Thursday, April 30, 2009
HAPPY HOUR 430 - MAINE MARRIAGE PASSES SENATE, Hate Crimes Bill co-sponsored by 34% of Senate, Alberta Canada now protects LGBTs
In the U.S. SENATE, 34 Senators are co-sponsoring Ted Kennedy's Hate Crimes Bill, which means it may be up against VERY little resistance here. An ABC News/Washington Post Poll shows that ALMOST HALF of Americans are ready to see full Marriage Equality. TAKE THAT CALIFORNIA! Meanwhile, far more than half want to see Don't Ask Don't Tell Repealed! AMAZING ALLY, Keith Olbermann, has named Virginia Foxx the WORST PERSON IN THE WORLD! Unfortunately, a very famous list detailing President Obama's LGBT agenda shrunk on the White House web-page, after several LGBT activists--including myself (on another blog)--called attention to it via the web. Where is it now?
NEW HAMPSHIRE's Governor still won't say whether or not he'll veto Marriage Equality. NEW YORK's Marriage Equality Bill has begun its journey through the legislature!
Around the world, Alberta Canada is now the latest Province to add LGBT protections to their Human Rights Charter. In response to the two recent suicides of two students who were victims of bullying, the Human Rights Campaign has published a new Guide to Safe Schools. FESSING UP is a new series, partially sponsored by a site run by one of my favorite bloggers, and it deals with confronting head-on the problems still plaguing our community, so that we can stop sweeping it under the rug, and start owning the conversation. Check it out. We ARE NOT these problems--the drugs and indiscriminate risky sex--and if we own the conversation, we can take that ammunition AWAY from those who seek to use these issues to vilify and stereotype our community for their purposes to lie, distort and beat us back into the closet. We need to admit the high drug use plaguing our community is a problem--one we're looking to eliminate--but it isn't and will not be WHO WE ARE!
Top Gun star Kelly McGillis has come out. Thousands of guys with mullets and Camaros just either said "boo" or "yay!" I guess it depends on how much imagination they have. Ed Koch is outraged over Outrage, but not because he's been outed. WATCH the new NOMNOMNOM Ad featuring Miss Cali-Phobia, Carrie Prejean, Joe Solmonese and Perez Hilton. Box Turtle Bulletin tears it apart.
TOAST TO MAINE, NEW YORK and NEW HAMPSHIRE!
COFFEE HOUR 430 - HATE CRIMES BILL PASSED! N.H. Marriage Heads back to the Senate, Howard Stern makes a plea for Marriage Equality.
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Candy Station: Madonna's official internet Radio Station.
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Happy Hour Roundup 428 - Hate Crimes Vote tomorrow, Sen Spector switches parties, New Hamshire Senate Marriage Equality Vote tomorrow.
Our U.S. House of Representatives will vote on the Matthew Shepard Act--the trans-inclusive Hate Crimes bill--tomorrow. The HRC and many other LGBT advocacy groups are URGING you to call your Representative and make sure they vote YES! Here is what North Carolina's crazy Virginia Foxx is saying about it.
HELP MAKE ILLINOIS CIVIL UNIONS A REALITY! In NEW YORK, Equality and Justice Day is under way. Is Rudy flip-flopping again? Tomorrow, the NEW HAMPSHIRE Senate will vote on Marriage Equality. We'll be following on our favorite blogs. NEW MEXICO Extends Health Insurance to the Domestic Partners of retired and soon to retire state employees. Out of the "new" states--and out of the states all together--WASHINGTON D.C.'s anti-Equality rally by NOM--who is claiming Equality in the nation's capital is tantamount to Armageddon--sure took a turn for the Nazi today with raised arms in "hail" positions. Meanwhile, former Mayor and moral pillar lends his righteous words to NOM. I guess you can smoke crack with Transsexual prostitutes, but you can't let them have Equality. In CALIFORNIA, Gavin Newsome is speaking out for LGBT rights! He doesn't have nice things to say about the GOP either. In MAINE, Marriage Equality has passed the Senate Judiciary Committee. Follow the MAINE discussions here. The OREGON House has clarified the Domestic Partnership Law.
Britain is naming its first female Poet Laureate--an open lesbian! An Oklahoma teacher discusses why she lost her job for teaching tolerance. The SLDN Director's open letter to President Obama about the DADT repeal slow-down has been released. Learn more about NOM's Bishop Harry Jackson--the poster-guy for anti-gay rhetoric from Religious Leaders. Here's an uplifting story about a former college football captain that was openly gay. Thailand's gay monks are being asked to tone it down. Some follow-up question-and-answer from Frank Rich on his 'nail-in-the-coffin' NOM commercial op-ed.
Israel allows gays and lesbians to serve openly in their armed forces, but I'm not sure they had this in mind when they allowed it! Was Trainspotting's Frances Begby gay? The Democrats love Bachmann so much, they've started a website to follow her every move, TMZ-style. A study has found that many Republican activists think that Stephen Colbert is serious in his conservative beliefs--which is why so many agree to an embarrassing interview! The Producer of the Miss California U.S.A. pageant has something to say to the lady currently holding the title. You know, the one who has pictures up online partying with #1 Transsexual, Amanda Lepore. What is going on here? Gays can't get married, but they can party with her, apparently. Speaking of Amanda, the video for her new single "Cotton Candy" is coming soon. Results are in for the Feminist Porn Awards. Speaking of which, the movie Humpday will tell the story of two straight buds who just want to make a gay porn. More from OUTrage Director, Kirby Dick, on outing famous people. 24 just got gayer.
TOAST TO IOWANS WHO ENTERED INTO FIRST-CLASS FULL CITIZENSHIP YESTERDAY!
Monday, April 27, 2009
IOWA Marriage Equality began today with a bang! Here's more about getting hitched in IOWA if you're thinking of doing it. NEW YORK Senate Majority Leader, Malcolm Smith is caught between a rock and a hard place: his Governor, and leader of his party in his state, and the anti-gay pastor he considers his mentor. Here is the state-by-state evolution.
THIS looks like the natural projection of things... Viagra was always destined to become rub-able. Rex Wockner interviews Miss Cali-phobia, Prejean. Here is some great analysis of the interview.
I'm very interested to read the new book, a Terrible Splendor, about one of the most famous tennis matches in history, one of history's most pivotal LGBT events, and an incredible moment on the doorstep of World War II.
TOAST TO JOHANNA SIGURDARDOTTIR! YOU GO GURL!
COFFE HOUR ROUNDUP 427 - IOWA EQUALITY STARTS TODAY, MAINE MARRIAGE HEARD IN COMMITTEE TOMORROW, BEA WILL BE MISSED.
Friday, April 24, 2009
HAPPY HOUR ROUNDUP 424 -New York is back on, New Hampshire say back off, and we go way back for a history lesson.
Michelle Obama attended John Barry's swearing in as the head of the Office of Personnel Management for the White House yesterday--the highest ranking gay in the Executive Branch. A sign of things to come from the new LGBT Republican group, GOProud.
TOAST TO MY HERO, HARRY HAY. REST IN PEACE!
Thursday, April 23, 2009
What did Shakespeare think of Marriage Equality? Happy Birthday, Bard.
Masters and Johnson made up their evidence in the iconic study about gay conversion success, Scientific American now reports. More on them here. Somebody tell these closeted gay republicans!
NEW JERSEY voters are ready for FULL Marriage Equality! Public Opinion polls released on four states that have upcoming Marriage Equality bills, votes or judgments. NEW YORK polls even HIGHER! I already posted this video by NEW YORK group Empire State Pride Agenda about Massachusetts and religious freedom. Watch it if you didn't get the chance before. IOWA's Clerks now have gender neutral Marriage Licenses, and the Attorney General is going to make sure no bigot tries any funny business on Monday.
I didn't realize that the new Stonewall Library is actually a CIRCULATING Library! How cool! Don't forget this year makes FORTY!!!
See what Miss Cali-phobia's fellow Miss U.S.A. contestants think of her answer. Miss Cali-phobe debated by Martin and Signorile on AC360 last night! Roland Martin is a moron. Signorile also popped up on TruTV this morning to discuss the Angie Zapata trial verdict in depth. And along those lines, WHY Perez should watch his mouth.
Learn more about the upcoming protest of the London NARTH/CARE Conference.
Finally, here's a "SCHOCKER!"
TOAST TO MY "HETERO" BUDDY AARON!
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
AMAZING NEW VIDEO IN RESPONSE TO NOM!
I'm not disliking Perez Hilton's new role as Marriage Equality posterboy. He may not have been the most likely candidate, but he's certainly got the nation's ear, and he's not doing bad! Meanwhile, the other judges are speaking out in his favor--all while Miss California U.S.A. considers legal action.
On the Marriage Equality Front: The Log Cabin Republicans have gained assurances that NEW YORK GOP leadership in both the Senate and the Assembly will encourage Republican lawmakers there to vote their conscience, rather than by the party rule-book. I'm liking Log Cabin more and more every day--and so is Deb Price, one of my favorite Detroit News columnists! This will make life a lot easier for Bloomberg and Patterson. ONE IOWA has launched a state-wide Ad-Campaign on Marriage Equality to prevent a Prop 8 Situation there. The NEVADA Senate is sending a Domestic Partnership bill to the House that would allow many of the same benefits of Marriage. LOUISIANA is seeing its first lawsuit on behalf of a New Orleans couple denied Marriage Equality there. In VIRGINIA 2 out of the 3 Democrats running for their party's Gubernatorial nomination already support or "are evolving" in support for Marriage Equality--and the third one wants to help us get some rights. NEW HAMSHIRE GOP Chair Sununu (say that three times fast) calls Marriage Equality "garbage." But who's surprised?
In Marriage Equality non-specifics: Queerty presented some myth-busting today: How Marriage Equality WON'T affect churches. I think I already posted a version of this, but its worth revisiting. Just in time, as the arguments against Marriage Equality get more and more ridiculous! Look at NOMNOMNOM!
In other news: thankfully, the police are getting involved in the child exploitation case of "ChristianU2ber" an "ex-gay" 12 year old whose YouTube account has created quite a stir on ALL sides of the 'ex-gay' issue. Meanwhile the ACLU has earned an Arizona student the right to express himself at school. Sexy LGBT author and activist, Wayne Besen, blogs about where our LGBT rights groups are failing us in the area of violence prevention, and what he sees as the solutions. However, the Task Force has just released a statement that they are taking on the Iraqi abuses! Joe.My.God tells us about Ex-Gay activist, Dr. Warren Throckmorton's recent evolution on the subject of 'Christian' bullying, and how its riling up the Religious Right. PENNSYLVANIA'S bill prohibiting discrimination based on Sexual Orientation or Gender Identity looks tied up in committee. NEW YORK's Assembly is passing their just passed Transgender Protection bill up to the Senate. Nate Silver explores whether or not Republicans are falling in line behind Ron Paul. Here's some information on America's first Transgender mayor, Stu Rasmussen!
INDEPENDENCE HALL MARCH FOR EQUALITY MAY 3!
Finally, Please read this blog post that my friend posted recently about arguments in favor of committed consummated monogamous same-sex relationships. Once and a while the Bible is used for good rather than to hurt!
TOAST TO MY BUDDY WHO WRITES THE BLOG!
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
First, I'll go ahead and post another NOMNOMNOM parody video... I wonder if we'll ever get over how hilarious this commercial is? Maybe your gut will completely bust after you see FunnyOrDie's take on it. Maybe NOMNOMNOM's own videos will get better now that Orson Scott Card is on the board. While Miss California hates us (or at least she hates political correctness), plenty of heterosexual college students are boycotting the institution of marriage until it is available to everyone. Is Perez Hilton the new spokesperson for God? I sure hope not, but Miss California U.S.A. seems to think so! Meanwhile, Miley Cyrus Tweets her support for Perez and Marriage Equality. In other Twitter/Political news, Gavin Newsom announces his candidacy for Governor over Twitter--check out the post here! I think its a first! Experts say that committed relationships NEED sex to stay healthy--I guess that means you need to take care of that sleep apnea: doctors say it can kill your sex-life! And OH RUDY!
Next--apparently the GOP views itself as 'the girl' of their gay marriage with the Dems. Michael Steele makes a little verbal oppsie. Dubya and Bubba (Bill Clinton) will debate publicly in Toronto next month--this ought to be good! Meanwhile non-profit lobbyists want the White House to treat them differently than corporate special interest lobbyists. New York's Empire State Pride Agenda has created a fantastic video debunking many of the myths about Marriage Equality put out by the Flat-Earth Fundies. The Chicago Tribune has released a guide on where to get gay married. Meanwhile, the Florida Supreme Court will hear arguments in the case fighting that state's ban on gay adoption.
On Capitol Hill, The House Committee dealing with the Federal Hate Crimes Bill will decide if it moves forward to the floor tomorrow. Here are some compelling reasons why it must. Lying hate groups, however, are trying hard to scare people with false accusations about what 'it will do.' Mike Quigly--a LGBT rights supporter who helped create Chicago's Cook County Domestic Partnership registry and extend benefits to same-sex partners of county employees--is settling in nicely as Rahmbo's replacement in the House. The first (non-incumbant) openly gay man elected to the House will be on Michelangelo Signorile's Sirius OutQ show (love it!) today at 3:30/4:30 Central discussing the gay agenda. You can listen for free! Senators are ranking one anothers' "bipartisanship."
More Pastor Rick Warren bashing. You all know my feeling about this. I think that we should be glad he's showing signs of evolving--even if we must be suspicious of his motives.
THE CHURCH OF SCOTLAND MAGAZINE BACKS SAME-SEX PARTNERSHIPS AND OPENLY GAY MINISTERS!
Finally: Learn more about this amazing and iconic gay group--the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence. My friend Harry Kelley in Mt. Pleasant is actually one of the FOUNDING MEMBERS! The sisters wrote the VERY FIRST health brochure on Safe Sex EVER back at the beginning of the GRID crisis (which we now know as HIV/AIDS). I'm going to start posting more LGBT history links in my posts called KOH (Know Our History!), so this is volume 1!
TOAST TO HARRY AND WAYNE--HAPPY SIX MONTHS!
Coffee Hour Roundup-Meghan hates Rove, Chambers' hand wringing, and more Log Cabins. Why is everyone so mad at Rick Warren?
Monday, April 20, 2009
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
On deck now are four states to watch:
New Hampshire--though the House passed their Marriage Equality bill by a slim margin, the bill still needs to slide through to the Senate (which has already passed a version of the bill) and then on to Governor John Lynch, who does not approve of Equality in the law.
Main--There is a lot of support for this legislation, but unfortunately, the bill puts the question before voters, so even if it passes, it may not pass.
Maryland--Though a bill defining marriage as a heterosexual-only institution died in committee, it seems that as the session draws near close, a bill enacting Marriage Equality also looks dead in the water.
Illinois--The Civil Unions bill, a sweeping law that will give same-sex couples most of the rights of opposite-sex couples--but not all--is still awaiting its third and final reading/debate.
...Don't forget about D.C.--whose council approved rules today (April 7) to recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states. Couples who move to D.C. now are recognized as Domestic Partners.
The business of Marriage Equality seems to be gaining momentum by leaps and bounds. My next article will discuss how we can accelerate and protect this momentum.
Follow the story here.
UPDATE: IT HAPPENED! THE HOUSE OVERRODE THE VETO!!!!!!!
Final Vote: 100-49!!!
There is Live video RIGHT NOW at the Burlington Free Press of the vote to override Governor Douglas' VETO in Vermont. This text is completely stolen from Pam's House Blend, and you should REALLY go read and subscribe to her awesome blog so I never have to rip it again, but I really want all of you to see this right now WITH EMPHASES! Pam--please don't hate me for stealing from you, but this is SOOOO BIIIIIIGGGG!
MONTPELIER - Gov. Jim Douglas vetoed same-sex marriage legislation Monday evening, sending the bill back to the Legislature today, where the votes to override the veto could teeter either way.
The House and Senate are expected to vote today on whether to override. Whether supporters of the legislation can reach the two-thirds majority in the House is a looming question.
"I'm still talking to members and we're working toward a number that's two-thirds," House Speaker Shap Smith, D-Morristown, said at 6 p.m. Monday.
The vote to override the veto will start Tuesday morning in the Senate, where a 26-4 vote on the bill itself indicates an override is likely.
The House vote, possibly later this morning, will be more dramatic. Smith and other House Democratic leaders are urging Democrats who voted against the bill to support the majority and vote for the override.
If all 150 members are present, 100 votes are needed for an override. Counting all members who voted for the bill in two votes last week, plus the speaker, who did not cast a vote but may on the override, there are 97 who support the bill.
Two Democrats who voted against the bill have said they would change course and support the override.