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 road Unidentified man's body found in Provincetown marsh.

Barrowman  roadWell, hello: John Barrowman to make Desperate Housewives debut.

 roadLindsay Lohan is beyond delusional.

 roadNew Yorkers: It's state-wide GENDA call in day.

 roadFacebook a safe harbor for hate groups? "Fast-forming, often created by people who post false profiles just to gain the ability to create their hate group, anti-gay hate groups on Facebook are filled with claims of religiosity, or just plain unadulterated ignorance, bigotry, and hate. Facebook management has been criticized for their slow response and poor monitoring of new groups and content..."

 roadBetty White confirms SNL "appearance".

 roadMinnesota Family Policy Council to push for constitutional ban ballot measure.

 roadNew Facebook group: "1,000,000 Gay Men and Allies Against Roy Ashburn Having Sex Ever Again."

 roadThe cocktail scene in SF's Castro is growing up.

 roadJason Mraz interested in recording "Ebony and Ivory"-style collaboration with Elton John, but this one would have to do with gay and straight.


 roadExtremely rare camellia blooms in London: "It is thought to be one of only two examples of the variety in the world. Admirers would need to travel to Waitangi, New Zealand to see its sister plant."

 roadAnti-gay Seattle pastor Ken Hutcherson: James Dobson was forced out at Focus on the Family.

 roadJoy Behar calls Karl Rove a "bad cock".

 roadThe Power: NYC condom wrapper contest winner revealed.

 roadCzech union leader causes furor over remarks about gays: "In an interview for Saturday’s Lidové Noviny, Mr. Dušek said Czech Railways was run by a clique of incompetent gays who had links to homosexuals in the cabinet and the Office of the Government. The controversial trade union leader has now been barred from speaking for the umbrella trade unions organization and is likely to face charges of slander."

 roadMainstream media suddenly discovers story of tased gay porn star Dustin Michaels, three months later?

 roadApolo Ohno brought his Olympic charm to the Elton John AIDS Foundation Oscar party.

Micah  roadFootballer Micah Richards hits South Beach.

 roadDavid Archuleta's memoir has the cheesiest title ever.

 roadIllinois anti-gay bill killed in committee: "An anti-gay bill authored by Republican gubernatorial candidate Bill Brady is dead, thanks to the efforts of Illinois gay activists. Equality Illinois just announced that Senate bill 3447, which aimed to allow certain tax-exempt organizations to discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity and religion, is dead. The bill never made it out of a Senate Judiciary committee."

 roadElephant gives birth to first known set of male twins.

 roadIndia's House passes bill reserving a third of all seats in the national parliament and state legislatures for women.

 roadMadonna spotted grinding Gerard Butler on Oscar night.

 roadD.C. Agenda talks to the first openly gay U.S. House Clerk Joe Novotny: “I’m tremendously proud. I feel like it’s an opportunity to represent the community. When you think about the diversity in this House now — and the fact that we have the first woman speaker and we have the first African-American clerk of the House — this is sort of a Congress of firsts, so to be a part of that is a tremendous honor.”

Roy Ashburn Admits That He Is Gay

6a00d8341c730253ef0120a8f9dce4970b-piI guess this was bound to happen, but I didn't expect it to happen this soon. Republican California Senator Roy Ashburn, arrested last week for a DUI, made a surprise admission about his sexual orientation during a radio interview with Inga Banks's AM radio program. Said Ashburn:

"I am gay. And so, those are the words that have been so difficult for me for so long. But I am gay. It is something that is personal and I don't believe I felt with my heart that being gay wouldn't affect how I do my job."

When asked about his anti-gay voting record, Ashburn responded with this:

"My votes reflect the wishes of the people in my district."

Listen to the interview, split in two parts, after the jump.

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Roy Ashburn Was Outed By Gay Mayor Last Year

AshburnReports have come in today that Republican California Senator Roy Ashburn has apparently been a regular of the gay night club scene in Sacramento for some time. Plus, just last year he was outed on Facebook (natch) by the out gay mayor of West Sacramento. At the time, Christopher Cabaldon's post on the social networking site:  "It wouldn't bother me so bad to see Roy Ashburn at Badlands with a boy if he didn't have such a bad voting record on gay rights."

Cabaldon remains vocal about the hypocrisy telling a local news station this:

"You can't just live a double life in politics anymore," said Cabaldon. "To live a secret life and at the same time be attacking exactly the same people you are one of, but you are too ashamed to admit, that's the hypocrisy for folks whether you are gay or not.  It's just unacceptable in politics."<

Also, today, The LA Times reports that Ashburn was pulled over by CHP officers after they noticed his car 'making several brake applications without debris or traffic in the path of the vehicle' and 'straddling' two lanes in the street."

Watch the report in which Cabaldon is interviewed after the jump.

UPDATE: Boy Culture might have found Ashburn's unidentified male passenger.

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Ashburn Evaded Questions About His Homosexuality Last Year

Ashburn1 An on the record phone conversation with California State Senator Roy Ashburn, who got into a bit of trouble with the law yesterday, from the summer of 2009 has surfaced today. Lois Henry, who writes for The Bakersfield Californian, had heard rumblings about his homosexuality and decided to pick up the phone and straight out ask him if he was gay. The politician, who has a very strong record of voting anti-gay, naturally avoided the question. Said Ashburn:

"Why would that be anyone's business? Including The Californian's? I think there are certain subjects that are simply not relevant and this is one of them. It has no bearing on the job I do."

Even if he's voted against the interested of gays and lesbians in the state? Henry reports that his response to that he has voted conservatively "on almost all social issues. He represents a conservative district and votes as his constituents would want him to, he said."

Also, it's been revealed that Ashburn's blood alcohol level was .14 percent, .06 percent above the legal limit in California.


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