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Towleroad TV: Spotlight on Jennifer Hudson

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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.

Watch it, AFTER THE JUMP...

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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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Barack Obama nominated as Democratic Candidate by Acclamation [tr]
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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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Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin talks to Towleroad at the DNC

Today, Towleroad's Corey Johnson spoke with Wisconsin Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin at the Democratic National Convention in Denver. Baldwin talked with us about her position on the platform committee and why this Convention's platform is historic as it relates to LGBT citizens.

08_2Says Baldwin: "We have seen in the past three platforms — the year 2000, 2004, and 2008 — a steady and bold progression to really embrace all the issues of equality that we've identified. So this platform calls for the first time ever for a comprehensive strategy to fight AIDS and HIV in the United States. It calls for the first time ever of fighting discrimination against people on the basis of many characteristics including for the first time gender identity. I think this is very powerfully important as we try to pass inclusive legislation. It speaks to the importance of our families, and our families (i.e. same-sex couples) receiving equal benefits obligations, and responsibilities as we try to protect our families. And putting our same-sex couples on the same and equal footing with all American families. It calls for the repeal of 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' and replacement  with a policy that allows all qualified servicemen and women to serve openly regardless of their sexual orientation. It opposes DOMA and calls specifically for an end to using the issue of our families as a wedge issue to divide Americans...As you hear me list those, it is unprecedented compared to prior platforms with its specificity. Not just general equality language but getting down to the specifics of what legislation we must pass. It calls for passage of a comprehensive ENDA. It is a remarkable document. We should feel very proud of it as Democrats and also because it reflects the vision and the values of our nominee."

Much more in the interview on ENDA, her support of Clinton during the primary, and what's ahead for the next four years.


Towleroad TV: Augusten Burroughs at Home in Massachusetts

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Our Towleroad TV team Josh Helmin and Josh Koll paid a visit to author Augusten Burroughs at his home in Amherst, Massachusetts where he lives with his partner Dennis and their two French bulldogs. Burroughs opened up about his new book, A Wolf at the Table, his tattoos, and his next big project.

Watch our latest segment, AFTER THE JUMP...

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