Lost in space: Danger LGBT community, danger

Lost in space: Danger LGBT community, danger

Politics
by Mark Segal A couple years ago, my friend Jerry Hose was invited to the White House LGBT Pride Reception. Like me, Jerry was at the very first gay Pride march, which we called Christopher Street Gay Liberation Day. It was in commemoration of the Stonewall riots the year before and, like Jerry, I was the only one in the room at this year’s White House Pride Reception who had been at that first march. I still have my marshal’s badge — a 3-by-5 card with the stamp of CSLDC on it. We didn’t have much money in those days — there was no Gay Inc. then. So when the president entered to make his speech, I hung to the back of the room along with an old friend from the…
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That human journalistic flaw

That human journalistic flaw

News
Mark Segal, PGN publisher, is the nation’s most-award-winning commentator in LGBT media. He can be reached at mark@epgn.com. Vice President Biden’s comments about marriage equality were no surprise to me. Why? The night before the president’s statement on same-sex marriage, I was honored to be the keynote speaker at Drexel University’s gay pride celebration. After my talk, someone asked whether I thought President Obama would support gay marriage. My response was, “He’s evolving on the issue and I expect that evolution to be complete by the end of November.” It got the expected laugh. Less than 24 hours later, the evolution was complete, six months ahead of schedule. That announcement put LGBT equality front and center in the presidential race and, thus far, no political pundit worth his or her…
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It’s been a big ole gay week!

News
Obama spoke at HRC, said nice things, which is nice - but seriously - WHEN?  A couple hundred thousand of you Marched on Washington despite Barney Frank's concern for the grass.  The Prop 8 suit clears its first challenge.  At the very least, LGBT issues are being discussed at the national level! The White House finally makes a statement about Antigay Referanda White House Says No to Antigay Referenda | News | Advocate.com Source: www.advocate.com In response to an inquiry from The Advocate, the White House sent the following statement regarding President Barack Obama’s position on same-sex relationship recognition voter referenda in Maine and Washington.“The ...    Staff Sergeant Leblanc Source: WWW.STAFFSERGEANTLEBLANC.COM I was summoned by my commanding officer and he directed me to report to OSI, Office of Special…
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Tobias Wolff vs Maggie Gallagher

Politics
Lou Dobbs hosted law professor Tobias Wolff and the National Organization for Marriage's Maggie Gallagher to discuss the Obama administration's recent brief that said it is obligated to defend DOMA but believes that it is discriminatory and should be repealed. "at the end of the day, this is about treating people fairly and equally and with dignity . . ." Embedded video from <a href="http://www.cnn.com/video" mce_href="http://www.cnn.com/video">CNN Video</a>
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Rome wasn’t built in a day

News
OK, so maybe Obama isn't the worst thing to happen to the LGBT community.  Is he moving as fast as we would like?  Nope.  Has there been some major f*@k ups - DOMA, DADT - Absolutely!  But Obama continues to support equality and say the right things (albeit actions speak louder than words) when it comes to Gay issues.  Which is more than any previous president has done.  And don't forget we have Bill to thank for both DOMA and DADT. Does mean the LGBT community should let up?  NO, NO, NO!!! Absolutely not!  While it truly appears we have a friend residing at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave that doesn't mean we let up on our pursuit of equality - if anything we ramp it up a notch.  Beyond the President,…
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What Would YOU Say To Obama?

Politics
We asked, you  told us - David Carrasco at 10:47am June 26 buy me lunch? Daniel Anthony Aguayo at 10:49am June 26 I wish you the best of luck on fixing this busted ass country.... You should kick GWB's ass Marcelo Martins Quaresma at 10:54am June 26 Daniel Aguayo said what I would say. Rick Pinkerton at 10:56am June 26 I would ask him why with a Democratic Senate and Congress we cannot get some real progressive legislation passed. The time for half-measures has past. Brian Holland at 10:58am June 26 Get a brother a dam JOB !!!! Galal Abadi at 11:00am June 26 open gay marrige Jon Nations at 11:01am June 26 Your fired!! Scott McGillivray at 11:04am June 26 I'd ask him to put Whoopi Goldberg in his…
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Our Fierce Advocate?

Politics
Good thing Obama is a fierce advocate, otherwise they be attacking same sex marriages equating them to incest and pedophilia - OH WAIT, the Obama administration is defending DOMA by equating same sex marriages to incest and pedophilia.  Can you image what they'd be saying if Obama wasn't a fierce advocate for LGBT rights? Visit msnbc.com for Breaking News, World News, and News about the Economy
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Why I Will Not Wait

Opinion
Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed. Martin Luther King Jr. I was on Facebook debating whether Obama could over turn DADT, if he so chose – and to be clear - he does not so choose! Whether he can or can’t is a debate for legal scholars. Truman did it when he issued Executive Order 9981, which forever ended legal racial segregation within the ranks of the U.S. Armed Forces. Apparently, DADT is different. These same people argue we have to be patient and work through the system. Reminds me of the time back in 2004 when Barney Frank opposed San Francisco legalizing same sex marriage, and suggested we wait for the issue to run its course in the courts. 5…
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Well said . . .

Politics
I think Richard Cohen's editorial in the Washington Post puts it quite succinctly. . . "I can understand Obama's desire to embrace constituencies that have rejected him. Evangelicals are in that category and Warren is an important evangelical leader with whom, Obama said, 'we're not going to agree on every single issue.' He went on to say, 'We can disagree without being disagreeable and then focus on those things that we hold in common as Americans.' Sounds nice. But what we do not 'hold in common' is the dehumanization of homosexuals. What we do not hold in common is the belief that gays are perverts who have chosen their sexual orientation on some sort of whim. What we do not hold in common is the exaltation of ignorance that has…
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I supported Hillary and all I got was this lousy t-shirt . . .

Politics
I supported Hillary and all I got was this lousy t-shirt . . . Barack Obama, John Edwards and Mrs. Clinton are uniformly in favor of lifting a ban on gays openly serving in the military, but are all opposed to gay marriage. . . Jason Horowitz, The New York Observer So as you start throwing your pink dollars at your favorite candidate, what exactly are you getting in return? Lifting the ban, well that’s an easy one to get behind. We are in the midst of lost war that is costing billions of dollars, while killing off thousands of American soldiers plus countless Iraqi civilians. Since, the current administration is willing to throw whatever resources are left at it; it’s nice that the candidates are willing to add LGBT…
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