Thursday, April 30, 2009
On the other hand, a Quinnipiac Poll found that only 38% support full marriage equality, though 57% support civil unions. It also found 56% support ending the military gay ban.
This is all on the heels of the NY Times/CBS poll that showed 42% support marriage equality. That's three polls showing a significant increase in public support for gay equality. Any way you slice it, a solid majority of Americans support equal rights for gay couples, whether civil unions or marriage, and the numbers supporting marriage are growing strongly and steadily.
What are the haters going to do when they can't trust popular votes to go their way?
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Lazy Circles NY Bureau Chief Doug has confirmed (OK, he read it on Perez Hilton) that the Miss California organization paid for Carrie Prejean's fake boobies.
Oh yeah, and that bizarre claim that her sister is a "gay rights activist?" Not so much. I guess lying isn't a sin at her church.
One of these days, that dumb girl's going to wake up and realize what a mistake she made aligning herself with the wrong side of history.
The New Hampshire Senate has just passed a marriage equality bill. The House has already passed a bill. Now it's up to Democratic Gov. Jim Lynch to decide if he will veto it or not. He's been silent on the matter up to now, although in the past he's said he's opposed to same sex marriage, but what politician hasn't said that?
Dawn Gibbons, the estranged wife of Nevada Governor Jim Gibbons, has said that she would like a veto override over her husband's expected veto of domestic partnership legislation pending in the Nevada legislature. Mrs. Gibbons, herself a former Republican assembly woman, met with gay rights leaders in the governor's mansion, which hopefully pissed off her husband to no end. She said:
"They asked me how I felt, and in fairness I believe everybody deserves dignity and respect," she said. "They are just asking for equality. They're not asking for marriage -- they're just asking to enter into a contract as they choose, which seems very reasonable to me."
You remember Republican Gov. Jim Gibbons, don't you? He's the guy who was accused of sexual assaulting a woman in 2006 when they met in a bar and he allegedly followed her to a parking garage and tried to get freaky with her. She escaped, ran away and ended up cowering in a Starbucks ladies room, calling 911. Oh yeah, that family values Republican. No charges were ever brought but a civil suit is pending. Of course he's opposed to domestic partnerships because gosh, think of the sanctity of marriage!! !
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
A New York Times/CBS News poll released today shows 42% of Americans support full marriage equality, which is a 9 point jump from March. 57% of people under 40 support it. 25% of Americans support civil unions, and 28% support no legal recognition. In other words, a solid majority of Americans support full legal recognition of gay relationships and the trends continue to flow strongly in our favor.
No wonder some wise Republicans are re-thinking the Bush/Rove era gay-bashing strategy.
Significantly, the differences between black and white responses were so minor as to be statistically insignificant. That's interesting after all the hysterical blaming of African-Americans for the Prop 8 victory.
Republican Senator Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania has announced that he will become a Democrat. He noted that 200,00 Pennsylvanians have switched party affiliation from the GOP to the Democratic party in the past year and his own political philosophy is now more in line with Democrats than Republicans. He was one of only three Republicans who voted in favor of the President's stimulus package. This is a huge turn of events that threatens the Republican's ability to impede legislation. Once Al Franken is confirmed in Minnesota, the Democrats will have a filibuster-proof, 60-vote majority, though you can bet Norm Coleman will fight to the death. The Republican leadership was apparently caught flatfooted and is scrambling for a response. Most who've commented on the switch, including Michael Steele and John McCain, have noted that Specter is trailing his Republican opponent in his 2010 re-election bid. The lone Republican who refrained from bitchiness was Senator Olympia Snowe of Maine, who also voted for the stimulus package. She had this to say:
“On the national level of the Republican Party, we haven’t certainly heard warm, encouraging words about how they view moderates, either you are with us or against us,” Ms. Snowe said. She said national Republican leaders were not grasping that “political diversity makes a party stronger and ultimately we are heading to having the smallest political tent in history for any political party the way things are unfolding.”
Is Olympia considering a switch too?
According to an April 24 Washington Post/ABC News poll, only 21% of Americans identify as (admit to being?) Republican. That's down from 25% on March 29 and 31% last November. Basically, the only ones left are the hard core base that wants to bomb abortion clinics with gays thrown from black helicopters. This explains why people like Rich Perry are pandering to the militia crowd. Nobody else is listening.
Maybe the GOP strategy of defending torture and hoping Obama fails wasn't quite so fucking brilliant after all, ya think?
Monday, April 27, 2009
Why hasn't Latter Days star Steve Sandvoss starred in a hundred romantic comedies by now? He's talented and gorgeous, what more is he supposed to be?
End of rant, I'm bushed.
More Steve here.
Saturday, April 25, 2009
Friday, April 24, 2009
Edmunds.com is reporting that GM intends to kill off Pontiac in its reorganization plan to be announced on Monday. In December, I posted that GM planned to turn Pontiac into a niche brand with one or two models. Now it looks like Pontiac, which has been producing cars since 1907, will go the way of Oldsmobile, Rambler, and Studebaker and become part of automotive history.
UPDATE: As of Monday, April 27, it's official. Pontiac is dead.
Correction: Commenter Jeff has correctly noted that Pontiac dates from 1926. It's predecessor, Oakland, began producing cars in 1907.
You only thought Broadway was gay. This fall, a new show is coming that will make the Sharks and Jets dance-off seem like...okay, they'll still seem really gay, but Broadway will be turning the gayness up to eleven with Liberace! The show will recreate one of his legendary Vegas performances. Get ready, Doug, because I'm packing the sequins and heading for the Great White Way.
Former Miss California Nicole Lamarche, who is now a Christian minister in Massachusetts, has some interesting things to say about Carrie Prejean's claim to "Biblical correctness." Here's an excerpt:
"She [Carrie Prejean] said, 'It's not about being politically correct, it's about being biblically correct.' While this sentiment is shared by many who seek to condemn gay people and gay marriage, citing pieces of the Bible to further one’s own prejudice fails to meet the Bible on its own terms."
Go to Perez Hilton to read the rest as she briefly explains some theology behind acceptance of gays as we are. She's not covering new ground, the theology behind the full communion with God by openly gay people is abundant and readily available, but those who seek to use religion as an excuse for bigotry are rarely interested.
Thx to Lazy Circles NY Bureau Chief Doug for his intrepid internet scouring.
Thursday, April 23, 2009
A new poll reveals that a plurality in New Jersey support marriage equality. The poll found 49% support full marriage rights for gay people and 43% are opposed. I'm not sure which is more impressive, that a majority of people in a state support equality or that the rest of the country seems to be taking it in stride.
I wonder what the "let the people vote" crowd will say about it?
Alicia Jacobs, the Miss USA judge who blogged about the Miss California debacle, has received death threats for her support of marriage equality. As a result, she took down her initial post that I blogged about yesterday. However, she continues to speak out about her strong support of gay rights and about Miss California, both on her blog and in an interview with The Advocate. Here's an excerpt:
Q: "There is, of course, the possibility that as runner-up Miss California could become Miss USA. What would you need to see from her -- an apology? What needs to happen now?"
A: "If that were to happen, I would hope that this had opened her eyes and she sees that her words were hurtful to some people. If she were to become Miss USA, [I hope she] would do everything she could to try and bring people together. She doesn’t have to love the idea, but maybe have an understanding that people who love each other just want to be together."
It turns out Equality California is giving Miss CA just that opportunity by issuing her an invitation to meet with gay leaders, students and families. We'll see how she responds.
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
My new favorite girl, Miss USA judge and former Miss Nevada Alicia Jacobs, has blogged about the Miss California debacle.
"I was STUNNED on several levels. First, how could this young woman NOT know her audience and judges? Let's not forget that the person asking the question is an openly gay man, at least 2 people on the judges panel are openly gay. Another judge has a sister in a gay marriage. Her very own state pageant director, KEITH LEWIS is an openly gay man who has been a very generous benefactor of hers...in many ways. Did I mention I was STUNNED?"
Go read the whole thing here. Her blog is terrific and entertaining, by the way, and Alicia's quite an accomplished lady. I'm going to blogroll her right now.
Oh yeah, and according to Joe.My.God, an earlier version of Alicia's post hinted at the possibility that Miss Cali's boobies are as fake as her morality.
Of course, if I'm going to make this monetization pay off, I'm going to have to get more hits on this blog. So I guess I need to post more stuff like the clip below. That's the kind of artistic integrity I can live with.
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
This is the so-called freedom and democracy that American lives were sacrificed for?
Monday, April 20, 2009
By the way, if you're not visiting Square Hippies every day, you need to start.
Sunday, April 19, 2009
"We live in a land where you can choose same-sex marriage or opposite marriage," [whatever the fuck that means, LC] "And you know what, I think in my country, in my family, I think that I believe that a marriage should be between a man and a woman. No offense to anybody out there, but that's how I was raised."
The winner? Gorgeous Kristin Dalton of Wilmington, North Carolina!
UPDATE: Keith Lewis, the Executive Director of Miss California USA/Teen USA has issued a statement:
Thank you Keith!
"As co-executive director of Miss CA USA and one of the leaders of the Miss CA family, I am personally saddened and hurt that Miss CA USA 2009 believes marriage rights belong only to a man and a woman. Although I believe all religions should be able to ordain what unions they see fit, I do not believe our government should be able to discriminate against anyone. Religious beliefs have no place in politics in the Miss CA family."
Via Perez Hilton, who, naturally, has all the scoop on this story.
Friday, April 17, 2009
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Thursday, April 16, 2009
Now, don't get me wrong, I'm not opposed to teabagging, I just draw the line at teabagging with these folks.
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Rememer when I posted about my short story that is going to be published? Well, the book, Best Gay Love Stories 2010, pictured at right, is now up on the Alyson Books site available for pre-order! It's on Amazon, too. My story is called The Trick I'm so flattered and excited I can't begin to express it.
This is possibly the best clip ever to hit the internet tubes. Mix and match the New Zealand rugby players until you find your favorite combo. My fave? Richie McCaw and Liam Messam. It took me hours and hours to decide. You might not want to click on this at work unless your boss is beefcake-friendly. That means you, Junior.
Via Kenneth in the 212
Monday, April 13, 2009
Legendary adult film queen and Ivory Snow model Marilyn Chambers was found dead in the mobile home where she had been living for several months. No cause of death has been announced. Chambers was the star of landmark porn films including Beyond the Green Door and Insatiable. She performed under her real name because she was unashamed of how she made a living.
Sunday, April 12, 2009
Here he is, relaxing at home. Need someone to rub your feet, baby?
I first saw him in 1999, the last time I went to the tournament. He was a 19 year old dreamboat. He's maturing quite nicely, don't you think?
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
As expected, Vermont Governor Davis vetoed the marriage equality bill passed by the state legislature. Today, the Vermont legislature voted to override the Governor's veto! We have marriage equality in Vermont! That makes four states and counting!
Monday, April 6, 2009
This is what American soldiers have fought and died for?
I can't believe I haven't posted about adorable Paul Rudd before! I saw him in his new movie, I Love You Man over the weekend. The movie was all right but Paul was as charming and sexy as ever.
I love that he always plays with sexuality but never in a way that's demeaning to gays.
Here he is on Saturday Night Live earlier this year doing just that.
Friday, April 3, 2009
That's the title of a new blog that's brilliant in its simplicity. Editor Nathan Manske (pictured), who's originally from Driftwood, TX, was inspired by Harvey Milk, specifically the sign he carried in the San Francisco Gay Pride Parade that read "I'm From Woodmere, NY." Nathan realized that "There are gay stories from every corner of the Earth and I think they should be told." So he's doing just that. I contributed one and I'm flattered that he published it here.
The Iowa Supreme Court has ruled unanimously that a 1998 law that limited marriage to a union of one man and one woman is unconstitutional. The ruling further directed that "remaining statutory language be interpreted and applied in a manner allowing gay and lesbian people full access to the institution of civil marriage." In other words, we now have marriage equality in Iowa, a mid-western, middle-American state.
To quote Richard Socarides, former advisor to President Clinton on gay civil rights, "As they say during the presidential caucuses, as Iowa goes, so goes the nation."
Iowa now joins Connecticut, Massachusetts, and seven nations in allowing full marriage rights for gay people.
Last night, the Vermont House passed a marriage equality bill by a vote of 95-52, tantalizingly close to a veto-proof majority. The bill will be brought up again today for final approval, then back to the Senate where language changes must be approved. Then it's on to Gov. Jim Douglas who has promised to veto it. If he does so, it will return to the legislature for a possible override. Gay rights are never achieved easily.
Thursday, April 2, 2009
"Bigotry, in all forms, requires a shocking arrogance, a belief that other communities deepest desires revolve around your destruction. It is the ultimate narcissism, a way of thinking that can only see others, through a paranoid fear of what one might lose."
Read it all here.
CBS has announced the cancellation of The Guiding Light, which has been on the air for 72 years. The show began on NBC radio in 1937 and moved to CBS TV in 1952. The network cited years of declining ratings. In 1966, The Guiding Light became the first soap to feature regular African-American characters and has provided breakthroughs for actors including Kevin Bacon, Calista Flockhart, Allison Janney, James Earl Jones, and Cicely Tyson. That's quite an alumni association.
The lady in red is star Kim Zimmer who has won four Emmys for her work on the show.
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
She kept them on for what was hopefully style advice for the Duchess of Cornwall.
Never fear, arm fetishists! She bared her guns for dinner with the PM.
Oh yeah, and rioters stormed the Royal Bank of Scotland and the Bank of England, yadda, yadda, yadda, but Michelle looked fab!
Photos via Huffington Post.
Marriage equality has come to Sweden. Parliament approved a same-sex marriage bill by a vote of 261-22. It will take effect on May 1. Sweden joins Norway, Holland, Belgium, Spain, Canada, and South Africa in granting full marriage rights to gay couples.
Rick Wagoner, the former GM CEO, made headlines earlier this week when he was forced out as part of GM's titanic struggle to avoid death. Under Wagoner's watch, GM had gone from the dominant player in the US auto industry to a latter-day Studebaker-Packard, while Toyota and Honda ran laps around them. It's hard to fathom, since the General produced such seminal cars as the Pontiac Aztec and the Dustbuster mini-vans. Somehow, given the choice between Toyota, the company that pioneered the hybrid and GM, which pioneered a gigantic, rolling penis extension, people chose the former.
But don't worry about poor Mr. Wagoner. Turns out he's due pension and benefits worth approximately $23 million. I know it'll be tough and he might have to sell one of the chalets in Gstaad, but it should tide him over until he can get a new gig.
No, this isn't an April Fools joke. A controversy has erupted over a visit by Miss Universe, Dayana Mendoza, to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Ms. Mendoza, along with Miss USA, Crystle Stewart, went to Gitmo as part of a USO tour and she wrote a glowing blog post about it. The post can be read in full here. Ms. Mendoza described the warm welcome she and Ms. Stewart received from the troops and gave a brief account of a tour of the detainee barracks. She simply called the prison tour "very interesting" and was brief and non-political.
The controversy over two beauty queens touring the prison where alleged terrorists are held was not helped by the fact that Ms. Mendoza is from Venezuela who's president, Hugo Chavez, is not exactly the USA's biggest ally. Donald Trump's Miss Universe Organization promptly removed the blog post and replaced it with a statement affirming their long relationship with the USO.