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Monday, February 28, 2005

New legislation would repeal Don't Ask, Don't Tell

Congress has announced new legislation that would repeal "Don't Ask, Don't Tell." After yesterday's news regarding how much money the...[Date: 25-Feb-05 ]

New legislation would repeal Don't Ask, Don't Tell

Congress has announced new legislation that would repeal "Don't Ask, Don't Tell." After yesterday's news regarding how much money the...[Date: 25-Feb-05 ]

New legislation would repeal Don't Ask, Don't Tell

Congress has announced new legislation that would repeal "Don't Ask, Don't Tell." After yesterday's news regarding how much money the...[Date: 25-Feb-05 ]

New legislation would repeal Don't Ask, Don't Tell

Congress has announced new legislation that would repeal "Don't Ask, Don't Tell." After yesterday's news regarding how much money the...[Date: 25-Feb-05 ]

The Roundup

U.S.: Lesbian Denise Fairchild voted against Ohio's gay marriage ban last year, but is more than happy to use it...[Date: 25-Feb-05 ]

The Roundup

U.S.: Lesbian Denise Fairchild voted against Ohio's gay marriage ban last year, but is more than happy to use it...[Date: 25-Feb-05 ]

The Roundup

U.S.: Lesbian Denise Fairchild voted against Ohio's gay marriage ban last year, but is more than happy to use it...[Date: 25-Feb-05 ]

The Roundup

U.S.: Lesbian Denise Fairchild voted against Ohio's gay marriage ban last year, but is more than happy to use it...[Date: 25-Feb-05 ]

The Roundup

U.S.: Lesbian Denise Fairchild voted against Ohio's gay marriage ban last year, but is more than happy to use it...[Date: 25-Feb-05 ]

The Roundup

U.S.: Lesbian Denise Fairchild voted against Ohio's gay marriage ban last year, but is more than happy to use it...[Date: 25-Feb-05 ]

Sunday, February 27, 2005

Judas Priest gay metalhead Rob Halford on Angel of Retribution, metal and sexuality

Rob Halford, the frontman for heavy metal's Judas Priest, is proud that he'll be remembered as the first metalhead...[Date: 25-Feb-05 ]

Goodbye Queer Eye: Australia cancels their series

Australia's 2005 TV ratings war claimed its first victim and it's none other than the Australian version of "Queer...[Date: 25-Feb-05 ]

Jerusalem police may cancel World Pride

Jerusalem police may cancel World Pride 2005 claiming they'll be overburned by the unilateral withdrawal from the Gaza Strip...[Date: 25-Feb-05 ]

Lesbian marriages, born of a legal loophole, stir debate in India

Raju and Mala are among three lesbian couples making headlines in India by publicly declaring their relationships and calling...[Date: 25-Feb-05 ]

Connecticut saying no to gay marriage, yes to civil unions

Connecticut moved one more step closer today to granting gay and lesbian couples many of the same rights as married...[Date: 25-Feb-05 ]

Jay McCarroll wins Project Runway

While Jay McCarroll has been our Project Runway personal favorite from day one, we must admit we didn't think...[Date: 24-Feb-05 ]

Jay McCarroll wins Project Runway

While Jay McCarroll has been our Project Runway personal favorite from day one, we must admit we didn't think...[Date: 24-Feb-05 ]

Austin Scarlett's runway show was merely a decoy

Remember when our spy told us all about the Project Runway finale and we even scored some runway photos...[Date: 24-Feb-05 ]

Paris Hilton topless lesbian pics hit the internet

We've been trying to ignore it, but now topless pictures of Paris Hilton with MTV star Eglantina Zingg have...[Date: 24-Feb-05 ]

Eden Riegel and her lesbian alter-ego leave All My Children

Eden Riegel's groundbreaking, 4½-year run as lesbian Bianca Montgomery on "All My Children" is coming to an end, as...[Date: 24-Feb-05 ]

Saturday, February 26, 2005

Maya Keyes and girlfriend Bria Murray talk about growing up fundamentalist

They met through an online friend, and have been close ever since. Maya Marcel-Keyes, daughter of conservative politician Alan...[Date: 24-Feb-05 ]

Gamal Turawa talks about being a gay, black cop

British police officer Gamal Turawa says it isn't easy to be black, gay and a cop. Wherever he goes,...[Date: 24-Feb-05 ]

Don't Ask, Don't Tell costs U.S. $200M over 10 years

The U.S. military has spent more than $200 million of your dollars to recruit and train personnel to replace troops...[Date: 24-Feb-05 ]

Don't Ask, Don't Tell costs U.S. $200M over 10 years

The U.S. military has spent more than $200 million of your dollars to recruit and train personnel to replace troops...[Date: 24-Feb-05 ]

Ad links AARP to gay marriage in attempt to discredit them

A conservative group is attacking the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) over its stance on Social Security so they...[Date: 24-Feb-05 ]

The Roundup

USA: Aaron Price shouted homophobic slurs and epithets at Gregory Love, pictured, before cracking Love's skull with a baseball...[Date: 24-Feb-05 ]

The Roundup

USA: Aaron Price shouted homophobic slurs and epithets at Gregory Love, pictured, before cracking Love's skull with a baseball...[Date: 24-Feb-05 ]

Massachusetts Supremes to hear 1913 law challenge

Massachusetts' Supreme Judicial Court agreed in late January to hear a challenge to the 1913 law being used to...[Date: 24-Feb-05 ]

Sandra Bernhard takes on Oscar, The L Word and more

Sandra Bernhard will be doing something special on the WE Channel on Oscar night, according to Liz Smith. As...[Date: 24-Feb-05 ]

Michael Musto and RuPaul do porn

Michael Musto (shown) is appearing in porn, and we're admittedly grateful that he's keeping his clothes on. He just...[Date: 24-Feb-05 ]

Friday, February 25, 2005

Michael Musto and RuPaul do porn

Michael Musto (shown) is appearing in porn, and we're admittedly grateful that he's keeping his clothes on. He just...[Date: 24-Feb-05 ]

Mianne Bagger makes European tour debut in Australia tomorrow

It's almost here. Mianne Bagger, the transsexual Danish-born Australian resident who has taken the world golfing scene by storm,...[Date: 24-Feb-05 ]

Geneva registers its first gay divorces

They're saying the honeymoon is over in Geneva, but the numbers tell us otherwise. While 269 couples took advantage...[Date: 24-Feb-05 ]

Penn students debate the meaning of queer

At last night's University of Pennsylvania LGBT event, English professor Heather Love, focused the discussion on the history of...[Date: 24-Feb-05 ]

eHarmony.com linked to conservative religious agenda

Naturally, we much prefer Queer Day Personals, but perhaps those of you who've explored eHarmony.com have wondered why there...[Date: 23-Feb-05 ]

Gender benders strut their stuff at Washington state universities

"Life has not been lived until you've bent your gender," declared Mark Finley, Seattle's seven-foot drag queen with a...[Date: 23-Feb-05 ]

Hedwig goes Korean with Cho Seung-woo as star

Korea is taking the wig down from the shelf and Cho Seung-woo will play Hedwig herself. Cho will star...[Date: 23-Feb-05 ]

Pope calls gay marriage 'a new ideology of evil'

Gay marriage is part of "a new ideology of evil" that is insidiously threatening society, Pope John Paul says...[Date: 23-Feb-05 ]

Americans flooding Canada with homophobic letters

Bob MacCready's written to Canadian Liberal MPs who support allowing gays to marry, telling them he thinks it's against God's...[Date: 23-Feb-05 ]

Thursday, February 24, 2005

Candy Atherton denies asking for gay dirt on her gay rival

A befuddled looking Candy Atherton, pictured, the Labour MP accused of trying to dig up dirt on her gay...[Date: 23-Feb-05 ]

Karen Hunter's book Gay Priest and the Woman Who Loves Her

Author Karen Hunter and her partner, the Reverend Pat Gallagher, share a home in East Haddam, Connecitcut with a picture...[Date: 23-Feb-05 ]

The Roundup

USA: While the battle for a Arizona state constitutional amendment continues, State Representative Kyrsten Sinema has proposed a measure to...[Date: 23-Feb-05 ]

The Roundup

USA: Students at the University of New Hampshire are taking a stand against a Red Cross policy that bans gay...[Date: 23-Feb-05 ]

Ben Affleck and others come out for gay loved ones

Stars and their queer loved ones are coming out to support PFLAG's new "Stay Close" campaign (Stay close, because...[Date: 23-Feb-05 ]

Ben Affleck and others come out for gay loved ones

Stars and their queer loved ones are coming out to support PFLAG's new "Stay Close" campaign (Stay close, because...[Date: 23-Feb-05 ]

RuPaul is a doll

Integrity Toys will be releasing three different versions of the RuPaul doll this summer. One is based on the...[Date: 22-Feb-05 ]

RuPaul is a doll

Integrity Toys will be releasing three different versions of the RuPaul doll this summer. One is based on the...[Date: 22-Feb-05 ]

RuPaul is a doll

Integrity Toys will be releasing three different versions of the RuPaul doll this summer. One is based on the...[Date: 22-Feb-05 ]

The Rock proud to play Be Cool's gay bodyguard

"Elliot Willems a guy I could relate to," says The Rock, a.k.a. Dwayne Johnson, of his role in "Be Cool,"...[Date: 22-Feb-05 ]

Wednesday, February 23, 2005

Camilla and Charles banned from White House?

The British tabloids are reporting that George Bush has extended his distaste for gay couples to previously married couples...[Date: 22-Feb-05 ]

Beautiful Boxer tells Nong Toom's transgender story

Now that "Beautiful Boxer" has hit the U.S., we feel inclined to tell you that critics here love it...[Date: 22-Feb-05 ]

British Navy advertising for gay recruits makes some nervous

Now that the British Navy is advertising for gay recruits, there of course is a bit of wailing and...[Date: 22-Feb-05 ]

Anglican meet up an effort to bring unity

Senior bishops of the Anglican Communion gathered this week in Northern Ireland in an effort to maintain denominational unity. Meeting...[Date: 22-Feb-05 ]

The Roundup

USA: The Indiana Senate voted overwhelmingly yesterday to make a ban on same-sex marriages a part of the state constitution,...[Date: 22-Feb-05 ]

Major Conflict brings home realities of Don't Ask, Don't Tell

Much has been written in the past 10 years about "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," but "Major Conflict" is the first...[Date: 22-Feb-05 ]

Elton John said to be planning Christmas wedding

We told you yesterday that civil unions are coming to the UK in time for Christmas. Elton John's friends...[Date: 22-Feb-05 ]

Montana House kills hate crimes bill

A bill that would have expanded Montana's hate crimes law to include sexual orientation was killed in the in the...[Date: 22-Feb-05 ]

The Roundup

USA: The Indiana Senate voted overwhelmingly yesterday to make a ban on same-sex marriages a part of the state constitution,...[Date: 22-Feb-05 ]

Shawn Pyfrom gay kiss with Ryan Carnes rocks Desperate Housewives

While we were admittedly mistaken about the condom Bree Van De Kamp found last night on Desperate Housewives being...[Date: 22-Feb-05 ]

Tuesday, February 22, 2005

Manhunt.net defends site in wake of negative publicity over HIV

Although there's no sign that a New Yorker who contracted an especially fast-acting, medically impervious form of HIV was using...[Date: 21-Feb-05 ]

First gay state Senators Adam Ebbin, Scott McCoy have work cut out for them.

Virginia's first openly gay state senator, Democrat Adam Ebbin, says it's really been empowering to be able to speak out...[Date: 21-Feb-05 ]

Gay German cinema before the Reich

Nazi unholy bonfires in the 1930s torched books and any movie that acknowledged homosexuality. Prior to this Germany was...[Date: 21-Feb-05 ]

Austin Scarlett appeared in lesbian vampire porn

For those of you who love Project Runway as much as we do, we know you won't be too...[Date: 22-Feb-05 ]

UK Civil Partnership Act kicks into gear December 21

The UK's Civil Partnerships Act will come into force on December 5, meaning that the first couples will be...[Date: 22-Feb-05 ]

Jeff Gannon says he has regrets about escort past

Jeff Gannon, the conservative former White House reporter whose naked pictures have appeared on a number of gay escort...[Date: 21-Feb-05 ]

Aid grows for disowned queer students

When she was 15 and made a pass at a girl, Michelle Marzullo, pictured, had her head smashed against a...[Date: 21-Feb-05 ]

The Simpsons: Springfield is for Gay Lovers of Marriage

Even if you caught last night's episode of The Simpson's, you might have missed the little flashing Web Site...[Date: 21-Feb-05 ]

Outing Spongebob: The Miseducation of America's gay youth

Queer Day contributor Shannon Gilreath on the miseducation of gay youth: Some recent events have got me thinking a...[Date: 21-Feb-05 ]

Madonna desperate to play Candy Darling - for free

British tabloids are claiming that Madonna will play Candy Darling in an as yet unnamed film, and she said...[Date: 21-Feb-05 ]

Court tells lesbian to pay mom child support

It's a little complicated, but the point here is that a lesbian who split with her partner after adopting the...[Date: 21-Feb-05 ]

Secret tapes reveal Bush once had a conscience

An old friend secretly taped private conversations with George Bush before he was president and the tapes not only...[Date: 21-Feb-05 ]

Britain's Ministry of Defense to allow same-sex married quarters

Britain's Royal Navy, which until five years ago banned gays from its workforce, announced a campaign today to ensure...[Date: 21-Feb-05 ]

Gay German cinema before the Reich

Nazi unholy bonfires in the 1930s torched books and any movie that acknowledged homosexuality. Prior to this Germany was...[Date: 21-Feb-05 ]

The Roundup

USA: Wisconsin lawmakers will miss a Tuesday deadline for getting the marriage amendment ready for the spring ballot because the...[Date: 21-Feb-05 ]

Monday, February 21, 2005

11th Avante Garde Festival: Visual AIDS

Photo of the Day: 11th Avant Garde Festival,by John Eric Broaddus, Visual AIDS...[Date: 21-Feb-05 ]

L Word gets raves for Season Two

The San Francisco Chronicle loves Season Two of The L Word: "This is a superb television series, a wholly...[Date: 18-Feb-05 ]

The Roundup

Queer Day: Queer Day Personals are back online. Our apologies again for the lack of service this week. We sincerely...[Date: 18-Feb-05 ]

University of Arizona students being preached at

The right of free speech came into question at the University of Arizona yesterday when students argued for the...[Date: 19-Feb-05 ]

L Word gets raves for Season Two

The San Francisco Chronicle loves Season Two of The L Word: "This is a superb television series, a wholly...[Date: 18-Feb-05 ]

The Roundup

Queer Day: Queer Day Personals are back online. Our apologies again for the lack of service this week. We sincerely...[Date: 18-Feb-05 ]

Sunday, February 20, 2005

gay news blog: Royal Navy signals for help to recruit gay sailors. Czech lawmakers narrowly reject same-sex union law

gay news blog: Royal Navy signals for help to recruit gay sailors. Czech lawmakers narrowly reject same-sex union law

Gay marriage Simpsons' style comes to Springfield this Sunday

On Sunday's episode titled "There's Something About Marrying," Springfield legalizes gay marriage to boost tourism and Homer becomes an...[Date: 19-Feb-05 ]

Desperate Housewives' Andrew comes out gay this Sunday

Before the whole Marcia Cross-is-a-lesbian rumor escapade began, we told you that there would be a Desperate Housewives character...[Date: 19-Feb-05 ]

Lesbian firestarter Sarah Metcalfe sentenced five years

Sarah Metcalfe, the jealous UK lesbian who doused a bed in petrol and set on fire while her ex-lover...[Date: 19-Feb-05 ]

Gwinnett school parents accuse teacher of recruiting

While we've told you about the struggle at Gwinnett County's Berkmar High School over a Gay Straight Alliance on...[Date: 19-Feb-05 ]

Gay activists protesting Bloomberg roughed up and removed

As New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg formally opened his campaign for re-election about 80 gay and lesbian activists...[Date: 19-Feb-05 ]

Dave Kopay becomes Gay Games Ambassador

Gay athletic legend Dave Kopay is excited about becoming a permanent Gay Games Ambassador. Having competed at the Gay...[Date: 19-Feb-05 ]

Arizona State students being preached at

The right of free speech came into question at Arizona State yesterday when students argued for the fourth consecutive...[Date: 19-Feb-05 ]

Queer Day's Philo Hagen quoted on AMA controversy

The other day we told you about the AMA's Dr. John Nelson, who compared New York Medical College's decision to bar a gay students' group from campus with Brigham Young banning Coca-Cola and suspending four athletes accused of raping a 17-year-old girl. Nelson now says he was misquoted, but nevermind about that. Queer Day's own Philo Hagen, pictured, is quoted in the article, saying he found Nelson's comments hypocritical and disappointing. "This is the person that's responsible for really setting the tone of the cultural norms for medicine in America," Philo told the AP. "It's kind of crazy."
Chicago Tribune
[Date: 18-Feb-05 ]

L Word gets raves for Season Two

The San Francisco Chronicle loves Season Two of The L Word: "This is a superb television series, a wholly...[Date: 18-Feb-05 ]

L Word gets raves for Season Two

The San Francisco Chronicle loves Season Two of The L Word: "This is a superb television series, a wholly...[Date: 18-Feb-05 ]

L Word gets raves for Season Two

The San Francisco Chronicle loves Season Two of The L Word: "This is a superb television series, a wholly...[Date: 18-Feb-05 ]

L Word gets raves for Season Two

The San Francisco Chronicle loves Season Two of The L Word: "This is a superb television series, a wholly realized drama that just happens to be about a group of lesbians. The cast is wonderful, the writing impressive, and it has a lure that is undeniable: a hallmark of shows that make you care about the people involved. Without question, The L Word is a series that needs to be sought out, is deserving of attention and ultimately, worth the investment."
SF Gate
[Date: 18-Feb-05 ]

Will Young says roomful of naked women didn't arouse him

Gay Pop Idol winner Will Young says he was afraid of becoming aroused by naked women on his acting debut. How embarrassing would that have been? Will, 26, stripped off for his role alongside a bevy of nude beauties in Dame Judi Dench's film "Mrs. Henderson Presents," about a woman who runs nude shows. "It's ridiculous, but I was worried about getting aroused while we were filming. It ended up not being a problem - I was surrounded by beautiful women. Nothing moved down there at all."
Sky News
[Date: 18-Feb-05 ]

Arrested Nigerian gays disappear in custody

The Nigerian government Thursday launched an inquiry into the disappearance from police custody of two gay men charged under the country's "crimes against nature" law. The men, Ogudu Emmanuel and Odjegba Tevin, were taken to the Rumuokoro Police Station in January after acknowledging that they were partners. The men disappeared from the jail. Some say they escaped; some say they were murdered. Being gay is punishable in most of Nigeria by a 14-year prison sentence, except in the Sharia Code portions of the nation, where there is a death penalty.
365Gay.com
[Date: 18-Feb-05 ]

The Roundup

Canada: Hutterites told the federal government that same-sex marriage will make Canada into Sodom and Gomorrah, complete with fire raining down from heaven. Note to self: Buy asbestos hat.

U.S.: Tennessee House Speaker Jimmy Naifeh says he won't stop a bill seeking a constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage and couldn't if he wanted to. The same-sex adoption ban proposed in the state has only slightly less momentum.

In East Texas, a debate on gay rights began with the Rev. W.N. Otwell's comments that "the secular humanist public school systems and universities have become hot beds and recruiting stations for the sodomites for many years now." To their credit, the audience burst out laughing.

New Zealand: Scary, militantly homophobic minister Brian Tamaki has promoted himself to Bishop Tamaki. GayNZ quips that this will allow Tamaki to ask journalists to stop bashing the bishop.

Today's Roundup
[Date: 18-Feb-05 ]

Jamaican lesbian Marcia Forrester denied asylum

Marcia Forrester, a lesbian from Jamaica who came to the U.S. as a lawful permanent resident in 1992, lost her...[Date: 18-Feb-05 ]

The Roundup

Queer Day: Queer Day Personals are back online. Our apologies again for the lack of service this week. We sincerely...[Date: 18-Feb-05 ]

The Roundup

Queer Day: Queer Day Personals are back online. Our apologies again for the lack of service this week. We sincerely...[Date: 18-Feb-05 ]

The Roundup

Namibia: Transsexual shop owner Karel (Kallie) Carstens was found murdered. Police reports indicate the killing was robbery related. Eyewitnesses say...[Date: 18-Feb-05 ]

Gay marriage Canada: PM Paul Martin and Stephen Harper square off

martin Prime Minister Paul Martin (shown) kicked off parliamentary debate on his controversial same-sex marriage bill this week, suggesting real Canadians support letting gays marry. Conservative Leader Stephen Harper accused him of being intellectually dishonest, insulting, and of wrapping himself in the flag. Martin told the House of Commons that legitimizing gay marriage is a matter of protecting minority rights and the Canadian thing to do. "The people of Canada have worked hard to build a country that opens its doors to all . . . regardless of their differences," he said.
National Post
[Date: 18-Feb-05 ]

Michael Musto on the Marcia Cross lesbian rumors

marcia cross Michael Musto writes: "The good thing about last week's Marcia Cross mania is that gay-celebrity rumors are finally as coverable as straight ones - going there is no longer considered a hideous smear campaign. Cross told Musto that she has a gay uncle and went to Julliard "where everybody is gay" and she's thought about turning gay before. So while Marcia continues to deny being a lesbian, Musto agrees on our earlier reports: "My sources swear she does have a girlfriend."
La Dolce Musto
[Date: 18-Feb-05 ]

Judge dismisses charges against Philadelphia homophobes

In Philadelphia, the city of brotherly love, Common Pleas Judge Pamela Dembe dismissed all charges today against the homophobic protesters who picketed at Gay Pride. Dembe, who watched a video of the events leading to the arrests, tossed the charges saying they didn't threaten anyone and didn't incite violence as prosecutors claimed. "We are one of the very few countries that protect unpopular speech. And that means that Nazis can March in Skokie, Ill. ... That means that the Ku Klux Klan can march where they wish to," Dembe said. "We cannot stifle speech because we don't want to hear it, or we don't want to hear it now."
Newsday
[Date: 18-Feb-05 ]

L Word's Sarah Shahi a former Dallas Cowboys cheerleader

sarah shahi When former Dallas Cowboys cheerleader Sarah Shahi learned that she got the part on "The L Word," she wasn't sure she wanted it. "I didn't know if I wanted it or not. It was not only the material, but could I do it well enough. It's a pretty big deal to go into everybody's households and be a lesbian," Shahi said. Fact is she's never had a challenging role and her character, Carmen, is introduced in the first episode and quickly gets into a love triangle with Mia Kirshner's Jenny and Katherine Moennig's Shane. Compared to the first season, the second season provides each of the cast members significant story arcs.
NY Daily News
[Date: 17-Feb-05 ]

Transsexual singer Veronica Klaus reveals her Family Jewels

veronica klaus Award-winning Bay Area chanteuse Veronica Klaus has always preferred to let her music do the talking for her because she feared her sensational past might overshadow her talent -- until now. Her new autobiographical one-woman show, "Family Jewels: The Making of Veronica Klaus," premieres today at San Francisco's Exit Theatre. "I can see the headline 'Transsexual Singer,'" she jokes. "I suppose I may have done myself and my career a disservice by not pushing the whole gender thing. But that's just not who I am. I wanted my music to be the focus."
SF Examiner, Family Jewels Info
[Date: 17-Feb-05 ]

Jennifer Beals says she's shocked at level of bias against gay marriage

Female First, which has referred to the recent Marcia Cross cross-up as a "lesbian slur," likes lesbian issues after all. It interviewed L Word star Jennifer Beals, who called U.S. opposition to same-sex marriage "absolutely absurd" especially in the face of December's tsunami disaster. The 41-year-old actress said she's shocked by the level of prejudice generated by same-sex weddings. "You have to realise how precious human life is, when there are tsunamis and mudslides, when there are armies and terrorists - at any moment, you could be gone, and potentially in the most brutal fashion," she said, "And then you have to realize that love is truly one of the most extraordinary things you can experience in your life."
Female First
[Date: 17-Feb-05 ]

Transman Sterling Simmons' bid for custody of his son is denied

Sterling Simmons' amended birth certificate says he's male, but the state of Illinois says his marriage to Jennifer Simmons was never valid because he was biologically female at birth. The Chicago man wants custody of his son, but a judge has said no. The boy, who is 10, would prefer to live with Sterling, who has some visitation, but the court doesn't care. They're more interested in what's under Sterling's trousers.
Chicago Sun-Times
[Date: 17-Feb-05 ]

Maya Marcel-Keyes says dad's campaign remarks hurt

Maya Marcel-Keyes reflects on her conservative and homophobic dad's statements during his Senate campaign, including: "If my daughter were a lesbian, I'd look at her and say, 'That is a relationship that is based on selfish hedonism.' I would also tell my daughter that it's a sin and she needs to pray to the lord God to help her deal with that sin." Maya says she's been out to her parents since high school, so "it was kind of strange that he said it like a hypothetical. It was really kind of unpleasant."
Rutland Herald
[Date: 17-Feb-05 ]

Sydney Mardi Gras to honor Little Britain's Daffyd

daffyd Matt Lucas' Little Britain character Daffyd Thomas (shown) is to be honored at the Sydney Mardi Gras. Members of Australia's gay and lesbian community will gather in Sydney clad in costumes that "the only gay in the village" would be proud of, including bleached hair, black shorts and boots. ITV quotes one of the organizers of the tribute as saying: The second series of the cult show began airing in Australia last week.
Digital Spy
[Date: 17-Feb-05 ]

Buster episode PBS chief Pat Mitchell will not renew her contract

pat mitchell Pat Mitchell, the Public Broadcasting Service chief under fire for spending public money on the "Postcards From Buster" episode featuring a real-life lesbian couple, will step down when her contract expires in June 2006. Mitchell, 62, who joined PBS in 2000, told PBS managers at its annual meeting this week that she would not seek a third three-year term when her contract expired. In a statement to the media, Mitchell made no reference to the "Buster" controversy.
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
[Date: 17-Feb-05 ]

SAMHSA's Brenda Bruun nixes gay language

We told you about the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's little problem with an upcoming program. SAMHSA project manager Brenda Bruun was the one who gave the word that the contractor running the program should omit the four words that described precisely what the session was about. The talk, titled "Suicide Prevention Among Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual/Transgender Individuals" and you can guess what the four words were. The federal agency's efforts have inspired scores of experts in mental health to flood the agency with angry e-mails.
SF Gate
[Date: 17-Feb-05 ]

Farrah Weinstein experiments with being a lesbian for a week

It's hard work being a lesbian for Farrah Weinstein, especially because she's not. But she was getting married in a few months and "The L Word" piqued her curiosity so she decided to test the Sapphic seas for one week. "I started by calling Jen Sincero, author of 'The Straight Girl's Guide to Sleeping with Chicks.' Her advice? 'It's just like trying to meet a guy,' she cautioned. 'It's hard in the same way.'" She goes online to look for gay bars, rummages through Time Out magazine and the Village Voice, then calls her lesbian friends to see if they want to take her out. Then she makes a vow. "I will not hook up with any girl unless I think she's hot. Never."
NY Post
[Date: 17-Feb-05 ]

The Roundup

Global: The world's leading drugmakers are racing to be the first to market with a new kind of pill that can block HIV before it enters human cells. If successful these CCR5 inhibitors should have fewer toxic side effects and offer hope to patients whose virus has developed resistance to existing antiretroviral medicines.

USA: We told you recently about a proposal in Virginia for "traditional marriage" license plates. The bill passed the House and was expected to have a difficult time in the Senate. The plug was finally pulled thanks to a threatened ACLU lawsuit (state-issued personalized license plates are public forums in which all viewpoints on a subject must be allowed.)

School officials in Spanish Fork, Utah, want to replace their psychology textbooks, but they can't find any they like. What they want is a book that doesn't mention gay people. We'd like to point out the URL for this article, which includes the string "TextbooksandHomos."

A billboard featuring an "ex-gay" man saying you can stop being gay using Christianity was vandalized in Texas. "Queer" and "fag" were spray-painted, with arrows helpfully pointing to the face of Mike Haley. Haley says the vandalism shows intolerance for the ex-gay point of view and might have been done by gay people rather than homophobes. Did we mention this is in Texas?

Texas college student Kevin Jones compares his desire to marry as a gay man to the public opinion campaign Prince Charles waged to get people to not care if he married Camilla Parker-Bowles.

A measure that would put the issue on South Dakota's 2006 fall ballot to prohibit same-sex marriage was considered briefly, but was set aside for a later vote after one of the sponsors said it needs more work.
Today's Roundup
[Date: 17-Feb-05 ]

The Roundup

Global: The world's leading drugmakers are racing to be the first to market with a new kind of pill that can block HIV before it enters human cells. If successful these CCR5 inhibitors should have fewer toxic side effects and offer hope to patients whose virus has developed resistance to existing antiretroviral medicines.

USA: We told you recently about a proposal in Virginia for "traditional marriage" license plates. The bill passed the House and was expected to have a difficult time in the Senate. The plug was finally pulled thanks to a threatened ACLU lawsuit (state-issued personalized license plates are public forums in which all viewpoints on a subject must be allowed.)

School officials in Spanish Fork, Utah, want to replace their psychology textbooks, but they can't find any they like. What they want is a book that doesn't mention gay people. We'd like to point out the URL for this article, which includes the string "TextbooksandHomos."

A billboard featuring an "ex-gay" man saying you can stop being gay using Christianity was vandalized in Texas. "Queer" and "fag" were spray-painted, with arrows helpfully pointing to the face of Mike Haley. Haley says the vandalism shows intolerance for the ex-gay point of view and might have been done by gay people rather than homophobes. Did we mention this is in Texas?

Texas college student Kevin Jones compares his desire to marry as a gay man to the public opinion campaign Prince Charles waged to get people to not care if he married Camilla Parker-Bowles.

A measure that would put the issue on South Dakota's 2006 fall ballot to prohibit same-sex marriage was considered briefly, but was set aside for a later vote after one of the sponsors said it needs more work.
Today's Roundup
[Date: 17-Feb-05 ]

Stripper who killed drag queen Brazon with samurai sword will stand trial

brazon The man accused of killing Gary McMurtry with a samurai sword will stand trial now that a judge has decided he's competent to do so. McMurtry, perhaps better known as Brazon (shown), a drag queen who once wore the crown of Miss Gay Columbus and Miss Gay Ohio, was found dead in his home in May 2002. Police reports say a masked Jennings, a stripper who danced during Brazon's shows, broke into McMurtry's home and stabbed him. A neighbor called police when he spotted a black-hooded man with a long black bag walking down the street after the attack.
NBC4i
[Date: 17-Feb-05 ]

Scissor Sisters get homophobic hate mail

scissor sisters The New York City band named after a lesbian sex act have found their sexuality hasn't been an issue for them in Britain and Australia. "Which is wonderful," Jake Shears says. "People in the UK, um, y'know, more so than in the United States, realize that music transcends sexuality. After their performance on Saturday Night Live the band became the target of a whole lot of hate mail. "It's an issue [in America]. People have problems with it. But really, I think, it's just probably problems they have with themselves more than anything."
Sydney Morning Herald
[Date: 17-Feb-05 ]

Channel 4's Why Men Wear Frocks highlights Grayson Perry

perry Grayson Perry, 44, captured the world's attention when he went up to accept the 2003 Turner Prize in a satin daisy-sprigged dress embroidered with the word sissy. Perry's mother told his then-fiancee and now-wife Philippa Fairclough, "You must be desperate to marry a transvestite{" when the two were engaged. UK Channel 4's Why Men Wear Frocks airs tonight at 9pm and while the show explores what it feels like to be a transvestite the pain, humiliation and triumph, the interview here is revealing in its own right.
Telegraph UK
[Date: 16-Feb-05 ]

Feds make conference retitle session on GLBT suicide prevention

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, part of Health and Human Services, made organizers of an upcoming conference change the name of a session called "Suicide Prevention Among Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual/Transgender Individuals." Too queer. It's now called "Suicide Prevention Among Vulnerable Populations," but the panelists aren't too happy about it. The feds are perfectly willing to fund religion, however. SAMHSA requested the conference add a session on faith-based suicide prevention, said SAMHSA spokesman Mark Weber. Just a suggestion, he said.
SF Gate
[Date: 16-Feb-05 ]

George Michael talks about 1998 arrest in new documentary

Singer George Michael's documentary about his life is out. In it, he talks candidly about the infamous "toilet incident" in 1998, when police say he propositioned an undercover officer. "George Michael: A Different Story" takes viewers on a tour of his life, during which he talks of his late mother and reunites with Andrew Ridgeley for the first time in 20 years. But the toilet incident will grab most of the headlines, we're sure.
Yahoo! News
[Date: 16-Feb-05 ]

Mian Carvin fights for visitation with girl she raised

Mian Carvin has only recently been allowed to see the 9-year-old girl she considers her daughter again. She and Page Britain were together six years before Britain gave birth to the girl, and Carvin was a stay-at-home mom until the girl was 5 and the pair broke up. Now Britain is pulling rank as birth mom, trying to block all Carvin's rights to see the girl. She says it's because Carvin is a lousy parent. At the Washington state Supreme Court yesterday, lawyers for both women argued the thorny issue of what makes someone a parent in a case that could have broad effect on child-custody rights in Washington. Interestingly, Britain has married the gay friend who acted as sperm donor.
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
[Date: 16-Feb-05 ]

Councilman compares gayness to flatulence

In England, Crabbs Cross County Councillor Tom Wareing is annoyed that groups that support crossdressers and gay people might get public funding. He launched into some speech about protecting children and childhood, and then said, "According to medical evidence, one in eight of the population suffers from constipation, while one in four suffers from flatulence, yet no local authority to date has provided funds, it would appear, in order to celebrate such conditions, especially the various cadences that are possible in the act of breaking wind." A fellow councilman said Wareing is "charming" in person, which we're finding hard to swallow, but had crossed the line this time.
This is Redditch
[Date: 16-Feb-05 ]

EastEnders star Jake Maskall thought you knew: He's gay

jmaskall.jpg EastEnders heartthrob Jake Maskall says it's no big secret, but he happens to be gay. "Sorry girls - no chance," he said. "I am gay - I've been with my boyfriend for 12 years now." The actor, who plays ladies' man Danny Moon, says Joel Beckett, who plays his brother on the show, gets more fan mail, anyway. "He's the thinking woman's crumpet." And now that Maskall's non-secret is widely known, he hopes the whole issue will go away. "My relationship's part of my private life and I hope everyone respects my privacy," he says.
Sky.com
[Date: 16-Feb-05 ]

Dell dude Ben Curtis back in gay play

ben curtis Ben Curtis became a pop-culture icon selling Dell computers in TV commercials. Now he's emerged as the somewhat ambiguous and immature boytoy Christian in a play called "Joy" (formerly The Joy of Gay Sex) and although Curtis has a girlfriend, all the gay attention isn't fazing him. My gay friends started taking me to drag shows when I was 17, really breaking me in, Curtis recalls. As for the play he says, Christian sleeps with everybody, basically. Hes a little closeted, but really starts to come out of his shell when hes inebriated or drugged up. Curtis, whose father and sister are both openly gay, doesn't like the term straight. I know a lot of people are expecting me to come out, but Im like, Were all out! Curtis says, laughing. I think everyones bisexual. I prefer women, but I think everyones beautiful.
HX
[Date: 16-Feb-05 ]

Jennifer Beals returns for L Word's second season

beals Ask Jennifer Beals what shes learned playing a lesbian on The L Word and she'll tell you - There are more similarities among us than differences. When the Showtime drama returns for its second season this Sunday, Beals character Bette is in for some drama of her own. Facing some difficult cash problems at the art museum and with her relationship with Tina who is pregnant with the child they dreamed of parenting on the rocks, Beals laughs, What a brutal year! Its awful!" Thankfully it won't be staying that way. "Theres this moment in the eighth episode where Bette has one little moment of victory and joy. I burst into tears when I read it. Something good happens to Bette, everyone! I was so excited. - And just go ahead and click the link for the cast photo of everyone naked. We know how you are.
MSNBC
[Date: 16-Feb-05 ]

Murderer Jeffrey Landrigan's appeal will be heard

landrigan Jeffrey Landrigan, an Arizona inmate who murdered two men including a gay man he picked up when he escaped from prison, won a reprieve when a federal appeals court set aside its original decision that Landrigan should die for his crimes. The San Francisco-based court announced in a two-sentence order it would rehear the appeal and entertain claims that the judge who sentenced the murderer failed to understand Landrigan's mental state due to alleged brain maladies. Is Landrigan, who strangled Chester Dyer with an electrical cord and repeatedly punctured him with a screwdriver, truly mentally defective? "The frontal lobes of his brain don't work," his attorney said. "He cannot foresee the consequences of his actions. If the judge had a complete background on Mr. Landrigan, we believe she could have come back with a life sentence."
SF Gate
[Date: 16-Feb-05 ]

Canadian lesbian insemination discrimination trial begins

Canadian lesbians wanting to get pregnant are are being discriminated against. Due to federal rules governing sperm donors, Canada's semen regulations treat heterosexual women and lesbians differently, said lawyer Christopher Bredt, whose client, a 39-year-old Toronto woman known only as "Jane Doe," is challenging the rules under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. After several unsuccessful attempts at impregnating herself with donated semen, Doe sought medical assistance in 2001 and says she was "shocked" when a doctor informed her he could not artificially inseminate her with sperm from the man she had chosen to father her child, a long-time gay male friend known as "B."
Toronto Star
[Date: 16-Feb-05 ]

The Roundup

Turkey: Gays and lesbians in Turkey believe the European Union has failed to lend them adequate support and expect Brussels to speak out in favor of their struggle for equal rights in the mainly Muslim nation, activists said yesterday. Ali Erol, a KAOS GL member gay group member, told a conference that the EU failed to react to discrimination against homosexuals as strongly as it does to other human rights abuses in the country. "When it concerns homosexuals, the issues are passed over in silence, maybe because there is no penalty" for homosexuality in Turkish law, Erol said.

Australia: Western Australian Opposition Leader Colin Barnett is refusing to say whether he will lift the age of consent for gay sex to 18 if he wins the election. Gay and Lesbian Equality organized an election forum and no-one from the Liberal party turned up to defend their disgustingly homophobic polices.

Commercial radio station 2UE has been ordered to broadcast apologies for anti-gay comments made by presenters Steve Price and John Laws. The Administrative Decisions Tribunal found they'd vilified gay men by making negative comments about two gay participants on the Channel Nine program "The Block." The case was brought to the tribunal by gay activist Gary Burns. The Sydney based station will appeal.

UK: The Church of England is to grant partners of gay clergy who have registered under the Government's new civil partnership scheme the same pension rights as other clergy spouses. The disclosure, made at the General Synod last night, could prove an embarrassment to the bishops because sexually active gay people are theoretically barred from the priesthood.

Police in London hope victims of a man who used gay dating websites to meet people and rob them of their credit cards will come forward.

Members of the Federation of Gay Games and the Gay and Lesbian International Sports Association, as well as European groups representing a range of sports from football to aquatics, met in London last weekend to mend fences.

USA: The Washington state House passed a gay rights bill that will prohibit employment, housing and insurance discrimination. The bill has passed the house before and was first introduced there nearly 30 years ago. The bill now goes to the Senate where it has routinely died in the past, although Democrats are in control this time around.

A bill in the Tennessee legislature would prohibit gay and lesbian couples from adopting children and make it illegal for us to become foster parents. "Our state already says that all of these things have nothing to do with sexual orientation. It should be judged on the best interest of the child," said Pastor Bob Galloway.

In New Mexico, Lea County Probate Judge Darrell Powell refused to marry a couple on Valentine's Day because although one of them looked like a woman and considers herself to be a woman she didn't have a doctor's certificate verifying the gender change as well as a new birth certificate.

A federal lawsuit alleges that middle and high school students in Kentucky's Boyd County Public Schools are being forced to participate in diversity training, are being told homosexuality cannot be changed and are warned not to say otherwise. Parents are also not given an opt-out option for their children, according to the lawsuit filed against the Boyd County Board of Education.

Today's Roundup
[Date: 16-Feb-05 ]

The Roundup

Turkey: Gays and lesbians in Turkey believe the European Union has failed to lend them adequate support and expect Brussels to speak out in favor of their struggle for equal rights in the mainly Muslim nation, activists said yesterday. Ali Erol, a KAOS GL member gay group member, told a conference that the EU failed to react to discrimination against homosexuals as strongly as it does to other human rights abuses in the country. "When it concerns homosexuals, the issues are passed over in silence, maybe because there is no penalty" for homosexuality in Turkish law, Erol said.

Australia: Western Australian Opposition Leader Colin Barnett is refusing to say whether he will lift the age of consent for gay sex to 18 if he wins the election. Gay and Lesbian Equality organized an election forum and no-one from the Liberal party turned up to defend their disgustingly homophobic polices.

Commercial radio station 2UE has been ordered to broadcast apologies for anti-gay comments made by presenters Steve Price and John Laws. The Administrative Decisions Tribunal found they'd vilified gay men by making negative comments about two gay participants on the Channel Nine program "The Block." The case was brought to the tribunal by gay activist Gary Burns. The Sydney based station will appeal.

UK: The Church of England is to grant partners of gay clergy who have registered under the Government's new civil partnership scheme the same pension rights as other clergy spouses. The disclosure, made at the General Synod last night, could prove an embarrassment to the bishops because sexually active gay people are theoretically barred from the priesthood.

Police in London hope victims of a man who used gay dating websites to meet people and rob them of their credit cards will come forward.

Members of the Federation of Gay Games and the Gay and Lesbian International Sports Association, as well as European groups representing a range of sports from football to aquatics, met in London last weekend to mend fences.

USA: The Washington state House passed a gay rights bill that will prohibit employment, housing and insurance discrimination. The bill has passed the house before and was first introduced there nearly 30 years ago. The bill now goes to the Senate where it has routinely died in the past, although Democrats are in control this time around.

A bill in the Tennessee legislature would prohibit gay and lesbian couples from adopting children and make it illegal for us to become foster parents. "Our state already says that all of these things have nothing to do with sexual orientation. It should be judged on the best interest of the child," said Pastor Bob Galloway.

In New Mexico, Lea County Probate Judge Darrell Powell refused to marry a couple on Valentine's Day because although one of them looked like a woman and considers herself to be a woman she didn't have a doctor's certificate verifying the gender change as well as a new birth certificate.

A federal lawsuit alleges that middle and high school students in Kentucky's Boyd County Public Schools are being forced to participate in diversity training, are being told homosexuality cannot be changed and are warned not to say otherwise. Parents are also not given an opt-out option for their children, according to the lawsuit filed against the Boyd County Board of Education.

Today's Roundup
[Date: 16-Feb-05 ]

Joey sitcom star Drea De Matteo reveals she's bisexual

drea de matteo Drea De Matteo, the actress who plays Matt Le Blanc's younger sister Gina on the Friends spin-off television sitcom "Joey" has revealed that she likes the ladies as well. In an interview with Britain's Daily Sport newspaper the bisexual De Matteo made it clear that while she's more attracted to men and prefers to date them, she definitely has a sexual attraction for women as well. "I can't say I've never been with a woman," De Matteo told the press.[Date: 16-Feb-05 ]

Russia Supreme Court refuses Edward Murzin's gay marriage complaint

mishin and murzin In Moscow today the federal Supreme Court refused to amend Russia's Family Code and authorize same-sex marriages. State Assembly-member Edward Murzin's complaint brought the issue to the forefront. Murzin (shown right) demanded Family Code clauses 1 and 12 amended. The court ruled that amending the acting legislation is outside the scope of the court and dismissed it. We told you recently how the heterosexual Murzin tried to marry Eduard Mishin (shown left), editor of Queer magazine, to bring publicity to the issue. Murzin is determined to go to the European rights court in Strasbourg with his case.
Russian Information Agency Novosti
[Date: 16-Feb-05 ]

Jass Stewart runs for mayor of Brockton

stewart Is the blue-collar Massachusetts town of Brockton ready for a gay African American mayor who's married, and a father? Jass Stewart is counting on it. Stewart, 33, is the first aspirant to announce his candidacy. Mayor John Yunits is not seeking another term and City Council president James Harrington is running. If Stewart defies the odds he'll make history. Brockton has only ever elected one nonwhite public official and his family life will most likely prove quite interesting.
Boston Globe
[Date: 16-Feb-05 ]

Nigeria's Abubakar Hamza jailed and fined for living as a woman

hamza Abubakar Hamza became a celebrity in northern Nigeria when he was arrested for pretending to be female. Sentenced to six months in prison and fined $38, Judge Lawal Isa Rabo told him, "It is hoped that you have learned some lessons during your trial and I hope you will be of good character and desist from this immoral behavior of posing as a woman." Hamza, 19, who made a living selling herbal aphrodisiacs to women, appeared in court dressed in a pink kaftan and matching cap saying he is now "a reformed man." Posters of him dressed in women's clothing are top sellers in the strict muslim city.
BBC
[Date: 16-Feb-05 ]

Gay marriage bill removed from the GOP agenda

frist Republicans have announced that they're abandoning their gay marriage ban plan this year. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist said yesterday that a constitutional amendment defining marriage as between a man and a woman grew less urgent because 13 states banned gay nuptials in the November elections. We say they're just finished with scapegoating us until the next election rolls around. When asked if the legislation will be introduced, Frist replied, "Maybe not this year, but in all likelihood in this Congress."
NY Daily News
[Date: 16-Feb-05 ]

The lesbian sweeps week kiss: a TV staple since 1991

The New York Times points out what you already know: If women are kissing each other on TV, it must be the February sweeps. "Hooray for the all-purpose lesbian kiss, then, cynical though it may be. L.A. Law did it in 1991. Picket Fences did it in 1993. ... Roseanne, of course Ellen, Party of Five and Ally McBeal ... And, though 2004 was dry, we've had about one a year since 2001," writes Virginia Heffernan. This year's smoochers are the twentysomething "teens" on The O.C. (pictured), and even though we're cynical, at least the O.C. kissers have a relationship, too. [Date: 15-Feb-05 ]

Lesbian Maya Keyes officially comes out; parents kick her out and stop tuition

maya You heard it here ages ago, but now everyone is talking about Maya Keyes being a lesbian. Maya, daughter of former Republican Party senate candidate Alan Keyes, spoke at a gay rights rally in Anapolis, Maryland, where she said she is coming out as a lesbian in response to escalating tensions with her parents, including her arch-conservative father, whom she worked for in last year's Illinois senate race. [More][Date: 15-Feb-05 ]

AMA's John Nelson compares barring gay students group to suspending rapists

nelson John Nelson, president of the American Medical Association, says New York Medical College's decision to ban a gay students group from campus is an effort to uphold its standards. He likened it to Brigham Young University's decisions to ban Coca-Cola from campus and to suspend four athletes accused of raping a 17-year-old girl. Yeah, it's just like that. Nelson said doctors should treat gays "with dignity, with respect and with absolute confidentiality" and said the AMA would be concerned if New York Medical College were graduating students "with clinical biases that might affect the way they practice medicine." But he added he has no reason "to believe that that's the case." We do.
Journal News
[Date: 15-Feb-05 ]

Officer Charles Broshous resigns over photos of nearly naked men

Officer Charles Broshous resigned after 100 photos he had taken of barely clad men were found in his home in Colorado Springs. A gay dancer reported to police that he had been arrested and was forced to strip to a satin leopard G-string while Officer Broshous photographed him. Investigating detective Derek Graham said, "The fact that photographs would be taken of suspects, all of whom were of the same age group and athletic build with their shirts off, indicated that Officer Broshous was intentionally contacting individuals sharing these characteristics in order to photograph them.'' It seems Broshous issued an unusually high number of tickets for underage drinking where he'd order offenders to remove their shirts, saying he was looking for tattoos.
News 4 Colorado
[Date: 15-Feb-05 ]

Connecticut women tried for Valentine marriage license again

couple205.jpgArmed with protest placards and heart-shaped balloons, Jeanne Marshall and Brenda Miller stepped into Norwich, Connecticut, City Hall on Monday resigned to the notion they would not be leaving with what they came for. It kind of takes the fun out of Valentine's Day, said Miller as she climbed the stairs toward the city clerk's office on the second floor. For the past three years, Marshall, 51, and Miller, 43, have used Valentine's Day to ask the city to legally take notice of their relationship. This year, as before, the answer was no. I'm terribly sorry, assistant city clerk Sandra Greenhalgh said, but the laws of Connecticut haven't changed.
The Day
[Date: 15-Feb-05 ]

Dr. Kerry Weaver comes out again for sweeps week

kerry weaver It's sweeps week, so ER fans can look forward to Dr. Kerry Weaver coming out, again. In this week's episode the mother who abandoned her appears, played by Frances Fisher, and of course Weaver comes out to her. Mom turns out to be very religious and quite conservative though. When Weaver tells Mom that she's a lesbian Mom says, "I can love you, whoever you are," to which Weaver responds, "I don’t want love without acceptance."
After Ellen
[Date: 15-Feb-05 ]

Grammy winners Basement Jaxx highlight US homophobia

basement jaxx At this year Grammy's in Los Angeles, Basement Jaxx beat off competition from Paul Oakenfold and The Prodigy to win the award for Best Electronic/Dance album. The band's Simon and Felix were pleased to have in a category that had been added for the very first time. Ratcliffe said, "It's nice to be recognized in America because dance music hasn't figured much in American consciousness for a long time. ... I think there's a bit of a homophobic/gay thing (in America) with house music which is a shame, but for us in England, we're like 'Whatever, it's good music, so it's cool!'"
BBC
[Date: 15-Feb-05 ]

Young men kissing upsets rampantly heterosexual MP McCully

mccully New Zealand MP Murray McCully (shown) was personally upset by a television commercial featuring two young men kissing and he says the government is using taxpayer money to “promote homosexuality." The Ministry of Health’s “Hubba Hubba” campaign, urging youth to use condoms when having sex, has two ads and the one featuring a heterosexual couple plays much more often. McCully describes himself and his colleagues as “rampantly heterosexual," although judging by his moustache we have our doubts. Prime Minister Helen Clark labelled McCully’s comments “bizarre."
Gay New Zealand
[Date: 15-Feb-05 ]

Teen says crossdresser raped her; he says he only peed

In Leeds, a UK jury heard the testimony of a teenage girl, who said she was raped by a man dressed as a woman who followed her in the early morning hours. The 16-year-old said she was approached and asked the time by a woman with long blonde hair who later grabbed her, dragged her into an alley and raped her. Gary Atack was arrested and women's clothing was found in his home. He admitted he had been out that night dressed as a woman, but said he didn't sexually assault anybody. Atack later explained he got turned on by people urinating in front of each other and on the night in question he urinated in front of the girl. The home search turned up other interesting items, notably his urine-stained underwear and several DVDs of women urinating.
Yorkshire Today
[Date: 15-Feb-05 ]

Gay autistic savant Daniel Tammet is amazing

tammet Daniel Tammet set a new British and European record not long ago by reciting the mathematical expression pi to more than 22,000 decimal places. Tammet, 25, connects his unique mental abilities to epileptic seizures he had as a child. While learning the number was "actually rather easy," Tammet is recognized as a "savant" - one of a small group of people capable of extraordinary mental feats linked to a medical condition. A fact not often mentioned about him is that he's also gay. [More][Date: 15-Feb-05 ]

Thousands of same-sex couples flood U.S. marriage bureaus for licenses

troy perry and husband The Reverend Troy D. Perry (shown right) called again for thousands of same-sex couples to flood marriage bureaus today to apply for marriage licenses, drawing attention to the lack of marriage rights for gays and lesbians. Perry and his husband, Phillip DeBleck (shown left), filed the California lawsuit asking the state to recognize their Canadian marriage. They're returning to the courthouse today amidst speculation that the Superior Court in San Francisco might issue its ruling today. Meanwhile, thousands of gay and lesbian couples are expected to apply for marriage licenses across the U.S. this Valentine's Day.
Yahoo
[Date: 15-Feb-05 ]

For Valentine's Day: TV's best same-sex smooches

buffy TV Guide is doing some romantic reminiscing for Valentine's Day to count down the top twenty same-sex smooches in television history. Which kiss rated number one? When Willow and Tara liplocked on "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" in 2001. "Wiccan witches Willow and Tara had been platonically chanting, lighting candles and holding hands to save the world — until the day Buffy's mom unexpectedly dies. That's when Tara takes the grieving Willow's head in her hands, kisses her forehead, then finally, tenderly and lingeringly lands one right on the lips. Covens of Buffy fans around the country sang hallelujah." What ranked second? Jack and Doug's makeout moment on Dawson's Creek.
TV Guide
[Date: 15-Feb-05 ]

Etheridge rocks the house at Grammys

melissantammy.jpg Melissa Etheridge proved at the Grammy Awards last night that losing her hair to chemotherapy may have only made her voice better. Belting out Piece of My Heart, the singer attended the event with her spouse, Tammy Lynn Michaels of TV's Committed. Also in attendance were power lesbians Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi. Queen Latifah hosted, and if you think we're implying something, well, maybe we are.
AfterEllen.com
[Date: 15-Feb-05 ]

Jeff Gannon aka J.D. Guckert exposed

gannon Jeff Gannon, another conservative "reporter" who asked bogus questions of President Bush at White House press conferences is better known by his real name, J.D. Guckert - a man who has been found to own internet domains which appear to be for gay military-themed escort websites. The personal hypocrisy thickens with the discovery of Guckert's America Online profile, featuring the man in his undies wearing military dog tags. Gannon resigned his post with the conservative Talon News after these truths came to light. So what domains does he own? Conservativeguy.com, Conservative-guy.com, Exposejessejackson.com, Hotmilitarystud.com, Militaryescorts.com Militaryescortsm4m.com.
Jeff Gannon Exposed
[Date: 14-Feb-05 ]