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Catching Up with…John Waters

“Think I invited you over here to discuss the future of independent film?” asks John Waters in the liner notes. “Hell no, I’m lookin’ for a little action!” Handpicked by the legendary filmmaker himself, the songs on this subversive follow-up to A John Waters Christmas are sure to seduce, including Elton Motello’s racy “Jet Boy Jet Girl,” a homicidal track by actress Mink Stole and Patience and Prudence’s “Tonight You Belong to Me,” the first record Waters ever shoplifted. I caught up with John just before he was to jet off to the Berlin Film Festival where there will be a screening of his performance film This Filthy World. We talked about the new CD, putting out on the first date and more….

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"Gays to the Rescue" in Haiti, Couple Runs Emergency Supplies to Survivors by Boat, Launch Website to Rally Support From LGBT Community

A gay couple running emergency medicine, food and tents into Haiti by boat has taken their mission online to the Internet and launched CauseCommandos.com to rally support from the gay community. The site allows supporters to watch video of the duo in action and contribute directly to buy emergency supplies.

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L.A. Attorney Offers Compelling First-Hand Perspective on California’s Hot-Topic Same-Sex Marriage Case

Same-sex marriage stands at a historic crossroads. California waits as two same-sex couples challenge Proposition 8, which in November 2008, overturned the ruling by the California Supreme Court that gay and lesbian couples have a right to marry under the California Constitution. The final decision by the United States District Court in San Francisco will impact families of all sizes, shapes and colors—setting the stage for the future of marriage equality in the United States.

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Brazil LGBT Man Wins U.S. Asylum With Help of Columbia Sexuality and Gender Law Clinic

Columbia Law School’s Sexuality and Gender Law Clinic has won asylum for a gay man who feared persecution because of his sexual orientation if forced to return to his native Brazil.

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GLAAD Congratulates Award Winning LGBT Films & Filmmakers at 2010 Sundance and Slamdance Film Festivals

Since 2006, the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), the nation’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) media advocacy and anti-defamation organization, has brought a dedicated space to celebrate and elevate the voices of filmmakers whose storytelling included the visibility and inclusion of the LGBT community to the Sundance Film Festival. This year GLAAD announced an official partnership with the Sundance Institute and unveiled a new multi-day programmatic event, cineGLAAD.

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Allison Moorer is set to release her Ryko debut, Crows, on February 9. Produced by R.S. Field (Buddy Guy, John Mayall) at the House of David Studio in Nashville, TN, the 13-track album is a refined and lyrically honest collection of songs that is a marked stylistic departure from her previous work. Crows is the anticipated follow up to her critically acclaimed 2008 album, Mockingbird, which was a celebration of songs composed by a stunning cast of female songwriters including Nina Simone, Patti Smith, Cat Power, her sister Shelby Lynne, and more. It also follows Moorer’s first Grammy Award Nomination for the song “Days Aren’t Long Enough,” a composition she co-wrote with her husband, Steve Earle, for his Grammy Award Winning 2007 album Washington Square Serenade.

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Faith Leaders Responding to National Prayer Breakfast

This morning, President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton spoke out against the pending anti-homosexuality bill in Uganda at the 58th National Prayer Breakfast. Hosted by members of Congress and sponsored by the Fellowship Foundation, otherwise known as The Family, the breakfast was attended by foreign leaders, U.S. government officials and invited guests. The breakfast has been attended by every president since President Eisenhower, and takes place annually in Washington, DC.

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Statement from Human Rights Campaign on “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” U.S. Senate Hearing

The Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization, released the following statement today from HRC President Joe Solmonese:

“Today is a historic step forward in repealing a shameful law that has harmed the military, discharged thousands of talented and patriotic Americans and prevented thousands more from serving their country.

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Courage Campaign, Lt. Dan Choi collect 458,039 letters of support to repeal "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" as President Obama, Pentagon and Congress consider ending military's discriminatory policy

As the Senate Armed Services Committee hears testimony on Tuesday regarding the possible repeal of the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy, the Courage Campaign and Lt. Dan Choi have now collected 458,039 letters of support from Americans calling for an immediate end to "Don't Ask, Don't Tell." The letters, gathered since May 2009, call on President Obama, Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the Army to end the policy quickly and expeditiously.

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GLAAD Calls Attention to LGBT Inclusive Academy Award® Nominees: A Single Man, Precious

The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), the nation's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) media advocacy and anti-defamation organization, today congratulated the creative teams and casts of Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire and A Single Man which received a combined 7 Oscar nominations during today's announcement of nominees for the 82nd Annual Academy Awards. Lee Daniels, honored for his work on Precious, became the first openly gay African American director to receive a nomination.

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State House Fails To Guarantee Equal Rights To All Hawaii Families

Equality Hawaii, the state’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization, and the Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest LGBT civil rights organization, denounced the Hawaii State House for failing to take up and pass HB 444 SD1, the state Civil Unions bill.  The bill would have provided that the equal rights and responsibilities of married couples in Hawaii are afforded to thousands of non-married couples in the state.  The House voted by voice vote to postpone the bill indefinitely, effectively killing the bill for the session.

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GLAAD Calls on CBS to Address Apparent Bias in Super Bowl Advertising Decisions

The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), the nation’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) media advocacy and anti-defamation organization, called on CBS to publicly explain its advertising standards following its decision to exclude an ad with gay content from the Super Bowl broadcast.

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Promoting Murder is not a “Cultural Perspective” Says Coalition Calling for Action During Grammy Telecast

In a full page ad in today’s special Grammy-edition ofVariety, more than 20 progressive organizations, lead by the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) and the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center, have called on the head of The Recording Academy to use Sunday night’s Grammy telecast to denounce music that promotes or celebrates violence against any group of people and the artists who perform such music.

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Courage Campaign's Rick Jacobs files FPPC complaint against Andy Pugno, Assembly candidate and counsel for Protect Marriage

Rick Jacobs, Chair of the Courage Campaign, filed complaints today with the California Fair Political Practices Commission and the Attorney General's office against Andy Pugno, General Counsel to the organization Protect Marriage and Republican candidate for State Assembly. The complaint alleges Mr. Pugno misused public funds in violation of the state Political Reform Act while a staffer for State Senator Pete Knight in support of a ballot initiative to ban same-sex marriage, which was eventually approved at the November 2000 election as Proposition 22.

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Student Non-Discrimination Act of 2010 Introduced in U.S. House

The Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization, applauded the introduction of the Student Non-discrimination Act of 2010 (SNDA), H.R. 4530, which would prohibit discrimination against any public school student on the basis of actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity.  In addition, the SNDA prevents discrimination against any public school student because of the actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity of a person with whom that the student associates or has associated.  The bi-partisan SNDA was introduced by Congressman Jared Polis (D-CO) and has 60 co-sponsors.

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Within days of the creation of the American Red Cross  LGBT Haiti Relief Fund, a Red Cross representative stated the fund has already raised more money than many of the huge corporate donors. This was accomplished by significant outreach efforts to the LGBT community via donors and activists along with a massive email campaign to the members of three LGBT cruise companies, Olivia, Atlantis and RSVP.  Within a week

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Call on CBS to Explain Super Bowl Advertising Decision

GLAAD joined the United Church of Christ in expressing concern about CBS’s decision to accept a Focus on the Family advertisement for broadcast during the nationally televised Super Bowl on Sunday, February 7, after having refused ads in 2004 from the United Church of Christ focusing on the church’s commitment to inclusion.

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National Progressive LGBT & Straight Ally Sorority Welcomes 9th Colony at Northern Arizona University

A new colony ofGamma Rho Lambda (GRL) has been recognized at Northern Arizona University(NAU). GRL is the first national sorority with a focus on a social support system for college students in the LGBTA (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and straight-ally) community. Colonies and chapters of GRL are rapidly spreading, now located in California, Arizona, Kansas, Indiana, and New York and will soon be recognized in Texas and Wisconsin.

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