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Documentary on Gay Republican Presidential Candidate Fred Karger to Premiere: VIDEO


As you may recall, Fred Karger, who is also perhaps the most intrepid independent activist fighting to expose the Mormon Church's donations to Prop 8 and NOM's illegal financial activities, ran for President in 2012.

Karger was the first openly gay presidentital candidate to appear on the New Hampshire primary ballot and ran under the campaign slogan "Fred who?". He hoped to show people and the party that there is a different kind of Republican, and now there is a documentary about his campaign premiering tomorrow.

It's the opening night film at MONiff International Film Festival in Peterborough, New Hampshire before it begins a trip around the Granite State this week.

Check out the trailer, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Stephen Hill, Heckled Gay Army Captain From 2012 YouTube Debate, Opens Up


The LA Times offers an in-depth profile on former Army Captain Stephen Hill, who famously came out via a YouTube question he posed to the 2012 Republican presidential candidates regarding a potential re-instatement of Don’t Ask Don’t tell (which was repealed in September, 2011). You’ll recall Hill’s question garnered boos from the audience and a less than encouraging response from then Presidential hopeful Rick Santorum. The LA Times provides a fascinating look at everything that led up to Hill’s decision to reveal who he was to the world and to put those vying to lead the country he had served for 23 years on the spot on an issue that hit home:

If [any of the Republican candidates win in 2012 and reinstate Don't Ask, Don't Tell], he could lose his career. His uniform. His pension. His identity as a soldier. His honorable discharge. Everything.

He learns that Google and YouTube are hosting a nationally televised debate in Orlando, Fla., for the nine Republican presidential candidates. They are accepting questions...


He closes his door. Instead of his combat fatigues, he wears a T-shirt that says ARMY. It is less official, he reasons, and therefore less likely to get him in trouble if he is discovered. It also displays his gigantic biceps, which he has not spent 20 years developing so he can hide them.

His face, he hides.

I'm a gay soldier and there's been a lot of progress made in the military with the abolishment of 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell.' My question is that under one of your presidencies would you try to change what's been made for progress for gay people in the military?

He sends it in and waits. Viewers are allowed to vote on potential questions, and he is informed that his question is a hit. But now YouTube has another, much scarier request:

Would you consider revealing your identity?

Hill doesn't need time to consider. There's no chance. He has too much to lose.

[His husband, Jeff] Snyder reminds him that they are now married, and that it would not be hard for his command to discover this, and that if the ban is reinstated, he will be kicked out anyway...

In the subject line of his next email to YouTube, he writes: I have reconsidered.

The rest, they say is history. You can read the rest of the profile HERE.

New Documentary Film 'Mitt' Goes Behind the Scenes of the Failed Romney 2012 Campaign: VIDEO

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A trailer has been released for Mitt, the upcoming Netflix-original documentary that centers around Mitt Romney's bid for the White House last year.

The film looks to be full of interesting behind the scenes moments from the campaign, including his emotional election night defeat and his own reflections on being seen as "the flipping Mormon" while on the trail.

Check it out, AFTER THE JUMP...

Mitt premieres January 24th on Netflix.

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Gay Rep. Mark Takano Teases Documentary Film in New Trailer: VIDEO

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Mark Takano was seen as a bit of a long-shot to win a campaign in California's 43rd congressional district, a somewhat conservative, working-class area in San Bernadino County.  But on his third try--after a major redistricting process that spurred Takano to seek a seat in the new 41st congressional district, a much more Democratic area located north of San Diego along the state's borders with Nevada and Arizona--Takano was elected to represent the district during the 2012 election, making history in the process by becoming the U.S. Congress's first openly gay member of color.

During the course of his race, Takano let two documentary filmmakers into his campaign headquarters--and into the halls of power once he had joined the House of Representatives.  The film that came out of that insider access is "How to Get Elected in America," which looks at the ups and downs of political campaigns and the way that Big Data and the changing demography of the United States are changing politics as we know it.

"How to Get Elected in America," directed by Jamie Ruddy and Rupert Russell, is in post-production.  Check out a fun teaser trailer featuring Rep. Takano below, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Man Wants Ryan/Romney Tattoo Removed: VIDEO


Remember back in November when we predicted regret?

It has happened:

An Indiana man who tattooed the logo of Mitt Romney's presidential campaign on his face says he is removing it. Eric Hartsburg says he initially planned to keep it, but cites post-election comments by Romney for his change of heart.


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Mitt Romney: Hurricane Sandy Was Really Unfair to Me — VIDEO


Mitt Romney surfaced again this week in an interview with Gloria Borger in which he spoke about his failed campaign and the incidents along the way, such as the 47% video, and Hurricane Sandy...

"And there were other things that didn’t help my campaign, either. Obviously a hurricane with a week to go before the election stalled our campaign."

Romney doesn't blame Christie, however.

"No, no, no… No. No, no...I — I wish the hurricane hadn’t have happened…when it did, because it gave the President a chance to be presidential, and to be out showing sympathy for folks. That’s one of the advantages of incumbency. But, you know, you don’t look back and worry about each little thing, and how could that have been different. You look forward."


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