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04/19/2007


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

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

Barihunks

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Opera's "barihunks" get some attention.

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Jake Gyllenhaal may or may not be a single man.

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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.

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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."

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

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

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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."

Bountiful

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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.'"

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

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T Magazine profiles Madrid-based Candy publisher Luis Venegas.

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Scientists develop rainbow trap.


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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!"

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Melting: Polar Bear habitat shrinking as ice thins.

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First nightclub for Bears opens in Tel Aviv.

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A look inside the Burj Dubai.

Colinfarrell

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Colin Farrell on look-out for paparazzi in Mexico.

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

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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."

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The NYT profiles Madonna squeeze Jesus Luz.

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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?"

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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."


News: Germany, Belmont Rocks, Rent, Dot Gay, Uganda, Polar Bears

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Website devoted to raid on Atlanta Eagle bar launches.

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Health care: Pelosi publicly whipping on robust public option?

Moonhole

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SPACE: A giant hole found in the Moon, the youngest and most distant galaxy cluster ever recorded, and a stunning map of exploration of our solar system.

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News anchor finds himself in a remake of The Birds.

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Boston gays to protest Obama this weekend.

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PFOX urges libraries to carry books about the "ex-gay" movement.

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Jack Mackenroth slams Oprah over HIV show.

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Utah Catholic high school defends production of Rent: "Sister Catherine Kamphaus, superintendent of schools in the Salt Lake City diocese, said she read the script at the request of Bishop John Wester, and she watched a dress rehearsal Tuesday. 'There is absolutely nothing that would be offensive,' Kamphaus said Thursday. 'It wasn't condoning the gay and lesbian lifestyle.' Rather, she said, the play shows friends forming a loving and caring community while facing AIDS and other challenges."

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Homophobic Daily Mail writer Jan Moir was thrilled to be in spotlight over Gately death.

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San Diego gay man says attack in Hillcrest area was hate crime.

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Producers shaft the hot dude on Melrose Place.

Belmontrocks

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Time capsule: Chicago's Belmont Rocks.

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Tom Cruise: American Psycho.

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Report: International transgender community at higher risk in counterterrorism operations. "The report, by noted International Law Professor Martin Sheinin, concludes that because security personnel regularly seek out men 'dressed as women' as potential terrorists, soldiers often target all men in female clothing — including those who do so as part of their gender identity. This is particularly the case in Middle Eastern/Islamic nations — or against Middle Eastern/Islamic people.' Enhanced immigration controls that focus attention on male bombers who may be dressing as females to avoid scrutiny make transgender persons susceptible to increased harassment and suspicion,' the report says."

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Coalition releases statement condemning anti-gay bill in Uganda.

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UK's first gay tourism office opens in London's Soho district.

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Obama administration sets aside 200,000 acres in Alaska for Polar Bears.

Sculfor

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Model Paul Sculfor shoots gay scene in Madrid.

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The Dot Gay Alliance has competition from a straight German man in Riga, Latvia: "While both groups have left open the possibility of cooperating, they haven’t yet joined forces. Both groups say they plan on starting the application process with the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, or Icann, to create top-level domains, akin to .com, .edu, .org and .net."

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German high court backs pensions for gay married couples: "A failure to give gay partners the same benefits infringes the basic right to equal treatment, the Constitutional Court in Karlsruhe said. The decision nullified an earlier ruling from the Federal Court of Justice (BGH) regarding a Hamburg man who has been a public servant since 1991 with a supplementary pension. The public-sector pension company VBL – the largest such company in the nation – refused to give the man married status, despite the fact that he’d been living in a registered civil union for eight years. This meant that his retirement benefits would be €74 less each month, and his partner would receive no surviving dependants’ pension in the event of his death."


Polar Bear Cub Goes Bear-Back

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This is apparently the first photographic evidence of a phenomenon — baby Polar Bears riding on their mother's backs — that was heretofore undocumented.

It's also damn cute.

The Telegraph reports: "Now in a paper in the journal Polar Biology Dr Aars has explained why the cubs might ride on the back of the mother. He said that although young bears can swim they have not yet built up much insulating fat and may be at risk of getting too cold. 'This could be potentially important because it means that the cubs get exposed to less water. If they are in the water they would have to swim and very small cubs are very badly insulated in water,' he said."


Woman Attacked by Polar Bear after Jumping into Tank at Berlin Zoo

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Apparently Knut, the celebrity and former cub with whom the polar bear above shares his tank, has deceived some into believing that the animals are nothing but plush toys.

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Towleroad Guide to the Tube #434

OBAMA'S ELF: Sing it, baby.

SYDNEY MARDI GRAS: Mardi Gras Fair Day kicks off the annual festival.

ALL MY CHILDREN: Reese and Bianca in daytime TV's first same-sex wedding.

SKATING ON THIN ICE: Polar bears, from a recent episode of Nature.


Polar Scare

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Food appears to be getting scarce in Barrow, Alaska:

"The target, a surveyor, was returning to his car in the remote town of Barrow, Alaska, when he saw the great white beast. With no time to unlock the door of his vehicle and climb inside, he tried to duck out of sight. But the hungry bear was not giving up, and a terrifying chase began. First, the beast stood up on its furry haunches and eyed its prey. Then it loped around the car, and even climbed over the bonnet to try to reach him. After a few laps of the car the bear almost caught up, managing to land a few heavy swipes on his prey. The man eventually managed to take refuge in a neighbouring truck which was unlocked. His back and head were covered in more than 100 deep scratches where the massive claws had managed to rip through his thick winter clothes and padded coat. Barrow is the northernmost town of the United States, 340 miles north of the Arctic Circle."

More shots here.

That bear was lucky it wasn't in Iceland.

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