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ROUNDUP 625 - CONTACT YOUR SENATOR NOW ABOUT SAVING THE HATE CRIMES BILL!



UPDATE 3: IGNORE REPORTS ON JEFF GOLDBLUM OR HARRISON FORD'S DEATHS--THEY ARE STILL ALIVE, HERE IS THE LINK! I got cited on one of the best LGBT websites in the world for this tip: BILERICO!

FIRST|| FARRAH FAWCETT HAS PASSED AWAY--GOD REST HER SOUL. IN ADDITION, MICHAEL JACKSON HAS SUFFERED CARDIAC ARREST, AND IS IN DIRE STRAITS. I'm not going to lie, I'm not feeling good about that. He's a screwed up beast of a man, but the music he made still means a lot to me.

Meanwhile, the Republican party continues to lose credibility on the "moral values" meme. EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT MARK SANFORD. Yesterday, FoxNews decided to identify him as a Democrat instead of a Republican... all afternoon. I'm sure they'll just write it off as a clerical error... and I'm sure Ethel Backwater in Swansoon Louisiana will notice the retraction as it quickly scrolls the bottom of her screen while she watches her Bill O'Reiley, wondering why Democrats are all so slimy and Republicans so Godly!

In.D.C|| Roll Call details a House Leadership meeting to hash out the plan to get AN LGBT EQUALITY BILL PASSED AND SIGNED FOR THE FIRST TIME IN AMERICAN HISTORY!

Attorney General Holder urged Congress to pass a new LGBT HATE CRIMES BILL. Here is his statement. The HATE CRIMES BILL, however, is being attached to the Dept. of Defense Authorization Bill, which could mean that it could become casualty to the tug-of war that normally accompanies this bill; Bil Browning at Bilerico and Pam Spaulding at Pam's House Blend are both pretty certain that the bill is doomed to die. YOU ARE BEING URGED TO CALL YOUR SENATOR RIGHT NOW TO TELL THEM TO SAVE THIS BILL! Listen to the Shepards on CNN discuss the bill in honor of their slain son. Judy is such a remarkable lady. I've had the fortune to meet her twice now, and she gave me a big hug the first time she met me. She's incredible.

NOW that ENDA is on the schedule for the House, YOU need to sign up for a FACE-TO-FACE meeting with YOUR Representative. Mine is Tim Johnson, and I've sent a letter to him about ENDA, and I hope to follow it up with a Face-to-Face meeting--who is your Rep, and have you contacted them yet?

STATE2STATE|| DELAWARE has after 10 years finally passed their anti-discrimination bill!

AROUND/THE/GLOBE|| Check out this AMAZING anti-prejudice poster from ITALY; I wish we could do something as in your face as this all over America! In TURKEY, the football referee that was fired for being gay is fighting back. In ISRAEL, thousands turn out for Jerusalem's gay Pride!

PINK$BUCK|| SiriusXM--the same company that brings us OutQ--has hired on Rosie O'Donnell for her own satellite radio show!

OURstory|| Pride and Preservation online video series--please visit and learn!

TOAST TO BETH WHO DID AN AMAZING JOB WITH MY MOHAWK TODAY!

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HAPPY HOUR... POSTPONED.

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