“Nancy Reagan tells Vanity Fair special correspondent Bob Colacello that ‘it sounds strange, but … I see Ronnie. At nighttime, if I wake up, I think Ronnie’s there, and I start to talk to him. It’s not important what I say. But the fact is, I do think he’s there. And I see him.’ “
Well we all see him Nancy Especially if we’ve got Turner Classic Movies. Just adore him in Dark Victory as Bette Davis’ ultra soigne and gallant gay pal.
“Obama did not invite Mrs. Reagan to the announcement ceremony at the White House to celebrate the reversal of Bush’s policy on stem-cell research, attended by 30 members of Congress and several prominent advocates of stem-cell research. ‘I would have gone, and you know I don’t like to travel,’ she tells Colacello. ‘Politically it would have been a good thing for him to do. Oh, well, nobody’s perfect. He called and thanked me for working on it. But he could have gotten more mileage out of it.’ “
True. And Barry has been quite Reganesque lately. Though not the Ronnie of Dark Victory.
Very Presidential, no? Bu I suppose we should give him time for tenderness. After all, there’s THIS.
“THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release June 1, 2009
LESBIAN, GAY, BISEXUAL, AND TRANSGENDER PRIDE MONTH, 2009
BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
Forty years ago, patrons and supporters of the Stonewall Inn in New York City resisted police harassment that had become all too common for members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community. Out of this resistance, the LGBT rights movement in America was born. During LGBT Pride Month, we commemorate the events of June 1969 and commit to achieving equal justice under law for LGBT Americans.”
I remember. So does Kevin
“Saturday, June 28th I’d just gotten back from vacation and New York seemed broiling hot. Ken and I decided to go to the Village for dinner that night – probably to the Five Oaks, a small and popular downstairs place that got a mixture of straights and gays. We came out of the IRT station at Sheridan Square somewhere between nine and ten p.m. On the other side of Seventh Avenue, just a ways down Christopher Street, we saw a crowd that was big enough to be spilling off the sidewalk and into the street. At first we were going to go over to check it out, but then realized that we were almost late for our reservations already and would probably end up standing in line if we took the time, so we went on. When we left we’d forgotten about the crowd, and we walked further west, anyway, rather than back to the square. Nothing seemed unusual for a Saturday night. What we had seen, of course, was the beginning of the second night of the Stonewall riots.
Wednesday night I stopped in the Candlelight, and someone asked me if I had heard about what happened in the Village. I hadn’t and he told me that gay guys had been rioting with the cops. The next day I went through a stack of newspapers in the trash closet in the hall. I found a copy of the Times that had a small article – on a far inside page, as I recall. It was an article in that very morning’s paper, which covered the final disturbance which was taking place as I was first hearing about Stonewall the night before.
The raid on early Saturday morning had suddenly turned against the cops as they tried to hustle some of the patrons into a paddy wagon. The cops had to retreat inside the Stonewall, which the crowd outside tried to set on fire. Reinforcements showed up and rescued the cops. The next night crowds of men went on the offensive, taking over the upper part of Christopher Street, snarling traffic and at one point putting the cops at a dead run of retreat again. On Wednesday, the final night, outside Radical groups gathered to see what the fairies were doing, and there was another brief riot, followed by some looting. Much of this night’s hostile activity has been attributed to straight hooligans looking for a piece of the action.”
Barry was eight years old then. Like George Clooney and Todd Haynes. And age is all they have in common
“LGBT Americans have made, and continue to make, great and lasting contributions that continue to strengthen the fabric of American society. There are many well-respected LGBT leaders in all professional fields, including the arts and business communities. LGBT Americans also mobilized the Nation to respond to the domestic HIV/AIDS epidemic and have played a vital role in broadening this country’s response to the HIV pandemic.
Due in no small part to the determination and dedication of the LGBT rights movement, more LGBT Americans are living their lives openly today than ever before. I am proud to be the first President to appoint openly LGBT candidates to Senate-confirmed positions in the first 100 days of an Administration.”
” These individuals embody the best qualities we seek in public servants, and across my Administration — in both the White House and the Federal agencies — openly LGBT employees are doing their jobs with distinction and professionalism.
The LGBT rights movement has achieved great progress, but there is more work to be done. LGBT youth should feel safe to learn without the fear of harassment, and LGBT families and seniors should be allowed to live their lives with dignity and respect.
My Administration has partnered with the LGBT community to advance a wide range of initiatives. At the international level, I have joined efforts at the United Nations to decriminalize homosexuality around the world. Here at home, I continue to support measures to bring the full spectrum of equal rights to LGBT Americans. These measures include enhancing hate crimes laws, supporting civil unions and Federal rights for LGBT couples,”
Oh really? Federal? Well that means you’re going to do away with DOMA and support Marriage Equality
— which of course you aren’t.
In fact there’s not a dime’s bit of difference between you and Darth Cheney, who has been muttering into microphones about this lately.
(Back to Barry again)
“outlawing discrimination in the workplace, ensuring adoption rights, and ending the existing “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy in a way that strengthens our Armed Forces and our national security.
By replacing it with a”New Improved Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” of course.
“We must also commit ourselves to fighting the HIV/AIDS epidemic by both reducing the number of HIV infections and providing care and support services to people living with HIV/AIDS across the United States.”
Oh and we can easily guess who you’ll put in charge of that.
“These issues affect not only the LGBT community, but also our entire Nation. As long as the promise of equality for all remains unfulfilled, all Americans are affected. If we can work together to advance the principles upon which our Nation was founded, every American will benefit. During LGBT Pride Month, I call upon the LGBT community, the Congress, and the American people to work together to promote equal rights for all, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim June 2009 as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month. I call upon the people of the United States to turn back discrimination and prejudice everywhere it exists.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this first day of June, in the year of our Lord two thousand nine, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-third.
BARACK OBAMA “
Well that’s enough dancing from you, Barry. Let’s have an encore from the boys.