Daily Gaydar: Marriage Equality in New York, Yay!

Plus, Obama at a gay fundraiser and True Blood is back baby!


Last week, at Obama’s "Gala With The Gay Community" in New York, Obama made a 25-minute speech about his belief that "gay couples deserve the same human rights as every other couple in this country." He spoke of the repeal of DADT, a new hate-crimes law, and about how he told the Justice Department to stop defending DOMA. He didn’t say a thing about marriage, but did encourage audience members to "keep up the fight." Watch him get heckled here:



Whatever Obama. We don’t need you anyway. Late last Friday night, gay marriage was passed in New York. Governor Cuomo signed the bill into law at 11:15 p.m. on Friday, which means the law will take effect on July 24, 2011. The decision, which passed 33-29, was the culmination of weeks of debate and negotiations between Governor Cuomo and the GOP-controlled Senate. Cuomo attended New York’s Pride Parade yesterday, where he said, "New York has sent a message to the nation. It is time for marriage equality." He called his state "a beacon," adding, "If New York can do it, it's all right for everyone else in the country to do it." Said like a true New Yorker.


Photo: Art Streiber


Did you watch the season premiere of True Blood on HBO last night? In case you’re after a little more, Kristen Bauer van Straten sat down with Advocate.com writer Brandon Voss to chat about what’s in store for the fabulously stylish “late-in-afterlife” lesbian vampire, Pam. Here are some excerpts, but to really sink your teeth into it check out the full interview here. Get a taste below:

What can you tell us about Pam this season?
Pam has a pretty wild story line this year. It’s not in the books, and it’s not something I think people would ever guess. It’s a unique, exciting story line that was really fun and challenging for me, and I think it will be pretty memorable. So we’ll see.


Photo: John P. Johnson


We’re also happy to have Pam represent the LGBT community.
Yes, and I’m proud to do it.

According to the books, Pam seems to be something of a late-in-afterlife lesbian who didn’t discover her attraction to women until well after she became a vampire. As we head into season 4, how would you describe Pam’s sexuality?
Well, it almost feels that way to me — she’s been around long enough to figure out what she really likes. She isn’t bound by any constraints, so she doesn’t try to suppress who she is. In my head, I assume she had some type of relationship with Eric in the beginning, but at this point it feels like she’s decided she’s gay, and she’s been living that life for a while.


Photo: John P. Johnson


I’ve read various articles that have described Pam as bisexual or omnisexual, but we’ve really only seen evidence of her attraction to other women — most memorably when she pleasured Yvetta, the Fangtasia stripper, last season.
Right. Sexually, she hasn’t shown any interest in men so far. Maybe she’ll feed on men because they’re food, but they’re an appetizer to the main course.

I don’t suppose Pam will be settling down into a meaningful, monogamous relationship anytime soon.
I can’t imagine it, but wouldn’t it be fun and exciting to see the person that could settle Pam down? It would have to be someone who was in no way predictable, boring, or weak.


Obama’s Speech Interrupted By Gay Marriage Outbursts [Jezebel]
'True Blood’s' Kristen Bauer van Straten on Pam, The Late-In-Afterlife Lesbian [SheWired]

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