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>Equality Reacts

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James Esseks, Director of the ACLU Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Project:
“Today’s decision is a huge victory for the LGBT people of America. For the first time, a federal court has conducted a trial and found that there is absolutely no reason to deny same-sex couples the fairness and dignity of marriage. At the same time, we know that this is not the end. In order to give this case the best possible chance of success as it moves through the appeals courts, we need to show that America is ready for same-sex couples to marry by continuing to seek marriage and other relationship protections in states across the country. It’s simply not fair, and not legal, to continue to exclude committed same-sex couples from marriage.”

National Gay and Lesbian Task Force:
“This ruling marks a victory for loving, committed couples who want nothing more than the same rights and security as other families. From the start, this has been about basic fairness. Today we celebrate the affirmation of this fundamental principle; tomorrow, we are back out there sharing our personal stories and having conversations with Californians and people all across the country about why this matters and who we are. The tide is turning nationwide in favor of marriage equality, but our work is far from over. Today’s ruling is just a beginning step in what will likely be a long process, yet we are confident that fairness will prevail. Our conversations are breaking down barriers and helping to transform our country.”

Human Rights Campaign President Joe Solmonese:
“After hearing extensive evidence in support of marriage equality, and essentially no defense of the discrimination wrought by Prop 8, Judge Walker reached the same conclusion we have always known to be true – the Constitution’s protections are for all Americans, including the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. We thank the courageous plaintiff couples, the American Foundation for Equal Rights, and attorneys Ted Olson and David Boies for their tremendous efforts leading to today’s decision and their ongoing commitment as the case moves forward on appeal. The battle for marriage equality continues, and we must all continue our work – in courthouses and statehouses, in church pews and living rooms – until equality is reality for LGBT people and our families everywhere.”

Cyndi Lauper:
“Gay and lesbian couples have long struggled for acceptance and the ability to marry the person they love and want to build a family with. Today’s landmark ruling declaring Proposition 8 unconstitutional is a testament to the fundamentals on which this great country was built and validates that the discrimination gay couples face must come to an end. We as a society should be embracing these couples and helping them make the lifelong commitment to each other that many of us straight people take for granted each and every day. This decision is a major step in the right direction towards equality. On behalf of the True Colors Fund and the Give a Damn Campaign, I want to commend and thank Chad Griffin and the American Foundation for Equal Rights, the legal team headed by Ted Olson and David Boies, and the plaintiffs in the case, Kris Perry & Sandy Stier and Paul Katami & Jeff Zarrillo, for their leadership and courage in standing up for equality and fairness.”
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>I Didn’t Say It….

>Liev Schreiber, on being called “the best actor of his generation, by The New York Times:

“Well, how can you argue with The New York Times? Look, I have a different perspective, but I’m glad they have theirs. Really glad. But if you’re going to accept that, you also have to be prepared to accept when someone calls you ‘the somnambulistic Mr. Schreiber with a head the size of a watermelon,’ which someone actually wrote once. I had to look up somnambulistic. It means someone who puts you to sleep. So if you’re going to be okay with being the best stage actor of your generation, you also have to be okay with being the boring guy with the watermelon head.”

Hot.
Talented.
Self-deprecating.
Love.Him.

Anne Rice, auther of Interview With The Vampire, among others, on quitting Christianity because she supports the LGBT community:
“For those who care, and I understand if you don’t: Today I quit being a Christian. I’m out. I remain committed to Christ as always but not to being ‘Christian’ or to being part of Christianity. It’s simply impossible for me to ‘belong’ to this quarrelsome, hostile, disputatious, and deservedly infamous group. For ten …years, I’ve tried. I’ve failed. I’m an outsider. My conscience will allow nothing else.
In the name of Christ, I refuse to be anti-gay. I refuse to be anti-feminist. I refuse to be anti-artificial birth control. I refuse to be anti-Democrat. I refuse to be anti-secular humanism. I refuse to be anti-science. I refuse to be anti-life. In the name of …Christ, I quit Christianity and being Christian. Amen.”

It is quite funny how many people, mostly so-called Christians, who equate being Christian with being Christ-like, when they are not at all alike.

Elton John, speaking from the stage at a concert in Tucson, on a boycott of Arizona:
“We are all very pleased to be playing in Arizona. I have read that some of the artists won’t come here. They are fuckwits! Let’s face it: I still play in California, and as a gay man I have no legal rights whatsoever. So what’s the fuck up with these people?”

Um, Elton, you do-anything-for-a-paycheck musical whore?
What the fuck is wrong with people is that they want to stand up against discrimination and racial profiling. Not everyone is out to make the most money, and will do so by selling their soul to the highest bidder.
That, Sir, would be you, and that makes you the “fuckwit”.

Cyndi Lauper, on the Bush/Cheney regime:
“The past – this year’s getting a little better, but the past eight years, it was so dark. [I]t was like a fire sale, just before Obama came in … And then this guy goes in and it’s ‘his fault.’ But it’s not his fault – it’s the other two. The criminals that never got charged. I can’t say enough how upsetting that was. I can’t. And the way he would go on television – that George Bush, and speak hate. I mean, just unabashed hatred.”

Cyndi, you are more than just an icon for the LGBT community, you are an icon for everyone.
Let’s stop blaming the new guy and remember who left this mess for Obama to clean up.

Amy Fisher, on her decision to become a porn star:

“Our society loves sex. It feels so good and we should enjoy it. Sex is beautiful, powerful, and simply put, no one has the right to tell me what I can or can not do with my own private parts. This time, I get to make the choices on what kind of movies I want to make, and I am excited to work with Dreamzone to make my dreams a reality.”

Of course, it doesn’t have anything to do with her insatiable need to be in the spotlight.
Just think kiddies, shoot the woman who’s married to your lover in the head and go to prison and then get out and write a book and become a porn star.
Fame is fun.

Tom Hardy, Inception co-star, admitting he has dabbled in sexual relations with guys:
“Of course I have. I’m an actor for f*ck’s sake. I’ve played with everything and everyone. I love the form and the physicality, but now that I’m in my thirties, it doesn’t do it for me. I’m done experimenting but there’s plenty of stuff in a relationship with another man, especially gay men, that I need in my life. A lot of gay men get my thing for shoes. I have definite feminine qualities and a lot of gay men are incredibly masculine. A lot of people say I seem masculine, but I don’t feel it. I feel intrinsically feminine. I’d love to be one of the boys but I always felt a bit on the outside. Maybe my masculine qualities come from overcompensating because I’m not one of the boys.”

Open.

Honest.
Hot.
Me like.
President Obama, on why he didn’t get an invitation to Chelsea Clinton’s upcoming wedding:
“I was not invited to the wedding because I think Hillary and Bill, properly, want to keep this thing for Chelsea and her soon-to-be husband. You don’t want two presidents at one wedding! All the secret service, guests going through [metal detectors], all the gifts being torn apart.”

That’s the same reason I wasn’t invited.
As President [okay…..and sole member] of the Smallville Gay Men’s Garden Club, perhaps the Clinton’s didn’t want to bother with the extra security.
Mostly, though, I think it’s because, like Dominique Devereaux Carrington once said on Dynasty, “I don’t share a room with my clothes.”
Joan Rivers, on happiness:
“Look, nobody is 100% happy. I’m 93% happy which means that I am very lucky. I think anyone who gets to even 60% should be glad. You know what a good day is for me? I get a call from Melissa and she’s doing fine. I get a call from my grandson and he’s happy. I get a call from my accountant and he tells me I’m OK. That’s a good day.”

I’d say 93-percent is good.
A lotta folks stuck below the 60% mark.

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>I Didn’t Say It…..

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Cyndi Lauper, on being called a gay icon:
“Don’t call me that! Sometimes the icon thing, it sounds frivolous… I’m not Streisand, I’m not Liza Minnelli. I don’t even dance. I tried doing that once at the Gay Games in 1994, but the shoes alone made that hard….I [always] thought of the gay community as a refuge to get away from, well, straight people, actually, who kept asking, ‘Why are you so different?’ and I couldn’t take it any more.”
But ya’are a gay icon, Cyndi, because of all that you do, and are, for the LGBT community.
In fact, I think you’re a fabulous role model for all people as well.
Just sayin’.

Bristol Palin, on a career in acting, and her guest starring on The Secret Life of the American Teenager:
“I was definitely nervous [shooting my scenes]. This is intimidating. I had a great time. But, I wasn’t that prepared because I started practicing the lines the morning of the shoot. I don’t think I want to do more acting. I don’t think acting is my niche. I don’t want to be an actress.”
Sounds like young Bristol learned how to prepare for something the same way her mother does: wait until the last minute and hope you don’t blow it.
But you did. And, speaking of mama Dimwit….

Sarah Palin, on Ronald Reagan and his glorious college years:
“This is Reagan country, and perhaps it was destiny that the man who went to California’s Eureka College would become so woven within and interlinked to the Golden State.”
Yeah, um, Sarah?
One problem, dumbass.
Reagan went to Eureka College, all right, but it was Eureka College, Illinois!
And, um, dimwit, there is NO Eureka College in California.
I soon expect a Craig’s List ad for a fact-checker.
Or a comment about how the lamestream media is after her again when she’s done nothing but be a good Republican fucktard.

Joan Rivers, on growing old and dying:
“Look, the whole idea of this movie is my reinventing myself. Did I do it? No. I’m the same person, but now I own it. I never used to admit my age. Now I do. You asked me about death. I’ll tell you how I want to go. On stage in the middle of a set. I just want to fall off the stool in the middle of a one-hour routine. I have written instructions that I am not to be resuscitated unless I am capable of doing 60 minutes of stand up. Oh wait. I should fall off the stool after 31 minutes because they don’t pay you unless you do at least 30 minutes.”
My guess is that would be one helluva show!

Ian Somerhalder, on using green, clean energy to power film sets:
“It takes a lot of power to run a movie set. We go through a lot of fuel.It’s harmful, and we can start changing that a little bit. We can get rid of these noisy, stinky, disgusting gas generators. There’s going to be a lot of thought that goes into this revolution that’s going to happen. We’re dealing with California Transportation Department, we’re dealing with the Department of Defense, we’re dealing with disaster relief — but we’re also dealing with the entertainment industry. We’ll be taking major productions green, like big concerts and music festivals. Greening the ‘Vampire Diaries’ set is a priority for me, which we’re going to be doing this year.”
Hot, sexy, environmental? Marry me!

Reed Cowan, director of 8: The Mormon Proposition, on abolishing pride celebrations:
“I would like to propose to the entire worldwide gay community that they cancel gay pride events until we have marriage equality. All those thousands of people who go to gay pride, those are bodies that could put on a shirt and go into the neighborhood and tell their story. We should wait until we have equality to have our party. In the meantime we volunteer the same passion and air miles and participation and really channel that same participation into our fight for equality.”

I can imagine that Pride celebrations would have a great deal more significance if we waited, but each year we become more open, more vocal, more equal, so we always have a reason to celebrate.
Plus, admit it, we love a good party

Brian Burke, Toronto Maple Leafs general manager, who is marching with PFLAG in Toronto’s pride parade, on his son, Brendan, who was killed in a car accident last year:
“The best thing about when Brendan told me he was gay, I didn’t have to take anything back. I hadn’t made any derogatory comments about gay people, I hadn’t told him they were sick or twisted or God would punish them — some of these absurd things that people say about homosexual people. I didn’t have to take anything back. I said it to him. We were both in tears.”
Shining example of what fathers can, and should, be.

Jeb Bush, sticking for his brother against Obama’s remarks that this state of our union is Dubya’s fault:
“It’s kind of like a kid coming to school saying, ‘The dog ate my homework.’ It’s childish. This is what children do until they mature. They don’t accept responsibility. This would break his heart, to get advice that applies some of the lessons of leadership my brother learned, because he apparently likes to act like he’s still campaigning, and he likes to blame George’s administration for everything.”
Let’s see if I can get this, um, for lack of a better word, straight.
Two wars started by……W.
Economic mess begun under the watch of……..W.
W is an idiot.
Jeb is an asshole.

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>I Didn’t Say It

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Focus on Family head, Jim Daly, who replaced James Dobson, on gay marriage and how he doesn’t think it’s the end of the world as we know it:
“I’m not fearful that change will happen in America. It will happen. I don’t know what will happen with same-sex marriage, but I’m not going to be discouraged if we lose some of those battles. It’s going to be difficult in this culture and the way the demographics are going right now. You look at the under-35 age group. I think it’s splitting 60-40 support for same-sex marriage….I will continue to defend traditional marriage, but I’m not going to demean human beings for the process.”

Cyndi Lauper, on Lady Gaga:
“People forget how young she is. She is barely 24–much younger than I was when I became famous. It’s very tough being where she is right now. People are pulling her in all different directions. It’s hard to navigate that…I can’t wait to see how she grows and what she decides her next act will be…When I see somebody like Gaga, I sit back in admiration. I’m inspired to pick up the torch again myself. I did an interview with her once, and she showed up with a sculpture on her head. I thought, How awesome…She isn’t a pop act, she is a performance artist. She herself is the art. She is the sculpture.”

Bad Hair Life, Donald Trump, on why he thinks fascism in Arizona is a good thing [sidenote: I wonder how many employees at his hotels and resorts and spas don’t have “papers”]:
“Well it all starts with the federal government not coming out with a law. They’ve been talking about it for years and they still haven’t done anything about it. And Arizona is really getting crime-ridden. There’s people coming over, there’s killings all over the place, there’s shootings all over the place. What are you going to do? I mean, are you going to stop people to see if they’re supposed to be there? And personally as a citizen I wouldn’t mind, I really wouldn’t mind.”

Laura Bush, on how she asked her idiot husband not to make gay marriage an issue in the 2004 election–of course he didn’t listen, he’s a dumbass like that:
“In 2004 the social question that animated the campaign was gay marriage. Before the election season had unfolded, I had talked to George about not making gay marriage a significant issue. We have, I reminded him, a number of close friends who are gay or whose children are gay. But at that moment I could never have imagined what path this issue would take and where it would lead.”

Olympic Gold Medalist, and ALLEGED heterosexual, Evan Lysacek on Johnny Weir’s complaint about not being asked to join the “Stars On Ice” tour:
“‘Stars on Ice’ is really selective of who they hire and they only hire the best of the best to skate. It would’ve been hard of them to justify hiring him, and I think he was really upset because he wanted the financial benefit of the tour. A lot of us in the skating world were really disappointed in the way he reacted, basically whining that he wasn’t chosen.”

Outsports, on Evan Lysacek’s statement about Johnny Weir:
“No Evan, Johnny wasn’t whining. He was reacting to perceived homophobia. But I guess you wouldn’t know anything about that, since you’re straight as an arrow. At least Evan left this little gem for us in the interview…
“‘Last question: Are you seeing anyone?
I’m single. The reason, well…(laughs)…I’m limited to who I can see. I’m dating in L.A., but I just haven’t found the right girl.'”

Johnny Weir, on Evan Lysacek:
“He’s a slore.”

Molly Ringwald on why there were no gay characters in the John Hughes movies:
“Maybe it was just too soon and too controversial at the time, but from what I understand, John was a big Republican. I really didn’t know this back then, and maybe he wasn’t when I was working with him, but I guess he became one. Not to say that all Republicans are antigay, but historically, you know, that has to rub off a little bit, right?”

Ricky Martin, Tweeting about the new fascist state of Arizona:
“Equality is understanding that we all come from the same place. Racial profiling should never be tolerated, in the U.S. or anywhere in the world. We’re moving backwards. Scary.”
Colin Farrell, on his sex tape [note to Colin: Honey, I was doing a lot of thing. Laughing? Not one of them]:
“I didn’t really give too much a fuck about that-I just didnt want it on demand in a hotel room. It was a bit of an expensive 14 minutes. But at the end of the day, it was something to be laughed at.”
Arizona Fascist Governor Jan Brewer on best gal-pal MooseMess Palin:
“Had such a great time with Sarah Palin last night that we went to the Diamondbacks game today before she left town. It was great talking to her about my efforts here in Arizona of securing our borders, fighting Obama Care and preserving our 2nd Amendment rights.”
Sterling, Virginia District Supervisor Eugene Delgaudio, spreading homophobic hate in a fundraising letter:
“Frankly if you really do support the radical Homosexual Agenda–or if you just no longer care enough to stand up for the family–insiders in Congress say the entire Homosexual Agenda could pass in a matter of months. Special job rights for homosexuals and lesbians. Businesses may have to adopt hiring quotas to protect themselves from lawsuits. Every homosexual fired or not hired becomes a potential federal civil rights lawsuit.
Radical homosexuals will terrorize day care centers, hospitals, churches and private schools. Traditional moral values will be shattered by federal law. Same-sex marriages and adoptions. Wedding-gown clad men smooching before some left-wing clergy or state official is just the beginning. You’ll see men hand-in-hand skipping down to adoption centers to ‘pick out’ a little boy for themselves.
Homosexual advocacy in schools. Your children or grandchildren will be taught homosexuality is moral, natural and good. High school children will learn perverted sex acts as part of “safe sex” education. With condoms already handed out in many schools, Radical Homosexuals will have little trouble adopting today’s “if it feels good do it” sex-ed curriculum to their agenda. And to add insult to injury, lobbyists for the Homosexual Agenda are paid off with your tax dollars! That’s right, radical homosexual groups like the Gay-Lesbian Task Force and ACT-UP receive millions from the government.”
Complete moron Sarah Palin, on organic food:
“I eat granola. I eat a lot of organic food. I have to shoot and catch a lot of my organic food before I eat it.”
Bryan Fischer, wingnutting for the American Family Association:
“Bottom line: you want to know who’s now running the U.S. Army, the U.S. Navy and the Marines and calling the shots where it counts? Fundamentalist Muslims and homosexual activists.”

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>Girls Just Wanna Help

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Cyndi Lauper has long been a fan and friend to the LGBT community, and this week, in New York City, she’s done it again; this time for homeless LGBT youth.

True Colors Residence, located in Central Harlem, will be New York City’s first permanent housing facility with support services exclusively for 18-24 year old LGBT youth with a history of homelessness. The idea, conceived by West End Executive Director Colleen Jackson, singer Cyndy Lauper, and Ms. Lauper’s manager Lisa Barbaris, entails the construction of a new, energy-efficient multifamily building, indoor and outdoor community space for residents, and a computer room and resource library. The building is named in honor of Cyndi’s Lauper’s support for the project and her hit song, “True Colors.”

Cyndi Lauper: “Gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender youth living on the streets and in foster care need our support more than ever. In New York City, the True Colors Residence is going to play a big role in providing these young people with the leg up and encouragement they need. I am thrilled that construction has already begun and I am honored to be a part of this important project.”

More info HERE

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>Quote Of The Day

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“As a straight ally and as a person with many lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender family members, friends and fans, I want to thank the Human Rights Campaign, Judy and Dennis Shepard and Senator Edward Kennedy for their leadership in the 11 year struggle to get the Matthew Shepard & James Byrd, Jr. Hates Crimes Prevention Bill enacted. FINALLY, with President Obama’s signature, violent hate crimes against the LGBT community will be recognized and prosecuted by the Federal government. This is only the beginning, I believe that the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell and the Defense of Marriage Act, as well as the passage of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, will soon be here. Today, that light at the end of the tunnel for the LGBT civil rights movement is much brighter.”

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>Was I Surprised? No…….Not Really

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Well, Adam Lambert didn’t win, although I suspect he’ll have a much better career than without the title, or that God-awful trophy that was trotted out and given to Kris Allen. And maybe the time is right for a new Pat Boone, so Kris should fill those White Bucks nicely. White Bread and Mayo. Sounds like the title of Kris’ debut album.

Side note #1: For some unexplainable reason, Carlos calls Kris Allen “the little boy,” as in “Did you see the look on ‘the little boy’s’ face when they said he won?”

But, hey, how about that show? Was that something else or what? Two hours of drivel–yes, you Seacrest.

I mean, seriously, Lionel Richie? Lionel hasn’t been relevant since 1981, and even then his relevancy lasted about six minutes.
Rod Stewart? Rod used to be sexy and swaggering and gravelly, and now he is just old. And tired. And drunk.
Steve Martin? Yeah, because the banjo is so current.
Latifah? Come out already.
Cyndi Lauper? Looking less like Cyndi Lauper every day.
Kiss? Meh.
Jason Mraz. Adorkable.
Carlos Santana. :::yawn::: I almost forgot he was on the show.
Fergie and the Black-Eyed Peas. I thought the deal was to perform with the AI finalists, but except for the G-L-A-M-O-R-O-U-S spelling bee, the AI girls were relegated to being hand-clappers for the Fergie/Black-Eyed Peas show.

And the AI awards. I could let loose with a string of profanities here that would reverberate across the blogosphere until the end of time, but I’ll just say this: That was lame.

Bikini Girl. That crazy chick who squeals and cries. Although that geeky guy was kind of a hoot.

As for Adam and Kris performing. i mean, c’mon, I don’t care if you voted for Kris or not, when you see the two of them singing side-by-side, it looks like Adam the Superstar is putting on a show and invited the lonely glee club boy onstage to fulfill his lifelong dream.

Adam = Stage presence and performance ability.
Kris = Deer-In-The-Headlights.

Case in point: Adam and Kiss. Adam became a member of Kiss, interacting with them, performing with them, being them.
Kris with Keith Urban. Kris just stared at Keith all through the song like he needed help following along.
Side note # 2: I was staring at Keith Urban too, but, I think it was for an entirely different reason than Kris. I think.

So, that was that. Kris looked all shocked when he won because he knew it was wrong. He even started to mutter something about how Adam should have won, but, the AI machine, in the form of Miss Ryan Seacrest, put the kibosh on that.

But it’s over, and I’ll move on. I’ll learn to live again. It’ll be a Hard Candy Christmas but I Will Survive. And I’ll learn that next year, should I opt to care about AI, that I will only watch the last twenty minutes of the show and not sit through the drivel–yeah, I’m still talkin’ ’bout you, Seacrest.
In summation, let me make this perfectly clear: I will not fall into that conspiracy theory that is floating around saying America isn’t ready for a gay American Idol. I think it boils down to this:
The top three was Adam Lambert, Kris Allen, and Danny Hokey, er, Gokey.
Danny, the nice Christian boy, gets the boot. Well, who do you think would get the majority of Hokey Votes? The Glambert or The Little Boy?
’nuff said.

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