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Rick Perry and gay soldiers
Texas Gov. Rick Perry hasn't commented on
the incident involving a gay soldier who was
booed during the last Republican presidential de-
bate. But one of Perry's prominent supporters in
New Hampshire certainly has.
Perry backer and
State Rep. Alfred
Friday that he was
"disgusted" by the
gay soldier, Stephen
Hill, who submitted a
question to the de-
bate via YouTube
about "don't ask,
Baldasaro went on
to say that "it was great' when members.of-the
audience booed Hill. Here's a full transcript from
Scott Keyes at ThinkProgress:
KEYES: What did you make of that moment in
the debate when they had the gay marine asking
a question and there were a few in the audience
who were booing him?
BALDASARO: I was so disgusted over that
gay marine coming out, because when he came
out of the closet. Bob won't say it because
they're scared to get in trouble, but their brothers
and sisters — brothers especially — that are
there, they'll start getting away from him. They'll
start ignoring him. He doesn't realize it, but when
the shit hits the fan, you want your brothers cov-
ering your back, not looking at your back.
KEYES: Did you have an issue with the audi-
BALDASARO: Oh no, I thought the audience,
when they booed the marine, I thought it was
On Tuesday, Baldasaro told the Union Leader
that he stands behind his comments. But Bal-
dasaro now claims he didn't mean he was dis-
gusted by the fact that Hill is gay, but rather by the
fact that he appeared during a political event in an
Army T-shirt. Baldasaro also stressed that he
wasn't speaking for Perry, adding that he was
"speaking for myself as an American with a First
Amendment right to free speech."
Baldasaro also criticized reporters who've
been covering his comments. "I wish they'd
spend more time on jobs and the economy than
what Al Baldasaro said," he said. "They're all look-
ing for a story to make money for their papers."
The Union Leader notes that four of the GOP
presidential candidates — Rick Santorum, Jon
Huntsman, Gary Johnson and Herman Cain —
have condemned the booing of the gay soldier.
Although Perry's campaign hasn't commented
on the incident, the governor has previously ad-
dressed the subject of gay soldiers.
The day Perry signed Texas' constitutional
amendment banning same-sex marriage in 2005,
the governor was asked what he would tell gay
veterans returning from Iraq.
"Texans have made a decision about marriage,
and if there is some other state that has a more
lenient view than Texas, then maybe that's a bet-
ter place for them to live," Perry responded.
— John Wright
Gay Day at the State Fair
The Texas State Fair is back, and fried food,
vomit-inducing rides (not necessarily in that order)
and live music make the annual event appeal to
both young and the young at heart. The DART
Green Line makes accessing the fair a breeze and
in no time you'll be experiencing the funsies of the
fair once again.
But if you're up for an event that attracts hun-
dreds of queers to partake in shenanigans (and
who isn't?), then make sure to get down to the
fair this Saturday to enjoy the unofficial Gay Day at
the Texas State Fair.
The plan is to meet at "Big Tex" (the giant cow-
boy with the flat butt) from noon to 12:30 p.m. as
a community and then break off to strut the fair.
To recognize your fellow LGBT brethren and to
support anti-bullying campaigns and National
Coming Out Day (which is Tuesday), make sure to
don a purple shirt (or just wear a bunch of rain-
For more information is available on the group's
— Draconis von Trapp
Bullying Awareness Day in FW
Oct. 12 is the one-year anniversary of openly
gay Fort Worth City Councilman Joel Burns' leg-
endary "It Gets Better" speech. (In case you're
wondering, as of this posting, the video had
2,664,269 views on YouTube.) To mark the occa-
sion, the Fort Worth City Council on Tuesday will
proclaim Oct. 12 as Bullying Awareness Day, ac-
cording to a press release from Burns' office:
On October 12, 2010, Councilman Burns used
his personal time at a city council meeting to
speak to citizens, parents and educators about
their responsibility as adults to end bullying. His
message also included a personal plea to those
youth who were considering suicide to stick
around for a life that will get better and a message
of hope to empower youth to speak out and
stand up for anyone who might be experiencing
Subsequently, the video of Councilman Burn's
speech went viral and garnered international at-
tention. To continue the conversation about bully-
ing and the effects it has on children, and
ultimately the city as a whole, the City of Fort
Worth is proclaiming October 12, 2011 Bullying
Awareness Day to encourage its citizens to do
their part in ensuring that all children have a safe,
caring and respectful place to feel safe, learn and
— John Wright
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