Phil Reese

#SSS: Egypt, CPAC & the gays, DADT repeal implementation and gay lawmakers

Filed By Phil Reese | February 13, 2011 10:00 AM | comments

Filed in: Marriage Equality, Politics
Tags: CPAC, Don't Ask Don't Tell, Egyptian revolution, marriage equality, Maryland, openly gay lawmakers, Same Sex Sunday

This week on SameSexSunday we have an exclusive interview with Denver Colorado mayoral hopeful James Mejia about safe schools Thumbnail image for Same Sex Sundayand why he is a staunch LGBTQ advocate and ally. James tells us why Denver is a queer town and how he plans to empower disenfranchised groups like the LGBT community as mayor.

Then our roundtable takes on the electric atmosphere of revolution in Egypt, and what a change in government will mean for LGBTQ people throughout the region. We also discuss the presence of Log Cabin Republicans and GOProud at the Conservative Political Action Conference, and whether or not the controversy at the conference is all it seems. Then our panelists discuss the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" repeal implementation plan, and we learn a little about the language being used. Finally our guests weigh in on the importance of electing more openly gay lawmakers as a record seven openly gay lawmakers educate their colleagues on the importance of passing marriage equality in Maryland this year.

Learn who joined us this week and listen in your browser after the jump.

This week Joe and I are joined by three very smart gentlemen with quite a bit to say. Sadly two of our scheduled guests--MetroWeekly's Chris Geidner and Maryland lawmaker Anne Kaiser (D-14) were unable to make the recording, but we still had an incredible discussion that was difficult to end!

Ryan Biava is a PhD Candidate at the University of Wisconsin-Madison; did a MA in international politics at the Institute for Political Studies in Paris; and spent a semester living in Egypt while studying Arabic and Egyptian politics. His expertise is technology and politics, in particular the impact of the internet on privacy in democratic countries. He is also a founding board member of Equal Rights Washington, and has worked for elected officials in Seattle and Olympia. I also found out just before the show he was the elected as the first openly gay student body president at the University of Washington.

R. Clarke Cooper is the Executive Director of Log Cabin Republicans, one of the two major LGBT Republican groups in America, and the lead plaintiff in the LCR v USA 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Federal case. He is a Reserve Officer in the US Army, and a long-time political strategist and advisor in many capacities. Clarke served in a diplomatic capacity to the Bush administration in Cairo where he served a temporary tour of duty. He has also attended CPAC for many years, including this year, and is ready to share his experiences there.

Denis Dison is the Vice President of the Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund and part of their communications team. The Victory Fund describes itself as "the nation's largest LGBT political action committee and the only national organization dedicated to increasing the number of openly LGBT elected officials at all levels of government." Denis has been working closely with the openly gay Maryland delegates as they work with their colleagues to make marriage equality a reality in that state this year, and today he gives us some insight on how that is happening.

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