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Watch: Andrew Cuomo Promises New York Equality at ESPA Dinner


Two clips from last night's Empire State Pride Agenda dinner in New York City. City Council speaker introduces gubernatorial candidates Andrew Cuomo, calling Cuomo's Tea Party opponent Carl Paladino a bully.

Says Cuomo: "I want to be the governor who signs the law that makes equality a reality in the state of New York, and we are going to get that done together."


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Watch: Rabbi Yehuda Levin Discusses Paladino Defection, Defends Anti-Gay 'Brainwashing' Remarks


Rabbi Yehuda Levin, who helped write NY gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino's remarks about "dysfunctional" homosexuals "brainwashing" children, broke with Paladino yesterday after hearing the Tea Party candidate's apology.

The NYT reports:

"Rabbi Levin said that he considered the apology a betrayal, and that he pined for the “old Carl” who spoke from his heart rather than bending to political whims. Rabbi Levin said he was especially upset that Mr. Paladino gave him no notice that he planned to back away from the comments. 'I was in the middle of eating a kosher pastrami sandwich,' Rabbi Levin said. 'While I was eating it, they come running and they say, ‘Paladino became gay!’ I said, ‘What?’ And then they showed me the statement. I almost choked on the kosher salami.'"

Levin appeared on The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell, and defended the term "brainwashing" with regard to children being taught about gay people in a contentious debate with Rabbi David-Seth Kirshner on the Jewish religion and gay people.


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Watch: Michele Bachmann, Ann Coulter Defend Carl Paladino


Ed Schultz discusses two of anti-gay NY GOP teabagger Carl Paladino's defenders, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) and Ann Coulter, with Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN).


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Paladino's Gay Nephew and Campaign Aide Jeff Hannon Ducks Press

NY GOP teabagger gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino's gay nephew, who was also working as a campaign aide, is ducking the furor over his uncle's homophobic comments and trying to stay out of the glare.

The NY Daily News reports: Hannon

"The gay nephew of GOP gubernatorial hopeful Carl Paladino spent the day hiding inside his parents' upstate home, ditching his duties as a campaign aide. 'I have no comment right now,' Hannon told the Daily News when reached on his cell phone. 'I don't want my face to be all over the newspaper over this.' Hannon never ventured outside the two-story house in Kenmore, just outside Buffalo, on the day after Paladino mentioned his sexual orientation while parrying charges of homophobia. Hannon bristled at the attention caused by his uncle's comments before ending his brief conversation with The News. Paladino - under fire after a Sunday speech where he said homosexuality is 'not the example that we should be showing our children' - revealed Monday that his nephew is gay. Asked if being gay is a choice, Paladino admitted, 'I have difficulty with that.' ... 'My nephew tells me he didn't have that choice,' Paladino added."

The Daily Beast reports that "Hannon, 23, had been working for Paladino’s campaign in Buffalo, but hasn’t shown up for work since Sunday."

In related news, the AP reports that Paladino once collected rent money from gay clubs:

"A newspaper reports that state liquor license records show that New York Republican gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino had once collected rent from two gay clubs in downtown Buffalo. The Daily News reports Wednesday that Cobalt operated as a gay bar in 2004 and most of 2005 and was run by Paladino's son, William. The building that housed the club was owned by one of Paladino's many companies, Huron Group LLC. The other club, Buddies II, operated under the name Queen City Entertainment in another Paladino building."

Read: Anti-Gay GOP Teabagger Carl Paladino's Full 'Apology'

Here's the full apology issued by NY GOP teabagger gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino yesterday for his weekend remarks warning of "dysfunctional" homosexuals "brainwashing" children:

Paladino I am Carl Paladino, a father, a husband, a builder and a business owner. I am neither perfect, nor a career politician. I have made mistakes in this campaign - I have made mistakes all my life- as we all have. I am what I am - a simple man who works hard, trusts others, and loves his family and fears for the future of our State.

Yesterday I was handed a script. I redacted some contents that were unacceptable. I did also say some things for which I should have chosen better words. I said other things that the press misinterpreted and misstated. I sincerely apologize for any comment that may have offended the Gay and Lesbian Community or their family members. Any reference to branding an entire community based on a small representation of them is wrong. My personal beliefs are:

1) I am a live and let live person.

2) I am 100% against discrimination of any group. I oppose discrimination of any kind in housing, credit, insurance benefits or visitation.

3) I am 100% against hate crimes in any form.

4) I am in support of civil agreements and equal rights for all citizens.

5) My position on marriage is based on my personal views. I have the same position on this issue as President Barrack Obama. I have previously stated I would support a referendum by New York voters. I have proposed Initiative and Referendum so New Yorkers can decide important issues like this.

6) The portrayal of me as anti-gay is inconsistent with my lifelong beliefs and actions and my prior history as an father, employer and friend to many in the gay and lesbian community.

I am concerned with the future for all our citizens, gay, straight, Catholic, Protestant, Jewish and Muslim and Agnostic. Although I am not perfect I do admit my mistakes. I will reach out to leaders of the gay community to educate me on how to better represent my support for the rights of all citizens. If elected as your governor I will stand and fight for all gay New Yorkers rights. I ask you for forgiveness on my poorly chosen words and the publication by others not involved with our campaign of unredacted script that did not reflect my oral statement or match my personal feelings. Please go to my website to learn more detail about the issues including my staunch support for civil rights for all New Yorkers.


I'll Be Seeing You...

Flowerchildbelonksy Phew. It's been a wild couple of weeks!

From Andrew Shirvell and Chris Armstrong to gay suicides, Westboro Baptists and Carl Paladino to Anderson Cooper and Universal Pictures, LGBT news has been a whirlwind of events high, higher, low, lower, and somewhere in-between. And of course who could forget all the culture, from the Ariston Baths to the zombies?

I'd like to thank all of you readers for sticking with me over the past few weeks. Andy should return to regularly scheduled posting tomorrow.

If you want to find me around the world wide web, look at Death and Taxes Magazine, The Bilerico Project,, or any other numbers of fine sites. It's the Internet; I'm only a click away.

Thank you again,

PS: Billie Holiday's "I'll Be Seeing You," AFTER THE JUMP...

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