Phil Reese

#SSS: Cleve Jones, Mehlman reactions, Midterms, Glenn Beck & more!

Filed By Phil Reese | August 29, 2010 10:00 AM | comments

Filed in: Marriage Equality, Politics
Tags: Bill McCollum, Cleve Jones, Don't Ask Don't Tell, Equality Florida, George Rekers, Glenn Beck, GOP, Ken Mehlman, labor, marriage equality, midterms, military, NLGJA, primaries, Rent Boy, Republicans, Servicemembers United, SLDN, Stonewall Democrats, veterans, Victory Fund

What do you think about Ken Mehlman's coming out? What do you think of LGBT leaders who are ready to embrace Ken? What about those who are vowing to never forgive him? What about LGBT organizations that cross our allies? SAME-SEX-SUNDAYweb.jpgIs the Pentagon showing signs of easing up on "Don't Ask, Don't Tell?" Are labor and the LGBT movement kindred spirits or an odd couple?

After last week's SameSexSunday I didn't think we could handle any bigger names on the show. I was wrong. We've got the first future openly gay Presidential candidate on SameSexSunday this week--and that's just the start of the guest list! Wait til you get to our Hollywood stars! Don't miss it--subscribe on iTunes!

This week on SameSexSunday: we chat with legendary LGBT activist, fellow Bilerico Project contributor, and UniteHere! labor organizer Cleve Jones who stops by to discuss the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association and the sometimes shaky relationship between the LGBT movement and labor. Also in interviews, James Hoscyns from the Marriage Equality USA Language Project discusses crossing cultural barriers.

After the jump find out who dropped by the round table to discuss the biggest political stories of the week.

Finally on our weekly LGBT politics round table, sponsored by LGBT-owned and operated database makers, Wells Consulting; we take on Ken Mehlman's coming out, Thumbnail image for Fred Kargera flurry of announcements regarding "Don't Ask Don't Tell," the momentum of the Target boycott, what the primaries have meant for the LGBT community and more.

We also question our guests about why the LGBT press and orgs have been silent about the disaster in Pakistan, will parents try to prevent lesbianism with a pill, and whether or not Scarlet O'Hara was bisexual. Also where did Bill McCullum go? Don't think we let Glenn Beck slide past us!

Nadine SmithJoining us is veteran and author of Sugar-Baby Bridge (now available for the Kindle) Brett Edward Stout; and fellow TBP contributor, Field and Development Director for Servicemembers United, Jarrod Chlapowski. Both these veterans had a lot to say about many of our topics, and they gave us a lot to think about in terms of ongoing "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" discharges.

Also returning is Victory Fund Vice President Denis Dison and Treasurer of National Stonewall Democrats Chris Massicotte. They are joined by first time guests: Huffington Post contributor and activist Lane Hudson, openly gay candidate for the 2012 Republican Presidential nomination, Fred Karger, and Executive Director of Equality Florida, Nadine Smith, who is also a Bilerico contributor.

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Next week we'll be chatting about gay Republicans, ENDA summer, the White House and marriage and partnering with other progressive organizations. Join our Facebook page and let us know who would you like to see us have on, and what would you like us to ask!

Also, a cause close to my heart, the UP Center of Champaign County, is in the running to be the first LGBT organization to win the Pepsi Refresh grant, which will help us finally secure a home for the programming we already do to help rural gay youth, families, seniors and artists here in middle America, as well as a new home to help us improve our HIV/AIDS outreach and prevention efforts. Please visit to find out how you can help us win this grant.

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Thanks! This one was probably CRAZIEST to put together!

Nadine Smith Nadine Smith | August 30, 2010 7:00 AM

I really enjoyed the discussion. Thanks for inviting me to join the panel.