Monday, January 25, 2010

Clear Channel Communications is interested in signing radio shock jock Howard Stern.

The nation's largest radio station owner, and the home of conservatives Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity, confirmed its interest in Stern to The Associated Press on Monday.

Calls and e-mails to Stern's agent, Don Buchwald, and Stern's current employer, Sirius XM Radio Inc., were not immediately returned.

Stern's five-year, $500 million contract with Sirius expires at the end of the year.

John Hogan, CEO of Clear Channel's radio division, told Bloomberg BusinessWeek earlier that the company's interest depends on whether Stern would be willing to work within the limitations of over-the-air radio. The Federal Communications Commission restricts broadcasts of profanity and other indecent material.

Friday, January 22, 2010

Joe Manetti - International Daddy Bear 2009

Our in studio guest this week is Joe Mannetti, Joe, is an openly Gay actor, outreach activist, and freelance writer. He grew up in New York, and he moved to Southern California in 1986. In the past several years he has devoted his time to serving the LGBT communities as an HIV Testing Counselor, a Public Speaker with groups including G.L.I.D.E. (Gays & Lesbians Initiating Dialogue for Equality), and a Fundraiser for support services that benefit Transgender people, LGBT youth, and individuals impacted by HIV/AIDS. He put himself through graduate school earning a Master of Science degree in Counseling, and he is the current Mr. International Daddy Bear 2009. Film projects that he will be appearing in include a documentary about body image diversity by award winning filmmaker Julian Dahl and a cameo in TLA Releasing’s “BearCity.” He was named “Best Bear Fundraiser” in the “Best of the Bears 2009” poll conducted by The Complete Bear website. Joe’s believes that “…it is those who dare to be different that truly make the world a better place for all of us.”

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Comments from Margaret Hoover (President Hoover's Grandaughter)

Gays and lesbians are our friends, neighbors, doctors, colleagues, sisters and brothers. Does it sit well with you that because of their sexual orientation, a factor outside one's control, that they should have less rights and protections in the eyes of the law? While increasing acceptance of gays marks my generational experience--Ellen DeGeneres is welcomed into the living rooms of millions of Americans daily, an impossibility in even my childhood-- many who are older than me fear that if gays and lesbians can marry, what's next? They worry that homosexual marriage degrades the integrity of heterosexual marriage. They fear that their children might be exposed to alternative lifestyles that will impact them negatively, or argue that the purpose of marriage is procreation. If you are uncomfortable with gay marriage, I encourage you to pay attention to this trial, the plaintiffs, the defense and the spectrum of experts, historians, psychologists, economists, political scientists, who will testify as to the effects and detriment of Proposition 8. In the words of NAACP chairman Julian Bond, "The humanity of all Americans is diminished when any group is denied rights granted to others."

Party Stopper? Cindy McCain Joins NOH8 Campaign.

As literal Republicans publicly and proudly move to the center to distance the party from the winout Tea Baggers, are we, the GLBT, thrown into an identity crisis?

We had a presidential candidate who campaigned for our community’s votes on a platform of swift change and respect. We would up with a president who, for whatever reason, will no longer vocalize solidarity with our civil rights movement, even now as his words are used against us in the Prop 8 trial here in California.

On the other homo hand, we have Republicans such as Ted Olson who are arguing against Obama’s remarks on behalf of marriage equality in said trial. Yup, Republicans are starting to come out as fierce advocates who deliver.

And then we have Cindy McCain (wife of John and mother of fiesty queer-ally Megan) leaving some of us scratching our gorgeous, chiseled chins after posing for Adam Bouska's NOH8 Campaign. (To which Megan Twatted: "I couldn't be more proud of my mother for posing for the NOH8 campaign. I think more republicans need to start taking a stand for equality and civil rights in this country and set the example that this is not a partisan issue.”)

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

The Golden Gays

This week Sunday, January 17 we have "The Golden Gays" a great group of guys with lots of talent. They sort of emulate the Golden Girls, exept they use song and well you have to tune in to find out how this all came about. So make sure you tune in this Sunday to LATALK Radio at 6 PM (PST)

Thank You First Show Guests

My first show went really well and I want to thank my guests, Don Duncan and Richard Eastrman. We talked about Medical Marijuana in Los Angeles and I have to say it was a lively discussion. The vote for regulations in the city come up this Wednesday, so we all have to wait and see what happens. I hope to get them back on the show soon so they can give us an update....Again thanks to both guests for taking out the time to be with me.

Friday, January 8, 2010

When Scary Jesus Makes The News

When scary Jesus makes the news
By Mark Morford, SF Gate Columnist

Friday, January 8, 2010

Will it be drugs? Will it be gays? Will it be an unwieldy sex scandal featuring seedy hotels, bad cologne and grossly detailed text messages you never want to read? How about another "family values"' congressman busted for cruising gay chat rooms or hitting on young male pages in the congressional bathroom? That's always heartwarming.
Or maybe it will be another enchanting case of sexual abuse and pedophilia in the Catholic Church! What, too 2001? Fine, how about six decades of child rape and beatings at the hands of countless nuns and priests in Irish Catholic orphanages? Oh right, that was last year. The pope slamming birth control in Africa? Megachurch pastors shamelessly fleecing their gullible flock for still more millions? Some spectacular combination of the above? So many choices! What's your pleasure, good reader?

Of one thing you can be absolutely certain: whenever self-righteous Christians make the news, it's going to be... embarrassing. Sad. Sickening. Disingenuous. A little dangerous. A lot pitiable.

Homophobic? Frequently. Hypocritical? Invariably. Deeply ignorant of the real teachings of the true, mystical, renegade, anti-authority Jesus, who was about as far from the modern Pentecostal evangelical fundamentalist organized-religion worldview as a vegan from a Kansas slaughterhouse? You already know the answer.

All of which makes it delightful -- in that nauseatingly familiar sort of way -- to read the story about the Northern California evangelicals whose repulsive views on homosexuality and "curing" gay people reportedly helped shape a new, violently anti-gay bill in Uganda.

Did you see? The New York Times piece about how Ugandan officials took the American evangelicals' beliefs about the best ways to punish/reform "evil" gays to its natural conclusion, and decided, if all other forcible rehab options fail, it would be perfectly appropriate to simply exterminate the homosexuals?

I mean, why not? If it's certifiably evil, if you can't "cure" it, if it scares the livestock, transmits disease, preys upon young boys and makes the older men fantasize in dangerous and uneasy ways, if God (not really) said it was an abomination, what's the problem?

Of course, the radical evangelicals in question were -- or at least pretended to be -- horrified at this practical summation of their views, immediately wrote panicky letters to Ugandan officials to correct their unfortunate "misinterpretation," as damn well they should have.

"No, no, no!" they sort of said. "We didn't mean actually kill them. That would be wrong. We simply meant gently, lovingly rehabilitate. You know: drugs, imprisonment, maybe some beatings, public humiliation, brainwashing, genital torture, electroshock therapy like the Mormons used to do.

"Barring that, just do what we do in America: psychological torment in the form of relentless, crushing guilt. This will make the evil gay feel so suicidally depressed about his perfectly natural desires, his body, his emotions, who he is as a living soul on this planet, he's bound to come around. See, like most major religions of the world, we work to shame the sinner so horribly that if he doesn't kill himself, you'll end up with a fine, completely numb soldier of Christ! But don't actually kill them. Heavens!"

Ugandan officials, apparently a bit confused about just how this crazy evangelical thing works, agreed to re-draft the bill and take out the killing stuff. "You extremist Christians are so weird," they seemed to say, rolling their eyes.

It's a story that folds in nicely with the sad little furor regarding tired ol' Brit Hume over at Fox News, a slumpy veteran talking head who recently muttered something gently asinine on the air about Tiger Woods, Buddhism and converting Tiger to the land of happy fuzzy Christ.

Indeed, Hume suggested during a broadcast that Tiger would do well to renounce his sinful ways, pack up his little Temple O' Buddhism and move to Sweet Home Jesuslandia, home of Ted Haggard, Carrie Prejean and thousands of priests who are no longer allowed to touch children -- where all is safe and redemptive and no one has much sex, and if they do it's certainly not very much fun and doesn't last more than 90 seconds in the dark in the congressional bathroom. So thoughtful you are, Brit!

So then. Is the mildly offensive part how Hume tried to convert Tiger on national TV? Is it how he obviously doesn't understand much about Buddhism and how it pre-dates Christianity by hundreds, if not thousands, of years? Or is it how Hume won't apologize and is now claiming Christian persecution as a result of being so pseudo-righteous? All of the above? Does it even matter?

Of course it doesn't. But I have to admit, ever since Dubya so mercifully slumped off the national stage and hauled his fractured, dejected army of Christian fundamentalists with him, the stories about unfortunate imbecility, sexual misadventure and righteous indignation in the name of Christ have slowed to a mere trickle. Which is not a bad thing at all, really.

Oh sure, they're still out there, but the Christian right no longer dominates the national dialogue as it once did. Now the Jesus crusaders have largely been replaced by an even sillier and more fringe bunch -- birthers and teabaggers and such -- citizens who don't even have the excuse of a misinterpreted, fear-based faith to back their biases and anxieties. Now they just have ... Glenn Beck.

No matter. We can all safely assume millions of good, reasonable Christians were just as disgusted as anyone over the fringe evangelical hatred on display in the Uganda story. And most would even agree that Hume was a bit of a jackass for daring to "correct" anyone's faith, especially one of the great, peaceful religions of the world, even on a network as shamelessly right-wing and morally unhinged as Fox News.

In that sense, these two stories point to a broader truth: Never forget to be thankful, humble pilgrim, when you stumble over barbed tales like this, that times have changed, are changing, keep right on changing ... usually for the better. In other words, as dire or inane as these stories may seem, offer a moment of heaping, divine gratitude that it's not like it used to be. And with any luck, it never will be again.

Hell, you can bet even Jesus is grateful for that.

Thank You Fans

Well we made our initial goal of 200 plus fans before air time. Thanks to everyone for making this happen. I will do my best to not dissapoint you and keep up my commitment to bring you good informative radio. Go to our upcoming guest list on this website and give me any suggestions or comments you may have. This is the beginning of a new year and a new relationship with you. Luv Ya

My New Venture

We are launching our new radio show on Internet Radio....No Terresterial radio here. This is a new venture and a new medium in radio. So its going to be very different not having an engineer working the boards. This means that I have to do it myself and even thou I am told its very simple....I am a little concerned that I do not screw up. So bear with me and I am sure that together we will get through this and I will not screw up too much with this first show.

My First Show

My first show on LATALK Radio will be this Sunday, January 1o at 6 PM - 7 PM. The subject is Medical Marijuana in Los Angeles, and my guests will be Don Duncan from ASA....Rev. Scott Imler and Richard Eastman...activist and long time AIDS survivor...Make sure you tune in to hear what is going on...Then send me your comments either here or to my Facebook page, Twitter or direct I cannot wait to hear from you good, bad or indiferent.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

A Big Gay North Hollywood Wedding

Extended to January 23!

As Joshua Weinberg and Brent Logan attempt to have a civil and respectable wedding... their loving friends and family get in the way. Be a part of this wedding ceremony and join them for the reception as you become one of the family!

PROTESTORS WELCOME, but please pay full price! Tix>>

AIDS/LifeCycle's FREE Event

Here is a free event sponsored by the Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/ Trnasgender Center.... we call it the Gay/Lesbian Center

This event is FREE
Event: A Night at the Museum

"AIDS/LifeCycle’s annual kick-off party!"
What: Mixer
Start Time: Saturday, January 16 at 6:00pm
End Time: Saturday, January 16 at 9:00pm
Where: Natural History Museum of Los Angeles, 900 Exposition Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90007