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Caster Semenya on Suicide Watch? … Corporate America Says Yes to DPs … Iowa’s HIV Convictions

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• South Africa’s athletics organization is demanding chief Leonard Chuene rejoin the International Association of Athletics Federations, which he quit to protest the gender testing of track star Caster Semenya, who is supposedly on suicide watch(?!).

• Georgetown Law’s big lez Chai Feldblum is Obama’s pick for commissioner of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

• Paris Hilton almost loses an eye for mistakenly refusing to hold up a “No Homophobia” sign at a Milan gay club.

• Corporate giants including Boeing, Nike, Microsoft Corp., Puget Sound Energy are backing Washington’s domestic partnership laws.

• Just because Canada’s Industry Minister Tony Clement is demanding extra “scrutiny” in funding gay-themed events doesn’t make him homophobic!


• The New York Times follows up with Daniel Gross and Steven Goldstein, the first gay couple to be featuring in the paper’s Weddings section in Sept. 2002. Appropriately, the pair met via a newspaper personals ad.

• Ohio lawmakers set to add sexual orientation to housing and employment discrimination laws.

• More praise for Tom Ford’s directorial debut A Simple Man. And hey, Julianne Moore is good in it too.

Twenty-four people in Iowa have been convicted of transmission (or attempted transmission) of HIV, for having sex while knowing they are HIV-positive, in the 11 years since the law was created. The crime is the second-most-serious felony in the state.

• Over 100 (thought-to-be) gay men in China’s People’s Park refused to scatter when the police arrived, there to either harass pedestrians or, supposedly, crack down on sex at the park’s restrooms.

• Is this an account of a gay rape in Ghana? Or stereotypical prosecution of gay men?

• Matt Damon and Michael Douglas will get gay together for Steven Soderbergh’s Liberace biopic.

• The DNC welcomes a transgender woman into the fold — a first for a major political party.


True Blood hottie Mehcad Brooks won’t wed until Prop 8 is dead.

• The 15-year-old boy who beat Michigan teen Steven Harmon in an anti-gay attack “was sentenced Monday to take part in a special program at the Kalamazoo County Juvenile Home that could last nine months [and] ordered to obtain anger management counseling, victim restitution and write a letter of apology to the victim.”