Kevin And Don Respond To Being Self Loathing

Looking back at their journey from the Stonewall Democratic Club to Log Cabin Republicans, they claim it was one that was actually started by the democrats. After being told that marriage as not a priority on the agenda in 1995, they became disillusioned with the DEMS. For a decade they felt like they did not belong until they met the republicans of the Log Cabin Republican Club and discovered they too shared a dream of marriage equality. This blog is now a digital time capsule of their time as Republicans and moderated by a friend and supporter.

Monday, May 28, 2007

PlanteOUT Inc. Reports $6.9 Million Loss for 1st QYR'07


PlanetOUT Inc., a public company, reported a staggering $6.9 million loss for the first quarter of 2007. PlanetOUT is the leading global media and entertainment company exclusively serving the GLBT community. It operates several GLBT-themed web sites including Gay.com and PlanetOut.com, and is the pubisher of The Advocate, Out Magazine, HIV Plus, and Alyson Books.

In addition it owns RSVP Vacations, a gay cruise and events company. RSVP's website indicates that it is not taking booking beyond 2007, while its competitior, Atlantis Events is booking through 2008. PlanetOUT also owns Specialty Publications, publishers of the three largest gay adult periodicals in the United States including Men, Unzipped, and Freshmen.
In May 2007, PlanetOUT announced it would consider selling some of its interests.
What concerns me is that it is the largest GLBT controled company. It essentially grew because of the failures of the smaller companies it gobbled up. The belief was synergy. I.E.-that members of the GLBT community would go to www.gay.com and perhaps subscribe to the Advocate and then book a vacation on RSVP. Appearently, it is not happening. Is there a place in the 21st Century for a diverse GLBT corporation that exclusively markets itself to the GLBT community? Apparently the market is speaking and the answer is no. In a way was it corporate ghettoization? Would it be more progressive if The Advocate was pubished by Time-Warner and OUT by Newsweek? Simply put are black, latino, or GLBT owned corporations merely out-dated conventions of the 20th Century? I guess time will tell.

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

A.B. 205/Fam Code 297.5 Used To Redefine Conjugal Visits



(Pictured: Wentworth Miller of FOX's PRISON BREAK)
Well it did not take Equality California, nor Ben Patrick Johnson's V-Blog, nor right wing activists Kevin and Don Norte to make a test case like the unoffically labled Kevin and Don Norte Bill aka A.B. 102 to expand the breadth of A.B. 205/Fam/ Code § 297.5 to include conjugal visits at prisons. The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation has agreed that it will no longer bar lesbian and gay prisoners access to overnight family visitation with their registered domestic partners.

The Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation has requested the statewide policy change in response to demands by the American Civil Liberties Union on behalf of a gay man who was told by prison officials that domestic partners were barred from family visits.

Unlike the DMV that prohibited Domestic Partner name changes after only a few took advantage of the protections of Family Code § 297, the Department of Corrections wisely conceded their defeat and recognized the broad impact of the historic legislation.

The Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation agreed to the change after the ACLU sent a letter to prison officials on behalf of the registered domestic partner who was serving 18 months for a burglary conviction.

The men contacted the ACLU after their request for a family visit was denied even though they met all the other requirements to have a family visit.

In the demand letter, the ACLU pointed out that it was illegal for the prison to continue to deny domestic partners family visits because California law requires that domestic partners be treated the same as married couples who have access to family visits.

The Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation agreed with the ACLU and allowed the couple to have a family visit in December 2007, but the permission was not automatically state-wide affecting an unknown number of other gay prisoners.

The prisoner was released from prison on April 22, 2007.

In response to the ACLU's demands, the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation has proposed a statewide regulation change that would guarantee that lesbian and gay prisoners have the same access to family visits as married couples.

As required by state law, the department conducted a public hearing on the proposed change on Tuesday. As a practical matter, however, the change is mandatory under the state domestic partner law.

"This is a perfect example of how the domestic partnership law falls short of marriage. Marriage has universal acceptance and recognition. Had my client said he wanted to visit with his spouse, this would have never been an issue," said a representative from the ACLU.

Friday, May 18, 2007

Gay Marriage More Popular Than Bush



FOOD FOR THOUGHT
According to info provided by an LCR member, a Survey USA poll shows that President Bush has the support of 26% of California residents, but that they support gay marriage by 48% (and oppose it by 46% which presumes 6% are undecided at this point.) That means gay marriage is almost twice as popular as President Bush. Food for thought. Share that with your friends and family.
--IT'S GOING TO TURN HEADS
--kev

Monday, May 07, 2007

Goldwater Republicans


Don & myself just got back from the Log Cabin Republican/Liberty Education Forum Convention in Denver and got to meet and hang out with Barry Goldwater's granddaughter C.C. Goldwater and her brother Ty Goldwater. C.C. is known for her documentary, "Mr. Conservative: Goldwater on Goldwater" that premiered on H.B.O. and will soon be released on DVD.
Both C.C. and Ty personalized the story for us. During the screening of Mr. Conservative, I was fortunate enough to sit with C.C. and Ty and Ty would offer his own commentary on the film. It was sur-Real/Reel. We hung out with them until 1:30 AM discusing their memories of a true conservative, Barry Goldwater and the Goldwater legacy. The more and more I spent time with them, I realized that if I was able to vote in '64, I probably would have been a Goldwater Republican but as the documentary brought out, Hilary Clinton was a Goldwater Republican too, so I do not know if that is a good thing or a bad thing.
Regardless, discussing the Goldwater legacy with the grandchildren of a true convervative icon was a memory that I will cherish forever and I hope to see C.C. and Ty again someday. I look at that photo I posted and we really do look happy in it. I believe it is a reflection of the truly wonderful people I was blessed with spending time with on the night of May 4/5th. In a way, I miss them.

Wednesday, May 02, 2007

The Politico: Perfect Storm Brews In California


John J. Pitney, Jr. has written a piece for The Politico that reads like "The Day After Tomorrow" and sets up a scenearo where disaster strikes California somebetween now and the February 5, 2008 Presidential Primary. It is interesting to read but I hope it is only fiction.