Sons of Hermann Hall celebrates 100 years

Who can blow out a 100 candles?

The legendary venue Sons of Hermann Hall celebrates a century this weekend and as part of the vast music lineup, LGBT faves Patrice Pike and Kathy & Bella join in on the celebration. Two days of Texas music in this Dallas gem is pretty much the equivalent to heaven.

DEETS: SOHH, 3414 Elm St. $25­–$45. SonsOfHermann.org.

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Limbaugh On DADT repeal: ‘Does this mean Mrs. Clinton can finally … join the Marines?’




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Take Action: Please join us in thanking the troops who made today’s DADT victory possible

UPDATE @ 3:02 PM: Watch the Senate vote on final passage:

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UPDATE: The final Senate vote on DADT is expected at 3pm Eastern. We should easily win that. Then the bill goes straight to the White House for the President’s signature, from what I understand.

And here’s the vote count. We got all the Ds, exception Manchin, who chickened out and didn’t vote at all (history repeats itself and West Virginia takes a proud stand against the major civil rights bill of the day, again). And we got the following Rs: Snowe; Collins; Murkowski; Voinovich; Brown; Kirk.

There’s a lot of thanks to go around for today’s incredible and somewhat surprising, “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” victory. Please join us in thanking the troops, from Leonard Maltovich to Dan Choi, who made today possible. You can add your name to our open letter of thanks to all of them, and we’ll deliver it to our friends at SLDN and Servicemembers United.

Now, it’s true that this isn’t over. The Senate still has two more votes on DADT before this bill passes the Senate (but those are simple majority votes, so we expect no problem). Then the bill goes to the President for his signature. But even then it’s not over. The President will need to work with the Pentagon to come up with the new regulations lifting the ban, and even then Republicans in Congress may try to stop implementation of the repeal. We’ll need to watch this like a hawk every step of the way, and we will, but today we celebrate.

Join us in thanking the troops, but really in thanking everyone who had a hand in this. Here a few who really led the way:

Everyone at Servicemembers Legal Defense Network and Servicemembers United. Especially their leaders, Aubrey Sarvis and Alex Nicholson, both proud vets. Then there are the vets. Leonard Matlovich, Perry Watkins, Tracy Thorne, Zoe Dunning, Justin Elzie, Michelle Beneke (and Dixon Osborn, who isn’t a vet, but set up SLDN 17 years ago with Michelle), Grethe Cammermeyer, Joe Steffan, Keith Meinhold, Eric Alva, Victor Fehrenbach, and Dan Choi… and so many more.

And let’s not forget the activists who weren’t willing to take no for an answer. Robin McGehee at GetEqual and the entire gay Netroots. Our friends in the White House who have been pushing this for two years, in the face of some serious internal challenges. Our friends on the Hill, Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid – who both got this done. Senator Udall of Colorado. Senator Gillibrand. Senator Lieberman (yes, he actually busted his butt for us). Senators Snowe and Collins, and every other Republican and Democrat who finally came our way. And Congressman Patrick Murphy, who went the extra mile for us. And even the President, who finally got into gear (albeit a tad late) and made the calls necessary to make this happen.

I’m sure I’m forgetting far too many people, all the way back to my friends at the Campaign for Military Service back in 1993, and Michael in Senator Kennedy’s office who spent far too much time with me figuring out how to responds to the evil Sam Nunn.

So thank you all. It’s not over. But it’s a hell of a start, and a hell of a Christmas gift.

Please sign our thank you letter to the troops, and consider it a thank you to everyone, including all of you.

Not a bad day.

PS Okay, more folks coming to mind who helped out immensely. Kerry Eleveld at the Advocate who held Robert Gibbs’ feet to the fire, Richard Socarides who singlehandedly became one of our community’s top spokesmen on CNN and MSNBC. Trevor at SLDN and Brad Luna, the best PR folks you can find. And then there’s Paul Yandura and Jonathan Lewis, who went the extra mile, and then some, to make sure we all got equal. And the blogswarmers, from Pam Spaulding to Mike Signorile, Dan “It gets better” Savage, Andy Towle, Bill Browning, Joe Jervis, Adam Bink,and Jeremy Hooper.

It’s beginning to feel like the Oscars :-)

Then there are the straight blogs, as we affectionately call them. Markos, a vet who earned his “honorary gay” medal years ago, Jane Hamsher who is about as dangerous a weapon on TV as any soldier in the field, and really everyone – Joe and I have remarked to ourselves numerous times how supportive the straight blogs have been to us and our issues over the years, so thank you, all of you. And not a blogger, but still a member of the Netroots, Jon Soltz at VoteVets, another vet who earned his honorary gay medal years ago, tirelessly fighting for us on TV far better than most of our groups.

And even OFA, while not yet quite earning their honorary gay medal, came through in the end and did some real work phone-banking and visiting Senate offices, so thank you.




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Join HRC and Other DADT Repeal Advocates for a DC Rally on Friday

HRC is proud to join SLDN and other “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” repeal advocates on Friday as we call upon the Senate and the President to remain in session and in Washington until the National Defense Authorization Act is passed – which includes the repeal of DADT. The Senate is scheduled to break for holiday vacation; we can’t let them leave. 

If you support repeal, please join us outside the Senate this Friday. As Secretary of Defense Robert Gates said, ‘If not now, when?’

While the clock is ticking for action on repeal of DADT this year, time remains for the Senate to act. The U.S. Senate owes it to the military to bring up and pass the National Defense Authorization Act along with repeal before year’s end.  Let’s take a stand. Let’s demand that senators not go home until their work is done.

WHEN: Friday, December 10th at 12 p.m.

WHERE: Constitution Ave. & Delaware Ave. at Upper Senate Park (Near U.S. Capitol), Washington, DC
Closest Metro: Union Station (Red Line). Nearby: Capitol South (Blue/Orange), Judiciary Square (Red).
Click here for a map.

Can’t join us at the rally? Take action by calling your senators and spread the word to your friends!


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Resources for Prop 8 court case today. Join liveblog at 12:30 PM ET

NOTE FROM PAM: Bumping up Lurleen’s prep post from yesterday. New Blend content is below. Photo: Keen News Service via Twitpic.

At 12:30 PM ET The Blend will feature live discussion and analysis on the front page  courtesy of Americablog, hosted by Joe Sudbay and featuring commentary by contributor and California lawyer/activist Liz Newcomb and USC Constitutional Law Professor David Cruz, who “is a constitutional law expert focusing on civil rights and equality issues, including equal marriage rights for same-sex couples.” AB’s prep docs are here.

Another good primer: Chris Geidner’s Prop 8 Argument Day FAQ Top 10 questions at MetroWeekly.



Was Justice Vaughn Walker’s ruling correct that Prop 8 is unconstitutional?  Do the proponents of Prop 8, Yes on 8, have standing to appeal his decision?  These are the two major questions before the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday, December 6th at 10 a.m. PST.  The hearing is scheduled to last 2 hours.

The case is called Perry v. Schwarzenegger and will be heard at the James R. Browning Courthouse, 95 7TH Street in San Francisco, CA.  Unlike the earlier trial, this hearing will be televised, tweeted and blogged.  From American Foundation for Equal Rights:

Watch Online

AFER and Towleroad.com have teamed up for live coverage and commentary during and following the hearing. Check back here for details.

Featuring Richard Socarides, Attorney and White House adviser under President Bill Clinton and bloggers Andy Towle and Corey Johnson.

Watch on TV

C-SPAN and The California Channel and San Francisco outlets: KGO-TV, KRON-TV KTVU – Channel 2, ABC News

Listen/Stream Audio

ABC News, KCBS radio, KGO radio, KQED News

For a list of federal courthouses in CA, OR, WA, NY & MA live streaming the hearing click here.  And of course the Courage Campaign’s Prop 8 Trial Tracker will be covering the proceedings.

Significantly, California Attorney General-elect Kamala Harris said she will not seek to defend Prop 8.  This means that if the 9th Circuit rules that the defendants have no standing to defend Prop 8, the case is over provided that Yes on 8 is unsuccessful in appealing the 9th Circuit’s decision to the US Supreme Court.  It may take the court several weeks to release their decision.  You can read the documents submitted to the 9th Circuit Court appeal on the Court’s special website here.

Update: San Diego Lesbian & Gay News has posted a fascinating exploration of the possible outcomes for this case, penned by legal expert Ari Ezra Waldman.
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Join HRC’s Mosaic of People for World AIDS Day

The following comes from Carolyn Simon, HRC’s editorial and content manager.

World AIDS Day is held each December 1 and is an opportunity for us to increase awareness, fight prejudice and improve education about the disease. World AIDS Day was first held in 1988, and it continues to remind us that HIV/AIDS has not gone away, and there is much work to be done to combat the global crisis.

By now, you’ve probably read about celebrities who are silencing their social media accounts to raise awareness – but you don’t have to be a celebrity to take action.

This year, HRC is creating a mosaic of people who support the fight against HIV/AIDS. Add your image to the mosaic of people – lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and straight – and then tweet and update your Facebook status messages inviting your friends to do the same.

Simply raising awareness about the disease can make a huge difference. We saw that earlier this year when the Obama administration released the first-ever National HIV/AIDS Strategy, which sets specific goals for reducing the number of new infections and increasing care for people who are living with HIV/AIDS. The strategy specifically targets the LGBT community, which continues to be disproportionately affected by the disease.

To join the mosaic and to learn more, visit www.hrc.org/worldAIDSday.


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Join HRC TODAY at 4 PM EST for Virtual Adoption Film Screening & Q&A Panel

Join HRC for a live streaming of the documentary Living Adoption: Gay Parents Speak today at 4pm EST. The film offers an honest look at the experiences of a diverse array of gay adoptive parents and their families. Viewers will learn about LGBT-specific adoption resources and hear first-hand from those who’ve already experienced the joy of adoption. Viewers can participate in a live Q&A with a panel including adoption experts.

Don’t miss this opportunity to see Gay Parents Speak and get your adoption questions answered live! Join us at 4 PM EST at www.hrc.org/gayparentsspeak.


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Christianist Groups Join Forces: Don’t Believe Lies Of The Environmentalists

“Environmentalism is deadly to the gospel of Jesus Christ.”

(Via – Right Wing Watch)

Joe. My. God.

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Did I really just stop jerking off to lesbian wrestling for this? Ugh. Alright… so this week marks episode number whatever of She-cat Gutter Heat (aka The A-List: New York – "A show for families"). If you haven't been watching, Lord please don't start now. But if you simply must, here's a quick recap. Austin and Reichen wanna fuck, but Reichen's boyfriend Rodiney and everyone else are like "Nuh-uh, no you din't." That's literally everything that's happened over the entire season of this miserable little show.

 

 

9:02 PM CST - The gays decide to have a tete-a-tete in their natural habitat: a hair salon. Mike is such close friends with Ryan that he's never even been to his dumb salon. But girlffriend needs Ryan to cut that wet mop on his head. It looks like a wet cat and sea kelp mated and had a love baby on his head. Seriously, gurl… tragic.

Reichen complains that his boyfriend Rodiney misunderstood his text to another man. Bright TJ, Ryan's hairdresser assistant says, "Does Rodiney not understand? I mean, English IS his second language." Um, yeah because a text message saying, "I loved having your dick in my mouth" is so ambiguous.

9:06 PM CST - Poor dumb Reichen is waiting for Rodiney to text him back so they discuss their post break-up living arrangements (because that wicker laundry hamper and hanging lantern from World Market are really worth fighting over. But Rodiney is busy having a par-tay in Miami getting comforted by a girl who has bat wings for eye-lashes. Hell, if underwear modeling Rodiney needs female comfort, we'll get breast implants. His friends in Miami are so close to him that they refuse to hear about his breakup that just happened.

Meanwhile back in Reichen's man stanky bed, the past few days have been a really hard couple of days for Reichen… like, really hard, especially when Austin comes over in the one wifebeater he owns and drinks champagne in bed with him. Very very hard… like priapic.

9:10 PM CST - Commercial: The only way Julia Stiles would only fuck herself if she could first get drunk and mock her career choices first.

9:11 PM CST - Commercial: Do Lysol's kitchen wipe also work on manholes?

9:14 PM CST - Finally we get a shot of Rodiney in a bikini and his bulge is obscene! Yellow sausage bikini time!!! CHORIZO MAXIMO!!! Aye, yai, yai!!! I'm surprised they didn't bluer it out like they blurred out Austin's buttcrack two episodes ago. But we love that Rodiney's living like a superstar while Reichen rots in bed and watches his play go to hell.

9:16 PM CST - BRUNCH SCENE!!!! (Fucking finally, I could kill a baby for a Bloody Mary). TJ, Ryan's waify assistant doesn't have any problem with Austin personally he just doesn't want to be in the same house with him ever. Which is why he doesn't want to go to Austin's lake house in Maine. What's that, Ryan? You need TJ to stay in New York and do some more bitch errands? Problem solved.

But even though TJ and Derek are one brain shared between two twinks, Reichen and TJ are of one mind as well, especially when it comes to wanting to hump Austin's butt. What better thing to talk about over brunch? Certainly not DADT or ENDA or the recent elections or negative gay stereotypes perpetuated over reality shows that make you dumber by watching them.

Meanwhile in an alleyway next to a porn and meth shop in the West Village, TJ and Derek share a sneaky kitten laugh plotting to go to Reichen's lakehouse just to make fun of fat girl Austin over his head. Little does Derek know that TJ only wants to go the lakehouse so he can get first crack at Austin's crack before Reichen moves in.

9:20 PM CST - Commercial: Let the creepy dead voice of a disembodied child sell you jeans.

9:23 PM CST - Commercial: All elves need Christmas magic… even the Jewish ones. SANTA DEMANDS IT. HAIL SANTA!!! And talking about creepy commercials, here's the one about the Android cell phone that will turn Frosty the Snowman into KILLBOT 3000!!!

9:25 PM CST - The A-List word of the day is "brown out" which they say is like a lighter version of black out. But we bottoms who know better know that a REAL brown out is much much worse. Kinda like what happens to Spud the morning after in Trainspotting (hint: poo sheets).

Personally, we think the word of the day should be what TJ said earlier, "Vagenius." Thinking smart with your cooch.

9:27 PM CST - Rodiney returns from Miami do to a fashion shoot Auntie Mike who has made an unprecedented THIRD appearance in this show which is kinda like touching a unicorn three times (IT NEVER HAPPENS). Apparently while Rodiney was busy having an amazing life in Miami. Reichen's butthole blew up Rodiney's phone with needy booty texts.

Rodiney does a fashion shoot with DJ Tracy Young. Mike styles them in such a way that makes Rodiney look like a woman and Tracy Young look like a very tall drag queen. Of course, Rodiney is only 3 foot 7. If you hit him over the head with a stick, he turns into a pile of gold coins (thanks Patton Oswald).

9:29 PM CST - When Rodiney finally deigns to come back to their soulless apartment full of grey colored furniture, Reichen apologizes with all the compassion of a styrofoam carry out container. He apologizes. He's veruy sorry that Rodiney has never given him a chance to express how he feels in his incoherent All-American mumble speak. Are we the only people in all of gaydom that doesn't believe reichen one IOTA when he says he has't cheated?

9:34 PM CST - Commercial: Finally, a commercial that's teamed Weezer with AXE body spray proving once and for all that Weezer's second album Pinkerton wasn't a legendary album that defined my teenage years, but a shamelss cash grab that I misunderstood.

9:36 PM CST - LOGO Promo: Every episode of RuPaul's Drag Race is the Halloween episode, especially with RuPaul's maniacal cackle.

9:37 PM CST - The producers have obviously forced frenemies Austin and Derek/TJ (the Girls with One Brain) to kiss and make up while drunk, so they can get into a fight in a few weeks and stop being friends all over again. Shut up! IT'S GOOD PROGRAMMING! THE FORMULA WORKS. WHAT DO YOU KNOW ABOUT ANYTHING???!!!!11!!

At their make-up drink Ryan and TJ scold Austin for acting like a Fire Islander while at Fire Island. Derek wears an Ellen Degeneres vest with no shirt underneath and TJ wears a a filthy white shirt that looks like it was used to clean up a Brooklyn urinal.

9:41 PM CST - Things go well with Derek and TJ congratulating Austin on his dastardly plan to be Reichen's rebound manpussy. Well that is… UNTIL RODINEY SHOW UP and begins weaving his evil Brazilian spells over Reichen's heart with a 99-cent rose! Austin gives his totally unbi-assed opinion that Rodiney and Reichen shouldn't be dating. Rodiney responds by imitating Austin's nasally voice, but sadly you can actually understand Rodiney better when he's talking like that — like no subtitles needed!

9:45 PM CST - Commercial: A man walks on his hands across New York City to encourage you to learn CPR. Sadly we're sure he got severe hand-gonnoreah and had to have them cut off. Moments later, a baby seal started choking on one of Austin's condoms and the handless CPR man couldn't do anything but shed a single tear.

9:48 PM CST - Reichen invites TJ and Ryan to "a shit show" where all the men will drink and Austin will insult Rodiney and the two grown men will get in a fight. This will be the show's "moral lesson."

Austin says that he totally doesn't want to fuck Rodiney because he's engaged to some random piece of British scrub. Nevermind that he has spent the entire season wanting to fuck Reichen. Anyway, Reichen and Rodiney walk in puppy-eyed love to announce to their friends that THEY'RE TOTALLY IN LOVE!!! OMG YOU GUYS, LIKE WOW!!!

Ummm… Reichen, these people are not you're friends. These are people that producers introduced you to three months ago.

Austin is seething, partially out of being cock-blocked on national TV and partially because of the realization that he took all that Cialis tonight for nothing.

9:53 PM CST - Commercial: A Latina woman would like to talk about finances using an extended "box" metaphor. She would like to make a couple of of long-term deposits and quick withdrawals from your box. Like, right now. She's gonna organize the fuck out of your box… like crazy. Do you like kids, slut?


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Hate The Love! Join Queerty at 10PM EST Tonight for The A-List: New York Live Blog

Hate them or hate them, the parade of tears that is America's favorite gay minstrel show will felch your TV screens at 10PM EST tonight—and Queerty will be all over it like shit on rice! Join the bitchiness in our A-List: New York live-blog and see the show that's so bad that not even GLAAD will touch it.

 

 

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