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04/19/2007


Watch: Former NYC Mayors Ed Koch and David Dinkins Voice Support for Marriage Equality

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Former NYC Mayors Ed Koch and David Dinkins have recorded videos for the New Yorkers for Marriage Equality campaign.

Says Koch: "When I was mayor, I used to ask the question, 'how am I doin?' Right now our state isn't doing very well when it comes to fairness...I'm a New Yorker who suppports marriage equality."

Says Dinkins: "I was once privileged to serve as mayor of New York City. I know that we're a diverse people who believe in fairness and equality...Marriage equality should be the right of all New Yorkers."

Watch the clips, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Ed Koch Says It's Unacceptable to Ask if He's Gay [tr]

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Ed Koch: Elena Kagan Sexuality Debate Shows Need for ENDA

In a Huffington Post piece, former New York City Mayor Ed Koch says "the White House [should] have denounced the speculation [around Elena Kagan's sexuality] and conveyed that such inquiries are improper" rather than denying it. He also says the speculation should help ENDA pass Koch sponsored similar legislation in the 70's).

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By denying she is lesbian instead of denouncing the inquiry, the White House is implicitly stating sexual orientation is a legitimate issue of discussion in the confirmation process.

On the positive side, raising the issue of Ms. Kagan's sexual orientation may give more support to Barney Frank's bill with 198 co-sponsors in the House and Senator Jeff Merkley of Oregon with a similar bill and 45 co-sponsors barring employment discrimination by the federal government against people because of their sexual identity. Only 20 states in the Union - New York being one of them - have such legislation. The current debate regarding Ms. Kagan's candidacy demonstrates the imperative of passing such legislation. How many U.S. Senators now considering Ms. Kagan's nomination will vote for such legislation? Write to yours and let's find out. Also, ask your member of Congress.

Koch, of course, is familiar with this territory. The former mayor has said it's unacceptable for people to ask if he's gay since the 70's, when placards surfaced in his mayoral race against Mario Cuomo that said "Vote for Cuomo, not the homo!"

At the time of the Cuomo allegations, Koch said: "No, I am not a homosexual. If I were a homosexual, I would hope I would have the courage to say so. What's cruel is that you are forcing me to say I am not a homosexual. This means you are putting homosexuals down. I don't want to do that."

Koch also expressed anger a year ago at how he was portrayed in Kirby Dick's film Outrage, which outed closeted politicians — not because the film said he's gay (which it did), but because he said the film defiled his record (the film claims his record on AIDS and gay rights was virtually nonexistent). 

Said Koch to Page 6: "It's a [bleep]ing outrage. Bella Abzug and I, in the early '70s, introduced in Congress a bill that would outlaw discrimination based on sexual orientation...And when we later said the law applied to contractors doing business with the city, the Catholic Church and the Salvation Army sued me. In 1984, I was the first mayor to march in the Gay Pride Parade. I was the first mayor to appoint openly gay judges."

Koch is a lifelong bachelor.


Former NYC Mayor Ed Koch Outraged over Outrage

KochEd Koch is steamed over the new Kirby Dick documentary Outrage, which exposes closeted politicians who work against gay rights. But he's not pissed because it says he's gay, but because he says the film defiles his record (the film claims his record on AIDS and gay rights was virtually nonexistent).

 Says Koch to Page 6: "It's a [bleep]ing outrage. Bella Abzug and I, in the early '70s, introduced in Congress a bill that would outlaw discrimination based on sexual orientation...And when we later said the law applied to contractors doing business with the city, the Catholic Church and the Salvation Army sued me. In 1984, I was the first mayor to march in the Gay Pride Parade. I was the first mayor to appoint openly gay judges."

Koch recently told the NYT it's unacceptable to ask if he's gay, and still won't say if he is.

My thoughts on Outrage here. Outrage trailer AFTER THE JUMP...

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Ed Koch Says It's Unacceptable to Ask if He's Gay

The NYT profiled former mayor Ed Koch over the weekend, and Koch told the paper that it's unacceptable for them to ask him, or political candidates, whether or not they are gay, though he seems to have dropped his anger at former NY governor Mario Cuomo, who first raised the issue of Koch's sexuality during a campaign against him for mayor:

Koch "Mr. Koch’s anger was originally triggered by placards that sprouted in the 1977 mayoral campaign that said 'Vote for Cuomo, not the homo.' The Koch camp blamed Cuomo operatives. Mr. Cuomo has always disclaimed any responsibility. 'If anything, I thought it was done by someone who wanted to see me lose,' Mr. Cuomo recalled last week. 'I never did anything like that and it was a wrong thing to do, whoever did it; it was ugly and unfair. If he believed I did it and forgave me for it, that was kind of him. I always liked him and respected him however he felt about me.' In December, Mr. Cuomo invited himself to a birthday party for the mayor at Gracie Mansion and offered a gracious tribute. Mr. Koch was moved. He recalled: 'Mario always told people, ‘I like Ed a lot more than he likes me.’ The first time he said that, I replied, ‘You’re right, Mario.’ But that’s over with. He said he was sorry.' (For the record, Mr. Koch, a lifelong bachelor, declines to say whether he is gay. 'I do not want to add to the acceptability of asking every candidate, ‘Are you straight or gay or lesbian?’ and make it a legitimate question, so I don’t submit to that question. I don’t care if people think I’m gay because I don’t answer it. I’m flattered that at 84 people are interested in my sex life — and, it’s quite limited.')"

At the time of the Cuomo allegations, Koch said: "No, I am not a homosexual. If I were a homosexual, I would hope I would have the courage to say so. What's cruel is that you are forcing me to say I am not a homosexual. This means you are putting homosexuals down. I don't want to do that."

Koch Makes His Peace and Dares to Look Ahead [nyt]


News: True Blood, Sarah Silverman, Bronx, Ed Koch, Caribou

road.jpg American Airlines endorses ENDA.

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Bronxroad.jpg Gay families plentiful in the Bronx: "Same-sex couples in the Bronx are more likely to have children than those in any other New York City borough, according to a study released last month, and perhaps more than any county in the country."

road.jpg Britney Spears takes the isle of Manhattan.

road.jpg The Pope rejects French ambassador to Vatican because he's gay and married to a man.

road.jpg Popular Chicago bartender-turned gay activist takes own life: "Ron Ziebarth, a North Side bartender with a dedicated following, was a champion fundraiser for Equality Illinois and a former chairman of the gay rights group's annual gala. Mr. Ziebarth, 52, died Tuesday, Sept. 23, said Colm Treacy, owner of two Andersonville bars where Mr. Ziebarth worked. He had suffered from bouts of depression for a few years, and he killed himself by hanging, Treacy said."

road.jpg Sarah Silverman: Do the great schlep for Obama.

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road.jpg Jonas Brother merges with a Mustang.

road.jpg Rep. John Shadegg (R-AZ): Bailout defeat had nothing to do with Pelosi speech.

road.jpg Pride Reinvention Festival giving Perth, Australia a gay identity crisis?

Dungannonroad.jpg Homophobic attack in Dungannon, Northern Ireland: "The victim claims to have been lured to the old railway lines around 9pm on Tuesday, September 23 where four males beat him up. He required medical attention in the minor injuries unit for abrasions."

road.jpg Washington D.C. police arrest suspect in anti-gay July attack.

road.jpg Wisconsin man who stabbed his roommate because he believed the roommate was spreading gay rumors about him is ordered into a mental health facility in Wisconsin.

road.jpg Washington State Bar Association comes out in favor of marriage equality: "The resolution was adopted unanimously by the group's 14-member Board of Governors despite considerable opposition from association members, board president Mark Johnson of Seattle said. 'We felt it was appropriate to take a position,' Johnson told the Tri-City Herald. 'There certainly will be people who will be distressed.'"

Kwanten_2road.jpg True Blood's Ryan Kwanten hangs ten.

road.jpg Janet Jackson hospitalized with sudden illness.

road.jpg Straight model sues Genre magazine over unauthorized use of image.

road.jpg Former NYC Mayor Ed Koch campaigning for Barack Obama in South Florida: "Koch, who represented Manhattan's East Side on the City Council and in Congress before being elected to the first of three terms as mayor in 1977, told an admiring crowd that Obama is the best choice for president. His 15-minute speech at Temple Beth Torah/Tamarac Jewish Center was one of four stops Sunday to campaign for Obama. Koch also spoke at the Sunrise Civic Center, Temple Emeth in Delray Beach and Century Village in West Palm Beach."

road.jpg Caribou wins Canada's Polaris Music Prize.

road.jpg Guardian's Balaji Ravichandran: Public schism in India opening between the Health Ministry and the federal government of decriminalization of homosexuality.

road.jpg University of Iowa boosts harassment training after anti-gay graffiti discovered in public men's room: "A male student last week reported to school officials he saw several weeks ago a message written on a chalk board in the third floor men's restroom in North Hall. The student said the message was an anti-gay slur against Beth Skinner, a doctoral student and teaching assistant in social work. School officials don't know how long the message was there, and it was gone when the male student reported it, Saunders said. Skinner, 36, said her first reaction was disbelief that such a slur would be written in the School of Social Work. 'We have a core set of values and ethics that guide our practice and this would not be one of them,' she said."


Sarah Palin Prompts former NYC Mayor Koch to Endorse Obama

Koch3Former NYC Mayor Ed Koch, who supported Bush in 2004, is endorsing Obama today.

Politico's Ben Smith asked Koch what prompted the Obama endorsement: "The designation of Palin to be vice president. She's scary...Any time someone goes to the library and says, 'I want to ban books,' and the librarian says 'no,' and she threatens to fire them -- that's scary."

Read Koch's statement, AFTER THE JUMP...

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