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Audio: Clay Aiken on Gay Rights

New Clay Aiken Video Update:Clay Aiken was the headliner @ the Human Rights Campaign's Raleigh, Carolina fundraising gala Saturday night. In this exclusive audio byte we asked Aiken if he was happy the way his story played out in the media, Clay stated, “I don’t think anyone has any control over their own story. Would I change anything in the last five years? No.”

In a statement to a reporter after HRC recently lent Aiken a speechwriter, Clay said, "I don't feel like this is the place to be horribly politically charged & bash people & talk about the wrongs that have been done. My goal is to be hopeful, that it's time for everyone to have equal rights. … I'm not going to be the person who says it has to be marriage or nothing else." Updates to Come…:)
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Another Reason to Love Elton John & Jesus

Exclusive audio interview w/ VanessaDomico, Founder & President of Outcast Films, talks about her distribution & production company which is dedicated to the fair & equal representation of our LGBT community @ OUTTAKE VOICES™
"I think Jesus was a compassionate, super-intelligent gay man who understood human problems," Elton John stated in this Sunday's Parade Mag. "On the cross, he forgave the people who crucified him." Read More....:)
Elton John & John Lennon
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Gay Marriage at Risk in New Hampshire

UPDATE: The New Hampshire House voted 210-109 to kill a bill to repeal the gay marriage law. An hour earlier, the House voted 201-135 to kill a proposed constitutional amendment that would have defined marriage as between one man & one woman. We went through this for 3 years after gay marriage was passed in Massachusetts. Finally in June of 2007 the State House voted to end this discrimination. There will always be people trying to take away the rights of a minority. It’s time the Obama administration stands up to these homophobes & gets rid of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) & puts an end to subjecting our LGBT community to this hate. Updates to Come...:)
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Was Abraham Lincoln Gay??

Exclusive audio interview w/ Filmmaker Stu Maddux on his new documentary “Gen Silent” about LGBT seniors so afraid of being subject to discrimination, or worse, in long-term/health care that many go back into the closet @OUTTAKE VOICES™
"There's no question in my mind that Abraham Lincoln was a gay man & a totally gay man. It wasn't just a period, but something that went on his whole life", said Gay Activist Larry Kramer.....Read More....
At the heart of the speculation is Lincoln's close relationship with Joshua Speed, a Springfield merchant who helped the young lawyer by allowing him to share his upstairs room & bed for four years. Speed remained a lifelong friend, despite his support of slavery & the two sent warm, affectionate letters for years, even after Lincoln moved into the White House....:)
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Happy Valentines Day!!...:)

Well My Darlings, Valentine's Day is Upon Us!!
Let's Celebrate & Toast Our Loves :)
Have a Gay V-Day!!...
Today is a Special Day for Me...
It's My 12th Anniversary!!

This Song is for Marilyn!!
"My Funny Valentine" by

Ann Hampton Callaway .....
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National Freedom to Marry Day...:)

This is a mixed celebration if you're a gay American living outside of Massachusetts, Connecticut, Vermont, Iowa & New Hampshire where gay marriage is the law. It's a hard time for our LGBT community living in California & Maine where the majority was allowed to vote away the rights of a minority....Then there are the states that have amended their constitutions against our Freedom to Marry. Let's hope that the legality of Prop 8 will be overturned. More Info:EQCA Whatever the OUTcome, we'll keep working towards equality for all the people, not just some of the people....:)
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Gay Marriage & Rhode Island

Exclusive audio interview with Black Gay Activists Andrea Shorter and Edwin Seth Brown in celebration of Black History Month @OUTTAKE VOICES™
There’s a good chance that Rhode Island’s next governor could sign gay marriage into law. Three of the candidates are promising they’ll sign a bill if it reaches their desk. Advocacy group Marriage Equality Rhode Island has invited Democrats Patrick Lynch & Frank Caprio & IndependentLincoln Chafee to make their promise public at an upcoming rally. Republican John Robitaille hasn’t responded to the group but says he might support domestic partnerships. Big Surprise….:) That would make 5 New England states out of 6 where gay marriage is the law after that horrible
upset in Maine last November. Updates to Come...:)

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Congresswoman Baldwin on “DADT”

Exclusive audio interview with Gary Daffin, Executive Director of the Multicultural AIDS Coalition, talks about the HIV/AIDS epidemic & finding a common thread between the black & gay communities...@OUTTAKE VOICES™Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin, Co-Chair of the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus, statement on Obama & the ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ Policy hearings: “President Obama has done the right thing in calling for an end to the un-American and discriminatory ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ policy. I thank Chairman Levin for holding today’s hearing and was pleased to hear Secretary of Defense Gates and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admiral Mullen, clearly state their support for ending the policy that prevents gay men and lesbians from serving openly in the military.”
VIDEO: Obama on DADT Statement of the Union (Archive)
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Gay Filmmakers Get Oscar Nominations

The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), the nation's lesbian, gay, bisexual & transgender (LGBT) media advocacy & anti-defamation organization, congratulate the creative teams & casts of Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire & A Single Man which received a combined 7 Oscar nominations for the 82nd Annual Academy Awards. Lee Daniels, honored for his work on Precious, became the first openly gay African American director to receive a nomination. Both films are also nominated for Outstanding Film. “These films tell inclusive & diverse stories of our community which grow awareness & understanding of the lives of gay & transgender people.” said GLAAD President Jarrett Barrios.
Actor Colin Firth received a nomination for PERFORMANCE BY

A Single Man.
is among the leading Oscar nominees in major categories
with 6 nominations:







Full List of 2010 Oscar Nominees
For More Info:glaad.org
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Happy Groundhog Day....

You know the drill. If Punxsutawney Phil sees his shadow we'll have 6 more weeks of winter. If the little critter doesn't see his shadow winter will end soon. Just In: He saw his shadow....:)
Exclusive audio interview with Nancy Adair on her film “Word is Out”, the 1977 groundbreaking gay iconic documentary that is being revived in a restored print and playing at Anthology FilmArchives, NYC thru Feb 4th @OUTTAKE VOICES™
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Women Ruled 2010 Grammys...:)

Our only LGBT presence in the 52nd Annual Grammy Awards was Lady Gaga & Elton John’s show opener. However women dominated the show with Taylor Swift & Beyonce taking home a combined 10 awards, becoming this year’s big winners. The  media highlight was a tribute to Michael Jackson. Carrie  Underwood, Smokey Robinson, Jennifer Hudson & Celine Dion performed “Earth Song” followed by a moving speech by Jackson’s children accepting his award for him. However the real show stopper  was Pink performing a Cirque du Soleil type presentation of her song "Glitter in the Air" from her Funhouse album. She made her way down the aisle to center stage in a white robe which she dropped to the floor in an outfit that was revealing to say the least…:)

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