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Neal B covering the GLAAD Media Awards LIVE with Elisa S. & ArtofTalk.tv – Spread the Word!

Get Glaad! - GLAAD Media Awards 2010

Get Glaad! - GLAAD Media Awards 2010

Amazing ArtofTalk.tv has asked Elisa S. and I to cover  for the 21st Annual GLAAD Media Awards in  New York City on March 13, 2010! The GLAAD Media Awards recognize and honor media for their fair, accurate and inclusive representations of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community and the issues that affect their lives.

WATCH THE FESTIVITIES UNFOLD LIVE HERE:

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Slated to appear at this year’s ceremonies are Joy Behar (recipient of the Excellence in Media Award), Sex and The City’s Cynthia Nixon, the cast of Broadway’s Hair,Sigourney Weaver and Jay Manuel (America’s Top Model) to name a few.

Well be doing video interviews and live tweeting the carpet (@artoftalk,#GlaadMediaAwards).  Let us know the questions you’d like us to ask your favorite celebs!

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From NPR.org:

For two decades, the Food and Drug Administration has prohibited gay and bisexual men from giving blood as a precaution against AIDS. But three major blood collection agencies, including the American Red Cross, argue the practice is no longer warranted. The FDA disagrees. Joel Ginsberg, head of the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association, says the ban unfairly discriminates. (more…)

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Archbishop of York attacks Uganda’s anti-gay bill

From http://seattletimes.nwsource.com:

A top Anglican cleric who was born in Uganda spoke out Thursday against a proposed law in his native country that would impose the death penalty on some gays. (more…)

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From SFGate.com:

Capping a remarkable year for slain San Francisco Supervisor Harvey Milk, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed a bill to create a state day of recognition for Milk, making him only the second Californian, after naturalist John Muir, to receive the honor.

The governor signed the measure late Sunday along with new laws to help gay and lesbian people in the state, including a measure giving same-sex couples legally married in other states all the rights of marriage in California.

While the governor vetoed the bill honoring Milk last year, President Obama’s awarding Milk the Presidential Medal of Freedom and an Academy Award-winning film about Milk’s life moved Schwarzenegger to sign the bill, spokesman Aaron McLear said.

“The bill is symbolic of the importance of the gay community to California, which is why he signed it,” McLear said, adding that Schwarzenegger wanted to “honor that community.” It is the only such day of recognition for a gay or lesbian person in the United States.

The measure was among 478 bills signed by Schwarzenegger on Sunday, the deadline for him to act on legislation passed by the Legislature before its session ended Sept. 11. The governor vetoed 229 bills.

Milk, one of the first openly gay people elected in the United States, and San Francisco Mayor George Moscone were shot and killed by Dan White, a former supervisor, at City Hall on Nov. 29, 1978.

The measure mandates that the governor proclaim each May 22 as Harvey Milk Day in the state, to coincide with Milk’s birthday. It will not be a state holiday. The bill signed by Schwarzenegger encourages public schools in the state to conduct lessons “remembering the life of Harvey Milk, recognizing his accomplishments and familiarizing pupils with the contributions he made to this state.”

Formal recognition of Milk and the action on out-of-state same-sex marriage add to Schwarzenegger’s legacy of having approved more legislation expanding gay rights than any other governor in state or national history, despite his vetoes of bills to extend marriage rights to same-sex couples.

In August, Schwarzenegger accepted the nomination of Milk to the California Hall of Fame, to which he will be inducted in December.

Sen. Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, who authored the legislation declaring a day honoring Milk, praised the governor for his action, saying it was an idea “whose time had come.”

“This will go a long way to better inform Californians as to the nature of the civil rights struggle in the LGBT community,” Leno said.

The measure was backed by Equality California, the largest gay-rights organization in the state. Geoff Kors, executive director of the group, said it would develop curriculum for schools and teachers to use on Milk’s birthday.

Schwarzenegger’s staff said the office heard from tens of thousands of people, for and against the bill.

The Campaign for Children and Families, which opposed the law, called it “the strongest impetus yet for loving parents to remove their children from anti-family public schools.”

In addition to the Milk bill, Schwarzenegger signed another Leno bill affecting same-sex couples legally married outside of California.

The measure ensures that couples who wed before the passage of Proposition 8 in November retain their status as “married,” while those who wed after the measure passed will retain all rights of marriage save the name. That means married couples who move to California will not have to register as domestic partners to have their relationships recognized by the state.

The governor also signed a bill that will expand funding for domestic violence programs targeting the gay and lesbian communities. He vetoed a measure to direct the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation to consider sexual orientation and gender identity in the housing of inmates, which the governor said occurs already.

Schwarzenegger vetoed a measure allowing transgender people who have left the state to request a new birth certificate reflecting their change in gender. He said a recent court ruling made that legal, making a law unnecessary.
Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/c/a/2009/10/13/MN1K1A4L0L.DTL#ixzz0V3uhfbSg

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Throughout the month of October we will be saluting people(s) who have made a positive contribution to the LGBT community.  Already, had have looked at Marti Cummings from BroadwaySpeaksOut.com and Matthew Shepard and his family.

OCTOBER 3, 2009


HARVEY MILK

Harvey Milk

Harvey Milk

Harvey Milk

Harvey Milk

From Wikipedia.com:

Harvey Bernard Milk (May 22, 1930 – November 27, 1978) was an American politician and the first openly gay man to be elected to public office in California, as a member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. Politics and gay activism were not Milk’s early interests; he did not feel the need to be open about his homosexualityor participate in civic matters until around age 40, after his experiences in the counterculture of the 1960s.

Milk moved from New York City to settle in San Francisco in 1972 amid a migration of gay men moving to the Castro District in the 1970s. He took advantage of the growing political and economic power of the neighborhood to promote his interests, and ran unsuccessfully for political office three times. His theatrical campaigns earned him increasing popularity, and Milk won a seat as a city supervisor in 1977, a result of the broader social changes the city was experiencing.

Milk served 11 months in office and was responsible for passing a stringent gay rights ordinance for the city. On November 27, 1978, Milk and Mayor George Mosconewere assassinated by Dan White, another city supervisor who had recently resigned but wanted his job back. Milk’s rise to political power was as symbolic as it was real. His election signified and was made possible by a shift in San Francisco politics. The assassinations and the ensuing events were the results of continuing ideological conflicts in the city.

Despite his short career in politics, Milk became an icon in San Francisco and “a martyr for gay rights”, according to University of San Francisco professor Peter Novak.[1]In 2002, Milk was called “the most famous and most significantly open LGBT official ever elected in the United States”.[2] Anne Kronenberg, his final campaign manager, wrote of him: “What set Harvey apart from you or me was that he was a visionary. He imagined a righteous world inside his head and then he set about to create it for real, for all of us.”[3] Milk was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama on August 12, 2009.

One of the first time I was exposed to Harvey Milk was sadly over a year ago, when I saw the movie “Milk”.  It went on to win two well-deserved  Academy Awards.

Click the picture to find out more about “Milk”

Milk on DVD

Milk on DVD

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