GLAAD had its Los Angeles media awards on Saturday, honoring Milk, Bishop Gene Robinson, Desperate Housewives, Prop 8 the Musical, The New Adventures of Old Christine, Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi, and The L Word, among others. Kathy Griffin received the group's Vanguard Award, and accepted it in a bikini.
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Portland Mayor Sam Adams back to work: "'Good morning, everybody,' he said to the reporters who rushed to meet him at the doors. 'Happy to be back,' he said. 'Ready to get to work.' He didn't miss a beat, didn't stop to chat. When a reporter tried to ask him about the most recent news reports, he didn't bite. 'I'm happy to answer questions about city business,' he said. Then he slipped into the City Council chamber, where he spent the next two hours discussing a bridge project."
T.R. Knight and boyfriend Mark Cornelsen enjoy the gayest place on Earth.
NBC bans PETA 'vegetable porn' commercial from Super Bowl - WATCH it.
Married same-sex New York couples offered guidelines: "The five-page document, issued on January 26 by Lambda Legal, the Empire State Pride Agenda, the New York Civil Liberties Union, and the American Civil Liberties Union, outlines a dozen-and-a-half areas -- some broad-reaching, others more narrowly tailored -- in which the state's policy of recognizing marriages by same-sex couples who legally wed in other jurisdictions have implications for their day-to-day life here in New York." Get the doc HERE.
Ryan Reynolds minds his muscles.
Jóhanna Sigurdardóttir to become Iceland's, world's first openly lesbian prime minister?
House Judiciary Chair Conyers issues subpoena to Karl Rove: "I have said many times that I will carry this investigation forward to its conclusion, whether in Congress or in court, and today's action is an important step along the way. Change has come to Washington, and I hope Karl Rove is ready for it. After two years of stonewalling, it's time for him to talk."
Know your ABCs: The gay alphabet!
Students across U.S. don T-shirts for 'Equality on Campus Day'.
High-ranking French official comes out: "Roger Karoutchi, France’s Secretary of State for Parliamentary Relations and a close friend of President Nicholas Sarkozy, has revealed he is gay. The former MEP and senator made the claim in an interview conducted in advance of the release of his autobiography."
Openly gay attorney Michael Pollok running for Kirsten Gillibrand's seat.
Octuplets born in California.
Does it really matter if True Beauty contestant Joel Rush is pretty on the inside?
Georgia man fights court order on visits with kids: "[Judge] Edwards ordered that neither of the parents could have 'overnight company with a member of the opposite sex, or with any person deemed to be a paramour, unrelated by blood or marriage, in the presence of a child.' One sentence later Edwards wrote: 'Additionally, defendant is prohibited from exposing the children to his homosexual partners and friends.' In his appeal, Mongerson’s attorneys write that such an order was an abuse of the court’s discretion. 'There was no evidence presented that and the court made no finding that exposing the parties’ children to any of Appellant’s homosexual friends would adversely affect the best interests of the children,' according to the appeal. 'Therefore, such a prohibition on appellant’s homosexual friends is an abuse of discretion.'"
Clay Aiken has a new man, and he's bendable.
Newsweek Poll: Support grows for same-sex marriage. "Americans continue to find civil unions for gays and lesbians more palatable than full-fledged marriage. Fifty-five percent of respondents favored legally sanctioned unions or partnerships, while only 39 percent supported marriage rights. Both figures are notably higher than in 2004, when 40 percent backed the former and 33 percent approved of the latter. When it comes to according legal rights in specific areas to gays, the public is even more supportive." Poll PDF HERE.
Cleveland, Ohio votes 13-7 to create domestic partnership registry: "But several council members reported intense pressure from local pastors, who oppose domestic partner benefits on religious grounds. At one point Monday afternoon, a rattled Kevin Conwell, a co-sponsor of the legislation, seemed ready to change his position. 'I had more than 70 calls over the weekend,' Conwell said."
Supreme Court declines to hear Miller case: "The U.S. Supreme Court has let stand a ruling that Virginia must enforce a Vermont court order awarding child-visitation rights to a mother's former lesbian partner."
Lesbian and "ex-gay" former partner locked in custody battle for their daughter Isabella.
Gay Idaho man who shot and killed his partner has charges reduced from murder to involuntary manslaughter.
Survivor's Charlie Herschel on the crush he said producers built between him and fellow contestant Marcus: "Literally, every interview I had with a producer—every interview, even ones when he was gone, they would ask me, ‘Do you have a crush on Marcus?’ And in every interview, I would say, ‘I do not have a crush on Marcus.’ … I’m used to building a wall in my mind between me and people I cannot date; Marcus is a straight man, and it never even crossed my mind. I just don’t go there when it’s not a possibility."
Newsweek draws fire for article about Bible's pro-gay marriage stance.
Is Bush pushing through an eleventh-hour rule that would allow pharmacists to discriminate against gays?
Oprah mad at herself.
Boo-Hoo: Christian policeman who was sacked for his homophobia says the firing has 'devastated' his family. "In the service in general there is a feeling of fear. There is a definite bias against faith – any faith – if it takes a critical view of homosexual sex. The easy option for me would have been to keep quiet but when there is such prejudice towards one point of view, how can that be right? That doesn’t sound like equality and diversity to me. I don’t have any worries with what people do in their private lives – if they are gay, that’s fine. I haven’t gone after anyone maliciously.' Mr Cogman, backed by the Police Federation, is appealing against his sacking and is planning to take his force to an employment tribunal next year, funded by the Christian Legal Centre."
Gay pop star Will Young says coming out lead to his smoking habit.
Gay group in Amsterdam planning 'Pink Christmas'. To feature manger with two Marys and two Josephs.
Remembering Randy Shilts.
Manila gay pride celebrations hit by first-ever anti-gay protests: "The local church community would never engage in this manner," said a local LGBT activist Ferdinand Buenviaje, alluding to the fact that despite its strength and influence the Church never resorted to such tactics here in the predominantly Roman Catholic Philippines. The presence of foreigners leading the anti-gay group highlights how more aggressive forms of resistance to the gay movement are being spurred by outside influences, namely American-style fundamentalism. A cross-fire ensued when members from the local branch of the progressive and gay-affirmative Metropolitan Community Church, marching under banners emblazoned with the apt retort 'Would Jesus discriminate?', took their fundamentalist opposition to task."
Manchester, UK teen hangs himself over gay hate anonymous phone bullying.
Free screening of The Times of Harvey Milk documentary tonight in L.A. See it, it's amazing.
House Minority Leader John Boehner mocks the way Barney Frank talks: “You know where he’s from. He’s from Massachusetts, although he can’t say the word 'Massachusetts.'"
Brandon and Brenda Walsh reuniting for 90210.
Denver Post remembers Matthew Shepard: "The crime galvanized gay-rights activists, who were determined change should come of Shepard's death. In some ways, the death of the affable young man has made a difference. Laramie, where Shepard attended college, passed a bias-crime ordinance in response to his death. His killing also has led to greater awareness about hate crimes and calls for tougher laws nationwide. But much work remains..."
NYT: Colorado, Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, Nevada and North Carolina. "Tens of thousands of eligible voters in at least six swing states have been removed from the rolls or have been blocked from registering in ways that appear to violate federal law..."
Harvey Milk LGBT Democratic Club endorses Mark Leno, refuses to drop support for Nancy Pelosi in favor of Cindy Sheehan. "The decision at the club's political action committee meeting Tuesday, October 7 not to support Sheehan prompted complaints about who the club allows to vote on its endorsements and was the third time during Pelosi's 20 years in Congress that attempts to strip her of the Milk Club's support had failed."
Gerard Butler under investigation for beating the crap out of a paparazzo.
SUNY Fredonia students drown out anti-gay demonstrators: "The Deferios didn't quite know what they were getting into when they visited the SUNY Fredonia campus earlier this week. Jim Deferio of Syracuse, along with his daughter, Michelle Deferio, 26, stood in the grass near the Reed Library steps, holding signs, beginning shortly before noon on Tuesday. Jim wore aviator sunglasses and clutched a megaphone, which he used to address the rapidly expanding group, and held a large poster that read, "Warning: Do you not know that the unrighteous shall not inherit the Kingdom of God?...Many exchanges occurred between Jim, via megaphone, and the crowd throughout the afternoon. Jim would begin to shout, "There's no biological basis -" and the crowd would reply, 'Shut up, Jim.'"
More Clooney P.I.
Now Jude Law goes the 'stache route.
Palm Beach Atlantic University to allow Soulforce Bus riders on campus, but Soulforce calls invitation too restrictive: ''Unfortunately, the format is not conducive to reaching out to the Palm Beach Atlantic community in the spirit of open dialogue. Additionally, the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students who need to hear our message of love and affirmation would not be reached in this format.''
Proud Nation: UK's first gay museum planned for London.
I always fall for a good baby anteater story.
New pain relief method is eight times stronger than morphine: "The revolutionary technique involves an injection that can combat serious discomfort for more than three days - 14 times as long as morphine. The substance, which can be injected, appears to have few side effects and works by neutralising the chemical in the body that causes the brain to feel pain."
STUDY: Gaydar is real.
Mark Spitz says he could take Michael Phelps: "I know everything there is to know about how to beat Michael, and he would know how to beat me. We'd probably tie."
90210's Brenda Walsh: Did you miss her?
Barney Frank to review FDIC policy that excludes same-sex couples: "Frank, one of two openly gay members of Congress, is chair of the influential House Financial Services Committee, which oversees legislation and government regulation of the nation’s banks and other financial institutions. 'He will talk to the FDIC to see if they have the authority to do something about this administratively or whether a legislative remedy is needed,' said Steve Adamske, Frank’s press spokesperson."
One of the first Native American tribes to legalize same-sex marriage has a wedding on the way: "The Coquille Indian Tribe on the southern Oregon coast recently adopted a law recognizing same-sex marriage, despite an amendment that Oregon voters approved to the Oregon constitution in 2004 to prohibit gay marriage. As a federally recognized sovereign nation, the tribe is not bound by the Oregon Constitution."
ENDA co-signs DOMA: "A little-discussed provision of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) would allow employers to give health insurance coverage and other benefits to married opposite-sex couples and deny those same benefits to the partners of their gay and lesbian employees who are legally married in Massachusetts and California."
T.R. Knight and Mark Cornelsen offer up some PDA.
Chad Allen joins General Hospital: Night Shift for three episodes Michelle Obama and Colorado first lady Jeanne Ritter use Denver Post editorial to launch 'Delegate Service Day': "With the help of Volunteers of America, Democrats Work and Metro Volunteers, delegates from across the country will volunteer with dozens of community service projects in and around Denver. Volunteers will tackle projects ranging from building houses for veterans, to assembling care packages for troops overseas, to bringing meals to home-bound seniors and cleaning up public parks."
Curious who the new Bachelor is?
Florida town of Ponce de Leon sides with school principal who outed student and went on gay 'witch hunt': "When a high school senior told her principal that students were taunting her for being a lesbian, he told her homosexuality is wrong, outed her to her parents and ordered her to stay away from children. He suspended some of her friends who expressed their outrage by wearing gay pride T-shirts and buttons at Ponce de Leon High School, according to court records. And he asked dozens of students whether they were gay or associated with gay students."
Leaves of grass: Chace Crawford and Ed Westwick have a moment alone.
New Amy Winehouse album influenced by The Wizard of Oz: "And according to a report in the Sun newspaper, the singer has sampled the 'Wicked Witch of the West' in a new track. 'She loves the surreal look, sound and score. One of her new songs heavily samples the theme tune,' a source told the newspaper. 'And the soundtrack and score will be a theme running throughout the record.' The unnamed source described the song as 'really interesting, if a little bizarre,' adding: 'I suppose that’s what you would expect from her at the moment.'"
John Barrowman working on new album called Music Music Music.
Convergence: Intel and Yahoo working to bring the web to television seamlessly with current programming. "TV watchers can access a news story, sports score or weather forecast from the Web by clicking an on-screen icon with the remote control, Intel Senior Vice President Eric Kim said today at the Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco. The software will be given for free to TV-service providers. A drop in the price of computer-processors brought on by increasing competition has sent Intel, the world's largest chipmaker, seeking growth with consumer-electronics devices. For Yahoo, owner of the second most-used Internet search engine, offering content on TV may yield more viewers for its Web ads."
Truth Wins Out launches effort to block Focus on the Family founder James Dobson's induction into the Radio Hall of Fame. Wayne Besen: "It is outrageous and insulting that James Dobson would be nominated for the Radio Hall of Fame. We believe that character counts and nominees should have careers based on honesty and integrity - not discrimination, distorting research and outright lying."
Iran state media Photoshops missile test image to make it seem more impressive.
Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court rules benefits to gay couples following the 2004 marriage decision can't be applied retroactively.
Spotlight on Jennifer Hudson's album cover.
Divorce drama: beefcake GQ cover of Christie Brinkley's husband Peter Cook unearthed from 1981.
California's Kern County rebuffs conservative group, refuses to ban same-sex marriages: " The Campaign for Children and Families hoped the passage of a gay marriage ban in Kern County would embolden other counties to follow suit. But supervisors declined to act on the measure after Bernard Barmann, the county's lawyer, said it would be illegal for the county to adopt its own same-sex marriage ban. The Kern County clerk's office stopped offering all marriage ceremonies on June 15, the day before gay marriage became legal."
What's inside "Just for Men" hair color?
Bermuda man who attacked gay man with a machete gets seven years in prison: "Cooper, 26 – older brother of the murdered Cooper twins – had a history of violent crime and homophobia before he launched the attack on Shawn Nusum, 25, in the early hours of November 15 last year. His Supreme Court trial heard how he had taunted Mr. Nusum, of St. David's on previous occasions over his sexuality, calling him a 'faggot' and similar names. On the night in question, the pair got into a dispute in Club Ovation, Water Street, St. George's, when Cooper taunted Mr. Nusum once again. He later lay in wait for Mr. Nusum, and as he left the premises he hit him about the face with a machete. The victim suffered a fractured nose, jaw and cheekbone. A cut to his left eyebrow has left him unable to raise it, and he will be permanently scarred."
T.R. Knight and Mark Cornelsen take the kids out for a ride.
Michael Jackson arrives in Vegas wearing pyjamas, a dreadlocked wig, a surgeon’s mask, a baseball cap and sunglasses.
A Guide to the Philadelphia Gay and Lesbian Film Festival which kicks off tonight.
Michelle Williams planning Heath Ledger film: "The actress - who was left devastated when her former fiance was found dead in his apartment after an accidental drug overdose in January - wants the actor's friends and co-stars to share their stories on him so little Matilda can see her father through their eyes."
Former gay porn model "Lamar" killed in head-on collision following Chicago's black gay pride celebration.
Lesbian adopted by lover into IBM family fights for share of fortune: "Patricia Spado was adopted by Olive Watson, the daughter of Thomas Watson Jr, in 1991 when the pair were both in their 40s and at a time when gay couples were not allowed civil partnerships. They lived together for 14 years but, a year after the adoption, their relationship ended. Miss Spado, now 60, claims the purpose of the adoption was to allow her to qualify as an heir to Miss Watson's inheritance."