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04/19/2007


Watch: Harvey Milk Pal and CA Assemblyman Tom Ammiano Talks 'DADT' Repeal, Gay Rights

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Gay California Assemblyman Tom Ammiano appeared on CBS5 in San Francisco to discuss the repeal of 'DADT' and the progress of the lgbt civil rights movement since Harvey Milk's time.

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Schwarzenegger Sends Coded 'F*ck You' Message in Veto Letter

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You may remember an early October Democratic fundraiser in San Francisco that I posted about, at which Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger showed up unannounced.

Ammiano Schwarzenegger wasn't received very well at the event, held at the Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco. He was heckled. One of the attendees, rumored to be Assemblyman Tom Ammiano, even yelled "Kiss my gay ass."

Well, Schwarzenegger vetoed an Ammiano-sponsored bill recently. "The bill, which passed unanimously in the Assembly and Senate, would have granted the Port of San Francisco expanded financing power to redevelop a former shipyard into a new neighborhood known as Pier 70," according to the AP.

Ammiano received the veto letter, and with it came an acrostic-like coded message in the left hand column: "Fuck you".

Here it is: 

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Said Ammiano's spokesperson Quintin Mecke: "Kudos to the governor for his creative use of coincidence. You certainly have to have a sense of humor in politics. Unfortunately, this humor came at the cost of the Port of San Francisco."





Schwarzenegger told 'Kiss My Gay Ass' at SF Democratic Fundraiser

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California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger received a hostile reception after showing up announced at a Democratic Party fundraiser at San Francisco's Fairmont Hotel last night, including shouts of "you lie" and "kiss my gay ass," reportedly made by State Assemblyman Tom Ammiano.

Ammiano later said: "This isn't a chamber where someone suffers through. This is our house -- and it's like someone came in and took a big dump. He showed up; it was rude, he got up there and it felt to us that he was trivializing all the issues we care about. You have a few options, and along with the labor people, we walked out."

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Sean Penn, Gay Leaders Push for 'Harvey Milk Day' in California

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California Assemblyman Mark Leno kicked off another bid to have May 22, Harvey Milk's birthday, made "a day of special significance" in the state. Last year the day was approved by the legislature only to have it vetoed by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger when it reached his desk.

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"Tuesday's announcement at Tosca Cafe attracted many leaders of the city's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, including Leno, Assemblyman Tom Ammiano, city Supervisors Bevan Dufty and David Campos and city Treasurer Jose Cisneros. Milk 'gave his life so that every elected official up here could hold office,' Leno said. But he added that Penn's powerful portrayal of Milk gives his bill an immediacy it didn't have last year. Penn said his research for the role convinced him that Milk's call for political activism and volunteerism is a message that's important to get into California schools. 'It's not just important but essential with such a heroic and seminal figure as Harvey Milk that we honor him in this way,' the actor said."

Said Penn: "I trust that Gov. Schwarzenegger is an increasingly reasonable man," he said. "And that he understands that passing on prejudices, as surrounds this issue ... is poisonous to future generations."

Added Leno: "If there's one thing Arnold Schwarzenegger understands, it's box office. And Harvey Milk now has box office."

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News: Michael Phelps, Marijuana, Sean Penn, Lindsay Lohan, Jai Ho

 road Florida Rep. Bob Allen, who was convicted of soliciting sex from a police officer in 2007, has given up trying to appeal his case: "While he's maintained his innocence and is confident of his innocence, there comes a point where you just have to move on with your life, and I think that's where he's at."

Simmie  road Family, friends and activists hold vigil on anniversary of murder of transgender Fort Lauderdale teen Simmie Williams. Mother: "I was hoping that I would have heard something by now, but not yet. I won't have peace until his killer is caught."

 road Lindsay Lohan offers a jittery update on her life, plus a gaunt photo shoot by Hedi Slimane.

 road New York Governor Paterson bringing back openly gay chief advisor: "And he has announced that he would bring back Charles J. O’Byrne, his former chief aide who resigned amid a tax scandal, to serve as a top political adviser. It is a potentially risky move, given that the governor will be seeking tax increases this spring, but it might help with the disarray that has plagued his inner circle."

 road Elton John Oscar party raises $4 million.

 road Penn jabs Madonna over Jesus Luz: "Another kid, already?"

 road Sean Penn opts out of Milk post-Oscar bash: "Not every celebrity completed his Oscar-party rounds. Saturday night, Best Actor winner Sean Penn - who neglected to thank his long-suffering wife in his acceptance speech - ditched Focus Features' bash for "Milk" at BLT Steak on Sunset Boulevard. 'It was the film producers' party for their own movie and Sean didn't show up,' said our astonished source." 

 road Chace Crawford and Ed Westwick share a ball.

Ammiano  road California Assemblyman Tom Ammiano introduces bill to legalize marijuana in California, would put pot on same footing as alcohol.

 road UK Evangelical Christian groups (Accepting Evangelicals, Courage, the Network of Baptists Affirming Lesbian and Gay Christians, the Evangelical Fellowship for Lesbian & Gay Christians, and the Christian think-tank Ekklesia) call on fellow Evangelicals to rethink attitudes toward gays following condemnation of Westboro Baptist Church outrage: "We would now call upon these groups to reflect on their own attitudes and prayerfully consider what their 'hate the sin, love the sinner' teaching does to the minds and souls of faithful Christians who are gay.

 road 1,000 mourn owner of gay bar in Schenectady, NY.

 road MUSTO: NYC movie theater responds to gay bashing claims.

 road Pussycat Dolls get their claws into Slumdog Millionaire best song "Jai Ho".

Bong  road Kelloggs' knee-jerk reaction to Michael Phelps bong photo cost it.

 road Michigan court recognizes adoption by Illinois gay couple: "The court ruled 2-1 that the U.S. Constitution requires state courts to recognize Diane Giancaspro and Lisa Congleton as adoptive parents. It reversed a trial judge who said Michigan’s 2004 voter-approved gay marriage ban kept her from enforcing the women’s parental rights."

 road Meet the gay teen on the upcoming Fame remake.

 road Gay Pride organizers in Chiang Mai, Thailand, call off second annual parade after taunts from protestors: "According to the Thai Nation newspaper, the protesters launched verbal attacks through a megaphone saying the event tarnished the city's reputation. They also reacted angrily to remarks made by the organisers that the 'Rak Chiang Mai 51' group was acting like thugs. Fearing violence, the organisers Mplus, Chiang Mai's largest HIV/AIDS group, called the march which was to start from Buddha-sathan through Night Bazaar before ending at the Tawan Trendy Mall. The confrontation reportedly lasted an hour before the organisers agreed to dismantle the stage and cancel the activities in the area. The report noted that 150 policemen had been mobilised for the parade."


California Assembly Committee Passes Resolution Opposing Prop 8

Yesterday, the California Assembly Judiciary Committee passed a resolution on Proposition 8, calling the measure an improper revision to the state constitution:

Ammiano"Today the members of the Assembly Judiciary Committee passed House Resolution 5 (Ammiano, D-San Francisco) by a vote of 7 to 3, which resolves that the Assembly opposes the implementation of Prop 8. H.R. 5 states that Prop 8 is an improper revision of the California Constitution. 'I am proud of my colleagues and their unequivocal support of equal treatment for all Californians. This resolution speaks directly to the fundamental rights of same-sex couples to have equal protection under the Constitution, rights that cannot be taken away by popular vote. I am confident that the Assembly will support the repeal of Proposition 8 and confirm the basic rights of all Californians,' said Assemblymember Tom Ammiano (D-San Francisco), author of HR 5."

A similar resolution, authored by Mark Leno, has been introduced in California's senate. The Supreme court is scheduled to hear arguments on the legality of Proposition 8 on March 5.


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