Conservatives blast ‘Kinky Boots’ performance in Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

Unknown-1Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade’s inclusion of a musical number from the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical Kinky Boots angered conservatives, Back 2 Stonewall reported, and they took to Twitter, Facebook and other forms of social media to attack Macy’s.

“Macy’s worst decision ever with your cross dresser show on Thanksgiving, you’ve completely removed the family part of thanksgiving,” Adam Cervas wrote. “Absolutely disgusting, whoever made that decision should be fired.”

Rebecca King fired off a lengthier rant. “Boycotting Macy’s immediately,” she wrote. “My entire family and I were altogether disgusted. Changed the channel within seconds of the ‘Kinky Boots’ act, before my young children were exposed to the highly sexualized explicit adult material. Disappointed is an understatement. As a business, you know that Word Of Mouth (WOM) communication is a huge part of marketing. You should also know that negative WOM spreads faster than positive. Be assured, I will never say another positive word about your company, but will make sure those who missed out on the debacle of your parade this year are aware of your grand entrance into the push of sexuality onto young children. A public apology is owed. Americans deserve better than this.”

Kinky Boots, the story of a struggling shoe factory owner who teams up with a drag queen to save his business, is infused with a delightful message of acceptance and celebration of diversity. However, the meaning behind the performance the cast of the musical delivered during the parade seemed to be lost on many who left a flurry of furious posts on Macy’s Facebook page.

You can watch the performance that ignited the conservatives’ outrage below. Anyone wishing to counter the assault can go to Macy’s Facebook page and leave a message.

—  Steve Ramos

Still no single clear leader in Republican presidential contest

Romney often under fire from conservatives for changing positions on issues including LGBT rights

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STEVEN R. HURST  |  Associated Press
editor@dallasvoice.com

WASHINGTON — Republicans are growing significantly less satisfied with the field of candidates to challenge President Barack Obama next year, and they are about evenly split in their support for Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich, a new Associated Press-GfK poll finds.

Despite Obama’s low approval ratings and deep vulnerability over his handling of the U.S. economy, the poll of all people surveyed, including Democrats and independents, found Romney and the president statistically even. Obama leads Gingrich 51 percent to 42 percent.

With three weeks remaining before the Iowa caucus, the first contest where voters actually declare their choice of a candidate, Romney’s argument that his Washington outsider status sets him apart has not blocked Gingrich’s stunning climb to the top of the field.

A similar AP-GfK poll of Republicans in October found Gingrich well behind the leading candidates, with 7 percent. Romney had 30 percent.

The new poll conducted earlier this month finds Gingrich preferred by 33 percent of Republicans and Romney by 27 percent. However, that finding falls just within the poll’s margin of error of plus or minus 6 percentage points.

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All other candidates are in single digits.

The poll also found a considerable drop in satisfaction with the overall Republican field. In October, 66 percent of Republican adults were satisfied, and 29 percent unsatisfied. Now, 56 percent are satisfied and 40 percent unsatisfied.

Voter preferences in early voting states such as Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina do not necessarily match those in national polls. The Iowa caucus is Jan. 3. The New Hampshire primary is one week later.

At a time when polls show plummeting public approval of government, the 68-year-old Gingrich has a long history in the capital as a member of Congress, speaker of the House of Representatives and, since 1998, a lucrative, Washington-based consultant, speaker and author.

Except for four years as Massachusetts governor, Romney, 64, has spent his career in business and management. He ran unsuccessfully for the Senate in 1994 and for president in 2008.

Both men have earned millions of dollars over the years.  Romney has built his campaign largely on the argument that his business background makes him better suited for the presidency than anyone else, especially on creating jobs in an economy where unemployment remains at 8.6 percent. But in a recent debate in Iowa, Romney at first struggled to name issues on which he and Gingrich disagree.

After citing Gingrich’s support for a mining colony on the moon and changes to child labor laws, Romney said: “The real difference, I believe, is our backgrounds. I spent my life in the private sector. I understand how the economy works.”

Among Republicans who say they prefer a non-Washington candidate, Romney has a modest edge over Gingrich. Gingrich has a larger advantage among those who say they prefer Washington experience in a nominee.

Romney’s better showing in a head-to-head matchup with Obama may give him some ammunition with Republicans whose top priority is ousting the president. Otherwise, Republicans appear to see Romney and Gingrich as similar in many important ways. The two men polled about evenly on the questions of who would be a strong leader, has the right experience, understands ordinary people’s problems and can bring needed change. Romney holds a clear edge on who is most likable. Gingrich leads on the question of who “has firm policy positions.” Romney is often asked about his changed positions on abortion, gay rights, gun control and immigration. Gingrich, however, also has shifted views on key issues.

AP Deputy Polling Director Jennifer Agiesta and News Survey Specialist Dennis Junius contributed to this report.

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition December 16, 2011.

—  Kevin Thomas

Early voting results in Houston Races

At 7 pm the polls closed. The Harris County Clerk’s office must now count and tabulate the votes cast today in Houston’s 769 voting precincts. While we wait for the final results, let’s take a look at the numbers from early voting:

City of Houston, MAYOR, with 46,333 ballots counted:
Kevin Simms   7.55%
Amanda Ulman  1.60%
Dave Wilson  10.40%
Fernando Herrera  14.31%
Annise D. Parker  52.76%
Jack O’Connor  13.38%

Dave Wilson’s 10.4 percent is surprising, considering he’s been poling at less than 1%.  General wisdom is that conservatives are more likely to vote early than left-leaning voters. In my opinion his strong early showing is likely to dramatically decrease as the evening progresses.

City of Houston, COUNCIL MEMBER, AT-LARGE POSITION 1,
Stephen C. Costello 51.80%
James Partsch-Galvan  7.88%
Scott Boates  21.77%
Don Cook  18.54%

City of Houston, COUNCIL MEMBER, AT-LARGE POSITION 2,
Kristi Thibaut 16.75%
Elizabeth C. Pérez 10.41%
Andrew C. Burks, Jr. 20.69%
Gordon R. Goss 1.75%
Bolivar “Bo” Fraga 9.51%
Eric B. Dick  7.44%
Jenifer Rene Pool  7.55%
M. “Griff” Griffin 7.25%
David W. Robinson  11.84%
Roslyn “Rozzy” Shorter 6.81%

With such a crowded field this race is still anybody’s game, fewer than 6,000 votes separate the early leader Burks from ninth position shorter.

City of Houston, COUNCIL MEMBER, AT-LARGE POSITION 3,
Melissa Noriega 56.67%
Chris Carmona  24.19%
J. Brad Batteau  19.15%

City of Houston, COUNCIL MEMBER, AT-LARGE POSITION 4,
Louis Molnar 10.65%
Amy Price 18.43%
C. O. “Brad” Bradford 70.92%

City of Houston, COUNCIL MEMBER, AT-LARGE POSITION 5,
Laurie Robinson 18.43%
Jolanda “Jo” Jones  42.16%
Jack Christie 31.46%
Bob Ryan 7.94%

City of Houston, COUNCIL MEMBER, DISTRICT A, with 3,125 votes counted:
Brenda Stardig  43.06%
Helena Brown 47.01%
Bob Schoellkopf 9.93%

City of Houston, COUNCIL MEMBER, DISTRICT B, with 4,710 votes counted:
Kenneth Perkins  8.87%
James Joseph 4.04%
Kathy Blueford-Daniels16.98%
Phillip “Paul” Bryant 5.66%
Alvin Byrd  28.27%
Jerry Davis 26.22%
Charles A. Ingram  6.63%
Bryan Smart 3.33%

City of Houston, COUNCIL MEMBER, DISTRICT C, with 7,492 votes counted:
Randy Locke  3.88%
Josh Verde 17 2.47%
Ellen Cohen 55.28%
Karen Derr11.17%
Brian Cweren 27.20%

City of Houston, COUNCIL MEMBER, DISTRICT D, with 6,498 votes counted:
Larry L. McKinzie  14.60%
Wanda Adams 85.40%

City of Houston, COUNCIL MEMBER, DISTRICT E, with 4,283 votes counted
Mike Sullivan 100.00%

City of Houston, DISTRICT F, with 2,789 votes counted:
Al Hoang  56.72%
Hoc Thai Nguyen (Nguyen Thai Hoc) 20.84%
Peter “Lyn” René  22.45%

City of Houston, COUNCIL MEMBER, DISTRICT G, with 5,917 votes counted:
Clyde Bryan  19.60%
Oliver Pennington 80.40%

Houston, COUNCIL MEMBER, DISTRICT H, with 2,710 votes counted
Patricia Rodriguez 27.81%
Edward “Ed” Gonzalez  72.19%

Houston, COUNCIL MEMBER, DISTRICT I, with 2,694 votes counted
Leticia Gutierrez Ablaza 31.28%
James Rodriguez  68.72%

City of Houston, COUNCIL MEMBER, DISTRICT J, with 2,013 votes counted
Mike Laster 70.67%
Rodrigo Canedo 9.78%
Criselda Romero 19.56%

Out gay candidate Laster takes a commanding lead, but this heavily Hispanic district is likely to see significant election day voting, so this early number, based on so few votes, is likely very different than the final number we’ll wind up with.

City of Houston, COUNCIL MEMBER, DISTRICT K, with 4,102 votes counted:
Pat Frazier 22.68%
Larry Green 70.24%
Alex Gonik 7.08%

Houston I.S.D., Trustee, District III, with 1,981 votes counted
Manuel Rodriguez 52.95%
Ramiro Fonseca  47.05%

This race garnered national attention after Rodriquez mailed an anti-gay flier attacking Fonseca, and the Houston Chronicle subsequently pulled its endorsement of Rodriquez.  That information did not become public until after early voting closed on Friday, so any effect it had on the race would not be reflected in these numbers. Only 102 votes separate the candidates at this time.

Houston I.S.D., Trustee, District IV, with 5,881 votes counted:
Davetta Daniels 33.81%
Paula Harris 66.19%

Houston I.S.D., Trustee, District VIII, with 3,091 votes counted:
Dorothy Olmos 40.28%
Juliet Kathy Stipeche 59.72%

Remember that these are only the votes cast during early voting, the final numbers can, and often do differ dramatically from early voting totals.

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Memo to CPAC: Gay Conservatives Were Around Long Before GOProud

Equality Matters has a history lesson for all those hysterical conservatives at CPAC who think being gay and a conservative is something new under the sun. Twenty four gay conservatives are featured:

A number of prominent conservatives and right-wing groups are boycotting this year’s Conservative Political Action Conference because GOProud — a group that describes itself as representing gay conservatives and their allies – is listed as a participating organization. These boycotters are in serious need of a history lesson: The conservative movement has included several prominent gay members, as well as conservatives who found themselves embroiled in gay scandals, long before GOProud joined CPAC. In light of this, Equality Matters takes a look at some of these conservatives. Their stories vary wildly: some championed LGBT equality; others attempted to avoid discussions of their sexual orientation altogether; and some chose to add their voices to the chorus of anti-gay bigotry on the right.

Maybe CPAC chairman, Al Cardenes, should familiarize himself with the list? I don’t know how anyone can be conservative and gay, but I respect their tenacity and value the ones who don’t compromise but are willing to fight within the belly of the beast.




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—  David Taffet

Ann Coulter: Gays Are Natural Conservatives, And The Left Is Just Co-opting Them

With Sarah Palin again unwilling to address CPAC this year, the honor of deliverying the conference's keynote fell to Ann Coulter, frenemy to the gays. (Well, she was the opener for Allen West.) This woman, who takes credit for GOProud dropping any semblance of supporting same-sex marriage ("it's a state's issue," Christopher Barron will whine), went after The Left for destroying the family and religion for "making up this gay marriage thing" and making anyone opposed to it a "homophobe." Oh Ann, I wish you would go on and on. Which you do!

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Coulter: Gays Are Natural Conservatives

During her keynote at CPAC tonight, Ann Coulter responded to a question about the GOProud kerfuffle by saying, “I am as born again evangelical Christian as they come and I’m a friend of gays.” Scattered applause followed. Of course, Coulter’s definition of “friend” means opposing her friends’ civil rights and calling them “faggots” right to their faces. Coulter then denounced the “radical left” for insisting that all gays joins them, because “gays are natural conservatives.” Coulter also claims to have talked GOProud out of supporting same-sex marriage.

If you can bear it, here’s the speech that preceded the above question and answer portion.

Joe. My. God.

—  David Taffet

Gays’ radical drive to be treated like equals forced conservatives to tell us why we’re not

This from Jennifer Roback Morse of the NOM-affiliated Ruth Institute:

We (Maggie [Gallagher], David [Blankehorn], and others more so than me) just about had people convinced that kids needed their dads, and that marriage is a social good. Then same sex marriage errupted [sic] onto the public stage and took up all the air in the room. And incidently [sic], same sex marriage advocates called into question all the arguments and data about the significance of marriage for childern [sic] and society.



We, Maggie, David and I, got dragged into the debate over same sex marriage kicking and screaming. We care about same sex marriage because we believe that redefining marriage as the union of any two persons will harm the institution of marriage, not particularly because of anything same sex couples do or don’t do. In the past, the legal and social institution of marriage has provided structure to people’s lives, helping them to avoid some socially destructive actions and steering them toward socially constructive actions. We think that the legal redefinition and all the social practices that will inevitably follow, will reduce to near nothing the capacity of marriage to structure people’s lives and shape their decision-making
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Pro-Marriage, not anti-gay [Ruth Institute]

The nerve never fails to astound. Because here we have someone who, of her own free will, chose to step in and convince society that gays and their families are supposedly outside of God’s plan for life:



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And yet Jennifer’s suggesting she and Maggie and others were drug into this fight by the uppity, tax-paying, decent gay people who decided that they too deserved an equal shake?! As we said: The nerve is simply astounding!

In reality, the conversation of gay people and how we protect their families in our body of civil law should have had no bearing on Maggie or Jennifer’s work in other areas. In a world that’s rife with divorce and marriage mockeries that fill the news on daily basis, Jennifer and Maggie and David and [insert self-appointed 'marriage protector'] could’ve chosen to see more marriages as a good thing (especially when factoring in the common conservative canards about gays’ supposed lack of stability). But instead, they made the lifestyle choice to turn gays’ marriages into this insane bogeyman that threatens heterosexuals and their children in every way imaginable. They did so for the sake of electability. They did so for the sake of fundraising. They did so for the sake of the conservative movement. They did so for their own career$.

Had these conservatives not obfuscated so, we might be beyond this ridiculous “culture war.” But muddy the waters they did and continue to do. The kicks and screams are on them, not us.




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N.H. lawmakers seek to repeal gay marriage

Welcome to 2011, the year in which we’ll have to prove we still know how to play defense. Take, for example, New Hampshire, where state lawmakers have already filed four draft bills seeking to repeal same-sex marriage, which was legalized in 2008. It’s unclear how the bills would affect the 1,500 same-sex couples who married last year, but if you’ve always dreamed of tying the knot in the Granite State, you may want to hurry up and do it. The Telegraph reports:

While some House members work to craft the Fiscal Year 2012 budget, others could work through the spring to shape the repeal legislation, sending a bill to a vote by the end of the legislative session in July, said state Rep. Leo Pepino, a Manchester Republican, who introduced one of the proposals.

With a 297 to 103 advantage in the House, and a 19 to 5 divide in the Senate, Republicans could have the two-thirds majority necessary to override Gov. John Lynch, who has promised to veto any repeal bill.

In 2008, the Democratic-led legislature passed the marriage law with 198 votes in the House and 14 in the Senate, becoming the sixth state to legalize same-sex marriage.

“I think we have the votes (to repeal),” Pepino said last week. “We have a lot of really good conservatives and a good conservative doesn’t believe in gay marriage. … It’s a matter of ethics.”

—  John Wright

GOProud: Conservatives LOVE Gays! Cenk Uygur: On WHAT Planet?

Joe. My. God.

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GOProud’s 2010 endorsements…where are the individual-freedom-loving conservatives?

Submitted without comment because I know you all will have plenty to say about some of these outlandish picks. 

GOProud’s 2010 Endorsements and Recommendations

 

Jimmy LaSalvia, Executive Director – “We urge our members and allies to vote to bring conservative leadership to Washington, D.C.”

 

(Washington, D.C.) – Today, GOProud, the only national organization representing gay conservatives and their allies, released their complete list of House and Senate endorsements, as well as Senate recommendations.  “We urge our members and allies to vote to bring conservative leadership to Washington, D.C.,” said Jimmy LaSalvia, Executive Director of GOProud.  “The men and women that GOProud is endorsing and recommending will help bring common-sense conservative solutions to the challenges facing gay Americans and the country as a whole.”

 

“There can be no freedom for gay and lesbian individuals and our families without economic freedom,” said Christopher R. Barron, Chairman of the GOProud Board.  “Under the leadership of liberals in Washington, gay Americans – like all Americans – have suffered.  While the Democrats talk a good game when it comes to gay issues, their record speaks for itself.  On jobs and the economy, on taxes, on retirement security, and on healthcare the Democrats reign in Washington has been an absolute disaster for gay people.  If you are a gay person, or if you know someone who is gay or lesbian, I implore you to vote out Democrats tomorrow.”

 

In support of its endorsed candidates, GOProud has been airing a 30 second ad entitled “The Real Democrats of Washington, D.C.” (the ad can be seen here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qzyBYaFhjfk).  “GOProud is incredibly proud of the work we have done on behalf of our endorsed candidates,” continued LaSalvia. 

 

The full list of GOProud endorsees:

 

For U.S. Senate – Carly Fiorina (R-CA) and Mark Kirk (R-IL)

For U.S. House – Sean Bielat (R-MA4), Richard Hanna (R-NY24), Mary Bono Mack (R-CA45), Charles Djou (R-HI1), and Dr. Joe Heck (R-NV3).

 

In addition to its list of endorsed candidates, today, GOProud unveiled its list of recommended candidates for the U.S. Senate.  This list, while by no means exhaustive, represents races where GOProud is strongly encouraging its members and allies to support these men and women.

 

The full list of GOProud recommendations for U.S. Senate:

 

Linda McMahon (R-CT), Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), Ron Johnson (R-WI), Dino Rossi (R-WA) and Dr. Tom Coburn (R-OK)

 

“GOProud looks forward to working with a new conservative controlled House and Senate to pass tax reform, social security reform, healthcare reform and other important reforms that will improve the lives of all Americans – but especially gay and lesbian Americans,” concluded LaSalvia.

 

OK, just one non-LGBT comment – how can GOProud tout with a straight face

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 Tom Coburn as standing for the personal freedom that these conservatives attempt to sell to voters?

 

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