Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Quote Of The Day - Iowa Gov. Chet Culver

"We stood firm for the civil rights of every Iowan by saying loudly and clearly that any and all efforts to add discriminatory amendments to our state constitution have no place in our state constitution. Regardless of our personal views, we have a line that needs to be drawn between the executive branch and the judicial branch and I think Iowans are ready to move on and accept that unanimous decision." - Iowa Gov. Chet Culver, congratulating the state legislature for refusing to consider a constitutional amendment overturning same-sex marriage. This week is the one year anniversary of marriage equality in Iowa.

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HomoQuotable - Charles Winecoff

"Once upon a time, in a kingdom far, far away – called New York City – there was a special place where fairies could go when they weren’t feeling well. It was known as the Gay Men’s Health Project. The friendly bears and slender youths who ran this magical dispensary helped unlucky fairies mend their wings and wee-wees so they could get back to working through their issues and flit off to the nearest after-hours disco, bath house, abandoned truck or dilapidated pier. [snip]

"The warrior fairies did not trust the king and queen, who hailed from a make-believe place called Hollywood. Even though there were many fairies in Hollywood, the elders imagined that the king, whose name was marked by a malevolent ”R,” would round up their infected friends and lock them in concentration camps. The fairies only trusted royals whose names boasted a benevolent ”D.” So fearing the worst, they paid no heed to the warnings of their own shamans. Instead, they fought to protect their underground turf from the imaginary menace of the “R” invaders by keeping their fairy-only, non-reproductive recreation centers open. Thousands more fairies fell from the sky.

"Time passed. Powerful potions were eventually conjured up to keep infected fairies healthy and alive. Kings began to grant them audiences, and the peasantry as a whole became more accepting of their existence, and appreciative of their hard history. The fairies were celebrated and honored for the injustices they endured. The peasantry took extra care to be more tolerant of fairy feelings. But the fairies couldn’t reciprocate. They didn’t know how to trust or to let down their guard. They had become addicted to attention, self-pity, and anger." - Homocon writer and noted micro-penis sufferer Charles Winecoff, writing for anti-gay Andrew Breitbart's Big Hollywood.

According to Winecoff, filthy promiscuous AIDS-infected "fairies" of the 1980s set the stage for our 21st century blind obedience to the Democrats, Messiah Obama, and his fascist health care reform plan. Of course, Winecoff wouldn't know anything about health care deprivation or poverty, because as he gloats, he "grew up in a penthouse with a fabulous view of the skyline of Manhattan."

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Today In Proofreading

The repeal of DADT is a "hot bottom issue" according to MSNBC. But only in the Marines.

(Tipped by JMG reader CF)

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Sarah Palin Interviews LL Cool J!

Only not! Gothamist has the story:
Fox News' "Real American Stories," hosted by hockey mom Sarah Palin, will be airing tomorrow night with interviews with Toby Keith, Jack Welch and LL Cool J. But the rapper wants to set the record straight, because he didn't actually sit down with Palin for an interview. He wrote on Twitter last night, "Fox lifted an old interview I gave in 2008 to someone else & are misrepresenting to the public in order to promote Sarah Palins Show. WOW." Watch what you say, Cool James; you might getcherself yer very own Palin target on your back!
Hang on, Cool James. You mean Sarah Palin is LYING???

UPDATE: The segment with LL Cool J has been pulled. Catch how Fox words the notice.
"‘Real American Stories' features uplifting tales about overcoming adversity and we believe Mr. Smith's interview fit that criteria," FNC head of programming Bill Shine said in a statement. "However, as it appears that Mr. Smith does not want to be associated with a program that could serve as an inspiration to others, we are cutting his interview from the special and wish him the best with his fledgling acting career."
Ooh, fledgling acting career. Suh-NAP, Miss Shine, girl!

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SC Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer Wants A Constitutional Convention To Repeal HCR

Anti-gay closet case gay homosexual South Carolina Lt. Governor Andre Bauer is calling on his Red State counterparts to stage a constitutional convention to repeal the health care reform bill. Yeah, that'll happen.

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Fort Lauderale April 9-11: The 2010 Gay & Lesbian Literary Arts Festival

Next weekend I'll be in Fort Lauderale for the 2010 Gay & Lesbian Literary Arts Festival, where I'll join Miami Herald columnist Steve Rothaus and author Steve Petrow for a panel discussion titled "The Art Of Blogging." Fancy! The panel will be moderated by South Florida Gay News columnist and blogger bon vivant, our very own Father Tony.

Festival registration and schedule information. Events take place at the brand new Stonewall Library & Archives, which I'm very excited to finally see. I'm going to be missing next weekend's Saint disco reunion party here in NYC, so I'm going to lean on a certain part-time Lauderdalian to make up for that. I'm very sure that will involve at least one visit to the Ramrod, the best gay bar ever that used to be a Circle-K.

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Photo Of The Day - Liberials

From the excellent Look At This Fucking Teabagger.

(Tipped by JMG reader Dean)

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Eurovision 2010: Romania's Seling & Ovi

Rubber-suited Fergie-a-like hits Mariah-high notes with generic male co-vocalist. Not terrible, but instantly forgettable. Points off for the oh-so-tired fire/desire rhyme, which should have been retired even before Rick James and Teena Marie made it their showstopper.

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Animals Are Gay

This weekend's feature article in New York Times Magazine deals with homosexuality in the animal kingdom. Here's an excerpt:
Various forms of same-sex sexual activity have been recorded in more than 450 different species of animals by now, from flamingos to bison to beetles to guppies to warthogs. A female koala might force another female against a tree and mount her, while throwing back her head and releasing what one scientist described as “exhalated belchlike sounds.” Male Amazon River dolphins have been known to penetrate each other in the blowhole. Within most species, homosexual sex has been documented only sporadically, and there appear to be few cases of individual animals who engage in it exclusively. For more than a century, this kind of observation was usually tacked onto scientific papers as a curiosity, if it was reported at all, and not pursued as a legitimate research subject. Biologists tried to explain away what they’d seen, or dismissed it as theoretically meaningless — an isolated glitch in an otherwise elegant Darwinian universe where every facet of an animal’s behavior is geared toward reproducing. One primatologist speculated that the real reason two male orangutans were fellating each other was nutritional.

In recent years though, more biologists have been looking objectively at same-sex sexuality in animals — approaching it as real science. For Young, the existence of so many female-female albatross pairs disproved assumptions that she didn’t even realize she’d been making and, in the process, raised a chain of progressively more complicated questions. One of the prickliest, it seemed, was how a scientist is even supposed to talk about any of this, given how eager the rest of us have been to twist the sex lives of animals into allegories of our own. “This colony is literally the largest proportion of — I don’t know what the correct term is: ‘homosexual animals’? — in the world,” Young told me. “Which I’m sure some people think is a great thing, and others might think is not.”
Wingnut logic: Homosexual acts are not natural! Then why do so many animals do it? What are you, an ANIMAL? Well, yes.

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The 2010 Peter LaBarbera Hate Challenge

"The folly of the SPLC’s expanding 'hate' dragnet is that it threatens to engulf all religious/moral opposition to homosexuality. Indeed, it would be revealing to query the top 25 'GLBT' activist across the nation and ask them if they would also label, as Matt Barber pokes fun HERE, the following as 'hate groups': Family Research Council, AFA, the Roman Catholic Church, Focus on the Family, the Southern Baptist Convention and ADF. Wayne Besen, Evan Hurst, Joe Jervis, Jeremy Hooper, Rea Carey: take up the challenge!" - Peter LaBarbera, in his seventh consecutive post whining about being named a hate site by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

Since you asked, Petey, yes, I do consider your named groups to be hate-centered. Therefore I accept your challenge to help you expand the SPLC's list. It's clear that you want more company on that list in order to take the sting out of your having been singled-out, so let's try to make the hurt go away. In alphabetical order and just off the top of my mind, here are some asshat groups whose campaigns of oppression and hate are just as evil as yours.

The 2010 Peter LaBarbera Hate Challenge!

The following evil and hate-filled organizations devote a large amount of their time and resources to thwarting the civil rights of LGBT people in the United States. They do this through lies, slander, buying politicians, and the demonizing of LGBT Americans in the public's mind.

Alliance Defense Fund
American Family Association
Americans For Prosperity
Catholic League
Center For Military Readiness
Christian Coalition
Concerned Women For America
Eagle Forum
Exodus International
Family Policy Network
Family Research Council
Family Research Institute*
Focus On The Family
Heritage Foundation
Illinois Family Institute
Maine Family Policy Council
Morality In Media
National Organization For Marriage
Parents & Friends Of Ex-Gays
Parents Television Council
Protect Marriage
Liberty Counsel
Repent America
Republican National Committee
Roman Catholic Church
Traditional Values Coalition*
(*Already listed by SPLC.)

I'm sure I've made a few glaring omissions for this list. Readers, feel free to suggest others.

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Ex-Gay Sadists Exodus International's Campaign In Support Of Anti-Gay Bullying

The "ex-gay" sadists at Exodus International are endorsing the beating, bullying, and torturing of gay youth through their Day Of Truth campaign against GLSEN's coming Day Of Silence. Below they interview students at the University of Central Florida (second mention of my alma mater today, but not as funny), asking them about God's view on homosexuality. Jeremy at Good As You suspects that the clip's host is related to Exodus head Alan Chambers. And go freep their damn poll.

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Molestation Debate: Sinead O'Connor Vs. Catholic League's Bill Donohue

Last night Larry King hosted Sinead O'Connor and the Catholic League's Bill Dohohue to discuss the Vatican's lack of action on the global pedophilia scandal. Openly gay former CNN anchor Thomas Roberts also appeared to talk about his own molestation by a Catholic priest. Donohue: "Al Qaeda suspects are presumed innocent more than the Pope." In the third of the below clips, Donohue says he would "like to knock the teeth down the throat" of one of the accused priests. "I am not going to sit here and see the Pope's good name maligned." Sinead goes rogue during the interview, occasionally blowing off King's pleas to stop talking and reading quotes from the Bible.

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Trinity Broadcasting Settles Male Sexual Harassment Suit

Anti-gay Trinity Broadcasting has settled a sexual harassment suit brought by a gay male employee against Pastor Paul Crouch, Jr., the son of the network's founder and chairman, Paul Crouch. According to the employee, Crouch Jr. emailed him transsexual porn and told employees that he had a "mangina."
Brian Dugger sued Trinity last March, claiming he was harassed and discriminated against by employees of the world’s largest Christian broadcasting empire. Paul Crouch Jr. allegedly taunted Dugger with pornography, said TBN was no place for fairies and declared that ‘Brian has a man-gina!’ ” In court paperwork, Crouch said those things never happened. Dugger began working as a broadcast engineer for Trinity in Nashville in 1993, and grew “exceedingly close” to Paul Crouch Jr.’s daddy, Paul Crouch, the suit said. When TBN headquarters moved to Southern California, the senior Crouch insisted that Dugger come, too; but once here, the senior Crouch became less involved with the station, while wife Jan and son Paul Crouch Jr. took the reins. That’s when things began to get difficult for Dugger, the suit said. Soon after his transfer to Tustin in 2001, Dugger was told not to dress so gay or to wear jewelry, to act more straight and to pay attention to girls, it said. “Brian has a man-gina!” Paul Crouch Jr. allegedly taunted Dugger (in front of a live video camera and a crowd of TBN workers). The junior Crouch (that’s him at right) also sent Dugger explicit pictures of genitalia – male, female and transsexual – as well as explicit images of copulating couples and other pornography, the suit said.
The amount of the settlement was not disclosed, but court filings show the suit asked for over $2.5M in punitive damages and lost wages, plus statutory damages. In 1994 the network paid a settlement of $425,000 to a man who claimed that he was forced have sex with Paul Crouch, Sr. in order to keep his job. (That might explain why today's complainant "grew exceedingly close" to Crouch, Sr.)

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Rachel Maddow: Sen. Brown, You're Lying

Sen. Scott Brown continues to tell people that he needs money to fight his coming campaign battle against Rachel Maddow. Last night Maddow ripped him to shreds: "Senator Brown, you are lying. Stop it. Stop it now."

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Cola War: PFOX Vs. PFLAG

"Ex-gay" nutters PFOX are trying to get PepsiCo shareholders riled up because the company made a donation to PFLAG. Via World Net Daily:
PFOX alleges that PepsiCo is the leading corporate sponsor of Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays, Inc., whose recent publication, a Faith Field Guide, urges PFLAG members to protest against religious conferences that feature formerly homosexual speakers. The guidebook labels the "ex-gay" conferences as "anti-gay," and prompts the protests "to remind people that there is more than one faith message." PFOX questions, however, why a soft-drink company that has declared itself to be "committed to diversity and inclusion without imposition of personal judgment" would exclusively back one side of a theological debate. "Why does PepsiCo fund organizations like PFLAG, which issue religious publications urging readers to undermine other religions with which PFLAG disagrees?" asked Regina Griggs, executive director of PFOX, in a statement. "Is this the best use of PepsiCo funding?
PFLAG encourages members to protest against the "ex-gay" conferences run by Focus On The Family. Griggs: "Why does PepsiCo continue to fund organizations which hate the ex-gay community? PepsiCo's actions adversely affect its public image, goodwill and stock value."

ACTION: Send an appreciative message to PepsiCo's Investor Relations office for their support of PFLAG:

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Maryland Pol: I'm Gonna Impeach Our AG For Recognizing Gay Marriage

Maryland state Delegate Don Dwyer says he's going to have Attorney General Douglas Gansler impeached for the crime of recognizing same-sex unions from other states.
Mr. Dwyer said that Mr. Gansler overstepped his authority in issuing a legal opinion last month saying the state would recognize same-sex marriages from other places and ordering state agencies to give gay married couples the same rights as heterosexual couples. Mr. Gansler’s opinion does not change the law, but it was meant to guide state officials. The impeachment matter is most likely to be dismissed by the House speaker, Michael E. Busch, a Democrat. If so, Mr. Dwyer has said he will probably call for a ruling from the full House, which is controlled by Democrats.
That's all supposed to go down today.

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Orlando: Mean Trick For Glenn Beck Fans

Somebody at my alma mater is having a good laugh. When Glenn Beck fans showed up to hear the blowhard speak at UCF in Orlando, 53 of them were directed to park in a lot owned by a fraternity, who immediately had them all towed. Nice $6000 payday for the tow driver, who probably kicked a chunk back to the prankster.

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Word Of The Gay

"Mantique" - An attractive gay man over the age of 50. From the Queers United "word of the gay" series.

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Teabonics: a new Flickr group devoted to the misspelled signs of teabaggers.

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Suicide Plunge At Empire State Building

Despite security guards and the ten-foot fence, yesterday a man managed to leap to his death from the observation deck of the Empire State Building.
A young man took a fatal plunge from the 86th-floor observation deck of the Empire State Building on Tuesday night, crashing down on W. 34th St. and horrifying pedestrians, police said. The jumper managed to get past the 10-foot-high spiked fence ringing the observation deck and then disappeared below the outermost ledge around 6:15 p.m., police sources said. He landed with a sickening thud on a sidewalk along W.34th St., near a bank branch at the northeast entrance of the famed midtown skyscraper. "He came down in front of the Bank of America. Boom! It was an explosion," said Luis Mosquea, 28, who was manning the front entrance of a women's boutique on W. 34th St., across from where the man landed.
Despite its status as the most famous skyscraper in the world, only 34 people have jumped to their deaths since the ESB was completed 76 years ago. Because of formidable barriers at the top, most of those people achieved their ends by jumping out of the windows of lower floors. The Golden Gate Bridge, which opened about the same time as the Empire State, has been the location of over 1300 suicides and is considered the "most popular" place in the world for jumpers. Someone once told me that almost every person jumps from the Golden Gate on the side facing the city. He thought that had deep meaning, I thought they just wanted one last look at San Francisco.

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RuPaul Spoiler Drag Race Spoiler Spoiler

Stay out of the comments if you haven't seen Monday's episode. Otherwise, let's dish this week's hilarious challenge and the heartbreaking (to me) elimination.

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Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Joe Solmonese: We Are Going To Bring Down DADT This Year

Pam Spaulding reports from Saturday's HRC gala in Raleigh.
HRCs' President Joe Solmonese delivered some news at the HRC Carolinas Gala on Saturday night. I was there reporting for the Blend as he made these emphatic statements to the members of the LGBT community and allies from North and South Carolina in attendance at the Raleigh Convention Center about what was going to be accomplished this year (quoting from my video below):

1. "We are going to eliminate the tax that you pay on domestic partner benefits. We're going to get rid of that this year at long last."
2. "We are going to extend domestic partnerships to federal employees."
3. "We are going to get people living with HIV/AIDS treatment much earlier if they are on public assistance."
4. "And finally, finally this year we are going to bring down the discriminatory policy known as 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'...once and for all."

RELATED: Bloggers and insiders are buzzing about the HRC's firing of communications director Brad Luna. The HRC says his position was "eliminated." Fallout for the fashion award flap? Or for Dan Choi's hijacking of their Bravo episode? Tipsters are hinting that it's something much bigger, but nobody's talking yet. Stand by.

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War Criminal: Activists Disrupt Karl Rove Book Signings In California

Karl Rove's book signing in Beverly Hills was cut short yesterday when activists from Code Pink attempted to conduct a citizen's arrest.
About 100 fans came out to hear Karl Rove at the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills Monday night to discuss his book "Courage and Consequences: My Life As a Conservative In The Fight," -- but the fight wasn't contained to his book. Anti-war protesters came out, some rushing the stage, to call Rove a "war criminal" and worse. The fans came to get their books signed, but they never got that chance. One woman, the co-founder of the anti-war group Code Pink, approached him with handcuffs and said she was there to make a citizen's arrest. Jodie Evans charged him with "outing a CIA lied to take us to war..." and "totally ruining the country." KCAL 9's Dave Bryan was there and said Rove "was shouted down and forced to leave the stage." Another woman screamed at Rove, "The only comfort I take is're going to rot in hell." Rove, meanwhile, charged that the people shouting him down were an example of the "totalitarianism of the left...they don't believe in dialog...they don't believe in courtesy. They don't believe in first Amendment rights for anyone but themselves."
VIDEO: A similar action took place earlier in the day in Thousand Oaks, where one activist claims Rove's bodyguards assaulted him in ejecting him from the bookstore.

(Tipped by JMG reader Aaron)

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Everywhere But Here

The percentage of people saying homosexuality is "never justifiable" is diving in all the countries surveyed. Including here, until starting around 2000, thanks to Karl Rove and the Bush II years. Still, I suppose we should at least by heartened by the overall change since the survey began.

(Via - Andrew Sullivan)

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The Marketing Terrorists Have Won

Enabled by the advent of text messaging and social media, for about ten minutes, a few years ago, flash mobbing was a little funny. Like when 300 people randomly showed up in downtown San Francisco to hoot like owls and spin in circles in the middle of Market Street, then silently disburse. That was...kinda cool. And even once the fad got co-opted by advertisers, there were a few more moments of amusing absurdity. But really, stop this. Stop it now.

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Quote Of The Day - Betty Bowers

"I will do as I am called to do by the Lord Jesus, as expressed in the words I ventriloquize for Him in my head. As with all American Christians, His every encouragement, quite coincidentally, is completely consistent with my own selfish needs, even when the pesky suggestions He mumbled in the Gospels might seem to indicate otherwise. Frankly, the first thing on my list is to patiently ask Jesus to stop praying to Himself. People are starting to talk." - America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers, in an interview with Instinct Magazine.

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Rep. Jared Polis: ENDA Will Pass In The U.S. House In The Next Few Weeks

Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO) tells Karen Ocamb that he believes ENDA will pass in the U.S. House in the next few weeks.
We have the votes to pass ENDA in the House and we hope to bring it before the committee I serve on – the Education Labor Committee – within the month – by the end of April. And then, once it passes the committee, it shouldn’t take more than a couple of weeks – a week or two – to schedule it for the floor. It’s just a scheduling matter. We think we would have passed it by now if it wasn’t for healthcare taking up much of the workload of our committee. I don’t know about the Senate – but in the House, we expect to pass out substantially. It has substantial support. The Senate requires 60 votes so it’s a matter of getting some Republican moderates to support it.
The version of ENDA now before Congress is trans-inclusive. A version that did not include transgender and gender identity protections passed in November 2007 but was never taken up by the Senate. My post about the House's trans-exclusive vote was not understood by everybody back then.

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Lou Reed Has An iPhone App

LouZoom enlarges your contact list. Meh. I'd rather have an app from his girlfriend, Laurie. One that told us when the sun was coming up like a big bald head.

(Via - Gothamist)

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R&B Star Erykah Badu In Controversy Over Video Made At JFK Shooting Site

R&B star Erykah Badu is facing criticism for making a music video at the Dallas site of the assassination of JFK. In the video, Badu slowly strips off most of her clothes and strolls the street of the shooting in her bra and panties. At the end of the clip, Badu lies down nude at the location of the murder.
Commerical filming shoots require a permit from the city of Dallas, but here, no such permit was sought or granted. “She said she was frankly kind of surprised nobody made a formal complaint at the time, though on her Twitter account she says people were yelling at her while they were filming" said Richard Ray, a FOX reporter who spoke with Badu. According to her Twitter post, Badu stated that people she passed shouted things like "This is a public place,” “you ought to be ashamed,” and “put your clothes on." Dallas police say if an offended witness had complained, Badu could have been charged with a misdemeanor. "More than likely if a person was totally nude on the streets of Dallas and somebody called the police or the police saw them in the act then they would be charged with indecent exposure," said Cpl. Janice Crowther of the Dallas Police Department. Mike Brownlow a witness to the incident said "At first I think some people thought she fell down or something but of course with her being naked, people were like, 'Why in the world is she naked?" Brownlow said that “it all happened pretty fast and that a white van was parked in the street and waiting for the getaway." "One of the guys rushed to her, got her up. Put her in the van and took off under the bridge," he continued. In the final moments, most people in the background seem remarkably unaffected.
Well, it worked. Cuz now we're all gonna want to see the video.

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Sen. Al Franken Vs. Jason Mattera

Wannabe wingnut attack dog Jason Mattera ambushed Sen. Al Franken with a crazy-ass claim that the health care reform bill provides $7B for "playground jungle gyms." Watch how Franken handles him (even after being called "Sen. Smalley") and keep in mind that this Mattera's own edited video. What the bill really says:
In the "Creating Healthier Communities" portion of the Senate version of the bill, under the section "Community Transformation Grants," entities receiving grants may use them toward activities such as "creating healthier school environments, including increasing healthy food options, physical activity opportunities, promotion of healthy lifestyle, emotional wellness, and prevention curricula, and activities to prevent chronic diseases."

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Catholic League's Bill Donohue: It's Not A Pedophile Crisis, It's A Homo Crisis

Towleroad reports that the Catholic League's Bill Donohue has published an ad in today's New York Times blasting them for coverage of the global child molestation scandal and claiming that gay men are the true cause of the problem.
The Times continues to editorialize about the 'pedophilia crisis,' when all along it's been a homosexual crisis. Eighty percent of the victims of priestly sexual abuse are male and most of them are post-pubescent. While homosexuality does not cause predatory behavior, and most gay priests are not molesters, most of the molesters have been gay. Here's what's really going on. The Times has teamed up with Jeffrey Anderson, a radical lawyer who has made millions suing the Church (and greasing professional victims' groups like SNAP) so they can weaken its moral authority. Why? Because of issues like abortion, gay marriage, and women's ordination. That's what's really driving them mad and that's why they are on the hunt. Those who question this to be true need to ask why the debt-ridden Times does not spend the same resources in looking for dirt in other institutions that occurred a half-century ago.
Do you understand? The New York Times, SNAP, and thousands of molestation victims around the world are not screaming their heads off because the Catholic hierarchy and the Vatican enabled, abetted, and shielded a mind-numbingly uncountable numbers of child fuckers. What they REALLY want is to get the Catholic Church to back off on gay marriage. OK! Got it, Bill!

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Vatican Molestation Cover-Up Scandal Spreads To Miami

The Catholic Archdiocese of Miami is being sued. And you know why.
The Archdiocese of Miami, along with top Vatican authorities, knew as far back as 1968 that the Rev. Ernesto Garcia-Rubio, a priest later defrocked amid child sex-abuse allegations, had a troubled past in Cuba before transferring to South Florida, lawyers representing victims claimed Monday. The lawyers say the Vatican's role is similar to what is alleged in the scandal now unfolding in Wisconsin, where top Catholic officials are accused of failing to defrock a priest accused of molesting some 200 deaf boys in a long career that paralleled the Miami cleric's. Pope Benedict XVI was in charge of the Vatican office that reviewed such cases when he served as Cardinal Ratzinger. "It was a longstanding and well-known secret that the Vatican and Archdiocese of Miami knew exactly what Ernesto Garcia-Rubio was capable of,'' said Aventura attorney Jessica Arbour who with lawyer Stuart Mermelstein have filed several suits against the archdiocese involving Garcia-Rubio.
The Miami Herald first broke the accusations against Father Garcia-Rubio back in 1988. No charges were ever filed. Garcia-Rubio was formally defrocked in 1999, seven years after he married and had a child in Miami.

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GOP Fires Staffer Over Topless Lesbian Bondage Club Expenses

The GOP has found their scapegoat.
The Republican National Committee is cutting ties with a staffer who treated a group of donors to an after party at a bondage-themed club in West Hollywood. The event was expensed for nearly $2,000 and also cost the unnamed employee a job. Some members of the GOP had already called for the resignation of RNC Chairman Michael Steele, who reportedly did not attend and was unaware of the incident.
The Concerned Women For America are concerned!
"As women we find the very idea of officials from either party approving of endeavors that objectify and demean women outrageous," said Nance. "This kind of behavior is not appropriate for national leaders that our children should be able to look up to as role models, and that our daughters could be working for. Did you really swill drinks, ogle young girls, and plan party business at this kind of establishment? Please explain!"
Others say this may be the end for Michael Steele, no matter how the GOP spins it.
This most recent story may be the third strike for Steele. While he was hailed as the perfect challenger to the Obama administration when he took charge his tenure has been filled with trouble. Steele was even forced to apologize to Rush Limbaugh after criticizing Limbaugh's effect on the party. For a party that prides itself on upholding "family values" the "bondage-gate" story may require someone to be put on the chopping block. Ultimately if enough big party donors demand Steele's resignation it is hard to see how he makes it much longer. However Steele's dismissal could hurt Republicans even more as they already struggle with the image fo being a party not welcoming to minorities.

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Tiny Tina Will Be Back On The Job

Earlier this month Florida nurse Ray Fletcho was fired from his nursing job after his employers discovered a 34 year old arrest for hosting a wet jockey shorts contest as his drag alter-ego Tiny Tina. Fletcho had not advised his bosses about the "lewd behavior" charge because he had only paid a small fine in 1976. This week the Florida Department of Health overturned a decision by the Agency for Health Care Administration and ruled that Fletcho can return to work. Fletcho says that he'll be back on the job in April. But first, Tiny Tina will stage a comeback show. With a wet jockey shorts contest.

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UK Activist Peter Tatchell: Don't Charge Preachers With Anti-Gay Hate Speech

Arguably the world's most famed gay activist, the UK's Peter Tatchell has come out against the recent hate speech fine imposed on an American preacher in Scotland, saying that only speech that incites to violence should be illegal. New York resident Shawn Holes was arrested in Glascow two weeks ago after telling customers at a shopping mall that gay people were going to hell. Rev. Holes (!) said he accepted a £1,000 fine because he just wanted to go home.
Gay rights campaigner Peter Tatchell said today that had he known about the case, he would have gone to court to defend Holes' right to freedom of expression. Mr Tatchell described the £1,000 fine as "totally disproportionate" and added: "Even though I strongly disagree with his views on homosexuality, if he had decided to appeal against either the conviction or the sentence, I would have supported him." "Shawn Holes is obviously homophobic and should not be insulting people with his anti-gay tirades. He should be challenged and people should protest against his intolerance," he added. "I urge the police and prosecuting authorities to concentrate on tackling serious homophobic hate crimes, instead of wasting public money on petty, distasteful homophobic ranters." Mr Tatchell continued: "The price of freedom of speech is that we sometimes have to put up with opinions that are objectionable and offensive. "Just as people should have the right to criticise religion, people of faith should have the right to criticise homosexuality. Only incitements to violence should be illegal."
Critics of Tatchell note that Holes was charged with "breach of the peace" for refusing to stop shouting in a public place. That aspect of the incident will doubtlessly be overlooked when the American Taliban adds Holes' case to their litany of examples of how religious speech will eventually be crushed in the United States.

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Media Matters On Lies About Obama

Media Matters shows us how we got to the results of the recent poll that showed many Americans believe the president is a Muslim/socialist/Nazi etc.

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Obama Talks About Teabaggers

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Lesbian Couple Denied Divorce In PA

A lesbian couple has been denied a divorce by a Pennsylvania judge who told them they had no "fundamental right" to a marriage in the first place. Via Christian news site OneNewsNow:
"This is a plea for social change," the judge wrote. "If homosexuals had a fundamental right to be married to each other, this plea would be unnecessary." Diane Gramley of the American Family Association of Pennsylvania reacts to the judge's ruling. "Well, I think we have at least one good judge in Pennsylvania," she comments. "It was encouraging that he ruled that this lesbian couple could not get a divorce in Pennsylvania, because Pennsylvania does not recognize their marriage to begin with." Diane GramleyIt is refreshing, remarks the family advocate, that Judge Lash did not act as an activist judge, but instead ruled on the basis of current state law. The judge did rule that the two had a right to privacy. But... "The second [question] was whether that right to privacy guarantees a right to marriage, is basically what he said," Gramley explains. "And the other [question] was [whether] the fundamental right of marriage contemplate[s] same-sex marriage."
Pennsylvania has a state level version of DOMA, but no constitutional ban on same-sex marriage. This fall anti-gay activists plan to try for a fourth time to get such an amendment put to a statewide vote.

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Willow Palin Accused Of Vandalism Of Alaska Home

Alaskan blogs are claiming that Sarah Palin's 15 year-old daughter Willow has been identified as part of a gang of teenagers that broke into and vandalized a home in Wasilla.
Calculations are that the home suffered between twenty to thirty thousand dollars in damage. Sources say it appeared the teens stayed in the house for several hours, perhaps even overnight. The Troopers were quickly notified and the investigation began. And at first there were very few leads. Then in January some information came to light which identified one of the perpetrators. This led to the revelation that the participants were 12 local teens who had used the empty house for a party, a party which had clearly spun badly out of control. As you have undoubtedly surmised by now one of the teenagers identified was Willow Palin. As the investigation progressed the children’s parents were notified one by one, including the Palins.

When Sarah was confronted with Willow’s involvement she at first said that it was impossible since Willow was out of town. However when Troopers interviewed the other teens, every single one of them identified Willow as a participant, and further revealed that it was she who directed the other teens to the house, which she knew to be empty, for the sole purpose of having a party. (In today's post AlaskaWTF called Willow the ringleader. Which is accurate in that it was she who knew the location of the house, but whether or not she was involved in the incredible destruction is still undetermined.)
According to the above-linked bloggers, the Palins used their "connections" to ensure that only the boys involved in the crime would be charged. They note that the National Enquirer named Willow Palin as a participant back in January.

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Eurovision 2010: Estonia's Malcolm Siren

One of the stranger entries and definitely one of the least Eurovision-y seen this year. Who does this sound like? Sigur Ros, maybe?

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Ex-Gay Reparative Therapy Doctor Filmed Sexually Assaulting Male Patient

Canadian "ex-gay" reparative therapy Dr. Aubrey Levin has been charged with sexually assaulting a male patient. Since that charge became known a few days ago, almost 30 other patients have come forward with accusations.
Dr Aubrey Levin, who in South Africa was known as Dr Shock for his use of electricity to "cure" gay military conscripts, was arrested after a patient secretly filmed the psychiatrist allegedly making sexual advances. Levin, who worked at the University of Calgary's medical school, has been suspended from practising and is free on bail of C$50,000 (£32,000) on charges of repeatedly indecently assaulting a 36-year-old man. The police say they are investigating similar claims by nearly 30 other patients. The Alberta justice department is reviewing scores of criminal convictions in which Levin was a prosecution witness. Levin has worked in Canada for 15 years since leaving South Africa, where he was chief psychiatrist in the apartheid-era military and became notorious for using electric shocks to "cure" gay white conscripts. He also held conscientious objectors against their will at a military hospital because they were "disturbed" and subjected them to powerful drug regimens. South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission heard that Levin was guilty of "gross human rights abuses" including chemical castration of gay men. But after arriving in Canada in 1995 he managed to suppress public discussion of his past by threatening lawsuits against news organisations that attempted to explore it.
Levin has been torturing gay people with his quack "cures" since the 1960s.
The treatment consisted of strapping electrodes to the upper arm. Homosexual soldiers were shown pictures of a naked man and encouraged to fantasise, and then the power was ratcheted up. Trudie Grobler, an intern psychologist on ward 22, saw a lesbian subjected to severe shocks. "It was traumatic. I could not believe her body could handle it," she said later. One gay soldier claimed to have been chemically castrated by Levin. The Truth and Reconciliation Commission was told by investigators that he was not alone. It also heard that at least one patient had been driven to suicide. Levin refused to testify before the commission.

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Father Of Dead Marine Forced To Pay Westboro's Court Costs

The father of the dead Marine whose funeral was picketed by the Westboro Baptist Church has been ordered to pay Fred Phelps' court costs for defending the church from the father's lawsuit.
On Friday, Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit ordered Snyder to pay $16,510 to Fred Phelps. Phelps is the leader of the Westboro Baptist Church, which conducted protests at Marine Lance Cpl. Matthew Snyder's funeral in 2006. The two-page decision supplied by attorneys for Albert Snyder of York, Pa., offered no details on how the court came to its decision. Attorneys also said Snyder is struggling to come up with fees associated with filing a brief with the U.S. Supreme Court. The decision adds "insult to injury," said Sean Summers, one of Snyder's lawyers. The high court agreed to consider whether the protesters' message is protected by the First Amendment or limited by the competing privacy and religious rights of the mourners.
The Snyder family has set up a donation page to help them defray the cost of moving forward against Westboro to the Supreme Court.

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Gen. John Sheehan Apologizes To Dutch

Retired Gen. John Sheehan has apologized to former Dutch Chief of Staff Van den Breemen for his U.S. Senate testimony that openly gay Dutch soldiers caused the Bosnian genocide.
The ANP news agency reported that Sheehan apologized in an e-mail to Van den Breemen, saying his memory of discussions they had fifteen years ago about some social issues were 'inaccurate.' Sheehan also said that individual soldiers were in 'no way' responsible for the massacre, but said the problem was the 'mandate' for the soldiers. The retired general made his controversial remarks during a U.S. Senate hearing on March 18, in which he argued against plans to end a ban on allowing gays to serve openly in the U.S. military. He claimed that openly gay soldiers in the Dutch army were one of the reasons that U.N. troops were not able to prevent the genocide. Sheehan also claimed that Dutch Chief of Staff Henk van den Breemen acknowledged that claim. Van den Breemen has denied that. The remarks by Sheehan caused a wave of condemnation in the Netherlands. "The remarks were outrageous, wrong and beneath contempt," Dutch Prime Minister Balkenende said during a news conference.
Reportedly, Van den Breeman is satisfied with the apology. I don't know what Sheehan means by about the "problem being a mandate for the soldiers."

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Swag Tuesday

Courtesy of the promoters, this week's Swag Tuesday prize is two tickets to Trippin' On The Moon 4, the fourth installment of the reunion of the members and performers of NYC's legendary Saint disco. The party takes place Saturday, April 10th at Santos Party House in Manhattan's Tribeca. (This is the very first Saturday night event for Trippin'!) Original Saint DJs Michael Fierman and Robbie Leslie will perform, spinning the classics of the most vaunted gay nightclub in history. Tickets are $45 at the door. Bring your original Saint membership card for a discounted admission of $20. Facebook event page here. My review of the first Trippin' party, including a photo slideshow and videos, is here. My review of the most recent party is here.

Enter to win two tickets by commenting on this post. Only enter once and please remember to leave your email address in the text of your comment. If you cannot be in NYC on the day of the event, your winning entry is transferable to another person. Entries close at midnight on Wednesday, west coast time. Publicists, if you'd like to take part in Swag Tuesday on JMG, please email me.

VIDEO: Here's a clip from the January party.

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Monday, March 29, 2010

TONIGHT: Unsung - Sylvester

Tonight TV One's Unsung series spotlights the late gay disco diva Sylvester. The below clip covers several of the series' subjects including Sylvester. Go here for recap clip about tonight's episode. The show airs at 9pm on Time-Warner channel 90 in NYC and repeats at midnight. Find TV One's location in your area here. (And set your DVR, this is up against RuPaul's Drag Race. It's a TV dragstravaganza!)

(Tipped by JMG reader Chris)

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Gay Man Arrested For Making Death Threats Against Rep. Eric Cantor

After Rep. Eric Cantor went on the cable shows over the weekend to claim it wasn't just Democratic members of Congress receiving death threats over health care reform, most of us rolled our eyes. But today a man has been arrested for making death threats against Cantor. And it looks like he's gay and frequents LGBT blogs.

Chris Geidner at Metro Weekly reports:
On Monday, March 29, the U.S. Attorney's Office in Philadelphia announced that Norman Leboon was being charged with two counts of threatening to kill Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Va.) and his family. Comments left at the Queerty and Huffington Post websites in December 2008 and videos posted at YouTube as recently as this month, which evidence suggests are from Leboon, suggest that he identifies as gay and has a partner and two children. Leboon, who the U.S. Attorney's Office announced lives in Philadelphia, faces the charges because of a video he posted to YouTube. According to the affidavit filed with the charges by FBI Special Agent David Carter, Leboon said in the video that Cantor ''receive[s] my bullets in your office, remember they will be placed in your heads.''
One of Leboon's comments on HuffPo read:
''As a GAY-MUSLIM with two children, and a partner for 15 years this Obama is another BS crap that I fell for! I gave him $$$over a thousand dollars and worked door to to [sic] door with my disability (MS) for Obama, and Rick Warren gets to have dinner at the White house... And, yet Rick Warren will be on the ticket for 2012 as Obama never learns with his Pasters [sic]! 'Warren is wants power'... Again, gays are 2nd class!!!''
A gay Muslim with a partner and two children. Oh, the Freepers are having a field day.

UPDATE: Ooh, papa toony, we got us a loony. His punishment is SEVERE!

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HomoQuotable - Ricky Martin

"If someone asked me today, 'Ricky, what are you afraid of?' I would answer 'the blood that runs through the streets of countries at war, child slavery, terrorism, the cynicism of some people in positions of power, the misinterpretation of faith.' But fear of my truth? Not at all! On the contrary, it fills me with strength and courage. This is just what I need especially now that I am the father of two beautiful boys that are so full of light and who with their outlook teach me new things every day. To keep living as I did up until today would be to indirectly diminish the glow that my kids where born with.

"Enough is enough. This has to change. This was not supposed to happen 5 or 10 years ago, it is supposed to happen now. Today is my day, this is my time, and this is my moment. These years in silence and reflection made me stronger and reminded me that acceptance has to come from within and that this kind of truth gives me the power to conquer emotions I didn't even know existed. What will happen from now on? It doesn't matter. I can only focus on what's happening to me in this moment.

"The word 'happiness' takes on a new meaning for me as of today. It has been a very intense process. Every word that I write in this letter is born out of love, acceptance, detachment and real contentment. Writing this is a solid step towards my inner peace and vital part of my evolution. I am proud to say that I am a fortunate homosexual man. I am very blessed to be who I am." - Ricky Martin, finally coming out. Overdue, yes, but as these announcements go, it's a damn good one.

RELATED: Ricky Martin will be an honoree at amfAR's NYC gala on June 3rd. Kylie Minogue will host the event.

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Ladyfingers USA Sued For Never Paying Her Christian PR Firm

Miss Ladyfingers USA is being sued by the Christian publicity firm that guided her to wingnut stardom. Carrie not only hates the gays, she hates paying her bills.
The group -- A. Larry Ross Communications -- claims Prejean contacted them back in April, 2009 and logged "hundreds of hours" helping Prejean spread her "biblically correct" message. But according to the lawsuit, filed earlier this month in Texas, Prejean's actions were the opposite of Christian -- because she never paid the $64,857 bill.
According to the PR firm's website, they assist "Christian-focused organizations, associations, ministries and churches in telling their stories through the Christian and secular media in the context of traditional news values." They also claim to specialize in "crisis communications." We all know what THAT means.

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Anti-Gay Florida Church Targeted For Tax-Exempt Status Violations

Americans United for Separation of Church and State have called on the IRS to investigate Gainesville, Florida's Dove World Outreach Center for violating their tax-exempt status. Earlier today I posted the latest video from Dove World's Pastor Luke Jones in which he calls for homosexuals to be put to death.
Dove World Outreach Center erected a sign on its property reading, “No Homo Mayor.” The reference is to Craig Lowe, a mayoral candidate who is gay. Contacted about the matter by the Gainesville Sun, a top church official admitted that the church had erected the sign. “We don’t feel as though the city should be represented by a homosexual,” said Terry Jones, senior pastor at Dove World Outreach Center. The Rev. Barry W. Lynn, Americans United executive director, called the church’s actions a blatant example of illegal politicking by a tax-exempt group. “This is an open-and-shut case,” Lynn said. “The church freely admits that it intended to intervene in the election in violation of federal tax law. I urge the IRS to act promptly.” Americans United sent a letter to IRS officials today, asking them to investigate the matter. Jones told the Sun he believes the church is acting within its constitutional rights. But as Americans United pointed out in its letter to the IRS, groups accepting tax exemptions must meet certain conditions, including refraining from election interventions.
Typically, we'd expect Liberty Counsel etc to come rushing to Dove World's defense, but the church's brisk business in "Islam Is Of The Devil" t-shirts and other assorted assholery may mean they'll stand (or fall) alone on this one.

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Daily Grumble

All morning I've been smelling what I thought was baking bread, but it turns out it's just my neighbors burning their Passover chametz in a metal garbage can on their fire escape. Gothamist reports that the FDNY is getting buried with calls about "rubbish fires" all over Williamsburg and Borough Park. Welcome to NYC, noobs! In other Holy Week news, my super wished me a "Happy Pesach" down at the mailbox today and cheerfully noted that our building is now almost entirely Jewish "again." And he gave me such a look. I ruin everything! Anyway, now I'm jonesing for a KFC biscuit or something.

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Albert Camus Lives

This should tickle the absurdists among us: Rep. Michele "Crazy Eyes" Bachmann. At a lectern. In a boxing ring. Talking to teabaggers. FOR AN HOUR. This is performance art of the highest order, people.

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Advocate To Partner With NBC News

The parent company of The Advocate announced today that they have inked a partnership deal with NBC News. Via press release:
Here Media and The Advocate, the world’s leading gay news source, announced today their new affiliate deal with NBC News Channel, an NBC News unit that provides content services to NBC television affiliates and other selected news outlets around the world. It’s the first partnership of its kind between NBC News Channel and an LGBT news outlet. The award-winning will now utilize NBC News Channel’s worldwide resources to create daily news segments that will air online and on air. The new collaboration continues The Advocate’s strategic overall expansion. The brand now produces its iconic print publication, breaking news and video content on, and The Advocate On-Air, a television and online newsmagazine.

“Media continues to evolve, and The Advocate continues to grow and deliver news and entertainment across all platforms,” said Paul Colichman, CEO of Here Media. “The Advocate’s partnership with NBC News Channel allows our brand a unique opportunity to focus an LGBT lens on issues important to gay and lesbian Americans and their families. Our editors and expert journalists look forward to breaking new ground in a diverse media landscape.” will host daily video news reports using footage from NBC News and its local television affiliates. Additionally, NBC News can access America’s most trusted gay news source by using Advocate talent and content when reporting on important gay issues to its predominantly mainstream audiences.
RELATED: Last August MTV's gay network Logo ended its relationship with CBS News.

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Court Yard Hounds - Ain't No Son

Two of the Dixie Chicks have created the sub-group Court Yard Hounds for this song about a son coming out to his father. Lyrics here. Well this ain't no fun for me/ This ain't no fun for me/ Oh boys should be boys/ That's how it should be/ You ain't coming home/ No you ain't coming home/ Til you walk the straight line/ You'll be out on your own.

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RNC Chairman Michael Steele And Topless Lesbian Bondage Dancers

Yeah, that headline is correct. RNC Chairman Michael Steele's expense reports reveal some rather interesting expenditures.
While Steele has not purchased a plane, he continues to charter them. According to federal disclosure records, the RNC spent $17,514 on private aircraft in the month of February alone (as well as $12,691 on limousines during the same period). There are no readily identifiable private plane expenses for Democratic National Committee chairman Tim Kaine in the DNC’s last three months of filings. Once on the ground, FEC filings suggest, Steele travels in style. A February RNC trip to California, for example, included a $9,099 stop at the Beverly Hills Hotel, $6,596 dropped at the nearby Four Seasons, and $1,620.71 spent [update: the amount is actually $1,946.25] at Voyeur West Hollywood, a bondage-themed nightclub featuring topless women dancers imitating lesbian sex.
The website for Voyeur West Hollywood is down at the moment, probably (as one HuffPo wag puts it) because it's overloaded with Democrats looking for a photo of Steele in the champagne room. Oh, this will be fun on tonight's cable talk shows! The RNC is in full denial mode: "The chairman was never at the location in question, he had no knowledge of the expenditure, nor does he find the use of committee funds at such a location at all acceptable."

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Priest Off!

(Tipped by JMG reader John)

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A Major Whoopsie For Oklahoma's Haters

Remember when Oklahoma lawmakers passed a bill declaring the state exempt from the Matthew Shepard Act? It turns out the asshats cited the wrong federal bill number in their legislation and Oklahoma is actually now exempt from federal laws about reporting racial and religious discrimination.
In trying to strip gays and lesbians of their rights, the Oklahoma State Senate inadvertently cited the wrong section of the U.S. code. The bill stripped protections under Title 18 U.S. Code Section 245, but protections for sexual orientation and gender identity is actually under Section 249. From the bill:
Section 24A.12. Except as otherwise provided by state or local law, the Attorney General of the State of Oklahoma and agency attorneys authorized by law, the office of the district attorney of any county of the state, and the office of the municipal attorney of any municipality may keep its litigation files and investigatory reports confidential, except they shall keep their litigation files and investigatory reports confidential upon request of any federal agency when such request is made for the purpose of an attempt to investigate or prosecute an individual or individuals pursuant to 18 U.S.C. Section 245, except for those records of any individuals convicted pursuant to Section 850 of Title 21 of the Oklahoma Statutes.
Section 245 of the Code refers to race and religious protections. Therefore, Oklahoma actually passed a statute allowing state law enforcement officials to keep information about crimes motivated by race or religion out of the hands of federal authorities.

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Sassy Gay Friend: Othello

Does Moor mean more? Episode 3 of the series.

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Kelis - Acapella

The milkshake lady is back. I like this.

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Minister Faces Church Court For Performing Same-Sex Marriages

Retired Presbyterian minister Jane Spahr may face a church court trial for officiating same-sex marriages. Even though the marriages were legal at the time. This is the second time Spahr is facing church sanctions.
Spahr, who lives with her son and 6-year-old granddaughter in San Francisco, freely acknowledges the church's allegations that she married a lesbian couple in June, 2008, and 15 other same-sex couples that year. “This is what we are called to do,” Spahr said, asserting, as she did before, that she conducted the marriages as a “matter of conscience.” But there is a new twist to the case. The 16 marriages that allegedly violate Presbyterian church law were conducted during the five-month period in 2008 when same-sex marriage was legal in California. Spahr's defender in the case, Scott Clark, said the church is “trying to sanction a minister for performing legal marriages. This is unprecedented.” JoAn Blackstone, who is the prosecutor, said the distinction is immaterial. The marriages may well have been legal under state law, she said, but were “expressly prohibited” by the same ruling that acquitted Spahr in 2008. Blackstone said the case hinges on “a narrow issue of church law” and is unrelated to the public debate over same-sex marriage.
Interestingly, it appears that the church's "prosecutor" in the case is also a longtime gay rights advocate, something she says is irrelevant to the issue.

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Teabaggers Gather In Nevada Desert

In what organizers billed as a "Tea Party Woodstock," thousands of teabaggers gathered in the Nevada desert outside Las Vegas this weekend to scream about overthrowing the government and listen to Sarah Palin.

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Tales Of The City Musical To Get San Francisco World Premiere

The musical version of Armistead Maupin's Tales Of The City will see its world premiere in San Francisco next summer.
"Tales of the City," a new musical adaptation of Armistead Maupin's famed stories - created with veterans of "Avenue Q" and members of the rock band Scissor Sisters - will receive its world premiere in the American Conservatory Theater's 2010-11 season. Bill Irwin, Harold Pinter, and a new take on Sartre's "No Exit" are also featured in the ambitious lineup to be announced today by Artistic Director Carey Perloff, along with the previously announced, three-theater staging of Tarell Alvin McCraney's "The Brother/Sister Plays" trilogy.

"It's a wonderful valentine to the community in which we live," Perloff says of "Tales," noting that Maupin began his opus as a series of columns in The Chronicle. It's the kind of San Francisco story, like her own "The Tosca Project" this season, "that's a big part of the kind of work we want to make at ACT." Perloff acknowledges that "Tales" has Broadway aspirations, with the participation of "Avenue Q" librettist Jeff Whitty and director Jason Moore, and Scissors songwriters Jake Shears and John Garden. But the premiere "is an ACT production for ACT's audience," she says. "Clearly it's an extraordinary team, and it would be surprising if it didn't have a longer life. But that isn't the first imperative, which is to do a fantastic production for a fantastic city."
Like uncountable thousands of gay men, I decided I needed to live in San Francisco once I read the first volume of Tales In The City. And in 1994 I practically tackled Armistead Maupin for an autograph in the middle of Fifth Avenue as he lead the television cast of Tales Of The City to their place in the Stonewall 25 Pride parade. He kindly introduced me around and to this day I can't even remember meeting anyone else. Laura Linney? Olympia Dukakis? Who knows? Today's bonus cool points: Both Maupin and Avenue Q's Jeff Whitty are JMG readers.

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Not Beyonce

Cafe Figo, First Avenue, 8:30am

Nurse 1: I am so goddamn sick of hearing him talk about marrying Beyonce. ALL day. He's crazy! He really thinks he's gonna marry her!

Nurse 2: Actually he's saying fiance. Not Beyonce. It's his accent.

Nurse 1: Oh. Well, them damn Russians need to learn how to talk right.

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Today In Mildly Interesting Trivia

Cochran, Georgia - home to gay teen Derrick Martin, used to be known as Dykesboro for its founder, B.B. Dykes. Maybe that's why Cochran is so touchy about being known as a "pro-gay town."

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British Military Hosts Gay Wedding Reception In Barracks

This weekend a British soldier followed his gay partnership ceremony with a reception in his regiment's barracks.
One groom wore ceremonial uniform with his Iraq medal, the other morning dress with an orchid. Surrounded by silverware and paintings commemorating great battles, Lance Corporal James Wharton, 23, and his new husband enjoyed their first dance to Tina Turner in the warrant officers' mess of the most prestigious regiment in the land. The Household Cavalry, famed for escorting the Queen during state occasions and the fact that it counts both her grandsons among its officers, celebrated its first gay wedding in style. L/Cpl Wharton was joined in a civil partnership with his boyfriend, the Virgin air steward Thom McCaffrey, 21, surrounded by members of L/Cpl Wharton's regiment, the Blues and Royals. "The entire regiment has been really supportive," he said. "When I went to ask the Squadron Leader, Major Nana Twumasi-Ankrah, for permission to get married, he just said 'This is fantastic, congratulations'." "The lads joked it was the gay event of the year. Everyone was excited. It was the talk of the barracks. This generation of soldiers is completely liberal," added the junior non-commissioned officer, whose only regret was that some of his friends would not be back from Afghanistan in time to enjoy the nuptials.
Troop leader Captain Michael Fry: "I hope people will focus less on L/Cpl Wharton's sexuality, and more on the fact that he is a good soldier."

(Tipped by JMG reader Rob)

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Bullhorn Vs. Bullhorn

Paula and Jay Gilbert are familiar sights in downtown Orlando's nightclub district where they bellow about ho-mo-sexu-ality and the evils of punk rock (?) over their portable PA systems. The Gilberts and associates from their Sin Is A Choice Ministries have also picketed Orlando Pride. Here's a clip just posted by Paula in which one of them there gay abominations showed up with a bullhorn of his own. Paula says she almost "chose" homosexuality! Whew, thanks for not joining, Paula!

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