When Gov. Perry makes homophobic comments, it’s not news

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I’ve had a number of people send me copies of articles about Gov. Rick Perry making homophobic comments in San Francisco this week. They wondered: Did I miss it?

Nope. Didn’t miss it. Just didn’t think Perry making stupid comments rated as news anymore.

We’ve covered Perry’s self-hating homophobia. Former state Rep. Glen Maxey, who served in the Texas House of Representatives with Perry, even wrote a book about Perry’s closet. For anyone interested, the book’s still available on Amazon.

So when Perry equates homosexuality to alcoholism, we have to wonder. He was in San Francisco. Was he once again that tempted? Overwhelmed? Unable to control either his drinking or his libido?

But is Perry’s stupidity news? No. But we are excited about another Rick Perry run for president. Please run. Please. It’ll be so much fun. Even if you don’t run, could you please, please at least have a debate with Hillary?

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Gov. Rick Perry’s Brokeback Mountain ad from his last presidential bid

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Dallas Voice’s Chance Browning and his Hillary shoes urge Clinton to run

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165461_10152778184545637_2120029370_nDallas Voice/Digital Seltzer’s Chance Browning said his moment of fame at a rally in Irving for Hillary Clinton last night came because of his shoes.

Browning was one of more than 40 people who gathered across the street from the Four Seasons Hotel in Irving at about 6 p.m. last night to urge the former Secretary of State to run for president. The rally was organized by the Ready For Hillary PAC.

“We saw her motorcade, but couldn’t see her come in,” Browning said.

Clinton, in Dallas for the opening of the George Bush Library today, delivered her first paid speech since leaving the Cabinet. She spoke to the National Multi-Housing Council’s board of directors. According to the Washington Post, she spoke about international affairs, the economy and the role of rental housing in the U.S.

But what impressed us most about the Post’s article was its closing line:

“It’s never too early to start rallying support. I think she’s perfectly poised to run in 2016,” Browning said.

Oh, and the shoes. Browning said he got them online about two years ago but the link to them is gone.

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President Obama issues memorandum on protecting LGBTs abroad

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Four days in advance of  Human Rights Day on Saturday, Dec. 10,  President Barack Obama today issued a presidential memorandum “to ensure that U.S. diplomacy and foreign assistance promote and protect the human rights of LGBT persons,” according to a statement just released by the White House press office.

The statement sent out by the White House includes these comments by the president:

“The struggle to end discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) persons is a global challenge, and one that is central to the United States commitment to promoting human rights.  I am deeply concerned by the violence and discrimination targeting LGBT persons around the world — whether it is passing laws that criminalize LGBT status, beating citizens simply for joining peaceful LGBT pride celebrations, or killing men, women, and children for their perceived sexual orientation.  That is why I declared before heads of state gathered at the United Nations, “no country should deny people their rights because of who they love, which is why we must stand up for the rights of gays and lesbians everywhere.”  Under my Administration, agencies engaged abroad have already begun taking action to promote the fundamental human rights of LGBT persons everywhere.  Our deep commitment to advancing the human rights of all people is strengthened when we as the United States bring our tools to bear to vigorously advance this goal.”

The memorandum from Obama directs agencies to combat the criminalization of LGBT status or conduct abroad; protect vulnerable LGBT refugees and asylum seekers; leverage foreign assistance to protect human rights and advance nondiscrimination; ensure swift and meaningful U.S. responses to human rights abuses of LGBT persons abroad; engage international organizations in the fight against LGBT discrimination, and report on progress.

I give the president credit for issuing the memorandum at the same time he’s gearing up for what will likely be a tough re-election campaign during which opponents will no doubt use his stance and actions on LGBT issues against him. But I still have to point out that we as LGBT people still face discrimination and inequality right here in the good old U.S.-of-A:

• Our marriages are legally recognized at the federal level and they aren’t recognized in the VAST majority of state and local jurisdictions. We want the Defense of Marriage Act repealed and local and state ordinances and constitutional amendments prohibiting recognition of our relationships need to be overturned.

• There is still no federal protection against workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation and/gender expression and gender identity. Congress needs to pass — the president needs to sign — the Employment Non-Discrimination Act.

• Even though there is now a federal hate crimes law that includes LGBT people, as well as similar laws at many state and local levels, those laws are not well enforced.

Anti-LGBT bullying remains a deadly problem in our schools and our workplaces and on the Internet. We’ve made progress in combating such bullying, but not nearly enough. Dedicate the resources necessary to address the issue effectively.

So let’s applaud our president for the steps he has — and is — taking. There’s no doubt Obama has been more open than any other president about addressing LGBT issues and we have seen great strides forward toward equality during his administration. But there’s a long way to go yet, and we need to make sure that the president — and all our elected officials — know they can’t just rest on their laurels.

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Kerry Eleveld interviews Hillary Clinton

The Obama administration floodgates seem to have opened wide, in terms of press availabilities with the gay media.

Feeling your way through an interview with one of the world’s most powerful women is more art than science. Marriage seemed like the place to start, since Clinton had been caught off guard by a recent inquiry on the issue while visiting Australia. Her husband has said that he now supports full marriage equality: Many of his gay friends are in committed relationships, former president Bill Clinton said in 2009. As far as marriage goes, he said, he had just been “hung up about the word.”

Did she share his experience? I wondered. Was she at odds with President Barack Obama’s stated position in support of civil unions but against marriage equality?

But on the phone, Clinton is circumspect about her husband’s comments. “Well, I share his experience because we obviously share a lot of the same friends, but I have not changed my position,” she says without elaborating. The secretary wasn’t taking any political bait, nor was she going to tangle with anything that could figure negatively for her boss.




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Has Hillary Clinton Evolved on Marriage Equality Like Her Husband?

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I posted a humorous interview last week of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton during her trip to Australia. Another interview she did took a more serious turn.

The marriage equality debate in Australia is really heating up at the moment. One young Australian asked her where she stands on the issue during a youth town hall.

Her answer, AFTER THE JUMP



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The Lighter Side Of Hillary Clinton

We don’t often get to see Secretary Clinton in anything other than the most somber circumstances, so this chat she had with a couple of Australian comedians is quite fun. This clip closes with some news anchors wishing out loud that Clinton would emigrate.

Joe. My. God.

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Watch: Hillary Clinton Records Message for Bullied Gay Teens

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Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has added her voice to the "It Gets Better" campaign, recording a message of hope for LGBT teens who have been bullied.

Says Clinton: "Take heart. And have hope. And please remember that your life is valuable, and that you are not alone. Many people are standing with you and sending you their thoughts, their prayers, and their strength. Count me among them."

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP



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Watch: 2012 Presidential Campaign Ad Starts Airing — for Hillary

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A Chicago dentist named William DeJean has spent ,000 on ad touting Hillary clinton for President in 2012 and has aired the ad in New Orleans, with plans to air it in Washington D.C., New York, and Los Angeles, according to CNN.

Said DeJean: "I'm a dentist and I don't think this country is headed in the right direction…I think she is the most qualified."

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP

In a brief interview with The Advocate, DeJean said gay rights did not figure into his consideration when creating the ad: "I think she would have done what she said she was going to do [on gay rights]. I don't think [Obama]'s necessarily followed through on his promises. I saw a sign at the Chicago gay pride parade that said, 'Change, my ass.' Bill Clinton recently came out gay marriage. I am certain that eventually Hillary Clinton would have come out for gay marriage."


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Ed Meese cites Obama and Hillary as siding with him against marriage quality

It’s time for Obama and Hillary both to stop giving aid and comfort to our enemies. They are being quoted, left and right, by today’s modern day segregationists, and it needs to end.

[A]ccording to the federal district court, Americans such as President Obama, Vice President Biden, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the majority of members of Congress and the 7 million Californians who voted for Proposition 8 are all bigots who have “no rational reason” to oppose gay marriage.

The court didn’t say they’re bigots. The court said they’re endorsing bigotry. And they are. The same way the majority of Americans endorsed bigotry against blacks decades ago. Didn’t make it right then, doesn’t make it right now.

I do, however, get a kick out of the argument that the majority simply can’t be wrong about a matter of civil rights. Yeah, becaus that’s never happened.

PS This op ed makes me glad I snorted once as Ed Meese walked by me on a Washington sidewalk in the late 80s, earl 90s.




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