‘DWTS’ announces new cast

Premiere Of Relativity Media's "Act Of Valor" - ArrivalsMaybe it’s just my circle of friends, but I know more gay people who watch Dancing with the Stars than all other reality competition shows combined — with the exception of Project Runway and RuPaul’s Drag Race (hello!!??!). I’ve caught the show on occasion myself, though I’m not nearly as devoted to it as my friends. Still, even since Lance Bass was on, I do wait with anticipation for the big reveal of the cast to see what gays might be participating.

I’m usually disappointed.

But there always is some excitement anyway, just to see what hotties, horrors and “hmmmm”s the producers recruit.

The main hotties this year, of course, is former Disney Channel star Corbin Bleu (pictured — sigh); and Brant Daughtery, best known for appearing on the ABC Family series Pretty Little Liars (directed, interestingly enough, by former North Texan Norman Buckley, the gay brother of B’way star Betty Buckley). Former Dallas Cowboy player Keyshawn Johnson is also on deck, but the other men — Jack Osbourne, Bill Nye (the Science Guy) and Bill Engval — won’t be swoons from me.

Glee star Amber Riley is a gay fave among the women, but there are other gayish icons as well: Actress Valerie Harper (who, earlier this year, was expected to die soon from cancer, only to go into remission), Showgirls star Elizabeth Berkley and “Snooki” Polizzi (who, let’s face it, is basically a drag queen). Former Scientologist Leah Remini and singer Christina Milian round out the cast.

The season premiere is on Sept. 16.

 

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A&F wants no part of ‘Jersey Shore’

It’s hard not to smile with appreciation to read a story about product un-placement of the level we read here. Turns out Abercrombie & Fitch — that clothing brand that sells sex about as blatantly as one of the girls along Harry Hines — has standards … and they don’t include the cast of Jersey Shore. Lots of businesses pay TV shows and movies to feature their labels in the show (it’s not a coincidence that the judges on American Idol are always drinking Coke on the dais) but A&F so disapproves of the message sent by Snooki, The Situation and their cliche (not aspirational, A&F says), that they are willing to pay MTV not to let them wear their clothes.

This gives me an idea: Why not blackmail closeted gay celebs not to review their movies and CDs and run their interviews in the gay media? I’m not even talking about Dallas Voice — this is something that could keep Perez Hilton in faux fur and Twinkies until the next millennium. After all, if folks will willingly pay you off not to associate yourself with them, why not take advantage of it? (It might even extend to dating, though I haven’t worked that through.)

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Watch: Ringing in 2011 with Anderson Cooper, Kathy Griffin, Snooki, Andy Cohen, and Key West Drag Queen Sushi

Sushi

Happy 2011 everyone!

If you spent last night away from a television set, here are clips of CNN's celebration with Anderson Cooper and Kathy Griffin, MTV's Snooki drop at the Jersey Shore, Bravo's Wig Drop with Andy Cohen, Kim Zolciak, and a bunch of drunk housewives, and Key West's drag queen Sushi.

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP

Anderson Cooper and Kathy Griffin clips:







MTV's Snooki drop:

Andy Cohen and Bravo ring in the 2011 with some kissing and Kim Zolciak:



Key West's shoe drop with drag queen Sushi.


 



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News: 2010, Julian Assange, Macedonia, Snooki, Hottest Brazilian

Road NOM fails to file 2009 federal tax returns.

RoadNYT: Drag queens, DJs, and performance artists offer New Years Eve advice.

Julian_assange RoadChristmas with Wikleaks founder Julian Assange.

RoadWATCH: A real stick-up.

RoadWhite House photographer Pete Souza: the year in photos.

RoadQueens College Gay-Straight Alliance hit by homophobic vandals: "The slurs — fag, dike, dyke and tranny — were written, painted, and hole-punched into different works of art the club had completed. Club president Deborah Lolai has said she was devastated that someone could have done this."

RoadInside Take That's private Barbados party.

RoadAn ABBA reunion in 2011?

RoadQuestionable Ghanaian study: 1% are gay.

RoadDavid Mixner on the aging LGBT population: "The few gay men that are still alive after the AIDS onslaught have few or no peers to share their senior years since the disease wiped out so many of their friends. Like it or not, what remains from the pandemic is an epidemic of loneliness among our seniors."

Snooki RoadSnooki NYE ball drop moves to Jersey shore.

RoadMan strips to underwear at Richmond Airport in TSA protest.

RoadJane Lynch promises crazy Sue Sylvester for Super Bowl: "I have a hissy fit the likes of which no one has seen before, where I try to destroy the locker room and principal’s office. I try to shoot one of my cheerleaders from a cannon.”

RoadArjan's top 25 songs of 2010.

RoadMBE: Gay footballer Aslie Pitter gets royal British honor. "Being black and being gay I thought I might come in for a lot of stick. In our first game we were sharing a communal shower with seven other teams and I was pretty nervous. But it has never really been a problem."

RoadGay Lords Hotel opens in Miami. Gallery.

RoadMacedonian faiths unite against same-sex marriage: "The heads of the five dominant religions in Macedonia want the constitution changed to define marriage strictly as a union of one man and one woman and to prevent same-sex couples and single parents from adopting children."

Verdelho RoadMateus Verdelho: Hottest Brazilian of 2010.

RoadThe new Four Loko?

RoadElton John explains why he named his son Zachary.

RoadHate crime numbers up in New York: "Racism and homophobia in 2010, as it was in 2009, and as it was 10 years ago or 20 years ago, is still real."

RoadBaby girl becomes first child registered to gay couple in Argentina, in Latin America first.

RoadAustralian court: gay bar must stop discriminating against straight people.

RoadBorn that way: Wingnuttiness. "A study to be published next year at University College London suggests that conservative brains are structured differently than the brains of other people…Specifically, the research shows that people with conservative tendencies have a larger amygdala and a smaller anterior cingulate than other people. The amygdala—typically thought of as the 'primitive brain'—is responsible for reflexive impulses, like fear. The anterior cingulate is thought to be responsible for courage and optimism. This one-two punch could be responsible for many of the anecdotal claims that conservatives 'think differently' from others."


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