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What headlines are you reading? Blogwhore away, here are a few tidbits:

* In the latest issue of The Advocate, Blender and blogger Daimeon (Get the Skinny, Tiny Queer Footballs)  is quoted in the special Gays at War section. There’s no live link to the article (on partners left behind when a gay soldier goes off to war) by Bernice Yeung, so I just typed up the snippet:

“We advise them not to enter into a civil union while they are still serving. If a gay or lesbian service member wants to raise a family and get marry, they simply can’t while in the military,” says [SLDN’s Steve] Ralls.

Daimeon Pilcher, 25, says it is that duplicity that made him leave the military after four years of service. Pilcher isn’t alone. According to the Williams Institute at the University of California, Los Angeles, 4,000 service members each year decide not to enlist because of “don’t ask, don’t tell.”

“I loved every minute of the Air Force,” he says. “I didn’t want to deal with [the secrecy] anymore. I’ve had a couple of relationships end because of it — it got to be way too stressful.”

* The True Colors tour, which features Cyndi Lauper, Erasure, the Dresden Dolls, Debbie Harry, Margaret Cho and more has launched. See photos from the DC stop here.

* New York Magazine take a stab at “The Science of Gaydar.” I haven’t read it yet, but I hope the mag does a better job than 60 Minutes did.

* Clay Cane has a great interview with Kelly Rowland (of Destiny’s Child, now solo), on her gay fans.

* Queerty covers the history of Pride.

* Hillary Clinton’s new campaign song has been selected — “You and I” by Celine Dion (comments from the peanut gallery?).  There was a contest; my post — and your suggestions here). Also, there’s a video about the selection.

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