GLBT Community Center offers Christmas Dinner

GLBT Community CenterFor many, Christmas is a time for family, but as we all know, not everyone in the LGBT community is on the best terms with their family, and for others financial concerns keep them from traveling during the holidays. For those of us spending the holidays alone (or those of us who just enjoy a good potluck) the Houston GLBT Community Center, in cooperation with the AIDS Housing Coalition Houston, is hosting a Christmas potluck at the Center’s offices at  the Historic Dow School (1901 Kane). There is no charge for the Potluck and Turkey and Ham will be provided. Those attending may bring a side dish to share but should not feel obligated to bring anything if they are not able.

“The Center family is thrilled to partner with Matt Locklin and AIDS Housing Coalition Houston on this Christmas luncheon,” said Tim Brookover, president of the center. “We hope people will join us who don’t have plans for the holiday — or maybe need a break from the plans they have! Christmas and your GLBT family. Now that’s festive!”

If you would like to volunteer or make a contribution to offset expenses, contact AHCH executive director Matt Locklin at ahch@wt.net.

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Watch: John McCain and Mark Kirk Share Evil Laugh Over Death of Omnibus Spending Bill — ‘Did We Just Win?’

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Political theater at its most macabre, from Thursday night.

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP

The death of the omnibus bill was what led Reid to file cloture on the DREAM Act and DADT repeal.

There are some reports emerging that McCain and Senator Bob Corker (R-TN) are so angry about the DREAM and DADT votes that they're threatening to push back on the START treaty ratification. And some that they're not.

Stay tuned…



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NOM Spending $450,000 To Attack NH Gov Lynch On Gay Marriage

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The National Organization for Marriage threw itself even further into New Hampshire's gubernatorial race today by releasing an ad attacking Governor John Lynch for signing gay marriage into law.

The commercial and radio campaign, called "He's Changed" and put out with the "family friendly" group Cornerstone Action, takes aim at Lynch for switching gears on a range of issues, such as prisoner parole terms and taxes, and, yes, gay marriage, which Lynch said he opposed in a debate four years ago.

NOM leader Brian Brown released a statement in conjunction with the ad's release, and said, "When John Lynch lied and betrayed the voters of New Hampshire by signing the same-sex marriage bill NOM vowed to hold him accountable. Unlike John Lynch, we keep our promises."

The Lynch campaign insisted the governor hasn't changed and described him as a "thoughtful" politician who listens to his constituents: "He listens to people as he did on the marriage law. He's provided the steady leadership to get us through these tough times."

NOM and Cornerstone Action's campaign cost them 0,000. That's in addition to the 0,000 NOM spent earlier this year attacking Lynch. All that money may have been a complete waste, because NOM's preferred candidate, Republican John Stephen, trails Lynch by about seventeen points.

Watch the new commercial, AFTER THE JUMP


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Because when is @ladygaga *not* spending her Mondays lobbying GOP senators?

From SLDN:

BREAKING VIA TWITTER: @ladygaga Meet me in Portland, Maine 2moro, 9/20 to help repeal #DADT. I’m holding a Rally + speaking live in Deering Oaks Park http://bit.ly/cO4cY9

MEDIA ADVISORY / EVENT TOMORROW / MONDAY:

Veterans, Lady Gaga Go to Maine in Grassroots Push to Break Filibuster and Pass “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” Repeal


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Twitter Hashtag: #4the14k

“For the 14,000”: A Rally for the 14,000+ Discharged


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“The votes to break McCain’s filibuster are not there. Sens. Snowe and Collins of Maine are key to breaking the filibuster. With the vote Tuesday, we need everyone supporting repeal to call their senators.” – Aubrey Sarvis, Army veteran

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1,000,000+ Watch Lady Gaga’s Call to Action Online; 237,131 People Visit SLDN Action Site; 91.62% First Time Visitors



WASHINGTON, D.C. – Servicemembers Legal Defense Network (SLDN), a national, legal services and policy organization dedicated to ending “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” (DADT), will be holding a grassroots rally with young people near the University of Southern Maine campus on Monday, September 20, 2010, at 4:00 p.m. ET, at Deering Oaks Park, Portland, ME, in a major Senate push to break the expected filibuster by Sen. John McCain of the National Defense Authorization Act, to which repeal is included. The key U.S. Senate vote is scheduled for 2:15 p.m. on Tuesday.

“The votes to break McCain’s filibuster are not there. We need Sens. Snowe and Collins on board; they’re key to us breaking the filibuster,” said Aubrey Sarvis, Army veteran and executive director for Servicemembers Legal Defense Network. “With the vote less than 48 hours away, we need everyone supporting repeal to call the Senate. We’re bringing gay and straight service members to Portland to help make the case. And we’re proud to have the support of Lady Gaga to bring grassroots attention to repeal at a critical hour. Like Lady Gaga, all New England senators, indeed all 100 senators, Democrats and Republicans, need to engage in a real debate on this issue, and not just posture and spin this week over procedure and Senate rules.”

Servicemembers Legal Defense Network (www.sldn.org) is a national, non-profit legal services and policy organization dedicated to ending “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” A journalists’ guide is available here.

Awesome move.

*Just be aware, Portland: When the artist says she wants a costume fashioned out of L.L. Bean, she just might mean lima and lentils.




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NOM Joins American Family Association Spending Thousands to Oust Iowa Judges

The National Organization for Marriage (NOM), which has a history of trying to defeat pro-equality state candidates in Iowa, this week reported spending more than 5,000 on a television ad that targets three justices on the Iowa Supreme Court who were part of a unanimous 2009 decision ruling that the equal protection provision of the Iowa Constitution guarantees gay and lesbian couples the same right to marry as heterosexual couples.

NOM’s expenditure became public in an independent expenditure report filed with the state this week.

NOM joined the American Family Association, referred to as “among the most vigilant and vicious and anti-gay activists operating today” by the Right-Wing Watch, in supporting the efforts of the AFA-affiliated Iowa for Freedom. Led by former Republican gubernatorial candidate Robert Vander Plaats, Iowa for Freedom has targeted three Supreme Court justices facing a judicial retention election in November. 

“This is the same old NOM playbook,” said Human Rights Campaign president Joe Solmonese. ”This was a unanimous decision, an impartial decision, a decision based on the state constitution of Iowa. But none of that matters to NOM, which will go anywhere and spend unlimited resources to spread fear. Now they’re trying to intimidate judges whose job it is to interpret the law. Shame on them.”

The ad, entitled, “Send Them a Message” is on YouTube.

According to the Iowa Independent, in a joint radio appearance with Bryan Fischer, the director of issue analysis for government and public policy, Vander Plaats agreed that the effort to outset the judges was “the single most important election this Nov. 2.”


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