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Obama signs first major federal gay-rights law

From Yahoo News:

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama on Wednesday signed the first major piece of federal gay rights legislation, a milestone that activists compared to the passage of 1960s civil-rights legislation empowering blacks.

The new law adds acts of violence against gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people to the list of federal hate crimes. Gay-rights activists voiced hope that the Obama administration would advance more issues, including legislation to bar workplace discrimination, allow military service and recognize same-sex marriages.

Congress passed the hate crimes protections as an unlikely amendment to this year’s Defense Authorization Act. In a signing ceremony in the White House East Room , Obama said that the gay rights protections represented a “long-awaited change” that would protect people who are victimized because of “who they love . . . or who they are.”

Legislation barring firms from firing employees on the basis of their sexual orientation could win passage in the House of Representativesby year’s end, gay-rights advocates said. More than half of U.S. states currently allow employers such freedom.

Obama has promised to push Congress to repeal the military’s ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ policy that prohibits being openly gay while serving. A Senate panel is expected to hold a hearing on that issue next month, and legislation could be debated next year.

Gay-rights activists also hope for repeal next year of the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act, which would give federal legitimacy to gay marriagesrecorded in states that allow them.

The amendment signed into law Wednesday was named partly for Matthew Shepard , a 21-year-old student at the University of Wyoming who died after a 1998 beating targeting him because he was gay, and whose parents were instrumental in leading the fight for such legislation. The law also was named for James Byrd Jr. , a black Texas man dragged to his death in a racially motivated killing the same year.

The measure also extends protections to those attacked because of their gender or disability.

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Click the picture to see all the videos I took down at the National Equality March… including speeches by  Cynthia Nixon, Dustin Lance Black, Lieutenant Dan Choi, Lady Gaga,  Judy Shepard, the Broadway cast of Hair

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Cynthia Nixon, Judy Gold, Dustin Lance Black, Lieutenant Dan Choi, Gavin Creel, Kristin Chenowith, Lady Gaga, Jonathan Groff, Audra McDonald, Stephen Schwartz, Judy Shepard, Kate Shindle, the Broadway cast of Hair were among just the tiny people that came with the thousands of others!



Neal with Cynthia and Christine - CLICK PICT FOR MORE

Neal with Cynthia and Christine - CLICK PICT FOR MORE

I was on about almost no sleep and I trekked in from Staten Island after having an awesome reunion with my friends who came many different states!  I love my friends and we had a chance to watch a DVD I made for our bus and also from LGBT trivia.  I have to admit I was disappointed my friends didn’t make it. I know we all have different things going on in our lives, but I was especially surprised because their effects all of my friends.  Not one of them went for one reason or another.  I wish I had the support of my friends and it would’ve been nice to have had another hand to hold.  But I understand.

I arrive (wayyyy) early to where Broadway Impact (http://www.broadwayimpact.com/join-us/) had set a destination.  It was amazing to have celebrities give their time, and money to make sure there were FREE busses for anyone that wanted to march!

I arrive around 4am, and they busses didn’t start loading until about 5:30.  Eeek! So I walked around and I finally met some other marchers.  We were all in the same boat- tired but hyped on energy!

After many botched attempts to get onto a major highway, our bus driver FINALLY got us there taking local roads (the truth is, the tolls are extremely high and they did not want to pay them).

After the ride, which was filled with trivia, my video clips, music to pump us up and great fun getting to know each other –we were finally in Washington DC!!

Upon arriving there wasn’t much time to explore because it was time to get in line to march!

After finally finding (and losing) our companions, we ventured to where we would be starting the march.  On the way, we met an eclectic bunch of people.  It was amazing to see the moms, fathers, sons, daughters, brothers, religious leaders and celebrities who came.

Once we get settled and had our fantastic BROADWAY IMPACT banner and signs –there was a buzz because there were so many celebrities filtered in with the masses.  We were told Lady Gaga would be marching with us and to make sure things didn’t get crazy.  Aside from being an incredible moment, it was so cool that celebrities we be taking time from their busy schedules to join us!

As we were getting repositioned, I glanced over and realized we were going to marching not with Lada Gaga after all! Instead, we had the opportunity to march with two amazing people – comedienne extraordinaire Judy Gold and Emmy award and “Sex and the City” favorite Cynthia Nixon!  I was stunned and of course being a HUGEEEEE Sex and the City fan I was blown over!  We march with the cast of Hair and MANY of Broadway’s elite (including Jerry Mitchell, Steven Schwartz)

Marching all over Washington DC, it felt like a movie.  WE were changing things.  I heard great stories about how cool Lady Gaga was to march with as well.

When we got to the rally an incredible feeling came over all of us.  I happened to sit next down next to Cynthia Nixon’s family.  I was in awe of how amazing their family was.  They were so full of love and when Cynthia got up to speak, her family boosted with pride.  I couldn’t help myself, I went over and Christine, Cynthia’s partner, to tell her what an amazing family they had and how it was so great to have such powerful role models like them in the LGBT community.  They truly are the way a family should look.  She was appreciative.  I also thanked Cynthia politely as well.  Throughout the day, they were littered with fans from all over.  Not once did she say “no” about getting in a picture.  After the rally they bought Broadway Impacts dozens of pizzas.  I was so touched by the generosity of not just her but of all the people involved to make this happen.

Over the course of the day, the rally contained the speakers from all over, gay, straight, old and young, notable and people who will be any day now.  The trip back was exhausting but we all shared our pictures, Facebooks and experiences of how we were a part of something BIG.

It truly was a special day.

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Throughout the month of October leading up to the Equality March, we will be saluting people(s) who have made a positive contribution to the LGBT community.

Already, I have looked at Ryan Janek Wolowski, Randy Wicker, the Broadway community, Frenchie Davis, Jerry Mitchell, Brandon Teena, 9 year-old Ethan McNamee, Cleve JonesMarti Cummings from BroadwaySpeaksOut.com , Harvey Milk, Ellen DeGeneres and Matthew Shepard and his family.

OCTOBER 9, 2009



Neal & Michael Musto - 2009 - Click for more MIchael!

Neal & Michael Musto - 2009 - Click for more MIchael!

I was lucky enough to meet his on various occasions and he is such a sweetheart! He is so busy and he made time for the blog!

As if you don’t KNOW!!!

His next book, “Fork on the Left, Knife in The Back” comes out on Alyson
Books in February. It’s a collection like his last one (“La Dolce Musto”), but with some original material.

Perez Hilton gave him  a quote for the book:
“Michael Musto is god!”

The Brilliant and Witty Michael Musto

The Brilliant and Witty Michael Musto

Michael Musto is an American writer who began his professional career at The Village Voice, where he writes the weekly La Dolce Musto celebrity and gossip

He is a recurring guest on several TV shows including Countdown with Keith Olbermann and others on the E! channel. He is
openly gay and is published regularly in several gay publications, including Out Magazine and ShowPeople. He appeared in Cyndi Lauper‘s single “Hey Now (Girls Just Want To Have Fun)“, and as a reporter in the film Garbo Talks.

Musto was named Best Gossip Columnist in a poll conducted by nycsidewalk.com, and in 2002, a UPI profile of Musto called him “one of the wittiest stylists in the English language”. Musto is also known as the author of articles in the Village Voice that cited rumours about the murder of AngelMelendez. The result of this and subsequent publications by Musto regarding the murder brought to attention a case in which police were otherwise uninterested and resulted in the trial and conviction of Michael Alig and Robert “Freez” Riggs.

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In His Own Words. . .


I am the entertainment columnist for the Village Voice, which involves covering
nightlife, movies, theater, politics, and anything else I’m interested in. I am
deeply attracted to all the types of culture that make New York tick, so my
column is a dizzying whirl of my experiences in all those arenas, told with a
strong first-person touch and lots of humor.

I’m from Brooklyn, a shy only child who grew up to live a dream life.


I grew up with a lot of lies and evasions in the air. No one talked about
gayness back then. If they did, it was only as a sickness and a sin. All the b.s and the cloaking in secrecy made me angry and inspired
me to feel the closet is our worst enemy. All the bigotry also made me despise the inequality we face. Americans deserve equal rights. All Americans. That always struck me as a no-brainer.


It was very different. I knew I was gay, but didn’t know what to do about it. There were no TV shows about it, no out icons, no representation in the media. It seemed like a shameful thing that you had to keep secret. Thank God I moved to Manhattan, because I eventually found out there was a booming, vital life you could have as an out gay.


Hopefully it will become another historic landmark, like the Stonewall rebellion in 1969. It will be considered a massive, vocal organized effort that
called for change and (fingers crossed) got it.

We’ve come a long way, but there’s still so much to fight for, so now is the right time to go for broke and demand total equality, not just dribs and drabs. The passing of Prop 8 was a big impetus. A lot of activists realized they hadn’t been organized enough to battle that properly and horrifically enough it snuck through. That won’t happen again.


Be grateful. You have way more rights, visibility, and icons to look up to than past generations. When I grew up, gay marriage and other rights were not
discussed–no one would waste his breath on something that seemed so off the radar. So enjoy being a gay in the new world. Its fab
to be you! But don’t become complacent and assume you’ve got it all. Keep fighting.

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Hey guys!

It’s been a crazy month or so! I feel so blessed to have you all in my life.

After being in the right place at the right time, I was featured in the Daily News in
a blurb about NY’s biggest fans. I was featured for being a huge Sex and the
City fan. Because of this story, the national talk show, “The Wendy Williams Show” came calling! They asked if they could have me open
the show and chat for a minute or two about my experiences. In September I was lucky enough to
appear on the show and they provided not only a car to transport me, but my own
dressing room!


Then, my pictures and videos have been featured on http://www.sexandthecitymovie.org/,
http://www.cosmoguyonline.com/, http://www.radaronline.com/, and so on!

This week, I could not be more excited! My great friend Betty Samis is doing an
interview with me this week! I’m going international doing AA FIVEaa Radio- Adelaide’s only
commercial talkback radio station in Australia! They have a HUGE listening
audience! Their website is located: http://www.fiveaa.com.au/site/home.aspx

It gets better: the official “Sex and the City” tour saw the video I made for “The
Wendy Williams Show” and wants to create a video for them. Sometime in the near future I am slated
to go on the “Sex and the City” tour VIP style! And they are also throwing in many freebies!

In November I am going doing to be sharing the cover and also doing a spread (not a
spread eagle!) for the publication Baltimore Gay Life. Super excited!

Aside from that I have started my own blog: Neal B in NYC: http://www.nealbinnyc.wordpress.com

It’s been only one week and I have interviewed celebs Frenchie Davis, Michael
Musto, activists, etc, and had great Sex and the City news and stories in the

I am also slated to do a Dutch news show where 2 million viewers watch IF Sex and
the City shoots outdoors again (keep your fingers crossed)

If you’re still reading this, when I lost my job a few months little did I know in
some ways my life would switch gears a little! I still very much am looking and if you know of any employment
opportunities let me know!

Thank you guys again for your support and I hope all is well!


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