Friday, August 31, 2007
The convention couldn't be better. Not only has it been a nice distraction from the sadness back home, it's been a great chance to meet and bond with a bunch of fellow gay journalists and bloggers. Last night I hung out with Johnny Diaz (Beantown Cuban) and Greg Hernandez (Out in Hollywood) and our online friendships seamlessly translated into real life (they're both very smart and a lot of fun to drink with!). Their recaps of the night are great and can be read here and here. I gotta get back to the booth, so that's all for now.
Posted by Kenneth M. Walsh at 3:29 PM
Thursday, August 30, 2007
San Diego is beautiful and I'm having a great time meeting fellow journalists from all over the place.
I don't travel with a computer (I like to think of trips as a break from so much online life and a chance for some real-world life!) but I'm sitting here in the hotel lobby's Internet cafe having a coffee and saw the computer terminal just staring at me and couldn't resist a quick peak at my e-mail.
I just wanted to post this quick note to tell you that I read all of the messages you guys sent about Troy and although I'm sitting here in a public place crying like a little girl, every single one of them made me feel a little bit better and better and better.
I'm going to get back to what I'm here for, but thanks for caring and helping me through this sad period. :-)
-- kenneth in the (619)
Posted by Kenneth M. Walsh at 3:06 PM
Wednesday, August 29, 2007
Troy was born Feb. 8, 1994, to a stray cat mom in the Washington Animal Rescue League. By early April he was so cute that he and his four siblings were moved to the Pet of the Week display window where he was discovered. But despite his adorable pink nose and deluxe stripes, his father recalls that Troy wasn't even his first pick:
"Having grown up with a Siamese cat, I was instantly drawn to Troy's cream-colored sibling. We took (the cream cat) into the visiting room but Rafael (Kenneth's boyfriend at the time) kept saying he liked the 'more active' cat who was pounding his paw on the glass trying to make us notice him." Notice him they did and after another family showed a sudden interest in Troy, Rafael became highly protective of the little critter and nearly knocked the competition down to get him and declared, "He's ours!" Troy went home with them that day and was randomly named as his fathers shouted out names that they thought would be fun to call out. Kenneth liked "T" names because his childhood cat was named Tweet.
"Everyone who ever met Troy immediately fell in love with him," Kenneth recalled. "He was a very good boy. Without Troy here this house is not a home. I'm truly heartbroken."
In addition to his father, Kenneth, Troy is survived by his stepfather, Bernard Michael Smith of New York; two uncles, Bill Walsh of Washington, and Terence Walsh of Chandler, Ariz.; an aunt, Jennfier Jaurigue of Chandler, Ariz. grandparents Molly and Gary Chilinski of Phoenix, and cousins Gordie and Guga of Washington; Mack of Chandler; and Guinness of Chandler.
Tuesday, August 28, 2007
Posted by Kenneth M. Walsh at 5:33 PM
The legendary Gladys Knight, below, used her smile to light up the whole stadium ...
It came from the '80s: "Cosby Show" mom Phylicia Rashad and Christie Brinkley, below.
Posted by Kenneth M. Walsh at 8:06 AM
Maybe Fort Lauderdale's Democratic mayor, Jim Naugle, should reach out across the aisle and speak to Republicans about using public restrooms for sexual encounters. This time around it's homophobic married Senator Larry Craig of Idaho, who was looking for a little porcelain action at a Minneapolis airport in June yet somehow kept his arrest under wraps until yesterday when he pleaded guilty to misdemeanor disorderly conduct in relation to the incident. (What exactly does that mean -- did he get too excited during the game of footsy under the stall separator?) Despite pleading guilty, the senator has gone on the offense insisting -- like Florida state Sen. Bob Allen -- that it was all a big misunderstanding (cocksucking usually is).
"Larry Craig should stand up and be honest with the citizens of Idaho about who he is. Tonight is a historic opportunity for Senator Craig to run for re-election as a proud gay American. What a great turning point for one of the most conservative states in the country to be represented by an openly gay Senator."
"Senator Craig's situation is exacerbated by the fact that he has a voting record that is counter to the interest of lesbian and gay Americans. All too often, closeted men like Senator Craig use their voting record to hide their truth from the American people. With this news now out in the open, I call upon Senator Craig to reevaluate his votes on issues like the Federal Marriage Amendment, Don't Ask Don't Tell, and the Defense of Marriage Act.
"The Minnesota arrest is not a one-time occurrence," Rogers added. "Last October, I reported on three other encounters that Senator Craig had with men – including one in a bathroom in Washington's Union Station. What's troubling about this is Larry Craig's hypocrisy: he repeatedly votes against the gay community during his day job, while engaging in same-sex encounters as extra curricular activity. Now is a good time for Larry Craig to join millions of other Americans and be proud of who he is. (Read the full statement here.)
Posted by Kenneth M. Walsh at 12:25 AM
Monday, August 27, 2007
Posted by Kenneth M. Walsh at 7:23 AM
It was the perfect day for a beach blanket benefit in Malibu, as stars brought their kids out for "Kids Connection," a benefit for The Art of Elysium, a nonprofit organization that encourages actors, artists and musicians to volunteer their time and talent to children who are battling serious medical conditions.
Brooke Shields checks out pretty baby daughter Rowan Henchy's design ... while model Kristy Hume babysat hubby Donovan Leitch (listen to Susanna Hoffs' "Beekeeper's Blues" if you don't get that one!). Meanwhile, Charlie Sheen -- who looks like he's suffering from manorexia -- spent some quality time with daughter Sam and Joshua Marks (Richard's son?).