Queer Talk: “Self-evident truths” about equality vs. transgender reality

By |July 2nd, 2011|

Joyce Arnold is a liberal Independent activist whose weekly column "Queer Talk" appears on Saturday. I found out I know someone who attended the June 30, Pride Reception at the White House. Marisa Richmond, Ph.D., is one of the people I think about when considering grassroots activism. Her many years of work at the local [...]

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Queer Talk: ‘Human Rights’ (Hillary), ‘States’ Rights’ (Obama)

By |June 28th, 2011|

Joyce Arnold is a liberal Independent activist whose weekly column "Queer Talk" appears on Saturday. Two events on Monday of this week added to the conversations about marriage equality. One was from Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who talked about international LGBT rights as "human rights." And one from White House press secretary Jay Carney [...]

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DADT Discharges Continue

By |June 27th, 2011|

From the Advocate: The Pentagon confirmed Monday that more service members have been discharged under "don't ask, don't tell" pending certification of the policy's repeal, with one individual's discharge approved as recently as Thursday. A total of four airmen have been discharged under the policy in the last several weeks, Pentagon spokeswoman Eileen Lainez confirmed [...]

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The Great Equivocator

By |June 26th, 2011|

With each equivocation, the man in the Oval Office shields his identity and cloaks who the real Barack Obama is. - Maureen Dowd In a dead on devastating piece, I still have to say... Come come, Ms. Dowd, surely you jest. Barack Obama is The Great Equivocator. It's who he is. Nate Silver provides important [...]

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Hey Barack, This is How It’s Done

By |June 25th, 2011|

"New York has finally torn down the barrier that has prevented same-sex couples from exercising the freedom to marry and from receiving the fundamental protections that so many couples and families take for granted," Cuomo said in a statement. "With the world watching, the Legislature, by a bipartisan vote, has said that all New Yorkers [...]

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Queer Talk: NY Marriage Vote Passes **UPDATED**

By |June 24th, 2011|

FIRST GOP CONTROLLED STATE LEGISLATURE PASSES GAY MARRIAGE UPDATE 4: Bill is passed. Cheers in the chamber, and parties break out, including in front of the Stonewall Inn. UPDATE 3: Vote apparently coming soon. Sen. Grisanti says he'll vote for, a change from earlier position. GetEQUAL tweets: RT @danfotou Thank you NY Senator Mark Grisanti [...]

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‘American Dream Movement’ Intends to Rival Tea Party from the Left

By |June 24th, 2011|

From Chris Cilliza, who doesn't believe Van Jones can replicate on the Left what the Tea Party did on the Right. Of course, Cilizza says it's "unlikely," which in traditional journo speak means not a chance in hell. "We think we can do what the tea party did," Jones said in an interview with The [...]

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Obama Reelect Calculates Against Gay Marriage

By |June 23rd, 2011|

Obama's gay supporters "“ led by entertainment titan David Geffen "“ have urged him to back gay marriage, as have a roster of liberal Hollywood celebrities, from Jane Lynch to Ellen DeGeneres. But Obama has been cautious, with Democratic operatives admitting the issue could provoke a backlash among independents and even church-going blacks and Hispanics. [...]

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Bachmann Stars, Romney Skates, Pawlenty Blows It

By |June 14th, 2011|

Granted, it was a fundraiser, not a free rally. But the empty seats were hard to miss. The top level of the 2,200-seat concert hall at the Adrienne Arsht Center for Performing Arts was entirely empty, as were the seats along the side of the second and third levels. - Obama fundraiser underwhelms E.J. Dionne [...]

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Queer Talk: Let us Pray

By |June 11th, 2011|

Joyce Arnold is a liberal Independent activist whose weekly column "Queer Talk" appears on Saturday. Our main players today: Rick Perry; the American Family Association; and Old Navy. There will be brief a appearance by a couple of polls. The story of Rick Perry and his initiation of "The Response: A Call to Prayer for [...]

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