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Cynthia Nixon Reveals Which Sex and the City Gal Hillary Clinton, Ruth Bader Ginsburg & Michele Bachmann Are: VIDEO

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While stopping by Watch What Happens Live! last night, Cynthia Nixon played a round of everyone's favorite categorization game inspired by the four ladies of Sex and the City

Find out how Miranda herself sorts Queen Elizabeth II, Hillary Clinton, Oprah, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Gandhi, Michele Bachmann, Beyonce, Michelle Obama, and Lena Dunham AFTER THE JUMP...

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Gay Iconography: Does 'Sex and the City' Stand the Test of Time?

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Earlier this week, I joined a group of gay journalists in a roundtable interview of Madonna. While awaiting our time with the Queen of Pop, we chatted over wine and snacks about a variety of topics, including our thoughts on the album, HBO’s Looking and RuPaul’s Drag Race. The conversation picked up though when a certain television show came up.

Perhaps we need a corollary to Godwin’s Law (which posits that any online debate that goes on long enough will eventually invoke Hitler or Nazis). Maybe any conversation between pop-culturally savvy gay men will invariably reference Sex and the City at some point. Once the topic was broached among our group, references flew across the table, including episode numbers, titles, guest stars and storylines.

It’s the kind of show that feels embedded in the DNA of a large swath of the gay community. In its seemingly perpetual airings in syndication, the show certainly shows its age, but the impact of its six seasons (and maybe one of the movies) is still worth discussing today. Driven largely by gay creative forces Darren Starr and Michael Patrick King, the show not only brought openly gay characters to a mainstream series, but it embodied a sort of fabulous, urban lifestyle that spoke to the independent, creative spirit that permeates a wide, cross section of the gay community. Even its central protagonists — with their frank sexuality, over-the-top styles and witty retorts — feel like they’re ripped straight from Drag Race.

Still, the show’s portrayal of actual gay characters was far from revolutionary. The mostly sexless sidekicks, Stanford Blatch (Willie Garson) and Anthony Marentino (Mario Cantone), are quintessentially shallow representations. The show also clumsily tackled topics of bisexuality and trans characters. (And that’s nothing to say about the lack of racial diversity, rampant consumerism and class privilege that made the show feel continuously more out-of-touch the longer it went on.)

Flaws and all, the series still holds a special place in many hearts, so let’s revisit some classic clips, AFTER THE JUMP

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Kim Cattrall, The Kids Are All Right Honored At GLAAD Media Awards

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After ceremonies in New York and Los Angeles, the GLAAD Media Awards distributed the last of their awards for 2011 in San Francisco last night. Kim Cattrall received the Golden Gate Award for the work she has done to increase the visibility and understanding of the LGBT community and The Kids Are All Right won for Outstanding Film.

Other winners last night: Corporate Leader Award - AT&T, Local Hero Award - Kara Swisher, Outstanding Documentary - 8: The Mormon Proposition and Outstanding Spanish-Language Music Artist - Christian Chávez.

Watch Cattrall's acceptance speech, AFTER THE JUMP.

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News: NOM, Thomas Beatie, Palm Springs, Marc Jacobs

 road Maggie Gallagher made an appearance at NOM's lowly-attended bus tour stop in Columbus. The organization's president, Brian Brown, was conspicuously absent.

Thomas road Thomas Beatie is expecting baby # 3.

 road Gay businessman claims police brutality after incident at hotel: "We were threatened with criminal trespass for simply trying to go into the hotel to visit friends staying there, in addition, another guy was CHOKED for no apparent reason."

 road Video: Billy Corgan collapses on stage.

 road UK Study on gays and lesbians and drug use: "(The study) finds the LGBT community tend to be early users of new drugs and says improving links between such minorities and health officials would identify risks before drug use became widespread."

 road The Evangelical Lutheran Church reinstates barred pastors.

 road Levi Johnston continues to pursue acting jobs.

 road According to Zachary Quinto, we won't see a new Star Trek flick for a little while.

 road Palm Springs Police Chief responds to accusations that the department is anti-gay: "I recently met with LGBT committee members, Warm Sands hoteliers and residents, the Human Rights Commission and city staff to dialogue on improving the relationship that has been affected by the public outcry over the enforcement operation. I certainly understand the constructive criticism we have received and taking the appropriate action steps. We have scheduled LGBT cultural diversity training for all members of the department."

 road New Brazilian gay tango festival. Says one dancer: "Tango is so sensual and for me dancing with a man is more sensual when leading or following, there is a little flirting and I don't want to flirt with a woman." 

Mirror  road Amazing "invisible house" is really a mirrored, cubed structure that is part of a hotel complex in Sweden.

 road Marc Jacobs and Lorenzo Martone are definitely broken up, so says the latter via Twitter.

 road Even nerds can be violent.

 road The USDA's Shirley Sherrod tells Anderson Cooper that Andrew Breibart is really being racist and vicious against a black president.

 road Toyota believes that if you drive with a glass of water on your dash, you could save on fuel. Well, not literally.

 road Apparently this girl focused too much on the "sex" in Sex & the City and not enough on the "city" part.


Towleroad Guide to the Tube #675

SEX AND THE CITY 2: So how do NBA players feel about it?

SEVERE EARTHQUAKE WARNING: September 2010. And if it happens, this dude will be celebrated as a prophet.

CHECKING IN: Foursquare founder talks to Mashable.

EXTREME POODLES: With regard to THIS, questionable programming from TLC.

For previous Guides to the Tube, click HERE.


News: Chace Crawford, BP Oil Spill, Celine Dion, Apple

 road Chace Crawford tries his luck with a game of horsehoe in Mexico.

Chace road Jason Akermanis's brother comes to his defense: "I know I'm biased, but every time he has an opinion people want to shoot him down. He wasn't gay bashing. He was just saying the culture is not right to have a gay player come out. In my opinion, if a bloke does come out he would get hounded by opposition supporters. It would be sad, I think."

 road 42-year-old Celine Dion is pregnant with twins.

 road Chasing the pink rupee.

 road Katy Perry joined the go-go boys on top of the bar at The Cock.

 road Claim that Rep. Mark Kirk lied about receiving a highly reputable award: "The Republican candidate for President Obama's old Senate seat inaccurately claimed to have received the U.S. Navy's Intelligence Officer of the Year award for service during NATO's conflict with Serbia in the late 1990s."

 road Sex & the City 2 will most likely pull in over $50 million in the US this weekend, good enough to open at number two at the box office. 

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 road The top meat-consuming country is not a world super-power.

 road Apple's "stickiness" explained.

 road BP CEO Tony Hayward to Louisiana residents: "We're sorry for the massive disruption it's caused their lives. There's no one who wants this over more than I do. I would like my life back."

 road One energy experts claims that the only way to stop the BP oil leak is to blast it with a small nuclear bomb.

 road Kylie performs her new song "All the Lovers" in Italy.

 road Jake Gyllenhaal celebrates this weekend's release of the Prince of Persia with a trip to the gym.


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