The fired-up crowd attending the Human Rights Campaign’s national dinner at Washington D.C.’s cavernous convention center was particularly enthusiastic whenever he mentioned Hillary Clinton, a likely 2016 Democratic candidate. The former president noted her support for gay rights during her time at State, when she said that “gay rights are human rights, and human rights are gay rights.” “I love the HRC. The initials are great,” Clinton said as the crowd embraced the dual reference to the rights organization and his wife’s middle name, Rodham. Early on, the former president also mentioned Guy Cecil, the executive director of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, who is thought to be a candidate to run Hillary Clinton’s potential presidential campaign. Bill Clinton noted several times how much has changed on the gay rights front — including court-sanctioned gay marriage in many places — since he addressed the organization in 1997. “One thing we have learned is no human heart is immune to an honest outreach,” he said. “No one can forever ignore their personal experience. If you ask somebody who the most conservative member of the Bush administration was, most people say Dick Cheney. But Dick Cheney was for gay marriage [and] gay rights because of his daughter [one of whom is gay], because of his personal human experience.”
NO mention of DOMA.
NO mention of DADT.
NO mention that he SIGNED those bills, had the nerve to campaign for re-election using them as campaign points and that he helped create over a decades of inexpressible heartbreak and inequality for hundreds of thousands of gays and lesbians in the United States
And still NO apology to the Lesbian and Gay community for signing either.
(And lets not forget Welfare reform. The selling-out of the middle class.and not thaving enough respect for the presidency to keep his pants zipped for a few years.)
Wale, a rap music artist from the Washington area was slated to perform for DC Black Pride, but his management apparently canceled after realizing that Black Pride was an event for the LGBT community. Many bloggers who disapproved of the cancellation picked up on the story. On his Twitter page, Wale seemed to say he knew nothing about the booking or cancellation. Adding to that, he seems to be saying here that he did not agree with his management’s decision to cancel.
”One thing I stand for is hip hop music. And hip hop music knows no race, no color, no age, no gender, no sexual orientation — none of that. So, the most important thing about it is the music, and if it makes the people feel happy, that’s what we hear. I will say, sometimes in this business you get aligned with people that don’t understand that, or don’t necessarily have the same beliefs that you do. And I apologize for not, you know, having my best foot forward to understand the people I’m in business with. And I’m going to do better. As we all do. People we — everyday we got to get better. So, I apologize on behalf of my team, for not being the way they’re supposed to be.”
”My thing is, your personal life is your personal life…. Whether you agree with it or not, [homosexuality] is not going anywhere. It’s just something that you got to accept. They’re people just like you are. Taxpayer citizens just like you are…. I don’t personally know any gay people, but one thing I do know, we have the same heart and the same soul. It’s a fact of everyday life. At the end of the day, whether you’re straight, gay, Spanish, black, white, tall, short, you know — amputee or whatever — you just got to live your life.”
Wale, did indeed perform at DC Black Pride and spoke with MetroWeekly at th event
Meredith Vieira has apologized for remarks on the Today show on Monday morning to Hurt Locker star Anthony Mackie. Vieira asked Mackie if his hugs with co-star Jeremy Renner were something she needed to be “worried about.” (Renner again? He’s cute but he’s NOT THAT cute!)
In a statement to GLAAD Meredith Viera said:
“During an interview with the cast of The Hurt Locker on Monday, I turned to actor Anthony Mackie and made a joke about ‘man hugging’ in reference to a hug he and fellow actor Jeremy Renner had shared a few weeks earlier on our air. It was meant to be lighthearted, but some were offended by what they believed to be a homophobic comment. That was never my intent, but that doesn’t matter. Words are extremely powerful and should never be chosen lightly, even in a lighthearted moment. I apologize to any and all that I offended. My support of the gay and lesbian community is longstanding and well documented. It has not and will never waver.”
This is how you make an apology…own your fuck up, offer sincere regret, admit that words can be used as weapons,and then reaffirm your commitment to the LGBT community…exactly what she did.
Thank you Meredith.