Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has just released a video in conjunction with the Human Rights Campaign. She really explains her stance and support for gay marriage really well and you can really get how passionate she is about the issue.
In one part of her message she says, “I support it personally and as a matter of policy and law. Embedded in a broader effort to advance equality and opportunity for LGBT Americans and all Americans.” She continues, “Like so many others, my personal views have been shaped over time by people I have known and loved. By my experience representing our nation on the world stage, my devotion to law and human rights, and the guiding principles of my faith.”
Watch her powerful and captivating message below.
Back in 2010 Laura Bush appeared on CNN talking about same-sex marriage with Larry King. During her chat with King, she revealed that she disagreed with George W. on the subject of gay marriage. A portion of her interview appeared in a new $1 million media campaign by the Respect for Marriage Coalition, co-chaired by the Human Rights Campaign.
Once Bush heard of her inclusion in the clip, she enlisted her spokesperson Anne MacDonald to release the following statement, “Mrs. Bush did not approve of her inclusion in this advertisement nor is she associated in any way with the group that made the ad.”
When the Respect for Marriage Coalition received Laura’s request, they stated they would release a new ad without the former First Lady. The ad will still feature clips from President Obama, former secretary of state Colin Powell, and Dick Cheney, former vice president to George W. Bush. Check out the ad with Laura below while it’s still online.
Now, this is how you sell high-priced scented candles!!! It worked on me. LOL. I admit, at first glance I thought the main objective of “Paris Flat” was to promote marriage equality. But after the third close-up shot of the JSD Candle Collection, I realized this was more than just your average product placement. It was a beautifully shot commercial disguised as a story between lovers facing a dilemma due to international passports and work visas.
Directed by John Saint-Denis, “Paris Flat” is about Paolo (Peter Calandra) and his young French partner Marc living in a cute flat in Paris. Everything seems idyllic. Problem is, Paolo is being shipped off to the US but his beau can’t come with him due to same-sex marriage immigration policy. But all is solved when Paolo picks up the newspaper. Splashed on the front page is the answer to everything. How convenient.
Apparently, “Paris Flat” is the sequel to “Il Palazzo.” Though it stars sexy daddy Peter Calandra in both, I think his partner in the Italian-themed clip is someone else. SLUT. Haha. Check out both videos below. Be forewarned, there’s a little bare booty sighting in the vids. It’s a beaut.
Academy Award winner, Morgan Freeman has lent his legendary voice to various commercials, documentaries and campaigns over the course of his career. Now, the 75-year old has lent his voice to a new national HRC commercial called “Dawn of a New Day for Marriage Equality“. In the commercial, Freeman says the following:
“America stands at the dawn of a new day. Freedom, justice, and human dignity have always guided our journey towards a more perfect union. Now, across our country, we are standing together for the right of gay and lesbian Americans to marry the person they love. And With historic victories for marriage, we’ve delivered a mandate for full equality. The wind is at our back. But our journey has just begun.”
Complimenting his narration are beautiful visuals of various scenic landscapes, clips of Martin Luther King, clips of gay and lesbian couples and families together, and more. It’s so great to have such a famous and recognizable voice support such an important cause. Watch the new commercial below.
Let me preface this post by saying that I know my public persona is shallow. I don’t really like talking about anything political because I feel my choices are my own. I don’t really like to blog or post about marriage equality or the fight for our rights because for me I’d rather just do something than talk about doing something. On our show HOMORAZZI (Which you can watch HERE) I can throw down about gossip, television, movies the latest dramz between celebrities and I can talk about any party I’ve ever been until I’m blue in the face. But I’m always shied away from really serious topics probably because I’m not a very serious person publicly.
When Hillary Clinton gave that amazing speech, I was late to that party. When Sally Field gave her speech I was also late to that party. I watched and listened and really appreciated what they had to say. Bringing awareness to such important issues is amazing, but it wasn’t until this morning when I watched Lana Wachowski’s acceptance speech for the HRC Visibility Award that I finally decided it was time to say something about it.
Over the weekend, Sally Field was presented with the Ally for Equality Award by her son at the 2012 Human Rights Campaign National Dinner in Washington, D.C. Upon acceptance of the award, she delivered such a moving speech that you simply must see.
She talked about how her gay son was both different and similar to his two older brothers and also what it was like during her son’s coming out process. She wanted to jump in and define it for him, but his brothers made her stay out and insisted that he needed to go through it himself. Having learned from this experience, she explained, “A mother is not someone you lean on. A mother is someone who makes leaning unnecessary.” She also thanks everyone who is fighting for gay rights and equality. “You all have fought for him as surely as if you were his parents. You’ve changed and are changing the lives of little boys and girls who realize somewhere along the way they’re just different from their other brothers & sisters…and so the f*ck what!” Amazing.
After having watched the video, I realized that she is in fact the mom from Brothers & Sisters. Her character on that show would have delivered the exact same speech. Enjoy it below!
My post on Nike’s Pride sneakers proved so popular, I thought I keep the fashion theme going with a few of my favorite graphic tees. If you’re like me and haven’t been working out at the gym for the past year for Pride season, wearing a stylish t-shirt or tank top is the way to go. While others are showing off their rock hard abs and perfectly shaped pecs, you can make a statement by rocking out a tee with a message.
From American Apparel to non-profit organizations like the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) or Give A Damn, you can find the perfect top to wear during your city’s Pride festivities. I’ve rummaged through a few of the more well-known sites and given you links to begin your online shopping expedition. Happy spending.
Recently, Donovan told you about the fact that Jason Mraz would be the first straight man to cover Instinct Magazine in its 15 year existence. The magazine felt that all the work he has done and continues to do for the gay community had earned him the honor. This new HRC video he has done is completely in line with that.
It seems as though his upcoming album, “Love Is A Four Letter Word,” is merely to support and backup his greater purposes which is to fight for marriage equality. His latest single, “I Won’t Give Up” can literally bring me to tears. That song is playing in the background of this video where he explains that he is an American for marriage equality. I loved the song before, but now the lyrics have even more meaning as they are combined with Mraz’s message on marriage equality.
For someone that writes and sings about love and in turn has touched so many lives and relationships, it’s great to have him speaking out on our behalf. I heart Jason Mraz. Watch the video below.