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Neal in “Out in NJ” Magazine

I had the amazing opportunity to be interviewed by Out NJ!  Please check out their site because they do such amazing work!

Special Thanks to the amazing staff at Out NJ and especially staff reporter William R. Loschiavo

You can also view it online here: http://www.outinjersey.net/images/Magazine_PDF/Current/web_Jan_10.pdf

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Top uniformed officer: Gay ban should be lifted

From the Associated Press:

WASHINGTON – The military’s top uniformed officer on Tuesday made an impassioned plea for allowing gays to serve openly in uniform, telling a Senate panel it was a matter of integrity and that it is wrong to force people to “lie about who they are in order to defend their fellow citizens.”

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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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Mario Lavandeira aka Perez Hilton forces Meredith Baxter into admitting she is a lesbian.

From rPulse.com:

Meredith Baxter said, “To come out and disclose stuff is very antithetical to who I am.” I sure hope you’re proud of yourself Mario. (more…)

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Former ‘Family Ties’ Star Meredith Baxter: ‘I’m A Lesbian’

From Yahoo.com:

NEW YORK, New York — Former “Family Ties” star Meredith Baxter has revealed she is gay. (more…)

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Govt-backed gay bar fails to attract customers

From: http://www.chinadaily.com

The idea was simple: Set up a bar to attract gay men and then use it to distribute information on AIDS/HIV prevention.

The media loved the idea – but all the attention kept the gay men away. (more…)

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China city government opens gay bar to fight AIDS

From http://www.reuters.com:

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BEIJING (Reuters Life!) – A Chinese city with one of the nation’s highest rates of AIDS has opened a government-funded gay bar in an outreach effort that has stirred debate over the use of taxpayers’ money. (more…)

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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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NATIONAL EQUALITY MARCH VIDEOS

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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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NATIONAL EQUALITY MARCH – WASHINGTON DC Oct. 11, 2009

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 in DC - CLICK FOR MORE PICTURES!

NEAL in DC - CLICK FOR MORE PICTURES!

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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