The end of "Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell"

As of 12:01am on Tuesday, the discriminatory law, “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” was repealed and now openly gay men and women can now serve our country without hiding! Many thanks to President Obama and the congressmen and congresswomen who made it possible to repeal this law.

OUTSERVE, has a great issue out now that celebrates this historic change in military policy. Covering the issue is Two Time Iraq war veteran Anthony Woods who unsuccessfully ran for Congress in the 10th District in California. The current OUTSERVE magazine highlights over a 100 once faceless military personnel who were either discharged or currently serving the military.

in Memoriam – Sept. 11, 2001

10 years ago, our lives were changed forever. Evil reared its ugly head! So many innocent lives lost for an extremist cause! But love conquers all and we as a nation and world will overcome this and won’t allow the few that harbor evil to shake our resolve.

I was there in NYC the day this happened. I would have been at the World Trade Center that morning but I woke up 30 minutes late. I was watching the news when the 1st plane hit. I was out the door to head to the WTC to go to bank when the 2nd plane hit. Then I knew something was wrong. Like everyone else, we watched in disbelief what happened at the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and in Shanksville, PA. My heart is still heavy for all those families that lost loved ones on that day. I pray for God’s strength for those affected each and every day as I know it’s painful.

President Obama certifies repeal of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’

President Obama has certified the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” completing another major step in abolishing the 17-year policy.

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Adm. Mike Mullen, along with President Obama, had to sign a certification stating that GLBT individuals could serve openly in the military without disruption to their units.

There will now be a 60-day waiting period before the repeal is fully implemented.

HRC President Joe Solmonese released the following statement:

“For far too long, the ban on openly gay service members has harmed our security and tarnished our values. The President’s certification of repeal is a monumental step, not just for those forced to lie in order to serve, but for all Americans who believe in fairness and equality.

“There are many people who brought this historic day to fruition starting with the President’s tremendous leadership and the steadfast allies in Congress who refused to give in to the lies and fear mongering. Additionally we thank all of the brave men and women who have continued to wear the uniform under a policy that forced them to hide who they are. The end of that shameful time is thankfully near.”

New York passes "Marriage Equality Act"

New York becomes the 6th state in the union to allow same sex marriage. I expect California will be next by the end of the year and Maryland in 2012.

I used to live in NYC from 1999 – 2001 and I truly regret that I left it. I truly felt at home during my time there. Atlanta, and the South, in general has truly been a disappointment. I truly believe the whole region has regressed. And this decision gives me even more reason to move back to where discrimination is not legalized!

CNN Anchor Don Lemon says "I’m Gay"

Don Lemon, the weekend anchor of CNN, officially came out the closet last night in a heartfelt press release. This is major due to the fact that very few African/Latino Americans in the spotlight (i.e. news, sports, etc) openly admit they are gay. It was just back in September while interviewing youth who were members of Eddie Long’s New Birth Missionary Baptist Church that Don admitted live on the air that he was molested as a child. He has a book coming out in June, titled “Transparent”, which will address his fear of coming out, racism, and more! I’ll definitely will be picking up the book!

Personally, I knew he was gay as I saw him at some gay events in the Atlanta area. But I must admit I never thought he would come out. This is great news for LGBT youth, especially LGBT Youth of African/Latino descent.
Here is Don’s official release:

“Today I chose to step out on faith and begin openly living my own truth. And let me say right up front that I hope many of you will be inspired to do the same thing in your daily lives. Some of the things I’ve chosen to reveal in my book Transparent were very difficult to share with even those closest to me.

There was a time when I was terrified of revealing these things to the person I love most in this world – my own mother. But when I finally mustered the courage to tell her that I had been molested as a child and that I was born gay, my life began to change in positive ways that I never imagined possible. Yet I still chose to keep those secrets hidden from the world. I, like most gay people, lived a life of fear. Fear that if some employers, co-workers, friends, neighbors and family members learned of my sexuality, I would be shunned, mocked and ostracized. It is a burden that millions of people carry with them every single day. And sadly, while the mockery and ostracizing are realized by millions of people every day, I truly believe it doesn’t have to happen and that’s why I feel compelled to share what I’ve written in Transparent.

As a journalist I believe that part of my mission is to shed light onto dark places. So, the disclosure of this information does not inhibit in any way my ability to be the professional, fair and objective journalist I have always been.

My book is dedicated to the memory of Rutgers University student Tyler Clementi, who jumped to his death from a bridge after his dorm mates streamed his private business over the Internet for the world to see. Tyler might still be with us today if more gay men and women had chosen to live proudly and openly. It is also dedicated to the millions of young, gay people who believe they are alone when dealing with their own sexual identities. You are not alone! There are people, like me and many others, who are thriving in their personal and professional lives and although we sometimes have a hard time with it ourselves, we are here to show you by example that you too can overcome any obstacle as long as you stay strong and, most of all, stay alive.”

With love and honesty,

Don Lemon
May 16, 2011

Here is the video of his admission of molestation back in Sept.

Black History Month Spotlight – Garrett Morgan

In honor of Black History Month, each day this month I will highlight a Man or Woman of African descent who used their God given talents to help shape history and not only for Blacks but all mankind!
Garrett Morgan 1877 – 1963.

He was the inventor of the Stop Light, Gas Mask and more!. You can read more about him here!

Treasure Island Fined by Cal/OSHA; Appeal Pending

San-Francisco based Treasure Island Media is appealing three fines levied against the company for workplace safety violations by Cal/OSHA. The studio produces all-male condomless content. A story published on Friday by industry publication XBIZ pinged around the gay-media-gossip blogosphere over the weekend and said TIM was found in violation of workplace safety regulations by permitting its performers to engage in condomless sexual activity. The citations total more than $21,000, noting TIM “has not developed procedures for methods of compliance, including engineering controls and work practices; Hepatitis-B vaccination, post-exposure evaluation and follow up; communication of hazards to employees; and recordkeeping.” An agency safety engineer said the citations were not issued due to the presence of HIV-positive models; rather, it was “performers having unprotected sex and other technical issues.” TIM General Manager Matt Mason told XBIZ the company cooperated with Cal/OSHA’s investigation. “We have appealed the citations and participated in the informal conference process and expect to take the matter to a hearing in 2011 with an administrative law judge,” he said.