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News: Alexander Skarsgard, Malawi, Plane Crash, Rand Paul

Ale  road Check out a new promo of True Blood (as well as a shirtless Alexander Skarsgard) during the Lost finale on ABC this weekend. 

 road Madonna is encouraging everyone to add their names to her new statement about the sentencing of two men in Malawi for homosexuality.  

 road David Beckham entertains the troops.

 road 158 dead in Indian plane crash in which the jet overshot the runway.

 road Howard Bragman on the motivation of some celebrities to come out of the closet for profit: “That doesn’t make someone’s coming out less sincere. Celebrities profit all the time from getting married and selling their pictures to magazines and telling their love stories in song and in book. Yeah, we’d like a little piece of the pie, too.”

 road Potato, potahto: Kelly Bensimon of the Real Housewives of New York didn't have a breakdown, she had a breakthrough.

 road Transgender Republican candidate Donna E. Milo, who Andy wrote about earlier this week, believes that marriage should only be between "a man and a woman."

 road Rand Paul doesn't need Rachel Maddow to vilify him. He's doing a good enough job of it himself.

 road Ricky Martin hits the streets of the Big Apple. YSOFTBALL2-popup

 road NY Times profiles openly gay Oregon State softball coach Kirk Walker: “It’s probably not as sexy as if he were coaching a men’s team — that’s a different dynamic because people always freak out about the locker room,” Buzinski said. “But Kirk’s value is in putting a name to the concept that ‘Oh, we know there’s gay coaches and gay players.’ Here’s one you can identify with. By being himself, he is trail-blazing.”

 road 350 participate in Romania's gay pride parade under very tight security.

 road I guess this means that Michael Barrymore is an "ex-gay?"

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VIDEO: Madonna Booed in Romania for Supporting Gypsies and Gays


UPDATED: With video.

Madonna was reportedly booed during her Sticky & Sweet tour in Bucharest, Romania on Wednesday for telling fans to fight discrimination against gays and gypsies, the Romanian Times reports:

"She told them: 'I've never been to Romania before and I am happy to be here. But I found out that there is a lot of discrimination against gypsies in Eastern Europe and that makes me very sad, especially because we believe in acceptance, gypsies, homosexuals, people that are different. Everyone must be treated the same, don't forget that!' But instead of the applause she expected fans jeered and booed the statement. There are over 500,000 gypsies officially registered in Romania but the real numbers are expected to be much more as many have not declared their ethnicity in a country where they face widespread discrimination. They are Romania's most socially and economically disadvantaged minority, with high illiteracy levels."

Gays in Romania face violence from nationalist and ultra-orthodox groups. In recent years, marchers at gay rights rallies in Bucharest have been met by hundreds of protesters who hurl stones, eggs, tomatoes, and trash at them in an effort to break up the marches.

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News: Centipede, T.R. Knight, Bears, Anthony Woods, Romania

RoadFire Island swim to benefit NYC's Stonewall foundation: open water swim from Sayville to Fire Island Pines.

Trknight RoadT.R. Knight discusses why he left Grey's Anatomy: "My five-year experience proved to me that I could not trust any answer that was given [about my character George]."

RoadA Centipede may get custody of Michael Jackson's children.

RoadAnalysis and clips from Obama's primetime health care press conference.

RoadIt's A Bear's Life: magazine makes move to web TV.

RoadFort Worth police officer in Rainbow Lounge raid's troubled past: "Ricks was disciplined on multiple occasions in 2006, including following his arrest for punching a bus driver in New Braunfels. The assault charge in that case was later dropped, but the incident raised serious concerns among Ricks' supervisors."

RoadLifetime to run All-Star challenge featuring eight former designers in conjunction with debut of new season of Project Runway. Here's who's participating.

RoadYouTube removes musician Calvin Harris' own video from his YouTube page over copyright infringement.

RoadSan Jose, California's Billy DeFrank LGBT Community Center in danger of closing, needs $50,000.

Anthonywoods RoadGay Iraq war veteran Anthony Woods, who is running for Ellen Tauscher's seat in Congress, gets an endorsement form HRC and The Victory Fund: "Woods, who is openly gay, was awarded the Bronze Star for his two tours in Iraq before being discharged from the Army because of his sexual orientation.  He graduated from West Point and earned his masters degree at Harvard University."

RoadMayors of Hoboken and Secaucus, NJ and a state assemblyman arrested in broad corruption and international money-laundering probe.

RoadDC resident organizes fundraisers in support of Helem, a non-profit LGBT organization in Lebanon that is aiding LGBT Iraqi refugees.

RoadThe Australian Senate is doing an inquiry into marriage equality and want submissions from people affected by it.

RoadHong Kong hotel launches all-male floor.

Robertson RoadPat Robertson on the Episcopal Church: "They have lost their way. They were taken over by this controversy having to do with same-sex marriage and the ordination of homosexual bishops. Once they got into that morass and lost their way from scriptural teaching, they didn't have much denomination left... And there will be no tears in my life if the Episcopal Church of America just quietly goes out of business."

RoadTwilighters arrive at Comic-Con.

RoadSamuel M. Steward, remembered.

RoadRomania bans same-sex marriage. U.S. anti-gay group Alliance Defense Fund claims influence: "Alliance Defense Fund played a prominent role in assisting supporters in the Romanian parliament. 'Through Peter Costea, who is one of our allied attorneys and the head of Alliance for Romanian Families, who's been doing excellent work in Romania, got these provisions enacted in the law,' Kiska points out, 'and we're just happy to see in Europe these types of protections being afforded to marriage.' Kiska concludes that Romania has a strong history of supporting traditional marriage, as do most European nations. Romania's new civil code will take effect January 1, 2010.

News: Pajamas, Salman Rushdie, Ipod, Zac Efron, Meat Eating

road.jpg Gay marriage ban unanimously approved in Cayman Islands.

Pajamasroad.jpg NY fashion week menswear trend: pajamas?

road.jpg Piece of what? Britney Spears cleans up at VMAs.

road.jpg All of Daniel Radcliffe on stage in Equus (nsfw): the smuggled phone-cam shots.

road.jpg Russian prosecutors want to ban 'extremist' cartoon South Park from playing in the country: "South Park, a cartoon aimed at adults and featuring a group of nine-year olds in a Colorado ski town, has courted controversy from its 1997 debut, parodying celebrities, politicians, religion, gay marriage and Saddam Hussein. Basmanny regional prosecutors office spokeswoman Valentina Titova said investigators filed a motion after deciding an episode broadcast on Moscow television station 2x2 in January 'bore signs of extremist activity.'"

road.jpg UN suggests "one meat-free day a week" to help combat global warming: "The UN's Food and Agriculture Organisation has estimated that meat production accounts for nearly a fifth of global greenhouse gas emissions. These are generated during the production of animal feeds, for example, while ruminants, particularly cows, emit methane, which is 23 times more effective as a global warming agent than carbon dioxide. The agency has also warned that meat consumption is set to double by the middle of the century."

Transsexualroad.jpg Salman Rushdie reports on the transsexuals of India: "'The MSM sector is getting so strong,' Laxmi says. 'But we are not simply MSMs. We are not even simply TGs [transgendered persons]. We are ... hijras. I am carrying a whole culture with me. It's that collective aspect, the hijra culture, that is important. We cannot sacrifice it. We are different.' The hijras of Bombay and the rest of India are held to be the community most at risk of HIV infection. There have been improvements in organisation, outreach, education and self-help, but for many hijras, their lives continue to be characterised by mockery, humiliation, stigmatisation, fear and danger. Laxmi of Thane and the 'peer educators' of Malwani may be success stories, hijras who have taken charge of their destinies and are trying to help their fellows, but many hijras are mired in poverty and sickness."

road.jpg Focus on the Family's James Dobson is mum after McCain campaign aide tells Log Cabin Republicans: “Your organization is an important one in the fabric of our party.”

Ipodroad.jpg Apple admits British man invented iPod, and uses him to win a patent lawsuit.

road.jpg Zac Efron to make West End debut in Andrew Lloyd Webber's Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat?

road.jpg POLL: Romania remains extremely homophobic. "According to the poll, more than half of the Romanians do not want to have HIV infected persons within their group of friends. Moreover, close to 40 per cent of them would not agree with having HIV infected persons among their neighbours. 39 per cent of them prefer not to work alongside persons infected with HIV or diagnosed with AIDS. The Romanians have the same attitude when it comes to sexual minorities. Most of Romanians discriminate against them in public places, on employment or in the education system, and close to 70 per cent of Romanians perceive homosexuality as something bad. More than a third of the respondents consider that homosexual relationships should be sanctioned. More than half of the respondents claim that homosexuality should be punished by restricting certain rights and almost a third consider that homosexuals should be jailed. More than 60 per cent of Romanians think that homosexuals should not be able to marry or adopt children."

road.jpg VMA's: Miley Cyrus almost gave Katy Perry what she wanted.

Riot Police Stand Guard Over Romanian Gay Pride Parade


A gay pride parade was held in Bucharest, Romania on Saturday, following demonstrations by nationalist and ultra-orthodox groups. It was watched over by approximately 1,200 police officers in riot gear:

Romania2"Two counter-demonstrations were held ahead of the parade. At one, members of a far-right group chanted 'Romania does not want you' in a protest they said was 'against sin'. Romania decriminalized homosexuality in 2001, but gay people often face hostility in this largely conservative country of 22 million where the powerful Orthodox church views homosexuality as a sin and a disease. Police said the gay rights march passed off without incident. 'It is encouraging,' riot police spokesman Marius Militaru told reporters. 'People are becoming aware that we are heading towards a degree of normality.' Last year riot police detained dozens of protesters who tried to break up a gay rights march."


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