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Towleroad Guide to the Tube #489

PROP 8 CHALLENGE: Keith Olbermann on the lawsuit brought by Ted Olson and David Boies.

DAME EDNA and WANDA SYKES: A very gay Tonight Show.

NEW YORK Mag to BURBERRY: An iconic sign is changed as Mayor declares Burberry Day in NYC.

LADY GAGA: On music, fame, sex, and what she looks for in a man.


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News: Gwen Araujo, Uruguay, Anton Yelchin, Madonna, New Zealand

 roadNeil Patrick Harris to host Tony Awards.

 roadCourt upholds convictions in Gwen Araujo murder case.

Madonna  roadMadonna gets frisky at MET gala.

 roadOne of People's Sexiest Men Alive 2003 tag-teamed by a gay escort and a dominatrix?

 roadPro-gay judge Carlos Moreno added to Obama Supreme Court justice shortlist.


 roadUruguay to lift military gay ban: "The defense ministry confirms that Minister Jose Bayardi has signed a decree lifting the ban imposed by the 1973-85 military dictatorship. The army said Wednesday it has received the decree, which has yet to be signed by President Tabare Vazquez."

 roadCourt: Florida must recognize adoptions by same-sex couples granted in other states.

 roadBill O'Reilly on same-sex marriage in 2002: "Look, I couldn't care less, to tell you the truth.... You want to get married? Knock yourself out. Go to Vegas. Have a good time. If you can get that changed, I'm not going to jump up and down and say I think it's wrong, because I don't."

 roadNOM telling its minions to vote "no" on New Jersey lawmaker's marriage equality poll. Vote yes.


Yelchin  roadStar Trek's new Pavel Chekov gets a Vman profile.

 roadEquality California opens Inland-area office: "Equality California is also adding field-organizing offices in Fresno, San Diego, Orange County and Sacramento, and hopes to open one in Palm Springs. It now has locations only in San Francisco and Los Angeles, along with a legislative office in Sacramento. The number of staff members who will focus entirely or primarily on marriage-related issues will skyrocket from 2 to 25 people."

 roadBritish Apprentice contestants rebrand seaside town of Margate into gay resort destination.

 roadMan saves kangaroo from shark-infested ocean. Surgeon saves frog from lawn mower!

 roadAuckland, New Zealand police looking for man deliberately infecting young men with HIV: "He targets young and vulnerable guys. He makes them feel special and tells them that he loves them. They feel they love him. They become besotted with him. He develops a grip on them. He cuts them off from their family and friends." 

 roadMariah Carey as a frump.

Hitchens roadChristopher Hitchens on Wanda Sykes' White House Correspondents Dinner performance: "The president should be squirming in his seat. Not smiling. The black dyke got it wrong. No one told her the rules."

 roadGreater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation unveils gay-inclusive ad campaign: “Dear guys who like guys and girls who like girls ... We’re into that in Philly. In fact, we have a place affectionately referred to as the Gayborhood. Heck, our street signs even shout, ‘We love everyone — gay, straight and not exactly sure.’ So come hang out with us and bring your favorite guy or girl. It’ll be fabulous.”

 road$10,000: Carson Kressley unfairly targeted for appearance fee at Australian bushfire charity event?

 roadEW: Ryan Seacrest, end your gay-baiting banter. "This season, however, has been mercifully light on ''Ewww! You're a homo!'' back-and-forth. That is, until (Tuesday) night, when during a discussion of Danny Gokey's boogie moves, Ryan tried to score a laugh by declaring, 'I love it when Simon criticizes dancing. Randy, we've seen [Simon] dance in Vegas in those heels he wears. Not really a lot of rhythm.' Really, Ryan? In 2009, you're still courting Emmy nominations as Best Reality-Show host by using tired cross-dressing barbs"


Wanda Sykes and Her Wife Alex Have Twins

SykesPeople reports that on April 27, Wanda Sykes and her wife Alex welcomed twins:

"Daughter Olivia Lou weighed in at 6 lbs., 7 oz., and was 19-inches long. Son Lucas Claude debuted at 7 lbs., 9 oz., and was 20-inches long. The comedian's wife gave birth to the babies."


Wanda Sykes Roasts Obama, Rips Limbaugh at Correspondents' Dinner

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Wanda Sykes hits Obama, Biden, Pelosi, Bush, Palin, Michelle Obama, McCain, and Sean Hannity in her remarks at the White House Correspondents' Dinner on Saturday.

Sykes tore into Rush Limbaugh: "I think Rush Limbaugh was the 10th hijacker but he was so strung out on OxyContin he missed his flight. Rush Limbaugh. 'I hope the country fails.' I hope his kidneys fail. How about that? He needs a good waterboarding. That's what he needs."

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News: Wanda Sykes, Mercy, PETA, Kara GioGuardi, Banksy


 roadTony Dungy, anti-gay former head of the Indianapolis Colts, is asked to serve on Obama's Advisory Council on Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships.

Banksybill roadMan pays for car wash with Banksy bill: "This chap gave us the note and said 'keep the change - it's worth a lot more than ten pounds!'."

 roadFirst photo of Mercy as paparazzi trails Madonna in Malawi.

 road"A fuller answer is needed.": The SF Chronicle on the case of Shirley Tan and Jay Mercado and the need for the Uniting American Families Act to pass.

 roadNo fooling: DVD-quality workprint of X-Men: Wolverine leaks to the internet.

 roadPedroPedro airs tonight.

 roadMelbourne Catholic Archdiocese denies it is "testing" prospective priests for homosexuality.

 roadWanda Sykes gets new show on Fox: "The Sykes show, which is expected to launch in the fall, would fill the void left by the recently canceled sketch series 'MadTV.' Hourlong show would air at 11 p.m. According to Broadcasting & Cable, which first broke the news, the Sykes skein would look more like a panel series similar to Bill Maher's HBO show, as opposed to a regular talker. Beyond the topical panel discussions, the series also will follow Sykes as she shoots field segments."

Statham  roadJason Statham cools off in Malibu.

 roadJoe the Plumber still doesn't know crap about anything.

 roadYoung and the Restless actress Clementine Ford and Broadway's Hair star Gavin Creel both say: "I'm gay."

 roadEndangered wildlife "camera traps" will soon tie in to Google Earth: "Cameras equipped with infrared triggers, known as camera traps, are used to identify, count and observe larger mammals in isolated areas. Now researchers from Earthwatch are adding the latest images from their camera traps in Ecuador's cloud forests to Google Earth. They hope to raise awareness of endangered species, encouraging donations and attracting tourists to the region to support conservation efforts."


 roadHow 'bout some beefy Mehcad Brooks?

 roadGroup to train LGBT people in civil disobedience.

 roadJudge allows Lawrence King's teen killer Brandon McInerney to attend his father's funeral: "Ventura County Superior Court Judge James Cloninger ruled Monday that Brandon McInerney can temporarily leave juvenile hall for the funeral. The date for the private family service hasn't been disclosed."

 roadPETA puts Cloris Leachman in cabbage.

Cytwombly roadWho knew that filmmaker John Waters is a fan of the often inscrutable fine art doodler Cy Twombly?

 roadStash of gay porn magazines causes fuss at Aberdeen, UK City Council office: "I have taken the liberty of removing these and they are available in my office to be collected should the owner wish to do so."

 road"Broken record": American Idol judge Kara GioGuardi hit by audience backlash. What you didn't see...

 roadGay indie artist Chris Garneau set to release second album.

 roadSoap opera Home and Away's lesbian kiss causes stir in Australia: "About 20 people gathered in Melbourne's Federation Square for a mass 'kiss-off' as the episode went to air on Tuesday night, despite an announcement by broadcaster Channel Seven that the programme would be shown in its entirety."


News: Israel, Barack Obama, Pet Shop Boys, Harry Connick Jr.

 roadTime magazine: Is it time to end marriage?

Bubbles  roadLady GaGa breaks out the bubbly in San Diego.

 roadGay Israeli couple offered "maternity leave" for first time: "Yonatan Gher, director of Jerusalem's nonprofit Open House Pride and Tolerance organization, has received institute approval of a 64-day leave from work on the occasion of the birth of his biological son, born of a surrogate mother in India. His partner of seven years commenced formal adoption procedures, so that the child will be formally recognized as his as well."

 roadHarry Connick Jr. lets it all hang out.

 roadOur Towleroad correspondents Josh & Josh make the NYT and show how time can be well-spent during a recession.

 roadSanta Clara County, California sees "surge" in anti-gay hate crimes: "Anti-gay incidents accounted for more than half of hate-crime cases last year — 56 percent — a big jump from only 15 percent in 2007. There were 14 anti-gay cases out of 25 hate-crime cases in 2008, compared with only 3 out of 20 in 2007."

 roadThe Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles are a bunch of Proud Marys.

Rbar roadHard times shutter gay nightclub R-Bar in Vallejo, California.

 roadBurundi restores bid to criminalize homosexuality: "Senators last month voted through a draft criminal code law that abolished the death penalty but they rejected an amendment that would make homosexuality punishable by a jail sentence of up to two years. The lower house National Assembly reinstated that clause to the draft on Friday."

 roadNBC's Kings warps the Biblical tale of Jonathan and David in an anti-gay way.

 roadTimes are bad but likely worse for the homeless, runaway, and at-risk LGBTQ youth that go to the Ruth Ellis Center in Detroit 11,000 times a year. We hear that the center is facing some hard times right now (as many people are) but if you're looking for somewhere you might direct your philanthropy you might want to find out more about it.

 roadWanda Sykes wants to send Rush Limbaugh's big ass to Guantanamo Bay.

 roadMatt Damon takes on rugby role in new film.

Quinn  roadWhite House gives New York City Council speaker Christine Quinn an easy out from the city's anti-gay St. Patty's Day parade: "Quinn is one of the very few New York electeds who has been invited to President Barack Obama’s White House Saint Patrick’s Day party."

 roadSarah Palin's war on wildlife continues.

 roadThe Rochester cops that are suing the city of Rochester over the gay bashing incident don't want city lawyers to defend them, obviously.

 roadThe Guardian's Music Weekly Extra talks to the Pet Shop Boys. And the BBC spends five minutes with the pair.

 roadRyan Gosling offers two looks in new photo shoot: cute puppy and scary doll.

 roadPost-Wright: Obama's circle of 5 pastors. "All are men, two of them white and three black — including the Rev. Otis Moss Jr., a graying lion of the civil rights movement. Two, the entrepreneurial dynamos Bishop T. D. Jakes and the Rev. Kirbyjon H. Caldwell, also served as occasional spiritual advisers to President George W. Bush. Another, the Rev. Jim Wallis, leans left on some issues, like military intervention and poverty programs, but opposes abortion. None of these pastors are affiliated with the religious right, though several are quite conservative theologically. One of them, the Rev. Joel C. Hunter, the pastor of a conservative megachurch in Florida, was branded a turncoat by some leaders of the Christian right when he began to speak out on the need to stop global warming."


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