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 roadObama's 100 day Gay Report Card. Emma Ruby Sachs in HuffPost: "And when it comes to actual change in the lives of LGBT people, nothing has been done. Obama has failed to hand in any of his assignments."

Sims  roadBrian Sims: a gay college football story.

 roadGuess who wants to play Susan Boyle in the movie?

 roadSean Penn files for divorce.

 roadGuido Westerwelle hopes to be Germany's first openly gay foreign minister: "I am convinced that today one’s private life is no longer an obstacle. Some other countries may have had a problem with the fact that Angela Merkel became the first female chancellor of Germany. Of course she does not wear a veil on the red carpet when she visits certain Arab states. The American secretary of state (Hillary Clinton) must also hold talks in countries in which women are systematically oppressed. The decision as to who we send as a government representative rests solely with us Germans based on our political and moral standards.”

Butt  roadBUTT magazine holding open call for submissions of gay-themed video art.

 roadEstranged wife of Nevada governor wants veto override of domestic partnership legislation.

 roadGay man forced out of dying partner's room at Oregon Health and Science University hospital: "The nurse said, 'Christopher is very ill. There are some life and death decisions that have to be made and now is not the time for friends to be in the room.' I'm like, 'we don't have any friends in the room'."

Floridajesus  roadFlorida to get Jesus vanity plate.

 roadAmsterdam park notifies visitors that they are approaching a 'gay cruising area':  "The signs 'clearly indicate what is happening in each zone; also those where gay men are known to practice 'cruising',' municipal spokeswoman Manon Koffijberg said...'If you don't want to be confronted by a vision of that sort, the signs allow you to avoid specific areas,' said Ms Koffijberg."

 roadAustralian curry company denies homophobic attack at Sydney fair.

 roadChanning Tatum courted for Twilight role.

 roadVampire outtakes.

Gammablast  roadAstronomers snap the most distant object they've ever seen.

 roadA look at Trouble the Water, the documentary about Hurricane Katrina.

 roadWashington man pleads guilty in gay immigration fraud case: "A man accused of advising straight immigrants to claim homosexuality - and potential persecution in their home countries - when they applied for asylum has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit immigration fraud."

 roadSenior Thai monk plans to offer "manners course" for monks who wear make-up and carry pink purses.

 roadAlberta, Canada adds sexual orientation to human rights laws: "But the move to expand protections under the Human Rights, Citizenship and Multiculturalism Act was accompanied by a provision allowing parents to pull their kids from school discussions of religion, sexuality or sexual orientation — a move that could let parents yank students from classes on such topics as evolution."

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  1. The whole "100 days report card" thing is so fucking stupid and shallow, and it's no less so when LGBT issues are involved. I am well aware of all the reasons to be skeptical of Obama on our issues, but the idea that he should have gotten any particular issue passed through Congress -- maybe Ms. Sachs (whoever the hell she is to presume she speaks for all LGBT people) slept through Schoolhouse Rock, but isn't his branch -- in 100 days is just dumb.

    The one thing I am sorely disappointed on, because it was fully within his control and is a no-brainer, is lifting the HIV immigration/travel ban.

    Posted by: Glenn | Apr 29, 2009 2:41:33 PM


  2. The HIV travel ban came also immediately to my mind. It is a 100 % disappointment! The question is allowed: is this the direction Obama is heading to in the future? Lots of nice words, little or no action action, political sell offs and bad smelling compromises?
    Who needs to have her ass kicked badly is Pelosi!
    Things need to happen and don't have to be discussed over and over again!!!

    Posted by: Martin | Apr 29, 2009 3:01:41 PM


  3. The travel ban was lifted by Congress last year. But the actual policies to enact that reversal need to come from HHS. And Sebelius was just confirmed by the Senate as secretary of HHS . . . yesterday. So, give the bitching a rest.

    And that wasn't even a campaign promise the guy made.


    Obama made 5 campaign promises to the LGBT community:

    1) To push Congress to pass the hate crimes law
    2) To push Congress to add sexual orientation and gender identity to be added to ENDA
    3) To push Congress to repeal DADT
    4) To push Congress to repeal DOMA and to extend all 1,100+ federal legal rights associated with marriage to same-sex partners, and
    5) To "urge states to treat same-sex couples with full equality in their family and adoption laws."

    Yesterday, on his 99th day in office, Obama made good on the first of those promises. I think we're doing pretty fucking great so far.

    Posted by: 24play | Apr 29, 2009 3:24:47 PM


  4. First, the opening line links to two different articles. The first one is another childish Valentine to Him that begins with a patent misstatement of History: "[gays have] never-before-experienced access to and inclusion in the federal government" [sorry, little girl, it has yet to equal Clinton by that definition--and you failed to mention that virtually all of his major appointments have been recycles of Clinton appointees]... and continues in another embarrassing fall on the ground and start speaking in tongues masturbatory fantasy about our new Messiah. [Didn't we learn to be more skeptical by the failures of our last one—yes, the same Clinton?]

    The Huff Post piece, had you read it, does NOT assert that all gay positive bills should have been passed by now but spends the majority of its space focusing upon an indisputable...and indefensible...fact: save for two instances, one that cancelled itself out my needlessly encouraging our enemies by insanely reiterating his opposition to marriage equality, the other a limp paper endorsement of the hate crimes bill rather than WORKING FOR IT as he promised to do.

    The most open minded thing one can say is that the jury is still out on how genunine Obama's commitment to leading the fight against DADT and DOMA and for hate crimes legislation and ENDA, etc.

    The next grade will reasonably come before another 100 days. First Lady Hillary Clinton marched in New York's Gay Pride Parade. On the 40th anniversary of Stonewall, is it possible that.....

    Posted by: McArthur | Apr 29, 2009 3:35:52 PM


  5. I wish Florida would fall off into the ocean. It's such a fucking freakshow.

    Posted by: paul c | Apr 29, 2009 4:04:23 PM


  6. I guessed Angelina Jolie. Doesn't it seem like the kind of story she would want to be involved in?

    Posted by: K | Apr 29, 2009 4:15:24 PM


  7. Show me a dictionary that lists "urge" as in "I urge members...to act " as a synonym for "push." If those members/their constituents had actually seen/heard him SAY it, rather than a limp dick press release, it still would have been far from a push. Your misrepresentation is the "Why men love maps" standard...because it equates an inch with a mile.

    WhiteHouse.gov says, "President Obama and Vice President Biden will strengthen federal hate crimes legislation, expand hate crimes protection by passing the Matthew Shepard Act, and reinvigorate enforcement at the Department of Justice's Criminal Section." Nothing in there about merely "urging" or even a "push"—they promised to MAKE IT HAPPEN!

    RE ENDA, WhiteHouse.gov says, [Obama & Biden will] pass the Employment Non-Discrimination Act. Not just push for inclusion. Not just push Congress. But MAKE IT HAPPEN. PERIOD.

    The overall grade Huff Post gave him of D- is accurate.

    Posted by: Leland Frances | Apr 29, 2009 4:17:30 PM


  8. Sybil Bedwell-Frances. Bitter and irrelevant as ever.

    Princess, if you'd like to parse every verb and modifier in the 5 campaign promises Obama made to the LGBT community (and then do a line by line analysis comparing them to whatever's now posted at whitehouse.gov), you're absolutely welcome to. In fact, I think it'd probably be a good use of your time.

    The exact language of each campaign promise is posted here, on the Pulitzer-winning Politifact.com:

    http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/promises/subjects/gays-and-lesbians/

    Posted by: 24play | Apr 29, 2009 4:53:52 PM


  9. WWJD? Well, for starters, Jesus wouldn't be caught dead with that plate on his car.

    Posted by: KJ | Apr 29, 2009 5:05:35 PM


  10. The gay college football story is very sweet. Almost makes me wish I were younger.

    What Would Jesus Drive? Probably not a car with a license plate showing him dead. Cops do not take kindly to dead people driving cars, though maybe Jesus could turn the citation into cider. Or something like that.

    Posted by: Paul R | Apr 29, 2009 6:02:07 PM


  11. Once again lots of bitching and whining about Obama.

    To those bitching, what have you done about this? Have you called the White House to push Obama to action, have you called your Congresspeople or written to them or done anything? My guess is you have done nothing.

    Well, I have been continuing to call and write and sign petitions and gone to my Senators office, etc. Why don't you all do something instead of just posting here.

    Posted by: DJ | Apr 29, 2009 6:23:42 PM


  12. I wonder if I could get that dead jesus plate personalized to read "BIG LIE"

    Posted by: KJ | Apr 29, 2009 8:43:23 PM


  13. I find it interesting that the jesus on the plate is blond, quite buff, and has obviously manscaped his arm pits.

    Posted by: Mr. E | Apr 29, 2009 10:08:18 PM


  14. Thanks so much for the gay college football player story, it really hits home with what I've been going through since I've recently come out, especially with my straight guy friends. I can't wait for the day when coming out won't be a big, and ppl will judge you on your character rather than your sexuality orientation.

    Posted by: RIO | Apr 30, 2009 12:31:33 AM


  15. Uh, he walked into office with one of the largest economic disasters in history. What in the hell are these idiots expecting? Hashing out anything in terms of changing policies on gays is gonna be a political nightmare that will take years.

    Those guys gotta chill the hell out.

    Posted by: Ferin | Apr 30, 2009 1:27:17 AM


  16. Yes, Mr. E, we Jews are all blond and hairless below the neck. Nice call.

    And Brian Sims? My new hero and fantasy.

    Posted by: David R. | Apr 30, 2009 1:38:16 AM


  17. And I forgot, we Jews are also all as buff as Brian Sims.

    Posted by: David R. | Apr 30, 2009 1:39:35 AM


  18. If it were me, I'd make sure that ignorant bitch nurse was looking over her shoulder every time she left work.

    Posted by: shane | Apr 30, 2009 7:43:58 AM


  19. The football story was great. Young straight guys surprise me all the time these days. There are still plenty of assholes out there, but I think it's these cool young straight people who are really changing the world for us in so many ways. They are unsung heroes. Thanks guys!

    Posted by: Yeek | Apr 30, 2009 9:16:11 AM


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