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L.A. Greets Obama with 'Glee' at Sell-Out LGBT Fundraiser Tonight

Obama's set to appear at a major L.A. fundraiser tonight, NYT's Caucus reports:

ObamaThe annual fund-raising dinner of the LGBT Leadership Council, which Mr. Obama formed in 2007 for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender supporters as his first presidential campaign got underway, had to be moved from the hotel site initially chosen for the gala to the larger Regent Beverly Wilshire hotel, to accommodate the increased demand. Tickets for the gala sold out, as did far more expensive ones for a private dinner that follows.

According to the Obama campaign, about 600 people paid at least $1,250 each to attend the gala, which also will feature television star Ellen DeGeneres and a performance by Darren Criss, who plays an openly gay high school student in the hit TV show “Glee.” Mr. Criss is a last-minute replacement for the rock singer Pink, who had to cancel due to illness, organizers said.

For $2,500, an attendee receives preferred seating; for $10,000 a photo with Mr. Obama; and for $25,000 a couple, inclusion in a reception. After the gala, about 70 people — individuals who paid $25,000 and couples who paid $40,000 – are to join Mr. Obama for dinner at the Los Angeles home of “Glee” creator and gay-rights activist Ryan Murphy and his fiancé, David Miller.

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  1. Finding that being Bush-lite wasn't working in DC, Obama etch-a-sketches to gay rights supporter. Fortunately the ruse paid off as gay money is one of the few bundles holding his reelection bid together. As Citizens United has proven, money is power.

    Posted by: mikeflower | Jun 6, 2012 12:06:53 PM


  2. I can always count on some good ol fashioned Obama bashing when I log in here. Which, of course, is perfectly acceptable since we all that Mitt Romney will be the bestest friend our community will have in the White House.

    Posted by: Terry | Jun 6, 2012 1:17:28 PM


  3. @Terry I'm not interested in having a best friend in the White House. I'm more interested in having a leader that can turn the economy around. Democrats know that by appealing to our interests, they can increase both their campaign contributions and their grassroots efforts. Obama has flipped so many times on marriage equality that it's an issue of integrity with me. Republicans are no better. I just want to be told the truth. Candidate Obama was for gay marriage, then as POTUS, that changed. And behold, months before the election Obama *evolved*. It's a freaking miracle, ok?

    The way the Democrats treat us like a cash cow bothers me. And like I said before, Republicans suck, too. I'd rather have a honest candidate say "hey, I don't support gay marriage" than be lied to because I can afford to spend $1,250 to feast with Obama and the other 1 percenters in Hollywood.

    Posted by: Alan | Jun 6, 2012 2:02:53 PM


  4. @Alan...You may not care if we have a friend in the WH...but the rest of us do. His "evolution" was expected...no miracle....unless you weren't paying attention.
    Pick something that makes you happy and works the best for you...nothing's perfect honey.

    Posted by: Paul B. | Jun 6, 2012 2:35:00 PM


  5. Ok Alan: you want sincerity and a straight answer, not a friend in the white house. By all means don't for Obama, or vote for Romney. Either way you're giving a vote over to the GOP. It's straight answer is that it will actively attack LGBT rights. If you loathe Obama for the uncertainty and potential disappointment a second term would bring, then by all means vote for guaranteed oppression of LGBT citizens. Personally, I'd rather vote with hope for a potentially bright future than for guaranteed tyranny. But to each his/her own.

    Posted by: MateoM | Jun 6, 2012 2:39:09 PM


  6. Picture this-Scalia dead. Which of them would you want to be Prez then?

    Posted by: David | Jun 6, 2012 3:48:13 PM


  7. Passed hate crimes, repealed DADT, refused to defend DOMA in court and made any hospital who accepts medicare (ie all of them) allow gay spouses visitation rights...

    and then he comes out in favor of marraige equality, before the election, putting his second term on the line...

    and still we have creeps and trolls trying to diss him for a lack of support.

    please, for the love of humanity, if this descibes you... get a freaking life.

    Posted by: R | Jun 6, 2012 4:05:48 PM


  8. Oh shoot, I have an OUTFEST party tonight in Hollywood. I will have to set aside an extra hour to get there!

    Posted by: FunMe | Jun 6, 2012 4:33:25 PM


  9. This is an LGB fundraiser, not an "LGBT" fundraiser. There is not a single trans activist hosting or attending this event, just as no trans activist has hosted or attended any of the prior events.

    Trans activists don't give any money and they don't otherwise contribute anything of value. All they do is attack and make demands.

    Posted by: Denise | Jun 6, 2012 6:06:27 PM


  10. Desperate Denise and her crazy paranoid rant about something irrelevant should just be ignored. Don't feed this troll.

    Posted by: MateoM | Jun 6, 2012 6:18:56 PM


  11. Stupid liberals should learn better than to trust blacks.

    Posted by: Alan | Jun 6, 2012 6:28:55 PM


  12. Oh ignore the Troll Alan. The meme that ONLY Romney can fix the economy is a false one. His record in Massachusetts was a weak one only stamped by a successful healthcare reform. The economy is based on cooperation and despite this president going out of his way to find ways to fix it (which were helping when he had a cooperating congress), there has been a party of No controlling the house, and admitting that they have no concern for governing & the economy. They admit they are just there to get rid of Obama. I will never vote for a party that not only is against my interest as a gay man, but the interests of workers, students, & seniors. Romney would only do what his base, and wall street wants while personally enriching himself in the office of the president.

    Posted by: Redebbm | Jun 6, 2012 8:52:04 PM


  13. @Alan
    Obama has flipped so many times on marriage equality that it's an issue of integrity with me.

    You have to be kidding. You are complaining about flipping and then you claim that you want to be told the truth, implying that you would get that from the Republican candidate. How many flips have we been witness to from Romney? May I remind you that the policies which got us into this mess with the economy are the policies which Romney wants to go back and try again? Romney may be the new Republican face of the administration, but all the people behind the scenes are retreads from the administration whose failed policies led us to the current situation. This President stepped up and told you that he supports the right of gay people to be married. What he was really saying is that he supports the constitutional principle established by the 14th amendment to the Constitution of the United States. At the same time, Romney stepped up to the mike and declared that he did not support marriage equality and he never would. In other words, he made sure that some of the citizens of this nation understand that he does not support the equal protection clause of the 14th amendment to the Constitution of the United States. In addition, he declared that he would try to get the Constitution of the United States changed to prevent marriage equality from ever being the law of the land. You may not want a friend in the White House and with Romney you most certainly would not have one. Remember what your grandmother told you. Be careful what you ask for, you might just get it.
    PS When the mid-term elections were over, the present speaker of the House of Representative declared that they would be working on jobs, jobs, jobs. In reality, all we have seen from this bunch is restrict vaginas, more anti-abortion legislation, wrecking health care for poor women, and screw equal pay for women.
    You really need to read some American History from 1880 to 1933. America has played this game before. Those who fail to understand the mistakes of the past are destined to repeat those mistakes.

    Posted by: vanndean | Jun 7, 2012 1:23:07 AM


  14. @Alan: "Stupid liberals should know better than to trust blacks"
    Because as you know all blacks are sleezy criminals.

    Posted by: Misty | Jun 10, 2012 10:16:56 AM


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