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UCLA Undie Run: Do You Want to Tickle His Elmo?

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Mike Rose of the L.A. Times interviews UCLA co-eds at the tri-annual Undie Run (where students blow off steam from finals by running through the streets in their underwear) about who they are wearing.

Slurs this gent: "This, right, here, it's Elmo baby. You know, I think this is a happy place and Elmo's a happy guy. You know, I haven't [asked anybody to tickle my Elmo] yet. Do you want to tickle my Elmo?"

Watch it, AFTER THE JUMP...

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News: Susan Boyle, Washington, Timothy Dolan, Tennessee, Cuba

 roadWashington State legislature passes Domestic Partnerships: "The Democratic-controlled House approved the Senate-passed measure on a mostly party-line 62-35 vote after nearly two hours of debate. It next goes to Gov. Chris Gregoire, who said she will sign it into law." But that may not happen.....

Boyle  roadBritain's Got Talent's Susan Boyle on The Early Show!

 roadIllinois Governor says he expects state will have civil unions.

 roadOverheard: UCLA's Lacrosse team pep talk - "Let’s go get those f***ing faggots! Besides … they’ve got blacks too.

 roadUgandan government: Unicef, Amnesty International "promoting homosexuality" in Uganda. "Ethics and integrity minister Dr. James Nsaba Buturo, in a hard-hitting statement to Parliament, also implicated Human Rights Watch, Frontline Human Rights Defenders and East Horn of Africa Human Rights in the 'racket'.  The organisations, Buturo said, were working with local groups which depend on them for funding, to spread homosexuality in the local population."

 roadA shockingly gaunt Patrick Swayze fights on in cancer battle...

 roadOcto-mommy wants to trademark 'Octo' name. Is NEVER GOING AWAY.

Dolan  roadNew York's new Archbishop Timothy Dolan on same-sex marriage: "Dolan said he would challenge any efforts to legalize same-sex marriage in New York, but insisted that his position was not anti-gay. 'We love them,' he said of gays and lesbians. 'We would defend their rights.' However, marriage must remain as it always has been, between one man and one woman, he said. 'If we let that definition of marriage go and begin to include other relationships, it will be to a detriment to the civilization,' he said."

 roadMichael Savage warns of "rogue homosexual elements within Homeland Security."

 roadWaPo talks to Lambda Legal Attorney Camilla Taylor about the Iowa marriage victory: "Some people involved in gay rights efforts tried to tell Taylor she was wasting her time. Iowa was, they told her, a conservative, religious state in America's rural heartland, and the effort was better concentrated on the more liberal coasts. 'There were many people telling us we were crazy,' she said, 'that we were foolhardy even thinking of filing a case, and that we might create a backlash.'"

 roadGay leaders inspired by renewed access to the President.

Ronaldo  roadCristiano Ronaldo is a winner.

 roadNewt Gingrich pushing Rudy Giuliani to run for New York governor: "While Giuliani didn't discuss his 2010 political intentions directly, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) explicitly called on Giuliani to run for governor and for former GOP Gov. George Pataki to run for Senate."

 roadUVA students plan vigil in response to the recent gay bashing of two men there.

 roadCancer could soon be detectable in a single drop of blood: "New technology that allows cancer proteins to be analysed in tiny samples could spell the end of surgical biopsies, which involve removing lumps of tissue, often under general anaesthetic."

 roadObama cracks door to Cuba.

 roadStudents and parents want Tennessee public schools to stop blocking access to LGBT websites: "They complained to the American Civil Liberties Union, which on Wednesday gave Metro and Knox County schools an April 29 deadline to announce plans to open access to the non-sexual sites. A letter to the districts threatened lawsuits if they don't comply."


News: NSA Wiretapping, Lee Hazlewood, Mars Probe, Kurt Russell

road.jpg Iran newspaper banned for interviewing gay activist. PAPER: "We had an article which was an interview with an expatriate writer. They said she had moral problems, they say she is homosexual and promotes that in her weblog. But we talked to her as a poet."

Paul_james_2road.jpg AfterElton interviews Paul James, who plays gay teen Calvin on the hit ABC Family series Greek: "My parents are very great people. My dad grew up in Alabama, in the Civil Rights movement, and so there just wasn't any tolerance for bigotry in the house at all. And then I went to college and I majored in theater and was around a lot of gay and lesbian people. Everyone was shocked at first, [because] you know in high school you weren't really around that. But you just realize that they're the same people as you are. It probably comes from being black, too. You hear people discriminate against gay people, you can just replace gay with black and go back 30 or 40 years and it's the same thing."

road.jpg Singer/songwriter Lee Hazlewood dies at 78 after battle with cancer. Wrote Nancy Sinatra hit "These Boots are Made for Walkin'" and many others.

road.jpg Arjan previews a new single from Ari Gold: "Where The Music Takes You".

road.jpg Bush signs legislation expanding right to eavesdrop on American citizens: "Congressional aides and others familiar with the details of the law said that its impact went far beyond the small fixes that administration officials had said were needed to gather information about foreign terrorists. They said seemingly subtle changes in legislative language would sharply alter the legal limits on the government’s ability to monitor millions of phone calls and e-mail messages going in and out of the United States."

Warholbanksyroad.jpg Warhol vs. Banksy to open in London.

road.jpg French President Nicolas Sarkozy not happy to be photographed by Associated Press photographers while vacationing at New Hampshire lake: "'He was happy and smiling and he waved at the security people as he was coming out,' [photographer Jim] Cole said of the president. 'And then he noticed us taking pictures and his happy demeanor diminished immediately.' The men said they watched through their lenses as Sarkozy pointed toward them and his boat began moving in their direction. Coming alongside Cole's boat, Sarkozy, clad only in swim trunks, jumped aboard and began shouting at them. 'The president was very agitated, speaking French at a loud volume very rapidly,' [freelancer Vince] DeWitt said."

road.jpg UCLA releases independent investigator's report on student tasering incident.

road.jpg Kurt Russell in his birthday suit.

Marsproberoad.jpg Space probe on its way to Mars: "If all goes as planned — a big if considering only five of the world's 15 attempts to land on Mars have succeeded — the spacecraft will set down on the Martian Arctic plains on May 25, 2008, and spend three months scooping up soil and ice, analyzing the samples in minuscule ovens and mixing bowls. The Phoenix Mars Lander won't be looking for evidence of life on Mars but rather traces of organic compounds in the baked and moistened samples, which would be a possible indicator of conditions favorable for life, either now or once upon a time."

road.jpg Now that's butch: Gay sports bar "Nellie's" opens in D.C.

road.jpg Newsweek interviews gay historian and professor John D’Emilio about the August 9 Forum on LGBT issues, aka the "gay debate": "They’ll be up on the stage for [two hours] articulating their stands on gay issues. What will they actually say? Are they trying to not antagonize anyone? Are they trying to carve out a really clear position? Who are they trying to appeal to in their statements? Are they trying to appeal to the gay audience or are they trying to appeal to the non-gay audience? No matter what their position, I think that candidates who waffle will really be hurt in the gay community." And more on the candidates' lip service.

road.jpg Roseanne Barr has blogorrhea: "Barbara Walters is well over one hundred years old now. She is all head, like joan rivers. I am only at the pee in your pants stage of old ladyism, but look forward to having a huge head in the future."

road.jpg Tragic Indiana case illustrates discrimination gays face in visitation rights.

road.jpg Southern Christian Leadership Conference to honor disgraced dogfighting football pro Michael Vick at annual convention: "We will recognize Vick for being an outstanding human being. We will work with anyone who opens their heart and arms to us." (americablog) And in related news, buy your dog a Michael Vick chew toy.


UCLA Undie Run, Now with More School Spirit

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Last week, UCLA held its end-of-finals "Undie Run" wherein 5,000 wild and crazy students put on undies and make a mad dash through the campus.

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This time, fashion label Go Softwear put together a team of UCLA men to do their dash in custom-made undies in school colors.

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They were joined by a band, a gorilla, and at least one woman, after the jump...

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Arkansas Bill Banning Gay Adoption Dies in Committee

A bill that would have banned gay people and unmarried couples from adopting children or becoming foster parents that had passed a Senate vote by 20-7, failed in a voice vote in the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday.

Arkansas"The bill is a response to a June 2006 state Supreme Court decision upholding a lower court ruling that struck down a state regulation banning gays from becoming foster parents. Pulaski County Circuit Judge Timothy Fox ruled in December 2004 that in imposing the ban the state Child Welfare Review Board overstepped the authority granted by the Legislature. After the ruling, the state stopped asking prospective foster parents about their sexual orientation. [The bill's sponsor Sen. Shawn Womack, R-Mountain Home] testified Tuesday his bill would not be unconstitutional."

WomackAn "expert" licensed counselor who argued that gays cannot provide a stable environment was brought in and challenged by Rep. Kathy Webb, D-Little Rock, who asked if he had read research from the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Psychiatric Association that argues just the opposite.

In response, the counselor said that it was hard to get an opinion from either side that wasn't biased.

Said Womack, in response to the bill's failure: "I suspect a lot of (lawmakers) will get phone calls over the next few days, and a lot of House members will be upset that they didn't get a chance to vote on this."

The Williams Institute at the UCLA Law School released the results of a study yesterday that said banning adoptions by gay and lesbian couples would cost the U.S. foster care system $130,000,000. (PDF)

$130 million per year.

Why will it cost so much? Dan Savage explains: "Because there are already half a million children in foster care right now, and 100,000 children waiting to be adopted. Gays and lesbians are often willing to adopt children that same-sex couples are not: older children, infants with HIV, children with drug and alcohol exposure. Remove same-sex couples from the pool of potential adoptive parents and more children will remain in foster care longer. Some will remain in foster care forever."


Gay Couple Donates $1 Million, Establishes Gay Law Chair at UCLA

John McDonald and Rob Wright, a gay couple known in Los Angeles for their generous gifts to the city's Gay & Lesbian Center, have donated more than $1 million to the UCLA law school to establish the nation's "first endowed academic chair in sexual orientation law" according to the L.A. Times:

Wrightmcdonald"The cash gift...will help fund the research of a still-to-be-named professor at UCLA Law School's Williams Institute on Sexual Orientation Law and Public Policy. That 5-year-old think tank investigates such topics as anti-homosexual discrimination, the impact of the military's 'don't ask, don't tell' policies and the demographics of same-sex couples who have adopted children."

Said McDonald: "This is going to support legal scholarship, legal research and education that covers a whole area so fundamental to creating change. We just think this is one of the best things we've ever done."

McDonald, a graduate of UCLA, and Wright have been together for 25 years, are registered domestic partners in the state, and say they plan to marry "instantly" should it become legal in California.


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