This morning we reported on a fundraiser in Northwest Washington at which First Lady Michelle Obama was heckled by Ellen Sturtz, an activist with GetEQUAL, demanding that President Obama sign an executive order barring workplace discrimination. The heckler interrupted a speech Obama was giving about children.
Said Obama at the gathering: “One of the things that I don’t do well is this...Do you understand? ... Listen to me or you can take the mic, but I’m leaving. You all decide. You have one choice.”
Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...
Today, FreedomOhio, a group working to put same-sex marriage on the ballot in Ohio in 2014, announced that "the Human Rights Campaign, Equality Ohio, the National Gay & Lesbian Task Force, National Freedom to Marry, the Gill Action Fund, the American Unity Fund and the BISC met today and discussed how to become involved in next year’s campaign" according to the Columbus Dispatch.
“We have decided to be on the ballot in 2014 to allow for a continuing dialogue with voters across Ohio about why marriage matters. We will continue to build upon the hundreds of thousands of conversations we’ve had already, to identify supportive voters, and to raise the resources necessary to mobilize a full-on campaign.”
Later this afternoon, those groups confirmed the meeting in an email, but said there was no discussion about putting the measure on the ballot in 2014 or any other date:
Contrary to the assertions made by Ian James in an unapproved statement, there was no agreement reached to put forward a ballot initiative in 2014 or any other specific date. Instead, all of the groups in attendance, including Freedom Ohio and nearly a dozen other leading organizations, agreed to work together to talk to Ohio voters about why marriage matters and strengthen our coalition in the months ahead, reserving judgment on the timing of a ballot initiative until a clear pathway to victory could be determined and carried out.
“Ohio families deserve to win marriage as soon as possible. And our national partners have won marriage equality in 13 jurisdictions. We are putting together a strong, honest coalition and a responsible plan to win,” said Elyzabeth Holford, Executive Director of Equality Ohio. “We intend to win and will do everything necessary to secure fairness for same-sex couples and their families.”
“We are committed to winning marriage in Ohio as soon as possible, and to developing the kind of robust campaign that has helped us achieve historic victories across the country,” said Marc Solomon, National Campaign Director for Freedom to Marry. “What we need to do now is engage in the real work to increase public support so we can win on the ballot—in 2016, or if possible sooner.”
“Ian James must have attended a different meeting than the rest of us,” said Marty Rouse, National Field Director for the Human Rights Campaign. “Representatives from 11 state and national organizations participated in today’s meeting. Ten of them came away with a clear understanding that we would refrain from deciding on timing until it was responsible to do so. We’re perplexed as to how Freedom Ohio came away with a different understanding.”
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Fashion designer John Galliano gives VF first interview since firing.
Lauryn Hill responds to accusations of homophobia on Tumblr: "Neurotic Society is a song about people not being, or not being able to be, who and what they truly are, due to the current social construct. I am not targeting any particular group of people, but rather targeting everyone in our society who hides behind neurotic behavior, rather than deal with it."
Michael Douglas walks back oral sex cancer remarks.
Michael Jackson's daughter Paris hospitalized following suicide attempt.
Adam Lambert fills up his tank.
New report examines how LGBT workers face discrimination, get fewer benefits, and pay more taxes: “Imagine doing the same job as your coworker, but being told that your child, unlike your coworkers’, is excluded from the company’s health insurance plan...making the same mandatory contributions to Social Security, only to know that your family, unlike your coworkers’, will be denied benefits should something happen to you. Then, on top of it all, imagine being hit with a much higher tax bill.”
Keith Olbermann returning to TV: "After a messy public breakup with his last employer resulted in a $50 million lawsuit, Keith Olbermann will return to television in October as a studio host for Turner’s coverage of the Major League Baseball postseason."
Dance music producer Calvin Harris plops down $7 million for a Hollywood mansion.
Here's some video from Peter 'Porno Pete' LaBarbera's stake-out of the Human Rights Campaign yesterday, if you can stomach it.
New Zealand man jailed for 18 years for gay teen's murder: "Gosnell, 28, was convicted by a jury in April of the murder of the 15-year-old, in a prolonged assault at a Christchurch flat. He then cut his body into pieces with a jigsaw and dumped his remains."
Colin Farrell shirtless and steaming after a yoga workout.
Northwest Parent magazine features a couple of gay dads!
Baroness Liz Barker comes out during House of Lords marriage equality debate: “What we are doing today does not undermine any existing or future marriage. It extends the status of marriage to gay men and lesbians who want to make a public commitment in the presence of their families and friends, and sometimes their co-religionists. It reflects the wishes of those people who today do not want just to tolerate lesbians and gay men; they want to celebrate and support them as people in their own right.”
Justin Timberlake and Ben Affleck in new gambling buddy film.
Shepard Fairey offers support to Turkish protesters with portrait of former Turkish leader Mustafa Kemal Ataturk. "A few years ago I made an image of Ataturk at the request of a Turkish friend. Ataturk was a champion of Turkish Democracy and secular government. I am offering a free download of my Ataturk image as a symbol of democracy and free speech."
The NYT covers the UK House of Lords vote on marriage equality: "Their average age is 69. Once a year, they unearth fur-lined robes from their family vaults (or from the vaults of upmarket robe-rental shops) and process regally into Parliament as if it were still, say, 1599. So it was startling to hear some of the speeches in the chamber this week."
House LGBT Equality Caucus grows: “We obviously have grown as a caucus in terms of the co-chairs, the openly gay members of Congress. We now have six people in the House — and obviously, one in the Senate,” Cicilline said. “What this year marks is not just that we’re here but that we’re here in a big enough number that we have a real caucus, with staff, so that now the work that we’re doing can be supported in our efforts to push LGBT legislation, to do outreach and education, to be a coordinating force for all of the co-chairs, to be a central point of contact for the community and so that we’ll be able to speak as a united voice on important issues.”
The ASAPScience guys explain how that might be possible, AFTER THE JUMP...
I first posted about Call Me Kuchu back in April 2011 when the filmmakers were looking for funding on Kickstarter. The film documents the story of slain Ugandan LGBT activist David Kato and others prominent in that country's struggle.
The film will open on June 14th in New York and on June 21st in Los Angeles, with more markets to follow.
Kuchu has been on the festival circuit and won the Teddy Award for Best Documentary and the Cinema Fairbindet Prize at the Berlin International Film Festival (Berlinale) and both the top jury award for best international feature and a top audience recognition at HotDocs in Toronto. The film is directed by Katherine Fairfax Wright and Malika Zouhali-Worrall.
Check out the powerful trailer for this must-see documentary, AFTER THE JUMP...