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News: Will Young, National Equality March, Shot Put, Bernie Madoff

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Muslim footballers agree to play Paris gay team: "Bebel director Zahir Belgharbi insisted there had been 'a misunderstanding' and sent out a statement through club lawyer Benedicte Puybasset indicating they were indeed ready "'to play the match'." Background.

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Obama swastika carved into Massachusetts golf course. GOP Tweets clip of Hitler praising Pelosi.


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Rad: Guess who's returning to Broadway?

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Rex Wockner's report on the National Equality March: "The praise for Obama inside HRC's fancy dinner and the denunciations of Obama in the streets of D.C. seemed to unequivocally confirm the split that's emerged in the gay community in the aftermath of the passage of Proposition 8 in California."

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Listen: Michael Jackson's new track "This Is It".

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Girls Gone Wild creator Joe Francis attended National Equality March: "The 'Girls Gone Wild' creator told us, 'With the gay movement, it's personal. The same religious-right [bleep]holes who took away my civil rights and put me in jail for a year because they don't like what I do for a living have taken away gay rights. I know firsthand how it feels to have your civil rights stripped from you.' Francis added, 'P.S., lots of lesbians marched, too.'"

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Taylor Lautner strips for GQ.

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Singer Will Young pregnant in new video.

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Gay Navy veteran Joseph Rocha in the Washington Post: "I even saw "don't ask, don't tell" used against heterosexual female service members who had reported being the victims of sexual assault. If my chief acted on their statements, he would be forced to punish a friend of his, so the easiest way to make the problem go away was to scare the women into silence by saying something like: 'You weren't sexually assaulted by a male in my unit. I hear you're a lesbian.' After all, homosexuals have no rights in our military. You can't sexually assault someone who doesn't exist."

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Male model fix: Joel West.

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100-year-old breaks shot put record in Sydney: "All eyes were on Ruth Frith, from Brisbane, as she arrived for day two of the World Masters Games, hoping to win gold in the shot put and feeling pretty confident as she was the only competitor in the over-100s category. But her 4.07 metre (13 ft 4.2 in) throw on Sunday didn't just win her gold, but also broke a world record."

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Justin Timberlake used to get called "sissy" by the football players.

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Jesus Luz gets $18K for half hour of DJing in Brazil.

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The Obamas and art: demand innovation, not admiration.

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Russian singers and writers call for end to discrimination against gays: "They met after a local official tried to close Moscow's longest-running gay club, Dusha i Telo, where many of the artists have performed. Activist Nikolai Alekseyev, who called the meeting, said it was the first time celebrities had come together publicly to denounce homophobia."

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AIDS cases trending upward in Montana...

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Bernie Madoff in prison brawl.

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Toys"R"Us reprimanded by sixth grade class for gender discrimination: "According to the youngsters, the Toys"R"Us Christmas catalogue featured 'outdated gender roles because boys and girls were shown playing with different types of toys, whereby the boys were portrayed as active and the girls as passive', according to a statement from Ro."


Robert Pattinson Would Like to Make Beautiful Music with Will Young

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Actor Robert Pattinson has said he'd like to duet with UK pop musician Will Young.

Said Pattinson: "Will has a great voice and it would blend really well with mine but I bet he has no idea who I am. But you never know."

Howtobe How to Be, an indie film in which Pattinson plays a struggling musician in London, has been circulating at film festivals over the past year. Pattinson reportedly sings three songs on the CD.

In Will Young news, BBC Radio 1 breakfast show DJ Chris Moyles has been censured by Ofcom for "condoning negative stereotypes of gay people."

Moyles reportedly mocked Young by singing rewritten lyrics to his songs "Evergreen" and "Leave Right Now" on his show:

"The Radio 1 DJ sang the spoof lyrics on Young's birthday, 20 January. They included the words: 'It's my birthday today, gonna wear my new dress tonight. And I smell nice. I've had a shower and I've shaved my legs. Going out later, might go to Nobo for dinner. Oooh Will Young here, mmmh. I'm here, it's Will's birthday and as the years go by I get more very gay.' Other spoof lyrics inserted by Moyles included: 'When you saw me years ago you didn't know, but now I'm the gayest fella you probably know. Mmm, I like to wear a silly hat, I get camper by the hour, oh would you look at the muck in here. I'm Will Young and I'm gay.' In its defence, the BBC said Young was not being ridiculed because of his sexuality, adding that Moyles' remarks were not intended to be hostile or derogatory."

Ofcom felt otherwise, saying Moyles' statements "could have reasonably been interpreted by listeners as promoting and condoning certain negative stereotypes based on sexual orientation."


Will Young a Tender Superhero in 'Let it Go'

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Seeing Brit singer Will Young in this cheesy silver superhero outfit for his new video "Let it Go" made me expect the track and clip to be loud, flashy, and over the top, and then he went and offered up something so beautifully opposite.

Watch it, AFTER THE JUMP...

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News: Clay Aiken, Cleveland, T.R. Knight, Manila, Pink Christmas

road.jpg T.R. Knight to be discharged from Grey's Anatomy? Love life still going strong.

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road.jpg 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.

road.jpg 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."

road.jpg 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."

road.jpg Lesbian and "ex-gay" former partner locked in custody battle for their daughter Isabella.

road.jpg Gay Idaho man who shot and killed his partner has charges reduced from murder to involuntary manslaughter.

Marcus_charlieroad.jpg 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."

road.jpg Newsweek draws fire for article about Bible's pro-gay marriage stance.

road.jpg Is Bush pushing through an eleventh-hour rule that would allow pharmacists to discriminate against gays?

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Cogmanroad.jpg 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."

road.jpg Guardian: UK defended right of Austria to discriminate against gays when it comes to partnership rights and unions.

road.jpg Gay pop star Will Young says coming out lead to his smoking habit.

road.jpg Joseph Kerekes pleads guilty in stabbing death of northeastern Pennsylvania porn producer Brian Kocis.

road.jpg Gay group in Amsterdam planning 'Pink Christmas'. To feature manger with two Marys and two Josephs.

road.jpg Remembering Randy Shilts.

road.jpg 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."


News: Stock Plunge, Dinosaurs, Jetpack, New Hampshire, Paul Newman

road.jpg Bailout REJECTED, stocks plunge!

road.jpg Project Runway saved? NBC wins first round in 'fierce' court battle.

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road.jpg October surprise: a Levi Johnston-Bristol Palin wedding?

road.jpg Does Sarah Palin believe man and dinosaurs existed at the same time? "After conducting a college band and watching Palin deliver a commencement address to a small group of home-schooled students in June 1997, Wasilla resident Philip Munger said, he asked the young mayor about her religious beliefs. Palin told him that 'dinosaurs and humans walked the Earth at the same time,' Munger said. When he asked her about prehistoric fossils and tracks dating back millions of years, Palin said 'she had seen pictures of human footprints inside the tracks,' recalled Munger, who teaches music at the University of Alaska in Anchorage and has regularly criticized Palin in recent years on his liberal political blog, called Progressive Alaska."

Palinroad.jpg Newsweek's Sam Harris on Palin freaknomenon: "The problem, as far as our political process is concerned, is that half the electorate revels in Palin's lack of intellectual qualifications. When it comes to politics, there is a mad love of mediocrity in this country."

road.jpg At Sarah Palin's Ground Zero visit, she accepted and carried with her a book about gay celibate priest Mychal Judge, who was the first recorded death on 9/11.

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road.jpg The New York Times comes out against Proposition 8. Board of Rabbis of Southern California come out against the measure. AP declares battle the War of the Rings.

road.jpg Karen Ocamb: Paul Newman taught me how to clean fish.

road.jpg Brand Beckham smells up New York City.

road.jpg Canadian talk show host Kevin O'Keefe comes out covering series on gay parents: "I figured it's a series on gay parents, and it's for National Coming Out Day. I can't pretend I don't have a vested interest in this topic, so I felt I had to say 'I am gay'."

road.jpg NYT on the current state of being gay in Hollywood: "...for most gay actors, Hollywood is not a warm and fuzzy episode of 'Will & Grace.' Today, it is certainly more acceptable to be openly gay. But these actors must still answer wrenching questions: Just how candid do you want to be? Would you be happy appearing only in comedies, or being pigeonholed as a character actor? And what does the line 'You’re just not right for the role' really mean? Jasika Nicole, 28, an F.B.I. agent on 'Fringe,' a new Fox drama, said that as bigger parts became available, her manager, John Essay, sat her down and asked how public she wanted to be about being a lesbian. Some roles could be lost, he told her, as would some fans."

Sextaperoad.jpg New claim: Britney sex tape for sale.

road.jpg The worst gay person ever performs a session with BBC2.

road.jpg Utah gay rights activist Laura Milliken Gray moving out.

road.jpg GOP candidate with no chance to win quits party in order to dedicate his campaign efforts to passing Proposition 8. Jeff Taylor: "Proposition 8 has always been my main core issue."

road.jpg Apple to make iTunes and iPod accessible to the blind.

road.jpg Barbra Streisand: Is this a democracy or a monarchy???

road.jpg New Hampshire lawmakers to face gay bills upon return to session in January: "Portsmouth Democrat Jim Splaine, who sponsored the state’s winning civil unions law, is now backing a bill to legalize gay marriage. He says winning enough votes will be tough but he thinks the conversation needs to start. Meanwhile, Deputy Republican Leader David Hess is sponsoring a proposed repeal of part of the civil unions law. He wants to strike out the language that recognizes another state’s same sex marriage as a civil union in New Hampshire."

road.jpg Former Real World cast member Dan Renzi interviews former Project Runway contestand Jack Mackenroth.


Pop Singer Will Young: 'I'm the Worst Gay Person Ever'

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Said Young, who came out shortly after winning Pop Idol in 2002: "I'm the worst gay person ever. If [my coming out] helped some people, then great. The thing is though, I never wanted to be in a box. I still don't. I mean, if an issue is prevalent, then I'm happy to make a comment about being gay, middle-class or a singer, whatever. It's not like I'm a big gay campaigner picking up my mantle...I'm growing older and grumpier. Next tour, I'm taking a soapbox and a loudhailer."

Check out the video for Young's latest single "Changes" AFTER THE JUMP...

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