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Russian Daredevils Climb World's Second Tallest Building without Equipment: VIDEO


Vitaliy Raskalov and Vadim Makhorov, two Russian teams climbed to the top of the Shanghai Tower's antenna. The building, which is the second tallest in the world and is still under construction, will top out at more than 2,000 feet.

Get ready for your palms to sweat, AFTER THE JUMP...

More on the climb in their livejournals here and here.

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More Than 60 Arrested at Gay Bar Raid in Shanghai


Steve mentioned this in his round-up post yesterday, but I feel it deserves some more attention.

Yesterday, more than 60 people were arrested by police in a raid on Q Bar in Shanghai, China.

AFP reports: "Police said "pornographic" shows were taking place when they arrived at the Q Bar in the early hours of Sunday, the Shanghai Daily reported. All those detained - DJs, customers and bar staff - were released later on Sunday, the report said. Some were held for up to 12 hours. Police and the bar owners were not immediately available for comment. Police gave no details about the shows that were allegedly being staged at the bar, which is a block away from the police station, the newspaper said."

Shanghaiist has the most thorough account of what went down, including these details:

The two Chinese proprietors of the bar, both named Tony, are confirmed to have been detained by police.

Witnesses: "According to their estimation, there were about five Caucasian patrons in the bar, but none of them were brought to the station. All other Chinese-looking party-goers were taken to the station in a police minivan in batches."

Arrestee: " In the ten plus hours we were locked up, we were kept without food or water, and this is inexcusable! Police attitude was also extremely rough! 60-70 people all cold and hungry and thirsty and tired. What law have we broken just drinking at a bar? If there was any problem with the bar, why let it operate in the first place?”

Detainees, which included a handful of female bar patrons, were reportedly not stripped but did not have access to jackets, and were kept in three rooms. Detainees were reportedly not tested for drugs but questioned extensively about the go-go boy act and whether the dancer was nude or had his genitalia visible.

Shanghaiist also notes: "A raid of this size on a gay bar has not been seen in Shanghai for years. In 2007, the former Club Deep, located in Jingan Park, had its Halloween party raided, shut down, and several party-goers detained for alleged drug abuse. Under Chinese law, the police can detain people without trial for a maximum of 24 hours, but let's hope the party-goers don't have to wait another 14 hours to be free."

(image via q bar)

Gay Pride: Shanghai, Salt Lake City, Zurich, Buffalo, Asbury Park

Gay Pride celebrations got underway in a huge number of cities around the world this weekend. Here is a round-up of a few of them.

ShanghaaistSHANGHAI, CHINA: Shanghaiist: "ShanghaiPRIDE commenced with a bang and, thankfully, not a bust. Mainland China's 1st Gay Pride event kicked-off yesterday with over 200 people cramming into Vargas Grill. Attendees of the inaugural event were a mix of gay, straight, local Chinese, expats, and a lovely drag queen named Anita. With standing room only, the film portion of the evening opened with's impressive IDAHO video and the short film Autopsy from Singapore. Next up was Queer China, a feature documentary from veteran filmmaker Cui Zi'en. The film is a fascinating overview of LGBT issues in China over the past 80 years. The culmination of the movie was a submission of a Same-sex Marriage Bill to the Legislative Affairs Commission of the National People's Congress, which, unfortunately, failed." Organizers avoided parade: "There will not be a parade. The organisers took legal advice which suggested that might get them into trouble with the authorities."

QUEENS, NYC: "Thousands of New Yorkers attended the 17th annual Queens Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender Pride Parade on Sunday in Queens, NYC. Organizers hoped that the large turnout would help to sway reluctant New York Senators to support a vote in the senate on marriage equality (there are sadly very few days left before this legislative session ends)."

Cleve SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH: "Cleve Jones said the march planned for Oct. 11 will coincide with National Coming Out Day and launch a new chapter in the gay rights movement. He made the announcement during a rally at the annual Utah Pride Festival. 'We seek nothing more and nothing less than equal protection in all matters governed by civil law in all 50 states,' Jones said. He stirred up a crowd of thousands just blocks from the Salt Lake City headquarters of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, part of a conservative coalition that worked last fall to pass California's Proposition 8, which overturned a court ruling legalizing gay marriage. I've got a message for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints,' Jones shouted. 'I've got two words from California ... I've got two words for the prophet ... Thank you. Thank you for uniting us. Thank you for galvanizing us.'"

Europride ZURICH, SWITZERLAND: " Around 50,000 people turned out for the European gay and lesbian parade Europride's annual festival in the Swiss city of Zurich on Saturday, organiser Michael Rueegg said. The festival, which was held for the first time in London in 1993, takes place in a different European city every year, attracting participants from all over the continent. This year's Europride coincides with the 40th anniversary of the first gay rights movements in the United States. Zurich, Switzerland's biggest city, is festooned with the movement's traditional rainbow colours for the occasion, under the impetus of its recently elected Socialist Party mayor, Corine Mauch, who is openly lesbian. Ruegg said a 'mixed crowd' turned up at the parade, and not just homosexuals."

YOUNGSTOWN, OHIO: "Youngstown's gay community held its first ever Pride Festival Saturday afternoon.  It took place on Phelps Street downtown.  Music, food, and live entertainment were all part of the festivities. Pride Youngstown organized the Festival.  They say that gay pride events take place all over the country and an event in Youngstown was long overdue."

BrownBUFFALO, NY: "[Mayor Byron] W. Brown joined gay leaders in raising the Gay Pride flag in front of City Hall. But it was a celebration with an undercurrent of tension. While gay leaders praised Brown for his presence and his support of the Gay Pride weekend, activists admitted that they wish the mayor could go a little further — and support marriage equality. 'I’ve been a longtime supporter of civil unions, and that continues to be my position,' Brown said before the flag-raising ceremony. Brown also emphasized that he’s supported various measures to prevent discrimination against people based on their sexual orientation and other factors. But he hasn’t supported same-sex marriage. 'This is where I am,' Brown said. 'I haven’t wavered from [that position] for a long time. This [civil unions] is what I’ve supported when it wasn’t popular to support it.'"

Asbury ASBURY PARK, NJ: "The festival included 170 vendors, live musical performances throughout the day, an outdoor display of the Names Project Foundation AIDS memorial quilt and a speech by Gov. Jon S. Corzine, who came to support the gay community. Couples, families and children sat along the avenue to take in the celebration and support the participants. Betty Wolny of Ocean Grove could not help but clap as the floats and people walked by her chair. 'My heart, my love, my pride and my compassion for the gay community,' she said, is what brought her out to watch the parade.""

NEW PALTZ, NEW YORK: "The theme of this year's march was 'Love=Love,' going hand-in-hand with recent same-sex marriage debates in the New York state Legislature. Handmade floats, cars decked out in rainbow ribbons and balloons and throngs of singing and dancing marchers celebrated their way from New Paltz Middle School to Hasbrouck Park."

News: Leo Abse, Gorilla, Daniel Radcliffe, Semi-Colons, Hazing

road.jpg Can orange juice counteract prescription medications?

Cornflakesphelpsroad.jpg Here we go: the marketing onslaught begins.

road.jpg LeRoi Moore, Saxaphonist for Dave Matthews Band dead due to complications from an ATV accident.

road.jpg Semi-colons are apparently gay.

road.jpg Vanity Fair tracks down long lost half-brother of Obama? "According to Italy's Vanity Fair his two metre by three metre shack is decorated with football posters of the Italian football giants AC Milan and Inter, as well as a calendar showing exotic beaches of the world. Vanity Fair also noted that he had a front page newspaper picture of his famous brother - born of the same father as him, Barack Hussein Obama, but to a different mother, named only as Jael. He told the magazine: 'I live like a recluse, no-one knows I exist.'"

road.jpg Is Katy Perry's mom homophobic? Her daughter clears the air with a fart.

road.jpg Eye on gay Shanghai!

road.jpg U.S. Rep. Stephanie Tubbs Jones hospitalized after being found unconscious behind the wheel of a moving car.

Griefroad.jpg Won't let go: Zoo gorilla in Germany mourns death of baby.

road.jpg Sydney councillor lambasts announcement that Oxford Street is to be declared a "homophobia-free zone": “To borrow from Woody Allen, ‘the best response to Neo-Nazis is a baseball bat’. The best response to homophobia and gay bashing is more and tougher high-visibility policing applying an aggressive zero tolerance policy. That is why I have called for Council to finance a community policing centre in the middle of the strip and not the failed ACON safe space on the edge. The last thing we need is ‘homophobia free zone’ signs along Oxford Street. It will not prevent one bashing and may even attract violence.”

Abseroad.jpg UK Gay rights champion Leo Abse dies at 91: "The flamboyant and controversial politician died at Charing Cross Hospital in Central London last night after a short illness, a family friend announced today. During 30 years as Labour MP for Pontypool, later renamed Torfaen, he passed more Private Members’ Bills than any other backbencher. His most famous, the Sexual Offences (homosexual reform) Bill, dicriminalising sex acts between consenting men over the age of 21, became law in 1967."

road.jpg Daniel Radcliffe arrives in the Big Apple for Broadway debut.

road.jpg UK man gets 18 months in prison for hate letter to gay couple, one of whom later hanged himself.

road.jpg Obama smear book author Jerome Corsi tailed by sour investment deal that lost more than $1 million for a group of investors.

road.jpg Michael Phelps' dad has not even congratulated his son yet.

road.jpg Varsity high school football team in New Mexico under investigation for broomstick sodomy hazing of up to eight freshmen players at training camp. Charges include assault, battery, false imprisonment and molestation or rape.

News: Shanghai, Cynthia Nixon, Don't Ask Don't Tell, Prince William

road.jpg Australian Capitol Territory holds first same-sex civil partnership ceremony.

Bachelorsroad.jpg Bachelor Summit: Matt Grant towers over Andy Baldwin.

road.jpg Cynthia Nixon stands by her girlfriend's clothing demands.

road.jpg Military sociologist Charles Moskos, who helped establish 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell', dies in California: "Dr. Moskos' research examined the modern military experience in unprecedented detail, gleaned in part from his ease with the rank-and-file soldiers. 'He truly had an impact on the military,' said Gen. Wesley Clark in a statement. 'He gave many of us the reassurance that someone out there knew us, cared about us and could help see our best interests as a nation and a military were looked after.'" More from SLDN.

road.jpg Prince William sets sail in the Caribbean.

road.jpg From the stacks: Grandfather was queer.

road.jpg Brad Pitt to design green hotel (with team of consultants) in Dubai: "Whilst acting is my career, architecture is my passion. Selecting this development as my first major construction project has been a simple decision. It will underpin not only my values for environmentally-friendly architecture, but also embrace my career in entertainment."

Lcroad.jpg Live Cool: Shanghai gets new gay nightclub.

road.jpg McCain schedules appearance with country singer John Rich, who once said: "I think if you legalize [gay marriage], you've got to legalize some other things that are pretty unsavory. You can call me a radical, but how can you tell an aunt that she can't marry her nephew if they are really in love and sharing the bills? How can you tell them they can't get married, but something else that's unnatural can happen?" Rich later apologized after public outcry.

road.jpg Shakespeare's grave getting a makeover.

road.jpg Queer Quinn : New York news anchor in Freudian slip.

Alreynoldsroad.jpg Under Armour issues statement denying relationship with Al Reynolds, Jr. after photo surfaces: "I wanted to clarify what has been reported. Al Reynolds is not a spokesperson for Under Armour, nor is there any business relationship of any kind between the Under Armour brand and Al Reynolds."

road.jpg Nancy Pelosi endorses gay San Francisco Assemblyman Mark Leno in bid for state senate.

road.jpg 11-year-old trailer once used as canvas for a young Banksy, now may fetch £500,000: "Called Fragile Silence, it shows commandos landing stereo equipment on a beach. The trailer’s owners, Maeve Neal and Nathan Welland, say Banksy has authenticated the work, which he completed before they drove the truck to the Glastonbury Festival in 1998. And instead of them paying him, he gave them two free festival tickets for providing the ‘canvas.’ At the time Banksy, whose real name has never been confirmed, was little known."

road.jpg Gay Colorado congressional hopeful Jared Polis contributes $2.1 million of his own funds into his campaign.

road.jpg Fashion world remembers Yves Saint Laurent. Simon Doonan, of Barneys New York: “I have a permanent shrine to Yves in my house: a pair of couture croc thigh boots. His highwayman looks, his Cossacks, his lesbian tuxedos, his sexy safaris, his djellabas, his Spanish cigarette girls, his tartan flings. There is no end to his influence and fabulousness.”

Terra Cotta Tennis Warriors Unveiled in Shanghai: Federer, Nadal, Davydenko, Djokovic, Roddick, Ferrer, Gonzalez, Gasquet

Novak Djokovic

In September I posted about the upcoming Shanghai ATP Tennis Masters tournament and the Chinese warrior statues that were being created by French sculptor Laury Dizengremel in the likenesses of the tourney's "elite eight". The warriors, of course, are meant to resemble the terra cotta army buried with the Emperor of Qin in 210-209 BC.

Well, the tournament got underway yesterday and the sculptures were unveiled. Here they are in all their glory. I can't say that the likenesses are necessarily spot-on (Novak Djokovic comes out looking a bit like Lance Bass) but the player portraits are hot. I've taken some close-ups of the Quentin Shih photograph for your perusal.


Andy Roddick, who reportedly asked for an alteration, as the baseball cap that's part of his public image wasn't included in the first go-round.

The rest, after the jump...

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