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Monday, June 28, 2010

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David James Elliott shirtless in "Scoundrels"

ABC's summer series "Scoundrels" had a nice shirtless scene of former JAG star and DILF hottie David James Elliott. More D J Elliott pics at Super Hero Fan! Patrick Flueger is also starring in "Scoundrels". Flueger, is probably best known as Shawn Farrell in The 4400, has a new TV show called, Scoundrels. In this ABC dramedy, Flueger plays twin brothers Logan and Calvin "Cal" West. One twin is clean cut and the other shaggy-haired. I checked out the first two episodes - it's a pleasant enough summertime TV diversion. Flueger's shaggy-haired wig is awful but he still manages to be hot - not an easy feat!

HIV transmission risk during anal sex 18 times higher than during vaginal sex
The risk of HIV transmission during anal intercourse may be around 18 times greater than during vaginal intercourse, according to the results of a meta-analysis published online ahead of print in the International Journal of Epidemiology. Moreover, as well as this empirical work the researchers from Imperial College and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine carried out a modelling exercise to estimate the impact that HIV treatment has on infectiousness during anal intercourse. They estimate that the risk of transmission from a man with suppressed viral load may be reduced by as much as 99.9%. Anal intercourse drives the HIV epidemic amongst gay and bisexual men. Moreover a substantial proportion of heterosexuals have anal sex but tend to use condoms less frequently than for vaginal sex, and this may contribute to heterosexual epidemics in sub-Saharan Africa and elsewhere. READ MORE

Brent Sopel thinks gay pride is ‘awesome’

Brent Sopel said the Chicago Gay Pride Parade was “awesome, amazing.” Sopwel rode on the Chicago Gay Hockey Association (CGHA) float for the parade on Sunday. Sopel brought the Stanley Cup and raised it over his head no less than 10 times along the route. “I had a great time, way better than I expected,” Sopel said in an exclusive post-parade interview. “It was more (fun) than I expected; it was a blast. Everyone was fun, everyone was dancing. But, at the end of the day, I hope it raised some awareness.” Read more at Outsports.com

Rugby club fined for anti-gay chants at Gareth Thomas

Castleford Tigers rugby club has been hit with a £40,000 fine after its fans subjected gay player Gareth Thomas to homophobic taunts. The Yorkshire club was punished by the Rugby Football League (RFL) for the abuse Thomas received from its supporters at a March 26th match against the Crusaders. A statement from the RFL said: "Castleford were found guilty of unacceptable behaviour, of breaching the RFL's respect policy, of misconduct by their supporters and of conduct prejudicial to the interests of the sport. The club is expected to appeal the decision. (UK Pink News)

Sandra Bullock and Jesse James finalize divorce

Sandra Bullock and Jesse James’ marriage is officially over - the estranged couple's divorce has been finalized, according to online reports. The Oscar winner walked out on the TV mechanic in March after porn star Michelle 'Bombshell' McGee went public with news of her 11-month fling with James. In court filings, Bullock claimed the marriage had "become insupportable because of discord or conflict of personalities". According to TMZ.com, both parties signed the final documents last week. Details of the divorce settlement have not been released. (source)

Arab-Israeli tensions spill over to Pride celebrations

Pride season means many different things to many different people within the LGBT community, but one theme - that of unification and temporarily putting aside the various disagreements that fuel community infighting - is an undeniable Pride pillar on which many queer people lean. But Pride season can also exacerbate existing tensions within the community, particularly in response to major world events. The May 31 Israeli attack of a Turkish humanitarian aid flotilla headed to the Gaza Strip - an attack that resulted in the deaths of nine, the injuries of dozens and the detainment of hundreds - has proven to be one of those events. LGBT activists who stand in solidarity with the Palestinian population paint a different picture of Israel. For them, the many pro-Israel advocates in the gay community see on the state’s progressiveness on LGBT issues as "pinkwashing." San Francisco-based Queers Undermining Israeli Terrorism, an organization similar to the group originally banned in Toronto, considers themselves part of "an international movement for human rights that encompasses the movement for Palestinian liberation, and all other liberation movements. READ MORE

BET Awards: 13 Performances Graded!

Chris Brown stole the show and everyone's heart performing Jackson's ''The Way You Make Me Feel,'' ''Remember the Time,'' and ''Billie Jean'' with the passion, vigor, and skill the ''King of Pop'' did for decades. From Kanye's big return to tributes to music royalty (Prince and MJ) to appearances from hip-hop legends, here's Entertainment Weekly's report card for the night's music. READ MORE

WINNERS: 37th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards

Here are the winners in the soap opera categories (via We Love Soaps)

OUTSTANDING DRAMA SERIES
THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL

OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES
MAURA WEST, AS CARLY TENNEY

OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES
MICHAEL PARK, AS JACK SNYDER

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES
JULIE PINSON, AS JANET SNYDER

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES
BILLY MILLER, AS BILLY ABBOTT

OUTSTANDING YOUNGER ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES
JULIE BERMAN, AS LULU SPENCER

OUTSTANDING YOUNGER ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES
DREW TYLER BELL, AS THOMAS FORRESTER

OUTSTANDING DRAMA SERIES DIRECTING TEAM
GENERAL HOSPITAL

OUTSTANDING DRAMA SERIES WRITING TEAM
THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL

Check out We Love Soaps video coverage of the 37th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards here!

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