Simon Cowell wants to tear down that bitch of a J Lo house: “‘Simon knows what he wants and as soon as he saw J-Lo’s house, he had to have it,’ our real-estate spy tells us. But it would appear that even Jennifer Lopez’s plush pad simply wasn’t good enough. When it comes to houses, money is no object for Simon so he hasn’t batted an eyelid at spending an extra £3million knocking the place down and rebuilding from scratch. He has certain ideas on what he wants it to look like… and J-Lo’s minimalist approach wasn’t it.”
Gay and straight students mingle at gay-friendly prom in Tracy, California. GSA President Justin Daley: “This was the idea, to have an all-inclusive event. This is what we planned, and this is what we got.” Four TV news stations were reportedly broadcasting from the prom, which was also attended by Assemblyman Lloyd Levine, D-Van Nuys, who gave the kids his full support. Fred Phelps’ Westboro Baptist Church had threatened to picket the prom with their “God Hates Fags” signage, but failed to show.
A trip to clubland in gay Sao Paulo.
Have U.S. Figure Skating officials had it up to here with Johnny Weir?: “Word within skating circles is that the USFSA is hoping to replace Weir as mens representative for the sport with Lysacek, whom they deem more ‘socially acceptable’, regardless of the fact that he is nowhere near the artist or technician that Weir is.”
The Netherlands will not deport gay Iranians, for now, opposing a proposal by Immigration Minister Rita Verdonk to extradite them. Verdonk had suggested that “while gay sex was punishable by death under Islamic law an investigation into the hangings had determined that the pair were hanged not because they were gay but because they had robbed, kidnapped and raped a minor.” The Dutch Parliament strongly urged her to speak with them directly and get their story.
Northwest Airlines now charging $15 extra for aisle and exit row seats.
Canadian Olympian Mark Tewksbury is out with a new memoir, Inside Out : Straight Talk from a Gay Jock, in which he reconciles the athletic side of his persona with the gay activist. He tells the Montreal Mirror: “Someone would come up to me and say, ‘You’re a hero, you’re doing all these amazing things!’ I would walk away, and I would think to myself, ‘Would you still think this if you really knew me?’ I felt very dishonest about the double life I was leading….I see a time when someone in a team sport could come out. I think it will happen, probably in the next five years. When that barrier is first broken, it’ll be a big deal. But by the third time, it will no longer be. In my day, you stayed closeted because you risked losing everything—your coach, your job, your financial backing. In 2006, being gay simply doesn’t mean the same level of public disdain that it did.”