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6a00d8341c730253ef019b008c8e6d970b-800wi Oprah Winfrey's yard sale includes a chest of drawers worth $50,000.

Nepal6a00d8341c730253ef019b008c8e6d970b-800wi Nepal held its very first gay beauty pageant today: "The country's only openly gay lawmaker and BDS president, Sunil Babu Pant said: 'This programme has encouraged gay men to reveal their hidden talents and will create more awareness about gender and sexuality.'"

6a00d8341c730253ef019b008c8e6d970b-800wi The father of the man who went on a shooting spree at LAX yesterday called police about his son around the same time the shootings actually took place.

6a00d8341c730253ef019b008c8e6d970b-800wi The former owner of a gay bar that was badly damaged in a fire has been charged with arson.

6a00d8341c730253ef019b008c8e6d970b-800wi Bernhard Goetz has been arrested for trying to sell marijuana to an undercover NYC cop.

6a00d8341c730253ef019b008c8e6d970b-800wi Two kidnapped French journalists have been killed in Mali.

6a00d8341c730253ef019b008c8e6d970b-800wi Crack-smoking Toronto Mayor Rob Ford is adamant: "I'm not resigning."

Matt-bomer-friday-movies-with-simon-halls-016a00d8341c730253ef019b008c8e6d970b-800wi A bunbled up Matt Bomer and less bundled up Simon Halls take in a movie in LA.

6a00d8341c730253ef019b008c8e6d970b-800wi New law in Germany introduces a third sex option for those born with both male and female characteristics. They reason: "The council had argued, among other things, that many people born with both sex characteristics who were operated on as children say they wouldn't have consented to the surgery."

6a00d8341c730253ef019b008c8e6d970b-800wi Teens talk about the teen problem on Facebook.

6a00d8341c730253ef019b008c8e6d970b-800wi Britney Spears promotes her new single "Perfume" on Snapchat.

6a00d8341c730253ef019b008c8e6d970b-800wi There's a good chance that anti-discrimination laws could become a reality in Holland, Michigan if two anti-gay council members are defeated in Tuesday's election.

6a00d8341c730253ef019b008c8e6d970b-800wi The family of jailed Pussy Riot Nadezhda Tolokonnikova claims she is now missing.

Several Lives Intersect in Toronto in the Short Film 'Cold': VIDEO

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Toronto-based filmmaker Waseem Shaikh has released his latest work, the award-winning short film Cold, online for free. The film "is about one night in Toronto where several lives intersect—each of them oblivious to the loneliness that connects them all," said Shaikh. He also said the film speaks to "the feeling of isolation one often deals with in gay circles."

Towleroad previously linked to another work by Shaikh last year for an AIDS prevention campaign by the Alliance for South Asian AIDS Prevention. 

Watch the entire film AFTER THE JUMP...

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Toronto Mayoral Candidate George Smitherman's Husband Found Alive

This morning, Towleroad reported that Christopher Peloso, the husband of Toronto mayoral candidate and former Ontario health minister George Smitherman and the father of their two children, had been missing since Monday afternoon.

PelosoHe has been found alive near train tracks in West Toronto, the National Post reports:

Constable Wendy Drummond confirmed that Mr. Peloso has been found near Dupont and Lansdowne, “conscious and breathing.”

“That’s all we’ve got at this point,” said Const. Drummond.

Earlier on Tuesday, an extensive search was underway near the intersection after police triangulated the last known location of Peloso’s cell phone. The ground search, along the railway line behind a GE plant, included police officers from 13 Division and a canine unit.

No further details were disclosed.

Smitherman tweeted: "Thanks to @TorontoPolice, Christopher is alive+ safely in the hands of TO Western Hospital. Love&Thank you to all. George, Michael and Kayla"

Gay Toronto Mayoral Candidate George Smitherman's Husband Reported Missing


Toronto police are asking the public for assistance in the search for Christopher Peloso, the husband of Toronto mayoral candidate George Smitherman, who was last seen Monday afternoon in the area of Davenport Road and Bathurst Street.

PelosoAs Towleroad readers may recall, Smitherman married Peloso six years ago, when he was the first openly gay member of Provincial Parliament (MPP) and the first openly gay cabinet minister. In 2010 they were approved to adopt a boy. They have since adopted another girl.

Wrote Smitherman on Facebook: "I regret to confirm that Christopher Peloso has been missing from our home for almost 24 hours. Michael, Kayla and myself, with the support of family and friends, are hopeful that our husband and father will be home safely soon."

Wrote the Toronto Police in a release:

The Toronto Police Service is seeking the public's assistance locating a missing man.

Christopher Peloso, 39, was last seen on Monday, September 9, 2013, at 4 p.m., in the Davenport Road/Bathurst Street area.

He is described as white, 5'8", 150 lbs., with brown eyes and short, light-brown hair. He was wearing a dark-blue jacket with a hood, tan-coloured cargo shorts, and blue flip-flops.

Police are concerned for his safety.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-1300, Crime Stoppers
anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at, text TOR and your
message to CRIMES (274637), or Leave A Tip on Facebook. Download the free Crime
Stoppers Mobile App on iTunes, Google Play or Blackberry App World.

Daniel Radcliffe Banned from Manscaping for Gay Sex Scene - VIDEO

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In his role as Allen Ginsburg in the soon-to-be-released Kill Your Darlings, Daniel Radcliffe was banned by the director from manscaping in order to preserve the natural aesthetic of the 1940s. Director John Krokidas was in Toronto to premier the film at the Toronto International Film Festival last week when he sat down with The Daily Extra, to discuss the hairy details. 

Radcliffe also spoke about the gay sex scene, and all the attention it's been getting, with MTV at the Sundance Film Festival:

"It's interesting that it's deemed shocking," Radcliffe said. "For me, there's something very strange about that because we see straight sex scenes all the time. We've seen gay sex scenes before. I don't know why a gay sex scene should be any more shocking than a straight sex scene. Or both of them are equally un-shocking."

Watch the interview, with clips from the film, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Toronto Protesters, Vloggers March Against Russia's Anti-Gay Law: VIDEO


A large march took place in Toronto over the weekend to protest Russia's ban on "gay propaganda", the Toronto Star reports:

Hundreds of people marched Saturday towards the Russian consulate on Bloor St. waving rainbow flags and carrying signs to protest Russia’s anti-gay laws, which the LGBTQ community is calling an attack on human rights. The march began in the Church St. and Wellesley St. E. area around 7:30 p.m. and protesters were encouraged to bring pots, pans and wear sports gear to acknowledge that the winter Olympics will be hosted in Sochi in 2014.

Canadian vlogger Michael Reynes and his friend David went to march in the protest and recorded a video of the march and talked about their experience.

Watch it, AFTER THE JUMP...


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