Surprise! Hillary Clinton is Running for President #Ready

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Hillary Clinton’s running for president because everyday Americans need a champion—and she wants to be that champion. Watch her announcement video to kick off the campaign. http://hillaryclinton.com/join/. You will even note a gay couple in her announcement video below:

And, SNL’s Kate McKinnon nailed the announcement in the show’s cold open last night:

Watch: Bill Maher Takes on Anti-Gay Fundamentalists

Watch as Bill Maher takes on Christian and Islamic fundamentalists over their anti-gay positions, reminding Americans that both religions’ holy books call for the execution of gay people.

San Francisco: Yes, There Will Be A Drag Version of ‘The Facts of Life’

facts-of-life-live-2The Oasis (11th and Folsom) will present the drag version of ‘The Facts of Life’ in several weeks. I can’t get over how much my friend Tamale Ringwald looks like Natalie.

Via SFist:

Because SF’s drag queens have not yet run out of old TV shows to reenact, in drag, D’Arcy Drollinger and a cast of friends bring you The Facts of Life, premiering April 23 at Oasis.

The show stars D’Arcy as Blair Warner, Tamale Ringwald as Natalie (a striking resemblance, no!?), Daft-nee Gesuntheit as Jo, and James Arthur M. as Tootie. And D’Arcy directs.

Tickets, which are available here, start at $25 for general admission (cabaret seating), and $30 for premium seats. Also, there’s the Edna’s Champagne Table option, with VIP treatment for $200.

The show continues Thursday through Saturday nights at 7 p.m. through May 16.

I will definitely check this out. More to come.

Watch: Frank Poncherello’s Disco Dance Extravaganza!

Erik-EstradaOK. So I had a crush on Erik Estrada when I eagerly watched CHiPs in the 1970s. What gay boy didn’t?

My boyfriend and I were just hanging out watching me.tv when this episode of CHiPS comes on. It is classic television. In my new goal of making Friday a Fun Day (no bad news), I share it with you now.

Ponch could really bust a move.

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Here We Go Again: Louisiana Introduces The ‘Marriage And Conscience Act’ Legalizing Discrimination Against LGBTs

Here We Go Again: Louisiana Introduces The ‘Marriage And Conscience Act’ Legalizing Discrimination Against LGBTs

In case you’ve missed hateful and anti-LGBT laws in the news this week, Louisiana is moving forward with an even more extreme bill that actually targets same-sex marriage:

Red-State lawmakers are beginning to worry that the Supreme Court will strike down state marriage bans, leaving them without a legal way to convey to gays how much they disapprove of their love lives. So Louisiana State Rep. Mike Johnson, has decided to address the problem directly.

Rep. Johnson introduced the Marriage And Conscience Act last Friday, a bill that would allow anyone with an moral objection to same-sex marriage to refuse to serve them, religious conviction or not.

“This state shall not take any adverse action against a person, wholly or partially, on the basis that such person acts in accordance with a religious belief or moral conviction about the institution of marriage.” reads the bill, which would apply not just to religious groups, but to all private employers. The bill also allows private employers to refuse spousal benefits to same-sex couples.”It would be a license to the private sector to refuse, for religious or moral reasons, to recognize same-sex marriages,” said Douglas Laycock, a constitutional law and religious liberty expert at the University of Virginia. “It covers not just churches and religious organizations, but also the for-profit sector, and with no limit on size or diversity of ownership.”

State Rep. Johnson insists his legislation has nothing in common with the religious freedom bills that drew national protests in Indiana and Arkansas. He told reporters his bill simply protects business owners from government retaliation based on their personal beliefs about marriage.

OK, then. Let’s see what happens with this “nothing in common with Indiana” law.

Huge News: Obama to Call for End to ‘Conversion’ Therapies for Gay and Transgender Youth

Via NY Times: Obama to Call for End to ‘Conversion’ Therapies for Gay and Transgender Youth:

WASHINGTON — A 17-year-old transgender youth, Leelah Alcorn, stunned her friends and a vast Internet audience in December when she threw herself in front of a tractor-trailer after writing in an online suicide note that religious therapists had tried to convert her back to being a boy.

In response, President Obama is calling for an end to such therapies aimed at “repairing” gay, lesbian and transgender youth. His decision on the issue is the latest example of his continuing embrace of gay rights.

In a statement that was posted on Wednesday evening alongside a WhiteHouse.gov petition begun in honor of Ms. Alcorn, Mr. Obama condemned the practice, sometimes called “conversion” or “reparative” therapy, which is supported by some socially conservative organizations and religious doctors.

The petition has received more than 120,000 signatures in three months.

“We share your concern about its potentially devastating effects on the lives of transgender as well as gay, lesbian, bisexual and queer youth,” the statement, written by Valerie Jarrett, a senior adviser to Mr. Obama, says. “As part of our dedication to protecting America’s youth, this administration supports efforts to ban the use of conversion therapy for minors.”

In an interview on Wednesday, Ms. Jarrett said Mr. Obama had been moved by the story of Ms. Alcorn’s suicide. But she said the problem went far beyond Ms. Alcorn.

“It was tragic, but I will tell you, unfortunately, she has a lot of company,” Ms. Jarrett said. “It’s not the story of one young person. It is the story of countless young people who have been subjected to this.”

Mr. Obama will not explicitly call for a federal law banning therapists from using such therapies on their patients, but he is open to conversations with lawmakers in both parties, White House officials said on Wednesday. Instead, he will throw his support behind the efforts to ban the practice at the state level.

Out Actor Chad Allen Has Retired From Acting and Public Life

Watch as Chad Allen, the out actor best known for his roles on 'Dr. Quinn: Medicine Woman' and 'Our House' announced on YouTube that he is quitting acting to continue his career as a therapist and counselor for LGBT youth.

I have participated in AIDS Lifecyle and watch as Chad raised thousands of dollars and brought celebrity enthusiasm and awareness of the event over the years. For some reason, I think we will see him on the ride again.

In the 1990s, Chad was outed by tabloid “The Globe” as he kissed another man in a hot tub. He really was a trailblazer for celebrities coming out and making the best of it.

Good luck, Chad. Watch his heartfelt sentiments below.

 

 

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