Arts & Culture

Janet Jackson returns in top form

After postponing a string of shows due to illness, Janet Jackson returned in top form Wednesday night to her Rock Witchu Tour at Washington’s Verizon Center. If she was suffering any lingering effects of the migraines and vertigo that plagued her over the past two weeks, it wasn’t apparent Wednesday night, as Jackson danced her way through nearly two-and-a-half hours of hits and their accompanying energetic, complex choreography. Opening act LL Cool J was a no-show, but he was forgotten as soon as Jackson came to the stage in a blaze of pyrotechnics and smoke, a diva-worthy entrance if ever there was one. She opened with a medley of Control-era hits — “Pleasure Principal,” “What Have You Done for Me Lately” and “Control” — before segueing into the recent hit “Feedback.”

Supreme Court rejects gay ‘Survivor’ appeal

The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to hear Richard Hatch’s appeal of his conviction for failing to pay taxes on the $1 million prize he won on the debut season of “Survivor.” The openly gay Hatch, 47, was sentenced to four years and three months in prison after his 2006 conviction for tax evasion in federal court in Providence. He is scheduled to be released in October 2009.

Gays, lesbians pick their fav royals

imageWhen it comes to a prince, gay men in the U.K. prefer Harry over his brother William. A poll from dating web site shows that more than a third of respondents want a romp with Harry, compared to 23 percent for William. A third of the gay men say they would steer clear of both. Read who lesbians picked after the jump.

Gay men prefer Prince Harry over William

Gay men would rather date Prince Harry than his brother William, according to a poll. More than a third of those questioned expressed a desire for a romance with Harry while William received 23 per cent of the vote. A third of the single gay men said they would steer clear of both. William's girlfriend Kate Middleton was named as the most lusted after royal date among the nation's lesbians.

Gay icons profiled this week

GLBT History Month continues this week by spotlighting a playwright, singer, pastor and photographer, among others. The Equality Forum, a gay civil rights group based in Philadelphia, is spotlighting a gay icon each day in October. A video of the daily icon appears on the main page of Project Q Atlanta, while the group's web site includes detailed information about the person. Read the line up for this week after the jump.

Shepard’s death still resonates

Matthew Shepard continues to have an intense presence in Laramie, Wyo., the small town where he was viciously murdered 10 years ago this week. “This time of year, for the people that were close to it, always means something,” said Dave O’Malley, a member of the Laramie City Council who was the town’s police chief when Shepard was lured to a desolate field, beaten mercilessly by two assailants and then left to die. “That’s a pretty good size group of us here that were involved in one way or another,” O’Malley said.

Hillary Duff: Stop saying ‘That’s so gay’

“A mind is a terrible thing to waste.” “Friends don’t let friends drive drunk.” “Only you can prevent forest fires.” Since the 1940s the Ad Council has been impacting the culture with slogans like these. Now the venerable nonprofit organization is out to educate teens that antigay slang doesn’t cut it anymore -- and to kick-start the effort, it's recruited Hilary Duff.

Latifah: Don’t care if people think I’m gay

The back seat of a stretch limo making a tight turn is no place to stick a pencil in your eye, but Queen Latifah didn’t flinch. En route to a meeting at Cover Girl, where she is the face — and the name — of its Queen Collection (makeup for women of color), she did a quick touch-up. Peering into the mirror she had pulled down from the car’s ceiling, she stretched her lower lid and, as the car swerved to the left, drew a perfect line inside it. I squinted at the pencil. “Is that Cover Girl?” I asked.

‘Out on Film’ dropped this year

Hope you weren't planning to attend "Out on Film" this year. The gay and lesbian film festival is on hold for 2008 after a shuffle (or scuffle?) between several groups, according to Southern Voice. The event's new organizers hope to stage the event next spring. There's more after the jump.

New ad campaign targets anti-gay bullies

For the first time since the Advertising Council was founded in 1942, the organization — which directs and coordinates public service campaigns on behalf of Madison Avenue and the media industry — is introducing ads meant to tackle a social issue of concern to gays and lesbians. The campaign, which is scheduled to be announced by the council in Washington on Wednesday, will seek to discourage bullying and harassment of teenagers who are gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender. The campaign, created pro bono by the New York office of Arnold Worldwide, urges an end to using derogatory language, particularly labeling anything deemed negative or unpleasant as “so gay.” That is underlined by the theme of the campaign: “When you say, ‘That’s so gay,’ do you realize what you say? Knock it off.”

Gay icons profiled this week

GLBT History Month continues this week by spotlighting a writer, athletes, a politician and activists, among others. The Equality Forum, a gay civil rights group based in Philadelphia, is spotlighting a gay icon each day in October. A video of the daily icon appears on the main page of Project Q Atlanta, while the group's web site includes detailed information about the person. Read the line up for this week after the jump.

Gay elders’ challenges get closer look

Frank Carter was once a globe-trotting professional dancer; his world is smaller now. He battles multiple health problems, walks with a cane and rarely leaves his compact Manhattan apartment. As an 86-year-old gay man, with no family nearby and many acquaintances long since dead, he’d seem a likely prospect for isolation. Instead, he has kindled a deep, five-year friendship with Gigi Stoll, a fashion model-turned-photographer half his age. Stoll helps Carter with medical arrangements, writes to him when she travels overseas, and sat with him for six hours during his most recent hospitalization. "The other guys in the hospital, no one was coming in to see them," Carter said. "To get that gift, you have to be lucky."

Study: Gay couples committed as straights

Gay and lesbian couples are just as committed in their relationships as heterosexuals and the legal status of their union doesn't impact their happiness, according to new research. In two new studies that compared same-sex and heterosexual couples using different factors and methods to assess their happiness, scientists found few differences. "Among the committed couples, there were very few differences that we were able to identify either in terms of how satisfied these couples were, how effectively they interacted with one another or how their bodies responded physiologically while they were interacting with one another," Glenn I. Roisman, of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champagne, said in an interview.

‘Survivor’ spills Marcus’ goods

imageIt's episode two tonight in the budding bromance between Charlie Herschel (gay) and Marcus Lehman (straight) on "Survivor: Gabon." It seems Charlie, a gay attorney from New York, took a fancy to Lehman, a straight attorney from Atlanta, on last week's season opener. And who can blame him. Both guys are pretty easy on the eyes. We'll see where it goes this week. While I carefully screened last week's premiere, what I (and CBS censors) missed was a little package slip from Lehman. The cast was running at some point and, whoops, Lehman's penis squirts out from his boxers. Thankfully, someone in the blogosphere nabbed the video in slow motion for all to enjoy. The Parents Television Council has already filed a complaint. Watch the video after the jump.

Melissa Etheridge to marry partner

Step aside, Ellen: It's Melissa Etheridge's turn to walk down the aisle. The pop singer, 47, plans to tie the knot with her longtime partner, actress Tammy Lynn Michaels.

GLBT History: Del Martin & Phyllis Lyon

As part of GLBT History Month in October, Project Q Atlanta has partnered with the Equality Forum for a daily dose of our history. Equality Forum is providing a video clip each day profiling an icon of gay history. The series, which appears on the main page of Project Q Atlanta, starts with Del Martin and Phyllis Lyon. Read more and watch the video clip after the jump.

There’s smooching all over the place

The usual gossip over who's kissing who takes an odd twist this week -- even for Hollywood. imageFirst, there's Sean Penn. He's in the lead role for "Milk" about the assassinated San Francisco supervisor and gets to plant a peck on James Franco (photo), the uber hot Hollywood actor of "Spider-Man" fame. After the exchange, Penn was so excited that he called former wife Madonna, who has kissed off her brother for his new tell-all book. There's more, including video of Lance Bass kissing a woman, after the jump.

Sean Penn ‘pops cherry’ with James Franco

Sean Penn, who is to star in new film "Milk," has shared an on-screen kiss with co-star James Franco.

Bravo keeps ‘Project Runway’ for now

imageIn fashion, one day you are in and the next day you are out. Seems like a handy cliche for the producers of "Project Runway." They wanted to bolt from NBC's Bravo after season five concludes in a few weeks and take the show to Lifetime, eliciting groans from gay fans concerned over the fate of the popular show. On Friday, a New York judge ruled that the show stays put -- for now. There's more after the jump.