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Portland Mayor Sam Adams Safe from Recall, at Least for Now

An effort to recall Portland Mayor Sam Adams fell short yesterday, as the 'Community to Recall Sam Adams' failed to turn in the required 32,000 signatures to place a recall on the ballot. They're not stopping, however:

Samadams "They said they planned to use what they have so far to create a database for the next campaign, rather than submitting them to elections officials. Jasun Wurster started the recall campaign after Adams admitted to lying about his sexual relationship with a former legislative intern who was a teenager at the time...After failing to collect enough signatures for a recall, Wurster on Monday said a political action committee called Portland Future PAC has been formed with promises from some business leaders for about $150,000 to pay for a new recall campaign. 'It should be only a week or two to secure those commitments and get them filed with the state, and get those checks entered into our bank account,' Wurster said. 'Then we will launch the new recall.' Wurster declined to say who was contributing until the checks are cashed, partly 'so Adams doesn’t have a chance to go back behind and undermine commitments.'"


News: Showgirls, Sam Adams, The Louvre, John Barrowman, Atlanta

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Death of culture: McDonald's moves into the Louvre.

Showgirls

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A Showgirls sequel?

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Lady Gaga appeared on the MTV reality show Boiling Point three years ago — here's the video.

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Weekly Standard defends military gay ban: "Another way to put this is to say that honor, which is by the testimony of soldiers throughout the ages of the essence of military service, includes the honor of being known for heterosexuality, and that, for most heterosexual males, shame attends a reputation as much for homosexuality as for weakness or cowardice."

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New York Senators Schumer and Gillibrand to endorse William Thompson for NYC mayor.

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NYT Consults Blog on anti-gay bullying.

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The Onion to release range of greeting cards.

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Glee preview: The boys sing "It's My Life".

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Artist's painting finds buyer after he vandalizes it with graffiti.

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Paul Hogarth: Defeating Question 1 in Maine about mobilizing the base. "If every Mainer votes in the upcoming election, Question One will lose – and conservatives who’ve won on 'gay marriage' in every state where it has been on the ballot will suffer a humiliating defeat. But this is an off-year election, and young people who strongly support marriage equality are much less likely to turn out. And while voters in liberal Portland are with us, I have gotten this apathetic shrug from people – saying it shouldn’t even be on the ballot."

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Gourmet magazine folding after 68 years.

Judge

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Trial starts for Alabama judge accused of sex-for-leniency trades: "The respected circuit judge once was the Democratic Party's choice to be the first black federal judge in south Alabama. Then his career collapsed under allegations that he brought inmates to his office and spanked them with a paddle. Later, an indictment accused him of sexually abusing male inmates in exchange for leniency. The trial on charges of sodomy, kidnapping, sex abuse, extortion, assault and ethics violations is set to start Monday."

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Professor calls for Gay and Lesbian Studies curriculum expansion in Massachusetts...

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Sean Penn beats up another paparazzo.

Barrowman

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John Barrowman storms London's West End in La Cage Aux Folles.

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Male model fix: Marlon Teixeira.

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Roman Catholic Bishop faces child porn charges.

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Signature-collecting deadline looms in Portland Mayor Sam Adams recall campaign: "The campaign won't reveal exactly how many signatures they have, but organizers emphasize they need more than 32,000. Sunday is their last full day to collect signatures to get a recall of Mayor Adams on what they hope will be the November ballot."

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Miss Gay Indiana pageant hits Muncie.

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Documents indicate gay bars not targeted by police in Atlanta.

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Three Americans share 2009 Nobel Prize for Medicine: "Americans Elizabeth Blackburn, Carol Greider and Jack Szostak were named winners of the 2009 Nobel Prize in medicine on Monday for research that has implications for cancer and aging research. The trio solved a big problem in biology: how chromosomes can be 'copied in a complete way during cell divisions and how they are protected against degradation,' the citation said."


News: Michael Phelps, Tennessee, Evelyn Waugh, Referendum 71

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"Death to Obama" sign holder detained by Secret Service.

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Biography: Brideshead Revisited author Evelyn Waugh had three male lovers at Oxford.

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Michael Phelps sends woman to hospital after smashing her car with his Escalade.

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Heath Ledger's final film finds stateside distribution: "Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions Group is in advanced talks to pick up 'The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus,' with plans for it to go out theatrically, likely this year, via Sony Pictures Classics. Pic is expected to be a lucrative homevideo title due to the Ledger angle and the other star power. Terry Gilliam’s adventure also features Johnny Depp, Jude Law and Colin Farrell, who replaced Ledger in various fantasy scenes after the thesp died during the film’s production in January 2008."

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John Edwards to admit paternity of Rielle Hunter's child?

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Accidentally, Like a Martyr: Play about six generations of gay men to get reading in New York.

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Alexander Skarsgard nude in Generation Kill.

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Bryan Singer and Justin Timberlake in Battlestar Galactica summit?

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DA disagrees with musician Rhythm Turner that assault was hate crime: "Turner said the attack happened outside Canes Bar and Grill in Mission Beach. Turner was hugging her girlfriend when a 21-year-old man walked up, told the two women to kiss and eventually threw a punch when they refused to do so."

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City of West Hollywood creates first-of-its-kind Transgender Advisory Board.

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San Jose Mercury News supports 2012 Prop 8 battle. New poll: CA support for marriage equality inching up.

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Hugh Jackman signs on to Wolverine sequel.

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With 50,000 signatures counted, the rejection rate on Referendum 71, which would repeal Washington state's "everything but marriage" law, stands at 10.68 percent.

Chipmunk

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Some folks just always have to be the center of attention.

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Lawsuit against Tennessee schools for blocking access to LGBT websites is dropped: "The schools already had agreed to remove the filters to the sites. If that agreement is broken, the case will return to court, according to the American Civil Liberties Union, which fought in favor of students suing the schools."

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University of Alabama Birmingham offers public health scholarship in honor of the late chairman of the board of directors for Birmingham AIDS Outreach, Billy Cox.

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Portland journalist arrested for criminal mischief with regard to Sam Adams recall effort: "According to police, Perlman approached volunteers with the recall effort acting as if he wanted to sign a petition and instead, he allegedly scribbled on the sheet, potentially invalidating the signatures of eight other people who had signed it."


News: Dwan Prince, Puerto Vallarta, Attack Dogs, Brian Boitano

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Former Republican staffer Jason Wetherington, who boasted about sleeping with Florida governor Charlie Crist, charged with grand larceny, dealing in stolen property, and false verification of ownership after theft of engagement and wedding rings from pastor's daughter.

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It would be very cool to witness the annual sardine migration in the Philippines.

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Candy Bra: Loco Mama has a hit on her hands..

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Dwan Prince, victim of brutal 2005 anti-gay assault in NYC, claims changed sexual orientation and writes letter to attacker in prison, taking blame for the attack.

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Gay bashing case in Utah delayed after victims fail to show in court...

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Brian Boitano does not want to be perceived as gay.

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Marietta, Georgia columnist suggests setting attack dogs on men cruising in public parks: "With a little instruction, dogs could be taught to severely dislike the gay lovers in Burruss and Wildwood and bite them in the fanny and do what City Council should have done years ago - chase them off to Atlanta where they belong."

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NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg tweets.

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Jennifer Hudson is a mother.

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Teen claims gay panic in Puerto Vallarta murder: "According to published reports in the Mexican media, the body of the victim, Sergio Daniel Baltasar Guerra, was found  early Sunday morning, August 9, near the seahorse statue, on Los Muertos beach, just south of the gay Blue Chairs section of that beach.  The victim was between 25-30 years old and had been a manager at a local supermarket."

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Brokeback Mountain shirts featured in Western pop culture exhibit at L.A. Autry museum.

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News flash: gaydar tougher to use than you think.

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Closet still familiar to many in the Philippines and Malta.

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CIRCUS: Crazy claims she's the mother of all three of Michael Jackson's children, and that she and MJ are the biological parents of Tom Cruise's child, Connor Cruise.

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Milo Ventimiglia is in a jam.

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Despite resolution from the American Psychological Association, "ex-gay" therapy continues in El Paso, Texas.

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Facial asymmetry in men linked to greater risk for dementia?

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Portland Mayor Sam Adams recall campaign faces challenge: "With another 56 days to go, they’ll have to gather 786 signatures per day in order to meet their goal of 50,000. So far, they've been operating with an average of 176 signatures a day, according to our calculations. They now need to increase their rate of collection by a whopping 345 percent to meet the deadline."

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Justin Timberlake to release his own scent.

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ACLU reaches settlement with Yulee High School in Florida over Gay-Straight Alliance: "Earlier this year, the ACLU filed the lawsuit on behalf of a student who was denied a request to form the GSA at Yulee Middle School and Yulee High School the following year. As part of the agreement, the district must prohibit any discrimination against the club and the students and faculty members associated with it.The district must also allow the club to meet on campus and to use the name Gay-Straight Alliance.The district has also been ordered to pay $40,000 in court costs associated with the case."



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Man jailed for explosives hate crime at Copenhagen World Outgames.

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Rolling Stone covers the final days of Michael Jackson.

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Joe Jackson says Omer Bhatti is MJ's son. Katherine Jackson gets custody of Paris and Prince.

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Fort Worth, Texas diversity task force holds meeting one month after raid.

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Transgender student in Guam turned away from Prom. School officials refuse to apologize or draft transgender policy: "Back in May, the George Washington High School senior told KUAM News he was turned away from the prom because he was wearing a dress. At the time, he said he felt discriminated against by school officials.  'I said, 'Where does it state in this rule in this paper that there's no cross-dressing, no individualism and no opposite genders?  It doesn't say anything.'  So I have a case right here. And that's wrong,' he stated."

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Everyone's gay in Amsterdam: City launches micro travel site.

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Boston cop calls Henry Louis Gates "jungle monkey" in email to journalist.

Marvel

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X-Men: Marvel Comics' first gay kiss.

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L.A. sperm bank offers celebrity look-alike donors: "'The number one client question we get is: `Who does this donor look like?'' said Scott Brown of California Cryobank. 'We decided this would be a great way to give thorough and consistent answers. Clients love it. Look-a-Likes has only been available for a week and our Web site traffic is up 50 percent.'" 

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Chicago Mayor Daley open to set-asides for gay-owned businesses: "I think it's good. It helps businesses grow in the city, and that's what you want."

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Photographer Annie Leibowitz's financial problems get worse.

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New York City Councilman Bill de Blasio wants health department to create division for LGBT youth: "The division would address suicide, depression, violence and the spread of sexually transmitted diseases among gay, lesbian and transgender people up to age 24."

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Actor Jonathan Bennett provides some eye candy in L.A.

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Wingnuts: Home Depot making kids gay by hosting crafts workshops for them.

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Head of Portland Mayor Sam Adams recall effort speaks to City Council.

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Christian Bale and Mark Wahlberg duke it out.

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American Foundation for Suicide Prevention receives $45,000 grant from the Johnson Family Foundation "to develop a project aimed at reducing suicidal behavior and suicide risk in lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender populations. The goal of the new Knowledge to Practice Initiative -- which will coincide with AFSP’s ongoing LGBT efforts -- is to lay the foundation for a national LGBT suicide prevention effort by establishing partnerships with leading national and state organizations."


Portland Mayor Sam Adams' Former Spokesman Sues City for $600K

Wade Nkrumah, the former spokeman for Portland Mayor Sam Adams, is suing the city for nearly $600,00 saying his reputation was ruined when Adams allegedly lied about the reason Nkrumah resigned:

Nkrumah "He began working for Adams on Nov. 2, 2008, and he resigned on Jan. 26 of this year after the mayor’s relationship with former legislative intern Beau Breedlove came to light. The lawsuit claims Adams lied to Nkrumah twice about whether the mayor had a sexual relationship with Breedlove. According to the lawsuit, Nkrumah says his resignation was 'because Adams persistent lies made working conditions intolerable as Adams’ spokesperson …' Nkrumah claims in the lawsuit he agreed to tell reporters 'no comment' when asked why he resigned if the mayor’s office would say the same. But when asked by a KATU reporter about Nkrumah’s resignation, Adams said it was because the job was 'not what he signed up for in terms of stress.'"

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