Wade Davis, a former NFL player who came out after he retired, joins Current TV's John Fugelsang to react to NBA player Jason Collins, who has become the first active male athlete in any of the four major sports to come out as gay. “It’s been the craziest day I’ve experienced since I came out,” Davis says. “I think the media have been great. I think the fans have been great. … I actually spoke to [Collins] this morning and he said all of his teammates, from Paul Pierce to Baron Davis, have all been amazing.”
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Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, considered a top Democratic contender for the 2016 presidential race, formally announced her support for same-sex marriage in a statement today, a move that was widely anticipated after she stepped down from the Obama administration.
In her announcement, which she made directly in a video with the Human Rights Campaign, Clinton argues that gays and lesbians are "full and equal citizens and deserve the rights of citizenship."
"That includes marriage," she said in the video. "That's why I support marriage for lesbian and gay couples. I support it personally and as a matter of policy and law."
Clinton follows a number of Democrats -- including President Obama, her husband and former President Bill Clinton, and Vice President Joe Biden -- as well as more recently, Republican Senator Rob Portman, (R-Ohio), in formally endorsing same-sex marriage.
Clinton has long supported civil unions between same-sex couples, and supported the 2011 law that legalized same-sex marriage in New York State. But she cited her experiences traveling the globe as secretary of state, as well as her own daughter's wedding a few years ago, as key to her process.
"Like so many others my personal views have been shaped over time by people I have known and loved," she said. "To deny the opportunity [for marriage] to any of our daughters and sons solely on the basis of who they are and who they love is to deny them the chance to live up to their own god-given potential."
According to an ABC News-Washington Post survey released this afternoon, support for same-sex marriage has hit an all-time high, with 58 percent of Americans saying gays and lesbians should be able to legally marry.
Good morning! It's Wednesday, May 9th. Human rights should not be subject to a "popular vote."
Good morning! It's Tuesday, May 8, 2012. Is your wireless provider verigreedy?
I received an email from Melanie Nathan, co-producer of "Gay U.S.A. The Movie", with the video trailer for the film above. You may recall reading about Melanie and producer Kristina Lapinski here at Occupy America, and their brave confrontation with Rick Santorum over gay rights.
According to Lapinski, "The prime goal of the film is to educate those who are uninformed, misinformed or indifferent about the gay community and our fight for equality. My goal is to complete this film in time for 2012 elections to influence those voting on ballot measures across the county."
I have covered almost every aspect of the LGBT movement’s struggle on political and social issues from across the United States in a way that also reaches across the generational divide. Nothing like this has ever been done before that covers the full spectrum of issues.
The film has led me to stories from individuals and families to politicians, activists, and to clergy. I have spent time living in the homes of my characters, including PFLAG mom, Janet Souza, a Christian, who embraced her gay son though her journey of reconciliation, and a lesbian couple , Carol & Nan in New York who could finally marry after 38 years together.
I have interviewed the service members impacted by Don´t Ask Don´t tell, and stayed with the Wilfahrt family who lost their gay son, Corp. Andrew Wilfahrt in the Afghanistan War. The Wilfahrts are now fighting to keep their state of Minnesota from a marriage amendment in the Constitution.
I have filmed myself having a confrontation with Newt Gingrich & Rick Santorum at an exclusive Tea Party debate, and I have been baptized by Rick Warren while coming out as a lesbian.
The full list of participants including featured stories, well known people in the LGBT movement and politicians can be found at www.gayusathemovie.com/about.
The film runs through all cycles of life, from the happiest to the saddest of scenes, weddings to teen suicide memorials. It covers so much.
Now I am ready to shoot the final phase of the project and then will head into post production.
Wouldn't it be a kick in the pants to right-wing hatemongers like Rick Santorum if his own anti-gay rhetoric helped lead a push that not only helped these two talented women finish their film, but also led a charge towards true LGBT equality under the law?
If you'd like to help contribute to see this film completed, you can do so online here. The pair have a modest goal of $7,500 left to achieve their goal.
An Oklahoma rally for Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum was drowned out on Sunday by Occupy Wall Street protestors chanting, "Get your hate out of our state," and "Pro-life, pro-war, what are you fighting for?"
Santorum supporters clashed with the protestors and tried to shout them down with "We pick Rick!" Santorum's response was to suggest the protestors should get jobs.
"People are allowed to protest and we respect their opinion. We just happen to believe that folks who are at public rallies should let both sides to be heard," he said, and later commented, "Something that maybe these folks over here could ... maybe working a little bit instead of coming to these events and screaming at people."
I guess it gets difficult to brainwash people if there are dissenting views being heard.
Near the end of the video (3:25 mark) Santorum shouts "Let me ask you, do you see equality in the Islamic world?" Talk about your straw hats! But it did remind me of a speech Santorum gave back in 2007 where he spoke to a group called "Students for Academic Freedom," and describes what he says is America's "enemies" rising up against us, and what "we" need to do here in the US to "fight back."
Santorum begins this portion of his speech with, "What must we do to win? We must educate, engage, evangelize and eradicate."
This is the portion I want to highlight:
The second thing we have to do is engage the American people. You know, one of the things that we have not done is tell the American people what they can do to help. I think one of the things we can do is engage the American left.
On your college campuses, engage the feminists. Here’s how you do it. Have joint left-right -- no, wait a minute -- have joint feminist-College Republican symposium on how Islam treats women. Bring in women from the Islamic world who have escaped from the radical Islamic world, to talk about honor killings and mutilation, and polygamy, and all the other horrific things that happen to women in the Islamic world. Challenge them, in their own roots, to stand up and fight against something that they say that they’re against.
Have a joint symposium with the gay and lesbian organizations on college campuses. And talk about how Islam treats homosexuals. Talk about how they treat anybody who is found to be a homosexual, and the answer to that is, they kill them. Talk about why they’re not standing up and fighting for what they say they believe in, in fighting radical Islam.
We're supposed to forget all about the fact that Rick Santorum doesn't believe in or support women's rights or gay rights here in the US? That must be some pretty strong kool-aid he's giving his supporters if they're ignoring what Santorum wants to do here where we live, while condemning other nations for their human rights violations.
A new short film by Matthew Modine:
This is a story about four people named Everybody, Somebody, Anybody, and Nobody. There was an important job to be done and Everybody was sure that Somebody would do it. Anybody could have done it, but Nobody did it. Somebody got angry about that because it was Everybody's job. Everybody thought that Anybody could do it, but Nobody realized that Everybody wouldn't do it. It ended up that Everybody blamed Somebody when Nobody did what Anybody could have done. The best way to create hope is to create opportunity.
Also a short note from the filmmaker:
It's easy to bemoan our political leaders and we no doubt expect way too much from them. They are, after all, no more than elected public officials. We vote them into office to represent us. When they fail to represent the will of the people and the nation, we need to replace them and find those that will. This democratic process is but one of the goals of the Occupy Wall Street (OWS) movement. OWS can now be found in 951 cities in 83 countries including Europe, North America, South America, Asia and Africa. OWS is a people-powered movement that began in the financial district of New York City and has grown into a global occupation. It's people from all over the world asking for better management. People asking this from their leaders and nations. People recognizing that governments commitment to the future is short-sighted. People exercising their right to demonstrate -- which is the most basic emblem of democracy. Everybody is each of us. If you think you're too small to make an impact, remember how annoying it is to try and sleep with a mosquito in your bedroom. I made this film to demonstrate.
From OWSPR.COM - The hub for Occupy Wall Street-related film, art, music, and graphic design.
Because sometimes a dramatic performance of poetry is what it takes to make a difference in the world.
This is a promotional video for a yet to be filmed documentary that is the project of an independent filmmaker from Los Angeles, Ryan James Yezak.
The film will be funded entirely by donations that are accepted at a website set up by Yezak called "Second Class Citizens."
I want to make a documentary that encompasses all areas in which we are discriminated against. The general population is not aware that discrimination against the gay community goes beyond marriage & bullying. There is far too much hate directed towards our community and I want to capture that hate on camera. In addition, I want to explore where this hate comes from, why it continues to exist, and what we must do to get rid of it. A better solution is needed because the solution we have right now isn't working fast enough.
I am not a second class citizen. You are not a second class citizen. Right now, the laws in place (and lack thereof) say that we are. Let's change that.
Full transcript from the video follows.
I want to know what it's like...
To be normal. To be accepted. To be human. To be equal. To be free.
I want to know what it's like...
To be open. To be heard. To be loved. To be happy. To be me.
I want to know what it's like...
To feel like I belong.
To feel like I am strong.
That who I am isn't wrong.
I want to know what it's like...
To know that I am here.
That Iʼll make it through the year.
To know I wonʼt disappear.
Former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum was greeting supporters after his loss in the South Carolina primary when an activist greeted him with a burst of glitter.
As Santorum closed his speech focusing on building strong family values, a gay rights activist said: "Except when you're gay" and threw a handful of glitter in the air.
Members of the Occupy Charleston group joined in with chants of "Rick, Rick, Rick, bigot, bigot, bigot" and singing "Santorum, Santorum, you're a bigot." As police escorted the group out, they shouted about Jesus preaching love.
The police escorted many members of the movement off-campus and would not allow them to retreive their vehicles parked there. But there were no arrests or incidents.
This isn’t the first time Santorum was glitter-bombed, he was also targeted during his final campaign event in Iowa late in December.
Santorum is frequently targeted by gay activists because of his never-ending anti-gay rights rhetoric.