Asshole II

Bush is again advocating discrimination against the GLBT community by vetoing an appropriations bill that doesn’t include discriminatory language against gays. We really need a time machine to move foward to November 2008. From Planet Out:In what the Human Rights Campaign called “a new low” of “anti-gay zeal,” President Bush has threatened to veto this year’s routine appropriations bill to the District of Columbia over the district’s recently strengthened recognition of domestic partners.

The district, governed by a city council, gets about 25 percent of its funding directly from Congress, giving that body control over local affairs far greater than it has on other cities. Congress’ Democratic takeover in the 2006 elections heartened the district’s gay activists, out D.C. Council member Jim Graham told the Washington Post this month.

Graham, one of two out council members, told the Post that he plans to introduce a bill in the next two years for the district to recognize same-sex marriages or civil unions.

The District of Columbia first recognized domestic partnerships in 1992 and greatly strengthened them last year. The registry is open to same- and opposite-sex unmarried couples and confers hospital visits, medical decisions, joint tax filings and inheritance rights, among other rights, according to the local Gay and Lesbian Activists Alliance. D.C. public employees also can get health and other benefits for their partners. About 80 percent of the registered partners are gay.

Said the White House in its June 27 policy statement on the bill:

“Under federal law, legal marriage is the union between a man and a woman. Federal tax dollars are not used to extend employment benefits to domestic partners of federal employees, and D.C. should not enjoy an exception to this rule. If the final version of HR 2829 does not include this longstanding provision, the president’s senior advisers would recommend he veto the bill.

“With his popularity at an all-time low, this president has yet again dipped his cup into the well of anti-gay bigotry,” said Joe Solmonese, president of the Human Rights Campaign, which like many advocacy groups is based in the district.

“He has issued a veto threat on funding for the District of Columbia because long-term, committed couples want to have such basic rights as visiting each other in the hospital and making medical decisions for their partner,” Solmonese said.

“The anti-gay zeal of this administration has reached a new low.” (Barbara Wilcox, The Advocate)

I’ve worked two 12-hour days, but this is where I spent one of them…

You gotta love open space in Marin County. I had a glass of wine in my hand, too. Taken 6/27 – 6:44 p.m.

San Quentin Prison (Scott Peterson is inside). Taken 6/27 – 6:45 p.m.

“Scott Baio is 45 and Single” premiering July 15 on VH-1. Taken 6/27 – 6:47 p.m.

Geez Louise, he is only 4 years older than me…!

Monday Tidbits: Gay Pride 2007

It’s finally over. The weekend, that is! I’m a bit weary as the last house guest boards a plane for his own home and I return to my regimen of cleaning the house and returning to a normal schedule.

Friday’s Gay Blogger Summit II went off quite well and went by way too fast. I did not get a whole lot of photos of the festivities as I was busy greeting and hostessing. However, you will see more coverage from many of the guests. Above, smiles from me, Kelly, Jimmi, and Kevin. It was great to see old friends and also meet new ones — Jestertunes, Queertardo, Danny, Guy Dads, Matt Blender and Jack Hampster. While the event went well, I have elected not to host it next year — any volunteers? New blood is not a bad thing…

Here, a classic shot of Darin, Kelly, and Brettcajun … no urinating here! On Sunday, we headed to the festivities at the Civic Center. Beautiful weather dictated half-naked bodies (NOT mine) and a trip to the Radical Faerie garden with the obligatory Masturbater (he actually ejaculated this year — a first for many of us) and his quite naked followers:

That’s Hello Waffles going low to the now retouched groin region (I am happy to email you the unretouched photo if you are interested). And flamboyant Nick Natoma making his grand entrance…

Nick hosted a great brunch for us before the parade, and ironically my mom called during the brunch to hear 15 gay men yelling “We love you Gladys!” She WILL learn to love gay men! Big Red Dave caught what was perhaps the best photos of the weekend…DO ask for the ONE that he didn’t post!

And a shot I really like of Jimmi meeting his dream husband…

As I reflect on Pride, I can’t put it any better than any of you have — it reminds me that I am not alone. Thanks for being a part of it, and Happy Goddamn Pride!

The Jimmi and Dan Variety Cast #19: Gay Pride is the Sweet Escape

The boys are back (finally!) with some special guests who will attend this weekend’s Gay Pride San Francisco Gay Blogger Summit II. Sit back and enjoy as we try to visit with The Bitch from the Ditch, Nick Natoma, Michael, and attempt several calls to Phillip. Oy-vey…

Happy Pride – by the way, it is time for Kelly’s picture below to make it onto DanNation.

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