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Sheriff Paul Babeu Tells Don Lemon He Can Help 'Bridge the Chasm' in the GOP on Gay Issues: VIDEO


Don Lemon interviewed Pinal County, Arizona Sheriff Paul Babeu late on Friday following his announcement last week that he was quitting his run for Congress and seeking reelection as Sheriff.

Lemon talked to Babeu about the effect that his coming out had on the Republican party and where he sees himself in it, asking Babeu if he would be the guy to "bridge the chasm" in the GOP over gay issues.

“I believe I can be one of – I won’t be so bold as to say 'I’m the guy.' We need some officials in the Republican party that just don’t come out and say 'hey, I support these issues,' but actually live their life doing their job first – and that’s most important – but also say, 'this is who I am.'”

Babeu added that it is important for the GOP to have out and proud members.

“To be truly inclusive, and not just say we’re inclusive and a big tent, we’ve got to show this. We’ve got to have other people in there with a voice.”

Finally, Lemon asked Babeu about the investigation surrounding allegations that he threatened to deport his boyfriend if he exposed their relationship. Says the sheriff: "I asked for this investigation and I’m fully confident that I’ll be exonerated.”


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Don Lemon Questions Tony Perkins On Gay Bashing: VIDEO

Picture 1It was vivifying yesterday to see Don Lemon, the debonair (and gay) CNN anchor, lay classily but firmly into the head of the Family Research Council, Tony Perkins.

Lemon interviewed Perkins shortly before Perkins's address at CPAC, the Conservative Political Action Conference. Perkins spoke at length about the alleged threat to religious liberty posed by federal insurance mandates before Lemon changed the subject, very casually:

I want to talk about something that has been in the news for the last couple of days. I'm gonna play this for you and then we're gonna talk about this.

Lemon then played a portion of the tape of gay man Brandon White's beating by a pack of young criminals in Atlanta, GA. Lemon asked Perkins if Mr. White was entitled to his personal safety and security, to which Perkins replied:

Absolutely. Without question. It's not -- we're not against rights for homosexuals or lesbians. It's special rights. Every American, regardless, and especially every young person in our schools, has the right to go to school and be secure without being bullied. That is, that, that should not even be up for debate in our culture. But what should not happen is, we should not pick out a certain segment and only protect them. We should not bully a student based upon their religious background, what they do sexually. You're absolutely right. So we have spoken out very clearly that we are adamantly, 100% against physical violence or attacking anyone based on -- anything!

Lemon then tried to explain that, by protesting gay rights more loudly than they condemn gay bashing, Tony Perkins and his ilk may -- unintentionally! -- give the impression that they're less than sincere with their whole everybody's-got-the-right-to-not-be-bullied shtick. Perkins's response, more-or-less, was: Fighting bullying isn't in our charter. Watch AFTER THE JUMP ...

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LGBTQ: Transsexual, transgender and intersex community rights advocate Ashley Love confronts CNN Don Lemon over his use of the term 'gay community' at the recent NAACP convention.

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Jay Bakker, Son of Tammy Faye, Talks to Don Lemon About the Bible, Hell, and Accepting Homosexuality: VIDEO


Don Lemon talks to Pastor Jay Bakker about his mother Tammy Faye Bakker Messner and her acceptance of gay people, his gay-affirming church, the 'next generation' of Christians, understanding the Bible, and Hell.


(thanks to dave evans for the clips)

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Randy Roberts Potts, Gay Grandson of Televangelist Oral Roberts, Talks to Don Lemon About Sexuality, Family: VIDEO


In his first television appearance, Randy Roberts Potts, the gay grandson of televangelist Oral Roberts, appeared on The Joy Behar Show with host Don Lemon to discuss his grandfather, coming out, his marriage to a woman, his spirituality, his "It Gets Better" video, and how his family relates to his homosexuality now:

"They don't accept it. They strongly believe that I'm going to hell for being openly gay. I strongly believe I'm not. So it's hard to find a middle ground between us...I think they are really legitimately afraid that I am going to hell and they're too scared to look beyond that and so it hurts  me but I also feel badly for them to be trapped in a place like that.


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News: Maine, Katy Perry, The Situation, Bomb Plot

Asteroidbelt  road Openly gay CNN reporter Don Lemon discusses his college years: "I did crazy things. I drank a lot and didn't study. I wasn't a bad kid, but I had issues, including the fact that I was gay and didn't tell people."

 road This is good news: "A transgender woman who went to the Department of Motor Vehicles in San Francisco to record her sex change - and then got a letter from a DMV clerk saying homosexual acts were "an abomination that leads to hell" - will receive a $55,000 legal settlement..."

 road The European Space Agency may launch an "impactor" satellite to see if humans can destroy an asteroid headed toward earth. No word on whether Armageddon star Bruce Willis will be asked to participate.

 road Thoughts on The Help: "...The problem at the heart of works like The Help that blossoms into myriad other problems—the centering of white women in a story that is supposed to be about women of color, the positioning of white women as saviors who give WoC voice."

Hunkercise_cover  road Chicago Black Gay Men's Caucus responds to CDC data that young men of color are contracting HIV at a higher rate than any other group.

 road Why is radio host Rush Limbaugh asking about President Obama's ex-girlfriends?

 road GOProud leader Chris Barron defends Michele Bachmann with vaguely homophobic tweet: "If Bachmann is responsible for bullying in her district, is Pelosi responsible for STDS in her district? Just wondering."

 road Maine Secretary of State Charlie Summers signs off on signature-gathering campaign to put same-sex marriage vote on 2012 ballot.

 road Circa 1985, the Playgirl morning workout.

 road Newt Gingrich is taking his presidential campaign to Hawaii. Forget being king, it's good to be a candidate.

 road An anonymous "source" claims Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Russell Armstrong killed himself because his secret gay life was about to be exposed. Let's be clear about something here: while there may be many factors at play when people commit suicide, the one constant is treatable mental illness. Turning this tragedy into a scandal is not only repulsive, it's irresponsible.

 road North Carolina House Speaker Thom Tillis says he expects to see a gay marriage ban on the 2012 ballot there.

 road Abercrombie & Fitch would rather Jersey Shore star The Situation not wear their clothes: "We are deeply concerned that Mr. Sorrentino's association with our brand could cause significant damage to our image. We understand that the show is for entertainment purposes, but believe this association is contrary to the aspirational nature of our brand, and may be distressing to many of our fans."

Katyperry5 road Florida teen arrested for allegedly plotting bomb attack at his school: "Police said Jared Cano, 17, planned to lay a device at Freedom High School in north Tampa and detonate it as students began the new school year. Fuel, shrapnel, plastic tubing and timing and fusing devices were found at his home, a police chief said."

 road Actress Zoe Saldana says she was a "feminine tomboy:" “I had my plastic swords, my ninja stars, but I still wore lipstick."

 road Wow. Just wow: Katy Perry has officially matched Michael Jackson's record by having five 'Billboard Hot 100' number one singles from the same album.

 road Anti-gay groups off the hook after the Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board dismissed Common Cause Minnesota's complaint that National Organization for Marriage and the Minnesota Family Council failed to report collaborative ad buys last year.

 road Linda Hogan suggests ex-husband Hulk Hogan had an affair with fellow wrestler Brutus Beefcake.


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