Thursday, April 30, 2009

Page 1 Consider (04/30)

  • Ryan Idol, Eat Your Heart Out: Brian Sims was an openly gay college football captain. And you thought this only happened in "Score 10." (Outsports)

  • Better Know a Bigot: Backers of a ballot initiative banning gays from adopting children in Arkansas are reportedly livid after an LGBT rights group posted the names and zip codes of those who signed petitions that led to the question appearing on the ballot. Funny how that works. These are the same people who have no problem with finding out which corporations have LGBT-inclusive policies and charitable programs and then threatening them with massive boycotts if they don't cave into their demands. Now how does it feel? (365Gay)

  • Google Public Data: Who needs a private eye when Google's on the case? (Washington Post)

  • Zodiac Killer: I love it when famous old mysteries are finally solved. But this woman who now says her dad was the Zodiac, and that she even scribbled some of the taunting notes he sent, would be a lot more believable if the "expert document examine" who verified her handwriting claims didn't also happen to be an executive producer and narrator of a coming documentary about the case! (NYT)

  • Fartman to the Rescue: I've always known that beyond the butt bongo and naked chick obsession, Howard Stern was a good guy. His recent message on gay marriage confirmed what I already knew. (Towleroad)

  • Jon & Kate Plus 1: I can't imagine why Jon Gosselin, of "Jon & Kate Plus 8" fame, would want to cheat on that wonderful wife of his. (EOnline)

  • That Didn't Come Out Right: Thousands of daily attacks on federal and private computer systems in the United States -- many from China and Russia, some malicious and some testing chinks in the patchwork of American firewalls -- have prompted the Obama administration to review U.S. strategy. (NYT)

  • Sooner Is Better: Powerful drugs are available to treat HIV, but doctors have long argued about when to start therapy. Is it better to treat patients early, exposing them to risky side effects, or to wait until the disease is more advanced? A new analysis suggests that sooner is better than later. (NYT)

  • Fighting Back: With urging from President Obama, the House passed the Matthew Shepard hate crime bill on Wednesday, legislation that President Bush opposed. The vote was 249 to 175, with most Democrats voting in favor and most Republicans against, including the rather sickening Rep. Virginia Foxx of North Carolina, who called the young Wyoming man's hate-inspired death a "hoax." (QClick) If you're as disgusted as I am, why don't you e-mail her and let her know what you think of her HERE. Or call her Washington office at (202) 225-2071. What a disgrace to America and the political process.

  • Gay Report Card: Speaking of President Obama, his first 100 days in office are done and he's being graded by everyone, including the LGBT press. Kerry Eleveld of the Advocate writes: Though the president's first 100 days did not include the signing of major LGBT legislation, advocates say the administration has set the stage for a string of LGBT wins. While Emma Ruby-Sachs is far less charitable over on The Huffington Post: "When it comes to actual change in the lives of LGBT people, nothing has been done."

  • Creature Feature: Dr. Laura -- who raised a fine boy whose MySpace page boasts cartoon images of rape, murder and child molestation; racial epithets; and stories of drug use -- is coming to a movie theater near you with "Dr Laura Live! In Praise of Mom." (HX)

  • Rocky Mountain High: Legislation to provide health insurance and other benefits to the same-sex partners of Colorado state workers is on its way to the desk of Gov. Bill Ritter, who is expected to sign it. (365Gay)

  • Catalog This: A transgender woman who was denied a job at the Library of Congress because she was transitioning from male to female has been awarded the maximum compensation for the discrimination she suffered, nearly $500,000. (Advocate)
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