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road.jpg Iran newspaper banned for interviewing gay activist. PAPER: "We had an article which was an interview with an expatriate writer. They said she had moral problems, they say she is homosexual and promotes that in her weblog. But we talked to her as a poet."

Paul_james_2road.jpg AfterElton interviews Paul James, who plays gay teen Calvin on the hit ABC Family series Greek: "My parents are very great people. My dad grew up in Alabama, in the Civil Rights movement, and so there just wasn't any tolerance for bigotry in the house at all. And then I went to college and I majored in theater and was around a lot of gay and lesbian people. Everyone was shocked at first, [because] you know in high school you weren't really around that. But you just realize that they're the same people as you are. It probably comes from being black, too. You hear people discriminate against gay people, you can just replace gay with black and go back 30 or 40 years and it's the same thing."

road.jpg Singer/songwriter Lee Hazlewood dies at 78 after battle with cancer. Wrote Nancy Sinatra hit "These Boots are Made for Walkin'" and many others.

road.jpg Arjan previews a new single from Ari Gold: "Where The Music Takes You".

road.jpg Bush signs legislation expanding right to eavesdrop on American citizens: "Congressional aides and others familiar with the details of the law said that its impact went far beyond the small fixes that administration officials had said were needed to gather information about foreign terrorists. They said seemingly subtle changes in legislative language would sharply alter the legal limits on the government’s ability to monitor millions of phone calls and e-mail messages going in and out of the United States."

Warholbanksyroad.jpg Warhol vs. Banksy to open in London.

road.jpg French President Nicolas Sarkozy not happy to be photographed by Associated Press photographers while vacationing at New Hampshire lake: "'He was happy and smiling and he waved at the security people as he was coming out,' [photographer Jim] Cole said of the president. 'And then he noticed us taking pictures and his happy demeanor diminished immediately.' The men said they watched through their lenses as Sarkozy pointed toward them and his boat began moving in their direction. Coming alongside Cole's boat, Sarkozy, clad only in swim trunks, jumped aboard and began shouting at them. 'The president was very agitated, speaking French at a loud volume very rapidly,' [freelancer Vince] DeWitt said."

road.jpg UCLA releases independent investigator's report on student tasering incident.

road.jpg Kurt Russell in his birthday suit.

Marsproberoad.jpg Space probe on its way to Mars: "If all goes as planned — a big if considering only five of the world's 15 attempts to land on Mars have succeeded — the spacecraft will set down on the Martian Arctic plains on May 25, 2008, and spend three months scooping up soil and ice, analyzing the samples in minuscule ovens and mixing bowls. The Phoenix Mars Lander won't be looking for evidence of life on Mars but rather traces of organic compounds in the baked and moistened samples, which would be a possible indicator of conditions favorable for life, either now or once upon a time."

road.jpg Now that's butch: Gay sports bar "Nellie's" opens in D.C.

road.jpg Newsweek interviews gay historian and professor John D’Emilio about the August 9 Forum on LGBT issues, aka the "gay debate": "They’ll be up on the stage for [two hours] articulating their stands on gay issues. What will they actually say? Are they trying to not antagonize anyone? Are they trying to carve out a really clear position? Who are they trying to appeal to in their statements? Are they trying to appeal to the gay audience or are they trying to appeal to the non-gay audience? No matter what their position, I think that candidates who waffle will really be hurt in the gay community." And more on the candidates' lip service.

road.jpg Roseanne Barr has blogorrhea: "Barbara Walters is well over one hundred years old now. She is all head, like joan rivers. I am only at the pee in your pants stage of old ladyism, but look forward to having a huge head in the future."

road.jpg Tragic Indiana case illustrates discrimination gays face in visitation rights.

road.jpg Southern Christian Leadership Conference to honor disgraced dogfighting football pro Michael Vick at annual convention: "We will recognize Vick for being an outstanding human being. We will work with anyone who opens their heart and arms to us." (americablog) And in related news, buy your dog a Michael Vick chew toy.

News: Jodie Foster, Black Holes, Rush Limbaugh, Jordin Sparks

road.jpg Harris POLL: Bush , Cheney at lowest approval ratings ever, at 28% and 25%, respectively.

Hamiltonroad.jpg Gay Hamilton inquired to New Zealand telecom about getting a broadband connection installed in her home but received an automated response saying that her email "was identified by [their] content filtering processes as containing language that may be considered inappropriate for business-like communication." Troubled at the company's apparent decision to flag "gay" as offensive, Hamilton, who incidentally happens to be gay, contacted the media. NZ Telecom soon responded, calling it an "embarrassing mistake": "Our systems internally detect a number of words, including both the words gay and heterosexual that could be deemed as inappropriate for use at work."

road.jpg David Boreanaz takes a shirtless jog to show off his flesh and bones.

road.jpg Rush Limbaugh mocks Obama's race by playing "Barack, the Magic Negro", a "parody" song set to "Puff, the Magic Dragon". (via AmericaBlog)

road.jpg Are black holes portals to other universes?

road.jpg Jodie Foster to play Hitler filmmaker and Nazi propagandist Leni Reifenstahl in new film: "Riefenstahl has come to symbolise a marriage of artistic genius and political evil. She herself refused to sign a contract for Foster's project while she was still alive, mainly because Foster would not give her the right to reject any of the film that she felt was wrong. She was also thought to prefer Sharon Stone over Foster as an actress better suited to play her."

Pianomanroad.jpg "Piano man" Andreas Grassl, who was discovered in 2005 soaking wet in a black suit with the labels cut out on the south coast of England after having a mental breakdown, is now living a more normal life in Basel, Switzerland.

road.jpg Kylie Minogue collaborating with Scottish electro producer Calvin Harris.

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Iphoneroad.jpg Is this the first photo ever seen taken by an Apple iPhone?

road.jpg Is American Idol contestant Jordin Sparks the new Mandisa? "One would never guess this from her time on the show since she's all smiles, but it seems that the pimped one might be a little more political than anyone thinks. The picture on the left comes from Jordin's MySpace, and she's been linked to many conservative organizations. She has performed at a Right to Life concert (anti-abortion) and other such events, and it's rumored that she liked Mandisa from last year because of her values (Mandisa was very religious and was quoted as saying she would be uncomfortable singing at a gay event)."

road.jpg Most aid from overseas for Hurricane Katrina victims went unclaimed: "Allies offered $854 million in cash and in oil that was to be sold for cash. But only $40 million has been used so far for disaster victims or reconstruction, according to U.S. officials and contractors. Most of the aid went uncollected, including $400 million worth of oil. Some offers were withdrawn or redirected to private groups such as the Red Cross. The rest has been delayed by red tape and bureaucratic limits on how it can be spent."

road.jpg Madonna is a strawberry blonde who's all about business.

road.jpg Bigmouth strikes again: Roseanne said to be contender to replace Rosie on the View. O'Donnell, however remains a hot commodity.

Roseanne Apologizes for Her Comments About Gay People

Roseanne Barr issued a series of apologies yesterday for comments she made on a radio show which she regularly co-hosts. In her comments, which you can read here, Barr called politically active gays "narcissistic," saying that, like Evangelicals, gays and lesbians only care about themselves, particularly on a political level.

Roseanne_barrOn her blog under a post entitled "My Bad", Barr said she was sorry for the comments, and urged folks to call into her radio show and "let [her] have it":

"I deeply regret that I have offended gay people. I said things that I do not really mean, before I had thought them through... I was wrong and I seriously apologize! Call me up today and let me have it! I will apologize and try to make clear what I really meant to say... which was that everybody needs to unite right now, and step outside of their own neighborhoods, groups, races and classes to stop Bush's war on our country and our people. I love gays and I hate division. I am just a big idiot with a big mouth sometimes. I will learn to be more careful! Please forgive me, I am so sorry!!!! Call (909) 888 - 5222 between 5 - 6 pacific time to give me your two cents."

Later, she clarified her apology with a second note of contrition and a call to action:

"The leaders of gay groups need to align with the leaders of Acorn, and other groups of poor and desperate Americans and fight against those who oppress all of us! I have met too many gays who are Republicans, and I cannot understand how they could choose that! Let's all leave our own bedrooms, kitchens, neighborhoods and groups and meet each other to form a diverse army that stands for Democracy and Economic Justice!!!! (Again I apologize for any pain or hurt I have caused those whom I have always loved and befriended)."

News: Roseanne Barr, Condoms, Solomon Islands, Ptown

road.jpg West Village condom shop Condomania shuts after 16 years.

Ahouseroad.jpg One of our favorite Provincetown haunts, the Atlantic House, was shut down this weekend after a little bit of a raw sewage spill. Let's hope they get it cleaned up before the season starts.

road.jpg Patricia Todd, Alabama's first openly gay legislator, says she's more than a one-issue lawmaker: "I like to say I'm a representative that happens to be gay. I'm not the gay representative."

Afroad.jpg An undercover spy reports from inside the new Abercrombie & Fitch London store: "The interview room at the Abercrombie & Fitch headquarters was packed. The woman interrogator asked which three words I'd use to describe myself. I repeated what the girl before me had said 'I'm approachable and friendly'. My interviewer smiled and wrote this down. She informed us that the company had a 'tagline' which we would have to use when greeting customers. She explained, very seriously, that it was, 'Hello, how are you?' 'How did you come up with that?' I asked. She said a company of marketing consultants had worked intensively at developing it. They wanted to audition me to see if I could deliver the line - this was make or break. 'Hello, how are you?!' I said clearly. 'Very good' she reassured me."

Coralroad.jpg The recent major earthquakes have sent the Solomon Islands three meters out of the sea: "Corals that used to form an underwater wonderland of iridescent blues, greens and reds now bleach under the sun, transforming into a barren moonscape surrounding the island."

road.jpg Roseanne Barr says gays and Evangelicals operate from the same place: "Never once in my 54 years have I ever once heard a gay or lesbian person who’s politically active say one thing about anything that was not about them. They don’t care about minimum wage, they don’t care about any other group other than their own self because you know, some people say being gay and lesbian is a totally narcissistic thing and sometimes I wonder. I’ve never heard any of them say anything except for 'accept me ‘cause I’m gay.' It’s just, it’s screwed. It’s no different than the evangelicals, it’s the same mindset. They want you to accept Jesus and you guys want us to all believe it’s ok to be gay. And a lot of us, a lot of them, I do, I don’t give a damn who anybody has sex with, as long as they’re not underage and an animal. I don’t give a damn, it’s none of my damn business. I’m just sick of all the divisiveness, it’s not getting any of us anywhere."

road.jpg Futureworld: UK Ministry of Defence issues grim prediction.


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