In The News

{Content note: homophobia, police brutality, death, murder]

All The News In Fits and Spurts:

French President François Hollande urged the UN to decriminalize homosexuality around the world. Homosexuality is currently illegal in 76 countries and punishable by death in eight, including Iran, Mauritania, Sudan, Saudia Arabia and Yemen.

A transgender third-grader in New Hampshire will be allowed to wear clothing and use the bathroom that corresponds with her gender identity while at school.

Newt Gingrich issued a harsh assessment of the GOP nominee's campaign strategy yesterday, saying Romney's presidential bid was struggling in key battlegrounds because of a messaging failure. LOL! These guys, they're the best!

J.K. Rowling has launched her long-anticipated first book for adults. The Casual Vacancy went on sale today in London.

A website tracking the use of gay slurs on Twitter has tracked more than 2.5 million instances of usage of the word "faggot" on Twitter in the last two months. If this rate remains consistent, the homophobic slur will be used more than 15 million times in the course of a year.

Sons of Anarchy actor Johnny Lewis was found dead yesterday outside the Los Feliz home of a woman who was found murdered inside. It is still unclear how Lewis died and how the deaths are connected.

Young African Americans ages 12 to 20 see far more alcohol ads on television and in magazines than youths in general.

The University of California regents will pay about $1 million to twenty-one current and former UC Davis students who were pepper-sprayed during a peaceful campus protest last November.

Today marks National Gay Men's HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, which the Centers for Disease Control has commemorated for the past five years as a time for us to reflect on the heavy toll that HIV takes on gay and bisexual men across the country and to recommit to fighting the disease. Get tested, if you can.

Related: The OraQuick home HIV test is now available at CVS, Rite-Aid, Walgreens drugstores, along with Kroger and Walmart.

Mexico has captured one of the country's most-wanted drug traffickers, Ivan Velazquez Caballero, known as "El Taliban."

Want a $100,000 stove? Sure you do. Comes with an optional mixer, deep fryer, vacuum sealer, induction zone, and a USB port. Of course it comes with a USB port!

"If you want Lestat to come back, can you tell me why in one sentence?" — Anne Rice. "Because I don't have enough softcore vampire porn to jerk off to." — Deeky

"Where is the weirdest place you've ever gotten the urge to make whoopie?"

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