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WANDERERS: A Carl Sagan tribute.

BRYAN FISCHER: American Family Association's Fischer says gay adoption is inhumane.

BEN QUAYLE: Spawn of Dan Quayle running for Congress, calls Obama the worst President in history, says someone has to go to D.C. and knock the hell out of the place.

JACKIE EVANCHO: America's Got Talent's 10-year-old opera star.

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Watch: 'They Don't Call Me Poppycock for Nothing'


Store clerk surprises on America's Got Talent, AFTER THE JUMP...

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News: Tiger Woods, ENDA, Catholic Church, Jake Gyllenhaal, Burj


Human Rights Campaign refuses to comment on ENDA delay, accuses journalist Rex Wocker of being "out of touch" with group's efforts.



Opera's "barihunks" get some attention.


Jake Gyllenhaal may or may not be a single man.


L.A. Times condemns Catholic, Protestant, and Orthodox signers of the anti-gay Manhattan Declaration. "They need to be reminded that this is a nation of laws, not of men -- even holy men." The Village Voice chats with one of the signers.


Chelsea Clinton engaged to Marc Mezvinsky: "We’re sorry for the mass e-mail but we wanted to wish everyone a belated Happy Thanksgiving! We also wanted to share that we are engaged! We didn’t get married this past summer despite the stories to the contrary, but we are looking toward next summer and hope you all will be there to celebrate with us."


Tiger Woods asks for privacy following weekend car accident/domestic argument.


Catholic Church in Ireland covered up thousands of child sexual abuse cases. Here's the video report on CNN.


AP: civil union vs marriage debate is back. "Dan Hawes, the head organizer for the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, agrees that it makes sense to seek even limited legal protections in states where gay people have none, but disagrees that fighting for marriage has detracted from that work. 'It's not that these fights are mutually exclusive of each other, so that's why we don't think it makes sense to negotiate against ourselves,' Hawes said."



Salt Lake Tribune profiles transgender cop in Bountiful, Utah: "Although some employees have trouble remembering to use masculine pronouns, Bountiful Police Chief Tom Ross says, 'everyone's done a great job of accepting Kerry and staying focused on why we're here in the first place.'"


Mark boyfriend David Blue in talks to return to Ugly Betty.


T Magazine profiles Madrid-based Candy publisher Luis Venegas.


Scientists develop rainbow trap.


Soup Cans talks to newscaster Jane Velez-Mitchell: "My coming out as gay has not only NOT negatively impacted my career, it’s actually been a plus! People love it when you reveal yourself for who you really are. The fact is most people are pretty much obsessed with themselves so they don’t really care who you fall in love with. All the fear I had about coming out was self-generated. The sky didn’t fall down. The sun came up the next morning. Eureka!"


Melting: Polar Bear habitat shrinking as ice thins.


First nightclub for Bears opens in Tel Aviv.


A look inside the Burj Dubai.



Colin Farrell on look-out for paparazzi in Mexico.


Transcript: Northwest pilots who overshot were "distracted" by "company issues" in the cockpit.


New worry for gay men with HIV? "A rare parasitic disease, which normally only is transmitted by contaminated water, has been shown to be transmitted by gay sex between hiv-positive men. In the industrial world the disease is virtually absent, but from now on that could change."


The NYT profiles Madonna squeeze Jesus Luz.


Mormon leadership not signed on to anti-gay Manhattan Declaration: "So where are the Mormon representatives on this illustrious list? Are they truly backing off their longstanding opposition to gay civil rights?"


Bionic eye: Blind man sees for first time in 30 years. "The images I see move and that takes a bit of getting used to, but I can see cars - they look like cotton wool. It's exciting to be part of the trial."

Rufus Wainwright Reveals New Opera, New Beard


The opera that Rufus Wainwright has been working on for some time now recently debuted in Manchester, UK.

Wrote the NYT: "There are inspired touches and disarmingly beautiful passages in this mysterious, stylistically eclectic work. With a libretto in French by Mr. Wainwright and Bernadette Colomine, 'Prima Donna' depicts a turning point in the life of a prematurely retired opera singer, a day when she confronts the demons that drove her from the stage and finds new resolve. But Mr. Wainwright’s score and his attitude toward the drama often seem muddled, as if he were relying too much on his keen musical and theatrical instincts lest he overthink and impede his imagination."

The BBC recently broadcast a documentary on Wainwright, his family, and the making of the opera, which you can watch, in six parts, AFTER THE JUMP...

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News: Mars, Brokeback Opera, Arson, Louis Vuitton, Mormons

road.jpg Michelangelo Signorile talks to a Mormon from Texas who donated to 'Yes on 8'. This is what we're up against.

Operaroad.jpg Brokeback Mountain opera shelved.

road.jpg Now we know who can play 'Joe the Plumber' in the McCain biopic.

road.jpg Australian LGBT youth suicides at disturbingly high levels: "Open Doors surveyed 164 LGB students across the state, and 37 per cent of respondents said they had attempted suicide in the last 12 months, with 82 per cent considering taking their own life. The report also revealed a general attitude of fear among LGB students, with 81 per cent saying they had experienced bullying based on their sexuality."

road.jpg Anti-gay graffiti discovered at torched home near Charlotte, North Carolina: "Fire investigators declared the home a total loss and sent samples from a bedroom to an SBI lab for testing. Meanwhile, sheriff's Maj. Coy Reid said detectives have one suspect in the case after conducting interviews. Found on a back wall of the house were graffiti of slang words referring to homosexuality. 'We're trying to figure out where that came from and if that is tied in with the fire,' Bump said."

Mayerroad.jpg Mayer in training.

road.jpg Madonna to be the next face of Louis Vuitton? "According to tipsters, the Material Divorcée will be the face of Louis Vuitton’s Spring 2009 campaign and has already been shot by photo wonder duo Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott."

road.jpg Holocaust survivors to Mormons: stop Baptisms of dead Jews.

road.jpg Fear in Florida that the state could become home to immigrant population of five-inch Madagascar hissing cockroaches. In related news, Kentucky man moving to Florida.

road.jpg Stevens vs. Begich: 90,000 more votes to be counted tomorrow in Alaska Senate race.

Landerroad.jpg Mission over for Mars Lander: "Engineers have not heard from the craft since Sunday 2 November when it made a brief communication with Earth. Phoenix, which landed on the planet's northern plains in May, had been struggling in the increasing cold and dark of an advancing winter. The US space agency says it will continue to try to contact the craft but does not expect to hear from it."

road.jpg McCaskill being discussed as DNC Chair Howard Dean's replacement when he steps down in January: "In sheer political terms, the choice really wasn’t Dean’s to make. Indeed, any decision on who will serve as the next DNC chair will come with directives from Obama and his aides. And a name being floated around as a possible Dean replacement is one of the president-elect’s closest allies: Claire McCaskill, the junior Senator from Missouri and a national co-chair of the Obama campaign."

road.jpg CG Animated Wizard of Oz in the works: "The English-language adaptation maintains the tale's main characters and settings. Unlike the MGM classic, however, it's not a musical."

road.jpg Levi's presents the "People's Premiere" of Milk. Blogger Joe.My.God attended it and has photos.

Nbsroad.jpg Naked Boys Singing and ACLU sues the city of Milwaukee for shutting down their show three years ago: "The city temporarily shut down performances of 'Naked Boys Singing!' in August 2005 while it considered the Milwaukee Gay Arts Center's application for a theater permit. The group later received a permit and reopened the show. Larry Dupuis, legal director for the American Civil Liberties Union of Wisconsin, which is handling the case, said the city's enforcement seemed unusually zealous, even given the musical's content."

road.jpg Brad Pitt roughed up by his own security detail?

road.jpg Study on the failure rates of mobile phones.

road.jpg Georgia GOP congressman calls Obama Marxist, warns of dictatorship.

road.jpg Vancouver to rally against Fred Phelps and the Westboro Baptist Church, which continues its crusade against The Laramie Project.

road.jpg Regular: Palin to have rummage sale?

News: Guy Ritchie, Senegal, Matt Foreman, Dubai, Rufus Wainwright

road.jpg Page Six: MSNBC hiring "glam squad" for Rachel Maddow, forcing her to doff glasses, wear skirt?

Lance_laceyroad.jpg Lance Bass and his dance beard Lacey Schwimmer.

road.jpg London hotel records Josh Hartnett on sex tape.

road.jpg The Guardian on Guy Ritchie's 'gay movie': "I’ve never seen a gangster thriller punctuated by quite so much homoeroticism. Gerard Butler plays One Two, a rugged beefcake who steals millions of euros from a Russian oligarch and football club owner, Uri Obromavich (Karel Roden). When One Two is not tied to the bed and tortured by Uri’s humourless Soviet henchmen – stripped down to their leather pouches - he is being hit on by his best friend and fellow gang member, Handsome Bob (Tom Hardy)." Madonna and Guy glam it up at premiere...

road.jpg Gay couple turned away from guesthouse in South Africa.

road.jpg Senegal jails Belgian retiree and Senegalese partner for marrying in Belgium.

road.jpg Lesbians jailed for kissing on beach in Dubai: "The Dubai Court of Appeal upheld the one-month jail sentence handed down by a lower court to the women, a 30-year-old Lebanese national and a 36-year-old Bulgarian who both pleaded not guilty, 7Days newspaper said. Prosecutors had charged the women with kissing, groping each other and "indecent acts in public," the paper said, adding that this was the first case of its kind in the United Arab Emirates, a federation of seven states including Dubai."

Foremanroad.jpg Former NGLTF Chairman Matt Foreman marries partner Francisco Adex De León in San Francisco: " Mr. De León, 46, is the owner and president of FADesign, a graphic design firm in New York. He graduated from the University of Houston. He is a son of Josefina De León and Francisco A. De León of Houston. Mr. Foreman, 53, is the director of gay and immigrant rights programs at the Evelyn & Walter Haas Jr. Fund in San Francisco."

road.jpg NYT Poll of Republican delegates: "The only surprising finding was that 6 percent believe in gay marriage and 43 percent believe in civil unions for gay couples, compared to 46 percent who believe there should be no legal recognition. Thus more Republican delegates support some kind of domestic partnership for gay couples than oppose it."

Radclifferoad.jpg Daniel Radcliffe on dream role: “I think part of me would love to play a drag queen, just because it would be an excuse to wear loads of eye makeup.”

road.jpg ABC orders gay-inclusive family doc pilot: "Untitled laffer will revolve around a traditional married couple and their three kids; an older guy, his younger wife and their adopted son; and a gay couple who have just adopted an Asian infant."

road.jpg New York Metropolitan opera turns down French libretto by Rufus Wainwright about day in the life of an opera diva: "The Met reaction turns the tables on the French-speaking world and its increasingly desperate official attempts to stem the global linguistic hegemony of English. 'Presenting a new opera that is not in English at the Met when it could be in English is an immediate impediment to its potential success with audiences,' Met manager Peter Gelb told the New York Times. 'I hoped he would switch over, but he was determined to do it in French,' he said."

road.jpg Italy's security forces to launch association for openly gay officers: "The Open Polis association will launch in the northern Italian city of Bologna on 26 September. Membership is open to gay men and women from the police, the paramilitary Carabinieri and tax police, as well as the army and the air force. 'For many of us in uniform, the worry is not violent physical attacks, but blatant discrimination, and daily 'macho' jokes and language,' said Open Polis President Nicola Cicchitti, who serves with Italy's tax police, quoted by Italian daily, Corriere della Sera."


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