Monday, April 27, 2015

Tweet Of The Day: All The Marriage Equality Plaintiffs & Attorneys In Front Of Supreme Court

(h/t JoeMyGod)

Marriage Equality On ABC's THIS WEEK

HRC President Chad Griffin and Heritage Foundation's Ryan T. Anderson spar over same-sex marriage on George Stephanopoulos' THIS WEEK in advance of the upcoming Supreme Court arguments tomorrow on marriage equality.

The piece also notes that the latest polls shows support for marriage equality at a record-high 61%.

Talking Bruce Jenner & Transgender Issues On Valley View Live

Chatted up Dao Vu of Valley View Live on KTNV here in Las Vegas this afternoon regarding the Bruce Jenner/Diane Sawyer interview Friday, transgender issues and understanding the "what, how and whys" of understanding transgender life.

Thanks to the KTNV folks for having me. Hope I made sense :)

Magic Mike XXL - Joe Manganiello "Bigger Is Better"

Anti-Gay Activists Warn That Same-Sex Marriage Will Lead To "Criminalizing Christianity"

Steven Hotze speaks at Janet Porter's "Restrain the Judges" press conference in front of the Supreme Court where they delivered “restraining orders” to the Supreme Court demanding that the justices not hear arguments on the constitutionality of same-sex marriage bans.

Via Right Wing Watch:

The activists, including Scott Lively, Peter LaBarbera and Bill Owens, also announced that they were filing a motion asking Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Elena Kagan to recuse themselves from the case because they, in Lively’s words, “deliberately officiated at so-called homosexual wedding ceremonies.”

Steven Hotze of Conservative Republicans of Texas, a Roy Moore acolyte who has been advocating for a bill in his state barring the use of funds to issue marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples if the state’s marriage ban is struck down, declared that gay marriage is “not a marriage, it’s a mirage, because it’s counterfeit, it’s a lie, it’s untrue.”

A decision in favor of marriage equality, he warned, “would force individuals to have to condone, accept, even celebrate sexual immorality among certain elements of the population and teach it to the children.”

“It would criminalize Christianity,” he added. “The pastors would be forced to have to marry those of the same-sex.”

They are literally making lies up now. Bald-faced lies. Not one LGBT activist has ever said pastors should be forced to officiate a same-sex wedding. Nor has anyone raised the idea of "criminalizing Christianity."

But they just keep lying and lying and lying.

Ignore them, please. Just be aware of this kind of negativity and hate exists.

New Music: Mariah Carey "Infinity"

Mariah Carey drops her new single, “Infinity,” in advance of her upcoming compilation, #1 to Infinity, release date May 18.

The new tune feels very much like a friendly throw-back to the 90s "oohs" and "aahs" with a little bit of sassy 70s Diana Ross.

The release of #1 to Infinity is timed in conjunction with her upcoming residency at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas - Mariah #1 To Infinity - beginning May 6th.

The album will feature Mariah's best, including upbeat dance tracks ("Emotions," "Fantasy") to soaring ballads ("I'll Be There," "Hero") and her unprecedented back-to-back Billboard's Song of the Decade ("One Sweet Day," "We Belong Together").

Las Vegas: 10th Annual Human Rights Campaign Gala On May 9th

Friendly reminder that the Las Vegas Chapter of the Human Rights Campaign will host it's 10th Annual Gala at Aria Resort and Casino on May 9th.

This year's event will honor Assemblyman James Healy with the Equality in the Community Award, and May Reyes will receive the Ally for Equality Award.

Also attending will be Chad Griffin, president of the HRC.

Click here for ticket information.

And click here to see what the HRC is doing here in Las Vegas for the LGBT community.

Sen. Marco Rubio: "There Is No Constitutional Right To Same-Sex Marriage"

U.S. Senator Marco Rubio, currently running for the 2016 GOP nomination for president, to David Brody of the Christian Broadcasting Network this weekend:

“There is no federal constitutional right to same sex-marriage. It doesn’t exist.

"There is no federal constitutional right to same sex-marriage. There isn’t such a right.

"You would have to really have a ridiculous and absurd reading of the U.S. constitution to reach the conclusion that people have a right to marry someone of the same sex. There is no such constitutional right.

"Can a state decide to change their laws? Yes, but only through the political process, not through the court system and that’s what is happening now. The advocates of same-sex marriage refuse to go to the legislatures because they can’t win that debate, they don’t want to have a debate in society. They want courts to impose it on people and they are not even satisfied with that.

"They have now gone further. They want to stigmatize, they want to ostracize anyone who disagrees with them as haters.

"It’s very simple. This is not a policy against anyone. I believe, as do a significant percentage of Americans, that the institution of marriage, an institution that existed before government, that has existed before laws, that institution should remain in our laws recognized as the union of one man and one woman."

Resources Available For Transgender People

In light of Bruce Jenner's Friday night interview with Diane Sawyer sharing his story of being transgender, I thought it would be useful to share some resources both nationally and here in Las Vegas for folks who would like more information on on the topic of transgender.

Here in Las Vegas, look to The Gay and Lesbian Community Center of Southern Nevada, or as everyone calls it - The Center.

Located at 401 S. Maryland Parkway (between Charleston & Fremont), The Center has resources for the entire LGBT community including specific support and social groups for transgender folks.

Identi-T* at The Center provides transgender and gender non-conforming individuals from the Southern Nevada a safe place to relate to their peers, seek guidance, exchange clothing and expand their social circles. Stop by or call 702-733-9800 for more information.

For a broader, more national resource, I'd head over to The National Center for Transgender Equality. There you can find all kinds of information: from schools and healthcare to immigration and identification, policies affecting trans people are advancing every day. Find the latest information about existing laws and policies, and how you can improve the laws and policies in your area.

Across the country, you can find the closest LGBT center to you by clicking here.

Marriage News Watch: April 27, 2015

From the American Foundation for Equal Rights:

We'll have oral argument before the Supreme Court this week.

Ted Cruz has introduced two new bills in Congress to stop marriage, but they may backfire on him.

And the National Organization for Marriage has lost yet another court case.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Gay Hotelier Ian Reisner Apologizes For Hosting Fund-Raiser forAnti-Gay Ted Cruz

New York City hotelier Ian Reisner posts to his Facebook page tonight:

"I am shaken to my bones by the e-mails, texts, postings and phone calls of the past few days. I made a terrible mistake.

"I was ignorant, naive and much too quick in accepting a request to co-host a dinner with Cruz at my home without taking the time to completely understand all of his positions on gay rights.

"I've spent the past 24 hours reviewing videos of Cruz' statements on gay marriage and I am shocked and angry. I sincerely apologize for hurting the gay community and so many of our friends, family, allies, customers and employees. I will try my best to make up for my poor judgement. Again, I am deeply sorry."

This is in response to enormous LGBT outrage over hosting a "fireside chat" with virulently anti-gay Sen. Ted Cruz in Reisner's home a week ago.

I call absolute bullshit. Reisner and Weiderpass are multi-millionaires who makes informed decisions every day. As out businessmen catering to the LGBT community, no less. Bullshit.

The furor in the LGBT community has caused several cancellations at Reisner's Manhattan hotel, The Out NYC.

UPDATE: Reisner's fellow quisling has followed suit in begging forgiveness in light of cancellations at their hotel. In my opinion, it is inconceivable that a successful businessman who makes informed decisions every day did not know they were inviting a virulently anti-gay politician into their home for fundraising. 

See Mr. Weiderpass' tag team Reisner's mea culpa below:

Tony Perkins Introduced As Hate-Group Leader On FACE THE NATION

Finally! This just makes my day that a network news show exposes Tony Perkins and the Family Research Council for who and what they are.

Via (appropriately) Crooks And Liars:

During a discussion about marriage equality on Face the Nation, CBS host Bob Schieffer began by noting that the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) had determined that Perkins' organization, the Family Research Council, was a "hate group."

"The Southern Poverty Law Center has branded the Family Research Council an anti-gay hate group," Schieffer explained as if it were a warning to his viewers. "We have been inundated by people who say we should not even let you appear because they, in their view -- quote -- you don't speak for Christians."

Following Perkins, Evan Wolfson of Freedom To Marry spoke with Schieffer about the momentum of the marriage equality movement.

It's reported that Perkins refused to appear face to face with Wolfson, and would only appear "back to back."

Youngest Ever "Jean Valjean" Stuns Broadway

Ok, waaaaaaaiit a second.

Stop, drop and roll for 13 year-old Joshua Colley, who stunned audiences this past week as the youngest "Jean Valjean" ever with his star-in-the-making performance of "The Confrontation" vocal duel with current Javert understudy John Rapson.

I'm just gonna say this: watch his eyes. On top of the voice, this guy knows exactly what he's doing. Staggering.

Joshua and John's performance was on behalf of the current Broadway production of Les Miserables  as part of the 29th Annual Easter Bonnet Competition, which raised an amazing $4,711,386 for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS making this the third year in a row the event set a new fundraising record.

Tweet Of The Day: Cecily Strong

While hosting last night's White House Correspondents' Dinner, Cecily Strong threw out this line:

"The Secret Service - the only law enforcement agency that would get in trouble if a black man gets shot. #WHCD"

Chris Wallace To CLINTON CASH Author: "You Don't Have A Single Piece Of Evidence"

Fox News' Chris Wallace tells the author of Clinton Cash that he doesn't provide a "single piece of evidence" to back up his allegations that donors to the Clinton Foundation received favors from Hillary Clinton during her time as Secretary of State.

During an interview on Fox News Sunday, author Peter Schweizer suggested that Hillary Clinton approved a deal that eventually allowed the Russian government to control some U.S. uranium mines.

But Wallace pointed out that the book offers innuendo without any proof that Clinton ever took any action approving the sale of the mines.

"It's not just the State Department," Wallace explained. "It's nine separate agencies... There is no hard evidence -- and you don't cite any in the book -- that Hillary Clinton took direct action, was involved in any way in approving, as one nine agencies, the sale of the company."

Schweizer argued that "any one of those agencies had veto power so she could have stopped the deal."

"You don't have a single piece of evidence that she was involved in this deal, that she sent a memo to the State Department person that was on this committee and said, 'Hey, we want to approve the uranium sale,'" Wallace pressed.

"I am a journalist," Schweizer insisted. "I don't have access to government records. I certainly don't have access to her emails, which it doesn't seem like anybody does. But the fundamental question is, with this deal and with the others we cite in the book, is it coincidence in a pattern that we see repeated dozens of times where large Clinton supporters have business before the State Department, they make large payments and favorable actions are taken?"

"I don't think that coincidences occur that frequently," he added.

Now, when even Fox News (FOX NEWS!!!) says you don't have any evidence to support your Hillary attack, you know it's a sketchy kinda book.

Watch the exchange below:

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