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12/01/2012

Ricky Martin: HIV/AIDS Not A Gay Disease

6a00d8341c730253ef017ee49a2ad1970d-800wiRicky Martin took a break from his busy Broadway schedule to chat with the Huffington Post about his work fighting HIV/AIDS and how people's minds still need to be expanded when it comes to the disease's demographics.

"It's really sad when people say, 'Yeah, that's an issue for gays,' because it's not only the gay community that's struggling with AIDS -- it's [heterosexual] men, women and children, too," he said.

"For many years I did it quietly, because I had this conception people might think I was doing it for recognition, until I talked to real activists who told me, 'Dude, you need to talk about this, because people listen.'"

And if they're not listening, they're definitely looking at Martin when he drops trou for the non-profit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS (see right).

Martin and Wong also discussed President Obama's reelection, which Martin describes as "nothing but light."

"If we went the other way, it was going to be like going back in time. As a Latino Puerto Rican U.S. citizen that can vote for the president, it was very beautiful to see minorities getting together for democracy, for freedom, for civil rights," said the singer and Evita star.

Posted Dec. 1,2012 at 11:04 AM EST by in AIDS/HIV, News, Ricky Martin | Permalink | Comments (25)


Hillary Clinton's Team Puts Kibosh On 2016, Marriage Equality Chatter

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With her tenure as Secretary of State winding down and talk of a potential 2016 presidential run ramping up, wonks of all variety are trying to pin down where Hillary Clinton stands on political spectrum, particularly in terms of marriage equality.

According to most people, her LGBT-inclusive politics and common sense, Clinton stands alongside her husband and daughter in supporting full marriage equality. She's just been keeping quiet because of her role at the State Department.

Maggie Haberman writes at Politico, "[Her circle] indicated privately that she feels … because of her role as the country's chief diplomat that it was appropriate for her to stay out of this," but that as soon as she's in the clear and "she's given the right opportunity, that she will end up with the rest of her clan."

Freedom To Marry's Evan Wolfson told Haberman, "I really expect that we will hear from her explicitly when she's left the State Department."

Clinton's team must have gotten a little squeamish about the matter, because Haberman updated her post with a note from the Secretary's spokesman, Philippe Reiss: "Since the day she entered the State Department, Secretary Clinton has made providing greater benefits and support to the gays and lesbians who serve our country as diplomats a top priority. As Secretary, she is 100% focused on the job at hand, and nothing after that."

Regardless, Fred Sainz from the Human Rights Campaign is confident any and all Democratic candidates will support same-sex marriage in 2016: "It is a forgone conclusion that every candidate as a result of the president's leadership on the this issue [will be for gay marriage]."

This is assuming, of course, that anti-gay Democrats like Mark Clayton and Daniel Boman don't run.

Posted Dec. 1,2012 at 9:37 AM EST by in 2016 Election, Gay Marriage, Hillary Clinton, News | Permalink | Comments (17)


West Point Chapel Holding 1st Gay Marriage Today

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It is a happy weekend for Brenda Sue Fulton and Penelope Dara Gnesin. Not only are they tying the knot, but they're making history as the first same-sex couple to do so in military academy West Point's chapel, USA Today reports. Such an event would have been forbidden under Don't Ask, Don't Tell:

Fulton, a veteran and the communications director of an organization called Outserve — which represents actively serving gay, lesbian and bisexual military personnel — confirmed in an e-mail to USA TODAY Friday night: "We will be the first same sex couple to wed at the Cadet Chapel at West Point."

The wedding will be the second gay marriage West Point has hosted. The first was a small, private ceremony last weekend between two of Fulton's friends in a smaller venue on the campus.

The women would have rather married in New Jersey, where they live, but as we all know, Gov. Chris Christie put personal political ambitions ahead of equality when he vetoed that state's marriage equality bill. The women say they didn't want to wait any longer: Gnesin has triumphed over breast cancer but still suffers from multiple sclerosis.

"It is wonderful for us to celebrate the recognition that New York state will give our marriage, [but] there is also some regret that we can't get married in our home state," Fulton told the paper.

Posted Dec. 1,2012 at 7:59 AM EST by in Don't Ask, Don't Tell, Military, News | Permalink | Comments (14)



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