Triangle Square, Hollywood’s LGBT senior living center was abuzz this morning with all things election. Volunteers shuttled a few groups of residents who had not already voted with an absentee ballot down to the nearest polling place.
It’s Election Day and what better time to relive some of pop culture’s and politic’s greatest lesbian-ish moments of 2008, including Michelle Obama, Hillary Clinton, Chelsea Clinton, Sarah Palin and Tina Fey? But first…a Grey’s Anatomy / Brooke Smith fired / Shonda Rhimes Rant!
The first exit poll numbers in Election 2008 are now beginning to stream in and voters overwhelmingly have chosen the economy as the top issue facing the country. Early exit poll results indicate that 62 percent of voters felt the state of the nation’s economy is the most important issue in the presidential election between John McCain and Barack Obama. The war in Iraq was the second most important issue cited by voters, but only 10 percent of those polled listed the ongoing strife in Iraq as their top concern.
Add four years when a woman in Hollywood tells you her age, a producer once told me, writes K. Pearson Brown. ‘It’s expected that they lie about their age,’ he said. After I had a baby last year I became very aware of my years. My doctor classified me as, ‘advanced maternal age.’ Does being an older mom carry a bigger stigma than being a lesbian mom these days?
As we continue on our countdown until the 2008 Out 100 awards party and the launch of Out magazine’s December/January issue, we’re rolling out new Out 100 honorees each day. Today’s batch of gay men and women who made 2008 a year to remember includes three generations of out gay actors: Luke Macfarlane, John Barrowman, and Ian McKellen.
Polls in California have been open for more than six hours, and in areas of the state with dense LGBT populations, voters are reportedly waiting three hours in line, and their wait is getting longer. Volunteers for No on 8 are blanketing Los Angeles to get the word out. In more traditionally conservative areas including San Diego and the Central Valley, some are the only volunteers in their area on hand to persuade people to vote against the proposition.
The first presidential election results of 2008 are in and so far Barack Obama has the lead over John McCain by a significant margin. Of course, his first victory is only a tiny one: voters in Dixville Notch, NH awarded him the win by a vote of 15 to 6. However, Obama supporters are hoping that early voting and exit poll results will soon show the Democratic presidential nominee claiming much larger victories across the nation. With election coverage ramping up by the minute, we’ll keep bringing you the latest election updates throughout the day.
In this election week’s episode, Jill Bennett engages in a lively debate with my conservative Christian, McCain supporting (and future Los Angeles mayoral candidate) neighbor Phil Jennerjahn.
In 2008 our community is once again faced with choosing an ally we think is most likely to help gain for us what has been elusive: passing any legislation that moves us closer to full civil rights equality. Failure to do so may set back our struggle for equality for decades.
The last batch of polls are in and they indicate one thing: Democratic Sen. Barack Obama appears set to win the presidency today. Barring unforseeen events, like massive voting problems, complacency among Democrats, or a Bradley effect in which Obama’s support is less than measured due to racial prejudice, the only questions now are about margins: By how much will the Illinois senator beat Republican nominee John McCain in the popular vote — and, more importantly, in the Electoral College?