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AC360 Talks Hate Crimes with Corey Johnson and Dan Savage


Towleroad's political director Corey Johnson joined The Stranger's Dan Savage on Anderson Cooper's show to discuss passage of the hate crimes bill and the current climate with regard to LGBT rights.

This was Corey's first appearance on AC360 as a representative of Towleroad. Congrats to Corey and thanks to Anderson for having him on.


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  1. Couldn't Corey or Dan have said at some point, "Well, Anderson, as a gay man yourself you know...."

    Guess that will never happen. I can dream, though, can't it?

    Posted by: john | Oct 23, 2009 7:54:32 AM

  2. Watching, listening to Corey Johnson on Anderson's 360 made it clear to me why I rely so much on for hard-hitting news and entertainment.

    He is eloquent as one might expect, and a joy to listen to. What is unexpected is the respect he showed Dan Savage in not interrupting him. He listens. One so seldom sees people on these news panels who show that ability to listen, who can then follow up with additional comments that are enlightening and interesting.

    I hope to see him sometime on a panel with an adversary, and see ow well he holds his own in that situation. I am sure he would do well.

    Posted by: Ricco | Oct 23, 2009 7:59:48 AM

  3. I am at work and cannot watch the video, but that Corey is way cute, and Dan is not hard on the eyes either.

    Posted by: tweedle | Oct 23, 2009 8:05:38 AM

  4. Tweedle - agreed, as well as being very eloquent and on-the-ball Corey's extremely cute. Sorry for the shallow moment!

    Posted by: Chris | Oct 23, 2009 8:08:46 AM

  5. Well done Corey. I am glad to see we are framing our overall struggle for full equality in this fashion. I have had the same nagging concerns about DADT being "cover" for the Obama administration. As much as he is "dithering" on DADT I do fear that it's the only "gay issue" on his radar, and that when there is movement on it he'll consider his job done.

    Posted by: Anthony Veneziano | Oct 23, 2009 8:18:06 AM

  6. why does no one even mention ENDA? these are 2 well informed individuals. they could have talked about it. great job nonetheless.

    Posted by: daftpunkydavid | Oct 23, 2009 8:38:01 AM

  7. Anderson asked an interesting question on generational differences inside the glbt community -- and if that's what seperated the people inside the HRC/Obama speech and the people protesting outside. To Anderson, I would have answered that it was a *part* of the differences, but I think a difference just as large (or larger) is class. The people on the inside of the HRC room are the wealthy donor class who, as evidenced by Solomnese, they think they know better than we do... even though their way of doing things has been a failure.

    Those people will point to this one thing as a success now, but it's too late in the game for them to claim a big victory out of this, with far too little in return -- bottom line is this was a great thing to happen, but repealing DOMA, DADT and passing ENDA will be the real victories, and the current HRC tactics won't get us there. We, as a glbt community, need to stay angry and aggressive and need to keep pushing for our rights if we are to win them.

    Posted by: Ryan | Oct 23, 2009 8:39:54 AM

  8. YAY DAN!

    Posted by: DR | Oct 23, 2009 8:44:39 AM

  9. Ryan --- as for your post --- YAWN

    Nothing but posting masterbation.

    This is a huge thing. Try to appreciate good things when they happen -- because real awful things happen to each of us every day.... and in the end.

    Posted by: RJP3 | Oct 23, 2009 8:52:16 AM

  10. FUCK Dan Savgae that racist bastard for the shit he in part caused the day after election day with Prop 8 in our community....

    Now on the other hand KUDOS to Corey!

    Posted by: Mr Chris | Oct 23, 2009 8:57:34 AM

  11. They both did a great job. I'm really glad to see Corey on TV. He's a great spokesperson for us as Dan has been for years.

    Posted by: nick | Oct 23, 2009 9:12:24 AM

  12. Nice job to all three of the gay guys on this interview! Dan, great as always. Corey, a fresh new face on the television. Anderson, love you.


    Posted by: Brian | Oct 23, 2009 9:15:05 AM

  13. You're right, daftpunkydavid. Hate Crimes statues are all well and good but losing your job or your housing because you're LBGT is SO much bigger a deal.

    As things now stand certain cities (and you know which wins) have job and housing protectiosn for its LBGT taxpayers. Everywhere else -- you have to cross your fingers and hope against hope.




    As for Anderson Cooper the fact that he can't live his life like Elle, NPH, Chris Coler and so many others speaks to CNN's job policies -- and his own lack of cojones.

    He'll fly to Dafur in a New York Minute but he won't come out.

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Oct 23, 2009 9:21:13 AM

  14. i am glad anderson didn't put some idiot from the other side on.

    both corey and dan did a great job telling anderson the concerns of the LGBT community. well done!


    Posted by: patty | Oct 23, 2009 10:01:16 AM

  15. leave it to three intelligent and respectable gay men to have one of the most civil and eloquent discussions i have ever seen on cable.

    Posted by: clayton | Oct 23, 2009 10:09:16 AM

  16. history gets re-written, always. Jimmy Carter, originally would not appear in a photo with Harvey Milk because he was afraid of the Nat'l media. Obviously he's come around.

    I think I've become a huge Dan Savage fan- articulate & well informed.

    End the Gay Apartheid!!!

    Posted by: stephen | Oct 23, 2009 10:29:48 AM

  17. clayton | Oct 23, 2009 10:09:16 AM

    wtf are you talking about?

    the last time i checked anderson has not said he is gay.

    he is such a hypocrite, he brings people who says the president is weak while he himself cannot even come out, PLEASE.

    Posted by: johnosahon | Oct 23, 2009 11:09:09 AM

  18. I love Dan Savage for so many reasons, not the least of which is his weekly sex column that consistently shows straights how much they have to fear from the same reich-wing bigots who would strip gays of our rights. That said, the man's neck is a pillar of ivory--so munchably adorable.

    Posted by: Christopher | Oct 23, 2009 11:12:04 AM

  19. Good job overall....

    But Curious that none of them mentioned
    ENDA.....and as Rachel Maddow so plainly has said...DADT is really ENDA.

    Posted by: MCnNYC | Oct 23, 2009 12:25:13 PM

  20. No mention of bisexual or transgender rights, or that the legislation is also named for James Byrd. How disappointingly typical.

    Posted by: James | Oct 23, 2009 12:31:34 PM

  21. Will people please stop WHINING because the damned act didn't turn into an alphabet soup!

    The act now covers race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender, disability, etc. You got what you wanted in the definition of "sexual orientation" which includes "gender identity" and protects trans folks.

    Why can't that make you happy?!?

    Posted by: DR | Oct 23, 2009 12:48:19 PM

  22. Great job! Congrats to Corey and Towleroad. It's refreshing to see an honest, intelligent representation of the gay community other than that clown/farce cocktail party hostess Joe Solmonese

    Posted by: B | Oct 23, 2009 12:53:58 PM

  23. If Corey has a boyfriend, that guy sure is a lucky man. Excellent work, Corey; it's great to see you doing so well in your growing journalism career. Looking forward to seeing more.

    Posted by: Jake | Oct 23, 2009 2:03:40 PM

  24. It is literally killing Dan Savage to have to say anything positive about Obama. He simply hates having to thank "the black guy" since he his racism was revealed following Prop 8. You can just see the seething hatred in Dan's eyes. And this whole idea that the gay community delivered the presidency to Obama is just plain narcissim. The gay vote was not critical in the election and that is a fact. It remains to be seen whether Corey becomes another angry white gay guy lashing out at the minority president, but I'm optimistic that he can think for himself.

    This is a victory, no ifs ands or buts about it.

    Posted by: Davey | Oct 23, 2009 2:08:41 PM

  25. Go Corey! Go Corey!

    Posted by: Alex Paris | Oct 23, 2009 2:39:24 PM

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