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Sat NEM: Don’t Ask Don’t Tell Protest & Memorial

I will be adding to this post later so be sure and check back. Emily & I arrived at the Congressional Cemetery minutes before Cleve Jones did and got a few picture of both him and Army Lt. Dan Choi. They were all very sweet to pose for a picture. The others I’m not sure who everyone is so if you do and have time to comment or drop me an email avalonfarms@hughes.net so I can post names that’d be great.

Leonard Matlovich was the first to volunteer to fight the military’s ban on gays. Here’s is his grave where after the memorial service they were laying a wreath.



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Nashville Oct 11th Rally

This just in…
just wanted to let your readers know that anyone who is unable to attend the march in Washington can join us downtown, Sunday October 11th at noon, on the stairs in front of the Capital building, off Union St. and 2nd, 3rd Ave. We will host a rally to stand in solidarity with the National March on Washington.

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It’s time to change discriminatory policy | www.tennessean.c

As Denver and the Democratic Convention draws near, platform issues are in everyone’s mind. The GOP like clockwork will drag out the anti-gay stuff to convince the religious base to go vote for the pasty old white guy. Rove taught them all well. In my little way I’d like to help bring forward voices of GLBT Americans who live day to day without the same rights as their/our straight neighbors. I’ve got an example here for you…this one personally touched me. I joined the Army in ’74 right out of high school. I got caught out of uniform in a lesbian bar near Ft. Jackson, S.C. It was way before the policy went into effect. Needless to say, my “military career” was cut kinda short. I’d like to see in my lifetime GLBT Americans’ service to our country honored. Wouldn’t that be something? Can you imagine people coming up to us and saying “thank YOU for your service to our country?” -Val

Here’s a Great editorial piece in the Tennessean on Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell

TEP president Chris Sanders

TEP president Chris Sanders

Chris Sanders is the writer and president of TEP (Tennessee Equality Project)

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Democrats Told To Include Gay Issues In Platform

By 365gay Newscenter Staff
08.02.2008 9:14am EDT
(Cleveland, Ohio) Democrats crafting the party platform were told Friday to include LGBT issues. (Read article here)

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SHOWTIME Renews The L Word for 6th & Final Farewell Season

What will we do with our Sunday nights? All you writers out there in Hollywoodland better get crackin’ and write something new for the lesbians please….
One more season ladies…brace yourselves…

Here’s the press release

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LGBT’s endorsing Hillary

I found this list published in the Advocate in June. It’s the Hillary LGBT steering commitee…

As president, the statement says, Clinton would work with the community to make sure that all Americans in committed relationships have equal economic benefits and rights (so far, she backs civil unions); work to end discrimination in adoption laws; put an end to what she has called “the failed policy” of “don’t ask, don’t tell”; and sign into law expanded federal hate-crimes legislation and the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) if they are approved by Congress. (Kerry Eleveld, The Advocate)

LGBT Americans for Hillary steering committee members:

· Eldie Acheson, former U.S. assistant attorney general; founding director, public policy and government affairs, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force

· Roberta Achtenberg, former assistant secretary, U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development

· Toni Atkins, San Diego City Council member

· Dr. Christopher Barley, activist, philanthropist

· Greg Berlanti, creator/producer, TV series, Brothers and Sisters

· Elizabeth Birch, former executive director, Human Rights Campaign

· Mary Breslauer, former cochair, Kerry-Edwards 2004 LGBT steering committee; communications consultant

· Tonio Burgos, member, Democratic National Committee LGBT Caucus

· Ilene Chaiken, creator/producer, Showtime series The L Word

· Rocco Claps, former LGBT outreach director, Democratic National Committee; Illinois LGBT activist

· Bruce Cohen, Oscar-winning film producer

· Roberta Conroy, member, National Leadership Council, Lambda Legal

· Joan Darrah, retired U.S. Navy captain

· Q. Todd Dickinson, former under secretary of commerce for intellectual

property and director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

· Thomas Duane, New York State senator

· Ingrid Duran, board member, Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation

· Steve Elmendorf, deputy campaign manager, Kerry-Edwards 2004

· Shelley Freeman, business leader, Los Angeles Police commissioner

· Ethan Geto, longtime gay-rights advocate

· John Gile, executive director, Project Angel Food

· Emily Giske, member, Democratic National Committee LGBT Caucus

· Deborah Glick, New York assembly member

· Steven Goldstein, chair, Garden State Equality

· Chad Griffin, CEO, Chad Griffin Consulting Inc.

· Rebecca Haag, executive director, AIDS Action Council; executive director, AIDS Action Committee of Massachusetts

· Yashar Hedayat, businessman

· Lisa Henderson, general manager, Olivia Cruises

· Stephen Herbits, businessman

· Fred Hochberg, former deputy then acting administrator, U.S. Small Business Administration; dean of the Milano School for Management and Urban Policy, the New School

· John Isa, board of directors and business council member, Human Rights Campaign

· Gloria Johnson, board member, National Stonewall Democrats

· Christine Kehoe, California State senator

· Keith Kerr, retired colonel, U.S. Army; retired brigadier general, California National Reserve

· Kasey Kincaid, attorney, Iowa grassroots activist

· Billie Jean King, sports legend and social pioneer

· Sheila James Kuehl, California State senator

· Mark Kvare, board member, National Stonewall Democrats

· Neel Lattimore, special advisor for strategic communications, Children’s Defense Fund; former press secretary for the first lady

· Bruce Lehman, former U.S. assistant secretary of Commerce and commissioner of Patents and Trademarks

· Sue Lovell, Houston City Council member

· Claire Lucas, chair, Democratic National Committee LGBT Leadership Council; board member, National Stonewall Democrats

· Linda Gray Murphy, board member, National Stonewall Democrats

· Daniel O’Donnell, New York assembly member

· Dixon Osburn, LGBT activist on “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy

· Annise Parker, Houston city controller

· Catherine Pino, board member, National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce

· Julian Potter, former special assistant to the president as liaison to the gay and lesbian community

· Christine Quinn, speaker, New York City Council

· Hilary Rosen, president, OurChart.com; media industry consultant

· Peter Rosenstein, D.C.-based LGBT community activist

· Mirian Saez, member, Democratic National Committee LGBT Caucus

· Greg Sargent, attorney, New Hampshire LGBT activist

· Jayne Baron Sherman, cochair, In the Life Media; former board chair, Lambda Legal

· Melissa Sklarz, director, New York Trans Rights Organization; vice chair, National Stonewall Democrats

· Paul M. Smith, board member, Lambda Legal; attorney who successfully argued the landmark Supreme Court case Lawrence v. Texas, establishing the right to privacy for gay Americans

· Jeff Soref, former chair of the Democratic National Committee LGBT Caucus; former cochair, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force

· Laura Spanjian, board member, Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund; board member, Equality California

· Campbell Spencer, former national LGBT outreach director for the Democratic National Committee and Gore-Lieberman 2000

· Rick Stafford, chair, Democratic National Committee LGBT Caucus; cochair, National Stonewall Democrats

· Jill Stauffer, board of directors, Human Rights Campaign

· Sally Susman, business leader

· Rev. Deborah Tammearu, Episcopal priest, Diocese of New York

· Matthew Titone, New York State assembly member

· Jeffrey Tooke, board member, National Stonewall Democrats

· Olive F. Watson, activist and philanthropist

· Paula Redd Zeman, vice chair, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force; vice chair, Black Democrats of Westchester

· Bob Zuckerman, board member, National Stonewall Democrats

· Jose Zuniga, retired U.S. Army sergeant and former Soldier of the Year; executive director, International Association of Physicians in AIDS Care


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