Annise Parker now co-chair of “Mayors for the Freedom to Marry,” Austin’s Leffingwell joins

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Austin's Mayor Lee Leffingwell

Houstini reported yesterday that Houston’s Mayor Annise Parker was scheduled to appear at the “Mayors for the Freedom to Marry” press conference in Washington D.C., and that she was the only Texas mayor to participate. This morning we found out that Parker, along with New York’s Michael Bloomberg and L.A.’s Antonio Villaraigosa, is serving as co-chair for the effort. Additionally Austin’s Mayor Lee Leffingwell has joined the effort.

So that makes 2 of Texas’ 1,215 mayors with the bravery to stand up for what’s right, leaving the citizens of 1,213 citizens with the task of persuading their mayors. In Dallas Daniel Cates of GetEqual has started an online petition encouraging Mayor Mike Rawlings to sign on which currently has 216 signatories. The Dallas Voice reports that Rawlings claims to personally support marriage equality, despite his unwillingness to join “Mayors for the Freedom to Marry:”

“This one obviously was very difficult for me, because I personally believe in the rights of the gay community to marry,” Rawlings said Thursday… “I think this [same-sex marriage] is way overdue and we need to get on with it, but that’s my personal belief, and when I start to speak on behalf of the city of Dallas … I’ve got to be thoughtful about how I use that office and what I want to impact, and that’s why I decided to stay away from endorsing and signing letters like that.”

Rawlings’ chief of staff, Paula Blackmon, told the Voice “the mayor does not plan to publicly support any social issues but would rather focus on the policy issues that impact Dallas,” adding “we have not signed onto other similar requests.”

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‘Bent’ at El Centro this weekend

A break from the Foote

Is the Horton Foote Festival getting a little much but you still want to head out to the theater? The El Centro College Actor’s Workshop presents Martin Sherman’s Bent about gay men in the Holocaust. Yes, some pretty heavy stuff, but the story is both tough and tender.

Bent follows the life of Max, a promiscuous gay man in 1930′s Berlin. When a one night stand goes terribly wrong, Max finds himself running from the S.S. and eventually imprisoned in Dachau concentration camp.”

The production is directed by Daniel Scott Cates.

DEETS: El Centro College Arena Theatre,801 Main St. Through Sunday. Free.

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HomoQuotable – B. Daniel Blatt

“Hopefully, people will learn from the various experiences of gay people at this year’s CPAC, showing that while most rank-and-file conservatives are willing to work alongside gay conservatives, some are not wiling to do so if such association means the exclusion of social conservatives. Despite some misunderstandings expressed in the comment section to the blog and elsewhere, we do not seek their exclusion. [snip]

“We need to recommit ourselves to cutting the size of the federal government, including ending all earmarks, repealing Obamacare, preventing the judiciary from usurping responsibilities the Constitution clearly delegated to the legislature, confronting the pro-union agenda of the administration (and several Democratic governors) in order to streamline government. In short, it’s time we work with all those willing to reduce the power of the state and increase the freedom of the individual. And for that inclusive agenda, we must roll up our sleeves and work together. The future of our nation is at stake. – Gay Patriot blogger B. Daniel Blatt, announcing that homocons and anti-gay hate groups must work together if the radical left is to be defeated.

RELATED: Blatt has tweeted a link to this post to his new BFF, Peter LaBarbera.

Joe. My. God.

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Video: Focus staffer frustrated by SOTU’s gay presence. No, not you yourself, American hero Daniel Hernandez — just the part that makes you more equal

You’d be hard-pressed to find many Americans from any political stripe who’d consider President Obama’s mention of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell repeal to be one of their most frustrating parts of last night’s State of the Union. But then again, most Americans don’t work at Focus on the Family:

Okay, first off, Ashley: We on the pro-equality side worked even harder. For years. With actual human lives and emotions attached. We worked in every way possible to come to the bipartisan vote that ultimately went in our favor. A vote that will ultimately allow brave Americans like Daniel Hernandez to serve without added fears. A vote that the majority of the American public clearly supports. A vote that was long overdue.

So please, Ash: Spare us the “but we wanted it” rationale! We wanted it more, obviously.

Oh, and speaking of sparing us: If you’re going to cite a poll, don’t cite one that was conducted by a Republican polling firm and commissioned by the Center For Military Readiness (Elaine Donnelly’s organization) and the Family Research Council! Especially not where there is so much actual data available.

You may not realize it, Ashley, but when you get to this part about the supposed “57% of military personnel and families,” your whole characterization changes. You stutter. You look like you are trying to convince rather than inform. There’s a noticeable difference that immediately made us go, “wait a minute, she’s using that B.S. poll, isn’t she?!

We don’t expect such poll utilization to change during your Focus on the Family employ, Ashley, as “pro-family” advocacy is built on squeezing “data” into a preconceived script. But just as constructive feedback, we thought you’d want to know that on this one: The disingenuous mask cracked. Hopefully when we inevitably when the rest of our equality, you’ll bring the full Streep.




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Daniel Hernandez Talks About Equality at HRC HQ

The following is from HRC’s Online Content Manager, Dan Rafter:

Daniel Hernandez, the Congressional intern widely credited with saving the life of Arizona Congresswoman Gabby Giffords, visited HRC this morning to discuss acceptance and ongoing efforts to advance equality.

Hernandez, who is gay,  had been on the job for just five days when Giffords and 18 others were shot at a “Congress on Your Corner” event outside of Tucson. He provided medical aid to the Congresswoman and other shooting victims, and accompanied Giffords to the hospital.

Occurring just weeks after the President signed legislation to repeal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” Hernandez said the shooting serves as a reminder that LGBT Americans make critical contributions and sacrifices on a daily basis.

“We are in every part of the American community,” said Hernandez. “The best thing we can do is to be extraordinary as we live ordinary lives – to live, love and learn.”

Hernandez cited the unity and toned-down political rhetoric seen after the shooting as a positive sign for acceptance. He will be sitting next to First Lady Michelle Obama during tomorrow night’s State of the Union address.


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Daniel Hernandez Speaks At Memorial For Victims Of Tucson Shooting

Openly gay student intern Daniel Hernandez delivered a terrific and humble speech tonight at the memorial for the victims of the Tucson shooting. He may disavow all the accolades, but the president later said it for all of us: “Daniel, we’ve decided. You ARE a hero.”

(Via – AmericaBlog)

Joe. My. God.

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Daniel Hernandez speech at the Tucson memorial service

This young man is so impressive. During the President’s speech, Obama said to Daniel, “We’ve decided, you are a hero.”:




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So which is it, FRC: Is Daniel a hero or an ‘anomaly’ who shouldn’t be ‘normalized’?

The Family Research Council’s latest “Washington Update”:

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Hey FRC: You know how you could help reduce America’s finger pointing literally overnight? You could stop giving the middle finger to all humans that fall outside of your personally-palatable purview!

We are mothers, daughters, fathers, friends, lovers, interns, members of congress, heroes, and everyday Americans. We are families. When you all end your discriminatory “research” into what needs no cure, at least one of America’s vestigial woulds will begin to heal. Then, perhaps, we can finally work together to prevent actual tragedies.




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Watch: CNN Interviews Daniel Hernandez, the Gay Intern Credited with Saving Congresswoman Giffords’ Life

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Daniel Hernandez Jr., the gay intern who helped Gabreille Giffords survive in the moments after she was shot and is being credited by many with saving her life, does not take credit to doing so, instead crediting emergency personnel. In this interview, he discusses those moments and the actions he took before medical crews arrived on the scene.

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP



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