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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!!

SUBSCRIBE TODAY:

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)

VISIT OUR WEBSITE: Click Click Expose (Gay Entertainment Media)

to learn more about our shows, to be apart of our network or listen to any of our previous shows.

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

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

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

May 13, 2009

Miss California – How pointless your views are!!

I was debating whether or not to chime in on the whole Miss California debacle.  Instead of debating on how good or bad she is as a person, I wanted to weigh in on how she is being the poster child for how stupid the arguments are against gay marriage.  While she has not come out and told the public per se why “she feels gay marriage is wrong,” she is really showing how pointless the arguments are against basic civil rights, the right to equal protection, the right to equal estate planning, the right to equal hospital visitation and end of life care, etc etc.  So I was trying to figure out the best way to show how her views are pointless.

Enter Lisa Nova – comedian, writer and You Tube Guru.  Adrian saw the video below on You Tube and told me I had to get it on our blog.  Lisa hits it on the head perfectly – by doing a parody of Miss California’s press conference she held.  Listen carefully and you will see why I think Miss California is actually helping us with gay marriage rather than huring us.  Lisa – great job with the video and everybody enjoy!!

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!!

November 24, 2007

You go bitch….

Hot damn…hot damn…..

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Admiral Cain and Number 6 are lovers….holy shit….now we all know why Admiral Cain was such a bitch…man..it’s nothing like a lesbian scorned – you find out your lover is a cylon…woa….

Now I know why Battlestar Galactica is the best sci fi show on TV….

Thomas

November 4, 2007

So close…yet so far….

 

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You know…I was almost ready to call a quits to a certain “portion” of our business. When I reviewed the time, the effort, the lack of financial reward and the petty “shit” that exists out there from people, I was so ready to say – screw this – I can make better money somewhere else. Now I won’t tell you what that portion of the business was but boy I was so close…so close.

And then I thought about our attendance at the Human Rights Campaign “Celebration of Faith and Diversity” Town Hall Meeting in St Petersburg yesterday (that we filmed) and some of the important comments that were made to GLBT people. And then (most importantly to me), by far the most important thing to me, I received an email yesterday from one of our supporters who made this simple comment in their email – “I really enjoyed your   ….. – Where were you when I was growing up.”

That one comment alone reminded me why I do what I do. I don’t do it because I make good money, I don’t do it because of riches and fame – I do it because there are people out there who appreciate it, need it and want it to be apart of their lives. So I will stick with it, not because there are people who want to tear you down when they get the chance but rather I will stick with it because I know there is at least 1 person out there who appreciates it.   And that’s all that matters to me.

Thomas

October 15, 2007

My Coming Out Story (well sort of)

Quiet day on the video production front so I thought I would share some thoughts on coming out.  If you don’t already know October is gay history month and this month we also celebrate coming out.  When I listen to and read all of the stories about people who were brave enough to come out to family and friends, I can’t help but be amazed and impressed.  It takes courage – more courage than I ever had.  You know when I look back on my life experiences, my management career, my business, even doing security for 3 years – I have done some bold and courageous things – but deep down inside I never had the balls to come out to my family or friends.  To this date, they (my family) have no idea (although I am sure they suspect – after all I have been with my partner for 14 years) and I have told 1 childhood friend of mine who I have lost contact with.

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All of my life I have been scared of the consequences: losing a job, not getting promoted, being teased or laughed at or never quite fitting in.  So I played the double life, straight all of the time until I got home.  Imagine doing that for more than 15 years…wow..it is tough.  If it wasn’t for my partner Adrian – I think I would be a very depressed person.

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Doing this company and the things we have accomplished in the last couple of years is like therapy for me.  I have met so many interesting people and have learned a lot.  And even thought I can’t say I have a ton of friends or even a few friends, I can say I have a lot of acquaintances and people who I have grown to admire and respect.  It is still difficult for me to just admit to the average joe on the street that I am gay but I am slowly breaking down those walls, doing podcast shows, appearing on camera and just getting out there and making a presence.  I would have to say I am doing more in the gay community the last 2 years than I have done my entire life.

So what’s the motto of all this?  It is never too late.  Come out at your own pace but you know what?  Don’t wait too long and make friends along the way – even if its just one person – that one person can open your eyes and make life so much easier for you.  My life partner was my one person and he made all of the difference in the world.

Thomas

October 14, 2007

I love internet TV!!

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One of the great things about internet video and internet TV is that it allows so many people with creative ideas and talent to put content out there for all of us to enjoy. Mainstream Hollywood is so bland and boring to me with their cliche movies and scripted “we seen it before” stories – that originality, character development, and life’s realism go unnotice.

 

I came across a little gem of a comedy web show called “The Duder Show.” It is written by New York playwright and writer Matt Kirsch. He plays a gay character named Glen, along with his boyfriend Stephen and his straight friends (Ricky, Zev, Jen & Judy) and some of their happenings around New York. It’s cute, funny and the characters grow on you with their quirkiness. Check out Episodes 1, 3, 4 & 6 along with the Duder-logue and mini Duder episode on Planet “Q” TV.

It is because of what people like Matt Kirsch are doing that makes the internet one of the best places for GLBT people to put out funny, original and interesting video content. I don’t know if Kirsch is gay or not but I am glad that he included a positive, funny and interesting character in his sitcome.

 

Hope you guys enjoy the video. Also check out the dark comedic satire call “Recruiting – The Straight Agenda.” I have included it in Planet “Q” TV as well. I hope that having one place to go to see videos for the gay and lesbian community is a good thing and that you guys are enjoying what we have assembled for you to watch.

 

Thomas

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