Thursday, December 10, 2009

Annise Parker, openly lesbian candidate for mayor of Houston, comes under vicious anti-gay attack in the final days

Don't let them get away with this.  Get involved today.  Live phone bank tonight (Thursday).  Call in from anywhere in the country (toll free number) and make a few calls.

Email us at and we'll get you set up.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

It doesn't matter where you live. You can help Annise Parker make Houston the nation's largest city with an openly LGBT mayor!

All Points Bulletin: The Houston Mayoral runoff takes place this Saturday, December 12th and Annise Parker needs you help!

Who is Annise Parker? She is a highly qualified candidate to be Houston's next mayor, and she happens to be an out lesbian. She finished in first place in the November election, but she did not get over 50%, so she has a runoff election against the runner-up, Gene Locke.

Learn more about Annise at these links:

This race is huge for LGBT people all across the United States. If elected, Annise Parker will become mayor of Houston, the USA's fourth largest city.

Despite the recent setbacks at the ballot box on the issue of marriage equality, openly gay and lesbian candidates have made some real strides this year, including last Tuesday, when Simone Bell became the first openly lesbian African American elected to a state legislature.  On the same night, Alex Wan became the first openly gay Asian American elected official in Georgia when he was elected to Atlanta's City Council.

The race in Houston is tight. The recent Zogby poll showed Annise Parker with a small lead, with a large percentage of voters "undecided."

She needs our help to win this election. Here's what you can do:

If you live in or near Houston, contact the campaign directly by going to the campaign office or by giving them a call.  Annise's "contact us" page with all the details is here.

If you do not live in the Houston area, you can still phone bank from home. To get more info, email us here at the Gayborhood Times and we'll pass you info on to a phone bank coordinator.  Our email address is (Include your name and phone number, as well as a Twitter or Facebook ID if you have one, and we'll get you all set up.)  The system is easy-to-use and we'll provide you with all the info you need to get started. All you need is the script we give you and a telephone with touch tone capability.

Adam Lambert and Elisabeth Hasselbeck set to lock horns on Thursday's episode of "The View"

Thursday, 11 AM on ABC...set those DVRs.  Adam Lambert has pre-taped an episode of "The View," and word on the street is that it is a pretty interesting exchange.  The ladies of the view talk about the upcoming show in the clip below.

Saturday, December 5, 2009

The Gayborhood Times is looking for guest posters. Let us share your wisdom with our audience!

If you have been following The Gayborhood Times on Twitter or Facebook, you probably realize that we tend to repost news articles and YouTube videos, but not much else.  Most of our time is committed to promoting the site so we can grow our audience.

But now that we have a significant audience, things are about to change.  First, we're just days away from migrating to a new .com domain of our own.  It will be a lot shorter to type in and it will help us establish greater credibility than just being on the domain.  Second, we're looking to add fresh, original content to the site.

Despite the good following we have established, The Gayborhood Times doesn't really make money.  Perhaps a few dollars per day from Google Ads, but we haven't really tried to monetize our traffic.  Our first priority is to make a top-notch site for activists and interested parties.  If money comes later, so be it.  If it doesn't, but we can still make a difference for the cause, that's fine too.  I guess that's my roundabout way of saying that we're not paying for content.  At least not yet.

But how do we take it to the next level? That's where you come in.  We're looking for writers to submit original content - opinion articles that are interesting to read and have some supporting documentation, LGBT-themed poetry or short stories, and/or "Letters to the Editor" of The Gayborhood Times.

Have something interesting and/or compelling to say? Let us distribute it for free and build your profile in the online LGBT community.  We'll link back to your Twitter and Facebook profiles from the article, and we'll distribute it online through our Twitter account (nearly 1000 followers and growing) and our Facebook account (nearly 6000 fans and growing).

All we ask is that you submit your content to and, once we inform you that we have selected and published your content, we ask that you "tweet" and/or post a link to the article on your Facebook profile.  Then we'll spread the word about the post on our end.

Portia De Rossi schools Elisabeth Hasselbeck on the importance of the word "marriage" on The View

Portia De Rossi was on The View on Friday morning and the issue turned to marriage.  Elisabeth Hasselbeck didn't understand why it needed to be called "marriage." Portia nailed it right on the head.  Watch the video to see how she handled it.

Friday, December 4, 2009

VIDEO: Openly Gay NY State Senator Tom Duane on Marriage Equality Vote

In my opinion, his speech sums up everything.  Please post your comments below.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Marriage Equality bill fails in NY Senate. Gays and Lesbians remain 2nd class citizens in the Empire State.

This post is a work-in-progress. Still developing...

The NY State Senate voted 24 Y, 38 N (Ds 24-8 in favor; Rs 30-0 against) and defeated the marriage equality bill in New York state. This comes at a time when there was great optimism that New York state would pass the bill and send it to Gov. Paterson's desk for his signature.

Supporters claimed to have enough votes to secure passage of this landmark legislation. This was clearly not the case. Gays and lesbians will continue to be second-class citizens in the Empire State.

Eric Adams (D) — YES “This is about love.”
Joseph Addabbo (D) — NO
James Alesi (R) — NO
Darrel Aubertine (D) — NO
John Bonacic (R) — NO
Neil Breslin (D) — YES
John DeFrancisco (R) — NO
Ruben Diaz (D) — NO “Sen. Smith, it is better to keep your word.”
Martin Malave Dilan (D) — YES
Tom Duane (D) — YES
Pedro Espada (D) — YES
Hugh Farley (R) — NO
John Flanagan (R) — NO
Brian Foley (D) — YES
Charles Fuschillo, Jr. (R) — NO
Martin Golden (R) — NO
Joseph Griffo (R) — NO
Kemp Hannon (R) — NO
Ruth Hassell-Thompson (D) — YES
Shirley Huntley (D) — NO
Craig Johnson (D) — YES
Owen Johnson (R) — NO
Jeffrey Klein (D) — YES
Liz Krueger (D) — YES
Carl Kruger (D) — NO
Andrew Lanza (R) — NO
Bill Larkin (R) — NO
Kenneth LaValle (R) — NO
Vincent Leibell (R) — NO
Tom Libous (R) — NO
Elizabeth Little (R) — NO
Carl Marcellino (R) — NO
George Maziarz (R) — NO
Roy McDonald (R) — NO
Hiram Monserrate (D) — NO
Velmanette Montgomery (D) — YES
Thomas Morahan (R) — NO
Michael Nozzolio (R) — NO
George Onorato (D) — NO
Suzi Oppenheimer (D) — YES
Frank Padavan (R) — NO
Kevin Parker (D) — YES
Bill Perkins (D) — YES
Michael Ranzenhofer (R) — NO
Joseph Robach (R) — NO
Stephen Saland (R) — NO
John Sampson (D) — YES
Diane Savino (D) — YES
Eric Schneiderman (D) — YES
Jose Serrano (D) — YES
James Seward (R) — NO
Dean Skelos (R) — NO
Malcolm Smith (D) — YES
Daniel Squadron (D) — YES
William Stachowski (D) — NO
Toby Ann Stavisky (D) — YES
Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D) — YES
Antoine Thompson (D) — YES
David Valesky (D) — YES
Dale Volker (R) — NO
George Winner (R) — NO
Catherine Young (R) — NO

We will be editing this post to add more. Please leave your comments below. Gay rights activists may have lost this particular battle, but the war will be won over time.

"Family Ties" Mom is, in fact, 'family'

For seven years, Meredith Baxter, who played the mother on the 80s TV hit, "Family Ties," has been keeping a secret. She's been dating women. She finally came out on The Today Show today.

From The Today Show site:

Now, Baxter, who played the devoted hippie mom constantly butting heads with her conservative kids on “Family Ties,” is making a public admission.

“I am a lesbian and it was a later-in-life recognition,” she told Matt Lauer on TODAY. “Some people would say, well, you’re living a lie and, you know, the truth is – not at all. This has only been for the past seven years.”

See the video and read more at The Today Show site.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Openly gay councilman and state legislator elected tonight in Georgia!

Simone Bell, an openly gay African-American woman, will be nation's first openly lesbian state legislator when inaugurated. Alex Wan, an openly gay Asian-American candidate, has won the election to fill the Atlanta City Council District 6 seat on Tuesday night.
Bell captured 56% of the vote with all precincts reporting. With 100% of precincts reporting in Atlanta, Wan captured 60% of the vote against his opponent, Liz Coyle.

Read more about Simone Bell at her web site, Read more about Alex Wan at his web site, Both candidates were endorsed by The Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund.
Meanwhile, the race for Mayor of Atlanta was shaping up to be a nailbiter. With nearly all ballots counted, Kasim Reed has an edge of less than 800 votes and has declared victory over his opponent, Mary Norwood, who has not yet conceded. Both candidates are widely seen as gay-friendly.
View results updated LIVE at the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

Openly gay assemblyman could become Speaker of California's state house?

Wow! This would be awesome!

First-term Assemblyman John Perez, an ally of organized labor and cousin of Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, has launched a campaign to capture the Assembly speakership, and many members of the house are quickly rallying behind his bid.

Perez entered the race after a number of his Assembly colleagues mounted an effort to draft him as a speakership candidate. Capitol sources said if Perez is able to secure a majority of his caucus, the vote on a new speaker could come by next week, when the Assembly reconvenes to vote on education legislation.

One of those involved in the Draft Perez movement was Assemblyman Jared Huffman, D-San Rafael. Huffman told Capitol Weekly Tuesday, "I believe John now has the votes. I think it's over."

Read the full article at Capitol Weekly, the newspaper of California government and politics.

Gay marriage news from New Jersey & Washington DC

A couple of news stories on the marriage equality front on Tuesday:

New Jersey: Over 200 prominent Garden State Democrats demand a vote on gay marriage before the end of the lameduck session in January. This is critical because this is the last chance before supportive Governor Jim Corzine leaves office. His successor, Gov.-elect Christie has pledged to veto any such effort. Read the full story at

Washington, D.C.: On an 11-2 vote, the city council passed the first of two votes required to allow same-sex marriage. Councilmembers Marion Barry was among the two dissenters. Not sure why we should listen to his view of morality anyways. Read the full story at The Huffington Post.

Adam Lambert: "People aren't used to seeing a sexual gay man on TV"

Among the people who weren't thrilled with Adam's Lambert's controversial American Music Awards performance: His dad.

"My dad was like, 'Maybe you should apologize, Adam,'" he says on The Ellen DeGeneres Show Tuesday "I was like, "You know, dad, I don't feel like I did anything wrong. It just wasn't maybe the right judgment call. It's a taste thing more than an obscenity thing. I think it's just a taste level.'"

Read the full article at US Magazine.

Sweden to end ban on blood donations from gay men

STOCKHOLM (AFP) – Sweden will lift its ban on gay blood donors as of March 1, 2010, but will restrict donations to gay men who have not had sex with a man for a year, national health authorities said Tuesday.

"Men who have had sex with men will no longer be permanently barred from donating blood," the National Board of Health and Welfare said in a statement released on World AIDS Day.

Sexual orientation will no longer determine whether a person can give blood. Instead, people who have engaged in "sexually risky behaviour" can be barred as donors for one year.

Read the full article at Yahoo News.

AIDS Silence - David Kaufman's excellent article on Huffington Post

David Kaufman had a great article on the Huffington Post today about the sweeping-under-the-rug of HIV/AIDS issues.

Take a looksie by clicking here.

UNAIDS condemns criminalizing being gay

The United Nations’s Joint Program on HIV/AIDS, UNAIDS, released a statement on Tuesday calling for nations to stop criminalizing the LGBT community.

According to the organization, 80 nations still have laws that criminalize gay sex. The organization claims that such laws not only violate human rights, but also undermine effective HIV treatment.

“The human rights of people living with HIV, men who have sex with men, lesbians and transgender people must be fully respected,” UNAIDS stated in a press release on their website. “Where they have been able to access HIV information, prevention and treatment and avoid discrimination, these populations have become a force for health and community empowerment.”

Read the entire article at The Advocate.

Philippines bars LGBT political party from election participation

The Philippines Commission on Elections (Comelec) has blocked the LGBT group Ang Ladlad from registering as a political party. Comelec claims the group is a threat to the nation’s youth.

"We are not condemning the LGBT, but we cannot compromise the well-being of the greater number of people, especially the youth," the commission said

Read the rest of the article at The Advocate.

Judge in Argentina Puts Brakes on Gay Marriage

Updating an earlier story...

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — An Argentine judge put a hold Monday on another court's decision to permit the first gay marriage in Latin America, but supporters of the couple said they would try to go ahead with the ceremony anyway.

The official court Web site said national judge Marta Gomez Alsina ordered the wedding blocked until the issue can be considered by the Supreme Court.

Read the entire article from the AP at Huffington Post.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Gay Argentine Couple to Wed on Tuesday

On Tuesday, Alex Freyre and partner Jose Maria Di Bello, Latin America's first same-sex couple to be granted a marriage, will be wed in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Freyre and Di Bello's forthcoming nuptials have been debated on television, in churches and on the street. Hostile posters can be found on billboards across the city. But, in Di Bello's words, nothing can now prevent him and his partner becoming "husband and husband".
Not surprisingly, the marriage is already being hailed by equality activists as a significant triumph against the odds in a traditionally macho society. Argentina – and Latin America in general – is not known for a tolerance of sexual diversity, and violence against gays is an everyday occurrence.

"This marriage is bigger than José María and I," Freyre told the Observer. "It is a victory for all who face prejudice and discrimination across Latin America and the Caribbean. It is proof that at last the grip of the Catholic church is slipping across Latin America, the system that has kept gay communities silent and fearful is crumbling. What is happening on Tuesday is a strike against those attitudes that have repressed sexual rights across this continent for too long."

Freyre and Di Bello say they will be relieved when the spotlight moves elsewhere after Tuesday's ceremony. "We have people calling us every day saying we are their heroes, people we don't know crying on the phone saying that Tuesday will be the best day of their life," said Freyre. "But we won't want to be heroes, all we wanted to do was get married. And now we've brought a little rainbow to Latin America, it's time for others to take up the banner as well and make us not the exception but the rule."

Read the full article at The Guardian UK.

New Disease Among HIV+ Gay Men

A rare parasitic disease, which normally only is transmitted by contaminated water, has been shown to be transmitted by gay sex between hiv-positive men. In the industrial world the disease is virtually absent, but from now on that could change. For this observation, Taiwanese researcher Chieng-Ching Hung received a doctorate from the University of Antwerp and the Institute of Tropical Medicine Antwerp.

Read the rest of the article at Medical News Today.

Friday, November 27, 2009

Will Annise Parker make Houston the country's largest city with an LGBT Mayor?

Decision Day is rapidly approaching in Houston, Texas. In just over two weeks, December 12th, voters in Houston have the chance to make history by electing Annise Parker to be their next mayor. If elected, Houston would become the largest city with an openly gay or lesbian mayor.

Although a victory by Annise would be historic and a victory for the LGBT community at large, a win would also be a big victory for the citizens of Houston. Annise is not new to this city; she has been an elected official for years and she is currently the city's Comptroller.

She has received the enthusiastic endorsement of the Houston Chronicle, the city's largest newspaper, and a recent poll shows Annise Parker with a tiny edge:

Annise Parker 37%
Gene Locke 34%
Margin of Error +/- 4.4%

Want to connect with the campaign or help with time or money? Here are your links:

and most importantly:

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Election Roundup from November 3rd

We have been away for a few months, but now we are going to get back to regularly updating this blog.

There was a lot of LGBT news from Election Night around the country.

The biggest story of the night was that voters in Maine vetoed the marriage equality law. Politico had a thoughtful analysis of what went wrong. You can read it here.

But there were many bright spots:

Kalamazoo, Michigan voters chose to keep an existing ordinance banning discrimination against LGBT persons.

Annise Parker finished first in the Houston mayoral election, although she fell short of the 50% threshold to avoid a runoff. If she wins the runoff election, Annise will be the city's first openly LGBT mayor.

Charles Pugh will become Detroit's first openly gay councilmember. He finished in first place and will also become the city council president.

Steve Kornell won his race for St. Petersburg City Council. Now St. Pete will be Florida's largest city with an openly gay councilmember.

Sandra Kurt overcame anti-gay attacks to become the first openly LGBT councilmember.

Mark Kleinschmidt was elected mayor of Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Polling suggest major shift in Michigan voters' attitudes towards gay rights and marriage

In 2004, Michigan voters adopted a state constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage by a 58% to 42% margin. Now polling suggests a nearly even split on the issue, with 46.5% in favor of same-sex marriage rights and 48% opposed.

The shift is even more profound when you look at other issues:

92.2% believe that same-sex partners should have hospital visitation rights, while only 6% are opposed.

70.9% favor inheritance rights when a gay or lesbian partner is deceased, while only 26% are opposed.

65.5% support domestic partner benefits for government and university employees, and only 29.7% are opposed.

63.7% are in favor of civil unions for gay/lesbian couples, while only 31.1% are opposed.

57.5% believe gay and lesbian couples should be allowed to adopt children, while only 35.9% are opposed.

Why the change in attitudes? Polling in 2004 suggested that only 56% of voters personally knew a gay or lesbian person. Now that number is sharply higher, 80.2%.

Source: The Glengariff Group Inc. poll of 600 registered Michigan voters conducted May 27-29. MOE +/- 4%.

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Update on the story a few days ago about anti-transgender comments on KRXQ

Bank of America, Verizon and Chipotle are among those companies pulling ads after anti-transgender comments on KRXQ's morning show.

Read more here.

Gay marriage likely to bring the "creative class" to New England states

I have had several friends tell me about Richard Florida's book, The Rise of the Creative Class, which, among other things, tells of the importance of having a thriving gay community in a city and how it is an integral part of building quality of life. Although I haven't read the book yet, I am going to probably pick up a copy at Amazon in the next few days.

I just read an article from Reuters which told of the economic benefits many northeastern states will reap due to recent marriage equality laws. Here are a few key excerpts:

"The expansion of legal gay marriage across New England could deliver an economic windfall by attracting a youthful "creative class" of workers to a region with an aging population."

"New arrivals include John Visser and Nick Keffer, who recently moved to Hartford, Connecticut, from Raleigh, North Carolina. They plan to wed later this month.
"The sole, only reason why we moved was because it was now legal for us to get married here," said Visser, 42. 'No other reason whatsoever other than marriage equality. We were perfectly happy in North Carolina.'"

"The spread of gay marriage could serve as a recruiting tool for universities, health care companies and financial services firms that dominate the region's economy, experts said.

"It will be a selling point when it comes to trying to lure people with same-sex partners who are being wooed for a job," said M.V. Lee Badgett, a University of Massachusetts economist who studies gay and lesbian issues.

Same-sex couples in the so-called "creative class" were 2.5 times more likely to move to Massachusetts in the three years following the approval of same-sex marriage than they had been in the three prior years, according to a study released in May by the Williams Institute of the University of California.

That study also found that migrants relocating to the state were more likely to be younger and female than before same-sex marriage was approved.

Research shows that heterosexual members of the "creative class" -- a group that includes financial whizzes, software programmers and educators -- tend to regard states that allow gay marriages as more appealing places to live.

"It broadly suggests you have an environment in which people who are seen as different are accepted," said Gary Gates, the UCLA demographer who was the study's lead author."

The first economic effect Massachusetts felt from gay marriage was a boost in business related to actual wedding ceremonies performed over the past five years.

The 12,167 same-sex couples that have wed and their guests have spent about $111 million on weddings, from flowers and cakes to hotel rooms and meals for out-of-state guests, another Williams Institute study found.

Over the longer term, there could be a greater economic effect if gay couples decide they are unwilling to leave the region to move to states where their marriages would not be recognized. Forty-two of the 50 U.S. states have laws on their books prohibiting same-sex marriages.
"Once these states offer marriage to these families, they will not quickly, willingly or easily accept new assignments, transfers and promotions to states that don't offer them," said Bob Witeck, chief executive of Witeck-Combs Communications, a Washington-based marketing firm that focuses on gay and lesbian issues. "They're creating an economic wall in the region that is going to impact the ability of all national employers to move talent around."

Some married gay people said they would not consider moving to a state where their marriage would not be recognized.

"I just wouldn't do it. It's pretty straightforward," said Mike Swartz, 41, a vice president at a software company who lives with his husband in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Some couples said another key factor influencing where they would move is how states recognize their role as parents.

Marie Longo, 45, moved to Massachusetts before the state allowed gay marriage because its laws allowed her now-wife Allison to adopt Longo's twin daughters.

"Portability is a big issue for those of us now who have lived in a state where we have been legally married and respected and treated just like any other couple," said Longo, who works as a fund-raiser for Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders, a group that lobbies for gay marriage.
Knowing they could move from state to state and still have their marriage recognized made it easier for Visser, an interior designer, and Keffer, a real estate agent, to start a new life in the north, Visser said.

"Connecticut is a very small state," Visser said. "Hartford is the center and it only takes an hour to get to the state border in any direction, so for us to be able to establish ourselves in the surrounding states, it broadens our opportunities. We feel less restriction."

New England has a graying population, particularly in Maine where 14.7 percent of the population is 65 or older, compared to 12.5 percent for the nation as a whole, according to U.S. Census data. Economists and academics say this will take a toll on the region's economy, both by limiting innovation and growing the demand for government services.

Video footage from Saturday's rally for marriage equality in Rhode Island

According to Marriage Equality Rhode Island, over 400 people joined to rally for marriage equality at the Rhode Island statehouse today. Some video footage is below.

Almost all of the other states in New England are on board. Come on Rhode Island! Get with the program!

Although gay Floridians can not adopt, gay male penguins are already doing it

According to the Chicago Sun-Times:

"A German zoo says a pair of gay male penguins are raising a chick from an egg abandoned by its parents.

Bremerhaven zoo veterinarian Joachim Schoene says the egg was placed in the male penguins' nest after its parents rejected it in late April. The males incubated it for some 30 days before it hatched and have continued to care for it.

Schoene said the male birds are one of three same-sex pairs among the zoo's 20 penguins."

I wonder if a Florida judge would force this penguin into the foster care system?

Shanghai to city's first gay pride festival

A week-long gay pride festival gets under way in Shanghai this weekend, the first time the city has held an event like it.

There will not be a parade. The organisers took legal advice which suggested that might get them into trouble with the authorities.

Instead, there will be film screenings, talks, an art exhibition and a large, all-day party at a privately-owned venue.

Gay sex was decriminalised in 1997 in China. Before that, people used to be prosecuted under "hooliganism" laws.

Homosexuality was described officially as a mental illness in China until 2001.

Although China is a very conservative society, surveys suggest the majority of the population are reasonably tolerant of gay people.

However, there is intense pressure on young Chinese to get married, so it can be difficult for gay Chinese to be open about their sexuality.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Dick Cheney steps out on gay marriage issue

The ice is cracking under opponents of marriage equality and equal rights for gays and lesbians. Although it wasn't perfect, the former vice-president offered support for gay marriage at the National Press Club. His support was for states to be free to allow gay marriage, yet he did not support action at the federal level. Because this is a civil rights issue and one of equal protection, I have a problem with that.

It is still amazing to see such a stubborn, right-wing nutbag actually step away from toeing the party line. Some of his language was awkward and his position is less than ideal, but it is still better than the position of President Obama, and I appreciate that.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

KRXQ radio hosts encouraged violence against transgender children

Hat tip to GLAAD for bringing this issue to everyone's attention.

June 2, 2009— In a lengthy May 28 tirade on the Rob, Arnie & Dawn in the Morning radio show heard in Sacramento, California on KRXQ 98.5 FM and Reno, Nevada on KDOT 104.5 FM, hosts Rob Williams and Arnie States verbally attacked transgender children. While discussing a recent story about a transgender child in Omaha, Nebraska and her parents’ decision to support her transition, the two hosts spent more than 30 minutes explicitly promoting child abuse of and making cruel, dehumanizing and defamatory comments toward transgender children.

You can listen to the entire segment beginning at 4:48 by clicking this link:

Among the comments made by the hosts:

ROB WILLIAMS [11:12]: This is a weird person who is demanding attention. And when it’s a child, all it takes is a hug, maybe some tough love or anything in between. When your little boy said, ‘Mommy, I want to walk around in a dress.’ You tell them no cause that’s not what boys do. But that’s not what we’re doing in this culture.

ARNIE STATES [13:27]: If my son, God forbid, if my son put on a pair of high heels, I would probably hit him with one of my shoes. I would throw a shoe at him. Because you know what? Boys don’t wear high heels. And in my house, they definitely don’t wear high heels.

ROB WILLIAMS [17:45]: Dawn, they are freaks. They are abnormal. Not because they’re girls trapped in boys bodies but because they have a mental disorder that needs to be somehow gotten out of them. That’s where therapy could help them.

ROB WILLIAMS [18:15]: Or because they were molested. You know a lot of times these transgenders were molested. And you need to work with them on that. The point is you don’t allow the behavior. You cure the cause!

ARNIE STATES [21:30]: You got a boy saying, ‘I wanna wear dresses.’ I’m going to look at him and go, ‘You know what? You’re a little idiot! You little dumbass! Look, you are a boy! Boys don’t wear dresses.’

ARNIE STATES [29:22]: You know, my favorite part about hearing these stories about the kids in high school, who the entire high school caters around, lets the boy wear the dress. I look forward to when they go out into society and society beats them down. And they end up in therapy.

To her credit, co-host Dawn Rossi stood up to Williams and States during the segment.Despite her apparent lack of familiarity with transgender issues, Rossi repeatedly defended transgender people and made an on-air apology for her colleagues’ defamatory remarks.

Please contact KRXQ management in Sacramento, California, where the show is produced and demand that radio show hosts Rob Williams and Arnie States publicly apologize. Call on KRXQ to hold Williams and States accountable for their remarks and establish clear standards to ensure their media platform will not be used to condone or promote violence against any parts of the communities they serve.

John Geary
Vice President & General Manager
KRXQ-FM(916) 339-4209

Arnie States
On Air Personality
KRXQ-FM(916) 334-7777

Rob Williams
On Air Personality
KRXQ-FM(916) 334-7777

Please alert any of your friends and others who may also wish to take action. When contacting KRXQ, please ensure that your emails and phone calls are civil and respectful and do not engage in the kind of name-calling or abusive behavior.

A letter from a 10-year-old about her family and equality

I received an email from a reader with this letter. The writer of the letter, Ali, is ten years old. I had to strip out some of the pictures, but the main one which is referenced first is intact. Enjoy!
Dear Reader,
I am writing this after witnessing several videos in which hundreds of people protest for what they believe in. Just think about it! There were 18,000 gay-married couples in California who got off easy. But there are more people in this world than that! My family is my 14 year old brother, my mom, and her wife, Tanya. Tanya is part of our family now, and she is loved. I oppose Amendment 2 with all my heart. The HEART is the thing now. We love, and that keeps our world spinning. Never mind who we are, what race we are, what gender we are: Love is an equal right. Love makes a family.
What do you see in the above picture? An insult to marriage? An intrusion to marriage? A threat to marriage? Or do you see what I see? I see all that belongs to a family. I see 2 women who marry and live, even when laws and people and cars drive by and flip them off for standing in the rain protesting the hate that is heaped upon them. But love shall win. Love shall always conquer hate. So we shall stay out here in the rain, wondering: why? Not wondering why we fight, or why the rain comes down, not why the heck we chose this path. But wondering why these people choose to flip us off when they could stop and think: That little girl can’t be much older than my daughter/son. And that woman is drenched but she’s got a purpose and shows no sign of stopping now. Or even: They are all soaked. What drives them on? The answer being, of course: Love. L-O-V-E LOVE!
All you need is love. - John Lennon
What do you see here? 2 confused women? Hundreds of confused people? Guess what I see? Love. Not only do I see love, but I see people ready to defend the rights of that love. What I see are people, ready for whatever might come. For instance, I’m going to post this on my profile and kids in my class might laugh at me. I DON’T CARE!!!!!!! THEY CAN SNICKER ALL THEY WANT, BUT NOT BY A LONG SHOT WILL I LOSE GROUND!!!!!! IF IT BECOMES COMMON KNOWLEDGE THAT MY MOTHER HAS MARRIED A WOMAN, NOT ONLY DO I AVOW IT, I EMBRACE AND TAKE PRIDE IN IT!!!!!!!
What truly saddens me is not only how many people support Proposition 8 and/or Amendment 2, but the fact that they exist. What person is so vain, stupid, or scared that they have nothing to do but sit around and criticize other people’s marriages? What person decided to crash the wedding, the domestic partnership certificate? Who decided love wasn’t enough to make a family?
Guess what? Love does make a family!
Thank you,
Ali T. -10 years old.

How to Come Out on Facebook

How fitting, since most of you found out about us through Facebook. Interesting read IMO.
From Caryn Brooks' article on
The transparency that online social networking imposes is something that takes getting used to. For many people, exposing yourself to a potentially immense and judgmental community can be new and scary. But many gay people love that function of Facebook because it makes one primary but traditionally fraught ritual of gay and lesbian life so much easier. That would be coming out. Facebook is like drive-thru coming out: quick, cheap and open all night.
Coming out used to be an exhausting process. You had to come out again and again and again to all your friends at different times. Nowadays, even with social networking, gays still have to come out, but one of the key differences between our pre-profile selves and our new online presentations is that now (finally!) the burden is also on our friends to discover and digest our identities. For the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community, Facebook et al have finally leveled the identity field, and it's kinda nice.
Keep reading at and please post your experiences with coming out online in our comments section!

Dr. Jill Biden speaks to GLSEN about her commitment to making schools safe for all students

From the article:

Dr. Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden, delivered opening remarks at the Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network's sixth annual Respect Awards in New York City on Monday evening. In an appearance marking the first time someone from the presidential or vice presidential area of the Obama-Biden administration addressed a gay organization, she voiced their “commitment” to making schools safe for all students, including LGBT youths.

Read the full article at The Advocate.


From the official White House release:

"I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim June 2009 as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month. I call upon the people of the United States to turn back discrimination and prejudice everywhere it exists."

Earlier in the release:

"My Administration has partnered with the LGBT community to advance a wide range of initiatives. At the international level, I have joined efforts at the United Nations to decriminalize homosexuality around the world. Here at home, I continue to support measures to bring the full spectrum of equal rights to LGBT Americans. These measures include enhancing hate crimes laws, supporting civil unions and Federal rights for LGBT couples, outlawing discrimination in the workplace, ensuring adoption rights, and ending the existing "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy in a way that strengthens our Armed Forces and our national security. We must also commit ourselves to fighting the HIV/AIDS epidemic by both reducing the number of HIV infections and providing care and support services to people living with HIV/AIDS across the United States.

These issues affect not only the LGBT community, but also our entire Nation. As long as the promise of equality for all remains unfulfilled, all Americans are affected. If we can work together to advance the principles upon which our Nation was founded, every American will benefit. During LGBT Pride Month, I call upon the LGBT community, the Congress, and the American people to work together to promote equal rights for all, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity."

Read the full release at The White House web site and post your comments here on The Gayborhood Times!

Thursday, May 28, 2009

View the new ad to repeal Prop 8 and help get it on the air

The gay marriage ban in California can not stand.

Sign The Courage Campaign's pledge and/or contribute to get this ad on the air:

Marriage rights for gays and lesbians were polling at their highest when images of gay people were in the news. It is my hope that the next campaign will look more like this. People need to see images of gay people to become more accepting.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

California's high court upholds ban on gay marriage

The California Supreme Court upheld a voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage Tuesday, but it also decided that the estimated 18,000 gay couples who tied the knot before the law took effect will stay wed.

Read more here. More to follow later once I get out of work. Leave comments below.

California Supreme Court decision is just a few hours away

From Reuters:
California's Supreme Court decides on Tuesday whether gay marriage is legal in the most populous U.S. state, a key battleground in American culture wars.
Passage of a gay marriage ban in a November California vote bucked the state's reputation as a liberal trendsetter and sparked national protests by gay advocates and congratulations among social conservatives.
A flurry of pro-gay marriage rulings and votes in Iowa and New England this year has reversed a trend toward banning them. Most U.S. states do not allow same-sex marriage, but both sides are gearing up for renewed battle, mostly at state ballot boxes.
Some leaders from both sides of the gay marriage issue have predicted that the California justices will uphold the ban but also allow approximately 18,000 same-sex marriages from last summer to stand.
Continue reading at Yahoo! News. Sound off in the comments area!

Monday, May 25, 2009

Openly gay candidate in Florida gets a standing ovation after answering the "gay" question

Some of you may know that I live in the Tampa Bay, FL area and have been keeping a close eye on this race. Steve Kornell, an openly gay candidate, is running for St. Petersburg City Council. If Kornell is elected he will become the first ever openly gay member of the St. Petersburg City Council. The neighboring county, Hillsborough, just elected their first openly gay county commissioner, Kevin Beckner, in 2008. Kornell left the gates early and has been running a fabulous campaign for months. With all of our help he can help turn the page in St. Pete.

A friend who attended the debate gave me a detailed report of what happened. The question Steve received was loaded and had three parts: 1) are you gay?, 2) how will that affect your ability to do your job?, and 3) will you be persuing a gay agenda? I do not think I have ever seen a candidate answer a question like this so well and according to my friend, this was the loudest applause of the day, nearly everyone clapped and it was the only question where any candidate had people on their feet.

This sort of questioning has happened in candidate forums in St. Petersburg before. In 2005, a woman known as "Momma Tee" asked an openly gay candidate, Darden Rice, if she was gay. When Ms. Rice said yes, "Momma Tee" said "God's not down with that" and stormed out of the building. (Read more here.) Saturday was a different scene in St. Pete.

We need to support Steve. He has some serious skills and he will help make strides in a state which sorely needs some progress after Amendment Two last year. Join me in going to and contribute to his campaign online or by mail.

We also need to support Anthony Woods who is running for US Congress in California. Don't forget to send him a check too. He has a great story and would be a great advocate for our community in DC.

Sunday, May 24, 2009

What will happen Tuesday? What are your plans depending on the outcome?

I really do not know what will happen on Tuesday. It may be a pivotal point in the gay rights movement. I want to know what you think will happen and what you plan to do.

Here are my questions:
1) What city/state do you live in?
2) What do you think the court will do?
3) If we win, how and where will you celebrate?
4) If we lose, what, if anything, will you do in reaction and where will you do it?

Speak out by posting a comment below!

Lightening up ahead of Tuesday's ruling: Wanda Sykes comedy routine about gay marriage

Need a breather before the big ruling on Tuesday? Watch this Wanda Sykes comedy video about gay marriage.

The California Supreme Court will rule Tuesday regarding gay marriage. You should already know this, but I'm writing it just in case you have been living under a rock for a while.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

A sneak attack on gay-friendly web sites by right-wingers

From a Comedy Central blog post that exposes (and explains) why anti-gay marriage ads are popping up on gay-friendly web sites. Maggie Gallagher's anti-gay National Organization for Marriage has apparently used Google's Adwords program to post banner advertisements on a wide variety of unsuspecting web sites.

Read the full article here.

EDITOR'S NOTE: If I saw one of these ads, I would click on it. The gay-friendly site gets paid and NOM spends money. That is the best way to combat this attack. I think someone posted a comment last week saying one of the Google ads which popped up on this site was from NOM. Let them waste their money.

California Supreme Court poised to issue gay marriage ruling on Tuesday

The California Supreme Court will rule Tuesday on the validity of a voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage, a decision that will end months of speculation over whether gay couples can resume marrying in the state.

The high court announced the pending opinion on its Web site Friday morning.

Read the rest of the report from the Associated Press at Yahoo! News.

Friday, May 22, 2009

John McCain's daughter, Meghan, encourages NY lawmakers to support marriage equality

In an open letter to NY Republican lawmakers:

"As I read the news about the recent advances of marriage equality across our country, I think it is easy for many to get distracted by the politics and rhetoric on this issue and lose sight of what is really at its heart: the equality of freedom.

No matter how politically charged the discussions about marriage equality may get, the question is really a simple one: Do the rights and privileges we offer citizens include everyone in our country, or only some of us?

I believe that allowing gays and lesbians the freedom to marry is an idea whose time has come."

Read more from Meghan McCain's opinion piece at The New York Daily News.

Atlanta mayoral candidates court the gay vote

From the Atlanta Journal-Constitution:

Atlanta’s major mayoral candidates were all in the same room for the first time Thursday, each making his or her case as the best person to run the city to a room full of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender residents.

Five candidates gathered for a forum of about 150 people held at the Amsterdam Cafe in Midtown. Mayor Shirley Franklin, a two-term incumbent, is prohibited from running for a third consecutive term.

Several candidates stressed their past achievements and support for a community that advocates say accounts for one out of every seven Atlantans. It has become an influential force in city politics, particularly in neighborhoods near downtown.

Read the rest of the article at the AJC web site to find out where the candidates stand.

Air Force kicks their $25 million aviator because he's gay

"New President. New Congress. No Change. Here is the latest evidence of what our country is losing under the law that prevents gay men and women from serving openly in the armed forces of the United States."

Read the full article at The Huffington Post.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Ellen DeGeneres Commencement Speech at Tulane University

Fabulous speech which touches on issues including the future, coming out and being who you are.

Thank you to Rafael, one of our readers, for this great find.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Federal lawsuit over Florida hospital visitation rights among LGBT and unmarried heterosexual couples

When a loved one is in the hospital, you naturally want to be at the bedside. But what if the staff won’t allow it?

That’s what Janice Langbehn, a social worker in Lacey, Wash., says she experienced when her partner of 18 years, Lisa Pond, collapsed with an aneurysm during a Florida vacation and was taken to a Miami trauma center. She died there, at age 39, as Ms. Langbehn tried in vain to persuade hospital officials to let her visit, along with the couple’s adopted children.

“I have this deep sense of failure for not being at Lisa’s bedside when she died,” Ms. Langbehn said. “How I get over that I don’t know, or if I ever do.”

The case, now the subject of a federal lawsuit in Florida, is being watched by gay rights groups, which say same-sex partners often report being excluded from a patient’s room because they aren’t “real” family members.

Read the rest of the story at The New York Times web site.

South Carolina dating violence bill lacks protections for LGBT youth

COLUMBIA — Gay rights advocates on Tuesday protested the exclusion of gay and lesbian relationships from a South Carolina bill meant to curb teen dating violence.

Limiting dating violence prevention to students in hetereosexual relationships further discriminates against students who are already vulnerable to bullying, depression and self-doubt, the advocates said. They urged senators to remove the reference.

"The message this sends gay kids is, we're not worthy, we don't count — it makes them feel like second-class citizens, and isolated," said Harriet Hancock, who founded the Columbia chapter of Parents, Family and Friends of Lesbians and Gays.

Keep reading at The Spartanburg Herald-Journal web site.

Dear Gay Graduate - an inspiring letter to new LGBT grads

From Jennifer Vanasco (posted at The Huffington Post)

Hello Gay Graduate,

You sure are in a bitter time to be thrust out of the womb of higher education. When I graduated college 15 years ago, America was in a golden decade. Five years before, the Berlin Wall had come down, giving us a new sense of security. We were at peace. We had saved the World Trade Center from destruction in 1992. The economy was booming. For someone like me, who wanted to go into print journalism, the job opportunities were everywhere.

How times have changed.

Great letter that you should continue reading at The Huffington Post.

Openly gay student wins lawsuit against school district

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NBC Bay Area reports that Rochelle Harrison, who has been openly gay since the age of thirteen, was ridiculed on a daily basis by teachers and staffmembers at Jesse Bethel High School in Vallejo, who would say such nonsense as: "You'll never get a job," "You're going to hell," "You're so ignorant. You don't even know whether you're a boy or a girl."

Harrison's mom, Cheri, wrote letters, made phone calls, and scheduled meetings with school officials, but the harassment continued. So, the Harrisons turned to the ACLU for help.

From the title of this article you know that she won, but click on this link to get the details of the lawsuit and her award.

School district says reparative therapy sites ok, but gay rights sites blocked. ACLU says "not so fast my friend!"

According to the article:

Two school districts representing thousands of Tennessee students were sued Tuesday for blocking access to web sites discussing lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues, but are not filtering sites advocating “reparative” therapy to change their lifestyle away from being gay.

Last month, the American Civil Liberties Union asked the Knox County Schools and Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools to stop the practice. Evidently, they didn’t. So the ACLU made good on its promise, and sued the districts in federal court on Tuesday.

Read the full article at (I hate when people/press use the word "lifestyle.")

President Obama's press secretary dodges DOMA question

This video shows White House press secretary Robert Gibbs dodging a question about DOMA. He didn't outright sell the LGBT community out yet, but this makes me nervous.

Mr. Gibbs, we are waiting for you to get back to us.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Less news, more Cho

I love Margaret Cho. Enjoy!

Washington state moves closer to full equality for gays and lesbians

Gov. Gregoire of Washington state has signed an "everything but marriage" domestic partnerships bill.

From the article:

The domestic partnership measure was known as the "everything but marriage" bill in the Legislature. It gives gay and lesbian couples all the state benefits of married heterosexuals.
More than 5,300 domestic partnership registrations had been filed in Washington since July 2007.

Washington is one of five states along with New Jersey, California, New Hampshire, Oregon, and the District of Columbia with laws that recognize civil unions or domestic partnerships similar to marriage.
Five states have legalized same-sex marriage. Thirty states have gay marriage bans.

Read more at the KHQ web site.

He's hot, ivy league educated and, until recently, was a man in uniform. Now Anthony Woods wants to be a Member of Congress!

An Army veteran who led two combat units in Iraq before being discharged for being gay is running as a Democrat in a special election for a California seat in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Anthony Woods, 28, a West Point graduate who recently received a master’s degree in public policy from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, announced his candidacy in the hotly contested race in April.

Read the rest of the article at The Washington Blade. Anybody else want to move to Cali with me to vote for this guy?

Another article on outing politicians with hypocritical voting records

I need to admit that I chuckled when I read this excerpt:

"Craig's right to privacy might have greater currency had he not publicly supported the Federal Marriage Amendment, which would have constitutionally prohibited same-sex couples from marrying in the United States. He has also voted against LGBT-inclusive hate-crimes and employment nondiscrimination legislation. Senator, you just can't have it both ways."

If the allegations are true, that is exactly what the Senator has been doing for several years.

Read the article at The Advocate and post your comments below.

Dueling gay marriage rallies in Manhattan on Sunday

Advocates and opponents of gay marriage took to the streets of Manhattan on Sunday. Among those in attendance on the "pro" side were Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Sex and the City star Cynthia Nixon (speech in video above) and Ugly Betty's Ana Ortiz.

From the article:

“There are 18 days left in the senate session,” Sen. Tom Duane, the lead sponsor of marriage-equality legislation, told the upbeat crowd gathered in the chilly gray weather. “I need your help," he said, urging people to contact their representatives in the chamber.

Marriage-equality legislation passed the assembly last Tuesday by a vote of 89-52, but its outcome remains uncertain in the closely divided senate, where Democrats hold a slim 32-30 majority. Current estimates put the number of affirmative votes for the legislation at around 25. Senate Majority Leader Malcolm Smith, who did not attend either rally on Sunday, has vowed not to bring the legislation to a vote unless its passage is assured in advance.

New York governor David Paterson, who made a last-minute appearance at the rally in support of marriage equality, also stressed the time element, characterizing the issue repeatedly as a “race.”

“We’re in a race right now in New York,” Paterson said. “When are we going to admit that LGBT people do not have the same rights as straight people right now?”

Read the full article at The Advocate.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Are you straight?

Great video and he's sooooooo cute!

Gay voters and groups ratchet up the heat on President Obama

With more states enacting same-sex marriage laws, pressure is growing on President Obama to moderate his stance against gay marriage.Advocates are urging him to appoint a gay man or woman to the Supreme Court to replace retiring Justice David H. Souter.

Even if Obama does not name a gay justice, senators are likely to question the nominee about the hot-button issue during confirmation hearings, propelling it to the top of the political agenda this summer.

Read the rest of the article at the LA Times web site.

GOP Chair Michael Steele's talking stupid again

SAVANNAH, Ga. – Republicans can reach a broader base by recasting gay marriage as an issue that could dent pocketbooks as small businesses spend more on health care and other benefits, GOP Chairman Michael Steele said Saturday.

Ahem, Mr. Steele, isn't that one of the arguments southern companies used to justify paying whites and blacks different wages for the same work in the south? God forbid black labor would cost the same as white labor. Those poor businesses could go under. WTF are you thinking, Mike?

Read the rest of the article about Michael Steele's nonsense by clicking here.

Moscow police detain gay protesters

MOSCOW – Riot police broke up several gay rights demonstrations in Moscow on Saturday, hauling away scores of protesters hours before the capital hosted a major international pop music competition.

No injuries were reported, but the detentions could damage Russia's desire to be seen as a modern nation as it holds the finals of the Eurovision song contest, a cultural event televised around the world.

Read the rest of the article from the AP at Yahoo News.

On another note, the mayor of Moscow has repeatedly referred to homosexuality as being "satanic."

Catching up

Life has been hectic over the past 10 days and I am going to catch up on the blog now. Sorry for not keeping things up to date.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

CNN Poll: Under 35 voters solidly support gay marriage

Not like this is a surprise but...

As a slew of states move to legalize gay marriage, a new CNN poll finds that most Americans still oppose it, though those under 35 are solidly for gay marriage legalization.

The poll finds that just 44 percent back gay marriage, compared with 58 percent of those under 35. The generational gap over the issue is striking: Only around 4 in 10 Americans ages 35 to 64 back gay marriage, and the number drops to 24 percent for those above age 65.

The numbers raise an important question about the strategy of the pro-gay marriage forces: Is their move to start legalizing gay marriage in many states far enough ahead of public opinion to provoke a serious backlash? Or, given the dramatic generational shift in public opinion on the issue, is their timing just right?

At least that's what CNN was wondering in their article. What do you think? Post a comment below.

D.C. Council votes to recognize same-sex marriages performed elsewhere

The debate over same-sex marriage heated up in the nation's capital again today, but this time, it wasn't on the Hill: It was in the city council. By a vote of 12 to 1 and after arguments that were closely followed by those on both sides of the debate, Washington's council decided to recognize gay marriages performed in other states.

The decision is widely seen as the capital's opening gambit to eventually legalizing same-sex marriage. The legislation is expected to be signed by Mayor Adrian Fenty, who supports same-sex marriage; it will then go to Congress, which has the power to block the bill during a 30-day period of review mandated by home rule. Council member David Catania said that if Congress doesn't block the bill, he plans to introduce another measure legalizing gay marriage in the District.

The emotionally charged environment of today's debates underlined how personal the legislation can be, with some council members trading barbs over their respective stances. Two of the council members are openly gay. One, Catania, told former Washington Mayor Marion Barry—the sole council member to vote against the bill—that it was "immoral" for Barry to both be his friend and to claim that Catania did not deserve the same rights. But the back and forth didn't sway Barry, who called his vote an "agonizing and difficult decision" that he arrived at after prayer and discussion with religious leaders. "I am representing my constituents," Barry said.

You can read the rest of the article at the US News site by clicking here.
FYI: The man in the picture posted with this article is Marion Barry, the lone dissenting vote on the measure. Barry was mayor of Washington D.C. until he was caught doing crack. He was caught on tape muttering "the bitch set me up." (If you're interested, you can read more about him here.)

Maine representative discloses wrenching "choice"

During the debate over marriage-equality legislation in Maine, Rep. Sheryl Briggs took the floor to express her opposition to same-sex marriage.

She also revealed that her daughter is a lesbian.

Read the details of her vote at The Advocate.

FYI: The Maine house voted 89-57 to support the marriage equality bill, although it has a few more hurdles to clear before becoming law. (Read more here.)

Marie Osmond says she loves her gay daughter

In an interview with Los Angeles radio station KOST 103.5, Marie Osmond confirmed rumors that her daughter Jessica is a lesbian and spoke about her views on marriage equality. Though the interviewer suggested the question might be "a sensitive topic" because of Osmond’s Mormon faith, the entertainer didn't hold back.

Read the rest of the article at The Advocate.

Politico reports that another openly gay candidate may be in the mix for Supreme Court vacancy

President Barack Obama is looking to advance diversity with his pick to replace retiring U.S. Supreme Court Justice David Souter — and early speculation has focused on whether he'll pick a woman, or perhaps the first Hispanic justice.

But gay rights groups — disappointed that Obama didn't pick an openly gay man or woman for his Cabinet — are pushing him to put the first openly gay justice on the Supreme Court.

Within hours of word of Souter's departure, the Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund was hailing the candidacy of a First Amendment scholar and former dean of Stanford Law School, Kathleen Sullivan. "Out lesbian a contender for Supreme Court," one of the group's web sites declared.

Another Stanford law professor on the "frequently mentioned" lists, Pam Karlan, has been open about being a lesbian, colleagues and former students say. In response to an e-mail from POLITICO, Karlan expressed no reticence about discussing her sexual orientation, though she downplayed talk about being a possible nominee.

Read the rest of the story at

Monday, May 4, 2009

Some humor to lighten things up after that Senegal story

Sometimes you need to take a break from all this serious news business and just laugh a little. I hope you will enjoy this clip from Margaret Cho. It is one of my personal favorites!

An Absolutely F***ED up story out of Senegal

Dakar - Senegalese villagers dug up the body of a man at the weekend, saying he was gay and that they did not want him buried in a Muslim cemetery, police said Monday.

Police in the village of Thies, in the west of the country, were called out after villagers exhumed the body.The man, born in Dakar in 1975, had died in hospital on Saturday of natural causes, said a police officer in the village."

But after his burial the same day in a Muslim cemetery, four people dug him up. The deceased was considered homosexual," the officer said.

You can read the rest of the story at this South African news site. (FYI - homosexuality is illegal in Senegal.)

Battle for marriage equality heats up in the Empire State!

Gay-marriage proponents are stepping up their fight to get same-sex nuptials legalized in New York with the help of more than $100,000 worth of polling - and the support of Mayor Bloomberg.

"Anybody who thinks we're not serious about winning this in 2009 better throw cold water on themselves and wake up," said Alan Van Capelle, executive director of the Empire State Pride Agenda.

"We are absolutely serious."

Read the rest of the article at the NY Daily News web site.

An Update on Rudy Ditching his Gay Buds

Update from Cathy Burke at the New York Post on an article we posted earlier about Rudy snubbing his gay former roomies who helped him pick up the pieces after Donna Hannover booted his ass out of Gracie Mansion. (P.S. That pic is really Rudy in drag. Isn't it fabulous?)

A gay pal of Rudy Giuliani said yesterday there's one word for why the former mayor and potential gubernatorial candidate snubbed his same-sex wedding: Politics.

"We're still friends," said Queens car dealer Howard Koeppel, who tied the knot with longtime partner Mark Hsiao on Saturday in Connecticut.

Still, Koeppel said, "I danced at his wedding with [his wife] Judith [Nathan], and it would have been nice if he'd danced at mine."

Hsiao said the ex-mayor's snub "did not spoil the day -- we actually didn't expect him to come."
Koeppel said, "I understand why he's doing what he's doing. If he decides to run for governor . . . he's a Republican, and he's taking a Republican stand" on same-sex marriage.
There was no immediate comment from Giuliani.

'They Kill People Like Us' says Gay Iraqi

BAGHDAD – Widespread violence is down across Baghdad, but not for one minority group.

Iraq’s gay population is being targeted by militia groups in a wave of killings that has claimed the lives of up to 25 young men and boys in the past month.

"They know I am gay. I don’t know if I am going to be killed, this is up to God," said Moyad, a 38-year-old Baghdad resident who would not give his last name out of fear for his safety.

Visibly frightened, he said that he has many friends who have been sadistically tortured, some even murdered. "They are sticking glue up their anuses; some hospitals refuse to treat them. Is it a war waged against homosexuals?" he asked.

You can read the rest of this disturbing article at by clicking this link.

Clergy Descend on Washington to Advocate for Gay Rights

WASHINGTON—Months after giving an invocation at a kickoff event for President Barack Obama's inauguration, the U.S. Episcopal Church's first openly gay bishop returned to Washington on Monday to persuade Congress to pass an expanded hate crimes bill.

V. Gene Robinson of New Hampshire is among more than 300 clergy members from different faiths who planned to spend Tuesday lobbying on Capitol Hill for support of a bill that broadens the definition of hate crimes to include those motivated by a person's sexual orientation, gender identity and disability. The House passed the legislation 249-175 last week over conservatives' objections.

A weaker bill died two years ago under a veto threat from President George W. Bush. In contrast, Obama is urging the Senate to support it, saying it would enhance civil rights protections.

Read the rest of the article at by clicking here.

Obama & Miss California: Same Position on Marriage?

By Robert Schlesinger for U.S. News & World Report

I was at a, err, opposite-sex wedding over the weekend when one of the guests asked me, presumably as the member of the MSM on hand, why Carrie Prejean, Miss California, gets lambasted for being anti-gay marriage, while Barack Obama, the president of the United States, gets a free pass while having essentially the same position.

The answer lies in tone and nuance.

It is true that Obama's position is that marriage is "between a man and a woman" and that he is "not in favor of gay marriage." That said, he articulately advocates for the rights of gay couples on things like hospital visitation. See here, for example, starting at about 1:06: "When I sit down and read scripture and I think how would Jesus feel about somebody not being able to visit someone they love when they're sick, I conclude that that is something that's important."

And it is possible that some portion of people suspect that Obama would favor gay marriage were it a politically viable position: He's secretly with us, not like that nasty Miss California. And even if that's not the case, he's good on enough other stuff that he can get a pass on this.

For the rest of Schlesinger's column, visit the web site of U.S. News.

I personally think this is a gross oversimplification of the issues related to lgbt people, but I'm interested in what you have to say. Post away in the comments section!

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Rudy Giuliani skips the wedding between two of his gay 'friends'

Former Mayor Rudy Giuliani was a last-minute no-show at the wedding of his former roommates -- a gay couple -- yesterday.

It was a disappointment for Queens car dealer Howard Koeppel and his longtime lover, Mark Hsaio, who tied the knot in a double-ring ceremony before 10 guests in Westport, Conn.

The couple famously let the ex-mayor crash at their luxury $2.37 million three-bedroom Manhattan apartment while he was going through a nasty divorce with Donna Hanover in 2001. Later, Giuliani married the "other woman," Judith Nathan.

Read the rest of the article by visiting the New York Post's web site.

WHO says HIV patients at greater risk from swine flu

GENEVA, May 2 (Reuters) - People with HIV are at high risk from the new flu strain that the World Health Organisation said is on the verge of a pandemic, the WHO said on Saturday.

The United Nations agency said people with immunodeficiency diseases -- including the AIDS virus -- will most likely be vulnerable to health complications from the H1N1 strain, as they are from regular seasonal flu, which kills between 250,000 and 500,000 people a year.

HIV and the new flu strain could also mix together in a dangerous way, as has occurred with HIV and tuberculosis, the WHO said in guidance for health workers on its website.

Read the rest of the article from Reuters at Alernet by clicking here.

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Opportunity for Democrats as Acceptance of Gay Marriage Grows!

WASHINGTON — Gay marriage legalization in several states and the public’s growing acceptance of same-sex unions have Democrats sensing political opportunity and some Republicans re-evaluating their party’s hard-line opposition to an issue that long has rallied its base.

In recent weeks, Vermont and Iowa have legalized same-sex marriage, while New York, Maine and New Hampshire have taken steps in that direction. Polls show younger Americans are far are more tolerant on the issue than are older generations. For now at least, the public is much more focused on the troubled economy and two wars than on social issues.

Read the rest of the article by following this link to the Boston Herald web site.

Have you heard about the new movie "Outrage"?

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A documentary called "Outrage" argues that closeted homosexual U.S. politicians who vote against the interests of gays and lesbians should be "outed" because their hypocrisy has slowed the progress of gay rights.

Written and directed by Kirby Dick, the film relies on interviews with people who claim to have had gay relationships with politicians who vote against gay marriage, hate crime legislation, gays in the military, and funding for HIV/AIDS research.

"Outrage" premiered at this week's Tribeca Film Festival in New York and opens on May 8 in select U.S. cities.

"My film is not about outing gay politicians. It is about reporting on hypocrisy," Dick told Reuters. "When a politician is in the closet and voting anti-gay with a very consistent record, he's acting hypocritically and I think it's completely appropriate for me to report on that."

Follow this link to read the rest of the article about this movie or click on the video clip above to view the movie's trailer.

So what do you think about outing elected officials? Are they all fair game? If not, are those with anti-gay voting records fair game? Or should all be entitled their privacy, even when they are acting in a hypocritical manner? Speak out by posting a comment!

Friday, May 1, 2009

For the first time ever, a national poll suggests that more Americans support marriage equality than oppose it

For the first time in a nationwide survey, more Americans say they support gay marriage (49%) than oppose it (46%), according to the latest Washington Post/ABC poll. That 49% supporting gay marriage, in fact, is a significant jump from 2004, when the Post/ABC poll found just 32% in favor.

Although there are other polls which show a different balance on this issue, the fact remains that same-sex marriage is getting closer to widespread support among the American people. Read more by following this link.

How about a Lesbian on the Supreme Court of the United States? Kathleen Sullivan could be a candidate to replace Souter

Supreme Court justice David Souter, who will be retiring at the end of the court’s term, may be replaced by out lesbian Kathleen Sullivan, according to

Sullivan, a professor at the Stanford Law School who served as dean of the school from 1999 to 2004, founded and currently acts as director of the Stanford Constitutional Law Center. She has also been involved in some of the most historically prominent LGBT-related court cases, including Bowers v. Hardwick and Lawrence v. Texas.

Her potential nomination has been mentioned on law blogs as well as in The Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal.

Read more about this potential successor to Justice Souter at The Advocate's web site. Wouldn't that be something?

Judy Shepard Rejects Rep. Foxx's Apology...Amen!

Judy Shepard doesn't think Rep. Virginia Foxx, R-N.C., was sincere when she apologized for calling the 1998 murder of Shepard's son, Matthew, "a hoax" during the House of Representatives debate on hate crime legislation which offered protection to gays and lesbians, as well as many other groups.

Mrs. Shepard rejected Rep. Foxx's apology on the Rachel Maddow show. Catch the video below or visit Rachel Maddow's site to read the whole story.

Miss California talks with Greta about Same-Sex Marriage

Want to know what Miss California had to say to Greta Van Susteren? Read the full transcript of her interview here.

Listening to Ms. Prejean makes me wonder...

Are we dealing with the next Anita Bryant, a former Miss Oklahoma who crusaded against giving rights to LGBT Americans, or are we dealing with the next Miss Teen USA South Carolina contestant. If you don't remember her, get a chuckle out of the very popular video of her below.

Openly Gay Members of Congress Push for Answers about Treatment of Iraqi Gays

Reps. Tammy Baldwin, Barney Frank and Jared Polis have sent a letter to the newly-confirmed U.S. ambassador to Iraq, Christopher Hill, urging him to work with Iraqi officials to end violence against the country’s LGBT population.

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