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Watch: Senator Kirsten Gillibrand Speaks at Gay Pride Shabbat


Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) was recently invited to speak at the Congregation Beit Simchat Torah's Gay Pride Shabbat.

Watch her remarks, AFTER THE JUMP...

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News: Genderless Citizen, Mika, Puffin, Gay Blood, Gerry Adams

 roadVirginia AG Cuccinelli defends anti-gay advice in Sunday op-ed. And, he's a birther.

 roadFederal health officials to reexamine 27-year-old ban on blood donations from gays.

Genderless  roadGenderless: Australian becomes first in nation to be identified as neither male nor female.

 roadVideo: Lady Gaga comes close to fainting during concert.

 roadAssessment due this week on implementing "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" in a "more humane" manner.

 roadSinn Fein president Gerry Adams called hypocrite for plans to attend St. Patrick's Day celebrations that exclude gays and women: "David Ford, leader of the Alliance Party of Northern Ireland, said: 'Sinn Fein at home talks a lot about inclusivity and equality. On the face of it it seems Mr Adams applies different standards in the US.'"

 roadVirginia Governor Bob McDonnell rejects demands to push legislation, saying his unenforceable directive urging the state not to discriminate against gays and lesbians was sufficient: "I believe that takes care of it."

 roadWill actual Italians be offended by the Guidos of Jersey Shore?

 roadWatch: Mika kicks ass in new video.

Gsw  roadGolden State Warriors hold first LGBT appreciation night, but don't announce it during game: "Just before the start of Thursday's game against the Portland Trail Blazers, the Oakland-East Bay Gay Men's Chorus stood at halfcourt in tuxedos and sang the national anthem. At halftime, the world's only gay-identified cheerleading team, Cheer SF, gave a high-octane performance, tossing male and female fliers into the air. Although no public announcement was made during the game that it was LGBT appreciation night, the audience clapped enthusiastically for the performers."

 roadRielle Hunter tells all to GQ about her relationship with John Edwards: "I mean, just for starters, I never 'hit on' Johnny. I'm not a predator, I'm not a gold digger, I'm not the stalker. I didn't have any power in that way in our relationship. He held all the power. And then, you know, um, Elizabeth's book tour and Johnny's interview [in August 2008 with ABC's Bob Woodruff] were devastating to me. But I also knew it didn't mean anything."

 roadSitges, Spain to hold first gay pride from July 9-13.

Puffin  roadMore signs of the apocalypse: Last week, a black penguin, this week a white puffin.

 roadThe Wishing Well: drop off an anonymous note.

 roadMale model fix: Terron Wood.

 roadJoe dioGuardi, father of American Idol judge Kara DioGuardi, to oppose Kirsten Gillibrand in NY Senate race.

 roadSome important points for LGBT people on filling out your 2010 Census.

 roadGlee spoilers.

 roadWolves kill teacher while jogging in Alaska: "Her body was dragged off a rural road, leaving a bloody track, into the nearby bush and was surrounded by wolf tracks. Police said wolves in the area had been aggressive recently. If confirmed, it is believed to be the first fatal wolf attack in the US in 50 years."

Harold Ford Jr. Faces Brutal Crowd at NYC Gay Center


Photo above via DailyKos.

From all reports, potential Senate candidate Harold Ford Jr. faced a tough crowd tonight as he spoke to the Stonewall Democrats at the New York Lesbian, Gay and Transgender Community Center: "They said they don't trust him and shouted that he is 'anti-gay.' Ford said all he can do is explain he was wrong in the past and has changed his mind."

Thepower DailyKos reports:

"This did not go well for Harold. If he had supporters, it was not evident... If not for the efforts of organizers, it would have devolved into a real scene. The loudest applause came when Lt. Dan Choi expressed support for incumbent Senator Kirsten Gillibrand. He told Ford he seemed to be asking our community to 'fire her' to reward her for her fierce advocacy. Ford didn't do himself any favors by asking a questioner to clarify what 'Lawrence v. Texas' was. Ladies will be glad to hear the room was equally activated when Ford tried to distance himself from his pro-life past."

Talking Points Memo adds:

"Some defended Ford for changing his mind. 'He has a right to change his view,' said Charles Bayor, Stonewall's secretary. 'I give him credit for coming here ... It's not fair to treat him with disrespect.' Lt. Dan Choi, the National Guardsman who has become a vocal opponent of Don't Ask, Don't Tell, was at the meeting and questioned Ford on the policy. Ford said he fully supports repeal. But for Choi and others, that may not be enough -- especially since Gillibrand has become a public opponent of the policy, which bans openly gay men and women from serving in the military. 'You'd be punishing our only advocate in the Senate,' Choi said. 'You can count on me to do the same thing' as Gillibrand, Ford responded."

The NY Daily News files its report here.

Some initial video (with plenty of heckling) shot by David Badash (read his report here) at The New Civil Rights Movement, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Don't Ask, Don't Tell Update: Big Round-up of News, Quotes, and Clips


 roadFOX News Military analyst Colonel David Hunt calls "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" an "abject failure" and Fox & Friends joins the chorus of those calling for the repeal, calling McCain "just wrong" on his position.

 roadFred Hochberg, head of the U.S. Import-Export Bank chimes in on "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" during an interview with ABC News, saying "[Mullen] understands that this is a cultural change in the military... It is moving. It is moving as rapidly as it can."

Watch both clips, AFTER THE JUMP...

 roadGillibrand The Advocate's Kerry Eleveld says that Kirsten Gillibrand's proposal to cut off funding related to military procedures surrounding DADT is being met with caution by advocacy organizations in Washington, like SLDN, saying it might disrupt the process underway in the Senate Armed Services Committee. Said Aburey Sarvis of SLDN: "It's helpful to talk about cutting funding for ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ discharges, but we must be strategic about when such a move would be made and now is premature."

 roadThe Military Times has published the results of a "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" survey. The paper reports: "An exclusive survey of some 3,000 active-duty troops shows such opposition has fallen sharply from nearly two-thirds (65 percent) in 2004 to about half (51 percent) today."

 roadThe Palm Center is planning a summit on DADT that will highlight the experiences of other nations that allow gays and lesbians to serve openly in the armed forces.

 roadReed Senator Jack Reed (D-RI) was asked about DADT on Bloomberg's Political Capital over the weekend. He said that the process could stretch into next year. Said Reed: ""I thought the secretary and chairman were both appropriately supportive of the policy change. But also recognizing that there has to be not only a decision but also an implementation plan. I would hope that we're talking about within this year or next year."

 roadRich NYT columnist Frank Rich's Sunday column focused on the silence of the right on DADT following Joint Chiefs Chair Mike Mullen's testimony last week: "It’s in this political context that we can see that there may have been some method to Obama’s troublesome tardiness on gay issues after all. But as we learned about this White House and the Democratic Congress in the health care debacle, they are perfectly capable of dropping the ball at any moment. Let’s hope they don’t this time. Should they actually press forward on “don’t ask” in an election year with Mullen and Gates on board — and with even McCain’s buddy, Joe Lieberman, calling for action “as soon as possible” — they could further the goal and raise the political price for those who stand in the way. "

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Gillibrand to Introduce Legislation That Would Withhold Funding for Military Procedures Related to 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'

Senator Kirsten Gillbrand (D-NY) plans to announce she's introducing legislation that would financially curtail the military's ability to process discharges under "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," the Caucus reports:

Gillibrand Ms. Gillibrand, who is fighting to defend her appointed seat in New York, will announce her plans on Saturday night in Manhattan at a fund-raiser for a gay rights group, according to someone with direct knowledge of the senator’s plans.

Ms. Gillibrand’s proposal, which would be introduced as an amendment to the federal budget, would deny funding to the military for the costs of pursuing inquiries, dismissal proceedings and other procedures associated with enforcing the ban.

Gillibrand reportedly plans to make the announcement at a Human Rights Campaign gala dinner in New York over the weekend.

News: David Furnish, Utah, Megan Phelps, , GayTM, Snooki

 roadClose the GayTM: The DNC gave $500,000 to anti-gay Blue Dog Democrat Ben Nelson.

Phelps road Andrew Belonsky interviews Westboro Baptist Church's Megan Phelps.

 roadPoof: Snooki gets makeover.

 roadBarney Frank named 'Porker of the Year'.

 roadPreliminary hearing for killer of Jorge Steven Lopez Mercado continues...

 roadMore Mehcad Brooks underwear shots.

 roadBehind-the-scenes of Kellan Lutz and Fernando Verdasco's underwear photo shoots.

 roadDavid Furnish: Fighting HIVAIDS must be top priority in rebuilding Haiti. "...the process of rebuilding Haiti is an opportunity - an opportunity not only to rebuild homes, businesses, and hospitals, but also to address the longstanding health and social challenges that have resulted in still-too-high infection rates. Without confronting these challenges, HIV/AIDS prevalence could increase to previous levels and compromise all other rebuilding and recovery efforts."

 roadZac Posen did not want to ruin his image by being photographed with a Muppet.

 roadRetired Navy Captain Joan Darrah on "Don't Ask, Don't Tell".

Utah roadThe state of Utah's word game marriage campaign.

 roadMan stuck on ice floe in the North Sea is saved by a woman watching the sunset on a webcam in Germany, who spotted him trying to signal someone with his camera flash: "The woman contacted police, who located the man's signals and guided him into shore by flashing their car lights. Officiers then lectured him on the dangers of trekking on the ice."

 roadSenator Kirsten Gillibrand to speak at HRC NYC gala.

 roadVictim of November anti-gay attack in UK remains in coma, may not recover.

 roadKell on Earth: OUT interviews Kelly Cutrone's assistant Andrew Mukamal.

 roadTimes Square to get Valentine's Ice Heart.

 roadMarriage activists to stage three weeks of events in Pennsylvania.

 roadDoctors communicate with man in coma by asking him to think of things: "They devised a technique to enable the man, now 29, to answer yes and no to ­simple questions through the use of a hi-tech scanner, monitoring his brain ­activity. To answer yes, he was told to think of playing tennis, a motor activity. To answer no, he was told to think of wandering from room to room in his home, visualising everything he would expect to see there, creating activity in the part of the brain governing spatial awareness. His doctors were amazed when the patient gave the correct answers to a series of questions about his family."


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