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Gay Marriage at SCOTUS

28 Apr

Several hundred supporters of gay marriage and several dozen opponents (the latter mainly religious and mainly opposed to abominations in general, single or betrothed), gathered at the Supreme Court today while it heard arguments.

The Cato Institute filed an amicus brief.  reason magazine covers it here; the DC gay news weekly Metroweekly covers it here.

Most of the crowd was aware of the arguments being advanced in some detail and felt the court will uphold gay marriage decisions of lower federal courts.  They just aren’t sure whether it will be upheld as a Constitutional right that exists that all states must recognize, or whether it will just be that all states must recognize via the “full faith and credit” clause any gay marriage from another state.

(I will be uploading photos and videos to this post throughout the afternoon.)

Here’s a lesbian couple who’ve been together 33 years:

Here’s a reporter from the conservative Media Research Center interviewing someone with the Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce: 


One of many “Gay-9s” in attendance.  While they ranged from Italian greyhounds to bulldogs to muts, this rainbow ascoted poodle was the gayest of them all.











Here’s a reporter from Mother Jones interviewing the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence:

A fairy was granting marriage equality wishes with a sparkly wand:

There was chanting back and forth between he pro- and anti-gay forces: 

New Yorker Jimmy LaSalvia, formerly of Log Cabin Republicans and then founder of GoProud, now an Independent, was here just to visit his former town of residence (D.C.)

Supporters of marriage equality unfurl a rainbow banner:







(Libertarian and LGBT groups may use any of these photos or videos, just give a photo credit.)

Vote on Thursday’s Top Libertarian Internet Updates

26 Jul
1)

Sheldon Richman on FaceBook
Hey, I see Michele Bachmann voted to protect NSA spying. Glad she’s trying to keep government on a short leash.

2) Bruce Majors on FaceBook
  Now that the ACLU has hired GOProud founder Jimmy LaSalvia to do outreach to the tea party, maybe FreedomWorks should hire me to do outreach to gay bar patrons.



Rumors of GOProud’s death greatly exaggerated

26 Jun

Contrary to a rumor I’d heard and even repeated, GOProud is not disbanding.

Last night they had a comedy event fundraiser in DC just to prove it at RFD, a popular Chinatown venue, with four (straight male) comics from District Comedy, Simone (who MC’ed), Pat Coffey, Wes Martens, and headliner Mike Finazzo.  There was a lot of DC vs Baltimore humor and there were a lot of jokes about blacks and whites.  The comics, mainly Democrats as well as heterosexuals, did well relating to a non-Democratic gay male audience (over 50% of the crowd) even with such (planned?) faux pas as Wes Marten’s “I was so stupid as a teen — all I was looking for was the same thing as everyone else here then…oh…well…maybe not the same thing….”  But the half dozen lesbians there seem to have left pretty early, including the one who is a GOProud board member and her partner and friend.  And one young straight woman got some humor harassment from Pat Coffey that went over the line.

LaSalvia actually had the best line of the night:  “When we decided to start GOProud they told me we would be hated by the right and by the left. And that’s how we roll at GOProud, we take it in both ends.”  Simone did a lot of interracial dating jokes and stories: “I’ve fucked more white girls than anorexia”  and “Black guys and white girls go together like white guys and Asian girls. It’s the circle of life.”  Which led Wes Marten to retaliate with:  “So it turns out the same chemical that is in Viagra is found in watermelon, something called citrulline. I don’t want to say the brothers have been holding back, but…”  Wes also told a lot of self-deprecatory jokes about aging and being married:  “I’m an older comic, all my drugs have become medications – I went from Acapulco gold to Centrum Silver overnight. I got some medical marijuana in California, but they gave it to me as a suppository.  And I couldn’t get it lit.”

Coffey, aside from making the women in the audience uncomfortable, had the best political jokes: “The Republicans have their first lesbian Senator…Lindsey Graham,” “I’m glad you found the venue, we we’re originally going to hold it in a giant closet” and “People get confused by gay Republicans. The IRS didn’t know whether to target you or not.”  As well as humor about his status as a near 40 year old virgin:  “My sex life took a hit recently. My keyboard broke.”

Finazzo did humorous stories mainly about his own marriage.  Amusing but not roflmao and not easily transcribed.










(photo: Kerri Toloczko )