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FDL Movie Night Preview: Legalize Gay

11:24 am in Uncategorized by Lisa Derrick

This Monday evening, FDL Movie Night presents “Legalize Gay” a documentary that follows a new generation of LGBT and ally activists as they work for equality, non-discrimination and inclusion.

You can watch the full documentary here for free on LOGO.com.

On  the sports field LGBT ally rugby star Ben Cohen and out football player Brian Sims help dispel stereotypes and build bridges. At Spelman College, Jeshawna Wholley staged the first Pride celebration, complete with a drag show featuring students from neighboring Morehouse College, which bans the wearing of traditionally female articles of clothing for its all male student body.

In Parma, Ohio high school student Danny Sparks campaigned for comprehensive sex education, and working with his friends and the AIDS Task Force of Greater Cleveland, succeeded in getting an outside abstinence-only sex education program removed from the Parma school district, and the word “partner” substituted for “spouse.”

The documentary also highlights Gabby Gifford’s volunteer Danny Hernandez who helped save the life of Gabby Gifford; Zach Wahls who spoke before the Iowa legislature in support of his two moms and the marriage equality; Miss New York Claire Buffie who made LGBT equality the centerpiece of her platform; Campus Pride and their Camp Pride which provides leadership and coalition building seminars, and the Victory Fund endorses dozens of openly LGBT candidates, as well as the  Human Rights Campaign.

Please join us and guests Matt Comer, Karl Abad and Mark Rivera in discussing the progress made and still to be made. Movie Night is 5pm to 6:30pm PDT (8pm to 9:30pm) Monday. You must be registered and logged in (it’s free!) to Firedoglake.com to comment.  And please remember to refresh your browser every minute or so to see fresh questions and comments.

Fred Karger Campaign Ad Flagged, Pulled by YouTube

10:35 pm in Uncategorized by Lisa Derrick

Citing their Terms of Service, YouTube yanked GOP presidential candidate’s Fred Karger’s “Sexy Frisbee” California campaign video after it was flagged by YouTube viewers. The video is now on Vimeo.

Karger, who is openly gay, made a lighthearted California-themed campaign ad which featured cute guys and gals frolicking on the beach in “Fred Who” tee-shirts. At the end, two men kiss. And the problem is?

Actually the problem seems to be with YouTube and its users: Karger’s minute-long video does not violate any law, is not sexually explicit, and the  beach goers wear more clothes than Victoria’s Secret models. I looked over YouTube’s community guidelines and nowhere does it say that showing two people kissing is a violation of community guidelines–were it, a lot of music and wedding videos wouldn’t be put up!

Karger’s ad had over 15,000 views in two days before it was pulled the evening of April 24, and a 30-second version will begin airing this Thursday, April 26, in Los Angeles, Orange and San Diego Counties.

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Mittens vs Fred Karger in CA: It Could Get Goofy

5:08 pm in Uncategorized by Lisa Derrick

The GOP nomination is kinda like The Highlander: There can only be one. With nominees dropping like flies off the rotted corpse of what was once the Grand Old Party, by the time the clown car rolls into the Golden State on June 5, there may only be two dudes left: Mitt Rmoney and Fred Karger.

Fred Who? The first openly gay candidate of major political party to ever run for President. And he’s a Republican, with an ad that features a parental advisory, probably because at the end of the minute long video, two cute dudes kiss–something that wouldn’t fly with NOM, but definitely gets the point across that Karger isn’t a typical GOP candidate.

Karger’s video showcases the iconic California beaches as a group of twenty-somethings frolic and the candidate explains his platform:

I have the best jobs plan, I’m pro-choice, support gay marriage, and I want us out Afghanistan now. If you’re not excited about Mitt Romney or the direction of the Republican party, then I ask you to vote for me.

The only thing he has in common with Romney is that they’d both be great on Saturday Night Live, though for very different reasons.