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MANIC MONDAY: News, Becks, Politics, Gyllenhaal....

1st EVER QUEERS TO CUBA TOUR
A group of LGBT North Americans will make history on December 27, 2007 when they will begin an 8-day tour of Cuba. The group will enjoy the rich cultural experiences and meet with leaders working for sexual dignity in Cuba. "As a gay, I feel safer in Cuba than in Canada or the States. Soon island queers will enjoy greater rights and freedoms than their counterparts in the USA," said Marcel Hatch, coordinator of Cuba Education Tours of Vancouver.

UGLY BECKHAM BETTY
Victoria Beckham will make a guest appearance on the second season of Ugly Betty. But, the real reason Victoria got the cameo? The cast wanted David to show up on set.

GAY COUPLE JAILED FOR KISS
Arcigay, Italy's LGBT civil rights orgnization, has called for a "national gay kiss-in" at the Coliseum on August 2 after a gay male couple was arrested for kissing in front of the the historic monument. The two men shared a kiss and were immediately rushed to a police station, detained, and charged with lewd conduct. The price for the kiss: the two men could face up to two years in prison.

JAPAN TO GET OPENLY GAY PARLIAMENTARIAN?
Japan's LGBT community is anxiously awaiting the results of Kanako Otsuji's campaign which, if elected, would make Otsuji the first openly gay person in Japan's parliament. Otsuji was also the youngest person to get into the Osaka Assembly when she was just 28.

MORE SAME-SEX COUPLES ALLOWED TO WED
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health has recently announced that same-sex couples from New Mexico will be allowed to marry in Massachusetts. New Mexico joins Rhode Island to be the only other state whose gay residents can marry legally in Massachusetts.

BECKHAM'S DEBUT SETS ESPN RECORD

David Beckham's much hyped debut with the Los Angeles Galaxy led to an estimated 1.5 million viewers, according to ESPN. The Saturday game was the largest audience for an ESPN telecast involving a Major League Soccer team.

GYLLENHAAL TOPS HOT 100 LIST
My baby daddy, Jake Gyllenhaal, topped AfterElton.com's Hot 100 List. The list was compiled and selected by gay male readers. This list is different than People's "Sexiest Man Alive" as witnessed by the dismal performance of George Clooney (recently named "Sexiest Man Alive").

Other hot stars who made the list: Chris Evans, LL Cool J, Gale Harold, T.R. Knight, Darryl Stephens, Gael Garcia Bernal, and Cillian Murphy. The list was rounded out at the bottom by Zach Braff.