Tag Archives: HRC

HRC/LOGO Visible Vote ’08
Live-Blogging The Dems

8:30PM – Watch along with me and make your observations on this historic event. Although the show does not air on the West Coast until 9PM PST, West Coasters can stream the show live online. Quotes below are paraphrased. 9:00PM: Bit of an odd opening. Cut right to audience applause, no titles, no voiceover. Neil Patrick Harris in the audience. …

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Live-Blogging The Dems

Tomorrow night at 9PM (6PM PST) I’ll be live-blogging the HRC/LOGO Visible Vote ’08 debate between the Democratic candidates. Drop in here during the debate and add your own take as the show rolls. You can watch the show online, on LOGO, or by tuning into XM channel POTUS 130, their new free channel devoted to the 2008 presidential campaign. …

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Expanded Panel For HRC/LOGO Debate

The HRC/LOGO debate for presidential candidates, now titled “The Visible Vote ’08“, has added two more panelists. Bloomberg.com columnist Margaret Carlson and Washington Post editorial board member Jonathan Capehart will join HRC head Joe Solmonese and lesbian rocker Melissa Etheridge in quizzing the candidates. Perhaps taking its cue from last week’s successful YouTube debate, LOGO is soliciting questions from the …

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HRC Debate: Gravel In

The HRC has relented and given Sen. Mike Gravel a belated invitation to join their upcoming presidential debate to be aired live on LOGO. Last week Gravel wrote a Huffington Post column blasting his exclusion and with the support of some LGBT bloggers, the HRC reconsidered. Today Gravel wrote an open letter of thanks to the gay community for backing …

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Logo To Host Presidential Debate

LOGO and the Human Rights Campaign will be hosting a debate for presidential candidates on August 9th at 6pm. So far, only Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama have confirmed their appearance on the one-hour commercial-free show, which will film live on LOGO before a studio audience with live streaming on LOGOonline.com. Out rocker Melissa Etheridge and HRC head Joe Solomonese …

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HRC Launches Blog

The Human Rights Campaign has launched a blog called Back Story, where you can find up-to-the-minute information about their various projects. Chris Johnson, Back Story’s lead writer, has long been my primary contact at the HRC, tipping me off to the latest on what’s going on with their efforts on behalf of hate crimes legislation, marriage equality, etc. Good luck, …

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Stop Holsinger

The Human Rights Campaign has set up one of their easy-peasy letter grids for you to voice your opposition to Dr. James Holsinger’s nomination as Surgeon General. Click on the link and tell your Senators to vote “NO” on Holsinger. Here’s a few things Holsinger has done that proves his unsuitability to be the nation’s top doctor: In 1991 used …

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HRC Blasts Holsinger Nom

The Human Rights Campaign has come out swinging against the nomination of Dr. James “Conversion Therapy” Holsinger for U.S. Surgeon General. HRC head Joe Solmonese: “Dr. Holsinger has a record that is unworthy of America’s doctor. His writings suggest a scientific view rooted in anti-gay beliefs that are incompatible with the job of serving the medical health of all Americans. …

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HRC Questionaire Results

The Human Rights Campaign has released the results of its questionnaire (PDF) posed to all Democratic presidential candidates, where they express universal support for ENDA, the hate crimes bills, gay adoption, same-sex spousal immigration rights, increased AIDS funding, the repeal of DADT, and science-based sex education and disease prevention. All candidates also support changes in how the federal government recognizes …

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Rosanne Steps In It

Rosanne Barr, for many years a staunch supporter of the gay community, made some rather surprising remarks on the radio yesterday. Sitting in as guest host, during an interview with black lesbian activist Jasmye Cannick, Rosanne said: “Never once in my 54 years have I ever once heard a gay or lesbian person who’s politically active say one thing about …

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Federal Hate Crimes Vote On Thursday

The bill to include LGBT people for protection under the federal hate crimes law comes to a vote on Thursday. I know I nagged you good people to write your representative on this issue just a few weeks ago, but please do so again, particularly if your Congressperson has not yet signed on as co-sponsor. The Human Right Campaign has …

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LGBT Athletes To Speak At Final Four

The Human Right Campaign, Nike, ESPN, and the Women’s Sports Foundation are jointly hosting a discussion panel on LGBT athletes at the NCAA Final Four competition in Atlanta on Friday. Openly gay athletes expected to appear include former NBA star John Amaechi, former pro baseballer Billy Bean, former NFL players Esera Tuaolo and Dave Kopay, and others. The press release …

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LGBT-Inclusive Hate Crimes Bill Introduced In Congress

Yesterday, with the support of a broad coalition of professional organizations, including many law enforcement groups, House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers (D-MI) introduced the Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act, which will extend hate crimes protection to the LGBT community. Today the American Family Organization issued an action alert to stop the legislation, saying that the hate crimes …

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True Colors Tour Dates Announced

Cyndi Lauper appeared on the Today Show this morning to promote this summer’s 15-city Matthew Sheppard Foundation and PFLAG will have information kiosks at each concert. Tickets go on sale nationwide this Friday . The True Colors tour will play NYC, DC, SF, LA, San Diego, Dallas, Houston, Boston, Chicago, Atlantic City, Las Vegas, Toronto, Denver, Atlanta, and Salt Lake …

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Battle Cry For Hate Crimes Bill

The current issue of The Advocate features a joint column by HRC head Joe Solmonese and activist Judy Shepard calling for immediate action on a national hate crimes law, as this may be the best year to get such a bill passed. Fear of violence remains a horrible reality for millions of GLBT Americans—even in places that many consider “tolerant” …

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Hillary Wants The Gays

On Friday, Hillary Clinton made a keynote speech to the Human Rights Campaign, telling them that she wanted a “partnership” with gays in her presidential campaign. What she did not do, however, was publicize the speech via either her Senate office or her campaign office. Clinton’s spokeman said the event was not publicized because the HRC board meeting is closed …

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