Gay news, oldest US gay bar to close, Belgium gay Prime Minister, gay house burned down in Iraq

19 06 2010

A gay bar in Fairfield ,Connecticut that has been open for 71 years will be closing shop. The owner, 57, said the new landlords have doubled the rent and it is just not profitable anymore. He bought it in 1989 after going there since he was 21. Before the 70’s it was a refuge for gays and in the 70’s it was the center of gay life in the area. In the 80’s it was there during the AIDS crisis and also open to women and brought gays and lesbians closer together. For many young people it was the first gay bar they visited and it is a real shame it will be closing.

Belgium might get its first gay Prime Minister ,socialist di Rupo. The biggest Party though in the elections were not the socialists but the New Flemish Alliance, a party that wants to separate Flanders from Wallonia. They do wanna make a coalition with the socialists and that leader is french-speaking Di Rupo. Does not seem to make sense but the reasoning might be that making someone President that most Flemish people do not like makes the chance of a separation even bigger.Sort of a trap. I can kind of understand Flanders though. They are much richer and have to basically support the poor Walloniers. I mean who would you pick, Dutch people or French. That is basically the question.

Police has set fire on a house in Iraq where 2 gay men, a lesbian woman and 2 transgender people lived. The people living there were arrested and one might suspect that they are being tortured as we speak. Since the arrest of Saddam Hussein 720 LGBT were arrested and/or killed. Horrible.

Some fun to end the day. Every year there is a 7-day AIDS cycle ride through California to raise money for HIV/AIDS. I once saw a documentary about this and it is touching to see people with HIV, volunteer and other people work together to achieve fantastic goals. For a few guys the biking was not tiring enough and they made a very sweet clip for Katy Perry’s song “California Gurls.”

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Stonewall Uprising

18 06 2010

This seems to be a great documentary about the single most important event in gay history.





Gay news, Expedia opens gay store, Harvey Milk dayMoscow Pride satanic, Gay blood ban

22 05 2010

Travel site Expedia.com has opened a Gay Travel Store on their website since yesterday on http://www.expedia.com/daily/gaytravel/default.asp. They partner with International Gay&Lesbian Travel Association to help find and identify gay-friendly hotels all over the world. I just had a look and it is pretty cool except for the fact that with hotels in for instance NY or Amsterdam I do not understand why some hotels are listed as gay-friendly and others not…. What qualifies as being gay-friendly? I probably keep (small)luxury hotels of the world as my number 1 but this might be a good alternative.

Today is the first Harvey Milk Day. It is only an official holiday in California but all over the U.S there are parties and events. As most of you know he was the first elected openly gay official in the U.S and was killed shortly after. People that do not know the importance of Harvey, should watch the movie Milk or one of the documentaries made about his life. Celebrations in his beloved Castro neighborhood will be biggest but also in LA, San Diego and NY marches and events for equality will be held. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi will kick off a fundraiser in SF on Market Street. Yesterday she promised DADT would be over by the end of the year. Hope she can keep her promise. Below Milk Screenwriter Dustin Lance Black about the importance of Harvey Milk.

For the 5th year in a row Moscow Gay Pride was banned by Mayor Yury Luzhkov. According to him it is satanic and he will do everything to stop the event May 29. Moscow authorities have also blocked the website promoting the pride, GayRussia.Ru. How democratic.

There might come an end to the FDA approved ban on gays giving blood donations. The Department of Health and Human services wants to hear presentations and engage in deliberations on the topic. Since september 1985 men who had sex with men(even once) were not allowed to donate. This change would be about time, there are tons of monogamous gay men who are HIV-negative and can donate.





Gossip, Gaga/Aguilera feud, Boy George not happy, muslim Miss USA

18 05 2010

Since the start of Lady Gaga storming to the top of the charts, 2 years ago, Christina Aguilera has dissed her. First asking if she was a men, then calling Gaga last week a newcomer(after having six number 1’s already) and saying she was “fun” to look at. It has also been really obvious Aguilera has been copying styles of Lady Gaga for basically everything she does lately. Now she wants the feud to be over and be good colleagues, a little late after all the digs. I like both, but Lady Gaga obviously more.

Boy George is not happy about a documentary the BBC did on his life ┬ácalled “Worried About the Boy,” saying the only good thing was the make-up. He said the TV-movie was poorly written and had no heart. Boy George always criticises everyone and everything so not a surprise. Still think he is fabuloso though.

The whole right-wing media in the US is in a shitstorm after Lebanese immigrant Rima Fakih, a muslim/christian, was named Miss USA yesterday. I can kinda understand the shock about this for some people, but the girl was brought to the US as a baby, lived her NY and went to a catholic school. Her views seem to be pretty open-minded as well, for instance on birth control so I think she has american values. It also proves the US is diverse and she sure is extremely pretty.





Gossip, Speidi going nuts, BFF’s Lynne Spears/Real Housewife, Jonathan Rhys Meyers and airports do not get along, Joan Rivers’ movie

17 05 2010

Wow, Spencer Pratt and Heidi Montag seem to have lost it completely now.Heidi called the cops on her mother who came by unannounced. Heidi says that after what her mother did to her on TV(basically telling her the truth about her plastic surgery) she does not wanna see her anymore. She is calling her mom psychotic and wants a restraining order. Meanwhile she is apparently only staring in the mirror the whole day and Spencer stands outside with crystals in his hands and binoculars to see if either his or her family will show up…

There are some new BFF’s in town. Real Housewife of NYC Jill Zarin and Lynne Spears, mom of Britney. They dined together and Lynne wants parenting advice from Jill. Kinda strange for someone writing a book about parenting huh?? Well, Lynne did a bad job and Jill seems like a great and smart mom so it is a wise move.

Crazy eyed Jonathan Rhys Meyers, great in the Tudors, got himself in trouble again with an airline/at an airport. After being arrested at the Dublin airport in 2007 for being drunk and hitting someone at Charles de Gaulle in Paris where he was detained by the French and put into handcuff, this time he drank so much during a United Airlines flight(my favorite airline) that he acted like a giant asshole and is no black-listed by the airline and will never be allowed to fly with the again. Must have been pretty severe then!

My favorite comedienne is Kathy Griffin but a good second is Joan Rivers. I love that crazy foul-mouthed babe and was excited to see that a new documentary about her life called A piece of work will be released in June and it looks fantastic. On Youtube I found a clip.