SPAIN: Drag Queen Heckles Anti-Gay Opposition Leader Mariano Rajoy

Spain’s right-wing People’s Party opposition leader Mariano Rejoy has filed a constitutional challenge to marriage equality and has vowed to repeal the law should he become prime minister in 2012. A drag queen showed up at Rejoy’s book launch to let him know what she thought.

(Tipped by JMG reader Ejaaz)

Joe. My. God.

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In Spain, Pope greeted by small crowds and gay kiss-in

The other day I reported on the head of the Belgium Catholic church assaulting the LGBT community by claiming that AIDS is “justice” for gays. I guess Pope (Ratzinger) Benedict heard and wanted to get in on the action. He went off on women’s rights, decried increasing secularism and gay marriage in Spain.

POPE BENEDICT has denounced abortion and gay marriage, recently legalised in Spain, at a Mass to consecrate Barcelona’s Sagrada Familia church as a basilica in another criticism of what he called Spain’s “aggressive secularism”.

Leave it to the Spanish to provide the pontiff with an appropriate welcome!

On Saturday the pontiff visited Santiago de Compostela, where he paid homage at the tomb of Saint James in the cathedral, and later said Mass in the main square before a large congregation – many of whom were pilgrims who had completed their Holy Year pilgrimage. Leader of the conservative opposition Mariano Rajoy, a practising Catholic, was present with his wife and took Communion during the Mass.

In both cities there were smaller crowds than expected; hoteliers, bar and restaurant owners complained over lack of business, and many locals were annoyed at the amount of money spent on the visit. Five hundred gays and lesbians staged a “kiss-in” along the route of the papal motorcade, and other groups demonstrated against the visit and the church’s opposition to contraception, abortion and same-sex marriage.

I’m quite sure the sight of all those handsome Spanish men kissing gave Her Eminence the vapors. ¡Viva España!




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Cyclone Donation

BON VOYAGE | Gene Olvera, center, associate manager of Cyclone Anaya’s World Class Mexican Kitchen, presents a check for $1,747.20 to Turtle Creek Chorale President Sean Baugh, right, and Chorale Artistic Director Jonathan Palant. Cyclone Anaya’s hosted seven fundraising dinners for the Chorale in recent weeks where a portion of each night’s proceeds was designated to help fund the Chorale’s recent trip to Spain.

—  Kevin Thomas

News: Dan Savage, iPhone 4, Stephen Fry, Spain, Linda Lingle

Road Anita Bryant returns to the stage in Oklahoma.

RoadLegislation banning gay adoption introduced in Brazil.

Postcard_equality RoadSend Hawaii governor Linda Lingle a postcard (and Lambda Legal a donation).

RoadScientology puts hit out on Anderson Cooper.

RoadPaul Rudd rocks the Jesus look.

RoadBoo! Tom Colicchio will not ride on L.A. Pride Bear float.

RoadMaryland candidate Dana Beyer hopes to be the first transgendered American elected to statewide office: "By running for election to the state legislature, Beyer essentially outed herself to the 60,000 potential voters in the traditionally liberal district (where the race is generally decided during the Democratic primary). Her male-to-female transition had occurred only three years earlier, but she knew she had to tell her story in full."

RoadiPhone 4: silent recall?

RoadA first look at the new season of Project Runway.

RoadFinale of The Hills leaves viewers wondering, 'was it real?' Note: it wasn't.

Untitled-15RoadStephen Fry separates from partner of 14 years for younger actor: "According to pals, Fry has made no secret of the collapse of their romance and has, I gather, been spending a lot of time with aspiring young actor Steven Webb, 26, who appeared in Alan Bennett’s acclaimed play The History Boys at the National Theatre."

RoadSignorile: On false prophet and apologizer to gays, Andrew Marin.

RoadNYT on GMHC's new home: "In order to get that approval, the organization agreed to a number of restrictions, some of which have aroused the ire of AIDS activists, including Larry Kramer, a co-founder of Gay Men’s Health Crisis. In a series of e-mail messages and meetings, Mr. Kramer went so far as to call on Dr. Hill to resign for, in his view, putting the interests of the landlord ahead of those of the organization’s clients."

RoadJeremy Renner is in better shape than Channing Tatum.

RoadSPAIN: Man held in brutal murder of gay couple is freed after only four years in jail.

Savage RoadDan Savage launches iPhone app featuring archive of Savage Love questions and a way for you to ask them directly. (iTunes link)

RoadNow that the campaign is over, the "teacher" in Stand for Marriage's anti-gay Maine ad comes out of the closet, as a Concerned Woman for America.

RoadChrissie Hynde has a new band.

 road House where Marilyn died is for sale.

RoadCollege instructor charged with sex assault on student tells court he thought the student was awake when he performed the sex act on him: "Smith, 48, said he believed the student was consenting because he widened his legs and became aroused as the accused caressed his inner thigh."

RoadMeow Meow: The dangerous new plant food party drug.

RoadTed Haggard moves his new church to large venue after it outgrows the barn: "Attendance Sunday was about 245, a 44 percent increase since the first service. Congregants, some of whom came from Denver and Cañon City to attend, stood three deep at the barns’ entrance when space inside filled, several sources say.

Haggard said Monday he will being holding services at the Pikes Peak Center on July 25, in part because St. James has outgrown his barn, but also because the insurer that holds the policy on his home won’t cover the church’s meetings."


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Iceland’s P.M. marries

Prime Minister Johanna Sigurdardottir

Johanna Sigurdardottir became famous last year as the first openly gay person to be the political head of a nation when she ascended to the role of prime minister of Iceland. And now she claims another milestone: One of the first people to marry a same-sex partner under Iceland’s newly passed marriage law.

Sigurdardottir married her partner, writer Jonina Leosdottir, in a ceremony Sunday, the Associated Press reports. The law was passed June 11.

So, that means the U.S. trails behind countries like Spain and Iceland, and cities like Mexico D.F., in human rights. Way to go!

—  Arnold Wayne Jones