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Bill Maher tells Obama to get on board with gay marriage

A provocative, funny, on target piece from Bill Maher that talks about how ridiculous it is that top Democrats haven’t lined up to support gay marriage. Republicans, after all, stand by (even unpopular) convictions, he says – why can’t Democrats do the same?

Would love to hear your thoughts in the comments.

By Jennifer Vanascoeditor in chief, 365gay.com 

Here are a few initial thoughts about Smith’s Just Kids. Today’s selection covers up to page 51. Add your thoughts.

There is something contradictory when Patti Smith and Robert Mapplethorpe meet for the third time. She’s on a date with a writer who might require more than she’s willing to give. Robert, as Smith insists on calling him, is strolling alone tripping on acid.

Smith, the innocent Jersey girl trying to navigate the metropolis, and Mapplethorpe, the Long Island kid already indulging in all it has to offer.

She asks him to play pretend as her boyfriend, and they run away from her suitor.

“Out of breath, we collapsed on someone’s stoop. ‘Thank you, you saved my life,’ I said. He accepted this news with a bemused expression.”

They were a pair from that moment on, and decided to move in together. It would be unfair to romanticize this. Both were technically homeless and needed a place to lay their heads. But they were also “just kids” (as a tourist tagged them), looking to be engaged as artists.

Why not share an apartment with someone you can share your dreams with?

Your voice is important.

In :25 seconds, tell us on video – using words, images, comedy bits, whatever – why bullying should end.

Your video is due MONDAY, Jan. 10. 5 finalists will be posted Jan. 18 for people to vote.

The top video will air on Logo TV – and perhaps across MTV Networks.

It’s :25 seconds, people. It’s a good cause. Make your mark – and make a difference.

Enter – and read more – here.

Please retweet/Facebook this/send it to your creative friends!

Want to see an example? Click the link above.

Back in the fall,  it seemed like a new tragedy was happening every few days as gay teens took their lives after being bullied. The media, for the most part, has gone on to other things – but the issue remains.

Kids are still being bullied every day.

At 365gay, we wanted to do something about it. And we wanted to give our readers – who expressed so much pain during this time – to be able to express themselves. I talked with our sister sites: AfterEllen, AfterElton and NewNowNext. They wanted to do something, too. We decided to hold a video contest for people to create their own Public Service Announcements against bullying.

The folks at Logo, where we make our home, were quick to jump in. The winner of the contest, they said, could air on the channel and be broadcast across the country.

We received entries from high school students and college students (four of the finalist videos below, in fact, are from students), from mothers and fathers, from comedians and graphic designers and ordinary folks, from people gay and straight, from cities like New York and Chicago and from small towns in Ohio and Texas.

We watched each one. They made us laugh. They made us cry. They made us think.

The five below are the entries we thought best represented a diversity of viewpoints, while getting across the message that bullying needs to end.

They are all wonderful.

Now it’s your turn. Which video do you like best? Which do you want to be broadcast on Logo? You may vote on each Logo site once a day. And you can leave your impressions in the comments.

Voting continues until January 25.