Thursday, May 22, 2008

Page 1 Consider (05/22)

  • Big, Indeed: Feast your eyes on photographer Mario Testino's uncut, uncensored photo shoot of "Big Brother: Brazil" star Fernando Fernandes, as seen in Vogue Germany. (Did I mention uncut?) (Use caution when opening)

  • No One Asked, but Someone Told: The U.S. appeals court in California on Wednesday reinstated a lawsuit challenging the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy. The case was brought by Maj. Margaret Witt, a flight nurse who served in the Air Force for two decades, received several medals and was featured in the service’s promotional materials. Witt also shared a life with a woman not affiliated with the military for six years in Spokane, Wash., about 250 miles from the base to which she was assigned. The women kept their relationship private but things unraveled according to her lawyer when "some citizen in Spokane called up and said there are these lesbian women living in a house here and one of them is in the Air Force and you should know that." Following an investigation and military hearing, Witt was discharged. (NYT)

  • Attitude Dancing: Howard Cohen has a great little interview with Carly Simon. (IdolWatch)

  • Obama and the Jews (best band name ever!): I about fell over when I read this story about many Jews in Florida expressing doubt about Barack Obama. I swear I heard the exact same talking points when I had dinner with my friend Larry's mother, Faye, last week! A lot of times these scene pieces don't ring true, but this one sure did. (NYT)

  • Iran So Far Away: Britain has announced that it is granting asylum to a gay Iranian teenager who fears that he could face execution if forced to return to his homeland. Britain's Border Agency said it would allow asylum for Mehdi Kazemi, 19, who traveled in 2005 to London to study English and while there learned that his lover in Iran had been charged with sodomy and hanged. (AP)

  • Gay Marriage: There have been a lot of messed up things said about Ellen DeGeneres and Porti di Rossi's plans to get married, but this isn't one of them: "This is the biggest lesbian wedding since Liza Minnelli and David Guest got married," quips comedian and commentator Michelle Collins. (Media Matters)

  • Something Unsavory in the Air: Not only is American Airlines going to start charging passengers $15 to check a bag, they won't even refund it if your luggage is lost! (What next, a $30 finder's fee?) (AP)

  • Trickle-Down Hatred: The prime minister of Jamaica made homophobic remarks during a an interview with the BBC. (Is it any wonder gays and lesbians on that little island are suffering so?) (365Gay)

  • Jew Kidding me? Jake Gyllenhaal is Disney's new "Prince of Persia." (NYMag)

  • Radioactive? First everybody's favorite gay American says he's broke and unemployable. Now comes word that Jim McGreevey has turned down a job hosting a radio show? What gives, Mr. Governor? Holding out for a TV variety show? (AP)

  • Enemy No. 1: Just how out of control is the fear and rhetoric on cable news over the immigration issue? A new report says that while real Americans face serious issues such as a faltering economy, a health-care crisis and the ongoing war in Iraq, "news" men Dobbs, O’Reilly, and Beck “serve up a steady diet of fear, anger, and resentment on illegal immigration.” (Media Matters)

  • Good News, Bad News: The constitutional amendment banning gay marriage approved by Oregon voters in 2004 has been upheld by the state Court of Appeals. Gay and lesbian couples argued that Measure 36 should be overturned because it amounted to a revision to the Oregon Constitution rather than an amendment. Meanwhile, it liberal Portland, City Commissioner Sam Adams had little difficulty winning the city's mayoral race Tuesday, becoming the first openly gay mayor ever elected to lead one of the 30 largest U.S. cities. (AP)
  • 1 comment:

    Travis said...

    The Jewish story was very was up on the google new page all today. I am not sure why they singled out jews, they should have just talked to people in that age bracket. I though my grandmother would sure speak her mind.