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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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Rock to Win Part 1: Cyndi Lauper

Here’s my first in a series of videos I shot at the HRC premier GLBT event: Rock to Win
Also, coming up on my next podcast is an interview with the former president of HRC Elizabeth Birch. I ran in to her out front before the show and she was gracious to offer me time for a great conversation. She produced the concert as well.

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Inside a geek world: The New Independent Media

This so surreal. The Governor of Massachusetts is sitting at the next table right now. He wondered into The BIG TENT for who knows what.


Seems there’s more happening around here than up the street in the “official” convention. I overheard a main stream media reporter complaining to her coworker that “these bloggers are getting more out than even our state blogger.”


Yesterday I stepped out to walk a few blocks to the starbucks. I was listening to Thom Hartmann’s show from Air America on my ipod. I glanced up and said hi to Thom Hartmann himself. He was in my ear and right next to me on the sidewalk walking away from the Big Tent.

om Hartmann and Arianna Huffington On the Digg Stage In The Big Tent

Thom Hartmann and Arianna Huffington On the Digg Stage In The Big Tent

When Emily was here over the weekend we observed this couple flagging a cab on the curb. Later I attended a panel sponsored by Air America and realized the couple we’d seen…the guy was Mark Green owner of Air America. He was sitting next to me in the front row.

Mark Green Owner of Air America Radio

Mark Green Owner of Air America Radio

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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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Rachel Maddow sighting!

Today I spent most of the afternoon listening to panal discussions upstairs in the big tent. Air America sponsored 3 of the sessions with even a quick visit from Rachel Maddow.


She introduced the first group before scurrying off to her new digs at MSNBC. She will, by the way, be keeping the radio gig in addittion to having her own show on TV. I think it starts September 8th and will follow Keith Obberman. As someone said today the number of progressives on television has been rapidly increasing lately and has now gone from 1 to 2…

Gotta go get some rest so I think (and write)
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Youtube Interview: anti gay leadership exposed

Hard to keep track of the hypocrisy? Here’s an easy way…

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