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The Akron visitors bureau committed $100,000 on Wednesday to help nearby Cleveland sweeten its bid to host the 2014 Gay Games.

The pledge from the Akron/Summit County Convention and Visitors Bureau would be spent on marketing and promotion only if the sporting event comes to Cleveland. Estimates suggest the Gay Games would bring significant benefits to the northeast Ohio region, in which the two cities reside, according to the Akron Beacon Journal. 

September 17 2009 7:55 AM

The celebrated new law that was thought to give gay and lesbian couples the right to adopt in Uruguay may not provide that right, some legal experts now say.

When the law passed last week, proponents said it would make Uruguay the first country in Latin America to allow gay and lesbian couples to adopt children. However, a closer inspection of the law’s language casts doubt on that conclusion, according to the Associated Press.

September 17 2009 7:30 AM

Wanda Sykes said it best -- the biggest threat to marriage is divorce. So one California man has taken it upon himself to introduce an amendment banning the big D.

John Marcotte, the editor of a website called, is collecting signatures to pass the "California Protection of Marriage Act." He's doing it, he says, to mock the proponents of Proposition 8. He told CNN this act is the "logical extension of Proposition 8."

September 16 2009 4:50 PM

Paris Hilton booed at Italian gay club: The hotel heiress attended a gay rights event in Milan on Sunday, but when asked to hold a “stop homophobia" sign, she seemed uncertain how to proceed.

September 16 2009 2:35 PM

Fox’s So You Think You Can Dance is getting a new judge, but it’s probably not who you thought it might be.

Despite rampant speculation that former American Idol sweetheart Paula Abdul might be dancing her way onto the judges panel of SYTYCD, Fox has announced that film director and choreographer Adam Shankman will be joining the hit reality show as its new judge beginning October 27.

September 16 2009 1:05 PM

Nip/Tuck is back for its sixth and allegedly final season, and what better way to kick things off than with Mario Lopez stripping down to a corset, panties, and a garter -- as seen in this photo from PopBytes.

Lopez is reprising his role as Dr. Mike Hamoui, last seen in the show’s fourth season as the shower buddy of Dr. Christian Troy (Julian McMahon). This time around, he’s putting the moves on Kimber (Kelly Carlson).

September 16 2009 12:45 PM

Openly gay candidates made gains in local New York City primary
elections on Tuesday, as Daniel Drumm (pictured) and James Van Bramer,
both from Queens, each won his district’s Democratic nomination for
city council. As winning the primary is tantamount to capturing the
seat in the heavily Democratic districts, Drumm and Van Bramer appear
poised to become the first openly gay elected officials to represent a
borough outside Manhattan.

September 16 2009 12:15 PM