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road.jpg Former Memphis police officer pleads not guilty to civil rights charges in the videotaped beating of transgender woman Duanna Johnson while she was in custody: "Johnson, a biological male who lived as a woman, was being booked on a prostitution charge when the incident happened. A videotape of the beating was broadcast on Memphis TV stations and online in June, leading to McRae's firing. His former partner, James Swain, 25, was also fired." Today is the National Transgender Day of Remembrance.

Grassroad.jpg It's what being single does to a girl.

road.jpg Guy Ritchie won't take a cent.

road.jpg Two men plead not guilty to gay bashing murder of Liverpool teen Michael Causer.

road.jpg Obama taps Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano as Homeland Security secretary. Politico: "Napolitano is a border governor who will now be responsible for immigration policy and border security, which are part of Homeland Security’s myriad functions. Napolitano brings law and order experience from her stint as the Grand Canyon State’s first female attorney general. One of the nation’s most prominent female elected officials, she made frequent appearances on behalf of Barack Obama during the campaign. She was reelected to a second four-year term in 2006."

road.jpg Brad Pitt comes face-to-Skype with a Bradaloonie.

road.jpg The truth about Phyliss Burgess, the old lady who had her cross stomped at the Palm Springs 'No on 8' rally.

road.jpg Detroit sports radio personality loses football bet, comes to work in drag.

Aaronharveyroad.jpg An interview with Aaron Harvey, whose work was the inspiration for the now well-known Shepard Fairey "Defend Equality" image: "I landed on a design that was certainly not new, but was new this go around -- a raised fist of solidarity, with a twist: this fist also had a wedding band on it. The color scheme was also deliberate. The official "No on 8" campaign was using a green check in their campaign which I felt was a visual oxymoron. I knew red needed to be part of the design. When I showed it to friends and colleagues some of them said 'Oooh that's kind of angry, how are you going to persuade people sitting on the fence with that?' Well, for me, it wasn't about persuading the other side. It was about my side, and getting my side to realize there was something they needed to get up and defend!"

Wentzroad.jpg Pete Wentz on having his man part manscaping revealed to the world: "Honestly, I felt slightly overgrown in those pictures. If I had taken them for public consumption, I would have done it differently—groomed a little closer, better lighting."

road.jpg Huckabee: Prop 8 did not ban same-sex marriage, it affirmed traditional marriage.

road.jpg Campaign to move Sundance Film Festival out of Utah launches website.

road.jpg New York's Triborough bridge renamed for Robert F. Kennedy.

road.jpg Wentworth Miller to be out of work soon?

Clevesroad.jpg Time Out New York interviews activist Cleve Jones: "I think there are lots of Harveys out there, but the movement has changed. The charismatic individual leaders who were able to get things done by the sheer force of their personalities—we don’t see them anymore. In Harvey’s day, we didn’t have infrastructure. We just had individuals with big ideas and big mouths. When Harvey ran for office, we had to raise $30,000 to get him elected, and that was a challenge. Today there are hundreds of gay organizations around the country that routinely raise and spend millions a year. We didn’t have community centers, churches and youth groups, and of course, we didn’t have HIV/AIDS. I think people like Harvey and myself are really anachronisms. Probably the last leader of that style was Larry Kramer."

road.jpg Home Depot founder Bernie Marcus on electing Republicans: "If a retailer has not gotten involved with this, if he has not spent money on this election, if he has not sent money to Norm Coleman and these other guys, [then those retailers] should be shot; should be thrown out of their goddamn jobs."

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  1. Give it a rest, RB.

    As far as I can remember, Obama has _always_ said he was going to tackle DADT by consensus, rather than just top-down. Clinton got burned by trying to attempt exactly what you suggest, as Ernie said. And "a few months or until 2010" is not "half his administration." -- it's the first year. What did Bush do for us in his first year? or Reagan? Or any other Republican? Ever?

    I bet it gets done before 2010, because there's now enough support from within the armed services. We know you "can't wait" to criticize Obama. I'm sure if the new president hasn't solves all the world's problems, the economy, and given us full rights by then, we'll be hearing from you on Jan. 21.

    Posted by: Kevinvt | Nov 22, 2008 10:16:07 AM


  2. "The ONLY thing that Obama has to offer me is gay rights and he just turned his back on his first campaign promise!"

    What part of Obama is not yet president do you not understand, RB? You can't turn your back on promises when you are not yet in office! Get your rabies shots and think about what Obama has to offer the country, instead of just what he has to offer YOU. It's not all about you, darling. We're in one of the most challenging and promising moments in history, one that requires patience, intelligence, and prioritizing. Given the times, 2010 seems perfectly reasonable to me. Meanwhile, we all have an equal responsibility to push for the rights we believe in, strategies that go beyond preemptive blame and self-centered bitching.

    Posted by: Ernie | Nov 22, 2008 10:51:07 AM


  3. In case you have not thought of it, when I get my gay rights you will too. However, it was the only promise for all of us that is universal.

    Wait and see....I am big enough to admit that I am wrong and I hope that I am wrong. However, so far, not looking good. And as for his economic plans, whatever! Can you say depression not recession. We will have card check unions all over the country, the US auto industry will be gone and we will have skid marks on our backs. Like I said, I hope that I am wrong and I promise you that I will admit it should it happen!

    When you have financial leaders like Barney Frank that say we need to forget about the deficit and just spend our way out of this mess along with card check, Pelosi and her consumptioin tax on fossil fuels pipe dream, Obama's spread the wealth, and Reid's ability to be their "puppet" you get a recipe for disaster. But then again, I have hope that I am wrong!!! It wouldn't be the first time.

    I actually believed in Bill, thought that DADT would be ok and that prop 8 would not pass.


    Posted by: RB | Nov 22, 2008 12:02:40 PM


  4. I should however spread the venom to my own party as well. I NEVER voted for Bush, knew he would be a horrible president and shocked and disgusted by how much money he has spent! I did not agree with the war in Iraq, but we are there and must not lose. There equal opportunity fair and balanced. The only good thing about 1/20/08 is that Bush is gone!

    Posted by: RB | Nov 22, 2008 12:06:57 PM


  5. RB, it's really getting tired. In case you haven't noticed, there is a war in Iraq, our economy is in the tanker, most American's can not afford health care and millions are losing jobs, 2 out of 3 high school students are dropping out while many can not afford college, climate change is becoming more of a threat every day, our last Pres took away our rights in the name of "terrorism" with the Patriot Act, lessened environmental laws on corporations (appointing Gale Norton certainly didn't help environmental causes), has not captured bin Laden (and don't give me that crap that we haven't had an attack since, we didn't have an attack for just as many years when Clinton was in office), deregulation of our system has resulted in white collar crimes while millions are suffering from job loss, and on and on and on. The only thing you can think of to pick apart the Democratic party and a President who isn't even in office yet is supposed policy on gay rights?! Are you f'ing kidding me?! You're digging, DIGGING, and it only makes you appear bitter that your Republican party has lost on many fronts. Instead of attacking on points that truly aren't even fact yet, why don't you support our soon to be President and do something constructive, instead of acrimoniously picking apart policies that aren't even enacted by an individual who not only isn't President yet but does not even have a full cabinet. It's sad.

    Posted by: CJ | Nov 22, 2008 3:46:30 PM


  6. CJ, I am bitter! But not for the reasons that you think. Not because my party did not win but because I drank the koolaid. I believed that he would bring change, economic disaster true, but social change. Real change. Gay rights would follow. I was blown away by his acceptance speach when he said gay and straight alike. What president ever mention gays in his acceptance speach?!I gave in, conceded defeat and looked for the positive with hope for change. I believed that we were entering a new phase in American politics.

    I had actually decided to simply bask in the glory of our first African American president. He will be my president and I will support him. This is a very big thing for me as I differ with him on so many economic policies, environment,abortion, etc. However, I have waited my whole life for that glass ceiling to be shattered.

    And now, the first thing he does, BEFORE he takes office, is to bow to the Christian right on gay issues and delay DADT! I really thought that it would go. Blown away! Angry, yes! Pissed off and bitter, hell yes! My only surprise is why so many here are already making excuses for his decision. Pathetic and sad. So yeah CJ, I am bitter and pissed as hell! However, not for the beloved repub party as you say. No more koolaid......I knew better, I saw it coming and now I am angry!!!!

    Posted by: RB | Nov 22, 2008 5:00:30 PM


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  8. RB,
    you are completely clueless.

    Posted by: nic | Nov 24, 2008 5:09:57 AM


  9. wow! brad pitt coulod not get any hotter. pete wentz is close on his tail.

    Posted by: nic | Nov 24, 2008 5:15:31 AM


  10. RB, take a look:

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/aubrey-sarvis/dadt-getting-repeal-right_b_145874.html

    http://www.fivethirtyeight.com/2008/11/ghosts-of-1993.html

    Posted by: Kevinvt | Nov 24, 2008 10:56:37 AM


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