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Anderson Cooper Talks Fist Bumping And Gaydar: VIDEO

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Anderson Cooper stopped by David Letterman's Late Show last night and while there was asked whether, as a homosexual, he has "gaydar."

Telling the talk show host that he prefers the term "light in the loafers," the CNN anchor explained that, sure, he can sometimes tell people are gay, but others slip under the proverbial radar. Letterman, Cooper said, was indeed pinging it, though that may have just been the scotch the men shared at the start of the segment.

Cooper also did a great job convincing Letterman that there's no secret gay handshake, which was tough, because Letterman presented Cooper with the actual secret gay handshake, the fist bump, leaving Cooper to claim, "I'm gay, we don't do this kind of thing!" Nicely done, Mr. C.

On a serious note, Cooper expained to Letterman why he decided to come out of the public: "As a member of a community in this country who is concerned about the well being of this country and the well being of people in the community I didn't want to be sending in any way, I didn't want anybody interpreting my silence on the issue as being somehow that I was ashamed of something or was trying to hide something."

He went on, "I could not be any more happy, I could not be any more comfortable and any more proud of being gay than I am."

Watch the "gay-dar" and fist bump segments of the chat AFTER THE JUMP as well as Cooper and Letterman's discussions about Hurricane Sandy, the election and Dick Morris.

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IGLHRC Lost Massive On-Site Archives In Hurricane Sandy

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Hurricane Sandy's ramifications continue to be felt across New York, including at International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission's downtown office, where thousands of archived materials were lost.

From the group's Facebook message, posted yesterday:

Today, IGLHRC learned that the 8 ft of water and gasoline that filled the basement of our NY office destroyed our on-site archives and publications. We fight to memorialize LGBT communities every day, and with your support, we will re-build our history and present.

If you'd like to help IGLHRC rebuild, donate HERE.


Hurricane Relief Fundraiser for NYC's Ali Forney Center

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As we reported shortly after Hurricane Sandy, NYC's Ali Forney Center, the shelter and drop-in center for homeless LGBTQ youth, was devastated by the storm.

Only a few days ago, the Ali Forney Center suffered a devastating setback: Hurricane Sandy caused irreparable damage to their  Drop-in Center in Chelsea, flooding the venue with 4 feet of water. This facility previously served up to 1,000 homeless LGBTQ youth a year, providing comprehensive health care services, thousands of meals, counseling services, showers, and more.

This facility is now uninhabitable – an unthinkable loss for the AFC and for our community.

AFC Board Member Bill Shea and his Husband Frank Selvaggi have announced they are matching up to $50,000 of all revenue raised for the center at a fundraiser this Sunday at Industry Bar in Hell's Kitchen from 4-7 pm. Tickets are a $20 donation at the door. More details on the fundraiser HERE.

You can also make online donations at this page. Please help if you can.


Lady Gaga Gives $1 Million to Hurricane Sandy Relief

Said Lady Gaga on her 'Little Monsters' fan page:

Lady_gagaToday I pledge 1 million dollars to New York & The American Red Cross for Hurricane Sandy Relief. If it wasn't for NYC: the Lower Eastside, Harlem, the Bronx and Brooklyn, I would not be the woman or artist that I am today. New York is relentless ambition, a drive to succeed, a place where there is a natural pursuit of diversity through compassion. Please accept this gift on behalf of myself, my parents Joe and Cynthia, and my sister Natali; with our deepest gratitude New York for raising us. Thank you for helping me build my spirit. I will now help you rebuild yours. Sincerely, Lady Gaga and The Germanottas


Former and Current NY Governors Blast Conservative Rabbi for Blaming Hurricane Sandy on Gay Marriage: AUDIO

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Last week, Right Wing Watch reported on Rabbi Noson Leiter of Torah Jews for Decency, who blamed Hurricane Sandy on gay marriage in an October 30 radio interview:

Leiter asserted that the “the Great Flood in the time of Noah was triggered by the recognition of same-gender marriages,” adding that there are similar “messages in this particular storm for us.” “The Lord will not bring another flood to destroy the entire world but He could punish particular areas with a flood, and if we look at the same-gender marriage recognition movement that’s occurring, that certainly is a message for us to learn,” he said. “We have to learn that the Lord does watch what we do and if we don’t shape up He will deliver divine justice.” Leiter also suggested that God flooded Lower Manhattan because it is “one of the national centers of homosexuality.”

Former NY Governor George Pataki blasted the rabbi's remarks over the weekend:

Pataki called on fellow Republican Neil DiCarlo — who is running on the Conservative Party line for a state Senate seat from the Hudson Valley — to denounce the remarks of Rabbi Noson Leiter. DiCarlo opposes gay marriage, and the orthodox rabbi made the statements in support of his third-party candidacy.

“It’s simply incomprehensible that anyone could attribute the devastation and loss of life caused by Hurricane Sandy to divine retribution against the New York State legislature,” Pataki railed.

Today, Governor Andrew Cuomo piled on:

"The comments made by Rabbi Noson Leiter that sought to link the devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy to our state's embrace of marriage equality are as offensive as they are ignorant. This catastrophic storm claimed the lives of more than forty New Yorkers. This kind of hateful rhetoric has no place in our public discourse, and is particularly distasteful in times of tragedy. Our state is proud to offer equal rights to all our citizens, and we will never tolerate the use of a tragedy like Hurricane Sandy to promote a divisive and bigoted agenda."

Listen to Leiter, AFTER THE JUMP...

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NYC's Rockaway Neighborhood Needs Us: VIDEO

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NYC's Rockaway Beach neighborhood was among those hardest hit by Hurricane Sandy. Documentarian Alex Braverman produced this powerful mini-documentary about the damage to the area and its residents, narrated by a voicemail he received from his friend Michelle Cortez who lives there.

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

Information on how to help the Rockaways can be found here. You can go to THIS WEBSITE to find volunteer opportunities in NYC.

In case you missed it over the weekend, NYC's Ali Forney Center, the largest shelter for LGBT Homeless Youth here in New York, suffered extensive damage in the storm. Click HERE to donate to the center.

There's going to be a benefit for the Ali Forney Center on November 11 at industry Bar in Hell's Kitchen. More info HERE.

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