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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Watch: Senator Kirsten Gillibrand Commits Herself to Nationwide Marriage Equality on ‘The View’


Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) appeared on The View today and reiterated her commitment to passing marriage equality in New York and across the country.

Said Gillibrand: "I also want to work on marriage equality. I want to make sure that everyone in this country can be married to the people they love."


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Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) Pledges To Work Towards Marriage Equality

Today Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand appeared on The View where she vowed to work towards marriage equality. A nice round of applause from the audience followed.

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Joe. My. God.

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Watch: Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Rep. Jared Polis Talk ‘DADT’ Repeal on ‘Hardball’


Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO) joined Chris Matthews on Hardball to discuss this weekend's vote in the Senate to repeal "Don't Ask, Don't Tell"


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Sen Kirsten Gillibrand introduces the standalone bill to repeal Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell

About an hour ago, as Sen Bernie Sanders (I-VT) wrapped up his heroic 8-hour speech about the GOP-Obama tax proposal, Sen Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) introduced S. 4022, “A bill to provide for the repeal of the Department of Defense policy concerning homosexuality in the Armed Forces known as “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”.”  

The bill’s sponsor is Sen. Joseph Lieberman (I-CT), with co-sponsors Susan Collins (R-ME), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Mark Udall (D-CO).  Official text and other bill information is here.  

Although the bill is thought to have enough support to pass, there are two major hurdles to success.  First, it is uncertain whether enough cloture votes can be found to override a filibuster challenge.  Second, there is little time to act on this bill before the Congress adjourns for the year.  Although Sen. Reid has promised to expedite the bill by using “Rule 14” to prevent it from dying in committee, he has also vowed to adjourn the Senate for the year on Friday, December 17th.  The Senate is now in recess until Monday.
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NEW YORK: Sen. Chuck Schumer And Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand Win Easily

I was only going to report on the really close races and these two were miles ahead from the start, but since it’s my home state I’ll make an exception.

Joe. My. God.

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NY U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand’s Q&A at BlogHer10: DADT vote and passage by end of year

On Friday about 15-20 BlogHer attendees, including your blogmistress, were invited to a meet and greet, on-the-record Q&A with Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), who is running for the junior U.S. Senate seat she has filled out that was vacated by Hillary Clinton. Attending BlogHer was important to Gillibrand, who is very attuned to the power of the Internet, blogs and social networking in creating an effective campaign.

I’ll give you all the short review:

* It was a very short presser, but Gillibrand made sure to mention a timeline on DADT vote from her perspective – she expects passage by the end of this year.

* She’s very polished (as in message discipline), but still comes across as earnest and believes strongly in transparency in government.

* As this was tied to BlogHer, I was pleased by Gillibrand’s focus on the importance of women and technology – more women need to be in the room when the legislative sausage is being made on the Internet, since it involves privacy and security matters, and issues that women bring to the table are important to factor in decision-making. Here is a clip of Gillbrand on the importance of encouraging girls to go into the hard sciences, math and technology studies. Sorry for the less-than-premium video, it’s actually not bad for my Droid phone cam.

* Her immigration positioning was excellent — and excellently delivered. Sen. Gillibrand discussed reunification of families (including LGBTs) in immigration reform. Need to have a realistic conversation about having 5 year work visas and true reform, not tinkering with a broken existing system. She supports the Dream Act and a path to citizenship. She believes something will be done in the lame duck session.

* She’s very stoked about working with bloggers in new media venues (liveblogs, call-ins,), and is savvy about their influence

* There wasn’t enough time for questions (but isn’t that always the way).

My one question that I would have asked, as a follow up to a question asked about advice for progressive women running in more conservative states (she was asked about women running for office in Texas), that she didn’t really answer:

For qualified women in politically transitioning states, like Elaine Marshall — does she have advice on how to advance the progressive agenda in a more challenging environment? Does she speak with candidates in this class of 2010 about these issues?

Todd said he’d follow up with Sen. Gillibrand.
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TONIGHT: JMG-Sponsored LGBT Fundraiser For Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand

My last reminder: If you are in NYC tonight please consider joining me, Jeremy Hooper, and Pam Spaulding at Therapy in Hell’s Kitchen as we co-host a special netroots fundraiser for U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand. The event runs 6pm-9pm with a donation. Facebook event page here. And please join Out For Kirsten’s Facebook page. Openly gay NY state Assemblyman Daniel O’Donnell will attend as well. We hope to see you there! You can follow the event live on Twitter at #OutForKirsten.

Joe. My. God.

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Live Tweet of the Out For Kirsten Gillibrand Blograiser in NYC

I’m in NYC to attend the latest Out for Kirsten Gillibrand blograiser. U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D) is up for election, and as a strong ally of the LGBT community, Gillibrand organizer Todd Beeton invited me, along with Assemblyman Danny O’Donnell and NY-based bloggers Jeremy Hooper and Joe Jervis

It will be from 6:00 pm-9:00 pm @ Therapy (upstairs bar)

348 West 52nd Street, New York, NY

Admission: , so it’s a small dollar boost for the campaign.

As you can see by the widget, we’re live Tweeting tonight, and photos will be uploaded with links within the stream.

Key Tweeters:

Todd Beeton: @toddbeeton

Pam = @pam_spaulding

Joe = @joemygod

Jeremy = @goodasyou

Follow: @SenGillibrand

Hashtag: #out4kirsten

Why support Senator Gillibrand?

She is a champion of marriage equality, as you can see in this video:

Kirsten was one of the first US Senators to proclaim her full support for marriage equality. Schumer followed shortly after.

She sees marriage equality as a single battle in the larger fight for overall equality. She fully supports repeal of DADT, repeal DOMA, the passage of an inclusive ENDA, and for inclusion of UAFA in immigration reform. She would support amending the Civil Rights Act to include federal LGBT protections.

For instance on DADT, she was outspoken early and often about the issue.

* I Stand With Lt. Dan Choi, It’s Time To Repeal DADT

* Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand to hold Senate hearings on DADT

And on non-LGBT issues, Sen. Gillibrand fought hard last year for a public option.

* Thank You For Getting Us This Far

She led the fight in the Senate against the Stupak amendment, tweeting, blogging, organizing and speaking out against it on the floor. That she’s an avid fan of messaging through social media to stay in contact with constituents and supporters of equality is a big plus for those of us working in new media.

At the top of the left sidebar, you can donate directly through ActBlue to Kirsten’s campaign, or click here.

Gillibrand’s primary opponent is trial attorney Gail Goode. The Democratic primary is on September 14.
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Tweet Of The Day – Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand

Come celebrate with Sen. Gillibrand tomorrow night at Therapy in Hell’s Kitchen for the JMG-sponsored fundraiser party!

Joe. My. God.

—  John Wright