News flash: Gays more humane than straights

The Humane Society of the United States presents the Genesis Awards, similar to the GLAAD Media Awards, to recognize outstanding presentations of the humane treatment of animals. And it’s no surprise — at least not to me and the gay vegans I know that gay-run businesses and gay-themed shows figure prominently in this year’s finalists.

Among them: How to Train Your Dragon is up for best feature film (it’s produced by DreamWorks, which is owned by gay mogul David Geffen); True Blood is up for best dramatic series (created by gay Oscar winner Alan Ball and with plenty o’ queer vamps, pictured); the Sid Caesar Comedy Award is between gay-friendly shows The Colbert Report, The Simpsons and The Daily Show; and TV newsmagazine faces off gay host Anderson Cooper of AC360 again lesbian host Jane Velez-Mitchell of Issues with Jane Velez-Mitchell. And the schmancy Wyler Award goes to Kristin Davis of Sex and the City for her work bringing awareness to orphaned elephants. (It’s such a Charlotte thing to worry about orphaned elephants). Previous winners of the Wyler Award include Ellen DeGeneres and Portia Di Rossi.

The awards will be presented March 19 in Los Angeles.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

Nutjob candidates in other states make Texas politics seem downright boring this year

New York gubernatorial candidate Kristin Davis

Texas has produced its share of crackpot politicians over the years. But compared to what’s going on across the country, the Lone Star State seems downright boring in 2010.

While Gov. Rick Perry said the Arizona anti-immigration law is not right for Texas, his counterpart in Arizona claimed the law is necessary because of decapitated bodies found in the desert. Jan Brewer, running for re-election as governor of Arizona, has not been able to produce evidence to back up her claim.

Meanwhile, Rand Paul, who’s running for the Senate in Kentucky, said he thinks restaurants should have the right to refuse service based on race. Not that he’d do that if he owned a restaurant, but they should have that right.

Sharron Angle, who’s running for Senate in Nevada, thinks alcohol should be illegal. Last time we looked, Las Vegas was in Nevada.

And after being criticized last week for running an ad showing a map of Mexico with stock photos of Latinos and talking about a stronger immigration law, Angle said she was talking about immigration from Canada and didn’t know if the people in the ad were Mexican. She’s ahead in the polls.

—  David Taffet

Call me Madame Governor

Gubernatorial candidate Kristin Davis
Gubernatorial candidate Kristin Davis

On this primary day in Texas, while we wait to see if Kay Bailey Hutchison makes it into a run-off with Gov. Rick Perry and if Bill White takes the Democratic nomination without a run-off, I found a much spicier story from New York.

Gov. David Paterson of New York came to office when Gov. Eliot Spitzer resigned. Spitzer hired a prostitute and took her across state lines, a federal offense for which he was never charged.

Paterson has been a champion of LGBT rights since taking office. One of his first executive orders was to recognize same-sex marriages performed in places where it is legal. Later, he sent a marriage bill to the legislature that was defeated in the Senate.

During his first week in office, Paterson held a news conference to announce that both he and his wife have been unfaithful and had smoked pot and people can just get over it.  But poll numbers and a recent scandal sunk his re-election bid.

But someone who WILL be running for governor is Kristin Davis. Not the one from “Sex in the City.” This Kristin Davis, better known as the Manhattan Madame, spent four months in prison in 2008 on charges related to running the escort service that sold Spitzer the services that got him into hot water. Davis is running on a pro-same-sex marriage, pro-marijuana, pro-prostitution platform.

So in New York, the person who uses an escort service must resign as governor while the person who owns that service can run? And will lurid pictures of the candidate win votes? Even Davis admits it’s a long shot.

Her qualifications?

Likening politics to prostitution, Davis told Fox News, “They are all doing it for money.” Oh, and she said she was providing hookers for Spitzer weekly for five years — ever since he was the state’s attorney general.

And about her platform, she claims legalizing pot and prostitution will bring $3 billion in new state revenues. Even Farouk Shami didn’t promise that much.

So if Hutchison wins tonight, will she call on her New York counterpart to help her campaign? Just saying, it might make our dull Texas race a little more interesting.

—  David Taffet