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Cher at 'Dancing with the Stars': VIDEO


One proud mom, AFTER THE JUMP...

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No Way Chaz Bono is Backing Down, Says Publicist: VIDEO


Chaz Bono's publicist Howard Bragman talks to George Stephanopoulos about the calls from hate groups like One Million Moms for ABC to dump Chaz Bono from Dancing with the Stars and says there's no chance he'll back down.


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Howard Bragman Hopes There's a Special Place in Hell for Leaders Who Support Gay Rights When it's Politically Expedient


PR man and pundit Howard Bragman, who is known for helping stars come out of the closet, slams the Bushes, Obama, and others who don't come out for gay rights until it's a politically safe time to do so.


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Watch: Newsweek's Ramin Setoodeh Tries to Make His Case About the Gay Actor Shut-Out to Joy Behar



Joy Behar spoke to Newsweek writer Ramin Setoodeh about the premise in his ongoing string of questionable articles about gays in Hollywood. PR man Howard Bragman joined him.

I'm not quite sure what, if anything, got accomplished here except praise for some stars and potshots at others.


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Watch: JetBlue Flight Attendant Steven Slater Appears at Court


Former JetBlue flight attendant Steven Slater appeared in court in NYC this morning, escorted by gay publicist to the stars Howard Bragman.

City Room reports:

"Mr. Slater steeled himself for the storm that awaited him after the hearing before Judge Gerald. He took a deep breath and headed down the courthouse steps, answering no questions from reporters who surrounded him. He was escorted by court officers who shepherded him between two parked cars and into a double-parked sport utility vehicle. Mr. Horwitz added a fresh twist to Mr. Slater’s work history: After saying that Mr. Slater had “a longstanding, well-regarded reputation in the industry” — the airline industry — Mr. Horwitz said that Mr. Slater had “voluntarily resigned” from JetBlue on Sept. 1. As for whether he was guilty of the charges, his publicist, Howard Bragman, answered, “That’s for the court to decide.” Mr. Bragman did not answer when asked whether Mr. Slater had mental health concerns or drug or drinking problems."

A plea deal is reportedly underway.

Watch raw video of Slater and Bragman arriving at court, and the post-court press conference, AFTER THE JUMP...

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News: Joaquin Phoenix, Utah, Rachel Maddow, True Blood, LCR

 road George W. Bush won't comment on the "Ground Zero mosque".

Phoenix  roadJoaquin Phoenix's cryptic documentary gets a trailer.

 roadTrue Blood fans, here's the magazine cover you don't want to miss (possibly nsfw).

 roadSafe schools chief and GLSEN founder Kevin Jennings on last year's right-wing attacks against him: "As the leading proponent of stopping bullying in America, I was not allowed to be bullied out of my job. I've been preaching for 25 years that bullying is not OK. There was no way I could then say, 'OK, you can bully me.' "

 roadMore reactions on the Ninth Circuit Court's stay of the Prop 8 ruling: Jerry Brown, California Assembly Speaker John Perez, NOM, Courage Campaign's Rick Jacobs, Maggie Gallagher.

 roadLog Cabin Republicans rarely delve into gay rights issues at chapter meetings.

Road MoveOn steps up boycott of Target.

 roadFacebook location set to face off with Foursquare: "As we’ve been saying for months, it seems highly likely the Facebook is going to take a platform approach to location. That is, they’re more likely to federate other location streams (such as Foursquare’s) while they themselves remain fairly cautious with their own location services."

 roadJoe Manganiello promises more nudity on True Blood.

Slater_bragman  roadSteven Slater hires gay PR honcho Howard Bragman.

 roadJonbenet Ramsey at 20?

 roadHere's a spreadsheet of every member of the House of Representatives and their Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Flickr, addresses and RSS feeds.

 roadRachel Maddow and the Rev. Dr. Joan Brown Campbell to receive Walter Cronkite award from Interfaith Alliance: "The Walter Cronkite Faith & Freedom Award, established by Interfaith Alliance in 1998, recognizes individuals who courageously promote democratic values, defend religious freedom and reinvigorate informed civic participation. The award recognizes individuals whose actions have embodied the values of civility, tolerance, diversity and cooperation in the advancement of public dialogue and public policy on traditionally controversial and divisive issues. Mr. Cronkite served as Honorary Chairman of Interfaith Alliance until his death in 2009."

Lebron  roadLeBron James flexes for GQ.

 roadSuspect in murder of D.C. gay man claims self defense. "'Defendant McLean alleged that the decedent was forcing him to be a male prostitute,' says the affidavit. 'According to defendant McLean, the decedent held a knife to the throat of defendant McLean in the early morning hours of August 8, 2010 and threatened to kill him. Defendant McLean claimed that he began to stab the decedent in the chest and then he (defendant McLean) blacked out and does not remember the remainder of the stabbing."

 roadGay activist launches campaign to oust gay executive director of the Utah AIDS Foundation Stan Penfold, who is also Salt Lake City's first openly gay city councilmember. "Matthews, a former UAF volunteer, complains that Penfold has eliminated HIV/ AIDS prevention and support programs even as Utah’s infection rates continue to climb — tripling from 2000 to 2009. Matthews also charges that Penfold’s role as a part-time City Council member has short-changed his full-time job. 'It has been detrimental, during skyrocketing HIV infections, to have the executive director of the Utah AIDS Foundation now have his attention split with the also very pressing business of the City Council,' Matthews said."


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