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As I write this, Speaker Nancy Pelosi has just promised a vote on
repealing the military's Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy in the House of
Representatives. She didn't give a date, only vowing that it "will be
taken this year."
Turkish civil rights activists held a protest after a government
minister called homosexuality a "disease."
Beginning this month, Poland's National Museum will mount an exhibition
of gay erotic art.
One member of a gay couple that was arrested after holding a public
engagement ceremony is gravely ill, international civil rights
Two journalists who allegedly blackmailed a university professor with a
tape of him having sex with another man have been arrested.
Zurich is known for its relaxed attitudes to the pleasures of sex, drugs and electronica.
The trial in the federal lawsuit against Proposition 8 is likely to
finally wrap up in US District Court in San Francisco on June 16, when
Judge Vaughn Walker has tentatively scheduled closing arguments.
Leaders admit they "know what it's like to be the target of
Gay athletic association sued over bisexual discrimination.
Directors of Stonewall Uprising finally lay to rest some well-worn
A gay man's glimpse at life in the northernmost reaches of Scandinavia.
Protesters stage sit-in decrying John McCain"s flip-flop on gays in the
Tony Bennett sang about leaving his heart in San Francisco in his 1962
hit song. Many a '60s hippy happily heeded Scott McKenzie's invitation
to "wear some flowers in your hair," pointing their VW bugs west in
search of love-ins, whacked weed and the freedom simply to be.
If you're a regular traveler, sleep deprivation becomes a normal,
almost ritualistic thing. Jet lag screws up your internal clock,
foreign beds often feel weird, and work anxiety keeps you awake. Sleep
seems to escape us when we need it the most. Insomnia is funny like
One moonlit night in Ghana, I visited an outdoor dance recital at a
village I knew. The dancers came out in a line, plunging their arms to
the ground and back up and turning around. A row of young drummers
fluctuated beats like a hypnotizing orchestra. The white gauze of the
African sky arched high above.
The Guide recommends...
Todd Alsup is on the road these days. His spring tour has focused on
colleges and universities in the northeast. The tour culminates June 4
at the Rockwood Music Hall in New York. The trek precedes the release
of Alsup's self-released, eponymous debut album (toddalsup.com). The 11
well-crafted songs on Todd Alsup, all penned or co-penned by the
artist, are a gorgeous blend of soul and R&B, rock and pop.
Consider Alsup the bastard child of Ben Folds and Robin Thicke as
produced by the Fray -- or, in the case of Todd Alsup, Steve Greenwell,
James Walsh and Jeremy Sklarsky. The lead single, "Let's Have a Party,"
is an exuberant pop jam. "The Way It Goes" is a heartfelt ballad that
spotlights Alsup's late-'70s/early-'80s Billy Joel influences. The
disco-splashed "The Only Thing" recalls the vibrancy of Stevie Wonder's
"I Wish." Album closer "The Good Fight" is feisty and anthemic.
In Berlin's Tiergarten park, a sign points out the former location of
Magnus Hirschfeld's Institute for Sexual Research. The building was
attacked by the Nazis in 1933, and its entire library was burned in the
Lester is on vacation but check out the archived columns here.