The gayest election night ever

Tuesday night was generally seen as a victorious one for gay and lesbian people across the nation: The reelection of Barack Obama, the first sitting president to endorse full marriage equality; the historic election of lesbian Tammy Baldwin to the U.S. Senate; the defeat of anti-gay legislation. But even more gay was the coverage itself.

I watched the returns in a room full of gay people, ready to pop the bubbly cork as soon as Obama was called by one of the news channels (we were swimming in champagne by 10:15 p.m.). We flipped among the channels to see who had different predictions up. And we got to hear Rachel Maddow on MSNBC announce Barack Obama was the president still.

Lesbian.

Then we watched as Anderson Cooper oversaw coverage on CNN.

Gay.

And we logged onto Nate Silver’s FiveThirtyEight blog from the New York Times to check updates.

Silver’s also gay.

All of these people are out and proud and given principal responsibilities for overseeing election coverage for their media organizations. And so far as I noticed, none of them (or their fellows on TV in the cases of Maddow and Cooper) so much as hinted at their sexual orientation during their election night coverage. Because that was irrelevant to their reporting. (Compare that to the folks on Fox News, who acted as if the vote was a rebuke of Christian heterosexuality.)

We’ve reached a special plateau when the most respected newsmen in the country get to report on popular votes about gay folks and be on the side of the majority. The excitement wasn’t just at the ballot box Tuesday night. It was right up there on the screen.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

WATCH: Mary Gonzalez on MSNBC

Two days after she appeared on the front page of the El Paso Times, rising political star Mary Gonzalez, who is set to become Texas’ only openly LGBT state legislator in January, appeared on MSNBC on Wednesday, where she was interviewed by gay host Thomas Roberts. Watch it below.

—  John Wright

WATCH: Burke Burnett on MSNBC

Burke Burnett, the gay man who was brutally beaten in an apparent hate crime in Reno, Texas, eight days ago, made his first appearance on national TV this morning, when he was interviewed by MSNBC’s Thomas Roberts. Watch it below.

—  John Wright

WATCH: Joel Burns goes on MSNBC to talk about teen suicides in Michele Bachmann’s district

Gay Fort Worth City Councilman Joel Burns appeared on MSNBC’s The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell on Wednesday night to discuss the string of teen suicides in GOP presidential candidate Michele Bachmann’s Minnesota congressional district. (For some background on this issue, check out this piece from Mother Jones the other day.) Following the appearance, Burns said on Twitter that he planned to send Bachmann an email because there were a few points he wasn’t able to get across on the air. And on a lighter note, Burns also apparently won an argument with his husband, J.D. Angle, about whether he would shave his beard before the show.

—  John Wright

WATCH: Last-minute gift ideas for Father’s Day

Pack your junk in some ‘junderwear’

If any of you are like me, then you still haven’t gotten your dad a Father’s Day gift because, hey, it’s not the last minute yet!

And if any of you last-minute shoppers are looking for just the right gift, Willie Geist over at MSNBC has some, well, interesting suggestions in the video below.

Personally, I kind of like the rain slicker that turns into a sleeping bag (with a net “tent” over the head area to keep the bugs away). But the “junderwear” will probably get the most attention. That’s underwear that looks like a pair of jean shorts (see the photo above).

But hey, stay away from the “Happy Hot Dog Man” thing-a-mabob. That’s just creepy — in so many, many ways.

—  admin

Kansas sodomy law to remain on the books; Texas law might be removed

Rep. Jessica Farrar

A Kansas law that makes sexual contact between persons of the same sex illegal will remain on the books, even though that law was declared unconstitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court in its 2003 ruling in  Lawrence v. Texas.

A Kansas Republican and Democrat both said that the law is unenforceable and no one is being hurt by it, according to an MSNBC report. They removed its repeal from pending legislation.

However, according to Thomas Witt, chairman of Kansas Equity Coalition, John Wheeler, the president of the Kansas County and District Attorneys Association, warned a group of adult college students in 2008 that “even to this day, homosexuality is a crime in Kansas.”

In Texas, section 21.06 of the Texas Penal Code, better known as the sodomy law, also remains on the books.

Rep. Jessica Farrar, a Houston Democrat, introduced HB 604 to repeal 21.06. The bill has been sent to the Criminal Jurisprudence committee for hearing.

—  David Taffet

Saudi arrested near Lubbock planned to blow up former president, Dallas resident George Bush

FBI agents today arrested Khalid Ali-M Aldawsari, a 20-year-old Saudi national studying chemical engineering at South Plains College near Lubbock, charging him with attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction, according to reports on MSNBC.com. Reports says one of Aldawsari’s primary targets may have been former president and current Dallasite George W. Bush.

Bush, who earned the wrath of many LGBT activists with his adamantly anti-gay stance that included support for a federal constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage, now lives in Preston Hollow.

MSNBC reports that Aldwasari came to the U.S. to attend Texas Tech after getting a scholarship to the school, then trasnfered to South Plains. FBI agents have reportedly found his journal in which he wrote about specifically seeking a scholarship because it would help him get into this country more easily and because it would provide him with funds to carry out his jihad.

MSNBC.com says FBI agents found out about Aldawsari’s plot after being alerted by Carolina Biological Supply of Burlington, N.C., from whom Aldawsari tried to buy a chemical that has legitimate uses but can also be used to create an explosive called trinitrophenol. Agents then conducted covert searches of his apartment where they found chemicals and other items to create explosive devices. They also searched his computer and e-mails, finding e-mails he sent listing his potential targets. Those targets included the homes of three U.S. military troops who had served at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq and reservoir dams in Colorado and California.

—  admin

‘Today Show’ features really dumb author

Meredith Viera

So maybe I’m not the best one to offer relationship advice, but in this case, I think I can help.

On the Today Show Thursday morning, Kiri Blakeley promoted her new book, Can’t Think Straight. Here’s NBC’s promo for the segment:

Kiri Blakeley, whose memoir “Can’t Think Straight” describes the shock she experienced when she learned her fiance of 10 years was secretly pursuing relationships with men, tells Meredith Vieira that she “couldn’t get as angry” as she would have if he’d been having an affair with a woman.

Let’s start with “fiance of 10 years.” Really? After 10 years, she thought they were getting married soon?

In the video, she said her fiance didn’t fit any of the stereotypes of what a gay man should be, so she didn’t know. Really? In this day and age you think gay men only fit stereotypes?

But what clues might she have picked up on? They weren’t having much sex anymore. They weren’t seeing each other as much anymore (because he’s spending time with his boyfriend). They weren’t having much sex anymore. And the biggest clue? They weren’t having much sex anymore.

—  David Taffet

What’s Brewing: Zach Wahls; study shows health risks of anti-gay bullying; Kato remembered

Your weekday morning blend from Instant Tea:

1. If you haven’t seen it already, take three minutes out of your snow day and watch 19-year-old Zach Wahls, the son of same-sex parents, address the Iowa House of Representatives during a public hearing on a proposal to ban gay marriage. The clip has almost 1 million views on YouTube, and some are comparing it to Fort Worth Councilman Joel Burns’ “It Gets Better” speech. Also, watch Wahls and his family’s interview with MSNBC below.

2. Anti-gay bullying is bad for your health. Not only does it lead to increased suicide rates, but the hormonal imbalance it creates can also increase memory loss, cardiovascular problems and bone density depletion, according to a new study.

3. Murdered Ugandan gay activist David Kato was remembered Thursday in New York, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C. Meanwhile, a group from Cambridge University has launched a fundrasing campaign in Kato’s name. Half of the proceeds will go to Kato’s organization, Sexual Minorities Uganda, while the other half will go to support LGBT refugees from Africa. For more info, go here.

—  John Wright

What’s Brewing: Daniel Hernandez, bigoted N.C. lawmaker, Palm Springs gay sex sting fallout

Your weekday morning blend from Instant Tea:

1. President Barack Obama and Daniel Hernandez Jr. — the gay intern credited with saving the life of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords — disagree about whether Hernandez should be called a hero. Thus far, however, discourse between the two has remained civil. Hernandez, who sat next to Obama during Wednesday night’s memorial service in Tucson, also spoke to MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann after the event. In case you missed the service, Obama also announced that Giffords had opened her eyes for the first time in the hospital. And as Bill Maher put it, now it’s time for the rest of the nation to open its eyes. Watch Obama’s full speech here.

2. The government shouldn’t spend money to treat people with HIV/AIDS who “caused it by the way they live,” according to Instant Tea’s official Bigot of the Day, North Carolina State Rep. Larry Brown. “I’m not opposed to helping a child born with HIV or something, but I don’t condone spending taxpayers’ money to help people living in perverted lifestyles.” (Winston-Salem Journal)

3. When the Dallas Police Department conducts one of its gay sex stings, it’s business as usual. But when it happens in Palm Springs, Calif., all hell breaks loose.

—  John Wright