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04/19/2007


News: Danny Gans, Senegal, David Paterson, Eels, Cam Gigandet

 roadMichelangelo Signorile talks to Carrie Prejean's defenders.

Moakler  roadDirector of Miss California USA Shanna Moakler's gay rights ad. State Director: 'Fifteen minutes about up...'

 roadVegas performer Danny Gans dies suddenly.

 roadThe View: Dolly Parton on the 9 to 5 musical.

 roadNY Governor David Paterson says Giuliani "a generation behind" on same-sex marriage, expresses hope for bill's passage: "I don't think the votes are there yet. Maybe they're three or four votes short, maybe more. But they can get there, and as evidence of that I would cite the growth from 40 to 85 votes in the Assembly in 2007. The percentage of votes we have now in the Senate is higher than it was two years ago at this time in the Assembly. And they didn't think they had a shot."

 roadStar Trek premieres in L.A..

 roadGay youth leader in Senegal declares: "The homosexuals will not escape lynching. They will be fish food."


Johnlegend  roadJohn Legend takes his pecs dog-walking.

 roadObama names Eric Goosby new U.S. Global AIDS coordinator: "Goosby, who is straight, replaces gay physician Mark Dybul, who was appointed by President George W. Bush and who has been credited with putting in place the multi-billion dollar U.S. Global AIDS program initiated by Bush and approved by Congress. The Global AIDS coordinator works out of the U.S. State Department and has the rank of ambassador at large."

 roadGay etiquette with the Countess de Lesseps of New York's Real Housewives...

 roadExecutive Director of non-profit organization Colours, serving Philadelphia's gay and lesbian community charged with using organization's funds for herself: "Dorena Kearney, 52, was charged with misusing $138,000 in government funds for personal expenses such as cosmetic surgery, a cruise and pet supplies."

 roadEels in crisis.

 roadCam Gigandet has junk in the trunk.

Blago  roadRun, Blago, Run: Former Illinois Governor gets street art treatment in Chicago.

 roadCoral Gables attorney says firm fired him for being gay, files suit: "Shortly after his employment began, however, (firm chairman Jose) Astigarraga articulated his discomfort with the fact that plaintiff was gay, criticizing plaintiff for not 'fitting in' with the attorneys at the law firm and suggesting to plaintiff that he consider leaving the firm."

 roadComedian Stephen Fry struggling with new book: "It's different because the first volume (Moab Is My Washpot) was a private memoir of childhood - it didn't involve having to put in people who have now become well known. It's something I haven't yet grappled with. There is pressure. The trouble with it now, is the moment it starts, it would have to be at university and it would be Hugh [Laurie] and Emma [Thompson] and all that sort of thing. It becomes a showbiz biography and I'm keen for it not to be too much. Why would I want to involve people without their permission?"

Moscow authorities renew opposition to Gay Pride events...


Blagojevich to Letterman: 'I'm the Anti-Nixon'

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Impeached Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich continues to hammer that he's innocent, telling Dave at the beginning of their interview that he's wanted to be on the show in the worst way for the longest time. Answers Dave: "Well, you're on in the worst way."

Watch it, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Towleroad Guide to the Tube #420

OBAMA: His first interview as president, with Al-Arabiya TV.

ROD BLAGOJEVICH: His PR blitz began on The View yesterday.

TORTURE: UN says U.S. required to bring Rumsfeld and Bush before a court for war crimes.

MATT ALBER: Alber, gay and a former member of the vocal ensemble Chanticleer, recorded his first album Hide Nothing on a Mac in his bedroom, and shot this video at the barber shop where he gets his hair cut with his brother and father as part of the crew. Joe has a giveaway.


Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich Impeached

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Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich has been impeached.

The Chicago Sun-Times:

"Making history, the Illinois House voted this morning 114-1 to impeach Gov. Blagojevich for breaching the public's trust. The unprecedented action sets the stage for a Senate trial on whether he should be thrown out of office for corruption and abuse of power. Before the vote, House Majority Leader Barbara Flynn Currie said Blagojevich has 'forfeited his right to hold office. He should be impeached.' She noted that he hasn't given the people of Illinois an explanation for the corruption charges filed against him by federal prosecutors that include allegations he schemed to profit from his power to name President-elect Barack Obama's replacement in the Senate. Republican leader Tom Cross was one of many lawmakers who called the Blagojevich scandal 'an embarrassment' that has made Illinois a national laughingstock. 'It's our duty to clean up the mess and stop the freak show that's become Illinois government,' said Rep. Jack D. Franks, a Democrat. Lawmakers hope the proceedings will help improve the state's reputation."

Trib: "Rep. Milt Patterson (D-Chicago) was the lone vote against impeaching the governor. Patterson, from Chicago's Southwest Side, said after the roll call that he didn't feel it was his job to vote to impeach the governor. He declined comment on whether he approved of the job Blagojevich is doing."

Breaking news announcement, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Roland Burris Announces Senate Credentials Rejected on Arrival

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Following last week's appointment to the U.S. Senate by embattled Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich, Roland Burris arrived on Capitol Hill today where he presented his credentials and were told they were unacceptable by Nancy Erickson, the Senate secretary. He held a news conference following the rejection.

Watch the Burris press conference outside the Capitol, AFTER THE JUMP...

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News: Roland Burris, iPod, Matt Dillon, Arkansas, Johnny Hazzard

road.jpg Blagoblah: Roland Burris and his monument to himself.

road.jpg REPORT: Apple launching large-form iPod Touch. "...expect a large screen iPod touch device to be released in the Fall of ‘09, with a 7 or 9 inch screen. Prototypes have been seen and handled by one of our sources, and Apple is talking to OEMs in Asia now about mass production."

Dillonroad.jpg SPEED: Matt Dillon arrested.

road.jpg Sacha Baron-Cohen takes swipe at Madonna in gay Bruno film: "A major plotline sees Bruno and his boyfriend 'Diesel' adopting an African baby called David, who they then parade around the chic fashion capitals of the world."

road.jpg 29 plaintiffs: ACLU files lawsuit to strike down Arkansas ban on adoption and foster parenting by unmarried couples.

road.jpg SPEEDO: Last year was white, this year it's black for Giorgio Armani.

road.jpg Rick Warren: what will he pray?

road.jpg Scientists: Moods spread like ripples through friends and family. "How grumpy people feel can be influenced not only by the state of mind of those closest to us, but also by friends of friends that we have never met like ripples from "pebbles thrown into a pond" , claim scientists. Professor James Fowler of the University of California, said each 'unhappy connection' decreased the chance of a person being happy by seven per cent. However, the effect works both ways with each 'happy connection' increasing the chance of a person's happiness by nine per cent."

road.jpg Vatican does damage control over homophobic Pope remarks.

road.jpg Ryan Gosling wants you to know about the room where he sleeps.

Hazzardroad.jpg Johnny Hazzard is gay adult film acting's Top Chef (site NSFW).

road.jpg Harvey Milk School students see Milk: "...the new movie 'Milk,' on the life of one of the first openly gay politicians to hold office in the United States, has given students at the nation's first public school dedicated to teaching gay, lesbian and transgender youths a glimpse into the leader's legacy, connecting them to a history many never knew. 'When it finished, I just felt so proud that I go to his school,' said Matthew 'Matty' Agostini, 18, who watched an advance screening with classmates from Harvey Milk High School. 'After he died, when they showed the people marching and there was a long line of people holding candles, I remember thinking if I was there, I would have been walking too.' Orville Bell, a teacher at the school, said after watching the movie, "I almost felt like screaming into the audience, 'I teach at that school!'"

road.jpg The latest fall of a member of the Phoenix family.

Kieferroad.jpg German tennis pro Nicholas Kiefer, who we've featured here before, shows us what training is all about.

road.jpg Lawsuit claims culture of homophobia in California Parks system: "Attorneys for California state park ranger Jennifer Donovan filed the civil suit December 16 in San Diego County Superior Court against the plaintiff's employer, the California Department of Parks and Recreation and several co-workers. The lawsuit describes an embattled employee enduring numerous incidents of homophobic slurs, harassment, and discrimination by her Southern California co-workers based, at least in part, on her sexual orientation."

road.jpg ARIZONA: Backers of gay marriage ban filed donor list improperly. "The backers of the successful ballot proposal to constitutionally ban gay marriage did not get the occupations of the majority of those who contributed to the campaign despite a state law requiring them to gather that information. But the state's top election official said Monday that the wording of the law allows them to get away with that."

road.jpg Billie "Glinda the Good Witch" Burke to be subject of book: "I devote a chapter to Billie's role as Glinda and to the genesis and symbology of the character. I also explore the facts and the fiction behind accounts of Billie's marriage to philandering husband Florenz Ziegfeld, her alleged relationship with director Dorothy Arzner, and show a very different side to the actress many erroneously suppose was as dithery in person as her best known comic role, Clara Topper."

road.jpg Minnesota senator requests $500K earmark for Christianist program tied to 'ex-gay' ministry.


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