When Focus on the Family went on CNN to support letting gay kids get bullied

There’s a right way to prevent bullying — and there’s the right wing way, which doesn’t work and would let gay kids get bullied. You’d think at some point these Focus on the Family types, like Candy Cushman, would be embarrassed about their positions. I mean, trying to block legislation that would protect kids? They’re disgusting. It’s always about sex and the secret gay agenda with these whackos.




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Michaele + Tareq Salahi Have No Idea Where The Gay Bar Cover Charge Cash Went

Michaele and Tareq Salahi insist their private premiere party at a gay bar for The Real Housewives of D.C. was a fundraiser for "the troops," but they weren't in charge of running it, they were just VIP guests, so don't expect them to know where all the money went from charging admittance, OK? [P6]


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That Time Alan Cumming Went With Grandma to an X-Rated Double Feature

When I was about 12 my granny took me to the pictures in Inverness to see a double bill of David Essex films – That'll Be the Day and Stardust, both of which were X-rated. She somehow persuaded the man at the box office to let us in. I think she just wanted to see the film and I was with her – she was a bit nuts but she was great really, she just went with the flow. I remember being incredibly excited. There was a scene on his wedding night when David Essex shags a bridesmaid in the back of an Escort van. David Essex was very pretty but I think what I liked was the noisy messiness of the sex act. It was lusty and passionate and all, "Excuse me, could you just move that spanner?" It wasn't all glossy, like everything I'd seen before; it was very British and ordinary, people roughing it, the way I kind of thought it probably would be in real life. It was quite sexy for a 12-year-old boy. Also, it obviously stayed with me because there's a line Essex said in the film that I still say, kind of as a joke, when directors are chancing it with you and want you to get up really early and work too hard when you're really tired. Like David, I always say: "I'm an artist, not a machine."

—Alan Cumming, making so much sense of, well, Alan Cumming [via]


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Cumming Went to X-rated Films with Granny

Actor Alan Cumming recalls his grandmother taking him to an X-rated double feature in the late 1970s.
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After Ruling Prop 8 Unconstitutional, Vaughn Walker Went Out On The Town

In what counts as gossip among San Francisco's elite, we learn the evening of Judge Vaughn Walker's Prop 8 ruling, which he did not read from the bench but instead e-filed, he enjoyed a night out on the town at concert singer Monica Mancini's opening at the Rrazz Room. "The judge, who was not introduced and seemed to be unrecognized by other audience members, is a good friend of Mancini's husband/drummer, Gregg Field." He's a good friend of all of yours now too, yes? [SF Chron, via]


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‘The Prop. 8 Report’ examines what went wrong, what went right and how to finally win

David Fleischer from the LGBT Mentoring Project has authored a new report, The Prop. 8 Report: What defeat in California can Teach Us about Winning Future Ballot Measures on Same-sex Marriage.” The full report is here. The purpose of the report is explained in the Executive Summary:

The purpose of this report is to help supporters of same-sex marriage learn from the Prop 8 campaign. This knowledge can hasten the day that we are able to return to the ballot to win same-sex marriage in California or in any state where we have previously lost on the issue.

There is much to learn. Many commonly held beliefs about Prop 8 are factually incorrect. The data show that the pro–same-sex marriage side, the No on 8 campaign, made both smart choices and costly mistakes. This report aims to help our entire community recognize and learn from both. Understanding what happened will help all of us face and embrace the hard work ahead.

Fleischer also has an op-ed in today’s L.A. Times, which provides the highlights some of his key findings. For example, parents with kids under 18 shifted against support for marriage. Those ads worked:

One big question after the election: Who moved? Six weeks before the vote, Proposition 8 was too close to call. But in the final weeks, supporters pulled ahead, and by election day, the outcome was all but certain.

After the election, a misleading finding from exit polls led many to blame African Americans for the loss. But in our new analysis, it appears that African Americans’ views were relatively stable. True, a majority of African Americans opposed same-sex marriage, but that was true at the beginning and at the end of the campaign; few changed their minds in the closing weeks.

The shift, it turns out, was greatest among parents with children under 18 living at home — many of them white Democrats.

The numbers are staggering. In the last six weeks, when both sides saturated the airwaves with television ads, more than 687,000 voters changed their minds and decided to oppose same-sex marriage. More than 500,000 of those, the data suggest, were parents with children under 18 living at home. Because the proposition passed by 600,000 votes, this shift alone more than handed victory to proponents.

That’s very important info.

The report has a section titled, Most of the Conventional Wisdom about the Prop 8 Campaign is Wrong. For example, we can’t easily overturn the election. The other side would have benefited more if people weren’t confused by the ballot. So, we’ve got a steeper hill to climb than initially envisioned.

But, there is one piece of conventional wisdom that is accurate:

Mormon money was essential to the success of Yes on 8.

This one is true. According to Schubert Flint, the lead consulting firm for Yes on 8, the Mormons raised million from July through September with 40% of the money or more coming from members of the Church of Latter-day Saints

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