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04/19/2007


Facebook Co-Founder And Gay Activist Partner Engaged

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Facebook's Chris Hughes and his partner Sean Eldridge have announced that they are engaged. The two made the announcement at a recent reception in support of Freedom To Marry, the organization in which Eldridge serves as political director.

The New York Post reports:

"This is very timely for Chris and I to have you here tonight to celebrate marriage and work on marriage," Eldridge announced to guests. "We got engaged two weeks ago, so there is a real sense of urgency." The two decided to make their longtime relationship legal on New Year's Eve. "We were in Thailand in a hotel room in the north. We were delayed after two days in the snowstorm and Chris got down on one knee and proposed. It was very traditional and very sweet," Eldridge told us. "We've been together for five years now."

Hughes and Eldridge will wait to marry until marriage equality is introduced to New York state. Congrats, guys!


Watch: Stephen Colbert Interviews Gay Facebook Co-Founder Chris Hughes About His New Project 'Jumo'

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Last night, Stephen Colbert interviewed gay Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes about the personal fortune he made from Facebook, his work for Barack Obama's presidential campaign, and his new project, Jumo, which helps people connect with non-profit organizations, learn their stories, and volunteer or donate.

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Gay Facebook Co-Founder Chris Hughes Launches New Site Today

The NYT looks at Chris Hughes and his new site JUMO, "which aims to connect people with nonprofits and charitable organizations."

NYT: Hughes

The idea is to take the principles that helped Mr. Hughes organize a network of volunteers into a successful political force and apply them to a much broader universe of causes and issues.

Mr. Hughes is not the first entrepreneur to venture into this territory. Causes, a Facebook application, and the Web site Global Giving are among the many existing ways to find and support charities online.

But Mr. Hughes said Jumo would not be primarily about soliciting donations. Instead, he said, the site would first try to deepen ties between its users and their favorite causes.

“The more connected that individual is to an issue they care about, the higher probability there is they will stay involved over a longer period of time,” Mr. Hughes said.

To start, the Jumo site was seeded with more than 3,000 issues and groups. But “anyone with a social mission can create a page,” said Mr. Hughes, who thinks Jumo could become a simple way for smaller charities to establish a social media presence.

In related charitable news, Hughes and his partner, Freedom to Marry political director Sean Eldridge, have made a commitment to match donations at that organization, ESPA, GLAD, and Equality Maryland, for a total of $225,000. Details here.


First Look: Poster for the Facebook Movie 'The Social Network'

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Very Barbara Kruger, don't you think?

This poster for the new movie based on Ben Mezrich's book The Accidental Billionaire: The Founding of Facebook, A Tale of Sex, Money, Genius and Betrayal was released over the weekend.

The film features Jesse Eisenberg as Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerburg, Andrew Garfield as co-founder Eduardo Saverin, and Justin Timberlake as Napster creator Sean Parker. It's directed by David Fincher.

Writes Obsessed with Film: "The Social Network is a biopic, but one without an inspiring or heroic central character. It will take a look at the life of Zuckerberg, including the lawsuit by his partners against him and claims that the origins of Facebook were stolen from the dormitory at Harvard. After the ambitious The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, the drama is yet another risky project for Fincher."

Facebook's other founders were Dustin Moskovitz, and Chris Hughes, who is gay. No word on how big a part Hughes plays in this film, but he'll be played by actor Patrick Mapel (below).

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News: Cambodia, Chris Hughes, Immigration, Janet Jackson

 roadDubai hotel frees whale shark.

Buschbaum  roadHis name was Yvonne: German pole vaulter Balian Buschbaum.

 roadSenator Chuck Schumer signals commitment to inclusion of LGBT provisions in comprehensive immigration reform: "I support [UAFA] and I am working on introducing a comprehensive package that would address this issue along with a host of immigration issues . . . At this time, I believe that the only way to pass meaningful and effective immigration reform is through a comprehensive bill, not through piecemeal legislation."


 roadJanet Jackson announces release date of new single, called "Nothing".

 roadBo Bice (remember him?) becomes 'Bob' Bice

 roadTom Brady grows it out.

 roadNice knowing you, Bluefin tuna: "Global talks on the conservation of endangered species have rejected calls to ban international trade in bluefin tuna, raising new fears for the future of dwindling stocks. Countries at the meeting of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (Cites) in Qatar voted down a proposal from Monaco to grant the fish stronger protection. The plan drew little support, with developing countries joining Japan in opposing a measure they feared would hit fishing economies."


Mcginley  roadThe NYT 'T' magazine pays a visit to the studio of Ryan McGinley.

 roadChicago Mayor Daley appoints new chair to gay advisory council: "Elizabeth Kelly will serve a three-year term as chairperson of the Advisory Council on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Issues. Kelly is a professor of women's and gender studies at DePaul University. She was a founding member of DePaul's interdisciplinary program in lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender studies."

 roadGay Facebook founder Chris Hughes starts Jumo.com, a social platform for global volunteerism: "Think of the site as philanthropy, volunteerism and social networking all rolled into one. It's a platform that will connect people and organizations around the world, and Hughes is arguably the most well-known tech entrepreneur to enter the still evolving global space." Site.

 roadThe SF Chronicle discovers Grindr.

 roadKiller of gay bar manager up soon for parole.

Vman  roadVman modeling search winners announced (site possibly nsfw).

 roadSiem Reap, Cambodia's gay haven: "Homosexual acts are not outlawed in Cambodia, as they are in a few Southeast Asian countries, but outward displays of affection and untraditional lifestyles are rare. Yet in Siem Reap, a small town that gets about a million tourists a year, gay visitors and locals are carving out a little haven. In the last few years, a small flurry of gay-friendly bars, restaurants and hotels has opened up in the city’s center and beyond, with wink-wink names like the Golden Banana and Cockatoo."

 roadFacebook deletes Seattle gay youth group.

 roadAtlanta Eagle lawsuit grows: "Thirty-one Atlanta police officers have been added to a federal lawsuit that complains patrons of a gay nightclub were ordered to lie on the Atlanta Eagle Bar floor, on spilled beer and broken glass, while enduring insults about their homosexuality. The suit, originally filed in November, was expanded Wednesday to include six more bar employees and contractors, bringing the total to 28 people who say they were victimized during the highly publicized raid on Sept. 10."


At Least 8 Out Gays Among 338 Guests at White House State Dinner

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Last night, Obama held his first state dinner for Prime Minister Manmohan Singh of India and his wife, Gursharan Kaur.

NYT: "Mr. Obama greeted his guests in Hindi and hailed the contributions of Mohandas K. Gandhi and the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., saying that such “giants” are “the reason why both of us can stand here tonight.” Mr. Singh responded, “Your journey to the White House has captured the imaginations of millions and millions of Indians.” The evening was a potent mix of politics, diplomacy and glamour, with the administration’s favored donors mingling with lawmakers from Congress, cabinet secretaries, Indian dignitaries and Hollywood celebrities decked out in tuxedos and designer dresses. The first lady wore a golden sleeveless gown created by Naeem Khan, an Indian-American designer. For Mr. Obama, it was also a rare break from the bruising business of governance, allowing him to showcase his role as a world leader (and a gracious host) at a time when he is managing battles over health care legislation and wars in Afghanistan and Iraq — all while watching his standing falling in the polls."

Among the gays and lesbians attending the dinner were U.S. Export-Import Bank Chair Fred Hochberg and partner Thomas Healy, activist and author Urvashi Vaid and comedian Kate Clinton, Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes and partner Sean Eldridge, and David Geffen and partner Jeremy Lingvall.

Here's the full guest list.

AC360's report on the event, AFTER THE JUMP...

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