Monthly Archives: July 2008

Haloscan, Again. AGAIN.

Obviously the comments counter has been broken all day. Your comments are being saved but the counter isn’t updating. Haloscan’s new owners, JS-Kit, have been unresponsive to emailed requests for status info and to comments placed on their help forum. It’s seriously time to get another commenting system. I’d hate to lose a half-million comments or whatever, but what are ...

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Leave Barack Alone!

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Gay Church Demands To Know Contents Of Church Shooter’s Letter

Police won’t release the contents of the letter left by the Knoxville church shooter and the local gay church wants to know what it says. The man who ministers to East Tennessee’s largest gay and lesbian congregation says his church won’t rest easy until members know what Jim David Adkisson wrote. “The more clarity, the better,” said the Rev. Bob ...

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ACLU: Two Big LGBT Victories At Florida High Schools

The ACLU has bagged big victories on two different LGBT issues at Florida high schools. Victory One: At a rural Florida high school a federal judge has finally overruled the local school board and allowed the Gay-Straight Alliance to meet on campus. In a move the American Civil Liberties Union is calling “groundbreaking,” a federal judge has ruled in favor ...

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Oh My Gawd, Shoes

Remember how the right-wing eviscerated John Edwards for his $400 haircuts? John McCain wears $500 Ferragamos and lefty blogland is revenging itself into a tizzy. Nation blogger Christopher Hayes notes: If I were a right-wing blogger, and I found out that Barack Obama was wearing Ferragamo loafers that cost $520, I would spend about 50% of my waking hours making ...

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Killer Blames Murder On Transpanic

The confessed killer of Angie Zapata, the 20 year old transgender woman murdered in Colorado last week, says that he became so enraged when he discovered a penis under Zapata’s clothes, that he grabbed a fire extinguisher and beat “it” to death. The man arrested in the murder of a 20-year-old transgender person was on date with a person he ...

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Gene Variation Could Explain FTMs

Interesting finding in Austria regarding female-to-male transexuals. A gene variant has been identified that could explain female-to-male transexuality. The variation is found within the gene for an enzyme called cytochrome P17, which is utilised in the metabolism of sex hormones. According to researchers it leads to a high tissue concentrations of the hormones which could then influence the development of ...

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Obama Hits Back

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Wrinkle: Can Prisoners Marry Each Other?

California does not permit proxy marriages, both parties must be present. Therefore male and female prisoners have not been allowed to marry each other. But what if both parties are in the same prison? If prisoners in the same prison apply for permission to marry, the California proxy law doesn’t apply. State officials are scrambling to come up with a ...

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Bush Signs Landmark AIDS Bill, HIV Travel Ban Repealed (But Only Sort Of)

In what AIDS activists are hailing as one of the true positive legacies of his administration, yesterday George Bush signed the most extensive global AIDS relief bill in history. AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), hailed President Bush for signing legislation to re-authorize PEPFAR (the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief). The measure, which was signed in a formal signing ceremony earlier ...

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Morning View – Hansom Cab

Hansom cabs line up along Central Park South for rides through the park and around midtown. Most of the colorful carriages are made in Amish Country. The movement to ban horse carriages in Manhattan gained steam in 2006 when a spooked horse ran headfirst into a parked car, critically injuring the carriage driver. The horse had to be euthanized. While ...

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Open Thread Thursday

Got kids? Want any?

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HomoQuotable – Barney Frank

“The vast amount of human activity ought to be none of the government’s business. I don’t think it is the government’s business to tell you how to spend your leisure time. I cannot think there are many people who are in favor of using limited federal resources in law enforcement to arrest people because those people decide to smoke marijuana.” ...

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McCain Compares Obama To Paris Hilton And Britney Spears

And the incredibly stupid attack ads keep rolling in.

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Remembering Fort Lauderdale’s Glory Days

For 25 years my Orlando pal Tony Hayden has chronicled his life on videotape. Over the last few years Tony has published his stories on his award-winning website in what he calls his “ME-ality Series. Today he published a five-part series on his coming to terms with his gayness via his discovery of Fort Lauderdale’s now-legendary early ’80s beach/bar/boys culture. ...

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Gender Testing For Female Olympians

Some female athletes at the Beijing Olympics will undergo controversial gender tests to ensure that they are genetically women. Organizers of the Beijing Olympics have set up a sex-determination laboratory to evaluate “suspect” female athletes, the official Chinese news agency Xinhua reported Sunday. The lab is similar to ones set up at previous Olympics in Sydney and Athens, and will ...

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A Startling Perspective On Black AIDS

The Black AIDS Institute has issued a stunning comparison: If black America were a country, it would rank 16th in the world in the number of people living with the AIDS virus, the Black AIDS Institute, an advocacy group, reported Tuesday. The report, financed in part by the Ford Foundation and the Elton John AIDS Foundation, provides a startling new ...

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Gone: Bennigans, Steak & Ale

Metromedia Restaurant Group, the parent company of Bennigan’s and Steak & Ale, abruptly declared Chapter 7 bankruptcy yesterday and more than 300 locations nationwide were immediately closed. A few privately owned franchises will remain open for now. Industry watchers knew Metromedia was in trouble, but were shocked at how quickly the shut-down came. Other national casual dining chains may follow ...

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The Winner Takes It All

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Massachusetts House Lifts Marriage Ban

Yesterday the Massachusetts House repealed the state’s 1913 ban on out-of-state residents marrying there, clearing the way for gay tourist nuptials. The ban had already been repealed by the state Senate and Gov. Duval Patrick will sign it into law shortly. An analysis by the state predicts that up to 30,000 gay couples may visit to marry there in the ...

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