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Barney Frank on Marches, Effecting Change, and Running for Office

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As part of a larger interview for the site Reddit, Barney Frank answers a question about the National Equality March and whether marches can effect change. Frank believes the March becomes "a substitute for what we can really get done" by lobbying members of Congress.

Frank also talks about other gay issues that are in the pipeline and how miserable it is to run for office.

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Signorile: Pressure Works

In a new column in The Advocate, Michelangelo Signorile notes the divide between the grass roots and the Human Rights Campaign evidenced by action that has been taken by the administration only when pressure has been applied. He also has some suggestions for HRC:

Montage "The group has its work cut out for it — both in trying to bridge the divide between the organization and much of LGBT America and regaining the trust it needs from the grass roots and the Net roots if it wants to work together. It can start by really representing the mainstream LGBT thinking on Obama and his promises instead of heaping praise on the president and falling back on its access-at-all-costs strategy, which has never worked. And HRC should acknowledge to the White House that the grass roots is very organized, isn’t happy, and will be marching again. HRC can be a facilitator of that truth rather than apologizing for the administration. Rather than looking increasingly irrelevant, our big D.C. lobbying group could actually make itself look much stronger."


Voices from the National Equality March

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A really nice montage of speeches put together by Sean Chapin, AFTER THE JUMP...

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National Equality March: Laying of the Wreath at Arlington, and Interview with Lieutenant Dan Choi

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I didn't have a chance to process this clip earlier this week. It featuresf the Knights Out 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery during the National Equality March last weekend, and our interview with Lieutenant Dan Choi.

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News: Meghan McCain, India, Alan Cumming, Joe Solmonese, Boyzone

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Human Rights Campaign President Joe Solmonese suggests that the time frame in his 2017 letter can be seen as a "narrow window" in the scope of the gay rights movement.

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Straight Italian couple sues cruise company after showing up for their vacation to discover they were departing on Italy's first gay cruise: "My clients were also left embarrassed because among the passengers were people they knew and had no idea that were gay, which was uncomfortable for all parties."

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Gay Al is feeling tender.

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Iowa NAACP President announces support for anti-gay gubernatorial candidate Bob Vander Plaats.

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Report: Iran hanged a man last week for gay sodomy.

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Gay activists plan kiss-in at Fort Worth Stockyards: "The kissing booth will be on Exchange Street, right in the heart of the Stockyards and its bound to stir up controversy. In fact, one old cowboy has been quoted as warning gays that if they are not careful, they might be in for a whuppin'."

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Dan Savage has never slept with Janet Napolitano.

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A Spice Girls musical?

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Gus van Sant and Bret Easton Ellis collaborating on film adaptation of Vanity Fair article "The Golden Suicides".

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Gujarat state in India becomes home to the country's first elderly home for gay men: "The brainchild of Manvendra Singh Gohil, popularly known as India's gay prince, the project will be ready to accommodate elderly homosexuals by the end of the year. Manvendra Singh Gohil says, 'We will offer food, drinks and medical facilities for the people staying here, it will be their home.' The Rs 25-crore project will be home to 50 elderly gay men to start with. Requests for accommodation have already started trickling in."

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Alan Cumming in new photo shoot from David LaChapelle.

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Gecko madness!

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Boyzone to hold Stephen Gately vigil on night before the funeral: "Grieving Boyzone bandmates plan to stay in the church with Stephen Gately's body the night before his funeral. Ronan Keating, 32, Mikey Graham, 37, Shane Lynch, 33, and Keith Duffy, 35, have taken the decision because Gately 'would not want to be there on his own', a source close to the group revealed."

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No! Mia Michaels quits So You Think You Can Dance.

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Passerby mistakenly frees female killer of London gay man: "Police are looking for three young people including two blonde teenagers who were caught on CCTV arguing with Baynham and his 30-year-old companion. The victim's friend grabbed one of the girls, receiving cuts and bruises in the process, but the girl was freed by members of the public who wrongly thought she was being assaulted, said Detective Chief Inspector Clive Heys, who is leading the inquiry."

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Britney Spears shoots video for new single "3".

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Meghan McCain creates Twitter furor with cleavage photo.

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Muslim football team kicked out of league for refusing to play gay team.

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Congressman Jerrold Nadler: Repeal DOMA now.

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Lesbian says she was the victim of a hate crime at the National Equality March.

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Bishop Gene Robinson will be appearing tonight at an event in Portland, Maine: "Join us for an evening of edification and education as we gather to worship God and to hear the words of the Right Reverend V. Gene Robinson, Episcopal Bishop of the Diocese of New Hampshire. Sponsored by the Religious Coalition Against Discrimination, the Religious Coalition for the Freedom to Marry in Maine, Rev. Ann Fowler, the Cathedral Church of St. Luke, the Equity Fund of the Maine Community Foundation, and Integrity Maine"


Barney Frank Explains His Criticism of the National Equality March

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Joy Behar asked Barney Frank last night about health care reform and  about his remarks regarding last weekend's National Equality March. Frank told Michelangelo Signorile before the March: "Barack Obama doesn't need any pressure on these things. Secondly, if you do want to pressure Congress, I don't know what standing on the Mall on a weekend when no member of Congress is in town is going to do. All that's going to pressure is the grass."

Says Frank to Behar: "I am afraid that some people will come to Washington and they will march and think they've done it. That's why I said what I did. Marching isn't a negative thing but to the extent that people think that having marched they've done something effective they wouldn't do something that is effective."

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