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RoadChicago Sun-Times columnist Robert Novak dies at 78...

RoadDavid Mixner scolds Bill Clinton on "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" explanation: "President Clinton blaming us for "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" is simply wrong, insensitive and outrageous. He should step up to the plate, accept responsibility for this huge mistake and then he can lead with dignity the battle to repeal it."

Thinkb4youspeak RoadGLSEN launches new 'Think B4 You Speak' campaign to battle "That's so gay" slurs.

RoadMadonna swims.

RoadGuam considering civil union bill.

RoadA round-up of links on the health care debate.

RoadFort Worth changes bar inspection policy following Rainbow Lounge raid: "The report says [Police chief Jeff] Halstead has told the department to add specific guidelines for officers and supervisors to follow during bar checks. He said the policy will be implemented by Sept. 1. 'Under the new policy there will be three distinct differences between an actual bar check, bar inspection, and bar investigation,' he writes."

RoadSALON: 'Fag hags' dying out.

RoadBallot battle: 77 days till marriage equality vote in Maine.  Let the money laundering begin.

RoadStudy: men with sleep apnea twice as likely to die early.

RoadCeline Dion pregnant.

Brianaustingreen RoadBrian Austin Green gets a kryptonite heart.

RoadDerek Barrett, former consultant to Australia's Labour government, jailed for two and a half years for attempted rape of man: "In evidence, Barrett's victim told prosecutor Andrew Miller that he and Barrett had been at a social evening along with a number of others.  During the night bottles of Veuve Clicqueot and Bollinger had been drunk and the 25-year-old had fallen asleep fully clothed in a bed.  He told the jury he woke up naked with Barrett was touching him on the chest and kissing him."

RoadEric McCormack, Timothy Olyphant, Dan Futterman, Zachary Quinto and Robert Gant join all-star staged reading of Celebration: The Gay Marriage Plays, in L.A.

RoadThank you for being a friend: NYC homeless shelter for LGBT youth to be named for Bea Arthur.

RoadTwilight: New Moon gets a new trailer.

Cometwild2 RoadGlycine, building block of life, found in comet: "The latest findings add credence to the notion that extraterrestrial objects such as meteorites and comets may have seeded ancient Earth, and other planets, with the raw materials of life that formed elsewhere in the cosmos."

Bowling Green, Ohio bans discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.

RoadSweden called on to halt deportations of gay Iraqis seeking asylum.

RoadSwedish version of iTunes censors "gay", allows "fag".

RoadSignature check of Washington state anti-gay Referendum 71 is half-finished: "David Ammons, secretary of state spokesman, said the latest tally shows 58,306 signatures accepted...'They need 120,577 valid Washington voter signatures to qualify,' Ammons said. 'Overall, the error rate is currently 11.03 percent, considerably lower than the 20-year average of about 18.5 percent, and still below the maximum error rate the sponsors can absorb, about 12.4 percent.'"

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  1. "SALON: 'Fag hags' dying out."

    Well, whoever wrote this obviously has been out of college for a long time. The only thing that is dying is the term "fag hag" ... neither the guy nor the girl wants to use that term. Girls will always love their gays and vice versa.

    Posted by: KFLO | Aug 18, 2009 4:05:45 PM

  2. GLSEN's campaign should also include a "That's so nigger." poster.

    Posted by: Eric | Aug 18, 2009 4:12:03 PM

  3. Glycine Found in Meteor

    But but but it is 1 in a 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 chance for all those chemicals to just come together, like the impossibility of sodium and chloride to bond together to make salt...

    Posted by: Stephen | Aug 18, 2009 4:44:39 PM

  4. At least now Robert Novak won't be able to destroy any more people's lives.

    Posted by: Paul R | Aug 18, 2009 4:59:54 PM

  5. David Mixner is spot about Slick Willie's attempt to slime away from any responsibility screwing us royal with DADT and DOMA.

    If anyone knows about the machinations of what went on in those early days of 1993 - it is Mixner - who was suckered into providing LGBT support and money - in exchange for Clinton's pledge to overturn the Military's discriminatory ban on our people.

    This is an except from Wikipedia:
    Clinton Campaign – Don’t ask, don’t tell

    "Four years after a fundraiser for the Dukakis campaign told Mixner that Governor Dukakis would not accept the million dollars Mixner and his friends planned to raise for him, Mixner found hope in the candidacy of his old friend, Bill Clinton. After Clinton promised Mixner that he would support both an end to the ban on gays in the military and increased funds to find a cure for AIDS, Mixner began raising money for Clinton enthusiastically. Mickey Kantor, Clinton’s campaign chairman, soon asked Mixner to join the National Executive Committee of the Clinton for President campaign, the first openly gay person to become a public face of a presidential campaign.

    After Clinton was elected, Mixner helped with the transition team, though he publicly declared that he would not seek an appointment with the new administration. Although he spoke at an event at the inaugural ball, introduced by his old friend Ted Kennedy, Mixner soon thrust himself in the middle of the furor over the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy proposed by Clinton, which represented a total betrayal to Mixner and many in the gay community.

    When Mixner went on Nightline to complain about Clinton’s rapid shift away from allowing gays and lesbians to serve openly in the military, his calls to the White House stopped being returned and his consulting business began to tank, as he was no longer perceived as someone who had influence with the new administration. Emanuel was widely reported to be furious with Mixner for publicly crossing swords with Mixner; Mixner soon found himself a persona non grata at the White House.[11]

    Shortly thereafter, Mixner participated in a march in Washington for the Campaign for Military Service, which advocated lifting the bans on gays in the military. When Clinton announced the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy on July 19, 1993, Mixner organized a march with CMS and was very publicly arrested outside the White House, for which he received a great deal of publicity because of his personal relationship with Clinton.[12] Mixner and Clinton later healed the rift, but Clinton never again revisited the policy during his Presidency."

    Once again, we have been sold up the river by another pandering demi-publican who promised us a repeal of DADT, and DOMA - but instead have taken the Clintonian route by telling us - like Clinton falsely did - that his hands are tied and he is bound by office to "defend and protect existing laws".

    I wonder if Obama would use the same, untenable logic if the some of the Jim Crow laws were still around???

    You go Mixner. Welcome Back!!!!

    Posted by: Stevie Lee | Aug 18, 2009 6:49:43 PM

  6. "GLSEN's campaign should also include a "That's so nigger." poster.

    Posted by: Eric | Aug 18, 2009 4:12:03 PM"

    You feel better now?

    How about "That's so Dumbass".

    Posted by: derek washington | Aug 18, 2009 7:15:13 PM

  7. Hey Mixner get off your flaping A**Hole and go to your own damn March in Washington that you called...,
    It's called put up or shut UP already...your 15 minutes of fame was over a decade ago...

    GEEZ Mixner all you are interested in is going on vacation with Log Cabin boys and ex Congressional employees....and yes that IS a Blind item to chew on.

    Posted by: MCnNYC | Aug 18, 2009 7:40:08 PM

  8. It amazes me anyone can say Bill Clinton is not a friend to the gay community.

    Mixner a swing and a miss

    Posted by: TomRey001 | Aug 18, 2009 7:41:16 PM

  9. And it "amazes me" anyone can still think that Billy Boy was ever a "friend to the gay community" after DOMA and DADT - both promted and signed by his slipery slickness: Wily Willie.

    Clinton is the epitome of smooth style, and psuedo-sympathetic style over actual deeds and substance.

    We all really do want to be lied to in the end I guess. All one has to do is say the word "Gay" in public, make it sound like you could really give a sh*t, and the they say is self-oppression.

    Clinton has a swing, total miss, but still has a grand slam in revisionist deceit.

    Are we even watching the same bait-and-switch game being played against LGBT's.

    We have such a long, long way to go as any kind of a "community" if there is still go with the flow LGBT folks out there that thinks our Civil Rights can be smoozed away with the likes of a another pathologically lying, self-serving politician.

    Posted by: Stevie Lee | Aug 18, 2009 7:58:11 PM

  10. Eric McCormack is a doll, and a hero.

    Posted by: John J | Aug 18, 2009 8:47:10 PM

  11. This Article from the LA Times in 1995 lays bare ANY pretenses as to where Mr. Bill really stood were it counted for LBGT's - on the opposing side of out rights. Get your fact about Clinton NOT from Clinton himself, but from those who knew him, worked with him, and were inevitably betrayed by him.

    "Gays Won't Take Clinton's Betrayal Lightly - Gay rights: He will pay for refusing even a 'friend of court' gesture in Colorado case.

    By ROBERT DAWIDOFF, \o7 Robert Dawidoff is the co-author with Michael Nava of "Created Equal: Why Gay Rights Matter to America" (St. Martin's Press). He is a professor of history at the Claremont Graduate School. \f7
    June 11, 1995

    The Justice Department has decided that the government has no interest in the most important gay rights case the Supreme Court will decide, not even to the extent of filing a friend-of-the-court brief.

    The case before the court involves a ballot initiative passed in Colorado that would deny anti-discrimination protection to homosexuals.

    Although not unexpected, the Administration's refusal to stand behind President Clinton's repeated pledges of support for gay rights, and in particular his statement in a public letter that the initiative threatened "the human rights of every individual," is shocking in its opportunism, hypocrisy and unprincipled cowardice. It must give serious pause to everyone, straight or gay, who values the promise of equality of opportunity, equal protection of the laws and participation in the political process without discrimination.

    It isn't hard to figure what led Atty. Gen. Janet Reno to decide that the government has no stake in protecting essential rights when it comes to homosexuals. The Pentagon pressured against the filing of a brief because of the potential for subverting the "don't ask, don't tell" policy for gays in the military. Justice Department lawyers in fact had prepared careful arguments for a brief that avoided subverting that policy.

    It is hard to express how disappointing and enraging the Administration's abandonment of principle is. The transparent political cynicism of Reno's decision, made without the President's objection, will send a message to the people who have never supported them and never will and who will respond as if to the scent of blood. It is not clear what effect a government brief or lack of one will have on the closely divided Supreme Court. But this latest betrayal worsens the situation of lesbian and gay Americans and any other individuals or groups who thought they could count on Clinton's goodwill if not his promises.

    The election of 1996 is shaping up to be the most problematic in memory. It is truly alarming to envision a Republican President alongside a Republican Congress with the extremist political views now commonly espoused by that party. But the prospect of working for, supporting and helping to pay for the reelection of President Clinton is not much better. He and his attorney general have shown where they really stand: with the anti-gay extremists.

    I used to think, as Clinton thought I would, that I would have to vote for him. But now all bets are off for me and many other lesbian and gay voters like me. Gay people should consider alternatives to renominating Clinton. We should devote our money and energy to electing gay and lesbian candidates and those others whose good offices we can count on. We should learn the lesson that other minority groups have had to learn: that all the pre-election talk in the world doesn't matter unless you have leverage after election. And leverage is the result of organizing, bargaining and being willing to make trouble for your supposed allies when they betray you."

    Posted by: Stevie Lee | Aug 18, 2009 8:53:42 PM

  12. Hey Andy, Barrett worked for the Scottish Labour Gov't not the Australian

    Derek Barrett, former consultant to Australia's Labour government, jailed for two and a half years for attempted rape of man: "

    Posted by: Stuart | Aug 18, 2009 10:18:19 PM

  13. Mixner is a stupid, egomaniacal twat who clearly learned absolutely nothing from the "gays in the military" flap of 1993, and so is hellbent on repeating Clinton's well-intentioned fuck-up.

    Praise Jeebus we have a far savvier administration in place this time around.

    Posted by: 24play | Aug 18, 2009 11:42:09 PM

  14. So a guy who help to put into Federal Law the complete abrogation of several of LGBT's basic civil rights was nothing but a "well intentioned fuck-up", But the guy who did everything in his power at that time to actually repeal hateful discrimination against our people ( I was arrested alongside him in front of the WH in 1993 ), is a "stupid, egomaniacal twat"?

    Mixner for sure is no saint, or any kind of a LGBT savoir, but for a revisionist dimwhit like yourself - who most likely has done squat (other than turn your hatred onto your own kind) for the LGBT movement is precisely why we are in such bad shape as any form of a "community", an why we will always be taken to the cleaners by the likes of "well-intentioned Fuck-ups" like your billy boy Clinton.

    Malcolm X once said that one of his greatest obstacles in overcoming racial oppression came from the self-loathing defeatism and collaborators within his own people - and that is what our people badly suffer from - as apparent in the extremely misogynous, homo-phobic, and just plain hate-filled comment above.

    Posted by: Stevie Lee | Aug 19, 2009 12:12:11 AM

  15. I don't think the Salon piece necessarily means fag hags are dying out. It mainly says that a lot of women who aren't real fag hags at heart now approach gay men in a certain way, because the fag-hag identity has been marketed to them as hip by Will & Grace SATC etc...which I think is true , and tiresome.

    Posted by: Hank | Aug 19, 2009 1:43:01 AM

  16. David Mixner is hella cool. I spoke to him yesterday and he will be at the March (health willing).

    Can I ask what the deal is with everyone posting such negative comments about our own or our allies? All this friendly fire B.S. is rather tiresome. U hate Clinton, Obama. Mixner? Your preference is.....?

    I refuse to believe we are this eager to eat our own, has the best LGBT blog EVER been overrun by Trolls, or just really bitter (and occasionally racist) Bitches?

    Posted by: Derek Washington | Aug 19, 2009 2:29:26 AM

  17. you really like using diminutives don't you, li'l stevie? but when you use them on others, you think that they are insults, i suppose. so what must you think of yourself, then, stevie(weavie)? do you think you bring others down to your level?

    here's a primer on bill clinton and DADT. while campaigning, among the things he proposed was to undo by executive order the banning of gays in the military. 15 days after he was sworn in, the senate passed the FMLA. sen. nunn, a dem., proposed including in that labor law a six-month moratorium on changing military policy on the pretext that a group be formed, the CMS, to work with other interested parties, including gay groups. the senate agreed. clinton signed the act into law. after six months, nunn, the then powerful chairman of the senate armed service committee together with a group of military commanders within the defence dept. shot down the efforts of the CMS. clinton thus had neither the support of the repugs, the conservative dems, nor the military. clinton had no recourse after that. the prez is not a dictator. much to your dismay, dear, unlike you, the prez cannot merely click his cha-cha heels together and make things happen.

    in an interview with "metro weekly" on 7/29/04, mr. mixner had this to say in response to the following question,

    "MW: You've known Bill Clinton for thirty-five years. What are your thoughts about his presidency and the gay community?
    MIXNER: Bill Clinton will go down in history as one of the greatest presidents for this community, ever. Ever, ever, ever, ever. For the scope and the breadth of the changes he made in the agencies and the State Department. It was against the law for us to openly serve in the State department before he came in. People seem to forget that. Against the law. We could not work in the State Department. He made historical changes across the board. But he was far from perfect -- DOMA, Don't Ask, Don't Tell."

    apparently, mixner had a high regard for clinton even after 11 years of DADT. while i don't know him at all, perhaps you can ring him up. after all, you were arrested with him @ the WH 15 years ago, rightttttt?!!? hmmm? you could be a wealth of knowledge.

    Posted by: nic | Aug 19, 2009 5:53:21 AM

  18. BULL CRAP Health Willing...he is going on his African Vacation...

    Health willing....BS....

    Posted by: MCnNYC | Aug 19, 2009 11:29:14 AM

  19. Ding Dong! The witch is dead.

    Posted by: Rodney Wollam | Aug 19, 2009 12:38:12 PM

  20. Yay! I am so happy for Celine! She has been wanting another child for years now! That woman has had so much success! 5 sold out years in Vegas, a sold out world tour last year, and this year, has made over three quarters of a billion dollars in the past 7 years alone, is the biggest selling female recording artist of all time! has been married for over 15 years, and is pregnate. I love her, and am so happy for her. :) She deserves all the success. She's a great, down to earth person.

    Posted by: David | Aug 19, 2009 6:43:10 PM

  21. @ li'l STEVIE LEE, hello?!!!!!!!!!!!

    Posted by: nic | Aug 20, 2009 7:18:25 AM

  22. I had to take a double take cause the logo for GLSEN looks like an erect penis and balls!

    Posted by: J.Wo | Aug 23, 2009 11:39:24 PM

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