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South Africa’s HIV+ Soldiers Get a Chance to Fight Abroad … Lee Daniels’ Abuse Confession

ON OUR GAYDAR — News, notes, clicks, and quips from around the web.


• South African soldiers with HIV/AIDS can be deployed overseas, but only if they pass some 39 fitness tests. Naturally, there are critics.

Russia’s latest stab at fighting against state-sponsored homophobia.

• Photos from last night’s NYC rally for marriage. One attendees favorite chant: “2 4 6 8. All these tourists can’t be straight.”

• Ugh. Kanye West scored a half-dozen Grammy nods. Go away.


• Lee Daniels, the gay director behind Precious: “Some guy came up to me at a screening that I was at recently and he told me that he, um, was sexually abusing his 14-year-old daughter. That’s what he told me. And he was crying. To me, that is the award. There is no award on this earth that can get a man to admit that. So to me, that is my award. My award is healing. You know what I mean? I want to be acknowledged or whatever, but I’m happy with people healing.” (via)

• Newly out Family Ties mom Meredith Baxter is writing a book … of course.

• Will the names of the the Rainbow Lounge patrons who suffered through the police raid be made public?

• Nate Berkus is not into watersports. Oprah‘s main gay is suing over a leaky roof.

• No, Friendster is not back.

• State Sen. Scott McCoy, Utah’s first openly gay senator, resigns so he can make partner as his law firm.