Flash back a year ago, and the picture was of discontent among gay and lesbian activists with repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell in doubt and unhappiness that the Obama administration was defending the Defense of Marriage Act. Things have changed. Politico reports today that President Obama’s reelection campaign is tapping gay donors as its revs up fund-raising efforts.
A key quote: “It’s ironic — a year ago there was no constituency more unhappy. There was a sea change,” said veteran gay activist David Mixner. “You not only will see a united community that will contribute to Obama, but they will work their asses off.”
Politico’s Ben Smith and Maggie Haberman also write, “The Obama campaign finance director, Rufus Gifford, was a top California gay fundraiser; the DNC finance chairman, Andrew Tobias, is gay; and the White House social secretary — traditionally a key, if unofficial, fund raising job — is also a gay man, Gifford’s partner Jeremy Bernard.”
No doubt it’s also helping in Southern California fund-raising.
New Spot: Fred Karger, the openly gay Republican-strategist (and former actor) who is running for the GOP nomination, unveiled a new spot today running in New Hampshire and on the web. It’s called “Demon Frisbee” — what, no sheep?
“If you want to start talking about healthy lifestyles and staying in shape, then you yourself should do your best to try to be a model, an example to people you’re trying to convince to do the same,” Schock tells the magazine. He also endorses Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move campaign and says of his morning regimen, “It’s got to happen early or it’s no going to happen.”
He’s not the first politician on the cover of Men’s Health. President Obama appeared last year.
“60 Minutes” Tops: President Obama’s appearance on “60 Minutes” on Sunday helped CBS win the night.
New Reality: Bristol Palin has landed a new reality series on the cabler Bio. Variety’s Jon Weisman writes, “The untitled project will follow Palin and her son Tripp as she moves to Los Angeles to work for a charity while living with Kyle Massey (whom Palin met as a contestant on “Dancing With the Stars”) and his brother Christopher.”
Big Night: Children’s Hospital Los Angeles raised some $7 million at its gala event on Saturday evening, celebrating the completion of a $636 million hospital building. Among those honored were hospital board co-chair Marion Anderson; Chris Albrecht, campaign co-chair, and trustee Mary Hart; and longtime supporters Haim and Cheryl Saban. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and Billy Crystal presented to Albrecht and Hart.