Jake Gyllenhaal says he was motivated to sign on for Brokeback Mountain after seeing pal Gwyneth Paltrow "dressed as a young boy" in Shakespeare In Love, proving that it takes only five years after its release to make us feel nostalgic.
20 million people affected by flooding in Pakistan. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon: "I will never forget the destruction and suffering I have witnessed today. In the past I have witnessed many natural disasters around the world, but nothing like this."
Chicago area split on same-sex marriage: "In a recent Tribune/WGN poll, 46 percent of suburban residents said they oppose legalizing same-sex marriage, while 40 percent approve and 14 percent have no opinion.
When asked their opinions on civil unions — which would provide same-sex couples with many of the same legal rights as marriage — the results switch: 54 percent of suburban residents favor legalizing same-sex civil unions, compared with 33 percent who would oppose such a law."
NY1 looks at Manhattan's planned gay-themed hotel complex on 42nd street: "We are going to be a hetero-friendly urban resort, which means we are going to turn Ian Schrager’s concept upside down. His hotels 20 years ago were more 80 percent straight and 20 percent gay-friendly. Here we hope to be more of a true hetero-friendly complex — a gay environment where straight friends and family are welcome to come and enjoy our fun too."
Gay real estate agent uses Lutheran pastor's home for sexcapades: "While they were gone, they allege in a lawsuit filed last week, their real estate agent used their house and possessions for 'unauthorized sexual escapades,' staining their sheets, couch, carpet and other surfaces.
Coldwell Banker Burnet spent more than ,000 to clean the home and replace sullied furniture, sheets, towels, the couple's robes and her negligee. But the family says they were repulsed by the intrusion and can't stay there anymore."
Marine investigated for alleged participation in gay porn: "Sgt. Matthew W. Simmons, whose alleged screen name is 'Christian Jade,' acknowledged in an e-mail that he believed his case would be taken to court-martial."
Paul Krugman on the Social Security "crisis". "An aging population will eventually (over the course of the next 20 years) cause the cost of paying Social Security benefits to rise from its current 4.8 percent of G.D.P. to about 6 percent of G.D.P. To give you some perspective, that's a significantly smaller increase than the rise in defense spending since 2001, which Washington certainly didn't consider a crisis, or even a reason to rethink some of the Bush tax cuts."
Gay man and lesbian lead Booker longlist sales: "Leading the pack by far is openly gay Christos Tsiolkas, whose novel The Slap has been widely praised for its eight different perspectives (including a gay teen, Richie's) on contemporary Australia. According to Nielsen BookScan figures, he sold more than 5,000 copies in the UK last week. In Australia, The Slap has remained on bestseller lists since its publication in 2008. Ranked second for sales among the longlist is Irish writer Emma Donoghue (who lives in Canada with her partner and their children) for her explosive novel Room."
XY magazine owners to destroy user info: "A tussle over the remaining assets of defunct XY magazine has ended in an agreement to protect the identities of former customers of the gay lifestyle and dating properties. After XY declared bankruptcy recently, the business partners fought over ownership of the assets, including the identities and personal information of over one million users…An agreement between the two parties has resolved the issue without litigation. The publisher has agreed to destroy the personal information."