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HEADLINES: Europe Loves Shirtless Obama, Prejean’s New Gig, Aging Gays

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MR. PRESIDENT Americans found the Washingtonian‘s shirtless Obama cover offensive. Europeans loved it. [NYT]

THE THEATRE Tony Kushner’s new play The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide to Capitalism and Socialism With a Key to the Scriptures debuts, showcasing three Italian-American siblings (two gay!) in Brooklyn. [On Top]

BOOBS Venezuela’s President Hugo Chávez denies a $15 government-made cell phone named “Vergatario” is supposed to mean “great dick.” [Guardian]

CAREERS Miss California Carrie Prejean’s new gig: Fox News morning show guest host. [U.S. News]

THE ‘LESBIAN’ PARTY Doyle Webb, chairman of the Arkansas Republican Party, acknowledges he invoked openly gay Rep. Kathy Webb (unrelated) to describe the differences between his party and the family-hating Democrats. Rep. Webb responds: “I would be happy to meet with him and share my thoughts about family values and a little background about my life.” [Arkansas Times]

AGING GAYS Some gay folks didn’t expect to live past 40. So now that they’re middle aged and older, where are they supposed to hang out? [Philly Gay News]

REPORT CARDS The Human Rights Campaign and Gay and Lesbian Medical Association release the Healthcare Equality Index 2009, an annual ranking of more than 150 healthcare facilities and how they treat GLBTs. [HRC]