Archive for June, 2011

Henry Velandia will not be deported

Thursday, June 30th, 2011

Posted by: Jay Kernis – Senior Producer ONLY ON THE BLOG: In May, we featured an OFF-SET blog interview with Henry Velandia and Josh Vandiver of Princeton, New Jersey. Last year, Velandia, a dancer and dance teacher from Venezuela, and Vandiver, a Princeton graduate student and Ph.D candidate, were legally married in Connecticut. But under federal  Read More »

Gay marriage: Can Obama stay on tightrope until 2012 elections?

Friday, June 24th, 2011

By Linda Feldmann, Staff writer / June 24, 2011 For months, President Obama’s view on gay marriage has been “evolving,” to quote press secretary Jay Carney. The unspoken presumption is that Mr. Obama really does support full marriage equality for same-sex couples, but just can’t say it out loud. If he did, it would needlessly  Read More »


Friday, June 24th, 2011

LGBT activists hoped President Obama might say something new about his “evolving” stance on marriage equality when he addressed them at a New York fundraiser Thursday night. But the president showed he’s only willing to extend enough support to keep the cash flowing. June 24, 2011 9:27 AM EDT President Obama said absolutely nothing new  Read More »

Obama First President Ever To Attend An LGBT Fundraiser?

Thursday, June 23rd, 2011

Barack Obama really the first president to attend anLGBT fundraiser? Die-​hard Barack Obama supporters inside the LGBT community are working overtime to rewrite history and had managed to place their fictitious spin into an NPR story Tuesday about the Democratic National Committee’s (DNC) LGBT Leadership Council dinner that will be held in New York City Thursday night at the Sheraton Hotel on 53rd  Read More »

Barack Obama’s real record on LGBT rights

Thursday, June 23rd, 2011

We worked hard to elect Obama in 2008. Now we learn his view of same-sex marriage is only just ‘evolving’ – in time for 2012 Gay couple Ethan Collings (left) and his spouse Stephen Abate, celebrating their one-year wedding anniversary in West Hollywood, California, in 2009. Many LGBT advocates are disappointed the president has not  Read More »

Press Release: Full LGBT Equality Demonstration in NYC

Thursday, June 23rd, 2011

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 22, 2011 CONTACT: Michael Talon, 202-631-9830 or Media Advisory LGBT Organizations Announce Full LGBT Equality Demonstration During Obama’s Manhattan Visit TOMORROW! Organizations Call on LGBT Community and Allies to Gather at 5:30 pm (ET) Tomorrow, 6/23/2011, in New York City WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, GetEQUAL — a national lesbian, gay, bisexual and  Read More »

Are pies old hat? Glittering becomes guerrilla tactic of choice for some political activists

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011

By Associated Press, Updated: Wednesday, June 22, 2:03 PM NEW YORK — Many VIPs have gotten a pie in the face from protesters: Bill Gates, for one, and years earlier, Anita Bryant. President George W. Bush dodged a shoe hurled at him. This year, for some liberal activists, the guerrilla tactic of choice is a  Read More »

A Call to Evolve (in Tweet Format)

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011

Mounting pressure on President Obama to come out in support of marriage equality now has an apt slogan: “Evolve Already.” Referring to Obama’s oft-quoted statement from October, in which he told Americablog’s Joe Sudbay that he’s “evolving” on the issue, the nascent, Twitter-born campaign (its accompanying hashtag is, of course, #evolvealready) takes aim in part  Read More »

The man behind the glitter revolution

Tuesday, June 21st, 2011

Nick Espinosa, who started the #glitterati trend with Gingrich, talks about his shiny protest and how far it can go BY NATASHA LENNARD Inset courtesy of Nick Espinosa; Still from YouTube/Salon Nick Espinosa (inset) and a glitter-bombed Newt Gingrich Three targets hit, viral YouTube videos and a Twitter hashtag — glitter-bombing politicians with anti-LGBT agendas  Read More »

‘Glitter advocates’ plot their next victim

Monday, June 20th, 2011

If you haven’t picked glitter out of your hair lately, you’re probably not running for president as a Republican. Three GOP presidential candidates have been “glittered” in the past month by liberal activists hoping to raise awareness for issues such as gay marriage and abortion rights. The pranksters typically approach the candidates at campaign events  Read More »