Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Introducing...Bebe Zahara Benet



Miss girl will be featured in the July edition of Paper magazine.

Remember, she won the RuPaul Drag Race.


Thanks to Rod 2.0 for posting

Franken is Finally Legit! Filibuster Proof!!



Now, let's get that Dragon Lady, Michele out of there!

You're done, Bishop Harry! D.C. SC dismissed a motion to stall recognition of gay marriage


Well he tried and tried again, and failed miserably. Judge Judith Retchin, a D.C. Superior Court judge, dismissed Harry and the Hendersons' motion to stall the implementation of a new law recognizing gay marriage performed in other states.

Here's more
The decision from to deny a preliminary injunction and grant the city’s motion to dismiss means there will be no referendum on the recognition statute, which will likely become law July 6 after a congressional review of the law is completed. Congress is not expected to undue the legislation. Retchin determined that the D.C. Board of Elections and Ethics ruled properly that the proposed referendum, sought by a coalition of area clergy, was an improper subject for a ballot question because it would violate the city’s Human Rights Act. The act, she said, makes it “unlawful for the government to deny services or benefits based on membership in a protected category,” and there are some 200 rights and responsibilities conferred to married couples that are not given to legally recognized same sex couples.


Just stop it, Harry! This issue is done already.

Source

Question of the Day: SCOTUS version



When the Supreme Court played the reverse UNO card on the SC nominee Sonia Sotomayor's decision, I wonder if this will hurt her nomination?

And will this reversal reshape Affirmative Action cases to come?

Interesting Quote: Sen. Roland Burris


"My concept of marriage is a male and a female for the perpetuation of the species, for children to be born and identify the bloodline and the heritage. But I'm pretty sure, as things are moving along, that that will probably change."


He said during the Chicago Gay Pride Parade, but he supports civil unions.


via-WBBM 780

Phoenix Concert in L.A.

I hate that I missed this concert (it's actually straight up the street), but here is one of my favorite songs from them, Long Distance Call

Interesting Quote: Gene Simmons


He killed his career because now the conversation is not about his talent but about his sexual preference. He's done. I hope I'm completely wrong. I hope he becomes the next Beatles and proves me wrong. Adam was fantastic. What a powerful and attractive man he is. He can come on tour whenever he’d like."


via The Advocate

More on Obama's speech at the Stonewall Commemoration

Don't Hate, Appreciate

So who was there at Obama's LGBT gala?


Now, I'm publishing this list because I want folks to see it was not just A-List gays who attended this event. It was a diverse mix of folks.

These are the folks who represent most of us in some form or fashion


Michael Adams, Service and Advocacy for LGBT Elders (SAGE)
Mark Agrast, Washington, DC
Madeline Alk, New York, NY
Ron Ansin, Harvard, MA
Judith Appelbaum, Department of Justice
Chip Arndt, Miami Beach, FL
Cornelius Baker, National Black Gay Men's Advocacy Coalition
Tom Barbera, SEIU Lavender Caucus
Andrew Barnett, Sexual Minority Youth Assistance League (SMYAL)
Jarrett Barrios, Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD)
Vic Basile, Office of Personnel Management
Christopher Bates, Washington, DC
Michael Bauer, Chicago, IL
Terrance Bean, Portland, OR
Jeremy Bernard, National Endowement for the Humanities
Jennifer Besson, Washington, DC
Dana Beyer, Chevy Chase, MD
David Binder, San Francisco, CA
Elizabeth Birch, Washington, DC
Jeremy Bishop, Pride at Work (AFL-CIO)
David Bohnett, Beverly Hills, CA
Marsha Botzer, Quilcene, WA
Raymond Buckley, DNC Vice-Chair
Eliza Byard, Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN)
Christopher Caldwell, Los Angeles, CA
Leslie Calman, Mautner Project
Rea Carey, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force
Charles Carter, New York, NY
Kevin Cathcart, Lambda Legal
Curtis Chin, Los Angeles, CA
Jennifer Chrisler, Family Equality Council
Jamie Citron, Department of Health and Human Services
Wes Combs, Washington, DC
Roberta Conroy, Santa Monica, CA
Cheryl Cook, Department of Agriculture
Stampp Corbin, San Diego, CA
Michael Council, Columbus, OH
Wilson Cruz, West Hollywood, CA
Mark Davis, Philadelphia, PA Q
Todd Dickinson, Washington, DC
Daniel Dozier, Washington, DC
Ruby Dunning, Washington, DC
Ingrid Duran, Falls Church, VA
Christopher Dyer, Washington, DC Office of LGBT Affairs
Steven Elmendorf, Washington, DC
Fred Eychaner, Chicago, IL
Eric Fanning, Department of Justice Bishop
Yvette Flunder, City of Refuge United Church of Christ
Earl Fowlkes, International Federation of Black Prides
Rebecca Fox, National Coalition for LGBT Health
R. Brandon Fradd, New York, NY
Daniel Galindo, San Antonio, TX
Adolfo Garay, New York,
N Jesus Garcia, TX LULAC 4871
Joan Garry, Montclair, NJ
Rufus Gifford, Washington, DC
Emily Giske, New York, NY
Mitchell Gold, Hickory, NC
John Gonzalez, Washington, DC
Vernita Gray, Chicago, IL
Chad Griffin, Los Angeles, CA
Patrick Guerriero, Gill Action Hon.
Michael Guest, Former Ambassador
Rebecca Haag, AIDS Action
Steve Hildebrand, Sioux Falls, SD
Gavin Hilgemeier, Federal GLOBE
Leonard Hirsch, Federal GLOBE
Lorilyn Holmes, Federal GLOBE
Clifford Honicker, Knoxville, TN
Conrad Honicker, Knoxville, TN
Gerald Hoose, Stonewall Participant
Ernest Hopkins, Communities Advocating Emergency AIDS Relief
Hon. James Hormel, Former Ambassador
Paul Horning, Atlanta, GA
Brad Hoylman, Village Independent Democrats
Jody Huckaby, Parents, Families, & Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG)
Kevin Jennings, Department of Education
Jennifer Jones, Department of Housing and Urban Development
Frank Kameny, Washington, DC
Elaine Kaplan, Office of Personnel Management
Paul Kawata, National Minority AIDS Council
Mara Keisling, National Center for Transgender Equity
Kate Kendell, National Center for Lesbian Rights
Jacqueline Kittrell, Knoxville, TN
Harry Knox, Human Rights Campaign
Steven Latasa-Nicks, New York, NY
Andre Leon Talley, White Plains, NY
Richard Llewellyn, Los Angeles, CA
Robert Llewellyn, Los Angeles, CA
Rosemary Llewellyn, Los Angeles, CA
Thomas Lopach, Export-Import Bank
Lin Lougheed, Miami Beach, FL
Claire Lucas, Corona del Mar, CA
Glenn Magpantay, Federation of LGBTQ AAPI Organizations
Mary Beth Maxwell, Department of Labor
Lisbeth MelendezRivera, Unid@s
Shannon Minter, National Center for Lesbian Rights
Chance Mitchell, National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce
Mary Morten, Chicago, IL
Babak Movahedi, Miami Beach, FL
David Munar, National Association of People with AIDS
Kevin Naff, Washington Blade
Justin Nelson, National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce
J. Alexander Nicholson, Servicemembers United
David Noble, NASA
Matt Nosanchuk, Silver Spring, MD
Robyn Ochs, BiNet USA and Bisexual Resource Center
Derek Orr, DC Office of Disability Rights
C. Dixon Osborn, Washington, DC
Kathleen Padilla, Philadelphia, PA
Pari Parker, Washington, DC
Skip Paul, Beverly Hills, CA
Terry Penrod, Columbus, OH
Troy Perry, Founder Metropolitan Community Churches
Thomas Petrillo, Washington, DC
Frank Pond, Los Angeles, CA
Robert Raben, Raben Group
Gautam Raghavan, Department of Defense
Steven Ralls, Washington, DC
Ellen Ratner, Washington, DC
Miriam Redleaf, Chicago, IL
Catherine Renna, Chicago, IL
Dr. Sylvia Rhue, National Black Justice Coalition
Jeffrey Richardson, Washington, DC
Laura Ricketts, Chicago, IL
Anthony Riley, Prince Georges County, MD
Carmen Robello, New York, NY
Bishop Gene Robinson, Diocese of New Hampshire
Hilary Rosen, Washington, DC
David Rosenauer, New York, NY
Renee Rosenfield, New York, NY
Jane Saks, Chicago, IL
Aubrey Sarvis, Servicemembers Legal Defense Network
Thomas Schmidt, Stonewall Participant
Marsha Scott, Washington, DC
Evan Shapiro, New York, NY
Jonathan Sheffer, New York, NY
Judy Shepard, Matthew Shepard Foundation
Babs Siperstein, Edison, NJ
Melissa Sklarz, National Stonewall Democrats
Mary Snider, Silver Spring, MD
Courtney Snowden, The Raben Group
Joe Solmonese, Human Rights Campaign
Rick Stafford, DNC LGBT Caucus Chair
Eric Stern, UC Berkeley School of Law
Jon Stryker, Kalamazoo, MI
Sally Susman, New York, NY
John Tedstrom, Global Business Coalition on HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (GBC)
Kevin Thompson, Seattle, WA
Andrew Tobias, DNC Treasurer
Jeffrey Trammell, Washington, DC
Ted Trimpa, Denver, CO
Gregory Varnum, National Youth Advocacy Coalition (NYAC)
Alex Wagner, Department of Defense
Paquita Wiggins, Beltsville, MD
Phil Wilson, Black AIDS Institute
Peter Wilson, New York, NY
Robert Witeck, Arlington, VA
Chuck Wolfe, Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund
Tobias Wolff, Philadelphia, PA

Monday, June 29, 2009

Obama Speaks about us

Want to hear or maybe see the White House Stonewall Commemoration?


Go here for the Livestream

Foolish Article of the Day: AMERICAblog's "A note to our dear gay leaders"


Oh no, someone needs a nap.

Anywho, here is this mess

Monday, June 29, 2009

A note to our dear gay leaders

I'm so proud of our gay leaders today. Getting all spiffed up to go to the White House and "deliver our president a message."

That'll be the day.
Oh, I'm sure, in the 8 minutes or so that a small select handful of those present will be shuffled into a private ante-room to meet the president, they'll tell him things like "people were hurt" or "people were disappointed." (The overwhelming rest of the invitees will get a whopping 0.5 seconds to deliver their "stern" message to the president as he's shaking their hand and looking to the next person).

Obama knows we're hurt and disappointed. Telling him that we have families too, with him nodding, Clinton-like, perhaps even biting his lip to show that he too feels our pain, will accomplish absolutely nothing. The message that our leaders need to send President Obama is that we're mad as hell and we're not going to take it anymore.


If any of our leaders want to deliver a real message to the president, try asking him any of these questions - you can say it's from one of our leaders who was a big Obama supporter during the campaign, raised $50,000 for the president, and then was banned from attending:


1. Our lawyers say you didn't have to support DOMA in court at all, you could have opposed it if you actually felt that our civil rights were important enough. When are you going to oppose DOMA in court and start following through on your promise to push for its repeal?
or

2. Comparing our marriages to pedophilia and incest? Our community expects an apology, why have you refused to give one?
or

3. Two gay service members are being discharged a day under Don't Ask Don't Tell. You could stop the discharges right now by issuing a stop-loss order. You refuse to, giving some BS explanation about wanting a legislative fix. Yeah, we all want a legislative fix. What does that have to do with the fact that you have the power to stop this travesty now, as you promised, and you refuse to?


4. You didn't include health benefits in that memo for federal employees you signed last week. You claimed DOMA wouldn't let you. Our lawyers say that's BS. You can provide health benefits to, for example, domestic partners. Tell us the real reason that you're treating gay federal employees as separate but unequal to straight federal employees?
Yes, if you ask my questions you might not get an invite back for more canapé next year. But you might just actually make a difference. That is why you're all going, right?

John, what is wrong with you? Why are you acting like a jealous ex? This is beyond silly and I want all of you to see this.

Again, you are ungrateful and childish. Why would anyone take you seriously when you are channeling your inner "Heather". I wouldn't want your ass at my house either if you're going to act like a fool.

Just stay in the corner and let the adults handle this.

Source

In form of A Minstrel Show...Introducting Skids and Mudflap


This is mess and another reason why I wouldn't pay money for this crap. These autobots ain't cute and whoever thought this was a great idea to make them, should be slapped across the face.

Twin robots named Skids and Mudflap, "disguised as compact Chevys, constantly brawl and bicker in rap-inspired street slang. They're forced to acknowledge that they can't read. One has a gold tooth." (watch the trailer for Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen)

It's hard to view Mudflap and Skids as anything but racist, said Ty Burr in The Boston Globe. They are "shuck-and-jive Autobots who talk in ridiculous gangsta-speak." And they're also "Jar Jar Binks times two and the first known example of robot blackface," not to mention "insultingly unfunny comic relief."


Skids and Mudflap do "indicate that minstrelsy remains as much in fashion in Hollywood as when, well, Jar Jar Binks was set loose by George Lucas," said Manohla Dargis in The New York Times. But "for what it's worth," the script for Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, "also includes a crack" about the character Simmons, "who's coded as Jewish, and his 'pubic-fro head.'"

Foolishness, I tell you. What's next a group of stereotypical Mexican autobots talking like Slow Poke Rodriguez and Speedy Gonzales?

Source

Janet Jackson Speaks about Michael

I Am...Xaviera St James


Yes, that's me several years ago. For 3 years in college, I hosted Rocky Horror Picture Show for an university program.

I was the Multicultural Chair for our Program Board, and to step up the hosting responsibilities, I became Xaviera St. James.

I did a couple of songs, played some raunchy RHPS games and talked about sex a lot.
During that time, I found myself enjoying performing in drag. I think it's fun, in fact, I recommend that everyone do it at least twice.

Now putting on the make-up was hard, but I would do it again. It's been 9 years, maybe Xaviera will make a special appearance with Patti LaBelle.

Today begins my New (possble) Career Path


I start my scriptwriting course today. I'm nervous, but really, really excited. I don't know what to expect, however it will be a journey.

A crazy, maybe stressful, kooky journey, but one I will look forward too. I will talk about this more later.

Wish me luck

Gay Comic Books Geeks: Shatterstar and Rictor KISS!!


Wow, I kind of thought...maybe fantasized about this, but I never thought this would happen!

If y'all ever read the 90s versions of the New Mutants/X-Factor/X-Force, you know Rictor and Shatterstar.

Rictor is the cute Mexican mutant who can cause earthquakes



Shatterstar is the mysterious refugee from Mojoworld with a cute face and fierce warrior streak.





They came on the scene during my high school years and I'm enjoyed them ever since. Now with this new revelation, I have to go through my old comics to find signs.

This is so rad! Check out X-Factor 45

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Oh No! A Sex Tape? John Edwards?


No, no, no no! There may be a sex tape with John Edwards and that woman. I hope this is not true, please!

This sex tape could kill off the rest of his career.

I hope this is a lie.

But to be real...I would watch it. John's cute.


Source is here
http://www.nydailynews.com/gossip/2009/06/28/2009-06-28_aides_tale_of_john_edwards_sex_tape.html

GLAAD's New President will reach out to Obama

Please have a productive convo, that's all I ask

And Speaking on a JEM Movie...Here is my Pizzazz


I would love to cast Lady GaGa as Pizzazz.


Her style and guile oozes Phyllis Gabor. To me, she would be perfect for the role.

My Childhood has been destroyed by Broke Ass Movies...A Rant

After the mess of a movie with Transformers 2 and reviews of G.I. Joe matching those of Ishtar, I have a request.

Stop making a mess of my childhood!!!!

Transformers 2 was basically made for a 5th grader. Based on my (special screening), I felt insulted for being a geek, smart, human and alive. The cartoon writers did a better job than whoever shat all over this. And now G.I. Joe is next...I don't think I can't take this anymore.

What I would like is a smart, critical take of these stories. Transformers was a great cartoon and the original cartoon movie is historic. G.I. Joe was also a great cartoon, with great characters and great stories. All the writers have to do is play on those stories and build them up. Actually, "Battlestar" them, make it an adult, serious story that challenge and thrills us.

It can be done, just do it already! I'm really scared to see G.I. Joe, I think it will be just as bad. However, I'm afraid as long as money can be made, most of my childhood will be massacred.

So what's next? He-Man, Pole Position, The Littles, JEM, She-ra? I will write the script for JEM, I don't want the Starlight Girls to go through the same shatfest that the Josie and the Pussycats movie did.

In all, I think most us want a good movie. But it doesn't have to be some dumbed down, 2 hours flicks with cheap starlets, CGI orgies and poo putt scripts. The human brain deserves better.

I'm done ranting for now, I was just hurt to see how huge Transformers 2 opened this weekend. It just proves that some folks will accept anything as entertainment

Happy 40th, Stonewall!


Our time will Come!!

New Horror: The Box

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Gay-themed horror book just won The Stoker Award

UNSPEAKABLE HORROR, a collection of gay-themed tales just won the 2008 Stoker Award.

This book received the Superior Achievement in an Anthology Series honors. This is first time a gay-themed piece of work has won this award. The editors are Chad Helder and Vince Liaguano. Chad is a horror writer and and English instructor, his website is here.

Vince has a blog, here

Also watch this trailer for the book



I have to check this out

Thanks to DoorQ for posting this

New Trailer: Amelia

Hilary Swank stars as Amelia Earhart


Looks Interesting

I'm Getting Braces!



Well, I knew this was coming. I am getting braces on my lower teeth. My wisdom teeth has caused some crowding in the front, so I have to correct it.

I have to say that I'm a bit excited and worried. However I will make the best of it.

Question of the Day


What do we need in a LGBT Leader?

Friday, June 26, 2009

Two Guys, A Dream and Star Trek Themed Restaurant


These guys are making their dream happen. They are hoping to open a new restaurant known as Captains Table.

Here's their plug

Captains Table

People, ambiance, good food and Sci-Fi. That is the objective for 'Captains Table'.

With two Star Trek look-alike Captains at the helm, we have a winning combination.

Displays of authentic screen-used costumes and props.

Sci-Fi themes from all genres... Star Trek and Star Wars... Dr Who and Anime... Comic book Super Hero's and Supermarionation.

Experience family dining, group meetings or corporate hospitality.

From birthdays to weddings, we can accommodate and entertain!

Get Excited!

Here's the DNC Protest


I have more folks in my class

Question of the Day: True Blood Edition






What is Maryann?

Witch?
Circe?
Maenad?
Hecate?
Hillary Clinton?


What is she?

Mariah's CD Cover


Cute...silly, but Cute

Interesting Quote: Richard Socarides, a Clinton adviser.


"Unless the president on Monday articulates a strong action plan, and is willing to do it with cameras rolling, it is going to go from bad to worse."

His statement about Obama's stance on Gay Rights.

I doubt it, Sweetie.



Source

Other LGBT issues we should push first, before DOMA and DADT


I just realized something. How and when did DOMA and DADT become the main gay issues?
I was trying to figure it out and I don't remember seeing the heighten build up.

However, my point of this piece is to ask...Are they the ones we push first?

I hope that's not an evil thing to say, but I think there are other issues we should fight for just as much.
  • Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes Prevention Act
  • ENDA or Employment Non-Discrimination Act including protections for our Trans-family
  • Healthcare-mostly HIV and AIDS research and treatment (this truly affects our community)
  • Military Readiness Enhancement Act-a policy of nondiscrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.
DOMA and DADT are important, but these I feel these matters are more overarching and inclusive of all of the LGBT community. Maybe these issues should be handle first because they protect every one of us. I want DOMA and DADT to be handled, but I'm not so sure they should be the top priority.

I would love hear your thoughts on this...Am I way off here?

Perez Hilton Must be Delivered to the Kraken By Morning

I support the Full Blackballing of Perez Hilton, I can't believe he did this
What a terrible Human Being! Burn Perez...Burn!

Oh and peeps are going after him, here

The Matthew Shepard Foundation Refuses Perez Hilton's donation


Yes, this feels like a blackballing

The Matthew Shepard Foundation was surprised to learn this morning via media reports that blogger Perez Hilton (Mario Lavandeira) has announced he plans to donate, to our organization, the proceeds of a lawsuit he is contesting over an altercation which has been widely reported in recent days.

We had no advance notice or contact from Mr. Hilton or his representatives regarding this proposal, nor any communication since he posted this plan to his website.


We do not know the details of the lawsuit, whether it has been filed, the nature of his claims or the likely outcome. But because the lawsuit presumably involves the physical attack prompted by Mr. Hilton's admitted use of an anti-gay slur, the Foundation will be unable to accept any funds obtained in such a manner.
We very much appreciate the generosity of the offer to support our continuing work to memorialize Matthew through activism in defense of sexual minorities and in favor of understanding, compassion, and acceptance.

But because so much of our work involves education to reduce the use of hateful language against gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered persons, or those so perceived, it would be inappropriate for us to benefit financially from circumstances in which such a verbal attack was involved.


While we applaud Mr. Hilton's apology to the LGBT community and their loved ones for his use of such a slur, we also feel compelled to point out that use of epithets can often lead to physical violence, as it appears it may have in this case, and that the Matthew Shepard Foundation has worked for more than 10 years to bring to people's attention the consequences of hateful or inolerant language.


Judy Shepard
Judy_Signiture

Chair, MSF Governing Boar
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So, How did that DNC Gay Fundraiser turn out?


After folks, bloggers and gremlins tried to rally up drama to stop the DNC Gay Fundraiser, it seems to have been in vain. The event had about 180 people present and raise nearly a million dollars, in fact, it was more than last year's amount which was about $750,000.

According to Advocate.com, VP Biden spoke about the drama festering in recent months.

“I am not unaware of the controversies swirling around this dinner,” Biden said, “swirling around the speed -- or lack thereof -- that we’re moving on issues that are of great importance to you and, quite frankly, to me and to the President and to millions of Americans.”

Biden thanked people in the room for their hard work and dedication during the election.

“More importantly , I want thank you for being a critical – critical – voice for keeping the nation focused on the unfinished business of true equality for all of our people; and I know, and this administration knows, that we have so much more to do,” he said. “I promise you, I promise you, with your help we’ll get there in this administration.”

Biden ticked off a list of priorities for the community, starting with receiving a standing ovation for saying with great gusto, “We will repeal the Defense of Marriage Act with your help!” He touched on “don’t ask, don’t tell,” the Domestic Partner Benefits and Obligations Act, employment nondiscrimination, the HIV travel ban and hate crimes.

“It all is for one purpose and that is, securing equality and dignity – equality and dignity – for all Americans,” Biden declared.


I'm glad things turned out to be a success. Folks still have hope for change and willing to make it happen.

However, I'm curious to hear what the Haters have to say. They wanted this to fail and by the grace of Hera, it didn't.

Maybe that's a sign.

We'll see


Source

Thursday, June 25, 2009

You will be missed, Michael





Pastor McKinney speaks on the Gay Exorcism

Not feeling this at all

Thanks to NG for posting this

Michael Jackson is Dead

This is so sad

Michael Jackson had a "severe" Cardiac Arrest


Oh No, this can't be happening!!!

They say Michael is in "really bad shape"

Source

Farrah Fawcett Died


Our Angel has passed from battling cancer. She was 62.

Misleading Article of the Day: AMERICAblog's The New Enemies List


What is this?

The new enemies list

It should be interesting to see which gay leaders the Obama White House blacklists for next Monday's big gay bash to, ironically, commemorate the kind of gays who, if they were around today, would likely be on that blacklist. (I've already heard of three big gay groups reportedly being snubbed). Of course, the White House is refusing to say who they've invited, and who is now on the civil rights blacklist. It's almost as if somebody spooked the leader of the free world.

PS For those who have asked, no, Joe and I weren't invited.

Again, what is this rant about? Nothing. This is ridic and full of...crap!!
Obama's the enemy now? When did that happen? And where is this blacklist?

I don't get it. This is mess, pure and simple. There's no list and just because you heard about it doesn't mean it's real. That's an assumption and a rumor.

John, please stop looking for nothing.


Source

John Byrne Moment



Love him for his work

For those Folks going to the DNC Gay Fundraiser




Suze Orman
Elizabeth Birch
Tim Kaine

Jennifer Chrisler

Chairman Barney Frank

Tammy Baldwin

Jared Polis

Adrian Fenty

NBJC's Alexander Robinson
GMHC's Marjorie Hill
Iraq Marine vet Brian Fricke

Billy Bean
Former GLAAD head Joan Garry

Keith Boykin

Ray Buckley

Brian Johnson
Former SLDN head Dixon Osburn
Paul Smith

Krystal Ball

Thank you for being an effective voice for the community. Although this is just a fundraiser, it's still an opportunity to let VP Biden and others know what's going on.


Pay no mind to the folks outdoors. They should try to see this in a different light. With any major change, you have to face the fire. We can't move forward if we only stand aside on the path. This must be done.

So I applaud you and I believe you are doing the right thing.

So again, Thank you.

About Me


I'm taking this from Ian's blog. He's passed this out to his fellow bloggers, so here's my stuff.

Birthday: 2/16/1974
Birthplace: Union City, Tenn
Current Location: Los Angeles
Eye Color: Hazel
Hair Color: Dark brown
Height: 5'7"
Right Handed or Left Handed: right
Your Heritage: Black
The Shoes You Wore Today: dress shoes at work, Ralph Lauren play shoes later in the day
Your Weakness: Buffalo Wings
Your Fears: Failure
Your Perfect Pizza: Pepperoni
Goal You Would Like To Achieve This Year: write a finished script.
Your Most Overused Phrase On an instant messenger: I don't use IM, so 1999.
Thoughts First Waking Up: What workout to do
Your Best Physical Feature: My legs, calves, eyes and shoulders
Your Bedtime: Somewhere midnight
Your Most Missed Memory: Playing with my G.I. Joes
Pepsi or Coke: Kool Aid
MacDonalds or Burger King: Whataburger
Single or Group Dates: partnered
Lipton Ice Tea or Nestea: Lipton
Chocolate or Vanilla: Vanilla
Cappuccino or Coffee: Cosmopolitan
Do you Swear: Not really
Do you Sing: All the time, but I can't sing.
Do you Shower Daily: Why yes...sometimes twice
Have you Been in Love: Yes
Do you want to go to College: done that, BS and MS
Do you want to get Married: Yes
Do you believe in yourself: I have to
Do you get Motion Sickness: No
Do you think you are Attractive: Of course...I know I'm cute. Been told too many times
Are you a Health Freak: I try
Do you get along with your Parents: Yes
Do you like Thunderstorms: Yes
Do you play an Instrument: I did...piano (very little) clarinet
In the past month have you Drank Alcohol: Yes
In the past month have you Smoked: No, never have
In the past month have you been on Drugs: No
In the past month have you gone on a Date: Yes
In the past month have you gone to a Mall: Yes, the Beverly Center
In the past month have you eaten a box of Oreos: No
In the past month have you eaten Sushi: Yes
In the past month have you been on Stage: No
In the past month have you been Dumped: No
In the past month have you gone Skinny Dipping: No...that's for vagrants (j/k)
In the past month have you Stolen Anything: No
Ever been Drunk: Yes
Ever been called a Tease: Yes, I'm southern
Ever been Beaten up: No, hit, but never beaten
Ever Shoplifted: Yes, I stole G.I. Joes
How do you want to Die: I'm a deity
What do you want to be when you Grow Up: Good
What country would you most like to Visit: Africa
Number of Drugs I have taken: None
Number of CDs I own: A lot
Number of Piercings: None
Number of Tattoos: None
Number of things in my Past I Regret: maybe 12

In a Boy/Girl…
Favorite Eye Color: Hazel, Brown, Blue
Short or Long Hair: Doesn't matter
Height, Tall or Short? Taller than me
Physique you like -All types
Hairy or smooth? both

Breckin Meyer Responds to Perez's Plea

I feel like Perez's vid will be the new "Leave Britney Alone"

Sanford's Love Letters to his Mistress


Gov. Sanford...What were you thinking?

Please read:

"One, tomorrow leave at 5 a.m. for New York and meetings. Will think about you on its streets and wish I was going to be there later in the month when you are there. Tomorrow night back to Philadelphia for the start of the National Governor's Conference through the weekend. Back to Columbia for Tuesday and then on Wednesday, as I think I had told you, taking the family to China, Tibet, Nepal, India, Thailand and then back through Hong Kong on world wind tour. Few days home then to Bahamas for 5 days on a friend’s boat for the last break of the summer. The following weekend have been asked to spend it out in Aspen, Colorado with McCain - which has kicked up the whole VP talk all over again in the press back home . . .

"Two, mutual feelings . . . You have a particular grace and calm that I adore. You have a level of sophistication that so fitting with your beauty. I could digress and say that you have the ability to give magnificent gentle kisses, or that I love your tan lines or that I love the curve of your hips, the erotic beauty of you holding yourself (or two magnificent parts of yourself) in the faded glow of the night’s light - but hey, that would be going into sexual details ...

"Three and finally, while all the things above are all too true - at the same time we are in a hopelessly - or as you put it impossible - or how about combine and simply say hopelessly impossible situation of love. How in the world this lightening strike snuck up on us I am still not quite sure. As I have said to you before I certainly had a special feeling about you from the first time we met, but these feelings were contained and I genuinely enjoyed our special friendship and the comparing of all too many personal notes ...

"Lastly I also suspect I feel a little vulnerable because this is ground I have never certainly never covered before - so if you have pearls of wisdom on how we figure all this out please let me know... In the meantime please sleep soundly knowing that despite the best efforts of my head my heart cries out for you, your voice, your body, the touch of your lips, the touch of your finger tips and an even deeper connection to your soul.”

From Maria, Wednesday, July 9, 2008 8:14 p.m.

“As I told you I shouldn't have done this trip but I would have felt worst if I wouldn't have come because it was too over the date, he is a very nice guy, great heart ... but unfortunately I am not in love with him ... You are my love ... something hard to believe even for myself as it's also a kind of impossible love, not only because of distance but situation. Sometimes you don't choose things, they just happen... I can't redirect my feelings and I am very happy with mine towards you.”

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From Gov. Sanford, Tuesday, July 8, 1:42 a.m.

“Got back an hour ago to civilization and am now in Columbia after what was for me a glorious break from reality down at the farm. No phones ringing and tangible evidence of a day's labors. Though I have started every day by 6 this morning woke at 4:30, I guess since my body knew it was the last day, and I went out and ran the excavator with lights until the sun came up. To me, and I suspect no one else on earth, there is something wonderful about listening to country music playing in the cab, air conditioner running, the hum of a huge diesel engine in the back ground, the tranquillity that comes with being in a virtual wilderness of trees and marsh, the day breaking and vibrant pink coming alive in the morning clouds - and getting to build something with each scoop of dirt.”

And this was sent over email, meaning...the whole world will get to see this


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Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Introducing...Employment Non-Discrimination Act of 2009 (H.R.2981)

Barney Frank has introduced the Employment Non-Discrimination Act of 2009 (H.R.2981) today!

If passed, employees will be protected based upon sexual orientation or gender identity. However, it will exclude religious institutions and the armed forces.


Good stuff. I'm casting Hex Spheres for its quick induction.

Transformers 2 SUCK Jabba's Balls...if he has any


I knew it would. And geeks hated it, but I have to remember, we are smarter than the average bear. So mainstream will fall all over it.

But please DON'T SEE IT!

I promise you, it's for your own good.

DON'T!

North Carolina passes a bill that Protects LGBT kids


The North Carolina house and senate passes a bill that protects students bullied for their perceived or actual sexual orientation or gender identity.

Now the bill goes to Gov. Beverly Perdue, so she can to sign it into law.

This is great news for LGBT youth who are teased and bullied for being themselves. Great news.

Here's a great quote from Dems representative, Grier Martin:
"To oppose this bill because you object to [gay or transgender people] is to fight the culture wars on the back of a child."
So True

The End of Logan?


I hope so...Wolverine gets on my nerves


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NY Senate is a Mess

So I promised to have more info on the gay marriage vote in the New York Senate.
Well...I have nothing, because they have nothing.
Repubs didn't show up!

I guess, Tune in Tomorrow.

Thanks NG, for posting this

What was Gov. Sanford doing in Argentina? Having Sex with Another Woman!

This is some Knots Landing mess right here. When Gov. Sanford disappeared for a hot second, he told no one. Folks thought he was clearing his head, but truth was...AFFAIR!

He admitted he hooked up with another woman.


this the 2nd one within a month...that marriage argument is looking pretty weak.

Misleading Article of the Day: AMERICAblog's "Howard Dean pulls out of DNC gay fundraiser"

I'll be nice and change the original title from "Dumb" to "Misleading". But here's the story.
The former chair of the Democratic party now has a "scheduling conflict" for a fundraiser on behalf of the organization he used to run. Dean is one of the four top names on the invite - he's throwing the event, and now even he's not going.



It's interesting that the very heterosexual Howard Dean is willing to take a stronger stand for civil rights than our own gay elected representatives, Barney Frank, Tammy Baldwin, and Jared Polis. That Howard Dean is willing to take a stronger stand for the gay community

So where did Howard Dean say he's boycotting the event? Where is his article stating the crimes of democracy? There is not article, but there is a statement.
A Dean spokeswoman, Karen Finney, stressed that Dean's move was a scheduling conflict due to a "family commitment."

That's his statement. That's the deal. So why would you trick us into thinking Howard dropped out for other reasons?

He said it's a family commitment, then it's a family commitment. Stop creating storylines that don't exist. This ain't Days of Our Lives! Stop playing, John or AMERICAblog or whoever.

I'm telling you, the theme of this mess is Misconceptions, Misinformation and Assumptions.

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Next stop on Obama's "Tour"...Protections for Transgender Federal Workers


Obama's tour continues as his administration drafts guidelines to protect transgender federal employees.

These guidelines will be included in handbook used by management. There will be other info added as the draft continues to come together.

Mara Keisling, the executive director of the National Center for Transgender Equality stated:

“The president is making a very clear statement that transgender people won’t be discriminated against."

The provisions will help give transgender workers avenues within the federal government to protest a job action as discriminatory, though Ms. Keisling added, “There is also a very important symbolic value to that, from our point of view.”

I have to say, they are moving these issues along. I am very happy to see this come together.


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Question of the Day: Perez Hilton Edition

Y'all heard the news about Perez and his attack, and his slur to will.i.am and his crying rant on video.


But I've noticed, no one's coming to his rescue or defending him. In fact, he's getting the short end of the stick from the gays.

With no gay support in sight, I have to wonder...Is this the beginning of the gay blackballing of Perez Hilton?

Or is this karma?

And when did will.i.am become a thug?

The Republican Women of Anne Arundel County are Lunatics!


Why?

Read their charge letter

Dear Friends:

Obama and Hitler have a great deal in common in my view. Obama and Hitler use the "blitzkrieg" method to overwhelm their enemies. FAST, CARPET BOMBING intent on destruction. Hitler's blitzkrieg bombing destroyed many European cities - quickly and effectively. Obama is systematically destroying the American economy and with it AMERICA. First the banking/investment industry, next private enterprise (GM and Chrysler) and now HEALTH CARE.

We too CAN fight back. Contact everyone you know. Start a blitzkrieg of our own. Shut down the Capitol switchboards and the White House switchboards! Say NO to the Obamination of Obama Care!

These women are not invited to the Peace conference at Themyscira

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Gay Marriage in New York is No. 1 on the List


Today, Gov. David Paterson is putting gay marriage back on the table.

However, the demon, Sen. Ruben Diaz Sr., has something up his sleeve...he can't be trusted.
"Tomorrow we will have a good time," Diaz Sr. told the DN's Glenn Blain. "Maybe I'm not upset. Maybe I solve the whole the problem tomorrow. Maybe tomorrow we come to an agreement and decide who's really in control."
"Maybe tomorrow...Maybe. I don't know. I'm not saying anything...Who is asking me that? I don't know. Who knows what’s going to happen tomorrow. Tomorrow is always uncertain. Tomorrow may never come."

I don't know, maybe you will be defeated, Ruben? Let's hope so.

More on this later


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Are Some of our Gay Bloggers leading us into a Wall?


I'm just going to cut to it. This so called gay revolution is heading into a wall if we continue to operate from misconceptions, misinformation and assumptions.

I've noticed from several blogs, actually from several gay blogs that are considered "The top of the top" that their anger and misinformation can really hurt our movement.

Here are some examples

AMERICAblog attacks Jennifer Chrisler, head of the Family Equality Council, for going to the DNC event. The blog goes as far as calling her a "sell-out", then says
"I'm sure Chisler, as she sips her champagne and eats her fancy French hors d'oeuvres to commemorate the gays and lesbians who rioted for her civil rights 40 years ago, will do her best to hold the president's feet to the fire.

Please.

You should see her quotes in the article, how she wasn't satisfied by the "limited benefits" provided for in the memo the president signed last Wednesday. Yeah, real unsatisfied - that's why she stood over him clapping like a giddy schoolkid, providing him the political cover he needed at a time that our community needed her.

I seriously hope someone looks into who the donors are for this apologist organization. No gay person should ever give a dime to the Family Equality Council again. Ever."

So I guess if you have a different opinion from John Aravosis, you are an enemy of the state. Maybe John will request that any other LGBT person who attends the DNC event to burned at the stake.

Then on Pam's House Blend, they have a header that reads, Star and Stripes confirms HRC deal with WH to de-prioritze DADT. But as you read the piece, you see this:
Timothy Kincaid at Box Turtle Bulletin discovered quite a bit of business in the military newspaper Stars and Stripes.

One can only assume it is referring to HRC, since it is our lobbying org on the Hill: An official with the House Democratic leadership said the House is committed to repealing "don't ask" but
has agreed with civil rights groups to put new hate crime legislation and a workplace nondiscrimination bill on the legislative calendar before taking up the military issue.
So, you say, it's confirmed it's HRC and then turn around to say that, One can only assume it is referring to HRC...that's misleading and assuming.

Also that Stars and Stripes article doesn't name the HRC as the civil rights group, so even that is a big assumption.

And Queerty, another popluar gay blog consistently post broke ass, poorly researched mess daily.

I have to ask...What in the Hell is really going on? Why are they pushing this stuff, when it's either inaccurate, a flat out lie or just pure foolishness. Now, I'm not trying to start a fight (I would win from all the Buffy I've watched), but I'm really getting worried that all this hype can hurt our cause. Right now, some of the LGBT community are fired up; mostly from reading these blogs.

But if the info is wack, what good is it?

Attacking and tearing down each other will not solve anything in our quest for civil rights.
Running on assumptions and hunches are not productive towards our progress.
Trying whip up foolishness and drama is destructive and divisive to our community.

This bothers me so much because many LGBT folks read these blogs and others like them. If folks are pushing misinformation and mess in their faces then that's a disservice to the community. They have to realize that our community is looking for hope. Let's help them find it, not lead them into a dark mirky ditch.


Tuesday, June 23, 2009

The White House response to the 77 Congressional Members asking Obama to Change DADT


Well the White House got the letter, now here's their response.
"President Obama remains committed to a legislative repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell, which he believes will provide a durable and lasting solution to this issue. He welcomes the commitment of these members to seeing Congress take action."

That's crisp and precise...now comes the HATER PARADE

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Question of the Day: About HRC and DADT Rumors


Apparently there's a rumor that the HRC made a deal to push back DADT to focus on the Hate Crimes Bill and Employment Non-Discrimination Act.

This is still a rumor BTW, regardless of the news in the blogs.

Anyway...let's imagine for a moment that the info was completely true. With both Hate Crimes Bill and Employment Non-Discrimination Act put in place and a later focus on DADT, I ask you...Is that a huge problem?

Hate Crimes Bill and Employment Non-Discrimination Act benefits a great deal of us. In fact, I think it effects more folks than DADT.

So again, if this was true...Would that be such a bad thing?

It's Joss Whedon's Birthday!!







The man, the myth, the God. Happy Birthday!!!


He's 45.