President Obama Signs Repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell: “Out of Many, We Are One”

President Obama Signs Repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell: “Out of Many, We Are One”

With his signature today, President Obama put in motion the end of the Pentagon’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy, which has hurt our military as a whole, has forced thousands of those who serve to do so under a cloud of anxiety and isolation, and has stood as a symbol of the barriers to unity and equality in our country.  As the President put it, “For we are not a nation that says, ‘don’t ask, don’t tell.’  We are a nation that says, ‘Out of many, we are one.'”

During the signing ceremony in a packed auditorium at the Interior Department, President Obama said, “No longer will tens of thousands of Americans in uniform be asked to live a lie or look over their shoulder.”  Quoting the Chairman of his Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admiral Mike Mullen, Pres. Obama went on to declare, “Our people sacrifice a lot for their country, including their lives.  None of them should have to sacrifice their integrity as well.”

President Obama Signs Repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”

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A Happy Holiday Christmas Card for 2010

A Happy Holiday Christmas Card for 2010

The Sherbet Jolly Musical Christmas Card for 2010

United Fakes Wishes You a Joyeux Noël!

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The Scissor Sisters: Invisible Light

The Scissor Sisters: Invisible Light

Invisible Light is the latest music video by the Scissor Sisters, an erotically charged wonder produced by Nicolás Méndez from the Barcelona collective, CANADA.  The high production values of incredible cinematography, along with an exploration of vintage-style montage, work perfectly.  This jaw-droppingly epic collaboration is a joy to behold, a perfect pairing of visual and musical talents.

The Scissor Sisters: Invisible Light

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Glorious Holiday Buffoonery: Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo

Glorious Holiday Buffoonery: Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo

Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo has just pranced into New York City for its holiday show, the superb all-male ballet troupe that specializes in twists on the classics, instilled with equal measures of glorious goofiness and technical aptitude.  They are presenting a program of repertory works, which includes the  standout performance of The Dying Swan from Swan Lake.   Every tragic bourrée leaves behind a trail of white feathers; in a last-ditch effort to ward off the inevitable, the ancient ballerina grabs handfuls and tries, unsuccessfully, to reapply them to her body. Although this piece has been performed for years, you just never want that swan to die.

Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo: The Dying Swan

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Senate Strikes Down “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” Policy

Photography by: Jeff Sheng, Los Angeles

Senate Strikes Down “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” Policy

In a major victory for gay rights advocates as well as President Obama, the Senate on Saturday repealed the ban on gay men and lesbians serving openly in the military.  The repeal of DADT closed a 17-year struggle over a policy that forced thousands of Americans to leave the ranks of the military and caused others to keep secret their sexual orientation.

By a vote of 65 to 31, the Senate approved and sent to President Obama a repeal of the Clinton-era law, known as Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, a policy that critics said amounted to government-sanctioned discrimination, which treated gay and lesbian troops as second-class citizens.  The President is expected to sign the measure into law next week, delivering Pres. Obama a victory on one of his chief campaign promises.

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Slide Show: DADT/We Have To Give Them Hope

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It’s a Winter Wonderland: Happy Holidays!

It’s a Winter Wonderland: Happy Holidays!

Photography by:  Joseph O. Holmes, NYC

It’s a Winter Wonderland: Happy Holidays!

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Lookout, Lookout: The Heartfelt Sounds of Forgiveness

 

Lookout, Lookout: The Heartfelt Sounds of Forgiveness

Mary, Mary-belle within a bird-cage cell,
All your neighbors know what your mother sells,
But you carved out a name;
You carved out a name for yourself.
Look out, look out,
Look out, Look out,
There are murders about.

Lookout, Lookout is the heartwrenching, honest and unabashedly sad music video from the astonishing debut album by Seattle-based singer-songwriter Mike Hadreas (aka Perfume Genius).  Learning is a devastatingly lovely premiere album, a collection of songs that starkly explores the dark and melancholy world of drugs, depression, suicide and abuse.  Hadreas has described the songs as having been written in an attempt to gain some understanding of his own troubled life, and they were originally intended to be heard by only his closest friends.

When close attention is paid, the music here is gut-wrenching, sad and fearlessly honest, while at the same time maintaining a dignified sense of resigned acceptance.  Perfume Genius has managed to craft some of the finest heartfelt, new indie-music this side of the millennium, with sounds and plain-spoken lyrics that can tap into your inner emotions.  Hadreas’s voice stands out with a  soft-spoken tenderness and ethereal quality on the track Gay Angels, which switches from piano chords to minimalistic organ drones.  Lookout, Lookout can push you to the point of possibly offering empathic, compassionate forgiveness to anyone who you feel  has done wrong to you over the past few years.

Lookout, Lookout: The Heartfelt Sounds of Forgiveness

Gay Angels: Hearing and Seeing Them (Perfume Genius)

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