What’s Shakin’ – Wolfman at Wortham, Vampires on Pacific St.

The Wolfman1. If you got your hard-core Halloween partying out of the way this weekend, why not curl up under the stars (and a blanket) for the 1941 horror classic “The Wolfman,” at the Miller Outdoor Theater in Herman Park. Show starts at 7:30 pm. In this version the Wolfman (Lon Chaney Jr.) has an estranged father, frequents antique stores, caries an ornate walking stick for no particular reason and (of course) engages in nocturnal behavior of a hairy and bestial sort. Sounds like some of my friends. Admission is free, but prime spots on the lawn fill up quickly so arrive early.

2. If you didn’t get your hard-core partying out of the way then you’ll be glad to know that the clubs of Pacific street are still going strong. JR’s Bar‘s “Anytheme Goes” party (808 Pacific) and Meteor‘s “True Blood” festivities (2306 Genesee) continue tonight with a costume contests at 11 pm, while South Beach‘s “Twilight” fete (810 Pacific) waits till midnight for its contest . Cash prizes are up for grabs at all three for best costume, best couple or group and most outrageous costume.

3. Broadway World reports that Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D – NY, plans to introduce the Senate companion to the “Every Child Deserves a Family Act” introduced by Rep. Pete Stark, D – CA, last May. The bill would remove barriers to otherwise qualified LGBT parents servings as foster parents or adopting. “By removing all barriers for LGBT families to serve as foster parents, New York City has increased its foster parent pool by nearly 26,000 prospective parents,” said Gillibrand. This legislation would open thousands of new foster and adoptive homes to children ensuring they are raised in loving families.” So far only three of Texas’ thirty-two congressional representatives, including Houston’s own Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, have signed on as cosponsors.

 

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Presidential candidates and Congressional leaders to mingle with anti-gay hate groups

crossposted on Holy Bullies and Headless Monsters

From People for the American Way's Right-Wing Watch:

In April, the Freedom Federation will host its second annual “Awakening” conference entitled “Raising Our Voices: Equipping and Empowering a New Revolution” which organizer hope will feature a mix of right-wing activists like Lou Engle, Tony Perkins, Mat Staver, Frank Gaffney, Wendy Wright, David Barton, and Gary Bauer with Republican leaders like Cuccinelli, Michele Bachmann, Marco Rubio, Alan West, Mike Pence, Newt Gingrich, and Mike Huckabee

The following are the list of speakers, some of which are a cornucopia of anti-gay voices:

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I see that Mike Huckabee, Sen. Marc Rubio, and Reps. Mike Pence, Allen West and Michelle Bachmann are going to be at the conference and thus will be hobnobbing with members of the Family Research Council (Tony Perkins), the Traditional Values Coalition (Andrea Lafferty), and Concerned Women for America (Wendy Wright) – three anti-gay hate groups according to the Southern Poverty Law Center,

The designations was given to these three organizations not because of their “religious beliefs” regarding homosexuality and gay marriage but because of their insistence in spreading false and ugly propaganda about the gay community (i.e. homosexuality and pedophilia are connected.)

One has to wonder what the panel discussions at the conference will be this year. Last year, Lafferty and the Liberty Counsel's Matt Barber led a panel discussion on the so-called dangers of homosexuality. It was during this discussion that Lafferty made the absurd claim that pro-gay nondiscrimination laws will lead to the molestation of crippled war veterans.

No doubt, Huckabee and company will probably still attend this conference even after told about these organizations and no doubt they will give a false explanation of why they will mingle with anti-gay groups if asked – something along the line of “it's unfair that these groups are being called hateful simply because their religious beliefs.”

But the fact that these folks will attend a conference with anti-gay hate groups is good to know, especially in light of the knowledge that Huckabee, Pence, and Bachmann are possible Presidential candidates.  All the more reason that they become three people who have no place residing at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.

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TX: GOP congressional candidate: violent overthrow of government is ‘on the table’

Holy mother of dog, this is the Texas GOP in 2010. This guy is referred to as “Constitutionalist Pastor” Stephen Broden. (Dallas Morning News):

Republican congressional candidate Stephen Broden stunned his party Thursday, saying he would not rule out violent overthrow of the government if elections did not produce a change in leadership.

In a rambling exchange during a TV interview, Broden, a South Dallas pastor, said a violent uprising “is not the first option,” but it is “on the table.” That drew a quick denunciation from the head of the Dallas County GOP, who called the remarks “inappropriate.”

Broden, a first-time candidate, is challenging veteran incumbent Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson in Dallas’ heavily Democratic 30th Congressional District. Johnson’s campaign declined to comment on Broden.

In the interview, Brad Watson, political reporter for WFAA-TV (Channel 8), asked Broden about a tea party event last year in Fort Worth in which he described the nation’s government as tyrannical.

“We have a constitutional remedy,” Broden said then. “And the Framers say if that don’t work, revolution.”

I love the soft sell response by the county chair — “inappropriate” LOLOLOL. WTF!?  Bring on the crazeee…

Also in June 2009, Broden compared those governing the United States to Nazi Germany.


“Let me tell you that is something that happened in Germany when the Jews were walking into the furnaces and they didn’t even try to stop or fight their way. They walked in because they did not believe that this was happening. They didn’t believe that humanity could be so evil. I am submitting to you tonight that is where America is right now. They are our enemies and we must resist them.”

News 8 wanted to know if Broden was trying to say that Barack Obama is like Adolph Hitler. “No I am not,” he said Thursday.

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NC GOP Congressional candidate Renee Ellmers rails about Ground Zero ‘Victory Mosque

I don’t know Renee Elmers, but whoever is advising her that running an ad about a ‘Victory Mosque’ at Ground Zero is a useful ad for people she intends to serve in the 2nd District is a dumbass. All we’re talking about here are jobs, health care — you know, reality-based needs of the people. We’re 500 miles away from Ground Zero for crying out loud.

Apologies in advance for wasting 30 seconds of your time, but the drama-filled ad is so craptacularly inflammatory — and says nothing about what Elmers brings to the table. How on earth is she supposed to unseat Dem. Bob Ethridge with this drivel? If I were Elmers, I’d want my money back on this one.


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HRC Attends The Congressional Black Caucus Conference

The following comes from HRC’s Associate Director of Diversity, Donna Payne:

The Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) held it’s 40th Annual Legislative Conference in Washington, D.C., on September 15th-18th. The CBC represents all of the black members of Congress. For over 10 years, HRC’s political and diversity departments have participated in attending the conference.

This year, our work became a collaboration with the National Black Justice Coalition’s inaugural program – Out on the Hill, which was designed to organize around public policy priorities that have the ability to move black communities to a conversations that includes the entire community, including the black LGBT community. The event worked in conjunction with the CBC Conference so that people could show a strong black LGBT presence at the conference workshops. This is an important collaboration for the LGBT community to support, because many of us have experienced a denial of our presence within our communities.

The inaugural NBJC event hosted a White House briefing, which included presentations from key White House officials and representatives such as Michael Blake, the Associate Director of the White House Office of Public Engagement about African American administration initiatives, and Jeffrey Crowley, Director of the Office of National AIDS Policy on the national HIV/AIDS strategy. The session was led by Brian Bond, the LGBT Liaison and Deputy Director of the White House Office of Public Engagement.

HRC participants at NBJC activities were Marc Nichols from our Business Council, Ashly Smith from the HRC D.C. Steering Committee, John Isa and Mary Snider from our Board of Directors and myself, Associate Director of Diversity and a founding board member of NBJC, Donna Payne. Our new HRC Diversity Assistant for the HBCU Program, Lauren Waters, worked with HBCU students attending the program so that they were up to date on HRC resources and outreach.

For the first time, the CBC workshops included a panel discussion given by the Arcus Foundation entitled:  Breaking Down Barriers: Creating a Progressive Black Agenda for the 21st Century. The discussion included 6 panelists who discussed ways in which the black community can develop a progressive movement from a perspective that is inclusive of the needs and concerns of black LGBT people and other vulnerable communities. Historically, it is the first time that an open panel on African American LGBT concerns has been supported by the CBC. The workshop, overflowing with attendees, was highlighted by the address of Congresswoman Maxine Waters. For so many of us, this speech was the perfect capstone for a truly historic event.


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Like DADT Repeal, Immigration Reform Deserves Congressional Attention

As HRC fights to get the Senate to take up the FY 2011 Defense Authorization bill, which contains language to repeal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” (DADT), Senate Majority Leader Reid has also made clear that he wants to offer an amendment to the Defense bill that would make undocumented youth eligible for a path to citizenship as they complete a college degree or two years of military service (the “DREAM Act”).  While it is obvious why repealing DADT is important to the LGBT community, reforming our nation’s broken immigration system is important to our community as well.

On Sunday, March 21, 2010, members and supporters of HRC joined hundreds of organizations in the March for America to call on Congress and President Obama to fix our country’s broken immigration system.  Since then, HRC has loudly spoken out against the draconian measures taken in Arizona to criminalize an entire class of human beings.  When four students from Florida – Felipe Matos, Gaby Pacheco, Carlos Roa, and Juan Rodriguez – embarked on a 1500-mile journey from Miami to our nation’s capitol to spotlight the DREAM Act, HRC hosted these students in DC. 

Why is HRC interested in these issues?  Because, like the LGBT community, the undocumented immigrant community is often marginalized by society.  It is exposed to deep-seeded hatred, discrimination and hate violence – issues that are all too familiar to the LGBT community.  In addition, much like the pre-Lawrence sodomy statutes that criminalized lesbian and gay relationships, measures such as the draconian Arizona law dehumanize and criminalize an entire community of people based on their actual or perceived immigration status.  Like DADT repeal, immigration reform proposals, such the DREAM Act, deserve the attention of Congress.  As we at HRC work to end discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, we will continue to support our friends working to reform our broken immigration system.


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Congressional candidate Suzan DelBene endorsed by leading LGBT advocacy organizations

Washington voters in the 8th Congressional District have a golden opportunity this fall to replace the anti-LGBT incumbent U.S. Representative Dave Reichert (R) with the highly-qualified, pro-equality challenger Suzan DelBene.  Suzan DelBene, a champion of civil rights for all Washingtonians, has pledged “In Congress, I will work to ensure equal rights for all Americans at work, home and in their communities”.

The incumbent Reichert has voted for the federal marriage amendment and against the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.  Reichert is out of step with the people of CD-8; last year 53.8% of the CD-8 electorate demonstrated their respect for their LGBT neighbors by ratifying Washington’s comprehensive domestic partnership expansion law via Referendum 71.

Suzan DelBene, like the fair-minded majority in her district, has taken strong pro-choice and pro-equality positions.  On her campaign website she clearly states:

Protecting choice for women:

I firmly believe that medical decisions should be made between a woman and her doctor, and not by politicians.

Ensuring civil rights:

Every one of us has equal rights under the law.  It’s that simple.  Therefore, we need to end “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” and repeal the Defense of Marriage Act.  I support government-sanctioned civil marriage and believe that churches can decide for themselves whether to recognize same sex couples.

Suzan DelBene has been endorsed by Equal Rights Washington, Stonewall Democrats of Washington and Human Rights Campaign.

“I’m honored to have the support of these organizations,” said DelBene. “I don’t believe the government should be in the business of discrimination, and I will work to ensure equal rights for all Americans at work, home and in their communities.”  

The DelBene campaign’s press release announcing these endorsements is below the fold.  Here’s what ERW’s Executive Director Josh Friedes had to say:

Equal Rights Washington, the state’s largest LGBT civil rights organization, is delighted that our first ever endorsement in a United States Congressional race is Suzan DelBene. Suzan exemplifies the commitment to civil rights that we know typifies the voters of Washington’s 8th Congressional District. Congressman Reichert’s vote against the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell is unacceptable and out of step with the people he represents. The people of the 8th Congressional District have long treated their LGBT family members, neighbors and co-workers with dignity and respect. The 8th Congressional District deserves a representative who will work to ensure that the civil rights of all Washingtonians are respected. DelBene, not Reichert, represents the values of the 8th Congressional District.

Suzan DelBene has also been endorsed by Governor Chris Gregoir, the Seattle Times, The News Tribune, a solid list of other press, labor, health and democratic and organizations and legislators.

Please join Suzan DelBene on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Flickr.  And of course if you live in CD-8, please cast your ballot for Suzan DelBene for U.S. Representative.
Press release from the Suzan DelBene campaign announcing endorsements by LGBT advocacy organizations.

For Immediate Release

August 12, 2010

Scott Whiteaker, 206-303-9716

Suzan DelBene endorsed by leading LGBT advocacy organizations

(Renton, Wash.) – Today Suzan DelBene’s campaign for Congress is announcing three major endorsements from leading LGBT advocacy organizations – the Human Rights Campaign, Washington Stonewall Democrats and Equal Rights Washington.

The contrast between DelBene and her opponent, incumbent Congressman Dave Reichert, could not be clearer when it comes to fighting for the rights of LGBT individuals and families. Reichert voted against the amendment to repeal Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, and for a constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage.

The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) is the nation’s largest LGBT civil rights organization with more than 750,000 members and supporters.

“Suzan DelBene understands the importance of equality for all Americans, including those in the LGBT community” said Joe Solmonese, President of the Human Rights Campaign. “The fight to give all Americans equal rights is far from over, and representatives like Suzan will help lead that fight in Congress.”

Equal Rights Washington Executive Director Josh Friedes had this to say:

“Equal Rights Washington, the state’s largest LGBT civil rights organization, is delighted that our first ever endorsement in a United States Congressional race is Suzan DelBene. Suzan exemplifies the commitment to civil rights that we know typifies the voters of Washington’s 8th Congressional District. Congressman Reichert’s vote against the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell is unacceptable and out of step with the people he represents. The people of the 8th Congressional District have long treated their LGBT family members, neighbors and co-workers with dignity and respect. The 8th Congressional District deserves a representative who will work to ensure that the civil rights of all Washingtonians are respected. DelBene, not Reichert, represents the values of the 8th Congressional District.”

“As the voice of the LGBT community within the Washington Democrats, we’re going to do all we can to help Suzan win the 8th Congressional District,” said George Pieper of the Washington Stonewall Democrats. “Suzan strongly supports the rights of LGBT individuals and families and our members are going to work tirelessly so she can represent us in the other Washington.”

“I’m honored to have the support of these organizations,” said DelBene. “I don’t believe the government should be in the business of discrimination, and I will work to ensure equal rights for all Americans at work, home and in their communities.”

Cross-posted at Washblog.
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