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Melissa Ethridge at 2009 Biodiesel Conference

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There’s an article, photos & about a 10 minute audio clip of the speech she gave on the biodiesel conference website. Go get your cup of coffee and check it out. One more reason why I love this woman so much. It’s not just her talent which is so huge…it’s about her commitment to make this world a little better while she’s here.
peace & love,
Val

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Randi Rhodes: Melissa Etheridge defends Rick Warren

While I am partying at the world’s biggest geek fest I know other things are still happening out there in the world. Heard this last night listening to my favorite talkshow host Randi Rhodes. Thought you might be interested in this interview. Has Warren turned over a new leaf? I don’t know. Melissa (and Randi) seem willing to give him the benefit of the doubt. What do you think?

Here’s a link to melissa’s post over at Huffington Post. She is reading the comments over there so write one and tell her your thoughts. Anyone can post over there. Of course I would love to hear from you too right here…

peace & love,
Val

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Melissa talks Prop 8 on The View

Gay Marriage & California’s Prop 8 was the topic when The View’s conservative host Elizabeth Hasselbeck received a measured but challenging response from Melissa Ethridge regarding comments she made on an earlier show. Quoting Thomas Jefferson, Melissa reminded her (and the audience) that the rights of the minority should be protected from the majority.

I wish there was more time to talk about the issue but if snippets is what we get…it was a great snippet Melissa. You made the point well. Think back to the 1960’s…Can you imagine for one minute if instead of President Johnson signing the civil rights bill into law…they just let the people vote on it?

Melissa is right on the issue and right to go back to Jefferson to prove the point. This country’s founders knew what we might do to each other and sought ways to protect us from ourselves.

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HRC Rock To Win Part3: Backstage Press Conference

This was my first experience rubbing elbows with the paparazzi and it was an experience…
I had a very good shot of the action until this backstage guy jumped in front of me at the last minute. I had to practice my assertive gorilla shooting techniques to bring you this. It’s a jungle out there kids.
BTW, at the very end check out who’s hugging Melissa as she leaves….Susan Sarandon sighting!
Thanks again Brad for getting me backstage!

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Rock to Win Part2: Melissa Ethridge

This the second in a series of videos I shot at the Filmore Auditorium for the HRC Rock to Win concert. This was the premier event for the GLBT community during the Democratic Convention in Denver and it was a fundraising event for HRC. Producer of the show Elizabeth Birch told me in an interview for Avalon Farmcast that it was a sold out show. (2000+)

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Wed. Morning Denver Update

I just sat down at a little outdoor cafe off the 16th st. mall to read some emails & eat. There was an early glbt session that I taped for youtube. Great info for activists including how Arizona succeeded in beating back the anti-gay marriage amendment and how to frame the argument. (any of them…how to use the language to win) This is something the Republicans have mastered unfortunately.

I Ran into the Editor of the Denver gay paper afterward and interviewed him for the next podcast. Also, last night I got a great one with Elizabeth Birch former head of HRC and producer of last night’s concert with Melissa. Great video for youtube there as well. Did I tell you I have a Susan Serandon sighting backstage at Melissa’s show? Cool…

At noon today is a glbt caucus that is open to public so I’m going to head over there. Anyone remember an activist that came to Nashville and spoke several years ago at pride by the name of Donna Redwing? I was so impressed with her back then and interviewed her on that trip when I was hosting Nashville’s Gay TV. Anyway, she’s here and we’re hopefully meeting up for an interview today or tomorrow. The GLBT community is really well represented at this year’s Democratic Convention.

Last night’s speach by Hillary was awsome and they held up the concert so we could all watch it on a huge rolldown screen. 2,000+ glbt people are ready for a new direction and it seemed clear to me that many have a strong affection for the Clintons, they are ready to follow her advise and get on the Obama bandwagon. I saw 3 women outside the event carrying Hillary signs. I have gaydar and it works very well. These women where NOT gay…I’ll bet a hundred bucks they aren’t Democrats either. Republican plants trying to stop the unification of the Democratic party….ain’t gonna work.

Here’s a little ditty from Cyndi Lauper’s show:
“listen to your momma…vote for Obama…
Don’t be insane…no more McCain”

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HRC announces ROCK TO WIN with Melissa and others…

Oh my gawd…I’m already packing my bags to go to the Democratic Convention next month. Got my blogger credentials to THE BIG TENT and today I purchased my ticket to hear Melissa, Cindi Lauper and more “to be announced.” This is exciting people. I will do my best to bring as much of it to you as I can in the coming weeks so check back here and my podcast page http://www.avalonfarmcast.com
Also on youtube at http://www.youtube.com/avalonfarms.
peace & love,
val

HRC Announces “Rock to Win” – Denver CO – performance by Melissa Etheridge
2008-05-29
Human Rights Campaign Announces “Rock to Win” Event Event to include special performance by Melissa Etheridge, will be held in Denver during Democratic National Convention

WASHINGTON – The Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender civil rights organization, announced today that it will sponsor an event called “Rock to Win” in Denver, Colorado, during the Democratic National Convention. There will be a special performance by Oscar and Grammy award-winning, singer-songwriter, Melissa Etheridge.

“All of America, and the world at large, has so much at stake in this year’s election. Four years ago, GLBT issues were used by the right wing in an attempt to distract and manipulate voters, and we vowed to fight those forces and continue to educate the electorate on the road to equality,” said Human Rights Campaign President Joe Solmonese. “We have largely succeeded in reshaping the political landscape. ‘Rock to Win’ is a celebration of our growth and progress, and a grand kickoff to hard work ahead in the general to elect a new president of our nation.”

“Rock to Win” will also honor the creators and cast of Milk, the much anticipated film about San Francisco City Supervisor Harvey Milk. Milk was murdered thirty years ago for his role as a fearless champion of GLBT equality. Other artists and special guests who will be in attendance at “Rock to Win” will be announced in the days to come.

“Rock to Win” will be held at the Fillmore Auditorium in Denver-a venue modeled on the historic San Francisco Fillmore rock club-on Tuesday, August 26, the second night of the Democratic National Convention, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets go on sale to the public June 7, 2008.

The Human Rights Campaign is America’s largest civil rights organization working to achieve gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender equality. By inspiring and engaging all Americans, HRC strives to end discrimination against GLBT citizens and realize a nation that achieves fundamental fairness and equality for all.

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