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Awards & monuments
Janet's new trophy,
Toronto sports Wood,
and porn gets 'Dangerous'
Less than a week after MICHAEL
JACKSON was acquitted on child
molestation charges in a California court,
his sister, gay icon JANET JACKSON,
was accepting a much less dubious honor
in the same state.
The Human Rights Campaign gave Miss
Jackson-If-You're-Nasty its Humanitarian
Award for her fund-raising efforts and
large contributions to HIV/AIDS
organizations over the past several years.
"My family and I have just gone through
the least humorous chapter of our lives,"
she said after being introduced by gay actor
ALAN CUMMING at Los Angeles' Beverly
Hilton Hotel. "I'm going to leave the jokes to
the late-night [comics], if that's OK."
Jackson was as sincere in her attitude as
she was fierce in her black-and-white attire.
"Thank you so much," she said. "I'm
so grateful for this honor. I couldn't be
happier standing before each and every
one of you. I feel a deep and abiding
kinship with your cause. It feels
absolutely wonderful to be recognized by
people who aim to spread love."
She also had a message for making
this a better (rhythm) nation.
"Acceptance is right. Kindness is right.
Love is right," she said. "I pray, right now,
that we're moving into a kinder time
when prejudice is overcome by
understanding; when narrow-
mindedness, and narrow-minded bigotry
is overwhelmed by open-hearted
empathy; when the pain of judgemen-
tailsm is replaced by the purity of love."
The latest erection in Toronto's gay
neighborhood is drawing ire from
At the end of May, the city of Toronto
and the Church-Wellesley Village Business
Improvement Area unveiled a $160,000,13-
foot granite and bronze statue of Alexander
Wood, a 19th century gay hero who had
originally owned the land where the city's
history, Wood, a local
magistrate, was called
in 1810 when a
woman accused a
man of rape. The
victim said she
So. like any good
private dick, Wood lined up all the
suspects, told them to drop their pants, and
inspected their parts to find the scratch.
After doing so. the locals branded him
a "molly," a derogative term for gay men,
and drove him out of town. They later
Janet Jackson didn't suffer any malfunctions when
accepting an award for her AIDS fund-raising
efforts from the Human Rights Campaign last
week. (Photo by Mark J. Terrill/AP)
called the area of land he owned "Molly
The statue, by sculptor Del Newbig-
ging, shows a dapper-looking Wood, but
the statue's base includes a bronze bas-
relief of Wood kneeling in front of a
bare-assed man "investigating" him.
According to Reuters, some critics think
the image is inappropriate.
Many have defended the statue and
have even made the offensive part more
noticeable. The perpetrator's behind in
the bas-relief is now shiny, since many in
the gay-borhood have taken to rubbing
the bum's bum for good luck.
Dish has a new crush, but, as usual,
it's on someone unattainable.
This time it's porn hottie WILFRIED
KNIGHT, one of the
stars of porn
week, the huge-
film is a retelling of
the 1782 novel "Les
Liaisons Wilfried Knight
(which became the 1988 movie
"Dangerous Liaisons") set in the modern
New York fashion world.
If it wasn't enough to have stars like
Knight, Lucas, GUS MATTOX, KENT
LARSON and former D.C. resident
OWEN HAWK, the film also sports
cameos by drag queens RuPAUL,
AMANDA LEPORE and LADY BUNNY.
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