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Sunday, May 14, 2017

(TIME-warp): Remembering when Gay Marriage became Legal in New England, 13 years ago this week!

Same-sex marriage is legal or has been legalized in six of the six New England states: Massachusetts became Legal on May 17, 2004, according to Wikipedia. The New England region has been noted for being the nucleus of the same-sex marriage movement in the United States with the region having among the most widespread and earliest legal support of any region. It was followed by three more states between October 2008 and June 2009. This followed Vermont being the first-in-the-nation with civil unions in 2000.

Currently, 36 states and the District of Columbia are the U.S. jurisdictions performing same-sex marriages, and California performed them for five months in mid 2008. DOMA was struck down in 2013.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

(TIME-warp): Remembering The Gay March on Washington on its 24th Anniversary!

The March on Washington for Lesbian, Gay, and Bi Equal Rights and Liberation was a large political rally that took place in Washington, D.C. on April 25, 1993. Organizers estimated 1,000,000 attended the March, but the National Park Service estimated attendance at 300,000, details Wikipedia.

In the days surrounding the March, a wide range of events serving different subsets of the LGBT community were held throughout Washington, DC. These included historical exhibits, religious services, lobbying events, social gatherings, art exhibits, political workshops, public service events and candlelight vigils.

Speakers and performers at the rally following the march included Col. Grethe Cammermeyer, Judith Light, Melissa Etheridge, RuPaul, Martina Navratilova, Sir Ian McKellen, Eartha Kitt, Lani Ka'ahumanu, and Urvashi Vaid.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

(Weekly Debrief w/ Matt) Gay Vets Barred from Parade!

This week's Debrief: Donald Trump's making it harder for trans students to go to school, gay veterans were kicked out of a St. Patrick's Day parade, and a gay mayor in Brazil just made history. Welcome to Weekly Debrief with Matthew.

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Saturday, March 4, 2017

DEBUT! (Weekly Debrief w/ Matt A Nationwide Marriage Ban!

Arkansas lawmakers just took a step closer to banning marriage equality nationwide. Texas says marriage equality is "open to debate," and there's been a wave of violence against LGBTs. This is Weekly Debrief with Matthew for March 3, 2017.

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Wednesday, March 1, 2017

(MATT BAUME) Why are Trans People Banned from Bathrooms?

What's the REAL reason for "bathroom bans"? Those are laws that prevent transgender people from using the bathroom unless it matches their birth certificate. The politicians pushing them claim that they just want to protect people. And they're right -- stopping trans people from using the bathroom will protect people. But not the people they say.

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Sunday, February 26, 2017

(Time Warp): Elizabeth Taylor, the AIDS and LGBT Activist YEARS!

The extraordinary life of Elizabeth Taylor was, of course, dominated by a legendary movie career that brought her enormous fame at a very young age.


She won Oscars and made classic films that we will love forever. But it was her second act that I believe is her greatest legacy. She was in her early 50s when she became an AIDS activist (co-founder of AmFAR) and it was her most important role for the rest of her life.


Here are some videos of Miss Taylor at some major events over the years where she spoke about AIDS, about LGBT equality and about her activism.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

OVTV: (TIME Warp) 41 Years ago, TODAY; When Original Gay Rebel, Sal Mineo, Risked his career and Life!

On February 12, 1976, OUT Actor Sal Mineo is stabbed to death in Hollywood, California. Mineo was parking his car behind his apartment when neighbors heard his cries for help. Some described a white man with brown hair fleeing the scene. By the time they reached Mineo, he was almost dead from a deep wound to his chest. He died minutes later, as detailed in Michael Michaud's Book, Sal and James Franco's film adaption of the same name.

Sal Mineo was a famous teen actor in the 1950s. He co-starred with James Dean in both Rebel Without a Cause and Giant. The transition to adult roles did not come easily for Mineo, but he later appeared in films such as The Longest Day and Escape From the Planet of the Apes, and consistently performed guest spots on television series. On the night he was killed, Mineo was returning from rehearsing for a play.

Monday, June 29, 2015

(MNW) Defending our Marriage Victory Won't Be Easy!


Last Friday, the Supreme Court ruled that the Constitution protects marriage for everyone -- including same-sex couples. It is a decision we have been waiting decades for. And now, all our work is, well, actually, not quite done yet. Let's take a look at what the court just decided, and what comes next.

Monday, June 8, 2015

(MNW) North Carolina Next State to Pass "Turn Away the Gays"!


A bill to allow North Carolina officials to refuse to serve any couple they don't like is several steps closer to passing, even after the governor vetoed it. Texas is coming up with new excuses for refusing to issue marriage licenses. And with a federal ruling on marriage due any day now, Judge Roy Moore continues to speak out against the Supreme Court.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

DEBUT! (The Snap Daily): 'RuPaul's Drag Race' and the worst reality winners ever!


The seventh season of "RuPaul's Drag Race" concluded last night. The winner is... fine? But that's not good enough. Let's talk about all our least favorite reality show champs ever.

Monday, June 1, 2015

(MNW) Alabama Could End Marriage Licenses for Everyone!


An NBC station in Tennessee is refusing to broadcast footage of a gay soldier who wants to get married. The governor of North Carolina vetoed a bill that would let state officials turn gay couples away from marriage counters -- but the bill's not dead yet. And Alabama is actually going through with a threat to stop issuing marriage licenses state-wide -- but that might not have the effect they want.

Monday, May 25, 2015

(MNW) Jail Time for Pro-Equality Minister!


Alabama has sent a minister to jail for 30 days for defying a local judge and marrying a lesbian couple. Irish voters support marriage equality in a landslide, but marriage could still start in America before they start in Ireland. And one more study shows support for equality on the rise.

Monday, May 18, 2015

(MNW) Texas vs. Supreme Court!


Texas is setting itself up for a showdown with the Supreme Court. A bill to defy the court's rulings died in the House last week, but anti-gay politicians could find a sneaky way to revive it. Meanwhile, the Attorney General of Texas refuses to say if he'll obey the Supreme Court's ruling in June.

Monday, May 11, 2015

(MNW) Texas Planning to Defy Supreme Court Marriage Ruling!

Texas lawmakers vote this week on whether the state should officially defy the Supreme Court's ruling on marriage. Alabama and Minnesota are debating bills to undermine marriage equality. At least one presidential candidate seems to think that if elected he could veto the Supreme Court. But a new survey shows that Americans are getting tired of these anti-gay shenanigans.

Monday, May 4, 2015

(MNW) Supreme Court Marriage Predictions!


Oral argument is done, and now we can make a few predictions about how the Supreme Court might rule in June. Texas lawmakers have a plan to stop marriage equality, and they don't seem to care that their plan isn't actually legal. And the National Organization for Marriage is insisting that they'll still exist a year from now.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

(GAY USA) Progressing 'KINDA'!

  • The White House backs bans on anti-gay “conversion therapy.”
  • The US military has its first open transgender service member but is not treating him as a man.
  • Hillary Clinton’s video announcing her candidacy features a gay couple and a lesbian couple, but what exactly is her stand on same-sex marriage? (Since taping: “Hillary Clinton supports marriage equality and hopes the Supreme Court will come down on the side of same-sex couples being guaranteed that constitutional right," her spokesperson said.)
  • Republican candidates for president twist themselves into knots justifying their opposition to same-sex marriage.
  • Rallies are planned nationwide on April 27 and on April 28 when the Supreme Court will hear arguments on same-sex marriage. For where and when, go to: www.unitedformarriage.org
  • Guam looks as if it will be the first US territory to allow same-sex marriage.
  • Activists in Springfield, MO rally to protest the repeal of LGBT rights by a narrow popular vote.
  • Indiana pays $2 million to a PR firm to improve its image in wake of being labeled a hate state, but then rejects LGBT rights legislation.
  • Controversy over Michigan Womyn’s Festival exclusion of trans women heats up.
  • Martin Sheen gets ready to play gay again on TV.
  • Andy reviews London theatre, including shows you can see in US cinemas via National Theatre Live such as Ralph Fiennes in “Man and Superman.” Go to www.NTLive.com for information. Andy’s full reviews are online at www.gaycitynews.com

Sunday, April 12, 2015

(Gay USA) You take the Good and Take the Bad!

  • The federal contractors' non-discrimination law took effect this week. It is no longer legal for companies receiving federal contracts to discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity and expression.
  • After last week's euphoria over the national condemnation of an anti-gay law in Indiana, we come back to earth with a reality check of continuing attacks on LGBT civil rights.
  • Springfield, Missouri voters repeal an LGBT antidiscrimination law.
  • The "fixes" to the bad laws in Indiana and Arkansas are not so great.
  • The Mormon Church is still railing against same-sex marriage and our "counterfeit lifestyles."
  • ore bad bills advancing in Louisiana, Florida and Texas.
  • The good news is that bad bills have died (for the moment) in Georgia and Nevada.
  • A lesbian couple in Guam is the first to apply for a marriage license there.
  • Ireland approves adoption by same-sex couples, before the referendum on same-sex marriage on May 22nd.
  • The AIDS Healthcare Foundation is accused by three ex-employees of defrauding the government of $20 million.
  • And on April 24th, ABC will devote two hours to Diane Sawyer's interview with Bruce Jenner.

Monday, April 6, 2015

(GAY USA) the Indiana Chronicles!

IN THE NEWS THIS WEEK WITH ANN AND ANDY (taped 4/1/15):The battle over the Religious Freedom Restoration Act in Indiana and other states has become a pivotal moment in the history of the LGBT movement. We have a multitude of developments to report.

  • We will tell you which two attorneys will argue our side in the same-sex marriage cases at the Supreme Court on April 28.
  • A pro-same sex marriage vote in the US Senate attracts all Democrats and 11 Republicans.
  • Out Houston Mayor Annise Parker talks about her marriage and adopted children. A must see!
  • The US Department of Justice is suing an Oklahoma college for transgender discrimination.
  • Fortune magazine rates an out gay man as “the world’s greatest leader.” The Pope came in fourth.
  • Andy reviews a Broadway revival of “The Heidi Chronicles” starring Elizabeth Moss of “Mad Men.”

Our guest host next week will be Chris Cooper while Andy is off reviewing London theatre.

(MNW) The Four Worst Supreme Court Arguments on Marriage!

Michigan says that they don't want to let gay people get married because that would be demeaning to gay people. Kentucky says that their marriage ban isn't discriminatory, since LGBTs are free to get straight-married. Ohio wants to maintain its marriage ban out of concern for the people who voted for it. And Tennessee is just fixated on sex.

Monday, March 30, 2015

(Gay USA) Going to Hell?

  • Indiana passes the worst “license to discriminate” bill in the country and some businesses are threatening to leave the state or pull their events from there. BREAKING (after we taped):  Call Gov. Pence and let him have it at 317-232-4567
  • ALSO BREAKING (after we taped): California Attorney General Kamala Harris seeks relief from having to certify the shoot-the-gays "Sodomite Suppression Act" referendum for signature gathering.
  • We are tracking 80 anti-LGBT bills in 28 states and will give you a progress report.
  • In Boise, Idaho, a 13-year old transgender girl stands up for her right to use the girl’s restroom.
  • Oklahoma stops an LGBT ally from putting that on his license plate.
  • A breakthrough in federal court for transgender people under the Affordable Care Act.
  • Russia is thwarted at U.N. in attempt to stop benefits for gay spouses of U.N. staff.
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