Towleroad Talking Points: A Conservative Sesame Street

6a00d8341c730253ef017c326a71f4970b-800wiBY SAM GREISMAN

A look back at today's big stories


As some of you may know, I presented my mother (Sally Field) with the
Ally for Equality award at the HRC National Dinner this past Saturday
night. If you missed the speeches, you can check them out here!
I just wanted to take a minute to thank everyone who has reached out to
my mom and me with such kind words. It really means a lot. I think it
was a great night and I was glad to help put a face on the struggle for
LGBT rights, even in my own very small way.


The potential demise of PBS and Big Bird has become a talking point of late in the 2012 election. Mitt Romney wants to kill them both. Jon Stewart previews what would happen if the conservatives took control of Sesame Street. The Obama campaign tried to capitalize on Romney's plans by releasing an ad using Big Bird to mock the Republican nominee. Sesame Street, however entertained by the ad it might have been, asked the Obama camp to pull it as it is not a political entity.



I filed this under "entertainment" basically because there is no category for just straight up bizarre things, but Lady Gaga and Wikileaks' Julian Assange had dinner together last night. In a similar strange category us Lindsay Lohan's new movie featuring a porn star!

Check out this video of gay singer-songwriter Matt Alber performing with cellists in a live session in San Francisco



An intelligent, well reasoned, elegantly explained argument for voting for Romney. Or just some chick. 

A hateful Archbishop in Minneapolis recently told the mother of a gay son that she will burn in hell for not rejecting him. Just foul. Speaking of truly unpleasant people. Bay Buchanan recently spoke to a group of GOProud supporters and told them that Romney will definitely win the election

An LGBTQ youth group, named for a deceased deceased bullying victim, has been told there is no room for them at a Minnesota Halloween parade. So gross. Also John Boehner may be a defender of DOMA but he is campaigning for a gay Republican house candidate in Massachusetts. 


Screen shot 2012-10-09 at 6.49.12 PMVIDEOS OF THE DAY

Check out this powerful video from the Australian Prime Minister against sexism and misogyny in a crazy moment on the floor of the Australian parliament. It's a must-watch moment for sure. 

If you have a dog that will just not behave, maybe a YouTube dog shaming video is the way to go


  1. Jack says

    Sam, it was great reading your Saturday column, where you said Sally Field was your mom and that you’d be introducing her that night — then watching you on Sunday actually do it and seeing the two of you together. Hearing your mom talk about supporting you, even before you knew you were gay, choked me up. How I longed for such acceptance from my mother! Thanks for sharing. It’s nice having a face put on the person writing my favorite blog, and, by extension, feeling like part of your family myself.

  2. G.I. Joe says

    I don’t get the purpose of these posts. We’ve seen all that info already… Why not save it for newsletters for those who’ve subscribed to one because they don’t come here everyday?

  3. says

    The Ally Award should of been given to the unsung mothers and fathers who did not throw their children out of their homes, when they found out their children were gay. Sally Fields and her son are people of privilege and tells me that the HRC has not changed. They constantly give Awards to celebrities and have Black-Tie events that cost the average blue collar gay worker,gay college students and gay seniors out of attending their functions.

    These HRC Award events are a mutual aid society for the rich and famous,and frankly is a waste of contributors money that can be better used.

  4. Diogenes Arktos says

    @G.I. Joe: I like them because it makes it easier for me to find blog entries I want to check up on – especially a few days ago. The calendar is only somewhat useful – think of tracking down posts in the previous month. Besides, they usually make for some comic reading.

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