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Vanderpool RoadOpenly gay Kentucky House candidate rejects contribution from Victory Fund: "Matthew Vanderpool, who is running for a seat in Fayette County, made the announcement Monday, saying while he is gay he has no 'gay agenda.' The Lexington Herald-Leader reports the 25-year-old Democrat says he doesn't want help from the Victory Fund because he doesn't want to be in the group's 'back pocket.' Vanderpool said in a statement being gay 'does not define my entire life or the things I stand for, which are explained in detail on my website.'"

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RoadWhat does one call a grouping of gays?

RoadDiscrimination against gays linked to rising HIV/AIDS cases in Asia: "The report points to a range of laws, such as public order and vagrancy offenses, that are selectively enforced against men who have sex with men and transgender people in many countries of the region. And some homosexual men and transgenders feel uncomfortable accessing health services because they fear being reported to authorities said UNDP HIV policy specialist Edmund Settle."

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RoadFederal Air Marshal who headed Orlando office where gays were ridiculed as "pickle smokers", is retiring: "Union president Jon Adler said Reese's retirement and other changes in Orlando and Los Angeles show that new air marshal chief Robert Bray is addressing complaints from rank-and-file air marshals who have complained about mismanagement, favoritism and retaliation."

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RoadAssistant prop master on House claims homophobic slurs were used on set: "In the suit, Jones claims he was harassed by two of his supervisors for refusing to engage in 'visits to strip bars, participation in getting drunk, stoned or intoxicated on cocaine, to participate in sexual conduct at the trailer, and other dangerous conduct.' Jones claims the supervisors would often refer to him -- and other employees -- as 'fags, pussies, bitches, slaves, dummies, retards and idiots.' Jones also claims one of his supervisors brought a gun to the set 'several times' ... but it gets even crazier. In the docs, Jones claims he watched his supervisors get drunk on tequila and engage in 'throwing a knife at a target on set.'"

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  1. "What does one call a grouping of gays?"

    I believe one of the classic literary references is "a frenzy of fairies."

    Posted by: Abe | Jul 21, 2010 4:57:44 PM


  2. I'm curious to know, but I'd venture to guess that this is the first time the Victory Fund's money has been rejected by their candidate. Very interesting. Internalized homophobia or the post-gay future?

    Posted by: JeffRob | Jul 21, 2010 5:00:47 PM


  3. @Jeffrob: I honestly am not sure, but to be openly gay and running for political office doesn't raise an internal homophobia red flag to me. Rejecting the money could be naive in trying to show homophobic constituents he's above "the gay fray", but I don't think it'll work. All they hear is that he's gay and they won't vote for him. They'll listen to nothing else he has to say.

    Posted by: LOL | Jul 21, 2010 5:07:56 PM


  4. You have to APPLY to get an endorsement and money from the Victory Fund. So something's not right...he must have applied for an endorsement and got it, then decided to reject it. Kind of dumb, he was trying to make a point and doing it on purpose. Why apply? So he could refudiate it?

    Posted by: jerry blank | Jul 21, 2010 5:20:38 PM


  5. As someone who's experienced donations with a hidden cost before, I bet someone at the Victory Fund made him not want it after all. Question is who and why?

    Posted by: Rob | Jul 21, 2010 5:25:47 PM


  6. What a douche Vanderpool is. Instead of treating the contribution as a compliment, he gives the Victory Fund the finger and insults them for offering to help his candidacy. If I were a Kentucky voter, I would find me another candidate. Being gay isn't the only part of my life, either. I like people with class...something he obviously lacks.

    Posted by: candideinnc | Jul 21, 2010 5:27:55 PM


  7. Abe, a grouping of unicorns is called a "blessing of unicorns". I think that fits okay for gays too.

    Posted by: rafi | Jul 21, 2010 6:00:36 PM


  8. @ Jerry Blank

    Please don't give credence to Sarah Palin's new made up word of the week, "refudiate". Ignorance is not hot.

    The Kentucky candidate is probably just being politically shrewd. He's in KENTUCKY after all!

    Posted by: Brian in Texas | Jul 21, 2010 6:07:15 PM


  9. I've heard "gaggle of gays" before but I've never used it

    Posted by: RONTEX | Jul 21, 2010 6:15:38 PM


  10. Hey fuckface, being gay does define you and that definition is enough for many people to hate you. Continue to alienate those who do want to support you and you'll have a very nice career behind McDonalds counter or maybe you'll get to work drive-thru.

    Posted by: Bobby | Jul 21, 2010 6:27:53 PM


  11. If you look at Vanderpool's campaign website, you will see what kind of candidate he really is. He is a Libertarian running as a Democrat. Read some of his stances on the issues.

    If you look at his campaign staff, you will see a few of them are from the Libertarian party.

    Posted by: Chance | Jul 21, 2010 7:14:06 PM


  12. "gay agenda"? ahahahaha. what a douche. i hope he goes down in flames. libertarians are only a skip away from repugs.

    Posted by: nic | Jul 21, 2010 7:46:09 PM


  13. How many politicians will actually tell you that their donors are the persons to whom they are beholden? I look forward to continued reporting on Vanderpool for "his honesty as a politician." I cannot wait for his donor list so that we can know for whom he really works.
    His endorsement page is also currently offline though there is a graphic which should be its link on his website.

    He really should have phrased his public dismissal of the Victory Fund donation better so that my previous statements couldn't be extrapolated from it.

    Posted by: DK | Jul 21, 2010 7:50:04 PM


  14. What do you call a grouping of heterosexuals? A hate group.

    Posted by: Bill | Jul 21, 2010 7:56:37 PM


  15. Good for Degrassi. They've been pushing LGB limits among the teen set for some time now (i.e. Marco/Dylan, Paige/Alex). Adding the T to the mix just makes the show that much more open and receptive to who we are. However, is the version on CTV different than that on TeenNick? We're on day #3 of a 6-week stint called "Degrassi: The Boiling Point."

    Posted by: beb | Jul 21, 2010 8:14:01 PM


  16. Dear Mr. Vanderpool. The gay community would like to announce that it will not recognize you either if you win your election, which frankly seems very unlikely given how crazy this was.

    Dude, you might need better campaign advice.

    Posted by: Kevin | Jul 21, 2010 8:46:14 PM


  17. Disregard - Jordan is in the credits. Yay for transgenders!!!

    Posted by: beb | Jul 21, 2010 9:06:50 PM


  18. Vanderpool's entire campaign seems like a parody, like someone's satirizing all of the Republicans who try to be vehemently anti-gay to despise the fact that they're gay themselves. His website, by the way, looks like it was created in a high school computer class.

    Let's see: he's not going to get any votes from Democrats since he's a Libertarian, he's not going to get any votes from Republicans since he's not a Republican, he's not going to get any votes from gays since he doesn't support us, and he's not going to get any votes from homophobes since he's gay. So how does this idiot expect to win?

    Posted by: Alex | Jul 21, 2010 9:14:53 PM


  19. I'd love to see Chris Isaak in anything, or nothing at all!

    Posted by: Dave in Boston | Jul 21, 2010 9:58:52 PM


  20. Not loving vanderpool..shut the hell up and do something proactive for us or anyone...."back pocket"? Are u kidding me..this vanderpool is a vanderfFool..ha anyone? Eh screw u too

    Posted by: Joe32 | Jul 22, 2010 3:01:42 AM


  21. By saying he won't take a donation from Victory Fund so he won't be in their back pocket, Vanderpool's telling us that whoever he does take a donation from - he IS in their back pocket.

    Posted by: lookyloo | Jul 22, 2010 6:17:13 AM


  22. Matthew Vanderpool is running in Kentucky, not West Hollywood, so I can forgive his realpolitick in these matters. As it is, his extreme (by congressional standards) youth, and his skimpy resume will probably do him in anyhow. He seems like a sincere and well-intentioned fellow, but I don't think this is his moment.

    Posted by: Rick S. | Jul 22, 2010 6:58:53 AM


  23. Thank you Matt Vanderpool, for your courage not to take donations from the Gay Victory Fund. I like your style... to be honest, and that is the first ingredient needed for any politician... gay or straight, Democrat or Republican, or Independent to be a successful public servant. I have been involved in the gay rights movement for over 35 years... and always believed that my support and vote is based on qualifications... and not religion or sexual orientation. I see a great future for you, and Kentucky NOW, and for the future.

    Posted by: jerry pritikin | Jul 22, 2010 8:06:08 AM


  24. @jerry pritikin, ah, shadup!

    Posted by: nic | Jul 22, 2010 11:08:27 AM


  25. The Victory Fund money was never offered to him in the first place. This is just a publicity stunt from his nimrod of a campaign manager. Sorry Matthew, but trying to appeal to bigots isn't going to get you anywhere. Whether you're a boy in a dress or a Banana Republican, you're still nothing but a cocksucker to them.

    Posted by: ChristopherM | Jul 22, 2010 12:41:07 PM


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