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12/06/2012

News: Tim Cook, Nick Gruber, Nevada, 279

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton today defended Ambassador Rice from GOP-led attacks and again pushed aside speculation that she'll run for the White House in 2016. "I'm frankly looking forward to returning to living a life that enjoys a lot of simple pleasures and gives me time for family and friends and other pursuits," she said.

AppleTim Cook, Apple's gay CEO, told NBC News' Brian Williams that the tech giant will start manufacturing a few of his products here in the States. "We’ve been working for years on doing more and more in the United States," he said. But don't expect a deluge of jobs, because Cook tells Businessweek the work done in the USA will be minimal: "Next year we’re going to bring some production to the U.S... This doesn’t mean that Apple will do it ourselves, but we’ll be working with people and we’ll be investing our money.”

Janee Harteau has been sworn in as the first female and first openly gay police chief of Minneapolis. "Thank you to my life-partner and better half, Holly. And for those of you who know us both, she's truly the better half," she said at the swearing in ceremony.

Lindsay Lohan is everywhere The Wanted want to be - and she takes the bus there.

Congratulations to Steve Elmendorf: the political strategist has just been voted in as chair of the Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund.

VanityFairJudd Apatow guest edited the latest edition of Vanity Fair. Yes, there is a Freaks and Geeks reunion, of sorts.

Rejoice! Morning sickness-stricken Duchess Kate has been released from the hospital.

Glee actor Matthew Morrison likes his pants tight.

Here's Terry Miller's shot of him and Dan Savage getting their marriage license.

Get your Game of Thrones on.

Nick Gruber, famous for being designer Calvin Klein's former boyfriend, sat down for an interview with the New York Post's Page Six magazine and claims to be straight, that he presented a military sergeant with a bisexual porn he did to get out of service and that Klein hooked him up to a lie detector test to see if he was cheating.

The U.S. Senate today advanced the nomination of lesbian Judge Pamela Ki Mai Chen, a nominee for the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York. If she wins the seat, Judge Chen will be the first out Asian-American on the federal bench.

Ellen DeGeneres and Rachel Maddow have both been nominated for Best Spoken Word Grammy Awards, DeGeneres for her book Seriously… I’m Kidding and Maddow for Drift: The Unmooring Of American Military Power.

MarylandLicensesLike Washington State, Maryland has started distributing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. "I started tearing up when I saw the marriage license; all of a sudden, it's right there in front of you," 34-year old Alli Harper, who plans to marry girlfriend Jennifer Monti, told the Herald Mail.

279 marriage licenses were given to same-sex couples during the first six hours of legality today.

The Coalition for the Protection of Marriage in Nevada is asking the Supreme Court to hear their case against equality, thereby bypassing an appeals court and perhaps intentionally delaying SCOTUS' consideration of same-sex nuptials. "In the past this year, it has appeared that the court held off on considering any of the petitions until all of them were fully briefed. And, with the court scheduled to discuss the 10 petitions at its conference on Friday, this petition could be a last-ditch effort to hold off a decision on which of those to hear," writes Chris Geidner.

A clue for the Doctor Who Christmas special?

Posted Dec. 6,2012 at 5:17 PM EST by in 2016 Election, Apple, Calvin Klein, Dan Savage, Film and TV, Game of Thrones, Gay Marriage, Glee, Hillary Clinton, Lindsay Lohan, Maryland, News, Nick Gruber, Tech, Tim Cook, Washington | Permalink | Comments (13)


Wealthy LGBT Americans To Congress: Work With Obama, Let Tax Cuts For Rich Expire

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With the nation headed toward the dreaded, abstract "fiscal cliff," a group of wealthy LGBT Americans have penned a letter to Congressional lawmakers urging them to maintain tax cuts for the middle class while making up the difference by taxing the rich.

The matter is especially near and dear to them, they say, because at-need LGBT Americans will suffer an enormous toll. From the letter, published at the Washington Post:

For LGBT Americans, this “fiscal cliff” isn’t just an abstract concept. A report released by the Center for American Progress, the National Gay & Lesbian Task Force, and a coalition of 23 national LGBT organizations outlines the real and lasting impact it would have.

Across-the-board cuts would compromise LGBT health by reducing programmatic funding used to address the health care needs of gay and transgender Americans, impair the federal government’s ability to investigate claims of workplace discrimination, and remove critical resources from government agencies working to prevent bullying and school violence.

At the same time, higher tax rates would further endanger middle class and working class members of our community. LGBT Americans have lower levels of income than other Americans, according to a recent Gallup report, and face additional economic obstacles caused by the so-called Defense of Marriage Act and the lack of federal workplace protections.

The signatories, including former DNC treasurer Andrew Tobias and entrepreneur Tim Gill, conclude: "We urge Congress to work with President Obama to avoid the fiscal cliff with a balanced approach, and to preserve the middle class tax cuts while allowing tax cuts for the best off to expire. It’s the right thing to do."

Posted Dec. 6,2012 at 3:36 PM EST by in Andrew Tobias, News, The Economy | Permalink | Comments (3)


NFL Commish Roger Goodell Protected Gay Brother From Bullies

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If there was one thing future NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell did not tolerate while growing up, it was when bullies picked on his then-closeted brother, Michael.

In a lengthy profile published in the latest TIME magazine, Goodell and Michael discuss those days, and the lengths Goodell went to keep his polar opposite sibling safe, and how it saved Michael's life:

When Michael Goodell, who came out after college, hears about gay kids committing suicide because of bullying, he reflects on how he could have been one of them. “I was the type who would have been beat up a lot,” says Michael.

"It would have been humiliating. What would that have meant if I did survive it. Would I have done drugs? There are all sorts of things you can turn to because of self-hatred and loathing. But none of that was even a possibility, because I had this support around me. So, yeah, Roger is very much a hero figure for me.”

During an with an interview with the commissioner, I read Michael’s words to him. Roger Goodell teared up. "Ha," he says, sniffling, not able to say much else. "That’s the first time I heard that. I didn’t know it had much impact on him."

Goodell has been pretty quiet about his own politics, but when right-wingers went after Baltimore Raven Brendon Ayanbadejo for backing marriage equality in Maryland, Goodell defended the player. "I think in this day and age, people are going to speak up about what they think is important. They speak as individuals and that’s an important part of democracy," he said. 

Posted Dec. 6,2012 at 2:59 PM EST by in Brendon Ayanbadejo, News, Sports | Permalink | Comments (6)


Watch Dan Savage Talk About Getting His Marriage License: VIDEO

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Earlier we posted a picture of Dan Savage and partner Terry Miller receiving their Washington State marriage license. AFTER THE JUMP, video of the historic cutting of red tape and Savage's reaction as told to Seattle PI.

[via Good.As.You]

Posted Dec. 6,2012 at 2:31 PM EST by in Dan Savage, Gay Marriage, News, Washington | Permalink | Comments (16)


HRC To Anti-Gay Maryland Group: Return White Supremacist Sympathizer's Money: VIDEO

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Human Rights Campaign today asked Maryland Marriage Alliance, that state's largest anti-gay marriage organization, to return $10,000 from Michael Peroutka, their largest donor, because of his ties to White Supremacists.

From HRC:

Peroutka was a featured speaker at the League of the South’s national conference this past July, as he was in 2004, 2008, and 2010. According to the SPLC, the League of the South "believes the 'godly' nation it wants to form should be run by an 'Anglo-Celtic' (read: white) elite that would establish a Christian theocratic state and politically dominate blacks and other minorities." The organization says that its relentless pursuit of white supremacy is "healthy and Biblical."

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Peroutka appeared along with Hill and Tubbs in front of Confederate flags at the League of the South conference, said that he was grateful for the organization’s endorsement of his fringe 2004 presidential campaign and remarked that "If this be hate, let's make the most of it."... He has also appeared on a white supremacist radio show called The Political Cesspool. The Montgomery Advertiser reported that one of the bedrock principles of the show Peroutka appeared on is the need to "grow the percentages of Whites in the world relative to other races."

The Maryland Marriage Alliance was founded and is funded in part by the Maryland Catholic Conference and the National Organization for Marriage. And what a waste of money it was for them: marriage equality passed in Maryland.

Watch video of Peroutka's appearance at the League of the South's 2012 conference AFTER THE JUMP.

Posted Dec. 6,2012 at 2:00 PM EST by in Discrimination, Gay Marriage, Maryland, News | Permalink | Comments (5)


Mormon Church Wants Gays To 'Stay With Us:' VIDEO

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The Mormon Church today unveiled a website dedicated to starting a "discussion" on gays and lesbians within the church, or as they say, people with "same-sex attraction."

"When people have those (same-sex) desires and attractions, our attitude is, ‘stay with us,’” Elder Todd Christofferson says in a video on the site, "Mormons and Gays."

"Here more than anywhere, it’s important that there be love, that there be hope. We want to be with you and work together," explains Christofferson. But what he and his peers do not want is same-sex marriage or even same-sex sex.

"Though we don’t know everything, we know enough to be able to say that same-sex attraction is not itself sin," he said. "The feeling, the desire is not classified the same as homosexual behavior itself."

Not surprisingly, the site features more than a few testimonials from people who claim to have "found" a heterosexual life after fighting those aforementioned same-sex attractions.

You can watch the church's official video introducing the site AFTER THE JUMP.

Posted Dec. 6,2012 at 12:37 PM EST by in Mormon, News, Religion | Permalink | Comments (46)



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