Jason Howard Green

Jason Howard Green

Friday, February 26, 2010

New York Governor Will Not Seek Reelection

New York governor David Paterson announced this week that he will not be seeking the office again after this term. For me this is very disappointing news. Governor Paterson has been a fierce advocate for the LGBT community. Although other politicians in his state and many of his constituents tried to get the governor to abandon the gay and lesbian cause, he was unwavered. He repeatedly demanded that same gender loving couples be allowed the right to marry in New York (although unfortunately the New York Legislature let him down by voting down the bill that would allow this). But I have to applaud his efforts for being a voice for our behalf.

According to the Advocate, this decision was made following a "mortal political blow this week." It was reported that one of the top aides in Paterson's office may have been involved in a domestic violence incident. There are many unanswered questions but there are accusations that Paterson and state police may have tried to sway the woman that was the victim to drop the case against the aide.

I personally don't believe these accusations. I do believe he may have decided to not to seek reelection following a drop in popularity in the polls and the forecast that a victory in the next election would be very difficult for him. That I believe. Paterson is a very straight forward man who says whats on his mind. Remember this is the man that upon taking office immediately announced he has cheated on his wife and she has been unfaithful to him. He lays everything out on the table and I admire him for that. But whatever his reasons are they don't matter, we are still losing a powerful ally when we lose Governor Patterson.

Black (and Gay) History Month Quiz

I just found this fabulously fun quiz on AfterElton.com. It's all about the LGBT community and Black History month. There are only ten questions so this won't take too much of your time. So please take a moment and take the quiz. And if you don't mind, let me know how you scored.

I got nine out of ten right (yeah me!) Take the quiz here and holla back (I want to know how you did).

Thursday, February 11, 2010

LGBT Rights and Our President

I'll say it, I've repeated said that I've been disappointed with the President's progress towards LGBT equality. Don't get it twisted, yes I love me some Barack but I've always thought he could do more. But then I just read a list of items Obama has accomplished in his first year in the White House and I must admit I'm somewhat impressed. This list, compiled by DNC Treasurer Andrew Tobias, reflects the

1. Reversed an inexcusable US position by signing the UN Declaration on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity.

2. Extended benefits to same-sex partners of federal employees.

3. Endorsed the Baldwin-Lieberman bill, The Domestic Partnership Benefits and Obligations Act of 2009, to provide full partnership benefits to federal employees

4. Signed the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Treatment Extension Act

5. Lifted the HIV Entry Ban effective January 2010

6. Released the first Presidential PRIDE proclamation since 2000

7. Hosted the first LGBT Pride Month Celebration in White House history

8. Awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Harvey Milk and Billie Jean King

9. Appointed the first transgender DNC member in history

10. Issued diplomatic passports, and provided other benefits, to the partners of same-sex foreign service employees

To see the entire list please go here. I must admit, I was glad to see so many different accomplishments compiled in one place. Maybe now people can stop saying that our President isn't doing anything. While I would like to see more it is not fair to say that he is indifferent to or has done nothing for the LGBT community. I think the list above refutes that.

Monday, February 8, 2010

Dana Owens, aka Queen Latifah, opened up yesterdays Super Bowl by singing America The Beautiful. Apparently many in the blogosphere and many in the media have been attacking Latifah saying her performance was horrible. I just saw the performance (cause I didn't watch the game) and though the Queen was great. Unfortunately it seems like my opinion is in the minority. But you tell me, please watch the video and give me your thoughts. Holla back . . .

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Why I Love Wanda Sykes

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Leave to Wanda to call anyone and everyone on their shit. You have to see it to believe it. I would think that a corporation as large as NBC would have a bit more couth than to try to pull some bullsh*t like this. But it's still funny to watch Wanda in action.