Monthly Archives: June 2009

This Week In Holy Crimes

Over the last seven days…. Indiana: Pastor Ernest Beal charged with stealing $75K from the personal accounts of residents of the developmentally disabled adults living in group homes he was overseeing.New York: Father Patrick Dunne charged with stealing $432K from his parish, including money from a fund meant for Katrina victims.Canada: Father Robert Borne charged with molesting three children.Colombia: Pastor …

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The 2009 Tony Awards

ABOVE: Hair producer Oskar Eustis accepts the award for Best Revival of a Musical with this: “Peace now, freedom now, and [indicating his ring finger] equality NOW. Justice forever!” That’s Mr. Broadway 2009, Anthony Hollock on the right. What a strange beast was this year’s Tony Awards. The “most expensive opening ever” (above left) was indeed spectacular – but audio …

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Daily Grumble

New York driver, we SAW you dump your fast food garbage into the middle of I-81 at milepost 213 in the Endless Mountains of Pennsylvania, you thoughtless pig. If our rental had been equipped with a laser-guided missile, the road crews would be picking up your body parts as well as your fucking Arby’s trash. UPDATE: Some wacko “devoted and …

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Marriage Rally In Rhode Island

Remember the very recent “6 x 12” slogan vowing to bring marriage equality to all of New England by 2012? Well, here we are at “5 x 9″…and folks are now looking to Rhode Island to bring us in three years early.

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HomoQuotable – Chris Crain

“Don’t say I didn’t warn you. HRC and the Democrats have been promising (with no plan to deliver) passage of a hate crime law and Employment Non-Discrimination Act for more than a decade, including before the 2006 election, and yet we are still expected to be satisfied by these same civil rights crumbs for the entire first year that Democrats …

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First Major Pride Event For China

China is seeing its first ever major gay pride event beginning today in Shanghai. What organizers bill as “Shanghai’s first ever PRIDE festival to celebrate Shanghai’s diverse and quickly growing LGBTQI community” starts this weekend (Sunday June 7). It includes a busy week of activities through Sunday June 14, culminating with an all-day-all-night festival on Saturday, June 13. Although the …

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Tranquility Base

After congratulating ourselves for such a great job of packing the rental car, we arrived in the mountains to realize that we’d forgotten our largest item – the campsite canopy – forcing Chris to get a little inventive with a giant tarp. It poured most of last night, but the rain let up for the few hours of the bonfire …

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Gay Hip-Hoppers Pick Up The Mic

Pick Up The Mic, the documentary about LGBT rappers, comes out on DVD on June 23th. The film premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and played at over 50 festivals around the world including SXSW, IFF Boston, Miami International Film Festival, Frameline and Outfest. The audio is the clip below is NSFW.

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Study Links Marriage Bans To Rise In HIV

An Emory University study has linked same-sex marriage bans to a rise in new HIV infections. The study used data from the General Social Survey (GSS), which has tracked the attitudes of Americans during the past four decades. The economists calculated that a rise in tolerance from the 1970s to the 1990s reduced HIV cases by one per 100,000 people, …

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Today: NGLCC Rings Closing Bell At NYSE

Representatives of the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce will ring the stock market’s closing bell today in recognition of Pride Month. The market closes at 4pm. For one special day, the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce®, NYSE Euronext, NGLCCNY, Members of Congress, other LGBT advocacy organizations, and corporate champions will gather at The New York Stock …

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Afternoon View – Jefferson Diner

Aaron, Chris and I are having lunch in the fabulous Jefferson Diner in Lake Hopatcong, NJ – on our way to a weekend at Hillside Campgrounds in the Poconos Mountains in eastern Pennsylvania. The weather is crap – cold and rainy – but the bonfires and the menz will be hot. There’s a couple posts in the queue that will …

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Shocker: The Cheneys Are Big Fat Liars

Rachel Maddow was on a roll last night as she ripped Dick Cheney and his daughter Liz for their latest claims that the Bush administration never claimed the 9/11 attacks were perpetrated by Saddam Hussein. A freakin’ classic Maddow takedown. “Maybe the Cheneys don’t know that all this is on tape?”

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Tennessee: ACLU Wins Battle Over Blocked LGBT Websites In Public Schools

The ACLU has forced the Tennessee public school system to stop blocking educational LGBT websites. Dozens of Tennessee schools have restored access to online information about lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues, just over two weeks after the American Civil Liberties Union filed suit against two Tennessee school districts for unconstitutionally blocking student access to such sites. The company that …

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Dueling Marriage Bills In PA Senate

On Wednesday, Pennsylvania state Sen. Daylin Leach (D) introduced a marriage equality bill as a Republican state Senator introduced a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage. Hoping to capture the pro-gay-marriage momentum in other state legislatures, Sen. Daylin Leach (D., Montgomery) yesterday introduced the state’s first bill to legalize same-sex marriage. Meanwhile, a colleague across the aisle, Sen. John Eichelberger (R., …

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But Still Better Than Poetry

For my pal Allen, who graduates tomorrow.

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New York’s Catholic Bishops Step Up Attacks On Marriage Equality

Led by Archbishop Timothy Dolan, the eight Catholic bishops of New York have released a statement condemning marriage equality. This is the first such joint statement from the group. “We face today the prospect of a law in New York which would radically change the timeless institution of marriage. As pastors of citizens from every corner of our great state, …

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Maddow On Obama’s Speech In Egypt

It was a fantastic speech.

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Pet Shop Boys Tour Announced

Pet Shop Boys have just announced the dates for a North American tour to begin at the end of the summer. The tickets pre-sale will begin Monday, June 8th, at 1:00 PM in the time zone of the performance. Aug 29 Montreal MetropolisSept 1 New York, NY HammersteinSept 2 New York, NY HammersteinSept 3 Washington, DC Constitution HallSept 5 Boston, …

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Olbermann: World Net Daily Columnist “Worst Person In The World”

With Elizabeth Hasselbeck coming in a close second.

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David Carradine: INXS Part 2

After initial reports that actor David Carradine had committed suicide by hanging, comes word that he probably died accidentally after engaging in auto-erotic asphyxiation – just as in the case of INXS frontman Michael Hutchence. Police sources have told The Sun in London that Carradine may have died after he attempted an erotic asphyxiation act when he wrapped a cord …

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