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News: Tony Kushner, Adam Lambert and Queen, Colin Farrell, Cannes

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SIENA POLL: New Yorkers split 46-46 on same-sex marriage.

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Queen wants Adam Lambert as new frontman?

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Head of Equality Utah to leave organization: "Mike Thompson, Equality Utah's executive director is leaving the 5-year-old organization after four years at the helm. His last day is Friday. The Oklahoma native is heading west to San Francisco -- a city he has wanted to live in for a long time -- to do what he does best: Build up fledgling nonprofits."

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BRAVO developing Real Housewives of D.C....

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Variety on Tony Kushner's new play: "Opening night was postponed a week, with Kushner reportedly rewriting down to the wire, and early previews had pushed past the four-hour mark -- none of which necessarily presaged disaster but certainly fueled curiosity. The resulting three-act drama is a success -- sprawling, yearning, at times emotionally violent, it is also packed with a level of complexity, sophistication and understanding that distinguishes it as a potentially important new American work."

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PAPER: Gay issues splintering churches...

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Boy George enjoys his freedom.

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UCLA Williams Institute study shows marriage matters: "A significant majority of the 558 gay men and women surveyed said that since marrying, they feel more committed to their spouses, more accepted in their community, and more likely to be open about their sexual orientation at work. The survey indicates that there is something universal about the legal protections and social advantages afforded by the institution of marriage..."

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Conservatives apoplectic over 'Harvey Milk Day' in California.

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Jared Leto is a Jesus with shades.

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Back in January 2008 I posted that Colin Farrell was planning to serve as best man at his brother's civil partnership. It's still on.

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Anna Wintour really is the devil.

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Morrissey turned 50 last Friday.

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Michael Haneke's The White Ribbon wins Palm d'Or at Cannes: "Haneke's drama depicts a series of violent, secretive incidents among the families of the local pastor, baron, doctor and tenant farmers. The local schoolteacher investigates the mystery. Shot in gorgeous black-and-white by cinematographer Christian Berger, "The White Ribbon" is one of two major Cannes prize-winners already picked up by Sony Pictures Classics for distribution in the U.S. The other, the absorbing French prison drama "A Prophet," won this year's Grand Prix, the second most important award at Cannes."


News: Chris Pine, Twitter, Carrie Prejean, Iraq, Joe Jonas, Avedon

 roadArkansas GOP chair Doyle Webb believes a lesbian can't be trusted with the state's budget!

Jonas  roadJonas Brother is first to attempt wet T-shirt sex symbol shot (while invoking celebrity crush Daniel Craig).

 roadNew Tony Kushner play, The Intelligent Homosexual's Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures, begins previews in Minneapolis tonight.

 roadThrough they eyes of RIchard Avedon.

 roadTogether: Frankly, I'd rather see Hugh Jackman and Robert Pattinson as bound captives.

 roadEffort to recall Portland Mayor Sam Adams holds kick-out party: "Organizers of Thursday’s event at Nick’s Famous Coney Island restaurant said they wanted to spread the word about their efforts. And they gathered a standing-room only crowd that spilled outside the small establishment - though it was unclear how many were simply patrons uninterested in the recall. While organizers have a number of people already involved, they are hoping other citizens will sign up too." Focus on Breedlove.

Chrispine  roadIt kind of seems like they Photoshopped Chris Pine's head onto suits in these GQ shots.

 roadIs the ill-conceived American Ab-Fab kaput? Are we lucky?


 roadNYPD seeks ex-boyfriend in slaying of gay man in Brooklyn: "Tamiz Din, 50, was shot five times in the chest and stomach at 12:45 a.m. after he exchanged words with three men, police said. His wallet was not taken. Din, a livery driver for 20 years, had been due to testify in court today on assault and harassment charges he filed against Saleem Khan, his former boyfriend, police said. Din dated Khan, also a Pakistani immigrant, for 15 years before they split up in 2007."

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 roadSan Francisco activists to hold rally at Harvey Milk Plaza protesting executions of gays in Iraq on International Day Against Homophobia (IDAHO) this Sunday.

Vman  roadJoseph Gordon Levitt covers Vman.

 roadAdam Carolla makes misinformed remarks on gay parents: "We just get it spoon-fed to us [that] everything’s great, everything’s perfect, there’s no difference between, you know a couple of dads, a couple of moms, couple of bis and a couple of pre-op transsexuals, and a mom and a dad…no difference. Now look, I’m all for gays adopting but let’s not mistake it for being nearly as good as a mother and a father. It’s not nearly as good as a mommy and a daddy… all things being equal, it is much better for a mother and a father to raise a child than it is two of anything, all things being equal."

 roadFocus on the Family's James Dobson talks about "dangers" of hate crime laws.


Moakler_prejean  road"Carrie Prejean Day" DOA in Vista, California.

 roadShanna Moakler just couldn't stand behind Carrie Prejean's lies: "The turning point for me, I guess, was when I was watching the Today show and she was sitting there continuing to lie. And it's obvious to everybody that the lying is still going on. I just couldn't stand behind her. I wasn't going to New York with this vendetta against her and hoping that she would be decrowned. But I was hoping that she would, at one point in time, stop pointing fingers at everyone in the world and take a little bit of accountability or a little bit of responsibility for herself."


News: Clueless, Bea Arthur, Minnesota, Gavin Newsom, Bullycide

 roadFounder of Provincetown AIDS Support Group and early care provider Alice Foley dies: "In her isolated little town at the Cape's end, Foley, then Provincetown's director of public health, treated AIDS patients before the disease even had a name. Back in the early 1980s, representatives from the Centers for Disease Control would visit Provincetown and meet with Foley to try to identify the mysterious 'gay cancer,' said Foley's close friend Bill Dougal."

Priests  roadEpiscopal priest to marry partner of 50 years in Connecticut.

 roadAmber alert: Tom Cruise spawn tries to make a break for it.

 roadMary Beth Maxwell named to top post at Labor Department.

 roadMarriage equality in Iowa stirs Minnesota.

 roadRights groups slam Burundi government for criminalizing homosexuality: "They called on President Pierre Nkurunziza to go back on his promulgation of the parliamentary bill, which was not officially announced though confirmed Saturday by an aide. The groups, including international heavyweights Human Rights Watch, said that under the new criminal code promulgated by Nkurunziza on April 22, 'same-sex sexual conduct becomes illegal for the first time in Burundi's history.' According to the law, 'whoever has sexual relations with a person of the same sex is punished by a prison sentence of three months to two years and a fine of 50,000 to 100,000 (CFA) francs, or one of these penalties,' a joint statement said."

 roadBetty White and Rue McClanahan remember Bea Arthur.

 roadAs if: Amy Heckerling and Alicia Silverstone planning sequel to Clueless?

Goshen  roadCrowd rallies in Goshen, New York for marriage equality: "The rally at Goshen's Harriman Square park highlighted the evolution of gay-marriage proponents. The event was organized mostly by young, heterosexual advocates, but the crowd was comprised of older gay couples, many of whom had been together for more than a decade. Many of those couples said they used to be afraid to speak up."

 roadMale model fix: Sam Way.

 roadTIME: Church vs church on same-sex marriage?

 roadGeorgia DA exploring criminal charges against school in "bullycide" death of 11-year-old Jaheem Herrera: "Really what we're trying to get an understanding on what the law is and what the facts are, and see how the two merge and how any kind of criminal activity can be put together from the two -- and right now I can't answer that until we look into it a little bit more."

 roadJake Gyllenhaal has a business lunch, remains hot while doing so.

Begbie  roadTrainspotting actor Carlyle says his character in the film, Begbie, was gay.

 roadCasting complete for new Tony Kushner play.

 roadBoston: Latin King gang member who killed his gay lover convicted of murder, sentenced to life in prison without parole.

 roadGavin Drop: Sacramento gay bar creates Gavin Newsom cocktail.

 roadSan Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom, who last week announced he was running for governor of California, wants the U.S. Census to count same-sex couples who say they are married: "When we go out and do the Census, people are going to be asked if they are married and same-sex couples will say, 'Yes.' And when the Census people analyze the data and go back to their computers they'll say, 'No.' The gay and lesbian community will not be counted unless we also fight for that change."


News: Gin, Uganda, Channing Tatum, Torture, Nevada, Tony Kushner

 roadNew Jersey poll finds 49% of voters support marriage equality, 43% oppose.

 roadTwo upstate New York papers write editorials in support of marriage equality.

Tatum  roadChanning Tatum is a lover not a fighter.

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 roadCondoleezza Rice approved waterboarding and then lied to Senate Armed Services Committee about it: "Last fall, Rice acknowledged to the Senate Armed Services Committee only that she had attended meetings where the CIA interrogation request was discussed and asked for the attorney general to conduct a legal review. She said she did not recall details. Rice omitted her direct role in approving the program in her written statement to the committee."

 roadLindsay Lohan talks to Ellen DeGeneres about Samantha Ronson...and Anne Heche.

 roadCity of Rochester makes offer to residents suing the city over police gay bashing incident: "In an April 7 correspondence, city municipal attorney Matthew Brown noted that 'the city has made an offer to plaintiffs' in the federal civil case. Attorney Christina Agola, who represents the five who sued the city and police officers, also acknowledged Wednesday that 'we are engaged in talks...We haven't reached an ultimate decision,' she said."

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Ugandapaper  roadUganda paper outs homosexuals.

 roadNYT on the Maine marriage hearings: "The future of the bill, which has more than 60 sponsors, is uncertain. Gov. John Baldacci, a Democrat, had opposed same-sex marriage, but now says he is keeping his options open. The Legislature, where Democrats control both houses, can pass or reject the measure, or send it to the voters for a referendum. If the Legislature passes the bill, citizens can collect enough signatures to place a people’s veto of the legislation on the November ballot."

Lucas  roadMichael Musto's sit-down interview with porn producer Michael Lucas.

 roadLongtime owner of Philadelphia gay bar Uncles, Mort Wernik, dies at 73.

 roadNevada Senate passes domestic partnerships, may face veto from governor: "On a 12-9 vote Tuesday night, the state Senate passed a bill to allow domestic partners, gay and straight, most of the same rights as married couples."

 roadMinneapolis' Guthrie Theatre delays premiere of Tony Kushner play by a week: "The show — 'The Intelligent Homosexual's Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures' — was scheduled to begin previews on May 9 and open on May 15. But the Guthrie says after discussions among Kushner, director Michael Greif and Guthrie director Joe Dowling, it was decided to delay the opening to give the actors more time on stage."

Correction: The press release we linked to earlier in this post that that appeared to be from a national gay organization on torture has been revealed to be a fake.


News: Adam Lambert, Utah, Tony Kushner, Peru, Microsoft

 roadUtah largest consumer of porn in the nation: "Eight of the top 10 pornography consuming states gave their electoral votes to John McCain in last year's presidential election – Florida and Hawaii were the exceptions. While six out of the lowest 10 favoured Barack Obama."

Lambert  roadAmerican Idol finalist Adam Lambert's "flamboyant" past, in pictures.

 roadMayor Dean Grose of Los Alamitos, California, who sent out an email with a photo I posted last week saying that this year's White House Easter Egg roll would instead be a Watermelon Hunt, is resigning: "Grose says he accepts that the e-mail was in poor taste and has affected his ability to lead the city. Grose said he didn't mean to offend anyone and claimed he was unaware of the racial stereotype linking black people with eating watermelons."

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 roadInternational Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission demands Peru government investigate attack on trans woman posted to YouTube.

 roadReadings from Bobby Jindal's Exorcism: "The paper is a first person account of how Jindal, a new Catholic convert at the time, helped get the devil out of his poor, possessed friend Susan."

Marge  roadMarge Simpson has her first same-sex smooch.

 roadCalifornians Against Hate drops boycott of Utah car dealer Ken Garff: "Californians Against Hate had called for a boycott of Ken Garff Automotive Group's 53 dealerships in six states in retaliation for a $100,000 donation made by Garff family matriarch Katharine Garff in support of Proposition 8, California's same-sex marriage ban, part of a total of $3.8 million donated for and against Prop 8 by Utahns...Fred Karger, director of Californians Against Hate, said Friday the two-week boycott of Ken Garff Automotive Group was being called off immediately, following a series of meetings that included face-to-face discussions between company principals John and Robert Garff and Utah philanthropist Bruce Bastian, a leading gay-rights advocate."

 roadKathleen Chalfant and Stephen Spinella to star in Tony Kushner's The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures, to premiere this spring at the Guthrie in Minneapolis.

 roadCIA under Bush/Cheney destroyed hundreds of videotaped terror interrogations.

Jesus_madonna  roadJesus and Madonna step out in New York snowstorm.

 roadLiberty Counsel files lawsuit demanding Florida Bar remain neutral in same-sex adoption case.

 roadRihanna and Chris Brown reunite in Miami.

 roadMicrosoft apologizes for policies after outrage over suspension of lesbian gamer on Xbox Live: "The company's policy was to disallow any statement of relationship preference in their profile or Gamertags, heterosexual, homosexual, or otherwise. However, as Stephen Toulouse, program manager for policy and enforcement on Xbox Live, told Totilo, after seeing issues arise like in the cases of Teresa and Mr. Gaywood, the company was 'looking into that policy.'" 

 roadAcademy of Friends holds 29th annual Oscar Party AIDS benefit in San Francisco.

 roadUK teachers face disciplinary action after calling 16-year-old student "gay" and "retard" in the classroom: "He said he felt 'bullied' by the pair during workshops, eventually filing seven official complaints against them. He now has to travel all the way to Cornwall College Saltash after enrolling on a construction course focused on bricklaying, plumbing and electrical installation."


News: Prop 8, Google, Tony Kushner, Gay Places, Sarah Palin

road.jpg Urgent: Marriage equality supporters in California lag in fundraising. "According to the most recent campaign contribution reports from the California Secretary of State, supporters of the anti-gay marriage November ballot measure have raised $16.2 million in their effort to pass Proposition 8. Opponents have brought in $10.8 million, which is still a sizable chunk of money. But Dale Kelly Bankhead, who signed the email as campaign manager of 'No On 8,' writes, 'We must match what is raised dollar for dollar with the right wing; if we do not, we are at serious risk of losing this November.'" No on Prop 8 (site).

Brolinroad.jpg Josh Brolin has a daddy complex.

road.jpg UK's Independent lists five most improved places for gay tolerance, five worst places to be gay, and ten best places to live if you're gay.

road.jpg Sarah Palin just an "average hockey mom" who wears $2500 Valentino jackets and tans in her own home.

road.jpg New York State Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos appears at PAC fundraiser for Log Cabin Republicans, reiterates opposition to same-sex marriage, promises legislation targeting bullying: "'Sometimes the media will say, ‘What are you doing here?’ You’re Republicans and I’m proud of you for being Republicans and I’m proud of being a Republican and standing here with each and every one of you,' he added. The appearance of a Senate majority leader was unusual. Mr. Skelos took over as majority leader this summer from Joseph L. Bruno, who in his 14 years in the post appeared at only one prominent event held by a gay group — a 2006 lobbying event held by the Empire State Pride Agenda."

road.jpg White privilege, McCain/Palin, and the Kenyan witchhunter.

road.jpg British footballer Frank Lampard needs to brush up on his make-up skills.

Googleroad.jpg Google to place servers on ships at sea? "A Google patent application filed two years ago but published this fall is getting some new attention because it's just too interesting to ignore. The patent (link) is for putting data centers on ships at sea and harvesting the energy in waves for power. The biggest benefit for the company, though, could come from changed legal and tax status by placing the ships outside of national jurisdiction. It's a thought both fascinating and frightening, although it also may end up as just another crazy patent filed for the sake of filing it."

road.jpg Angels in America playwright Tony Kushner to receive first Steinberg Distinguished Playwright Award: "The award, which which comes with a cash prize of $200,000 will be announced on Wednesday. The award was created 'with an eye toward attracting talented playwrights and bolstering the status of their profession.'"

road.jpg Australian Labor MPs slam push for marriage equality: "Responding to AME’s renewed marriage push, Labor MP Anthony Albanese – the Federal Member for Grayndler – lashed out at the group, calling their campaign 'ridiculous'."

Tyraroad.jpg V: Tyra Banks channels Miss Ross?

road.jpg Beyoncé plays cop in new video.

road.jpg Australian HIV infections surge: "New cases of HIV in Australia rose by almost 50 percent in the past eight years, as gay men and immigrants infected overseas spurred the number of people with the virus to a 14-year high. The number of new infections increased to 1,051 in 2007 from 718 in 1999, and are at the highest level since 1993, according to the National Centre in HIV Epidemiology and Clinical Research annual surveillance report today. Almost 70 percent of cases in the five years through 2007 were among gay and bisexual men."

road.jpg Daniel Craig in a sling.

road.jpg Tom of Finland exhibit visits Liverpool.

road.jpg Wisconsin Catholic church's music director fired because he's gay: "He says his supervisor fired him this summer after worshipers complained he was too open about his sexual orientation. 'He said having an openly gay male employed at the Church is a scandal,' said Philyaw, recounting the conversation. 'I felt betrayed. But I'm not bitter.' The Madison Catholic Diocese declined an interview request citing their policy of not discussing personnel issues. Philyaw says he's never had any problems at work before and claims the Church knew he was gay when they hired him. Still, employment lawyers there's nothing illegal about what happened."


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