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News and Pop Culture Round-Up

My motto has always been to keep the bias and bitchiness on this blog to a minimum. However, sometimes I can't help but be moved to frustration, disbelief or laughter by the many news items that I post. 

Here's my queer two cents...

WHEN A MAN LOVES A WOMAN
He can ride for free on a Metro-Vancouver city bus. If he loves another man, or she loves another woman, it could be a whole different story.

GAY BASHING IN THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO
What else is there to say about this repugnant, disgusting, cowardly act of thuggery... except, lock 'em up and throw away the key.

I HEART VERMONT
Gay and Lesbian Canadians looking for south of the border vacation 'hot spots' extend a hearty, "Thanks, Vermont", to the state for not just legalizing same-sex marriage, but for giving us another wintry holiday destination we can travel to and be legal in. Wait, how is this different from New Brunswick?

HUGH JACKMAN PREMIERES WOLVERINE in JAPAN
Hugh, honey, you can drive a Hummer across my bedroom floor anytime.

WHAT'S ONE MORE DEAD GAY KID?
How else do you explain why so little progress has made in setting dates for the trial of alleged murderer, in the case of slain California teen, Lawrence King?

AMERICAN IDOL ALUM JIM VERRAROS'S 'WEDDING'
When is a wedding not a marriage? When it's a ceremony performed in any American state except Iowa, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Hampshire and now this week in Vermont. Still, happy for you all the same, Jim and Bill.

FACISTS & NAZIS LARGELY ABSENT AT THIS YEAR'S BUDAPEST PRIDE
...because they were too busy protesting Obama's health care plan.

AGUA CALIENTE REDUX
Big things really DO come in small wet, tightly built packages with ripped abs.

CLEVELAND'S GOT GAME (AT LEAST IT HOPES SO)
The Ohio city's council knows what to do to stimulate it's economy... pledge $700,000 to the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission in support of a bid to bring the 2014 Gay Games to that city. Cleveland Rocks!

RE-THINKING HATE CRIME
A team of UK research criminologists wants us to start thinking about hate crimes in much broader terms. It's a fascinating study, one that will definitely challenge, if not enforce LGBT perceptions about what really constitutes a hate crime. In the meantime, we still need to be careful out there.

DON'T MONKEY AROUND WITH THEM
I 'love' the euphemism, social conservative, because it's such a benign way to describe your typical wing-nuts, you know, the type of people who think Charles Darwin is the anti-Christ and who want to censor any book, TV show or movie about him.

UKRAINE SAYS ELTON JOHN IS TOO OLD AND TOO GAY TO ADOPT BABY
He's famous, he's rich, he's a Lord, what else could a baby ask for in a parent?

HERE'S ONE AWARDS CEREMONY
...that won't be disrupted by that twit, Kanye West.

NEIL PATRICK HARRIS IDENTIFIES AS GAY, I THINK
Is it because NPH seems so much like a 'normal' guy to everyone that still watches his sitcom, "How I Met Your Mother" that New York Magazine feels the need to make him apply lipstick on the cover of its new issue? You know, can't tell the players without a program. What does that cover shot really say: "Hey, I'm a gay man" or "I'm way past 30 and I still like to play dress up, which must really confuse you, too."

YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED
News and Pop Culture Round-Up (Monday, August 24, 2009)

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