‘Drag Race’ contestants named; none from Texas

OK, everyone knows the best drag queens between the coasts — maybe including them — are in Dallas. So how come none of the new season’s RuPaul’s Drag Race contestants are from the Lone Star State? It’s an outrage!

Well, we can take comfort in knowing that it means we didn’t have to give up any of our talent for a few weeks of filming … and it makes it easier to meow about who deserves to go.

Two (Mariah and Phoenix) are from Atlanta (Ru’s hometown), two from L.A. (Raja and Venus D-Lite), one (Yara Sofia) from Puerto Rico like last season’s Jessica Wild, with the remaining seven scattered around the country. Get ready to watch these girls lip synch … for their lives.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

News: Joaquin Phoenix, Utah, Rachel Maddow, True Blood, LCR

 road George W. Bush won't comment on the "Ground Zero mosque".

Phoenix  roadJoaquin Phoenix's cryptic documentary gets a trailer.

 roadTrue Blood fans, here's the magazine cover you don't want to miss (possibly nsfw).

 roadSafe schools chief and GLSEN founder Kevin Jennings on last year's right-wing attacks against him: "As the leading proponent of stopping bullying in America, I was not allowed to be bullied out of my job. I've been preaching for 25 years that bullying is not OK. There was no way I could then say, 'OK, you can bully me.' "

 roadMore reactions on the Ninth Circuit Court's stay of the Prop 8 ruling: Jerry Brown, California Assembly Speaker John Perez, NOM, Courage Campaign's Rick Jacobs, Maggie Gallagher.

 roadLog Cabin Republicans rarely delve into gay rights issues at chapter meetings.

Road MoveOn steps up boycott of Target.

 roadFacebook location set to face off with Foursquare: "As we’ve been saying for months, it seems highly likely the Facebook is going to take a platform approach to location. That is, they’re more likely to federate other location streams (such as Foursquare’s) while they themselves remain fairly cautious with their own location services."

 roadJoe Manganiello promises more nudity on True Blood.

Slater_bragman  roadSteven Slater hires gay PR honcho Howard Bragman.

 roadJonbenet Ramsey at 20?

 roadHere's a spreadsheet of every member of the House of Representatives and their Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Flickr, addresses and RSS feeds.

 roadRachel Maddow and the Rev. Dr. Joan Brown Campbell to receive Walter Cronkite award from Interfaith Alliance: "The Walter Cronkite Faith & Freedom Award, established by Interfaith Alliance in 1998, recognizes individuals who courageously promote democratic values, defend religious freedom and reinvigorate informed civic participation. The award recognizes individuals whose actions have embodied the values of civility, tolerance, diversity and cooperation in the advancement of public dialogue and public policy on traditionally controversial and divisive issues. Mr. Cronkite served as Honorary Chairman of Interfaith Alliance until his death in 2009."

Lebron  roadLeBron James flexes for GQ.

 roadSuspect in murder of D.C. gay man claims self defense. "'Defendant McLean alleged that the decedent was forcing him to be a male prostitute,' says the affidavit. 'According to defendant McLean, the decedent held a knife to the throat of defendant McLean in the early morning hours of August 8, 2010 and threatened to kill him. Defendant McLean claimed that he began to stab the decedent in the chest and then he (defendant McLean) blacked out and does not remember the remainder of the stabbing."

 roadGay activist launches campaign to oust gay executive director of the Utah AIDS Foundation Stan Penfold, who is also Salt Lake City's first openly gay city councilmember. "Matthews, a former UAF volunteer, complains that Penfold has eliminated HIV/ AIDS prevention and support programs even as Utah’s infection rates continue to climb — tripling from 2000 to 2009. Matthews also charges that Penfold’s role as a part-time City Council member has short-changed his full-time job.

'It has been detrimental, during skyrocketing HIV infections, to have the executive director of the Utah AIDS Foundation now have his attention split with the also very pressing business of the City Council,' Matthews said."


Towleroad News #gay

—  John Wright

Gaga booed in Houston for mentioning Dallas

Lady Gaga

After her smash performance in Dallas, the city she credits with launching her career, Lady Gaga took her tour to the Toyota Center in Houston … where she was booed, according to the Houston Chronicle.

The Houston paper said she gave a shout out to the cowboys in Houston and then mentioned Dallas and got booed. We know what she thinks of our fair city, so she couldn’t have done it just for the reaction. Maybe she just didn’t know there was any rivalry. Maybe she was just looking for Houston’s equivalent of the Round-Up (there isn’t one). No report that she went out and partied in Houston. Can’t really blame her.

But the Chronicle did post some photos.

Also, according to Lady Gaga’s website, she’s going to break the Arizona boycott and will be performing in Phoenix on July 31.

—  David Taffet

Pedophile priests: protected; Nun who saves life: excommunicated. Seems fair.

Bishop Thomas Olmsted
Bishop Thomas Olmsted

Priests who abuse children? Protected.

Nun who saves a life? Excommunicated.

In order to save the life of a critically ill woman who was pregnant, Sister Margaret McBride, an administrator at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix, allowed an abortion, according to The Arizona Republic.

According to Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted, she would be automatically excommunicated.

This same Bishop has refused communion to an autistic child. He has excommunicated three gay priests (who were accused of no wrongdoing other than being gay).

And while Sister McBride’s excommunication was instantaneous, the Vatican waited 10 years to defrock one Phoenix pedophile priest, according to Arizona Family. Defrocked, but never excommunicated.

Sister McBride was also demoted from her position as administrator.

While the mother “had a rare and often fatal condition in which a pregnancy can cause the death of the mother,” according to Catholic News USA, the bishop responded by saying, “An unborn child is not a disease.”

However, don’t people die from things other than disease?


—  David Taffet