Lady Gaga Ends Exclusive Deal with Target Over LGBT Concerns


Since the announcement last month, fans have expressed concerns over Lady Gaga’s partnership with Target to offer pre-sales and a deluxe edition of her upcoming Born This Way album exclusively with the retail outlet that was attacked for making donations to anti-LGBT politicians last year.

Gaga told fans:

Our relationship is hinged upon their reform in the company to support the gay community and to redeem the mistakes they’ve made supporting those groups.

However, Gaga’s representative told media outlets the singer and Target reached a mutual agreement to end the relationship a few weeks ago. Many are citing Target’s refusal to stop funding anti-LGBT politicians as the cause for the break.

Target offered this as a response:

Target remains committed to the LGBT community as demonstrated by our contributions to various LGBT organization, our recently established Policy Committee to review our political giving and our respectful, inclusive workplace environment.

I am not sure how much pull Lady Gaga thought she would have with the retail giant, but Target executives clearly are not bowing to her demands and Gaga stuck by her guns and pulled the deal. Target is hurt more by the no-deal, both because they lack the exclusivity of the sure-to-sell album and they will undoubtedly continue to suffer from LGBT boycotts of the retailer. All I can say is, good for you Gaga for standing by your beliefs and not selling out just for the money.

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Why did Lady Gaga Partner with Target, a Supporter of Anti-Gay Candidates?


When Lady Gaga announced an exclusive partnership with Target for the release of Born This Way, I thought she had sold out her gay fans for the money of corporate America.

Turns out, this partnership could be a positive thing. In an interview with Bilboard magazine, Gaga reveals she was uncomfortable with the Target partnership when it was first discussed, and she met with “the entire executive staff” at the company to clear up her misgivings. She says tell Billboard:

That discussion was one of the most intense conversations I’ve ever had in a business meeting. Part of my deal with Target is that they have to start affiliating themselves with LGBT charity groups and begin to reform and make amends for the mistakes they’ve made in the past … our relationship is hinged upon their reform in the company to support the gay community and to redeem the mistakes they’ve made supporting those [antigay] groups.

This is interesting. I cannot say I am convinced, but I can say I appreciate Gaga discussing the Target deal somewhat openly for her gay fans. It will be even more interesting to see if Target actually changes its ways, or if this was just another business promise from corporate America. In the end, this very may have been just another business decision rather than a moral one.

Record Number of LGBT Candidates Elected to Office


Although we lost many straight allies in the election yesterday, more openly LGBT candidates won election to public office than any other year in America’s history.

Important victories from the 2010 election include:

  • David Cicilline elected to Congress to be the fourth openly gay member of the US House of Representatives
  • Jim Gray elected mayor of Lexington, Kentucky
  • Nickie Antonio elected to the Ohio House (the first openly LGBT person to serve in the state legislature)
  • Marcus Brandon elected to the North Carolina House (the first openly gay state legislator)
  • Victoria Kolakowski elected Superior Court judge in Alameda County (the first openly transgender judge in America)
  • Kevin Lembo elected Connecticut State Comptroller
  • Laurie Jinkins elected to the Washington State House (the first openly lesbian state legislator, and may help pass a marriage equality bill next legislative session)
  • Maryland and California expanded LGBT state legislative caucuses to include seven openly LGBT lawmakers

You can read more about this record election from Victory Fund.

2010 Election Results from HRC


From HRC:

The march to equality has steps forward and steps backward. Yesterday we saw some of each. Our fight for equality at the federal level was dealt a serious setback – but there are paths forward for pro-equality bills and amendments, and there are new opportunities for progress in states across the country. If you know anything about HRC, it’s that we’re fighters. And fighting tirelessly is exactly what we’ll need to do over the next few years.

Since 2006, the U.S. House has been led by committed supporters of equality. But yesterday, a wave of anti-LGBT radicals seized control. Their leaders – Reps. Boehner (R-OH), Cantor (R-VA), and Pence (R-IN) – all received scores of zero on HRC’s congressional scorecard, meaning they’ve NEVER supported a single pro-equality bill. Key Senate seats were lost as well.

In Pennsylvania, arch-conservative Pat Toomey beat the staunchly pro-equality Joe Sestak, and “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” repeal leader Rep. Patrick Murphy lost his seat. Longtime LGBT rights champion Sen. Russ Feingold lost to multi-millionaire Ron Johnson in Wisconsin. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota, who’s called homosexuality a “dysfunction” and “personal enslavement,” continues as a U.S. Representative.

But there were major victories last night as well. A record number of openly LGBT candidates prevailed, including newly elected David Cicilline (D) of Rhode Island, Rep. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO), and Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA). The National Organization for Marriage (NOM) spent millions to gin up hatred and fear, and although they ousted three Iowa judges who ruled for marriage equality, many of their favored candidates lost – like Tea Party darlings Christine O’Donnell in Delaware (who founded a group to “cure” homosexuality) and Sharron Angle in Nevada (who refused donations from pro-equality companies), as well as Carly Fiorina and Meg Whitman in California and Carl Paladino in New York. The man who likened homosexuality to alcoholism, Colorado’s Ken Buck, also went down in defeat.

The upside is that we are now better positioned to win marriage equality or other forms of family recognition in multiple states. HRC’s Campaign for New York Marriage helped pick up three state senate seats, building significant momentum for a marriage equality vote. Maryland re-elected Governor O’Malley, who has committed to signing a marriage bill, and flipped a key state Senate Judiciary Committee seat. In California, Hawaii, Rhode Island and Colorado, pro-equality governors will take office.

These elections also proved again that pro-LGBT candidates don’t lose because of their belief in equality. New Hampshire voters rejected the bigotry and hate of NOM and other anti-equality forces and re-elected Governor John Lynch, who signed marriage equality legislation last year.

But hey, at least the democrats maintained control of the Senate.

This is well overdue…


I know this is well overdue, but I have been busy with life and all of the responsibilities that come along with trying to get an education (and hopefully a job). I apologize for disappearing and failing to keep you up to speed on the issues.

That being said, I have decided to make time to keep up with this blog (I promise I’ll do my best) because this is a critical time in our country’s history and a critical time for gay rights. Today’s election decides the fate of our country for the next couple of years, so I hope you got out to vote today. Our country depends on us.

In case you missed it, a lot has been going on from Prop 8 to DADT and ENDA. I will try to recap some of what has happened as time goes on just in case you haven’t been keeping up.

I look forward to blogging and discussing issues with all of you in the future, and I hope you are excited because SECOND CLASS CITIZENS is back and we aren’t taking no for an answer anymore! (You hear that Mr. Obama?)

Yours,

A Concerned Citizen

 

Barney Frank: The March Is Pointless


From Advocate.com:FRANK

As gay rights activists prepare to descend on Washington, D.C., for the National Equality March, one of the highest ranking openly gay politicians in the nation took to Michelangelo Signorile’s radio show to say the whole thing is pointless.

Barney Frank discussed the march, hate-crimes protections, the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, and the military’s gay ban, but got the most listener response to his rant on the march, saying it won’t likely do anything and that President Obama “doesn’t need any pressure.”

Frank went on to say that gays and lesbians would better spend their time at home lobbying their politicians than making the trek to D.C.

“I literally don’t understand how this will do anything,” he said. “People are kidding themselves. I don’t want people patting themselves on the back for doing something that is useless.”

Listen to Frank’s full radio interview here.