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HAPPY HOUR 430 - MAINE MARRIAGE PASSES SENATE, Hate Crimes Bill co-sponsored by 34% of Senate, Alberta Canada now protects LGBTs

BIG NEWS FROM MAINE! The Senate passed the Marriage Equality bill in short order there, Now it heads back to the House--the Governor of MAINE has shown very positive signs he will sign the bill.

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 Meanwhile, far more than half want to see Don't Ask Don't Tell Repealed!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!

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