Sep 27 2011


-Hope you aren't planning to check off your bucket list 'Walking up the Washington Monument' anytime soon. One of the leading tourist attractions in our nation's Capitol is closed for the foreseeable future because of the recent earthquake. Evidently, damage is much greater than expected.

-Straight Ally Olympian Swimmer Gary Hall, Jr. joined nearly three dozen swimmers off the coast of Malibu this past Saturday. They swam 1.7 miles in the open ocean to benefit Equality California. Hall has won ten Olympic medals for swimming in his career. Each swimmer had to raise $2,000 to participate in the event.

Gary Hall 

 -Speaking of money, the Department of Health and Human Services announced that they have issued $1.89 billion in grants for HIV/AIDS care and medications. This is the agency that oversees the distribution of funds under the Ryan White Act.

-The young soldier who told his dad he was gay after the end of DADT has had over four million viewers. Evidently sharing this with us really hit a core with much of the American public.

-A Winthrop University poll in South Carolina shows that Governor Rick Perry and Mitt Romney are neck in neck in that important Republican primary. Perry has 31% of the voters to Romney's 27%. In third is Herman Cain at 7%.

-Speaking of the Palmetto State, is Newt Gingrich making a comeback? He has been slowly rising in the polls over the last weeks. On his next visit to South Carolina he has been invited to stay in Governor Nikki Haley's Governor's Mansion. That is as close to a "non-endorsement endorsement" as you can get.

-Animal Tracks on has this amazing picture of the newly born twin snow leopards (named Kiran and Kalmaili) at the Albuquerque BioPark Zoo. God, I want to hold them.


-In the latest Public Policy Poll, outspoken populist Elizabeth Warren has a two point lead over incumbent Republican Senator Scott Brown in Massachusetts. At one point Warren trailed the senator by 15%.

-The polling numbers keep rolling in as this election year heats up. In the most recent poll, Governor Rick Perry beats President Obama in Texas. No surprise, right? The interesting part is that the President is only 7% behind the Lone Star State governor.

-New Hampshire is all Romney Country with the handsome Mormon taking a 27 point lead over his nearest rival which is not Rick Perry but Ron Paul. Jon Huntsman has gotten up to 10% in the Granite State.

-Outsports is continuing their countdown of the "100 Most Important Moments In LGBT Sports History." Just to give you a hint of the list you will find "Greg Louganis's Coming Out" at Number 14.

-Speaking of LGBT historical moments in sports, wonder where Outsports would put the new National Football League announcement adding sexual orientation as a protected class. If you take a moment to reflect, that is a pretty amazing day for us in sports.

-The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops wrote a long and appalling letter to President Obama demanding that he support DOMA and be against marriage equality. Here is an excerpt from the despicable missive (via Americablog):

"Nor should a policy disagreement over the meaning of marriage be treated by federal officials as a federal offense—but this will happen if the Justice Department's latest constitutional theory prevails in court. The Administration's failure to change course on this matter will, as the attached analysis indicates, precipitate a national conflict between Church and State of enormous proportions and to the detriment of both institutions."

-One of my fondest concert memories ever was going to the Freddy Mercury Memorial Concert at Wembley Stadium. Another phenomenon is of a young man singing Queen's "Somebody to Love." Loved it and it has over 2,000,000 hits!

-Travel and Leisure is asking its readers to vote in their 2011 "Landmark Survey." You get to pick in several categories your choices of modern day 'landmarks.' I voted for the High Line Park in New York for one of my choices. Vote here.

-The latest CNN National Poll completed after the two Republican debates has Perry still in the lead with 28% of the vote and Romney at 21%. Amazingly, Newt Gingrich has risen to third place with 11%. That means Gingrich has double his support since the last poll. Everyone else was in the single digits with Bachmann less than 5%.

-Virginia seems to always give us nail biter U.S. Senate races and it appears it is intending to do it again this time around. Republican George Allen and Democrat Tim Kaine are virtually tied in the latest Roanoke Poll. Could be a long night waiting for the Virginia returns again.

-Handsome "Playboy Club" actor Sean Maher has come out of the closet. The young actor also is a "Firefly" alum. He reveals in Entertainment Weekly that he has a partner of nine years and two young children.

-Rick Perry is showing them in the "Show-Me State." In the latest poll, he has 31% of Republican voters in Missouri to Romney's 15%. Once again Gingrich has risen to third place with 10%.

-On October 24, the Ali Forney Center will have a rally in Union Square to demand housing for homeless LGBT youth in New York City. They will be gathering at 6PM.

-Thanks to JoeMyGod for making me aware of this video that shows Florida's Lt. Governor Jennifer Carroll giving a speech to the Faith and Freedom Coalition. She attacks scientists, evolution and insists Christians are meant to rule. It is appalling.