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May 14, 2010

Click Click Expose Gay Podcast Network – May 14th Weekly Update

May greetings from your friends at The Click Click Expose Gay Podcast Network. We are a network of different podcast shows produced by Click Click Expose (Gay Entertainment Media) with contributions from our friends, supporters and content producers.

We want to welcome our newest show to the podcast network – This Show Is So Gay with Ken and Becca from Vermont. They are a news, interview, music and talk podcast show done live on WVEW 107.7 FM in Brattleboro, VT. Welcome to the network!! Also, the Pageant Soup Podcast show has also returned with new host Mr. Black America 2010 Xavier Cole as he talks about the world of gay male pageantry.

Whether its a music show, love show, news or entertainment – we have something for everyone. We invite you to come check it out and be apart of our community.

Don’t forget to check out Planet “Q” TV – it’s our very own all gay video sharing website with more than 1,100 videos from all over the world in support of our community. Check it out and upload your video today!! Watch your favorite video by clicking here!!

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THIS WEEK’S SYNOPSIS:
1. Pageant Soup Podcast Show (#47) – Interviewing Tips with guest Rocky Graziano & R’Darius Black.
2. DJ House Music Show (#39) – This week’s music show – Fire Sessions 1 House Mix – Part 2 – from DJ L Calderin.
3. Queer History Fact (#105)
– Roman Emperor Hadrian and his lover?
4. This Show Is So Gay – Episode May 12, 2010 – Entertainer extraordinaire Tym Moss
5. This Show Is So Gay – Episode April 28, 2010
– Music Artist Sir Ari Gold
6. This Show Is So Gay – Episode April 14, 2010
– Guest Phil Putnam
7. This Show Is So Gay – Episode April 7, 2010
– Music Artist Amy Ray of the Indigo Girls – 75th Anniversary Show!!
8. REBROADCAST – Generation Q Radio – Episode #8
– Tales of Dating

LISTEN:

Pageant Soup Podcast Show (Podcast)
DJ L Calderin “Fire Sessions 1 House Mix” – Part 2 (Podcast)
Queer History Fact #105 (Podcast)
This Show Is So Gay 5/12/2010 (Podcast)
This Show Is So Gay 4/28/2010 (Podcast)
This Show Is So Gay 4/14/2010 (Podcast)
This Show Is So Gay 4/07/2010 (Podcast)
Generation Q Radio – Episode 8 (Rebroadcast) (Podcast)

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February 11, 2010

Click Click Expose Podcast Network Update – Feb. 11, 2010

February greetings from your friends at The Click Click Expose Gay Podcast Network. We are a network of different podcast shows produced by Click Click Expose (Gay Entertainment Media) with contributions from our friends, supporters and content producers.

Whether its a music show, love show, news or entertainment – we have something for everyone. We invite you to come check it out and be apart of our community. More shows will be coming soon!

Don’t forget to check out Planet “Q” TV – it’s our very own all gay video sharing website with more than 1,000 videos from all over the world in support of our community. Check it out and upload your video today!! Watch your favorite video by clicking here!!

SUBSCRIBE TODAY:

THIS WEEK’S SYNOPSIS:
1. Gay News Week In Review – National and International news for week ending February 7, 2010.
2. DJ House Music Show – This week’s music show – Friday Night House Mix – Part 1 – from DJ Louie B.
3. Queer History Fact #100
– U.S. Poet Langston Hughes.
4. Passion Hits – Episode #7 – Feb 7. – Love and dedication show dedicated to the one you love.
5. Passion Hits – Episode #6 – Jan 31.
– Love and dedication show dedicated to the one you love.
6. REBROADCAST – Generation Q Radio
– Youth podcast show for the queer generation

LISTEN:
Passion Hits – Episode #7 (Podcast)
Passion Hits – Episode #6 (Podcast)
Gay News Week In Review – W/E 02-07-10 (Podcast)
DJ Louie B “Friday Night House Mix” – Part 1 (Podcast)
Queer History Fact #100 (Podcast)
Generation Q Radio – Episode 3 (Rebroadcast) (Podcast)

January 3, 2010

The Top 10 LGBT stories of 2009

Now that 2010 is officially here, I thought it would be interesting to look back at 2009 to see how far we have come as an community.  For a lot of us (me included) 2009 was a horrible year; however, there were some positives that we can embrace.  This top 10 listing was culled from research done at the Bilerico Project blog and writer Bil Browning:

Number 10: Adam Lambert, Lady Gaga & Chaz Bono reveal themselves to the world!

Lambert, Lady Gaga and Bono

Lambert, Lady Gaga and Bono

So what happens when you don’t tuck properly – you get embarrassed (or at the least) you shock your adoring audience.  Thus the country’s revelation that Lady Gaga is bisexual or transgendered.  Did it hurt her career?  Not in the least, as she continues to sell records by the thousands.  Adam Lambert of American Idol fame came out of the closet and also caused quite a stir by simulating a sex act at the American Music Awards – thus confirming the double standard that its okay for straight folks to do it in public but gay folks can’t.  Finally, Chaz Bono came out stating he was beginning his “transition” thus helping to bring the issues of transgendered people to the forefront.
Number 9:  Stonewall Riots – history repeat itself once again.

The police are at it again

The police are at it again

The Stonewall Riots may have occurred in 1969 but that hasn’t stopped history from repeating itself again.  Texas ABC agents and Ft. Worth Police stormed the opening of a gay bar sending one man with brain injuries to the hospital.  Texas ABC ended up firing two of its agents for the incident while the Ft. Worth Police maintained the patron brought the injuries onto himself.  Is police brutality on the rise?  Is police brutality against gay folks on the rise?  Ask many people and they will tell you yes.

Number 8: Can California overturn Prop 8?

It was originally a 2008 story- California voters denying same-sex marriage.  In 2009, attempts were made and failed to overturn Prop 8 with the right hiring top gun lawyers and forming all kinds of new political action groups.   Will a new measure hit the ballots in 2010 or 2012?  Only time will tell.  The most important question to ask is “will the people of California finally realize that gay marriage is not something to be scarred of.”

Is Obama for Gay Rights?

Is Obama for Gay Rights?

Number 7: The Justice Department says DOMA is okay?

Although this created a stir in the gay community and a backlash against President Obama, it’s result comes as no surprise.  DOMA is legal and on the books; so when the Justice Department had to make a statement because of a legal challenge – surprise- they had to defend the current law.  Who would have thunk it!!  Somehow (of course) that defense was translated to Obama doesn’t want to help the LGBT community and all of a sudden, the community is up in arms.  Will DOMA get overturn on Obama’s watch?  Hopefully.  Will don’t ask, don’t tell get repealed?  Probably.  But 2009 was a nightmare for the country and you can only do so much.  I think our community needs to have just a little patience – after all – if McCain was in office – we would never get what we want.

Number 6:  The LGBT print media doesn’t recognize changing times.

The LGBT print media suffered from the same fate as its hetero counterparts.  Not recognizing that the public has steadily moved away (for years) from print media in favor of the more convenient online services.  It is surprising considering that many LGBT folks get their information exclusively online, you would think that publications like “The Washington Blade,” TWIT,” David’s Magazine,” “Southern Voice,” – would realize this and change their strategy.  Nope, didn’t happen and as a result many respected and important voices in the gay community were silenced.  11 papers and counting – not to mention that the advent of the gay book store is suffering as well (my partner and I have always wanted to run our own book store and cafe).  It’s all about the internet now!!

Number 5:  Congress says “yes” to HIV travelers.

When it comes to basic civil liberties for LGBT folks, it seems that the world gets it right before the U.S. does.  It took a while, but Congress this year finally repealed the ban on HIV + travelers to this country.  The ban represented one of the darkest moments for this country as we systemically discriminated against people with HIV while there was no scientific basis for the ban.  The rest of the world admonished us for it – Obama recognized it was wrong and ended it.

Number 4:  A March on Washington Returns!

I remember when I was a field producer in 1993 helping to produce a video for the  March on Washington in ’93.  It was an amazing experience considering I was struggling with coming out to myself.  I wanted to be in Washington in 2009 for this historic march – the National Equality March that brought over 250,000 people to the nation’s capital.  What was extraordinary about this march?  It was originally shunned by many, fearing cost and support.  But a grass-roots campaign and national support from celebrities got the ball running and in 6 short months, the march was put together at a cost south of $200,000.  Far cheaper and faster than any major march for LGBT rights on record.

Number 3:  Activist win the fight in Washington and Kalamazoo – but lose in Maine.

Of course, if you listen to the right – gay folks are out to ruin the nation and convert our children and their was not shortness of rhetoric in the 2009 year.  But a few victories were achieved.  Kalamazoo upheld their law outlawing discrimination against LGBT people.  Washington “upgrades” its domestic partnership law which includes many (if not all) of the benefits and protections afforded heterosexual couples.  Maine on the other hand, overturned the same-sex marriage law – leaving only Civil Unions in place.

Number 2:  And then there was 6?

So you are a gay couple and you want to get married.  A few years ago, you had to travel to Canada or take a trip to the Netherlands.  Not anymore. 6 states have allowed same-sex marriages: Massachusetts, Connecticut, Iowa, Vermont (despite the Republican Governor’s veto), New Hampshire and Washington DC.  Progress is slow but it’s coming.

Number 1:  Pro Gay Legislation makes history!

President Obama signed into law the first pro-LGBT piece of legislation in United States history when he put his signature on the

A Victory for the Shepard Family

A Victory for the Shepard Family

Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act. The legislation was first proposed a decade before after Shepard, a gay college student from Wyoming, was beaten and tied to a fence to die. Contributor Cathy Renna was one of the first LGBT activists to reach Matthew’s hospital bedside and worked with his mother, Judy Shepard to ensure passage of the legislation. The new law has already been instrumental in forcing an investigation into the death of Puerto Rican teenager Jorge Steven Lopez Mercado.

So there you have it – 10 issues that have made a difference in the live of gay and lesbian people all over the country.  Here’s hoping for bigger and better things in 2010.

Thomas

December 29, 2009

Another country of firsts: Argentina’s First Same Sex Marriage

Argentina First Gay Marriage (Photo-Tierra del Fuego/Reuters)

Argentina First Gay Marriage (Photo-Tierra del Fuego/Reuters)

After a months-long legal battle, two gay men in Argentina became the first homosexuals to marry in Latin America, in a wedding that took place in the southernmost province, Tierra del Fuego, the only one governed by a woman.

“We’re the first, but we won’t be the last,” said Alex Freyre, who married José Maria Di Bello Monday in Ushuaia, capital of Tierra del Fuego, more than 3,000 km south of Buenos Aires. “There are hundreds of legal appeals that we hope will have the same outcome,” he said.

Same-sex marriage is legal in Belgium, Canada, the Netherlands, Norway, South Africa, Spain, Sweden with the US lagging behind with same sex marriage only being legal in Vermont, Massachusetts, Iowa, Connecticut & Washington DC & New Hampshire. (Did you know there are 40 US states with laws on the books stating that marriage is between a man and women)?  In spite of these positive developments, this Argentina marriage represents the first gay marriage in Latin America.

Earlier this month, the Mexico City legislative assembly approved changes to the local civil code, replacing the clause that defines marriage as the union between a man and a woman with one that says it is a union “between two people.” But actual weddings will not start taking place until the reform goes into effect next year.   For a highly catholic country, this is an amazing development.

Freyre and Di Bello’s wedding was held without any previous announcement in Ushuaia, after their first attempt in Buenos Aires fell through on Dec. 1.   In April, the couple, who belong to the Argentine Federation of Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals and Trans (LGBT), had been denied a marriage license in Buenos Aires. Along with other members of the Federation whose applications for a license had been denied, they filed an appeal.  In November, Buenos Aires Judge Gabriela Seijas ruled in the case that the civil code’s ban on gay marriage was unconstitutional, and ordered that the two men be granted a marriage license. The Buenos Aires government did not appeal the decision.

However, another court filed an injunction on the eve of the wedding that blocked it from taking place in Buenos Aires. A final decision is pending in the Supreme Court.   But Freyre and Di Bello were determined to get married this year. Aware that Tierra del Fuego Governor Fabiana Ríos had backed different initiatives in favour of same-sex marriage, they applied for a marriage license in that province, which was also denied.   But when they complained to higher-ranking authorities, the governor intervened, ordering that the initial Buenos Aires court ruling be honoured and that they be allowed to marry in the civil registry office.  “I didn’t do anything extraordinary. I merely complied with the law; the right of two people who had a ruling in their favour could not be denied,” said Ríos.

The campaign for “the same rights with the same names” was launched by the LGBT Argentine Federation before Freyre and Di Bello appealed to the courts. But since Seijas ruled in their favour, the movement has gathered momentum and more than 30 appeals have been filed around the country.

According to a survey by the pollster Analogías, 66 percent of respondents were in favour of legalising same-sex marriage, while 57 percent of those who defined themselves as Catholics rejected the Catholic Church stance against marriage between homosexuals.

I think this is great for Latin America and for Argentina and continues to show how the US is really behind the times when it comes to granting basic civil rights to all.

Thomas (Timeline information provided by IPS Reporter Marcela Valente)

December 4, 2009

Gay News update for December 4th

Obama White House supports World AIDS Day

Obama White House supports World AIDS Day

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.

November 5, 2009

A Reflection on what happend to the LGBT community in Maine

Harry Knox, Director of Religion and Faith - HRC

Harry Knox, Director of Religion and Faith - HRC

I had an opportunity to hear Harry Knox speak 2 years ago at the Celebration of Faith and Diversity seminars held in Tampa, Florida.  Mr. Knox is the Director of Religion and Faith Program at the Human Rights Campaign and a terrific orator.  He blends together religion, faith, diversity and humanity to show how the basic rights for all gay & lesbian people should be honored and demanded and brings a religious perspective that is often overlooked.  It is great listening to him speak which is why I was glad I found this article he wrote on the recent vote by Maine citizens to deny the LGBT community marriage rights and marriage equality.  This article is reprinted from Human Rights  Campaign BackStory series on its website:  www.hrcbackstory.org/2009/11/a-religious-reflection-on-maine.  To learn more about HRC and what they do for the LGBT community, visit their website at: www.hrc.org.

Thomas – Click Click Expose (Gay Entertainment Media)

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“This morning I am wondering who and what I am. Once again, when American voters have had an opportunity to affirm my humanity and the loving commitment I have made to my husband, a majority of those voters have made a conscious decision to deny my humanity and treat me as if my citizenship and my marriage mean nothing; all the while patting themselves on the back for their piety. The slap they intended is received. I am made to wonder – Am I human? Am I an American? Am I a Christian? Am I married?

It is clear that most voters in Maine, like majorities in other states before them, intend for me to feel less than human. People we respect as sisters and brothers in the human family, we treat as equals. Those majorities have reserved to themselves a legal right they feel specially entitled to – in spite of the fact that my husband and I face all the health, financial, familial and social challenges they do, and need the same supports they enjoy.

Here’s what I know.

I know that I was never more beautifully and powerfully human in my life than the day I committed myself to lifelong partnership with my caring, strong, handsome, wise, funny husband. We made ourselves vulnerable to care for each other forever, come what may. There is no more hopeful, faithful, joyful, generative act in all the world. It was a decision only humans could enter into both intellectually and spiritually. It was a total giving of ourselves to each other, and as such, it mirrored in part the gift Christ made for us on the Cross.

Voters in Maine have said with clarity that my husband and I are to be denied equal treatment under the law, despite the Constitutional promises made to us. The voters are unequivocal – we are something, but we are not, in their opinions, American citizens, despite the facts that we are native born or have diligently served our country over the last five decades.

What I know is that Mike and I seek everyday to contribute more to our country and God’s world than we take from it. We have given our lives and careers in the service of others through Christ, and we have invested most of our time and much of our money into helping America live into its promises and potential.

Most Maine voters want us to understand once and for all that the Bible, which has been used to subjugate women, people of color, and the poor of every gender and race is now to be used as a weapon against us. They have gleaned all they intend to learn from their faith and as far as they are concerned, my family can go to hell.

I know that we are disciples of Jesus of Nazareth, God’s incarnate word of truth, love, and justice who lived, died, and through his death and resurrection redeemed and continues to reconcile us, America and all the earth to God’s original vision of peace and caring community.

It is clear to me now that a majority of Americans have chosen to deny my human rights, deny my citizenship, and deny my Christianity, by denying my freedom to marry. So where does that leave me? Who and what am I on November 4, 2009?

I know – I know – that I am married to my husband, Mike. He defends me against all who would do me harm and is faithful to me in spite of all temptations. We have cared for each other through more sickness than health; we’ve known more financial setbacks than gains; we have nursed each others’ family members, wept over the graves of lost loved ones, helped and received help from family and friends, and assisted in raising the children of some heterosexual folks who weren’t able to raise their own. I wake in the morning and nod at night with prayers of thanksgiving for the wonderful man with whom I am building a family by God’s grace.

Today I am tempted to feel like an exile in my native land – to question who and what I am. But this I know: in the end it matters not one whit what others say or believe about me and mine. What matters, today and forever, is what we believe about ourselves. We are fully human. We are Americans. We are Christians. And we are most assuredly married.

When I remember that, the powers of hell cannot prevail against me or my marriage. I am empowered to continue to do the difficult work that will ultimately bring justice in the form of marriage equality to our land. I, and my husband with me, offer our heterosexual neighbors a vision of what the world will look like when we get the human rights we deserve – a world where everyone will live in peace and mutual respect with our neighbors.”

— Harry Knox, Director of Religion & Faith, Human Rights Campaign

October 13, 2009

Equality march proves that viral marketing is for real!

National Equality March 2009 - Washington DC

National Equality March 2009 - Washington DC

5 years ago if you told me that you could use the internet, a social networking site and a couple of internet videos to bring together thousands of individuals across the country to demand social justice and equality, I would have said you were crazy.  But in this new and crazy world we live in, it appears that viral marketing (for lack of a better word) can be the right ticket if used properly.

Enter the 2009 National Equality March on Washington DC.  While I can find no public information on the advertising budget for the National Equality March organization – it appears that the budget for advertising (that’s traditional advertising) was very little.  I saw no ads in the majority of the popular gay magazines, there was no ad in the online gay advertising network BUT WHAT I DID SEE was Facebook and twitter used relentlessly to promote the event.  And the result, over 200,000 people showed up for the event.

I think that speaks volumes on how businesses and organizations can speak and influence the LGBT community.  While traditional marketing still has a place in advertising – the power of the internet as a vehicle to promote and inspire change is in a word – breath taking.  Lord, I would have love to have known how much the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force spent on advertising when I went to the March on Washing in 1993.  It’s a new world – and viral marketing is the way to go.

If you went to the march and you took any video of the march or did a video blog, please share your gay and lesbian video stories of the National Equality march on our website: planetq.tv.  It will be a great way for many of us who could not attend this year to really see what it’s like.  Trust me folks, its inspiring and truly amazing.  So share your videos with us on Planet Q TV and let us hear your stories about this year’s march.  And the real question is: will it make a different for LGBT folks across our country?  I think it will.

Thomas (Click Click Expose – Gay Entertainment Media)

October 6, 2009

Will you march in Washington DC October 11th?

National Equality March on Washington DC

National Equality March on Washington DC

I remember back in 1993 when I was a field producer for the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force’s March on Washington video. It was certainly a different time then when the idea of civil rights for all gay and lesbian people were still a struggle and I was so far in the closet, I could have hurt myself. It was a great experience being around so many like minded people who didn’t care if you were gay, straight or bi – they were all there to have a good time and to promote equality for all.

I won’t get to go this year as I have a filming project to attend on Sunday but if you get to go, WE HOPE YOU WILL SHARE YOUR VIDEO STORIES ON PLANET Q TV.   Planet Q TV was designed 2 1/2 years ago as a place where gay and lesbian video bloggers,  content producers and professionals could tell their stories in one unique place for our community.  I  would love to hear about your adventures, what you saw, what you liked or didn’t like and if you feel that equality is right around the corner for us or if we still have a long way to go.

Have fun this Sunday and if you are video blogging, I would like to encourage you to upload your videos to Planet Q TV so everyone around the world that visits our site can learn about your experience.

Thomas (Click Click Expose)

October 4, 2009

Can the world’s nations finally decriminalize homosexuality?

UN General Assembly Acting President  Ali Abdussalam Treki

UN General Assembly Acting President Ali Abdussalam Treki

I will have to admit my ignorance here but I did not realize that there existed on the world stage an organization interested in protecting the interest of gays and lesbians throughout the world’s nations. This organization is called International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex (or IGLA). They have gone on record to express outrage at a recent comment made at a UN general assembly meeting by the acting General Assembly President The Libyan Ali Abdussalam Treki.

The back story first: Last December 66 nations got together in an attempt to pass resolutions that would decriminalize homosexuality in UN participating countries. This call to action has been supported by the Obama White House and many leaders throughout the Western World. Acting General Assembly President Treki went on to say before the UN that he considers homosexuality “unacceptable.” While he did not go on to say anything about the call to decriminalize homosexuality, the IGLA believes Treki is against this resolution. “Considering that the Declaration calls for universal decriminalization of homosexuality, one can only conclude that the new President of the Assembly of the UN is … in favor of criminalizing lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender and intersex. The disturbing and serious implications of this attitude, which comes from who now heads the institution that is protecting human rights, all human rights-as the most sacred value, can not be overstated, “said ILGA in its statement.

IGLA goes on further to say “We call on the representatives of the States that signed the statement against the criminalization of homosexuality, but also voted for the election to the new position of Mr. Treki, to demand an explanation from the President of the UN Assembly by his words….”

Whether the IGLA gets its wish is unknown at this time but I applaud IGLA for recognizing that the basic civil rights of everyone should be followed and that if you are going to be a representative of the UN, a President no less, then you should recognize civil rights for all just not a selected few. Can the world’s nations finally decriminalize homosexuality? I think they can but it will be up to interest groups like IGLA to lead the way and draw attention to the plight that many LGBT people still face across the globe.

Thomas

September 27, 2009

President Clinton on Gay Marriage

Former President Bill Clinton

Former President Bill Clinton

Whether you love him or hate him, you got to admire his willingness to speak out and take a stand on a controversial issue – even going so far to admit he was wrong.  Many people remember that former President Clinton was the one who brought the “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” military policy into effect.  And he has gone on record to say that he is against gay marriage.

Well in an interview with CNN Reporter Anderson Cooper (who is also gay), President Clinton admitted he was wrong in his opinion of gay marriage.  In the interview, he admitted that he was “hung up” on the actual word of marriage, considering he is 60 years of age and grew up in a time where marriage was only considered between a man and woman.  He went onto explain that he has always been in favor of gay adoption and  if  “….people want to make commitments that last a lifetime, they ought to be able to do it…..”  Former President Clinton cites his many gay friends that have helped him reached this conclusion on gay marriage.

Well I am for one glad that he came out (sort to speak) and said he supported gay marriage.  Now if only President Obama would do the same, that I think would mean to world to LGBT folks who care about the gay marriage question.

Thomas

June 8, 2009

It’s Not About The Fucking Cakes!

I saw our blog title that I am using for this article on a UK blog (great title I thought) and it got me thinking about the current debate going on in this country about gay marriage. At one of my straight functions I was filming, a young lady asked me about gay marriage and why it was so important to us (she clocked me as being gay – don’t ask me how!!). Anyway, I was telling her how my years of being together with my partner was great and wonderful but I wasn’t in the rush to have the state validate it. She asked why not?

I thought for a couple of moments and said it wasn’t about the idea of getting married that has many gay people in arms (in my opinion) – it is the right to get married that was so important. Its a civil right that straight people take for granted and its the perks of marriage (if you can call them that) that straight people are allow to partake in. As gay people, we just want to have that option and not seem like second class citizens who have to be treated as “civil unions.” No double taxation on health insurance, proper medical visitation rights, estate planning and death benefits – things that married heterosexual couples can do – we want to be able to do. Our solutions right now are few in far between, settle for “civil unions” if a state has it or pay an attorney to draw up a dozen different legal documents to protect our legal interest.

I am so happy that New Hampshire said yes to gay marriage. That makes 6 states now who have gay marriage (although Maine wants to have the voters decide). I don’t think our civil rights should be allowed to be determined by the majority. If that was the case – we would still have slavery, women would not be able to vote, all American Indians would live in one parcel of land, etc..etc..you get the point. Basic civil rights should be guaranteed, not determine by the popular will of the people. California clearly showed that – by 4% – the rights of thousands have been eliminated. To me, that seems very un-American.

Thomas

June 3, 2009

Tonight – June 3 – on Click Click Expose TV

Tonight on Click Click Expose TV – we merge politics and religion together in the fight for gay civil rights.  At 8pm EST, we present the Town Hall Meeting – Celebration of Faith and Diversity – sponsored by the Human Rights Campaign and Equality Florida.  Filmed at the UCC Church in St. Petersburg, Florida – the town hall meeting brings together some of nation’s top religious activists in the fight for gay and lesbian civil rights:

Harry Knox – Human Rights Campaign, Rev. Dr. Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite – President of the Chicago Theological Seminary, Rev. Dr. Miguel De La Torre, Rev. Dr. Bernice Powell Jackson and Rev. Manish Mishra.  For all of you non-church people – don’t let all of the “rev” fool you.  This will be a fantastic and engaging discussion on how religion, faith and gay and lesbian civil rights go hand and hand.

Join us at 8pm EST on Click Click Expose TV.  Click on the “Live Internet TV” button to watch.  Enjoy and happy watching!!

Thomas

May 28, 2009

Where a White Ribbon!!

Levi (the very first Fortune 500 company to extend health benefits to “domestic partners of unmarried employees) is on the forefront again as they take a stand on gay marriage.  They have adopted the “White Knot Program” which encourages people to demonstrate their solidarity with marriage equality by wearing a small piece of knotted white ribbon on their clothing.  New York’s Mayor Michael Bloomberg and comedienne Kathy Griffin have already publicly supported the move and many more have followed.

Levi’s hope in this new campaign is to spread a symbol of “love” versus fear in the current climate and debate on gay marriage and they are to be applauded for this effort.  No doubt, in some of the more conservative states – Levi will take a hit in the pocket book but the goal of universal marriage rights for all is an admiral one to take and a bold move by this company.  So take a minute a put a white ribbon on your clothing, your car anyway you can to show your support.

Marriage Equality - coming to state near you (Hopefully)

Marriage Equality - coming to state near you (Hopefully)

Thomas

February 27, 2008

The “brother” surprises the “Man”

Filed under: Barack Obama,gay,gay politics,GLBT,News — ccevideo @ 5:52 pm

Check out this video where an interviewer is talking to a young man who supports Senator Obama.  What’s interesting about the interview is the fact that the interviewee is attempting to show that Obama supporters only like him for his character and not for his politics.  Boy was the interviewer wrong – he picked the wrong person to try to prove a point.

 

January 20, 2008

What’s the big deal….

I have been away from the blog for a while as I had to redesign the Empire Video website and finish up some projects but I am back to drop some funny wisdom and give you some updates.

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Has anybody looked at the positions of the presidential candidates in reference to same sex marriage?  All of the republican candidates oppose same sex marriage, a couple (Romney & Thompson) oppose civil unions and a couple won’t go on record if they support civil  unions.  The Democrats (who are suppose to be the gay man’s friend) all oppose same sex marriage (how convenient except for Dennis Kucinich & Mike Gravel) but support civil unions (except for a couple who have not gone on record in support of civil unions).  I hate politics – how a matter such as the ability to marry my partner of 14 years – is an “issue” in today’s world baffles me – and the democratics (like all politicians) are just not willing to lay it on the line but rather play it politically safe.  Why bother!!!

IN MORE FUN NEWS….I have put 5 new videos on Planet ‘Q’ TV (now at: www.planetq.tv).  There is a 2 part story aired by the CBC in Canada on being gay in Iran, there is a private roundtable talk about being black and gay in America, an internet tv travel show on Shanghai with an episode called “Gay Shanghai” and a funny commercial spoof that asks the question: “Tired of Women?” – Be gay today!!  Have fun and enjoy the videos.  DON’T FORGET…we will be kicking off the new planetq.tv in March so if you are video content producer – don’t forget to upload your videos or contact us on how to share your videos for the gay community and get paid in the process as well.  Its videos for us and by us – the gay and lesbian community.  – BOOMARK PLANETQ.TV TODAY!!

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