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Towleroad in Brief: 5 Questions for Frank Rich


On Friday afternoon, Towleroad's Corey Johnson and I paid a visit to the office of New York Times columnist Frank Rich (you may remember his recent column on the National Organization for Marriage and the waning of the anti-gay movement). Rich answered a few of our questions about the LGBT community and Democrats, the state of the Republican Party, traditional media vs. new media, the Miss California blow-up, and the ethics of outing closeted elected officials.

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Barney Frank Talks: The Inauguration, the Economy, and LGBT Issues


On the day before Obama's inauguration, we were able to visit Congressman Barney Frank (D-MA) in his Capitol Hill apartment. Because I was having some problems with the video, I wasn't able to upload it until now.

The video is in three parts. Watch it, AFTER THE JUMP...

In the first clip, Corey Johnson talks to Frank about the present and past inaugurations. Says Frank of Obama and the Democrats: "I think people are very discouraged by the Bush administration and the cavalry has arrived to rescue us."

In the second, they discuss the economy. Says Frank: "There's never in my experience been a sharper divide between the political and economic opinions of the average citizen in this country and those of the small number of people at the top of the pyramid. And the people at the top of the pyramid better understand that the great bulk of Americans are no longer licensing them to go and do what they think is necessary to provide assistance to these top institutions."

In the third clip, Frank discusses LGBT issues and the bills related to them: Says Frank: "I believe by the end of this Congress, two years from now, we will have repealed 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell', we will have passed a fully-inclusive hate crimes bill, and we will very probably have passed a fully-inclusive ENDA, and we will also begin...starting the process of getting recognition of ... partner benefits for federal employees. That's probably as far as we're going to be able to go politically right now in the marriage area." He also talks about media exposure and his public persona.

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Towleroad TV: Spotlight on Jennifer Hudson


Towleroad TV correspondents Josh Helmin and Josh Koll recently sat down for a brief chat with Oscar-winning actress and singer Jennifer Hudson, who released her self-titled debut album last week.

Hudson talked about an interview last year in which her remarks about gay marriage were misconstrued: "A lot of times you do interviews and everybody's not a fan. They want to turn things around and display you in a certain way. It broke my heart because I don't feel that way at all. It hurt to see me being misrepresented in that way."

Asked if she'd be there to support one of her gay friends at a marriage in California, Hudson replied: "I'll be singin!"

She also talks about whether she'll be making a return for the Sex and the City sequel.

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Previously on TowleroadTV
Towleroad TV: Augusten Burroughs at Home in Massachusetts [tr]
Mario Lopez on A Chorus Line, His New Book, and Gay Fans [tr]
Christopher Rice on Death Threats and His New Thriller Blind Fall [tr]
You can find Josh & Josh at Josh & Josh are Rich and Famous.

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Towleroad interview with Dave Noble
Director of the LGBT Vote for the Obama Campaign

08_3Towleroad had the opportunity to speak with Dave Noble, Director for the LGBT vote for the Obama campaign. Noble is the former executive director of the National Stonewall Democrats and most recently director of public policy and government affairs at the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force. Noble talked to Towleroad's Corey Johnson about mobilizing the LGBT vote, as well as the stark contrast between Obama and McCain's record on LGBT issues.

Check out all our DNC coverage by clicking here.

And don't miss our slide show of the DNC here.

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Michelle Obama Speaks to LGBT Delegates at Convention Lunch [tr]

Towleroad Talks with the Washington Post's Jonathan Capehart

08_2Towleroad sat down in the Big Tent near the Pepsi Center in Denver to talk to Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist and Washington Post editorial board member Jonathan Capehart about the selection of Joe Biden as Barack Obama's running mate.

Here's Capehart's article referenced in the discussion.

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Congressman Barney Frank Talks to Towleroad at the DNC

Yesterday we met with Congressman Barney Frank in the halls of the Pepsi Center at the Democratic Naitonal Convention in Denver. Frank spoke to Towleroad's Corey Johnson about gays voting Republican, 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell', and the Employment Non-Discrimination Act. Here's part of what Frank had to say about that:

08"If we pick up 15 or 20 Democrats, most of them will be supportive. But I am disappointed in the transgender community. They seem to think that if Nancy Pelosi and myself, George Miller and a few others waved a magic wand we could deliver it. Look, this past year in the legislatures of Maryland, Massachusetts, and New York, efforts to add transgender protections...were defeated. And I testified for it in Massachusetts and lobbied for it. And as a political problem out there, I wish there weren't, but pretending that something doesn't exist is never a good way to deal with it. I am afraid that too many people in the transgender community think that talking to me and Nancy Pelosi is the way to do it. I don't yet see enough grassroots lobbying on their part.

"I do think that the hearing that we had — and by the way, we had a hearing in the House over the objections of many of the transgender leadership. But I really doubt their political wisdom...Because they said it was part of our deal to separate it from ENDA and they wanted to not have anything separate. We did a good job in that hearing and we helped persuade some people. So we're making progress. We'd make even more progress if the transgender community was willing to do the hard political work. And not, frankly, think they can just talk a few leaders into handing this to them."

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