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News: Olympics, Ryan Reynolds, Vietnam, Alexander McQueen

 road Georgian luger dies in training accident at Olympics.

 road GLAAD asks John Mayer to apologize for using the F-word.

Olympics_colbert road Stephen Colbert got his own Olympics poster, designed by Shepard Fairey.

 road Purported naked Snooki pic surfaces.

 road Adam Lambert performing in secret NYC show this Monday...

 road Mixner: Is 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' the new healthcare?

 road Openly gay stock car announcer breaking stereotypes: "[Troy] Germain came out to the ACT in 2003. He conceded it remains tough to be the only openly gay man on the circuit-he said there are others about whom he knows, but they remain closeted. Germain said an e-mail Darla Hartt, vice president and general manager of the ACT, gave him the strength to come out to his colleagues. It read be yourself; be who you are and don’t be afraid; just be."

 road Ryan Kwanten suits up.

 road Witness: Terry Castle does hatchet job on Susan Sontag in new book.

 road Alexander McQueen's final Tweets. Westboro Baptist Church to picket McQueen funeral.

Rr road Ryan Reynolds the new face of Hugo Boss fragrances.

 road Kenneth in the 212 takes a look at Prodigal Sons, the new film about Kimberley Reed, the high school quarterback who transitioned into a woman.

 road If you're using Google Buzz, be aware of the huge privacy flaw.

 road Attitude magazine loses major distributor.

 road Vietnamese gay groups to march in Tet Parade in Orange County for first time: "However, several Vietnamese religious organizations, including the Vietnamese Interfaith Council of America that comprises Christian and Buddhist religious leaders, have expressed their opposition to the gay groups' participation in the parade. On Wednesday, the Knights of Columbus and all 50 members of the Vietnamese Martyrs Council, both Catholic organizations, withdrew their participation from the parade."

Bookshop  road Gay's the Word: Uk gay bookstore facing closure.

 road It's National Underwear Day in Brazil.

 road STUDY: Race and gender of judges makes big difference in rulings.

 road The Catholic League's Bill Donohue gives a shout-out to Michelangelo Signorile for "ripping" the Pope on the Joy Behar show: "None of what Signorile said is true." Actually, it is. More from Signorile.

 road Church of England votes to give pension benefits to partners of gay clergy.

 road NYT on the gay arrests in Kenya: "Mr. Kiraithe said the planned wedding between two men had been kept a secret, but that a group of local people found out just before it was to start in Kikambala, a beach town along Kenya’s white-sand coast. A mob quickly formed, and some outraged bystanders even shouted that the people at the wedding should be burned." Background.

Annie Leibovitz Financial Straits Fueled by Gay Tax Inequalities?

AfterEllen makes a good point about the recent news of Annie Leibovitz financial troubles. The NYT recently Leibovitz was forced to take out a loan using her life's work as collateral. This may explain part of the reason why. When Leibovitz's partner Susan Sontag died, she inherited properties in her estate. In the case of a straight married couple, this would be no big deal. But in the case of a same-sex couple, the taxes are onerous:

Sontag_leibovitz "When Sontag died in 2004, she bequeathed several properties to Leibovitz, who was forced to pony up half of their value to keep them. Yes, she makes a nice chunk of change from Vanity Fair, and yes, she probably could have just sold the properties when the market was good in 2004, but that’s not really the point. The point is she should never have been in the position of paying or selling to not pay as much in the first place. Her wealth and poor decision-making are incidental."

Salon's Nancy Goldstein: "Will this profoundly unfair issue be challenged now that attention's being drawn to it by the situations of couples like Sontag and Leibovitz who are far higher-profile than me and my gal?"

The Streak

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Ever have one of those visual cues you just can't seem to shake? Everytime I look at the promo shots for the upcoming Sweeney Todd film starring Johnny Depp, all I see is the late intellectual Susan Sontag.

Depp talks about the look in the most recent issue of Entertainment Weekly: "The idea was that he'd had this hideous trauma, from being sent away, locked away. That streak of white hair became the shock of that rage. It represented his rage over what had happened. It's certainly not the first time anyone's used it. But it's effective. It tells a story all by itself. My brother had a white spot growing up, and his son has this kind of shock of white in his hair. In those early meetings, what started to go into the look, before the white streak and any of that, was the eyes. As with any character, the history is there. It sounds really stupid, but I thought they needed to be far away and very close at the same time. They needed to have experienced too much, you know. That's where the darkness came around them. These heavy rings around his eyes of purple and brown, this kind of awful fatigue and rage. It's like he's never slept."


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