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04/19/2007


Tyson Beckford: If I Were Gay, I'd be Obama's Power Top

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Male supermodel Tyson Beckford made an visit to Andy Cohen's Watch What Happens Live late Thursday night, stripped to his jeans, and answered a caller who asked, "If you had to spend the night with a man, who would it be and why?'"

"Well I don't actually go that way ... but I noticed a lot of people think I do. You know what, if I'm [gonna] do it, I'd go for Obama. If I got with him, I could run the country. If I was that way - Obama. Yeah, I'd be the one in control. That's if I was that way. Who you gonna go for Will Smith, somebody pretty like that? Not to say Obama's not pretty. I'd go straight for Obama because you got power there. Yeah. You could run red lights. You could just wild out."

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

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road.jpg San Diego firefighters testify in suit against San Diego over being forced to take part in Gay Pride parade: "I felt like I was close to being in an X-rated event. I was ashamed to wear my uniform that day."

Hirschroad.jpg Emile Hirsch talks to Nylon about Milk: "I just had such a wonderful time. it’s such a great ensemble. Speed Racer was such a highly controlled performance environment that I found, honestly, a little frustrating at times just because it’s so hard when you’re on the green screen and it’s all about, ‘Bat this eyelash a little bit here.’ On Milk, it was just a free-for-all and we were all going nuts."

road.jpg The odd lies of Sarah Palin.

road.jpg New York Senate Minority Leader Malcolm Smith sidesteps question about how he'll approach same-sex marriage if he becomes Majority Leader: "It's a good question. But I'd rather wait to see what seats I have, you know, who are my members, and at that time, then we can talk."

road.jpg True Blood: HBO picks up Alan Ball vampire drama for another year.

road.jpg Closeted California Rep. David Dreier runs from Michelangelo Signorile at the Republican Convention - VIDEO.

road.jpg Field Poll: Same-sex marriage ban trailing in California. "The Field Poll of 830 likely voters found that the share of the electorate backing Proposition 8 fell during the last two months, with 38 percent of those surveyed saying they intend to vote for the measure compared to 42 percent in early July. Opposition to Proposition 8 increased during the same period, the poll found. A solid majority of the likely voters—55 percent—said they would vote against the same-sex marriage ban, compared to the 51 percent who opposed the initiative in the July poll."

Frank_kamenyroad.jpg Frank Kameny Papers archive opens at Library of Congress: "Kameny is credited with playing a lead role in launching the modern U.S. gay civil rights movement in the early 1960s after government officials discovered he was gay and fired him from his job as an astronomer with the Army Map Service. According to a Library of Congress index of the Kameny archives, highlights include papers related to the American Psychiatric Association’s 1973 removal of homosexuality from its list of mental disorders and the landmark 1974 federal decision to grant an openly gay man a Pentagon security clearance. Also among the archives are materials Kameny used in marches and protests from 1965–1969."

Tysonroad.jpg Tyson Beckford unzips for charity.

road.jpg Brazil in the Hamptons...

road.jpg Simon Cowell recruits Ms. Spears for X-Factor.

road.jpg NYC: Will Chelsea's Food Bar live again?

road.jpg Like father, like son: Ryan and Redmond O'Neil arrested on meth charge.

Breachroad.jpg Song: Whales heard in great numbers in New York Harbor and off Fire Island. "Not just a few, either. Right whales were migrating past the microphones during all three months. Not just right whales, either. Humpbacks were also passing by, and fin whales appear to be residing in the area. 'We basically have fin whale singers basically 24/7 off New York Harbor,' Dr. Clark said. 'That was a surprise.'"

road.jpg Researchers say poor mental and sexual health of gays a result of internalized "homonegativity".

road.jpg Fresno State Hate: Foes of marriage equality are taking their battle to college football games, apparently.

road.jpg Kentucky appeals court issues shameful ruling barring lesbians from adopting as stepparents: "In a 62-page ruling issued Friday about the case, the court said that with a 'wink-wink' and a 'nod-nod,' Family Court Judge Eleanore Garber and lawyers for a lesbian couple ignored those laws. And as many as three or four family court judges in Jefferson County may have allowed such adoptions, the opinion said."

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Tysonroad.jpg Tyson shows off his tatts.

road.jpg Broadway's Wicked coming to the big screen.

road.jpg Chris Evans to answer questions at San Diego's Comic-Con.

road.jpg First openly gay leader of a national labor union elected: "New York based United Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten has been elected to succeed Edward McElroy as President of the American Federation of Teachers...Weingarten served for 10 years as UFT head and under her tenure she negotiated a 43 percent increase in educator salaries and helped organize 28,000 home childcare workers."

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road.jpg North Carolina Family Policy Council supports bullying of LGBT kids in schools...

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Tyson Beckford and Anthony Gallo Beef Up Dsquared2 Milan Show

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Tyson Beckford and Anthony Gallo (who also appears in Rihanna's "Take a Bow" video) showed off some flesh on the runway in Milan for Dan and Dean Caten of Dsquared2.

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In related news, that bear of a model from the Vivienne Westwood show I featured yesterday has been identified. He's "Sergio Lo Re, an actor and bodyguard. He's signed with New Faces Models/Actors in Milan."

One more shot of Tyson, and the designers and models "take a bow," AFTER THE JUMP...

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