Red Party Foundation Kickoff Party at BJ’s

The Red Party Foundation Kick-Off Party at BJ’s NXS on April 21 raised an estimated $4,000, according to J.T. Williams, co-founder of the organization. The money will go straight to the Red Party Foundation, which was formed earlier this year as a 501(c)(3) by Williams and Jared Pearce. Last week’s fundraiser was the first of several leading up to the annual Red Party in September benefiting the Legacy Counseling Center and Founders Cottage. “I was pleasantly surprised at how well the underwear auction went,” Williams said. “James Deets and John Rieger were the big bidders, both bidding $200-plus for a pair of Candid Underwear that was worn at the time by BJ’s bartenders and dancers.” The Red Party Foundation’s website, at www.RedPartyDallas.com, is under construction by Clint Thomson of Celeratec, who is donating his services.

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NH preps for House marriage hearing; we want public to hear what, exactly, leading state group wants to repeal (*Hint: It’s more than marriage)

In anticipation of Thursday’s marriage equality hearing before the New Hampshire House Judiciary Committee, the National Organization For Marriage is asking readers to email that body’s members, House Speaker Bill O’Brien, and House Majority Leader DJ Bettencourt:

Urgent Alert: Marriage Hearing in Concord this Thursday!!! [NOM]

And for once, we totally agree with NOM. Because we think fair-minded New Hampshirites and all concerned neighbors should also email all of those same people and ask why the state’s most prominent anti-equality/pro-repeal group, the NOM-aligned Cornerstone Action (sure to be represented at Thursday’s hearing), is encouraging scientifically discredited ‘ex-gay” therapy on its website:



Why is New Hampshire’s Cornerstone Policy pushing ‘ex-gay’ myths? [YouTube]

And unlike NOM, we won’t make you use a form email message. Because we trust your independent brain to say the right thing. Email addresses below:

LaCasse, Paul (Republican), New Hampshire House Sullivan 04 , NH

paul.lacasse@leg.state.nh.us

Weber, Lucy (Democrat), New Hampshire House Cheshire 02 , NH

lwmcv@comcast.net

Sorg, Gregory (Republican) – Representative , New Hampshire House Grafton 03 , NH

greg.sorg@leg.state.nh.us

O’Brien, William (Republican), New Hampshire House Hillsborough 04 , NH

william.obrien@leg.state.nh.us

Rowe, Robert (Republican) – Representative , New Hampshire House Hillsborough 06 , NH

rh.rowe@comcast.net

Souza, Kathleen (Republican) – Representative , New Hampshire House Hillsborough 11 , NH

kathleen.souza@leg.state.nh.us

Peterson, Lenette (Republican), New Hampshire House Hillsborough 19 , NH

lenette.peterson@leg.state.nh.us

McClarren, Donald (Republican), New Hampshire House Hillsborough 21 , NH

donald.mcclarren@leg.state.nh.us

Palmer, Barry (Republican), New Hampshire House Hillsborough 26 , NH

Email N/A

Silva, Peter (Republican), New Hampshire House Hillsborough 26 , NH

PSilva372@aol.com

Giuda, J. Brandon (Republican), New Hampshire House Merrimack 07 , NH

brandon.giuda@leg.state.nh.us

Potter, Frances (Democrat) – Representative , New Hampshire House Merrimack 10 , NH

frances.potter@leg.state.nh.us

Watrous, Rick (Democrat), New Hampshire House Merrimack 12 , NH

rick.watrous@leg.state.nh.us

Bettencourt, David (Republican), New Hampshire House Rockingham 04 , NH

DJ.Bettencourt@leg.state.nh.us

Tregenza, Norman (Republican), New Hampshire House Carroll 02 , NH

norman.tregenza@leg.state.nh.us

Hagan, Joseph (Republican), New Hampshire House Rockingham 07 , NH

Email N/A

Wheaton, Gary (Republican), New Hampshire House Rockingham 14 , NH

gary.wheaton@leg.state.nh.us

Murphy, Brian (Republican), New Hampshire House Rockingham 18 , NH

brianm@siaa.net

Andolina, Donald (Republican), New Hampshire House Strafford 06 , NH

district6.dover@comcast.net

Wall, Janet (Democrat) – Democrat Caucus Leader , New Hampshire House Strafford 07 , NH

janet.wall@leg.state.nh.us

**Email ALL at once




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Exclusive: New Hampshire’s leading ‘protect marriage’ group pushing gay ‘cures’

Earlier this morning we let you hear a clip wherein the president of New Hampshire’s leading “pro-family” group, Kevin Smith of Cornerstone Policy Research, revealed that he not only wants to get rid of the state’s marriage equality, but also its prior civil unions system. And while we were shocked that he’d admit that the group’s intent went beyond marriage and smack into basic rights and protections, it appears that maybe we didn’t even go far enough in terms of either shock or insight. Because check this out: We just found these “helpful links” listed on Cornerstone’s newly revamped website (which just relaunched today):

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Yes, that’s right: The group that’s seeking to roll back basic protections in the state is also pushing scientifically-discredited “ex-gay” programs and “research.” Four of the six of the above links (Love Won Out, NARTH, Exodus, and PFOX) are solely dedicated to changing/curing/praying away the gay. As in that’s all they do: Seek ways to keep the “gays can change” meme alive (or perhaps we should say “ex-dead”).

This is not about politics. Not about referenda or court battles. Not about “protecting marriage,” like Cornerstone and their allies at the National Organization For Marriage always claim. What this shows, with 100% certainty, is that the group that’s most prominently, most vocally hoping to reshape the marriage debate in the Live Free or Die State is also hoping to reshape gay people’s very cores of existence in ways that fly in the face of ALL credible science.

They have now put this into the debate. It’s up to us to make sure every single state lawmaker knows it.




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Richard Chamberlain: Gay leading men should stay closeted

From the Advocate via Towleroad:

You were a wildly successful closeted actor during a period of time when coming out was unheard of, but the climate of acceptance has significantly changed in recent years. How do you feel about gay actors who still remain closeted as we near 2011?

“It’s complicated. There’s still a tremendous amount of homophobia in our culture. It’s regrettable, it’s stupid, it’s heartless, and it’s immoral, but there it is. For an actor to be working is a kind of miracle, because most actors aren’t, so it’s just silly for a working actor to say, “Oh, I don’t care if anybody knows I’m gay” — especially if you’re a leading man. Personally, I wouldn’t advise a gay leading man–type actor to come out.”




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Richard Chamberlain: Gay Leading Men Should Remain Closeted

The one-time leading man tells the Advocate:

Rc You were a wildly successful closeted actor during a period of time when coming out was unheard of, but the climate of acceptance has significantly changed in recent years. How do you feel about gay actors who still remain closeted as we near 2011?

"It’s complicated. There’s still a tremendous amount of homophobia in our culture. It’s regrettable, it’s stupid, it’s heartless, and it’s immoral, but there it is. For an actor to be working is a kind of miracle, because most actors aren’t, so it’s just silly for a working actor to say, “Oh, I don’t care if anybody knows I’m gay” — especially if you’re a leading man. Personally, I wouldn’t advise a gay leading man–type actor to come out."

When can a leading man come out — when he’s 69 and promoting a memoir?

"I have no idea. Despite all the wonderful advances that have been made, it’s still dangerous for an actor to talk about that in our extremely misguided culture. Look at what happened in California with Proposition 8. Please, don’t pretend that we’re suddenly all wonderfully, blissfully accepted."

Chamberlain was outed by French magazine Nous Deux in 1989 but only publicly came out in his 2003 autobiography, Shattered Love, at the age of 69.


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Richard Chamberlain: ‘I Wouldn’t Advise A Gay Leading Man-type Actor To Come Out’

It’s complicated. There’s still a tremendous amount of homophobia in our culture. It’s regrettable, it’s stupid, it’s heartless, and it’s immoral, but there it is. For an actor to be working is a kind of miracle, because most actors aren’t, so it’s just silly for a working actor to say, “Oh, I don’t care if anybody knows I’m gay” — especially if you’re a leading man. Personally, I wouldn’t advise a gay leading man-type actor to come out.

—Richard Chamberlain, who came out publicly in his 60s and is only semi-separated from partner Martin Rabbett, still doesn't think Hollywood is safe for openly gay actors [via]


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Forget late fees: It’s basic fairness leading Minnesotans to return hostile DVDs

Images-5You know those anti-gay DVDs that Minnesota’s Catholic church sent to locals? Yea, well — thousands of folks are regifting them this holiday season:

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Catholic anti-gay marriage DVD protesters are delivering more than 3,000 DVDs to Archbishop John Nienstedt on Friday, according to organizers of ReturnTheDVD.org.

KEEP READING: 3,000 Catholic Anti-Gay Marriage DVDs Returned to Archbishop [My Fox 9]

No word as to what Nienstedt will do with the surplus. Though we do hear Santa’s stocking division is looking for a new alternative to coal…




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Gay Inc. Forgot/Couldn’t Be Bothered To Notice Russia’s Leading Activist Nikolai Alexseev Was Abducted

To be fair, Nikolai Alexseev did go missing on a Wednesday, and that is the traditional Hump Day in the United States, where little work gets done because everybody is hoping for the weekend, and Wednesday is two days shy of Friday, the beginning of the weekend, and then there is Saturday and Sunday, which constitutes the weekend and the much-needed downtime required to relax and generate enough energy to return to the office on Monday to hope it's Friday again. [Petrelis]


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Leading Gay Russian Activist Nikolai Alekseev Safe in Moscow, Says He Was Harassed, Drugged by Captors

Leading Russian gay activist Nikolai Alekseev is safely back in Moscow, and has written an account of his harrowing abduction by captors thought to be with Russia's secret police. Alekseev says the captors harassed, threatened, and possibly drugged him.

Alexeyev Early Saturday morning Alekseev left the following message on Facebook:

"My dear friends, I just entered Moscow. Thank you to all of you for support. All I want now is to brush my teeth and to shave. I will try to describe all that happened tonight! I never thought so many people care for me, it brings tears to my eyes."

Alekseev has written the personal account of his abduction HERE (translated via Google).

Radio Free Europe reports:

"A spokeswoman for the airport told Russian news agencies that Alekseyev was detained after refusing to take off his shoes at the security check. The activist rejects this account and claims airport security officials arbitrarily detained him for two hours before handing him over to a group of unidentified men in plainclothes. He told RFE/RL that he was then driven to a police station in Kashira, a small town some 100 kilometers south of Moscow, where he spent the next two days."

In his personal account, Alekseev notes that he discovered his location by using an iPad, which the authorities had not taken from him.

Radio Free Europe continues:

"[In Kashira], he says he was threatened, harassed, and possibly drugged. 'The first night, I slept on a chair and a table. I spent the second night on a kind of banquette. They gave me water, but I think it was laced with something because my reactions were very slow and I felt completely disoriented. I was given very simple food like biscuits,' Alekseyev says. Conflicting reports had emerged in the wake of Alekseyev's mysterious disappearance. While the activist did not respond to repeated calls to his mobile telephone, news agencies said they had received text messages from him saying he had been taken to Belarus and intended to seek political asylum there. Alekseyev denies such intentions and says the text messages were sent by his captors from his confiscated telephone."

During his abduction, Alekseev was pressured to withdraw a complaint he had filed with the European Court of Human Rights over Moscow's banning of Gay Pride parades.


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Leading NH GOP Senate candidates oppose gay adoption

On Wednesday, September 15th, from 6 – 7 PM, AMERICAblog and several other LGBT blogs and bloggers will be hosting a live chat with the Democratic candidate for Senate from NH, Paul Hodes. He is a strong supporter of marriage equality — and we need more marriage supporters in the Senate. Hodes currently the Congressman from the NH’s Second District. The guy is a real progressive.

Tomorrow is primary day in New Hampshire. GOP voters in New Hampshire will pick their nominee to run against Hodes. There’s not much of a choice. According to the latest poll, from Magellan Strategies, long-time frontrunner Kelly Ayotte is leading Ovide Lamontagne: 35% – 31%. That’s within the margin of error. According to the pollster, Lamontagne has picked up 10 points in since September 1. Ayotte and Lamontagne not only opposes marriage equality (in a state where marriage is legal), they both oppose gay adoption. That’s pretty extreme:

Pretty clear we’d lose ground if Ayotte or Lamontagne wins.

Join us on Wednesday. We’ll know by then who Hodes will be facing in November. But, it’s pretty clear that it’s going to be a very stark choice: Equality vs. Homophobia.




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