Thursday, January 31, 2013

Dan Savage Removes 49ers "It Gets Better" Video

In a move that is unique in the history of the campaign, the "It Gets Better" video featuring the San Francisco 49ers has been removed from the site. 

This has never happened before. It's the result of anti-gay comments made by 49ers Chris Culliver, only days before the Super Bowl this Sunday.

On top of that, despite an apology by Culliver, the players are now saying they didn't realize the video's aim was to combat LGBT teen bullying.

Interestingly, Culliver's comments initially came on the heels of news that former 49ers offensive tackle Kwame Harris was in court on assault charges from an ex-boyfriend. Though Harris last played for the 49ers in 2007, many former teammates quickly came to his defense in the media.

A petition has since been launched on asking the NFL to send Culliver to spend a day with the New York Gay Football League.
"This will give him an opportunity to see that openly gay players perform just as well as heterosexual players," the petition's organizer, Christian Fuscarino, writes. "It will also allow him to ask questions and speak with members of the team."

Read more HERE

VIDEO: Joy Behar Talks With Gay Teen Jacob Rudolph

A(nother) Reason to Watch the Super Bowl

Whether you are a football fan or a fan of ridiculously expensive commercials, chances are you will be watching the Super Bowl this weekend.

And if not, you will probably catch highlights or recaps next week.

Regardless if your blood runs red and gold or whatever color that *other* team will be wearing, here's another reason it might be worth your while to tune in.

Brendon Ayanbadejo, the Ravens linebacker who became one of the first current athletes to openly support gay marriage, writing in favor of it for the Huffington Post in 2009, said earlier this week that he plans to use every available microphone and camera on him on Sunday as chances to share his equality based beliefs with millions of people.

“Why not be the person to carry that message not only to the United States, but the rest of the world?” Ayanbadejo asked. “I have this huge platform, the whole world is watching. There’s still [states] that don’t have it passed, and it needs to be passed federally."

“It’s a message of positivity, a message of equality. It’s a chance to get it out. It’s not going to affect the way I play football, but it’s going to affect a lot of people’s lives off the field.”

We don't know how or when he plans to make his pro-equality views known, but we applaud his zeal... and we will be watching!

Obama's Immigration Plan Includes LGBT Families

President Obama unveiled his plan to overhaul the country's immigration procedures, including the establishment of rights for same-sex binational couples.

"I’m here because most Americans agree that it’s time to fix a system that’s been broken for way too long." President Obama said from Del Sol High School in Las Vegas Tuesday morning. "I’m here because business leaders, faith leaders, labor leaders, law enforcement, and leaders from both parties are coming together to say now is the time to find a better way to welcome the striving, hopeful immigrants who still see America as the land of opportunity. Now is the time to do this so we can strengthen our economy and strengthen our country’s future."

Obama's speech did not explicitly mention uniting binational LGBT families in the U.S., but his written plan does stress the need to essentially include Rep. Jerold Nadler's Uniting American Families Act in a larger immigration package, along with a clearer pathway to citizenship.

"[The proposal] also treats same-sex families as families by giving U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents the ability to seek a visa on the basis of a permanent relationship with a same-sex partner," the plan reads.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013


VIDEO: George Takei Surprises Out Teen

Gomer Pyle from 'Andy Griffith Show,' marries partner of 38 years

Shazam! Jim Nabors, best known for playing Gomer Pyle in "The Andy Griffith Show" and "Gomer Pyle, USMC," is a newlywed at age 82.

The actor married his longtime partner, Stan Cadwallader, 64, earlier this month, he told Hawaii News Now on Tuesday. The Honolulu-based couple, who have been together for 38 years, traveled to Washington -- where gay marriage became legal in December -- and were married at the Fairmont Olympic Hotel in Seattle.

"We've been together for 38 years, and I'm not ashamed of people knowing, it's just that it was such a personal thing, I didn't tell anybody," Nabors told the paper. "I'm very happy that I've had a partner of 38 years, and I feel very blessed. And, what can I tell you, I'm just very happy."

See more here

And for those of us too young to remember Gomer Pyle.....

Call to Action: Boy Scouts and Gays


The Boy Scouts of America is accepting public feedback about ending its ban on gay Scouts and leaders. Its Board will vote by Feb. 6. Let's FLOOD their lines with thousands of calls. (Believe me, the other side's busy, too...)

If you call 972-580-2330, a rep asks: "Are you FOR or against the change in policy?" Just say FOR and you're done! 

Can't get through? Email

Each call can make the difference. 

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

VIDEO: RuPaul's Drag Race Season 5 Ep #1 PLUS Untucked

Update: Boy Scout Anti-Gay Ban

Some potentially good news regarding the Boy Scouts of America....

From NBC news:

The Boy Scouts of America, one of the nation’s largest private youth organizations, is actively considering an end to its decades-long policy of banning gay scouts or scout leaders, according to scouting officials and outsiders familiar with internal discussions.

If adopted by the organization’s board of directors, it would represent a profound change on an issue that has been highly controversial -- one that even went to the US Supreme Court. The new policy, now under discussion, would eliminate the ban from the national organization’s rules, leaving local sponsoring organizations free to decide for themselves whether to admit gay scouts.

“The chartered organizations that oversee and deliver scouting would accept membership and select leaders consistent with their organization’s mission, principles or religious beliefs,” according to Deron Smith, a spokesman for the Boy Scouts’ national organization.

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Monday, January 28, 2013

Bisexual Women Almost Twice As Likely To Be Abused As Straight Women

They are also three times as likely to be raped, according to the first-ever nationwide study on domestic violence and sexual orientation.

The first nationwide study to break down domestic violence rates by self-identified sexual orientation has found that lesbian and bisexual women are at higher risk than straight women, with bisexual women facing especially high rates.

The study [PDF], conducted by the CDC in 2010 and released Friday, found that 35% of straight women had experienced rape, physical violence, or stalking by a partner at some point in their lives. But 43.8% of lesbian women had experienced one of the three, as had a full 61.1% of bisexual women. Researchers interviewed a total of 9,709 women — 96.5% of them identified as straight, 2.2% as bisexual, and
1.3% as lesbian.

Bisexual women were also the most likely to have been raped by anyone, partner or not — 46.1% of them had experienced rape at some point, compared with 13.1% of lesbian women and 14.7% of straight women. And they were more likely to report that domestic violence had negatively impacted their lives — 57.4% of bisexual women who'd experienced violence said they also suffered aftereffects like missing work or having symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder. Only 33.5% of lesbian women and 28.2% of straight women said the same.

Most domestic violence against bisexual women appeared to be committed by male partners — 89.5% of bisexual participants who'd experienced such violence said the only perpetrators had been male.

Friday, January 25, 2013

Virginia Senate Passes Bill Protecting LGBT State Employees

A major victory was achieved in Virginia this morning where a bill extending non-discrimination protections for LGBT workers made an advancement in the state legislature. SB701 was approved in the Senate of Virginia with a bipartisan vote of 24-16. Only days earlier was the initiative narrowly approved by a Senate committee. The bill would ban discrimination against state employees on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.

SB701 now moves on to the House of Delegates where it faces a steep uphill climb in the more conservative chamber.

Read more at the HRC blog here

Thursday, January 24, 2013

IN MY OWN WORDS: Just who IS Michelle Lee Nastasis?

Bulldog Pride Fund Scholars

The Bulldog Pride Fund is pleased and proud to have presented $10,000 equally ($2,000 each) to the 2012-13 scholars: Leo Barajas – a senior from Madera majoring in mass communication and journalism; Michelle Swift – a senior from Burney studying recreation administration; the student performing as TimeOut – a junior from Fresno majoring in kinesiology; Dausha Calhoun – a junior from Riverside studying nursing; and Justin Kamimoto – a sophomore from Clovis majoring in business administration.

In 2006, the Bulldog Pride Fund was established under the auspices of the Fresno State Alumni Association with one simple mission: “To support student scholarships at Fresno State.” To-date, it has raised nearly $24
6,000 for its endowment which has provided 23 scholarships with an overall value of $39,000. Made possible by more than 450 donors and friends, just like you.

Your continued support is most appreciated. On behalf of all the grateful Bulldog Pride Fund scholars of yesterday, today and tomorrow, thank you.

Give today. For tomorrow and beyond.

Bulldog Pride Fund Non-Discrimination Policy:
In compliance with federal and state legislation, all Bulldog Pride Fund at Fresno State applicants and awardees are considered without regard to: sex, race, age, color, creed, religion, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, medical condition, disability or covered Veterans status. The Bulldog Pride Fund actively seeks and encourages applicants from all segments of our diverse society.

Applications for five Bulldog Pride Fund scholarships of $2,000 each ($10,000 total) for the 2013-14 academic year are currently being accepted. Deadline is February 28, 2013.

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Peter Robertson, BA '92, MA '95, MBA '05
Director, Alumni Marketing & Engagement
Legacy Member/Donor, Fresno State Alumni Association

California State University, Fresno
Smittcamp Alumni House
2625 E Matoian Way SH124
Fresno, CA 93740-8000
Direct: 559.278.4669
Fax: 559.278.6790


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Rhode Island House Passes Gay Marriage Bill

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The Rhode Island House has overwhelmingly passed legislation to allow gay couples to marry.
The House passed the legislation 51-19 Thursday following an emotional debate that touched on religion, civil rights and the nature of marriage.
The bill now moves to the Senate, where supporters and opponents say its fate is difficult to predict.
Rhode Island is now the only state in New England that doesn't allow same-sex couples to wed.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

EVENT: Transgender Pageant

Transgender Pageant Saturday, Feb 16 7:00p to 11:00p

Clovis Senior Center Clovis, CA

Mr. and Miss Tranz Fresno Pageant presented by the Imperial Dove Court de Fresno/Madera. Dinner by Gay Mens Chorus. A pageant for and by the Transgender community of the California Central Valley.

All are welcome. Anyone who identifies as a Transgender individual is welcome to compete in Day Wear, Evening Wear, Question and Answer, and Talent (open). Contestant entry fee is being waived.

Phone (559) 255-4075 Price Pre-sale: $15.00; Door: $20.00. Table of 8: $100.00. Sponsorship: $1,000.00. Inquire about special offering.

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EVENT: New Ensemble Theater - FREUD'S LAST SESSION


Tuesday, January 29th, 2013 at 7:30 p.m.
Revue Café. 620 East Olive Avenue at Broadway in Fresno’s Tower District
Free Admission (with the purchase of a drink or snack) 

For more information on The New Ensemble, click to

The New Ensemble Theater Group reads FREUD’S LAST SESSION: A Hot Off the Stages Play Reading of this hot New York play for local theater lovers.

Can a Christian and an atheist have a frank discussion about the existence of God and still respect each other in the end?  FREUD’S LAST SESSION, a Hot of the Stages Play Reading by The New Ensemble Theater Group, explores that question with an informal reading on Tuesday, January 29th at the Revue Café in Fresno’s Tower District.

Based on the best-selling book "The Question of God," the hit Off Broadway play by Mark St. Germain sets up an imaginary sparring match between two expansive 20th-century intellects. Dr. Sigmund Freud, an atheist, who invites a then little-known professor, C.S. Lewis, to his home in London for a very specific agenda. Freud wants desperately to understand how Lewis, who used to share his atheism, has become a recent convert to Christianity. On the day that England enters World War II, Freud and Lewis clash over the issues of reason and faith, life and death. This astute story takes a strong, even-handed, and surprisingly civil look at one of life’s most thought-provoking discussions.

Read by New Ensemble members Jaguar Bennett and James Sherrill, this informal play reading is an intellectual thriller with humor and insight regarding belief in a complex world.

The New Ensemble’s Hot Off the Sages Play Readings offer local theater-goers the chance to hear an exciting play that’s entirely new to Fresno. A great way to exercise the imagination, become familiar with contemporary playwrights, and to keep up with what’s hot in the theater world, the Readings give theater-lovers the inside-track on some of the best up- and-coming plays of our time.

The New Ensemble Theater Company began the Hot Off the Stages Play Readings two years ago with the 2010 Tony Award winning play RED by John Logan.  AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY, IN THE NEXT ROOM (OR THE VIBRATOR PLAY), SHIPWRECKED, and VENUS IN FUR are just a few of the exciting new plays read for Fresno audiences.  In 2013, {tne} hopes to bring a total of four more readings to local cafes around for local theater-goers to enjoy.

FREUD’S LAST SESSION, a Hot of the Stages Play Reading will be read by The New Ensemble Theater Group on Tuesday evening, January 29th at 7:30 p.m. at the Revue Café, 620 East Olive Avenue at Broadway in Fresno’s Tower District. Admission is FREE with the purchase of a snack or beverage from the Café.  The reading time is approximately 90 minutes.

EVENT REGISTRATION: Expression Not Supppression

Click on the following link to register for this year's EXPRESSION NOT SUPPRESSION
Expression Not Suppression (ENS) is a Fresno-based annual conference for LGBTQ youth and straight allies who are dedicated to creating safer schools and building the GSA movement in the Central Valley. ENS is youth-planned and youth-led.

Are you a lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning or straight ally youth? Want more tools to make YOUR school safer and defeat bullying?

Join us at ENS on Saturday, February 23, 2013 at The Big Red Church in Fresno for a day of powerful workshops, insightful speakers, an LGBTQ Resource Fair, and a youth dance!
WHAT: Every year, ENS brings together more than 100 LGBTQ youth activists and straight allies from around the Central Valley who are dedicated to creating safe schools and defeating homophobia and transphobia in the Central Valley.

WHEN: Saturday, February 23rd, 2013, 9:00am to 9:00pm
WHERE: Big Red Church of Fresno
2131 N Van Ness Blvd.
Fresno, CA 93704

WHO: We encourage high school and middle school students, teachers, school administrators, parents, GSA advisors and organizations working in support of LGBTQ youth, to join us and learn about youth activism, leadership and how to make our Central Valley schools safer for all!