In case you missed it: Vanguard’s ‘Missionaries of Hate’ episode about gays in Uganda

As the gay population of Uganda (and Africa in general) is suffering from a surge in hate crimes and discrimination, this episode of Vanguard highlighted the issue last summer. With smart and delicate reporting by Mariana Van Zeller, the episode gives major insight to the plight of the gay community in Uganda and how American evangelicals played a hand in the wave of homophobia. She posted this blog last week about the recent killing of gay rights advocate David Kato

The episode is shocking and powerful. The show airs  Mondays at 8 p.m. on CurrentTV.

—  Rich Lopez

News: Phytoplankton, OED, Olly Murs, South Africa, Spice Girls

RoadHurricane Earl heads for East Coast.

RoadPolice find "no evidence" that slain British spy Gareth Williams was gay.

Phytoplankton RoadThe summer's most important news story? "Since 1950, the study found, the oceans have lost 40 percent of their phytoplankton. As these organisms account for the production of half the earth’s organic matter, this is not good. It’s like finding out that there’s half as much money in all the earth’s banks as we thought there was."

RoadSnooki gets a greased-up Guido marriage proposal.

RoadStudy: Heavy drinkers outlive nondrinkers.

RoadImages from Glenn Beck's "Restoring Honor" rally.

RoadLGBT refugees face xenophobia in South Africa: "I feel that people like us who stay in urban areas do no face half the issues of xenophobia and homophobia like our brothers and sisters who stay in townships. But you never know who you may piss off just by speaking your home language.”

RoadLeading poppers company goes out of business.

RoadAussiebum CEO Sean Ashby goes undercover on Australian TV.

RoadKylie Minogue to tour U.S. again.

Olly RoadX-Factor runner-up and spray tan enthusiast Olly Murs models a fan's boxers at London's G-A-Y.

RoadOmaha World Herald rejects same-sex wedding announcement: "Our daughter Kristin Wilke will wed Jessica Kitzman August 20, 2011, in Northern Minnesota. We are so proud we asked to buy an announcement ad in the Omaha World Herald to share our glorious news with our friends. I am disgusted to say that the publisher himself, Terry Kroeger, called me personally to say same-gender couples are not allowed to buy announcements in the Omaha World Herald. Please call 402-444-1328 or write pulse@owh.com if this action disgusts you as it does us. Over 1500 papers sell such ads in the US. Including the NYT."

RoadSocial networking site for gay and lesbian Mormons set to launch? "The site is called Cor Invictus, which loosely translates to, 'Unconquered Heart,' from Latin. It differs from other online communities for Gays and Lesbians of the Mormon faith by being open to all, no matter the individual’s current standing in the LDS church."

RoadBradley Cooper and Ryan Reynolds teaming up as cops.

Bearded_gyllenhaal RoadIf you can't get enough bearded Jake.

RoadVeritas, play about Harvard gay witch hunt, wins Overall Excellence Award for Best Ensemble at NY International Fringe Festival.

RoadMale model fix: Ryan Koning.

RoadAbFab's Jennifer Saunders writing Spice Girls musical?

RoadThe internet kills the Oxford English Dictionary: "A team of 80 lexicographers has been working on the third edition of the OED – known as OED3 – for the past 21 years. The dictionary’s owner, Oxford University Press (OUP), said the impact of the internet means OED3 will probably appear only in electronic form. The most recent OED has existed online for more than a decade, where it receives two million hits a month from subscribers who pay an annual fee of £240."

RoadModern Family's Cameron has a bike short fetish.


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—  John Wright

We ALL have AIDS

I have always loved Annie Lennox’s music. But as she has done more and more in the battle against HIV/AIDS, I have grown to love her as a person. She has an HIV/AIDS awareness campaign called “Sing: A Voice for HIV/AIDS Women and Children.” And she often wears a t-shirt that says “HIV Positive,” even though she herself is not HIV positive. She wore the shirt during a recent duet with Aretha Franklin in a Rock-And-Roll Hall of Fame concert. She wears it to make the point that whether you are infected with HIV, you are all affected by HIV/AIDS. In that sense, we all have AIDS.

Visit Annie Lennox’s Web site here. Read about Sing here. And watch the clip below in which Ms. Lennox explains.

—  admin