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News: Pedro Zamora, Pakistan, Judy Shepard, Venezuela, Adam Senn

 road18-year-old Seattle man charged with anti-gay hate crime after confrontation on bus followed by attempted robbery.

Zamora  roadFamily in attendance at capacity premiere of MTV biopic about late former Real World housemate and AIDS activist Pedro Zamora. Pictured, Zamora's sister Mily and star Alex Loynaz.

 roadA shirtless Ed Westwick spotted proving he loves women.

 roadGay Pakistani man now living in New York tells Newsweek how a threat forced him out of the closet in Karachi: "He told me to drive again, and as we drove around for what seemed like hours, I had a vague sense that I needed to play his game and find a way to survive this ordeal. He demanded that I admit homosexuality was a sin, and I eventually complied. I also promised to meet him at a hotel the following day, where he would tell me how much money he wanted. He warned me that he had my car's license-plate number, and that he'd track me down if I didn't show."

 roadCiara debuts new video for "Love Sex Magic" with Justin Timberlake.

Wildthing  roadA whole bundle of Wild Things photos now out in the wild...

 roadGQ profile on gay bishop Gene Robinson, Hendrik Hertzberg's New Yorker editorial on Prop 8 victory among nominees for National Magazine Awards.

 roadMuslim cleric Anjem Choudary calls for gays to be stoned to death at London press conference: "'If a man likes another man, it can happen, but if you go on to fulfil your desire, if it is proved, then there is a punishment to follow. You don't stone to death unless there are four eyewitnesses. It is a very stringent procedure. 'There are some people who are attracted to donkeys but that does not mean it is right.'"

 roadThe son of poet Sylvia Plath, who took her own life at 30 by gassing herself in an oven, hanged himself at home after a battle with depression.

Arson  roadGay Missouri man who claimed his businesses were targeted by an arsonist because he's gay is charged with burning the businesses himself: "The fires destroyed the three businesses and investigators said graffiti left at the fire scene initially appeared to support Thornton's claims to media outlets that he was being targeted for his sexual orientation and that the arson was a hate crime. Larson and Smith were charged Thursday following an investigation by Stockton police, the state fire marshal's office and the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms."

 roadAlleged anti-gay attack in Atlanta questioned after surveillance cameras reveal nothing: Atlanta police "not taking stand" on legitimacy of hate crime.

 roadMale model fix: The City's Adam Senn.

Hookies  roadHookies: Even gay hustlers have their own awards show.

 roadFigure skaters getting pulled into a sequined vortex. Johnny Weir: "To be accepted worldwide, American skaters need to understand that excess is necessary. And yes, I take credit for that. I'm a firm believer that if you're a figure skater, you should wear a figure skating costume. You can't just wear all black and skate to Beethoven. There needs to be a story, and you're the storyteller."

 roadLesbian couple boycotts Napa after City Council declines to pass resolution supporting same-sex marriage.

 roadVenezuela's 'Organic Bill for Gender Equality' on fast track: "it would include language allowing 'the union between two people of the same gender' in the form of something she called 'co-inhabiting associations'."

 roadJudy Shepard brings message of need for tolerance to 4,000 professional school counselors in Charlotte, North Carolina.

 roadVancouver Fountainhead Pub assault not likely to be labeled a hate crime because those involved were playing pool together beforehand?: "The victim of the assault, Ritchie Dowie, a father of two, remains in grave condition in hospital with massive head injuries and is not expected to recover. The incident occurred in the Fountainhead Pub on Davie St., March 13, at about 8 p.m. Vancouver’s gay community have labeled the assault a hate crime following allegations that Woodward called Dowie a 'faggot' when he was apprehended by other patrons of the pub following the assault. Woodward’s counsel Joel Whysall said Friday that there was no evidence a hate crime had been committed."

News: Annie Leibovitz, Sydney Shark, Justin Timberlake, Presbyterians

 road Man in sailor suit gay bashed in Seattle's Central District.

 roadAnnie Leibovitz pawns her life work to save finances: "Last fall, Annie Leibovitz, the photographer, borrowed $5 million from a company called Art Capital Group. In December, she borrowed $10.5 million more from the same firm. As collateral, among other items, she used town houses she owns in Greenwich Village, a country house, and something else: the rights to all of her photographs."

Daniels  road USA Today on Mike Penner/Christine Daniels' transgender regret: "It's unfortunate and it's relatively uncommon but certainly not unheard of. The simplest way to think about it is being trans is something that never goes away. ... There's just a fairly constant social pressure to just go back. You don't have to be a genius to understand that society doesn't really accept this."

 roadEmpathy fat: Model/trainer hottie eats for his clients.

 road Colorado same-sex partner benefits bill clears Senate 22-12 despite hideous comments from homophobe state senator Scott Renfroe.

 road Obama's changing health care plan: "The budget -- and I was cautioned that the wording 'is changing hourly' -- will direct Congress to "aim for universality." That is a bolder goal than simple affordability, which can be achieved, at least in theory, through subsidies. Universality means everyone has coverage, not just the ability to access it. And that requires a mechanism to ensure that they seek it.

 road Protestors continue to harass Portland Mayor Sam Adams.

 roadInequality defied in New York.

 road San Francisco Chronicle in danger of closing: "If it can't reduce expenses dramatically within the next few weeks, the Hearst Corp. said it will close or sell the Chronicle, northern California's largest newspaper with a paid weekday circulation of 339,430. Hearst didn't specify a savings target nor a deadline for wringing out the expenses. A Hearst spokesman didn't immediately respond to messages Tuesday. But management made it clear that the cost-cutting will require a significant number of layoffs."

 road Hedi Slimane tackles Courtney Love.

Shark  road Bull shark hooked, freed in Sydney Harbor.

 road GOP poll on domestic partnerships in New Mexico misstates facts: "The poll, commissioned by the state GOP, found that more New Mexicans were in favor of domestic partnerships (47 percent) than opposed (42 percent). But that support fell when individuals were asked a question that erroneously equated domestic partnerships with same-sex marriage, with 52 percent opposing domestic partnerships compared to 42 percent supporting it. That latter poll question specifically misstated how same-sex marriage became state law in two other states, judging from a handout given to reporters."

 road Phoenix is offering their latest single "1901" as a free download on their website.

 roadCiara - Justin Timberlake "Love Sex Magic" track leaks.

Gaga  roadHaus of GaGa: Lady GaGa launches iPhone app.

 roadHugo Chavez record on gay rights lauded by gay leader despite minimal advances in 10 years: "On Feb. 12, Heisler Vaamonde, a long-time LGBT-rights activist known for his allegiance to the Chávez regime, read a prepared statement in front of reporters expressing the Bloc's strong support for the referendum as he argued that equality for gays and lesbians could only be achieved through the Chavista revolution. As he spoke, he was flanked by ten other members of the organization, who wore t-shirts with an image of Chávez and caps emblazoned with a red star."

 road Kathy Griffin scores $2 million memoir deal.

 roadLargest Presbyterian church in Arkansas elects gay deacon: "The largest Presbyterian Church in the state has elected a gay deacon. This comes just a day after the Presbytery of Arkansas votes to allow gays and lesbians to be ordained ministers, elders, and deacons. The Presbyterian denomination nationally, changed the interpretation of the constitution last June."

 roadAustralian Christian group says gays using children as "trophies": "The Australian Christian Lobby (ACL) told the Standing Committee of Law and Justice's inquiry into adoption by same sex couples that children should ideally be raised by a mother and father...The move to legalise adoption by same-sex couples was ideologically driven by gay activists, Mr Shelton said. 'Not content with having discrimination removed, (they) are now pursuing symbolic gains and holding up children as trophies for their own agenda,' he said."

Towleroad Guide to the Tube #396

KEITH OLBERMANN: The MSNBC anchor talks Palin, Prop 8, and pumpkin pie with Martha Stewart. Here's Part Two.

HUGO CHAVEZ: Frontline doc. airing tonight examines Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez.

THE SHAT: Old Captain Kirk reacts to the new Star Trek trailer.

JOE LIEBERMAN: Joe is Keith Olbermann's worst person.

Check out our previous guides to the Tube here.

News: Venezuela, Andy Roddick, Melting Glaciers, Lynne Cheney

road.jpg STUDY: America's youth rejecting Christianity because of hypocrisy and homophobia. "A new book based on research by the California-based research firm The Barna Group found that church attitudes about people in general and gays in particular are driving a negative image of the Christian faith among people ages 16-29. 'The Christian community's ability to take the high road and help to deal with some of the challenges that this (anti-gay) perception represents may be the ... defining response of the Christian church in the next decade,' said David Kinnaman, Barna Group president and author of the book, UnChristian: What a New Generation Really Thinks About Christianity. 'The anti-homosexual perception has now become sort of the Geiger counter of Christians' ability to love and work with people.'"

Blackoutroad.jpg Assessing the disaster that is Britney's album cover art.

road.jpg Venezuela looks ready to outlaw discrimination based on sexual orientation.

road.jpg Three people in Cheney's office reportedly tried to silence MSNBC's Chris Matthews: "I thought on the 10th anniversary it would be good to celebrate the First Amendment, which gives us all our living. We reviewed in brief the remarkable experience of covering the Clinton [scandal] and the defense of the war with Iraq. And the difference in these two cases was that although I was extremely tough on Clinton, there was never any attempt to silence me — whereas there was a concerted effort by [Vice President Cheney’s office] to silence me. It came in the form of three different people calling trying to quiet me."

road.jpg British university student expelled for leaving homophobic comments in a group on Facebook.

road.jpg STUDY: 16,000 couples wed in first year of UK civil partnerships. "London was the area with the highest number of ceremonies, about 4,000, followed by the South-East, which accounted for about 2,700. Today's report also reveals that 10 per cent of the men and almost a quarter of the women involved in a gay wedding were previously married-The average age for males registering a same-sex partnership was 47 and for females nearly 44. The average age gap between partners was eight years for men and six years for women."

road.jpg Elton John bangs balls with Andy Roddick at benefit tournament.

Rickyroad.jpg Ricky Martin receives key to the city of Miami.

road.jpg Fragrance industry sniffing out Madonna.

road.jpg The big melt: Glaciers disappearing from Montana's Glacier National Park "eight years ahead of schedule."

road.jpg Tennessee attorney general Bob Cooper releases opinon to judge saying that the state's constitution presents no barrier to same-sex couples who want to adopt: "In it, Cooper wrote that, under the state constitution, same-sex couples should be eligible to adopt children as long as the court finds the placement to be in the child's best interest. Cooper found the constitution doesn't mention adoption, meaning the process is governed solely by statutes. Tennessee law doesn't require people petitioning for adoption to be married."

road.jpg Lynne Cheney booed on The Daily Show, says terrorist attacks worldwide don't affect American interests.

road.jpg This is a particularly hypnotizing optical illusion.

News: Burma Monks, Ryan Idol, Bloc Party, Swastika, Janet Reno

road.jpg Study: Lack of sleep doubles heart disease death risk.

Vietnamorchidroad.jpg Flower power: cache of new species discovered in "Green Corridor" of Vietnam. "Scientists have discovered 11 new species of plants and animals in Vietnam, including a snake, two butterflies and five orchid varieties, the Worldwide Fund for Nature (WWF) said Wednesday."

road.jpg Protest turns violent as Buddhist monks take to the streets in Burma.

road.jpg Bravo's Andy Cohen checks in with porn legend Ryan Idol, who is about to take the stage as a bathhouse patron in Terrence McNally's The Ritz on Broadway: "I'm focusing on my career right now. I'm 41 and I have that deep desire to have genuine affections for people, whether male or female. Love has different degrees, from genuine affection to the unattainable thing we aspire to of absolute love. It doesn't come often but if you don't have other elements in your life in place you can't have love, so that's why I am focusing on my career. Don't go looking for it, I always say, it will find you when you least expect it."

road.jpg Fury at Colorado State University over F**k Bush editorial.

road.jpg Bloc Party frontman Kele Okereke says the band's next record will be more introspective: "I think with this third record, its very much going to be a record about interior spaces. If 'Weekend In the City' was me complaining about going out and getting f***ed up, I think this is going to be a very intimate record about staying in and discovering aspects of yourself. And not in a grown-up, Coldplay/Snow Patrol way. "[It's to be about] human relationships, on a real kind of primal level. What it means to feel desire and what it means to actually feel close to someone, or what it feels to feel lament -- the passing of closeness between people. It's very much going to be a record about internal relationships."

road.jpg Swastika discovered in New Jersey cornfield: "Investigators found that the most recent swastika appeared to have been hand-cut and covered an area of several acres. 'This should be in the past, and we should have learned from our mistakes, and to bring up something that brings back such awful memories, I think, is disgusting,' said Joe Pica, whose property is one of many that border the fields."

Jhudwhitneyroad.jpg The big H's take the Big Apple: Jennifer Hudson arrives on set for Sex and the City movie. Whitney Houston hails a comeback...

road.jpg Kevin Spacey meets with Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez: "Neither Spacey...nor Chavez spoke to the press after the nearly three-hour encounter in the presidential palace in Caracas. They shook hands warmly on the red carpet as Spacey left after a dinner with Chavez...Chavez has said Venezuela hopes to produce its own films as an alternative to the "cultural imperialism" of Hollywood. Yet, Chavez speaks highly of some Hollywood films. He has also hosted recent visits by stars including Sean Penn and Danny Glover." (video)

road.jpg New York City comptroller William Thompson tests the gay waters at mayoral fundraiser.

road.jpg Janet Reno executive producer on three-disc anthology of music hailing America's history.

Spencer Tunick Celebrates Skin in Caracas


Spencer Tunick convinced 1,500 Venezuelans to disrobe for him in Caracas, Venezuela over the weekend, just the latest in his series of human installations. This time, the freedom from clothing came at the feet of the statue of Simon Bolivar.





Tunick's subjects posed for a knee-crushing two hours. Man I bet it smelled like ass in there. At one point, Tunick became angry at a group of gawkers: "There are some people over there with clothes, get them out of there!"

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