If Connecticut State Rep. Jason W. Bartlett's (D-Bethel) coming out is any indication of just how easy the process can be, then let's hope that translates into greater awareness of GLBT issues as more politicians feel free to express their support.

I'm going to break into your house, slap a diaper on you and tenderly cradle you to sleep or rob your hidden stash of gold doubloons.  Keep reading to find out which.

The politics of AIDS often depends on many other factors in any given country. In Russia, former Yukos executive Vasily Alexanian was recently moved to a hospital for AIDS treatment as he awaits trial, but only after international pressure. In this new facility, not a prison at all, his lawyer claims he's being treated “like an animal.” In China, the Communist government is getting real on the issues concerning AIDS prevention.

Are Senator Hillary Clinton's ambitions to become Commander In Chief on the ropes as we near the March 4th primaries in Texas and Ohio? Certain she'll win the voters over, she remains defiant.

At the Oscars this year the carpet is red and so are the films.

It was our own Gay Entertainment Report that brought us news of a new gay sitcom by the creators of Will & Grace. Can another gay comedy make it in prime time? Only if the duo can deliver on a new pill-popping Karen Walker!

[Editor's note] Walter was unable to finish his column this week. I received the following emails which are pretty much self explanatory:

Fri, Feb 15, 2008 at 9:25 AM Carlos, Michelle once again bought the wrong coffee grind and presented me with a cup of coffee sludge this morning. I sent her out for Starbucks. Slept fine last night after a miserable Valentines day. Still I overslept and neglected to shower and shave. I'm a bit rancid today and I got a bit of gas too. Where's that frap?

Fri, Feb 15, 2008 at 9:47 AM John and Bill across the hall are playing Stephanie Miller too loud again. Bill is taunting John with some nuts. John is refusing to eat the nuts; “Won't eat a man's nuts,” he says. Bill keeps prodding, “My nuts are in a bag!” This goes on for some time, finally I run across the hall and yell, “For the love of Mike Huckabee, eat the man's nuts!”

Fri, Feb 15, 2008 at 10:14 AM Ok, I ran to the bathroom, wet down my hair, got rid of the gas, applied musk lotion to my chest and arms, and popped a Cialis with a beer chaser to calm my nerves. Ready for Hillary's big meeting.

Fri, Feb 15, 2008 at 10:20 AM Hello, Smurfette! That did not help. My soldier is suddenly ready for action, I walked right into a wall and then called my boss a betch, that lotion was past its due date and I reek of old socks, my gas is getting worse, and now my hair looks like Alfalfa's!

Fri, Feb 15, 2008 at 10:48 AM Alright, I apologized to my boss, looked at pictures of Janet Reno in a pantsuit on the net, gargled with Listerine, combed down my hair, and sponge bathed myself with mint and chamomile tea. Back on top, as you would say.  I just found this gay chicken.

Fri, Feb 15, 2008 at 10:51 AM As I'm organizing my music on my 16Gb iPhone by diva status, Elton John in the top spot, I can hear John and Bill's radio playing Obamamanic Mama. Suddenly, John bursts into my office dance-choking to the music. It's brilliantly hilarious! I took a photo of him with my 16Gb iPhone.

Fri, Feb 15, 2008 at 11:20AM For the love of all that is right and Barackulous, that did not help at all! I've stained my best Armani suit over Janet Reno, developed a rash on my chest and buttocks from the mint tea, that wasn't Listerine at all but Russian vodka I keep in a Listerine bottle to fool Michelle, I called my boss a twit and then she fired me after I farted in her precious meeting!

Fri, Feb 15, 2008 at 11:27 AM They told me I had to go to rehab. I said no, no, no. Here's my favorite Kitler!

Fri, Feb 15, 2008 at 11:32 AM Michelle just informed me that Bill found John at the bottom of the stairs, choking on a nut, purple faced. Apparently, he's gonna be in a bad way for a while.

Fri, Feb 15, 2008 at 11:46 AM They told me I had to go to rehab. I said yes, yes, yes. Smurf you later.

Walter Weeks is a writer for On Top Magazine and can be reached at ww@ontopmag.com. The Gay Slant pops-in most Saturdays at On Top Magazine.