1. Republican Congressman Chris Lee, who abruptly resigned Feb. 9 after Gawker published his shirtless Craigslist photos, wasn’t only looking for cisgender women with whom to have adulterous sex. Gawker now reports that Lee had also posted an ad (above) seeking “passable” transsexual or cross-dressing women, which could explain why he resigned so quickly. It could also seriously complicate Lee’s efforts to smooth things over with his wife.
2. A marriage equality bill that passed the Maryland Senate last week is suddenly in jeopardy in the House, where it was once thought to be assured of passage. The Washington Blade reports that the bill is short of the 71 votes it needs, with at least one former co-sponsor having caved under enormous pressure from the religious right.
3. The King’s Speech was the big winner Sunday night at the Oscars, taking home five awards including best picture, best director and best actor. For a complete list of results from the 83rd annual Academy Awards, go here.
Given how well the Kia was performing atop the glacier that’s enveloped Dallas, I decided to do some totally unnecessary travel and take a detour over to the strip on my way to the office. What I found was Cedar Springs, like most roadways in Dallas, iced over and abandoned — except for the gentleman below. He was standing on the corner of Throckmorton in shorts, periodically beating his cane against the sign post and yelling something incoherent, although I imagined it was along the lines of, “Is this all you got, Boreas?”
DV freelance photographer Chuck Dube of MarceloMedia just sent over some great shots from Aspen Gay Ski Week, which marked its 34th year from Jan. 16-23. Dube notes that this year’s festivities were MC’d by Dallas’ own Paul J. Williams.
“The energy and enthusiasm from the participants in this year’s Costume Contest far exceeded recent years and that energy greatly contributed to this being one of the best we’ve had in my 10 years of hosting!” Williams said. “On top of that, I was able to bring back three of my favorite performers for our Comedy Night who performed to a nearly sold-out house.”
True fans of Katy Perry probably got this word first. The pop singer announced on Facebook that she’ll be on the road with her California Dreams 2011 world tour. The tour itself is sounding pretty interactive. The press release says the following:
Katy is planning on interacting with fans through social media networks throughout the California Dreams tour. Using Facebook Places/Deals, fans will be able to check into the venues each night to receive special treats. Fans will also be able to submit their own photos of the show via Twitter which will be incorporated into the live show and also live on her website.
That’ sounds like a whole lotta work. Can’t we just go see the show?
Whilst touring, the release says Perry is about to release “E.T.,” as the album’s fourth single and begin shooting the video.
Investigators today said that they’ve received a bizarre series of photos of mass murderer Jared Lee Loughner. The photos show Loughner wearing a red g-string with a Glock pistol next to his naked buttocks.
The photos were turned over to the police by Walgreens, where Mr. Loughner had taken the 35-mm film to be developed on Jan. 7, the day before the shooting. In some of the photos he is holding the gun near his crotch, and in others, presumably shot in a mirror, he is holding the gun next to his buttocks, the police said. It was not yet clear when the photos were taken. According to a detailed timeline released by the Pima County Sherriff’s Department on Friday, Mr. Loughner posted one of the photos and a bulletin saying, “Goodbye friends,” on MySpace early Saturday morning.
Thanks to Brad over at Gilley’s for tipping me off to this (albeit inadvertently through Facebook). He linked to this new photo essay/blog titled Born This Way. In it are images submitted by people who, in hindsight, can see the gay coming in their childhood photos. By the looks of it, the first post was published on Sunday, and already there’s a pretty impressive collection.
Born This Way is Paul V.’s project (and yes, Gaga’s next album title). Paul V. is a DJ based in Los Angeles, but I’m really hoping he sticks to this project. There’s such a heart to the pictures that makes it so super charming and even funny — but in a good way because you’ll likely relate to it.
Paul V. was inspired, if you will, by the recent teen suicides as well as the political movement and rhetoric around Prop 8 and DADT. Initially he thought his idea would be great as a book, but after sitting on it for a while, he told me he just wanted to get it out there. And it’s caught on — like wildfire. “I’m a little inundated but it’s great,” he said. “The first photo (above) was from a MySpace friend. I just thought if any pic ever proved that we feel what we feel and it comes through, this was it. I was heartbroken by the suicides and if young people find this blog and realize there have been gay kids forever, they see they aren’t alone.”