December 2nd – In conjunction with World AIDS Day, a two-story Red Ribbon was hung in front of the white house. While it would be nice to say this reflects the change in administration at the White House, this is not without precedent. Former President Bush is credited with the first red ribbon appearance in 2007. While some say that Bush’s ribbon was more militaristic and clear-cut, other say Obama’s is more flowing and encompassing. No matter what side of the ideological debate you fall, one thing is for certain – the White House is sending a clear message in its support of World AIDS Day.
December 3rd – Remember Actress Meredith Baxter from TV fame “Family Ties?” Well she came out of the closet yesterday when news leaked that she was attending a gay cruise for women. The choice to come out was not voluntary as she was outed by the paparazzi when candid pictures of her partner Nancy Locke appeared on Perez Hilton’s blog. Baxter appeared on an interview with NBC’s Matt Lauer to confirm the story and to state that she wished she had come out sooner stating that is was a personal as much as a political statement to come out. Way to go Meredith!!
December 3rd – Gay marriage advocates were disappointed yet again when the New York Senate voted 24-38 to deny a bill that would legalize same-sex marriage in the state. The vote was delayed by 2 hours as a passionate debate hit the floor. As always is the case when same-sex marriage comes up for debate, members of the religious right and the Catholic and Orthodox Jewish population petitioned to have the bill fail.
December 4th – Watch what internet video blogger Philip Defranco (better known as Sexy Phil) has to say about the New York Senate’s recent vote against same-sex marriage. Why can’t all hetero guys be like him? Open minded, smart, outspoken, a little geeky and always ready to poke fun at both gays and straights.