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December 30 - January 5, 2010 50 cents at newsstands Vol. 29, No 3

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2010’s events predict more, and less, in 2011

PRESIDENT BARACK Obama makes Congressional calls from the Oval Office before the final Senate vote repealing the ban on gay men and women serving openly in the military, Saturday, Dec. 18, 2010. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

by Lisa Keen

Keen News Service If past is prologue, 2011 should turn out to be a fairly decent one for the LGBT community. It’s not that everything turned out so rosy for the community in 2010, but the gains registered more powerfully than the losses. Here’s a look at the top five news stories for the LGBT community in 2010 and why, in many cases, they signal a better tomorrow: Congress passes a bill to repeal Don’t Ask Don’t Tell. Anyone who was paying attention in 1993 knows what a devastating setback the community suffered with the codification of the military’s ban on gays. The commu-

nity itself had asked the newly elected Democratic President, Bill Clinton, to end the military’s long-standing policy banning gays from service. But instead, Senator Sam Nunn (D-Georgia) orchestrated a parade of testimony and innuendo to suggest that the mere presence of gays would violate the “sexual privacy” of heterosexual servicemembers. One female Naval petty officer testified that, “You are asking me to sleep and shower with homosexuals. You are asking me to expose my sexuality….” Not surprisingly, 56 percent of the public opposed allowing “homosexuals” to serve “openly” in the military in 1993. In December 2010, only 21 percent of Americans felt that way. And Democratic President Barack Obama, using a

strategy of sticks and carrots that sometimes angered the LGBT community, helped drive through passage of a bill that will eventually lead to a dismantling of the ban. What does that say about 2011? Given the shaky economy, high unemployment, and intense partisan divide in Congress, there is little likelihood the Obama administration will take on another piece of pro-LGBT civil rights legislation in 2011. The presidential election campaign of 2012 begins in earnest now and President Obama must tend to a wide variety of constituencies, as well as Middle America in general. But he has shown –even before repeal of DADT— that his administration is willing to use its power to adopt more LGBT friendly regulations and policies that will advance the LGBT civil rights ball down the field. And that is likely to be where the action will be, for the Obama administration, in 2011. Federal judge rules Proposition 8 unconstitutional. U.S. District Court Chief Judge Vaughn Walker ruled August 4, 2010, that California’s voterapproved constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage violates the U.S. Constitution’s guarantee of equal protection and due process. The result came following a three-week-long trial in San Francisco during which famed conservative attorney Ted Olson and famed liberal attorney David Boies mounted a comprehensive case against Proposition 8, passed in 2008. They showed how the initiative harmed gay

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2010 By the Numbers Local success By Kara Suffredini Let’s play a variation on “It’s A Wonderful Life”. But instead of envisioning the world without George Bailey, let’s consider what Massachusetts might look like without MassEquality. We would not have as many pro-


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LGBT equality lawmakers getting ready to be sworn in to office come January. During the 2010 election cycle, MassEquality made approximately 46,000 get-out-the-vote phone calls, and an additional 9,000 calls to district voters about our endorsed candidates. We mailed out 88,000 pieces of campaign literature educating our members and key district voters about our endorsed candidates. We recruited 62 organizers for Gov. Deval Patrick’s

reelection campaign (each of whom pledged to get 50 of their friends to support Patrick on Election Day) and 110 campaign volunteers. We also assigned a dedicated volunteer to work full-time on the Patrick campaign who liaised with the LGBT community. And during an October LGBT fundraiser for Gov. Patrick, MassEquality brought in a full third of the money.

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Don’t let the New Year stop ringing on the first. by Hannah Clay Wareham

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Searching for the hottest LGBT New Year’s events in the Boston area? Look no further. And don’t assume the party stops come January…we’ve got our eye on the best parties of 2011.

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2010: A queer year to remember

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JL: Oprah. PA: Steven Slater, the JetBlue flight attendant.

Who should win man or woman of the year for 2010? KW: Jane Lynch. BZB: President Obama. RP: The men and women of the U.S. Military. JL: Oprah. PA: Lady Gaga.

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What was your personal highlight of 2010? KW: When my son watched my “Some Lovin’” music video on Youtube and turned to me and said, “Mom, do you know you’re famous?” BZB: Starring in my own Big Apple show, “Queendom.” RP: Marrying the man of my dreams. JL: Tying the knot with my wife and Out Magazine listing me on the OUT 100 as one of the most influential people of 2010. PA: Finally getting my profile approved by the hard asses at Manhunt.


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by Jimmy Newsum contributing writer

Oh 2010, what a rollercoaster year you were! Between the ups of “Modern Family” winning an Emmy and the overturn of “Don’t ask, don’t tell,” and the downs of Rentboy becoming a household name (thanks George Rekers!) and the premiere of Logo’s shamefully delicious “The A-List: New York,” our stomachs are in knots. We polled some of our favorite bold-faced names on how they will remember the first year of the new decade.

What was the gay highlight of 2010? Kristine W: “Glee”! Bebe Zahara Benet: Ricky Martin coming out. Ron Perkov: Florida lifting its ban on gay adoption. Jincey Lumpkin: Florida lifting its ban on gay adoption. Pam Ann: Manhunt introducing its mobile app.

KW: How to be Fabulous on a Tight Budget. BZB: The Drag Queen! RP: The Great Recession. JL: The Revival of the Gay Dance Floor. PA: The Mobile Hook-up.

What was the gay lo-light of 2010? KW: Gay teen bullying and suicides. BZB: Gay teen bullying and suicides. RP: Prop. 8. JL: Gay teen bullying and suicides. PA: The Nate Berkus show.

What is the biggest issue facing the gay community today? KW: Attacks on the gay community. BZB: Gay hate crimes. RP: Gay teen bullying and suicides. JL: Marriage equality. PA: Gay teen bullying and suicides.


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What do you hope to accomplish in 2011? KW: Hitting gold with my new jazz album, Straight Up with a Twist. BZB: More community outreaching. RP: Making more music. JL: I’d love to expand my Juicy Pink Box brand beyond porn and into lifestyle products and parties. PA: Deep throat during double penetration.

Who do you hope disappears into the gay Who was the biggest star abyss in 2011? of 2010? KW:Sarah Palin. KW: Kurt on “Glee.” BZB: Nicki Minaj. RP: Lady Gaga.

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