From Daily Mail:
The 51-year-old, who played Tom Cruise’s love interest in the film about a fighter pilot training school, has long been the subject of rumours but always denied being gay.
The actress, who is single, 'came out' in an interview with lesbian website SheWired.com.
News release from Log Cabin Republicans:
Log Cabin Republicans National Board Chairman Terry W. Hamilton issued the following statement on the passage of House Resolution 1913 – The Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Enforcement Act.
“Log Cabin Republicans is encouraged by the passage of H.R. 1913 – it provides local and state law enforcement with the funding and tools necessary to fully prosecute crimes of the most heinous nature – those based out of hate,” comments Hamilton. “We are happy to join the National Sheriffs’ Association, the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the National District Attorneys Association, the Presbyterian and Episcopal Churches and other law enforcement and civil rights organizations in support of this legislation.”
Log Cabin Republicans spokesman Charles T. Moran further comments: “As Republicans, we are heartened to see that free speech, from whatever perspective, will be strengthened. This legislation specifically protects First Amendment rights, preserves and protects the rights of all Americans to express their own individual opinions, be it in the public square, in their private homes or their pulpits,” states Moran. “This is not hate-speech legislation – it is hate-crime legislation.”
H.R. 1913 provides federal funding and assistance from the Department of Justice for local and state law enforcement agencies, or where local authorities are unwilling or unable to act, by taking the lead in investigations and prosecutions of bias-motivated, violent crimes resulting in death or serious bodily injury. The legislation also makes grants available to state and local communities to combat violent crimes committed by juveniles, train law enforcement officers or assist in state and local investigations and prosecutions of bias-motivated crimes.
A 2007 Hart Research poll shows large majorities of every major subgroup of the American electorate – including such traditionally conservative groups as Republican men and evangelical Christians – expressing support for strengthening hate crimes laws.
These eighteen Republican legislators voted in support of H.R. 1913, and the thousands of Log Cabin Republican members across the nation thank them for their support, and encourage the Senate to act swiftly to pass this legislation as well.
Judy Biggert of Illinois, Mary Bono-Mack of California, Joseph Cao of Louisiana, Bill Cassidy of Louisiana, Mike Castle of Delaware, Mike Coffman of Colorado, Charlie Dent of Pennsylvania, Lincoln Diaz-Balart of Florida, Mario Diaz-Balart of Florida, Rodney Frelinghuysen of New Jersey, Jim Gerlach of Pennsylvania, Mark Kirk of Illinois, Leonard Lance of New Jersey, Frank LoBiondo of New Jersey, Todd Platts of Pennsylvania, Dave Reichert of Washington, Ileana Ros-Lehtinen of Florida, and Greg Walden of Oregon.
TWO NEW SURPRISE SCREENINGS!!!
MOVIES YOU WON'T WANT TO MISS...
MIAMI GAY & LESBIAN FILM FESTIVAL
Exposing gay politicans in OUTRAGE
& A Special Tribute to Bea Arthur
Thursday, April 30th!
Outrage @ 7:15 PM
Thursday, April 30th!
Regal Cinemas South Beach
From Academy Award-nominated documentary filmmaker Kirby Dick (This Film Is Not Yet Rated) comes OUTRAGE, a searing indictment of the hypocrisy of closeted politicians with appalling gay rights voting records who actively campaign against the LGBT community they covertly belong to, like Florida's own Governor Charlie Crist, a subject of the film. Boldly revealing the hidden lives of some of the United States' most powerful policymakers, OUTRAGE takes a comprehensive look at the harm they've inflicted on millions of Americans, and examines the media's complicity in keeping their secrets.
With analysis from prominent members of the gay community such as Congressman Barney Frank, former NJ Governor Jim McGreevey, activist Larry Kramer, radio personality Michelangelo Signorile, and openly gay congresswoman Tammy Baldwin (Representative, Wisconsin 2nd district), OUTRAGE probes deeply into the psychology of this double lifestyle, the ethics of outing closeted politicians, the double standards that the media upholds in its coverage of the sex lives of gay public figures.
The Miami Gay & Lesbian Film Festival is thrilled to be bringing this special surprise screening of OUTRAGE, in it's Florida Premiere, days after debuting at the Tribeca Film Festival. You will not want to miss this gripping and brilliant documentary, though Governor Charlie Crist wishes you would!
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A TRIBUTE TO BEA ARTHUR
MAME @ 9:15PM
Thursday, April 30th!
Regal Cinemas South Beach
MAME, the musical revolves around the antics of Mame Dennis (Lucille Ball), a fun-loving, wealthy eccentric with a flare for life and a razor sharp wit. Her life is suddenly changed when she becomes the guardian of her late brother's only child, Patrick Dennis. Her adventures take us from the speak-easies of the roaring 20's to the depression following the great Stock Market crash. She is rescued by a wealthy Southern plantation owner, marries and is widowed suddenly, and through it all, manages to keep things under control with some help from her dearest friend, Vera Charles (Bea Arthur).
Bea Arthur revives the role she originated on Broadway of Mame's brassy, bawdy, and always boozed-up best-friend. Queer audiences have reclaimed this film for its classic camp appeal, and undoubtedly for Arthur's flawless performance. This 1974 film may have been a box office and critical failure, but it certainly is fun! Particularly when seen in a room of gay people.
Turn out and help us pay tribute to the incomparable Bea Arthur. Bea only took time off from making us laugh, to stand up for us. It is with sheer delight that we remember Bea Arthur, not just for her priceless gift of laughter but For her work promoting LGBT right, for her efforts raising money for AIDS & HIV, for her work promoting animal welfare. Bea, Thank You for Being a Friend!
Karl and Judy Schowengerdt share the story of how their son's homosexual activity led to a diagnosis of HIV, and his early death as the result of AIDS. They live in Iowa and oppose the recent Iowa Supreme Court action forcing County Recorders to issue homosexual marriage licenses, because they know first hand the pain that homosexuality causes within a family.
National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Action Fund hails U.S. House passage of federal hate crimes legislation
News release from National Gay & Lesbian Task Force:
The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Action Fund hails the U.S. House’s passage today of the Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act (H.R. 1913), which includes a key provision that would expand existing federal hate crimes law to include crimes motivated by actual or perceived sexual orientation and gender identity.
The Task Force has been a key leader in the effort to secure an effective and full government response to hate crimes against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people in the United States, beginning with the launch of its groundbreaking anti-violence project in 1982, up to today’s victory in the House. Get more details here about the Task Force’s longtime work on hate crimes.
Statement by Rea Carey, Executive Director
National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Action Fund
“Our country is on the cusp of recognizing and responding to the reality of hate violence against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. It is a national embarrassment that bigotry and ignorance have prevented enactment of substantive federal hate crimes legislation, but that goal is finally, truly, within our grasp.
“Laws embody the values of our nation, and through this legislation the House is clearly and unequivocally saying that America rejects and condemns hate violence against its people. The importance of this cannot be overstated, particularly in light of the toxic misinformation campaign that has been waged against the bill by right-wing forces who would rather see anti-LGBT crimes go unaddressed than have the words ‘sexual orientation’ or ‘gender identity’ appear alongside other protected classes in federal law.
“We thank all the House members who voted for this bill today. We urge the administration to help usher this critical legislation through the Senate, and for President Obama to then quickly sign the legislation, as he has signaled he will do.”
Summary: On April 29, 2009, in a speech on the House floor, Rep. Virginia Foxx claimed that Matthew Shepard's death was merely the result of a robbery gone bad. While his killers Aaron McKinney and Russell Henderson did rob him, they also admitted that they were well aware of his sexual orientation and pretended they were gay to lure him away from the bar he was in at the time. The most striking feature of the case, of course, is that during the course of a normal, simple robbery, the victim is not generally beaten, tied to a post, and left for dead.
By ILEANA MORALES, Associated Press
MIAMI -- When Martin Gill met two young brothers named John and James, whom he later adopted, they had ringworm and no smiles. Four years later, at ages 4 and 8, their smiles come easily.
When Dennis Baxley met an 8-month-old baby named Jeff, whom he too adopted, the boy had been shaken to the point of brain damage and blindness. Baxley said they had an "instant bond".
For all three children, adoption meant rescue from abuse or neglect.
But Baxley is among several Christian leaders who doesn't think Gill should have been allowed to adopt.
Gill is gay.
Now the state Legislature is faced with a bill aimed at overturning the state's 1977 ban on gay adoption, and Florida's Third District Court of Appeals must resolve a lawsuit over the issue stemming from Gill's case. The case is likely to move on to the Florida Supreme Court.
The court case will likely resolve questions posed by gay rights advocates before the bill does.
The legislation is expected to die without coming to a vote before the Legislature adjourns next week.
"This year the bill is not going to be going anywhere to be honest with you," said the sponsor, Sen. Nan Rich, D-Sunrise. "The best chance to get a change in this state ... will be with Gill."
The high court will hold preliminary hearings soon on Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Cindy Lederman's ruling that allowed Gill to adopt the boys in November. Her ruling said the ban violates equal protection rights for the children and their prospective gay parents.
"I may not be the world's greatest parent," Gill said. "But for those two kids I'm the best parent."
Former state legislator Baxley and other conservatives want the state to maintain its gay adoption ban and support the Department of Children and Families' decision to fight Lederman's ruling and the Legislature's decision for a seventh straight year to maintain the law.
They say it's better for the children to remain in foster care and keep their chance to be adopted by a heterosexual person or couple than to be adopted by a gay person or couple. More than 3,000 children in Florida's foster care system await adoption, most of them having suffered abuse or neglect.
"Lederman's decision is wrong," said John Stemberger, president of the Florida Family Policy Council. "She asked, 'Is there any harm done by being in a gay family?' Well, that's not that the standard. The standard is what's best for kids."
He said the bill is "dead" because it's bad policy.
Florida allows gays to foster, but not adopt. Michigan, Mississippi and Utah disallow unmarried couples to jointly adopt, which rules out gay couples.
The American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Medical Association both support allowing gays to adopt, saying there is no evidence that being raised by a gay person is harmful. Stemberger says such groups are biased.
"I don't trust those organizations because they're not doing consensus reports," Stemberger said. "Most of those organizations have very politicized committees that are making those decisions."
Stemberger referred to studies from some sociology professors and the Center for Law and Social Policy. A director from the organization said children live better with their married, biological parents, but the group does not take a position on gay marriages or gay parents.
A psychologist testifying for the state in the Gill case said gay parents provide unfavorable homes because they are less stable and more prone to depression, substance abuse and disorders.
But that was a minority opinion in Lederman's courtroom. Numerous experts in child psychology, social work and other fields testified that there is no science to justify a gay adoption ban.
Even DCF attorney Neil Skene acknowledged Gill "is a wonderful foster parent."
Lederman wrote in her ruling the brothers are Gill's "now and forever." It will probably be several months before the higher court rules in the case. Gill refuses to think he might lose.
"I kind of refuse to believe that that can happen," Gill said, lowering his voice. "That may not be the best legal statement, but I can't go there."