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Biden would vote ‘yes’ on ENDA split

In response to a question asked during his brief visit with the Pennsyvania delegation to the Democratic Convention, Vice Presidential nominee Joe Biden said that he would vote “yes” if he had to break a tie on the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) while serving as President of the Senate.

In 1996, ENDA was voted on and lost by one vote. It was the first time it was voted on and the last.

It’s too bad no one thought to ask him his position on an inclusive or exclusive ENDA.

Chris Crain has more on Biden and his record.

Check out Q-Notes.com for Segal’s interview with out Colorado Congressional candidate Jared Polis.

– Mark Segal, of the Gay History Project, contributed

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Anti-gays pout over gay journo conference

Brian Fitzpatrick of the anti-gay Culture and Media Institute (home of the rabidly anti-gay Robert Knight) isn’t too pleased with the recent National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association annual convention in Washington, D.C. (which I attended Aug. 21-24).

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In Memoriam: Del Martin

Marriage Equality USA (MEUSA) mourns the passing of civil rights hero, Del Martin. Phyllis Lyon, Del’s wife, was by her side when she died.

“Del and Phyllis reflect everything that marriage represents – lifelong commitment and everlasting love,” said Molly McKay, MEUSA Media Director. “Our hearts go out to Phyllis in this difficult time. And in Del’s memory, we will redouble our efforts to fight for the freedom to marry so that all couples, like Phyllis and Del, get the same dignity and respect that only marriage can provide.”

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Obama-Biden reach out to the gays

Ummm… not really. At least not this time. But I thought all the headlines around the nation announcing Obama’s Biden pick for the VP candidacy were a little hilarious.

On my last day at the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association annual convention in Washington, D.C., a couple of new friends and I walked our way down to Pennsylvania Avenue and the new Newseum, a wonderful museum documenting the history of the news-media from its early, prehistoric and primitive days to the age of the radio, TV and internet.

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Standing at history’s door

Everyone who knows me also knows that I’m a HUGE history dork. I love it. Every bit of it.

So, I’m sure you can imagine just how cool I thought it was when I arrived at the Washington Hilton this morning. Who can tell me what happened at the Washington Hilton in 1981?

It was in March. It’s where Jim Brady was shot. The main target’s last name began with the letter “R.”

Yeah… Reagan’s attempted assassination. It’s a little bit morbid thinking that I’ve stood outside a couple times already this morning right on the very spot someone tried to assassinate a U.S. president. Weird and creepy, but cool.

I snapped a photo (above) while standing outside. The cover over the driveway was put up after the March 30, 1981 assassination attempt. They haven’t changed the stone facing on the exterior wall in the time since then. The photo below was taken just seconds before the bullets were fired (click here for a time lapse montage).

As I continue my blogging from D.C. and the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association annual convention, I’ll be posting the majority of my updates at my Q-Notes staff blog, InsideSource.q-notes.com. Head over now for updates on the two morning sessions, including a Q&A session with former North Carolina U.S. Senate candidate Jim Neal and news regarding The Advocate.

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On my way

So, y’all, I’m on the train now, headed to DC and the annual convention of the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association. I’m posting from my mobile so I can’t give you a live link, but if you head over to my Q-Notes staff blog at insidesource.q-notes.com you’ll be able to check out videos, pics and blogs from the trip.

With Obama’s VP pick announcement rumored to be coming right around the corner, LGBT stalwart activists have taken to the netroots to raise Obama’s profile among the LGBT community.

Through LGBTforObama.com, a team of top-notch LGBT advocates and politicos will raise money for the “Yes We Can!” Democratic candidate and highlight the differences between Obama’s forward-thinking platform and John McCain’s Bush-lite, backward thinking campaign.

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An interesting piece of mail junk landed in my inbox this morning.

The African-American radical right is gearing up for its fight against Barack Obama. In “Obama: Why Black America Should Have Doubts,” written by church commentator William Owens, Jr. (with a forward written by the arch-conservative, militantly anti-gay Alveda King), the contention is made that Obama will destroy the black American family.

“If Black Americans honestly believe Barack Obama truly has the best interests of their families in mind, then Black Americans had better pay attention to Obama on paper and not merely on skin,” Owens says. “Barack Obama has consistently shown his opposition to several key factors that protect the Black American family.”

The number one threat? I’ll give you one guess. Oh, it shouldn’t take you long to figure it out. For the radical right, it’s always the number one threat.

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An (un)holy marriage

Seems as though John McCain isn’t as radical as his evangelical followers.

We know the Religious Right would like nothing more than to strip away any kind of legal recognition or protection for LGBT people and same-sex couples. That’s why we’re seeing anti-LGBT, anti-family marriage amendments that have the possibility of outlawing any and all recognition, however big or small, for gay folks’ families.

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Another gay-straight double standard

Remember when Britney Spears was 16, totally hot and topping the charts? Remember her skimpy, Catholic school girl uniform?

People went crazy. Men from 8 to 80 took notice. Older guys, they were called “dirty.”

Take good-looking young men, put them in the same Hollywood, music and media spotlight and, duh, there will still be men from 8 to 80 turning their heads. Except, this time, the older men are called pedophiles.

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