talent last year and his take on the "Black Swan" earned him plaudits.

Check it out as well as the Mr. Gay World coronation, AFTER THE JUMP...


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Air New Zealand, Jesse Tyler Ferguson to Host Country's First Gay Wedding at 30,000 Feet

New Zealand's marriage equality law does not go into effect until August 19, but Air New Zealand wants to host the country's first gay wedding, and is bringing a couple of American hosts on board to help out, the Herald Sun reports:

Jesse_fergusonIt has recruited American actor and same sex marriage campaigner Jesse Tyler Ferguson, who plays Mitchell in Modern Family, to be on board for the stunt. The openly-gay star is due to wed Justin Mikita in New York this month. Gay marriage was legalised in New York two years ago.

Air New Zealand's head of global brand development Jodi Williams said the wedding would attract media interest from around the globe.

"Naturally, the couple's family and friends will want to be on hand for the special occasion so we have plenty of seats set aside for them," she said.

The airline is also providing a honeymoon at Palm Springs in the United States.

Drag Queen Wows 'X Factor New Zealand' with 'Proud Mary': VIDEO


Drag queen Ashley Tonga looks like the contestant to beat on New Zealand's X Factor. The trainee hairdresser knocked the judges and audiences' socks off with a performance of "Proud Mary".



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New Zealand Lawmaker Who Delivered Viral Marriage Equality Speech Invited to Appear on Ellen: VIDEO


Last week New Zealand MP Maurice Williamson delivered a hilarious and uplifting speech before the passage of the country's marriage equality bill. Since it was posted, it has been viewed more than a million times.

Said Williamson in the speech:

"I also had a leader tell me I would burn in the fires of hell for eternity and that was a bad mistake because I've got a degree in physics. I used the thermodynamic laws of physics. I put in my body weight and my humidity and so on. I assumed the furnace to be at 5000 degrees and I will last for just on 2.1 seconds."

“One of the messages I’d had was that this bill was the cause of our drought. This bill was the cause of our drought. Well if any of you follow my Twitter account, In the Pakuranga electorate this morning, it was pouring with rain, we had the most enormous big gay rainbow across my electorate. It has to be a sign."

The lawmaker was asked to appear on Ellen, TVNZ reports, and we may soon see that happen:

Normally politicians are not allowed to take up the offer of a paid trip, but Prime Minister John Key told TV ONE's Breakfast this morning that Williamson "can absolutely go".

"Anyone who has seen Maurice speak before, the good people of Pakuranga, will know what I'm talking about, he is very funny. He is ferociously bright, he's always had that incredibly witty sense of humour and I don't think that he did an awful lot of planning for that speech."

The Prime Minister says rules surrounding actors equity mean people who appear on such shows have to be paid - but as long as Maurice Williamson donates the fee to charity, it will be fine.

Williamson's speech, if you'd like to revisit it, is AFTER THE JUMP...

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