Monday, June 28, 2010

Supreme Court rules that states can force state school campus groups not to discriminate against gays

The United States Supreme Court has today (June 28) upheld a California law that stipulates that groups that get (public) campus funding must accept all people, “that is, not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, sexual orientation or other status or belief”. The plaintiff had been the Christian Legal Society at the University of California at Hastings that would not accept gay or lesbian people.

The case is Hastings Christian Fellowship v. Martinez, with opinion (web url) here.

The Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund has a press release (web url) here.

Washington Blade responds to Village Voice criticism of legacy gay media

The Washington Blade has tweeted and replied in an op-ed here to what it calls an unfair attack in the Village Voice on gay print media, (web url) here, by Michael Levers, on June 22

I note the statement "With print publications falling like so many dead trees, bloggers and new, online-only news networks like Edge Media Network and Britain’s Pink News are fast becoming the new gay press establishment."  Perhaps.  But I wouldn't personally mind having more of a foothold in the "legacy" media establishment.  As I noted on my BillBoushka blog this morning, there are constant challenges to the free entry and user-content generated model.  And bloggers depend on the media establishment for a lot of original source material (properly and bibliographically attributed).

Let me add that I knew one of the founders of Windows Media when I lived in Dallas in the 1980s.

Also, some "bad" news: apparently there was a shooting Saturday night near San Francisco's "Pink" celebration, with the Advocate account here. Violent events at pride events have been very rare over the years; I don't recall another one since my first CSLD march in New York in 1973.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Defense Authorization Path to DADT repeal: links are on the web

Let us break bread and gather together some of the critical links regarding the Congressional (and Executive) path to repeal of “don’t ask don’t tell”.

SLDN has an important summary on the progress of the National Defense Authorization Act of 2011, passed by the House in late May. The link is here. I don’t know if the debate started around June 18 as indicated.

The House bill was H.R. 5136, introduced Rep. Ike Skelton (D-MO), with basic govtrack reference here.  Govtrack shows it passed the house. The Senate returned papers to the House on June 24 by “unanimous consent”. I’m not sure how significant that is.

But the PDF for the 1000-plus page bill is here with the language on “Sec. 536. Department of Defense policy concerning homosexuality in the Armed Forces” appearing at around p. 184.

Then we’re back into familiar if yet obtuse territory. The “conservative” input into the expected Pentagon review seems to be recursive or reflexive and circular: let the soldiers tell you how they feel about it. But most of them really won’t care.

Stanford University Law School has a complete list of HTML links on debates, bills, adminsitrative orders and other materials related to the 1993 policy here.  The key legislation passed Nov. 30 1993 as part of the 1994 Defense Authorization Act (Public Law 103-160, section 571) and is found here. There was also a "sense of Congress" provision setting up the 1993 debate as part of the 1993 Family and Medical Leave Act, (in Section 601), a rather little known historical oddity.

Update: 6:45 PM EDT Today

In Toronto, President Obama ended his G20 speech by mentioning his determination to see through the repeal of "don't ask don't tell".

Friday, June 25, 2010

Washington State anti-gay referendum secrecy nixed by Supreme Court

Lambda Legal has a press release about a Supreme Court ruling that petitioners for referendums, including anti-gay referendums, are not entitled under the First Amendment to secrecy of their signatures for controversial initiatives, under a theory that their identities could become known and that they could be singled out or targeted for harassment. The law generally doesn’t like to give in to this kind of thinking, regarding it as a kind of “snitch” mentality associated with gangs and organized crime.

The case is Doe v. Reed regarding Washington State Referendum 71, which would have kept Washington’s domestic partnership law from taking effect.

The Supreme Court opinion is available here.

The Lambda Legal press release is here.

Update: June 28

Robert Barnes has an article on the decision in the Washington Post today, and notes that a couple justices did express strategic concern that the power of the Internet could lead to petitioners (or disclosed financial contributors) to a socially unpopular campaign to be harrassed, intimidated or threatened. This is a nasty underbelly of Internet democracy, perhaps, link

Picture: From Washington DC Pride (not Washington state).

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

President extends Family and Medical Leave Act to apply to gay partners and their kids

I saw a link to this story on my Wall on Facebook. President Obama will soon sign a “formal opinion letter” extending the Family and Medical Leave Act to some situations involving same-sex partners, such as the ability to take unpaid time off (up to twelve weeks) to care for a partner’s sick child. The New York Times story is by Robert Pear, dated June 21, is titled “Gay Workers Will Get Time to Care for Partner’s Sick Child “, and has link here.

The interpretation apparently does not require that the partners be legally married or be federal workers, and is not affected by DOMA.

A spokesperson for the Family Equality Council said "if you act like a parent, do the work of a parent and raise a child like a parent, then you are a parent for the purpose of the Family and Medical Leave Act."

However, many “liberals” (and maybe some “conservatives”) have criticized the unpaid leave provision as not very helpful to workers in practice, when compared to policies in European countries.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Baltimore Pride Festival on sacred "Celtic" Druid grounds

My weekend road trip to Baltimore concluded with a visit to the Pride Festival in Druid Hill Park off I-83 in the NW section of the City.

The overflow parking had us directed to “grassy knoll” lots underneath cell phone towers that anticipated Stephen King’s “Langoliers”, and the setting reminds one that Baltimore has the look of a very different city. The view looked out over a bizarre lake with various "Celtic" fortifications, one of which reminds me of “The Tower of Ned” in one of my screenplays.

The event was smaller than DC’s Sunday event (although, as I said, the Block Party Saturday was much larger, so the two cities seem to have split the doubleheader). Most of it was along two long paths, with a drag stage and a separate entertainment stage before one paid the $3 to enter.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Gay Pride 2010: Washington at Baltimore (and New Jersey at Baltimore)

Baltimore Pride this year (2010) tonight was much more robust than I recall it a few years back (although in 2004 I had tried to sing the Smallville "Save Me" by Remy Zero near the cafe). The block party (not to be confused with the festival Sunday in Druid Park), on Eager St at Charles, is much larger than that in Washington, with shows on the bandstand that reminded me of “The Triplets from Belleville”. The food was lined up across Eager Street from the Hippo, but it was easier to get a bean burger at the City Café down the street. There was a free dance tent outside the Café, but the real festivities got going in the Hippo disco before 10 – on Pride Saturday, the “action” always gets going sooner.  There was also karaoke at the Hippo in the "Imax room".

People came from Washington, Philadephia and South Jersey (I met someone from Rowan University in “historic” Glassboro New Jersey, where the famous summit occurred – probably a medical student). Baltimore has become a much better city since the days I was growing up around DC. People may find it’s cheaper to dance there than in NYC.

This year, there was more of an emphasis on “masculinity”. Ashton Kutcher’s angry tweet (about what was done to him for “Killers”) may be right: chest hair is coming back.

One of the drag performers mentioned a non-alcoholic dance for under 21 going on in another club -- I didn't get the name; that's a good thing to do.

One block north on Charles Street, there was another loud event, a hip-hop concert going on.

Baltimore Pride video of 2009 Pride.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Oral arguments held in CA Prop 8 case in federal court; more reassurances on blood issue

The American Foundation for Equal Rights has sent a link for the closing arguments in federal court in California for Perry v. Schwarzenegger, link here.

The refusal of HHS to soften the ban on blood donations from MSM could conceivably set a logical trap for the Pentagon’s review of lifting “don’t ask don’t tell”, according to some conservatives, and some letters written especially to the Washington Times. But first, the blood issue does not apply to women (and therefore lesbians) at all. Second, the military is not supposed to pressure members to give blood; men are supposed to be able to self-defer without there being an implied contradiction to DADT; servicemembers have told me that all the services are pretty good about this. (I wonder if SLDN has archives on this, as nothing significant comes up in a search of the site; see my own experience as a civilian in Monday’s post.) Actual battlefield donations are rare; the military has a tremendously successful record in getting wounded soldiers from combat back to treatment centers where properly screened blood is immediately available.

Nevertheless, we would be sitting more comfortably if HHS and FDA would put in a reasonable look-back period (say 90 days) for MSM and lift the blood donation ban, which seems unnecessary in practice.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Gay men and elderly parents: relatively little has been written so far about this

There has not been a lot of attention yet from the gay press on the issues that gay men may face when caring for elderly parents, especially if the gay men themselves are older and from previous generations with more closed-minded social “standards”.

There is an article by John R. Ballew “Gay Men and Elderly Parents: how do you care for parents and also care for yourself?” link here.

Ballew mentions, at least in tangent, the “only child issue”.

There is an element of family responsibility that occurs beyond the scope of one’s own choices (which is the way we see having children: a choice with consequences defines the moral climate, but that’s not true here).
This is likely to become a more noticeable issue in the future, as families are smaller, and as states with filial responsibility laws and strapped for Medicaid cash might start enforcing them.

In her 2008 book “Beyond (Straight and Gay) Marriage”, American University law professor made a disturbing speculation; see posting on this blog Sept. 22, 2008; Book Review blog, Sept. 21, 2008; Retirement blog Sept. 22, 2008.)

There are stories about gay couples who have cared for elderly parents well in their homes. It does help to have a partner from your own community and a relationship of your own choice first. In that regard, the gay marriage issue again becomes important. There’s another element: gay men (as do men in general) may resist personal intimacy with others dictated by the needs of others until they can have relationships of their own choosing and volition first.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

HHS/FDA continue MSM blood donation ban for now, but may revisit issue soon

Members of a HHS advisory committee for the FDA voted 9-6 not to lift the absolute ban on MSM blood donations, where men are excluded from donation if, when “asked”, “tell” of one event in the past 33 years. However, the FDA says more research and hearings will take place, although no time has been promised.

Cheryl Wetzstein has a most visible article on p A5, National News, of the Washington Times (of course!) today, Tuesday. June 15, link (web url) here

One of the concerns seems to be that as yet hypothetical and undiscovered dormant viruses (particularly retroviruses or other slow viruses or perhaps Hepatitis viruses like B and C) that are particularly transmissible in a “chain letter” fashion from men only could still exist. But this idea had been proposed even back in the 1980s when the blood donation ban was discussed then after an HIV test had been introduced. Even Robert Bazell of NBC had made this point. The religious right (“Dallas Doctors Against AIDS”) tried to use the “chain letter” argument in Texas to bolster the state’s sodomy law with a draconian bill in 1983, that died in committee. Part of the argument is that vaginal acts don’t easily transmit the virus from women to men (even without condoms). However, the prevalence of HIV in Africa, where women often have other STD’s increasing blood exposure to men, seems to counter that notion, even in the West HIV was for a long time particularly prevalent among gay men, although much less to relatively speaking today than before.

The blood issue is still damaging, because it provides a justification for "asking" which could be copied, and because it seems like a surrogate for a shared community obligation.

Back in 1993 I was asked at work to participate in a blood drive while working for a company that sold life insurance to the military. I felt particularly embarassed by the public self-deferral.

I happen to recall a particularly disturbing anecdote when volunteering as a "buddy" for the Oak Lawn Counseling Center in Dallas in 1985 and attending various support meetings.  Another buddy told a story of a family of a young man who had died of AIDS, and a family member scorned the buddy and scolded, "Just look at what you have done!" as by proxy. Some of the hype from the Factor clotting factor concentrate recipients in the article sounds a bit like this.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Capital Pride Block Party: Hot and Humid, with a refreshing T-storm

The Capital Pride block party on Freedom Plaza on Pennsylvania Ave. in Washington today was, well, festive, not too effete (a favorite word from my days in Dallas). It was hot and humid. Repeat these words.
About 3:30 PM we had a ten minute thunderstorm to cool us off. People depended on local trees for shelter. In the mean time, rookie pitcher Stephen Strasburg was winning his second game for the Nats in Cleveland. I could really follow it on my Obama-like Blackberry, which got wet.

The Washington DC Gay Men’s Chorus performed on the stage.

I ran into some people who remembered dancing with me at Town DC. They said it was three weeks ago. It couldn’t have been; according to my photo album, the last time I visited Town DC was Friday April 30. But they showed me a cell phone photo of me, and it was me. So I would say, send the cell phone photo to me (check email on my profile) and I’ll post it. They say I look younger with no glasses and that I need contacts. That’s so vain. (The GMC did not sing “you’re so vain”).

I talked to the folks at the Washington Blade. I wish them well in getting the digital archives back, but it’s amazing that it’s so hard to hand over to some party computer files that are legally theirs.

The Washington Post has a front page story Sunday morning by Greg Jaffe, “In limbo over ‘don’t ask don’t tell’ (link).; Subtle changes taking place throughout the military ahead of expected repeal.” This time, when a soldier in Baghdad was outed, essentially nothing happened. (Although that had been the case in the early 1990s with Petty Officer Keith Meinhold until his case was “politicized.”) The article also gets into issues like whether chaplains will have difficulties with their home denominations if they can’t preach that homosexuality is sin according to their denominations (hint: many protestant denominations, even Baptists, have “liberal” and “conservative” wings).

The Metro section of the Post Sunday has a lead article by Tim Craig, “Gays aim to retain political power: activists eye D.C. elections; marriage-law victory energizes agenda.” Piddle, twiddle, and resolve!

Last picture: A Stephen Strasburg look-alike (really two of them) floated around Pride while the real Stephen Strasburg escaped from David Letterman and was winning his game Sunday pitching against the Indians in Cleveland. How many people could pitch 100-mph fastballs if given a chance?

Saturday, June 12, 2010

DC Pride parade seems to be the longest ever

The thunderstorms wrapped around the DC heat island, allowing one of the longest Gay Pride parades ever in Washington DC tonight. They didn’t all arrive at their final resting place until after a Hurry Sundown at 9:15 or so. I saw only one float that mentioned “don’t ask don’t tell”; there were more church groups than ever before, including the Clarendon Presbyterian Church in Arlington, which I have attended.

JR’s had its usual block party (draft beer just $4), which seemed to break up earlier; the Cobalt was packed by 10:30; on Pride night it gets started earlier. This time men and women were in rough balance (since Cobalt has been doing women’s dances on Saturday nights).

The total count of people who “got it”: 7 (that’s a private matter, so I publish it).

The City did well, having just cleared out a World Cup rally at Dupont Circle hours before.

Oh, I see that I'm supposed to call this event "Capital Pride"!

Sunday, with PrideFest, it will be back to politics.

On DC Pride 2010 weekend, negative ruminations growl; Pelosi wants to hold ENDA to after repeal of DADT

The Washington Post, in a quasi-libertarian (or perhaps “lbertarianesque”) mood, has supported controversial and conservative Virginia attorney general Kenneth Cuccinelli in not joining 48 other states in a lawsuit against the Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, KS for a demonstration at a soldier’s funerl, brought by the family of the soldier. The demonstrations, which the Post does call loathsome, are supposedly in response to the idea that gays serve in the US military and that the US tolerates homosexuality. The Post writes “The sensible way to deal with Mr. Phelps and his followers is by using the same regulations the authorities generally use to contain other obnoxious groups of protesters -- racists, neo-Nazis, skinheads. Keep them at a distance from which they cannot disrupt their targets, provide adequate police presence to deter violence, and let them spew.” The link for the editorial is here.

On the “negative” side, the Alliance Defense Fund, in conjunction with the “Family Research Council” says it has sent a letter claiming that repealing “don’t ask don’t tell” will affect the religious liberty of servicemembers (here ) (there’s a link to a PDF of a letter in February to President Obama). Everything said here sounds like red herrings: no soldier will be expected to participate in ceremonies contrary to his religious beliefs just because DADT is repealed.

Chris Johnson of the Washington Blade (aka DC Agenda) reports that Nancy Pelosi doesn’t want to vote on ENDA (Employment Non-Discrimination Act for civilians) until Congress finishes the job on repealing “don’t ask don’t tell” – requiring a vote in the full Senate, link here.

Washington DC’s Pride celebration starts Saturday evening June 12 (with thunderstorms around) in the same general area that the World Cup gathering has just taken place. In Washington, in sports bars, people have already forgotten Stephen Strasburg to watch the soccer matches (and it’s took bad we won’t have ESPN Zone much longer.)

Picture: from 2008 Pride.

Friday, June 11, 2010

Pediatrics study gives favorable report on teens raised by lesbian mothers

The Washington Times is, to say the least, a best skeptical about “equal rights for gays,” but on p A5 of the Friday June 11 paper (at the beginning of Pride DC weekend) has a story by Cheryl Wetzstein, “Study finds teens raised by lesbians are well-adjusted; skeptics call data ‘unreliable’”, link here.  The study appears to apply to single-mother households and households with lesbian couples.

Kevin Nix, director of Communications, and Jennifer Chrisler of the Family Equality Council announced the results of the study in Pediatrics in a June 9, 2010 press release here.  (Don't mix this organization up with the Family Research Council! The Alliance Defense Fund (ADF) has criticized the study.

The actual study in Pediatrics (from the AAP, or American Association of Pediatrics) has some part online, here. The authors are Nanette Gartrell and Henny Bos, with the results accepted in May 2010, title “US National Longitudinal Lesbian Family Study: Psychological Adjustment of 17-Year-Old Adolescents.” There are three letters so far published, some of which suggest that other factors like educational factors may be in play.

Anecdotally, I have heard of one case of a son of a lesbian mother accepted at the Naval Academy.

Tuesday, June 08, 2010

DC area hospitals slow to add LGBT non-discrimination statements for visitation and other partnership rights

Lena H. Sun has an important story on Metro Section p B3 of the Washington Post, Tuesday June 8, “Several hospitals lack clear anti-bias protections for gays, link here.

HRC (Human Rights Campaign) has a web statement dated June 7, “Hospitals nationwide poised to add LGBT-inclusive non-discrimination policies” here.

The HRC was hoping to find that same-sex domestic partners, even if not legally married, would have visitation and POA-like decision making powers, under a directive in April 2010 from President Obama for hospitals that receive Medicare and Medicaid funding as reported by CMS. However, many hospitals at least have not yet put the information on their websites.

In the Washington area, the hospitals without explicit findable policies included Sibley Memorial Hospital, Howard University Hospital, and Providence Hospital in DC; Shady Grove Adventist Hospital and Washington Adventist Hospital in Montgomery County MD, Reston Hospital Center and Virginia Hospital Center in northern Virginia (VHC is a high-profile hospital in Arlington), and Doctors Community Hospital in Prince Georges County, MD.

HRC was able to get feedback only from George Washington University Hospital in Washington DC; for other hospitals, HRC looked at hospital websites. Howard University has since said that it does follow non-discrimination.

Saturday, June 05, 2010

DC Pride Week starts today; Cobalt really hops with men's dance on Fridays now; needs new website to be up

Well, the Cobalt on 17th Street in Washington really is busy on Friday nights now, for men (as Saturday seems to have switched to women’s parties) before midnight, with some of the dancing spilling down to the 30-degree lounge. They’ve put in more sofa upstairs for amorous sessions.

I think maybe Cobalt is benefiting from the fact that one its main competitors, Town DC, entertains us with a drag show, and a lot of people would like to skip the show and start the dancing. The Friday night music might be a little more 80-ish.

The club needs to get its website back.

17th Street is already decked out in Pride colors for the June 12-13 Pride weekend. But some events start this weekend.

The calendar for the Capital Pride website is here with some events starting today June 5. There is a town hall for the topic of aging in the gay community Monday June 7.

Friday, June 04, 2010

The late Charles Moskos's son explains his father's position on "don't ask don't tell" and his eventual change of heart

Charles Moskos, one of the authors of “don’t ask don’t tell” as now an idiom in the English language (the other is former Georgia Senator Sam Nunn), died in 2008 (at 74), and his son, Peter Moskos, has an op-ed on p A17 of The Washington Post today (Friday June 4, p A17), “’Don’t ask, don’t tell’: Farewell to my father’s idea”, link here.  Peter is in fact a professor of criminal justice at John Jay College. His site is here and he has a book titled "Cop in the Hood".

Let me add, the (DADT) acronym is difficult to type on a laptop, with its apostrophes. The Washington Post Online titles the story as “Son says author of military’s ‘don’t ask’ would now repeal it.”

Peter Moskos does point out that the heart of his father’s argument was sexual modesty and privacy, perhaps even prudishness. Perhaps his father would have gone along with IBM’s idea in the 1950s that men should wear garters and long stockings as business dress.

Peter accounts for his father’s change of heart this way: “He loved the military and its soldiers. Here’s why he would now favor ending the policy he created and defended.”

After 9/11, Charles Moskos vigorously supported resuming the draft, based partly on what he saw as social justice arguments. Peter characterizes his father as a “conservative Democrat”, like Sam Nunn. In late 2001 I got into an email exchange with him (Moskos) and he wrote to me, to my astonishment, “Gays must come out for conscription. Then the ban would be lifted.” So Charles Moskos already had second thoughts about DADT by the time of 9/11.  (I also have done email exchanges with Nunn's staff sometimes, but about a different if tangential issue: the Nuclear Threat Inititative.)

Charles Moskos also addressed the issue of gays in dorm settings at Northwestern. That has become much less of an issue than it was generations ago, as when I was tossed out of the College of William and Mary in the fall of 1961, a traumatic event I have written about a lot (see the “BillBoushka” blog Nov. 28, 2006). But the “obvious parallel” with the military barracks privacy issue, as it was seen in 1993, was one reason that I entered the debat on gays in the military the way I did.

It’s turned out that today’s generation views privacy much differently than people did even fifteen years ago. That’s why there is such a debate about social media like Facebook, which would obviously become relevant to “don’t ask don’t tell” if it stays on the books much longer.

Update: later Friday

The Washington Times today led off its Commentary section with a piece by Robert Knight on why to keep the ban (from his "Christian" perspective), with a bombastic and boldface, "We're smarter than God: Sexual morality is, like, so yesterday". The link for masochistic readers is here.  My reaction to his argument: Go read the closing chapters of (openly gay novelist) Clive Barker's "Imajica" where Man has his final showdown with God (that is, Hapexamendios) in the "City of the Unbeheld", the First Dominion (that is, Heaven), beyond the "Erasure". In Barker's book, Man defeats God.  The Earth is reconciled to all the other dominions including Heaven.

Thursday, June 03, 2010

Obama extends more same-sex partner benefits in some federal agencies (with the most sensitive jobs)

Ed O’Keefe has an important story in the Washington Post on Thursday June 3, “Obama extends benefits to gay Federal workers”, link here.

A measure signed a year ago allowed same-sex partners to be eligible for long term care insurance benefits, as well as hospital visitation and some unpaid family leave.

Today’s measure extends to employees in some specific agencies in intelligence (the CIA?) and financial regulation (the SEC?) to allow much expanded benefits in “health-insurance premiums, dental and vision insurance, business travel accident insurance and tax reimbursements for gym memberships, physical exams and homeowners' insurance.” Other lesser benefits may be available in some agencies, such as with credit unions.

What’s curious is that the most sensitive jobs (as in intelligence on the civilian side) are offering better same-sex partner benefits than other agencies. This is a turnabout from the time that I was applying for top secret security clearances in the early 1970s. (Civil Service didn’t start protecting gay employees from firings until 1973.)

Federal law prevents the president form ordering full benefits to same-sex partners in domestic partnerships. The same is obviously true now of the military; a review of benefits would be part of the Pentagon’s task in signing on to the conditional repeal of “don’t ask don’t tell” just passed by Congress.

Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Employees of the Federal Government (FedGLOBE, link here hasn’t published the story yet but will surely do so soon.

Wednesday, June 02, 2010

Conservatives say Pentagon complains it was rushed into "allowing" Congress to conditionally drop DADT statute

Rowan Scarborough has a front page story in the Washington Times on Wednesday, June 2, “Military chiefs split with Mullen on gays; Deal rushes repeal of ban”, link here.

The article maintains that other chiefs wanted to wait for the Pentagon review before Congress acted to repeal section 654 of Chapter 37 of Title 10 of United States Code, “Policy concerning homosexuality in the armed forces”.

It’s strange that the other chiefs would want to keep on the books a law that actually hinders the Pentagon’s ability to use more administrative discretion in setting up its own conduct rules with regard to various kinds of issues (housing, close quarters, social media, etc). The actual rules, when promulgated, will probably be quite specific and strict.

The long newspaper article ends with a quote of Gen. Horner from the Air Force, “There’s a lot less prejudice nowadays against people who are gay, but that does not necessarily mean that people went to live side by side with them.” I thought, does he remember, “Them” was the title of a 1950s horror film: “Us” v. “Them”, the mentality of tribalism. I think his concerns are more existential in nature.

Tuesday, June 01, 2010

Lady Gaga (on LKL on CNN) on "don't ask don't tell"

Tonight (June 1) on Larry King Live, Lady Gaga spoke about her support for the gay community, particularly on repealing “don’t ask don’t tell” and on repealing the gay male blood donation ban (it’s been rather unusual for both to be mentioned in the same breath in the media). She also talked about public schools and their feeding of homophobia with their dress codes. She said “a lot of things are running around in the government now that people have always been ignorant about.”

Remember the song from the 60s, “Lady Godiva”.

By the way, the full Senate will not vote on the compromise DADT bill until much later this year, apparently not until after the Pentagon review.